Supervisor Knabe Endorses Steve Napolitano


Knabe Terms out in 2016; Announces Support of Long-Time Senior Deputy 

LOS ANGELES, October 8, 2015 – Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe issued the following statement on formally announcing his support for his Senior Deputy, Steve Napolitano, in the race to succeed him as the Supervisor of Los Angeles County’s Fourth District:  

“Steve Napolitano is the best choice for Supervisor of Los Angeles County’s Fourth District in 2016. Now more than ever, we need someone who will continue our legacy of being fiscally responsible so that we can provide the programs and services that our 10 million residents demand.  Steve shares these values and gets that you can’t spend what you don’t have.  He will make the tough decisions so that we don’t put our financial burden on future generations.

“Steve understands the importance and complexities of local government, having served as a Councilman and Mayor of Manhattan Beach.  As a former mayor myself, I know that this hands-on experience is crucial to dealing with the everyday needs of our constituents.  Representing me in eight Fourth District communities for the past 10 years, Steve has shared my commitment to delivering top service to all of our residents who want thriving, safe neighborhoods to raise their families. 

“Steve has also led many of the initiatives that are most important to me, including economic development, job creation, protecting our coastline, and my $45 million investment in County libraries.  Steve will be ready to lead on day one – he has been involved in virtually every aspect of our operations and has the experience, knowledge and vision to serve Los Angeles County. 

“When it comes to getting the job done, Steve has a history of nonpartisan problem solving, building relationships with local leaders, nonprofits and businesses to get the things done that matter most to our constituents.  He has the know-how, talent and drive to make Los Angeles County – and all of its 88 cities and unincorporated areas – the ideal place to live, own a business, and raise a family. The future of the Fourth District will be in good hands with Steve Napolitano in 2016 and beyond, and I’m very proud to endorse him.”

“There is no greater honor for me than having Supervisor Knabe’s endorsement,” said Napolitano, “Supervisor Knabe has given a lifetime of service to the residents of the Fourth District, and is one of the most beloved and accomplished Supervisors in the history of LA County. He’s been an incredible leader, mentor and friend, and he knows this isn’t a job you inherit, it’s one that has to be earned.

“I’m running for Supervisor to continue Supervisor Knabe’s incredible support of our Fourth District communities, while bringing my own vision to creating an LA County for the 21st Century. I’m running to solve our problems, keep us safe, protect our environment, make LA County more business friendly, and support our nonprofits. And I’m going to fight to reduce crime, get our fair share of transportation dollars, protect our most vulnerable, support early childhood education, and keep up the fight for the Safe Surrender program and against child sex trafficking. Supervisor Knabe knows I’m not a politician, I’m a problem solver running to keep LA County working for all of us.”

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Steve Napolitano serves as Senior Deputy to current Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, who will be termed out in 2016. Since 2005, Steve has represented Supervisor Knabe in eight South Bay communities and oversees several County departments and special assignments and has a unique knowledge of County government.

Prior to working with Supervisor Knabe, Steve was the youngest person elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992 at the age of 26. He served as Mayor and Councilmember, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1997 and 2001 before being termed out in 2005.

While serving on the City Council, Steve worked as a part-time teacher as he put himself through law school, graduating from Loyola Law School and passing the bar in 2000. He then joined a local law firm specializing in education law, where he represented clients throughout the state on a wide variety of issues

Steve graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University, where he also received the Outstanding Graduate in Arts Award.

Steve is a life-long resident of Manhattan Beach, where he attended local schools. Steve and his family live just a few blocks from where he grew up.

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