Agoura Leaders Endorse Torie Osborn for 50th Assembly District Seat

August 25th, 2011

Posted on Patch.com, by Susan Pascal

Looking to fill the newly approved Assembly seat, nonprofit executive Osborn receives backing of Agoura officials.

Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz, Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Kuperberg and former Mayor Ed Corridori all endorsed veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn in her bid to fill California’s new 50th Assembly District seat.

“Torie Osborn has shown through her career that she is not afraid to tackle difficult issues…like problems of poverty and the homeless,” said Mayor Harry Schwarz. “She also has a background in working closely with city and county agencies and understands how to best deal with people and the needs of communities.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the endorsement of the kind of leaders whom I admire most,” Osborn told Patch. “They have their fingers on the pulse of their community, a vision, which has created a caring, shining city.”

If elected, Osborn would oversee the newly approved 50th Assembly District, which includes Malibu and Calabasas and extends to the Westside, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and West Hollywood.

“I recently had coffee with Harry and Ed, and they had such wonderful stories about the city. I also learned about the issues most pressing to the area,” she said. “I see the Agoura leadership as part of my team, and I will do what it takes to work closely with the community.”

During their meeting, Schwarz said he got the sense that Osborn understands what needs to be done for Agoura. “I explained to her the fact that we had to cut our Redevelopment Agency and how that was going to impact our schools and community,” he said.

Osborn said in a recent press release: “California is hurting, and we need innovative and bold ideas on how to fix our tough problems. When I go to the state Legislature, I’ll work to bring people together and build a coalition of leaders from all across our state who are willing to work collectively to focus on solutions to fix our schools, our sagging economy, ailing infrastructure, budget crisis and inadequate health care system.”

According to Schwarz, what most impressed him about the assembly-hopeful was her apparent fearless nature. “I asked her if she was concerned about the challenges ahead, and her response was, ‘I welcome them,'” he said.

According to her website, Osborn has also picked up endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

To date, Osborn has raised more than $294,000 for her campaign since announcing her candidacy late last year.

Osborn has served as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center—both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District—as well as United Way of Greater LA, according to her website.

Osborn also served as a senior policy adviser to Villaraigosa on homelessness, poverty and economic development. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to common-sense governmental reform, according the site.

In addition to an MBA from UCLA, Osborn holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont. She is a 25-year resident of Santa Monica.