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PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION AWARDS

Torrance, Calif., July 10, 2014 -- The City of Torrance Parks and Recreation Commission recently hosted its 57th Annual Awards Dinner to recognize distinguished community members, organizations, and City staff who are exemplary in their efforts to provide recreational opportunities to our residents.

Three recipients were honored at this annual awards dinner. The Distinguished Individual Award was presented to Ozzie Vinueza who has been so generous with his time providing music and DJ services for a multitude of City events for the past 20 years.  The Kiwanis Club of Torrance received the Distinguished Organization Award for a long history of community involvement-- they sponsor youth groups at all 5 high schools and provide scholarships to deserving Senior Citizens.  In addition, the Torrance Park Services Mowing Crew was presented the Distinguished Staff Award for their Turf Management Plan which produces Class 1 Sports Turf Fields while still managing and maintaining the 277 acres of Torrance City Parks.


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Cooling Centers 2014

As we enter the summer months, the City of Torrance is prepared to "Beat the Heat in 2014" at our two cooling center locations. Individuals can find a cool rest area away from the heat at the Bartlett Center, located at 1318 Cravens Avenue, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Katy Geissert Main Library serves as a second cooling center, located at 3301 Torrance Blvd, and can be accessed Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The library cooling center is also open on selected Sundays from 1 p.m. To 5 p.m. For more information Read More (PDF) >>


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Torrance Graffiti Removal Program and FREE APP "Torrance Graffiti"

The City of Torrance is committed to maintaining a graffiti free community and therefore residents and business owners can call the City's graffiti hotline at 310-781-7149 and report incidents of graffiti. Graffiti that is reported to the City is removed within 24 hours at no cost to the property owner. General Services would also like to announce the availability of a FREE smart phone app for reporting graffiti in Torrance. The free app, named "Torrance Graffiti" is available for the iPhone on the Itunes App Store and on Android devices through the Google Play App Store.


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TOYOTA MOTOR SALES RELOCATION

Torrance, Calif., April 28, 2014 - Today, Toyota Motor Sales announcement of the relocation of its North American Headquarters to Texas was very disappointing to the City of Torrance.  Torrance is very proud that we have enjoyed a healthy business friendly relationship with Toyota for several decades.  Toyota has been an excellent corporate citizen, business partner, and community supporter.  The announcement will impact thousands of employees and have a significant economic impact to not only Torrance, but the region, and the great State of California.

When Toyota built its current headquarters in Torrance in 1967, the City made every effort to welcome their expansion.  As the campus grew, so did our proactive and supportive relationship with Toyota.  Torrance's business friendly environment of streamlining permits, close relationships with management, and maintaining a safe and secure community has allowed Toyota to expand its campus and improve delivery of its product throughout the United States.  

Mayor Frank Scotto said, "Although we are disappointed with today's announcement, Torrance is a progressive and forward looking city and we welcome the challenge of growing new opportunities to other corporations that are seeking a new home in southern California.  Torrance is excited about any new businesses joining our beautiful Southern California city".


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PRESS CONFERENCE MAYOR FRANK SCOTTO'S REMARKS TOYOTA MOTOR SALES RELOCATION

WHEN:          TODAY, Monday, April 28, 2014, 11 a.m.


WHERE:        Torrance City Hall, 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503


WHO:             City of Torrance Mayor, Frank Scotto

WHAT:           City of Torrance Mayor, Frank Scotto will give his remarks on the recently announced relocation of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in front of City Hall (3031 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503) at 11 a.m. today.


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TORRANCE VOTES PROGRAM WINS AWARD OF DISTINCTION FOR VOTER OUTREACH

Torrance, Calif., April 25, 2014 - On April 24th, City Clerk Sue Herbers was presented the City Clerks Association of California's (CCAC) Award of Distinction for Voter Outreach. This prestigious honor is one of the highest awards offered by the CCAC.

"CCAC is proud to award the City Clerk's Award of Distinction in Voter Outreach to Torrance City Clerk, Sue Herbers," said Nanci Lima, CCAC President. "The Torrance Votes community voter outreach program promotes the education of the voting public on candidates and local politics while being neutral, impartial and non-partisan. This program respects the right of each voter to their own unique political, ethical and moral ideology." Read More (PDF) >>


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THE SOUTH BAY MUSEUM & GALLERY ART CRAWL

The Torrance Art Museum, a program of the City of Torrance, is organizing the inaugural South Bay Museum and Gallery Art Crawl on Saturday, May 3 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The purpose of the Art Crawl is to map and publicize the fine art museums and galleries in the South Bay. The South Bay is home to many excellent visual art museums and galleries, and the local and regional communities are invited to visit and explore the following participating fine art institutions for free:
 
Torrance Art Museum, South Bay Contemporary/Zask Gallery, Gallery at El Camino College, Summer Studios Arts Academy in Lomita, Palos Verdes Art Center and Artist's Studio Gallery, California Museum of Fine Art and APC Fine Arts and Graphics Gallery. View the Event Map (PDF) for all Locations.

There will be a closing reception on Saturday, May 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. for participating organizations and art crawlers.


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OPTIMIZED WEEKLY STREET SWEEPING PROGRAM

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has adopted regulations for the City to limit trash, bacteria, nutrients and toxins discharged from our storm drain system that ultimately drain to either Machado Lake, Santa Monica Bay or the Dominguez Channel. The limit for trash that is allowed to be discharged is zero. For details on the program view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)>>

For background information and details view the Project Fact Sheet (PDF)>>


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Torrance Announces Participants of the 2014 Students & Government Day

Torrance, Calif., April 14, 2014 - The City of Torrance has selected participants for the 2014 Students & Government Day.  Twenty-one 8th grade students from Torrance middle schools were chosen from over a thousand essays submitted this year.  Students were asked to address the prompt, "The foundation of the American political system is citizen participation. Within the City of Torrance, our Mayor's focus has been on active citizen participation through volunteering and helping in our community. This is called "paying it forward." Describe one project that you would develop and complete to
"pay it forward" and explain how this would benefit our community."

