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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Santa MonicaCandidate for Rent Control Board

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Caroline M. Torosis

Consumer Protection Attorney
15,596 votes (34.17%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • (1) On the Rent Control Board, I will work to ensure that everyone is afforded habitable premises in which to live, free from harassment.
  • (2) I will work to ensure that local control is given back to Santa Monica to decide when units can be removed from the rental market.
  • (3) I am going to work to maintain the supply of rent controlled units in Santa Monica.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Consumer Protection Attorney
Attorney, County of Los Angeles (2013–current)

Education

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law J.D., Law (2011)
UCLA B.A. , Political Science, French (2008)

Community Activities

Chair, UCLA West Los Angeles Chancellor's Society (2016–current)
Board Member, UCLA Women in Philanthropy (2015–current)
Member, UCLA Fund Executive Steering Committee (2014–current)
Member, Los Angeles County Management Council (2013–current)
Chair, UCLA Young Alumni Development Council (2014–2016)

Biography

Caroline Torosis is a consumer protection attorney and works for Los Angeles County to pass laws and regulations that protect consumer rights, protect tenant rights, and promote a fair and vibrant rental marketplace.  As a certified mediator, she has personally mediated hundreds of Unlawful Detainer cases where she has successfully helped tenants and landlords reach an amicable resolution and avoid eviction proceedings. She feels passionately about ensuring that the law is enforced in a fair and consistent manner.

Additionally, Caroline has worked on minimum wage enforcement, financial literacy and small business development, and the County legislative agenda. Caroline most recently helped author the County’s minimum wage enforcement ordinance and is working with internal and external stakeholders to establish a regional approach to minimum wage enforcement. Caroline has been instrumental in passing County sponsored legislation and testified in the California legislature to establish the County’s Foreclosure Prevention Program. Prior to working for the County, Caroline worked in employment litigation. She has also represented juvenile offenders in juvenile delinquency proceedings.

Within Los Angeles County, Caroline is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, and served on the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference steering committee, bringing together over 900 leaders in government, business and the community to advance women’s interests. Caroline was also appointed to the Executive Committee of the Quality and Productivity Managers Network, which works to promote transparent and efficient government by leveraging technology and interdepartmental innovation to deliver better service to LA County residents.

Caroline is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Management Council, the Southern California Mediation Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Caroline is an active alumna of UCLA. She is the Chair of the West Los Angeles Chancellor's Society, immediate past Chair of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Council and works to engage alums back to UCLA. She is also a board member of UCLA Women in Philanthropy, which encourages a spirit of giving in other women in the UCLA community.

Caroline and her husband Dan are proud Santa Monica residents, and in their spare time enjoy hiking with their dog Penny.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP)
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • Santa Monicans For Renters' Rights (SMRR)

Organizations (5)

  • Unite Here Local 11
  • Santa Monica Democratic Club
  • Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR)
  • Unite Here

Elected Officials (14)

  • Nicholas Aquino - Los Nietos School District Board Member
  • Mike Fong - Los Angeles Community College District Board Member
  • Dr. Louise Jaffe - Trustee, Santa Monica College Board
  • Dr. Nancy Greenstein - Trustee, Santa Monica College Board
  • Rent Control Board Commissioner Anastasia Foster
  • Rent Control Board Commissioner Steve Duron
  • Rent Control Board Commissioner Todd Flora
  • Rent Control Board Chair Nicole Phillis
  • City Councilmember Kevin McKeown
  • City Councilwoman Gleam Davis
  • City Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich
  • Mayor Pro Tempore Ted Winterer
  • Mayor Tony Vazquez
  • State Senator Ben Allen

Individuals (5)

  • Jennifer Kennedy - Santa Monica Planning Commissioner & former Rent Control Board Chair
  • Denny Zane - Co-Chair Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) and Former Mayor of Santa Monica
  • Shawn Landres - Santa Monica Social Services Commission Chair
  • Patricia Hoffman - Co-Chair Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR)
  • Michael Tarbet - SMRR Co-founder and founder of SMRR Tenant Hotline

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I strongly support Santa Monica’s rent control law. Tenants’ and landlords' rights deserve to be protected. The law should be enforced equitably so that landlords can anticipate business income and expenses. Tenants should be entitled to fair and reasonable rent controls, which is why serving on the Rent Control Board is so deeply important to me; to ensure that those controls remain in place. Tenants should also be afforded freedom from harassment by their landlord.

Additionally, it is important that both landlords and tenants are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law. Tenants should be made aware of the implications of surcharges over and above their rental price that landlords can pass through to them before signing their lease. Additionally, landlords and tenants should be educated about the requirements surrounding buyout agreements. If elected to the Rent Control Board, I will work to launch a public awareness campaign to educate the public about these issues. 

Videos (1)

— October 27, 2016 League of Women Voters

My name is Caroline Torosis, and I am running for the Rent Control Board because I believe that protecting renters’ rights protects the integrity of our community. Tenants and landlords are entitled to fair and reasonable rent controls, which is why serving on the Rent Control Board is so deeply important.  We must ensure that those controls remain in place and that our laws are enforced.

I am a consumer rights attorney and currently work to pass laws and regulations that protect consumer rights, protect tenant rights, and promote a fair and vibrant rental marketplace.  As a certified mediator, I have personally mediated hundreds of Unlawful Detainer cases where I successfully helped tenants and landlords reach an amicable resolution and avoid eviction proceedings.

As a member of the Rent Control Board, I will work to ensure that (1) everyone is afforded habitable premises in which to live, (2) local control is given back to Santa Monica to decide when units can be removed from the rental market, and (3) the supply of rent controlled units in Santa Monica is maintained. I would be honored to have your vote for the Rent Control Board.

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