Osborn Wins Endorsement of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR)

March 26th, 2012

Influential Group Backs the Local Grassroots Candidate with Strong Record of Fighting for Change

SANTA MONICA, CA — Torie Osborn, the leading candidate for the 50th Assembly District, today won the backing of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) – one of the most significant endorsements in Santa Monica politics.

Osborn, a leader of a community non-profits and government reform efforts, won the SMRR endorsement with 67 percent of the vote. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom received 17 percent of the votes, while South Bay Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, netted 14 percent.

The SMRR endorsement is a powerful one in Santa Monica. The organization, founded in the 1970s to create, protect and defend rent control, has a long track record of backing successful candidates with a progressive background, strong ties to the community, and a platform of change and reform.

“Today, our members spoke with clarity and strength when they voted overwhelmingly to endorse Torie Osborn for California’s new 50th Assembly seat,” said Patrician Hoffman, SMRR Co-Chair. “Torie stands shoulder-to-shoulder with us in our mission to protect renters. She isn’t just a resident of Santa Monica or a politician running for another office, but, rather, she’s a homegrown leader who recognizes that the growing gap between the rich and poor, not just in Santa Monica, but all across California, needs to be fundamentally reformed. As our next Assemblywoman, we’re confident she’ll lead the charge to transform California by bringing some sanity and humanity brought back to our state.”

SMRR’s mission is to support, defend and enhance rent control and tenant protections even in the face of local or state intervention. SMRR strongly supports programs that seek to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing and maintain the historic ethnic and economic diversity of Santa Monica.

“Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights is a political powerhouse in my hometown, and the lifeblood of Santa Monica’s progressive urban vision. This endorsement is another signal of my campaign’s growing grassroots strength and momentum,” said Osborn. “I am deeply grateful to have their support and stand in solidarity with their platform of defending rent control, ensuring affordable housing, and maintaining fairness and dignity for renters. If elected to the Assembly, I plan to fight for those goals, and on a people-focused agenda that Californians demand: job creation, education, environmental protection, and affordable health care for all.”

For more information about the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign, or to view Torie’s full list of endorsements, click here.

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Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governance reform.

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