With 100 percent of the precincts in Santa Monica reporting, the election results are in.
All four Santa Monica City Council incumbents up for reelection — Bobby Shriver, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom, Ken Genser and Mayor Herb Katz — succeeded in their efforts to keep their seats.
Shriver was the top vote-getter with 18,755 votes or 18 percent of the ballots cast.
“I’m very appreciative to the people that voted for me,” Shriver said. “I take it very, very seriously. And I’m going to try to do the best I can like I did last time. It’s great to be accepted in your chosen hometown. It’s fantastic.”
Shriver noted that there is “a lot of room for improvement” on the homelessness front in Santa Monica but said he’s looking forward to working very hard on the issue during his second term.
Shriver was followed by Bloom, with 16,024 votes or 16 percent of the ballots cast, Genser with 15,179 votes or 15 percent of the ballots cast and Katz with 13,646 votes or 13 percent of the ballots cast.
“Needless to say, I’m very pleased,” said Katz of his reelection. “Being reelected for another four years is very flattering. It will be the start of my fifth term. That’s a long time.”
Challengers Ted Winterer and Susan Hartley came in fifth and sixth, respectively, with 9,760 votes and 7,578 votes.
Challenger Jerry Rubin, a peace activist, came in eighth with 4,772 votes.
“It’s more than I expected,” Rubin said of the votes.
Although Rubin pointed out that he would have liked to see some new faces on the City Council, he said, “I congratulate everyone for being involved in the election process and congratulate the incumbents and hope they work with the community.”
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education will have one new face this year, with two incumbents returning.
The terms of incumbents Maria Leon-Vazquez, Jose Escarce and Kathy Wisnicki were up, but Wisnicki decided not to seek reelection, while the other two ran and were reelected.
But challenger Ben Allen, who has served on the school district’s Financial Oversight Committee, was the top vote-getter, with 20,842 votes or 28 percent of the ballots cast. Leon-Vazquez came behind in a close second with 20,059 votes, or 27 percent of the ballots cast, and Escarce came in third with 17,616 votes or 23 percent of the vote.
Challenger Chris Bley came in fourth with 16,539 votes, barely missing an opportunity for a seat on the school board.
In the Santa Monica Rent Control Board race, incumbent Joel Koury was reelected and challenger Christopher Braun was newly elected.
Koury was the top vote-getter with 18,045 votes or 43 percent of the ballots cast and Braun came in second with 12,119 votes or 29 percent of the ballots cast.
Challenger Robert Kronovert came in third with 11,543 votes, failing to win a seat on the board.
Jeffrey Sklar was not able to seek reelection, as he — per board regulation — had served two terms.
For the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, all three incumbents up for reelection succeeded in keeping a seat.
Incumbent Susan Aminoff was the top vote-getter with 19,495 votes, or 28 percent of the ballots cast, incumbent Rob Rader came in second with 18,937 votes or 28 percent of the ballots cast, and incumbent Margaret Qui“ones-Perez came in third with 18,195 votes or 27 percent of the ballots cast.
Challenger Heidi Hoeck came in fourth with 11,983 votes and failed to win a seat on the board.
THE CITY MEASURES — Measure T, also known as the Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic (RIFT), failed. Fifty-six percent of ballots cast, or 17,978 Santa Monica voters, voted “no” on the measure, while 14,170 or 44 percent voted “yes.”
The ballot initiative was created by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) to fight the city’s traffic. It would have placed an annual cap of 75,000 square feet on new commercial development in the city and would have required that any larger projects above the cap go before residents for a vote.
The limit on commercial development would not have applied to residential uses, parking, schools, child and senior day care facilities, hospitals and other specified care facilities, places of worship and governmental facilities.
“When residents see the amount of pending development in the pipeline that this unleashes, I think they’ll be shocked,” said Councilman Kevin McKeown, who, along with Shriver, supported Measure T.
Shriver noted that he didn’t interpret the vote against Measure T as being “a strong vote for lots of new development,” but he thought that some people might have just felt that the 75,000 square foot cap on development was “too severe.”
Mayor Katz said he was “extremely pleased” that Proposition T failed.
“The Pro Prop T people ran a very dirty and inaccurate campaign in my opinion,” he said. “I think it would’ve hurt the city unbelievably.
“They have done no traffic analysis. They are assuming that if you cut out commercial [development], traffic will [decrease] and that isn’t true.”
Measure AA, Santa Monica College’s (SMC) $295 million Safety and Modernization bond initiative, passed with 23,865 votes or 62 percent of the ballots cast.
And Measure SM, an ordinance to continue and update Santa Monica’s Utilities Tax on telecommunication services to fund city activities, including police, fire, paramedic and emergency services, also passed with 15,926 votes or 52 percent of the ballots cast.