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the selected students from Bert Lynn Middle School, Calle Mayor Middle School, Casimir Middle School, First Lutheran School, Jefferson Middle School, J. H. Hull Middle School, Madrona Middle School, Magruder Middle School, Richardson Middle School, Riviera Hall Lutheran School, St. Catherine Laboure School, and St. James School, will engage in various activities including shadowing the mayor, council members and executive staff in their jobs. The day will culminate at the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting that evening at 7 p.m.; wherein the students, in their respective roles, will conduct some official business for the City live on CitiCABLE 3 (Time Warner)/31 (Verizon). For a list of this years students Explore the Press Release (PDF)>>


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HUNDREDS OF RECRUITS EXPECTED TO BE SWORN IN AT THE 55TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE

Torrance, Ca., April 10, 2014 - Beginning Friday, May 16, 2014, through Sunday, May 18, 2014, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces with its 55th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade - the City's longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Navy. Grand Marshal, Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge, Commander, Navy Region Southwest, will lead the Parade on Saturday, May 17, 2014, that will begin at 1:30 pm. Read More (PDF)>>


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City of Torrance Appoints Mark Matsuda as New Police Chief

Torrance, Calif., April 9, 2014 - Torrance City Manager, LeRoy J. Jackson is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Matsuda as its new Police Chief.  Since starting his career in 1987 at the Torrance Police Department, Mark Matsuda has risen through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief to becoming the 9th Police Chief of the City of Torrance.  He will receive his new badge on Tuesday, April 15 at the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall (3031 Torrance Blvd.).  Read More (PDF) >>


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Planned Outage Notification

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        629550
Starting at:        April 16, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Ending at:          April 17, 2014 9:00 a.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        0
# of Commercial customers affected:       1
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        HIGGINS CT.

*Please note that the power may be off for the whole period or may be turned off more than once. This planned outage may not begin exactly at the stated start time, and some conditions may cause this planned outage to be postponed. The times noted are our best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above.  For current planned outage status, please visit our website www.sce.com/outage. If you have any questions, please call our toll free customer service line at 1 (800) 611-1911.


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CITY OF TORRANCE ANNOUNCES BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

Torrance, Calif., March 28, 2014 - On Thursday, March 20, 2014, The Office of Economic Development hosted the 7th annual Torrance Advantage Awards at Pacific Skies Aviation. Award recipients were recognized in four categories for their economic development strategies of local significance for the year 2013. In addition to a prestigious trophy, recipients received $200 to help with operating expenses, a signed letter of recognition from the Mayor of Torrance, and certificates of recommendation from regional elected officials. In addition to the four categories, a special recognition recipient was also awarded. Learn More (PDF) >>


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Planned Outage Notification

Between March 31st and April 6th 2014, SCE will be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        626652
Starting at:        March 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Ending at:        March 31, 2014 6:00 a.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        116
# of Commercial customers affected:        2
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        ORANGE AVE., SANTA CRUZ CT., SANTA FE AVE., SEPULVEDA WAY, VINE AVE.

For more Planned Outage Notification Locations Read More (PDF) >>


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The City of Torrance Unveils the TOYOTA Sports Complex

Torrance, Calif., March 27, 2014 - On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 the City of Torrance unveiled the new 6.2 acre TOYOT A Sports Complex. The Futboleros, in addition to lacrosse and soccer teams from all around Torrance came together to "break-in" the new field. Learn More (PDF) >>


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COMMUNITY MEETING PLANNED TO ADDRESS MACHADO LAKE TRASH TMDL PROJECT

Torrance, Calif., March 24, 2014 - The City of Torrance's Public Works Department will host a community meeting Thursday, March 27th  at 7 p.m. at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza del Amo, to discuss the installation of "no parking" signs for street sweeping and trash screens on catch basins in the City of Torrance south of Sepulveda Boulevard. Learn More (PDF) >>


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City of Torrance Goes LIVE with TorranceVotes.Org

Torrance, Calif., March 13, 2014 - On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the City of Torrance launched the Torrance Votes Website. Spearheaded by Torrance City Clerk, Sue Herbers and in conjunction with the June 3, 2014 election, TorranceVotes.Org was created to empower the voter to cast their ballot based on objective and accurate information. Herbers said, "We hope to challenge you, the voter, to make a more informed decision based on your observations and values.  If you have relied on others in the past we invite you to step inside to learn more."

Torrance Votes is the City of Torrance's official program to offer the tools to more effectively assess candidates and their campaigns during the 2014 municipal election.  Torrance Votes provides neutral and impartial information on how the public can be more educated about candidates and local politics, while respecting the right of each voter to their unique political, ethical and moral ideology. To learn more and explore the Torrance Votes Website, visit www.TorranceVotes.Org.


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Torrance Multi-Use Sports Fields To Be Named T O Y O T A Sports Complex

Torrance, Calif., March 11, 2014 - The City of Torrance will accept a generous donation of $500,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, USA on Tuesday, March 25, to aid in the creation of the multi-use sports fields currently in construction at 555 Maple Avenue. The new, state-of-the-art,
T O Y O T A Sports Complex is scheduled to have its grand opening on March 26, at 4:30 p.m.

Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto said, "Toyota has been a long-standing supporter of our community. Toyota's generous donation further demonstrates the company's desire to help us meet the needs of our growing community." Read More (PDF)>>


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Torrance City Council Individually Honors Maureen O'Donnell and Hazel Taniguchi with the Prestigious Jared Sidney Torrance Award

Torrance, Calif., March 4, 2014 - On Tuesday, March 4th, during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Frank Scotto presented the Jared Sidney Torrance Award for lifetime commitment to the community to Maureen O'Donnell and Hazel Taniguchi for their individual contributions to the City of Torrance.

