Strengthen Business to Grow Jobs

Increase Chamber coordination to help small firms.

Policy Platform

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.