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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Local

City of Santa MonicaCandidate for Rent Control Board

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Christopher D. Walton

Incumbent
7,728 votes (16.93%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing
  • Eliminate Tenant Harassment
  • Compel Landlords to Properly Maintain Rental Units

Experience

Education

Midwestern State, Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount, Southwestern & Oxford Universities Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, English, Business, LAW (1993)

Biography

Educated at Midwestern State, Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount, Southwestern & Oxford Universities.  Earned BA, MBA & JD Degrees.  Licensed attorney since 1993.  Formerly a sailboat rigger and yacht racer.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am one of the 99%.  I’ve occupied my rent controlled apartment for over 3 decades.  Without rent control, I could not afford to live in Santa Monica.  I’ve occupied my seat on the Rent Control Board for 4 years by defeating and unseating the only republican ever elected to the board.

I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished during my first term of office.  We implemented Measure GA and during my tenure as Chairman of the Board, we had one of the lowest annual rent increases ever.  We also implemented Measure FS which requires landlords to pay a fair share of the annual rent control fees.  This reduced the tenant’s share of fees by 50%. 

The interests of landlords and tenants continue to collide with unhappy results.  During my first term, we’ve applied the rule of law fairly to deliver justice and equity.  Dancing on the racer’s edge that separates the rights of landlords and tenants requires special skills and commitment to noble outcomes.   I’ve proven that I have those skills and commitment.

I am running on my successful record of public service.  The crusade for affordable housing continues.  The stakes are very high.  State Law provides Landlords with compelling financial incentives to replace low rent tenants.  Tenant Harassment is alive and living in Santa Monica.  Please vote for me and give me the honor of continuing to serve as the people’s Rent Control Commissioner. 

 

I remain your faithful, fearless, democratic warrior.  

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