Taniguchi, a former educator for Los Angeles Unified School District and has served on many boards and been involved with many organizations including the South Bay Japanese American Citizens League, Torrance Sister City Association League of Women Voters, the City's TV Cable Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Salvation Army and the North Torrance Lion's Club, to name a few. Taniguchi, originally from Hawaii has been an active member of the Torrance community for more than 25 years and was praised by the council for her enthusiasm and dedication to serving the community. Learn More (PDF) >>


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Torrance CitiCABLE Goes Live with NEWSBREAK LIVE

Torrance, Calif., March 4, 2014 - Torrance CitiCABLE will debut a new live program beginning Tonight, Tuesday, March 4th  during the first-break of the City Council meeting.  Each Tuesday night, a new NEWSBREAK LIVE will be shown during the weekly meeting.

NEWSBREAK LIVE will start off with a recap of agendized business just covered by the City Council.  It will feature news trending in Torrance, and bring viewers everything they need to know that's happening in their community, from Torrance schools to businesses to people to safety and health concerns and even events happening in town. Learn More (PDF) >>


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RESIDENTIAL NO-BURN ALERT ISSUED FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF LOS ANGELES AIR BASIN TODAY

Residents living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County and the Inland Empire are not permitted to burn wood in their fireplaces today, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, due to elevated fine particulate levels predicted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Residents in these areas are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in their fireplaces from midnight to midnight today. SCAQMD's no-burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley and the High Desert. Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement. Learn More (PDF)>>


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I-405: 80-Hour Closure (Northbound Freeway Closeure in the Sepulveda Pass- February 14-18)

Scheduled for Presidents' Day weekend, February 14 through 18, the closures will reduce the mighty I-405's northbound lanes to two open lanes during daytime hours and a complete closure during nighttime hours.

The 80-hour closure will eliminate several 55-hour closures from the project schedule. Motorists need to reduce their driving or avoid the I-405 area; otherwise, multi-hour delays may result.


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SCAG 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)  is updating its Public Participation Plan. SCAG is committed to providing meaningful and substantive opportunities for the general public and all interested parties to be involved in SCAG's decision making regarding regional transportation, land use and environmental planning activities. To that end, SCAG released its 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014. Check out the Public Participation Plan posted on January 22, 2014 Here...


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Request for Proposal Discover Torrance Visitor's Bureau Route Analysis and Feasibility Study for Shuttle Service

Discover Torrance (DT) is a 501c6 non-profit organization, otherwise known as the Torrance Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID).  On January 12, 2010, the Torrance City Council voted unanimously in favor of the TTBID.  It allows the 14 lodging business owners (hotels within Torrance with more than 50 rooms) to organize efforts to increase tourism.  Tourism related business owners within the district fund the TTBID through a self-assessment fee of one-percent (1%) and those fund are used to provide services that the businesses desire - and that benefit the lodging businesses within the TTBID. Read More (PDF)>>


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Torrance City Council Appoints Heidi Ashcraft

Torrance, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 - The Torrance City Council unanimously appointed Heidi Ashcraft to City Council Tuesday night to replace Cliff Numark, who resigned after being elected to the El Camino College Board of Trustees.

Ashcraft, former President of the Torrance Unified Board of Education is currently the President of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center Board of Education. In addition, she is a member of the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Advisory Board, Torrance Historical Society, Torrance Sister City Association, and Embroidery Guild of America. Her past experience includes serving on the Los Angeles County School Trustee Association Board, Torrance South Bay YMCA Board of Managers, and Board Director for the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, to name a few.

In her application for appointment to Torrance City Council Ashcraft stated, "I have obtained training that is crucial to positive council interaction and leadership. I would work very hard, as I have in all my past positions."


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SOUTH BAY ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND REMEMBERS FOUNDING PARTNER, LEE PETILLON

Torrance, Calif., December 9, 2013 - On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center (SBEC) will celebrate its one-year anniversary and honor late founding partner, Lee Petillon.

The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center was formed as a public-benefit corporation in 2011 by a group of civic and business leaders in Torrance and the South Bay. The original founders of the SBEC, Mike Grimshaw and Lee Petillon, wanted to create an environment where founders and companies could gain knowledge and support to build lasting businesses. Made possible by the partnership of Fran Fulton, Manager of the City of Torrance Office of Economic Development, and a $100,000 start-up grant by the City of Torrance, the SBEC opened its doors in October 2012. Read More (PDF)>>


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Torrance Signs On as a 2013 Small Business Saturday Partner

Torrance, Calif., November 26, 2013 - The City of Torrance has signed on as a "2013 Small Business Saturday Partner."  This November 30, Torrance is proud to recognize the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a "buy local" support date. Endorsed by advocacy groups, as well as public and private organizations across the nation, as "Small Business Saturday," Mayor Frank Scotto encourages the community to support small businesses. Read More (PDF) >>


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Cobi Jones to Ride on City of Torrance and AYSO's 2014 Rose Float Parade Entry "Everyone Plays"

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 22, 2013 - The City of Torrance, in commemorating their 100th year milestone of their first entry in the Pasadena Rose Float Parade has partnered with AYSO in a float titled, "Everyone Plays." Former U.S. and professional soccer star, and acclaimed television broadcaster Cobi Jones, will be among the float riders. Jones gained his love of soccer through his AYSO experience. Read More (PDF)>>   View Image


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City of Torrance Breaks Ground for New Multi-Use Sports Fields

Torrance, Calif., November 18, 2013 - On Monday, November 18, 2013, The City of Torrance broke ground on its new Multi-Use Sports Fields, located at 555 Maple Avenue. Mayor Frank Scotto announced the "kick-off of development." The new Multi-Use Sports Fields will be used during the July 2014 AYSO National Games which will be hosted in Torrance. Anticipated completion date is February 2014. Read More (PDF)>>   View Image


 


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Torrance Turkey Trot

Torrance, Calif., November 4, 2013 -The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to join us for the Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8 a.m.!

Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to register now by mail, walk-in and online at www.thanksgivingday3milefunrun.eventbrite.com through Thursday, November 22. Fee is $30.00.  No registrations will be accepted November 23-26.

Late Registration will be on Wednesday, November 27 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center at 3341 Torrance Blvd. from 11 a.m. -7 p.m., and on race day from 6:30 -7:30 a.m. in the Sam's Club parking lot. Fee will be $35.00.

