Susan Hartley, candidate for City Council, two-year term, had just spent most of the day walking the neighborhoods, distributing her hot pink signs and flyers, and talking to the people she met along the way, and she was exhilarated. She enjoys the walks and the talk — impromptu, honest, curbside exchanges with people she hopes to represent on the Council. And every time she goes out, she learns something she didn’t know. And Hartley knows a lot.
She was a teacher, with an M.A.in secondary education, emphasis on remedial reading, for ten years, and then went to law school. She’s been a lawyer for 30 years, specializing in employee and tenant law. She has lived in Santa Monlca for 15 years. Her daughter went to Santa Monica schools.
Hartley was a renter, and is a home owner and ardent organic gardener. She is also a very active activist.
A resident of Sunset Park, she has been on the board of Friends of Sunset Park and an Airport
Commissioner, and has been a volunteer with Veterans for Peace at the Arlington West Memorial on the beach from the beginning. Co-founder of Tree- Savers, she led the fight to save several dozen healthy ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica from the City chainsaw crew. They lost the trees – on a technicality, but won the war. Over 10,000 people signed petitions, opposing the removal of the trees, and the City now has an Urban Forest Task Force, comprised of residents, that is developing comprehensive policies that see trees as essential parts of the townscape, not decorations.
She believes residents must “take back Santa Monica” in order to do the things the current regime has neglected to do, such as limiting growth, height and density, protecting existing housing supply, including rent control units, preserving and improving beaches, reducing traffic, curtailing fumes and noise at Santa Monica Airport, and closing it in 2015, continuing funding to support excellence in our schools and equal educational opportunities. practicing fiscal discipline rather than increasing taxes. Hartley is a fighter, smart, fearless, and independent, and she believes that residents must not only be heard but heeded in City Hall.
We agree and urge everyone who cares about this gloriously idiosyncratic beach town to vote for Susan Hartley, two-year term.