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Mitch Ward Starred in Hollywood Premiere of Miss Julie the August Strindberg Classic Play. Mr. Ward & Miss Davis-Price Won High Praise For Their Performance.
The Beach Keepers: Locals unite to guard our most precious resource… Featuring Los Angeles County Beach Commissioner Mitch Ward
Mitch Ward – Beaches and Harbors Commissioner
Mitch Ward describes himself as a fisherman and outdoorsman. “The beaches, ocean and open environment makes me who I am,” he said.
Ward is a former Manhattan Beach City Councilman who twice served as the city’s mayor. He was the co-chair of the City of Manhattan Beach’s first environmental committee and from 2009-11 served as a commission member on the Energy & Environmental Commission at the Southern California Association of Governments. He also served the Los Angeles Sanitation District Board.
When Ward was Manhattan Beach mayor in 2006, a sewage spill threatened the pristine beaches and coastal environment. He worked with city staff to deploy public works employees to stop the sewage flow to the ocean. In that same year, he spearheaded an emergency notification system through the sanitation disctrict that would alert municipalities when a sewage spill was occurring.
Ward also lead an initiative in 2006 to rename the historic beach front park located at North Highland Avenue and 27th Street as Bruces Beach in honor of one of the first African-American families who settled in Manhattan Beach. The Bruces ran a first-of-its-kind West Coast resort for people of color in the early 1900s. “This effort to preserve a small segment of our beach history is what I am most proud,” he said.
In 2010, Ward worked with Evelyn Frey, a Manhattan Beach activist, to extend a “walk way to the sea” in the El Porto area for seniors. Frey’s research convinced Ward and others that a solid walk platform across the beach would make it easier for seniors to make their way to the water’s edge.What makes South Bay beaches most special, according to Ward is that they are not overly crowded, there’s ease of access and our residents don’t mind sharing the sand with visitors.
“Our beaches attract future residents and many visitors to our town,” said Ward. “I always think of someone in a place like Nebraska who is land locked and surrounded by agriculture. We here at the ocean may take the beaches and waters for granted because we see them every day. But I still remember the first day I saw the ocean when I was growing up and it’s a memory I will never forget. So when I’m at the beach I know someone inland is wishing they were right where I am. And that’s when I curl my toes a little further in the sand and smile and think how fortunate we are to live in Manhattan Beach.”
The above article was originally published in the weekly newspaper The Beach Reporter.
News: Mitch Ward: Small Business Owner, Public Servant and Philanthropist…Arkansas Alumni Association
Mitch Ward has had an illustrious career as a small business owner, public servant and philanthropist since he left the University of Arkansas in 1983.
Ward started his education in Arkansas’ public schools in the 1960s. He grew up in Magnolia, Ark., where his family encouraged him to participate and stay involved with the community and the church. He came to U of A in the late ’70s and graduated in 1983 from the Sam M. Walton College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in information technology and quantitative analysis. He was the pledge president and student government representative for Kappa Alpha Psi.
“[I] started my education under Arkansas’ segregated school system in the 1960s, even after it was ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in the 1950s. Yet here I am having overcome that barrier. Education, now as then, is empowerment and that empowerment should be afforded all,” Ward said.
After graduation, Ward was a top recruit out of college and immediately found work in IT. He worked for Conoco as an IT development expert in the early ’80s in Ponca City, Okla., and as an IT consultant for several years in New York before moving to his current home in Southern California.
“It was very comforting to know I had employment once I graduated,” he said.
In 2003, he started his own IT company, pC? Help Professionals, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., serving as its CEO. His company largely serves and services the entertainment industry and regional municipalities.
“One of the reasons that I did IT under the business college was that it focused on the marketing aspects; that was what I really enjoyed. The accounting aspect also, not one of my favorites, but it is also part of the business. I got a well-rounded curriculum from the U of A as a business owner with an IT emphasis,” he said.
He has done little looking back since he graduated, but with the success of his business, Ward, along with encouragement from his friend and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brother, Oliver Sims, donated to the Black Alumni Society scholarship. “I remember receiving a small scholarship while I was in school. It wasn’t a lot, but it stuck in my mind–it was someone wanting to help,” said Ward, remarking on why he felt the need to pay it forward.
Ward, a man of calm demeanor, recalled an Arkansas Alumni Association newsletter he received in the ’80s that inspired him, seeing how U of A graduates could be leaders in business around the nation and the world. He said that as important as his alma mater is to him, he doesn’t want to spread himself too thin because “you may dilute yourself of the accomplishments you’re trying to achieve.”
In addition to his company, he has had a prolific civic career that eventually developed into philanthropy. His civic career started in California on the Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts in 1995. Ward has served as a Manhattan Beach city council member, was elected twice as mayor of Manhattan Beach, and has been part of numerous boards and committees all serving Southern California.
In 2004, he started the Manhattan Beach Youth Recognition Award scholarship, an annual scholarship given out to two juniors or seniors in Los Angeles County with academic excellence and financial need.
“I established the Manhattan Beach Youth Recognition Award scholarship 10 years ago to make education more affordable and the right of every American citizen who desires to be educated,” Ward said. “I am absolutely positive that a well-educated populace will continue to move our society and nation forward in this globally competitive and connected world.
“In the end I am very fortunate to have been educated at both the University of Arkansas and University of Southern California,” Ward said.
The above article was written by Harrison Grimwood, University of Arkansas Alumni Association and originally published here: University of Arkansas Alumni Association’s blog .
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5/11/2010 – Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. — Eleven mayors and community leaders of Los Angeles Air Force Base’s neighboring cities were inducted as Honorary Commanders April 26 here. Lt. Gen. John “Tom” Sheridan officiated the ceremony, which recognized the importance of the partnership between LAAFB and the South Bay community.
The Honorary Commanders included:
– El Segundo mayor Eric Busch, partnered with the 61st Air Base Wing
– San Pedro mayor Helene Pizzini partnered with the 61st Air Base Wing
– Hawthorne mayor Larry Guidi, partnered with the Launch and Range Systems Wing
– Manhattan Beach mayor Mitch Ward, partnered with the Space Based Infrared Systems Wing
– Rancho Palos Verdes mayor Stefan Wolowicz, partnered with the Space Superiority Systems Wing
– Redondo Beach mayor Mike Gin, partnered with the Global Positioning Systems Wing
– Torrance mayor Frank Scotto, partnered with the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing
– Hermosa Beach mayor Michael DiVirgilio, partnered with the Satellite Control and Network Systems Group
– Palos Verdes Estates mayor Rosemary Humphrey, partnered with the Defense Meteorological Systems Group
– South Bay Area Chambers of Commerce president George Kivett, partnered with the Space and Missile Systems Center Directorate of Staff
– Inglewood mayor Pro Tem Ralph Franklin, partnered with the Missile Defense Systems Group
Original article here .
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