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

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.

Santa Monica City Clerk Sarah Gorman administered the duties to the candidates elected to the City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, and Santa Monica Rent Control Board.

For Santa Monica City Council, Kevin McKeown came in first with a convincing 17.08 percent of the vote. Sue Himmelrich collected 15.6 percent of the vote while Pam O’Connor finished third with 11.28 percent of the vote. Both McKeown and O’Connor were incumbents.

For SMC Board of Trustees, Nancy Greenstein topped the vote by a slim margin of 20.46 percent of the vote to beat Louise Jaffe with 20.24 percent. Barry Snell came third with 16.53 percent and Andrew Walzer fourth with 15.57 percent. All four were incumbents.

For the SMMUSD Board of Education, Laurie Lieberman topped the vote with 20.75 percent of the vote ahead of Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (16.71 percent), Craig Foster (16.5 percent), and Oscar de la Torre (16.32 percent). Lieberman and de la Torre were both incumbents.

For Rent Control Board in which three candidates ran for the three seats, Nicole Phillis topped the vote with 37.07 percent of the vote over Steve Duron who came second with 32.10 percent and Todd Flora third with 30.83 percent. Flora was the only incumbent.

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