SANTA MONICA—On Monday, January 7, the Santa Monica City Council accepted the resignation of Councilmember Tony Vazquez due to his election to the State Board of Equalization. Vazquez’s seat was declared vacant by the city council.

According to the city of Santa Monica website, applications for the vacant seat will be accepted and city council will select a replacement for the remainder of Vazquez’s term, which will end November 3, 2020, absent any earlier special election that may be required in connection with the pending case of Pico Neighborhood Association, et al. v. City of Santa Monica.

Applications for the vacant seat can be found at To be eligible, all applicants must be a resident of Santa Monica, registered to vote and cannot be a city employee. The application deadline is Thursday, January 17 at 12 p.m. All applications will be considered by the Santa Monica City Council at the January 22 council meeting.

The position is subject to the State Political Reform Act requiring disclosure of conflict of interests, and the City’s Taxpayer Protection Act (Oaks Initiative). For more details about serving on the Santa Monica City Council, visit