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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election

Initiative Carnival Coming Next Year

Posted Feb. 15, 2015, 9:39 am

If voters get annoyed and sick of seeing paid petition circulators outside their favorite big box stores during the next 15 months, they will have only themselves to blame.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Governor Jerry Brown Could – But Won’t – Dominate Race To Replace Boxer In Senate

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:40 am

If the current large corps of potential candidates for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job look to some like a gaggle of political pygmies, it might have something to do with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in their living room. That would be Gov. Jerry Brown, who could most likely have the job for the asking.

State Senator Ben Allen participated in a community swearing-in ceremony at Santa Monica High School on Saturday. The Honorable Holly E. Kendig, Superior Court Judge, administered the Oath of Office.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen Sworn In At Alma Mater Samohi

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Newly elected California State Senator Ben Allen (Dem-26th District) chose his old campus of Santa Monica High School for his community swearing-in ceremony Saturday, hosting lawmakers and officials from across the region alongside students and grassroots campaigners for a night of community celebration.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Columnist, Government

Tail Wags Dog Again In Presidential Race

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 9:04 am

Almost exactly one year from today – Jan. 26, 2016 – voters in New Hampshire will don parkas and trek through snowdrifts to tell the rest of America who should be running for president and who should not.

Former SMMUSD board member Ralph Mechur, who lost his seat at the November 2014 election, has been appointed to complete the remainder of Ben Allen's term.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Smmusd

Ralph Mechur, After Losing SMMUSD Election, Returns To Fill Ben Allen's Board Seat

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 1:06 pm

Ralph Mechur has returned to his position on the Santa Monica-Malibu School District Board of Education just a little more than 10 weeks after placing fifth and losing his seat at the November 2014 election.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced today she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Kamala Harris To Run For U.S. Senate Seat Being Vacated By Barbara Boxer

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:03 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced in low-key fashion today that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Kevin McKeown.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

Kevin McKeown Elected To California Democratic Party Central Committee

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:50 am

Five Santa Monica residents, including Mayor Kevin McKeown, were elected Sunday as delegates to the California Democratic Party Central Committee, which oversees the statewide party platform and Democratic endorsements.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

John Chiang Record Unique As Top Democrats Ready To Move Up

Posted Jan. 4, 2015, 6:00 am

Weeks, perhaps months, before taking their oaths of office for statewide posts like lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and insurance commissioner, the five Democrats in those jobs plainly were thinking of their impending runs for higher office.

Opponents of a law banning the use of single-use plastic bags announced today they have submitted enough signatures to qualify the referendum for the November 2016 ballot.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica

California Plastic Bag Ban Referendum May End Up On November 2016 Ballot

Posted Dec. 30, 2015, 9:13 am

Opponents of a law banning the use of single-use plastic bags announced today they have submitted enough signatures to qualify the referendum for the November 2016 ballot.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Go Slow On New Electronic Voting Efforts

Posted Dec. 28, 2014, 9:33 am

The reports came in from all across America during last fall’s election: electronic voting machines were flipping some votes from Republican to Democrat in some states. From Democrat to Republican in others. In one state with several close races, Wisconsin, electronic vote-counting machines registered just 16 votes in a city where about 5,350 persons were known to have cast ballots.

New Officers Sworn in from L-R:College Board Member Andrew Walzer, Rent Control Board Member Steve Duron, School Board Member Oscar De La Torre and son, Rent Control Board Member Todd Flora, School Board Member Laurie Lieberman, School Board Member Craig Foster, Councilmember Pam O’Connor, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich, Mayor Kevin McKeown, College Board Member Barry Snell, College Board Member Nancy Greenstein, School Board Member Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, and College Board Member Louise Jaffe.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Installation Ceremony Held For City Council, School Board, SMC, Rent Control

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:16 am

Santa Monica City Hall was filled with joy and smiling faces on Tuesday night as the top vote getters of the city’s four local election races on Nov. 4 took the oath of office.

