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My take on the upcoming Torrance election

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I endorse Pat Furey for Mayor of Torrance

On June 3, 2014 the California Primary Election will be held to vote on statewide measures as well as local offices. For Torrance, this is a pretty important election as our current mayor, Frank Scotto will term out and there are four city council seats that are up for grabs. We have three candidates running for Mayor and sixteen candidates vying for the four city council seats.

As far as mayoral candidates are concerned, we are pretty lucky. Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to observe, interact and talk to all three candidates and I can honestly say that no matter which of them wins, I think Torrance will be okay. I like Tom Brewer, and he seems like a really nice guy; Bill Sutherland is a man of principle and he has no problem saying what he thinks. While I may not always agree, one must respect his honesty. Bill has been nothing but helpful when approached about a few Torrance oddities and that is also appreciated. I have previously written about my relationship with Pat Furey and as he has always been an advocate for children, both in his personal and professional life as well as having close to 25 years of civic involvement, I must endorse Pat for Mayor. A friend mentioned recently that Furey was the only Democrat of the three candidates so that is why she was voting for him. The Office of Mayor is not supposed to be a Republican versus Democrat ideology and the reality is, I do not know what political party Brewer and Sutherland belong to, but if party allegiance is important to how you cast your vote, I am relatively confident Furey is not a Republican. Continue reading

Griffiths for City Council Campaign Kickoff

These photos were taken last week, February 3 at the Mike Griffiths for Torrance City Council 2014 campaign kickoff which was held at the RE/MAX room in Torrance. While this site is not really dedicated to politics, I have been trying to attend as many Torrance City Council meetings as possible so I know what is happening at the local level with our city’s governing body. As a result, I have become acquainted with our mayor and most of the city council members.

The General Municipal Election for Torrance will be held in June of 2014. There will be several vacancies on the city council because Mayor Scotto will term out and one of the current council members will replace him. There are also a couple council members that will term out so this is a pretty important city election. Because I do attend council meetings on a pretty regular basis I see which candidates are regular attendees of the weekly city council meetings. To be honest, there are only two candidates that I ever see there and Mike Griffiths is one of them. He introduced himself to me at one of the first meetings I attended. While I am not going to make any official endorsements, I will go so far as to suggest that if someone wants to be on the Torrance City Council, they should probably consider reserving every Tuesday evening for the next four months to attend council meetings if for no other reason than to be seen.

The campaign kickoff fundraiser was a pretty well attended event that included food, beer, wine, speeches and magic performed by Magic Castle performer Steve Silverman. His sleight-of-hand magic was very entertaining. Everyone seemed to have a nice time. If you want to know more about Griffiths’ position on issues and history with the City of Torrance please visit his website. Continue reading

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