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Residocracy to Host Santa Monica Council Candidates Forum

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By Daniel Larios
Staff Writer

July 15, 2014 – Voters will have a chance to hear from candidates aiming to win one of three open Santa Monica City Council seats in November’s election at a Candidate’s Forum this month.

The forum hosted by Santa Monica political group Residocracy on July 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Auditorium will give candidates the chance to address the public and field questions.

All candidates who have filed to run with the City Clerk are invited to attend, and the event is open to the public.

Voters can submit questions via email to the group for the forum with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians at armen@residocracy.org.

After the forum, members of the audience can rank the candidates based on their answers and the Residocracy advisory board will meet to choose three candidates for the group’s endorsement.

Residocracy was originally created as an internet-based Santa Monica community network determined to stop a 765,000-square-foot development project in the city’s industrial corridor with a voter initiative drive.

With approximately 13,000 voter signatures backing a ballot measure rejecting the project, the City Council chose to rescind the agreement with Hines Development. (“Santa Monica Referendum Gathers More than 13,000 Signatures,” March 12, 2014)

After its victory, Residocracy has branched out and is vying to become a major political player in the city. (“Residocracy Vies to Become Political Force in Santa Monica,” May 5, 2014)

On Monday, the official kick-off of the 2014 race, eleven candidates pulled papers to run for City Council.

They include two of the three incumbents – Mayor Pam O’Connor and Kevin McKeown – Planning Commissioners Sue Himmelrich, Jennifer Kennedy and Richard McKinnon, former Mayor Mike Feinstein and Parks and Rec Commissioner Phil Brock.

Other potential candidates who pulled papers Monday were former Lookout columnist Frank Gruber, a leader of the movement to turn Santa Monica Airport into a Park; activist Jerry Rubin; physical therapist Ken Robin and Whitney Scott Bain.

To qualify for the ballot, potential candidates must submit petitions signed by at least 100 registered Santa Monicvoters by August 8.

If incumbent Council member Bob Holbrook decides not to run, the filing period would be extended until August 13..


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