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Armen and Tricia stand in front of boxes of signed initiatives

Santa Monica, Politics, Luve, Ballot

Ballot News: LUVE Initiative Certified

Posted May. 31, 2016, 9:02 pm

Santa Monicans will cast their vote for or against the LUVE initiative November 8, the Residocracy-backed initiative certified by the County Registrar-Recorder today.

Invite obtained the LA Times

News, Politics, Trump

Donald Trump to Hold Santa Monica Fundraiser Tonight, Media Reports

Posted May. 25, 2016, 8:37 am

Republican candidate Donald Trump is holding a fundraiser this evening in Santa Monica starting at $25,000 a seat, according to media reports.

LUVE petitioning

News, Santa Monica, Politics

LUVE Petition in Final Countdown Mode

Posted Apr. 24, 2016, 9:30 am

Anti-development petitions behind the LUVE initiative will be out in force today, in a strong final countdown push to the signature finish line.

News, Santa Monica, Oped, Politics

One Nation, in Various Places

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:11 am

Regardless of what we’ve had to suffer – and there has been plenty – from the GOP’s viscous and untidy pageant of choosing a candidate for President, one or two useful things have been revealed in the process with great visual if not mental acuity.

News, Tom Elias, Oped, Politics

Here's a Move to Limit the Revolving Door

Posted Apr. 23, 2016, 10:05 am

The revolving door in Sacramento is decisively alive and well today, but there’s also a move afoot to crimp it at least a little.

The late Bill Rosendahl at the skate-dance arena in Venice.

News, Politics, Bill Rosendahl

Updated: Former Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl Has Died Following a Four-Year Battle with Cancer

Posted Mar. 30, 2016, 9:20 am

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has died following a four-year battle with cancer. Councilman Mike Bonin said Rosendahl died around dawn this morning at age 70.

News, Oped, Politics, Elias

OpeEd: This Senate Race Just Got Better

Posted Mar. 29, 2016, 8:00 am

For many months, California’s ongoing race to replace retiring four-term U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has bored most voters to the point they’ve virtually ignored it.

News, Politics, Wage

Statewide Minimum Wage Deal Struck for $15 by 2022

Posted Mar. 28, 2016, 3:56 pm

Labor activists, state lawmakers and local leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, today hailed a deal struck with Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative and labor leaders to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

State Senator Ted W. Lieu.

News, Politics, Ted Lieu

Congressman Ted Lieu Statement On Sec Climate Change Order To Exxonmobil

Posted Mar. 24, 2016, 3:13 pm

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued a statement in light of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ordering ExxonMobil to include a resolution on its annual shareholder proxy that would force the company to outline for investors how its profitability may be affected by climate change and the legislation that aims to combat it.


News, Santa Monica, Politics, Seaworld, Orcas, San Diego

California Legislator Introduces Landmark Orca Protection Bill

Posted Mar. 22, 2016, 2:10 pm

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) joined SeaWorld San Diego Park President, John Reilly, and announced that he has re-introduced the Orca Protection and Safety Act that will adopt many of the company’s new commitments into law that was first introduced in 2014.

LUVE Filing the Initiative

News, Santa Monica, Politics, Luve, Initiative

Unrequited L.U.V.E

Posted Mar. 10, 2016, 12:15 pm

With General Municipal Elections scheduled for November 8 this year, initiatives for ballot measures are hitting Santa Monica streets calling for petition signatures. As each initiative comes to light The Mirror will present the same five questions to initiative filers in an effort to maintain impartiality. Councilmember comments will follow.


News, Health, Politics, Richard Bloom

Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Santa Monica, Introduces Assembly Bill 2782, a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Proposal

Posted Mar. 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

In response to the introduction of Assembly Bill 2782 (AB 2782), a sugar-sweetened beverage tax proposal authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), CalBev Executive Director Bob Achermann issued a strong supportive statement.


News, Politics, Luve

LUVE Ballot Initiative Launch Draws a Crowd

Posted Mar. 7, 2016, 12:14 pm

More than 300 Santa Monica residents gathered Sunday afternoon at the Robert Berman Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center to collect their copies of the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative and begin collecting signatures for a possible ballot measure.


