Protect Culver City is an association of Culver City residents and business owners who are concerned with the current direction of our city council. Our beginnings can be traced back to the night of June 24/25th, after council decided 4-1 to phase in rent control in Culver City.
It’s the manner in which they decided that should concern everyone in Culver City. None of the Council members ran for office on this agenda. During the council meeting in June, they gave no independently obtained or verified data to support their claim that this measure was necessary or urgent. They gave the minimum legally required warning that this was coming, while organizing for months in advance to back this proposal. Even then, dozens of desperate retirees came to protest the measure, to deaf ears. The measure was passed in the dead of night – 1:30am.
Unfortunately, this lack of responsiveness and transparency is something we’ve grown to expect from the “gang of four” councilemembers who voted YES on the measure. Their inaugural meeting was the source of a Brown Act complaint – one they saw necessary to correct. As goes the inauguration, so goes the tenure.
Meanwhile, the vagrancy epidemic is threatening to spill over into our suburb, and yet council is already giving our police department orders not to disturb vagrants in our parks. Indeed, as with the city of Los Angeles, council is pretending the vagrancy epidemic is some “homegrown humanitarian crisis” caused by rising rents kicking out local residents.
This is patently false, but that doesn’t stop them. As Councilman Daniel Lee said at the conclusion of the June Rent Control meeting, “rent control… is only the beginning”
What else is on their agenda? What else should we fear?
Indeed there is plenty to fear from a council that no longer deals with residents in good faith. They have shut out the vast majority of Culver City residents. Instead they now reflect a tiny loud minority of organized radicals. They have a 4-1 agenda to radically transform our city – from the safe haven we love, to something indistinguishable from the rest of Los Angeles. Other residents may try to appeal to their better nature to stop this. We think that avenue has closed. We need to mobilize and inform the residents of Culver City to protect it otherwise our city’s tranquil existence will go the way of the Red Car Trolley Line.
We must stop simply reacting to what council does and start anticipating and preparing ourselves for what they in fact will do. We want to provide critical information about council’s plans, and forewarn our neighbors of issues coming down the pipe. We want to inform people on homelessness, vagrancy, rents, the overall makeup of our city, our financial situation, and so on. We want to represent the forgotten resident, the moderate resident who feels spurned by council. We’d like to see a more responsive city council, We are here to hold their feet to the fire, hold them accountable, and even replace them if necessary.
For these reasons and more, we have founded Protect Culver City: a political action committee registered with the secretary of state (FPPC #1419783) and the City of Culver City.