Unifying the City is critical to our progress. I believe we should:
- Establish Community Councils. Bring together community nonprofits, faith-based groups, homeowner associations, and other organizations to ensure City services address important community needs.
- Stop Hate and Celebrate Our Diversity. Crack down on hate crimes, teach self-defense courses to seniors, and introduce signage that declares Torrance a Hate Free City. Work with the arts community and the Torrance Chamber to show how our diversity and international character can highlight our culture and our economy.
- Promote and Expand the City’s Volunteer Program. Leverage our community spirit to help schools and seniors and enable the City to serve even more people, building on the current program of 2,000 volunteers.
- Improve Communication. We get better feedback – and make better policy – if we better inform City residents of important issues facing the community. We need to think differently and comprehensively about including the public in the City’s -- and the community’s -- efforts, events and actions, especially leveraging digital technology.
Experience/Qualifications to Lead the Plan
- Led a dozen local nonprofit organizations - in the arts, economic development, environment, Torrance history, and community service - in a board member capacity.
- Approved El Camino’s presidential task force to stop hate.
- Called for self-defense training for seniors to stop hate against the AAPI and other communities.
- Advocated for signage at El Camino College – a Hate Free campus.
- Served on the board of the Go for Broke National Education Center, which educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to our nation.
- Instituted the first African American Advisory board and the first Spanish language TV outreach partnership at the Red Cross Southern California blood bank.
- Oversaw one of the nation’s largest volunteer programs – the national Red Cross blood donation program, leading more than 3 million volunteers.
- As a councilman, initiated Torrance 2.0, which revamped the City’s digital communication (e.g., establishing an email newsletter) and, as a commissioner in 1999, initiated “Open Mic Night” to leverage the City’s TV station to improve outreach.
- Advised El Camino on overhauling its digital and overall marketing strategy.