Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Assistance

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Grievance Procedure for the City of Torrance for Complaints Arising
Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990



It is the policy of the City of Torrance to provide access to its facilities, programs, services and activities, for persons with disabilities in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") of 1990, as amended. The City of Torrance has adopted a grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") of 1990.

I. Requests Related to City Facilities, Programs, Services or Activities
A. The City of Torrance will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City's programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

B. The City of Torrance will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. The ADA does not require the City of Torrance to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, impose an undue financial or administrative burden upon the City, or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of the public.

C. (1) Modification of Policies or Procedures to Participate In A Program, Service or Activity, Auxiliary Aids or Services for Effective Communication

Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of the City of Torrance, can contact the office of the Citywide ADA Coordinator:

Terri ConnaughtonADA Coordinator
City of Torrance
3031 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 618-2950, Fax: (310) 618-2927
ADA@TorranceCA.Gov


Any request related to a specific scheduled event must be made at least 3 business days[1] before the scheduled event.

(2) Accommodation Regarding Auxiliary Aids or Services for Effective Communication, or Access to City Facilities, Programs, Services or Activities
General requests for accommodation concerning an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or access to City facilities, programs, services or activities can also be made to the handling department directly. Any requests made directly to the handling department will be forwarded to the Citywide ADA Coordinator, who shall oversee the City's response. Requests can also be made directly to the handling department as follows:

CITY CLERK

The City Clerk's office is responsible for ensuring the legislative process, including elections and City Council meetings, are open and public. The City Clerk provides access to public information and records. Claims against the City also are submitted to the City Clerk.
E-mail: ADACityClerk@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 618-2870, Fax: (310) 618-2931

CITY TREASURER
The City Treasurer is responsible for creation and implementation of investment policy, investing of all municipal funds, and daily monitoring of surplus funds. The City Treasurer manages all banking relations and activity including funds held with our Fiscal Agents and the administration of the City's Employees Deferred Compensation Plans. The City Treasurer's Office is responsible for receipting all revenue activity.
E-mail: ADACityTreasurer@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 618-5801, Fax: (310) 618-2907

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Community Development is responsible for the management of all City building and planning activities including building permits, environmental, downtown Torrance, engineering permits and records, housing activities, GIS, mapping and survey information.
E-mail: ADACDD@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 618-5990, Fax: (310) 618-5829

COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Community Services Department provides a wide range of recreation and social programs by way of the Cultural Arts Center, Libraries, City Parks, Bartlett Senior Center, Farmers' Market, afterschool clubs, aquatic classes, youth camps, boutiques, Turkey Trot and Madrona Marsh.
E-mail: ADACommunityServices@TorranceCA.Gov (for all other Community Services)
Phone: (310) 618-2930, Fax: (310) 618-7598

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Torrance Fire Department is dedicated to protecting the community and providing for Life Safety, Environmental Protection and Property Conservation through Education, Hazard Reduction and Emergency Response.
ADAFire@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 781-7000, Fax: (310) 781-7030


GENERAL SERVICES
The General Services Department is responsible for Airport Administration, City building maintenance, Fleet Services and Cultural Arts Administration.
E-mail: ADAGeneralServices@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 781-7140, Fax: (310) 781-7199

POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Torrance Police Department’s mission is to preserve public safety and quality of life within the City of Torrance. The Department's primary concern is community safety.
E-mail: ADAPoliceDepartment@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 328-3456, Fax: (310) 618-5532

PUBLIC WORKS
The Public Works Department is a service department maintaining the City's infrastructure (i.e. streets; curbs, gutters and sidewalks; blue curbs and parking; trees; median irrigation and landscaping; traffic signals; and water, sewer and storm drain systems). Public Works also provides water and sanitation services to the City.

E-mail: ADAPublicWorks@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 781-6900, Fax: (310) 781-6902

TRANSIT
The Transit Department (Torrance Transit) is a municipally operated transit system in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Torrance Transit directly operates a network of eleven fixed bus routes serving the City of Torrance and the neighboring cities of Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
E-mail: ADATransit@TorranceCA.Gov
Phone: (310) 618-6930, Fax: (310) 618-6229

II. Complaints Related to City Facilities, Programs, Services or Activities
Complaints concerning access to City facilities, programs, services or activities should be addressed to the City's designated Citywide ADA Coordinator:

Terri Connaughton
ADA Coordinator
City of Torrance
3031 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 618-2950, Fax: (310) 618-2927
ADA@TorranceCA.Gov

A.   A complaint may be filed in writing or, when requested as an accommodation, in another format (including by telephone) that accommodates the constituent's disability. The complaint should provide the constituent's name, address and phone number, a detailed description of the incident, barrier or condition, the location, date and time of the incident. The constituent may use the ADA Title II Complaint/Assistance Form found on the City's website.

B.   Upon receipt of a complaint with all of the information required under subsection II. A, the City's designated Citywide ADA Coordinator may provide the appropriate departmental manager(s), director(s) or supervisor(s) with a copy of the complaint. Depending on the nature of the grievance, either the Citywide ADA Coordinator or the Department will conduct an investigation. The Department may seek assistance of the Citywide ADA Coordinator or the City Attorney to investigate and respond to the complaint. These rules contemplate informal but thorough investigations that afford the constituent a thorough review and appropriate response.

C.  Within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the complaint with all of the information required under subsection II. A, a written response will be sent to the constituent.

D. The Citywide ADA Coordinator will maintain a file relating to each complaint and the response thereto for three years.

E. The constituent can request an appeal of the Citywide ADA Coordinator's decision if he or she is dissatisfied with the resolution. The request for appeal should be addressed to the Citywide ADA Coordinator in writing, or when requested by the constituent as an accommodation, in an alternative format accessible to the constituent, within 10 business days of the issuance of the City's response to the complaint.

F. The Citywide ADA Coordinator will inform the designated ADA Appeals Officer of the request for appeal. The ADA Appeals Officer will then advise the constituent that he or she may submit any additional information for the ADA Appeals Officer's consideration within 15 business days. The ADA Appeals Officer may, at his or her discretion, hold an in person meeting with the constituent. The ADA Appeals Officer will then make his or her determination after reviewing all of the evidence presented. The ADA Appeals Officer's response must be approved by the City Manager prior to being sent to the constituent. The response shall be provided within 60 business days of the City's receipt of the request for appeal. If the constituent is dissatisfied with the response of the ADA Appeals Officer, he or she may contact either the U.S. Department of Justice or seek private counsel.

G. This Grievance Procedure will be posted in prominent locations in major City facilities. Upon request, it will be made available in alternative formats by contacting the Citywide ADA coordinator at the address set forth above.

H. These rules will be construed to protect the substantive rights of the constituent and assure that the City of Torrance complies with Section 504 and the ADA and their implementing regulations.



III. EMPLOYMENT
The City of Torrance does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA. Complaints alleging discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of disability will be handled through a separate process than the one outlined above, and should be addressed to:

Administrator, Human Resources Division - Office of the City Manager
City of Torrance
3231 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 618-2960, Fax: (310) 618-2995


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[1] The City is closed for business every other Friday.


CITY OF TORRANCE COMPLAINT ASSISTANCE FORM

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