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Santa Monica City Council Voting Guide 2012

There are four seats currently up for grabs in the Santa Monica City Council race. Listen, read and watch the candidates talk about their positions on various topics of concern and see how much each candidate has raised in campaign contributions.

Fifteen candidates are vying for four open seats on the Santa Monica City Council in the Nov. 6 election. Those held by Richard Bloom, Gleam Davis, Terry O'Day and Bobby Shriver are up for grabs. Bloom, who is running for the 50th Assembly District and Shriver are not seeking reelection.

City Council Candidates

Click on the links to learn more about their backgrounds and to listen to Q&As with the League of Women Voters 

GLEAM OLIVIA DAVIS, incumbent

  • Funds Raised: $46,683
  • Major Donors: Business professionals, real estate developers, realtors  
  • See Also: Davis Duo Announces Bids for Council

SHARI DAVIS, non-profit policy advisor

  • Funds Raised: $47, 505  
  • Major Donors: Business owners, executives, realtors, homemakers, real estate developers  
  • See Also: Davis Duo Announces Bids for Council

STEVE DURON, attorney

  • Funds Raised: $2,840 
  • Major Donors: Attorneys, business professionals

ROBERTO GOMEZ, community volunteer

  • Funds Raised: None reported
  • Major Donors: None reported

FRANK GRUBER, attorney

  • Funds Raised: $68,707
  • Major Donors: Personal loans, attorneys, architects, real estate developers
  • See Also: Local Columnist to Run for City Council

TERENCE LATER, entertainment consultant

  • Funds Raised: $0
  • Major Donors: None

JONATHAN MANN, teacher

  • Funds Raised: $0
  • Major Donors: None

RICHARD MCKINNON, corporate advisor

  • Funds Raised: $32,530
  • Major Donors: Personal loans, attorneys, business professionals

ARMEN MELKONIANS, civil/environmental engineer

  • Funds Raised: None reported
  • Major Donors: None reported

TERRY O'DAY, incumbent/environmental executive 

  • Funds Raised: $40,680 
  • Major Donors: Business professionals, real estate developers

JERRY PEACE ACTIVIST RUBIN

  • Funds Raised: None reported
  • Major Donors: None reported

BOB SELDON, attorney

  • Funds Raised: $1,675

JOHN CYRUS SMITH, news producer

  • Funds Raised: $11,036 
  • Major Donors: Personal loans

TONY VAZQUEZ, local business owner

  • Funds Raised: $13,466 
  • Major Donors: Personal loans, public employees, business professionals

TED WINTERER, planning commissioner

  • Funds Raised: $49,919
  • Major Donors: Business professionals, individuals

See Also: Planning Commissioner Ted Winterer Joins Council Race

Major Topics of Interest

See what candidates have to say about some of the biggest issues facing Santa Monica.

  • The Santa Monica Airport
  • Traffic 
  • Homeless 
  • The Budget

Endorsements

This chart was compiled by Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic, known more commonly as CASMAT, to show endorsements from major political organizations.


Ted Winterer Richard McKinnon
Gleam Davis Terry O'Day Frank Gruber Shari Davis Tony Vazquez John Smith Sierra Club Airport Marina Group x x
x


x Santa Monicans for Reponsible Growth x x





Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights x

x x


x

Local public safety unions x
x x
x

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution x x

x
x
Sunset Park Anti-Airport x x

x
x
Coalition for Excellent Public Schools x
x

x

Santa Monica Democratic Club x






Santa Monicans for a Responsible Future x

x
x

Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City
x x





Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees x
x x
x

 

Political Action Committees

Political action committees continue to play a major role in Santa Monica City Council elections. Learn more about some of the bigger players by reading these Patch stories.

Major Developer Funneling Money Into New PAC: This month a new PAC, Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future, cropped up. It is funded with $390,498 in donations from four big developers.

Blog | Following the Money Trail: Two of the four developers funding Santa Monicans for a United Future account for eight of the 23 development agreement applications pending before the Santa Monica City Council. Such agreements are brought by developers who seek to build projects bigger than what's permitted in the city's building and zoning codes, be it size, height, or density.

2 More Council Candidates Get SMRR Backing: Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights is one of, if not the most, influential PACs in local politics.

Bob Seldon November 05, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Was sent to the Patch on 10/24
JeanB November 05, 2012 at 11:52 PM
For what the endorsements table means as far who is trying to buy your vote and why, see the CASMAT diagram at "http://www.casmat.org/2012/10/city-council-election-at-glance.html".
JeanB November 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
whoops make that: http://www.casmat.org/2012/10/city-council-election-at-glance.html
Brenda Barnes November 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I couldn't follow the Casmat article, so I just commented that I sent e-mails to the 9 candidates who are not either Developer Lapdogs ("DLs")--which means the Davises, O'Day, Gruber, and Rubin--or said they didn't intend to win, Gomez. I asked them for definite commitments, not words like "responsible growth," which after all is espoused by the leader of the pack of DLs as he gives away the City to his developer backers, for a cut of their profits into City coffers to pay for things like $55 million for two parks in front of City Hall. Only Smith, Mann, Seldon, and Merkelians promised not to approve destruction of Village Trailer Park, moving the Senior Center so its palisades site can be developed, or expanding the Miramar. I did not know what definite language would satisfy SMO limitation/closure supporters, but I feel the definite action these four committed to would extend to limiting and trying to close SMO. Therefore, Smith, Mann, Seldon, and Merkelians are the only candidates we can trust to take action to protect us that we need. We need to put control of the City back in the hands of residents, not developers, tourists, or politicians looking out for their own futures.
Brenda Barnes November 06, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The leader of the pack of DLs is Richard Bloom, so needless to say, vote for Betsy Butler for the Assembly. Anyone but Bloom.

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