The best social policy is a good job - and good jobs come from good businesses. I would work with the City team to:
- Expand the economic development team to ensure that Torrance remains business friendly, inclusive of working with volunteers and staff at the Torrance Chamber.
- Expand business visits to identify ways to continue to support the local economy.
- Set up frequent Business-City meetings to ensure City policies and actions improve the business climate.
- Work with the Torrance Chamber to be a champion of local business.
Experience/Qualifications to Lead the Plan
- First started working in economic development in the early 1990s, helping the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation attract technology businesses.
- Led two economic development organizations in Southern California.
- Received an economic development award by a community college district, recognizing actions to train workforce and provide support for small businesses.
- On the Council, I catalyzed the creation of the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center in Torrance, to assist start up firms.
- At El Camino College, I approved many measures to train new and incumbent workers – as well as to connect El Camino students to jobs.