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Santa Monica Councilmember Kevin McKeown turns in his nominating signatures, the first candidate to do so. Receiving the nomination petitions at City Hall was Assistant City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren.
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Santa Monica Councilmember Kevin McKeown turns in his nominating signatures, the first candidate to do so. Receiving the nomination petitions at City Hall was Assistant City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Kevin McKeown First Person To Qualify For Santa Monica City Council Ballot

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:50 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

The race for the Santa Monica City Council continues to shape up, as incumbent Council member Kevin McKeown became the first candidate to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot on Monday. Recreation and Parks commissioner Phil Brock became the second candidate to qualify on Wednesday.

In all, 15 people have pulled papers between July 14 and time of posting this article, effectively expressing their respective intentions to seek one of three seats up for election this year (the seats of Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor, and Bob Holbrook).

Since the last edition of The Mirror, Jon Mann (July 17), Terence Later (July 18), and Jessica Miller (July 24) are the latest potential candidates to pull papers for the City Council race.

Those three and 10 others have also pulled nomination papers, but they have yet to join Brock and McKeown in filing their respective nominations.

As of July 24, the 13 people who pulled papers but have yet to file include Whitney Scott Bain, Nick Boles, Michael Feinstein, Frank Gruber, Sue L. Himmelrich, Jennifer Kennedy, Later, Mann, Miller, Richard McKinnon, Pam O’Connor, Ken Robin, and Jerry Rubin.

The notable name still missing from the list of potential candidates: current Council member Bob Holbrook, who sits on one of the three council seats up for election this year.

According to the City Clerk’s office, the nomination period ends Aug. 8 if all incumbents file their respective papers. If neither O’Connor nor Holbrook files their respective nominations with the City Clerk by Aug. 8, then the nomination period extends until Aug. 13.

The California Secretary of State will determine the name order of the Nov. 4 ballot on Aug. 14.

In addition to the City Council race, there are three other boards with seats up for grabs, including the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education, Rent Control Board, and Santa Monica College Board.

No new names were added to last week’s list of potential candidates who pulled nomination papers. However, Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein was the first person to officially file his papers with the City Clerk.

There are also at least three ballot measures for Santa Monica voters to consider: an initiative potentially impacting the future use of Santa Monica Airport; a measure proposing to alter City law to allow two medical marijuana collectives to operate; and, a proposal to increase a real estate transfer tax in order to fund local affordable housing programs.

The Mirror will continue monitoring how the Nov. 4 ballot continues to take shape during the next few weeks.

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Jul. 25, 2014, 6:33:52 pm

Harrace Ware said...

Time for this old hawk to be replaced.

Jul. 26, 2014, 10:51:17 am

ted said...

(I don't mean to be out of line, but) Boy it seems like he's gotten heavy. Maybe I was wrong, but I thought he was thinner. I hope his health is okay. Sometimes I think he goes overboard on some issues. I personally think making Ocean Park Blvd one lane each way is insane (they could put the bike lane on Pearl). Anyway, if it isn't a health issue, I think HE should bike more.

Jul. 26, 2014, 10:55:09 am

ted said...

P.S. He's given good service by and large, but I don't think Bob Holbrook will run. I think he wants to enjoy his golden years without the hassle and he was personally wounded by all the flak he took over Hines.

Jul. 26, 2014, 7:16:06 pm

Todd said...

It's easy to get heavy being wined and dined by special interests.

Jul. 26, 2014, 9:27:08 pm

FeedUp said...

He is a big supporter of renters and rent control, but what about controlling the outrageous fee increases the rent control board is trying to pass to us and other city depts are trying to pass on to us residents? What say you Kevin - why not stop the city from ripping us off on these excessive rent fees and other increases like the parking fees, and other fees the city hits us up for every election?

Jul. 28, 2014, 12:31:55 pm

christopher walton said...

Speaking ONLY for myself and no other persons or organizations, I have this to share about the specious comments posted here: Kevin has never been whined/dined by special interests. He does not let interested parties buy him a meals. Several other elected officials have followed his lead and have the same policy. Kevin is a champion for Santa Monica residents. Tenant's share of rent control fees decreased recently for the first time in many years. It is expected that this trend will continue. Rent Control is NOT free, just like food, water, transportation and taxes. Todd, do you live in a rent controlled unit? Ted, you are way out of line!

Jul. 28, 2014, 12:36:04 pm

christopher walton said...

Correction to my previous comments: STRIKE "Todd" and REPLACE with "Fedup."

Jul. 28, 2014, 8:54:37 pm

step child said...

I sure wish this city get it self together an stothe maneger makes more thin the presidentp playing with the city employee future an stop with this one percent pay increase an give these employee a real cost of living increase like they pay there manegers xras.30,000on top of the six figure hes get by the way how in the world doesthe maneger makes more thin the president of the united state of amercia hmmmm

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