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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City Council — City of Torrance

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Milton Herring

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Keeping our Community safe; Police, Fire, and the...
  2. Economic Development: Make Torrance the most business...
  3. Infrastructure: Continue to improve the local and...
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Geoff Rizzo

Retired Police Lieutenant/Adjunct...
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  1. Maintain and Enhance Public Safety
  2. Attract and Retain New Business
  3. Protect and Enhace the Quality of Life in the Community
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Mike Griffiths

Torrance City Councilmember
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  1. Continue with improvements to streets, sidewalks and...
  2. Public safety is the most important responsibility...
  3. Improving how our city government serves residents....
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Leilani A. Kimmel-Dagostino

Registered Financial Consultant
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  1. Strengthen public safety and City services
  2. Foster strong economic opportunities and job growth
  3. Promote affordable programs for seniors, veterans,...
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Genghmun Eng

35+years experience as a Space Industry...
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  2. Develop "Plan-B" and "Plan-C" alternative budget scenarios...
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Asam Sheikh

Sr. Financial Analyst
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  1. Maintaining Our Quality of Life
  2. Maintain Balance in all aspects of our life. Advance...
  3. Build bridges with one goal in mind, "Torrance First"
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Retired Military Officer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping our Community safe; Police, Fire, and the maximum safety level at our refinery for those who live, work and play in Torrance
  • Economic Development: Make Torrance the most business friendly City it can be. Roll out the RED CARPET not the RED TAPE.
  • Infrastructure: Continue to improve the local and regional public works systems including streets and sidewalks. Replacement of the deteiorated sewer & water mains and storm drains.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel
Planning Commissioner, Torrance City Council — Appointed position (2014–current)
Traffic Commissioner, Torrance City Council — Elected position (2012–2014)
Chaplain, Department of Veterans Affairs (1984–2010)
Executive Director, Stovall Foundation, a senior citizen non-profit group (1981–1984)

Education

Southern California School of Ministry Doctorate of Ministry, Theology (2002)
Interdenominational Theological Center Masters of Divinity, Theology (1979)
Morehouse College Bachelor of Arts , Religion/Business (1976)

Community Activities

Member, President - Elect 2016 - 2017, Torrance Kiwanis Club (2008–current)
Member, Community Advisory Panel for ExxonMobil (2014–current)
Board Member , Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (2013–current)
Member, served as President 2007 to 2008, South Torrance Lions Club (2002–2008)
Served on the Membership Committee, Torrance YMCA (2007–2008)

Biography

Milton Herring, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, moved his family to Torrance in 1990. Milton has been married to his wife Cinda for 44 years and together they have three adult children, all three graduated from Torrance High School. Today they are all married, giving Milton and his wife Cinda 11 grandchildren.

 

In 1981 Milton and Cinda Herring moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was hired to work with a senior citizen nonprofit group, Stovall Foundation. In 1982, he was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Foundation and spearheaded efforts to secure HUD funding for a Multi-million dollar 98 unit project.

 

In 1984 he began his career with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a part-time Chaplain. He later became full-time and served as Chief of Chaplains for 15 months. Milton was commissioned as a Chaplain in the U. S. Army Reserves in 1985, and in 1990 became the staff Chaplain at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.

 

Lt. Col. Milton Herring was mobilized twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2004-2005 and 2008-2009. He was responsible for planning and implementing the commander's program to provide support to over 7,500 service members, civilian employees, and their families. He was responsible for 10 installations throughout the country of Kuwait and made several visits to soldiers in southern Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak leafs, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th award), National Defense Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expeditionary Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with bronze hourglass and "M" device).

 

Milton previously served as Torrance Traffic Commissioner and Currently serving as a Planning Commissioner. He served as a member of the membership committee with the Torrance YMCA, 2007-2008, a board of director for the National Council for Alcohol and Drugs Dependency, (NCADD), from 2003-2011, and the South Torrance Lions Club, from 2002 to 2009, serving as President 2007-2008. Milton is currently President-Elect of the Torrance Kiwanis Club.

 

He is also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

 

He serves Torrance also as a member of the Community Advisory Panel for ExxonMobil and Board Member of the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.

