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November 6, 1998
Library supporters are praising the overwhelming passage of the city's Proposition L, a bond measure that will provide $25 million for library improvements. Eighty percent of voters supported the measure, far more than the required two-thirds approval. City librarian Wini Allard said the bonds will be used primarily to expand the existing main library and upgrade technology and facilities at the three branches.
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November 8, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A proposal to expand the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from five members to nine was defeated in Tuesday's election. And in a 15-candidate race, L.A. County Assessor Rick Auerbach held a strong lead. A nationally watched effort to stymie the living wage movement lost resoundingly in Santa Monica. In another key Santa Monica race, tough campaign finance limits on local politicians were headed for approval.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996
The Santa Monica City Council has rejected placing a proposed charter amendment on the November ballot to strengthen tenant protection against landlord harassment, acting instead to have the city attorney's office write an ordinance. The council late Tuesday split 3-3, with one member absent, on the proposed amendment. Four votes were required to place the measure on the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND and GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When a local ballot measure in Santa Monica draws $1 million in corporate backing and sets off an explosion of grass-roots opposition, you know there's something bigger going on. In fact, Proposition KK, the so-called living wage initiative, is viewed by partisans across the country as a battle between free market forces and a wave of labor-backed social activism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1996
Santa Monica officials are looking for a way to build a public safety building after voters rejected a $29.5-million bond measure Tuesday that would have helped pay for a facility to house the city's police, fire and emergency operations. Proposition EE, which would have authorized Santa Monica to issue general obligation bonds to pay for the building, fell short of the needed two-thirds vote by less than 5 percentage points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1996
Just in time for the local and national elections, a new on-line computer database gives Santa Monica residents information on officials seeking reelection, their challengers and the issues. The Center for Governmental Studies, a public policy research organization, has launched the Democracy Network, a Web page offering information on every Santa Monica elected office. When users type in their ZIP codes, all national, state and local candidates listed on their ballot will appear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a relatively close contest, Long Beach voters elected a first-time politician to the mayor's office Tuesday, giving former community college president Beverly O'Neill the nod over two-term City Councilman Ray Grabinski. City voters also elected their first Latina to the City Council, former school board member Jenny Oropeza, and may have elected two--if Tonia Reyes Uranga's 29-vote lead over her challenger holds up. An undetermined number of absentee and other ballots have yet to be counted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1990
Santa Monica City Council members approved an agreement with restaurateur Michael McCarty for the construction of a 160-room, $300-a-night luxury hotel on beach land the state owns and the city manages. But voters in this coastal city will have the final say on the project. The council also agreed late Wednesday night to place a measure on the ballot asking whether the hotel should be built. The Pacific Coast Highway site has been occupied by the Sand and Sea Club since the early 1960s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica is having an identity crisis. In Tuesday's election, there is a strong chance that voters will decide it's time for the city to be much less hospitable to the homeless. They also may well decide to make a major concession to landlords on rent control. And they may serve notice that the city's soak-the-developers approach toward financing social services has backfired. Is the seaside bastion of fire-breathing liberalism taking a lurch to the right?
NEWS
November 7, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In suburban Los Angeles County, Santa Monica voters sent mixed messages over growth, rent control and homelessness, West Hollywood appeared unwilling to approve card club gambling, the Sierra Club was on the verge of unseating obscure water bureaucrats in the San Gabriel Valley and a judicial candidate in Downey lost after being publicly criticized by a son born out of wedlock. West Hollywood voted 75% to 25% against a Commerce-style card club with one-quarter of the votes counted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters in Santa Monica and two other California cities will consider a citizen-led ballot measure next week that supporters say would level the playing field of local politics by barring elected officials from accepting gifts, money or jobs from developers, contractors or others who have benefited from their votes. But many city officials have lambasted the initiative, listed on Santa Monica's Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge refused Wednesday to order that a Santa Monica City Council candidate be listed on the November ballot as a "peace activist," his preferred designation. In denying Jerry Rubin's request for a preliminary injunction against the city clerk, U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts urged the candidate's lawyer to appeal his ruling to a higher court immediately. "I want to see this issue get to the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals] as quickly as possible," Letts told Rubin's lawyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Monica City Council has been forced to put a hotel-backed initiative on the November ballot that requires pay raises for some city workers, but forbids the council from enacting a citywide living wage law. To put the measure on the ballot, Santa Monicans for a Living Wage, a group organized by the city's luxury beach hotels, spent more than $400,000 to gather 9,815 signatures to qualify the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it a battle for the hearts, minds and signatures of Santa Monica voters. Business owners and labor organizers in the prosperous seaside city are waging an emotional tussle over two vastly different proposals to boost the minimum wage for groups of workers. Most recently, the conflict has moved to the parking lots and food courts of local supermarkets and retail centers, where petitioners are gathering signatures to put one of the plans on the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1999 | DEANNA WELCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
California's first weekend election produced a landslide Santa Monica City Council victory for a longtime community activist and easy passage of a measure strengthening renters' protections. The Santa Monica City Council, worried about low turnout in a conventional special election, scheduled Saturday and Sunday balloting and drew nearly 15,000 voters, a 27% turnout, officials said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the first day of Santa Monica's historic weekend election, a handful of voters trickled into a City Hall polling place past a crowd of some 200 homeless people waiting patiently outside for their free lunches. Restless poll workers with nothing better to do Saturday watched television at one polling place next to a bustling farmers market. At another polling place inside a coffeehouse, even the lure of free gourmet coffee wasn't enough to dramatically turn up the turnout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1988
One of Santa Monica's principal political factions, in the throes of an election campaign to gain a majority on the City Council, has been accused of mailing out thousands of illegal absentee ballot applications. Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, a liberal group with ties to Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), mailed 10,000 to 20,000 absentee-ballot applications to area voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it a battle for the hearts, minds and signatures of Santa Monica voters. Business owners and labor organizers in the prosperous seaside city are waging an emotional tussle over two vastly different proposals to boost the minimum wage for groups of workers. Most recently, the conflict has moved to the parking lots and food courts of local supermarkets and retail centers, where petitioners are gathering signatures to put one of the plans on the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an idealistic attempt to boost voter turnout, Santa Monica is preparing to hold California's first weekend election in April. But if history is a judge, don't expect much. Experiments by other states from Oregon to Texas to Connecticut have found no correlation between weekend voting and voter enthusiasm. Experts say citizens who put off weekday voting to attend to the responsibilities of work and family are likely to make the same choice on Saturday, skipping voting for leisure activities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998
Library supporters are praising the overwhelming passage of the city's Proposition L, a bond measure that will provide $25 million for library improvements. Eighty percent of voters supported the measure, far more than the required two-thirds approval. City librarian Wini Allard said the bonds will be used primarily to expand the existing main library and upgrade technology and facilities at the three branches.
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