You can read more about it here because I feel I'm getting stupider just thinking about this issue.
Seriously, who has a vote on someone's business at 1:30 IN THE MORNING.
As you might imagine, about the only people who stayed around for 8 HOURS to speak about pony rides were me and some people who gave testimony like this:
"We have gotten rid of human slavery, now let's get rid of animal slavery."
"I am an empath and I can feel those ponies are unhappy."
"We can't have a petting zoo because animals in cages are nervous."
"Ponies are meant to run free in the wild."
"Children can go to farms or animal sanctuaries to see animals."
In the end, the city council said that even though they found NO evidence of animal cruelty, no citations had been issued against the pony rides owner, all health documentation was on file, they were going to hold a Request for Proposals anyway because, in the words of one of the motion authors, Gleam Davis,
"We don't want controversy in our city."
So, basically, they are closing down a young woman's business because some people protested even though they found no validity in the accusations. As I said, I was not at my most articulate because I was just livid to see all of the worst stereotypes of Santa Monica being anti-business and local politics being determined by a few extremists right in front of my eyes.
No, I'm not going to run for public office. In fact, the only reason this was wasn't a COMPLETE waste of time is that I was able to write most of a proposal while sitting there and I now know three people I will never vote for ever again (see below) and which campaigns to donate money to the opponent.
Even though it doesn't really affect me personally, seeing that the city council did not give a damn about this young woman running a business or the children who benefit was disheartening in the worst way.
If you'd like to give them your opinion, feel free to email
Or maybe you can tweet #keeptheponies
Why one woman should have more say than the families of 400 children who ride the ponies every weekend, I don't know.
Just so you know, Ted Winterer and Gleam Davis are the two council members who put this item on the agenda.
Some self-proclaimed community activist named Marcy Winograd has got the city council to put an item on the agenda to get rid of the pony rides. She also said the ponies and trees have rights just like humans. She says she's an English teacher. Thank God she doesn't teach my child.
You can sign a petition to keep the ponies here.