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  • SMRR, Santa Monica Forward Endorse Incumbents for City Council

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Recovering Alcoholic--Observer Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2020

    If you want to win a political race in this city, you're probably going to need the support of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, better known as SMRR, or face a tough uphill battle. At its recent online convention, SMRR endorsed only City Council incumbents, although not all of them got the nod. The endorsees are Gleam Davis, Ted Winterer, Ana Jara, and Kristin McCowan (McCowan is running unopposed in a special election to keep the seat she was appointed to in July). The only incumbent left...

  • Santa Monica Fights Over Taxes and City Hall Hiring

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 19, 2020

    Election season is heating up in Santa Monica. The ballot is nearly complete, minus the SMMUSD board race that needs to be finalized for technical reasons. The City Council field is crowded with 21 people competing for four four-year seats. There is a separate council election for Kristin McCowan to keep the seat she was appointed to last month, but she will have no competitors. In addition to those council contests, voters will also be deciding on elections to the SMMUSD, Santa Monica College,...

  • As Covid-19 Partial Shutdown Continues, SMRR Coronation Moves Online

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Bukowski Journalism School|Aug 12, 2020

    Every two years in August, there is an event that designates who will be the leaders in Santa Monica-the Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights Convention. Receiving an endorsement from this organization, commonly known as SMRR, is vital to winning an elected position in this city. SMRR endorsees are four of the seven council members, six of the seven SMMUSD board members and the entire Santa Monica College and Rent boards. At one time, the SMRR Convention was an occasion for progressive people to...

  • Santa Monica Plaza Project Moves Forward

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 6, 2020

    In a blow to zero-growth extremists and to the benefit of a community suffering in a coronavirus-created economic downturn, the Santa Monica City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday for the City to renew negotiations with a developer about building a mixed-use project on municipal-owned land in the downtown. This does not mean that the development that will bring much-needed revenue to City government and affordable housing to the people is a done deal, it just means the council didn't want to restart...

  • Phil Brock and 20 Other Residents Pull Papers for Santa Monica City Council Seats

    Leonard Guzz Brophy IV, Observer Staff WRiter|Jul 26, 2020

    We already know this year's presidential campaign is a wild one, but how about at the local level? It could be big too. Twenty-two people as of Wednesday have pulled papers for potential campaigns for five open council seats. They have until August 7 to gather 30 signatures from Santa Monica residents to make their campaigns official. There will actually be two separate council elections. One for four seats, and all the incumbents elected to those seats in 2016--Gleam Davis, Terry O'Day, and...