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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 – smvote.org – 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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Ben Allen, Sandra Fluke To Square Off Nov. 4 For 26th District State Senate Seat

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver To Square Off Nov. 4 For L.A. County Supervisor Seat

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

Voters Approve Proposition 42 Regarding State Reimbursement Mandate

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Proposition 41 Bond Measure For Low-Income Veterans Housing Approved By Voters

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.

Elan Carr was the top vote getter at the June 3 primary for the 33rd Congressional District race.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Elan Carr, Ted Lieu To Square Off Nov. 4 For 33rd Congressional District Seat

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

LA County Supervisor 3rd District Candidates Take Jabs At One Another

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

A Look At Proposition 41 On The California Primary Election Ballot

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

A Look At Proposition 42 On The California Primary Election Ballot

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica

33rd Congressional District The Race To Watch At Today's Primary Election

Posted Jun. 3, 2014, 9:11 am

Voters will finally have their say today in a wide-open race to replace the retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, (Dem-33rd District), with more than a dozen people vying to take his seat in Congress.

News, Election, Santa Monica

June 3 Primary: Four Races Directly Impacting Santa Monica Residents

Posted Jun. 2, 2014, 8:44 am

After months of campaigning, fundraising, and reporting endorsements, the first major leg of the 2014 midterm elections arrives this Tuesday, June 3. Here in Santa Monica, a few major seats are up for grabs.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Choices Galore In June 3 Primary Election

Posted May. 30, 2014, 12:00 am

The first Tuesday of June is when California holds its primary elections across the state. Here in Santa Monica, a few major seats are up for grabs.

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