In 2014, I volunteered for a friend’s city council campaign. What started as a simple request to help him and his manager understand the software they were using to keep track of voters turned into a full-time job that consumed my summer and autumn. It was exhausting and exasperating, but, […]
I. When my family moved to Seattle from Santa Monica last September, I knew there would be a lot of things I would miss. I would miss our awesome upstairs neighbors, a pair of lovely economists who would invite us up for pizza, beer, and vicious games of Settlers of […]
Dear City Council- My name is Adam Rakunas, and I live in the Wilmont neighborhood. I ride all over the city with my daughter in our cargo bike, and I am excited about the possibilities that will come with the Michigan Avenue Greenway. Right now, the ride to Virginia Avenue […]
Hello. Do you live in Santa Monica? If so, please read. Note: there is potential for you to get delicious, delicious cookies.
Twenty years ago, if you’d told me that I would get a cease and desist letter from a neighborhood group I’d just joined, and that Mike Houston would be the attorney who fought it on my behalf, I would have laughed. A lot. This is not a slight against Mike. […]
Hi, Bobby! It’s your old buddy, Adam. Remember me? You called me last November and asked me to vote for you, and I said I wouldn’t because you were promoting that ballot measure that the I’ve-Got-Mine Homeowners association was pushing? Of course you remember me. We’re buds! Anyway, remember how […]
1) Not a crushing win this time, but a setup for 2012’s landslide. All of those organizers who turned a lot of red counties purple aren’t going away; they’ll be activated for Congressional races in 2010 and for some serious work for Obama’s re-election. 2) Holy crap, I just typed […]