The fight to keep Santa Monica livable
has never been more urgent.
FOR SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL
Armen is endorsed by the Santa Monica Police and Fire Departments
"Armen Melkonians has proven his commitment to the city of Santa Monica through years of proresident
activism. As his work has continued, it has become more evident that his efforts are
needed on the Santa Monica City Council. Armen is committed to prioritizing the needs of the
people of Santa Monica, and will work tirelessly to promote public safety and usable spaces for all."
Dom Bei, Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109
MY plan for Santa Monica
Bring Back Balance
For far too long the policies driving our city have been out of balance. Too little attention has been paid to the well-being of Santa Monica’s residents, our local businesses, and the people who keep our city services running. All of which need to be in balance to protect our quality of life as residents and to maintain a healthy city. A lack of balance has led to the deterioration in the quality of life for both Santa Monica renters and homeowners alike.
Restore Public Safety
By now, almost everyone who lives in Santa Monica has been or knows someone who has been directly impacted by the increased level of crime in our city. Talking with hundreds of residents and business owners in Santa Monica on the campaign trail, I know that crime and public safety is the #1 concern for most. And Crime does not distinguish between renters or homeowners; it has affected us all.
On hour-one of day-one after being elected I will go to work for you to reduce crime and increase public safety on our streets and in our parks.
Revitalize Our Economy
One of my top priorities is to revitalize our 3rd Street Promenade and Downtown Santa Monica so that we can rise from the pandemic’s economic effects stronger than ever before. Much of our downtown remains vacant today. Although tourism has started to rebound, our general fund budget remains well below pre-pandemic levels. Over $200 million was slashed from city services and our libraries and senior services (just to name a few) remain operating at below pre-pandemic levels still.
We must revitalize our downtown, and we must do this with a resident focused lens. And there’s no one more qualified than me to lead that charge at City Hall so that we can ensure that our new Downtown works first and foremost for existing residents.