Hi, I'm Charles
WHERE I COME FROM
I have been in leadership roles throughout the great City of Carson. I am a former President of the Dominguez Hills Village Community Association, where I have lived since 2004. I have served on the Carson Planning Commission from 2015-2018. I am also the outgoing Chair of the Academic Senate at California State University, Dominguez Hills (located within my District), where I was elected by all the faculty on the campus.
A THRIVING CAREER
During my time on the Carson Planning Commission (2015-2018), we took on significant issues – like the oil ordinance. However, the planning commission is only advisory, and heavily influenced by the Mayor’s control of the appointment process. The true decisions are made by the City Council.
This told me I needed to consider running for City Council if I wanted to truly make progressive change in the City. Specifically, I am concerned with the massive apartment developments under construction in the City. The rents for these projects essentially tell the current residents of Carson that they are not part of our future if they don’t increase their incomes dramatically. This process is currently underway within theImperial Park Mobile Home Park, where new development is displacing long-time residents and vulnerable seniors.
Due to my extensive experience in real estate development and finance, I believe I have a unique skill set to offer to the City of Carson, as we are at a crossroads between our industrial, oil and logistics past, and our residential and retail future. Our City needs legislative tools to make sure new development is for the current residents of Carson, and not designed to displace our current residents in favor of new residents from the Beach Cities.
Conviction Over Ambition
I am progressively disturbed by the lack of decorum that I witness on the City Council. Meetings and debates look more like schoolchildren and less like elected officials.
As a councilman, I would propose a “Sunshine Ordinance” – as many cities in the SF Bay area have adopted. This ordinance would supplement the Brown Act to ensure greater transparency by our elected officials of City business and would include limits on endless “debate” during meetings, something not covered by the existing Carson Municipal Code.
As an educator, I am interested in improving the community of schools that comprise my district. This includes a close examination of why communities like Dominguez Hills Village are not served by the Los Angeles Unified School District (as most of Carson), but rather Compton Unified.
There is also a need within my District for a full-service grocery store. The Ralphs that existed at Avalon and University was replaced with a 99-Cents Only store. The residents of North Carson are seeking a grocery store with organic food options such as Whole Foods Market 365 (like the one that exists at 3881 Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA). Success on this issue requires a collaboration between the City and the residents, to make the case for the feasibility of such a project within our area. In fact, there is an entitled project at the corner of Central and University that could serve as a home for such an organic foods market.
Furthermore, I am also interested in expanding protected bike lanes within the City of Carson. An example of what I am proposing already exists in North Long Beach along Long Beach Blvd. Riding bikes along with Del Amo, which connects Carson to the LA River bike lanes, is downright dangerous with the truck traffic. Protected bike lanes are essential to protect bike riders amongst the extensive logistic operations within my District.
Finally, another issue of note is marijuana sales. In 2018 the voters in Carson approved measure CA, which restricted commercial marijuana growing, testing, and manufacturing four locations only, one in each quadrant of the City. Retail sales of marijuana were expressly banned, but state law allows the delivery of marijuana in compliance with state law. There have been efforts by the City Council to bring the question of retail sales back to the voters. If there is a groundswell of support for retail sales in the City of Carson, it should be evidenced by the people of the great City of Carson and not the City Council. Until that time, the City Council should respect the will of the voters.
As much as I love to share my ideas of improving our community, ultimately these ambitions are backed up by convictions. My convictions drive my ambitions and are what fuels my passion for the betterment of our City. I want to humbly serve and stand alongside the citizens of the great City of Carson, and let our passion drive our progress.