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News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica City Council Race To Likely Feature 15 Candidates

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Rent Control Board Election Race Over Before It Begins

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.

News, Development, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Sued Over Ballot Measure Taxing Voters To Fund More Development

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.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

SMRR Endorses Kevin McKeown, Jennifer Kennedy For Santa Monica City Council

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.

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

Letter To The Editor: Robbed At The SMRR Convention

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.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: SMRR Steering Committee Post-Convention Process

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

SMRR Convention Yields No City Council Endorsements

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monicans For Renters’ Rights To Hold Election-Year Convention Sunday

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica

Higher Turnout & Other Fall Election Certainties

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.

A Black Cormorant on Santa Monica Beach.

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Columnist

What Say You? Of Cormorants & Santa Monica City Council Candidates

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.

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

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica

Election Focus: Changing Of The Political Guard

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Ballot Measure Proposes To Yield Up To $10M For Affordable Housing

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.

Santa Monica City Clerk Sarah Gorman encourages residents to visit the City’s election website – – to find out all the latest information on the four local races (Santa Monica City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, Rent Control Board, and Santa Monica College Board of Trustees).

News, Election, Santa Monica

Candidates Begin To Pull Papers In First Week To Run For Council, Local Elections

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.

Kevin McKeown, Sue Himmelrich, and Richard McKinnon.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Announce City Council Endorsements

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Los Angeles City Attorney Endorses Sheila Kuehl For County Supervisor

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.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo, Airport

City Hall Seeks Competing SMO Voter Initiative

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.

SMMUSD Board Member Nimish Patel will not be seeking re-election in November.

News, School Board, Election, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Nimish Patel Not Seeking Re-Election To SMMUSD Board

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.

Former Santa Monica mayor Michael Feinstein, who served on the City Council more than 10 years ago, announced Tuesday his bid for the year’s November election.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Michael Feinstein Launches His Santa Monica City Council Bid

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.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Michael Feinstein To Launch City Council Campaign Today

Posted Jun. 17, 2014, 4:10 am

Former Santa Monica mayor and Council member Michael Feinstein will announce his 2014 City Council campaign today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica

California Voters Win With Top Two Primary

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.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Opinion, Election, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica Votes: June 3 Primary Winners

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Oped

Neel Kashkari Nomination Brings GOP Back From Brink

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari To Square Off Nov. 4 For California Governor

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."

News, Los Angeles, Election, Santa Monica

Jim McDonnell, Paul Tanaka To Square Off Nov. 4 For L.A. County Sheriff

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.

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