David Kartsonis
Candidate for
Torrance City Council

District 1 - North Torrance

• 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

I’m David Kartsonis. My wife and I love our neighborhood and that’s why I chose North Torrance as the place to buy our home and raise our two wonderful children. I'm a co-owner of a successful Torrance-based family business, an educator, and a South Bay resident for my entire adult life.

I’ve proven my love for the community through my decades of public service to the city as a Commissioner and through my non-profit leadership.

I’m the best candidate for councilman because I have a track record of responsible leadership, a love of Torrance and vested interest in the community. I have the ability and willingness to work hard for you and get things done.

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Key Programs

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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. Titles are listed for identification purposes only.

California State Assembly

George Nakano - Former California State Assemblyman; 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

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

William “Dan” Feliz - Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission
Dan Thomas - Chairman of the Traffic Commission; Former Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Technology Chair
Bridgett Lewis - Chairwoman of the Civil Service Commission
Jean Adelsman - Civil Service Commissioner; Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Board Member
Ed Candioty - Parks and Recreation Commissioner; Former Cultural Arts Commissioner
Bob Habel - Traffic Commissioner
Marianne Hamada - Civil Service Commissioner; President of the North Torrance Neighborhood Association
Cinda Herring - 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 - 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
Richard Tsao - Planning Commissioner

South Bay 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

Community Leaders

Daniel Ashcraft - Local small business owner
Gabriela Fischer - Local business owner, Resident, and Founder of The Utopian Society Project
Mary Hoffman - Former President, Vice President, and Treasurer of TEF; President of the Torrance Rose Float Association for 16 years
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.


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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