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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of TorranceCandidate for City Council

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Genghmun Eng

Space Industry Scientist
9,666 votes (14.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • City Council needs a Scientist on board after Feb. 2015 explosion, to work with Refinery on path forward that better protects Public Health and Safety.
  • Develop "Plan-B" and "Plan-C" alternative budget scenarios to be "spring-loaded" for use, if and when budget shortfalls occur.
  • Help re-prioritize resources allowing enhanced Fire/Paramedic services, more effective use of Police, and improved senior programs.



Profession:35+years experience as a Space Industry Scientist, with a PhD in Physics (1978).
Senior Scientist, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center dedicated to Space Systems (1998–current)
Research Scientist, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) dedicated to Space Systems (1987–1998)
Member of the Technical Staff, The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) dedicated to Space Systems (1978–1987)


University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Doctor of Philosophy, Physics (1978)
The Cooper Union, New York Bachelor of Science, Physics (1972)

Community Activities

MathCounts Coach, MathCounts prepared Middle School Students ("Mathletes") for annual MathCounts Competition (1994–2003)
Principal, Challenged EPA Permit for burning hazardous waste in Torrance, EPA reduced permitted heavy metal contaminants 99+%, added Dioxin monitoring. Project was then cancelled resulting in no Torrance Air Pollution. (1992–1996)
Member, YMTF (Youth Motivation Task Force), YMTF encourages Middle School minority youth to stay in school, and stay off drugs. (1980–1994)
Member, S.O.S. Citizen's Group, Save-Our-Schools (S.O.S.) opposed replacing Jefferson Middle School with Criminal Rehabilitation Center (CRC). Group Ended when CRC Relocated. (1986–1987)
Vice President, H.A.D.I.T. Citizen's Group, Homeowners Against Drilling In Torrance (H.A.D.I.T.) opposing 75 oil wells in Bishop Montgomery Sump. Group Ended when Project was Withdrawn. (1982–1983)

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Refinery Restart


In April 2016, Dr. Eng petitioned the SCAQMD to help make the Refinery Restart Safer with more monitoring.


APRIL 2016: Petitioned SCAQMD and worked with Citizen Groups FLARE (Families Lobbying Against Refinery Exposures), TRAA (Torrance Refinery Action Alliance) and RSN (Refinery Safety Network) to oppose SCAQMD allowing pollution controls to be disabled during Refinery Restart with no Health Risk Assessment or extra monitoring. Result: SCAQMD provided new partial Health Risk Assessment; Reduced Restart from 48 hours to 6 hours lowering potential Health Impact by factor of 8; and added in 4 new temporary pollution monitors.




New Torrance City Council Pipeline Ordinance


In May 2016, Dr. Eng petitioned the Torrance City Council to further review existing ExxonMobil Torrance Pipeline Ordinance #3331, and modify proposed new ExxonMobil Torrance Pipeline Ordinance #3800.


MAY 2016: Petitioned Torrance City Council against replacing 25-year franchise for M-131 10-inch pipeline in North Torrance, with a new one allowing pipeline to age to 45-years, and allow future construction of 16-inch pipeline without any Environmental Assessment. Result: City Council still granted new franchise to assist ExxonMobil Refinery sale to PBF Energy by 6/1/2016, but ExxonMobil agreed to downsize from 16-inches back to 10-inches.


Videos (2)

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD "District") historically has Petitioned its Hearing Board for an Order of Abatement against ExxonMobil Refinery to cease and desist ("abatement") violating District Permit rules.  On 4/2/2016, the SCAQMD Petitioned its Hearing Board for an Order of Abatement that actually was an extraordinary start-up order, in violation of its own District Rules.  Dr. Eng submitted a Citizen's Petition and Citizen Petition Addendum requesting disclosure of proposed start-up conditions ("stipulations"), along with requesting that a formal Health Risk Assessment (HRA) be done, and he also testified against allowing an arbitrary amount of pollution under the start-up as not being properly protective of the Public Health.

— April 25, 2016 Torrance Cable TV

3 minute video summarizing Dr. Eng's experience and why he is running for Torrance City Council 2016.

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