Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee

Measure L Committee 2022

In March 2020, Lakewood residents passed Measure L, a 3/4-cent sales tax increase effective on purchases made starting July 1, 2020 (excluding groceries and pharmaceuticals).

A significant component of Measure L is the Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Citizens Oversight Committee, consisting of seven residents and business community leaders appointed by the Lakewood City Council, is tasked with providing an extra level of transparency to the community in reviewing the revenues and expenditures related to Measure L.

Appointees include representatives from various sectors in the Lakewood community, including a non-profit organization, youth organization, senior, Neighborhood Watch block captain, business owner and Chamber of Commerce board member.

Photo: The commission members are, top row (L to R): Brad Crihfield, Crystal Jones-Duncan, Ron Piazza, Jeannie Clark, and bottom row: Rose Nelson, Ahmed Rafi, Valerie Youell.

 

Commission Members

Representing the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is Brad Crihfield, who is Chair of the Chamber Board. Brad was a small business owner in Lakewood for nine years, and is currently an educational media producer for Long Beach City College. Brad serves as Chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee.

Representing senior groups in Lakewood is Crystal Jones-Duncan, who serves as the Vice Chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee. Crystal has lived in Lakewood for 21 years. She is retired from a career with Verizon, and currently works for the Long Beach Unified School District managing budgets for a high school and middle school.

Representing the Lakewood business community is Ron Piazza. Ron is an owner of several McDonald’s restaurants in Lakewood. He started off as a teenager working at the McDonald’s at Paramount Blvd. and Carson St., worked his way up to manager, and ultimately purchased the restaurant. Ron’s been deeply involved in the Lakewood community for decades, and served on the Lakewood City Council for seven years.

Jeannie Clark was selected as an “at large” community member. She’s a long time resident of Lakewood and member of the Lakewood Rotary Club. She’s also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), has worked in public accounting for over 30 years, and is a partner in a small business in Long Beach.

Representing the Community Service groups is Rose Nelson. Rose and her family moved from Missouri to Lakewood in 2018. She is a past President and current member of the Lakewood Women’s Club. In her professional life, Rose was a registered nurse having worked in several clinical and management positions. She and her husband also owned and operated Nelson Sign Co for several years.

Representing Neighborhood Watch is Ahmed Rafi, who goes by the name “Rafi.” He has been a resident of Lakewood since 1986. His children grew up and graduated from Lakewood schools.   Rafi is a former United States Air Force aerospace engineer, retiring after 25 years of service.  Rafi has volunteered as a neighborhood watch block captain for 18 years, and was honored as the Block Captain of the Year in 2016.  He also represented Lakewood on the Bellflower Unified School District Citizens Task Force.  

Representing youth groups is Valerie Youell, who has lived in Lakewood for 28 years.  Valerie’s children attended local schools and played in local parks. In her professional life, Valerie is a small business owner providing home care for the elderly.

Also sitting on the Oversight Committee are the two Lakewood City Council Members who are also members of the council’s Audit Committee (Todd Rogers and Cassandra Chase).

     

See the current projects underway thanks to Measure L funding.