 

Dr. Herring received earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern California School of Ministry and a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College in focusing on Business and Religion.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • COUNCIL MEMBERS HEIDI ASHCRAFT, GENE BARNETT, KURT WEIDEMAN AND GEOFF RIZZO
  • FORMER MAYORS KEN MILLER, DEE HARDISON AND FRANK SCOTTO
  • TORRANCE POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS' ASSOCIATIONS

Elected Officials (1)

  • Don Lee, Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees

Individuals (90)

  • David Henseler
  • Hope Witkowsky, Former Councilwoman
  • Linda Barnett, Former City Treasurer
  • Dennis Frandsen, Retired Police Lieutenant
  • Ron Traber, Retired Police Sergeant
  • Elaine Winer, Retired Torrance HR Director
  • Chester Pitts, Retired Police Officer
  • John Neu, Former Police Chief
  • James Herren, Former Police Chief
  • Harry P. Ross, Library Commissioner
  • Steve Skoll, Planning Commissioner
  • Bridget Lewis, Civil Services Commissioner
  • Lynn Brennan, Chair, Cable TV Advisory Board
  • Sarah D'anjou, Planning Commissioner
  • Chet Craft, Water Commissioner
  • Aurelio Mattucci, Social Services Commissioner
  • Bob Habel, Traffic Commissioner
  • Alex See, Water Commissioner
  • Karen Greenberg, Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Charlotte Svolos, Social Services Commissioner
  • Richard Browning, Former Airport and Planning Commissioner
  • Peter Donnellan, Traffic Commissioner
  • Richard Tsao, Planning Commissioner
  • Toni Sargent, Cultural Arts Commissioner
  • George Nakano, Former Assemblyman and City Councilman
  • Keith Montoya, Civil Service Commissioner
  • Judy Gibson, Planning Commissioner
  • Col. Charles Payne, Former Ethics Committee Member
  • Dr. Laurie Love, Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Cinda Herring, Civil Services Commissioner
  • Dave Sargent, Former School Board Member
  • Dr. William Blischke, Former School Board Member
  • Paul Nowatka, Former Councilman
  • Jack Messerlian. Former Councilman
  • Tom Brewer, Former Councilman
  • Bill Applegate, Former Councilman
  • Marcia Cribbs, Former Councilwoman
  • Susan Rhilinger, Former Councilwoman and Retired Police Captain
  • Bill Sutherland, Former Councilman
  • Rod Guyton. Former Councilman
  • Maureen O'Donnell, Former Councilwoman
  • Greg DeValera
  • Thomas Wallace
  • Allen Hamburger
  • Joseph Ngo
  • Jody Garrett
  • Kay Griffith
  • David Hoper
  • Charlotte Melsh
  • Candace Messer
  • Carina Sokolich
  • Adriene Laws
  • Immanuel Ku
  • Vincent Reyes
  • Maureen A. Edwards-Love
  • Giana Alexander
  • Georgean Griswold
  • Scott Fellows
  • Angela McCloud
  • Sandy Wilson-White
  • Debi Traber
  • Eugen Grimm
  • Jennifer Frew, CCE
  • Anthony Molino
  • Gary Aven
  • Ted Jones
  • Doug Walter
  • Curtis C. Jones, Jr.
  • Peter and Mike Michel
  • David Kuroda, LCSW
  • Omar Navarro
  • Dr. Brian Carrico
  • Stewart L Gilbert
  • Evan Chase
  • Dr. Michael Barker, Head of School, Ambassador High School
  • Veronica Riehle
  • Janet Payne, OTNA
  • Kirk Rossberg, Torrance Bakery
  • Randy & Martha Shetter
  • Ted Lange, Actor/Author/Producer
  • Riva Skoll
  • John & Chris Alter
  • Hazel Taniguchi
  • Les & Kay Grundhaus
  • Jerry Herbers
  • Jerry Ronan, Former TCAC Chairman
  • Sandi Monda
  • Janice Plank
  • Dan Ashcraft, Police Chaplain
  • Helen Nowatka, Former TCAC Board Member

Political Beliefs

Above all, Safety, at the ExxonMobil Refinery

Summary

Close monitoring of the Refinery, particulary during the transition to a new operator, is essential for public safety. 

 

 

 

Above all, Safety, at the ExxonMobil Refinery

 

By Milton Herring

Milton Herring is a member of the ExxonMobil Community Advisory Panel

I strongly recommend contracting with a skilled expert on refinery safety to act as an Independent Safety Monitor at the ExxonMobil refinery. That person should report directly to the community. Perhaps, some of the $5 million settlement to the AQMD could be used to cover the expense and that person would only be responsible to the general public.

On February 18, 2015, a blast tore apart a portion of the refinery and raised serious questions about overdue improvements to some of the equipment. Investigations that ensued led to even more safety concerns.

Cal/OSHA has issued 19 health and safety violations against ExxonMobil, contending it deliberately failed to fix a piece of equipment that led to the explosion. (Torrance Daily Breeze).

“It could have been much more catastrophic,” U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland to CBS News. “If I were in the community, I absolutely would be concerned.”

On April 2, 2016, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) held a hearing at Torrance City Hall. After a lengthy meeting, the board voted 3-2 to allow for the Torrance Refinery to begin their start-up procedures as called for in the preliminary agreement with PBF Energy.

The community is rightly concerned and expressed doubts about the city and refinery’s perceived lack of openness. Because of this, an Independent Safety Monitor is a reasonable response.

