Although La Crescenta native Rich Toyon dedicates countless hours every week to his job as a production designer for the entertainment industry, he still finds time to remain active in his community. Toyon stands firm behind his belief that a person does not need to be elected as a community official to make positive changes in his surroundings.
While balancing family, work and his volunteer endeavors, Toyon, served as a La Crescenta Town Councilmember in 2005. He no longer has time to attend weekly meetings as a councilmember, but that hasn't stopped him from being a community leader, he said. Toyon is president of La Crescenta's land preservation group V.O.I.C.E. and also volunteers for the Foothills Design Committee, the Crescenta Valley Arts Capital and the Haramoknga American Indian Cultural Center.
Additionally, Toyon is scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 317 in Montrose. Toyon's oldest son, Zane, has been in the troop since he was a Tiger Cub. When the troop's former scoutmaster moved out of town in 2008, Toyon took over the job.