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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City of Signal HillCandidate for City Council

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Carol Churchill

Attorney, Business Owner, Former Mayor, Council Member, Planning Commissioner
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Hire and deploy sufficient police services in all neighborhoods. Detailed neighborhood crime reports so you know what is happening.
  • Bring in professionals to manage year-round festival style events, concerts, international food and shopping in a uniquely designed venue to attract visitors and revenue
  • Enact Term Limits-8 years is enough. Mentor young adults and open commission seats; Stop rotating the same people from one commission to another.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney, Business Owner, Former Mayor, Council Member, Planning Commissioner
Attorney at Law, Law Office of Carol A Churchill (2005–current)
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Churchill and Boskovich (2000–2005)
Commission Member, State Bar of California, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2003–2005)
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Cameron, Madden, Pearlson - Long Beach (1995–2000)
Attorney at Law, Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown and Baerwitz - Law Office, Long Beach (1983–1995)
Council member and Mayor, City Council City of Signal HIll — Elected position (1990–1994)
Commissioner, Planning Commission City of Signal Hill — Appointed position (1987–1990)

Education

UWLA School of Law Juris Doctorate (Law), All areas of law: civil, criminal, constitutional law, evidence, procedure, taxation, decedent estate administration (1983)
Colorado State University Bachelor of Science, Biology, Science, Chemistry, Research (1975)

Community Activities

School Supply Project 2014-16; Foundation Chair-charitable donations; , Rotary International - Rotary Club of Signal Hill. 2013 - present; (2013–current)
Community activities, monitoring government actions, community surveys, Signal HIll Community First (2005–current)
Shopping with Soroptimist and Women of Distinction - supporting women, Soroptimist International, Long Beach, CA (2000–2005)
General Plan Revision - Sustainability Studies, Strategic Plan - Environmental Task Force for the City of Long Beach (2000–2001)
United Nations Conference on the Women, Beijing, China , California Judicial Counsel Report on “Gender Equity in the Judicial System in California (1995–1995)

Biography

I grew up in Long Beach, attending local schools. I have a B.S. from Colorado State University in Wildlife Biology and have been a member of the Sierra Club since the early 1980s. I served as the Tidelines Editor for 6 years.  I have a Juris Doctorate Degree and have been practicing law in Long Beach since 1983, working for a large law office and ultimately owning and operating my own law office. I volunteered as legal council for many non-profits in Long Beach, including Family Services of Long Beach, United Cambodian Community,  the Found Theatre, Soroptomist International, Rotary International, League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club.  

I have received awards for Business Woman of the Year, Women of Distinction from Soroptimist Internation of Long Beach, and the Fay Stender Award from California Women Lawyers. I am a member of Rotary International of Signal Hill and participated in the school supply project for the last three years.  I am a member of the Paul Harris Society.

I received a certificate of specialization in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Administration from the State Bar of California and volunteed to serve on the State Bar's commission that tests and admits specialists.   

I have a niece, sister and second cousin that live nearby, and a lot of my time is devoted to providing free legal service to members of my community.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Individuals (13)

  • Gloria Nava, Resident
  • Jack McManus, Former Planning Commissioner
  • Arlene Visnyei, Owner/Operator Real Estate Development
  • David and Shirley Steele, Willowridge Residents
  • Lin and Sar Sithan, Cambodian Community Representative
  • Nancy Sciortino, Resident
  • David Mendoza, Operator Prudent Janitorial
  • Leslie and Raleigh Dew, Resident
  • Don Clark, Resident
  • Nanci Andersen, 25 Year Found Theatre Family Member and Social Activist
  • Margery Vandament, 30 year Signal Hill Resident
  • Ted Authier, Signal Hill Resident and Hilltop Historian
  • Robert G. Tomlin, Long Beach Police Detective, Retired

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Please visit my webpage:  www.facebook.com/signalhillcitycouncil2017.   You will find videos on my priorities if elected. 

I am a founding member of Signal Hill Community First, a group of active community members who go to council meetings, submit comments to the city on agenda items, and inform the community through events and emails. When we discovered that the city was going to spend $10 Million for a new library but did not know how many people used the Library, we did a daily count of library users.  We gathered signatures to Save the Basket Ball Courts and Save the Signal Hill Park when the city wanted to reduce the park size with a police department. We worked with staff to locate an alternative location for the Police Department. 

I was the originator and drafter of the Taxpayers Right to Know and Vote, a charter amendment designed to give you the right to vote before fees and taxes were imposed on your property or the city borrowed money and made you pay it back.  Over 1000 signautres of registered voters were gathered by Signal Hill Community First members.  

I am a member and past Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Long Beach and acted as legal council to assure the City of Long Beach's campaign finance reform remained in effect. 

I served on the City Council, Planning Commission, Sanitation District and other municipal organizations from 1987 to 1994. I have experience in accounting, auditing, municipal law, ciivl rights, free speech, and advocating for seniors and the disabled before the courts and administrative agencies. 

The philosophy of Community First is that you, as a member of the community, should get priority in decisions made by elected officials. For example, if funds can be allocated to police to reduce crime OR spent to subsidize a restaruant, my philosophy is that community comes first. 

I would appreciate your vote on March 7th.

Position Papers

New Ideas Require New Leadership - the Overall Vision Plan

Summary

Vision for the Future - Turn Empty Land into Vibrant Destination Gathering Place

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,   Tuesday is Election Day which provides us with another opportunity to elect our officials who will determine our future for the next 4 years.  I have been meeting with residents and businesses during the course of the campaign.  One consistent theme has been the desire to revitalize our community spirit.   I am proud to say I first served on the City Council that was responsible for bringing economic stability to Signal Hill in the 90s.   At that time, the hilltop was vacant, but with the proper vision and planning we were successful in attracting Costco, Home Depot, the Auto Dealerships and Office Depot/Eastman. We also delivered the concept of low density housing and view parks to the area.  These decisions created the economic base that pays for the community services we now enjoy.   Over the next 20 years, our council worked to develop residential housing, small restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that provide the services and amenities every city requires. However, with the loss of millions of dollars in State funding in 2012, we must now generate new income.   My vision for the future of my city includes turning empty land into a redeveloped "destination" site. A place that is vibrant, fun, and energetic. An appropriate gathering spot for residents and visitors to enjoy weekly concerts, international food festivals, and family activities.   This unique venue will help keep our purchasing power local and bring in NEW sales revenue from our neighboring cities, create new jobs and allow local businesses to prosper. Our entire community will benefit because residents will enjoy expanded public services and programs without an increase in fees and taxes, more quality senior programs, and youth services, improved public safety resorces, and as importantly, an inclusive and transparent city government that welcomes public input.   We have a lot to be thankful for. Let's work together in creating an even better future for all of us.   Vote, Carol Churchill for City Council on Election Day. Thank You. Carol

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