David Kartsonis
Candidate for
Torrance City Council

District 1 - North Torrance

I’m David Kartsonis. I grew up in the South Bay and when it came time for my wife and I to buy our first home where we would raise our family, we fell in love with North Torrance. Not that we have two children, we know that we made the right decision!  

My parents started our family business in Torrance nearly 30 years ago. After completing my education, I, along with my sister, joined the family business, helping it grow and become even more successful.

• City of Torrance Planning Commissioner
• Former City of Torrance Parks and Recreation Commissioner
• Former ECC Foundation Board Member and President
• Former ECC Bond Oversight Committee Member

• Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Vice-President
• AYSO North Torrance Coach
• Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Program Chair

• Small Business Owner

Through my decades of public service to the City of Torrance, currently as a Commissioner, I have a track record of responsible leadership and vested interest in the Torrance community.

My family and I love Torrance and want to see it thrive! I have the ability and willingness to work hard for EVERY resident and get things done!

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Community Minded

Service Postions in Torrance and the South Bay

Vice-President - Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

TOCA serves the Torrance community by providing quality entertainment and multi-cultural enriching programming.

City of Torrance Planning Commissioner

Appointed to ensure the orderly and responsible development of the city.  Carefully balancing the need for growth with the character of the city and concerns of the community.

City of Torrance Parks and Recreation Commissioner

Oversaw the operations and care of the city’s parks and recreation programs.  Parks and Recreation is also responsible for the city’s popular HIP (Home Improvement Program) for disabled and senior residents.  Worked hard to successfully ensure that Torrance parks safely remained open through the pandemic.

El Camino College Foundation

Served on the Board of Directors for 10 years.  Helped to create many programs now active in the college.  During my  Presidency we awarded an estimated 1300 scholarships and $1,600,000 in support.  Executive Produced “The Road Ahead” celebrity benefit at El Camino.

President - El Camino College Foundation

As President of the El Camino College Foundation Board of Directors for two terms - with our excellent staff and my executive committee we revitalized the board, grew private donations by 50% and Foundation assets by an unprecedented $1,500,000.

El Camino Community College District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

Appointed by the Board of Trustees to ensure every dollar of $744,000,000 in bond money was spent appropriately and as promised.

Redondo Beach Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy

A class 20 alumnus of this program.

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Chairman of the Tech Talks program for several years.

El Camino College Teacher’s Aide

Served as Teacher’s Aide for Human Anatomy and Microbiology classes at El Camino College.

Redondo Beach Youth Commissioner

Redondo Beach City Council appointed City Commissioner.

10,000 Small Businesses 

I’m a alumnus of this program and have represented small businesses to elected state and national leaders.

Dancing With The South Bay Stars

I was asked to dance in the 2019 Dancing With The South Bay Stars.  Naturally, I chose the El Camino College Foundation as my charity.

Bi-Partisan Endorsements

These endorsements are from the individuals listed and unless explicitly stated, should not be perceived as an official endorsement from the organizations they represent. Unless specified, titles are listed for identification purposes only.

Organizations

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Young Leaders Political Action Committee
The Young Leaders PAC is a bipartisan organization that celebrates diversity of political opinion in teenagers across the state.​
The PAC is a student run organization with all five members of the Board of Governors being high school students ages thirteen through nineteen.

California State Assembly

George Nakano - Former California State Assemblyman; Former Torrance City Councilman; Former teacher; Former President of the El Camino College Foundation; El Camino College Distinguished Alumnus

Torrance City Council

Councilwoman Heidi Ann Ashcraft - Torrance Councilwoman; Former TUSD School Board Member
Councilman Mike Griffiths - Torrance Councilman
Former Mayor Frank Scotto - Former Torrance Mayor
Former Councilman Tom Brewer - Former Torrance Councilman
Former Councilman Bill Sutherland - Former Torrance Councilman