All ages are welcome to participate, but no pets, skateboards, rollerblades or bicycles are allowed on the course.  Participants will receive a commemorative long-sleeved T-Shirt. There will be a spectacular post-run prize opportunity drawing with lots of great prizes, a chance to visit with old and new friends, and other goodies to enjoy as well. We also encourage you to bring canned food for a special Thanksgiving Day Food Drive for those who can certainly use a helping hand.


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Pavement Work On Hawthorne Boulevard (SR-107)

Torrance - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will re-pave north- and southbound Hawthorne Boulevard (SR-107) between Fashion Way and West 190th Street starting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 and continuing through mid-February 2014. 

Construction activities will take place nightly Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., excluding holidays. 

The scope of the work includes grinding existing pavement, repaving, installing traffic loops, and restriping all lanes.  The new surface will
extend the life of the pavement, thereby minimize future maintenance-related closures and provide a smoother drive for motorists.

Local businesses, motorists and residents may experience traffic delays, noise and vibration from construction activities.  Caltrans appreciates your cooperation while we work to improve Hawthorne Boulevard.

The contractor for this $1 million project is All American Asphalt of Corona, California.


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Attention Time Warner Customers

Don't miss a second of Torrance CitiCABLE programming! Time Warner cable customers who watch City Council meetings and other CitiCABLE programming will have to get a digital adapter or set-top box.
Due to a change in Time Warner service, customers can no longer view CitiCABLE 3 without digital equipment. However, Time Warner will supply a digital set-top box for free until 2015.
Contact Time Warner at www.TWC.com/DigitalAdapter or call Time Warner at (855) 286-1736. A box can be dropped off at a subscriber's home or they can pick one up at a Time Warner customer service location.
Residents can still watch CitiCABLE on their home computers, mobile devices and laptops at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Cable  or visit the YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/TorranceCitiCABLE.


 


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future. Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        590468
Starting at:        October 1, 2013 8:00 a.m.
Ending at:        October 1, 2013 4:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        8
# of Commercial customers affected:        0
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        238 TH.ST. N/S 312^ E/O CABRILLO AV

For more Planned Outage Notification locations and information Read More (PDF) >>


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Planned Outage Notification

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        586941
Starting at:        September 16, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Ending at:        September 16, 2013 2:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        2
# of Commercial customers affected:        1
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        HALISON ST. PL/N 50' WEST OF ENTRADERO AVE.

For more Planned Outage Notification locations and information Read More (PDF)>>


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MADRONA MARSH TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Torrance, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 -- In review of the findings and data presented by Los Angeles County Vector Control, and as a precautionary measure, the City of Torrance will be closing the Madrona Marsh Preserve. The Preserve will remain closed until additional data is provided by Vector Control. Read More (PDF)>>


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PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION AWARDS

Torrance, Calif., July 17, 2013 -- The City of Torrance Parks and Recreation Commission recently hosted its 56th Annual Awards Dinner to recognize distinguished community members, organizations, and City staff who are exemplary in their efforts to provide recreational opportunities to our residents. Read More (PDF)>>


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Del Amo Fashion Center® - Property Wide Renovation

Simon Proprty Group has presented their design and exterior concept for renovation of the Del Amo Fashion Center. Some of the details include a new Nordstorm, a centeral parking deck, multiple story stucture, new lights and shrubbery, plus much more. For a fly through of the property wide renovations, click here. For a video of the City Council Meeting where the plan was presented, click here. For the July 2nd, 2013 Council Meeting agenda, click here.


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Advisory Message: It's Hot. High Temps in LA County: Tips for Humans & Pets + Cooling Centers

Triple-digit temperatures are again getting the attention of humans and pets alike in the greater Los Angeles area. For Cooling Centers, call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county or visit: Surviving the Heat (PDF) >>


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Torrance Refinery Important Notice- Street Closure

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Approximately 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Crenshaw Boulevard will be closed between 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard and Del Amo Boulevard overpass will be closed between Crenshaw Boulevard and Maple Avenue for testing of street barriers. All traffic will be rerouted by Torrance Police Click to view map of clusure (PDF) >>


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Torrance CitiCABLE Awarded Two STAR Awards

Torrance, Calif., June 4, 2013 - Torrance CitiCABLE, the government access cable television channel for the City of Torrance, was recently awarded 2 States of California and Nevada Television Access Recognition (STAR) Awards for their excellence in local programming in the categories of News and Sports Show. Read More (PDF) >>


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TORRANCE CELEBRATES THE DEDICATION OF THE NEWLY NAMED PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY - EL PRADO BRIDGE

Torrance, Calif., May 23, 2013 - On May 23, 2013, the Torrance Community gathered at Torrance Center South to celebrate the dedication of the newly named Pacific Electric Railway El Prado Bridge; Torrance Councilman Tom Brewer welcomed everyone to the ceremony.Read More (PDF) >>


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Item 12E Pulled from May 14, 2013 Council Agenda

Item12E: City Manager -Adopt an ORDINANCE amending the Torrance Municipal Code to allow for non-exclusive franchise agreements for car sharing businesses, is pulled from Tuesday, May 14, 2013 City Council Agenda.


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TORRANCE HONORS THE ARMED FORCES AT THE 54TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE ON MAY 17-19

Torrance, Calif., May 10, 2013 - Beginning Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces with its 54th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade - the City's longest standing tradition. Read More (PDF)>>


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Mayor Frank Scotto Delivers 2013 State of the City Address

Torrance, Calif., May 9, 2013 - On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Mayor Frank Scotto delivered his 2013 State of the City Address at the Marriott Hotel in Torrance. At the sold out luncheon, Torrance CitiCABLE debuted an introductory video to complement Mayor Scotto's address, the video gives viewers a quick look at Torrance's growth, recent accomplishments and the future that lies ahead.

