Bringing people together to Build Community

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I'm running because I love Manhattan Beach and care about its future.
We  need a leader who will bring our community together to face the multiple challenges of 2020, and beyond.  We are all hurting; from businesses to our residents, our schools to  the city itself.  This is an all hands on deck moment.
 I'm ready. I've spent over 20 years as a community volunteer bringing residents together to get things done. And that's what I will do  for the CIty.
Becuase of  my professional experience as a  management consultant specializing  in  financial, budget, and process improvement, I'll  ensure that we are allocating resources in the most effective manner. 
I'll use my extensive  knowledge and relationships with our school district to enhance our partnership, especially in light of the difficulties they are facing due to distance learning.   
We can't lose sight of  protecting  the health of our beaches and oceans and every aspect of our local environment.  It's a public health, a business, and yes, an environmental imperative.
Our City needs  experienced leadership that listens and acts with wisdom, responsibility, and positivity even in  these unprecedented times.  That's what I'll bring to CIty Council.  I would be honored to earn one of your three votes on November 3rd.

Endorsed By:

  • Al Murasutchi, Assemblymember

  • Nancy Hersman •  Manhattan Beach City Council, Former MBUSD Board Member

  • Hildy Stern • Manhattan Beach City Council

  • Amy Howorth • Former Two-Term Manhattan Beach Mayor/Councilmember

  • Wayne Powell • Former Two-Term Manhattan Beach Mayor/Councilmember

  • Portia Cohen • Former Mayor, City of Manhattan Beach

  • Tracey Windes • Manhattan Beach Library Commissioner,  Former MBUSD School Board Member

  • Jennifer Cochran • Manhattan Beach School Board, President

  • Jennifer Fenton • Manhattan Beach School Board, Member

  • William Fournell • Manhattan Beach School Board, Member

  • Karen Komatinksy • Manhattan Beach School Board, Member

  • Sally Peel • Manhattan Beach School Board, Member

  • Penny Bordokas• Former Manhattan Beach School Board Member

  • Ellen Rosenberg • Former Manhattan Beach School Board Member

  • Ida Vander Poorte • Former Manhattan Beach School Board Member

  • Dayle Eisenhauer •  Older Adult Advisory Committee, Member

  • Ro Schreiner • Manhattan Beach Library Commissioner (partial list;click here for more)


Fiscal Stability

  • Make data driven decisions

  • Publish budget performance measures to hold City accountable 

  • Align residential program priorities with available resources

  • Maintain infrastructure and enhance facilities

  • Safeguard healthy reserves 

  • Protect your tax dollars


Strong Schools

  • Champion our schools

  • Maintain strong school partnership

  • Enhance Shared Use Agreement

  • Support School Resource Officer position at schools

Healthy Environment

  • Against proposed desalination plant

  • Reduce stormwater runoff

  • Restore dunes to mitigate sea level rise

  • Support carbon emission reduction goals

Public Health & Safety

  • Support  use of Automatic License Plate Readers 

  • Support MBPD and promote Community Policing

  • Continue  Harbor Interfaith as service providers for  homeless

  • Keep our Fire Department local

Small Town Character

  • Against Short Term Rentals

  • Preserve Local Control

  • New Development must be right sized, in the right place with more than required stakeholder input 

About Grettel:


  • 28 year Manhattan Beach resident

  • Husband of 31 years Bill is a MB Pioneer and retiring MBUSD Board Member

  • Raised 4 children who attended MBUSD; youngest is a Junior at Costa; one at Berkeley; oldest two launching their careers


Professional Experience

  • 17 years at Ernst & Young as a Management Consultant specializing in financial and process improvement systems

  • Bachelor's Degree from CSULA in Business Administration with a specialty in management information systems and math


Community Leadership

  • Grandview PTA Board Member

  • MBMS PTA President

  • Mira Costa PTSA Board Member

  • District Advisory Council

  • Manhattan Beach Sister City Association

  • Manhattan Beach Youth Council

  • Sandpipers Board and Committee Member

  • Sandpiper Juniors

  • Neptunians Board Member

  • Girl & Boy Scout Leader

  • AYSO Coach

  • Little League Coach

  • LA Galaxy Juniors Club Manager and Treasurer

  • Meals on Wheels

  • Lunches with Love

  • Shared Bread/Soup Kitchen