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Most Santa Monica Residents Back Newsom Recall, Ban on Lobbyists, Poll Finds

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July 22, 2021 -- A monthly poll of "civically engaged" Santa Monica residents found that most plan to vote to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom and also support a ban on lobbyists serving on local boards and Commissions.

In addition, the poll of some 170 residents found that half of the respondents believe police presence has decreased since last year and support the appointment of Lana Negrete to the Council.

The Santa Monica Pulse survey -- conducted between July 15 and 21 -- asked how respondents plan to vote in the September 14 special election to recall Newsom.

Fifty-four percent said they plan to vote for the recall, 41 percent said they plan to vote against the recall and 5 percent were not sure.

The poll also asked residents to weigh in on the Council's unanimous decision this month directing staff to craft an ordinance that bars lobbyists from serving on a board, commission or task force.

Of those who responded, 81 percent supported an ordinance, 6 percent opposed it and 13 percent said they were not sure.

Based on a Beverly Hills law, the measure would bar "any member of a board, commission, or task force from simultaneously acting" as a lobbyist ("Council to Consider Barring Lobbyists From Boards and Commissions," July 8, 2021).

It also would preclude "any individual who in the prior two years has been acting as a lobbyist/legislative advocate from being appointed" to those bodies.

The monthly poll -- which in the past has found that crime and homelessness were the top priorities among residents -- this th=ime gauged their take on law enforcement's response to crime.

Asked about their "personal experience with recent police presence in the city," 50 percent said they see a "decreased presence relative to last year," 15 percent see an increased presence, while 35 percent see no change.

The question was prompted by "some public officials (who) say that residents aren’t seeing enough police patrolling the streets ("Gruesome Murder Attempt Highlights Differing Views on Crime Reports," July 6, 2021).

The monthly poll also asked residents to weigh in on the Council's June 29 vote to appoint Lana Negrete -- "who has advocated for addressing crime and homelessness" -- to fill the vacancy left by Councilmember Kevin McKeown's abrupt retirement.

Of those who responded, 49 percent approved, 12 percent disapproved and 38 percent were unsure.

Until her swearing in, Negrete was a member of the the newly formed Public Safety and Reform Advisory Commission ("Council Appoints Negrete to Fill McKeown's Seat," June 29, 2021).

She received the backing of the three "Change" Councilmembers -- Phil Brock, Oscar de la Torre and Christine Parra --, who were joined by Gleam Davis. Councilmember Kristin McCowan subsequently changed her vote to Negrete, while Mayor Sue Himmelrich cast the lone opposing vote.

As with previous polls, the latest Santa Monica Pulse poll conducted by the hotel union watchdog group Eyes on Local 11 was sent to some 1,000 residents and this time had a 17 percent response rate.

The poll was sent via text to "a group of civically engaged Santa Monica residents who had previously opted in to receive more information on education efforts surrounding crime and safety in their city."

Those who wish to be included in the next poll, should email their name and cell phone number to To view the poll results click here

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