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City of CarsonCandidate for Member, City Council, District 4Short Term

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Michael Mitoma

Retired Business Owner-former Carson Commissioner
261 votes (13.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Stop shooting in neighborhoods by installing cameras
  • Repair potholes on our streets and pick up trash in city trash cans
  • Reprioritize spending and balance the budget without new taxes



Profession:Retired Business Owner-former Carson Commissioner
Mayor, Mayor ProTem, Council Member, City of Carson — Elected position (1987–1997)


California State University Long Beach, Stanford University BA. Finance and Economics, Executive Banking Certificate, Finanace and Economics (1979)

Community Activities

Planning Commissioner, City of Carson (2018–2021)
Economic Development Commissioner, City of Carson (2016–2018)
Advisory Board, Marathon Oil Corporation (2016–2018)
President, Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (1987–1997)
Board Member, National League of Cities (1987–1997)


My life includes:

  • I was raised in the area attending Fleming Jr. High School, Narbonne High School. In high school played on the football, basketball, and track teams. Elected Boy's League and student body President.
  • CSULB gaduate. Also attended U.C.L.A and Stanford graduate schools.
  • I have 10 years of city council experience as the Mayor for 7 years and as the Mayor Protem and council member.
  • Viet Nam Era U.S. Army veteran. 
  • 50 years of business experience includes 30 years of banking experience including being a bank President. 
  • I have started businesses two Pacific Business Bank and Aldan Shock Absorber Company in Carson. 
  • While on the council I  balanced the budget every year without raising taxes.
  • Served on the boards of CSUDH Foundation, U.S. League of Cities, Asian Pacific American Municipal Officers, United Way, Carson-Gardena YMCA, Japnese American Citizens League, Marathon Oil Advisory , Tesoro Avisory , LA County  Sanitation, Private Industry Council, South Bay Cities, Boy Scouts....partial list
  • Retired owner of Parking Space Technology located in Carson.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

When I was first elected to public office I did it as a public service.  No one ran for council for the money. We just received a stipend. We all had full time jobs and did not live on our council salary. Today the pay for this part time coucil position is $80,000 plus health insurance and a $750 auto allowance. In comparison, the cities of Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes, and Palos Verdes Estates don't receive a salary. Torrance council is paid $12,000.

I still believe that serving on the council is a public service. After I recover my costs of this election I will be donating to local charities.  I will attempt to get the council to voluntarily reduce their salaries.

Carson is suffering the same political disease the rest of our contry is suffering. Special interests have donated tens of thousands of dollars to candidates to get their agenda through the city. I am not taking special interest money. My agenda is only what is good for Carson residents. You are my special interest.

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Mitoma Returns — September 25, 2021 Random Lengths Newspaper

Article on my return to politics

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