What's New: Check back often for our "Meet and Greet" schedule. I want to meet you and answer your questions.
Events in Green are upcoming- CLOSEST ONE ON TOP. Events in Blue have already happened.
EVENT # 3- January 20
JOE FRANKLIN FOR COUNCIL CAMPAIGN MEET & GREET- DEB AND LES GRANOW!
HOSTS: LES AND DEBBIE GRANOW
WHERE: 865 17TH ST, MANHATTAN BEACH
TIME: SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 11:00AM-1:00PM
We are looking forward to meeting friends we know and new folks who are interested in my campaign. Be sure to RSVP!
EVENT #4- JANUARY 31- SIGN UP SOON!!
JOE FRANKLIN FOR COUNCIL SURPRISE EVENT!!
TIME: THURSDAY, JAN 31, 7:00-9:00PM RSVP RIGHT AWAY!
Can you keep a secret? So can we! Call me for details at 310-200-8018. It will be local and a lot of fun! You don't want to miss out on this terrific event.
EVENT #5- February 1
JOE FRANKLIN FOR COUNCIL MEET AND GREET- BEST WESTERN PLUS MANHATTAN BEACH HOTEL
HOSTS: NIRMAL PATEL, OWNER & DEIRDRE MURRAY, DIRECTOR OF SALES
WHERE: 1817 N SEPULVEDA, MANHATTAN BEACH FREE PARKING ON SITE
TIME: FRIDAY, FEB 1, 7:30-9:00PM RSVP
We are looking forward to meeting friends we know and new folks who are interested in my campaign at this terrific hotel. Be sure to RSVP!
EVENT #6- February 14
AMERICAN MARTYRS CHURCH- CANDIDATE FORUM- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
HOST: THE ALTAR SOCIETY, LEE DOLLEY, MODERATOR
WHERE: AMERICAN MARTYRS CHURCH- ST. KATERI ROOM- 14TH & DEEGAN ST- PARKING AVAILABLE
TIME: THURSDAY, FEB 14, 9:00-10:30 AM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
EVENT #7- February 21
OLDER ADULTS PROGRAM- CANDIDATE FORUM- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
HOST: SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WHERE: JOSLYN COMMUNITY CENTER, 1601 N VALLEY DRIVE
TIME: THURSDAY, FEB 21, 11:30AM-1:30 PM OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
EVENT #2- January 12
COFFEE MEET AND GREET WITH FOURTH STREET RUNNING GROUP!
HOSTS: RUSS AND CHARLOTTE LESSER
EVENT #1- January 11
JOE FRANKLIN FOR COUNCIL CAMPAIGN MEET & GREET- LEEANNE AND STUART RICHTER!
HOSTS: LEEANNE AND STUART RICHTER
This is a big, hearty "Thank you!" celebration for all my supporters and volunteers who helped successfully launch my candidacy. We are looking forward to meeting new folks who are interested in my campaign. Be sure to RSVP!
We have 19 Meet and Greet Events signed up so far in every neighborhood!
You've seen my signs all over town thanks to my supporters. Want one of your own? Please click here.
We have held 5 popular "Coffee with the Candidate" events since November. More to come.
I am running for Manhattan Beach City Council (March 5, 2019) and I would be honored to earn your vote:
Endorsed by 9 Mayors:
Current Mayor, Steve Napolitano
Current City Councilmember and Former Mayor, Richard Montgomery
Current City Treasurer and Former Mayor, Tim Lilligren
Former Manhattan Beach Mayors:
All these Mayors deserve our gratitude for their hard work and time they have spent serving our City. Much of what you see all over town is a result of their fresh thinking, talent and leadership. I am truly honored to have their endorsement to continue their good works.
What will I do as your Councilmember:
Promote Fiscal Responsibility
Improve Public Safety
Encourage Common Sense Government
Keep the Strong Bond with MBUSD
Promote Fiscal Responsibility:
I have over 35 years professional business experience providing me the background to research, analyze issues and seek input and consensus from others to make the tough decisions. I have worked with City Staff in all my Committee assignments and have a thorough understanding of how the City works. The City's money is YOUR money and needs to be carefully and prudently budgeted and spent- just as we all do in our own households.
1. Hiring Freeze-
City Staff now numbers 306. This has grown consistently over the years while our population has remained constant. The City has been purchasing software and systems with the goal to improve efficiency which should help to keep staffing needs to a minimum. This needs to be reviewed consistently. We should institute a hiring freeze on all additions to staff at the level of manager and above so the fiscal mistakes of the 2013-2017 are not repeated.
