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Torrance Transit Offers Free Rides on New Year's Eve (December 31, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., December 21, 2010 - On Friday, December 31, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Torrance Transit will be offering patrons a special free fare on all routes. For this special free service on New Year's Eve, Torrance Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule. Schedule of routes will be posted on every bus and on the City's website here.

Torrance Transit joins others in welcoming the New Year by thanking its patrons through this free service. Additionally, the City of Torrance understands that many will be hosting celebrations, so to help ring in the new year, Torrance Transit offers this safe way to travel that evening. The City encourages everyone to take advantage of this service.

For any questions, please contact Torrance Transit at (310) 781-6934. Torrance Transit will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.


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Sandbags for Torrance Residents

During rainstorms, Street Maintenance provides free sandbags to residents in Torrance residing in single-family homes and duplexes.  Each resident can pick up a maximum of 25 filled sandbags at the City Yard for no cost, depending on availability.  Please call before coming to the City Yard to make sure a crew is available to help load the sandbags into a truck or car.  Also, be sure to bring some form of ID (Driver's License) to show residency within the City of Torrance.  During after-hours storm emergencies, Torrance residents may call the Torrance Fire Department at 310-781-7042 for information on sandbag availability.  Click here for some tips on what to do when it rains.  For residents of the City of Los Angeles (all addresses east of Western Avenue), please click here for sandbag and other storm-related information in Los Angeles.


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Downtown Torrance Lighting Event Cancelled (December 20, 2010)

The Downtown Lighting Event scheduled for 5:00 p.m. this evening at El Prado & Sartori has been CANCELLED due to the rain.


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Residents Invited to Exchange Holiday Lights with Energy Saving LED Lights (November 30, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., November 30, 2010 - On Thursday, December 2, 2010, the City of Torrance will participate in the Annual Holiday Light Exchange sponsored by the South Bay Environmental Services Center.  Starting at 9 a.m., residents may come to the West Annex of City Hall, located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard to exchange two strands of old electricity-guzzling holiday lights for new, energy-efficient LED lights.  Due to limited quantities, residents may exchange up to two strands of lights.  Exchange will occur until supplies are exhausted.  

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information about Energy Saving Programs, please visit http://www.sbesc.com.


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Torrance Transit Begins Annual Holiday Shopper's Special Free Bus Service

TORRANCE, Calif., November 23, 2010 - In spite of the impacts of a downturned economy, Torrance Transit continues to provide vital service to the Torrance community by offering its annual Shopper's Special Bus service.  Starting Saturday, November 27, 2010 through Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Torrance Transit buses decorated in festive theme for the holiday season will offer free bus service along its shopping routes; the service runs between the intersection of Carson Street and Del Amo Circle East and the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard.

Besides saying "thank you" to patrons, by providing this free service, Torrance Transit's Shopper's Special Bus contributes to the economic development efforts of the City.  Torrance businesses benefit as customers find convenience in traveling between their shopping destinations.  Torrance Transit invites the community to take advantage of this free, festive service.  As a reminder, as this is a special route, transfers will not be sold on the Holiday Shopper's special.  For additional information, contact Torrance Transit at (310) 618-3020.


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Del Amo Boulevard Extension Project Groundbreaking

TORRANCE, Calif., November 12, 2010 - On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the City of Torrance broke ground on the Del Amo Boulevard Extension Project.  The project will complete the missing segment of Del Amo Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and Maple Avenue and it will widen the existing segment of Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Prairie Avenue.  Upon its completion, Del Amo Boulevard will be a four-lane divided roadway within the project limits and provide an additional east-west route throughout the City.  Construction also includes a new bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, drainage improvements and relocation of existing utilities.

Click here for the photo gallery.


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Torrance / South Bay Career Fair

TORRANCE, Calif., November 12, 2010 - On Thursday, November 4, 2010, job seekers met with employers who currently have open positions at the Torrance / South Bay Career Fair in the Toyota Meeting Hall at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.  This event was hosted in coordination with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, Employment Development Director, Office of Congresswoman Harman, SoCAL ROC, Doubletree Hotel, El Camino College, and Kelly Services.  Toyota Motor Sales was also a contributor.


