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Homelessness, Crime Still Top Resident Concerns, Poll Finds
 

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By Jorge Casuso

May 28, 2021 -- A monthly text poll of Santa Monica residents found that crime and homelessness continue to top the list of resident concerns, as it did before the November Council election.

The poll of some 170 "civically engaged" Santa Monica residents -- which was conducted between May 19 and 24 -- also found that only 10 percent of respondents believe the City has taken steps to better respond to a crisis similar to the May 31, 2020 riots.

Still, the percentage of residents who believe the city is on the wrong track has hit a low of 70 percent, down from 80 percent last month, according to the poll by the hotel union watchdog Eyes on 11

Asked their top priority for the next City Manager, some 49 percent picked homelessness among the four choices presented, while some 24 percent picked "increasing public safety.

About 9 percent chose "revitalizing the local economy, while 18 percent chose "something else."

Asked to chose the top priority for the City budget the Council is expected to approve on June 22, 59 percent chose "increased police patrols, especially around the beach and pier.

About 15 percent chose "increased street cleaning and other sanitation services, while 8 percent chose "funding afterschool programs. Some 18 percent chose "something else."

The poll also asked if Santa Monica would benefit from an approach to homelessness similar to the one a judge mandated for Downtown Los Angeles last month.

Seventy percent of the respondents agreed the City should also shelter the area's homeless before clearing homeless encampments and audit money spent in recent years to combat homelessness.

Another 21 percent said the City should not adopt a similar approach, while 9 percent were unsure, according to the poll.

Asked if they "think the city has taken steps to ensure the SMPD is ready to better respond" in the future to a threat similatr to the May 31 riots, eleven percent said yes, while 48 percent said no. 41 percent were unsure.

The poll also asked a recurring question to gauge the general pulse on the City's direction. Asked if "Santa Monica is on the right track, 70 percent said no, 8 percent said yes and 21 percent were unsure.

As with previous polls, the latest Santa Monica Pulse poll was sent to some 1,000 residents and had a 17 percent response rate.

The poll was sent via text to "a group of civically engaged Santa Monica residents who had previously opted in to receive more information on education efforts surrounding crime and safety in their city," Eyes on Local 11 said.

To be included in the next poll, email your name and cell phone number to SaMoPulse@gmail.com.


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