Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Democratic Club Won't Support Slow Growth Ballot Measure||
By Niki Cervantes
“They felt it was too stringent,” Johnson said. “It also removes the authority (over building) from the City Council, who are people the public has trusted to make (those) decisions. Those were the two major reasons.”
The vote, and the reasoning behind it, mirrored the anti-LUVE arguments used by the local League of Women Voters.
Rejected for endorsement were Proposition 53, which requires voter approval for revenue bonds above $2 billion; Proposition 65, which earmarks revenue from disposable bag sales to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, and Proposition 66, regarding death penalty procedures.
They are Measure GS and GSH, which seek to split about $16 million from a proposed one-half percent transactions and use tax between schools and affordable housing; Measure SM, which tries to toughen the anti-corruption law known as the Oaks Initiative, and Measure V, a proposed $345 million bond for Santa Monica College.
Countywide measures for a half-cent sales tax hike for expanding the public transit network and more funding to help the homeless also were endorsed.
Sponsored by Residocracy, a grassroots slow-growth group, LUVE’s backbone of support comes from neighborhood groups and community watchdog organizations.
Supporters think the City’s plans for more development will cost Santa Monica its small-town charm and worsen gridlock ("Santa Monica LUVE Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot," June 1, 2016).
Opponents of LUVE say it would halt the construction of much-needed housing, as well as public facilities ("LUVE Could “Undermine Community’s Vision for Santa Monica’s Future,” Government Staff Report Says," July 8, 2016).
The City Council generally opposes LUVE as too severe, including the four incumbents facing re-election -- Tony Vazquez, Ted Winterer, Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day. The Democratic Club voted last Thursday to endorse all but O’Day.
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