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By Mary Marlow
The Revised City Budget NOW includes $1 million for a new Task Force to speed economic recovery in Santa Monica. $1 million to a committee that has had no public process or public vetting.
It’s important for the public to understand who the city has invited to serve as task force members and whether reasonable growth members will also be included.
We specifically asked whether community groups like the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC), Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) and other longstanding groups would also be invited to participate.
The City has not answered the questions we posed about the process:
Regardless of whether the City actually will impanel a task force that is truly representative of our community and reasonable growth groups, it has an obligation to be transparent and explain who the members are, how it chose them and by what process before authorizing $1 million for their future activities.
We are all in this together. It looks like we may have to keep reminding the city of that.
Mary Marlow is Chair of the Santa Monica Transparency Project
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