2010: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About SMRR, But Were Afraid to Ask

Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) representatives have held all or a majority of the seats on the City   Council, the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District board of education, Santa Monica College board of trustees and Rent Control Board for more than two decades. SMRR claims it has “thousands” of members. Less than 300 attended the SMRR convention in August to endorse (see “Who’s Running the City?”)

Its first mailer arrived in our mailboxes last week. It’s a quiz.
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Upcoming Candidate Forums

Sponsored by various local groups/organizations/newspapers:

The Santa Monica municipal elections on Nov. 2 are a month away. A number of forums will be held in the coming weeks to keep the community informed and educated on the candidates for City Council, school board and Rent Control Board as well as the measures that will appear on the ballot, including a half-cent sales tax increase and enhanced protections for tenants facing eviction.

October 6
Candidates Forum, Board of Education
League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund
Cosponsor: SMMPTA Council
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
SMMUSD District Offices / Board Room
1651 16th Street, Santa Monica
This forum will be taped for replay by CityTV of Santa Monica.

Public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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CEPS Announces Endorsements

Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) has announced the candidates it endorses and will   support in two local contests in the November 2nd election.

The decade-old “education-focused” Political Action Committee (PAC) will back Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day for Santa Monica City Council, two-year terms, Bob HolbrooK, Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor and Ted Winterer for four-year Council terms.

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2010 — A 2008 Rerun?

Two years ago, residents lost Proposition T, which would have limited new commercial development to 75,000 sq. ft. a year, to an $800,000 tsunami of  lies, an unprecedented assault by City Hall on a citizens’ ballot measure, the betrayal of  residents by the majority of  their alleged  representatives, an inert media, and the debut of  the SMRR (power)  + developers ($800,000) + schools (cause) axis.

It was written and backed by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City.  Over 10,000 residents signed petitions to qualify T for   the ballot.
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Lead Endorses Cady, Lieberman, Snell for Board of Education

LEAD (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Direction), an education advocacy group of parents and interested residents has endorsed three candidates for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education.

The organization, which advocates transparency and strong leadership in the district, is backing : challengers Pat Cady and Laurie Lieberman, and Barry Snell, the current Board President.

Candidates were evaluated and endorsed on the basis of their responses to a written LEAD questionnaire, their performances at last week’s LEAD/CEPS candidate forum, and “evidence of their effectiveness and leadership within the community on important school and district issues.”‘

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