So, Santa Monica City Councilman David Epstein, after abandoning consideration of a June ballot measure which he had proposed only 10 days earlier, doubts that the Santa Monica Rent Control Board will come up with a capital improvements program which he considers "realistic" (Times, March 2).
It sounds as if Mr. Epstein can hardly wait to place a proposition on next November's ballot to curtail the authority of the Rent Control Board if (it) fails to come up with a program that suits him personally.
How ironic that the city attorney's office has just wasted its limited resources for a week and a half on this issue at Mr Epstein's instigation. Ironic in light of the fact that it was Mr. Epstein himself who was so vocal only a couple of months back regarding what he misperceives as the city attorney's misuse of financial resources.
How ironic that this should all happen on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision only several days earlier that effectively exonerated our rent control law from antitrust charges which had jeopardized its very existence.