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Coastal Cleanup Day

WHO:  City of Torrance in coordination with American Honda, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, and Office of Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi

WHAT:   Coastal Cleanup Day: Torrance Beach Cleanup

Torrance participates in the largest volunteer day on the planet, which is coordinated with the Ocean Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors, and Heal the Bay. Volunteers will be picking up trash at Torrance Beach, and will contribute to maintaining cleanliness on our beach. There also will be various activities, raffles, and giveaways. Learn More (PDF)>>


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PLANNED OUTAGE NOTIFICATION

Between September 8 and September 14, 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:            654495
Starting at:           September 8, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Ending at:             September 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.
# of Residential customers affected:            0
# of Commercial customers affected:          3
# of Traffic Control meters affected:            0
Outage Boundary:              HAWTHORNE BLVD. EAST SIDE 100' NORTH OF DEL AMO CIRCLE

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


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FREE WI-FI AT BARTLETT SENIOR CENTER

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014 - The Bartlett Senior Citizens Center located at 1318 Cravens Avenue will provide visitors with free Wi-Fi beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
The Bartlett Center is open daily and provides a full range of programs and services. Activities include special interest classes, weekday hot lunches for a nominal fee, exercise and dance classes, card playing, shuffleboard, pool shooting, lapidary shop, singing groups, and more! 

Call 310-320-5918 for further information. View the (PDF)>>


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Mayor Frank Scotto's 2014 State of the City Address

On May 1st, 2014, the Honorable Mayor Frank Scotto gave his final address to the businesses and residents of Torrance at the annual Mayor's State the City Address. Mayor Scotto reflected on his past eight years as Mayor of Torrance, gave a recap on 2013, and provided a glimpse of what was next for this city. For details on Mayor Frank Scotto's 2014 State of the City Address Read the Transcript or View the Video.


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SAVE THE DATE FOR Mayor Patrick Furey's State of the City

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 the Honorable Mayor Patrick Furey will give his inaugural address at the 2014 State of the City. The event is $40 per person and is open to the public. View the Flyer for more details.


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Torrance City Council Appoints Mike Griffiths to Fill Vacant Council Seat

Torrance, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 - The Torrance City Council appointed Mike Griffiths to City Council Tuesday night to replace Mayor Patrick J. Furey, who left an open council seat when he won the June 3rd, 2014 mayoral election. Griffiths, an IT Management and Financial Manufacturing Resource Planning Software Administrator, ran for a seat in the June 3rd Torrance City Council election. A current Planning Commissioner, he also served 2 terms as a Commissioner on the Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission where he was elected 3 consecutive times as chair. View the Press Release (PDF) >>


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THE CITY OF TORRANCE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF LOUIS ZAMPERINI

Torrance, Calif., July 22, 2014 - The City of Torrance in partnership with the Torrance Historical Society, Torrance Unified School District, Torrance Airport Association, Torrance High School, and the Torrance High School Alumni Association, would like to invite the community to a memorial in honor of Torrance hometown hero, Louis Zamperini who passed away on July 2nd, 2014.

The memorial, open to the public is planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at Torrance High School's Zamperini Stadium (2125 Lincoln Ave.), Zamperini's alma mater. High heel shoes are not permitted on the field, PLEASE WEAR FLAT SHOES. Public parking is available at SoCal ROC (2300 Crenshaw Blvd.). Join us to celebrate the life of Louis Zamperini with airplane flyovers, reflections from Zamperini's family and friends, and a symbolic lap around the track. It will be a true tribute to our hometown hero. View the Press Release (PDF) >> 

For location and parking information View the Public Parking Map and the VIP and Media Parking Map. For additional information on the event view the Press Release (PDF) >>

www.TorranceCA.Gov/PDF/Zamperini_Memorial_2014(1).pdf


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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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City of Torrance and Home Depot Host Carpenter Wagon Arts & Crafts

Torrance, Calif., June 20, 2014 -- The City of Torrance Community Service Department in partnership with The Home Depot will be hosting the Carpenter Wagon this summer. Staff will help children ages 6-14 create a variety of wood craft projects. Parents/Guardians must be present in order for their child to participate. Sessions are limited to 20 participants and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will be taken 10 minutes prior to the start of each session. Participation is limited to one session per child per day.

This program is free and will be offered on Wednesdays at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the following parks:

July 2, 2014:         Paradise Park
July 9, 2014:         Hickory Park
July 16, 2014:       Torrance Park
July 23, 2014:       Sur La Brea Park
July 30, 2014:       Columbia Park
August 6, 2014:   Walteria Park

For more information, please call (310) 618-2930 or visit the Torrance Parks Page...


