I haven’t posted on here in a while, but I was a controller at SMO until January '08, so I can tell you about those questions . . .
. . . for guys coming out of the SFRA, I liked to have the traffic cross midfield and descend on the right downwind and advise when they were ready to turn base if I had traffic, or report turning base if I didn’t. None of the controllers there (at least that I am aware), would try to get a pilot to chop and drop unless the pilot said they could or wanted to do it, but to each his own, I guess.
. . . The TEC (and all IFR clearance) routes for P and M class aircraft (when SMO is 21 and LAX is west) is “Fly runway heading, at the LAX 310 radial, turn right heading 270, radar vectors to . . .” The most challenging one to read was Jets to San Diego . . . I’m sure it’s 5 times as hard to fly.
. . . Your airplanes are capable, but SoCal TRACON can’t take routes like that; the airspace is too congested. Out of Santa Monica, all the smaller guys going south or east get routed over SMO SMO125R V64 SLI. I think the SBA guys get SMO V107 SADDE V299 VTU VTU282R KWANG, but if you’re going further north, it’s direct VTU and then whatever you want, but they’re separating guys on TEC routes and other flight plans with altitudes.
At the tower, we didn’t have a choice, we had to give the full TEC route, but if you have the right SCT controller at the right time, it’s not unheard of to get direct MZB if they could work it out.