Mayor Scotto's 2013 State of the City Address and CitiCABLE introductory video will begin cablecasting on Torrance CitiCABLE Channel 3 (Time Warner) and 36 (Verizon): May 23rd through June 18th at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.  and  June 19th through July 16th at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The Address will also be available online at www.TorranceCA.Gov/, which includes the full transcript. Read More (PDF) >>


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CITY OF TORRANCE ANNOUNCES BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

Torrance, Calif., April 25, 2013 - On Thursday, April 18, 2013, The Office of Economic Development hosted the 6th annual Torrance Advantage Awards. Award recipients were recognized in four categories for their economic development strategies of local significance for the year 2012. In addition to a prestigious trophy, recipients received $200 to help with operating expenses, a signed letter of recognition from the Mayor of Torrance, and certificates of recommendation from regional elected officials. In addition to the four categories, a special recognition recipient was also awarded. Read More (PDF)>>


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Torrance Announces Participants of the 2013 Students & Government Day

Torrance, Calif., April 16, 2013 - The City of Torrance has selected participants for the 2013 Students & Government Day.  Twenty-one 8th grade students from Torrance middle schools were chosen from over a thousand essays submitted this year.  Students were asked to address the prompt, "The United States Congress is responsible for creating laws at the Federal level, while Torrance City Council is responsible for creating laws at the City level.  Describe one law that you think Torrance City Council should create and how it would improve the City of Torrance and benefit citizens who live here." Read More (PDF) >>


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Torrance Announces This Year's Essay Question for Students & Government Day

Torrance, Calif., February 5, 2013 - The City of Torrance announces the new topic for its 2013 Students & Government Day, a program to encourage youth participation in community affairs. Selected students will participate in Students & Government Day, which will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Read More (PDF)>>


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

Torrance, Calif., November 20, 2012 - In the spirit of offering ease to shopping the Hawthorne corridor this holiday season, Torrance Transit will once again offer the Torrance community its free annual "Shopper's Special Bus" weekend service.  Beginning on Saturday, November 24, 2012 and continuing through Saturday, December 23, 2012, the Saturday/Sunday service will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bus, decorated in a festive holiday theme for all to enjoy, will stop at the intersections of Carson/Del Amo Circle East; Hawthorne/Del Amo Blvd.; Hawthorne/Talisman St.; Artesia Blvd./Kingsdale Ave.; and Hawthorne/Artesia Blvd.  Transfers will not be sold. For more information Read More (PDF)>>


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Planned Outage Notification

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        535036
Starting at:        November 19, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Ending at:        November 19, 2012 3:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        13
# of Commercial customers affected:        0
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        RAINTREE AVE PL/S 231' WEST OF CRICKLEWOOD ST.

For more locations Read More (PDF) >>


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Torrance CitiCABLE Awarded Two WAVE Awards

Torrance, Calif., Nov.8, 2012 - Torrance CitiCABLE, the government access cable television channel for the City of Torrance, was recently awarded 2 Western Access Video Excellence Awards (WAVE) for their excellence in local programming in the categories of Government and Seniors. The news-style program, "This Week in Torrance" received the award in the Government Category. The winning episode touched on local events and subjects including women voters and high school campus harassment. Read More (PDF) >>


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Planned Outage Notification

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        532652
Starting at:        October 30, 2012 8:30 a.m.
Ending at:        October 30, 2012 5:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        4
# of Commercial customers affected:        0
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        PROSPECT AV & NORTH OF CULDESAC OF FAYE LN

For more Locations Read More (PDF)>>


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Congresswoman Hahn to Deliver State of the Region

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is proud once again to host the annual State of the Region Address being delivered by Congresswoman Janice Hahn.  This will be the Congresswoman's second address to our region and unfortunately the last in coordination with the TACC due to redistricting.  However, nonetheless, TACC is very proud to host the Congresswoman who was elected to Congress in a special election in July of 2011.  Prior to Congress, she served for ten years on the Los Angeles City Council.  She currently holds positions on the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Small Business. Read More (PDF)>>


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TORRANCE TRANSIT KICKS-OFF RAPID AND EXPRESSLANES SERVICES

Torrance, Calif., Oct. 12, 2012 - Torrance Transit will kick off their Rapid and ExpressLanes bus services on Thursday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Del Amo Fashion Center parking lot in front or Macy's on Carson St. in Torrance.  The new Line 4 created as part of Metro's ExpressLanes project on the I-110 Harbor Freeway will provide an express "North to South" service between the South Bay and downtown Los Angeles.  The second new route is the new Line 3 Rapid, an "East to West" rapid bus service that will provide service between the South Bay Galleria and the Long Beach Transit Gallery.  In celebration of the kick-off, Torrance Transit will be offering free rides on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26 on Line 3 Rapid service only. Read More (PDF) >>


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        528673
Starting at:        October 16, 2012 8:30 a.m.
Ending at:        October 16, 2012 5:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        54
# of Commercial customers affected:        4
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        WEST OF 4455 PAC. CST. HWY.

For more locations Read More (PDF) >>


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TORRANCE WELCOMES SISTER CITY DELEGATES FROM KASHIWA, JAPAN

Torrance, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 -On Friday, October 12 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Torrance City Hall., the City of Torrance will welcome delegates from their Sister City, Kashiwa, Japan in celebration of 40 years of Sister City friendship.

The Sister Cities Program was started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to foster world peace through people-to-people contacts. Torrance and the City of Kashiwa, in Japan, became sister cities on February 20, 1973. The Torrance Sister City Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose activities center around the Japanese culture. The Association sponsors a student exchange program each summer, and the Bunka-Sai Cultural Festival each spring. Membership is open to the public. Click to Read PDF


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I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project - Countdown to Closure II

Although we hope drivers will rise to the occasion as they did last year and avoid the Sepulveda Pass during the I-405 closure September 29 and 30, you might want to prepare for lengthy delays.