2. Sole Source contracts-
Vendors will try to introduce requirements in Request For Proposals for features only their products or services can meet. As a result, the City considers issuing a Sole Source (meaning they can only get the product or service from one vendor) which reduces competitive bidding. This practice needs to be monitored and existing Sole Source contracts intensely reviewed. City Council should require all sole source contracts receive extra scrutiny.
3. Moratorium on Outside Consultant Contracts-
The City pays our staff very well and hires only the best. They should be able to perform much of the work which has previously been outsourced to consultants. There are periodically some specialized services or skills we require that we do not have in house expertise to handle which should be scrutinized by Council.
4. New Projects and Studies-Utilize Resident Experience and Talent-
Manhattan Beach boasts a wide range of professionals in all sorts of occupations. If a new project or study is desired, we need to go to our residents first and tap their expertise and desire to help their community. Most people will want to help their city as they are the ultimate stakeholders in a project's success. A consultant's stakeholder is the consultant, not our City.
5. Use our "Marquee" City Status to reduce vendor costs-
Manhattan Beach is a "Marquee" city which is highly desired by vendors to include on their client lists. I encountered this when I sold products and services to Colleges and Universities. When I met with UCLA or USC, the Buyer would ask for the "UCLA price" or the "USC price" because they knew the value of having their institution on a client list and leveraged the university's prestige to get a better price. Manhattan Beach leads all the lists- best schools, excellent credit rating, great police and fire departments, terrific beaches. Our reputation and prestige need to be leveraged when dealing with vendors to get preferential pricing. We simply have to ask for the "Manhattan Beach price."
The savings from these ideas and others will go towards additional reserves and for projects that directly impact the lives or our residents. Additional Public Safety Staff can be added as well.
The 2013-2017 City Council voted to spend millions of dollars on consultant contracts; voted to approve a never before needed Assistant City Manager position with a $200,000 salary and a $2.3 million dollar home loan at 1% interest rate using reserve funds; and approved four additional management positions adding nearly one million dollars a year to the City budget.
This cannot be allowed to happen again! Read about it, click here.
(Source: “Easy Reader”, November 1, 2018, "Mark Danaj and His Longtime Municipal Colleagues Blaze a Lucrative Trail Together" and Public Records.)
Improve Public Safety:
Thanks to our investment in our Police and Fire Departments and Community Service staff, Manhattan Beach is one of the safest communities in the state. But there are pressures challenging this safety which require constant diligence to help keep us safe. Again, we residents can help. Here are some of my ideas:
- Harden Targets of Opportunity- MBPD Chief Derrick Abell has told me that thieves come to Manhattan Beach because they can find unlocked cars and other opportunities for quick crime. We need to "harden" these targets of opportunity. We can work with our amazing Neighborhood Watch Program to ask our neighbors to walk around the neighborhood in the early evening to find things like open garage doors, old papers in driveways, advertisements hanging on doors and maybe unlocked cars. Alerting fellow neighbors will help reduce targets of opportunities and further frustrate potential crime.
- Designate a Neighborhood Package Delivery Contact- Another target which attracts thieves are packages on doorsteps. Let's ask a neighbor who is home most of the time to accept deliveries of packages for others on the street. Perhaps it is a retired person. This helps build a sense of community, helping each other, and also serves as a kind of continuous "welfare check" of our neighbors.
- Reintroduce the "Do Stop-Don't Speed" Traffic Safety Campaign- We all talk about it all the time. There is too much traffic traveling at unsafe speeds and not stopping at stop signs. As a current member of the Parking and Public Improvements Commission i hear this as a top concern of residents. This campaign was very effective. The City owns all the materials and it will be cost effective to roll it out once again. Perhaps combine it with the Beach Cities Health District "Streets for All" program.
- Promote Knowledge of Basic Self Defense- I have a niece who is a Special Agent in the FBI. She has helped train my daughter and wife in basic self defense moves to immobilize an attacker and escape. My wife furthered her training by earning a brown belt in Karate (this is how she gets me to do the dishes!) This type of training can be offered for residents of all ages with the assistance and organization of our terrific Parks and Recreation Department.
- "See Something - Say Something"- We've all heard this. I suggest we do one more thing. "Do Something" We owe it to ourselves, our families and our neighbors to keep vigilant. If you see something that is out of place, make a note of descriptions and license plates. Take a photo if possible. Then call the non-emergency phone number of MBPD dispatch at 310-545-4566. Many people think this can be intimidating. Don't let it be. Your report can be anonymous. MBPD will dispatch an officer to check it out.
- Registration of Residential Security Cameras- MBPD has a robust program to register homes which have security cameras that can be used if there is a crime committed nearby. Privacy is ensured. We have to raise awareness of this program and keep innovating as technology changes. Click here for more information.
