Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

The Daily Santa Monica Crime and Drug Video - July 12, 2024

A chronicle by the Santa Monica Coalition of the truth about life on our streets

Santa Monica's City Council thinks the city is just fine. One councilmember called the homeless residents our neighbors, their wants and desires equivalent to those of people who pay rent and pay taxes. The 'freedom' of some, most of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness, to live in filth, disease and to commit crimes with impunity, is valued over the ability of the rest of society to live healthy lives in law and order.

Watch the videos shot and distributed by the Santa Monica Coalition, a different one each day, to see what is actually happening in a city that is no longer a magnet for tourists and shoppers.

The Santa Monica Coalition is a movement comprised of Santa Monica residents, business owners, and locals that addresses the humanitarian crisis, public safety concerns, the rising crime, and the current lack of responsiveness from the City of Santa Monica.

July 12 2024 Santa Monica Coalition Mini Documentary

Santa Monica's Police Department, already short-staffed, is overwhelmed by drug-related issues, with over 60% of crime and assaults linked to substances like meth and fentanyl. Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade and parks have deteriorated into areas of open drug use and unsanitary conditions, while our City Manager David White, Mayor and Council appear to prioritize harm reduction strategies such as needle and glass pipe distribution over addressing the root causes of addiction, treatment and public safety concerns. How many individuals and "non-profits" are getting rich handing out free glass pipes in the parks? Does Santa Monica City Manager David White really care about health care, 4 to 5 overdoses every week, and assaults on residents and tourists in our public spaces? Apparently not. David White endorsed free needle distribution last year and again this year, then worked with Barbara Ferrer's minions on PR damage control. Our tax dollars are spent paying manufacturers big bucks for glass pipes used to smoke meth and fentanyl. Last month Santa Monica's Mayor and Vice Mayor tagged alongside and watched Venice Family Clinic employees hand out glass pipes in our parks, steps away from local children and parents. Why? The Santa Monica City Council has legislative power to approve or reject this program. The Mayor's and Vice Mayor's answers? "It's give and take with the County. We don't want to offend them for other matters."

 
 

Reader Comments(4)

jean writes:

Santa Monica had issues before and did nothing. Are we forgetting that food distribution use to happen on the promenade and the upper park? No one complained then and that was a huge issue for the businesses. Seems like now that it is bothering those outside of the promenade plus the promenade is losing money everyone cares. The issue should have been handled years ago.

Jack writes:

To the citizens of Venice & Santa Monica, you get the environment you voted for. Want better ? Then vote your representatives out !

donthaveone writes:

The promenade should be filled with people shopping and eating but it's a ghost town! So sad how they have ruined our Santa Monica!

SurfLawyer writes:

I've been reading the Observer for years. I've come to like these daily crime videos. The other items I can see in many sites, but this is great.