On the subject of "prepare," whether you stay at home or Eat, Shop and Play locally, Countdown to Closure II is a good time to review your emergency preparedness. Even though National Emergency Preparedness Week was last week, the message to prepare your home and car for an earthquake or fire is worthwhile any week. Read More (PDF) >>


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs.
We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status: Rescheduled
Outage Alert Num: 527043
Starting at: September 26, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Ending at: September 26, 2012 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 23
# of Commercial customers affected: 0
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: CRENSHAW BL. A/W WEST SIDE 75ª NORTH OF
                                    181ST ST. TORRANCE

Outage Status: Scheduled
Outage Alert Num: 527060
Starting at: September 28, 2012 8:30 a.m.
Ending at: September 28, 2012 5:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 168
# of Commercial customers affected: 13
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 1
Outage Boundary: NADINE CR A/S SOUTH SIDE 190ª WEST OF
                                    MAPLE AV


*Please note that the power may be off for the whole period or may be turned off more than once. This planned outage may not begin exactly at the stated start time, and some conditions may cause this planned outage to be postponed. The times noted are our best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above.  For current planned outage status, please visit our website www.sce.com/outage.If you have any questions, please call our toll free customer service line at 1 (800) 611-1911.


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        526924
Starting at:        September 24, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Ending at:        September 24, 2012 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        24
# of Commercial customers affected:        3
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        182ND ST. SOUTH SIDE 505' WEST OF CRENSHAW BL.

For more Planned Outage Notification locations Read More (PDF)>>


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Thousands Gather to Celebrate Torrance's Centennial

Torrance, Calif., Sept. 16, 2012 - On September 16, 2012, the Torrance Community gathered for a Downtown Community Parade culminating with the new Centennial Plaza Dedication and Time Capsule Ceremony. The non-motorized parade started at noon on Post Ave. with the Wells Fargo Stagecoach leading a pack of over 80 parade entries. Torrance High School Bands, Torrance elected officials and local businesses were among the entries.  Read More (PDF)>>

Click to view Centennial Parade Picture >>

Click to view Centennial Plaza Picture >>


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Planned Outage Notification

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs.
We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:
Outage Status: Scheduled
Outage Alert Num: 524973
Starting at: September 18, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Ending at: September 18, 2012 5:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 21
# of Commercial customers affected: 4
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: CARSON ST.A/N 60ªWEST OF ARLINGTON
                                    AVE./TORRANCE

For more location Read More (PDF) >>


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        524631
Starting at:        September 10, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Ending at:        September 10, 2012 3:30 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        0
# of Commercial customers affected:        1
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        MANHATTAN BEACH BL. NORTH SIDE 28ª WEST OF LEMOLI AVE

For more Planned Outage Notification locations: Read More (PDF) >>


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Torrance Welcomes Back Three-Time Olympic Medalist Carmelita Jeter

Torrance, Calif., August 30, 2012 - Olympic gold medalist, Carmelita Jeter will return to her hometown of Torrance, CA to receive the key to the city on Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.in the Council Chambers of Torrance City Hall.

A class of '98 alumna of Bishop Montgomery High School, Jeter will be honored at her alma mater earlier the same day.  City of Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto will present the key to the city at the beginning of the scheduled city council meeting.

In the recent 2012 London Olympics, sprinter Carmelita Jeter brought home a bronze medal in the 200m, silver medal in the 100m, and a gold medal in the 4x100m. Carmelita Jeter is the first athlete to ever medal in both the 100m and 200m race at the Olympics.


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Flags at Half-Staff on Friday, August 31

By executive order, President Obama directed that American flags flying over all government buildings, military posts and naval vessels around the world be flown at half-staff "as a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong" on the day of his burial.  The family has planned a private service for this Friday, August 31, 2012.  Flags shall be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Obama's order, announced in a presidential proclamation released by the White House, came two days after the former astronaut's family announced that he had died at age 82. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was a staunch defender of America's space program.

 


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following: Read More (PDF) >>


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

SCE will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the area. In order to perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power. This outage will allow us to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. We realize this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please advise the appropriate personnel of the following:


Outage Status:        Rescheduled
Outage Alert Num:        518776
Starting at:        August 23, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Ending at:        August 23, 2012 2:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        85
# of Commercial customers affected:        7
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        DOMINGUEZ ST. S/W COR A/WEST OF COTA AVE.  

For more Planned Outage Notification locations read more (PDF) >>


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Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Tuskegee Airman Walter Crenshaw

Torrance, Calif., July 9, 2012 - On Tuesday July 24th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Torrance City Hall,, Torrance resident and surviving Tuskegee Airman Walter Crenshaw, 102 years old, will be presented with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in commemoration for the sacrifices he and the other original Tuskegee Airmen made in defense of our great Nation during World War II. read more (PDF) >>


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Community Cooling Centers

As we enter the summer months, the City of Torrance is prepared to "beat the heat in 2012" at our two cooling center locations.  read more (PDF) >>


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CITY OF TORRANCE BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW CENTENNIAL PLAZA

Torrance, Calif., June 19, 2012 - On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, The City of Torrance broke ground on its new Centennial Plaza at El Prado Park. The Plaza is set to unveil this September. The design of the Centennial Plaza features personalized, commemorative bricks that were purchased by the community.  The site will also be home to a time capsule that reflects the life in Torrance during its centennial year. The time capsule will be buried prior to Centennial Plaza unveiling and is set to be reopened during it bicentennial year, 2112. read more (PDF)>>


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City of Torrance - 2012 State of the City Address

On Thursday, May 24, 2012, Mayor Frank Scotto delivered his 2012 State of the City Address at the Marriott 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) June 6th through July 3rd at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. On July 4th through July 31st, it will cablecast at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 

Click here for the full transcript of Mayor Scotto's 2012 State of the City Address.


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TORRANCE HONORS THE ARMED FORCES AT THE 53RD ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION & PARADE ON MAY 18-20

Torrance, California, April 17, 2012 - Beginning Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces with its 53rd Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade - the City's longest standing tradition. Each year, the City honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Air Force. Grand Marshal, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, will lead the Parade on Saturday, May 19 that will begin at 1:30 p.m. read more (PDF)>>


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HOMETOWN HEROES BANNER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

The Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program recognizes our community's men and women in uniform who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, veterans who have served in the past, or veterans of the past who are now deceased. Please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/HometownHeroes for more information and application.


