I hope that these posts give every member of our community a chance to get to know me and the experience and values that I would bring to City Council. Most of you that I have met previously have been through events benefiting children. In fact, El Segundo has two things it does better than any city in the area: supports families and enables business. Supporting families is central to the way we live, and I believe that my life experiences display that same commitment.
The secret to the most successful management hires are working proficiency, not expertise, but proficiency across a business. I believe proficiency is a mix of relevant experience, training, and education. When we evaluate the backgrounds of our City Council candidates, we should look to see who has proficiency across the entirety of the city’s business. Who has the relevant experience, training, and education to help our city grow responsibly, maintain our unique culture, protect the safety of our citizens, and ensure we have the ability to care for everyone, especially our seniors and our children.
I still remember the thrill I felt the first time that I saw the Pacific Ocean. I replay the scene in my mind each time I get to the top of the hill on Grand and turn down to the beach. When I turn back and stare directly at the dilapidated storage tank that is owned by the city, on its unkept lot, I think what a disservice it does to visitors to our city. Driving in from the ocean should introduce El Segundo as a thriving well run city.
For a few maddening years we had to live with a bizarre ‘tax’ for living in El Segundo: we could take an $8 Uber ride to LAX, but had to endure an absurd minimum fare (and an angry driver) to take a taxi from LAX. Why? Because the airport saw the new technology as a threat to be blocked and not an opportunity to be managed and guided. We see the same issue with short-term rentals in El Segundo. We lump the worst-case scenario party house with the responsibly managed holiday rental that went unnoticed. El Segundo needs to guide and harness the opportunity that renting visitors provide.