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.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:27 am
In what was probably one of the most contested seats in California, Ben Allen and Sandra Fluke are the last two candidates standing in a State Senate race where less than 6,000 votes separated the top vote getter from fifth place.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:22 am
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl will face Bobby Shriver in a November runoff in their race to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:17 am
California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 42, which will remove the mandate that the state reimburse local entities for the costs of following California's open meeting law and Public Records Act.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:14 am
Voters on Tuesday approved the re-purposing of $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 8:55 am
The race to succeed Henry Waxman has officially whittled down from 18 candidates to just two, as attorney Elan Carr and State Sen. Ted Lieu will square off on Nov. 4.
Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:18 am
The race for one of two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors intensified in the days before today's election, turning into a three-horse race to represent Westside and San Fernando Valley residents.
Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:16 am
Voters will be asked today to authorize re-purposing $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.
Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:15 am
Proposition 42 on today's ballot would remove the mandate that the state reimburse local entities for the costs of following California's open meeting law and Public Records Act.