Challenge Focuses Spotlight on Finance Law
October 26 -- Tucked along the City’s tree-canopied industrial
corridor, a billboard heralding that Santa Monica is “for sale by
City Council” is taking on an increasingly high profile.
One Wants to Play with U
October 11 -- A consequential change to the city charter seems
to be sailing along to the November election without a hint of opposition
in a city that usually prides itself on political controversy.
Sends Voters Message
October 6 – Hoping size matters, opponents of a City Council
sponsored initiative to override a voter-approved anti-corruption law
have taken the unusual step of splashing their message on a billboard
on a busy Santa Monica thoroughfare.
October 2 -- The war on drugs came down to the grassroots level
when supporters of Measure Y squared off against local police on the enforcement
of marijuana laws in Santa Monica in a debate on CityTV.
a Wrong, or Just Plain Wrong
September 28 -- Does Measure W thwart the will of the people,
or does it replace a badly written law? That’s what voters will
have to decide when they’re asked whether the proposition on November’s
ballot should replace the controversial “Oaks Amendment,”
which prohibits elected officials from profiting from their position.
September 26 -- It was two against one as Heal the Bay Executive
Director Mark Gold and City Councilmember Richard Bloom debated Don Gray
on the merits of Measure V, a property tax that will fund upgrades to
the storm drainage system and other water management projects designed
to clean the bay
Money, Good Prices
September 25 -- After more than a year of planning, the
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is asking voters to approve
a school facilities improvement bond, and supporters and opponents of
the measure squared off in front of CityTV cameras last week hoping to
win voters to their sides.
the School Bond Money Trail
August 28 -- If the results of a recent poll are right, most
Santa Monica and Malibu residents favor spending more money to improve
local school facilities.But say “school bond financing” and
watch your listener’s eyes glaze over. Many voters don’t know
where bond money comes from and where it ultimately winds up, let alone
how the amount of a bond is decided in the first place.
Places Amendments to Anti-Corruption Initiative on Ballot
August 15 -- Over the outcries of consumer advocates and testimony
by a campaign finance expert that more can be done, the City Council voted
last week to place amendments on the November ballot that many say will
weaken an anti-corruption measure approved by Santa Monica voters six
Loads Up Local Ballot
July 27 – The November 7 ballot promises to be crowded
with local initiatives, after the City Council Tuesday night took steps
to place at least four measures before voters.
Bond Likely in November
June 29 – Bolstered by the results of a poll, a who’s
who of Santa Monica and Malibu school supporters Wednesday urged the School
Board to place a $400 million bond on the November ballot.
Backs More Power for City Manager
June 15 -- Clearing the first hurdle in his quest for more hiring
and firing power, City manager Lamont Ewell Tuesday received the unanimous
backing of the City Council, which pushed ahead with changes to the city’s
Manager Seeks more Power over Hiring, Firing
June 13 -- After weeks of speculation, City Manager Lamont Ewell
on Tuesday will push a plan to eliminate civil service protections for
some top City workers and ask the City Council to help him place the proposed
charter changes before local voters in November.
Calls for Municipal Reforms
June 8 -- If Santa Monica’s government is to run more effectively,
City Council members should be better paid and have a personal staff,
and the city manager should wield more power, Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Shriver
told the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica.