Politics

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Attack ads hit mailboxes and answering machines

CITYWIDE - Mud-slinging is on the rise in the campaign's last week as a local political group attacks the mayor through mailers and a hotel owner trades spars with a City Council candidate. The race between Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver and former State Assemblymember Sheila Kuehl for a Los Angeles County Supervisor seat has been... Read more →

Laughing Matters

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If You Don’t Vote You Can’t Complain

LAUGHING MATTERS — One of my favorite movies is the 1982 comedy “Tootsie,” which starred Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey, a perfectionist actor who drove everyone crazy, including his agent George Fields, played by Sydney Pollack. (Who also directed the movie.) Typical of Dorsey's annoying personality was his audition for a commercial... Read more →

Politics

Campaign notes: Last minute loans and outside spending

CITYWIDE - Two City Council candidates have dropped big personal loans into their campaigns in this season's last days. Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich added $40,000 from her own pocket on Oct. 22, bringing the total she's spent on her own campaign to $130,000. Former Mayor Michael Feinstein added $30,000 of his own money to his war... Read more →

News

ELECTION CONTEST

The Santa Monica Daily Press is holding an election contest. List all 14 candidates for City Council in order of vote totals from highest to lowest. Submit your guess for the total number of Santa Monica voters who cast a ballot on Nov. 4. The person who picks the correct order for the council race will win a prize from the Santa Monica Daily... Read more →

Politics

SMRR confident, challenged in last week

CITY HALL  —  For years Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) has controlled a majority of the city's elected seats. Candidates endorsed by SMRR have, in recent years, almost always gone on to win election. But 2014 has offered an array of new challenges to the city's largest political party, which was founded in 1979. In February,... Read more →

City Council

Council likes drought plan not rate hikes

CITY HALL — You can lead a City Council to a water self-sufficiency plan but you can’t make them approve of rate increases. Council heard two separate but related proposals about the future of water usage in Santa Monica on Tuesday night and liked one but not the other. The first would penalize heavy water users —adding drought... Read more →

News

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Ed Board candidate: Ralph Mechur

Ralph Mechur is running for school board. The following answers were submitted in response to questions from the Daily Press. Name: Ralph Mechur Age: 64 Occupation: Architect Neighborhood of residence: Northeast Neighbors Own/Rent: both Marital status: Divorced Kids: three adult children, all SAMO graduates Political affiliation:... Read more →

News

Council candidate: Nick Boles

Nick Boles is running for City Council. The following answers were submitted in response to questions from the Daily Press. Name: Nick Boles Age: 28 Occupation: Non- Profit Consultant/ Entrepreneur Neighborhood: Mid- City Own/Rent: Rent Marital status: Single Political affiliation: Democrat Schooling: Montclair College Preparatory... Read more →