City of Torrance Provides Examples of Successful Redevelopment Initiatives, Expresses Concern Over State Decision to Eliminate Redevelopment Programs
TORRANCE, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - The City of Torrance expressed its concern regarding the California state legislature's decision to eliminate redevelopment agencies (RDA) as part of budget balancing efforts. The elimination of redevelopment statewide is tied to a new plan that would force agencies to give monies to schools and other local programs to continue to exist. read more (PDF)>>
Torrance Recognized as Finalist for 2011 All-America City
TORRANCE, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2011 - On Friday, June 17th, a 45 member delegation from the City of Torrance participated in the final stage of competition for the "2011 All-America City Award" hosted by the National Civic League (NCL) in Kansas City, Missouri. Although Torrance didn't earn the title, it received the honor of being one of 23 finalists recognized at a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel. Torrance last earned the "All-America City Award" in 1956. A video, produced by Torrance CitiCABLE garnered over 1,700 "likes" on Facebook to give ultimate winner, Fayetteville, North Carolina a strong competition for the separate "All-America Stories" Video Award. Click here to view the video on the "All-America City" Facebook page, and click here to view Torrance's live presentation. read more (PDF)>>
City of Torrance Named Finalist for 2011 All-America City Award(June 15-17, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., May 2, 2011 - The National Civic League (NCL) announced the City of Torrance as one of the finalists for the All-America City Awards, the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers. The 2011 awards event will be June 15-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. The City of Torrance was named an All-America City in 1956. read more (PDF)>>
Full 405 Freeway Closure Scheduled for July 16-17, 2011
A full 53-hour closure of the 405 freeway, roughly between the 10 and the 101 freeways, is planned for the weekend of July 16-17, 2011. The closure is needed because of demolition work scheduled on the Mulholland Bridge. Due to the steep nature of the bridge, the freeway in both directions must be closed to protect the public during demolition. Demolition preparation work is scheduled to begin Friday night, July 15, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., and continue until Monday morning, July 18, 2011 at 5:00 a.m. The Mulholland Drive Bridge and both directions of the 405 freeway and on-ramps and off-ramps within the area of the closure will be closed to ensure public safety during the bridge dismantling.
Metro will provide free rides on the Metro Red/Purple Line subway, as well as on the Metro Orange Line and select bus lines during the closure weekend to further spur transit trips between the San Fernando Valley and downtown Los Angeles. Valley residents are encouraged to park at available park & ride lots at North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Sepulveda, Balboa, Reseda, Pierce College and Canoga Stations, that together offer more than 4,000 parking spaces, and ride Metro to reach their destinations. Walking, bicycling or taking transit to access stations is also encouraged. Metro will closely monitor traffic congestion on all routes in the I-405 construction area and will make needed adjustments to bus service based on the current traffic conditions. Transit patrons should, however, anticipate longer trip times to reach their destinations and plan accordingly. Click here for more information.
Northbound Closure Limits: I-10 to US 101 Southbound Closure Limits: US 101 to Getty Center Drive
Full Closure Times:
On Friday, July 15, 2011, ramps along the 10-mile closure will begin shutting down as early as 7:00 p.m. and lanes will begin to shut down as early as 10:00 p.m., allowing for a full closure by midnight on July 16.
The freeway will reopen by 500 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 with all ramps and connectors open by 6:00 a.m.
The Mulholland Bridge will also be closed during this time. The Mulholland Bridge will reopen by Monday, July 18, 2011 at 6:00 a.m., with one lane in each direction.
Click here for the latest updates on the freeway closure and here for the news release.
Torrance Discontinues Fourth of July Celebration in 2011 at Wilson Park
TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, June 9, 2011 - This year, due to the downturned economy, and prudent fiscal planning, the City of Torrance has decided to discontinue hosting the Fourth of July Celebration at Charles H. Wilson Park. In spring 2010, the City of Torrance held community workshops to revise the budget for the second year of the City's Two -Year 2009-2011 Operation Budget. This was a proactive response to address the fiscal challenges brought about by a downturned economy. To achieve a balanced budget on June 15, 2010, certain programs and events, including the Fourth of July Celebration at Wilson Park were discontinued. read more (PDF)>>
City of Torrance participates in a video contest for the 2011 All-America City Awards(June 15-17, 2011)
As a finalist for the 2011 All-America City Awards, the City of Torrance is participating in the All-America Stories video contest. Help Torrance's video, produced by Torrance CitiCABLE, win the contest by watching it on the All-America City Awards Facebook page and clicking on the word "like" that is displayed beneath the video. The video with the most "likes" will be declared the winner. The City of Torrance is a finalist for this year's All-America City Awards, the annual competition for civic activists and community problem-solvers. The 2011 awards event will be June 15-17 in Kansas City, Missouri. The City of Torrance was named an All-America City in 1956.
