Results and analysis for key ballot measures and elections

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The national media outlets have finally pronounced Joseph R. Biden the president-elect. Kamala Harris will become both the first female and first black person to serve as Vice President. The headlines are inspiring… and the punditry is getting a little tiring. We all need a nap. To no one’s surprise, LA County voted overwhelming for Joe Biden: 71.2% compared to Trump’s 26.9% of the vote.

The top-level results, though, are just the beginning. A record number of Americans voted in local races that will have an immediate impact on their communities. …


Results and insight from local votes in the 2020 Election

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Santa Monica is a typical Californian city: picturesque sunsets, breezy air, and a reliable crop of Democrats. The city cast a majority of its votes for Joe Biden… but the Presidential Election was far from the only item on the ballot. Santa Monicans voted on two municipal measures, five city council positions, and a smattering of board seats. Some results were exactly as expected. There were also a few surprises…

Worth noting: the city saw mediocre turnout: approximately 45,000 ballots out of the 72,000 registered voters. The following results are updated as of 1:00 PM on November 5th . …


Context and recommendations for everything on your ballot.

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Welcome! This is a walk-through for the November 2020 Ballot in Santa Monica. Everything here is just about our neighborhood… but it doesn’t cover everything that you’ll see on your ballot. Here’s a handy guide to other things that’ll appear including county and statewide measures.

If you just want the picks — no context needed — check out the below graphic.


Context and recommendations for everything on your ballot.

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Welcome! This is a walk-through for the November 2020 Ballot in Los Angeles. I’ll be taking a look at every statewide proposition, the City Council and County Board of Supervisors, elections for LA’s judiciary and DA office, and explaining how to explore your U.S. House and CA Assembly/Senate races.

If you just want the picks — no context needed — check out the below graphic. Otherwise, let’s get started…


They gamed the system. It’s time for us to take back control.

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Most Americans don’t trust the media. That doesn’t stop us, however, from consuming more content than we ever have. We complain about being bombarded with meaningless updates… but we don’t stop using Twitter. We decry the partisanship of journalism… but our eyes remain glued to cable news. Despite every article telling us that we “WILL NEVER BELIEVE” it, we flip through the pages religiously.

The problem is misaligned incentives. We want our media to tell us about the world. We receive news constantly — through friends, social platforms, television, newspapers, blogs. All of it informs our perspective. We hope the information is clear, concise, and truthful. …


What does an election look like in the middle of a pandemic?

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Not every American can make it to a polling booth on Election Day. Mail-in voting is an alternative. It’s a part of the voting process that protects parents, workers, and anyone else who isn’t available on a random Tuesday afternoon. It ensures that people don’t have their vote taken away from them due to inconvenience.

Mail-in voting comes in two flavors: absentee voting and mail-in voting. They’re… basically the same. Mail-in voting is exactly what it sounds like: voting through the mail. Absentee ballots are just a more specific version. …


City Council calls on community to explore a new vision of public safety.

On June 23rd, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously passed two budgets. The City’s FY 2020–21 budget is a $613 M operational package. The second budget is a Capital Improvement Program fund that’s passed bi-annually. Those dollars are spent maintaining and improving public infrastructure like parks, buses, and walkways. Don’t worry. This is the dry update. Here’s the interesting part:

LA continues to be the site of many vocal protests following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Santa Monica— which is not controlled by the City of Los Angeles — garnered national attention when pundits pointed to looting on 3rd Street Promenade in early June as a sign of dangerous rioting. …


How do the digital giants stack up against each other right now?

2020 continues to be a banner year for streaming platforms. Quibi, HBO Max, and NBC’s Peacock have all launched. Films like The King of Staten Island have opted for successful digital-only releases. And COVID-19, of course, has drastically increased the amount of time that people are spending indoors. But… who’s coming out on top?

Netflix: Gaining Customers, Losing Value

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Good news: The Streaming King announced that it added 10 M subscribers in 2Q 2020 for a grand total of 193 M global subs. …


Finding the fix for three concentric concerns facing Americans

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Marijuana, and its active element THC, have long been a part of America. Hemp — the plant from which marijuana comes — was a popular crop for colonists. THC was a frequent element in their over-the-counter remedies. For centuries, the drug was accepted. The demonization of marijuana as an illicit drug has its roots in the pushback against Mexican immigrants during the early 20th century. Its full criminalization occurred during Pres. Richard Nixon’s 1970s War on Drugs when his administration designated marijuana as a Schedule I drug.


Education matters. Early schooling is key for families with young children. Higher levels of education correlate with how much money we make and even how long we live. A degree unlocks doors and allows us to access to the “““American dream.””” College education can be a necessary step in building a comfortable life. And… we happen to be clicks away from learning any skill using our laptops.

This isn’t a comprehensive breakdown of every policy surrounding education. I’ll tell you what I think matters. Let me know what you care about. Let’s talk about how K-12 schools get their money, the dangers of expensive colleges, and how to handle online learning. …

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