News, Los Angeles, Election

Former Assemblyman Isadore Hall III Wins Senate Special Election

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:29 am

Democrat Isadore Hall III will take office shortly as the state senator representing the 35th District after winning the special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Roderick Wright.

News, Election, Hollywood, Politics

L.A. Fourth District Council Candidates To Debate In Hollywood Today

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 9:24 am

A debate among six candidates seeking to succeed Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge in the Fourth District will be held today at the Arena nightclub in Hollywood.

Ben Allen with his parents Elena and Michael Allen at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday after his swearing-in ceremony to the state Senate.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Ben Allen One Of 10 New State Senators Sworn Into Office

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:59 am

Santa Monica native Ben Allen was sworn into office at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday as part of the first day of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.

News, Los Angeles, Election

Unofficial Candidate List For 2015 Los Angeles City Council Election Released

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:31 am

The filing period for the 2015 Los Angeles city election ended Wednesday. Candidates had to file petitions with at least 500 valid signatures from voters in their districts and pay a $300 filing fee by 5 pm to qualify for the March 3 ballot, according to City Clerk Holly Wolcott.

News, Election, Santa Monica

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Announces Incoming Staff Appointments

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 10:28 am

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (Third District) today announcedher incoming policy and constituent services staff appointments as she officially assumed office following her formal swearing-in Monday by her sister, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jerilyn Borack.

Santa Monica City Council member-elect Sue Himmelrich with her husband Michael Soloff, and daughters Hilary and Molly.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Up Front With Sue Himmelrich: Incoming Santa Monica Councilwoman

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 9:51 am

The Santa Monica City Council will welcome Sue Himmelrich at its installation ceremony on Dec. 9 after a convincing second place victory at the Nov. 4 election.

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl, and Congresswoman Karen Bass celebrate at The Victorian in Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

New L.A. County Supervisors, Sheriff, Assessor To Be Sworn In Monday

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 8:27 am

A new Los Angeles County sheriff will come to town Monday, along with two new county supervisors and an assessor, all of whom will be sworn in at ceremonies planned throughout the day.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Counting Complete For 2014 Santa Monica Local Election Races, Ballot Measures

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 3:21 pm

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan announced Monday afternoon the final ballot counting update for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd

Santa Monica Local Election Results Hold As Provisional Votes Tallied

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

With thousands of provisional votes now part of the official count from the Nov. 4 election, it appears that all local results will hold in the races for Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, and Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

Malibu, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Election, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Politics

Letter To The Editor: Plea For Decency & Transparency Following SMMUSD Election

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:34 am

Dear Editor, The elections are over, people are assessing failures and successes and preparing to move on. Before we do, let’s ask ourselves: In this age of rampant dirty politics how much of our integrity are we willing to sacrifice to win?

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Santa Monica Democrats To Discuss Election Aftermath At Nov. 19 Meeting

Posted Nov. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a panel discussion later this month on the election results with a special focus on "where to from here"?

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin, Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl, and Congresswoman Karen Bass celebrate at The Victorian in Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, Election, Santa Monica

Sheila Kuehl Topples Bobby Shriver To Take County Supervisor Seat

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Former state Senator and Assemblywoman, Sheila Kuehl, will join the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors following a hard-fought victory over ex-Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver at Tuesday’s election.

Kevin McKeown.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Eyes Slow-Growth With New City Council Line-Up

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Tuesday’s election saw the return to Santa Monica City Council of two incumbents and the introduction of a new face, tipping the scales toward slow-growth and limited development for the immediate future.

Zev Yaroslavsky at state Senator-elect Ben Allen's election night party in Santa Monica.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Politics

Zev Yaroslavsky: State Senator-Elect Ben Allen Has Integrity

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 8:49 am

In the contest for the 26th State Senate district, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Ben Allen defeated women’s right activist and attorney Sandra Fluke in a race where both candidates were under the age of 40.

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