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Fun In The Sun

Torrance, Calif., June 19, 2014 -The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to stop in for Fun In the Sun at the parks this summer. The program will offer a variety of innovative group based outdoor games designed to stimulate and challenge participants. The program is non-custodial and participants are free to come and go as they please.

This program is free and will be offered on Wednesdays at 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the following parks:

July 1, 2014:   Alta Loma Park  July 3, 2014: Columbia Park
July 8, 2014: Delthorne Park  July 10, 2014: El Retiro Park
July 15, 2014: Hickory Park  July 17, 2014: La Romeria Park
July 22, 2014: McMaster Park  July 24, 2014: Paradise Park
July 29, 2014: Pueblo Park  July 31, 2014: Sur La Brea Park
August 5, 2014: Torrance Park  August 7, 2014: Victor Park
August 12, 2014: Walteria Park   

For more information, please call (310) 618-2930 or visit the Recreation Park Programs


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TORRANCE CitiCABLE AWARDED FOUR STAR AWARDS

Torrance CitiCABLE, the government access cable television channel for the City of Torrance, was recently awarded 4 States of California and Nevada Television Access Recognition (STAR) Awards. This year The SportsDesk took home first place in the Sports Event Coverage Category along with the City's live weekly Council Meeting Coverage in the Public Meetings Category. The June 3rd 2014 Election Promos took home second place in the Election Category and in the Magazine Category, K9 Corner took third place. Continue to the Press Release (PDF) >>


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Planned Outage Notification

Between June 9 - June 15, 2014, 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:        638943
Starting at:        June 9, 2014 9:30 a.m.
Ending at:        June 9, 2014 12:30 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        16
# of Commercial customers affected:        0
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        TOMLEE AV.PL/E 340ªSOUTH OF EMERALD ST./TORRANCE

For more Planned Outage Notification Locations 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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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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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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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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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 Transit Begins Annual Holiday Shopper's Special Free Bus Service

Torrance, Calif., November 19, 2013 - In the spirit of offering ease to shopping the Hawthorne corridor this holiday season, Torrance Transit will again be offering the Torrance community its annual "Shoppers' Special Bus" service.  This year it will begin on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, with continuing "FREE" bus service every Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, December 22, 2013.  The Saturday/Sunday service will operate from approximately 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The bus will be decorated in a festive holiday theme and will stop at the intersections of Carson St./Del Amo Circle Blvd.; Hawthorne Blvd./Carson St. (northbound only); Hawthorne Blvd./Torrance Blvd.; Hawthorne Blvd./Del Amo Blvd.; Hawthorne Blvd./Talisman St.; 182nd St./Hawthorne Blvd. (southbound only).; South Bay Galleria Transit Center; and Hawthorne Blvd./Artesia Blvd. (southbound only).  This is a free service and transfers will not be sold. 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:        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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City of Lomita hosts community meeting to discuss improvements affecting Torrance Drivers

City of Lomita hosts community meeting to discuss improvements on Crenshaw/Lomita interesection. Read More (PDF)>>


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Western Half of Columbia Park will be closed Monday, May 20 -October 1, 2013

Beginning Monday, May 20 and continuing until October 1, 2013, the western half of Columbia Park will be closed for a major renovation of the soccer fields. There will be no access to the walking paths or the parking lot on the 186th side during this time period, but staff encourage joggers or walkers to create a temporary path along the fence line to connect to the walking path. The chain link fence which is known as the "bowl or pit" will be fenced off also during this time period.

We apologize for any  inconvenience this causes, but feel confident that this renovation will result in a much better playing environment for all who use and play on these fields. Please continue to enjoy the rest of the park, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.


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Hawthorne Blvd. Crack Sealant Application

Torrance, Calif., May 10, 2013-- On Saturday, May 11, 2013 street crews will be applying crack sealant on Hawthorne Blvd north and south bound 1 & 2 lanes from Carson to Sepulveda.Read More (PDF) >>


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See Something, Say Something

Torrance, Calif, Aug. 13, 2013 - The Torrance Police Department has produced an informational documentary educating citizens about Assembly Bill 109 (Early Prisoner Release).  The video will share how you can safe guard your community through Neighborhood Watch.  View this informational documentary video at http://www.safeandsecuretorrance.com/


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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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Torrance City Council Appoints Kurt Weideman to Fill Vacant Council Seat

