Culver City Edition

Seven seek seats on City Council

CULVER CITY — City Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells is facing six challengers in the Culver City Council election to be held April 12.

With Mayor Michael O’Leary and Vice Mayor Andrew Weissman completing their second terms and unable to run again, Sahli-Wells will be the only incumbent on the ballot.

Also seeking seats on the council are Scott Wyant, a two-term planning commissioner; Goran Eriksson, who chairs the city’s Finance Advisory Committee; Marcus Tiggs, a lawyer and former planning commissioner; Thomas A. Small, a member of the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission; Daniel Lee, who calls himself an activist and community organizer; and Jay Garacochea, a former Culver City police officer.

An eighth potential candidate, Joseph Stone, failed to qualify for the ballot.

Sahli-Wells is married and the mother of two boys. She holds degrees from UCLA in French and World Arts and Cultures. She has taught and worked as a translator and a librarian.

Wyant is self-employed with a company specializing in information system analysis and design. He holds a degree in library science and is a member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce.

Eriksson also is self-employed, running an international business development consulting firm. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Culver City Unified School District’s Citizen Bond Oversight Committee.

Tiggs is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and is employed as a bankruptcy attorney. He serves on the Fiesta La Ballona Committee.

Small is an architectural writer with expertise in historic preservation and urban design. A graduate of Yale University, he is board chair of Jacaranda Music, an internationally renowned classical music series, and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

Lee served in the U.S. Air Force and the California Air National Guard. He also worked in the entertainment industry before devoting himself to public service. He said he has a three-issue platform: the environment, fairness and accountability.

Garacochea worked in the family bakery before becoming a police officer. He now works in corporate security for American Honda Motors in Torrance. He is a member of the Historical Society and Exchange Club.