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More than 100 people have applied to be an interim council member following the unexpected resignation of Councilman Greg Morena last month.

Morena resigned in June due to concerns over his family business. Morena’s family operates the Albright restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier and he said at the time the business was in jeopardy unless he was able to secure a new lease. As his landlord is a division of the City, negotiations would have been a conflict of interest so he stepped down.

Morena’s seat will be up for election in November as part of the general election and the council voted to appoint someone to temporarily fill the seat for the next four months.

Applications were due by noon on July 7 and 82 people submitted paperwork. Candidates were asked about their current service on city boards/commissions, their qualifications for the position, goals, vision for the city and personal qualities.

Candidates include former and current commissioners, artists, financial professionals, a boat captain, stylists, lawyers, Realtors, sales agents, scientists, medical professionals, parents and many other professions.

Staff said the final pool of candidates would be finalized in the coming days as officials must verify everyone who applies is a registered voter in the city. Council will make their decision at the July 14 council meeting.

Applications can be viewed online at

https://www.smgov.net/Departments/Clerk/Boards_and_Commissions/City_Council_Appointment.aspx

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