A standing room only crowd of Santa Monica Democratic Club members gathered in the Martin Luther King Auditorium in the Main Library Wednesday night to endorse candidates for the November 4
general election.

To win endorsement, candidates had to receive at least 55 percent of the votes cast. In her first run for elective office, Sue Himmelrich, a lawyer and 21-year-resident, was the only City Council candidate to win the Club’s endorsement in the first round.

Incumbent Kevin McKeown won a sufficient number of votes in the second round of voting to qualify.

None of the other Council candidates, including Planning Commissioners Richard McKinnon and Jennifer Kennedy, Chair of the Parks and Rec Commission, Phil Brock, former Surf Santa Monica
columnist Frank Gruber, and former Council member and mayor Michael Feinstein, won the mandatory 55 percent to qualify for endorsement.

All three candidates for the Rent Control Board, Nicole Phillis, Steve Duron, and Todd Flora, incumbent, met the 55 percent requirement, as did School Board incumbents Laurie Lieberman, Ralph Mechur and Oscar de la Torre, and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, vice-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights.

Santa Monica College incumbent trustees Louise Jaffe, Nancy Greenstein and Barry Snell all won the Club’s endorsement.

The Democrats voted to endorse all the ballot measures, but Measure D “Shall the Santa Monica City Charter be amended to require the City to continue to operate the Santa Monica Airport in a manner that supports its aviation uses unless the voters approve the Airport’s closure or change in use, and until that voter approval occurs, the City shall be prohibited from imposing additional restrictions on aviation support services to tenants and airport users that inhibit fuel sales or the full use of aviation facilities?”

Measure FS: Shall the City Charter be amended to establish a maximum annual registration fee of up to $288 per controlled rental unit and to limit the amount that landlords may pass through to tenants to 50% of the registration fee?

Measure H: Shall an ordinance be adopted that amends the real estate transfer tax so that for commercial and non-commercial real estate sold for one million dollars or more, the tax rate would be $9 for each thousand dollars of sales price?

Measure HH ADVISORY VOTE ONLY: If the proposed transfer tax on commercial and non-commercial real estate sales is approved by voters, should the revenue be used to preserve, repair, renovate and construct affordable housing for low-income people who work or live in Santa Monica, including seniors, veterans, working families and persons with disabilities?

Measure LC: Shall the City Charter be amended to: (1) prohibit new development on Airport land, except for parks, public open spaces and public recreational facilities, until the voters approve limits on the uses and development that may occur on the land; and (2) affirm the City Council’s authority to manage the Airport and to close all or part of it?

Medical Marijuana Initiative: An initiative measure amending the Municipal Code to allow two medical marijuana collectives to operate in the City of Santa Monica, establishing a priority for prospective operators who already posses specific types of business licenses, and imposing operational restrictions on collectives, including restrictions on location and hours of operation. Petitions currently being circulated.

Bergamot Transit Village / Hines Development Agreement Referendum Ordinance 2454 (CCS) was repealed during the May 13, 2014 City Council meeting. Read More About Bergamot Transit Village / Hines Development Agreement Referendum

To be eligible to vote, people needed to be registered Democrats and members of the club. Co-president Jay Johnson presided.

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