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January 12, 1995
I write in regard to your recent feature article ("Up Against the Wall," Dec. 29) about Santa Monica's rent-control political party, the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR). If the truth be known, the doomed fate of SMRR was present from that freewheeling Tuesday in May of 1979 when they were elected. It has simply taken 15 years for events to catch up with the reality of their flawed foundation. SMRR maintained power only by virtue of the commanding majority of renters represented.
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NEWS
January 12, 1995
I write in regard to your recent feature article ("Up Against the Wall," Dec. 29) about Santa Monica's rent-control political party, the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR). If the truth be known, the doomed fate of SMRR was present from that freewheeling Tuesday in May of 1979 when they were elected. It has simply taken 15 years for events to catch up with the reality of their flawed foundation. SMRR maintained power only by virtue of the commanding majority of renters represented.
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NEWS
November 19, 1992
I would like to set the record straight regarding deliberately false accounts made by Santa Monica's Renter's Rights Coalition (SMRR) against Alan Weston in the Santa Monica City Council race. As an independent, Alan ran on a fiscal responsibility platform, while giving his support to the rent control laws. Just days prior to the election, too late to issue a response, SMRR mailed to renters a flyer stating that Alan Weston is "in the back pocket of big real estate," and "is heavily funded by big landlords and developers."
NEWS
August 11, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica City Councilman Kelly Olsen has been bumped from the slate of the powerful renters' group that elected him four years ago--the first time the group has failed to endorse one of its own incumbents seeking reelection. The surprising turn of events capped a spirited, well-attended Sunday convention of the coalition, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, which has long been the dominant political force in the city.
NEWS
August 26, 1993
The inability of the Santa Monica City Council to anoint a permanent city attorney (Times, Aug. 15) is the result of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights' insistence on exercising absolute control over everything social, political or economic in Santa Monica. SMRR's insatiable appetite for power ends up clashing with itself--and gives the rest of us indigestion. SMRR's ideal city attorney for some party members is someone anti-business, anti-landlord, pro-consumer, and an advocate for innumerable social programs.
NEWS
August 11, 1994 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica City Councilman Kelly Olsen has been bumped from the slate of the powerful renters' group that elected him four years ago--the first time the group has failed to endorse one of its own incumbents seeking reelection. The surprising turn of events capped a spirited, well-attended Sunday convention of the coalition, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, which has long been the dominant political force in the city.
NEWS
May 6, 1990
It was recently reported that landlord groups are planning an initiative campaign in Santa Monica to change the rent control law to allow "vacancy decontrol." As a co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), the organization that won rent control in 1979, I urge Santa Monica residents not to sign the initiative. The landlords want us to believe that vacancy decontrol will protect against Ellis Act evictions, but there is no guarantee in their initiative. Rising real estate values will continue to spur Ellis evictions in order to build condominiums.
NEWS
March 23, 1986
Re your report (Times, Jan. 30) that a Santa Monica landlords' organization has collected enough signatures to force a June election on a measure allowing vacancy decontrol, with rent increases to be shared among remaining tenants: This story and the events surrounding it provide us with a political morality play. First, we have the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, who rose to power in 1979 by appealing to voters' pocketbooks. To stay in power they targeted a minority group (apartment owners)
NEWS
August 30, 1992
The article regarding the forthcoming Santa Monica City Council elections (Times, Aug. 16) is a prime illustration of why every council election is improperly turned into a referendum on rent control by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR). This very sophisticated political machine has succeeded in convincing even The Times that rent control in Santa Monica is dependent upon a "friendly City Council." The true facts are that rent control in Santa Monica is built into the City Charter and may be changed only by a majority vote of the people of Santa Monica.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
Just envision a landlord stepping up before the Santa Monica Rent Control Zealots, oops, sorry . . . Board . . . at any time the past 15 years and requesting the right to raise rents $70, $80 or $100 a month a unit in order to improve the structural soundness of his or her building. Such amounts would be quite reasonable for $80,000 or $100,000 of work to solidify a 10-unit building. The poor landlord would have been strung up--by the thumbs at least, and possibly by the neck. No, the idea of passing on structural improvement costs would have been derided as an attempt to get rid of "undesirable" tenants and the property owner laughed out of the hearing room.
