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Monthly Poll Focuses on Nepotism, Pedestrian Safety
By Jorge Casuso
November 29, 2021 -- The latest monthly poll of "civically engaged" Santa Monica residents found that most approve of the City's new nepotism policy and believe more should be done to increase pedestrian safety.
The short text survey of some 200 residents conducted from November 17 to 26 also found that nearly two-thirds of respondents disapprove of vaccine requirements for children.
In addition, a little more than half disagree with the hotel union’s attempt to block the Olympics in LA, according to the tenth Santa Monica Pulse Poll conducted by the union watchdog group Eyes on Local 11.
Asked if they believed the City "needs to take action to increase pedestrian safety" in the wake of a fatal hit-and-run collision, 74 percent said yes.
Another 16 percent said no and about 10 percent weren't sure.
The survey question was prompted by a fatal hit-and-run collision November 13 that killed a man crossing Pico Boulevard ("Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver," November 15, 2021).
It marked the second hit-and-run collision in two weeks and the fourth pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica this year.
According to police data, approximately 70 collisions involving pedestrians have taken place this year, with 65 resulting in injury.
There were four fatal traffic collisions involving pedestrians last year and three in 2019, according to police. In 2018, there were no pedestrian fatalities following a record eight the previous year.
The leap in pedestrian fatalities prompted the Council to order faster action on a sweeping re-design of city streets to enhance pedestrian safety and carve a post for a Safe Streets "Czar" ("Santa Monica City Council Calls for Safe Streets 'Czar,'" May 11, 2017).
This month's Santa Monica Pulse poll also asked respondents if they approved of a nepotism policy adopted by the City Council ("City Council Gets Personal Approving Nepotism Policy," November 15, 2021).
The policy, which took effect immediately, bars the "wife, husband, registered domestic partner, son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister" of a Councilmember from serving on a board, commission or task force.
Sixty-seven percent said they approve of the policy, 14 percent said they disapprove and the rest were unsure.
In addition, the poll also asked if residents approved of Governor Newsom’s mandate that requires schoolchildren to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
"Although our previous polling questions regarding vaccine mandates have resulted in about a 50/50 split between those who approve and disapprove, answers were a little different this time around," said Charlyce Bozzello, communications director at the Center for Union Facts, which oversees the poll.
Unlike the November poll, the August poll asked the residents' positions on vaccine mandates for City employees and for indoor public spaces ("Slim Majority of Santa Monica Residents Oppose Vaccine Mandates, According to Monthly Poll," August 27, 2021).
The latest poll also asked if residents agreed with Unite Here Local 11’s attempt to block the Olympic and Paralympic games from being held in LA "unless its demands are met first -- mainly, a demand for guaranteed unionized hotel jobs."
Fifty-four percent disagreed, 21 percent agreed and a quarter were unsure.
As with previous polls, the latest Santa Monica Pulse poll was sent to some 1,000 residents who "previously opted in to receive more information on education efforts surrounding crime and safety in their city."
It had a 20 percent response rate, the highest of any poll so far.
Those who wish to be included in the next poll, should email their name and cell phone number to SaMoPulse@gmail.com. To view the poll results click here
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