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Major Developer Funneling Money Into New PAC

Santa Monicans for a United Future has strong ties to NMS Properties, Inc. The new committee has already spent $175,000 advocating for four Santa Monica City Council candidates.

NMS Properties, Inc.—which owns about 15 apartment complexes in Santa Monica—is throwing money into this year's City Council race, upwards of $100,000 as of the end of September.

The new committee, Santa Monicans for a United Future, has so far spent $76,100 conducting polls, printing campaign mailers and paying consultants to advocate for the election of four candidates vying for four seats Nov. 6. They are incumbents Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day and challengers Shari Davis and Ted Winterer.

It's funded with contributions from NMS itself and handfuls of limited liability corporations affiliated with it, such as 501 Broadway NMS, LLC, according to a Fair Political Practices Commission campaign finance disclosure statement filed Monday with the Santa Monica City Clerk's office. (The file is attached to the right of this article).

Additionally, according to the committee's filing, there are three limited liability corporations contributing to the committee that not identified as having affiliations with NMS: Century West Partners, LLC; Ideal Properties, LLC; and Roberts Business Park—SM, LLC.

Collectively, all of the companies donated $175,000 to the committee between Jan. 1 and Sept. 31.

By about $5,000, it has so far outspent one of Santa Monica's most influential political committees, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights.

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NMS is a Los Angeles-based real estate development and property management company. In Santa Monica, it typically builds modern complexes, some of which are income-constricted. Four of its 20 projects—including 97 junior one-bedrooms and studios at 1447 Lincoln Blvd. and 50 apartments and penthouses at 1420 Fifth St.—are currently under construction, according a review of its website.

The city's Planning Department did not return a message Monday seeking information about any NMS projects that might be in the pipeline.

Santa Monicans United for a Responsible Future mailed fliers this week emphasizing the incumbents' records on keeping affordable housing a priority, creating jobs in Santa Monica and supporting public safety employees," the Santa Monica LookOut reported Monday.

"The flyer also said that curbing traffic and funding of schools would be among the incumbents’ goals," the LookOut article states.

It was also impressed with Planning Commissioner Ted Winterer for "preserving Santa Monica’s beach town character and scale" and Shari Davis for work as an "education advocate."

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Laura Matthews November 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hi, Manuel, one suggested slow-growth slate is John Smith, Ted Winterer, Richard McKinnon, and Bob Seldon. Steve Duron and Armen Melkonians are also committed to slow growth. Hope that helps.
Dan Charney November 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Laura, Not Winterer - he is a back room dealer in bed with the developers along with Davis and O'Day- def No on Escare,Vasques, Winterer, O'Day, Gleam and Shari- NO NO as for the good ones- Smith, Seldon, Duron and NO on ES- Brenda lists them further up in a post- careful of Winterer- he is all for cleaning the poor out with a few vouchers and backing developers - we want to like him but he isn't honest about what he does
Brenda Barnes November 07, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I LOVE that people are realizing this is a long-term struggle no matter who wins--and people are expecting since we were so late to the game and divided, with such a large field, developer lapdogs (DLs) the Davises, O'Day and Winterer will win. SMRR let the City down bigtime this election (but I agree with Manuel it started way back, with the 3rd Street Promenade and selling out management of it to the Bayside Development Corp, now Downtown SM, Inc).. Destruction of our way of life is far along now, so it looks like we have to develop a new renters' rights group and combine with homeowners as well, since DLs and their Big Money backers are trying to bulldoze homes for development now. We also have learned the longterm small business owners who are renters have a lot in common with us. They invested in their locations years ago, and now these wannabes just come in and offer land owners millions and the City its cut, and it's hasta la vista to them, no rights at all. We have rights under rent control at Village Trailer Park, apparently the only renters in town who still do. That's why I've come to realize if they can get us, they can get the entire City. It's time to organize, all right. My husband Peter has started an Internet radio show about this 4-6 every day b/c it's too dark to picket at rush hr now. Call in to 1-347-884-9821 and talk to him. We have a job to do, starting now.
Jerry Nodiff November 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Brenda, I am very concerned about who is now advocating in behalf of the remaining residents of Village Trailer Park? Will Sue Himmelrich continue in her work? Who else will be helping. Want to see a more equitable settlement. Jerry Nodiff
Brenda Barnes November 29, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Thanks, Jerry. I didn't know Sue Himmelrich was doing anything other than sending in those comments about there not being enough affordable housing units in the buildings to be built, which aren't really planned to be built anyway. Would love to have all the help we can get. We're meeting about this tomorrow, Thurs in the community room, 2930 Colorado, at 5:30. We have the legal case prepared, started funding to pay lawyers, are talking to the good ones who won Lincoln Place. We also meet every Sun 3-6 in the community room, divide up work, have potluck. All the people who've ever been in our group have told me they'll be here this Sun to debrief, so any ideas of who wants to help and how would be appreciated. We are not in agreement with the group that suggested giving away half of the Park, which led directly to this latest travesty of "up to" 10 trailers being left and the land speculator getting credit for millions in affordable housing for that. It's all or nothing, really, and basically nothing is what they have offered us, the same as Ellised tenants get, when we are homeowners with eviction protection under both state law and Rent Control. Also, since 73 points of law are on our side and none are on the LS's side, and the City screwed this up from the beginning, we want the Park and millions in damages so the City can't do this to us again. We'll file a big claim and go from there.

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