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North of Montana: A Liberal Community and a Political Petitioner’s Dream

Posted by John Hathorn on May 10, 2011
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California is a blue state and, like many big cities, Los Angeles is well known for being liberal. I venture to guess that North Santa Monica, is even a little more so than much of the Westside. In fact, I challenge anyone to find a more liberal audience on the Westside than the one you might find on the corner of 15th and Montana Ave.

With a Wild Oats Market on one corner, a Starbucks (with a Yogaworks Studio atop) on the opposite corner and a dozen or so cafes within a block or two, this is a political petitioner’s dream – so long as your petition is liberal.

I totally respect how difficult it is to approach total strangers to try and slow them down for a minute to talk or sign a petition, but it can be too much as a neighbor, sometimes walking past this particular intersection as many as 5-6 times each day. Since they shift posts often, I pass a different, paid petition person each time I come in and out of my office. I make it a point to be polite, but lately I find myself getting annoyed.

The opening question posed by these (mostly young) people often is constructed to make you sound heartless if you don’t stop, say yes and sign their petition. For example:

“Hi. Do you have time today to stop pollution on our beaches?”

How the heck is a lifelong beach lover supposed to answer that?

Feel free to post your answers here. I need a new, courteous and succinct response suggestion.


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