City Council Should Not Move Senior Center From Palisades Park: Letter To The Editor

Sunday, 20 May 2012, 2:10:00 AM

(unassigned)

Dear Editor,

I appreciated the column “Miramar Expansion: Or We Could Just Say ‘No’...” by Steve Stajich on May 4. I too wonder why the priority for Santa Monica is to become a prime destination for world travelers. I wonder if you have looked into the decision to move the seniors out of the beautiful Senior Center on Palisades Park. I am not a senior, but I feel deeply ashamed of our City Council for moving them to the Ken Edwards Center. On so many early evenings I have walked by the center and seen the seniors taking a swing dancing class as the sun was setting on the ocean and felt so proud of Santa Monica for valuing our elders in such a beautiful spot. But no. Now Santa Monica wants to whisk them away and use that property for more profitable endeavors. It is really a crime. Santa Monica seems to believe new and different beats old and precious. They are using that same philosophy in wanting to get rid of Chez Jay one of the great historical restaurants of the city, preferring instead a pavilion like structure. Fifty year old Chez Jay is almost a senior in our community and therefore of no interest any longer to the Santa Monica City Council. Thank you for bringing up the idea we could just say “no.”

Karen Croner

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