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  1. RE: Powerful Santa Monica Tenants Group Gets Fundraising Boost from its CandidatesRead the original story

    Oct 13, 2014 | The LookOut news

    RE: Powerful Santa Monica Tenants Group Gets Fundraising Boost from its Candidates October 14, 2014 -- As a longtime affordable housing advocate and disabled resident of Santa Monica, I am disheartened, but not surprised to learn of the apparent corrupt practices and people who run the tenants' rights organization: Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights . SMRR, which used to fight for renters' rights and affordable housing, is now a shell of its former self and little more than window dressing for a political machine that not only tries to dissuade tenants from organizing, but rigs its endorsement process for the friends of former Mayor Denny Zane.

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  2. Powerful Santa Monica Tenants Group Gets Fundraising Boost from its CandidatesRead the original story

    Oct 12, 2014 | The LookOut news

    By Daniel Larios Staff Writer October 13, 2014 This year, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights has received $110,000 in campaign contributions, its highest total in ten years, thanks to donations from candidates it endorsed and members of their families. What put the group over the top was a $10,000 donation made on Thursday by Housing Commissioner Michael Soloff, the husband of Planning Commissioner and City Council candidate Sue Himmelrich, according to campaign finance reports.

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  3. Challengers Lead in Fundraising in Santa Monica College, School Board RacesRead the original story

    Oct 9, 2014 | The LookOut news

    A month before the November 4 elections, challengers in races for the Santa Monica School and College boards are leading in campaign contributions. SMC professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jeswein, who is running for one of four open seats on the School Board, and Pico Neighborhood activist Maria Loya, who is running for one of four open seats on the College Board raised about $36,000 and $28,000 respectively between July 1 and September 30. Unlike City Council candidates, who are limited to $250 per contributor, there is no maximum amount of money School and College board candidates can receive.

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  4. Santa Monica Mayor Accused of Impropriety by Transparency GroupRead the original story

    Oct 8, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Mayor Pam O'Connor has been accused by the Santa Monica Transparency Project of accepting campaign contributions from developers in violation of the City's anti-corruption statute. The watchdog group, headed by slow-growth activist Mary Marlow, filed a complaint with the City Attorney's Office against O'Connor Wednesday for allegedly violating the Oaks Initiative statute 24 times since 2004, totaling some $4,000.

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  5. Santa Monica Mayor Oa Connor Tops Council Race Fundraising, Himmelrich Has Most Money to SpendRead the original story

    Oct 7, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Competing for a City Council seat without the backing of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights for the first time, Mayor Pam O'Connor needs all the help she can get in this year's election, especially when one of her main rivals has lent herself $90,000 and has the backing of the powerful tenants group. Some of O'Connor's help is coming in the form of financial contributions from supporters -- a total of $33,000, the highest in the 14-candidate field for three seats, according to disclosure statements released this week that cover the filing period through September 30. Although O'Connor raised the most money, she does not have the largest campaign account.

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  6. Santa Monica Library to Host Happiness WorkshopRead the original story

    Oct 7, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Santa Monica -- which is spending $1 million to evaluate its happiness -- will host a "Drawn to Happiness" Workshop on Saturday conducted by a local therapist The 2 p.m. workshop in the Main Library's Multipurpose Room will be led by Erica Curtis and is free to all attendees, although seating is on a first come, first served basis. The presentation and hands-on learning workshop will explores how drawing can be used to promote happiness and well-being.

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  7. Kuehl Supporters Erase Shrivera s Fundraising AdvantageRead the original story

    Oct 6, 2014 | The LookOut news

    After being handily outspent in the primary for County Supervisor by former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver and his supporters, former state senator Sheila Kuehl has turned the tables with less than a month left in the general election. Kuehl, who defeated Shriver in the primary, can count on nearly $1.8 million from both her own campaign coffers and a Super PAC set up to support her candidacy for Supervisor of the Third District, which includes Santa Monica and the Westside.

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  8. Sierra Club Backs Slow Growth Santa Monica CandidatesRead the original story

    Oct 6, 2014 | The LookOut news

    The Sierra Club, the nation's largest and oldest grassroots environmental organization, announced on Friday that it will back two challengers and an incumbent for the Santa Monica City Council race, all three slow-growth advocates. Incumbent Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioners Sue Himmelrich and Richard McKinnon will benefit from mailers sent to Sierra Club members, phone banking and volunteers to work their campaigns.

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  9. Santa Monica Review Introduces Fall Issue with ReadingRead the original story

    Oct 6, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Santa Monica College is throwing a party to celebrate the release of the Fall 2014 issue of the Santa Monica Review, the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a community college. The launch party/reading event "Santa Monica Review Presents..." will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.

