From The Transparency Project
Over the past few days, a series of deceptive pamphlets have suddenly appeared in mailboxes and on doorsteps in the Ocean Park and Mid Cities neighborhoods. In Ocean Park, the misleading pieces have been left in reusable bright green shopping bags emblazoned with the names of candidates they support.
These fallacious pamphlets are promoting pro-development candidates for City Council by making up generic, plain vanilla neighborhood values that are the opposite of what these developers want to bring to our city. The developers then claim that “their” candidates are for these “pretend” values.
There are NO neighborhood associations in front of or behind this cynical political advertising. This attempt to hide behind neighborhoods and neighborhood groups is meant to fool voters in order to re elect Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day to a Council that will approve their massive projects.
The seven neighborhood associations in Santa Monica;
Friends of Sunset Park
North of Montana Association
Ocean Park Association
Pico Neighborhood Association
Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors
Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition
have worked long and hard on big issues facing Santa Monica, including over development and traffic, not the values falsely ascribed in these pamphlets. The reputations of the neighborhood groups are being negatively impacted by this end run political advertising with implied endorsements none of them has or would make.
Expect this last minute political advertising blitz by the developer Pac, Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future, to arrive at your home before the election – the PAC has plenty of money to spend and millions to lose if they don’t get their way.