ExxonMobil is an important employer, and Torrance residents has benefited from tax revenues and community involvement over the years. However, the refinery must find ways to operate in a densely populated community. Above all, keep us safe.

The Independent Safety Monitor should be in place for the transition to PBF Energy and perhaps 12 to 18 months afterwards.

Yes, there is a cost, but what is the price tag for Public Safety?

ON HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

Summary

Historical Preservation is a complex and difficult subject, but not an impossible issue to resolve.

ON HISTORICAL PRESERVATION

 

By Milton Herring

 

Historical preservation in the Torrance Historical District is an emotional issue with many residents. The City has been struggling with the issue for years.  On the one side there is those who feel it is an infringement on their property rights and their ability to do as they please with their own homes.

On the other side there is passionate arguments for preserving what little heritage is left from the original Torrance tracts.

I believe that both interests can be accommodated.

At a recent Council meeting where a proposed ordinance was being discussed, one Council Member asked the question “How do we maintain the quality and character of our neighborhoods. That is accomplished with development standards”.

The Council voted to continue working on an Urgency Ordinance. Several changes were recommended and this issue will be coming back to Council The Council chose that for one year the Planning Commission will hear requests for alterations and demolitions of contributing and altered contributing residential structures, this affects about half of the homes in the area

At this time we are in a wait and see period as this issue, and Historical Preservation in general, are under review. I support the hiring of a Historical Preservation expert to assist in the ongoing process but completely understand that we need to allow for everyone’s property rights to be honored…….we do it in the Hillside area so there is no reason why we can’t do it here. The most important thing is that everyone in Downtown is involved in the process and that we take the time to get it right.

 The quality of life, cumminity culture and the living standards of Torrance are paramount.

Videos (1)

— April 21, 2016 City of Torrance Cable

Milton speeks to voters on the July 7, 2016 Torrance City Council race.

Candidate Contact Info

Email mherring00@gmail.com
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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Candidate Contact Info

Email Rizzo4Council@gmail.com
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue with improvements to streets, sidewalks and our city water system. These and other infrastructure improvements increases the quality of life for our residents and attracts new businesses to our community.
  • Public safety is the most important responsibility of our city government. Achieving state-of-the-art public safety by supporting our police officers and firefighters, improving our Torrance Alerts system, increasing the number of crossing guards an
  • Improving how our city government serves residents. This means improving senior services, supporting our schools, helping residents resolve view issues related to tree and vegetation growth, preserving our historic homes and by making our city websi

Experience

Experience

Profession:Torrance City Councilmember
Planing Commissioner, Planning Commission — Appointed position (2014–2014)
Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commissioner, Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission — Appointed position (2006–2013)
Owner, MICON Computer Systems (1986–2000)

Community Activities

Volunteer Leader, Torrance-South Bay YMCA (1997–current)
Board Member, Torrance Salvation Army (2014–current)
Board Member, Torrance-South Bay YMCA (2014–current)

Biography

It has been my honor to serve as your Torrance City Councilmember, and during this election cycle, I look forward to hearing from you and finding out how our city government can serve you better.

 

A native Southern Californian, I have lived in Torrance for 33 years.  I’m the father of two sons, now 22 and 24, who both attended Torrance Public Schools from Kindergarten to graduation from South High. Their participation in programs like AYSO soccer, Little League and School Band made an important difference in their lives, so I am forever grateful for this city and this community.


I love Torrance, it’s a great place to live.  We have vibrant businesses, excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and friendly people who care about our community. In 1986, I started my own Computer Systems and Networking business here in Torrance, which, after almost 15 years of growth, I sold in 2000, just prior to the so-called ‘dot-com’ crash. Being a business owner and employer has helped me understand the challenges local business owners face every day.

Over the past 20 years, I have devoted myself to giving back to the community which has meant so much to my family and me. I want to see our City remain a vibrant place to live, a place that people want to live, work, and shop.

 

I began volunteering with the Torrance South-Bay YMCA.  I have helped raise millions of dollars to help those who could not afford the important programs the Y conducts, especially for youths and seniors.

 

Along with the YMCA, I have also been a regular volunteer with the Salvation Army, helping seniors get the services they need most.

 

I am proud to now serve on the executive boards of both the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

 

I also have the longest record of service on City Commissions.  I have served on the Planning Commission and on the Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission.  My years of work on City Commissions has helped made me a more effective City Councilmember and has given voters a clear record of my positions on the most important issues that face our city.

 

As my children attended Torrance schools, I have also volunteered regularly at our local schools, this included band board, graduation committee and field trip chairperson.

 

I also was fortunate enough to have had the time to be the primary caretaker for both of my parents as they each fought, and ultimately lost their battles against cancer over the past 12 years. This process taught me more than all my years of school and work combined, strengthening my patience and compassion, and allowing me to fulfill the dedication a son owes his parents.