Torrance Unified School District

Martha Deutch - Former TUSD School Board Member; President of the Torrance Education Foundation

El Camino College Board of Trustees

Ken Brown - Trustee Area 1; Community College Instructor
Siannah Collado Boutté - Former ECC Trustee, Former ECC ASO President
Eman Dalili - Former Trustee; Former ECC Student Body President; Gubernatorial Appointee to the California Board of Governors
Brooke Matson - Former Trustee; Current Board Member of the El Camino College Foundation

Torrance City Commissioners

Ed Candioty - Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission; Former Cultural Arts Commissioner
Dan Thomas - Chairman of the Traffic Commission; Former Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Technology Chair
Jean Adelsman - Civil Service Commissioner; Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Board Member
Greg Anunsun - Planning Commissioner
William “Dan” Feliz - Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Robert "Bob" Habel - Traffic Commissioner
Marianne Hamada - Civil Service Commissioner; President of the North Torrance Neighborhood Association
Cinda Herring - Civil Service Commissioner
Bridgett Lewis - Civil Service Commissioner
Dr. Laurie Love - Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commissioner; Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner; El Camino College Foundation Board Member
G. Rick Marshall - Former Planning Commissioner
Keith Montoya - Parks and Recreation Commissioner; Torrance Police Department Volunteer Coordinator; Community Volunteer Activist
Elizabeth Pino - Planning Commissioner
Totran Radke - Cultural Arts Commissioner
Andrea Reilly - Library Commissioner; Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Ron Riggs - Historic Preservation Commissioner; Former 1st Vice-President of the El Camino College Foundation
Camilla Seferian - Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commissioner; Board Member of Torrance Education Foundation; Board Member of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
Richard Tsao - Planning Commissioner
Melissa Wright - Cultural Arts Commissioner

South Bay Elected Leaders

Mark Burton - Former Manhattan Beach Mayor, Former Los Angeles Senior Assistant City Attorney, El Camino College Foundation Board Member
Mark Waronek - Lomita Mayor, Former Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce President, Former LA County Board of Supervisors South Bay Deputy
Hugo Rojas - Vice-President, Centinella Valley Unified High School District

Community Leaders

Daniel Ashcraft - Local small business owner
Gabriela Fischer - Local business owner, Resident, and Founder of The Utopian Society Project
Marianne Hamada - President of the North Torrance Neighborhood Association
Mary Hoffman - Former President, Vice President, and Treasurer of TEF; President of the Torrance Rose Float Association for 16 years
Shireen Ossanlo - Former Executive Director of the Torrance Education Foundation
Lili Trujillo Puckett - Founder and Executive Director of Street Racing Kills
Raphi Rebucas - President, Young Leader’s PAC
Rachael Steven
- Former Torrance Education Foundation Board Member and Former El Camino College Foundation Board Member

*Titles are for identification purposes only.

Photos

These photos are from events where I represented El Camino College, the El Camino College Foundation, or other personal events.  Appearance of individuals in the photos should not be perceived as an official endorsement.

David, wife Mia, former assemblyman George Nakano, brother-in-law Aaron Steven, and sister Rachael KartsonisWith John HeffernanJim Sala, El Camino College Foundation VP Michael Hirsch, and DavidParents Paul and Barbara with ECC Dean of Enrollment Services Robin Dreizler and Former Assemblyman George NakanoAt ECC Holiday Event with Dr. MaloneyAt ECC event hosted by the LundquistAt ECC event with Olympian Cliff MeidlRachael and David with Mark WaronekDavid and son Michael at Tae Kwon DoWith David Benoit at ECC eventAt Dancing with the South Bay Stars with professional dancer Veronika VoznaWith ECC Trustee Ken Brown, Trustee John Vargas, and Dr. MaloneyAt El Camino College Halloween BallAt El Camino College EventAt South Bay Promise eventWith ECC Counselor Ken KeyECC Ribbon Cutting

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