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Village Trailer Park: A Greek Tragedy In 3 Acts Over 7 Years
With a Final Word by Woody Guthrie and Eric Arthur Blair.

By Rosario Perry

August 29, 2014 -- The fire has gone out of the religion of Santa Monica Renters Rights. The Rent Control Board –– the official keeper of Tenant’s rights –– has vacated its lofty position. It has abdicated in exchange for money.

Of course, the Board will talk incessantly about tenant rights, but it is only to disguise its money making machinations.

Now that the trauma has subsided somewhat, and we can look back with some neutrality at the tragic Rent Control Board vote which destroyed Village Trailer Park, I thought I would take some moments to write about it myself, for posterity.

What usually is disturbing is the revisionists who like to turn truth to protect their positions in the community. So I write with no more of an agenda than that of an honest archivist or historian.

Anyone who attended the many Rent Control Board meetings on Village Trailer Park, must have left the last meeting in July 2013 somewhat confused.

It appeared to all that the Board had lost its senses, especially in their discussions. One Commissioner kept repeating that there was nothing the Board could do to save the Park.

Why then (one wonders) did she pretend for 7 years during the many hearings on Village Trailer Park that the Board was protecting the Park?

Is this some type of dance the Board goes through, pretending to worry, but secretly knowing that in the end the people will be evicted?

Does it help the people to be fooled for 7 long agonizing years? To keep false hopes and worries eternally burning within the human breast? The anguish of hope?

Can people in power be that cold hearted? Shouldn’t we expect more from the Rent Control Board ?

And what do we have to say about the poor survivors of the Park? No one says it better than Bob Dylan: “May you stay forever young” and may you make it into the Promised Land –– the City’s trailer park. I doubt that many will make the move. 

Just as in Animal Farm, the pigs rule the farm and the poor animals become their beasts of burden.

So we have 50 families and 100 low income units being bull dozed now. Does it seem like a theft to you?

Woody Guthrie had something to say about all of this in Pretty Boy Floyd:

“Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.”

The poor Rent Control Board doesn’t even have the right to call themselves outlaws. They are more like bankers.


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