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Lakewood's City Council

City council meetings are held twice each month, on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, in the city council chambers at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza.

Todd Rogers Jeff Wood Steve Croft Diane DuBois Ron Piazza

Lakewood City Council

Call 562-866-9771, extension 2103,
citycouncil@lakewoodcity.org,
or mail 5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, California 90712

Todd Rogers

Mayor Todd Rogers was elected to the city council in March 2001 and re-elected in 2005. In March 2009 and March 2013, running unopposed, he was returned to office for additional four-year terms. He served terms as Lakewood’s mayor in 2004-2005 and 2009-2010.

Rogers holds the rank of Assistant Sheriff in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He joined the department in 1985 and has had a variety of patrol, custody, and training assignments, including at the Carson, Pico Rivera and Lomita Stations, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau and Regional Community Policing Institute.

His command experience includes serving as Captain of the Carson Station for six years. He currently oversees the department's $2.8 billion budget, personnel operations, and the training academy.

Rogers joined with other Lakewood parents in the 1990s to spearhead an effort to form an independent Lakewood Unified School District. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Lakewood School District Organizing Committee, formed in 1995, which has since been renamed the Lakewood Schools Committee. In 2008, he created the Lakewood Education Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing direct support to students and teachers in Lakewood.

He has an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. in History from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He was named Outstanding Graduate of the CSUDH School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 1984.

Rogers represents Lakewood on the Southeast Water Coalition and also serves as a representative for the League of California Cities annual conference. He is the city’s alternate representative to the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

He chairs the Lakewood City Council’s Lakewood Schools Committee and Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Park Development Committee.

Mayor Rogers’ current term on the city council runs through March 2017.

Jeff Wood

Vice Mayor Jeff Wood was elected to the Lakewood City Council in March 2011. From 1999 to 2011, he was a member of the Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Commission – serving as commission chair in 2001, 2004 and 2009.

Jeff has extensive experience in risk management, business continuity, occupational safety and health, and emergency management and uses the experience in his professional role as a risk manager.

Jeff is a graduate of Lakewood High School and California State University, Long Beach, where he received a degree in Speech Communication. Jeff and his wife Mary Jane chose Lakewood to buy their first home and to raise their two daughters.

Jeff serves as Lakewood's representative to the California Contract Cities Association, California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and SELACO Workforce Policy Board. He is the city’s alternative representative to the League of California Cities’ L.A. County Division and L.A. County City Selection Committee. Jeff is chair of the Lakewood City Council’s Park Development Committee and a member of the Community Promotions Committee. In 2012, he became chair of the Board of Electors of the Lakewood Youth Hall of Fame and Director at Large of the California Contract Cities Association.

Jeff currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries and volunteers with the Pan American Association. He previously served as a member of the Sheriff’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and Volunteers on Patrol assigned to the Lakewood Sheriff's Station.

Vice Mayor Wood’s current term on the city council runs through March 2015.

Steve Croft

Council Member Steve Croft was first elected to the Lakewood City Council in March 2005 after having served the four previous years on the city’s Planning and Environment Commission. He served as mayor previously in 2008-2009 and as vice mayor in 2007-2008 and 2012-2013. He ran unopposed in the March 2009 and March 2013 elections and is currently serving his third term on the council.

Steve and his wife Tess live on Castana Avenue in the western portion of Lakewood, but Steve grew up in the eastern portion of the city on Pioneer Boulevard and remembers his grandparents’ enthusiasm for Lakewood’s annexation of their neighborhood in the early 1960s. Great memories of growing up in Lakewood, participating in Lakewood Youth Sports and the after-school programs at Bloomfield Park made Lakewood the first choice for Steve and Tess when they decided where to make their home and raise their daughter Ana.

Since joining the Lakewood City Council, Steve has served terms as Lakewood's representative on several regional boards including the League of California Cities, California Contract Cities Association and the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board. He is currently serving as the city's representative on the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control Board and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and is the city’s alternate representative to the Southeast Water Coalition.

Steve chairs the Lakewood City Council’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Economic Development Committee, and he is a member of the Public Safety Committee and Water Resources Committee.

Steve is a proud member of the Lakewood Lions Club and both he and his wife Tess are active members of the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries.

Council Member Croft’s current term on the city council runs through March 2017.

Diane DuBois

Council Member Diane DuBois, a Lakewood Planning and Environment Commissioner for 28 years, was first elected to the Lakewood City Council in 2005. She is the fourth councilwoman in the city’s history. She has served as mayor two times—in 2007-2008 and in 2012-2013.

As well as being a Lakewood planning commissioner and serving seven terms as commission chair, DuBois has been a board member and volunteer of Lakewood Meals On Wheels, a board member of the Greater Long Beach Girl Scout Council, a board member of Lakewood Regional Medical Center, a scholarship chair of the Pan American Association, a member and past president of Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach, and a past chair of the board of Pathways Volunteer Hospice.

As a member of the inaugural Board of Trustees of the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, DuBois has served as Community Outreach chair. She helped secure the team of volunteers needed to make the Ronald McDonald House a success. Now that it is completed and open, she continues to assist in volunteer activities for the house and its residents.

Council Member DuBois was elected to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2009, and is serving as Board Chair from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014. She represents Lakewood on the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) general assembly. She is also Lakewood’s alternate representative to the California Contract Cities Association and the League of California Cities Annual Conference.

She chairs the Lakewood City Council’s Environmental Management Committee and Community Promotion Committee and is a member of the Council’s Lakewood Schools Committee and Economic Development Committee.

Council Member DuBois’ current term on the city council runs through March 2017.

Ron Piazza

Council Member Ron Piazza was appointed by the Lakewood City Council on December 27, 2012 to fill the vacant seat created by the November 9, 2012 passing of Council Member Larry Van Nostran.

Ron grew up in Lakewood, moving to the city at the age of eight in 1959

He is the franchise owner of 10 McDonald’s restaurants in Lakewood and several other local cities. Ron began working at McDonald’s when he was 15 years old. He worked his way up from crew to manager, supervisor and at age 29, was able to purchase the restaurant where he first started in Lakewood. Ron has been a leader for 30 years, including president three times, of the McDonald’s Operators Association of Southern California, which oversees advertising and public relations for all Southern California McDonald’s.

Ron represents Lakewood on the League of California Cities' L.A. County City Selection Committee. He is also the city's alternate representative to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Gateway Cities Council of Governments Board.

He chairs the Lakewood City Council Water Resources Committee and is a member of the Council's Environmental Management Committee.

Ron has also been a very active member of the community serving as chair for many Lakewood area community organizations, including the Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Weingart Lakewood Family YMCA, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. He was also founding president and was instrumental in helping build the Long Beach area Ronald McDonald House.

Ron’s wife Nancy is also an active member of the community, having served on Lakewood’s Recreation and Community Services Commission for over 23 years.

Council Member Piazza's current term on the city council runs through March 15, 2015.

Learn about city management and organization

The mayor is selected by the city council from among its members and serves a one-year term.

The city council appoints a city manager and a city attorney. In addition, the city council appoints the Community Safety Commission, the Planning and Environment Commission, and the Recreation and Community Services Commission.

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See the city council main page for agendas and meeting information.

Statements of economic interests (Form 700)

Government Code §87505 requires the City to post to its website, the identity of elected officials that file a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests. Form 700 documents are on file at Lakewood City Hall, in the office of the City Clerk, for all City Council Members: Steve Croft, Diane DuBois, Ron Piazza, Todd Rogers and Jeff Wood. These documents may also be accessed on the FPPC website at the following link:

www.fppc.ca.gov