Here is that updated bio.  Mostly about your background and not issues.  Your statement hits the issues.  Let me know what you think and I will have our proffer finish it on Monday.

 

 

Now, serving on the City Council, I have worked hard to meet the needs of residents and balance our financial responsibilities.  Sometimes, that meant making tough decisions and sometimes that meant standing up for what I knew was the right thing to do.

 

 

I hope you will join me in making Torrance an even better place to live.

 

Please vote for Mike Griffiths for Torrance City Council on June 7th and allow me continue my service to our wonderful city.

 

For more information please visit www.iLikeMike16.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Ken Miller, Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
  • Dee Hardison, Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
  • Frank Scotto, Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner

Organizations (1)

  • The Daily Breeze

Elected Officials (24)

  • Bill Sutherland, Former Councilmember
  • Gene Barnett, Councilmember
  • Geoff Rizzo, Councilmember
  • Tim Goodrich, Councilmember
  • Heidi Ashcraft, Councilmember
  • Don Knabe, LA County Supervisor, 4th District
  • Mark Steffen, Torrance School Board Member
  • Terry Ragins, Torrance School Board Member
  • Martha Deutsch, Torrance School Board Member
  • Michael Wermers, Torrance School Board Member
  • Linda Barnett, Former Torrance City Treasurer
  • Marcia Cribbs, Former Councilmember
  • Bill Applegate, Former Councilmember, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
  • Maureen O'Donnell, Former Councilmember, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner, LA County Beach Commissioner
  • George Nakano, Former Councilmember and Former State Assemblyman
  • Jack Messerlian, Former Councilmember
  • Don Lee, Former Councilmember and Current School Board Member
  • Mike Mauno, Former Councilmember
  • Rod Guyton, Former Councilmember
  • Hope Witkowsky, Former Councilmember
  • Cliff Numark, Former Councilmember, Board Member at El Camino College
  • Susan Rhilinger, Former Councilmember
  • Tom Brewer, Former Councilmember
  • Ted Lieu, Congressman, 33rd District US House of Representatives, and Former Torrance City Councilman

Political Beliefs

I’m not a political animal, my highest ambition has only been to serve this community that has meant so much to my family and me.  And, to share the quality of life I have enjoyed here in Torrance with this generation and the next.

Large number of elected officials and residents support Mike

Summary

Here is the compleate list of endorsements for Mike Griffiths.

  Endorsed by the Daily Breeze
   
Elected/Former Elected Officials:
   
Ken Miller Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Dee Hardison Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Frank Scotto Former Mayor, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Ted Lieu Congressman, 33rd District US House of Representatives, and Former Torrance City Councilman
Heidi Ashcraft Councilmember
Gene Barnett Councilmember
Geoff Rizzo Councilmember
Tim Goodrich Councilmember
Bill Sutherland Former Councilmember
Tom Brewer Former Councilmember
Susan Rhilinger Former Councilmember
Cliff Numark Former Councilmember, Board Member at El Camino College
Hope Witkowsky Former Councilmember
Rod Guyton Former Councilmember
Mike Mauno Former Councilmember
Don Lee Former Councilmember and Current School Board Member
Jack Messerlian Former Councilmember
George Nakano Former Councilmember and Former State Assemblyman
Maureen O'Donnell Former Councilmember, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner, LA County Beach Commissioner
Bill Applegate Former Councilmember, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Marcia  Cribbs Former Councilmember
Steve Aspel Redondo Beach Mayor
Michael DiVirgilio Hermosa Beach Councilmember
Linda Barnett Former Torrance City Treasurer
Michael Wermers Torrance School Board Member
Martha Deutsch Torrance School Board Member
Terry Ragins Torrance School Board Member
Mark Steffen Torrance School Board Member
Russell Lefevre Director, Metropolitan Water District
Steve Napolitano Senior Deputy for LA County Supervisor Don Knabe
John Neu Retired Torrance Police Chief
Dr. Owen Griffith Resident, Former TUSD School Board President, and Jared Sydney Torrance Award Winner
Don Knabe LA County Supervisor, 4th District
Mark Waronek Councilmember, City of Lomita
Dave Albert Former Mayor of Lomita
   
City Commissioners:  
   
