City Council —City of Manhattan BeachMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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About this office
- Protect our small town atmosphere and low profile development
- Keep us safe--hire more police
- Support our schools, community groups and nonprofits
- Ensure the City operates within its means.
- Prepare and plan for infrastructure needs
- Move forward on pending projects and provide clear direction to City staff with policy and goals, rather than micromanaging.
- Wayne Powell, MB City Councilmember
- David Lesser, Mayor, MB City Council
- Amy Howorth, MB City Councilmember
- Penny Bordokas, Planning Commissioner and Former MBUSD School Board Trustee
- Steve Delk, Parking & Public Improvements Commissioner
- Stewart Fournier, Parking & Public Improvements Commissioner
- Steve Nicholson, Parking & Public Improvements Commissioner
- James Gill, Cultural Arts Commissioner
- Jackie May, Cultural Arts Commissioner
- Fred Manna, Cultural Arts Commissioner
- George Apostol, Planning Commissioner
- Elizabeth Kunkee, Library Commissioner
- J.J. Turkmany, Parks & Recreation Commissioner
- Kathleen Paralusz, Parks & Recreation Commissioner
- Sue Allard, Parks & Recreation Commissioner
- Noel Palm, Former MBUSD School Board Trustee
- Ida VanderPoorte, Former MBUSD School Board Trustee
- Tracey Windes, Former MBUSD School Board Trustee
- Walt Dougher, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Steve Napolitano, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Tim Lilligren, City Treasurer and Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Russ Lesser, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Nick Tell, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Mitch Ward, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Linda Wilson, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Joyce Fahey, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Joan Jones, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Jim Aldinger, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Bob Holmes, Former Mayor and MB City Councilmember
- Dave Salzman
- Carol Ann Glover
- Jan and Chet Pipkin
- Joe and Nancy Franklin
- Gary and April Wayland
- John and Chris Edmonds
- Implement Fiscal Management and Accountability
- Fair treatment of our MBUSD partners on Shared Use Agreement
- Stop the hiring of non essential city staff
Prior to opening his own business in Manhattan Beach, Mr. Montgomery was the Vice President of the Special Assets Division at a major California Bank in Los Angeles. The Special Assets Division maintained oversight for all real estate loans over $5 million in the portfolio nationwide and interacted directly with the FDIC and internal audit teams.
Upon leaving California Federal Bank, Mr. Montgomery became the principal of Evaluation Technologies, providing real estate valuation services along with Portfolio Review capabilities to Federal, State and local financial institutions.
From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Montgomery served twice as Mayor and City Council member for the City of Manhattan Beach.
As a local elected official, Mr. Montgomery was elected as President of the Independent Cities Association (elected officials from all 88 cities in Los Angeles County), Director of the Sanitation Districts #5 & #7 in Los Angeles County and served on the Los Angeles County Library Commission at the appointment of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
Mr. Montgomery is also a former police officer and resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife Diane.
- Amy Howorth, Council member and Former Mayor City of Manhattan Beach
- Tim Lilligren - Treasurer, City of Manhattan Beach
- JANICE HAHN - LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR 4th DISTRICT
- Bill Fournell - Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board member
- Ellen Rosenberg - Manhattan Beach Unified School District President
- Karen Komatinsky - Manhattan Beach Unified School District Vice President
- Ben Allen -CA SENATOR - 26th District
- IBEW Local 11
- UA Local 250 Steamfitters
- Walt Dougher- Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Steve Napolitano - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Linda Wilson - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Bob Holmes - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Russ Lesser - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Joyce Fahey - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
- Nick Tell - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor
As a business owner and Manhatttan Beach resident for almost three decades, I’m heavily invested in the future of our city and I have a proven history of helping local businesses, residents and our schools.
Manhattan Beach has seen challenges and missed opportunities over the past few years and I’m concerned about our future given the actions (or inaction) the current council has taken on a variety of issues. A few that stand out:
Mismanaged Manhattan Village Mall Renovation & Declining Sales Tax Revenue: The existing council held 18 meetings with no resolution, causing great frustration for both residents and business owners. Our city’s sales tax revenue from the largest source (MV Mall) has declined and the council’s indecision has contributed to the success of the new “Point Mall” on Rosecrans in El Segundo. Manhattan Beach residents now get all of the traffic (soon to be worse with the expansion of the Point Mall) but no sales tax benefit!
Unnecessary Spending: This council has spent nearly $3.7 million dollars on unnecessary outside consultants (including $1.3 million on the “Downtown Plan” study so far). An overpriced Economic Vitality Director position was added costing the city $161,000 and 12 new “non-public safety” administrative staff members have been added. Why do we need more administrative staff when City Hall closes every other Friday?
