January 21, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Councilman Kevin McKeown Named Democrat Of The Year:

A vocal member of the Santa Monica City Council, Kevin McKeown will be honored by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party as its 2013 Democrat of the Year in the 50th Assembly District. McKeown will be recognized with this honor Sunday evening at the County Democratic Club’s Roosevelt Dinner.

Also honored alongside McKeown will be Melissa Grant of Pacific Palisades who also represents within the 50th Assembly District.

McKeown was named Democrat of the Year for the second time since 2010 “for his activism and embodiment of Democratic values,” the County Democratic Club stated in a release.

“Council member McKeown is well known for his commitment to a living wage, affordable housing, transparency, open space, environmental needs, single payer health insurance and numerous other concerns of the local community, such as the Santa Monica Airport and the impacts of development,” the statement continued.

After the County Democratic Club made the announcement, McKeown told The Mirror in an email he was humbled by the honor.

“Democratic values of social justice and affordable housing sometimes play out most personally at the local level, and I’m privileged to make a small difference as a Santa Monica City Councilmember,” McKeown said. “I deeply appreciate the recognition from the Democratic Party, but what means the most to me is the support of residents who know I’m there for them.”

Congressman Henry Waxman, who represents Santa Monica in Washington, D.C., commended McKeown on his contributions as a council member.

“I am delighted to congratulate Kevin on his receipt of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Democrat of the Year Award. During his four terms as a Santa Monica City Council Member, Kevin has established himself as a strong progressive who embodies Democratic Party principles,” Waxman said in a statement. “Kevin is well respected as a leader on homelessness, affordable housing, and environmental protection. It is my pleasure to have worked with Kevin on issues important to the residents of Santa Monica, including the airport, safety, and sustainability.”

The County Democratic Club added McKeown was worthy of the honor in light of his “dedication to addressing the concerns of the community and his willingness to promote progressive solutions to local and regional issues.”

The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, as it is formally called, is hosted annually by the County Democratic Party to honor grassroots activists in each Assembly District. This year’s event will be held Oct. 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

McKeown has served on the Santa Monica City Council since 1998 and is currently serving his fourth term. Only Bob Holbrook and Pam O’Connor have served longer.

When he was honored as Democrat of the Year in 2010, Santa Monica was in the 41st Assembly District. McKeown has been a vocal advocate of affordable housing for many development issues that have come onto the dais.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom represents the 50th Assembly District in Sacramento.

For more information on the County Democratic Club, visit its website at www.lacdp.org.

in News
Related Posts

Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Santa Monica

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Calvary Baptist Church on 20th Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Santa Monica church is doing free COVID-19 antibody...

FDA-Authorized Coronavirus Testing at Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Drive-thru and walk-up testing seven-days a week   The award-winning Shore Hotel, located steps away from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier,...

City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission: Santa Monica Beat – January, 17, 2021

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Has Appointed An 11 Member Civilian Police Oversight Commission...

Edify TV: Ticketing Maskless Angelenos?

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Los Angeles lawmakers want to fine people for not wearing masks. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Santa Monica Pier to Close, Farmers Market Shortened for Inauguration Day

January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Library curbside service suspended as well By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica is closing the Pier and shortening the farmers market’s...

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel to Turn Amber as Part of Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Pacific Park joins nationwide COVID-19 memorial Tuesday night By Chad Winthrop The Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel will light up...

Video: 25K New Housing Units in LA?

January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021

With a massive spike in homelessness forecasted, LA lawmakers want to build 25,000 new housing units. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.