Torrance must have effective Operation and maintenance of streets, sewers, sidewalks, trees, transit and water to protect our environment. To improve in this area, I would work with the City team to:
- Reduce waste throughout the City, especially from an energy and water perspective.
- Curb pollution from stormwater runoff, making capital improvements to repair broken pipes using grants from state and federal sources.
- Explore alternative transportation options, including micromobility that uses multiple means to help people travel locally,, from a currently planned trolley system on wheels to promoting neighborhood electric vehicles.
- Monitor and implement a coyote management program, consistent with recommendations from state experts.
- Advocate for regular reporting to ensure refinery safety and, consistent with the City’s strategic plan, encourage regulatory entities to investigate other alkylation technologies.
- Increase tree planting and usage of native plants.
- Continue the noise-monitoring system at the Torrance Airport.
Experience/Qualifications to Lead the Plan
- On the Council, initiated the first energy and water audit, leading to $300,000 in annual electricity and water savings.
- Authorized expanding the green waste program Citywide when I was on the Council.
- As a Councilman, championed Torrance taking part in the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.
- After seeing reports critical of the City, shepherded measures to streamline and expedite processing of solar panels on homes.
- On the Council, oversaw the rebranding of Torrance Transit and the use of hybrid electric buses.
- Awarded an “Environmental Champion”, for my work on the Council, by the LA League of Conservation Voters.
- Oversaw the development of the Traffic Management Center, which improved light synchronization and implemented “permissive left” technology.
- Served on the Madrona Marsh Foundation board.
- Initiated the noise monitoring system at the Torrance Airport.