- Posted April 25, 2012 by
La Jolla, California
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FAT CAT MITT ROMNEY: $25,000 FOR A CAR ELEVATOR?
That dude has sure got it made. He is already the presumptive Republican nominee for President; thus I can understand his desire to fix up his La Jolla beach house. Trick it out so it is pimped up enough to be something like a Western White House.
But La Jolla is crowded enough in the summer. Parking is next to impossible on a good day. When a sunny weekend rolls around, plan to hike several long blocks to the beach. That is, if you are lucky enough to find a spot at all. With Mitt coming around and remodeling on the beach, that will make
things even worse. I wait all year long to be able to enjoy La Jolla during the summer months. I don't appreciate Mitt ruining that with his entourage of Secret Service agents & ambitious remodeling plans.
So as not to sound flippant here, let me also say that Mitt Romney has a responsibility to be a good neighbor and not crank up the size of his charming beachfront house and turn it into an ugly McMansion. If Mitt has any kind of good common sense, he will forget about the car elevator that is sure to rile up the Democrat poverty vote. What could be more foolhardy that a filthy rich Republican spending $25,000 to move his automobiles around, IN AN ELECTION YEAR?
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Mitt Romney has "filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home & replace it with a larger, two-story home. The California Coastal Commission & La Jolla Community Planning Group have seen the application & have recommended approval" but a campaign official admitted that the project won’t get started until Romney’s presidential campaign is finished. Romney has said he applied for the expansion because the La Jolla home isn’t big enough for his family: 5 married sons & 16 grandchildren.
Romney picked up his little piece of heaven in 2008 for $12 million. The 3,009-square-foot home was built in 1936 & features direct access to a sandy beach. Mitt
explained his La Jolla home purchase last year, according to www.zillow.com, explaining that he “wanted to be where I could hear the waves.”
Speaking of waves, Mitt & his son Matt caught some at La Jolla Shores beach during his 4-day Easter campaign break. Really, this is the first glance at the Republican's ocean side of life. Everyone knows Barack Obama has bodysurfed in Hawaii--one of our President's very favorite vacation spots.
According to www.surfertoday.com, "this time, Romney has been snapped by a beach-goer with his son Matt Romney, in board shorts & rash guard, checking the quality of waves" along the Californian beach." Seeing the regal Romney & his son enjoying some beach time seemed to humanize him somewhat.
However, summer is right around the corner & curious La Jollans are waiting to see whether Romney wins the GOP nomination, & whether he becomes our next president. A www.examiner.com story noted "should he win the highest office in the land, Romney’s presence in La Jolla will jam The Jewel with visitors & bring La Jolla’s already unbearable traffic to a standstill.. Forget about finding a parking place on the street, never mind close to the beach. "
I still say: Romney’s La Jolla house renovations are ill-advised & puts him out of touch with voters. But not in La Jolla, where prosperous residents love them some presidential pizzazz & wish they had an elevator for their Mercedes too.
La Jolla’s property owners will realize enhanced real estate values, if Romney is elected. For visitors & tourists, expect traffic jams & Secret Service everywhere. For contractors, "it means jobs to double the size of Mitt's beachfront house. For the neighbors, instant fame by association. Business will boom & for capitalistic La Jollans, that's reason enough to vote for Mitt!