State Senator Sheila Kuehl, a Santa Monica resident, issued the following statement this week.
“Measure T could actually jeopardize the dwindling supply of affordable housing that so many of us have worked hard over the years to protect.
“Measure T would have the effect of allowing, and even encouraging, landlords to demolish affordable apartments and displace renters, in order to build the only unfettered development under the Measure, thereby putting our community’s working families and seniors at much greater risk
“I’ve concluded that it would not actually reduce traffic, and is, therefore, not the answer to a real problem that requires a real solution.Measure T (RIFT)was put on the November ballot by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, a residents’ group. Over 10,000 residents signed the qualifying petitions.
It would limit commercial development to 75,000 square feet annually for the next 15 years.
Apparently, like so many other local officials, Kuehl has super-natural powers that enable her to “see” the dire consequences of T, as there is no factual basis for her charges.
In contrast, there is overwhelming evidence all around us that the City has failed to develop an effective means of preserving existing housing, and that commercial development generates more traffic than residential development.
In fact, the extraordinary assault by the powers-that-are on T has nothing to do with its alleged flaws, and everything to do with the fact that it would limit their power, which, given the current state of things. would be a big step in the right direction.