Santa Monica

Councilmember Kevin McKeown


(Don’t forget that any TV set graphic on my website links to a video!)

Yes, I know I’m a Councilmember, not a Congressman, and the City of Santa Monica doesn’t really have a foreign policy.  Still, I strongly believe peace is a local issue, and have long been an activist.  In February 2003, weeks before the war in Iraq began, I carried a community resolution to our City Council opposing that war.

If sending our own young Santa Monicans into harm’s way isn’t enough to make peace a local issue, how about this: four years into the Iraq war I asked our City staff to estimate what that war

Veterans for Peace and I walk through Palisades Park with a Gold Star mother and Vietnam vet Ron Kovic (“Born on the Fourth of July”).

Arlington West, every Sunday just north of the Santa Monica Pier, honors the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And the dollars lost, just in Santa Monica, in the first four years of the war (question above)?  $145 to 153.2 million. 

we voted to oppose had cost our little community in extra expenses and lost revenues.  Can you guess? The surprising answer is at the bottom of this page.

When Veterans for Peace suggested a weekly memorial on our beach, I was an early and enthusiastic supporter.  The video linked to the left was taken during a Memorial Day broadcast from Arlington West on KPFK.

I’m honored by, and grateful for, your support in electing me six times!