Kathleen Davis Commission on Aging
Ghislaine Davis Commission on Aging
Lynda Kraemer Commission on Aging
Biruta Virobik Commission on Aging
Steven Hsiao Airport Commission
Peter Donnellan Airport Commission
Melvin Glass Airport Commission
Timothy Bohen Airport Commission
Howard Orpe Airport Commission
Dan Feliz Cable TV Advisory Board
Michael Kosidlak Cable TV Advisory Board
Lynn Brennan Cable TV Advisory Board
Asam Sheikh Civil Service Commission
Keith Montoya Civil Service Commission
Bridget Lewis Civil Service Commission
Ed Candioty Cultural Arts Commission
Dale Korman Cultural Arts Commission
Greg Taylor Cultural Arts Commission
David DeWitt Environmental Quality and Energy Cons Comm
Scott Gobble Environmental Quality and Energy Cons Comm
James Montgomery Environmental Quality and Energy Cons Comm
Charles Deemer Environmental Quality and Energy Cons Comm
Allen Ravine Library Commission
Harry Ross Library Commission
Toni Sargent Library Commission, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Karen Greenberg Parks & Rec Commission
Laurie Love Parks & Rec Commission
Todd Hays Parks & Rec Commission
Andrea Reilly Parks & Rec Commission
Judy Gibson Planning Commission
Richard Tsao Planning Commission
Steve Skoll Planning Commission
Cindy Scotto Social Services Commission, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Aurelio Mattucci Social Services Commission, Founder - Unified Small Business Alliance
Charlotte Svolos Social Services Commission
Mei-Ling See Social Services Commission
Mark Ragins Social Services Commission
Dan Thomas Traffic Commission
Bob Habel Traffic Commission
Dave Sargent Traffic Commission, Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Sue Siani Traffic Commission
Ben Bajaj Traffic Commission
Mario Obejas Traffic Commission
John McGee Water Commission
Betty Chim-Lieu Water Commission
Alex See Water Commission
Linden Nishinaga Water Commission
Chet Craft Water Commission

 

Prominent People in our Community

   
Janet Payne Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Hazel Taniguchi Jared Sidney Torrance Award Winner
Debbie Hays Resident
DeDe Hicks CEO/President at The Volunteer Center
Linda Gottschall-Sayed Former member of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Ethics and Integrity, and one of the five council appointed members on the Ethics Committee, founding and former President of the West Torrance Homeowners Association
Sanaz Hamzehpour, DDS Torrance Dentist
Howard Elexis, Jr. Resident
Carol Gilles Torrance Realtor and Homeowner
Kenneth Darr Resident
Gary Steinhauer Resident
Cindy Shields Resident, PTA
Kevin Kang Torrance Youth Commissioner and President TSBYMCA Youth & Government
Ray Frew Green Hills Memorial Park
Virginia Hilker Resident
Scott & Terri Nishimura Residents
David Henseler Resident
Laura Savitz Resident
Sheri Messerlian Resident
Lloyd Brown Sr. Resident
Bev Findley Resident - President of Torrance Rose Float Assoc.
Gabriela Fischer Resident and Business Owner
Mark Applegate Former President of the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Jack Walser Resident and Owner of Walser's
Marcella Low Retired Public Affairs Manager for SoCalGas
Sandi Monda Resident
Reva Skoll Resident
Kirk Rossberg Resident & Owner of Torrance Bakery
Annie Ko Torrance Dentist
Margie Werner Resident
Gale Crandell Resident
Scott Fellows Resident & Owner of Critic's Choice Catering
William Oberholzer Resident
Lloyd Brown Resident
Jean Adelsman Resident
Sean & Angel Willett Residents and Owners of Keegan's Pub & Grill
Cindy Dennis Resident
Ron Riggs Resident and Real Estate Broker
Judith Diamond Community Relations Manager, Pediatric Therapy Network
Gerald Butler Owner, Freds Carpets Plus
Victoria Kennedy Frequent Torrance Consumer
Gene Higginbotham Resident
Claudine Garcia Torrance Chamber of Commerce member
Vicky Sargent Resident
Al Ortiz Resident
Patrick Folger Resident
Tim McDonald Resident
Irene Griffith Resident and LA County Commissioner, Commission for Older Adults
Jill Maroney Resident
Jean Adelsman Resident
Aaron Aalcides Resident and Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Gilbert Watson Owner of Mobile Visual Entertainment
John Bailey President – Southeast Torrance Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (SETHA)*
Cindy Constantine Resident
Burke Large Resident
Gary Seferian Resident
Kay Grundhaus Resident
Leslie Grundhaus Resident
Nathan Mintz Resident
Janet Tajii Resident
Erik Barajas Resident
Jose Mancera Resident
Jennifer Frew Green Hills Memorial Park
Sharon Drobka Resident
Margaret Lindsey Resident
Frank Putz Resident
Annie Ko Resident
   
Judy English Resident
Patti & Tom LeGrelius Resident
Jeanne McLeod Resident
Jan Stevenson Resident
Howard Korman Resident
Judy Shafer Resident
Galina Kovshilovsky

Resident

GROUPS:  
USBA (Unified Small Business Alliance)
LA BizFed PAC (Los Angeles Business Federation PAC)
Republican Party of Los Angeles County
Beach Cities Republicans  
South Bay Impact Republicans
BOMA - Business Owners and Managers Association PAC
   
Not, endorsed, but 'supported by'
Supported by the 'South Bay Association of Realtors'

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— April 21, 2016 City of Torrance

Torrance City Councilmember Mike Griffiths shares his background and experience on the City Council.

