Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Wrtier 

Overlooked Local Stories Include Lack of Homeless Services East of Lincoln, and The Addition of 9000 Housing Units

We asked Santa Monica City Council Member Phil Brock what he thought were important overlooked local stories. His reply:

 

January 3, 2022

Two SamoHi grads (State Sen. Ben Allen and SM Councilman Phil Brock), stand together near a stone sculpture of school mascot "The Viking." The sculpture was created by John Palo-Kangas in 1937, with funding from the WAP-FAP

I'm not sure about "overlooked." But I believe underplayed in some quarters are the continued illegal and criminal activity with the hot dog/corn/fruit vendors at the Santa Monica Pier. And the detrimental impacts of the 8,895 housing units now being constructed, to meet the State's RHNA requirements.

On the other hand, I would note that no high rises were discussed or brought before the Santa Monica City Council this year. That is a milestone in our efforts to restore Santa Monica to a semblance of a quiet beachside community.

A couple of seminal notes on the City's direction. We appointed a new police chief, new city manager, and new city attorney by the end of January.

In addition, the current DTSM Executive Director is moving on. This will mean a new direction will be charted for downtown Santa Monica in order to rebirth this treasured area…

We (the change slate) are continuing to signal a new direction for city hall…one that treasures our residents and our unique beachside culture and community.

Going forward, I'm particularly concerned about the lack of homelessness street teams in the city. It's often overlooked that there are no homeless outreach services east of Lincoln Blvd.--Santa Monica City Council Member Phil Brock

 

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