The Vote

Voting centers

We are in the home stretch of this most unusual voting season. Please make sure to vote by November 3. Best to avoid using the post office this near the deadline, and go straight to a nearby drop-off box or vote center (see below).

October 30          5-Day Vote Centers Open (10 am to 7 pm)
November 3        Election Day (7 am to 8 pm)

Helpful Links for Voters:

Oct 14 General Meeting

The RHA held a historic first General Meeting by Zoom on October 14. We had close to 100 neighbors joining in, with presentations by Torrance City Councilman Mike Griffiths, Jeffery Klein from the LA Country Registrar of voters, and Torrance City Clerk Rebecca Poirier. If you missed it, you can view the entire meeting using this link:

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/VGW1Ptg2d8I

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat was scared off this year, but there is an alternative: a special drive-in movie event featuring The Nightmare Before Christmas held on Friday, October 30 at Wilson Park. Movie starts at 7:00pm; $20 per car. Pre-registration required.

Library Services in South Torrance

All Torrance Library buildings are closed, but staff is available for reference information calls, book requests and holds.

NEW HOURS for all libraries:  Mon.-Fri. 9-6 for answering phone calls, 10-5 for picking up requested books.
Phone numbers310 375-0922:   Walteria 310 375-8418:  El Retiro

There are Book Clubs that meet on Zoom at each library.  Click here to find the times that they meet.

  • Walteria Library Bookclub  is  “The Armchair Travelers”    
  •  El Retiro Library Bookclub is   “Mayhem in the A.M.”

website www.library.torranceca.gov

NEW LIBRARY SERVICES:   

  • It is free (not the usual 50¢) to request and put a book on hold.
  • Torrance libraries are not charging late fees for any book that are returned late! (turn in those old overdue books!)
  • There are free craft kits for children that parents can pick up every week through December 2020.
  • Zip books is a new interlibrary loan service.  They will deliver any book that our library does not have to your door!  You may keep these books for 6 weeks.
  • Returned books are quarantined for 5 days before circulating again for your safety.

October 14 General Zoommeeting

Our next meeting will be online! Much like the kids attending school from home, we’ll be in our ‘virtual Richardson auditorium’ for this one. We hope you’ll join us, for a timely discussion on our upcoming election, new legislation likely to affect the Riviera, developments on Developments, and more.

The RHA is inviting you to the
RHA General Meeting for October 2020:
Wednesday Oct 14, 2020 7:00 PM Pacific Time

To join our Zoom Meeting, click on this link
Alternatively, use this information:
Meeting ID: 851 0591 2862
Passcode: 909090

Don’t worry, if you’ve never Zoomed, after clicking the link above you can click on “download and run Zoom” then on “join from your browser”. Sorry, no refreshments. (But then, no chairs to put away!)

November election information

The Riviera Homeowners Association studiously avoids making electoral endorsements, so instead we will recommend these sources to help you with your decisions:

To find out where to vote, go to lavote.net/locatorbyaddress

LA Times election endorsements:  
www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-09-09/la

Daily Breeze election endorsements:
 www.dailybreeze.com/tag/endorsements

Ballot Measure summaries and full text:
https://ballotpedia.org/California_2020_ballot_propositions

For more comprehensive help with election information:
lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections/find-my-election-information

The RHA encourages everyone eligible to vote (once)!

Airport Noise

The City’s Airport Noise Abatement Center and the Webtrak tracking for Torrance Airport were both suspended from October 1 to December 31 by City Council without resident input at a recent City Council meeting.
Webtrak helped identify planes that were operating outside of curfew hours, or flying low, loud or outside the recommended paths.  Enforcement is suspended for now.

However, the Noise Abatement Center phone number at the airport is still working, and you can reach it at (310)-784-7950 to log complaints. Residents can also email complaints to noiseabatement@torranceca.gov . 

Complaints and recommendations will be presented back to the city early next year. If you wish to leave a message for one or several Council members about this or other issues, call the City at 310 618-2801.

Census 2020

There is still time to complete your household census. Do it now, the census ends on October 15.

Trump administration seeks delay in 2020 census

The census population count determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next 10 years and how much federal funding communities will receive for roads, schools, housing and social programs.

Torrance School Board Candidate Forums

There are 4 candidates for the 2 open seats on the TUSD School Board. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its candidate forum on Thursday October 8 at 8:30 am. To view it online, go to this website:
https://www.torrancechamber.com/torrance-unified-school-district-board-of-education-candidates-forum/ 

The League of Women Voters held their forum on September 21. You may view it here: www.torrancevotes.org/candidate-forums.html

RHA General Meeting Announcement

Please save this date:

Wednesday October 14th 2020
7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Join us for our first ever online Zoom RHA General Meeting!

We’ve planned a great event, with guest speaker Mike Griffiths (Torrance City Council Member), who’ll discuss the impact of recently passed bills to your block, our City and State. And we’ll give all you need to know on how to vote in November, highlight a couple of the 12 ballot measures, and provide the latest on Butcher-Solana.

This will be new for all of us, but we’re positive we can make it a success—especially if you are with us! We hope to see you online on the 14th and don’t forget to join or renew your RHA membership now! Whether tracking statewide bills that greatly affect our neighborhood, donating to our local school programs or giving scholarships to college-bound seniors, we’re still here. And, we need your help with dues that enable us to do these things, plus keep you informed, via newsletters and meetings (that we hope will return before too long). We need you to renew or join today!

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