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New Officers Sworn in from L-R:College Board Member Andrew Walzer, Rent Control Board Member Steve Duron, School Board Member Oscar De La Torre and son, Rent Control Board Member Todd Flora, School Board Member Laurie Lieberman, School Board Member Craig Foster, Councilmember Pam O’Connor, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich, Mayor Kevin McKeown, College Board Member Barry Snell, College Board Member Nancy Greenstein, School Board Member Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, and College Board Member Louise Jaffe.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Installation Ceremony Held For City Council, School Board, SMC, Rent Control

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:16 am

Santa Monica City Hall was filled with joy and smiling faces on Tuesday night as the top vote getters of the city’s four local election races on Nov. 4 took the oath of office.

News, Los Angeles, Election

Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall III Wins Senate Special Election

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:29 am

Democrat Isadore Hall III will take office shortly as the state senator representing the 35th District after winning the special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roderick Wright.

News, Election, Hollywood, Politics

L.A. Fourth District Council Candidates To Debate In Hollywood Today

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 9:24 am

A debate among six candidates seeking to succeed Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge in the Fourth District will be held today at the Arena nightclub in Hollywood.

Ben Allen with his parents Elena and Michael Allen at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday after his swearing-in ceremony to the state Senate.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Ben Allen One Of 10 New State Senators Sworn Into Office

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:59 am

Santa Monica native Ben Allen was sworn into office at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday as part of the first day of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.

News, Los Angeles, Election

Unofficial Candidate List For 2015 Los Angeles City Council Election Released

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:31 am

The filing period for the 2015 Los Angeles city election ended Wednesday. Candidates had to file petitions with at least 500 valid signatures from voters in their districts and pay a $300 filing fee by 5 pm to qualify for the March 3 ballot, according to City Clerk Holly Wolcott.

News, Election, Santa Monica

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Announces Incoming Staff Appointments

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 10:28 am

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (Third District) today announcedher incoming policy and constituent services staff appointments as she officially assumed office following her formal swearing-in Monday by her sister, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jerilyn Borack.

Santa Monica City Council member-elect Sue Himmelrich with her husband Michael Soloff, and daughters Hilary and Molly.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Up Front With Sue Himmelrich: Incoming Santa Monica Councilwoman

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 9:51 am

The Santa Monica City Council will welcome Sue Himmelrich at its installation ceremony on Dec. 9 after a convincing second place victory at the Nov. 4 election.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl, and Congresswoman Karen Bass celebrate at The Victorian in Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

New L.A. County Supervisors, Sheriff, Assessor To Be Sworn In Monday

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 8:27 am

A new Los Angeles County sheriff will come to town Monday, along with two new county supervisors and an assessor, all of whom will be sworn in at ceremonies planned throughout the day.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Counting Complete For 2014 Santa Monica Local Election Races, Ballot Measures

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 3:21 pm

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan announced Monday afternoon the final ballot counting update for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd

Santa Monica Local Election Results Hold As Provisional Votes Tallied

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

With thousands of provisional votes now part of the official count from the Nov. 4 election, it appears that all local results will hold in the races for Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, and Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

Malibu, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Politics

Letter To The Editor: Plea For Decency & Transparency Following SMMUSD Election

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:34 am

Dear Editor, The elections are over, people are assessing failures and successes and preparing to move on. Before we do, let’s ask ourselves: In this age of rampant dirty politics how much of our integrity are we willing to sacrifice to win?

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democrats To Discuss Election Aftermath At Nov. 19 Meeting

Posted Nov. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a panel discussion later this month on the election results with a special focus on "where to from here"?

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl, and Congresswoman Karen Bass celebrate at The Victorian in Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Sheila Kuehl Topples Bobby Shriver To Take County Supervisor Seat

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Former state Senator and Assemblywoman, Sheila Kuehl, will join the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors following a hard-fought victory over ex-Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver at Tuesday’s election.

Kevin McKeown.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Eyes Slow-Growth With New City Council Line-Up

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Tuesday’s election saw the return to Santa Monica City Council of two incumbents and the introduction of a new face, tipping the scales toward slow-growth and limited development for the immediate future.

Zev Yaroslavsky at state Senator-elect Ben Allen's election night party in Santa Monica.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Zev Yaroslavsky: State Senator-Elect Ben Allen Has Integrity

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 8:49 am

In the contest for the 26th State Senate district, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Ben Allen defeated women’s right activist and attorney Sandra Fluke in a race where both candidates were under the age of 40.

Opinion, California, Election

Logjam Ends, Replacing Barbara Boxer Could Be First Race Of New Era

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 10:10 am

This year’s election is over, and the main Tuesday result in California was not the least bit surprising: Four more years of Gov. Jerry Brown working with a Democratic-dominated Legislature.

Opinion, California, Election

Big Bucks Too Much For Populist California Statewide Measures

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 10:04 am

So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure FS - Rent Control Registration Fee May Increase

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:42 am

Santa Monica voters passed Measure FS on Tuesday night that will now give the Rent Control Board the chance to discuss and possibly increase the City's Rent Control registration fee up to $288 per unit annually of which a landlord can pass down 50 percent to renters.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Voters Reject Measure H - Real Estate Transfer Tax Won't Increase

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:33 am

Santa Monica voters rejected Measure H on Tuesday that sought to increase the city’s real estate transfer tax.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Election 2014: Jerry Brown Outlines Plans For Fourth Term As Governor

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:09 am

Gov. Jerry Brown will be sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term in January, with optimism over the next four years, thanks in part to the passage of two ballot measures he championed.

News, Development, Malibu, Election

Malibu Residents Pass Measure R - Development Restrictions To Increase

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:03 am

Large development projects and chain stores in Malibu will face increased restrictions thanks to voters' passage of a measure backed by luminaries such as filmmaker/producer Rob Reiner and actor Dick Van Dyke.

The new face on the Santa Monica City Council will be Sue Himmelrich (center) who was elected alongside incumbents Kevin McKeown and Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

McKeown, Himmelrich, O’Connor Elected To Santa Monica City Council

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 3:20 am

Santa Monica voters on Tuesday re-elected City councilmembers Kevin McKeown for a fifth term and Pam O’Connor for a sixth term, along with Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich for her first term who will take the seat vacated by Bob Holbrook.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Election 2014: Sheila Kuehl To Join L.A. County Board Of Supervisors

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 2:51 am

Former Sen. Sheila Kuehl will join the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors thanks to a hard-fought victory over ex-Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Smo

Election 2014: Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure LC, Defeat Measure D

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 2:30 am

In a step that could move Santa Monica Airport closer to closure, voters agreed to allow the City Council to make decisions regarding the fate of the airfield and rejected an effort by aviation groups to require a public vote on any effort to shutter the facility or restrict aviation activity.

Ben Allen (second from left) flanked by supporters at his election night party at Warszawa in Santa Monica.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Election 2014: Ben Allen Claims 26th State Senate District Seat

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 1:44 am

In the contest for the 26th State Senate district, Ben Allen defeated Sandra Fluke in a race where both candidates were under the age of 40.

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