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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City CouncilCity of GardenaMarch 7, 2017Local Elections

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

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Election Results

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About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
Source: 2:2019/03/05, 2:2017/03/07, 2:2015/03/03, 2:2013/03/05, 2:2011/03/08, 1:2011/03/08, 2:2009/03/03, 1:2008/11/04
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Pastor/Retired Policeman
2,747 votes (27.2%)Winning
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  • Strive to keep the city moving in a forward direction, not become comfortable and stagnant because of our A+ conditions.
  • Public Safety is always a priority and our constituents must be made to feel safe through our positive contacts with police and fire personnel.
  • Making sure that the city promotes a desirable location for businesses to come and be a part of the growing community.
Profession:Retired Police Lieutenant/Licensed Pastor
Retired Police Lieutenant/Licensed Pastor, City of Gardena/Licensed through GVBC (19732004)
Talbot School of Theology and California State University Long Beach Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Science, Theology and Criminal Justice (2009)
Past President; Past Lt. Governor; 3X past president and current president., KIwanis Gardena Valley, Kiwanis International; Gardena Elks Lodge (1983current)
  • Gardena Police Officer's Association, LACo Fire Fighter's Local 1014 and South Bay Daily Breeze
Email rtanakaGtown@gmail.com
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Harout "Art" Kaskanian

Businessman/Planning Commissioner
1,760 votes (17.43%)Winning
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  • Public safety
  • To Bring Businesses to city
  • Youth Program
Profession:Business Man / City Commissioner
Email h.kaskanian@gmail.com
Teacher
1,648 votes (16.32%)
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  • Increase government open communication
  • Improve senior service (North and South)
  • Attract better neighborhood businesses
Profession:Teacher
Teacher, Inglewood Unified School District (1997current)
Los Angeles County Central Committee, Los Angeles County Democratic Party — Elected position (2016current)
USC Masters, Education (current)
USC Master of Science, Education (1989)
Co-Chair, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Committee (1997current)
President, Gardena Holly Park Homeowners Association (19982005)
  • State Senator Steve Bradford
  • Assembly member Autumn Burke
  • Assembly member Al Maratsuchi
  • South Bay Association of Realtors
  • Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014
  • Los Angles County Democratic Party
  • Don Dear (retired Mayor of Gardena)
  • BOE member Jerome Horton
Email paulettefrancis729@hotmail.com
Healthcare Nonprofit Director
1,286 votes (12.74%)
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  • Building a thriving community for our youth and seniors by partnering with schools and libraries to expand community programs through grants, partnerships with universities, and private sector fundraising.
  • Pursuing Economic Prosperity by briniging in desirable, viable and sustainable businesses and developments and finding progressive ways to generate revenue for the city.
  • Increasing community involvement and ensuring that we have a strong local democracy that thrives from shared decision making and community input.
Profession:Director of Contracts Administration-AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Director of Contracts Administration, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (2015current)
Grants and Contracts Manager, Public Health Foundation Enterprises (20142015)
Assistant Director- Operations and Compliance, Loyola Marymount University (20102014)
Cal State University-Northridge Master's Degree in Public Administration with and emphasis in Public Sector Management and Leadership, Public Policy, Public Budgeting, Intergovernmental Relations, Labor Relations. Ethics and Professionalism, Strategic Mgt (2015)
Loyola Marymount University Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies , Various ways to communicate effectively with different stakeholders, people and entities (2012)
Board Member, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (2012current)
Committee Member- Juvenile Justice Standing Committee, Board of State and Community Corrections (2012current)
Executive Steering Committee Member, Board of State and Community Corrections- Prop 47 (2015current)

I graduated with Honors from Loyola Marymount University earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and also graduated with Honors earning my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with and emphasis in Management and Leadership from Cal State University- Northridge. I  am currently the Director of Contracts Administration for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the worlds’ number one AIDS healthcare provider and advocate. I am both academically and professionally qualified to run a city. In addition, I have dedicated my life to service and to proving to people like me exactly what we are capable of achieving. As an advocate, I serve on several boards and committees that address social justice issues such as the Juvenile Justice Standing Committee, which was formed to assist in fulfilling the statutory requirements in relation to a wide range of juvenile justice issues that fall within the purview of the Board of State and Community Corrections; the Board of Directors for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, an organization that is focused on changing the outcomes of those formerly incarcerated and creating safe, healthy communities; the Emerging Civic Leaders Committee, which is a committee of the Empowerment Congress that seeks to engage leaders under the age of 40 in opportunities surrounding civic engagement, advocacy and philanthropy; and the Prop 47 Executive Steering Committee that will guide the process for awarding the majority of the state’s Proposition 47 savings.

