Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LIE-lani Kimmel-Dagostino? Jonathan Kaji Speaks

John Kaji, a Torrance business leader and community leader, called out Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino for a number of false endorsements which she claimed in her second bid for Torrance City Council.

LIE-lani Kimme-l-Dagostino

Any candidate running for office must be held to the highest standards of integrity and honesty regarding their personal or professional background.  The voters can then judge who the best candidate is.

In the interest of fairness and complete disclosure, I’ve done my own fact-checking regarding Leilani Kimmel-Dagostino’s campaign materials and newspaper articles; the following has found to be factually inaccurate.


Leilani claims in her mail piece she had a leadership role at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. However, she is not a member of the Board of Directors of the GVJCI.

Ouch! She told me that she had all of these leadership roles in the city, and yet she had no such role?

In the same mail flyer, she lists under “leadership”, Kashiwa Sister City Organization. There is only one sister city organization affiliated with Kashiwa, the Torrance Sister City Association. Leilani is not on the board of directors.


In the Japanese newspaper “Rafu Shimpo” (5/14/2016 issue) Leilani Kimmel- Dagostino claims that she has been “endorsed” by the Cultural Arts Foundation, Torrance Education Foundation, Torrance Rose Float Association, Torrance Art Museum and Torrance Theater Company.  These organizations don't endorse candidates for public office. 501(c)(3) Non-profit organizations are not allowed to endorse political candidates or run the risk of having their non-profit status revoked.


Jonathan Kaji

One issue that Leilani does NOT claim in her credits is the recent tragic sale of Keiro Senior HealthCare’s Retirement Home, Intermediate Care Facility and Nursing Homes to a for-profit corporation in February of this year.  The more than 600-elderly Japanese American residents face eventual eviction in less than 5 years.

Ironically, Maxine Waters, Judy Chu, and Assemblyman David Hadley worked as hard as they could to prevent the sale and closure of the center. Where was Leilani? Where was she, indeed?

If Leilani was a true advocate of the rights of seniors and residents, the senior community would have welcomed her help in stopping the sale, since a number of former Torrance residents live at the facilities.  However, Leilani was “missing in action.”

Voters should elect candidates that possess and exemplify personal integrity and honesty in representing the interests of Torrance citizens and businesses.  Let the Torrance electorate decide for themselves if Ms. Kimmel-Dagastino meets or exceeds these qualifications.  There’s no room for “huffing and puffing” a false record of “accomplishments.”

She does not demonstrate integrity or honesty. She is good friends with the corrupted Mayor Pat Furey, his dishonest son, and the horrid Terry Furey.

For the record, I was a vocal supporter of Leilani's in 2014. She seemed like an outsider then.

She has sold out today.

How disappointing indeed.


  1. Aurelio MattucciMay 25, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    I am so sick of Leilani's lies. She will do and say anything to get elected. A Complete FRAUD !!!

  2. Arthur, did you verify any of Mr. Kaji's accusations? Todd