Torrance, Calif., July 24, 2013 - The Torrance City Council appointed a new memberTuesday night to replace Susan M. Rhilinger, who resigned due to health issues.  The council selected Kurt Weideman, former Chairman of the El Camino College Bond Oversight Committee and Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation President; and current Torrance Historical Society President.  Weideman was also a current Commissioner on the Torrance Planning Commission, and resigned his commissioner duties just before taking his oath on City Council. Read More (PDF)>>


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Torrance City Council Honors David Sargent and Toni Sargent with Prestigious Jared Sidney Torrance Award

Torrance, Calif., July 23, 2013 - On Tuesday, July 23rd, during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Frank Scotto presented the Jared Sidney Torrance Award for lifetime commitment to the community to David Sargent and Toni Sargent for their individual contributions to the City of Torrance.  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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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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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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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:        537426
Starting at:        November 27, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Ending at:        November 27, 2012 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        82
# of Commercial customers affected:        12
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        170TH ST & W/O ALLEY E/O DELIA AV

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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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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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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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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I-405 Freeway Closure II

To help explain whys and wherefores of Closure II weekend, Metro has produced a lively and colorful video. Running 2 minutes and 14 seconds, the video explains the limits of the closures, the importance of Mulholland Bridge reconstruction, and asks for the public's help in making the second I-405 closure as uneventful as the first. Be warned that it has no dancing traffic cones nor animated rebar.

The video can be viewed here.


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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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Planned Power Outage Notification

Southern California Edison (SCE) will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the areas listed below. In order to perform this work safely, electric service must be temporarily interrupted and power must be turned off. This outage will allow SCE to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and your understanding is appreciated as SCE works to increase system reliability for the future.

Outage Alert Num: 508094
Outage Starting on: June 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Outage Ending on: June 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 98
# of Commercial customers affected: 9
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: 162nd south side 185 east of Van Ness

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 the best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above. If you have any questions, please call the SCE toll free customer service line at 1-800-611-1911.

Please click here  for current planned outage status.


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Planned Power Outage Notification

Southern California Edison (SCE) will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the areas listed below. In order to perform this work safely, electric service must be temporarily interrupted and power must be turned off. This outage will allow SCE to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and your understanding is appreciated as SCE works to increase system reliability for the future.

Outage Alert Num: 512919
Outage Starting on: July 10, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Outage Ending on: July 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 58
# of Commercial customers affected: 0
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: SEPULVEDA BL.S/W COR. GRAMERCY AVE.

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 the best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above. If you have any questions, please call the SCE toll free customer service line at 1-800-611-1911.

Please click here  for current planned outage status.


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MISLEADING PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION MAILERS AGAIN OFFERING LOWER ASSESSMENTS - AT A HIGH PRICE

The Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor reminds homeowners to be on the lookout for scam mailers from private companies offering to file assessment reduction claims for a hefty fee - a decline-in-value review done for free by the Office of the Assessor and usually without any request or appeal from the owner.

As the tax collector mails out bills this month, so, too, are private companies sending out their often-times official-looking offers to implement a review procedure for fees of $150 or more. This pays the company to file a simple one-page form available at no cost on our website at http://assessor.lacounty.gov/  or by calling any of our offices. The website also provides information about decline-in-value reviews. Read More (PDF) >>

For an example of the mailer from priavate companies Click Here


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Construction Notice for Western Avenue

Western Ave

On Friday August 24, 2012 north bound lanes, and two south bound lanes will be closed to traffic. South bound Lane #3 will be open to traffic. Paving of Western Ave  north of Del Amo Bl for approximately 260 feet, north of Toyota's South Campus Drive for approximately 200 feet(paving is from curb to curb) and paving of the new trenches from Del Amo Bl to 190th Street. Working hours are 9:00pm - 5:00am. If paving is incomplete on Friday then work will resume on Saturday night at the same hours.

Please drive safely and use alternate routes.

Thank You!


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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.

Outage Status: Scheduled
Outage Alert Num: 519753
Starting at: August 20, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Ending at: August 20, 2012 2:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 44
# of Commercial customers affected: 1
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 1
Outage Boundary: 166TH ST NORTH SIDE 116ª WEST OF HAAS 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 http://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.

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        518776
Starting at:        August 13, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Ending at:        August 13, 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. TORRANCE

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        518612
Starting at:        August 13, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Ending at:        August 13, 2012 2:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        51
# of Commercial customers affected:        6
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        TORRANCE BL A/N NORTH SIDE 150ª EAST OF BEECH, TORRANCE

Outage Status:        Scheduled
Outage Alert Num:        518817
Starting at:        August 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Ending at:        August 14, 2012 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected:        2
# of Commercial customers affected:        0
# of Traffic Control meters affected:        0
Outage Boundary:        2318 W. 255TH ST.