- Register Contractors/Laborers- There is a great deal of construction taking place all over town. I would support a recommendation/ordinance for General Contractors to keep a current list of all their Contractors and Laborers on file with the City. This list will only be used to assist Police if there is an investigation of thefts in the area.
- Help Recruit Quality Officer Candidates- Chief Abell states it's a challenge with a robust economy to recruit and retain new officer candidates. We are a military family. Our son, Jimmy, is a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. There are many programs which assist Marines (and other military veterans) as they leave the military and seek employment. I can explore ways to work with these groups to help MBPD recruit quality public safety candidates. I can also work with apartment building owners and request subsidized rent for MBPD and MBFD officers and staff. We want our police and fire officers living close by- it benefits everyone!
- Fiscal Responsibility- If Council promotes fiscal responsibility, then there can be adequate funding for these ideas and more public safety services.
Encourage Common Sense Government:
We need to focus on the services that a City needs to provide its residents to ensure a safe quality of life. In addition, we need to foster and keep strong the bonds with the Manhattan Beach Schools as this benefits the entire community. We can't afford to be sidetracked by issues that take away from these goals. Time is too limited and resources are not infinite. This is not to say other issues are not important. We have to make the tough decisions to allocate precious resources for our City's basic mission.
Homelessness in Manhattan Beach:
To “do good” for the homeless we have to “do right.” Their recovery from homelessness has to be sustainable. That means getting them the right resources in the right place. If the homeless person’s recovery is to succeed, they need to be near housing which they can eventually afford and to be near jobs for which they can eventually qualify. Realistically and practically, that is not in Manhattan Beach as our housing costs are high and we do not have an abundant source of entry level jobs. If the homeless person is rehabilitated, to be sustainable there has to be the best possible chance for continued success.
Let’s “do right” and provide a common sense solution utilizing existing county resources we are already paying for via property taxes and the 1/4 per cent sales tax increases mandated by Measure H. We are doing the right thing by teaming with fellow beach cities (Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach) and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) to provide mental evaluation services. This multi-agency works together with Manhattan Beach Police Department to assist with calls regarding mentally ill persons to humanely determine a positive course of action with available facilities and services to best fit their needs.
Combined with generous donations in time and money by our residents to proven homeless resource providers and programs, this will give the homeless the best possible chance to help themselves return to productive members of society.
I strongly encourage you to reach out to me with your ideas on maintaining and improving life in Manhattan Beach.
Age: 63 Occupation: Businessman
- 34-year Manhattan Beach resident, Father of two, Grandfather of two
- Worked for AT&T, NEC, McGraw-Hill, Keller Williams Commercial
- Provided innovative telecommunication and academic technology solutions to universities with budgets and operations as extensive and complex as our City’s
- Each multi-million-dollar project required detailed analysis of client needs and budget
- Possess skills necessary to understand and protect City’s revenues and expenditures
- Extensive volunteer work with schools and youth sports
- Helped create innovative City programs to keep our children safe and enhance residents’ lives
- University of Arizona, BSBA
- Promote fiscal responsibility to secure our City’s financial future
- Support improving public safety
- Limit hiring of expensive City Hall executive staff
- Reduce the rampant use of expensive consultants
- Support a Strong Bond with MBUSD
- Bring oversight and fresh ideas to City Council
- 9 Current and Former Mayor endorsements
- Current Parking and Public Improvements Commissioner
- Appointed by City Council to several City-wide Committees
- Supported all MBUSD Bond measures and worked on many campaigns, supporting a strong City-MBUSD relationship
- Co-Creator “Do Stop Don’t Speed” Traffic Safety and “Stranger Danger” Programs
- Treasurer- Mira Costa Football Boosters
- AYSO, Little League, MBYB Coach for 10+ years
- Pacific School PTA/School Site Council
- Big Brother- Big Brothers of America
- Daily Breeze My Turn columnist
Please vote Joe Franklin March 5, 2019
How did I start getting involved?
Living near Sepulveda, we saw lots of drivers driving too fast and putting our kids in danger. I went to a city council meeting, pounded the podium and exclaimed “What are you going to do about it?” Mayor Joyce Fahey replied “Mr. Franklin, what are you going to do to help?” It was then I realized that it would take more than the police and city staff to solve the problem. It would need all of us, working together, to come up with solutions and then implement those solutions. Mayor Fahey and I worked together with other, talented residents and City Staff and we implemented the ideas that became the effective “Do Stop-Don’t Speed” campaign.
It’s this sort of community involvement and consensus building that works for all of us and it’s why I’m running for city council.