Step 3: Click on the City of Torrance video to watch it.
Step 4: Click on the word "like" that will be displayed beneath the City of Torrance video once it begins to play.
Step 5: Please tell all your family and friends who have Facebook to view the Torrance video and "like" it!
Immediately recognizable for the "stars and bars" shield logo found on water towers and city limits signs across the country, the All-America City Awards are given to ten winners each year for community-based problem solving, grassroots civic engagement and joint efforts on the part of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The All-America City Award is an honor achieved by more than 600 neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, and regions across the country. Learn more about the award program and follow events leading up to the Kansas City event here on the All-America City blog and the All-America City Awards Facebook page.
City of Torrance Interactive Crime Pin Map and Weekly Crime Log
TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, May 19, 2011 - The City of Torrance provides residents with a variety of methods to find out what's happening in their community with a primary goal of ensuring residents' safety. This information reporting methodology was developed as a result of citizen involvement through our Strategic Planning process. Based on community's involvement, the City recently developed and published an Interactive Crime Pin Map and the Interactive Weekly Crime Log. In addition, we also provide the standard monthly Uniform Crimes Reporting in a format determined by the United States Department of Justice. The Crime Pin Map provides the community information that assist residents in tracking crimes and monitoring trends and activity related to personal safety in their neighborhoods. The Interactive Weekly Crime Log brings detailed information to the citizen in an easy to use format. read more (PDF)>>
Hawthorne Blvd. between Sepulveda and 230th St. is shut down
Hawthorne Blvd. between Sepulveda and 230th St. is shut down in both directions due to a serious officer involved injury traffic collision. Two motorcycle officers were hit; one very seriously injured, the second injured, but not as serious. More to follow as available.
Torrance Transit Regional Center Funding Complete
TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Today, the City of Torrance completed funding for its Torrance Transit Regional Center. The $21 million project is now fully funded through the following resources: $18.1 million (Measure R), $2.5 million (Proposition 1B) and $0.4 (currently appropriated to the Project).
"We're really excited to receive this final piece of funding so the City's vision for a Torrance Regional Transit Center can become reality soon. It's amazing how quick all of the pieces [land, participants, funding] are coming together. The Center offers exciting possibilities on ways to spur job growth and economic development in Torrance and the South Bay area while contributing to our sustainability efforts. " said Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto.
With funding complete, the project proceeds to the planning stage, beginning July 1, 2011. The Torrance Transit Regional Center links Torrance Transit with METRO lines, Gardena Municipal Bus Lines, Beach Cities Transit and the Municipal Area Express commuter bus service. The South Bay Metro Green Line Extension is also a key component of this regional Center. The project is anticipated to be completed July 2014.
Sepulveda lane closure - water main break(May 12, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Due to a water emergency, all eastbound lanes of Sepulveda between Maple Avenue & Crenshaw Boulevard were closed yesterday afternoon. Currently, the eastbound curb lane is closed from Hickory to just east of the incident location, and clean-up is stll ongoing. By late this afternoon, a temporary road will be in place to allow full traffic flow for the weekend. Water service was retored to residents and businesses south of Sepulveda between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard at around 11:00 pm last night. Sidewalk repairs are scheduled for the weekend. Over the next couple of weeks, more permanent repairs will be made to the street, curb and gutter, and parkway areas. Calls may be directed to Public Works at (310) 781-6900 if further information is needed.
Torrance Announces Participants of the 2011 Students & Government Day(May 3, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., April 28, 2011 - The City of Torrance has selected participants for the 2011 Students & Government Day. Twenty-two 8th grade students from Torrance middle schools were chosen from close to a thousand essays received this year. Students were asked to address the prompt, "Students can make a difference in their community. Develop one new civic project that would involve Torrance students and describe how it would benefit the Torrance community." read more (PDF)>>
Environmental Awards recognition for businesses, private schools and non-profits
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is inviting applications for the 2011 Waste Reduction Awards Program or WRAP awards. The award recognizes businesses that have taken steps to reduce waste. The award is open to California businesses, private schools and non-profit organizations for waste reduction efforts. This includes waste reduction, procurement and education activities and programs. They are currently accepting applications from April 22, 2011 through June 22, 2011.
Click here for the application and more information.