*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 http://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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Southern California Edison: Heat Storm Information

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Aug. 9, 2012- As high temperatures continue in the region today, Southern California Edison (SCE) urges customers to conserve energy and has crews available to respond to possible power outages due to wear on equipment.

With the heat wave continuing, SCE will postpone a number of planned outages, but will continue to conduct some critical planned outages in its service territory. Conducting these critical planned outages helps lessen the possibility of equipment failure; unplanned outages last longer and affect more customers. Read More (PDF) >>

For details on Nationwide Flex Alert: Read More (PDF) >>

For details on Summer Readiness Hot Weather Safety Tips: Read More (PDF) >>


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LASD : HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff

As most residents of Los Angeles County may already be aware, a Magnitude 4.1 earthquake centered 1 mile North, to North West from the city of Yorba Linda in Orange County was recorded this morning at 9:33AM (USGS http://on.doi.gov/OMbjEv) as well as a magnitude 4.4 earthquake which struck 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, 2 miles north-northeast of Yorba Linda. Although it was felt in through various parts of Los Angeles County, currently the LASD reports no significant damage.

However, the LASD reminds the citizens of Los Angeles County that with this incident fresh in our memories, this would be a great time to prepare for a major earthquake.

The following information has been provided for reference: read more (PDF) >>


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Advisory: So Cal Edison Urges Customers to Conserve, Gives Tips, as High Temperatures are Forecast

News Release - Southern California Edison- With high temperatures forecast in many parts of Southern California today and throughout the week, Southern California Edison (SCE) is urging customers to conserve power.

SCE anticipates having sufficient resources to meet forecast electricity demand. But with energy use rising during extreme heat conditions, conservation can provide an added reserve should an unexpected power emergency occur, such as mechanical problems affecting a major power plant or wildfires shutting down a major transmission system. Conservation also helps minimize the impact on the distribution system when customers use energy around-the-clock.

Conservation helps customers keep their bills lower during high temperatures - bills can increase up to 30 percent for residential customers who use air conditioning. Conservation also helps reduce stress on the overall electrical system.

SCE recommends that customers: 

read more (PDF)>>


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Planned Power 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.

Outage Alert Num: 517971
Outage Starting on: August 9, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Outage Ending on: August 9, 2012 6:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 73
# of Commercial customers affected: 0
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: 180TH PL. PL/N & WEST OF ARLINGTON AVE TORRANCE

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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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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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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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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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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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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"Seniors Don't Be Scammed!" - Preventing Elder Abuse (February 21, 2012)

The Torrance Police Department and the Torrance Community Services Department will present "Seniors Don't Be Scammed!" - Preventing Elder Abuse on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room located at 3301 Torrance Blvd.  Torrance Seniors, caregivers, family & friends are invited to learn about the latest scams.  Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is necessary.  Resource information will be available from the NTVCC (National Telemarketing Victim Call Center), KEEP-SAFE, H.E.L.P., Torrance Library's WOW - Words on Wheels Program, Torrance Senior Programs, and Torrance Focal Point on Aging - Information and Referral.  For more information contact T.P.D. Community Affairs at (310) 618-5735 or click here for an informative flyer.


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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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Planned Power Outage Notification (February 6, 2012)

Southern California Edison (SCE) will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the areas listed below. In order to perform this work safely, electric service must be temporarily interrupted and power must be turned off. This outage will allow SCE to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and your understanding is appreciated as SCE works to increase system reliability for the future.

Outage Starting on: February 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Outage Ending on: February 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 53
Outage Boundary: GRAMERCY PL., SAINT ANDREWS PL., 178TH ST., 180TH PL., 182ND ST., 183RD ST.

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 the best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above. If you have any questions, please call the SCE toll free customer service line at 1-800-611-1911. For current planned outage status, please click here.


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TORRANCE ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR'S ESSAY QUESTION FOR STUDENTS & GOVERNMENT DAY GEARED TOWARD EIGHTH GRADERS

TORRANCE, Calif., Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - The City of Torrance announces new topic for its 2012 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 1, 2012.

The City of Torrance encourages all eighth graders to apply for participation by submitting a 100-150 word essay on the prompt: "The City of Torrance is celebrating its Centennial (100th Birthday) in 2012. You are a student in 2012 and are traveling back in time to 1912. What one person or item would you take with you and how would that make a difference in your life?" Applicants are required to submit their student involved idea for a new civic project involving students that could benefit the Torrance community. Information and forms are available at local schools and here. Application deadline is Wednesday, February 22, 2012. 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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Southern California Edison Planned Power Outage (January 24, 2012)

Southern California Edison (SCE) will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the City of Torrance.  In order to perform this work safely, SCE must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power.  This outage will allow SCE to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs.  SCE realizes this temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience and appreciates your understanding as they work to increase system reliability for the future.

