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Complaints by several Wilmont members has focused the board's attention on the poor BBB service in our area. The primary crosstown service for Wilmont is the 41 line which goes from Montana down 20th to SM College and returns via 14th Street. But this service is, in effect, a one way trip to crosstown or to Expo on week nights because the bus stops running at 7:30pm. There's no service at all on weekends and most major holidays. The BBB doesn't have viable cross-town service for the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood.
APPROVES ALCOHOL LICENSES FOR THREE RESTAURANTS
Complaint filed against Mayor Pam O'Connor
for Accepting Illegal Campaign
A group of Santa Monica residents known as the "Transparency Project" (https://www.facebook.com/SMRevealed) is is alleging that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor has been accepting illegal campaign contributions. A complaint detailing thirty-one (31) instances - accompanied by over 70 exhibits - has been filed. It alleges and enumerates Mayor O’Connor’s repeated violations of City Charter Amendment XXII, the Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000 (a.k.a. ‘the Oakes Initiative’) for illegally accepting campaign contributions from developers, after voting to approve their projects.
In the latest move, Santa Monica's City Attorney has referred the Transparency Project’s complaint to the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Santa Monica City Attorney Marsha Moutrie stated that because she “reports directly to the City Council" (of which the mayor - and subject of the complaint - is a member) “her office has a conflict of interest, as does the Santa Monica Police Department.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division describes its responsibility concerning public officials as follows: “Public officials are elected to positions of public trust. In the event of any breach of this trust the Public Integrity Division will investigate, and if appropriate, prosecute criminal misconduct by any elected public official.” Specifically, concerning election and campaign violations, the PID explains: “Because the integrity of the election process is crucial to a free and democratic society, the District Attorney’s Office must be vigilant in enforcing all laws that regulate the election process. In this regard, the Public Integrity Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting allegations of voter fraud, illegal voter registration practices, illegal campaign practices, illegal campaign contributions and falsification of candidacy papers." (See http://da.co.la.ca.us/pid.htm).
The Transparency Project alleges these serious allegations relate to serial batched, coordinated contributions that Ms. O’Connor accepted from owners, principals, or senior officers of three of the biggest developers in Santa Monica – Hines, Macerich, and Century West – after she voted to award each developer a substantial public benefit.
The Transparency Project describes itself as an all-volunteer group of Santa Monica residents concerned about openness and accountability in Santa Monica city government and politics. The Transparency Project formed in 2010 after a developer-funded PAC refused to timely disclose contributor information to Santa Monica voters. Project members track political contributions to city council candidates and officers, to ensure that representatives serve the public’s best interest.
The above is reported for information only. The Wilshire Montana Neighborhood
The resident organization, Residocracy, made the following endorsements:
Phil Brock - 67.5%
Kevin McKeown - 61.2%
Sue Himmelrich - 52%
LC - YES
D - NO
H - NO
HH - NO
FS - YES
SMMUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION:
Oscar de la Torre
SM COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Maria Loya, Dennis Frisch and Nancy Greenstein
Against staff's recommendation, SM City Council selected the Worthe Real Estate Group to work with the community to develop Bergamot. This choice was made after over 100 residents and gallery owners came to speak on the issue.
Back on the Table!
The developers also Tier 3
buildings on Wilshire. Tier 3 would mean
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I live in an apartment on Euclid in Wilmont. This is a quiet, family neighborhood where people like to walk and bike. Please do not approve any aspect of the 14th St "Activity" Center, including the hotel and big underground parking lot. We should encourage smaller, resident-serving businesses on Wilshire, not corporate giants or hotels. Do not change the zoning of 1801 Wilshire. A 2-acre, mixed-use project with a vast underground parking lot would ruin this neighborhood. The back of 1801 should stay zoned low height and density like the rest of 18thand 19th. Tier 3 on Wilshire would also be a serious mistake. Wilshire shouldn’t be higher and denser than Bergamot, an Expo station. Wilshire can be a nice place to walk, bike, dine and shop without ruining life for residents who already live here. Thank you.