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Torrance Community Invited to Participate in "Make a Difference Day" Rescheduled Due to Weather (October 29, 2010)

Due to rain, "Make a Difference Day" activities were rescheduled to Saturday, October 30th. In Torrance, community members are invited to answer the call to "make a difference" and participate by helping clean up Madrona Marsh, the CIty's natural fresh water habitat. In doing so, the Torrance community is joining millions of Americans expected to volunteer their time in various projects for the 14th Make a Difference Day.  In Torrance, residents will get down and dirty to remove weeds, general debris and excess shrubbery from the Madrona Marsh Preserve, City's natural habitat from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Participants will meet at The Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve (3201 Plaza del Amo); they are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, hat, gloves and insect repellant.  Snacks and water will be provided.  Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.


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Three CitiCABLE 3 SHOWS NAMED WINNER FOR 2010 WAVE AWARDS (October 21, 2010)

The Western Region of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) named three shows produced by the City of Torrance's CitiCABLE 3 as WINNERS for the 2010 Western Alliance Video Excellence (W.A.V.E.) Awards.  The Torrance CitiCABLE shows are listed below. read more (PDF)>>

 


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The Great California Shakeout CIty of Torrance Participating In the Great California Shakeout Exercise (October 15, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif. - On October 21, 2010, the CIty of Torrance will be participating in the statewide emergency preparation exercise called The Great California ShakeOut Drill.  The Drill is a chance for all Californians to prepare themselves for major earthquakes.  Depending upon one's location, the potential earthquake hazards may be different.  This exercise allows the City of Torrance to prepare for different impacts that the Torrance community might sustain in the event of a major earthquake.  For more information about The Great Caliofrnia ShakeOut, click here.  Click here for a video about The Great Califoria ShakeOut Drill.


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City of Torrance Rebalanced its Budget at City Council Meeting (October 14, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., October 14, 2010 - At the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting of October 12, 2010, the Torrance City Council adopted a revision to its budget for fiscal year 2010-11 to bring it back into balance. At the close of the 2009-10 fiscal year, the City entered the 2010-11 fiscal year with a balanced budget. Tuesday's budget revision became necessary as fiscal year 2009-10 actual revenue receipts came in lower than expected by $5.9 million more than originally estimated. read more (PDF)>> Click HERE for attachment.


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South Bay Stormwater Program Survey

The Cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and El Segundo as well as the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the County of Los Angeles have designed a survey to measure South Bay community awareness relating to the causes and effects of bacteria in local oceans and beaches.  Please help your city become more environmentally friendly and conscious by providing five minutes of your time to take a survey at: http://www.southbaystormwaterprogram.com/.  The survey link is located at the top left corner of the site.  Your time and consideration is much appreciated!


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City of Torrance Rebalancing its Budget at Upcoming City Council Meeting (October 7, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif. - At the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting on October 12, 2010, the Torrance City Council will consider proposed budget reductions and modification to rebalance its budget for fiscal year 2010-11.  With the current economic environment, the City is revising its budget revenue projection by $5.5 million. This is primarily due to revenues falling short of budget estimates for the prior fiscal year (2009-10) by $5.9 million more than originally estimated during budget development for the current fiscal year.  read more (PDF)>>  Click HERE for attachment.


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COOLING CENTERS

In the event of extreme heat conditions, the City of Torrance has designated "cooling stations" where residents may go to escape the heat.  In Torrance, the City designated the Bartlett Senior Center (1318 Cravens Avenue), and the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library (3301 Torrance Blvd Torrance) as "Cooling Stations."

For the Bartlett Center "Cooling Station", hours of operation will be 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Sundays.

For the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library "Cooling Station", the hours of operation are, 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Fridays and 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. on Saturdays.

If you are planning to visit one of the Cooling Stations, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure that seating is still available.  Dialing "211" provides a complete listing of all Cooling Stations in L.A. County.  Click here for more information.


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Torrance Centennial Committee Invites Organizations to Submit Events for Inclusion in the 2012 Celebration (September 7, 2010)

The City of Torrance's Centennial Committee invites Torrance-based organizations to participate in the City's Centennial Celebration in 2012. In addition to official events being planned, Torrance-based organizations may participate in the year-long celebration by submitting their respective events for consideration as part of the official Centennial Celebration. The application for consideration is now available online at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Centennial. read more (PDF)>>


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Helicopter Roundtable Discussion (August 26, 2010)

The City of Torrance invites interested community members to the second Helicopter Round Table Discussion on Thursday, August 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library (3301 Torrance Boulevard).

