Hundreds of community activists and leaders, along with trusted elected officials and organizations throughout the area, have endorsed Karo’s grassroots campaign for City Council. Here are just a few:

Community Leaders*

Olga Lydia Ayala, community organizer

David Barron, Neighborhood Councilmember

Tony Braswell, President, Neighborhood Council Valley Village

Krystee Clark, actor, activist, artist; Neighborhood Council President

Sam Cordova, 60-year resident of Sylmar and community leader

Bonnie Corwin, businesswoman and community advocate

Jackie David, Sylmar resident

Donna Deutchman, CEO Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV

Abby Diamond, Community Leader

Bill Eick, Past President, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association

Scott Froschauer, La Tuna Canyon Community Association

Mary A. Garcia, Neighborhood Council Immediate Past President, Midtown Noho

Lydia Grant, Neighborhood Commissioner and Sunland Resident

Dale Gibson, President of Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee, Past President of Foothill Trails NC

Terrence Gomes, President of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC)

Charles Hisserich, Sunland resident and firefighter

Lloyd Hitt, Veteran and Tuna Canyon Historian

Janelle Hussion, Businesswoman and Community Advocate

Ann Job, Immediate Past President, Sylmar Neighborhood Council

Mikie Maloney, Neighborhood Councilmember

Derek Martin, Educator and Sylmar resident

Baltazar Martinez, Businessman and Sylmar resident

Venessa Martinez, Deputy Attorney General

Pati McArdle Potter, Sunland resident

Saul Mejia, Panorama City Chamber of Commerce

Doreen Przbyla, Equestrian Advocate

Sarah Ramsawack, Neighborhood Council Land Use Chair

Dr. David M. Rodriguez, Writer and Historian

Maria Silva, Education Advocate

Robert Soriano, Veteran

Dana Stangel, Nonprofit Founder and Wildlife Advocate

Phil Tabbi, Foothill CPAB

Vannarith Tamom, Sylmar resident and environmental organizer

Diane Valencia, Vice President, Sylmar Neighborhood Council

Tony Washington Shapiro, Veteran

Nancy Woodruff, Foothill Trails NC Land Use Chair; La Tuna Canyon Community Association

*Organizations listed for identification only.


  • The Sierra Club
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (comprised of Police and Firefighters)
  • Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • Valley Grassroots for Democracy
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • CSUN Young Dems
  • Armenian National Committee of America, Western Regions
  • AFSCME – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 
  • SEIU 721


Elected Leaders

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma

State Senator Anthony Portantino

State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

State Assemblymember Retired – Patty Lopez

Los Angeles Council member Paul Krekorian

Los Angeles Community College Trustee Nancy Pearlman

Los Angeles Unified School Boardmember Monica Ratliff

Burbank School Board member Steve Ferguson

Glendale School Board member Nayri Nahabedian

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Here’s what Karo’s supporters say about him:  

“It takes a leader to listen and care about the community, when the community speaks out. It takes a greater leader to incorporate ideas and solutions that come from the community. Karo is our choice for CD7.”
-Dale Gibson, President of Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee, Past President of Foothill Trails NC

“When our veterans and Gold Star families needed housing, Karo fought and worked with us and created opportunities to build housing for our warriors and their families. Karo does not just talk about supporting our Veterans, he makes sure his words are matched by his deeds.”
-Donna Deutchman, CEO Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV 

“I support Karo for City Council because he is a true public servant. As a regular at the Sylmar Neighborhood Council meetings and other community events, he is always there to listen and learn about the issues important to Sylmar residents. Karo has earned my support and he deserves our votes to be our next city Councilmember.”
-Ann Job, Immediate Past President, Sylmar Neighborhood Council

“I support Karo for City Council because he has a record of fighting for our communities, preserving our open space and protecting our environment. Karo worked to preserve more than 280 acres of open spaces in our neighborhood and fought to require polluting businesses to respect the community and clean up their act. That is why I trust him to stand up to High Speed Rail and protect our communities and the environment from its destruction.”
-Bill Eick, Past President, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association

“Karo knows the issues we face in this area because he has been working every day along with me, fighting and winning the biggest battles in City Hall for the people of the Valley. I have been able to count on him every time the going got tough, and so can you. He is prepared, he is tough, he is caring and he will always stand up for the people. Karo will be an outstanding councilmember for this area.”
-Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember

“Karo has earned my support for the city council because he has always been responsive to all our community’s needs but in particular, has stood and tirelessly fought with our community to stop the High Speed Rail project which will devastate our open space and our communities.”
-Cindy Bloom, Foothill Trails District NC Homeless Liaison; former Treasurer, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association

“As a firefighter and resident of our district, I support Karo Torossian for City Council because he will fight to improve fire safety services and cut down on response times.”
-Charles Hisserich, Sunland Resident

“Having worked with the City Planning Deputies of four councilmembers representing our area over the past nine years, I can strongly endorse Karo as the most qualified CD7 candidate. His experience with city departments, procedures and policy put him in the best position to create and promote our best interests by protecting and improving those characteristics that make our neighborhoods so unique.”
-Nancy Woodruff, Foothill Trails NC Land Use Chair; La Tuna Canyon Community Association

“I have great respect for Karo and am happy to endorse him. He will bring a lot of talent and support for the constituents in the district. He is a quiet force for positive change.”
-Mikie Maloney, Neighborhood Councilmember

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Contact Karo
(818) 920-8575