CITY OF TORRANCE HONORS THE ARMED FORCES AT THE 52ND ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
TORRANCE, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2011 - Beginning Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, the City of Torrance paid tribute to the nation's Armed Forces with its 52nd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade - the City's longest standing tradition. Each year, the City honors a different military branch; this year highlighted the United States Army. Grand Marshal, General Robert W. Cone of the U.S. Army, led the Parade on Saturday, May 21. The City of Torrance is proud to help honor and thank the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces. read more (PDF)>>
Click here to watch this year's 52nd Annual Armed Forces Day Parade Special.
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.
Mayor Frank Scotto and the Torrance City Council are taking the WYLAND FOUNDATION MAYOR'S CHALLENGE
TORRANCE, Calif., March 24, 2011 - On March 1, 2011 Mayor Frank Scotto and the Torrance City Council accepted the "Mayor's Challenge" sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, in conjunction with Toyota Motors, USA. The "Mayor's Challenge" is a friendly competition among local cities in Southern California to see which city can be the most "water wise." By asking residents to make a pledge here, the Challenge hopes to increase awareness about pollution and water conservation issues. read more (PDF)>>
Torrance Transit joins Google Transit to Offer Patrons Better Trip Planning Tool
TORRANCE, Calif., March 24, 2011 - The City of Torrance's Transit Department (Torrance Transit), in partnership with Google Transit, is pleased to announce that it now offers a better, and more convenient trip planning tool for Torrance commuters. Torrance Transit is one of the first operators in the South Bay using this tool. read more (PDF)>>
City of Torrance Police and Fire Departments Dispute Alternative Earthquake Safety Measure called the "Triangle of Life"
After recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, an e-mail chain letter has resurfaced suggesting an alternative earthquake safety measure called the "triangle of life". However, the City of Torrance Police and Fire Departments, and the world's leading earthquake experts, including more than 600 scientists at leading institutions, agree that the long-established "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the best safety measure for when an earthquake strikes. The "triangle of life" advice is not only incorrect but potentially life threatening. In addition, the credibility of the source of this recommendation has been broadly questioned. Please click here for more information. To learn exactly what to do when feeling an earthquake, please click here.
City of Torrance to Announce and Honor Eight Torrance Businesses as winners of prestigious Torrance Advantage Awards(March 24, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., March 24, 2011 - The City of Torrance Office of Economic Development will be announcing and honoring eight local Torrance businesses as winners of the fourth annual Torrance Advantage Awards (TAA) at a ceremony to be held today, Thursday, March 24, 2011, 5:00 p.m. at the Toyota Automobile Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue. Event attendees may tour the Museum starting at 4:00 p.m. read more (PDF)>>
City of Torrance Honors Eight Torrance Businesses at the Fourth Annual Torrance Advantage Awards(March 24, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., March 24, 2011 - On Thursday, March 24, 2011, the City of Torrance Office of Economic Development honored local businesses for their innovative economic development strategies for the year 2010. Winners were announced and recognized at the fourth annual Torrance Advantage Awards ceremony held at the new Toyota Automobile Museum, which recently reopened at the new location at 19600 Van Ness Avenue. read more (PDF)>>
Torrance Joins Local Government Coalition on Massive Statewide "MyVoteCountsCA.org" Campaign to Engage Voters and Urge Legislators to Reject State Budget Raids of Local Redevelopment Funds
TORRANCE, Calif., March 9, 2011 - The City of Torrance has joined broad coalition of local government, business, labor, community groups and other redevelopment supporters that launched a massive campaign on a critical issues. As part of this coalition, the City of Torrance encourages residents to take action and sign a petition to stop the State legislature from voting on a budget that raids local government redevelopment funds, which is in violation of the state constitution. read more (PDF)>>
Nuclear event in Japan poses no health risk in the United States
The City of Torrance would like to keep our community informed of any possible impact from the disaster in Japan. The damage to nuclear reactors in Japan has understandably lead to concerns about the safety of individuals throughout the world, including here in the United States. Residents should be reassured that it is unlikely there will be radiation exposure in the U.S. due to damage to the nuclear power plant in Japan. According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, the likelihood of radiation from Japan reaching the U.S. is extremely remote. Based on the situation to date and a review of actual monitored levels by the Air Quality Management District as well as other public health officials and technical experts, there is no increased risk of harmful levels of radiation exposure in the U.S. Taking potassium iodide (KI) is not helpful to people in the U.S., because there is no radioactive iodine present. Please click here for more information.
