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People's Republic Still Part of U.S. and More of the Same

November 7, 2002

Dear Editor,

Were you writing a news story or an editorial when you reported on the defeat of the "living wage"? I object to the phrase "well-healed anti-living wage forces" used in your article. Were more than half of the voters who voted against it "well healed" too? (Probably so, but this is Santa Monica.)

The defeat of the "living wage" means that Sears will remain in Santa Monica and many restaurant workers will keep their jobs because restaurants will not cut back business to stay under the $5 million threshold.

The biggest mistake of that proposed law that there was no exemption for employees who receive tips as a large part of their compensation. If that law passed, Santa Monica would have "well healed" waiters, waitresses and busboys too, but there would be a lot fewer of them.

Many in Santa Monica treat big business as "evil" while conveniently forgetting that big business provides these jobs in the first place and funds much of the City's $360 million annual budget. Did a poor man ever give you a job?

Recently Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank showed the City Council that regulating the big boys is not as easy as pushing the Mom and Pop landlords around. Here is another example that the People's Republic is still part of the United States and that the complete surrender of economic liberty is not a foregone conclusion, even in this City.

James L. Jacobson

November 7, 2002

Dear Editor,

With the election over now, it is clear that more than ever the current structure for elections here must be overhauled. The predictable results that reinforce the status quo are a clear and defined measure of the state of democracy in Santa Monica.

The "Veritas" measure was the first real step towards restoring democracy back to the whole people and away from the de-facto political party that SMRR (Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights) represents.

It is time to dismantle the current form of government here in favor of a form of governance that more accurately represents the interests of all the people over the narrow prerogatives of the entrenched one-party system that exists now.

I wish I was one of those who could quote those figures in history that can more clearly express what I would like to define. Suffice it to say I don't know what it is but I know when I see it and I see it here in the results of this election and the promise of more of the same.

B Sudovar

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