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NIMBYs, the Totalitarian Minded and "they tried to do that in Russia"

September 3, 2001

Dear Editor,

I hope Santa Monica won't make the mistake of letting a handful of NIMBYs dictate the welfare of a much larger group. Santa Monica has resisted this ploy in so many other areas where it has protected the interests of the majority over the cries of the interested few.

Trader Joe's is not an elitist store -- they sell quality merchandise at reasonable prices. The Pico store now services the needs of all of western Santa Monica, Brentwood and the Palisades. It would be a great convenience to many (not to mention a major saving in energy) to allow Trader Joe to open the Wilshire store as soon as possible.

I hope the recent efforts to stall the store's approval process (efforts undoubtedly fueled by a handful of prospective neighbors) will not derail the new store's opening.

Harriet Leva
Pacific Palisades

August 29,

Dear Editor,

Forget the flap over the Green Party finances and Micheal Feinstein -- that's not the real point that comes across in The Lookout's coverage.

One need only to look to the manner in which Feinstein has handled the situation and his history with the Green Party to be reminded that the Green Party and the environmentalism movement is the most recent refuge for the totalitarian minded in America.

This is of course mirrored by Feinstein and his SMRR/Green comrades on the City Council -- those who want to control every aspect of Santa Monica including the way people think.

For those of us nearby but without a political "stake" in City affairs, it makes for enjoyable comic relief.

Kip Dellinger

August 21, 2001

Dear Editor,

My name is Peter and I was a Doorman at the Majestic, in the mid-sixties. It was a time I cherish, as a student at the then Santa Monica City College. It grieves me to think that old girl may be torn down.

I hope the City will find it in their hearts to save that historic place.

Peter Harvey
Surrey, BC, Canada

August 21, 2001

Dear Editor,

Thank you Tom Larmore.... a voice of reality

The open letter that Vivian Rothstein and Sandi Richards wrote was misguided at best. I wonder if the supporters of the "living wage" ever realize that they want the workers to be economic "slaves." The only way that they can "better" themselves is when the "government" gives them a financial reward.

Yes employers offering education to the employees so that they may obtain skills that will lead them to higher paying jobs is the real "living wage" and the City should show its support and should match any educational benefits the employee receives from employers.

Trying to control rents was a disaster in Santa Monica.... though the intentions were good. The City government is not the one to control wages... they tried to do that in Russia.... and their intentions were also good.

Len Labounty
Santa Monica

August 20, 2001

Dear Editor,

Frank Gruber spoke the truth about the second units in this city. (Memo to City Council: You Fought the Law and the Law Won," August 17.)

Sunset Park residents support second units and if the city would take a poll they might find that we all support second units in our city. Housing in Santa Monica is a number one issue.

Providing more opportunity to house people is the issue at hand; second units provide that opportunity.

I agree with Frank: the council should stop the games they play about "public input" and do the right thing. First obey the laws of the land and second make real what is already happening in most of our R1 areas.

Bruria Finkel
Santa Monica

August 20, 2001

Dear Editor,

I note that whenever a short description of the living wage ordinance is presented it usually goes, "requires businesses along the coast grossing more than $5 million annually to pay their workers $10.50 per hour plus benefits." That is not the complete picture, in my opinion.

My reading of the proposed ordinance on the City's website is that it requires either the payment of the rate specified above, OR, that employees be covered under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement, i.e., union. How many jobs in the affected area are paying less than the specified rate to current union members? In practical terms, this ordinance becomes a means for unionizing workers in the coastal zone.

Whether or not unions are good is another question. However, I believe to pose the question or present the story about the living wage ordinance without its unionization "loop-hole" is a disservice and represents inappropriate bias in news reporting.

John Medlin
Santa Monica

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