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Santa Monica Firefighter Decides Against Council Run
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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

July 27, 2016 -- Dominick Bei had originally planned to seek a unique role in the Santa Monica government by serving as both a City Council member and a firefighter. But he told The Lookout this week that he has decided not to run for council.

His decision came a few weeks after the City Attorney’s Office issued a paper stating Bei could not hold both positions.

The paper cited several court cases that Deputy City Attorney Isabel Birrueta said backed her office's position (“Santa Monica Firefighter Can’t Be on Council and Keep Job, City Attorney Says,” July 5, 2016).

When Bei announced his intention to run for council in June, he told The Lookout “the law is clear” that he could serve in both roles (“Santa Monica Firefighter Plans City Council Bid,” June 3, 2016).

Bei wrote in an email to The Lookout this week that his decision not to run for council was made “after much consideration.” He did not mention the potential legal conflict in the email.

“To work as a firefighter in this town is a great honor and a privilege,” he wrote. “I will continue to dedicate my time to assist the community with issues I am passionate about such as workforce housing, homelessness and protecting the unique charm and history of Santa Monica.”

He added, “There is a great group of candidates with a longstanding track record of sacrifice and public service. I look forward to following their example by serving the City that has given me so much.”

This year’s council race is for four seats. All four incumbents -- Tony Vazquez, Gleam Davis, Terry O’Day and Ted Winterer -- are running. Ten other people have taken the first step toward a potential run by pulling nomination papers from City Hall.

The deadline to pull papers and return them to City Hall signed by 100 registered Santa Monica voters is August 12.

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