Please be advised of the following:

Starting on: January 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
Ending on: January 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 179
# of Commercial customers affected: 1
Outage Boundary: 230th Place, 100 feet north and 980 feet west of Crenshaw Boulevard.

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 the best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above.  For current planned outage status, visit www.sce.com/outage.  Please call SCE's toll free customer service line at 1(800) 611-1911 if you have any questions.


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Night Construction between 33rd Street and 35th Street in the vicinity of Hope Street (January 9 - February 6, 2012)

As part of the Los Angeles County Congestion Reduction Demonstration Program along the I-110 and I-10 freeways, Metro's Contractor is continuing with the installation of conduit as a means of providing power at numerous locations.  This work must be performed in order to place the conduit underground.  Upon completion of the installation of the conduit, each trench will be back filled, and returned to pre-existing conditions.

WHAT:  Trench Excavation and Conduit Installation

WHEN:  Work will begin as early as Monday, January 9, 2012 and will continue through February 6, 2012. Night work hours scheduled approximately between 9:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m, Monday - Sunday, weather permitting

WHERE:  In the vicinity of Hope St., between 33rd St. and 35th St., Los Angeles

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Intermittent lane closures for the installation of conduit.
  • One lane for through traffic will remain open in each direction at all times.
  • Flaggers and traffic control signs will be placed during the construction activity.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
  • Open trenches will be plated at the end of the workday.
  • Access will be maintained for the Fire Department & emergency responders at all times.
  • Parking restrictions will be implemented in the immediate area of the construction zone.
  • Accessibility to homes and businesses will be maintained.

For construction related inquiries call 213-922-4200, visit www.metro.net/expresslanes or www.facebook.com/expresslanes or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/expresslanes.


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Happy New Year!

The City of Torrance wishes you a truly Happy New Year!  City Hall will be closed Friday, December 30 and Monday, January 2.


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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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TORRANCE ENHANCES ON-LINE BUSINESS PROFILE LISTING

TORRANCE, Calif., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - The City of Torrance announces its newly enhanced on-line business listing today.  Torrance businesses have been able to add their business profile on www.TorranceCA.Gov for over 15 years, and now they can participate in an even better webpage.  Designed to help the Torrance business community get discovered, the enhanced features include, among other elements, improved layout, flexible data entry, faster search and a better look and feel.  The business listing page offers a dynamic up-to-date listing of active licenses.  The new features include location mapping, social media links, mobile-friendly display, and search engine optimization.

The enhanced on-line business profile listing is no cost to Torrance based businesses with a current business license.  It's great for those that don't currently have a website, and it's easy to use.  Torrance businesses can go here and activate their profile today!  Click here for more information.

Torrance Business On-line Listing is a service offered by the City of Torrance - Office of Economic Development.  For questions or comments, contact our office at EconomicDevelopment@TorranceCA.Gov.


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Full 710 Freeway Closure Scheduled for 10 Weekends Continuing in September and October

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct ten weekends of 53-hour Extended Closures and Full Freeway Closures on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) as part of the Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to Atlantic Boulevard in the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, South Gate and Downey.

EXTENDED WEEKEND CLOSURES are scheduled for the following weekends:

  • September: 23-26; 30-October 3
  • October: 7-10; 14-17

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES will occur in both directions and twice during each weekend on:

  • Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Saturday at 6 a.m.
  • And again on Sunday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Each Extended Weekend Closure begins on Friday night at midnight with a six-hour (12:01 to 6 a.m.) FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE to install moveable median barriers. When the freeway re-opens to traffic on Saturday at 6 a.m., the median barriers will guide all motorists to shift to the northbound side of the freeway. This allows construction crews to work on southbound I-710 and motorists to continue their commutes throughout the weekend using a reduced number of available lanes. Then, on Sunday at 11 p.m., another FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE will be in place to remove the temporary moveable median barrier in time for the Monday morning commute.


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UPCOMING MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AT CRENSHAW BOULEVARD AND CARSON STREET

Starting Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., we will begin work to repair the pavement within the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard at Carson Street. The work will require the closure of Carson Street at the intersection and lane reductions and turn restrictions on Crenshaw Boulevard. There will be 5 flashing message signs to inform drivers of the work. The schedule and traffic impacts are listed below.

