That’s right, folks, it’s that magical time of the year: the days are short, the nights are cold, and the election flyers from the campaign whores starts filling up your mailbox and raising your blood pressure. It’s Santa Monica Campaign Mailers Election Junk Rally 2006, and I’ve never been more excited in my life. Why? Because I already know who’s gonna win (Santa Monicans for Sensible Priorities and their slate) and who’s gonna lose (the citizens of Santa Monica).

The rules are simple: every time I get a new piece of junk mail asking me to vote for this candidate or against that proposition, I keep it and let you know. That builds up the betting pool where everyone throws in their predictions for who’s going to send in the most mailers. Whoever gets the right number and mailer wins the smug self-satisfaction of gauging a special interest group’s thirst for power (though you’ll also lose, since whoever you wanted to win probably won’t).

Now, it wasn’t a rally until we got something from someone else, and after today’s harvest, it’s on! So, in the pool we have:

Bob Holbrook, current mayor of Santa Monica, running for re-election on the city council: three solo mailers, two slate mailers
Gleam Davis (swear to God, that’s the name she put down), local busybody, running for city council: one solo mailer (that looks suspicously just like one of Bob’s, which means they’re either getting funding from the same group of bastards or there’s just a standard template for campaign mailers)
Terry O’Day, city planning commissioner, running for city council: two slate mailers (both with Bob)

And special mention goes to Santa Monicans for Sensible Priorities, the shady front group for the Ocean Avenue hotels who calls itself a “nonpartisan organization concerned about city governance issues” but now has to fund a PAC in order to endorse candidates. The two shared mailers with Bob and Terry are both funded by SMSPPAC, whose major funding is from “hospitality providers and the Edward Thomas Management Company.” ETMC manages Shutters; I guess if you can’t buy legislation, then you buy the legislators, right?

So, there are your ponies for your initial bets. If you live in Santa Monica and have gotten junk mail of your own, let me know and I’ll add it to the pool.

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