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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of TorranceCandidate for City Council

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Milton Herring

Retired Military Officer
13,789 votes (21.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Keeping our Community safe; Police, Fire, and the maximum safety level at our refinery for those who live, work and play in Torrance
  • Economic Development: Make Torrance the most business friendly City it can be. Roll out the RED CARPET not the RED TAPE.
  • Infrastructure: Continue to improve the local and regional public works systems including streets and sidewalks. Replacement of the deteiorated sewer & water mains and storm drains.



Profession:Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel
Planning Commissioner, Torrance City Council — Appointed position (2014–current)
Traffic Commissioner, Torrance City Council — Elected position (2012–2014)
Chaplain, Department of Veterans Affairs (1984–2010)
Executive Director, Stovall Foundation, a senior citizen non-profit group (1981–1984)


Southern California School of Ministry Doctorate of Ministry, Theology (2002)
Interdenominational Theological Center Masters of Divinity, Theology (1979)
Morehouse College Bachelor of Arts , Religion/Business (1976)

Community Activities

Member, President - Elect 2016 - 2017, Torrance Kiwanis Club (2008–current)
Member, Community Advisory Panel for ExxonMobil (2014–current)
Board Member , Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (2013–current)
Member, served as President 2007 to 2008, South Torrance Lions Club (2002–2008)
Served on the Membership Committee, Torrance YMCA (2007–2008)


Milton Herring, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, moved his family to Torrance in 1990. Milton has been married to his wife Cinda for 44 years and together they have three adult children, all three graduated from Torrance High School. Today they are all married, giving Milton and his wife Cinda 11 grandchildren.


In 1981 Milton and Cinda Herring moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was hired to work with a senior citizen nonprofit group, Stovall Foundation. In 1982, he was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Foundation and spearheaded efforts to secure HUD funding for a Multi-million dollar 98 unit project.


In 1984 he began his career with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a part-time Chaplain. He later became full-time and served as Chief of Chaplains for 15 months. Milton was commissioned as a Chaplain in the U. S. Army Reserves in 1985, and in 1990 became the staff Chaplain at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.


Lt. Col. Milton Herring was mobilized twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2004-2005 and 2008-2009. He was responsible for planning and implementing the commander's program to provide support to over 7,500 service members, civilian employees, and their families. He was responsible for 10 installations throughout the country of Kuwait and made several visits to soldiers in southern Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak leafs, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5th award), National Defense Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expeditionary Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with bronze hourglass and "M" device).


Milton previously served as Torrance Traffic Commissioner and Currently serving as a Planning Commissioner. He served as a member of the membership committee with the Torrance YMCA, 2007-2008, a board of director for the National Council for Alcohol and Drugs Dependency, (NCADD), from 2003-2011, and the South Torrance Lions Club, from 2002 to 2009, serving as President 2007-2008. Milton is currently President-Elect of the Torrance Kiwanis Club.


He is also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).


He serves Torrance also as a member of the Community Advisory Panel for ExxonMobil and Board Member of the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.


Dr. Herring received earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern California School of Ministry and a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College in focusing on Business and Religion.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements


Elected Officials (1)

  • Don Lee, Torrance Unified School District Board of Trustees

Individuals (90)