  • Los Angeles African American Womans Political Action Committee
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • South Bay Association of Realtors
  • SEIU 2015
  • Daily Breeze
  • Black Los Angeles Young Democrats
  • New Frontiers Democratic Club
  • President of the Mexican American Bar Accociation PAC
Email cine@politicalreportingplus.com
Director Chamber Commerce
966 votes (9.57%)
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  • The hiring of a new city manager and making sure we're fiscally responsible for the budget.
  • Create transparency in Government. Build trusting relationship within the community by encouraging civic engagement
  • Become a business friendly city that will attract viable businesses to create jobs for our residents and sustain our economy.
Profession:Business Owner, President and CEO Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce
President & Executive Director, Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce (2008current)
Founder, Young Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (non-profit) (2013current)
Licensed Life & Health Insurance Agent, Covered California and self employed (2008current)
Board Member, Gardena Business Advisory Council — Appointed position (2011current)
Bethany Christian Bible College Certificate for Systematic Christian Education, Biblical Studies (2005)
Comtempo School of Beauty California State Board of Cosmetology, Hair, skin, and nails (1990)
White Suiter , Tournament of Roses - Pasadena Rose Parade (2015current)

City Manager and New Police Department and Senior Center

Summary

The hiring of the new city manager and the building of the new police station and senior center

1st Position

I believe the hiring of the new city manager should be through an open bid process. We need to do a national search for the best qualified candidate with concentrated experience as a city manager, one that will bring a fresh vision to move the city of Gardena forward. I respect the fact that Chief Medrano is uniquely qualified for this position. However, it does not make him the only candidate or the best qualified candidate. Gardena residents and businesses desereve the best and we must our due diligence to search, hire and give them the best. 

 

 

2nd Poistion

I agree that we need a new police department and a place for our seniors to meet. However, I do not agree to spend 3/4 of the city's reserve to build this project. When you look at the intended design and the specification for the structure of this project, I believe it was under bided and will cost the remaing $6million dollars. Spending $21million of $27million with no plans to rebuild these funds is just not a good financial decision to me. This will leave the city with no savings fro a rainy day. 

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Director Operations/Businessowner
620 votes (6.14%)
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  • Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life Through Controlled Development – by not over developing, focusing on developments that raise property values and provide needed amenities to our community.
  • Improve Public Safety – by working to increase the number of police officers to keep up with new home developments.
  • Construction of a New Police Facility and Senior Center – by moving forward with construction while the budget is in place and costs are stable.
Profession:BUSINESSMAN / PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER
Director of Operations / Director of Research & Development, Iskkenderian Manufacturing / Isky Racing Cams (1985current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Gardena Planning & Development Commission — Appointed position (2013current)
Crane Tech Automotive Engine Camshaft Design, Internal Engine Combustion and Camshaft Design (1998)
Treasurer Mexican American Democratic Club, Mexican American Democratic Club (2016current)
Member, Gardena Elks 1919 (2016current)
  • South Bay Association of Realtors
  • Don Dear - Gardena Mayor Emeritus / Board of Directors; West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Mark Waronek - Mayor of Lomita
  • Terry Terauchi - Former Mayor/Current Councilman Terry Terauchi
  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY
  • GARDENA VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB
  • MEXICAN AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB
  • GRANT NAKAOKA
  • GEORGE CASTRO

Nolan Jamora for Gardena City Council

Home Grown Leadership

Gardena is a diverse and amazing city with great potential for growth and prosperity.  My roots run deep here and I want to make sure Gardena stays safe and continues to grow and prosper for future generations.  As your Planning & Development Commissioner the last four years, I understand the growth and improvements we need in our city as well as the budgetary concerns we face.

I am seeking election to the City Council because I believe that my leadership skills, planning and development knowledge, business, and political experiences bring an important balance to the city. I am well versed on the inner workings of Gardena, the budget and needs of both business and the community, and have 30 years of management business experience to draw upon.

For over 43 years, since my family moved to Gardena when I was 6 years old I have called Gardena my home. My family is here. My home is here. I attended school here and I earn my living here.. That is the reason I served as your Planning & Development Commissioner and am now seeking a seat on the Gardena for City Council.

As Councilman I will focus on these strategic areas:

Improve Public Safety -

        Working to increase the number of police officers to keep up with new home developments.

        Continue support for the Neighborhood Watch and Coffee with a Cop Programs while adding a Council Representative to encourage more involvement and communication.

