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Santa Monica Group Apologizes for Distributing 'Misleading' Mailers

Flyers endorsing Richard McKinnon were distributed by Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth and included logos of The L.A. League of Conservation Voters, but members say the group did not endorse the candidate.

The Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV) claims Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth (SMRG) used dirty campaign tactics after political flyers endorsing Richard McKinnon and Ted Winterer for Santa Monica City Council included its logo and that of its state equivalent, the CLCV.

The LALCV is supporting Councilmembers Terry O'Day, Gleam Davis and candidates Shari Davis and Ted Winterer, according to the group's site.

"Our organization did not endorse Richard McKinnon," said  Jonathan Parfrey, LALVC president, in a statement.

The SMRG says the use of the logos was a simple mistake.

Political consultant Susan Burnside was responsible for the political mailers and told the Santa Monica Lookout on Sunday that she used the wrong logo, but there was "no malicious or deceptive intent at all."

SMRG co-chair Ivan Perkins said he told Burnside beforehand that she was to get permission before using a group's logo. Perkins said he was "incredibly apologetic," adding that the SMRG would not be using Burnside in the future.

"Even though this was something where we did everything we could, I still feel badly that the logos were used in an inappropriate way," Perkins told Patch. "We're not going to put ourselves in a position where this kind of thing happens again."

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JohnCySmith.com November 06, 2012 at 08:09 AM
John C. Smith, Santa Monica City Council Candidate, SMRG made an honest mistake. The only real "dirty campaign tactics" in this election are being done by SMURF, the $400,000 PAC bankrolled by developers which supports Gleam Davis, Terry O'Day and Shari Davis. SMURF also includes a responsible growth candidate, Ted Winterer, in their ads to deceptively make him look bad, and make the other three look good. And if Jonathan Parfrey, president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, is truly concerned about deception, he should look no farther than the quote he gives in an ad for Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day, in which he talks of how the incumbents "have earned our support for standing up to big developers." Candidates, organizations and developers who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Brenda Barnes November 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM
It really was difficult to separate bad from good, with all the deception. The Patch exit interviews showed SM voters did not focus on local issues, but just used cheat sheets from organizations they thought shared their views. When SMRR supported three developers' lapdogs ("DLs") and Ted Winterer, who says he is for "responsible" growth but voted yes on the Planning Commission for Village Trailer Park destruction, we have to look beyond labels. After all, even Richard Bloom, the leader of the pack of DLs, first ran on what was then called "slow growth" in the 90s. He had even filed suit against one of the worst developments, the three-block square monolith from Colorado to Olympic and 20th Street to Cloverfield, with no through street, Ralph's Market surrounded by luxury condos, office buildings, "neighborhood-serving retail"--which turns out always, since such a luxury development has high rents, to be chain restaurants in a block middle where the development is the only neighborhood--and ugly NMS overpriced apartments with perennial For Rent banners. Wouldn't we have thought someone with those credentials really would vote against runaway development? All we can do is evaluate people's words before we see them in action. When we have seen them act, however, we must judge by what they do. Otherwise we will continue to get more of what we have--buildings blocking the sky, congested streets, gridlocked traffic, air pollution, and noise, noise, noise.

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