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Businessowner/Financial Consultant
9,783 votes (15.04%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen public safety and City services
  • Foster strong economic opportunities and job growth
  • Promote affordable programs for seniors, veterans, and children

Experience

Experience

Profession:Registered Financial Consultant
Registered Financial Consultant, PFS Investments (2005–current)
Board of Directors, Japanese American Citizens League — Elected position (2004–current)
City Commissioner, Torrance Commission on Aging — Appointed position (2009–current)
Member, Torrance Strategic Planning Committee for Transit — Appointed position (2008–current)
Member, ExxonMobil Citizens Advisory Panel — Appointed position (2010–2012)
Member, 2010 Torrance Census Complete Count Committee — Appointed position (2009–2010)
Budget Analyst, American Airlines LAX Aircraft Maintenance (2000–2005)
Training Manager, USAir (1989–1994)

Education

Kaplan College Certificate in Financial Planning, Financial planning (2002)
Pepperdine University MBA, Quantitative Analysis (1998)
Northern Illinois University BA , English (1971)

Community Activities

Member, Kashiwa Sister City Organization (2013–current)
Member, Torrance Chamber of Commerce (2012–current)
Member, Torrance Historical Society (2013–current)
Member, Torrance Rose Float Association (2013–current)
Member, CERT Disaster Service Team (2009–current)

Biography

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised and educated in Chicago. I have lived all over the United States because of my affiliation with the airline industry and my husband’s military and federal government employment.

We moved to Torrance about 18 years ago after a 3 year tour of duty in Washington, DC. We liked Torrance because of its cultural diversity and prudent government management.

In the course of my 40 year airline career I have worked in flight service, international marketing, sales, group and tour development, purchasing, training, and finance.

After I was offered an early retirement from American Airlines in 2005, I began a new career as a fee based Registered Financial Consultant to the senior community for PFS Investments. I am currently semi-retired and continue to serve my clients.

In 2008 I became interested in taking a more active role in the senior community through a City Commission and I took the Torrance City Commissioner Certification training. In February, 2009 I was appointed to the Torrance Commission on Aging. Within 2 months, I was elected Chair of the Commission and served in that role for 4 years. In 2013 I was reappointed to another term and served as the Vice Chair of the Commission for 2 years. During my tenure I became the Commission spokesperson to City Council advocating for senior housing, transportation, healthcare, and senior programs.

 In 2009 I served on the Strategic Planning Committee for Transit and helped set up the key performance indicators to measure the progress on the objectives set forth in the City strategic plan of 2008. I communicate regularly with the Transit Department in order to keep abreast of developments in Transportation changes and enhancements. I have appeared at hearings on the Green Line extension and both Metro and Torrance Transit bus route changes. I have worked with the Transit Department in negotiating the Dial-A-Ride Taxi Program updates. I am especially interested in the successful implementation of the new transit center and making sure that Torrance is the lawful recipient of Measure R Funds.

In 2009 and 2010 I served on the Torrance 2010 Census Complete Committee and helped to promote the Census at community fairs and did outreach to businesses to educate their employees on the importance of filling out the Census form.

I volunteer in many community activities and have a great relationship with both the Police and Fire Departments because of my involvement with CERT. I have worked at the Torrance Firefighters Spaghetti Dinner, participated in City and Torrance Memorial Hospital Disaster Drills, and performed traffic control and first aid duties for the Police department at Flu Clinics, the B-17 Bomber Display, The Armed Forces Day displays, the 4th of July Celebration, and various other events. I also attended the Partners in Policing program.

I have attended the South Bay Cities Council of Governments Annual General Assembly Meetings for the past two years. I also serve on the South Bay Cities Council of Governments Working Group for Senior Services.

I am a member of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce and attend and participate in the Government Affairs Program (GAP) and Tech Pros. I am also a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Torrance Program. Our project was the development of the mobile Discover Torrance application. I will be representing Torrance in Washington, DC and Sacramento to discuss ways to enhance economic growth through transportation, job creation, and small business development. I am actively pursuing and recruiting new businesses to come to Torrance.

I have been a participant in three Metropolitan Water District Inspection trips to the Colorado River Aqueduct, the Diamond Valley Lake Reservoir, and the State Water Project and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to learn more about the water resources for Torrance.

Torrance has a large aging community. The median age of the population is 45. I believe the City Council needs to have someone who has a focus on the senior population yet has strong roots in the business community.

