Mayor Says No on Prop Y

Increasing the sales tax is wrong.

Mayor Bobby Shriver, in opposing this tax said: “The City is rich…” and to say “the City is in some sort of financial extremis is just not borne out by the facts.”

Residents’ objections to Y:

1. Revenues have been secured by a raise in taxes already. A 10% Utility Tax expansion to “preserve essential City services and school programs” was approved by voters in 2008.

2. There are serious unintended consequences. Increasing the sales tax to over 10% can drive many people to shop elsewhere — causing permanent harm to our community. Loss of local small businesses, local jobs and convenient goods and services hurts the Santa Monica neighborhoods we want to preserve and maintain. Local character should not be put at risk.

3. This tax money can be used for ANY purpose. The possibility of education funding is only a politician’s promise. There’s no guarantee schools or police and fire departments will receive monies from this tax increase.

4. The city budget is growing. It has increased $25 million in the past two years to over a half billion dollars! Per capita, Santa Monica is one of the richest municipal governments in the state. In fact, dozens now draw lucrative annual City pensions over $100,000, with many more in the wings.

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Don’t Miss the Adventures in Santa Monica Tour – This Sunday!

How much fun can you handle in one afternoon? You won’t want to miss the Conservancy’s “Adventures in Santa Monica” tour this Sunday, August 15, from 11am-3pm. The tour will take you to out-of-the way, off-the-beaten track or behind-the-scenes at ten sites in and near Santa Monica. Docents will be stationed at each site to give you the scoop.

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Save Our Schools Grand Finale Celebration

The “SOS Grand Finale Celebration” marks the culmination of the Save Our Schools 60- day emergency fundraising campaign. The event will highlight the campaign accomplishments and recognize the people and organizations who helped make this campaign a success.

WHAT: SOS Grand Finale Celebration: a community celebration of what we can accomplish when we work together.
WHO: Speakers at the event include Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Tim Cuneo, and members of the SMMUSD Board of Education.
WHERE: Santa Monica High School Science Quad. Parking available in the North Lot. Enter the lot through the alley just West of Lincoln Blvd.
WHEN: Sunday, August 15th 4pm – 7pm

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Questions Without Answers


1. The City recently bought a 52,000 square foot parcel at Fifth and Arizona for $45 million. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the parcel was described as the site of a new parking structure.

Can you calculate the cost of each parking space (land +materials +labor), and how many cars will have to park in each space to pay off those costs?

2. Two decades ago, there was a Spanish language movie theater on Third Street, just north of Broadway. As part of its plans for the Promenade, the City wanted three first-run movie complexes. To that end, City officials promised the theater operator that they would find him another location, if he would give up his Third Street location. He did, and a theater chain took over.

Did the City keep its promise?

Save Our Schools Campaign Goes Out with a “Bash”

As the “Save Our Schools” campaign begins its final week , plans are afoot for a “SOS Grand Finale Celebration” on Sunday, August 15 from 4pm to 7pm at the Santa Monica High School Science Quad. The event will include announcements of totals raised.

The final week of the campaign will rely heavily on last-minute donors and those who are in a position to increase their current commitment. The campaign has already earned over a million dollars, or about 20% of the funding lost when Measure A, the local school funding measure, did not reach the two-thirds vote required to pass last May.

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