General Meeting to focus on PBF refinery

Reminder to attend our Wednesday evening meeting which focuses on the refinery and its hazards.  Today’s accident and fire illuminates the need for education and action.  Visit our homepage for details.

What’s up with the Torrance Refinery?

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?  WHY ALL THE FLARING?  WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH HFL?  ARE WE SAFE? WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

To learn more, come to the next joint general meeting with our RHA  & Southeast Torrance Homeowners Assn. on WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH 7:00 pm, at Richardson Middle School, 23750 Nancy Lee Lane.

SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS from the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA) and Families Lobby Against Refinery Exposure (FLARE), along with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD).

 PCH upgrade now in progress

After much to-ing and fro-ing between the city and Caltrans, the renovation of PCH across from South High is now well underway.  You may have noticed the reduction of the eastbound right lane while the crews work to remove the trees in preparation for the new guard rail and fencing.

The tall eucalyptus trees closest to the road had to go to accommodate the new guardrail.

The tall eucalyptus trees closest to the road had to go to accommodate the new guardrail.  Torrance and Caltrans expect safety to be enhanced as a result.

The RHA has worked diligently, with the residents along PCH and nearby, and with city planners and PCH to provide input into the project and to press for timely re-introduction of landscaping which has been so sorely needed.  Thanks to everyone who provided your ideas and suggestions.

Village Tricks and Treats

On October 31, Ghosts and goblins will mix with princesses, super heroes and nefarious politicians as Riviera Village hosts the Annual Halloween Trick or Treat.  Expect thousands of fellow tricksters and treaters to enjoy Halloween in a safe and fun atmosphere.  Catalina Ave will be closed to traffic from Ave. I to Palos Verdes Blvd., and the shops will hand out candy and treats from 4 to 6 pm.

If you choose to dine after all the Trick or Treating, make your reservations early – the waits will be scary!

It’s a fact

Bring your tween to the El Retiro Library for a new book group! Entitled “Fact or Fiction”, this library youth program will be pairing fiction and nonfiction books on related topics. Meetings are held on selected Mondays. November 14 at 4PM is the next installment.   And it’s free.  Really.
For more information please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-8418.

Capture that rain water – and it will come (we think)

The City of Torrance Public Works Department is hosting another FREE Rain Barrel Giveaway event:

Rain Barrels will be distributed Saturday morning on November 5th at the West High School Parking Lot. Must be a Torrance Resident; limit 2 per household; and you must register online at SBESC.com or by phone at 310.371.7222

 

“Tree and View” ordinance cleared for takeoff!

They finally did it!! After decades of hearing from hillside residents and six years of meetings, emails and urging from the Riviera Homeowners Association, the Torrance city staff came back with a draft View Equity ordinance which was approved unanimously by city council at the last council meeting on Oct. 4!!!

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The View Equity ordinance is based on the model of our  neighboring city of Rolling Hills Estates, and will give residents a process to resolve view disputes that cannot be resolved in informal conversation. The draft ordinance may be found here as part of the Oct 4 meeting agenda, along with attachments presented by city staff.  Soon this will be updated with minor modifications and incorporated into the Torrance Municipal Code.  You can also view the city council meeting deliberations (item 9D on the agenda) by clicking here.

We think this is long overdue.  Our hope is that just by having an ordinance on the books,  neighbors will be more likely to trim trees before they become a problem, and not grow trees to cause an intentional view obstruction.   If the ordinance acts as a deterrent–that’s great!!  If disputes cannot be otherwise resolved, at least now there is a path that will lead to a resolution.

Thank you to all of you who came out repeatedly for many long nights at council meetings, community meetings, individual meetings with mayor and council, visits with neighboring planning directors in other cities, emails and calls.  They all helped bring forward an issue that has long been ignored.

Along with the Hillside Overlay ordinance, the new View Equity ordinance will enhance the value of homes with ocean and city views, reduce the ambiguity over responsibility among neighbors to preserve each others’ property values, and retain the character of this unique “Jewel of the South Bay”.

PCH Safety improvement project

Per the Torrance construction start notice, beginning Monday October 17, work will begin on the safety improvements along PCH which consists of tree removal, a new guard rail, and fencing.  Work will proceed through January; working hours are weekdays from 9AM to 3PM.  Southbound PCH between Janet Lane and Calle Mayor will be reduced from two lanes to one during working hours.  Parking will be limited at times along the residential side street parallel to PCH.

Stretch of PCH impacted by safety improvement project

Stretch of PCH impacted by safety improvement project

The RHA will continue to work with Torrance Public Works, Caltrans, and our neighbors along PCH to promote the best outcome for this project.  It’s important to note that the second project phase for incorporating new landscaping is tentative for now, and dependent on the outcome of the first, safety-related phase. For more detailed information, view the city’s project website.

Membership drive underway

Our annual fall membership is now underway; we need your support to continue our ability to represent our community, provide college scholarships and other support for our neighbors, bring you news that impacts your street, your neighborhood, and present meaningful topics for our meetings which remain open to all residents.

Please visit our membership page for a printable copy of your renewal form, or use the Paypal button to quickly and easily register your support for the RHA.  We thank you for your ongoing commitment.

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