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Three New Santa Monica City Council Members Sworn In Tuesday Night via Zoom

The 7 member Santa Monica City Council will face the old problems of homelessness and crime, aggravated by the Covid-19

There's an emergency lockdown in place and the meeting had to be held via Zoom. Nevertheless, Santa Monica did what it has done every two years for 150 years, and swore in a new City Council on Tuesday Night.

New members Oscar de la Torre, Phil Brock and Christina Parra were sworn in by Santa Monica City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren. Also sworn in were Kristin McCowan and Gleam Davis.

After going a few rounds, the new Council voted in Sue Himmelrich as the two-year Mayor, and Kristin McGowan as two-year Mayor Pro-Tem. Kevin McKeown and Himmelrich, will serve 2 more years on the council--their terms do not expire until 2022. Santa Monica Mayor is an honorary title, mostly.

The City Council oversees a budget well north of 500 million dollars, a police department of 150 sworn officers, and a major tourist economy in Los Angeles County's 5th biggest City by population.

The 7 member Santa Monica City Council will face the old challenges of homelessness and public safety, aggravated by the Covid-19 crisis and George Floyd looting in late May and early June.


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