Santa Monica Lookout
|Deadlines Loom in Busy Santa Monica Election Campaign Week||
By Jonathan Friedman
October 24, 2016 -- If you are not registered to vote and want to participate in the November 8 Santa Monica election, time is ticking.
The deadline to register is today, and you can do it online at registertovote.ca.gov. The registration deadline is one of three important days in this busy week of the election season.
Tuesday marks the final day to enter the City Council race as a write-in candidate.
As of Friday, Arts Commissioner Phil Brock was the only person to pull paper for a potential run (“Brock Launches Write-in Campaign for Santa Monica City Council,” October 19, 2016).
Brock told The Lookout late last week that he would make a final decision by Monday morning.
Write-in council candidacies are rare in Santa Monica, with only three people having made the attempt in the past four decades (“Write-in Candidacy Path Rarely Chosen in Santa Monica,” October 21, 2016).
The other big day this week is Thursday, which is the deadline for the various campaigns to submit their second major campaign financial statements -- the final one before Election Day.
Unless something significantly unexpected is revealed on Thursday, the financial statements will show that the campaign against the slow-growth proposal Measure LV has attracted the most money this year.
A milestone was crossed last week when NMS Properties gave $60,000 to one of the two major groups campaigning against the measure -- bringing the total being raised to defeat the proposal to more than $1 million.
Meanwhile, the committee campaigning for the measure has received $43,000 and more than $8,000 worth of non-monetary contributions.
Santa Monica residents have a large number of decisions to make in this election.
The ballot includes a contest for four seats on the City Council (“Santa Monica Ballot Set with 10 Council Candidates,” August 22, 2016), five local measures, two countywide measures, 17 State measures as well as elections for the rent control and Santa Monica College boards.
There is also, of course, the presidential election and the battle between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
In addition, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu and State Assemblyman Richard Bloom are facing re-election, although neither is expected to struggle to victory. Three judicial seat contests also are on the ballot.
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