SCHEDULE:

  • Wednesday, September 28 - 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29 - 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 2 - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS:

  • Crenshaw Blvd:  Northbound and southbound traffic each will be reduced from three travel lanes to one. Turns onto Carson St. will be prohibited, when needed.
  • Carson St:  Eastbound and westbound traffic will be prohibited from crossing Crenshaw Blvd. Turns onto Crenshaw Blvd. will be prohibited, when needed.

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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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National Weather Service to Conduct Tsunami Warning Communications Test along U.S. West Coast (September 21, 2011)

NOAA's National Weather Service will conduct a limited communications test of the tsunami warning system in the coastal areas of California, Oregon, and Washington on Wednesday, September 21, between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, located in Palmer, Alaska, will broadcast a special test tsunami warning message, clearly labeled as a test. Upon receipt of the test message, National Weather Service offices responsible for western coastal areas will broadcast a brief message via NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards describing the purpose of the test, using the required monthly test code. If there is excessive seismic activity on the day of the test, it will be cancelled. Officials will evaluate the success of the test and correct any problems that are identified. Media responsible for relaying emergency information may relay the test information. The general public can participate in the test by monitoring NOAA Weather Radio and providing feedback online here.

NOAA Weather Radio is a direct and immediate source of weather information, including life-saving warnings, from your local National Weather Service forecast office and for civil emergency messages issued by local authorities. Radios are available through online retailers, electronic retail stores, marine supply stores and mail order catalogs. Prices vary by model and available options, and typically range between $20 and $80. NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA's National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit them online here and on Facebook, Twitter and their other social media channels.

Please click here for NOAA's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, and click here for the NOAA Tsunami portal.


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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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Torrance Commemorates 10th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

TORRANCE, Calif., Tuesday, September 8, 2011 - Joining cities nationwide, the City of Torrance will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with a brief remembrance on Sunday, September 11, 2011, 9:30 a.m. in front of City Hall (3031 Torrance Boulevard).  The brief event will include some remarks from Mayor Scotto, and special remarks from representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Catholic Faith traditions in a sign of unity. Together with attendees, they will observe the sounding of sirens and a moment of silence in remembrance of fallen heroes. The September 11th attacks significantly impacted the way communities, such as Torrance, provide protection. read more (PDF)>>


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Planned Power Outage Notification (September 28, 2011)

Southern California Edison (SCE) will soon be performing maintenance on the electrical system in the areas listed below. In order to perform this work safely, electric service must be temporarily interrupted and power must be turned off. This outage will allow SCE to upgrade aging infrastructure, make needed improvements, and complete other repairs. This temporary service interruption may cause some inconvenience, and your understanding is appreciated as SCE works to increase system reliability for the future.

Outage Starting on: September 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.
Outage Ending on: September 28, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
# of Residential customers affected: 133
# of Commercial customers affected: 3
# of Traffic Control meters affected: 0
Outage Boundary: 5400-5500 BLKS OF 190TH ST.

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 the best estimate and circumstances may affect both the start time and the completion time indicated above. If you have any questions, please call the SCE toll free customer service line at 1-800-611-1911.

Please click here for current planned outage status.


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City of Torrance Changes Web Address to www.TorranceCA.Gov

TORRANCE, Calif., June 26, 2009 - The City of Torrance announces its new web address and domain name (URL) - www.TorranceCA.Gov/ as a step toward providing the community with clear, convenient and easy means of accessing City information.  Starting July 1, 2009, everyone can access the City of Torrance website through this new address. In addition, and all emails to City contacts will also use the new domain "Name@TorranceCA.Gov." read more (PDF)>>


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CITY OF TORRANCE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2010 CENSUS COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE

TORRANCE, Calif., June 12, 2009 - The City of Torrance invites community members interested in becoming part of the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee to apply.  The 2010 Census Complete Count Committee is a volunteer committee established to increase awareness about the 2010 Census and motivate residents in the community to respond.  Its mission is to influence every member of the jurisdiction to complete the 2010 Census questionnaire in a timely and accurate manner.  Anyone who is interested in the importance of an accurate 2010 Census Count is welcome to apply.  Applicants need not be Torrance residents in order to be considered.  The deadline to apply is July 17, 2009.  Click here for the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee Application.


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CITY OF TORRANCE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE TORRANCE CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE

TORRANCE, Calif., May 28, 2009 - In 2012, the City of Torrance will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary!  The City of Torrance invites members of the community to apply to become a member of the Torrance Centennial Committee established by the City Council on May 19, 2009.  The Torrance Centennial Committee will be responsible for planning and recommending fun-filled and educational events and activities in celebration of the City's first 100 years, which is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2012, and will culminate on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  Individuals who have been involved with the Torrance community are welcome to apply.  Applicants need not be Torrance residents in order to be considered.  The deadline to apply is August 4, 2009.  Click here for the Torrance Centennial Committee Application.


