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LETTERS -- It's Time to Break SMRR's Iron Grip

March 1, 2019

Dear Editor,

What we're dealing with in the City's recent appeal in the voting rights lawsuit is quite a simple phenomenon ("Santa Monica Council Votes to Appeal Voting Rights Ruling," February 21, 2019).

What we're dealing with is called the tight control of power that the Santa Monica Renters' Rights (SMRR) City Council possesses.

Throughout history, power has never been given away, it's always been taken.

Luckily, in the United States we have a strong court system that eventually corrects the inadequacies of one-party power systems, which is what Santa Monica has been under for the past 41 years.

Yes, the City Council has the power to spend $10 million, even $20 million, to stay in power, but once they lose will they refund the money to the taxpayer?

The answer is no.

Finally, after 40 years of being in the desert, the homeowner, the conservative, the men and women who work hard and live in Santa Monica and send their kids to our schools will now have a voice in city politics.

I welcome district elections. The time has come for the destruction of the iron power grip that SMRR has wielded.

Thank God for the American court system, and God-bless America.

Robert Kronovet

Robert Kronovet is a Santa Monica Realtor and the first candidate to be elected to the City's Rent Control Board, where he served from 2008 to 2012, without SMMR's endorsement

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