The City of Torrance currently has 12 commissions, boards, and councils that are advisory to the City Council. Current meeting information can be found on the Monthly Meeting Calendar. Meetings are subject to change.
Commissioner appointments are made by the City Council at a public meeting in January. Terms begin in February and are for four years with a two-term limit. Applicants must be an elector of the City of Torrance. Applications are kept on file for one year.
To be certified as a commissioner, you are required to attend a Commissioner Certification Training session. The next training is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Please contact the City Clerk (310-618-2870) or City Manager's office (310-618-5880) for additional information.
Commission applications are accepted at any time during the year and can be downloaded here: Commission Application Form. Forms are also available in the City Clerk's Office.
The City Clerk also maintains a current Local Appointment List noting vacancies and term expirations. Unscheduled vacancies are posted and advertised through notices to interested parties having completed Certification Training. Announcements are made at City Council meetings, on Torrance CitiCABLE, and through homeowner associations.
Compensation is made for expenses at $10 per meeting attended with most agencies meeting once a month. (Refer to specific commission for meeting days)
The Airport Commission advises the City Council on matters concerning the Torrance Airport in the areas of development of airport facilities, aeronautical leases of airport land, airport special events, and airport noise.
Cable Television Advisory Board
The Board advises and makes recommendations to the Cable Television Foundation and City Council in the area of policies and procedures in public access interests, scheduling public access programming, facilities, and equipment for the community and public access channels, and disbursement of Foundation funds.
Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission, through its staff, is responsible for all examinations for the original selection and promotion of city employees; it acts as a board of review in all employee disciplinary matters when applicants dispute the results of employment tests or pre-employment medical examinations; it reviews complaints regarding employment matters where discrimination may be an issue. The Commission is advisory to the City Council.
Commission on Aging
The Commission deals with the needs and issues confronting senior citizens in the community and provides a voice for senior citizens as a community group. The Commission has a direct liaison to the City Council.
Cultural Arts Commission
Assists the City Council in providing for and promoting opportunities for the artistic and cultural development of our citizens.
Environmental Quality Energy Conservation Commission
Duties of the Commission deal with commercial sign reviews, oil production and oil site maintenance, animal control, beautification awards, community noise control, energy conservation, property nuisances, and property maintenance.
The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the operation of the library system by keeping in touch with the patrons; establishes strong lines of communication with the schools; supports the Historical Society and the Friends of the Torrance Library; promotes the use of the library; gives information on its activities and encourages public support as well as legislative support.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Commission advises and makes recommendations to the Council on matters pertinent to a public park and recreation program, including acquisition of land, equipment, and facilities, and improvements in operations and administration.
The Commission works with the Community Development Department in the preparation of master plans and zoning studies that affect the growth and development of Torrance.
The Traffic Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on street and traffic improvement such as speed limits, transit and truck routes, the placement of crossing guards, and changes to the select street system.
The ultimate objectives of the Commission are to make recommendations for assuring high-quality non-interruptible water service at the lowest possible cost.
The Council is an advisory body to City Council on matters pertaining to youth in Torrance.
Inactive commissions or committees
Torrance City Clerk
3031 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90509-2970
Phone: 310/ 618-2870