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Mayor Scotto's 2009 State of the City Address

TORRANCE, Calif., May 21, 2009 - On Thursday, May 21, 2009, Mayor Frank Scotto presented his 2009 State of the City Address at the Torrance Marriott.  Click HERE for a transcript of Mayor Scotto's 2009 State of the City Address, and click HERE for the video recording.  Mayor Scotto's recorded 2009 State of the City Address will begin cablecasting on Torrance CitiCABLE Channel 3, June 10th through July 7th at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.; and July 8th through August 4th at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.


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City of Torrance launches citywide Twitter Account (April 30, 2009)

To help keep our community informed of important issues, the City of Torrance launched a citywide Twitter account today.  Please "follow" us at http://twitter.com/TorranceCA to stay in touch.


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City Surveys

The City of Torrance is exploring ways that members of the community may be able to communicate with the City.  Please take a brief survey that will help us determine other tools of communication that we may offer in the future.  Click HERE to take the survey.  Thank you.  Your participation is truly appreciated.


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CITY OF TORRANCE LAUNCHES WEBPAGE IN CELEBRATION OF THE UPCOMING 100TH ANNIVERSARY

TORRANCE, Calif., March 26, 2009 - The City of Torrance has launched a preliminary webpage to serve as a location for distribution of information related to the upcoming Torrance Centennial celebrations.  Site visitors are encouraged to submit photos, film, or videos relevant to the history of Torrance in anticipation of the City's 100th anniversary celebration.


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SCAM ALERT FOR UNNEEDED SERVICE

TORRANCE, Calif., February 18, 2009 - Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach has issued an alert regarding private companies that are mass-mailing Los Angeles County and the State with official looking letters that charge property owners an unreasonable fee to file a "Decline in Value Reassessment Application (Prop 8)".  These solicitation letters are formatted in a way that could mislead people to believe that they are from the County.  In addition, these letters can confuse homeowners into paying as much as $179 to file for a Prop. 8 Decline in Value Review when the assessor may be doing this already and/or the homeowner can easily file for free.  Click here for Assessor Auerbach's press release regarding these "scam" letters.  Click here to visit the Los Angeles County Assessor's website for more information.


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The City of Torrance is Rated One of the Safest Cities in the United States

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - According to the most recent survey for 2008, the City of Torrance is the 4th safest city in Los Angeles County and the 23rd safest city in the United States with populations over 100,000.  As they have done since 1999, CQ Press has completed their annual report of the safest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States.  These rankings are calculated by using six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.  The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the categories noted.  In addition, it reports that the crime rate for Torrance is well below the national average.  In this study of 378 cities, the national average was weighted at 100.  The City of Torrance came in at 43.98, or 56 points below the national average.  Please click here for more information.


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New California laws for 2009 (January 1, 2009)

Click here for a partial list of new laws going into effect in California on January 1, 2009.

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Main Street Stimulus Plan

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2008 - On November 18, 2008, the Torrance City Council concurred with the United States Conference of Mayors' (USCM) Main Street Stimulus Plan.  This plan allows for local control of funds to stimulate the economy and bring jobs to the local community.  There are ten "Main Street Stimulus" programs that will immediately create jobs, improve infrastructure, and have lasting economic and environmental impacts.  In the first of a series of reports by the USCM that inventory each city's 'ready-to-go' infrastructure projects - projects that could be started and completed in calendar year 2009 if emergency federal funding were made available, 153 cities of all sizes in all regions of the country identified a total of 4,591 infrastructure projects costing a total of $24.4 billion that would create more than a quarter of a million jobs.  This initial report of city infrastructure projects validates the USCM's recommendations to Congress for direct emergency stimulus funds that cities can invest immediately in job creation, small business activity and lasting infrastructure improvements for Main Street America.  In light of the challenges of the current economic situation, the Torrance City Council supports this effort to help ensure that concerns of local communities are considered, and their security and stability undiminished.  The City of Torrance would like to encourage all Torrance businesses to support the Main Street Stimulus Plan and to share this information with other members of the community.  To view the plan, please go to http://www.usmayors.org/.


