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December 23, 1993
Breaking a lengthy stalemate, the Santa Monica City Council has unanimously selected a city attorney to replace Robert M. Myers, who was ousted 15 months ago in a dispute over the community's policies on the homeless. Marsha Jones Moutrie, a lawyer specializing in municipal law with the Los Angeles firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon, was selected late Tuesday night in closed session. The job pays $110,000 a year.
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July 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council has postponed until July 24 a vote on its long-debated living wage ordinance, which would increase the minimum wage to $10.50 for some workers in the beach and downtown areas. Citing unspecified concerns over the ordinance's language, the council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to refer questions to city staff. It is the second time the council has delayed almost-certain passage of a law expected to provoke an attempted referendum and lawsuits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council has postponed until July 24 a vote on its long-debated living wage ordinance, which would increase the minimum wage to $10.50 for some workers in the beach and downtown areas. Citing unspecified concerns over the ordinance's language, the council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to refer questions to city staff. It is the second time the council has delayed almost-certain passage of a law expected to provoke an attempted referendum and lawsuits.
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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.
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December 13, 1996
Saying they hoped to usher in a new era of cooperation, Santa Monica city leaders have decided to split the post of mayor between members of the city's rival political factions. The City Council voted Tuesday night to divide the new two-year mayoral term so that representatives from Santa Monicans for Renters Rights and the Coalition for a Safe Santa Monica will each occupy the city's top job. City Councilwoman Pam O'Connor of the renters group was sworn in Tuesday as the new mayor.
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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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1988
The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday elected third-term Councilman Dennis Zane as the city's mayor. Zane, a member of the city's liberal Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights political faction, was nominated by Councilman David Finkel and elected by a unanimous 7-0 vote to serve a two-year term as mayor. The 41-year-old former schoolteacher succeeds fellow Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights member James Conn, who did not seek reelection to the council, as mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987
Santa Monica City Councilman Alan Katz has announced that he will not run for reelection next year in order to devote more time to Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy's campaign for the U.S. Senate. Katz, who is McCarthy's chief of staff, said he preferred to use his spare time working on McCarthy's campaign rather than running his own campaign for City Council.
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December 9, 1989 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The American flag, often the center of controversy in national and foreign issues, has been unfurled in the contentious relationship between the Santa Monica Rent Control Board and area landlords. Last week, three of the five elected board members, whose political pronouncements often go beyond rental and housing issues, announced that they would refrain from pledging allegiance to the flag at the beginning of board meetings in protest of U.S. involvement in El Salvador.
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July 2, 1992
Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers' refusal to prosecute all violators of a new law aimed at keeping people from living in the city's parks has triggered an unsuccessful move to fire him for insubordination. The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 against dismissal of their controversial attorney; it also refused to order Myers to prosecute violators of the new law. The law was suggested by the city's homeless task force, endorsed by the police chief and passed by the City Council in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1996
Saying they hoped to usher in a new era of cooperation, Santa Monica city leaders have decided to split the post of mayor between members of the city's rival political factions. The City Council voted Tuesday night to divide the new two-year mayoral term so that representatives from Santa Monicans for Renters Rights and the Coalition for a Safe Santa Monica will each occupy the city's top job. City Councilwoman Pam O'Connor of the renters group was sworn in Tuesday as the new mayor.
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December 26, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marsha Jones Moutrie laid it on the line Tuesday night: If the Santa Monica City Council wanted a city attorney who mixed politics with jurisprudence, she was the wrong lawyer for the job. "I was pleasantly surprised," Moutrie recalls. "They were happy." So happy that Moutrie was chosen virtually on the spot for the $110,000-a-year job, thus ending an often ugly and seemingly endless search to replace former City Atty. Robert M. Myers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993
Breaking a lengthy stalemate, the Santa Monica City Council has unanimously selected a city attorney to replace Robert M. Myers, who was ousted 15 months ago in a dispute over the community's policies on the homeless. Marsha Jones Moutrie, a lawyer specializing in municipal law with the Los Angeles firm of Richards, Watson & Gershon, was selected late Tuesday night in closed session. The job pays $110,000 a year.
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August 20, 1992
An ex-Santa Monica city official Wednesday was sentenced to a year under house arrest for embezzling $448,000 in city funds and using the money to buy a house, cars, jewelry and furniture. Because Charles Maurice Cota, a former supervisor in Santa Monica's Risk Management Department, suffers from multiple sclerosis, Superior Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled that he could serve his jail term under house arrest.
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July 2, 1992
Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers' refusal to prosecute all violators of a new law aimed at keeping people from living in the city's parks has triggered an unsuccessful move to fire him for insubordination. The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-2 against dismissal of their controversial attorney; it also refused to order Myers to prosecute violators of the new law. The law was suggested by the city's homeless task force, endorsed by the police chief and passed by the City Council in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1992
Santa Monica City Atty. Robert M. Myers has refused to write an "oppressive" law aimed at preventing people from living in the city's parks, leaving the City Council to hire outside counsel to craft the ordinance it wants. Myers washed his hands of the anti-encampment law at a council meeting Tuesday night, saying that to do what his council bosses want would violate his constitutional values.
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January 8, 1992
A Santa Monica city official was arrested on charges of embezzlement and grand theft Tuesday after being accused of bilking the city of nearly $400,000 by allegedly making illegal payments to companies he controlled, police said. Charles M. Cota, 43, was arrested at his office in Santa Monica City Hall, where he is a supervisor in the city's Risk Claims Department. Investigators said Cota, of Valencia, wrote settlement checks for claims against the city to four firms he controlled.
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February 21, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That Santa Monica is not just another city becomes clear when the subject concerns matters of war and peace. Take the process of choosing a design for the city's veterans memorial. From the outset, it was a good guess that the monument would not embody the standard heroic themes found in the town squares and city parks of Middle America. Marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima, for example, wouldn't be quite right in a city noted for its burgeoning arts community and quirky liberal politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1992
A Santa Monica city official was arrested on charges of embezzlement and grand theft Tuesday after being accused of bilking the city of nearly $400,000 by allegedly making illegal payments to companies he controlled, police said. Charles M. Cota, 43, was arrested at his office in Santa Monica City Hall, where he is a supervisor in the city's Risk Claims Department. Investigators said Cota, of Valencia, wrote settlement checks for claims against the city to four firms he controlled.
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September 15, 1991 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Keane recalls the day he chugged up the California Incline in a '46 Chevy, landing in the beach burg of Santa Monica with $10 in his pocket and "not much future." He was wrong about that. Recently, Keane got the motorcade and retirement lunch to prove it as denizens of Santa Monica and law enforcement gathered to honor him on his departure as the city's top cop. Santa Monica Police Chief James B. Keane, 59, headed the department for 12 of his 34 years on the force.
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