Santa Monica Observer Issue 46 : Page 1

Waiting to vote Volume XI Number 46 Voters Nix Measure T All Council Incumbents Return As Barack Obama won the Presidency of the United States with a promise of change, Santa Monica voters demand- ed more of the same from their leaders. All 4 incumbent City Councilmen (yes, they’re all men), were returned to office: Bobby Shriver, Richard Bloom, Ken Genser and Richard Katz, in that order. When the latter two won their seats on the Council, Ronald Reagan was President. The nearest challenger, Ted Winterer, got 9.3% of the vote, compared to number 4 Katz’s 13.23%. Sixth place finisher Susan Hartley won less than 10% of the vote (see charts, next page) The most controversial meas- ure on the ballot was Santa Monica’s Measure T. The meas- ure would have placed a morato- rium on commerical develop- ment, of just 75,000 square feet a year--about the size of one floor of the Water Gardens. The opposition campaign garnered $750,000 in developer donations, and it worked, as the measure went down, Santa Monica rarely turns down a school bond initiative. Knowing this, Measure T oppo- nents depicted Measure T as anti school, since it would lead allegedly to lower revenues for schools. Measure AA, which allows Santa Monica College to contin- ue it’s expansion program by bor- rowing massively at local tax- payers expense, passed by about 22,000 votes to 15,000. Ben Allen provided the biggest surprise of a rather pre- dictable election, garnering 28,333 votes to beat all 3 incum- bents for the SMMUSD Board. The 31 year old Allen joins incumbents Maria Leon Vazquez and Jose Escarce in command of the district where he was once a student. Christopher Braun edged out Robert Kronovet to join incum- bent Joel Koury on the Rent Election, Page 2 SamoHi Grad Kesha Ram Elected to Vt. Legislature Mumbai, India in January 2004 (I made the motion for the Santa Monica City Council to help fund that trip, which is how I got to know Kesha). According to her Vermont campaign website, that led her to make a documentary about globalization. Kesha Ram and Barack Obama 2004 Samohi graduate Kesha Ram has just been elect- ed as a Democrat to the Vermont House of Representatives from her new home district in Burlington, VT, becoming at age 22 one of the youngest members of a state government in the coun- try. Kesha was one of three Samohi students who attended the World Social Forum in Kesha Ram double-majored in Natural Resource Planning and Political Science at the University of Vermont, where she served as Student Government Association President and earned numerous awards and scholarships. Kesha's campaign website points out, "As a young woman with a father from India and a mother from Illinois, Kesha is changing the face of politics in this historic year for Democrats." I'm attaching a photo of Kesha with Barack Obama, as well as one from her UVM commence- ment. Our school district and our whole Santa Monica community can be very proud of what an Kesha Ram, Page 2 Nanny Maryan helps Chloe, 3, ice skate at the outdoor rink at 'ICE at Santa Monica' during opening day on Friday, November 7, 2008. 'ICE at Santa Monica' is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company, the Bayside District Corporation and the City of Santa Monica. The rink will be open daily at 5th St. and Arizona Ave. $10 admission, including skate rental. Photo by Fabian Lewkowicz.com Starbucks Profit Drops 10% Starbucks 4th-quarter prof- it falls 97 percent on costs for closing stores, slow US sales. Meanwhile, Starbucks Santa Monica Location at Lincoln and Montana Avenue, closed permanently last week. There is no new tenant lined up to move in. The landlord is seek- ing over $15,000 a month to rent 1600 square feet of retail space. NEW YORK (AP) -- Fewer U.S. customers and venti-sized costs for closing poorly perform- ing stores led to lower sales and profit in the fourth quarter at Starbucks Corp., the company said Monday. The quarter's results came at the end of a transition year for the coffee retailer, in which former Chief Executive Howard Schultz took back the reins of the compa- ny to again fill the CEO and chairman posts. Seattle-based Starbucks said profit in the quarter fell 97 per- cent to $5.4 million, or a penny a Starbucks, Page 4 Community, Diversity, and other Overused Words™ November 3 - 9 2008

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