|The Lookout Letter to the editor|
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October 26, 2020
The poll found that half of Santa Monica voters feel less safe in the city now than they did two years ago.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Councilmembers tried to explain away the polling results rather than take responsibility for mounting concerns over crime and homelessness.
Councilmember Ted Winterer specifically argued that Eyes on 11’s poll was "not released publicly" and implied that the questions were somehow crafted to "lead to desired answers."
What he didn’t mention was that serious crime in Santa Monica is still up 38 percent since 2014.
If the people of Santa Monica can’t escape such a ploy at the national level, they should at least be spared this tactic by their local elected officials.
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