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Santa Monica City Council
Gleam Davis
Ana Maria Jara
Ted Winterer
Santa Monica City Council
Kristin McCowan
Rent Control Board:Caroline Torosis
Anastasia Foster

(Do not vote for landlord candidate Kronovet!)
Santa Monica-Malibu USD
Board of Education:
Maria Leon-Vazquez
Jen Smith
Jon Kean
Santa Monica College
Board of Trustees:
Dr. Susan Aminoff
Dr. Margaret Quinones-Perez
Rob Greenstein Rader
Santa Monica Measures: YES – Measure AB
YES – Measure SM
LA County Measure:YES – Measure J
State of California Ballot Measures:YES – Prop 15
YES – Prop 16
YES – Prop 21
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A Virtual Presentation for Tenants: Know Your Rights During COVID-19 

On October 14th at 6:00PM attorneys from the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office along with Bet Tzedek, Glaser Weil and the Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles (LAFLA) will host a tenant presentation on Zoom. Tenants are welcome to attend. Information about viewing the online event is available at the City’s website. There will be a brief presentation about the current state of the law and the rights of tenants and then there will be an opportunity for tenants to set up a meeting with a volunteer attorney. Consultations are available with Bet Tzedek regardless of immigration status.  The presentation will be in English and Spanish.

Santa Monica renters can apply for LA County rental assistance. Get the details by visiting

The City of Santa Monica’s COVID-19 Residential Eviction Moratorium has been extended to December 31, 2020 in the City of Santa Monica. For updates from the City of Santa Monica, and for info regarding the state of California’s Tenant Relief Act of 2020, please visit:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of Santa Monica has launched an emergency rental assistance program to provide rent relief to low income Santa Monica residents who can demonstrate a loss of income or increase in expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program launches Tuesday, July 7th. All Santa Monica residents are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status. The program will provide eligible applicants up to three months of rental assistance to pay rent for August 2020 or later, up to $5000 per household, for up to an estimated 300 households. Applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are available starting July 7th at this link:

Summer Meals Programs: The City of Santa Monica has also opened its free summer lunch program for school-aged children at Virginia Avenue Park. The grab-and-go meals will be distributed, walk-up only, June 29th through August 14th between 11:30am – 1:00pm (no meals on July 3rd due to the holiday), outside of the Patio Room just north of the Thelma Terry building. Adults can pick up a bag for each school-age child in their household, without child present, while supplies last. A COVID-19 Emergency Pantry at Virginia Avenue Park also provides pre-assembled food bags, one per household, by appointment only to low-income Santa Monica residents and/or families with children enrolled in SMMUSD schools. Appointments can be made by calling (424) 410-1354, Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm. More details about these food assistance programs can be found by visiting this link:

The Chief Justice of California decided June 10th that clerks of the courts can’t allow eviction or foreclosure actions to go forward on August 3rd as was scheduled in the April 6th order. This will happen in the uncertain future.

Affordable housing and rent subsidy program information is available for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers. Application dates and details: Application and Registration Info

Fact sheet for Santa Monica renters prepared by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Fact Sheet from LAFLA

SMRR Live Webinar
Watch the SMRR Live Webinar “Changes in law affecting renters during the COVID-19 crisis”
Recorded 4-7-20 (For a description of the Webinar, click here)

The City Attorney’s Office has summarized the temporary moratorium on evictions as it pertains to rent payments. Tenants have twelve months after the end of the moratorium to repay deferred rent. The COVID-19 Residential Eviction Moratorium has been extended to September 30 in the City of Santa Monica as permitted by the Governor’s declaration.
Santa Monica’s June 17th expansion of the emergency eviction moratorium.
Important Information for Renters Regarding Rent Payments (March 27, 2020)
Additional Important Information for Renters Regarding Rent Payments (March 31, 2020)
Further Important Information for Renters Regarding Rent Payments and Evictions (April 9, 2020)

The City of Santa Monica has issued an Executive Order declaring a local state of emergency due to the coronavirus health crisis. The City has issued a temporary emergency moratorium on evictions as Supplements to the Executive Order. For City information on these orders go to:
For the details of each supplement, see the following links:
– The City’s First Supplement: Temporary Moratorium on Evictions (3-14-2020)
– The City’s Revised First Supplement: First Revised Supplement (3-18-2020)
– The City’s Second Revised First Supplement: Second Revised First Supplement (4-8-2020)
– City’s FAQs on temporary moratorium on eviction is here: Frequently Asked Questions (click then scroll down to ‘Housing’)
– Here is a link to the Notice To Landlord Form created by the City of Santa Monica to help tenants communicate with their landlords (updated 4-3-2020): Notice to Landlord Form
– City’s list of resources: City’s List of Community Resources

The Eviction Defense Network (in Los Angeles) is offering tenants free online consultation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Email [email protected] with questions and include relevant documents if you can. If you do not have access to the email their office hours are M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM at 1930 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has closed their office reception areas to visitors, starting Monday, March 16 through the end of the month. However, applicants can access LAFLA services by calling 800-399-4529 between 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and 1-4:30 p.m. for intake only, Monday through Friday; or applying online for help. All current client activity will be conducted remotely when possible. Clinics will be held by telephone or video conference when possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for clients with disabilities.

Recycling News: What to know what goes into each bin? Don’t know if something should be recycled, composted or placed in the trash bin? We can help. A representative of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery and Recycling department came to a recent SMRR meeting and answered questions about the current state of recycling in Santa Monica. Click here for more information.