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November 10, 2020
Despite the backing of the usual suspects (SMRR, Santa Monica Forward, the Democratic Club and assorted politicians) three of the four incumbent Councilmembers lost their seats ("Santa Monica Voters Usher In New Era," November 6, 2020).
First and foremost is the bungling of the riots on May 31 and the lack of a follow-up investigation. People going to the polls were still seething about the city's intolerable performance on both 5/31 and the stalled investigation that has been put off for as long as 11 months.
Then it sticks in the craw of voters that despite strong resident opposition to the Plaza on public land and the expansion of the Miramar hotel/condo development, the Council voted for both projects. It paid more attention to the Unite Here Local 11 workers than its own taxpayers.
One can only speculate that the education community gave her its full support in hopes of keeping city funds flowing to a voracious school district.
Now the real work of the "change" slate begins -- cleaning up the lame ducks' mess.
Harriet P. Epstein
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