November 5, 2014
Dear Supporter of SMCLC,
The election results are in and it’s terrific news for Santa Monica. Finally, we have a pro-resident majority on the City Council, committed to a sustainable, livable city, and reining in over-development and the traffic it brings.
Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich—both strongly backed by SMCLC—won decisive victories. They join Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer to form a new majority that won’t just rubberstamp every developer project that comes along.
Sue’s victory was particularly sweet, representing a rejection by voters of the well-funded all-out attempts by the Miramar Hotel and other developers to keep her off the Council. Voters emphatically said no to them and yes to Sue.
Richard McKinnon, whom we also endorsed, ran a strong, principled campaign. We’re sorry he won’t be joining Kevin and Sue as he would have made a fantastic addition to the Council.
Pam O’Connor squeaked by in a distant third. In a city of almost 59,000 registered voters, she received 4,933 votes. Not a lot of support, but in an over-crowded field, just enough to win.
Ms. O’Connor enters what likely will be her last term with greatly diminished influence given the wide exposure of her anti-resident voting record and her having illegally accepted thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from developers.
Thank you all for your invaluable support. This is a great week for Santa Monica.
Diana, Victor, Sherrill, Jeff