Yes, you read that right.
Mitt Romney bought a house here in San Diego. Well, in La Jolla, dahling, where the people of quality live, don't you know.
On the coast, of course. With a private beach, of course.
The price tag? Well, only twelve million dollars, scarcely pocket change for a rich Republican.
Now he's tearing that old house down, and replacing it with a mansion of 11,000 square feet. Needless to say, the local regulatory agencies are falling all over themselves to approve the necessary permits. In spite of the 1936 vintage of the current house, city planners decreed that there was no need to go before the Historic Resources Board, citing a "lack of continuity". The La Jolla Community Planning Group and the California Coastal Commission have already signaled their approval.
If you do not live here, you may not understand how odd this, but these agencies usually take years to approve such requests, if they ever approve them at all.
Isn't it wonderful how the patronage system works, for those of wealth and privilege who can take advantage of it?
It's enough to make a sea gull puke.