Speakers – Elected Officials and Candidates for Office

By Fraser Perkins —



Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, representing the 66th Assembly District, lauded the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She not only was a tireless fighter for women’s rights and gender equality, but she dedicated her life to doing the hard work of preparing briefs to support this struggle.  The future of healthcare, the Supreme Court and our government are all on the line in this election.  Everyone must vote.  Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi is up for re-election in November, but for the first time is not faced with a substantial campaign against him.  Visit Muratsuchi’s website at:  alforassembly.com


Debbie Stegura, candidate for the Rolling Hills Estates (RHE) City Council, outlined her qualifications.  She served on both the RHE General Plan Advisory Committee and the Environmental Advisory Committee, as well as two terms on the PV Library Board.  As a former litigator and a current member of the UC Board of Regents, she has demonstrated the ability to handle complex policy issues.  The two biggest issues facing the city are housing density and the commercial area.  She favors local control of housing and wants to attract everyday retail outlets to the commercial area.  Her campaign is low budget.  Debbie is endorsed by retiring RHE City Council Member Judy Mitchell, the other RHE city council members, State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi.  Visit Stegura’s website at:  Debby4RHE.com


State Senator Ben Allen, representing the 26th Senate District, reported the state is in a precarious position because of COVID, wildfires and the resulting budget shortfall.  The Senate session has just ended and Senator Allen expressed disappointment that so many bills languished – such as drilling setbacks and support of electric vehicles.  On a brighter note, the California Budget Stabilization Fund will cushion the impact of the current crisis on the state finances.  On the national level Senator Allen is troubled by the gamesmanship displayed by Republicans in filling a SCOTUS vacancy so close to the election.  He noted that Congress and the President have the power to increase the size of the Supreme Court.


Jim Roos, candidate for Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) City Council, has served on the PVE Planning Commission and has received the endorsement of nine former PVE Mayors.  As a board member of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, he favors enforcement of neighborhood compatibility guidelines.  He comes from a background in the cybersecurity industry and supports funding the city police department.  Apart from incumbent city council member Sandy Davidson (who is also running for re-election and has spoken to our club in the past), he is the only candidate serving on a city appointed board.  Visit Roos website at:  jimroos.com


Jeff Frankel, candidate for Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) Board, became interested in school issues through his special-needs daughter.  He serves on both the PVP Schools Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Superintendent Special Education Parent Advisory Group.  This experience has heightened his ability to understand the intricacies of school district funding and the challenges facing our special education students during this pandemic.  Frankel urges voters to help local candidates with emails and distributing signs and asks us to visit his website for more information at:  FRANKEL4pvSCHOOLS.com



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