  • David Henseler
  • Hope Witkowsky, Former Councilwoman
  • Linda Barnett, Former City Treasurer
  • Dennis Frandsen, Retired Police Lieutenant
  • Ron Traber, Retired Police Sergeant
  • Elaine Winer, Retired Torrance HR Director
  • Chester Pitts, Retired Police Officer
  • John Neu, Former Police Chief
  • James Herren, Former Police Chief
  • Harry P. Ross, Library Commissioner
  • Steve Skoll, Planning Commissioner
  • Bridget Lewis, Civil Services Commissioner
  • Lynn Brennan, Chair, Cable TV Advisory Board
  • Sarah D'anjou, Planning Commissioner
  • Chet Craft, Water Commissioner
  • Aurelio Mattucci, Social Services Commissioner
  • Bob Habel, Traffic Commissioner
  • Alex See, Water Commissioner
  • Karen Greenberg, Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Charlotte Svolos, Social Services Commissioner
  • Richard Browning, Former Airport and Planning Commissioner
  • Peter Donnellan, Traffic Commissioner
  • Richard Tsao, Planning Commissioner
  • Toni Sargent, Cultural Arts Commissioner
  • George Nakano, Former Assemblyman and City Councilman
  • Keith Montoya, Civil Service Commissioner
  • Judy Gibson, Planning Commissioner
  • Col. Charles Payne, Former Ethics Committee Member
  • Dr. Laurie Love, Parks and Recreation Commissioner
  • Cinda Herring, Civil Services Commissioner
  • Dave Sargent, Former School Board Member
  • Dr. William Blischke, Former School Board Member
  • Paul Nowatka, Former Councilman
  • Jack Messerlian. Former Councilman
  • Tom Brewer, Former Councilman
  • Bill Applegate, Former Councilman
  • Marcia Cribbs, Former Councilwoman
  • Susan Rhilinger, Former Councilwoman and Retired Police Captain
  • Bill Sutherland, Former Councilman
  • Rod Guyton. Former Councilman
  • Maureen O'Donnell, Former Councilwoman
  • Greg DeValera
  • Thomas Wallace
  • Allen Hamburger
  • Joseph Ngo
  • Jody Garrett
  • Kay Griffith
  • David Hoper
  • Charlotte Melsh
  • Candace Messer
  • Carina Sokolich
  • Adriene Laws
  • Immanuel Ku
  • Vincent Reyes
  • Maureen A. Edwards-Love
  • Giana Alexander
  • Georgean Griswold
  • Scott Fellows
  • Angela McCloud
  • Sandy Wilson-White
  • Debi Traber
  • Eugen Grimm
  • Jennifer Frew, CCE
  • Anthony Molino
  • Gary Aven
  • Ted Jones
  • Doug Walter
  • Curtis C. Jones, Jr.
  • Peter and Mike Michel
  • David Kuroda, LCSW
  • Omar Navarro
  • Dr. Brian Carrico
  • Stewart L Gilbert
  • Evan Chase
  • Dr. Michael Barker, Head of School, Ambassador High School
  • Veronica Riehle
  • Janet Payne, OTNA
  • Kirk Rossberg, Torrance Bakery
  • Randy & Martha Shetter
  • Ted Lange, Actor/Author/Producer
  • Riva Skoll
  • John & Chris Alter
  • Hazel Taniguchi
  • Les & Kay Grundhaus
  • Jerry Herbers
  • Jerry Ronan, Former TCAC Chairman
  • Sandi Monda
  • Janice Plank
  • Dan Ashcraft, Police Chaplain
  • Helen Nowatka, Former TCAC Board Member

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Above all, Safety, at the ExxonMobil Refinery


Close monitoring of the Refinery, particulary during the transition to a new operator, is essential for public safety. 




Above all, Safety, at the ExxonMobil Refinery


By Milton Herring

Milton Herring is a member of the ExxonMobil Community Advisory Panel

I strongly recommend contracting with a skilled expert on refinery safety to act as an Independent Safety Monitor at the ExxonMobil refinery. That person should report directly to the community. Perhaps, some of the $5 million settlement to the AQMD could be used to cover the expense and that person would only be responsible to the general public.

On February 18, 2015, a blast tore apart a portion of the refinery and raised serious questions about overdue improvements to some of the equipment. Investigations that ensued led to even more safety concerns.

Cal/OSHA has issued 19 health and safety violations against ExxonMobil, contending it deliberately failed to fix a piece of equipment that led to the explosion. (Torrance Daily Breeze).

“It could have been much more catastrophic,” U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland to CBS News. “If I were in the community, I absolutely would be concerned.”

On April 2, 2016, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) held a hearing at Torrance City Hall. After a lengthy meeting, the board voted 3-2 to allow for the Torrance Refinery to begin their start-up procedures as called for in the preliminary agreement with PBF Energy.

The community is rightly concerned and expressed doubts about the city and refinery’s perceived lack of openness. Because of this, an Independent Safety Monitor is a reasonable response.

ExxonMobil is an important employer, and Torrance residents has benefited from tax revenues and community involvement over the years. However, the refinery must find ways to operate in a densely populated community. Above all, keep us safe.

The Independent Safety Monitor should be in place for the transition to PBF Energy and perhaps 12 to 18 months afterwards.

Yes, there is a cost, but what is the price tag for Public Safety?



Historical Preservation is a complex and difficult subject, but not an impossible issue to resolve.



By Milton Herring


Historical preservation in the Torrance Historical District is an emotional issue with many residents. The City has been struggling with the issue for years.  On the one side there is those who feel it is an infringement on their property rights and their ability to do as they please with their own homes.

On the other side there is passionate arguments for preserving what little heritage is left from the original Torrance tracts.

I believe that both interests can be accommodated.

At a recent Council meeting where a proposed ordinance was being discussed, one Council Member asked the question “How do we maintain the quality and character of our neighborhoods. That is accomplished with development standards”.

The Council voted to continue working on an Urgency Ordinance. Several changes were recommended and this issue will be coming back to Council The Council chose that for one year the Planning Commission will hear requests for alterations and demolitions of contributing and altered contributing residential structures, this affects about half of the homes in the area

At this time we are in a wait and see period as this issue, and Historical Preservation in general, are under review. I support the hiring of a Historical Preservation expert to assist in the ongoing process but completely understand that we need to allow for everyone’s property rights to be honored…….we do it in the Hillside area so there is no reason why we can’t do it here. The most important thing is that everyone in Downtown is involved in the process and that we take the time to get it right.

 The quality of life, cumminity culture and the living standards of Torrance are paramount.

Videos (1)

— April 21, 2016 City of Torrance Cable

Milton speeks to voters on the July 7, 2016 Torrance City Council race.

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