Sandra Seville-Jones, 58, a Manhattan Beach planning commissioner known for her volunteerism, passed away March 9, 2019, due to complications following a surgery.
“The city is deeply saddened by the loss…” said Mayor Steve Napolitano in a March 11 press release on behalf of the city. “Sandra was always thoughtful, prepared, insightful and courteous to those who appeared before the Commission. More than that, she was a true friend and will be greatly missed.”
Seville-Jones was a “tireless community volunteer” who served as a member of the planning commission from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2019, according to city officials.
She was a member of the parking and public improvements commission from 2005 to 2007 and served in various capacities on the Hometown Fair board.
"Sandra and I were friends for more than 15 years and served together for four years on the Planning Commission," said Councilmember David Lesser in a March 11 email. "She touched many people."
Lesser noted Seville-Jones also played an important role in the Leadership Manhattan Beach for more than a decade, leading the program's city council simulation exercise.
Seville-Jones also led the city council simulation exercise as part of the Leadership Manhattan Beach program for more than a decade, City Manager Bruce Moe said in a March 11 press release.
“She elevated the exercise with feedback for participants and interactive questions for city officials who led the proceedings,” Moe said.
Seville-Jones also acted as a moderator for biennial city council candidate forums, delivering “well-researched (questions)...designed to elicit insight into future city leaders,” according to the press release.
"She was also accomplished professionally," Lesser noted.
Since 1986, she had worked as a corporate lawyer at Munger, Tolles and Olson’s and was named a co-managing partner for the firm in 2009, specializing in corporate, business and securities law.
“She advocated for diversity and inclusion in the legal industry…(and) spoke frequently at conferences focus on women in law, serving as a member of the Leadership Council on legal Diversity and championing benefits to support working parents ” said city staff.
Plans for a celebration of life are pending, per Seville-Jones' family. The next Manhattan Beach city council meeting set for March 19 will be adjourned in Seville-Jones’ memory.