VOTERS BEWARE! LAST MINUTE POLITICAL BLITZ HITS

From The Transparency Project

Over the past few days, a series of deceptive pamphlets have suddenly appeared in mailboxes and on doorsteps in the Ocean Park and Mid Cities neighborhoods. In Ocean Park, the misleading pieces have been left in reusable bright green shopping bags emblazoned with the names of candidates they support.

These fallacious pamphlets are promoting pro-development candidates for City Council by making up generic, plain vanilla neighborhood values that are the opposite of what these developers want to bring to our city. The developers then claim that “their” candidates are for these “pretend” values.

There are NO neighborhood associations in front of or behind this cynical political advertising. This attempt to hide behind neighborhoods and neighborhood groups is meant to fool voters in order to re elect Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day to a Council that will approve their massive projects.

The seven neighborhood associations in Santa Monica;
Friends of Sunset Park
North of Montana Association
Noetheast Neighbors
Ocean Park Association
Pico Neighborhood Association
Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors
Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition
have worked long and hard on big issues facing Santa Monica, including over development and traffic, not the values falsely ascribed in these pamphlets. The reputations of the neighborhood groups are being negatively impacted by this end run political advertising with implied endorsements none of them has or would make.

Voters Beware!
Expect this last minute political advertising blitz by the developer Pac, Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future, to arrive at your home before the election – the PAC has plenty of money to spend and millions to lose if they don’t get their way.

SCHOOL BOND MEASURE GAINS SUPPORT

By Hannah Heineman

The voters of Santa Monica and Malibu will decide next Tuesday whether to pass a $365 million school bond measure (Measure ES). According to the President of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s (SMMUSD) School Board, Ben Allen, the measure has garnered a lot of support that he hopes will result in its approval by voters.

In an interview with the Dispatch, Allen noted, “There has been a coalescing of folks in Santa Monica and Malibu who are supporting Measure ES. We’re in a good place with the endorsements from the Santa Monica City Council, two Malibu School Board candidates, the Malibu Times, and the Santa Monica Daily Press.”

If the measure is approved by the voters, homeowners would, on average, pay $185 per year and renters about $16 per year to help fund improvements to the facilities in the School District.

Allen stressed that “Santa Monica High School is desperately in need of a facelift. It looks the same as when I was a student there 20 years ago and it looks the same as 20 years before I was a student there.” The measure would help pay for a lot of the needs that were identified during the district’s preparation for the $268 million facilities bond (Measure BB) that was approved by the voters in 2006.

According to Allen, the current measure would also allow the “upgrading of the district’s technical infrastructure all the way by having a fund to keep up with the technology as we move forward.” He also hopes it will be a green bond, “taking into account sustainable building practices” that will include energy-efficient features.

When it came to deciding whether to place this measure on the ballot along with two statewide propositions that are designed to support education, Allen said, “our sense was the needs were there and the conditions made sense to put it on the ballot this time around. Our polling said the timing was good.”

Allen went on to say that the District “takes its financial oversight very seriously. We have several independent citizen oversight committees that oversee the expenditures of the bond monies and we have one of the highest bond ratings in the state. This is reflective not only of our prudent financial stewardship but also the higher the bond rating the better the deal we will be able to get for the bonds for the taxpayers.” The four committees that would oversee the Measure ES bond expenditures would be the Financial Oversight Committee, the Proposition 39 Auditing Committee, the Measure ES Committee and the Special Site Committee in Malibu, which would focus its efforts exclusively on expenditures in Malibu.

DAY OF THE DEAD EXHIBIT AT HIGH SCHOOL

The Santa Monica High School Art Department will present an El dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead exhibit in the Roberts Art Gallery in the History Building at Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, November 1st, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Come see the incredible art made by Samohi students, Ms West’s John Adams Middle School students, and Ms Chen’s Grant Elementary School students. Altars will be presented by Ms Baustista’s AP Spanish class, PYFC, and Ms Gutierrez’s Ceramics II class.

There will also be a dance performance and food!

Please contact Ms Fischer for gallery visits and/or more information at 310-396-2640 x 71441, or at TFischer@smmusd.org

FINAL COUNCIL CANDIDATE EVENTS

Friday, November 2nd – Coffee with Steve Duron, Candidate for City Council – 8 to 9:30 a.m. Starbucks at Marine Avenue and Lincoln Blvd.

Saturday, November 3rd – Coffee with Steve Duron, Candidate for City Council – 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 829 Wilshire Blvd.

Saturday, November 3rd – Jerry Rubin, Candidate for City Council – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Meet & Greet, 1444 Third Street Promenade.

Sunday, November 4th
– Coffee with Steve Duron, Candidate for City Council – 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dogtown Coffee, 2003 Main Street.

Monday, November 5th – Coffee with Steve Duron, Candidate for City Council – 9 to 11 a.m. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd.

Special Announcement! This is the last SM Candidate Events Update that Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors will be sending out before the election. We hope that you have checked out the candidates either at events or at their own websites, which you can find by going to our website given below. The biggest difference you can make right now besides voting for the candidate of your choice is by helping with precinct walking and getting out the vote. We hope you will use the contact information given on our website to contact candidates you believe would best represent your interests to ask what you might to do help them out. Thank you for your participation.

See our website for more information on all of the candidates: http://www.midcityneighbors.org/

CANDIDATES TALK ABOUT THE ARTS

Arts for LA invites you to read the responses to our Santa Monica City Council Candidate Survey and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Candidate Survey, now on ArtsforLA.org.

Each election cycle, Arts for LA invites registered candidates for elected office throughout our communities to respond to our brief questionnaire. Their responses help voters understand where each candidate stands on support for arts and culture in your community.

This fall, Arts for LA partnered with the California Alliance for Arts Education by contributing our school board candidate surveys to their Candidate Survey Project website, which now features responses from over fifty school districts in California.

Before you vote, please take a moment to better understand your candidates’ positions on the arts:

Santa Monica City Council Candidate Survey
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Candidate Survey

We appreciate your commitment to arts, culture, and arts education. Thank you for adding your voice to the cause. Together, we make arts and culture strong.

Arts for LA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts advocacy organization working to foster a healthy environment in which arts and culture may thrive and be accessible to all in Los Angeles County.Visit artsforla.org to learn more.