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City of Manhattan BeachCandidate for City Council

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Joe Franklin

2,172 votes (17.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal Responsibility: STOP hiring expensive and unnecessary City Hall Executive Staff. STOP the rampant use of expensive consultants. STOP granting $2.3 Million Dollar home loans at .83% interest to Executive Staff. Improve Council Due Diligence.
  • Improve Public Safety with a specific plan. Enhance patrols of our neighborhoods in the evening to discourage theft. Designate neighbor delivery points to secure packages. Assist MBPD with recruiting the 5 open officer positions.
  • Common Sense Government. The previous 2013-2017 voted to ban Short Term Rentals but did nothing to increase code enforcement. The result was disastrous for our neighborhoods. Hire more Code Enforcement. to patrol and PROACTIVELY enforce codes.



Senior Investment Associate, Keller Williams Commercial- The Ensbury Group (2013–current)
Parking and Public Improvements Commissioner, City of Manhattan Beach — Appointed position (2018–current)
Vice President Sales- Higher Education- Consultant, ZON Technology (2014–2017)
Regional Sales Manager- West, McGraw Hill (2006–2013)
Resident Representative, City of Manhattan Beach Centennial Committee — Appointed position (2010–2012)
Resident Representative- Facilities Planning Committee, City of Manhattan Beach — Appointed position (2008–2009)
Co Creator- Stranger Danger Safety Program, City of Manhattan Beach — Appointed position (2002–2003)
Co Creator- Do Stop/Don't Speed Traffic Safety Program, City of Manhattan Beach — Appointed position (2000–2001)
Western Regional Sales Manager, NEC Technologies (1984–1997)
Higher Education Sales Executive, AT&T (1980–1984)


University of Arizona BSBA, Business (1980)


One of the most important endorsements of any candidate are from our fellow residents who have successfully served on City Council. These are the people who know what it takes to effectively serve on Council to get things don.

I am endorsed by nine current and former Mayors. Two of them, Steve Napolitano and Richard Montgomery, sit on the City Council now. Others include Russ Lesser, Bob Holmes, Tim Lilligren, Joyce Fahey, Nick Tell, Jim Aldinger and Walt Dougher. While serving on Council they built consensus with fellow Councilmembers which was critical to their success. They understand what it takes to be an effective city councilmember. They know me and have seen me work. They know I can do the job and have staked their good names and works supporting me. 

·     Manhattan Beach residents value family, home, safety, small-town living, education and quality of life. I have always worked hard to preserve and protect these shared core values.

    • I’ve lived in Manhattan Beach for 34 years, longer than any candidate, and, with my wife Nancy, raised our children, Jimmy and Taylor, here.
    • Over all those years I have volunteered extensively in our schools and city including PTA, School Site Council, Bond Measures, Traffic Safety and “Stranger Danger” Programs, Facilities Planning, Youth Sports  and, currently, I’m a Parking and Public Improvements Commissioner.
    • I’ve worked with fellow residents to resolve tough issues and have a reputation as someone who can work with a team and get things done
    • I have relevant, current and full-time business experience to tackle the financial and technical challenges facing Manhattan Beach. I’ve been trained by top companies like AT&T, NEC Technologies, McGraw-Hill and currently work for Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate. I have the time, temperment and talent to help prioritize and solve the many challenges facing our City. 


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Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (11)

  • Bob Holmes, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Bill Fournell, President MBUSD Board of Trustees
  • Walt Dougher, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Jim Aldinger, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Tim Lilligren, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Nick Tell, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Richard Montgomery, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach and Current Councilmember
  • Steve Napolitano, Current Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Joyce Fahey, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Russ Lesser, Former Mayor Manhattan Beach
  • Ellen Rosenberg, President Emeritus MBUSD Board of Trustees

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy was molded by the influence of my parents who both grew up during the Great Depression and are part of the Greatest Generation having started their family during World War 2. Fiscal and personal responsibility. They taught the values of education, work, self reliance and resilience. Don't spend more than you earn, study hard, work hard. I am the ninth of their ten children. Of the ten, nine worked and paid their own way to earn college and advanced degrees. Of the nine, 8 became teachers.

Help others who are truly needy- not with a hand out but "hand up." Everyone has a right to have their opinions heard. We don't have to have consensus but we should seek clarity. 

The position of Manhattan Beach Councilmemeber is traditionally non-partisan. You are elected to serve all the residents of the city regardless of their party affilication. I adhere strictly to this philosophy. A Manhattan Beach Councilmember should focus all their energy on serving all our residents equally, not reaching for higher office. 

I am open and transparent. As a hobby, I have written over 70 columns for the Daily Breeze. I have them all posted on my website. Please take the time to read them to learn more about the values and philosophies I hold dear which will help me serve as an effective, compassionate City Councilmember. 

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