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  10. Santa Monica Planning Commission Favorable to Lincoln PlanRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2014 | The LookOut news

    The Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday generally supported a plan that would turn the southern stretch of Lincoln Boulevard into an aesthetically pleasing street that invites walking. The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan would enhance 1.25 miles of the traffic thoroughfare between the I-10 Freeway and the city limits at Ozone Avenue with improved sidewalks, crosswalks, revamped facades and art murals.

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  11. Police Chief Earns Less Compensation Than Person Under Her CommandRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2014 | The LookOut news

    In her first full year as the head of the Santa Monica Police Department in 2013, Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks earned $417,427 in total compensation, according to information recently released by the City. That made Seabrooks the third-highest earner among City employees.

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  12. RE: Rivals Trade Jabs Regarding Economic Impact of Santa Monica AirportRead the original story

    Oct 2, 2014 | The LookOut news

    It's unfortunate sad, really that this story again lumps together aviation business and non-aviation businesses at SMO to calculate its economic impact. The Washington lobbyists financing Measure D want you to think SMO's economic impact comes strictly from aviation.

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  13. Waxman Backs Santa Monicans Kuehl, Allen in Key LA RacesRead the original story

    Oct 1, 2014 | The LookOut news

    U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, whose endorsement is highly-coveted in Los Angeles' liberal Westside, weighed in Monday on two key local races in his district that have attracted widespread attention. Waxman announced Monday that he would back former state senator Sheila Kuehl in the Los Angeles County Supervisor's race against former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver.

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  14. New Santa Monica Group Weighs in on Council Race ElectronicallyRead the original story

    Oct 1, 2014 | The LookOut news

    The slow-growth group that gathered more than 13,000 signatures to halt a major Santa Monica development earlier this year will mount a "neighbor to neighbor" campaign for three City Council candidates its members chose electronically. In an week-long election held online, some 500 members of Residocracy voted to endorse Parks and Recreation Commissioner Phil Brock , incumbent councilmember Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich in the race for three open council seats.

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  15. Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Annual FundraiserRead the original story

    Sep 30, 2014 | The LookOut news

    The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual fundraising salon to support its educational programs on October 12 at 3 p.m. at the historic Bundy House located at 401 25th Street. Tickets for the afternoon reception, which will feature music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, are $195 for Santa Monica Conservancy members and $225 for the general public.

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  16. Santa Monica Anti-Airport Group Cries Foul on Election AdsRead the original story

    Sep 30, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Opponents of a measure that would require voter approval on changes made to Santa Monica Airport claim that the Measure D campaign is illegally using names from its petition in campaign ads. Four Santa Monica residents whose names appear on a "Yes on D" campaign ad have said that they do not support the measure or gave permission for their names to be used, according to leaders of rival Measure LC.

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  17. Santa Monica Anti-Airport Group Backs Slow-Growth SlateRead the original story

    Sep 29, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Santa Monica's most vocal anti-airport group announced Monday that it is backing three slow-growth advocates in November's highly contentious City Council race. Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution , a decade-old group that advocates for the closure of the Santa Monica Airport, endorsed incumbent councilmember Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioners Richard McKinnon and Sue Himmelrich after their performance at the group's September 22 candidates forum.

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  18. Rivals Trade Jabs Regarding Economic Impact of Santa Monica AirportRead the original story

    Sep 29, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Leaders of the campaign opposing the aviation interests-sponsored Measure D say they have the smoking gun proving the Santa Monica Airport does not give the local and regional economies a boost. However, Measure D backers say this evidence actually shows the airport is "a leading generator of economic activity for the city and the region."

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  19. OPCC Celebrates 50 Years of Homeless Services in Santa MonicaRead the original story

    Sep 29, 2014 | The LookOut news

    Founded as a small, grassroots community resource center for low-income families in Santa Monica half a century ago, OPCC held a celebrity studded celebration Saturday as a model homeless services agency. The 50th anniversary fundraiser and musical gala at Santa Monica College's Broad Stage, was hosted by actor and OPCC Board Member Greg Germann and included performances by comedian Zach Galifianakis and Grammy Hall of Fame artist Judy Collins.

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  20. Santa Monicaa s Residocracy Launches Experiment in Electronic Endorsement VotingRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 | The LookOut news

    In what is Santa Monica's first online political endorsement vote, Residocracy members began weighing in on their candidate choices for City Council Wednesday. Between 1,500 to 1,600 members who had joined the group by its July 28 City Council Candidates Forum have received email notifications that they are eligible to vote for endorsements at Residocracy.org.

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