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November 26, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Abdo was already smiling when she got the first call at 3 a.m. election night urging her to run for mayor. It was clear by then that she was going to lead a pack of 18 candidates running for the Santa Monica City Council, a victory far more significant than her nearly 300-vote margin would suggest. "I'm very, very happy I ran first," Abdo said at the time. Virtually no one expected it. Some even thought Abdo might be in trouble.
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November 10, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, took a strong law-and-order stand Tuesday that does not bode well for the liberal rent control forces that have long dominated city politics. Only one of three candidates backed by the rent control political organization was elected to the City Council.
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November 10, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica, one of the most liberal cities in the nation, took a strong law-and-order stand Tuesday that does not bode well for the liberal rent control forces that have long dominated city politics. Only one of three candidates backed by the rent control political organization was elected to the City Council.
NEWS
November 26, 1992 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Abdo was already smiling when she got the first call at 3 a.m. election night urging her to run for mayor. It was clear by then that she was going to lead a pack of 18 candidates running for the Santa Monica City Council, a victory far more significant than her nearly 300-vote margin would suggest. "I'm very, very happy I ran first," Abdo said at the time. Virtually no one expected it. Some even thought Abdo might be in trouble.
NEWS
July 28, 1988
The city's dominant political group, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, meets this weekend to choose its candidates for City Council elections in November. The organization will hold its nominating convention Sunday at the McKinley School, 2401 Santa Monica Blvd., from 1 to 4 p.m. Four seats on the council are up for election. Two incumbents, James Conn of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, and Alan Katz, an independent, have announced they will not seek reelection.
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.
NEWS
September 22, 1988
Penny Perlman has resigned from the city Planning Commission after 5 1/2 years, citing in part her fear of a return to "divisive politics" in Santa Monica's government. Perlman, who has served as the commission's chairwoman, praised the City Council and Planning Commission for working during the last two years toward a government of "consensus and inclusion."
NEWS
November 1, 1992
Opponents of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights continually say that rent control is not in danger. They forget to mention that while City Council members cannot change the basic law, they can use their power to make it impotent. Joining the many Republicans who are running for council and saying that rent control is not endangered are the police and fire unions. While they are certainly within their rights to endorse candidates, I am appalled by their efforts to diminish the importance of rent control and elect a council they can control.
NEWS
November 16, 1986
On Election Day, Nov. 4, door hangers appeared in the apartment building where I reside. "Vote Today" for "the Team for Santa Monica Renters," the public was advised. I expected to see the candidates of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights: David Finkel, Julie Lopez Dad and Dolores Press. Instead, I was dismayed to find that this hanger recommended the slate of the All Santa Monica Coalition, the coalition of the big developers and landlords, the organization that has all along opposed any renters' rights policy.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica's dominant political group has abruptly scrapped a rent control initiative, fueling scattered dissension within the organization's ranks just six months before municipal elections. Leaders of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights said the proposed initiative, which would have tightened the city's already tough rent control law, was pulled because of technical errors in the way it was written.
NEWS
September 20, 1992
It's clear that the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights' head machinists decided that City Atty. Robert Myers had become a political liability for SMRR council members Judy Abdo and Ken Genser, who have the nerve to run for reelection after having gotten the city into this mess. So politicians--including Abdo and Genser--who were singing Myers' praises a month earlier gave him the hook. Santa Monica voters--regardless of their politics--have got to be asking themselves: Do we want to be governed by people who would sell out their close friend to save their own political skins?
NEWS
July 20, 1995
I'm sure I am joined by many of my fellow Santa Monica renters in applauding the intellectual acuity and open-mindedness of Rent Control Board member Lisa Monk Borrino in reversing her former anti-tenant position on the pass-through regulations (Westside, June 25). That Lisa Monk Borrino demonstrated the political courage and (that rarest of bureaucratic qualities) humility to reverse her position on such a key issue is not only a credit to her, but a positive indicator for the continued success of the Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights party.
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