Why I Am Running

Hello Neighbor,

You may have heard I’m running for re-election to the Manhattan Beach City Council on November 3, 2020. Three seats are up with two incumbents running (me and Steve Napolitano). I have earned and maintained your trust with 12 years of council service. I hope i can count on your continued support!

As a business owner and MB resident for over three decades, I’m heavily invested in the future of our city and I have a proven history of helping local businesses and residents.

Since rejoining the MB Council in 2017, I worked with the new council majority to correct many of the financial and structural issues that were inherited.

These Include (partial):

  • Cutting $500,000 in unnecessary staff payroll
  • Returned City Hall to a five-day week operation
  • Invested $1 million in security enhancements for our schools
  • Reestablished a relationship with the MBUSD School Board
  • Reduced expensive outside consultants
  • Repaved neglected streets & installed “Flashing Crosswalks”
  • Installed and Increased the number of Automated License PlateReaders to aid our police
  • Brought in a balanced City budget for the past three years with strong and experienced fiscal management
  • Added over $5 million to our reserve account
  • Maintained our AAA Credit Rating
  • Joined Los Angeles International Airport Noise Round Table and Hawthorne Airport Noise Committee to address “increased airplane noise over our city”!
  • Voted to hire additional police personnel and additional safety equipment
  • Voted to allow “outdoor dining” on our streets to help our restaurants survive during the Pandemic.
  • Voted to “waive all parking meter fees for our retail businesses and restaurants during the Pandemic.”
  • Made the successful motion to begin enforcing lack of facial coverings in our city.
  • Proposed and voted on the new police officers “Foot Beat Patrol” in downtown MB. Added safety for our residents, businesses and visitors.

I committed to you in 2017 to be as careful with City finances as with my family’s finances. As your Councilman and Mayor, I have kept that promise.

However, with the continuation of the Pandemic and the daul stress of lost sales tax revenue and increased pension costs, our challenges continue.

I am a local business owner and 32-year Manhattan Beach resident. I have dedicated myself over those 32 years to helping neighbors, fellow residents, local businesses, supporting the MBEF, our outstanding schools, and local non-profits. As a Chamber of Commerce member, I have been involved in supporting our Downtown and other merchants.

As a former reserve police officer, I pledge to strongly support the continued delivery of superb public safety services.

No defunding of the MBPD. No outsourcing of MBFD.

As your Mayor during the Great Recession and now a pandemic, I have a proven track record of “getting things done” and would be honored to receive your vote November 3rd.

Please email me at Richard@Montgomery4Council.org

Sincerely,
Richard

VOTE For Richard Montgomery on November 3, 2020

FPPC # 1386291

Experience matters! Relationships matter!

"I will continue to be as careful with the city finances as I am with my own family finances!"