During my eight years on City Council (2005-2013), I focused on protecting our city and residents through a vigilant and fiscally responsible financial management program while promoting local small businesses, tourism and job creation. As part of the Finance committee, I helped guide Manhattan Beach through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. While other cities were declaring bankruptcy or laying off public safety staff, we cut expenses, retained all public safety staff, and maintained a perfect AAA credit rating. Shrewd management resulted in “zero net losses” in our investment portfolio and an increase in our bank reserves. No one on the current council has this financial experience.
The residents of Manhattan Beach deserve an experienced council member who will speak up and say NO to unnecessary spending, NO to hiring more “city staff” and YES to a new Enhanced Revenue District proposal for city businesses. I will reveal details for the enhanced revenue proposal at a later date.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you’d like to discuss the issues facing our city.
I will protect our city finances like I protect my own family’s finances
- Pledge to make Manhattan Beach the safest beach city in California! Keeping our MB residents safe is Job # 1! Public Safety is the cornerstone to making Manhattan Beach such a great city!
- Pledge to make Manhattan Beach the most fiscally responsible city in California. Being fiscally responsible, making fiscally prudent decisions and controlling personnel costs are essential to our city's future.
- Pledge to protect and preserve our exceptional quality of life! We need to keep Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach! Manhattan Beach should continue as the healthiest beach city in California to live and work!
- Public Safety - The cornerstone of Quality of Life.
- Fiscal Responsibiluty and Transparency. With revenue increasing nearly $19M annaully in a 5 year period, expenses should not but thet are. Policy driven control is necessary.
- Protect our small town, community centric culture and city.
- 1. Address and improve the reliability of our electrical infrastructure. As MVHOA President, I led efforts with Southern California Edison and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to revamp the electrical infrastructure in Manhattan Village.
- 2. Support our relationships with other South Bay communities for joint projects, like the Beach Cities Health District – We are very lucky to live in a region with so many benefits.
- 3. Focus on environmental efforts, including the protection of our coast – We are one of the many lucky communities positioned along the California coast. We must do our part to protect that coast from harm.
I am a native of Los Angeles and a third generation Californian. I have owned a home and lived in Manhattan Beach since 2003. My career has been in public education and additionally worked with Peter Drucker for four years. In my most recent experience in school management I managed a balanced budget of nearly the same size as the City's budget. I am seeking to be elected to the City Council to be of service to the community.
- Congressman Ted Lieu
I have voted in every election since I was able to vote - local, state and national elections. I consider myself to be fiscally responsible and socially liberal. I am convinced that each person's vote counts. I monitor the performance of our elected officials and provide input on issues that are important to me - especially fiscal accountability, environment and public education. If elected, I would hope the residents of Manhattan Beach would interact with me in the same way - and hold me accountable for putting forth my best efforts.
- The Environment - we need to treat Climate like the urgent issue it is. Manhattan Beach has done well as an environmental leader, but as one of the wealthiest communities in the state we have a moral obligation to do much more.
- Land Use Policy - the Sepulveda Corridor is the lifeblood of our community, yet it has become primarily a pass-through for South Bay commuters. Unchecked traffic is hindering any redevelopment that could serve the needs of our community better.
- Aging Facilities - the majority of City owned facilites were designed and built in the 60s. Looking ahead just 20-30 years all of our portfolio will be 80 years old. A Zero Net Energy Begg Pool replacement would be a good start.
Architect - Principal and Project Manager at ZGF, a top ranked national architectural firm
11 year resident of Manhattan Beach
6 years Planning Commissioner
2 years Environmental Task Force
Lifelong community volunteer
Born, raised, lived in small towns
My passion for SoCal Beach Communities began in 1987
We have 5 kids, the three oldest are off making their way in the world, the two youngest are at Costa and Robinson.
Wife Heather is an elementary school teacher
Education: Masters in Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati
What is it that Cities do?
They are largely responsible for the connections between us: roads, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, utilities, parks, community buildings and services such as police and fire.
I’m interested in focusing on all the many things that can connect and bring us together as a community and serve our residents first. Building a Community is a continual act of optimism and should be focused on the next generation of Manhattan Beach residents.
I’m passionate about the design of cities and have a love for the small towns within them. Why do I want to serve on Council? I have genuinely and thoroughly enjoyed every minute and topic that has come before Planning Commission the last 6 years including the most contentious ones. I’ve tried to listen to all sides and learn from each resident and have aimed for the fair and balanced decisions to each issue and clarity as to why I voted a particular way. Thank you for your consideration!
Committed to maintaining our small beach town atmosphere.
Committed to focusing on residents first
Committed to listening and providing fair & balanced representation
Committed to creative problem solving
Committed to tackling the intractable issues and making hard decisions in a timely manner
Committed to consensus building
Committed to carrying forward innovation and vision
Committed to open government and fiscal responsibility
Committed to small businesses and entrepreneurs, making MB an incubator for new enterprises
- Provide responsible budgetary oversight and support a balanced budget that focuses on the needs of our community
- Actively solicit the input of “all” our residents and be responsive to their concerns in implementing public policy
- Advocate for responsible development consistent with our small town character