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New Audible Pedestrian Signals in Torrance

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2008 - New audible pedestrian push buttons have been installed at the intersection of 231st Street and Arlington Avenue.  The equipment is programmed to emit a "cuckoo" walk sound for crossing in the north/south direction and to emit a "peep-peep" walk sound for crossing in the east/west direction in order to comply with the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD).  The CA MUTCD is a reference for determining the type and appropriate use of all traffic control devices to ensure consistency in types and applications.

When these audible pedestrian push buttons were first installed, the equipment was programmed to emit verbal "walk" and "don't walk" commands, instead of "beeps."   A few days after the initial programming, the sounds were reprogrammed to comply with the CA MUTCD guidelines.  At that time, residents and pedestrians were informed of the sound change.  The "beep" sounds are consistent with the audible pedestrian push buttons in operation at the Caltrans-maintained intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and 230th Street, as well as other installations in the surrounding areas.  Contrary to the verbal commands given only in English, the "cuckoo" and "peep-peep" sounds  are universal and international sounds understood by people of all languages, presenting an important benefit to Torrance residents and visitors.


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Launch of the New Torrance Events Calendar

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008 - On September 23, 2008, the City of Torrance officially launched the new Torrance Events Calendar on the Torrance citywide website.  The Torrance Events Calendar is a new service and tool to help improve the quality of life in the City of Torrance.  This comprehensive calendar will provide the community and worldwide visitors with a resource for Torrance-based meetings, events, and activities.  Presently, the Calendar is populated with City-hosted events, and all Torrance-based nonprofit groups and organizations are encouraged to submit information about their events for inclusion in the Calendar.  With the click of a mouse, the community can now discover everything that is happening in the City of Torrance.  Everyone is invited to visit the Torrance Events Calendar at www.torrnet.com/events, which is linked to the bottom of every page in the citywide website, under the heading Events Calendar, and also at the top of every page, listed inside the "Quick Links" drop down menu.  For Torrance-based nonprofit groups that are interested in submitting their events for inclusion in the Calendar, please click here for information on how to submit an event.  If you have any questions, please email the Calendar Administrator at TorranceCalendar@torrnet.com.


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ANIMAL CONTROL SAFETY ADVISEMENT

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 10, 2008 - During business hours on September 9, 2008, the Torrance Police Department's Animal Control received four phone calls regarding two coyotes being sighted in the area of Crest Road and Highcliff Road.  The animals were reportedly seen during the pre-dawn hours in the neighborhood. One caller reported that a cat had been attacked and killed.

Residents in that area need to be aware of these reports and are encouraged to keep children and pets in-doors during the early morning hours when these animals may be roaming.  Any sightings should be immediately reported to the Torrance Police Department's Animal Control Office at (310) 618-3850 between 7:30 am - 5:00 pm or, after hours, to the Police Department at (310) 328-3456.  In the event of an incident which may endanger public safety, the public is asked to call 911 immediately.


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City of Torrance Sadly Announces the Passing of Former Torrance City Councilwoman Gene Drevno (September 2, 2008)

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2008 - With sadness and joyous memories, the City of Torrance announces the passing of former Councilwoman Gene Drevno on Monday, September 1, 2008 after battling cancer. Gene Drevno passed away surrounded by her nine children, grandchildren and close friends. She was 78 years old. read more (PDF)>>


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RECALL INFORMATION

American toy company Mattel is recalling millions of toys made in China that may pose dagners to children.  Recalled toys such as the Polly Pocket Sets, may contain either high levels of lead paint or may have tiny magents that can be swallowed.  Earlier, consumers were also warned of toxic lead found in Mattel's Fisher Price Brand Toys such as toys of feature characters from shows like "Dora the Explorer" and "Sesame Street." To check on specific recalled items, visit http://www.recalls.gov/.


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Oversized Vehicle & Trailers Oversized Vehicles and Trailers Registration & Permits for Public Parking

The City of Torrance began registering oversized vehicles and trailers in January of 2007.  As of July 1, 2007 only registered oversized vehicles and/or trailers with activated daily paperless parking permits are allowed to be parked on public streets.  There are also provisions for residents who are hosting visitors traveling in an oversized vehicle or trailer.  The resident registration stickers are available at the Community Development Department (CDD), and  the daily paperless parking  permits can be pre-purchased at the CDD or the Torrance Police Department (TPD) when City hall is closed.  The daily paperless parking permits can be activated by calling the TPD at (310) 618-5636.

Please visit our updated website here for more information.  If you have any questions or need clarification about registration stickers or daily paperless parking permits, please feel free to contact the Transportation Planning Division of the Community Development Department at (310) 618-5990 or via email at cddtraffic@torrnet.com.  If you have questions about parking enforcement, please contact the Traffic Division of the Torrance Police Department at (310) 618-5557.