Committee Members


Meet the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Members

As part of the process to improve our campus with Measure E funds, the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees appointed a nine-member Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee. The committee is charged with informing the public about bond revenue expenditures and to actively review and report on the expenditure of bond funds.

As mandated by Proposition 39, the committee must include at least seven individuals, each representing different constituency groups in our community. District vendors, contractors, consultants and employees are not permitted to serve on the committee.

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Lou Bahar (Senior Org. Rep) 
Lou Bahar is a Manhattan Beach resident, Foundation donor, scholarship supporter and ECC alumna. She started her business career at ECC with Intro to Business, Business Law and Basic Accounting. She loved accounting so much she transferred to CSULB to complete her four-year degree and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She went on to work in various accounting jobs; finally working for her husband’s floor covering distribution company before retiring. She is still a student at ECC and a lifelong learner! Born in Chicago, she happily moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s. Ms. Bahar lived in Redondo Beach for about 10 years and then moved to Manhattan Beach in 1980 and has lived there ever since.


David Kartsonis

David Kartsonis (Foundation Representative) 
David Kartsonis is a longtime South Bay resident who began his higher education at El Camino College at the age of 13. After graduating at 16, he transferred to UC Santa Barbara with a Regents Scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative studies. Mr. Kartsonis is president of the El Camino College Foundation Board of Directors, and has served on the board since 2009. He is the director of technical development for Bakers Man Productions, where he has worked since 2006. Mr. Kartsonis currently lives in Torrance with his wife and son.


Joan Hood Jones

Joan Hood Jones (Community Rep)
Joan Jones is a Manhattan Beach attorney and community volunteer. She graduated from Stanford Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Goucher College in Baltimore. In the community, she served on the Manhattan Beach City Council, including a term as mayor from 1997-98. She has also been a board member for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Goucher College, South Bay Free Clinic, the Mira Costa PTA, and founded the organization Tools to Talent. 


Dr. Krank

 Dr. Eugene Krank (Community Rep)
Eugene Krank is a podiatrist who currently works for a medical research company. In the community, he is a member of the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees and the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, in addition to serving as a delegate for the California School Boards Association. He also served on the committee to select El Camino College’s new superintendent/president.


Kirk J. Retz

Kirk J. Retz (Taxpayer Rep) Committee Chair
Kirk J. Retz is an attorney with Retz & Aldover, LLP, and practices in the area of construction law, real estate and business law, handling both transactional and litigation matters. He has published numerous articles on topics in this field and frequently speaks on construction issues. In the community, Mr. Retz is a commissioner on the Rolling Hills Estates Parks and Activities Commission, serves on the board of managers for the Torrance YMCA, the Gift Planning Council for Loyola Marymount University, and provides pro bono legal services to the nonprofit organization "Keepers of Indigenous Ways."



Steve Scott Steve Scott (Business Rep)

Steve Scott is Manager, Space And Systems Integration for Lockheed Martin, as a member of the Corporate Domestic Business Development staff. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University, Long Beach and an engineering management credential from Caltech. Scott serves on the regional Board of Directors for the Air Force Association, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association and the National Defense Industrial Association.