Santa Monica

Councilmember Kevin McKeown


I’m honored by, and grateful for, your support in electing me five times!




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Why are you

Campaigning on Montana Avenue with our US Senator Barbara Boxer

12,169 votes

13,200 votes

CityTV interview: the issues

Santa Monica Mirror profile

14,000 votes

CityTV interview

When you’re out-
spent 20 to 1 by opponents willing to fund a vicious and untrue attack campaign against you on local cable television, you find out who your real friends are – like Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times

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16,337 votes

What have I helped make happen, as your Councilmember?

–Expanding and continuing support of Santa Monica schools, fulfilling our community’s commitment to public education with an ongoing unrestricted grant of $7.6 million annually.

–Protecting renters against harassment and eviction (and placing further protections for voter approval as Measure RR on the November ballot!).

–Maintaining city services to youth, seniors, and the disadvantaged despite the worst recession in our lifetimes.

–Developing a new Land Use and Circulation Element to guide city planning, which extends unprecedented protections to Santa Monica’s neighborhoods.

–Strengthening our affordable-housing production program, even in the face of state raids on local redevelopment and housing funds.

–Funding police resources to reduce Santa Monica crime to the lowest levels in fifty years.

–Implementing effective and compassionate homelessness programs that have lowered the number of people suffering on the street by 19%, the second annual reduction in a row.

–Approving and funding a new neighborhood library for the Pico neighborhood, the city’s first in over fifty years.

–Opening the Annenberg Community Beach House, an affordable and historic recreational facility open to all members of the public, with no membership required.

–Suing the Federal Aviation Administration over unsafe faster jets using Santa Monica Airport’s housing-adjacent runway, and fighting FAA efforts to divert planes over Sunset Park and Ocean Park.

–Preserving historic landmarks through innovative conservation and adaptive re-use agreements.

–Working with the Expo Authority and Santa Monica College, as good neighbors, to minimize the impact of a light-rail maintenance yard on the Pico neighborhood.

–Initiating and funding restoration of local Santa Monica fire dispatch capabilities, after regional dispatch efforts failed to deliver quick and accurate deployment of firefighters and paramedics.

–Granting a significant tax break to home-based businesses in Santa Monica, encouraging more time with family and community and less time commuting and polluting.

–Working with Ocean Park activists to plan and fund the greenest street in town, the new Ocean Park Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project.

–Mandating stricter enforcement of Development Agreements, municipal code, and conditional-use violations, particularly where they affect housing.

–Through stormwater, urban-runoff, and other environmental programs, improving Heal the Bay’s water quality grades for Santa Monica beaches.

–Passing, funding, and beginning to implement “Creative Capital,” a citywide plan to expand and enhance the integration of arts and culture into every aspect of Santa Monica life.

CityTV issue videos:

Don’t worry, you can still get to my full website, chock full of information about our Santa Monica, hot issues, and how I’m working to represent you and your interests.

With gratitude toward community members like you, who contribute ideas and effort toward making Santa Monica a better city, I’m running for re-election on my consistent record of responsiveness to residents, and my ongoing work to protect renters from eviction and harassment.

You’ve inspired me to continue protecting our neighborhoods and quality of life, preserving Santa Monica’s charm and character, limiting heights, and reducing commercial over-saturation that brings traffic. 

Our hometown is in the crosshairs of overdevelopment.  I’ve proven that I know how, and when, to say “no” to bad projects. I opposed the mass eviction of almost fifty rent-controlled households at 301 Ocean. I voted against the eviction of vulnerable seniors at Village Trailer Park.  And, of course, I voted against the over-sized, traffic-generating Hines project.

Two years ago I introduced the option of closing the airport in 2015, possibly for a park.  I’ll continue to pioneer a sustainable city.  I’ve supported fair wages, and truly affordable housing for working families.  My commitment to excellent public education is unmatched:  I work for our local schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

For sixteen years I’ve always been there for our neighborhoods, and for our neighbors.  I helped our Northeast Neighbors with protecting A-lots, Sunset Park with the airport, Mid-City with car dealers, and NOMA with monster mansions.   I’ve worked with Wilmont on the elimination of the 14th and Wilshire activity center, and on closing a troublesome rogue sports bar as well as with OPA on the abuses at Edgemar, and Pico with new zoning protections against gentrification and displacement.

I want to keep working for you for another four years,

and therefore ask for your support and your vote.

I’m YOUR Councilmember.  I don’t take any corporate donations and never have. Thank you for your support!




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Kevin McKeown for City Council 2014  Genise Schnitman, Treasurer  848-E 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403  FPPC ID # 982054
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Congressman Henry Waxman, U.S. House of Representatives:  “During his four terms as a Santa Monica City Council Member, Kevin has established himself as a strong progressive who embodies Democratic Party principles.  Kevin is well respected as a leader on homelessness, affordable housing, and environmental protection.  It is my pleasure to have worked with Kevin on issues important to the residents of Santa Monica, including the airport, safety and sustainability.” 

“We chose Kevin because he is a hard-working responsive Councilmember with a great record on the issues. Kevin has tirelessly worked to preserve our housing and neighborhoods and to prevent over-development.”

For 2014, I’m supported by Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights:


In addition, I’ve been endorsed by:

L.A. County Democratic Party

Santa Monica Democratic Club

State Senators Ted Lieu and Fran Pavley

Santa Monica Police Officers Association

Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109

Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City

Residocracy Community Network of Residents

L.A. County Federation of Labor

Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees

S.M. Teamsters Local 911/Teamsters Joint Council 42

UNITE HERE Local 11 (hotel/restaurant workers)

California Nurses Association

Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl

U.S. Representative Julia Brownley

Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin

Former L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl

Progressive Democrats of Santa Monica Mountains

Evolve California (schools, single payer, tax reform)

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution

Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters

Sierra Club

Santa Monica Dispatch

Santa Monica Observer 

Santa Monica Mirror

and I was 50th Assembly District Democrat of the Year 2014.

My issues videos!

2014      Re-Elect Councilmember Kevin McKeown

Thanks for re-electing me to a fifth term serving you, again as top vote-getter!