Mr. Farfsing has over 37 years of experience in community development, redevelopment, economic development and city management in five Southern California communities. Mr. Farfsing was the city manager for the City of Signal Hill since 1996. Ken was the City Manager for the City of South Pasadena (from 1991 to 1996) and the Assistant City Manager for the City of Downey (from 1988 to 1991).
He worked in various planning and redevelopment capacities in the City of La Verne, as well as the Community Development Director (from 1981 to 1988). Ken received his master's degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California in 1980 and was a student intern for the City of Santa Fe Springs. He received his B.A. in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976.
He is active in regional issues and organizations, including serving as chair of the City Manager's Steering Committee for the Gateway Cities Council of Government. Ken was the past president of the Gateway Cities City Manager's Group, representing the 27 area city managers with the League of California Cities. He was also member of
"Water Quality Task Force", of the League of California Cities and has an expertise in water storm water and urban runoff regulations and practices.
In the City of Signal Hill, Ken Farfsing managed a full service city with 107 employees, including Police, Community Development, Community Services, Public Works, Water Utility, Library and an active Redevelopment Agency.
He completed the purchase and assembly of a $17 million land acquisition project of 96 parcels on 31 acres of contaminated Brownfield properties as the Executive Director of the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Farfsing assisted in the relocation of Long Beach Mercedes-Benz to Signal Hill and the expansion of Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Auto Dealership. He assisted in the relocation of the A&A Ready Mix plant from a commercial area to an industrial area in Signal Hill, retaining the business and jobs for the community.
Ken Farfsing completed the development of six community parks, including the purchase of land and guided the planning and construction of the parks and hiking trails in Signal Hill. He assisted in the assembly and clean-up of commercial properties for the construction of the Town Center West shopping center in Signal Hill, resulting the construction of the Fresh N Easy and the Food 4 Less grocery stores.
He worked with a land trust on the development and entitlements of the Gateway Center, resulting in the construction of the Home Depot, Petco, Ross Dress 4 Less, Inn & Out and other commercial stores. Mr. Farfsing completed the acquisition of abandoned and dilapidated units for the construction of the Las Brisas affordable housing project (144 units), including the construction of community park and neighborhood center.
In the City of South Pasadena, Ken Farfsing coordinated the City's review team for the planning and design of the Mission Street Gold Line Station. The design work resulted in the adoption of a similar station design theme for several of the stations outside of South Pasadena. He assisted the City of Pasadena in the formation of the Gold Line Authority, which resulted in the successful funding of the light rail project.
In the City of Downey, he managed the Community Development and Public Works Departments, consisting of 192 employees. Functions included Planning, Building & Safety, Code Enforcement, Block Grant, Capital Improvements, Park Maintenance, City Engineering, Parks Maintenance and Redevelopment. Redevelopment activities included the management of several Agency owned properties.
Mr. Farfsing led the City Department Team responsible for the renovation of the Stonewood Mall, including the addition of May Company, a food court and other retailers. The renovation resulted in the full enclosure of the entire mall. The mall remained open during the two-year construction process.
He coordinated the 130-acre Rancho Amigos Specific Plan, including the relocation of Kirk Paper Corporation from the City of Commerce. The mixed commercial/office and industrial project is located on land owned by the County of Los Angeles. He managed the adoption of three specific plans for the retention and expansion of several auto dealers, including Downey Honda.
In the City of Laverne, Ken Farfsing served as Community Development Director responsible for Planning, Building & Safety, Code Enforcement, Grants, City Engineering and Redevelopment Agency. He coordinated the adoption of the 200-acre La Verne Industrial Special Plan adjacent to Brackett Field.
He completed the revision to the Hillside Development Ordinance and several residential specific plans. Over 2,000 residential units were constructed in a seven-year period, including the Live Oak Specific Plan and the Puddingstone Specific Plan.
Ken Farfsing coordinated the amendment to the La Verne Redevelopment Plan, which resulted in additional redevelopment activities, including the La Verne Town Center shopping Center, anchored by a Target and Albertsons.