Manhattan Beach has been my home for nearly 28 years. My wife and I raised our children here, embraced our City’s beauty and strong neighborhoods, and volunteered in the community alongside many of you – as a Manhattan Beach Little League and AYSO soccer coach, Scout leader, Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, member of the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team, and worker at the Manhattan Beach 10K and Hometown Fair.
Public service is my way of giving back to our community. It was an honor to serve as your Mayor (2013 and 2017), Council Member (2011 to 2019), Planning Commissioner (2005 to 2011), and Parking and Public Improvements Commissioner (2004 to 2005). As an elected official I also served as a Los Angeles County Library Commissioner.
Beyond policy issues, a highlight of my public service was helping residents resolve their issues with the City.
City projects, initiatives, and issues I helped lead or support include:
I also opposed unnecessary and costly senior City staff positions and benefits
Currently I serve as a commissioner on the Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County, which is charged under state law with discouraging urban sprawl, encouraging the orderly and efficient provision of services, and preserving open space among other roles. I also serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Clean Power Alliance, which provides clean, renewable energy at competitive rates in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
My professional experience is as an attorney advising companies on business matters and managing investments.
I am a graduate of the University of Oregon (BS), Loyola Law School (JD), and the Georgetown University Law Center (LLM).