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Gleam Davis Santa Monica

Mayor Gleam Davis has served on the City Council since February 2009 when the Council selected her to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Herb Katz. Her current term ends in November 2020.

As Mayor, she continues to advocate for the character, livability, sustainability, and safety of Santa Monica’s neighborhoods.  She also maintains her strong commitment to lifelong learning and educational opportunity.

Gleam graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981 and from USC in 1978.  She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Gabriel and Arcadia.  Gleam and her husband, John Prindle, have one son, Jackson, who currently attends the United States Military Academy.

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Wellbeing Index

The Wellbeing Project uses the power of data to provide a shared understanding of our community’s strengths and needs, encouraging collaboration among city leaders and residents to improve our collective wellbeing.

Santa Monica is known around the world for its sunny streets and the Pacific waves lapping at the Pier. But for the 95,000 people who live in Santa Monica, it’s home – where they dream about how they want to live and do their best to make it happen. Santa Monica residents tell us they are overwhelmingly satisfied with their lives but there are groups that experience significant stress and loneliness. Improvements since 2015:

– Median household income, one measure of prosperity, is up modestly over two years

– Those who take the train to work have more than quintupled (6 per cent now versus 1 per cent in 2015), just before

– The Expo Line extension from DTLA to Santa Monica went into service

– Santa Monica has also used their Wellbeing Index as a framework for their 2017-2019 budget. Specifically, the core pillars are: Community, Place and Planet, Learning, Health, Economic Opportunity, and Governance.

More information: 2017 Wellbeing Index Findings


The Downtown Community Plan is a blueprint for the frame of Downtown Santa Monica that integrates housing, jobs, mobility, public open space, and art and culture for the next 5 years.

The DCP maintains Downtown Santa Monica’s many roles as a thriving neighborhood and public gathering space. Some key elements that anchor the Plan:

– Housing is strongly encouraged to accommodate residents of all incomes, family situations, and stages of life;

– New and enhanced public spaces will add to Downtown’s attractiveness;

– A diverse range of new uses, activities, and preferred services will support the emerging Downtown neighborhood and promote social connectedness and community wellbeing.

The DCP incentivizes housing production through an administrative approval process for projects that meet set size, height, and design standards. It includes the most ambitious affordable housing requirements and incentives in California with 20-30% of all new units designated as affordable for low-income residents and families.
More information: Downtown Community Plan