We didn't need expensive consultants to develop this project or others like "Stranger Danger" we created for our schools and the Centennial Celebration in 2012 (we actually started working on it 18 months before.) It was all involved Manhattan Beach residents who gladly contributed their time and talent.
I will be updating this website with more details about my platform in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, may I please ask for your help to support me with your endorsement and volunteer for my campaign?
I promise to make it a fun and rewarding experience as we all give back to the community we love!
All the best,
Get to know me better
Our two children, Jimmy, age 27 and Taylor, age 26 were born here and attended Pacific, MBMS and Mira Costa. Both were active in youth sports including AYSO, Manhattan Beach Little League and MB Youth Basketball. I was a coach in each sport for over ten years. Both played sports at Mira Costa where Jimmy played on the 2009 CIF Championship Football Team! Taylor played Basketball and four years of Softball. Taylor was chosen as a speaker at her Costa graduation.
Jimmy is a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, actively serving in Avionic Electronics and is a Crew Chief for the CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter squadron. Taylor has worked her way through college as a hotel desk clerk (I refer to her work experience as her MBA!) and is currently the Front Desk Supervisor at the Marriott Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach. My wife, Nancy, and I have been married for 28 years and she has recently retired from her professional career as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer in health care.
My love of travel started when I was ten years old and we lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for a year! Since then I've traveled to over 35 countries and all 50 states and have shared the joy of travel with my family. Nancy and I have traveled with our kids to Italy, Malta, Spain, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, Honduras, Mexico, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. As empty-nesters, Nancy and I have been to Turkey, Germany, Greece, France, Sicily, Singapore, Bali, Japan, Tahiti, Switzerland and Austria.
Active at the Beach- Two time Marathon Finisher (NYC/LA), several Day at the Beach Sprint Triathlons, Pier to Pier Swim Finisher, several Century Rides, Double Century Ride, Bike Ride Across Arizona, tennis player-Manhattan Beach Tennis Open 3.5 Doubles winner 2009 & 2018
For years I have been a guest columnist for the Daily Breeze writing about family, friends and life in the South Bay. Below are many for you to enjoy, perhaps again!
(If a link does not take you to the column, please copy and paste into your browser)
My First Column on Fatherhood:
Taxes for Schools are Good For Everyone:
Reflections on the Women in my Life:
Being a Good Dad:
Our Son Jimmy Joins the US Marine Corps:
Dropping Our Daughter Off at College:
Becoming a Marine Takes Sacrifices on Everyone's Part:
Our Son Returns From Marine Boot Camp:
Military Children Miss Their Dads:
Conserving Precious Water:
Voting- A Community Experience
A New Granddaughter and an Ailing Grandmother:
Remembering a Dear Neighbor:
Grandchildren- Nature's Do Over:
The Family Campout at Manhattan Heights
Picking up Litter Gets You Life Credits:
Eat Less-Move More:
Bella, our Old English Sheepdog:
Remembering our Fallen Heroes on D-Day:
Coaching our Daughters Brings a Lifetime of Friendship:
A Mother's Day Tribute to My Mom- Mother of Ten:
LA Times- Tips for Traveling with Kids, Part 1:
LA Times- Tips for Traveling with Kids, Part 2:
Being a Coach:
Christmas Decorating for the Kids:
My Dad Made Magic:
A Tribute to Mothers:
Bella The Sheepdog Comes to Live with Us:
Take Time with Your Children:
Donate a Ball to a Needy Kid:
Bella On The Front Page:
A Tribute to Mothers on Mother's Day:
Heartbreak, Bella Passes Away:
Saying Goodbye as Rojelio Retires:
Our Visit with Our Son Stationed in Japan:
Generosity and Unselfishness:
Christmas with Ten Kids:
Good Karma Points for a Healthy Life:
A Flight of a Lifetime in a B-29 Super Fortress:
Why Am I the Tech Support in My Home:
Nancy Franklin Creates a Doritos Super Bowl Commercial:
America is Proud of our Children:
Helping Monarch Butterflies:
Playing Santa- It's Serious Business:
Time Alone is Good Sometimes:
John Lapham- Hoop Dreams for Costa:
Donate A Ball For Christmas:
Finding God's Grace at a Waffle House:
How About a Tax Holiday:
Toy Story Redux:
World Travel Bug- with Kids:
Quick Stops Along the Way:
Some New Year's Resolutions:
Grandpa Going Solo:
Mother In Law Passes Along Life Lessons:
My Funny Dad:
Modern Day Grandparent Guide for Baby Boomers:
Lessons from the Sea:
Catrina- a Day of the Dead Story