Santa Monica Lookout
|Brock Appointed to Santa Monica Arts Commission, "Evaluating" School Board Bid||
By Jonathan Friedman
August 11, 2016 -- Santa Monica slow-growth activist Phil Brock shocked many political observers last month when he announced he would run for a school board seat rather than make another City Council bid, but now he might do neither.
Brock told The Lookout on Wednesday that he would soon determine what to do after City Council members appointed him to the Arts Commission the previous day.
“I will evaluate my bid for the school board over the next 48 hours,” wrote Brock in an email. “In the interim, I am thrilled to be able to continue my volunteer efforts for the city I love on the Arts Commission.”
He had previously served on the Recreation and Parks Commission, but his tenure recently came to an end after nearly 14 years due to term limits.
Brock will serve the final two years of another commissioner’s four-year appointment.
His appointment was not without drama. Thirteen-year resident Summer Vaugn was also nominated.
Brock received four votes (Gleam Davis, Ted Winterer, Sue Himmelrich and Tony Vazquez) and Vaugn received three (Pam O'Connor, Kevin McKeown and Terry O'Day).
If Brock decides to continue his school board pursuit, he will face a tough challenge in the contest for three seats.
He failed to obtain an endorsement from Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) at its convention last month. That went to elected incumbent Maria Leon-Vazquez, appointed incumbent Ralph Mechur and challenger Jon Kean ("Santa Monica Incumbents Dominate in SMRR Endorsements for Elected Boards,"August 1, 2016).
A SMRR endorsement is not required to win a school board election, but a victory without it is difficult. Six of the seven current board members were SMRR endorsees.
Two other potential candidates pulled papers this week -- Paul Whitehead and Jason Feldman. The deadline to return the papers signed by 100 registered school district voters is August 17.
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