Here’s how to hear from Torrance candidates for mayor, city council and other offices – Daily Breeze

Torrance residents interested in learning about their potential local representatives ahead of the June 7 election will have plenty of opportunities to do so over the next two months, with several candidate forums planned across the city.

City Council Districts 1, 3 and 5 are up for grabs – as well as the mayor’s seat. Several candidates will also compete for the position of municipal treasurer.

The Riviera Homeowners Association, in conjunction with the Seaside Neighborhood Association, will host the two District 5 City Council candidates – outgoing incumbent Aurelio Mattucci and former Daily Breeze editor Jean Adelsman – at the South High School gymnasium next week .

The Wednesday, March 23 town hall, which begins at 6 p.m., will also host the two mayoral candidates: former councilman Cliff Numark and current councilman George Chen. City Clerk Rebecca Poirier, who is running for election unopposed, will also be present.

Candidates for City Treasurer – including former Councilman Tim Goodrich; current Councilman Mike Griffiths; G. Rick Marshall, analyst at UC Irvine Health; and Melissa Wright, former member of the Torrance Civil Services Commission, will also participate.

Dana Cortez, the outgoing city treasurer who is running for re-election, will not be present at this event.

City council candidates for Districts 1 and 3 will have their say at a March 31 forum hosted by the North Torrance Neighborhood Association at the North High Library. This event starts at 7 p.m.

Expected attendees include District 1 nominees Jimmy Gow, former chair of the Torrance Commission of Human Services; David Zygielbaum, assistant Los Angeles County attorney; small business owner Jon Kaji; and Planning Commissioner David Kartsonis.

District 3 candidates Planning Commission Chairman Asam Sheikh and real estate agent Lauren Cotner are also expected to participate.

Several other town halls are planned until May. These events are:

  • 7:00 p.m. April 14: The North Torrance Neighborhood Association will host candidates for Mayor, City Treasurer and City Clerk at the North High School Library.
  • 8:30 a.m. April 20: The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome candidates for mayor and city council from Districts 1, 3 and 5 at the DoubleTree Hotel on Hawthorne Boulevard. Tickets can be purchased on the chamber’s website.
  • 7 p.m. April 21: Candidates for mayor, city clerk and city treasurer will speak at the West High School Performing Arts Center. Organized by the Southwood Homeowners Association.
  • 2 p.m. May 1: New Horizons South Bay will host a forum with candidates for mayor and city treasury. This event is only open to residents of New Horizons.
  • 7 p.m. May 3: Candidates for mayor and city treasurer will speak at Toyota Meeting Hall on Civic Center Drive. Organized by the League of Women Voters.
  • 7:05 p.m. May: The League of Women Voters will welcome candidates for City Council from Districts 1, 3 and 5 at Toyota Meeting Hall.

Information: Torrance City Clerk’s Office website.

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