Writings

Losing Our City!

Our guest columnist this week is Marc L. Verville. He is a native of Santa Monica, now lives in Sunset Park and has resided here for over a half century. He served as Vice President of Finance for both Warner Bros and the Walt Disney Company. Marc is deeply concerned about our city’s future.   Our City’s Future Is Slipping Out of Our Hands… Unless We Pay Attention  We have all heard … Continue reading Losing Our City!

Where Oh Where Is Our City Council? – Part 2

In last week’s article we touched on the nine bills currently before our state legislature which assigns and orders, under economic penalty, that Santa Monica builds 8,874 units in the next 8 years. 1,100 units a year in a city that currently builds 200 a year.  These bills, if executed,  would add a 20-25% increase … Continue reading Where Oh Where Is Our City Council? – Part 2

Where Oh Where Is Our City Council?

OUR STATE No city can afford a 20-25% increase in population.  But Sacramento lawmakers are currently voting on a package of land-use and housing bills that will alter Santa Monica’s character and future forever.  This has been referred to as “the great California land grab.”  And while the state is selling us down the river, … Continue reading Where Oh Where Is Our City Council?

YOU Are the Heart of the City!

The members of SMart wrote a credo for Santa Monica in late 2013. The majority of the original members were architects, a profession whose purpose is to facilitate development. As long-term residents of Santa Monica, the architects were dismayed by the direction our city’s sunlit image had taken. Their city’s future had always seemed bright, … Continue reading YOU Are the Heart of the City!

A Worried People in a Distressed City

It was Santa Monica’s 145th birthday on July 15th. Our city’s traditional motto is “Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land.” Yet it no longer feels that way. It is not even the pandemic’s fault. ~ I posed a one-question survey on local social media sites last weekend. Special note: unlike city hall, no outside consultants were … Continue reading A Worried People in a Distressed City