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The Capital Of Hip

June 09, 1991

In Jill Stewart's insightful article on Santa Monica, certain statements were attributed to me that I never said. I appreciate the chance to clarify.

I do believe that Santa Monica is in danger of losing its soul as a human-scale community due to overdevelopment. The fault is not only the developers' and city bureaucrats', but also the pleasure principle of the 30-somethings. The new mall (excuse me, the Promenade) is the site of 45 alcohol permits, 25 movie screens and some 30 restaurants. This will mean, in time, another Westwood.

TOM HAYDEN

MEMBER, STATE ASSEMBLY

Santa Monica

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