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  • 11/17/2020 9:56 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Council members McKeown, Himmelrich and Davis have fought district elections principally because they believed the current system increases their chances for reelection. The extensive financial, volunteer workers and other help from SMRR, developers, and unions, they thought, are most effective in citywide elections.

    The victory of three slate members puts their theory to rest, so the incumbents, and McCowan, may now favor district elections.

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  • 11/16/2020 9:35 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    While the region’s homebuying enjoys a pandemic-era rebound, local landlords are watching their pricing power tumble to an eight-year low, according to the Consumer Price Index.

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  • 11/16/2020 9:11 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    For the second election cycle in a row California voters shot down a pro-rent control proposition, but local board members believe the future of rent control in Santa Monica is bright.

    Anastasia Foster and Caroline Torosis were elected for a second term on the rent control board and are dedicated to ensuring regulations stay in place and working with City Council to maximize the number of rental units available to permanent residents.

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  • 11/16/2020 9:08 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Community members with information, documents and other materials related to the events of May 31 are invited to participate in an upcoming listening session hosted by the OIR Group, which has been tasked with preparing an independent report that analyzes the recent civil unrest and response by the Santa Monica Police Department.

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  • 11/16/2020 9:05 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    All 21 of the 2020 candidates’ committees spent only $168,140, while the PACs spent twice as much, $330,170, for a grand total of $498,310 ("OPINION -- The Year Election Money Didn't Win," November 9, 2020).

    That three challengers won against four incumbents is unprecedented and historic in Santa Monica elections.

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  • 11/14/2020 8:15 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The extraordinary results of our municipal election signal a deep desire, by many residents, for a change in the city’s direction. Three members of City Council with longtime and deep institutional connections were replaced at a single swoop by newcomers proclaiming the need for change. This hints at voter dissatisfaction with a city whose leadership and direction have been increasingly seen as ineffective and out of touch.  

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  • 11/13/2020 8:31 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A voting rights lawsuit that has wound its way up the court system for four and a half years could swiftly come to an end after three incumbents were ousted by Santa Monica voters this month.

    The three winning challengers -- Phil Brock, Christine Parra and Oscar de la Torre -- have all expressed support for voting districts staunchly opposed by the losing incumbents.

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  • 11/13/2020 8:18 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    California’s back rent is projected to reach nearly $1.7 billion by the end of the year, or almost a fourth of the total rental debt nationwide, a Federal Reserve study found.

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  • 11/12/2020 9:29 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    California voters rejected a proposal to partially dismantle the state’s 42-year-old cap on property taxes, a move that would have have raised taxes for many businesses in a pandemic-hobbled economy.

    Following Tuesday’s update to the vote count, Proposition 15 had only about 48% support and was trailing by more than a half-million votes.

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  • 11/11/2020 9:25 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Phil Brock, who recently finished first in the race for four seats on Santa Monica City Council, sits down for an interview ...

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