This meeting builds upon the discussion that ensued at the first meeting held last July 22, 2010 wherein community members aired concerns surrounding helicopter flights.  Most common issues mentioned include: helicopter altitudes, noise levels produced by helicopters and helicopter routes.

Discussion during this second meeting will focus on these issues with the goal of finding possible resolutions.  The meeting format includes discussion by members of the invited roundtable group, followed by a question and answer portion with attendees.  Roundtable invitees include Torrance Airport Helicopter operators, community members, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staff, and representatives from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association, Airport Commission and the City of Torrance. Meeting will be facilitated by Lance Widman of the South Bay Center for Dispute Resolution.

Click HERE for the meeting Agenda.


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Torrance City Council Names New Park (August 11, 2010)

At last night's regularly scheduled City Council meeting, the Torrance City Council voted on a name for a new park that's being developed on the Lomita Right of Way Corridor.  The new park will be named "Seaside Heroes Park."  The park will be dedicated to the three fallen heroes from the South Torrance area - Corporal Joseph Anzack Jr.,Corporal Micah Gifford and Captain Matthew Ferrara.  The community is invited to help create unique tiles for this new park on August 14, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a Community Tile Painting Workshop that will be held at Sea Aire Golf Course Community Room located at 2230 Lupine Drive.  The workshop will be led by artist Heide Ulbrichand ceramic instructors at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.  For more information about "Seaside Heroes Park," contact the Community Services Department at (310) 618-2930.


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City of Torrance Compensation Provisions for Elected Officials and Executive Staff Available Online (August 10, 2010)

As a City, Torrance has always been committed to providing an open and transparent government.  Recently, media coverage highlighted the unusual provisions of a Southland City.  The Torrance City Council realizes that this may have developed an interest in Torrance's own compensation provisions.  So while full compensation documents have always been available here or by requesting it from the City Clerk's office, at the meeting of August 3, 2010, the City Council directed staff to prepare summaries to make this information easier to digest and more accessible.  To view the summaries, click here.


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HIRETORRANCE.COM to benefit Torrance Employers and Job Seekers

Are you an employer or a job seeker?  The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network's newly upgraded HIRETORRANCE.com portal may have the information you need.

"I am very proud to announce the launch of HIRETORRANCE.com," said Bryan Rogers, Executive Director of Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.  It's an incredible tool that combines technology with "real people" resources, assisting Torrance businesses and job seekers during these tough economic times."

With one click, job seekers can pull job listings from more than 50 regional & national job listing boards - including Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, & HotJobs.com.  The collective resources of the Network's career counseling and skills development assistance are at same site.  Torrance employers can simply go to HIRETORRANCE.com and review resumes or skill listings without even posting a job order.

"This website connects the needs of the residents and employers of the City of Torrance with the services of the  Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network," said Rogers.

For more information about the Network's no-and low-cost job seeker and employer services call: 562.570.WORK, Toll Free 800.292.7200, TTY 562.570.4629, or visit http://www.hiretorrance.com/.


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TORRANCE FARMERS MARKET AMONGST THE BEST IN THE SOUTHLAND

TORRANCE, Calif., July 27, 2010 - The Torrance Certified Farmers' Market was featured in the Market Watch section of the Los Angeles Times on July 24, 2010.  The Market was called one of the three best in the Southland and "one of the very few that qualifies as a destination."  Congratulations to the hard working crew of the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market!  Click here for more information.


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City of Torrance Re-Opens Madrona Marsh

TORRANCE, Calif., July 9, 2010 - The City of Torrance's Madrona Marsh Preserve reopened today to normal hours after closing briefly.  The City of Torrance took a proactive step and closed the Madrona Marsh on Friday, June 25, after receiving a notice from Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.  Through the notice, the City was informed of concerns regarding an increase in mosquito population count at Madrona Marsh.  Since the meeting between City staff and Los Angeles County West Vector Control on Tuesday, June 29, the City has taken necessary steps to help manage and eradicate the mosquito population at the Marsh, including pumping water out of the Marsh.  With the Vector Control's support of these efforts, and the safety and well-being of the Torrance community assured, the City reopened the Madrona Marsh starting today.  Hours of operation will continue to be from 10 a.m. thru 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday.  The Madrona Marsh Preserve is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo.


