California Assembly District 50 Race: Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City Disses Local Son Richard Bloom | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...
Election

California Assembly District 50 Race: Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City Disses Local Son Richard Bloom

Comments (0)

By

Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
California State Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom are battling it out in the competitive Assembly District 50 race, and with such a close election expected, anything can help -- or hurt.

Butler and Bloom would have probably liked the endorsements of their like-minded opponents from the primary -- gay rights leader Torie Osborn and gay Republican Brad Torgan -- but they declined to support anyone.

That was a little surprising to us since Osborn had many nice things to say about Bloom when we interviewed her for an L.A. Weekly cover story. Osborn also dissed Butler to no end.

Recently, however, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City was more than willing to take a loud and public stand -- and it wasn't in support of Bloom.

In fact, SMCLC went out of its way to disparage the Santa Monica mayor.

"Look at all the traffic clogging development that's come to Santa Monica in the last 12 years since Richard Bloom has been on our City Council," SMCLC leadership wrote in a press statement, which was reported by Santa Monica Dispatch. "Richard has voted for EVERY commercial development that's come before the council and has been rewarded by sizable developer contributions over the years."

SMCLC continued, "Now Richard wants Santa Monica to become an even greater regional office destination, which is what brings overwhelming and unmitigatable traffic into our city.

"Betsy Butler supports our goals. She supports the incredible work and the commitment that [SMCLC] has demonstrated for a more livable community ...

"This November, Santa Monica residents will have a clear choice who they want to represent us in Sacramento - someone who supports residents trying to keep Santa Monica sustainable and livable, or someone who supports developer interests every single time."

Ouch!

While the June primary was extremely close, Butler is still considered the frontrunner -- she has the backing of the local and state Democratic Party establishment, which isn't necessarily a good thing since they play nasty, hardball politics with anyone they consider an "outsider." In this case, that person is Bloom.

Facing a tough battle against the Democratic political machine, Bloom, who's also a Democrat, is undoubtedly relying on a voter base in Santa Monica to help him win in November. More scathing critiques from locals such as SMCLC may not help his campaign.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • DUI Checkpoints Come to Hollywood, Echo Park This Weekend

    Fall DUI checkpoints have returned to Los Angeles with a vengeance. With Halloween approaching, don't get spooked by that black-and-white in your rear-view. You better drive sober, or not at all, the Los Angeles Police Department warns. To that end, the LAPD wants you to know that its officers will...
  • 1 in 4 Californians Is Straight-Up Poor, Feds Say

    We recently told you that California is America's "richest state," which is true. Now we're telling you that, for the third year in a row, California has been named as America's poorest state. That's also true. See also: California Is America's Richest State How can both statements be accurate? Well, unfortunately,...
    7
  • Dorian Nakamoto Is Crowdfunding His Fight Over Newsweek's Bitcoin Article

    Almost as soon as it appeared, a March Newsweek article that called L.A's own Dorian "Satoshi" Nakamoto "The Face Behind Bitcoin," faced questions about its veracity. See also: Language Doesn't Point to L.A.'s Satoshi Nakamoto as Bitcoin Inventor Chief among the critics was Nakamoto, who said the piece was downright wrong:...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets