Mr. Lucas' Misconception
December 24, 2003
I am writing in response to a recent editorial by Jim Lucas
expressing his frustration in trying to obtain a permit for a
500-foot addition to his 1,000 square foot house. ("PART
I: Just Saying No: A Planning Department Horror Story," Dec.
24, 2003 and PART II, Dec. 25, 2003)
Mr. Lucas clearly has the misconception that the house he purchased
belongs to him. After all, we live in the People's Republic of
Santa Monica, where all homes belong to the people. Mr. Lucas
should be thankful that the city allows his family to use the
house that he purchased and that city is not even requiring him
share the house with other families.
He certainly should not be complaining that the city would be
extra careful about changes to the people’s property. Mr. Lucas
should be grateful that he is given any consideration at all.
What’s several years of delay and tens of thousands of dollars
in added costs, compared with the importance of insuring that
any modification meets the aesthetic ideals of the city’s power
Perhaps if Mr. Lucas had donated his $30,000 to SMRR, rather
than wasting it on architects and engineers, he would have had
a better opportunity to get the city to give his requested modification