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City of Torrance to Re-Open Madrona Marsh

TORRANCE, Calif., July 1, 2010 - The City of Torrance's Madrona Marsh Preserve (Preserve) plans to reopen next week to normal hours after closing briefly.  The City of Torrance took a proactive step and closed the Madrona Marsh last Friday, June 25 after receiving a notice from Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.  Through the notice, the City was informed of concerns regarding an increase in mosquito population count at Madrona Marsh.  The Madrona Marsh Preserve is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo. read more(PDF)>>


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City of Torrance Hosts its 30th Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration

TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2010 - The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites you, your family and friends, to come out and celebrate at the Torrance 30th Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.  The Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Charles H. Wilson Park located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance.  The City of Torrance's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration will offer great entertainment, games, train rides, food, arts and crafts booths with items for sale, and of course, a spectacular aerial fireworks display set to music beginning at 9 p.m. read more (PDF)>> 


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Torrance Madrona Marsh Preserve Closed Due to Potential West Nile Virus Presence (June 25, 2010)

The City of Torrance's Madrona Marsh Preserve (Preserve) will be closed for a period of time as a health precaution. On Thursday, June 24, 2010, the Los Angeles West Vector Control informed the City of Torrance of a potential West Nile Virus presence at the Madrona Marsh Preserve located at 3201 Plaza del Amo. read more (PDF)>> 


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Five Torrance CitiCABLE 3 Programs Nominated for Four STAR AWARDS (June 3, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., May 28, 2010 - Five programs produced by Torrance CitiCABLE 3 have been nominated for four STAR Awards hosted by the State of California and Nevada Chapter National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA).  Winners will be announced at the 14th annual conference in Long Beach on Thursday, June 3, 2010.  STAR Awards recognizes excellence in government programming in the states of California and Nevada.  Click here for the nominated programs.


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Torrance Launches New Communication Tool - eNotify Subscription Service

TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, May 27, 2010 - At the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, City staff launched a new communication tool - eNotify Subscription.  An electronic service, eNotify allows anyone to receive updates on certain web pages to which they subscribe.  For example, once the City Clerk updates the meeting Agendas online, an email will be sent out notifying subscribers that the page has been udpated.  To subscribe to this page, click here.  Users can click on the "Create Account" link at the top of this page to create an account using a valid email address and password, then select the pages they'd like to subscribe to.  More pages will be added to the list in the coming weeks.


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Torrance Heroes to be Honored at the Dedication of the 173rd Airborne Brigade National Memorial (June 1, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., Monday, May 24, 2010 - Torrance residents and national heroes Private First Class (PFC) Larry K. Williams, Corporal (CPL) Gregory M. Stone and Captain (CPT) Matthew C. Ferrara will be honored at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade National Memorial Foundation's (Foundation) "Special Day of Honor"  in Columbus, Georgia. read more (PDF)>>


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City Yard Open House is Saturday, June 12, 2010

TORRANCE, Calif., Monday, May 17, 2010 - There was a misprint in the summer issue of Torrance Seasons regarding the date of the City Yard Open House.  The correct date is Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Click here for more information.


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Mayor Frank Scotto Delivers 2011 State of the City Address (May 12, 2011)

TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Today, Mayor Frank Scotto delivered his 2011 State of the City Address at the Doubletree Hotel in Torrance. At the sold out luncheon, Torrance CitiCABLE debuted a special State of the City video as a lead-in to his address. The video gave attendees a quick look at Torrance's past, recent accomplishments and the future that lies ahead. The State of the City video and the Mayor's full speech will begin cablecasting on Torrance CitiCABLE Channel 3 (Time Warner) and 36 (Verizon) May 25th through June 21st at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. On June 22nd through July 25th, it will cablecast at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. read more (PDF)>>

 

Click here for the full transcript of Mayor Scotto's 2011 State of the City Address.

Click here to see the recording of Mayor Scotto's 2011 State of the City Address.


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BUS ROUTE DETOURS FOR ARMED FORCES DAY (May 15, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., May 3, 2010 - On Saturday, May 15, 2010, the following bus route detours will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. due to the Armed Forces Day Parade.  Buses will service all bus stops while on detours.

Line #1
NORTHBOUND: Regular route to Carson St. (C) Carson St. to Normandie Ave.
SOUTHBOUND: Regular route to Carson St. and Normandie Ave. (C) Carson St. (L) Madrona.

