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3 File to Run for City Treasurer

Former Councilman Chris Cagle, Councilman Steve Diels and activist Dawn Esser aim to be Redondo Beach's next city treasurer.

Three people have thrown their hat into the ring for the Redondo Beach city treasurer race, according to City Clerk Eleanor Manzano.

Former Councilman Chris Cagle, Councilman Steve Diels and activist Dawn Esser have filed papers to run, Manzano said. The election will be held May 14—the same date as a potential runoff election from the March 5 municipal election.

Because there are four candidates for mayor and District 1 councilman, city officials say it's likely that no candidate in at least one of the races will capture 50 percent of the vote plus one to win the seat outright.

If no candidate for city treasurer captures 50 percent of the vote plus one on May 14, the runoff election would take place during the summer, Manzano said.

The city treasurer position comes with an annual salary of $116,950; a cellphone; a car allowance; health insurance; and a pension.

All three candidates have been involved in local politics. Cagle represented District 2 from 2003 until he was termed out in 2009; Diels is finishing up his second and final term as District 4 councilman; and Esser is a leader of the NoPowerPlant.com political action committee, which spearheaded the campaign to get Measure A—also known as the Power Plant Phase-Out Initiative—on the March ballot.

The city treasurer position opened when former City Treasurer Ernie O'Dell retired in December. Because he had more than two years left on his term, the city charter dictated that an election must be held to find his replacement.

In the meantime, Tom Gaian has been appointed acting city treasurer.