        Working to promote transparency and oversight between the Police and residents.

        Making sure the police department has all the equipment needed to safely protect our neighborhoods

Construction of a New Police Facility and Senior Center

      Moving forward with construction of a new 35,000 sq. ft. Police Facility and 6,600 sq. ft. Senior Community Center while the budget is in place and costs are stable.

      Making sure the cost and construction numbers are correct and fiscally responsible.

Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life through Controlled Development

        Not over developing in single family home neighborhoods.

        Making sure every development adheres to strict parking guidelines.

        Focusing on developments that raise property values and provides needed amenities to our community.

        Actively pursue new commercial development with an emphasis in North Gardena.

        Create new city branding to attract a stronger commercial revenue base.

City Council Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility –

        Provide much needed transparent information on city finances and services.

        Hold Town Hall meetings in neighborhoods to explain the budget and have stronger communication with residents over concerns and recommendations.

        Have an open door policy daily to meet with individuals or groups to discuss council actions.

A Vision for the Future –

        Re-brand the city to appeal to new residents and businesses.

        Develop new ideas to attract businesses with strong commercial revenue.

        Re-focus Economic Development on small business and entrepreneurs as well as the Tech industry.

        Fight with the state to get our toxic sites along Artesia Blvd cleaned up and usable for new commercial developments.

        Create a working group of Council Members, School Officials, Business and Community Leaders to work together to improve our schools and fight for much needed resources.

 

My Personal Commitment to You

I chose to run for City Council because in the last 4 years on the Planning Commission I realized our community needs fair and unbiased representation!

All too often in local city politics I have seen decisions made that go against the good of the community for the benefit of big business or other outside factions. When faced with making a decision I always ask myself “is this decision good for the community, good for the seniors, good for the children, good for the future and who benefits from this decision?” When faced with those questions the answer is always clear for me and the decision is easy.

My record as your Planning Commissioner shows that I never was late or missed a meeting in 4 years and I have never abstained on a vote. As your representative on the commission it is my duty to be the most informed as I can be and to never abdicate my responsibility and pass the buck to someone else as some of my peers have.

As a businessman in a high pressure environment, I have developed my skills as a team builder, negotiator and problem solver. I will use these tools to make the right decisions needed to manage the city’s resources and provide the best quality of life to the residents of Gardena. I will serve you with honesty, respect and integrity and I will never compromise my values or commitment to you.

I have the knowledge, experience, and common sense to provide quality leadership, and ask for your vote on March 7th.

www.vote4NolanJamora.com

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Shannon W. Lawrence

Civil Servant/Analyst
570 votes (5.64%)
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  • Clean, Safe Communities for an Exceptional Quality of Life
  • Practical, and Responsible Budget Priorities and Spending
  • Smart and Innovaive Economic Development
Profession:I am a Personnel Analyst for the City of Los Angeles, and former Gardena Planning Commission Chair
Commissioner, Gardena Planning and Environmental Quality Commission — Appointed position (20042015)
Commissioner, Los Angeles Unified School District Redistriciting Commission — Appointed position (20112011)
Commissioner, Gardena Youth Commission — Appointed position (19931995)
Alabama State University Bachelor of Science , Business Administration / Marketing (2001)
Executive Board Member / Regional Director, National Alumni Association of Alabama State University (2001current)
Coach, Gardena Youth Soccer (20162016)
Board Member, American Heart Association - Western Region (20092012)
  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Councilmember Jawane Hilton
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11
  • Brenda Jackson
  • Clifton Woods
  • Kai Parker
Email shannonlawrenceingardena@gmail.com
Analyst/R.E. Broker
501 votes (4.96%)
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  • Public safety, convenient and affordable public transportation, clean environment for our residents.
  • Getting money out of politics and safeguarding our children in public education; expanding senior, youth, and veteran services through grants, and partnership with other schools, agencies.
  • Business development and affordable housing assistance
Profession:Finance Analyst for City of Gardena, and licensed Real Estate Broker
University of California Berkeley Bachelor of Arts in Economics at University of California, Berkeley. , Economics (2003)

·         I am a proud parent to two little girls, age 5 and 22 month young.

·         I am a proud daughter of Vietnam War veteran.

·         I am a grateful immigrant who fortunately escaped from the Communist regime to this dream land of freedom.

·         I went through the public school system in Gardena, and now a proud homeowner in the City.

 

·         Upon graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Economics, I decided to serve our City by working as an analyst for the Transportation Department, and as Vice President for the City Labor Union -GMEA.

Email CammieLeGardena@gmail.com

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