Santa Monica Council Candidates
Ask for Transparency from New "Responsible Growth" Group
August 22, 2012
Dear Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth,
As candidates for Santa Monica
City Council, we believe that sharing views and priorities with the city's
highly engaged electorate is the foundation of every campaign – whether
it be door to door, through candidate questionnaires or at community forums.
All of us want to do everything we can to facilitate the flow of information
and encourage informed debate. But just as voters have a right to expect
transparent politics from us, voters and we have a right to expect that
organizations requesting information from candidates do so with transparency
themselves. This is especially true for new organizations that do not
have a history of participation in Santa Monica elections.
We want to emphasize that anyone has the right to engage in politics, which
campaigns. As candidates, we have a responsibility to encourage transparency
by those organizations that want information and participation from us.
With regard to activities organized by new or unfamiliar groups or PACs,
we have collectively agreed only to consider participating in forums and/or
respond to questionnaires from those groups that provide us with the following
Enough information so that we and the public know who controls the group,
such as a list of board of directors or steering committee members;
How many members it has;
Information about the organization’s mission and history, including
when it was formed and for what purpose;
Its FPPC ID number and name of Treasurer, if it is a PAC;
Whether the organization intends to endorse or advocate for candidates
or simply provide information to members and/or the public.
These requirements would not apply to Santa Monica’s existing political
organizations or neighborhood groups, nor would they apply to Santa Monica’s
We look forward to the many opportunities we will have to communicate with
residents during thiselection cycle and appreciate the efforts by residents
to take the time to learn about each candidate.
John Cyrus Smith