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City Council, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Hines Project Consistent With City's Growth Strategy

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:36 am

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor,

The Hines project at Bergamot is consistent with our city's strategy of directing growth to this station area, helps us meet our sustainability goals and prepares us for the future. 

Transit oriented communities like this proposal are a key solution to our gridlock, allowing increasing numbers of people to live car-free and car-light lifestyles.  

Mayor Pam O'Connor has been a tireless leader in promoting this same vision in her work on our City Council as well as on Metro and SCAG's governing boards.

That the Hines project is consistent with these values indicates to me that our city's leaders have been effective in promoting this vision to those who want to build here.

In this light, I find Councilmember O'Connor's acceptance of legal donations from Hines no more troubling than any candidate's acceptance of funding from people who share their views. 

I would be upset if she were to recuse herself from voting on the Hines project's future, as that would be a disservice to her life's work and a loss of wise counsel to our city.

Kent Strumpell, Santa Monica

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Feb. 3, 2014, 3:16:21 pm

Come on said...

What a bunch of garbage talk. Mr. Strumpell stands to gain from this and similar projects so of course his opinion is pro-development. It's like a gun maker who promotes NRA causes.

Feb. 3, 2014, 3:22:31 pm

B4 it's too late said...

And the gun lobby and oil companies also contribute to campaigns to get what they want. That's ok and legal too. But we as citizens have a right to say enough is enough when the vote goes to the highest bidder. O'Conner may thank it's ok to take a legal bribe but that doesn't make it more palatable to voters. I think it's time for a regime change in Santa Monica.

Feb. 4, 2014, 8:47:20 am

ARIZKID said...

Open your eyes, this town does not have the infrastructure to handle large developments. We are slowing choking our quality of life. Take your bike, auto, or walk throughout this city during am, midday, pm and you will see the stress of movement in our city.

Feb. 4, 2014, 10:49:24 am

Kent Strumpell said...

I think there are a lot of people who wouldn't know a good development proposal if it bit them. I mean, what is a developer supposed to do? Scale back the project until it looks like our current, low-rise, automobile-dependent suburban neighborhoods and office parks and take a loss? Turn its back on a major public investment in rail transportation, assume nobody will use it and create so much free parking the remaining project becomes a traffic magnet? All this because of the stranglehold perception that any large project will, ipso facto generate so much traffic our daily lives will be ruined forever. Fine, then let's stay stuck in the last century, keep our city a place where we have to drive everywhere. That way we can continue complaining about how bad the traffic is and ignore our active participation in keeping it that way. If you are not part of the solution, if you are not even supporting solutions like this, YOU and your insistence on driving everywhere are part of the problem.

Feb. 4, 2014, 11:12:25 pm

Clued In said...

Thanks Kent - spoken like a guy who stands to benefit financially from BIG development. This guy even had the gall to write a blog called Why Congestion Is Good.

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