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Local election results: Council term limits approved, along with development supermajority

While many voters were focused on the national and statewide races this election season and whether or not Democrats would regain control over the House of Representatives, there were some significant local measures approved by Santa Monicans on Nov. 6.


Here is a rundown of the results.

(Click on the names of each candidate to find their candidate statements.)


City Council

Sue Himmelrich

Greg Morena

Kevin McKeown


Rent Control

Naomi Sultan

Nicole Phillis

Steve Duron


Santa Monica College Board

Louise Jaffe

Nancy Greenstein

Sion Roy

Barry Snell


SMMUSD School Board

Laurie Lieberman

Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein

Oscar de la Torre

Craig Foster




Measure SM – supermajority for certain development projects


Yes - 21,407 votes or 70.87 percent

No - 8,798 votes or 29.13 percent


Changes the City Charter to require, for a period of 10 years, the votes of five (5) of the seven (7) City Council members to amend both the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) and Downtown Community Plan when such an amendment would increase the maximum height limit or floor area ratio in any land use designation, with exceptions for 100 percent affordable housing projects and property owned by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.


Measure TL – term limits for City Council


Yes - 23,521 votes or 73.85 percent

No - 8,327 votes or 26.15 percent


Prohibits anyone from serving on the City Council for more than three, four-year terms, whether consecutive or not.


Measure RR  - status to serve on city boards, commissions


Yes - 23,620 votes or 78.25 percent

No - 6,566 votes or 21.75 percent


Changes the City Charter so that any resident of Santa Monica, regardless of their citizenship status, can serve on the city's Library Board, Personnel Board and Airport Commission. The measure brings the service requirements for these three boards and commissions in line with those for all other boards and commissions.


Measure SMS – public school bond


Yes – 23,807 vots or 71.22 percent

No – 9, 622 votes or 28.78 percent


Authorizes the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to issue up to $485 million in bonds to fund facilities improvements and new technology.