Save the Date: Streetsblog and Santa Monica Next Host City Council Candidates Forum on 9/22

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The forum is the fifth scheduled event that is part of the Vote Local campaign, Santa Monica Next’s effort to introduce progressive transportation and planning issues into the local political debate and encourage younger voters to register and “vote local.”

On September 22, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Santa Monica Next will host a public forum for the candidates for City Council of the City of Santa Monica. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica public library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Santa Monica.

We’re still in the process of adding co-sponsors, inviting candidates and selecting a moderator, but for now we wanted to get the event on the calendar. The forum will be broadcast and archived at our Live Stream page, StreetsblogTV.

There are 13 announced candidates for office three open seats including Mayor Pam O’Connor and Councilmember Kevin McKeown.  Their colleague, Councilmember Bob Holbrook, opted not to run for reelection after 24 years of service, leaving his seat on the seven-member Council wide open. Meaning at least one of the remaining eleven candidates will ascend to the Council dais.

For more coverage on the City Council election, be sure to check out Santa Monica Next. We will continue to post details of the debate as they emerge at both Streetsblog L.A. and Santa Monica Next.

The forum is strictly an informational event and neither Streetsblog L.A. nor Santa Monica Next will endorse candidates.