Sue Himmelrich joined the City Council in 2014, taking the seat left vacant by retiring Councilmember Bob Holbrook. A 22 year resident of Santa Monica, Sue was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2013. Sue helped anchor the “slow-growth” side of the commission. Sue has been a strong voice for Santa Monica’s values while on the Planning Com¬mission, especially 1) preserving our existing neighborhoods; 2) opposing projects that bring excess traffic or ultra-luxury develop¬ment to our diverse community; 3) preserving renters’ rights and the production of affordable housing; 4) enhancing strong environmental programs; 5) championing a living wage for hotel workers.
As an attorney Sue has utilized her legal expertise to help those in need. She defended the long-time residents in Santa Monica’s Village Trailer Park (VTP) who were threatened with evictions to make way for a massive development. Unable to stop the development, Sue used her legal skills to fight the evictions and enhance the relocation benefits for 30 tenants, some of whom had lived there in their homes for more than a quarter century. She worked with City Council members to force the developer to substantially increase the percentage of affordable units where current residents might relocate. As Special Counsel for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, she continues to fight for those who don’t have the means to defend themselves.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Sue lives in Santa Monica with her lawyer husband, Michael Soloff and their two daughters, Hilary and Molly.