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Jerry Rubin, peace activist — no, not that Jerry Rubin, peace activist — will have to find some other way to describe himself the next time he wants to run for City Council. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that Rubin’s chosen “occupation” merely described his “status,” and that the city of Santa Monica, Calif., was within its rights when it refused the candidate’s request to include it on city ballots. “The regulation does not prevent Rubin from supporting or discussing political issues, it merely limits how he may describe his occupation on the ballot,” wrote Judge Barry Silverman. He was joined by Senior Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall and Judge Johnnie Rawlinson. Silverman wrote that the term “activist” was vague and “misleading in the sense that it provides too little information and permits the electorate to engage in too varied a set of inferences, many of which will inevitably be inaccurate.” Moreover, Rubin could have described his activities within the 200 words allotted in the city’s Voter Information Pamphlet, the judge wrote in Rubin v. City of Santa Monica, 02 C.D.O.S. 10456. Rubin is not the same Jerry Rubin that went on trial during the 1960s as part of the Chicago Seven. That Rubin was killed in 1994. However, the would-be politico evidently identifies with the more-famous activist, though the Santa Monica Rubin sounds more hippie than yippie. His League of Women Voters biography points out that his name is the “the same name as the late ’60s peace activist,” and points out that he shares the same birthday as another Chicago Seven defendant, California state Sen. Tom Hayden. On the League of Women Voters biography, Rubin lists his occupation as peace activist. “Since 1979 that’s been my occupation, profession, job and lifelong mission. Sometimes, though, it feels like it’s been since 1879!” He describes himself as a high school dropout with a “master’s degree in the School of Hard Knocks,” who married his wife of nearly 20 years at a Public Peace Rally Wedding. However, Rubin’s campaign skills didn’t measure up to his activism. With just more than 5,000 votes, he won barely 4 percent of the vote and missed a spot on the City Council by a long shot.

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