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Recommended Deadline Nears for Santa Monica Ballot Measure Petitions
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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

May 18, 2016 -- Absentee balloting for Santa Monica residents voting in the June primary election has only just begun, but an important deadline is already fast approaching for the November general election.

The City Clerk’s Office recommends activists petitioning for ballot measure items submit their paperwork accompanied by the required number of signatures by Friday.

The actual deadline is in July, but because of a lengthy procedure that follows petition submission, meeting the early date is encouraged.

Residocracy has already submitted its petition for the LUVE initiative, which calls for a requirement of voter approval on a significant number of planning decisions, accompanied by what it says are 10,000 signatures (“Organizers for Santa Monica LUVE Initiative Say Signature Goal Met,” May 3, 2016).

County officials will determine if Residocracy collected at least 6,500 valid signatures, which is needed to require the City Council to either approve the measure or place it on the November ballot.

The other ballot measure petition circulating is one that would make the City attorney an elected position. The Lookout contacted the campaign for a status update, and received the following response:

“We will be sending an update announcement [on Thursday] related to both the [Friday recommended deadline] and the very important hearing being held at City Council on May 24 regarding the current City attorney's job performance,” wrote Ben Fordham, a colleague of AIDS Walk Los Angeles founder Craig Miller, who spearheaded the campaign.

Fordham continued, “Thanks for your continued interest. We are pleased by all the progress being made.”

Miller had a lengthy dispute with the City about nonprofit advertising on the Big Blue Bus that was resolved earlier this year.

He told The Lookout in February that this dispute was not his reason for proposing the measure, but rather he did not believe Marsha Moutrie, who has been City attorney since her 1993 appointment, was held accountable.

Moutrie told The Lookout she disagreed with the allegation (“Activist Wants City Attorney Chosen by Santa Monica Voters,” February 22, 2016).

In the vast majority of California municipalities, including Santa Monica, the city attorney is appointed.

Three cities with populations similar or smaller to that of Santa Monica choose the city attorney through an election, according to The Lookout's research. They are Redondo Beach, San Rafael and Compton.

Another election-related deadline is also approaching. Next Monday is the final day for residents to register to vote and be able to participate in the June 7 primary election.

Several items are on the ballot, including the election of the nation's president and California’s next representative in the U.S. Senate.

State Assemblyman Richard Bloom and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, both Democrats, are running for re-election.

They both only have one opponent (Republican Kenneth Right for U.S. House and Republican Matthew Craffey for Assembly). So, regardless of the outcome, the two match-ups will be repeated in the November election.


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