Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:07 am
There will definitely be at least one new council member on the dais at the final Santa Monica City Council meeting of 2014. A few days following Council member Bob Holbrook’s announcement he would not seek seventh term on the dais, the list of candidates seeking to be elected to one of Santa Monica’s highest public offices became clearer.
Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:06 am
While the race for the Santa Monica City Council is a crowded ballot, it does not look like there will be much of a race for the Santa Monica Rent Control Board.
Posted Aug. 13, 2014, 9:18 am
No Taxes to Fund Development (NTFD), a citizen's group that says it formed to oppose a Santa Monica City Hall sponsored tax hike that will appear on this November’s ballot, filed a lawsuit Monday, Aug. 11 against the City of Santa Monica in Superior Court.
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 9:23 am
Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights announced Sunday the endorsements of incumbent councilman Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy for Santa Monica City Council.
Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:20 am
Dear Editor, We the Convention Delegates to the SMRR Convention on August 3, 2014 were robbed by the SMRR Co-Chair Patricia Hoffman not allowing us our third round of voting for City Council Candidates.
Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 9:15 am
Dear Editor, I am proud to be a longtime member of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and serve on its steering committee. At least one local news organization has speculated that the spouse of a candidate for City Council might not be technically required to recuse herself from the deliberations and any votes of the steering committee in its process for deciding whether to support that candidate and others running for seats on the Council.
Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 10:07 am
Though not quite the cliché smoke-filled room of Chicago Blackstone Hotel where nominations for public office were secretly made, Santa Monica’s most recognized political party will have to resort to a meeting of its steering committee to decide who to endorse for the Nov. 4 Santa Monica City Council race.
Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:11 am
The filing period for candidates seeking a seat on the City Council or one of Santa Monica’s three other boards has not yet closed, but that has not prevented one of the largest political parties in Bay City from holding its 2014 Convention this weekend.
Posted Jul. 27, 2014, 10:44 am
Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November.
Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 8:51 am
Santa Monica summer at the beach: Surfers, children splashing in the waves, junior lifeguards in training, long distance ocean swimmers in the surf, and runners on the beach paths.
Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:50 am
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.
Posted Jul. 19, 2014, 8:53 am
For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s preeminent politicians of the last decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened to expose them to serious intra-party challenges.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:24 am
Be prepared to take an encyclopedia with you to the ballot box this November. No, Wikipedia will not help you sift through the smorgasbord of issues and candidates Santa Monica voters will have to decide upon in this year’s general election, as yet another initiative is approved for the November ballot. The issue: funding for affordable housing.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 8:57 am
The floodgates officially opened Monday with candidates officially allowed to pull papers for this year’s four local Santa Monica elections, which is highlighted by the City Council race that has three seats up for grabs. By the end of the first day, 11 candidates filed their respective nominations to run for council, with a twelfth person filing on July 15. At time of press, no other candidates had filed this week.
Posted Jul. 16, 2014, 9:51 am
The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City announced its endorsements for the 2014 Santa Monica City Council election on Monday – Council member Kevin McKeown, and Planning Commissioners Sue Himmelrich and Richard McKinnon.
Posted Jul. 1, 2014, 10:16 am
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today endorsed Sheila Kuehl in her race to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am
The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved a direction on Tuesday to find some sort of middle ground with a ballot measure that could compete with another initiative aiming to limit the elected panel’s powers on airport issues.
Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 1:28 pm
Board Member Nimish Patel announced on June 23 he is not seeking re-election to the SMMUSD board this November.
Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:28 am
A walk in the park, a vegan meal in the shade, and an after party at Santa Monica landmark Chez Jay: these activities were part of Michael Feinstein’s announcement that he is seeking a return to the City Council, where he once served as mayor more than 10 years ago.
Posted Jun. 17, 2014, 4:10 am
Former Santa Monica mayor and Council member Michael Feinstein will announce his 2014 City Council campaign today.
Posted Jun. 8, 2014, 8:53 am
Results like those from this week’s primary cause detractors to call California’s four-year-old “top two” election system the “jungle primary” because it often features races with a dozen or more contestants and outcomes that can be completely unpredictable.
Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 10:47 am
Santa Monicans take elections seriously. Usually it’s the top of the ticket that brings people out to vote. But the top of the ticket was a no contest race with Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney General Kamala Harris handily keeping their place on the November ballot. In Santa Monica the races were a lot more exciting.
Posted Jun. 7, 2014, 9:34 am
No candidate campaigned harder this spring that Neel Kashkari, the former federal Treasury Department official and ex-Goldman Sachs executive who just become the first Asian-American ever nominated to for governor of California.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:32 am
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari today called for party unity and pledged to hold Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown accountable for "our lack of jobs, for our failed schools and for our record poverty."
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:29 am
After falling just short of the number of votes needed to avoid a November runoff, Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell will have to hit the campaign trail again as he prepares to square off against former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.