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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of TorranceCandidate for City Council

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Geoff Rizzo

Incumbent
13,472 votes (20.71%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain and Enhance Public Safety
  • Attract and Retain New Business
  • Protect and Enhace the Quality of Life in the Community

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Police Lieutenant/Adjunct Professor/City Councilman
Adjunct Professor, El Camino Community College (2012–current)
City Councilmember, Torrance City Council — Elected position (2014–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Torrance Planning Commission — Appointed position (2011–2014)
Police Lieutenant, Torrance Police Department (1980–2010)
Police Officer, Inglewood Police Department (1978–1980)

Education

California State University Dominguez Hills Master of Science, Public Administration (2008)

Community Activities

Volunteer, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church (1987–current)
Member, Rotary Club of Del Amo Torrance (2015–current)
Volunteer, Torrance American Youth Football & Cheer (2005–2007)
Volunteer, AYSO Region 14 (1995–2004)

Biography

Geoff Rizzo was born in 1956 to Torrance residents Frank and Marie Rizzo and is the youngest of three children.  He is married to his wife of 28 years, Donna, and has two children.  Geoff is a life-long resident.  Geoff and his family reside in the same Southwood home his parents purchased in 1955.

Geoff attended St James Elementary School and Bishop Montgomery High School.  Growing up in Torrance, Geoff participated in scouting and youth sports playing little league baseball and Pop Warner football.  Geoff graduated from High School in 1974 and attended El Camino Community College, playing football while working on his education.

At the age of 19, Geoff lost his father to cancer and a year later almost lost his mother to a massive heart attack.  Geoff remained at home to care for her while working full-time as an automobile mechanic and attending night school at El Camino where he obtained an AA degree in Administration of Justice.

When Geoff turned 21 he applied for and was accepted to the Torrance Police Department Reserve Officer program.  Geoff was in training to be a reserve officer when he was hired as a full-time police officer for the Inglewood Police Department.  Geoff worked for the Inglewood Police Department from October 1978 to January 1981 eventually making my way back to the Torrance Police Department, which was always his Department of choice.

Geoff spent 30 years with the Torrance Police Department rising through the ranks retiring as a Lieutenant in 2010.  During his time with the Department he developed an in- depth understanding of how the City of Torrance government functions. Geoff has hands on experience with regards to the city budget and operations.

While working for the Department and raising his family, Geoff attended night school at CSU Dominguez Hills obtaining both my BS, with honors, and MPA in Public Administration.

Outside the Department Geoff continued his service to the community through his church (currently a parishioner at St. Lawrence Catholic Church) as well as youth organizations. Geoff was active in scouting as an assistant Den and Pack leader and in youth sports having coached soccer, football, and Lacrosse as well as serving as a youth football commissioner.

Upon his retirement in 2010, Geoff applied for and was appointed to the City of Torrance Planning Commission where he served for three and a half years before being elected to the Torrance City Council in 2014.

Besides his duties as a member of the Torrance City Council - Geoff is a Rotarian and an adjunct professor at El Camino Community College, teaching Homeland Security courses.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Republican Party of Los Angeles County
  • Torrance Police Officers' Association
  • Torrance Fire Fighters Association

Elected Officials (5)

  • Torrance City Councilman Kurt Weideman
  • William J. “Bill” Beverly Board of Trustees, El Camino College
  • Terry L. Ragins TUSD School Board Member
  • Michael Wermers TUSD School Board Member
  • Don Lee TUSD School Board

Individuals (27)

  • Former Mayor Dee Hardison
  • Former Mayor Ken Miller
  • Former City Councilwoman Susan Rhilinger
  • James Herren Former Torrance Police Chief
  • Hope Witkowsky Former City Councilwoman
  • Bill Sutherland Former City Councilman
  • Maureen B. O’Donnell Former City Councilwoman
  • Cliff Numark Former City Councilman & Current Board of Trustees, El Camino College
  • George Nakano Former City Councilman & Former California State Assemblyman
  • Jack Messerlian Former City Councilman
  • Linda Barnet Former City Treasurer
  • Bill Applegate Former City Councilman
  • John Neu Former Torrance Police Chief
  • Paul W. Besse Former Torrance Deputy Police Chief
  • Kirk Rossberg Torrance Bakery
  • Kevin Kreager Former Torrance Deputy Police Chief
  • Stefan Wolowicz Former Chair Torrance Chamber of Commerce & Retired Mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Dr. Richard A. Gibson Adjunct Professor, Cal State Dominguez Hills
  • Sarah D’Anjou Planning Commissioner
  • Ray Uchima Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Milton Herring Planning Commissioner
  • Judy Gerber Library Commissioner
  • Toni Sargent Library Commissioner
  • Dave Sargent Traffic Commissioner
  • Bob Habel Traffic Commissioner
  • Judy C. Gibson Planning Commissioner
  • Keith Montoya Civil Service Commissioner

Videos (1)

Torrance CitiCable Open Mic Night — April 21, 2016 City of Torrance Public Access Cable Channel

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