Line #2
NORTHBOUND: Left on Carson St. (R) on Hawthorne Blvd. (L) on Torrance Blvd. Regular route.
SOUTHBOUND: Regular route to Torrance Blvd. and Hawthorne (R) on Hawthorne Blvd. Continue Hawthorne to Carson St. (L) On Carson St. (R) Madrona regular route to Layover.

Line #5
CLOCKWISE: Crenshaw Blvd. & Van Ness Ave.
SOUTHBOUND: on Van Ness (McDonalds Side). Regular route to Del Amo Blvd. (L) Del Amo Blvd. (R) Western Ave. (R) Carson St. (L) Arlington Ave.
NORTHBOUND: on Crenshaw, Regular route to Carson St. (R) Carson St. (L) Western Ave. (L) Del Amo Blvd. (R) Crenshaw Blvd.

COUNTER - CLOCKWISE: Crenshaw Blvd. & Van Ness Ave.
SOUTHBOUND: on Crenshaw (College Side). Regular route to Del Amo Blvd. (L) Del Amo Blvd. (R) Western Ave. (R) Carson St. (L) Crenshaw Blvd.
NORTHBOUND: on Van Ness. Regular route to Carson St. (R) Carson St. (L) Western Ave. (L) Del Amo Blvd. (R) Crenshaw Blvd.

Line #7
EASTBOUND: Regular route to Sepulveda Blvd. and Hawthorne Blvd. (L) Hawthorne Blvd. (R) Carson St. (R) Madrona Ave.
WESTBOUND: Regular route to Sepulveda Blvd. and Madrona Ave. (L) Carson St. (L) Hawthorne Blvd.

Line #8
NORTHBOUND: Regular route to Hawthorne Blvd. & Fashion Way (C) Hawthorne Blvd.
SOUTHBOUND: Regular route to Hawthorne Blvd. & Fashion Way (C) Hawthorne Blvd.

Click here for more traffic information related to Armed Forces Day.


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Information On Measure A (June 8, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., April 30, 2010 - The City of Torrance charter amendment, Measure A, will be on the June 8, 2010 General Municipal Election ballot.  The question on the ballot will be:

Should section 510 of the Charter of the City of Torrance be amended to change the date of holding the general municipal election to the last Tuesday in April of each even numbered year?

The City Attorney's Impartial Analysis: 
Section 510 of the Torrance City Charter now provides that general municipal elections are held on the same day as the statewide direct primary election in each even-numbers year. Currently, the statewide direct primary takes place in June of even-numbered years.

The Proposed Charter Amendment:
SECTION 510. - GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: General municipal elections shall be held in said City on the last Tuesday in April same day as the statewide direct primary election in each even numbered year.

The Current Charter:
SECTION 510. - GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: General municipal elections shall be held in said City on the same day as the statewide direct primary election in each even numbered year.

Arguments both IN FAVOR and AGAINST have been filed along with rebuttals of each argument.  Questions may be directed to the City Clerk's office at 310.618.2870.  Click here for more election information.


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Help Make Torrance Count in 2010

TORRANCE, Calif., April 7, 2010 - The City of Torrance is calling on our community to participate in the upcoming United States Census 2010!  Every 10 years, our Constitution requires the federal government to make an accurate count of all of its residents.  It calls on everyone to be counted and to make their voices heard.  An accurate count helps determine how many teachers are needed in our classrooms; where to build new roads; how much funding is needed for emergency food and shelter programs; and how many representatives we have in our nation's capital.  Click on the icon below for more information.


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City of Torrance Applies for Pilot Google Broadband Network

TORRANCE, Calif., March 31, 2010 - On Tuesday, March, 23, 2010, the City of Torrance submitted its application to be one of the first local communities wherein Google, Inc. (Google) will launch its experimental, ultra-high speed broadband network.

With the goal of offering new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone, Google embarked on a process of requesting information from municipalities interested in bringing Google to their communities.  If selected, Google is slated to construct a system capable of Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than presently offered and used by most Americans.

In its application, the City of Torrance presented several reasons for why Torrance would be a great place for Google's new network, including:

  • Torrance is a great place to work, play, and live.
  • Torrance is a well-educated, well managed, fiscally sound, diverse, progressive city that would allow Google to truly see how consumers would use ultra-high speed Internet access.
  • Torrance is an active and participatory community that works closely with the City. 
  • Torrance residents keeps the City informed of their needs and help address these needs to improve the community.
  • Torrance community members actively participate in groups, organizations, associations, clubs, and service organizations.
  • Torrance consistently ranks highly across the country for its growth, economic health, educational system, access to higher education community, safety, and overall quality of life.

