For those interested in seeking a spot on the Santa Monica City Council, the deadline is rapidly approaching.
Papers must be filed by Friday, August 8th — with 100 signatures from local voters — to make it on the November ballot.
So far, all incumbents who are up for reelection — Mayor Herb Katz, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom and Councilmen Bobby Shriver and Ken Genser — have taken out papers.
Shriver is running for a second four-year term, Katz for a fifth term and Genser for a sixth term.
Bloom, who has been on the council since he was elected for a partial term in 1999, is running for a third full term and turned in his papers July 31st.
“I’m really happy to have the opportunity to run again,” Bloom said. “I lost a couple of times before winning, which really, I think, gave me a sense of humility. In the years since — when I’ve been able to get a victory — it means that much more to me because I understand the other side of it too.”
Bloom said he’s running again because there are a number of issues he’s been working on for several years that he’s seen a lot of progress on — homelessness, city sustainability programs and the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) update.
“We also have the RIFT [Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic] ballot measure that’s going to be on the November ballot and that’s something I’m passionate in opposing,” Bloom said.
Katz, who is also opposed to the Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic, noted that he thinks the upcoming election will be an “interesting” one with the ballot measure. Katz said he will turn in his papers August 7th.
“I’m going to try my hardest to win,” he said. “I want to serve the people.”
In addition to the incumbents, 18 others have taken out papers to run for City Council and are expected to file them by August 8th.
One of those is peace activist Jerry Rubin, who ran for City Council in 2000, and while he didn’t get a seat, he says, “I still got over 5,000 votes and was very honored.”
Rubin, who turned in his papers August 5th, said he’s running again in 2008 “because it’s really time for a change.”
Other potential challengers include Linda Armstrong, who wants to house all homeless women in Santa Monica, event planner Jenna Linnekens, entertainment consultant Terence Later and former flight attendant with American Trans Air (ATA) Jon Mann — who all ran for City Council in 2006.
This is Mann’s eighth time to run for the seven-member body.
Attorney and activist Susan Hartley, who is the acting chair of the Santa Monica Airport Commission and has been actively involved in the effort to save Santa Monica’s downtown ficus trees, is also running for City Council.
“I’m running because I’m fed up with what’s going on at City Hall,” said Hartley. “Enough is enough. [Ö] I feel there’s a major disconnect between the council and the residents [Ö] so I decided, ‘Let’s try to change that.’ That’s why I’m running. I’m running for all those people who are not being listened to.”
Hartley said she is turning in her papers August 7th.