However, out of an abundance of caution, the LA County Public Health Department - along with federal and state agencies - is monitoring the situation. These agencies utilize a number of redundant monitoring systems capable of detecting any significant elevation in radiation levels. They will continue to track the situation, and will provide updates as necessary. Please click here for more information.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), our local air pollution agency, has operated radiation monitors for several years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AQMD monitors radiation levels at three sites in Southern California and sends the radiation measurements every hour to EPA. Please click here to get a daily update regarding levels of radiation in Southern California. Monitors operated by AQMD/EPA will detect any change in outdoor radiation levels. Further general information on EPA's radiation monitoring network can be found here. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's response to the situation can be found here.
TORRANCE / SOUTH BAY CAREER FAIR(April 14, 2011)
The City of Torrance, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, and Partners are hosting the Torrance / South Bay Career Fair on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Dee Hardison Sports Center at Charles H. Wilson Park, located at 2400 Jefferson Street in Torrance. All interested employment candidates are welcome to attend, and any employers that have current job openings or anticipate hiring in the next six months are encouraged to reserve a table at the Career Fair. There is no fee to participate. Please click here for more information.
Japanese Disaster Relief
The City of Torrance is deeply moved by the staggering loss of life and horrendous destruction caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck our friends in Japan. Below are suggested ways to asssist victims:
The American Red Cross is collecting donations for its disaster relief efforts to help people in Japan and throughout the Pacific.
Apple has posted a donation page on iTunes where you can use your iTunes account to make a secure donation to the American Red Cross and its Japanese relief fund.
Save the Children is collecting donations and has dispatched an international emergency team to assist staff in Japan.
The American Red Cross is also collecting donations via text message. Donors can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10 for relief efforts.
The Salvation Army is collecting $10 donations for each text with the words "Quake" or "Japan" sent to 80888. Donations can also be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Check donations for The Salvation Army's Japan efforts must be marked "Japan earthquake relief" and sent to:
The Salvation Army P.O. Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301-0959
Downtown Torrance Restaurant Guide
Dining experiences in Downtown Torrance range from "coffee and a donut" to California Cuisine with linen table service. Within the few square blocks of Downtown, you can sample a wide variety of international cuisine from India, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, Brazil and Italy. Downtown Torrance's award winning restaurants and bakeries are popular eateries that have made the City a dining destination. You are invited to explore historic Downtown Torrance with an eclectic blend of buildings dating back to 1912, exciting architecture and a diverse selection of shops and restaurants; you'll be sure to find something for the whole family.
Click here to see what Downtown Torrance has to offer.
City of Torrance Honors Local Fallen Military, Opens New "Seaside Heroes Park" (January 21, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif. - Tomorrow, Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., the City of Torrance will dedicate its newest park, Seaside Heroes Park, which is named in reference to its geographic area and in honor of local military personnel who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Torrance City officials will be joined by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (53rd District) and Congresswoman Jane Harman (36th District), who is one of the first among members of congress to speak in public after recent events. Recently-appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Acting Secretary for the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Chavez, is also confirmed to attend. Seaside Heroes Park is located at 22851 Anza Avenue. The ceremony will be held by the entrance on Kathryn Avenue. read more (PDF)>>
CITY OF TORRANCE INVITES ALL TORRANCE STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE 2011 STUDENTS & GOVERNMENT DAY(February 23, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., January 13, 2011 - The City of Torrance invites all Torrance students to apply for this year's Students & Government Day to help students understand how local government works and how to be more involved and informed public citizens. Applications are available at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Students.htm and due on February 23, 2011.
City of Torrance invites nominations for the Disaster Preparedness Award
TORRANCE, Calif., January 4, 2011 - On August 3, 2010, the City Council approved the annual Disaster Preparedness Award to be presented at the Disaster Council meeting in September 2011, which is National Disaster Preparedness Month. The purpose of this award is to recognize efforts to improve disaster preparedness in the City of Torrance.
The Disaster Council is accepting nominations from the community with these guidelines:
Nominees must be Torrance residents (13 years and older)
Be able to show preparedness plans and supplies
Must have conducted at least two preparedness drills within the award year
The Disaster Council will vote on the nominees in the month of June prior to the award date in September. Click here for the nomination form.
City of Torrance Invites All Torrance Businesses to Apply for the Fourth Annual Torrance Advantage Awards(February 28, 2011)
TORRANCE, Calif., January 3, 2011 - The City of Torrance Office of Economic Development invites all Torrance businesses to apply for the fourth annual Torrance Advantage Awards (TAA) recognizing businesses for their accomplishments in the year 2010. Applications are now available at www.TorranceCA.Gov/TAA.htm and due by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011. read more (PDF) >>