News, Politics, Things To Do, Luve

LUVE Inititiative Kick Off and Rally Tomorrow

Posted Mar. 5, 2016, 1:19 pm

Rally and kickoff event - LUVE Ballot Initiative - signature gathering campaign is being held tomorrow at Robert Berman Gallery.

News, Opinion, Tom Elias, Politics, Gop

OpEd: State and National GOP in Suicide Pact?

Posted Mar. 4, 2016, 10:10 am

Watch the primary election process now playing out both nationally and in California, and you almost have to wonder whether the state and national wings of the Republican Party have made a suicide pact.

Senator Ben Allen

News, Politics, Senator Ben Allen

Senator Allen Today Urges Approval of Alternative to Harmful Drift Gillnet Fishing

Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 2:52 pm

A group of seven legislators spearheaded by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) sent a letter today urging federal officials to take the next step toward discontinuing the use of drift gillnets (DGN) off the California coast.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Links Here to Santa Monica's new Draft Downtown Community Plan

Posted Feb. 20, 2016, 3:21 pm

The City of Santa Monica released its Downtown Community Plan. Links so that you can read it are here.

Residocracy files the initiative at City Hall.

News, Santa Monica, Politics, Luve, Residocracy

Residents Demand Development Voice with LUVE Ballot Measure

Posted Feb. 19, 2016, 10:17 am

Members of Santa Monica residents’ advocacy group filed with the Santa Monica City Clerk yesterday a Notice of Intent to circulate the Land Use Voter Empowerment Initiative (LUVE Initiative), a proposed ballot measure that could give voters the final say on approval of large development in the city.

Palisades Park.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Politics, Civic

Crucial Recreation & Parks Commission Meeting Tonight

Posted Feb. 18, 2016, 9:30 am

Santa Monica’s Recreation & Parks Commission will meet this evening, Thursday February 18, at 7:30PM at City Hall with a call for a...

News, Opinion, Politics

Initiative 'Silly Season' May Not Be So Silly After All

Posted Feb. 18, 2016, 9:28 am

Just a few months ago, it seemed as if the November election might produce the silliest “silly season” ever seen in modern California politics. But the essential good sense of shoppers around the state appears to have prevented that.

On January 30, 19 sixth graders from Carlthorp School in Santa Monica had the opportunity to fly to Des Moines, Iowa to experience the once in a lifetime trip of witnessing the Iowa Caucus.

News, Politics, Iowa, Kidunity

Santa Monica KidUnity Students Report Back From Iowa

Posted Feb. 12, 2016, 10:37 am

A group of budding Santa Monica student reporters has recently returned from a trip of a lifetime – attending the caucuses in Iowa. They filed this report.

Empty lot.

News, Politics, Civic

Civic Lot Stands Empty, And May Do For Years

Posted Feb. 11, 2016, 12:40 pm

The presence of more than 100 speakers at City Council advocating the fulfillment of a 10-year-old promise to build a sports field at the corner of 4th and Pico in Santa Monica did little to progress the issue despite its inclusion in the 2005 Civic Center Specific Plan. However, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on the Civic Auditorium will go-ahead immediately.

News, Opinion, Politics

OpEd: Time to Stop the Revolving Door in Sacremento

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 1:41 pm

OpEd: There’s probably no hope of stopping the revolving door in Washington, D.C. anytime soon. The constant cycle of longtime Congress members and senators moving downtown from the Capitol to take high-paying jobs as lobbyists can only be ended by Congress itself.

Non-profit Human Farming Association’s current ad on a Big Blue Bus this week.

News, Santa Monica, City Attorney, Politics, Bbb

Bus Ad Drama Behind City Attorney Accountability Act

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 12:19 pm

The Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) advertising policy comes before Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with non-profit organizations calling for a change to regulations. Upset surrounding regulation interpretations in 2011 has, in-part, lead to one non-profit drafting their own initiative, the “City Attorney Accountability Act,” calling for the role to become an elected position.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Santa Monica, Politics

Hillary Clinton In Los Angeles Today For Three Fundraisers

Posted Jan. 7, 2016, 9:12 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to launch "Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary" today and conduct three fundraisers for her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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