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  • 07/10/2020 7:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    In a week the City Council will appoint a new Council person to replace the retired council member Greg Moreno. That nominee will fill Greg’s vacancy till November 3rd, 2020 when the seat will be up in the general election which features five vacancies (Hara, Davis, O Day, Winterer, Morena). Because of the large number of City Council vacancies, five out of seven, and because this is a presidential election with a large turnout expected, this could be an historic City election with many candidates vying for the open seats.

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2020/07/wanted-a-new-city-councilperson/

  • 07/10/2020 7:46 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A State Appeals Court on Thursday ruled that Santa Monica's at-large election system does not violate the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), a decision the Latino plaintiffs plan to appeal.

    The ruling by the the 2nd District Court of Appeal overturns a trial court decision that found Santa Monica's system discriminates against Latinos and ordered the City to hold district elections.

    In its ruling Thursday, the three judge panel wrote that it declined the plaintiffs' "invitation to take the unprecedented and unwise path it urges."

    "In sum, the City did not act with a racially discriminatory purpose in 1946 or in 1992," the Court wrote referring to the City's decisions to reject district elections.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2020/July-2020/07_09_2020_Santa_Monicas_Election_System_Does_Not_Violate_Latinos_Voting_%20Rights.html

    AND: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2020/07/10/news/appeals-court-rules-santa-monica-can-keep-city-wide-elections-in-voting-rights-act-case/4756.html

    AND: https://www.smdp.com/city-wins-cvra-appeal/194038

  • 07/09/2020 11:34 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica candidates will need to gather fewer signatures to get on the November 3 ballot under a new emergency order issued by the City Wednesday.

    The order -- the 21st issued since the coronavirus emergency was declared in mid-March -- requires that nominating papers be signed by at least 60 registered voters, instead of 100.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2020/July-2020/07_08_2020_Santa_Monica_Lowers_Threshold_for_Nominating_Signatures.html

    AND: https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2020/07/08/candidate-nomination-period-begins-july-13-and-signature-requirement-is-reduced-in-response-to-covid-19

  • 07/09/2020 11:30 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica is one of the worst cities in the nation for first-time home buyers looking to cash in on mortgage rates that have hit an all-time low, according to a survey by an online financial site.

    The beach city ranked 284 among 300 U.S. cities ranked by WalletHub based on "26 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life," the site said.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2020/July-2020/07_08_2020_Santa_Monica_Ranks_Among_Worst_Cities_to_Buy_First_Home.html

  • 07/08/2020 9:42 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    In an effort to provide assistance to local residents who have experienced a loss of income or increase in expenses due to the pandemic, the City of Santa Monica is now accepting applications for the recently launched COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

    The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will provide eligible applicants with up to three months of rental assistance. Applications opened Tuesday and residents are allowed to apply until noon Friday, July 17. All eligible applications will subsequently be entered into a lottery for final selection.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/santa-monica-launches-emergency-rental-assistance-program-applications/193911

  • 07/08/2020 9:32 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Those hoping to replace Greg Morena also include nearly a dozen former and current City Board and Commission members, nine attorneys and former City Clerk Maria Stewart, who offered to hold the seat until a new Council member is elected by voters in November.

    Morena resigned last month after learning his position bars him from renegotiating his restaurant lease with the City ("Morena to Resign from City Council," June 17, 2020).

    The applicants who have served on City boards and commissions include former Rent Control Board member Robert Kronovet, the only applicant elected to local office.

    Read More:  https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2020/July-2020/07_07_2020_Nearly_120_Applicants_Seek_Appointment_to_Vacant_Council_Seat.html

  • 07/03/2020 9:49 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    ~ The city prevailed in the long-running California Civil Rights Act Lawsuit, brought by Santa Monica resident Maria Loya, and the Pico Neighborhood Association to force the city to change from an at-large city council election process to local district elections for each city council member. Maria won the battle in the trial court, and the city then appealed to the Appellate Court. The three judges wrote a tentative court ruling that the current at-large system was fair. The chance of a change in the verdict is less than 1% as of this writing. 

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2020/07/sma-r-t-column-brushfires-of-freedom/

  • 07/01/2020 4:58 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program application will launch on Tuesday, July 7, 2020to provide rental funds to eligible Santa Monica residents who demonstrate a loss of income or increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Read More: https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2020/07/01/city-launches-covid-19-emergency-rental-assistance-program-and-provides-free-meals-to-school-aged-children-and-families

  • 07/01/2020 8:22 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A court of appeals issued a tentative ruling Tuesday that if made final, would reverse a previous order forcing Santa Monica to change the format of its city council elections.

    The ruling was announced early in the afternoon when attorneys for the city of Santa Monica and Pico Neighborhood Association started their oral arguments in a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit. The lawsuit, which began on Aug. 1, 2018, stems from a complaint filed in the California Superior Court that alleges the at-large election system for Santa Monica City Council dilutes Latinx voting power.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/tentative-ruling-favors-city-hall-in-voting-rights-case/193671

  • 06/30/2020 5:32 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    At the start of the oral arguments Tuesday, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District judges announced their tentative ruling in favor of the City of Santa Monica in the case Pico Neighborhood Association, et al. v. City of Santa Monica.

    The tentative ruling overturns a trial court’s order that directed Santa Monica to switch to district-based elections. 

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2020/06/appeals-court-issues-tentative-ruling-in-voting-rights-case/

    AND: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2020/07/01/news/cal-court-of-appeal-issues-tentative-ruling-in-favor-of-city-of-santa-monica-in-voting-rights-case/4731.html

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