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A Contrast in Councilmen's Parting Words

Mayor Richard Bloom and Bobby Shriver conclude their terms on the Santa Monica City Council.

At their final meeting as members of the City Council Tuesday night, Mayor Richard Bloom cited his accomplishments over the past 13 years and Bobby Shriver reflected on the relationships he formed with "wild" and "crazy" Santa Monica residents.

Bloom, who appears likely to win the November run-off for the 50th Assembly District seat, distributed a 10-page list, enumerating successes such as the planting of 8,000 trees, compiled by city staffers at his request.

"I think it’s instructive… to see just how much a city can accomplish when things are working well," Bloom said. "And things work well in Santa Monica."

Neither Bloom nor Shriver sought reelection to the local dais and their seats will be filled by Planning Commissioner Ted Winterer and Tony Vazquez, who served on the council in the 1990s. They will be installed in December.

For his part, Shriver, who served eight years, said, "although it’s great to have this list… I agree with Richard there are some amazing things on here… I think of the relationships with people I formed who I didn’t know."

He said he enjoyed getting to know residents such as former mayor Denny Zane and taking heat from gadflies and "rebellious" groups who protested at City Hall. He described canvassing and meeting a black woman who told him she wasn't able to start voting until she was in her 50s in 1964.

"To me... that's what makes the city great," Shriver said.

Bloom is a family law attorney. He chairs the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. Shriver formerly worked in the venture capital business and co-founded (PRODUCT)RED. He has chaired the California State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Councilwoman Pam O'Connor credited both men for their work addressing homelessness in Santa Monica and on a regional level.

"You brought your heart… you brought analytical skills," she said.

As much as they were similar in their dedication to local politics, their styles of governing were different, councilman Terry O'Day noted.

O'Day said Shriver asked piercing questions of financial issues and Bloom "brought the council together" and helped find common ground.

Their future might be headed in the same direction, councilman Bob Holbrook said.

"[Bloom] is going on to a higher office and I have a hunch [Shriver] is, too," he said.

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Jon Mann November 30, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I wish Shriver had run for assembly against Bloom. Shriver would never have attacked a fellow democrat and accused her of enabling pedophiles. He would have run a completely honorable campaign. He has never allowed any kind of special interests to affect how he voted the entire time he was on the council. He used his celebrity to help people and never showed any sign of arrogance or disregard toward the residents of this city, whether they be homeless veterans, renters, middle class homeowners or north of Montana residents fighting to keep their high hedges.
Douglas Fay November 30, 2012 at 05:45 AM
You just don't get it do you? Bloom's involvement with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and their so call non profit partner Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation is morally deplorable. The $100 Ballona Wetlands Restoration he is directly involved in is a sham. It's not a restoration project. It is a proposed flood control project for Playa Vista. Investors from Irvine were interested in purchasing Phase II land. Bloom's Butler attack ads funding came from Irvine. Connect the dots. If the SMBR Foundation were audited and justice served, for the first time in over 2 decades we'd actually start to heal the bay. Bloom in the Assembly is a problem, not a solution.
Brenda Barnes November 30, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Bloom anywhere is a problem. What to do about the problem is the question. Do you know how to get the SMBR audited?
Douglas Fay November 30, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Good morning Brenda and thank you for showing an interest in a neglected environmental concern. I don't know how to get an independent audit of a non profit organization that is directly supporting a State Commission. The funds were suppose to go through the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Account in the State Treasury. Instead they go directly to the non profit SMBC Foundation. What are they trying to hide? Greed? I'm extremely disappointed in how the Santa Monica Bay environmental movement that my father Dr. Rimmon C. Fay founded has turned into a money grabbing free for all without accountability to the public. Integrity is completely absent. Bloom is a leader in the pack. Thoughts?
Brenda Barnes December 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Does the document setting it up say the funds are to go through the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Account to the State Treasury? I would start there.

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