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Los Angeles County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
Council Member; City of Torrance Voter Information

Results as of Jun 25 2:10pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (74/74)
Candidates (Vote for 4)
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Susan M. Rhilinger Click here for more information about this candidate 9,413 votes 14.08%

  • Occupation: Retired Police Captain
  • Torrance Airport Commissioner
  • FBI National Academy Graduate
  • Overdevelopment / Density Concerns
  • Traffic Circulation
  • Condition of TUSD Infrastructure
Gene Barnett Click here for more information about this candidate 8,234 votes 12.32%
  • Occupation: Appointed Concilmember
  • Retired - Torrance Parks & Recreation Director - 28 years
  • Past member - City of Torrance Strategic Plan Review Committee
  • Moderator - Educational Council of Torrance
  • Member - Council Committee on Finance & Governmental Operations
  • Member - Council Transportation Committee
  • Torrance Homeowner - 27 years
  • Protect our neigborhoods from overdevelopment
  • Mitigating our increasing traffic/congestion problems
  • Maintain and enhance our Police and Fire services
Pat Furey Click here for more information about this candidate 7,300 votes 10.92%
  • Occupation: Deputy County Counsel
  • President - Torrance Education Foundation (3 terms)
  • President - North Torrance Homeowners Association (8 years)
  • Chair - TUSD Personnel Commission
  • Member - Torrance Blue Ribbon Committee on Ethics & Integrity
  • Former Torrance Civil Service Commissioner (2 terms)
  • Torrance Homeowner - 20+ years
  • Continuing to fight against high-density development and working to resolve our traffic problems
  • Ensuring ethics and transparency in our local government
  • Improving our public safety and city services
Cliff Numark Click here for more information about this candidate 7,218 votes 10.80%
  • Occupation: Businessman/Nonprofit Director
  • Director, American Red Cross Southern California Blood Services
  • Former CEO and Management Consultant
  • Commissioner, Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Vice President, Torrance Symphony & Torrance Historical Society
  • Secretary, Madrona Marsh Foundation
  • Princeton University, Master in Public Affairs; UC Berkeley, Juris Doctor
  • Keep Public Safety Priority #1
  • Fight Traffic Congestion and Over-development
  • Make Government More Accessible - Torrance 2.0
Gavin Hachiya Wasserman Click here for more information about this candidate 6,469 votes 9.68%
  • Occupation: Local Independent Businessman
  • Lifelong Torrance resident, Torrance Schools (West High, Bert Lynn Middle, Towers & Carl Steele Elementary)
  • Bachelor of Arts, UC Berkeley; Juris Doctor, University of Chicago
  • Member, Los Angeles County Risk Management Advisory Committee
  • Former Torrance Environmental Quality Commissioner
  • Board Member: Torrance YMCA, Ted Tanouye Memorial Foundation (honoring Torrance's Medal of Honor recipient WWII), Switzer Learning Center (past)
  • Member: Torrance Rose Float Association, Torrance Sister City Association, Torrance Historical Society (Life Member), Friends of the Madrona Marsh
  • Keep our neighborhoods safe.
  • Reduce traffic congestion.
  • Maintain our infrastructure with common sense spending.
Tim Goodrich Click here for more information about this candidate 6,091 votes 9.11%
  • Occupation: Military Veteran/Businessman
  • A.A.S., Avionics Systems Technology
  • B.S., Business Administration (Cum Laude)
  • Founder/Director, Iraq Veterans for Progress
  • Torrance Disaster Services Volunteer
  • Public Safety
  • Traffic
  • Environment
Kurt Weideman Click here for more information about this candidate 5,863 votes 8.77%
  • Occupation: Retired Aerospace Executive
  • Torrance Planning Commissioner, current member
  • El Camino College Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee, past Chair
  • Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, Vice President
  • Torrance Education Foundation, Member
  • Torrance Historical Society, Vice President
  • Torrance Public Library Foundation, Board Member
  • Control development
  • Reduce traffic congesting
  • Enhance public safety
Rod Guyton Click here for more information about this candidate 5,554 votes 8.31%
  • Occupation: Business Owner
  • former Planning Commissioner
  • former Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • former Community Services Commissioner
  • former Councilman (appointed 9 months)
  • STOP High Density Development
  • Find news ways to help TUSD with revenue issues
  • Get our streets repaired
Mike Mauno Click here for more information about this candidate 3,686 votes 5.51%
  • Occupation: Project Manager
  • Torrance City Council 2002-2006
  • Planning Commisioner 10 Years
  • Graduate of El Camino College
  • BS School of Engineering Cal State Long Beach
  • Torrance Commissions since 1978
  • Vice President Independent Cities Association
  • Public Safety - Advance Torrance's Ranking 5 Points in 5 Years to be one of the safest cities in American
  • Traffic Solutions - Manage traffic with the latest wireless technology to control the bottlenecks throughout the city
  • Assiting Our Growing Senior Population
Dave Ouwerkerk Click here for more information about this candidate 2,313 votes 3.46%
  • Occupation: Engineering Programs Manager
  • Resident of Torrance for 24 years
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Maryment University
  • Master of Science degree from UCLA
  • Torrance/South Bay YMCA Program Service Award (1991)
  • Howard Wood PTA Honorary Service Award (1994)
  • Torrance Airport Commissioner (8 years)
  • Smart Development for a Balanced Torrance
  • Address traffic issues
  • Campaign finance reform
Donald "Don" Pyles 1,845 votes 2.76%
  • Occupation: Resource Specialist Teacher
Charles Michel Deemer Click here for more information about this candidate 1,504 votes 2.25%
  • Occupation: Bookkeeper/Tax Preparer
  • 2-term Water Commissioner
  • Accounting & Finance Major at Long Beach State
  • 25 year licensed Securities Broker
  • Putting in absolute limits for Housing Density & height in General Plan update. (30/30 Plan)
  • Begin plans on building Greenline train to new Torrance Transit Terminal near Del Amo Mall.
  • Eliminate any housing being built around Del Amo Mall or Financial Center.
Ricky Bhavnani Click here for more information about this candidate 798 votes 1.19%
  • Occupation: Elementary Substitute Teacher
  • BA Liberal Studies
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Marathon Runner
  • Arresting mob kingpins
  • Attacking street crime
  • Taking down the drug trade
Sameer "Sam" Bhavnani Click here for more information about this candidate 570 votes 0.85%
  • Occupation: Business Owner
  • Realtor
  • Student at CSULB
  • Son
  • Friend
  • Hero
  • Free Wireless Internet City Wide
  • Free Public Transportation
  • Reducing Traffic with Transperency of Street Construction

