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Mayor Makes Video Plea for $5 Million Grant

Santa Monica could win extra cash if picked as a fan favorite in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge grant competition.

A short video released Wednesday explains why Santa Monica wants $5 million to study residents' wellbeing.

"Wellbeing to me, it gets down to happiness," Mayor Pam O'Connor says in the two-minute video filmed on a Big Blue Bus.

In November, Santa Monica was selected as one of 20 finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition designed to inspire fresh ideas to improve city life. If it wins, Santa Monica's plan to be the first city to create a well-being index that measures how fulfilled, engaged, satisfied and healthy residents feel.

The grand prize is $5 million, but the city also has a shot at $5,000 if it's voted as a "fan favorite." The fan favorite selection was unveiled Wednesday on the Huffington Post.

In a blog post on Huffpo, O'Connor writes:

We will use the science behind wellbeing to measure and intentionally improve it in our city. Why? Because wellbeing is the foundation for a stronger, more resilient community of people empowered to solve their own problems.

By looking through the lens of wellbeing, the City will know whether or not we're making the most effective use of resources to meet people's needs. This will fundamentally change the relationship between citizen and government.

Users can watch all 20 videos online then vote for the best one.

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Dan Charney February 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM
You MUST BE KIDDING? How do we feel? Use that 5 million to help low income seniors and refund Sec 8- stop the development - stop the condos, business parks and retail shops- throw the expansion of the Miramar out- get rid of the ratio of 1-35 employees and make it 1-100 instead of asking the man who brought the start and rolling of ruin to this city for money so your buddies can have fun- my God- I can't believe it- this man continues to wreck us from the grave- what is it going to take to get the people of SM- and I don't mean the new techies here_ I mean the long term residents to stop all this ????? What???? Recall this bunch of sold out , cold fools-
Babs February 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM
DC's nailed it on the head, those who are running this city owes the locals the $5M just for hazard pay for the destruction of the "local" way of life. SM City Hall has sold the location out from under our feet, our lives and our futures. Shame on you. More theft now from a philanthropic org? Bloomberg needs to fund a city that is really innovative that cares about its future, that is NOT SANTA MONICA.
Carol Landsberg February 21, 2013 at 06:56 PM
How could Santa Monica possibly win the Bloomberg Mayors' Challenge when a big part of winning the grant is based on "Collective Impact" whereby community participation with a common focus on common goals using common strategies is required during all phases of a project? Santa Monica neighborhood groups and residents are not only pushed aside while developers are indulged, but we are willfully mislead- witness the PR campaign for the Miramar monster (with more square feet than Santa Monica Place mall) in the LA Times today. You'd think everyone loves it when many residents are adamantly opposed to it. In Santa Monica, well-being of residents is a theoretical concept, not a practical goal. This is a place where seniors are booted out of their Palisades Park location and parking requirements for them and those with young children and disabilities (and everyone else) is being reduced in new construction so we will ride bicycles to run our errands.
Bob Smithington February 21, 2013 at 09:31 PM
This is the creepiest, big brotheriest thing I have ever seen.
stewart resmer February 21, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Why would the mayor NOT have signed on to this list of sponsors: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml I could understand her commitment to 'wellbeing' if she had. How can she expect to GET MONEY if she is FOR illegal weapons?
Diane February 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Wellbeing? They refuse to even enforce laws that the residents have passed to protect their wellbeing. Secondhand tobacco smoke is a known killer. It aggravates asthma, allergies, causes strokes, and lowers resistance to colds and other upper respiratory diseases. A law is in effect to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of an open door or window, and that includes commercial areas. The city refuses to enforce the law, and the police have been told specifically by the city attorney not to issue tickets, and there is no real signage anywhere prohibiting smoking except in the mall and on the promenade. So much for the wellbeing of the people of Santa Monica!
Brenda Barnes February 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM
They should all be prosecuted for lying to Bloomberg, if there is any way. Certainly for fraud. I'm writing to Bloomberg to tell them this City has never done anything with all the community input it has had except manipulate and ignore it. The way it would set up a "wellbeing index" would be the same way it has set up charade "outreach" meetings. There the result is guaranteed by how the "input" of the community is restricted to four or five minutes ina small group after an hour of listening to the City';s "experts," and then whatever the small groups said is "tweaked" to fit into whatever category of response the staff wanted anyway. Nothing this group of frauds looking out only for their own present and future careers will ever do could lead to wellbeing of anyone but themselves.
Tom February 23, 2013 at 07:25 AM
This is a joke.!!!!! This mayor and the city counsel is destroying our, has destroyed our beautiful beach city. Born and raised here I am seeing things that are appalling. Wasn't the parking structures downtown donated for the free use of the people. Not sure but we should look it up. And I thought that after the Gte building on Wiltshire and Ocean was erected there was a ban on buildings over 5 stories. What the ???? Is going on.
Claudia Schafer February 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Clearly SM's Mayor has a set of brass cojones that would be the envy of Tammany Hall as well as Mayor Daley Sr of Chicago. Unbelievable.
Dan Charney February 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Well said - bought and sold- and no conscience to boot- RECALL- if we stop to pick apart one project or another they will just steam roll on the others- they must go- and throw the developers out on their keisters-- follow the money- always the same game- but Google and Demand Media are to blame for much of it too- RECALL is the way-
Claudia Schafer February 24, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Recall has my vote!

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