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CURRENT AND FUTURE IMPACT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AB 109 REALIGNMENT PLAN

On Tuesday, April 10th at 5:30p.m., the City Council hosted a public workshop in Council Chambers on the current and future impact of the criminal justice realignment plan on the City of Torrance. The Torrance Police Department and Orange County Sheriffs Department presented to council the impact of Assembly Bill 109 (AB109). If you missed it, you can watch the workshop here.


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Closure Notice: Bus Stations and HOV lanes along the Harbor Freeway (I-110)

The Metro ExpressLanes Demonstration Project along the Harbor Freeway (I-110) will lessen congestion, improve travel choices, and maximize efficiency on a heavily traveled north-south corridor connecting the South Bay to downtown Los Angeles. The project will provide a new way to move traffic in LA County by converting the existing carpool lanes on I-110 to ExpressLanes. Anticipated project completion is Fall 2012. As part of the continuing construction, the Contractor will install freeway signage, toll gantries, toll equipment, cutting loops and fiber line connections for the toll technology and infrastructure. read more (PDF)>>


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SCE project at Yukon and 405 (February 26, 2012)

Southern California Edison will be finalizing construction of their project located at Yukon and the 405.  As part of the project, the 405 freeway will be shut down on Sunday, February 26 beginning at 6:00 a.m. in 10 minute increments for wire replacement across the freeway.  This should be accomplished within two hours of project start.


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City of Torrance To Televise Simon Property Management Group Initial Plans for Del Amo Fashion Center Redevelopment (February 28, 2012)

TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, February 23, 2012 - On February 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. Simon Property Management Group will meet with Torrance City Council and community members to unveil the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Del Amo Fashion Center. This will be Simon Property Management Groups first presentation on the project and it will be televised prior to the regular scheduled City Council Meeting. The workshop can be viewed live on Torrance CitiCABLE (channel 3 on Time Warner Cable and channel 31 on Verizon FiOS) and online at TorranceCA.Gov. Additional meetings will be scheduled in the second quarter of 2012 at various community sites.


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CITY OF TORRANCE INVITES ALL TORRANCE BUSINESSES TO APPLY FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL TORRANCE ADVANTAGE AWARDS

TORRANCE, Calif., Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - The City of Torrance Office of Economic Development invites all Torrance businesses to apply for the fifth annual Torrance Advantage Awards (TAA) recognizing businesses for their accomplishments in the year 2011. Applications are now available here.

In addition to the crystal TAA trophy, winners will receive $200 to help toward their operational expenses, a Letter of Appreciation from Mayor Frank Scotto, Certificates of Recognition from regional elected officials and will be featured in City's promotional efforts, such as the website, CitiCABLE, and other business-related tools. Winners will be announced at the Torrance Advantage Awards Ceremony to be held on a date to be determined. read more (PDF)>>


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TORRANCE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES GREEN WASTE RECYCLING PROGRAM

TORRANCE, Calif., Monday, January 30, 2012 - On January 24, 2012, the City Council approved the green waste recycling program for all Torrance residents with City Service. Containers and instructions will be delivered over the following 12 months.

Depending on level of service, residential sanitation service fees will increase to either $1.50 or $2.50 a month. The fee increase will enable the Public Works Department to comply with waste reduction regulations mandated by the State.

As part of the new fee structure related to this program, residents can adjust the size of their refuse, recycling and green waste containers as they prefer. All containers are available in 64 or 96 gallon sizes and the monthly fee for collection is based only on the size of the refuse container. read more (PDF)>>


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TORRANCE CITY COUNCIL HONORS PRESTIGIOUS JARED SIDNEY TORRANCE AWARD WINNER AND PRESENTS THE NEW CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD TO THE FIRST HONOREES

TORRANCE, Calif., Monday, January 30, 2012 - Mayor Frank Scotto announced 6 honorees at the recent City Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 24th. Janet Payne, historian, founding member and former President of the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association, received the City's Prestigious Jared Sydney Torrance Award for her lifetime commitment to the community. Mayor Scotto said, "Janet is one of those exceptional people who puts her beliefs into action."

The Mayor also announced the establishment of the Citizens of the Year Award. The award will be given by Torrance City Council each January to recognize citizens who, during the course of the year, perform meritorious service above and beyond that which is expected of a citizen. June Lee & Melissa Wright were recognized for their commitment to recognize three local heroes and dedicate the new Seaside Heroes Park in their honor. Kristen Matsuda, Keith Montoya, and Dee Hardison, former Mayor and a past recipient of the Jared Sydney Torrance Award, were also honored for their work in creating a comprehensive ethics training program to support ethical conduct of candidates in their campaigns for elective office. read more (PDF)>>


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WINNERS NAMED IN TORRANCE COMMUNITY TELEVISION'S 20th ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

TORRANCE, Calif., Friday, Jan. 20, 2011 - Six Torrance producers received coveted prizes at the 20th Annual Torrance Community Television (TCtv) Awards held Friday, January 20th in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center's Toyota Meeting Hall. The awards ceremony, themed "Follow the Yellow Brick Road to TCtv" recognized the efforts of TCtv producers for excellence in television programming, creating original video that was cablecast on Torrance Channel (Time Warner 28 and Verizon FiOS 36 cable systems) throughout the year 2011. read more (PDF)>>


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Torrance Centennial History Minute

Torrance CitiCABLE has served the City of Torrance community for over 25 years.  Beginning November 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. and every Wednesday thereafter, a new program will debut on channel 3 (Time Warner cable) and channel 31 (FiOS TV) covering the rich history of our great city.  The first program answers the question, "Who is Jared Sidney Torrance," our city's founder.  Be sure to tune in and take a "look back and move forward" with us!  If you don't have cable television service, you can click here to watch CitiCABLE.

 

Click here for the Centennial Playback Schedule for January 2012.

Click here for the Centennial Show Archive.


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Lights, Camera, Action Photos (November 9, 2011)

Congratulations to all of the participants at "Lights, Camera, Action" for a successful event!  Click here to view the photograph proofs from this event.  The official photograph(s) will be available for purchase very soon.  Thanks to all of the participants!


