My campaign was about transparency, communication and, above all, listening to voices typically unheard by our city government. I plan to continue this effort of engagement, focusing on making decisions for our city backed by data and facts rather than emotion.
My dedication to being a representative of the people of Manhattan Beach has not wavered. I will continue using my social media pages (@phoebeformb) to inform residents about local issues and encourage participation in council decision-making. The momentum and engagement that my campaign built will continue.
And to all those who reached out to me personally during my campaign, special thanks. Hearing from you was the best part of the campaign. Please continue to let me know your thoughts, desires, and concerns so we can make Manhattan Beach an even better place to live and grow.
Although we were not successful in being elected, we did accomplish much by defining the issues in the campaign that our important to our community. This resulted in candidates promising to oppose the desalination plant, to support the ban on short-term rentals and to make public safety council's top priority. I also believe our campaign had a positive impact on the final results.
As my public service career to our city ends, I will focus my remaining years in service to providing educational opportunities to the underserved, young women and men from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are many avenues to support those less fortunate but the best way that I know to end the cycle of poverty is to provide opportunities for a college education and advanced degrees. That’s the way to truly empower a person to succeed in life.
So, I will continue to serve on the El Camino College Foundation. For MCHS seniors, El Camino College is the “smart choice” for starting your college career offering a challenging academic curricula with a richly diverse student body. For high school students in surrounding areas, El Camino represents hope.
—Mark Burton, Manhattan Beach
—Jacqueline Zuanich-Ferrell, Manhattan Beach