Pro: "Ocean Avenue needs hotels for the convention and tourist trade generating income for the city. There are many attractions such as the pier, restaurants, mall and the Santa Monica Place that would benefit those businesses."
Con: "We have too many already and the average person that lives in this city cannot afford to live in them. What is affordable when the average price for a single is $1,500 a month when someone is working a minimum wage job and going to school at the same time? Affordable would be $500 a month, but this is not going to happen in Santa Monica. People are fed up being taken advantage and lied to by the City Council and their shenanigans."
Con: "Bike lanes on Pico and Ocean Park need to be eliminated. There is too much congestion on those thorough fares that emergency vehicles such as the police and fire department can't get through. Broadway, Colorado, Arizona and some of the East-West Streets are much safer for the cyclists. Olympic is good as well as the streets have dual lanes in both directions."
Pro: "It generates 270 Million dollars a year for the City as well as being the home to numerous businesses: Aviation and Non-Aviation. It is also needed as an emergency center and runway in case of a natural disaster in Santa Monica and the surrounding cities."
Con: "That's like saying go ahead and use my car, but there's no gas in it. Besides, if the governor of California decides to pay us a visit in his jet or if the President lands in Marine One (his helicopter) and we can’t refuel their aircraft it certainly makes Santa Monica look inept."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "Keep the employees we have now for services, but hire part time employees with health and medical benefits. Should older employees retire, teen the part time employees can become full time moving up with job experience."
The necessity of a greater government begins with its leaders who take responsibility.
As a 44 year resident of Santa Monica, I attended its schools, college, Cal State Northridge and UCLA working at a variety of jobs such as the Aero and Wilshire theaters, Briles Wing and Helicopter and the Evening Outlook while involved in the Civil Air Patrol and becoming a decorated volunteer for the Fisher House helping our military families.
Vital issues such as congested traffic, rampant overdevelopment, protection of our youth and seniors as well as the airport are top priority with me.
Each citizen has a unique voice. Should two sides vehemently disagree on an issue, let us meet half way and work together as friends for what would it benefit us as enemies?
There is the urgent need to address the health and employment issues of our men and women returning from Iraq/Afghanistan as well as the ugly, ageism prejudice against people over 40 where skills that these mature individuals possess are neglected.
The great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln once wrote; a government by the people, for the people understood their needs. This is what I stand for. This is who I am.