Welcome to my campaign website!
To our wonderful Manhattan Beach community,
I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all Manhattan Beach residents for the honor and privilege of serving our wonderful community. Many of you already know I'm a longtime community volunteer, not a politician. For me it's all about community service, not politics! For many years I've passionately devoted countless hours serving our community (see list of community involvement).
I have the experience to make wise decisions to benefit our community and will continue to do so with courage and integrity. If you want to know what I will do as your City Councilmember, look at what I've done during my current four years, and previously as a volunteer City Commissioner for nine years and a community volunteer for over fifteen years.
As your Mayor and City Councilmember, I've always been accessible and will continue to solicit input from all members of our community, persistently work hard to improve our quality of life and keep our city safe, maintain our city's infrastructure, support our school district's high standard of education, enhance youth and older adult programs, protect our beach and environment, passionately practice open and transparent government, and provide vigorous financial oversight and accountability. I'm working persistently in the current labor negotiations to obtain pension reform and control unsustainable pension costs.
I was elected during one of the worst economies the state of California has seen. Notwithstanding these challenging economic times and state takeaways, our city is financially sound, with substantial economic reserves. Our budget was balanced each of my four years on the City Council -- without any tax increases. Our city has a AAA bond rating, the highest rating available (only 1 of 2 cities in California has achieved this).
Shortly after my election, I was successful in moving the General Audience Participation portion of the City Council agenda from the end of the City Council meeting to the beginning, so that our residents don't have to wait (often 4-6 hours) to offer general comments/concerns or to speak about items that are not on the agenda. As Mayor, I was successful in removing the total time limit of 15 minutes on General Audience Participation so that everyone has an opportunity to speak.
Open, inclusive and transparent government has been my theme. As Mayor, I instituted the Mayor's Town Hall series with subjects ranging from Earthquake Safety/Preparedness to “Meet Your City: Everything You Want to Know About Your City Government.” I also have my weekly Mayor “Walk ‘n Talks” to listen to residents' comments, suggestions and concerns (see Mayor's Highlights).
I've worked hard to protect our local environment. As a Los Angeles County Beach Commissioner, I've strived to keep our beaches clean and prevented Broad Beach (Malibu) from taking our sand. As Mayor, I received the United States Conference of Mayors' 2012 Climate Protection Award and the Wyland Foundation's 2012 National Mayor's Water Conservation Challenge Award on behalf of our community.
I recognize that we may not always agree on every issue, but I will always keep an open mind, carefully review your valued input, deeply respect your opinions, greatly appreciate your public participation, and make fair-minded, well-reasoned decisions. Always feel free to email me your suggestions, ideas, comments, questions and concerns at WaynePowell4MB@gmail.com or call me at (310) 545-2184.
I care to do the very best job I can for our city because I love Manhattan Beach and I will continue to work hard representing you. With your vote, together we can protect and enhance our community's safe way of life for our families and local businesses. Thank you.
Yours in service,