TWO IMPORTANT COUNCIL HEARINGS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8

There are two Torrance City Council hearings next Tuesday that affect Rivierans. 

The first is Agenda Item 9-I, which is the report on the airport noise monitors and their effectiveness, and noise from the airport.  The monitors have been in place since August 15, 2022, but the question remains, “why haven’t they lessened airport noise? “ The answer may be that the City is not enforcing its noise violations. Also, the City is not enforcing the Torrance Municipal Code which says that no planes may make an early left turn on departure.  For more information please see our dedicated page to this issue.

The second hearing is Agenda Item 10-A  (immediately after the airport hearing), a Hillside Overlay Case on a proposed new home to be built at 139 Via Alameda, in the Overlay.  The home will be 23.5’ tall (hillside limit is generally14’) the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) will be .55 (hillside limit is .50, barring documented hardship) the home will have a 370-foot square open outdoor deck on the roof of the first floor.  The original home was 1400 square feet, the new home would be 3,265 square feet. The home would impact light, air and privacy to neighbors on either side and at the back.  The City is not enforcing the Hillside Overlay Ordinance. It is up to residents who feel the Hillside Overlay is being nibbled away to complain.  For more information on the Hillside Ordinance please see our dedicated page to this issue.

      To comment on either or both of these issues please send an email to mayor and council at:    GChen@torranceca.gov,  JKaji@torranceca.gov,  MGriffiths@Torranceca.gov
SKalani@torranceca.gov BLewis@torrancca.gov,  ASheikh@torranceca.gov, AMattucci@torranceca.gov

      If you are able, please attend the City Council meeting at 3031 Torrance Blvd. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 (yes, it’s voting day) from 6:30 PM on. You may speak on either or both items.  Be there to show support.

Councilman Mattucci will be holding a District 5 Community Meeting November 7 at El Retiro Library

The City of Torrance elected officials are hosting district meetings in the upcoming months, the meetings will be focused on  the constituents in their respective districts .  The meetings are intended to inform the community on everything related to the City of Torrance; public safety, homelessness, capital projects etc..

The District 5 meeting with Councilman Mattucci will take place on Monday, November 7th at 5:30pm at the newly remodeled El Retiro Library located at 126 Vista del Parque, Redondo Beach CA 90277.

Below is more information on what will be discussed:


Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run

Get in shape for that Thanksgiving meal!
The Torrance Turkey trot this year will get started at 8:00am on Thursday November 24.

For signup, and further information,For signup, and further information, cluck here.


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Please email your opinion on the Airport Noise issue to City Council by November 1st!

STILL BOTHERED  BY AIRPORT NOISE?

There will be a public hearing to discuss the operation and results of the Airport Noise Monitors and the GENERAL OPERATIONS AND NOISE LEVEL OF THE AIRPORT at the City Council Meeting at City Hall, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday evening, at 6:30 PM on November 8.  This date has not yet been confirmed. We will probably not know the exact date until November 1 (the date they are legally required to post the agenda).   We know that the proposed meeting night, November 8,  is midterm election night, but if you are concerned about Airport Noise, this is the time to show up.

Zamperini Field (Torrance Municipal Airport)

If you wish to speak, you will be given only 1 minute at the mic, so prepare what you want to say. You do not have to speak. Your presence at the meeting will speak volumes for you. Even better, write an email addressed to CouncilMeetingPublicComment@TorranceCA.gov
about your specific issue (“I can’t garden when the planes are flying, I work at home and the airport noise is very distracting“, etc.) If you don’t have any idea of what to write, refer to our Torrance Airport Issues page where you can read the October 12 Letter to City Council , which has suggestions for how the council can address this issue. The Airport Noise Petition (on the same page) has a list of grievances from residents. Both of these are a good source for inspiration. It’s best to send your letter to council as soon as possible to make sure it gets there in time to be included in the information packet to council members.
We need a lot of concerned residents at this meeting to urge the City Council to enforce the Torrance Municipal Code regarding the airport. Public controversy and knowledgeable opposition are the best tools we have to make a change. Please come down to City Council chambers at 3031 Torrance Blvd. on Nov. 8, and bring a friend! No signs will be allowed in the building. We will publish the updated meeting date and time as soon as we find out what they are.

Thank you! See you there, Judy Brunetti, RHA Co-President

Click here for more on the Airport Noise issue,
and also to LEARN MORE ABOUT
A PENDING HILLSIDE OVERLAY CASE

Spooky Times along Catalina Av

The Riviera Village is welcoming tricksters and treaters this Halloween.

Dress up, or down, and prepare for a good time. It’s Monday, October 31 (of course) from 3:00 to 6:00pm. More info here.

October General Meeting cancelled

Due to a last-minute schedule conflict involving Chief Hart, the Tuesday Oct 4 in-person RHA meeting at Riviera  Methodist Church has had to be cancelled.   Stay tuned for a new date when we can hear from and meet with Chief Hart (and each other) in person.

The RHA regrets unintentionally scheduling the Oct 4 meeting at the culmination of the Jewish High Holidays.  The scheduling was an oversight and the RHA wishes everyone in the Jewish community a peaceful and prosperous New Year and a meaningful Yom Kippur.

WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED EARLY

Information from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California – “Today (9/19/22), the MWD has successfully completed the water pipeline repair. Outdoor watering may resume, consistent with the City of Torrance’s Level 1 conservation restriction.”

Reminder of Level 1 Restrictions for Torrance, here.

Thanks to all of you who cared about your community and participated in this effort to ensure enough water was available for Health and Emergency situations during this repair, and good work for MWD in finishing ahead of schedule.


Airport petition signing still available – click here

SPECIAL LAST MINUTE CITY COUNCIL MEETING (LIVE), MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 8AM!

This just came to our attention. A special City Council meeting has been scheduled for the issue: “Recommendation of the City Clerk that the City Council consider the removal of Shamindra Manbahal from the Civil Service Commission.”

BACKGROUND: On Sept. 13, Mayor Chen broke the City’s 25 + years’ tradition by unilaterally, without input from Council or the public, appointing Mr. Manbahal as Commissioner.

You can view the 9/13 City Council meeting and decision in question on this link.  The discussion on the action item begins at the 2 hour & 20 minute mark.   

Written comments must be submitted ASAP by emailing CouncilMeetingPublicComment@TorranceCA.Gov
and writing “Public Comment” in the subject line.

You can view any live City Council meeting by clicking on the link found here.

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