Community Involvement – Experience, Leadership & Dedication


A long-time resident, community leader and volunteer dedicated to our community.


Community Involvement:

  • Board of Directors: MBFD Community Emergency Response Team (co-founded our MB CERT program), MB Historical Society (Vice President) and MB Coordinating (Education) Council.
  • Member, City of Manhattan Beach Senior Citizens Advisory Committee.
  • Member, Beach Cities Health District Finance Committee.
  • Volunteer Service: MBPD Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, MB Older Adults Program, and numerous community and MBUSD school organizations/events for over 20 years.
  • Former two-term MB City Councilmember (2009-2017) and Mayor (2012/2013 and 2013/2014).
  • Former MB Planning Commissioner/Chair and other City Commissions (2000-2009).
  • Former Board Director, Leadership Manhattan Beach (2017-2018).
  • Former L.A. County Beach Commissioner/Chair (2010-2016).



  • B.S.-Accounting/Finance, Magna Cum Laude, Cal. State University, Long Beach.
  • Executive Leadership Program Certificate, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • Graduate, League of California Cities’ Municipal Finance Institute; and Mayors Academy.
  • Graduate, Leadership Manhattan Beach, Class of 2005.
  • Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer for over 30 years.
  • Member, California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Life Member - Eagle Scout.


Special Awards:

  • Received the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Sustainability award.
  • Received the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection award.
  • Recipient of the League of California Cities’ Exemplary Leadership award.
  • Recipient of Certificates of Recognition/Commendation for Outstanding Community Service from the California State Assembly, California State Senate, U.S. Congress, L.A. County Board of Supervisors and U.S. President.



Meet Wayne Powell


I’m a South Bay native and a 23 year Manhattan Beach resident. As a longtime community volunteer (20 years), two-term City Councilmember (8 years), and City Commissioner (9 years), I've devoted countless hours helping to protect Manhattan Beach’s unique character and preserving and enhancing our very special quality of life (near and dear to my heart are our children and our seniors).


Many of the candidates say what they would like to do if elected. However, if you want to know what I'll do as your City Councilmember, look at what I've done as your Mayor and City Councilmember, and previously as an unpaid City Commissioner and longtime community volunteer. Promises made, promises kept.


As a Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer for 30 years, I've provided vital financial advice/oversight during our city's difficult budget challenges, opposed wasteful spending and voted against unnecessary, costly consultant contracts.


As a former Planning Commissioner, I worked hard to protect against the adverse impacts of overdevelopment on traffic, parking and our quality of life. I also worked to preserve our small-town atmosphere and unique neighborhoods by encouraging remodels over teardowns, to ensure that all development is in scale with our neighborhoods. As a former Parking & Public Improvements Commissioner, I helped develop comprehensive traffic management programs to reduce traffic congestion in our neighborhoods and make our streets safer. As a former Cultural Arts Commissioner, I helped expand our city's visual arts, performing arts and arts education programs that enrich our lives.


I've been a strong supporter of our Police and Fire Departments. I'm the co-founder of, and serve on our Manhattan Beach Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Board of Directors (founding member). The CERT team assists our first responders during a major disaster (earthquake, fire, flood or terrorist act), assists/educates our community on disaster preparedness and teaches lifesaving CPR. I'm a graduate of the Manhattan Beach Community Police Academy and a longtime Manhattan Beach Police Department Neighborhood Watch Block Captain. Neighborhood watch is the “eyes and ears” that report suspicious activity to, and communicates information from our Police Department to ensure the safety of our community.


I've been a strong supporter of our youth and education programs. I serve on the Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council Board of Directors which recognizes Manhattan Beach “Students of the Month” for their academic excellence and awards generous scholarships (from private donations) to outstanding Mira Costa High School seniors. I’ve been a volunteer for countless MBUSD, MB-PTAs, MBEF, MB|X and many school events. I'm very proud to be an Eagle Scout (Boy Scout's highest honor) and scouting volunteer.


I've been a strong supporter of our seniors and I'm a longtime volunteer at our city's Older Adults programs. I’m an elected member of our city’s Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and an active member/volunteer of the Manhattan Beach Senior Citizen's Clubs. I helped distribute 72-hour Emergency Survival Kits (and discussed disaster preparedness) to residents of the Manhattan Seniors Villas and Manhattan Beach Ross Terrace Seniors Apartments.


I'm a graduate, former Board member and active volunteer of Leadership Manhattan Beach (Class of 2005), a nine-month program that develops community leaders and performs projects of substantial benefit to our community. My class' project was a documentary DVD (“Bridging the Generations”) which featured distinguished Manhattan Beach seniors describing our city's history and was filmed/edited by Mira Costa High School media arts students.


For many years, I've been a community volunteer for numerous community organizations, our Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks & Recreation Departments, and school events. Leadership is about getting involved in our community.


Highlights of Accomplishments while Mayor & Councilmember (partial List):

  • Balanced budgets (surpluses) every year without any tax increases, despite an economic downturn and unfunded state mandates and takeaways.
  • Curtailed wasteful spending and provided vigorous fiscal oversight/accountability. Our city had the highest financial/credit rating (only 1 of 2 cities in California).
  • As a member of the City’s Finance Subcommittee, our recommendation to refinance outstanding city bonds saved taxpayers $4.6 million dollars.
  • My open government initiatives now allow every resident the option to speak at the beginning of City Council meetings and removed the total time limit of 15 minutes on audience participation so everyone has an opportunity to speak.
  • Implemented the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting series and weekly Mayor’s Walk ‘n Talks to facilitate community engagement.
  • Initiated the smoking prohibition on the Strand and Greenbelt (and subsequently citywide) to prevent harmful impacts from second-hand smoke.
  • Initiated the Abandoned Property, Anti-Blight ordinance.
  • Supported our police and firefighter/paramedics which improved response times and protects our residents. Increased the number of community patrol and “foot beat” police officers to combat state-mandated early release inmate programs. Implemented license plate readers at city entry/exit points for crime prevention and apprehension.
  • Maintained a strong partnership with our schools, including a “Joint Use” Agreement benefiting our schools and our community, “Safe Routes to Schools” programs, and as a longtime schools/events/MBEF volunteer.
  • Expanded our city’s older adult and youth programs, and have been a longtime active volunteer. Served on the Scouthouse/Seniors’ Facility Fundraising Committee.
  • Improved traffic safety in our neighborhoods and at schools. My initiative installed vehicle intrusion safety bollards on our pier.
  • Worked vigorously to achieve pension reform in labor negotiations.
  • Initiated and led the opposition that prevented state approval to take 500,000 cubic yards of vital off-shore MB sand.
  • Worked to remediate the massive off-shore oil spill tarball wash-up on our beach, which also led to the criminal conviction of a reckless pipeline company.
  • Initiated free public WiFi at city facilities and parks.
  • Initiated the Drone Safety and Privacy ordinance.
  • Initiated the Campaign Finance Transparency ordinance.
  • Voted against closing City Hall on alternating Fridays.
  • Voted against unnecessary, costly consultant contracts.
  • Opposed unrealistic, spiraling employee salary range increases and voted to reduce city employee head-count through attrition, without sacrificing city services.
  • Banned short-term residential rentals to preserve residential neighborhood character and prevent commercial party-rental activity in residential areas.
  • Banned the sale/distribution of styrofoam products to prevent the toxic runoff onto our beaches and ocean.
  • Supported only low-profile development (allowed by law) that’s in scale with our neighborhoods. Incentivized remodels over teardowns.

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