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April 12, 2016 —April Regular Elections

City of Culver City — ” Meghan Sahli-Wells, Candidate for City Council

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Meghan Sahli-Wells

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthy and Safe Community: adopt and enforce stringent protections for Culver City’s portion of the Inglewood Oil Field; make sure all Culver City buildings are able to withstand a major earthquake; support the efforts of our Police and Fire Depart
  • Sustainable City: develop a Climate Action Plan for Culver City ; pursue clean energy purchasing programs (Community Choice Aggregation), encourage residential solar use and expand municipal solar power generation ; re-landscape public areas with n
  • Make Culver City the Best City to Raise Kids: advance the City’s cooperative work with the Culver Unified School District to enhance services for students; create a Culver Kids web page shared with the School District for “one-stop-shopping” for yout

Experience

Experience

Profession:City Council Member
Culver City Council Member, Culver City Council - current — Elected position (2012–current)
Mayor, City of Culver City — Elected position (2014–2015)
Delegate, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2013–2015)
Secretary, Linwood E. Howe Elementary School Site Council — Elected position (2010–2012)
Vice Chair, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee — Elected position (2009–2011)

Education

UCLA B.A. , World Arts and Cultures (1997)
UCLA B.A. , French (1997)

Biography

As Culver City’s immediate past Mayor, Meghan Sahli-Wells is serving her fourth year as a member of the City Council in Culver City. She has championed initiatives to improve the lives of children in her community, and has led efforts to address water conservation, active transportation, affordable housing, homeless services, and comprehensive oil drilling regulations.

 

Sahli-Wells has a passion for analyzing complex issues and encouraging community engagement, with the ultimate goal of finding solutions that promote a resilient and sustainable city. In addition to her City Council duties, she is on the national board of Local Progress, a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country who are committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities and effective government. Regionally, she serves on the board of the Exposition Line Construction Authority, currently overseeing the construction of Expo Phase 2 from Culver City to Santa Monica; and on the Energy and Environment Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning association.

 

A double major in World Arts and Cultures, and French, Sahli-Wells holds two bachelor’s degrees from UCLA. She has traveled extensively, studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, and working as an English-French translator and volunteer teacher. Sahli-Wells’ collective photography project with children in a Madagascar orphanage and community center revealed the importance of community interdependence and our relationship to natural resources. While living in Paris for nine years, she learned about urban density, efficient and alternative modes of transit, and how city planning can improve quality of life.

 

Prior to being elected to the City Council of Culver City in 2012, Sahli-Wells spearheaded a number of community initiatives and has multiple community leadership roles. Notably, she co-founded theCulver City Bicycle Coalition, one of the first local chapters of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Transition Culver City, part of the international Transition Network.

She is married to Karim Sahli, a graphic designer whose business is located in Culver City. Their two boys attend Culver City Middle School. The Sahli-Wells family is frequently seen walking, scootering and biking in and around Culver City.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The entire City Council: Mayor Micheál O’Leary, Vice Mayor Andrew Weissman, Council Members Jim B. Clarke & Jeff Cooper
  • The Sierra Club
  • United States Congresswoman Karen Bass

Organizations (6)

  • Culver City Firefighter's Association
  • Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
  • Culver City Employees' Association
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Culver City Democratic Club
  • National Women's Political Caucus L.A. Westside

Elected Officials (23)

  • California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell
  • Culver City School Board President Steven Levin, Ph.D.
  • School Board Member Anne Allaire
  • Culver City School Board Vice President Kathy Paspalis, Esq.
  • School Board Member Kelly Kent, Ph.D.
  • Former L.A. City Controller Rick Tuttle
  • West Basin Municipal Water Board of Directors Scott Houston
  • L.A. Community College Board of Trustees Mike Fong, Andra Hoffman & Sydney Kamlager
  • CA State Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton
  • Former School Board President Marla Wolkowitz
  • Former School Board President Karlo Silbiger, Ph.D.
  • Former Mayor Gary Silbiger, Esq.
  • Former School Board President Stephen Schwartz
  • Former School Board President Robert Knopf, Ph.D.
  • Former School Board President Barbara Honig
  • Former Mayor David Hauptman
  • Former Mayor & School Board President Steven Gourley, Esq.
  • Former School Board President Nancy Goldberg
  • Former School Board President Saundra Davis
  • Former School Board President Laura Chardiet
  • Fromer School Board President Wanda Boulgarides, Ph.D.
  • Former Mayor James Boulgarides, Ph.D.
  • Former Mayor Christopher Armenta

Individuals (21)

  • Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult, Honorary Poet Laureate of Culver City
  • Crystal Alexander, Finance Advisory Committee Vice Chair
  • Darryl Cherness, Civil Service Commission Vice Chair
  • Vicki Daly Redholtz, Civil Service Commissioner
  • Len Dickter, Cultural Affairs Commission Vice Chair
  • Regina Klein, Cultural Affairs Commission Chair
  • Barbara Effros-Schwartz, Disability Advisory Committee member
  • Daniel Lee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee member
  • Steve Reitzfeld, Finance Advisory Committee member
  • David Trovato, Finance Advisory Committee member
  • Alejandro Lara, Finance Advisory Committee member
  • Ronnie Jayne, Fiesta La Ballona Committee member
  • Alex Fisch, Committee on Homelessness member
  • Deborah Wallace, Committee on Homelessness member
  • Ira Diamond, Committee on Homelessness member
  • Paul Taylor, Committee on Homelessness member
  • Dana Amy Sayles, Planning Commissioner
  • Kay Heineman, Parks Recreation and Community Services Vice Chair
  • Laura Stuart, Parks Recreation and Community Services Chair
  • Thomas Small, Cultural Affairs Commissioner
  • John Williams, Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Political Beliefs

Growing up in Culver City was a great experience.

Raising my own kids here is a great pleasure.

Serving my community is a great privilege.

 

Four years ago, when I was elected to the City Council, my goals were to improve community engagement and government transparency, to work more closely with our schools, to protect our environment, to make City Hall more efficient, and to make it safer to walk, roll, bike and drive in our town.

 

I’m happy to say that significant progress on these and other fronts has been made during my first term in office.

 

For example, I championed the creation of a Finance Advisory Committee and expanded public access to the budget.

 

I helped to usher in a new era of cooperation between the School District and the City which has been tremendously positive and mutually beneficial.

 

I also helped lead efforts to create a Safe Routes to Schools initiative, improving traffic safety and health in our neighborhoods. This program has gone from a volunteer effort at a single elementary school to a full-scale district-wide program with over $3.5 million in grant-funding.  

 

These are just a few examples of improvements that have been made during the past four years. Yet, more work remains to be done.

 

Development needs to be carefully curated and held to a high standard.

 

We need a comprehensive and forward-looking plan to deal with traffic and to increase transportation options.

 

We can do even more to further the greening of Culver City while saving money and honoring our commitment to conserve water and energy.

 

It is critical to enact strong regulations for oil drilling which is happening so closely to homes and schools.

 

I've consistently strived for balance in my four years in office. I have listened and been responsive to all stakeholders in our community.

 

That's why I've gained the support and endorsement of my four City Council colleagues, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Senator Holly Mitchell, along with the Sierra Club, current and former elected officials, and a growing number of Culver City residents.

 

I hope to earn your support and your vote on April 12th.

 

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