I try to attend every City Council meeting and workshop to keep abreast on City Government.

I look forward to continuing to serve my community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Torrance Police Officers Association
  • Gardena City Councilman Dan Medina
  • Torrance Firefighters Association

Organizations (5)

  • The LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • BizFed
  • Ironworkers Local 433
  • National Womens Political Caucus
  • LiUNA Laborers Union Local 1309

Elected Officials (7)

  • US Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • California State Senator Ben Allen
  • Torrance Mayor Patrick J Furey
  • Torrance Councilman Tim Goodrich
  • Torrance Unified School Board Member Terry Ragins
  • RNC California Committeeman Shawn Steel
  • Hawthorne City Council Woman Olivia Valentine

Individuals (18)

  • LA County Commission for Older Adults Member Irene Griffiths
  • Torrance Commission on Aging Member Lynda Kraemer
  • Torrance Commission on Aging Member Benito Miranda
  • Torrance Commission on Aging Member Paul Cohen
  • Torrance Commission on Aging Member Kathleen Davis
  • Torrance Airport Commissioner Steven Hsiao
  • Torrance Airport Commissioner Melvin Glass
  • Torrance Water Commissioner Kent Kawai
  • Torrance Water Commissioner Rick Marshall
  • Torrance Water Commissioner Alex See
  • Torrance Water Commissioner Linden Nishinaga
  • Torrance Environmental Commissioner Kathryn Endo-Roberts
  • Torrance Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ray Uchima
  • Torrance Social Services Commissioner Charlotte Svolos
  • Torrance Cable Commissioner Dan Feliz
  • Torrance Cable Commissioner John DeRago
  • Compton Planning Commissioner Juanita Wright
  • Torrance Cultural Arts Commissioner Anil Muhammed

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Email leilanikd@aol.com
Space Industry Scientist
9,666 votes (14.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • City Council needs a Scientist on board after Feb. 2015 explosion, to work with Refinery on path forward that better protects Public Health and Safety.
  • Develop "Plan-B" and "Plan-C" alternative budget scenarios to be "spring-loaded" for use, if and when budget shortfalls occur.
  • Help re-prioritize resources allowing enhanced Fire/Paramedic services, more effective use of Police, and improved senior programs.

Experience

Experience

Profession:35+years experience as a Space Industry Scientist, with a PhD in Physics (1978).
Senior Scientist, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center dedicated to Space Systems (1998–current)
Research Scientist, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) dedicated to Space Systems (1987–1998)
Member of the Technical Staff, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) dedicated to Space Systems (1978–1987)

Education

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Doctor of Philosophy, Physics (1978)
The Cooper Union, New York Bachelor of Science, Physics (1972)

Community Activities

MathCounts Coach, MathCounts prepared Middle School Students ("Mathletes") for annual MathCounts Competition (1994–2003)
Principal, Challenged EPA Permit for burning hazardous waste in Torrance, EPA reduced permitted heavy metal contaminants 99+%, added Dioxin monitoring. Project was then cancelled resulting in no Torrance Air Pollution. (1992–1996)
Member, YMTF (Youth Motivation Task Force), YMTF encourages Middle School minority youth to stay in school, and stay off drugs. (1980–1994)
Member, S.O.S. Citizen's Group, Save-Our-Schools (S.O.S.) opposed replacing Jefferson Middle School with Criminal Rehabilitation Center (CRC). Group Ended when CRC Relocated. (1986–1987)
Vice President, H.A.D.I.T. Citizen's Group, Homeowners Against Drilling In Torrance (H.A.D.I.T.) opposing 75 oil wells in Bishop Montgomery Sump. Group Ended when Project was Withdrawn. (1982–1983)

Political Beliefs

Refinery Restart

Summary

In April 2016, Dr. Eng petitioned the SCAQMD to help make the Refinery Restart Safer with more monitoring.

 

APRIL 2016: Petitioned SCAQMD and worked with Citizen Groups FLARE (Families Lobbying Against Refinery Exposures), TRAA (Torrance Refinery Action Alliance) and RSN (Refinery Safety Network) to oppose SCAQMD allowing pollution controls to be disabled during Refinery Restart with no Health Risk Assessment or extra monitoring. Result: SCAQMD provided new partial Health Risk Assessment; Reduced Restart from 48 hours to 6 hours lowering potential Health Impact by factor of 8; and added in 4 new temporary pollution monitors.

 

 

 

New Torrance City Council Pipeline Ordinance

Summary

In May 2016, Dr. Eng petitioned the Torrance City Council to further review existing ExxonMobil Torrance Pipeline Ordinance #3331, and modify proposed new ExxonMobil Torrance Pipeline Ordinance #3800.

