Last night at City Council, I was witness to something amazing: 7 year old Drake, who has an inoperable cancerous brain tumor, was sworn in as a Torrance police officer, following in the footsteps of his father, a Torrance police sergeant. The entire City Council, dozens of community members, and more than 50 Torrance police officers were on hand to congratulate Drake as he fulfilled his dream.Read more
One of the most frequent complaints I receive in my email inbox is that of leaf blowers. In fact, the City of Redondo Beach just voted to ban them a few weeks ago.
To address this issue in Torrance, our Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation has been tasked with looking at leaf blower regulations. Of course, like all things we do, outreach to the community is an important part of that. That's where you come in.Read more
In case you missed it, I was sworn in for my second term on the City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting (click here to see the final election results). I want to thank you again for your support throughout my re-election. During my comments I expressed that I now find myself in the unusual position of still being the youngest member of the Council, but now also the most senior Councilmember. As such, I renewed my commitment to the City, its residents, the newly elected Councilmembers in helping them to acclimate to their duties, and to the Council as a whole in bringing people together to move the City forward.Read more
After a very long election season, I’m proud to report that I was re-elected to the Torrance City Council last night, while receiving the highest number of votes! I’m truly humbled by the support I garnered from every corner of the community and I sincerely appreciate the voters and volunteers who believe in me enough to have made this happen.Read more
Today, I had the pleasure of attending a groundbreaking event (literally) for Torrance with Governor Brown and other regional elected officials - the kick-off of our long planned transit center located at 208th and Crenshaw! This new transit center will be a hub for the region and provide bus and light rail service, reducing congestion on our crowded streets.Read more
9-1-1 has revolutionized emergency services and saved countless lives. But, let’s face it- there are certain emergency situations that preclude someone from calling 911. One could also be hearing or speech impaired or in an area with spotty cell phone coverage.
For times like these, Los Angeles County now accepts text messages to 9-1-1. This new system could literally save lives, so I thought you should be aware of it. Here are some guidelines:Read more
Torrance may be changing from at-large to district elections. Currently, our elections are held at-large, which means that all six Councilmembers and the Mayor are elected to their posts by every voter in Torrance. If changed, Torrance would move to district elections where the City is split into geographic areas and there is one Councilmember elected by only the people of that area to represent that section of the City. The Mayor would still be elected at-large.Read more
We all know that oil and water don’t mix. Unfortunately, the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has put forth a proposal to reverse a decades long ban and open our coastal waters to more offshore oil drilling.
With 1.5 miles of shoreline, Torrance has too much at stake to allow this to happen.Read more
I’m very happy to announce that something I’ve been working on for the last three years- enhancing public safety through the use of trained volunteers- passed the City Council last night by unanimous vote. This will benefit the City tremendously when an earthquake hits, heavy El Nino rainfall comes, or during any other time when disaster response is needed.Read more