Steven Diels February 17, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Please vote for me to reform the Office of Treasurer with lower cost and higher yield management techniques. The Treasurer is the key opportunity to improve City revenues using modern investment tools and cost management. I recommend a salary cut for the Treasurer. Please vote for me to save the City of Redondo Beach over $350,000 in operating expenses and to increase revenue. Let’s not waste money on government bureaucracy. Rather, let’s spend it on public safety (more cops), streets, landscapes, education or art. My experience and education in business, finance and government has prepared me to optimize the Treasurer’s office for the highest yields for Redondo Beach Residents. I grew a business during the recession. I will grow net yields for Redondo Beach. Why spend money on bureaucracy when vital services need funding? I respectfully request your support. Sincerely, Steven Diels
Robert Keane February 17, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Aren't you the guy that was in office while public safety has been cut to it's lowest levels since the 60's? Aren't you the guy that has seen 1 out of 5 police positions cut? Every council meeting I see, you are always critical of public safety and you haven't done a thing for them. Where was all your talk of reform over the last eight years you have been in office? Now we are supposed to pay you over a 100k a year to push reform? Like my kids say LMAO!! Seems to me like you're just another career politician looking to gorge himself at the public trough.
Wolfman February 17, 2013 at 04:57 PM
What about these outrageous city retirement pension plans ?
Steven Diels February 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Wow...Tough crowd. Public safety funds are down as are much of City Revenues over the last few years. We have State raids on city funds to thank for much of that. Like Schools, Cities face tough economics. Which is why I propose to spend less on bureaucracy so that more money can be spent on services. The State is doubling down with realignment -- a bureaucratic term for early release from prison. The Police Department will need the resources to address the situation. I am glad you found some humor in the situation. Enjoy your time with the kids. Best regards. I mean it, really. Steve
Steven Diels February 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I agree that pension reform is a priority policy issue. As president of the Los Angeles Division League of California Cities, I can let you know that we are addressing it at the State level. As Council Member, I have supported the two tier system that we now have in Redondo Beach. As Treasurer, I can maximize revenues for the City and minimize expenses for the department. Future councils will decide how the money is ultimately spent. Best regards, Steve
Mary Ruth Ewell February 17, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Mr. Diels-How can we possibly trust you when you have,HISTORICALLY RECEIVED CONFLICT OF INTEREST DONATIONS FROM AES, e.g, $3400. campaign contribution, then $15, 000.00 from AES for improvements for Perry Park IN YOUR DISTRICT. I was at a City Council meeting last year when this was brought to your attention as you consistently voted with AES' wait-and see manuever, and you turned on the resident and ACCUSED HIM OF PROJECTING WRONG MOTIVES FROM HIS PSYCHE. (When on the defensive, blame/attribute bad motives to the messenger). Even now you hold phone "community forums" defending AES' expansion, YOU WHO SAT IN ON THE DUE DILIGENCE REPORT OF 7 STATE Commissions who said the the electricity was not needed on the grid for the next 20 years & beyond, ETC . So, HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY TRUST YOU WITH SUCH A TRACK RECORD? Mary Ewell, M.Ed, Child Advocate
Grant Patterson February 18, 2013 at 01:48 AM
I won't go into details on why I don't think Steve is the person for the job but rather say that i think Dawn Esser is the person for the job. She has a masters in finance and isn't part of the current political strong hold in Redondo. I vote for people who have facts to back up their ideas and not just ideas sold as snake oil. With all due respect to Steve, Dawn is in a league above your head when it comes to doing what is right for the city of Redondo
DR February 18, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Grant, We'll consider the source when accepting recommendations from the NPP folks. The only person we've heard from who wants to reform the position is Steve. Dawn is a PTA mom who felt the need to use the PTA roster to send out her propaganda, and when confronted on this misuse of the list, attacked the messenger, instead of taking responsibility for her actions. Additionally, she has not felt the need to fact-check before making false statements in her letters to the editor. I WILL NOT be voting for Dawn Esser.
Bruce Szeles February 19, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Diels has been MIA for the district he is suppose to represent for 8 years. His only interests have been with everything outside of the district he represents. Don't trust this guy. Ask Steve what he had to do to get the LA County freeway call boxes contract for the corporation he runs. It had nothing to do with representing the people of his district! Now he wants you to trust him with the city's investments? Please.
Michael David Cobb Bowen February 19, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Where can one get a copy of the City Budget?
Kelly Sarkisian February 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I'll translate your message:"vote for my friend, I like her, she's not qualified but she's nice. She's has laser focus on one issue in the city and would really like the paycheck" Ps grant: stop cyber stalking me, it's weird and it makes me uncomfortable. I'm too young and hot for you and I don't want a sugar daddy.
Jim Light February 19, 2013 at 03:03 PM
There is a version on the city's webpage, but it is too top level to be of any real value. You can do a public records request.
Grant Patterson February 20, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Kelly, When i address you it is just to entertain others on the blog. Everyone knows you aren't "KELLY" so we are just trying to poke fun at you. Earlier someone said my wife was a tree huger with hairy arm pits. I have seen them, they are nice and clean and she is far from a tree huger. I would still bet that you have a mustache. So, when measure A passes will you shave your mustache? Sad thing about online blogs is there is no fact checking so people like you can be and say anything.
David Mallen February 20, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Mr. Diels: Good luck in your race. I heard you are the guy who did Robo-calls for AES, the same Fortune 200 company who has threatened to rain down legal hell-fire and ruin our city. If AES made threats like that in my Ohio hometown, my City Councilmen, Mayor, and Congressmen would make robo-calls and pal around with CEO. They would pay him a polite visit and guarantee to "kick his ass" -- figuratively speaking -- all the way back to Virgina right after our City's lawyers kicked his company's butt in our hometown courts. If you are that guy, you need to pay a price in the voting booth for lack of a political spine. I sincerely apologize if I have the wrong guy, and I will make a public apology and a personal apology. If that was you on the Robo-calls, I will look at the other candidates and vote ANYONE BUT STEVEN DIELS. Why would you not let RB residents vote their conscience instead of playing on voter fears.
Wolfman February 25, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Steven, As far as I know you never addressed or took action on these outrageous Redondo Beach city retirement pensions on the city coucil as we just had one person retire earley with a $200,000 pension and benefits
David Mallen March 23, 2013 at 01:07 AM
My understanding is that the City Manager negotiates with policemen an firemen associations? You are not running for City Manager. You are running for Treasurer. What would you have to do with pensions?
David Mallen March 23, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Mr. Diels: The City Treasurer is required by City Charter to invest funds according to State law; provided that City council may adopt investment guidelines by resolution. Easy to say you can maximize revenues and minimize expenses, but sounds like a lot of hot air without details. (Yawn). You don't deserve anyone's vote.
Grant Patterson March 25, 2013 at 09:23 PM
DR, You would be better to vote for someone based on their knowledge and experience instead of where they stand on the power plant. Dawn's experience in finance is deeper than both other candidates combined. It isn't even an argument. Would you rather have a person that owns a call center, a mortgage broker or a finance expert to take care of your money? Why would you go to a heart specialist to have a tooth pulled? Doesn't make any since. I encourage everyone to research the options and vote for the most qualified.
DR March 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM
I am not basing my opinion on her views of the power plant. I'm basing it on her lack of doing simple research of the facts before making false accusations. What makes me think that she'll do the hard research necessary to make important decisions. I reiterate, "I WILL NOT be voting for Dawn Esser".
David Mallen March 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM
DR: What is Steve Diels saying about reforming the City Treasurer position?
Kelly Sarkisian March 26, 2013 at 07:40 AM
I like the comment about when measure a passes! Ha!

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