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  Official Information

City of Torrance
TV Spots

Candidates' three-minute open-mike segments aired daily at 8:30 p.m. April 16 through June 3 on Torrance Community Television (Time Warner Channel 28)
Candidate Forums

date: Thursday April 3, 2008
time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
place: Katy Geissert Library Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd
hosted by: Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce & South Bay Board of Realtors

date: Wednesday April 16, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: Toyota Meeting Hall,
3330 Civic Center Drive
hosted by: Torrance League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, & Torrance Council of Parent Teacher Associations
TV coverage: Torrance Community Television (Time Warner Channel 28); also shown at 6:30 p.m. daily from April 30 through June 2.

date: Wednesday April 23, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: Bartlett Senior Center, 1318 Cravens Ave
hosted by: Old Torrance Neighborhood Association

date: Monday May 5, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: Anza Elementary School, 21400 Ellinwood Drive
hosted by: Southwood Homeowners Association

date: Monday May 12, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: South High School Cafeteria, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway
hosted by: Seaside, Hollywood Riviera & Southwood Riviera Homeowners Association

date: Wednesday May 14, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive
hosted by: Arts Council of Torrance

date: Monday May 19, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: Bert Lynn Middle School, 5038 Halison St
hosted by: West Torrance Homeowners Association

date: Thursday May 22, 2008
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: North High School Library, 3620 W. 182nd St
hosted by: North Torrance Homeowners Association
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