In Poland almost 50 years ago, they put me in a concentration camp, took away my property and created a government where justice was denied to me because I was a minority and easily exploited.
My neighbors all said: "This is wrong, but what can we do? It's the law."
So, I came to America to live where the Constitution says that government is not able to take away the rights and property of a minority in order to satisfy political lusts. I started with nothing, worked hard, saved and 20 years ago bought property on Wilshire Boulevard.
But in Santa Monica, I am again a minority--a landlord, and the power-hungry government has bought the majority tenant vote by forcing me and others to keep our rents ridiculously low. This city says it's legal for a majority to vote themselves a monetary benefit at the sole expense of the minority. Think about that, how could that be constitutional?
Here in Santa Monica for 10 years, the local government has used legions of lawyers and endless complex and costly maneuvers to effectively take my property away. This city has prevented me and other landlords from using our own land or from getting out of the rental business unless we pay huge fees that are almost as much as the value of the land itself. In other words, in Santa Monica as a landlord, I am a slave--forced to work against my will unless I buy my freedom at the expense of losing much of what I worked for. Some choice.