NEWS
July 24, 1994
Thank you for your "Outrage of the Week" section, a.k.a. Santa Monica City Council news. This week's travesty compels me to comment, although I despair of affecting yet another insidious outcome of our political machine. I read that our City Council has slimed through another boondoggle on the residents of Santa Monica. This time, we are to donate $1.5 million of land to create a beach resort for the terminally ill (Westside, July 17). Of course, a prospective resident must have a politically correct terminal illness to be considered for acceptance at this seaside hospice.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
Just envision a landlord stepping up before the Santa Monica Rent Control Zealots, oops, sorry . . . Board . . . at any time the past 15 years and requesting the right to raise rents $70, $80 or $100 a month a unit in order to improve the structural soundness of his or her building. Such amounts would be quite reasonable for $80,000 or $100,000 of work to solidify a 10-unit building. The poor landlord would have been strung up--by the thumbs at least, and possibly by the neck. No, the idea of passing on structural improvement costs would have been derided as an attempt to get rid of "undesirable" tenants and the property owner laughed out of the hearing room.
NEWS
November 14, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of wrenching internal strife, the rent-control group that dominates Santa Monica city politics is hoping to attain peace--or at least avoid imploding--by redefining its mission. The forum for the effort is the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) annual convention today, at which members hope to craft a manifesto that will answer the question: What does SMRR stand for? It's a tough question any way you look at it. The particulars of the platform will show which faction, the purists or the pragmatists, currently rules SMRR--or at least which faction got the most people to attend the convention.
NEWS
August 26, 1993
The inability of the Santa Monica City Council to anoint a permanent city attorney (Times, Aug. 15) is the result of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights' insistence on exercising absolute control over everything social, political or economic in Santa Monica. SMRR's insatiable appetite for power ends up clashing with itself--and gives the rest of us indigestion. SMRR's ideal city attorney for some party members is someone anti-business, anti-landlord, pro-consumer, and an advocate for innumerable social programs.
NEWS
June 6, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did you catch "The Ken and Judy Show" Tuesday night? That's Santa Monica Mayor Judy Abdo and Councilman Ken Genser, who performed a marathon duet at the City Council meeting. The two were clearly singing harmony as they unveiled an obviously prearranged compromise they had struck over the citywide commercial development standards. It went like this: Abdo called on Genser each time a new subject arose. He offered an amendment. She said, "That's friendly." And so on for hours.
NEWS
May 27, 1993
Aside from the fact it is answerable to an elected City Council, there is one excellent reason why the Santa Monica Police Department does not need a watchdog oversight board: The council majority, aligned with Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, can use its numerical superiority to make our Police Department answerable to a civilian review board composed of a 100% SMRR super-majority. One need only to look at the city's past 15 years to see the SMRR Marxists and radical multiculturalists at work trying to strip this city of the mainstream American values of personal responsibility and the right of the majority to protection of their economic interests and their own personal safety.
MAGAZINE
June 9, 1991
"The Capital of Hip," by Jill Stewart (April 28), was much too glib. Ten years ago, when Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) won a majority on the City Council, we were told that our city would turn into a seedy, seaside slum and that business would abandon the city. The evidence is clear that just the opposite has happened. In fact, as a result of the policies promulgated by SMRR-elected government, our city has prospered while maintaining its diversity. Because we have stood firm to protect rent control, we have been able to provide secure housing for our low-, moderate- and middle-income residents.
NEWS
July 24, 1994
Thank you for your "Outrage of the Week" section, a.k.a. Santa Monica City Council news. This week's travesty compels me to comment, although I despair of affecting yet another insidious outcome of our political machine. I read that our City Council has slimed through another boondoggle on the residents of Santa Monica. This time, we are to donate $1.5 million of land to create a beach resort for the terminally ill (Westside, July 17). Of course, a prospective resident must have a politically correct terminal illness to be considered for acceptance at this seaside hospice.
NEWS
May 9, 1993
Regardless of how many parents and community members protest the content of the RAND sex survey, don't expect to see the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education back down one inch. They don't have to listen to parents or anybody else from the general public. For each voter who knows what's going on in our public schools, there are probably 10 who are ignorant and simply vote for the renters' rights candidates. (Someone may ask, "Why would there be renters' rights candidates for school board--What's the connection?"
NEWS
November 19, 1992
I would like to set the record straight regarding deliberately false accounts made by Santa Monica's Renter's Rights Coalition (SMRR) against Alan Weston in the Santa Monica City Council race. As an independent, Alan ran on a fiscal responsibility platform, while giving his support to the rent control laws. Just days prior to the election, too late to issue a response, SMRR mailed to renters a flyer stating that Alan Weston is "in the back pocket of big real estate," and "is heavily funded by big landlords and developers."
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