For more information, click here.  Read more about Google's project here.


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City of Torrance Invites Community for the 51st Armed Forces Day Parade & Celebration

The City of Torrance continues its long-standing tradition on May 15, 2010 as it hosts its 51st Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade. The City, one of few cites designated by the Department of Defense, will once again honor the men and women of our nation's military with a three-day celebration beginning on Friday, May 14 continuing through Sunday, May 16 with the Parade highlight on Saturday, May 15 that will begin at 1:30 p.m.  For more details on the weekend's celebration, click here.


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CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE 2009 DRAFT GENERAL PLAN AND CERTIFIED EIR

TORRANCE, Calif., February 24, 2010 - On February 23, 2010, the Torrance City Council certified the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), adopted the Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations, and approved the 2009 Draft General Plan at a public hearing, which the City Council conducted to receive public comments and to provide direction to staff on any specific issues that the Council had regarding the 2009 Draft General Plan and EIR.  Once all of the Council's comments have been incorporated into the final draft of the General Plan, a resolution for the adoption of the 2009 General Plan will be brought forward to the City Council on April 6, 2010, in the City Council Chambers of City Hall located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California.  Click here for more information.


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City of Torrance in Compliance with Requirements for Recycling and Disposal

TORRANCE, Calif., February 17, 2010 - The California Integrated Waste Management Board announced that the City of Torrance has reached the State mandated 50% recycling and waste reduction requirements of the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 (AB 939).  The California Integrated Waste Management Board (now part of the Department of Conservation and known as CalRecycle) is the state's leading authority on recycling and waste reduction. 

To meet the 50% goal, Torrance upgraded several recycling and waste disposal programs.  Torrance is an "open city" for commercial haulers, and is serviced by 25 different companies.  The City has created and now manages a database to track haulers, collect data, and measure hauler performance.  Since the development of the database, Torrance continues to monitor and measure commercial waste and recycling efforts.

In addition, Torrance has developed and implemented a pilot curbside green waste recycling program.  Due to the overwhelming success of the pilot effort, the City has expanded the program, doubling its size to 8,000 homes.  The City also continues to improve its curbside recycling program by offering larger, 96-gallon recycling containers instead of the initial 64-gallon size.  Nearly 1,300 containers have been delivered so far.  Torrance also offers a free recycling drop-off every Saturday for the entire Torrance community at Smurfit-Stone Recycling, 20502 South Denker Avenue, Torrance 90501 (actually in Harbor Gateway).  The phone number is 310-533-0333, and recyclables may be dropped off every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.  The facility accepts all the same materials collected in the City's curbside program. 

Compliance with the 50% diversion requirement is measured every 2 years by the State.  To maintain these waste diversion goals, cities must maintain and improve programs or risk falling off compliance and facing potential fines.  Torrance is continuing its efforts to expand and enhance programs to benefit the entire community.  For additional information, contact Public Works at 310-781-6900 or visit their website here.


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Torrance businesses are invited to apply for the 2009 Torrance Advantage Awards! (February 4, 2010)

TORRANCE, Calif., - The City of Torrance Office of Economic Development invites all Torrance businesses to apply for the third annual Torrance Advantage Awards (TAA) recognizing businesses for their accomplishments in the year 2009.  In addition to the prestigious trophy, winners will receive $200 to help with operating expenses, a signed Letter of Appreciation from the mayor of Torrance, Certificates of Recognition from regional elected officials, and will be featured on the City's website and other promotional materials such as the quarterly publication, Torrance Seasons.  Winners of the Torrance Advantage Awards 2009 will be announced and recognized among other Torrance businesses and the Torrance City Council at the Award ceremonies to be held on March 25, 2010, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the newly-opened Miyako Hybrid Hotel.  Please click here to download the application. read more (PDF)>>

Key Dates
February 25, 2010 - Application Deadline
March 25, 2010 - Winners Announced

For any questions or more information, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/TAA.htm or contact Fran Fulton at the Office of Economic Development at 310-618-5807 or at FFulton@TorranceCA.Gov.


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happy New Year!

The City of Torrance wishes you and your family a truly happy New Year!  City Hall will be closed Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1.