 

MAY 2016: Petitioned Torrance City Council against replacing 25-year franchise for M-131 10-inch pipeline in North Torrance, with a new one allowing pipeline to age to 45-years, and allow future construction of 16-inch pipeline without any Environmental Assessment. Result: City Council still granted new franchise to assist ExxonMobil Refinery sale to PBF Energy by 6/1/2016, but ExxonMobil agreed to downsize from 16-inches back to 10-inches.

 

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD "District") historically has Petitioned its Hearing Board for an Order of Abatement against ExxonMobil Refinery to cease and desist ("abatement") violating District Permit rules.  On 4/2/2016, the SCAQMD Petitioned its Hearing Board for an Order of Abatement that actually was an extraordinary start-up order, in violation of its own District Rules.  Dr. Eng submitted a Citizen's Petition and Citizen Petition Addendum requesting disclosure of proposed start-up conditions ("stipulations"), along with requesting that a formal Health Risk Assessment (HRA) be done, and he also testified against allowing an arbitrary amount of pollution under the start-up as not being properly protective of the Public Health.

— April 25, 2016 Torrance Cable TV

3 minute video summarizing Dr. Eng's experience and why he is running for Torrance City Council 2016.

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Senior Financial Analyst
5,448 votes (8.38%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintaining Our Quality of Life
  • Maintain Balance in all aspects of our life. Advance to the 21st century with building Torrance's Economy, Ensuring safety in our schools and improving Infrastructure
  • Build bridges with one goal in mind, "Torrance First"

Experience

Experience

Profession:Sr. Financial Analyst
Sr. Financial Anslyst, American Honda Motor Co., Inc (1998–current)
Civil Service Commissioner, Torrance Civil Service Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
Member Loan Review Committee, Honda Federal Credit Union — Elected position (2014–current)
Library Commissioner, Torrance — Elected position (2013–2015)

Education

UCLA Extension Accounting Certificate (2005)
Cal State University Dominguez Hills, CA (CSUDH) Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2002)
Punjab College of Business Administration MBA, General Management (1991)

Community Activities

Civil Service Commissioner, City of Torrance (2015–current)
School Site Council, Casimir Middle School (2014–current)
Loan Review Committee Officer, Honda Federal Credit Union (2014–current)
Board Member Carson Villas Home Owner Association, Carson Villas IIII (2003–current)

Biography

 

Asam Sheikh realized that there was nowhere else he’d like to raise his children than in the City of Torrance, so in 2009 Asam and his wife moved their family to Torrance. He is currently a member of the City of Torrance Civil Service Commission. Previously, he served on the Library Commission where he prepared the Annual Report for the Library Commission in 2013. Asam has been a board member on Carson Villas III Home owner Association since 2007, where he has served both as President and Secretary. He is one of the four members of Loan Review Committee at Honda Federal Credit Union. He is also on the School Site Council at Casimir Middle School in Torrance.

 

Asam received a Master of Business Administration degree at Punjab College, Lahore in 1991. He followed up his studies with a Computerized Bookkeeper Certificate at the Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SCROC) in 1997. Asam received his second Master of Business Administration at California State University Dominguez Hills in 2002, and an Award in Accounting from UCLA in 2005.

 

Asam and his wife Jill are married for the last 20 years. They have two wonderful children, Jonathan Bonilla and Sarah Sheikh.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 1117
  • Councilman Kurt Weideman
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Political Beliefs

Asam's passion for business and his ability to apply his analytical mind to all matters of financial interests, lead him to a career with American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) for the past 17 years. Asam currently holds the position of Senior Financial Analyst. 

Asam Sheikh received a Master of Business Administration degree at Punjab College, Lahore in 1991. He followed up his studies with a Computerized Bookkeeper Certificate at the Southern California Regional Occupation Center (SCROC) in 1997. Asam received his second Master of Business Administration at California State University Dominguez Hills in 2002, and an Award in Accounting from UCLA in 2005.

 

Asam would now like to bring his business skills and expertise in finance to further serve the City of Torrance as a member of the Torrance City Council, he says, “I have been blessed with living the American Dream here in Torrance, enjoying my work, creating a home for my family, sending my children to – in my opinion – the best schools in the country and serving the city as a Commissioner. Now I want to support moving the city forward by facing any challenges and solving any problems we may encounter in the future by serving as the voice for the citizens of Torrance as a member of the City Council.” For more info, Asam invites you to visit his website:

www.Facebook.com/AsamSheikh2016. Please share your thoughts on how to make the City of Torrance even better than it is. You can email him at Info@asamsheikh.com, he looks forward to hearing from you!

Asam Sheikh for Torrance City Council 2016 

 

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My Platform is very simple; To maintain the quality of our Life, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development & Safety in School. I want to make sure I do what is right for the City. I want you to work with me and give me a chance and I will make a difference. 

On June 7, Please Vote for me. 

Thank you

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Email info@asamsheikh.com

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