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CITY OF TORRANCE NAMED MOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY FINALIST

TORRANCE, Calif., Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced yesterday the finalists for its 2010 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County award. Torrance along with the cities of Burbank, Carson, Glendale, West Covina and Whittier are finalists for the population 60,000 and over category. read more (PDF)>>


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TORRANCE LAUNCHES eNEWSLETTER (September 22, 2011)

TORRANCE, Calif., Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - The City of Torrance will launch the Torrance eNEWSLETTER on Thursday, September 22, 2011. eNEWSLETTER is a weekly publication that will feature events and activities about cultural, library, recreation, and park information. John Jones, Director of Community Services said, "if you want to find out my top five picks for things to do for the upcoming week, you should subscribe to eNewsletter, it's really convenient!" Sign up today and you'll receive the debut issue. read more (PDF)>>

Please click here to get your weekly copy of the Torrance eNEWSLETTER or to view the archive.


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Sentinel Chickens Located at Madrona Marsh Tested Positive for West Nile Virus

TORRANCE, Calif., Thursday, September 15, 2011 - Last month mosquitoes collected at the Madrona Marsh were confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV) by the Los Angeles West Vector Control. Yesterday, two (2) Chickens from the Sentinel Flock tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Although the chickens were infected, the precautions recommended last month have not changed. Residents can protect themselves from WNV by doing the following:

  • By applying repellents containing DEET, picaradin, IR3535, and oil of lemon.
  • Avoid this area during early morning and evening (Mosquitoes primarily bite during this time).
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, repair screens, keep doors and windows tight.

Please click here for more information regarding this event or contact Tracy Drake, Nature Center Manager at (310) 782-3989. read more (PDF)>>


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Night Construction along the 110 Freeway between Adams Boulevard and 182nd Street for 1 year beginning Monday, August 29

The Metro ExpressLanes Demonstration Project along the 110 Harbor Freeway will lessen congestion, improve travel choices, and maximize efficiency on a heavily traveled north-south corridor connecting the South Bay to downtown Los Angeles. The project will provide a new way to move traffic in LA County by converting the existing carpool lanes on the 110 to ExpressLanes. Anticipated project completion is Fall 2012.

As part of the continuing construction, the Contractor will remove current traffic delineation markings and install new temporary traffic lanes that will serve to create construction work zones.  This new configuration will establish safe work areas for the construction workers and equipment. The new traffic lane reconfiguration will take approximately one week to complete beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29 to 6:00 am on Monday, September 5, 2011, weather permitting. Once the construction work zones are created the Contractor will conduct nighttime activities that will impede use of the bus stations along the 110 Harbor Freeway between Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles to 182nd Street in Gardena. This new traffic configuration will be implemented for the duration of one year.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Bus Stations and HOV lanes along the 110 Harbor Freeway will be CLOSED between 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. beginning August 2011 - September 2012.
  • Temporary K-rail installation in the north and south bound directions of the 110 Harbor Freeway.
  • Intermittent construction equipment entering and exiting freeway.
  • Intermittent traffic lane and HOV lane closures on the 10, 105 and 110 freeways.
  • Access will be maintained for the Fire Department and emergency responders at all times.

BUS SERVICE:

  • Silver Line & Line 550 will only stop at Harbor Freeway Green Line Station (Figueroa entrance) & Artesia Transit Center.
  • Line 460 will run nonstop between Norwalk & Downtown LA.
  • For access to all Harbor Transitway stations, shuttles will run from 4 a.m.-6 a.m. along Figueroa Street between Downtown LA & Artesia Transit Center.
  • Alternate service is available on Figueroa via Line 81 and on Broadway via Lines 45 & 745.

For construction related inquiries, please call 213-922-4200 or click here.


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Positive Mosquitoes for West Nile Virus Collected at Madrona Marsh

Mosquitoes collected at the Madrona Marsh were confirmed positive for West Nile virus (WNV) on August 12, 2011 by the State of California. Adult mosquito counts have exceeded 100 per night in the trap located in Section G-9 (Sentinel Chicken Flock Trap) for the last 6 consecutive weeks. People walking along the perimeter of the marsh at night should take the appropriate precautions to protect themselves from being bitten by infected mosquitoes. So far this year, there have been 48 separate zip codes in Los Angeles County that have recorded positive WNV results from either dead birds, trapped adult mosquitoes, or sentinel chicken flocks. Additionally, there are 2 confirmed human cases in Los Angeles County and 10 human cases statewide in California. WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they first feed on birds that carry the virus, and then bite a human or animal.

Residents can protect themselves from WNV by doing the following:

  • DEET - Apply insect repellent according to the label. Repellents containing DEET, picaradin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
  • DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes that carry WNV primarily bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent at this time. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
  • DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained. If you have an ornamental pond, use mosquito fish. You can make arrangements to pick up free mosquito fish at the District by calling 310-915-7370.

The public is encouraged to report dead birds to help with West Nile virus surveillance and control efforts. Dead birds should be reported to the toll-free hotline at 877-WNV BIRD. People infected with WNV can experience a variety of symptoms that may include: no symptoms, West Nile Fever, or West Nile Neuroinvasive disease. Symptoms usually occur 2-15 days after infection. These symptoms may last from several days to several weeks. The West Nile Neuroinvasive disease can lead to long lasting and in some cases permanent damage to the brain. If you have any questions, please contact Robert Saviskas, Executive Director, at 310-915-7370 ext. 223 or at rsaviskas@lawestvector.org.

Click here for additional information about the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District and West Nile virus.


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City of Torrance Local Hazard Mitigation Survey

The City of Torrance Emergency Services is leading a local effort to update the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies natural and human caused hazards throughout the City. It also presents an assessment of critical facilities vulnerable to these hazards. The new and updated plan will list potential actions needed to reduce risk and future damage. Although the plan enables the City to be eligible for various assistance grants, the plan's value really lies in the identification of hazards and helps the City and its residents better prepare for disasters. Your participation can make our community more resilient to a disaster. We know you are busy and respectfully request a few moments of your time to respond to this brief survey. Your responses to this survey will help guide the plan update. Thank you for your time and your valuable input.

Click here for the hazard mitigation plan survey.

Click here for the current hazard mitigation plan.