Not only is she experienced, but her dedication to Torrance education cannot be ignored, including her service on the SCROC oversight board. With state funding about to end for the regional occupation programs, Torrance needs able leadership to ensure ongoing safeguards in funding for vocational training programs.
I wanted to vet her opinions on key issues facing the city council, particularly the pension issue, along with her values and her vision for the city.
1. Why are you running for city council this year? Did you ever plan on running for office before?
2. You are a registered Republican. Why?
3. Tell us about your prior professional/political experience and how they can help the City of Torrance?
All debt retired? Wow! We need that kind of balanced budgeting in the city.
4. What measures, reforms, and policies would you implement on a city level to bring in more business and increase economic activity in the City of Torrance.
5. What concerns do you have about crime and public safety in Torrance.
6. There are growing revelations about the city's massive pension liabilities -- $400 million, an online reports confirm that at least 600 city employees out of 200 are earning at least $100,000 a year in total compensation (per 2012 data). What reforms or steps do you support to deal with these massive pension liabilities?
I do not agree her affirmations that the city of Torrance is on firm fiscal standing. With over 600 employees taking in $100k a year, the pension liabilities pressing on the city simply cannot be ignored. Still, her record on fiscal discipline while serving on the Torrance School Board should not be ignored, either.