The Community Keeps Development at Bay

Since its inception, the Riviera Homeowners Association has been a fierce defender of the Hillside Overlay, written into the Torrance City municipal code decades ago, . It is up to the Torrance Planning Commission, and ultimately the currently seated City Council to make decisions based on the merits of a given residential expansion, weighed against the Hillside Overlay’s development standards, design review criteria, and limitations for hillside and coastal development.

On July 21, at the Planning Commission meeting,  20 residents of the Riviera area spoke on behalf of a homeowner, Mathilda  “Mike” Terre of Calle de Arboles, who was facing a proposed large two-story development next door to her long-time home.  The same neighbor and builder had proposed similar projects for the same lot seven times previously. 

 This time, thanks to the large number of Riviera neighbors attending the meeting and speaking on her behalf, Mrs. Terre and the Hillside Overlay had a big win. Although the Planning Department had recommended that they approve the project, the Planning Commission unanimously denied the project with prejudice, meaning that the builder cannot come back and propose another project for that lot for two years.

The Commissioners stated they were happy to see members of the community come together to support their neighbor and the Overlay.  We think the Commissioners finally realized the importance of the Overlay to residents.  

Loreen Trevino, founder of the grassroots organization Uphold the Hillside Overlay said, “We are an army of neighbors ready to fight for the Ordinance!”   Judy Brunetti of the Riviera Homeowners Association stated, “This is what happens when people are willing to come down to City Hall and participate. They notice when people are involved.!”  

Mike Terre, the homeowner, said, “Thank you to everyone who spoke tonight and who had a sign on their lawn. I am very, very grateful.” We were happy to see her so happy and relieved!

Next steps will be a letter to City Council recommending an amendment to the Hillside Overlay and changes in the Planning Department process.  Stay tuned!

RHA Meeting Announcement

When: May 26th 2021
Time: 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Join us for our next Zoom RHA General Meeting! We’ve planned an event about an urgent topic, with a guest presenter from United Neighbors, who will discuss the impact of current re-zoning bills that will highly densify your Block, our City, this State .

With updates on:
o the Hillside Overlay Ordinance
o Saving trees on PCH
o Airport Noise Monitoring
o the Butcher-Solana development.
… and featuring our HS Scholarship awardees of 2021 (and a special presentation by one of our winners, on the Torrance Refinery)!

The recording for this General Meeting is now available – press button to view:

Zoom meetings are no longer new for most of us, but while pandemic restrictions/concerns continue, we can still have a successful event – especially if you are with us!

We hope to see you online on the 26th and don’t forget to join or renew your RHA membership now!

You’ll soon be able to read (or download) a copy of our newsletter.

Reporting Potholes in Torrance

It’s the goal of the Torrance Public Works department to fix all potholes reported to them as soon as possible.

For more information, checkout the city’s website for all things streetwise.

Excuse me, do you irrigate?

Check your irrigation systems periodically.  Several early morning systems are over spraying onto the sidewalks and drain into the gutters.  Most don’t realize when a sprinkler head has broken since they aren’t up early enough to see the gushing water as well as not testing their systems. 

Torrance has a website for that!

If you park on the street, read this

In case you haven’t heard, here’s a reminder from the City of Torrance:

Parking enforcement will begin with a grace period from Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 18. Warnings will be issued to vehicles parking in posted areas of “No Parking for Street Sweeping”.  
Beginning Monday, April 19, regular enforcement activity will resume and citations for parking violations will be issued. [Note: Street sweeping citations are $43.00 per incident.] 

Are you plugged in?

Residents can subscribe to the City of Torrance Early Warning Emergency Notification System. This automatically provides you with important information for everything from CoVid updates to parking enforcement to shelter-in-place orders. You can also op-in for information about major weather events, traffic, community events and much more. Register at: www.TorranceCA.Gov/TorranceAlerts

Questions? Contact: TorranceAlerts@TorranceCA.Gov.

Stay tuned for a heads-up on our next Riviera Homeowners Association General Meeting

Coyotes: our other neighbors in the Hollywood Riviera

The size of a coyote litter depends on the availability of food and water. An average urban coyote litter is between 5-7 pups. If food and water are abundantly available then the litter can be as large as 11. March is the time of year when coyotes den in preparation for pups. Food availability in March and April will contribute to this year’s adult coyote population.

Coyotes are seen in the Hollywood Riviera daily. Please follow these tips to eliminate easy access to food, water, and shelter:

  • Do not feed wildlife (including squirrels and feral cats).
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors.
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised.
  • Pick up fallen fruit from trees. Avocados, citrus, and other fruit account for nearly 25% of an urban coyote’s diet.
  • Secure trash bin lids.
  • Trim any excess vegetation to deter coyotes from denning on or near your property.   

For more information on urban coyotes and how you can help, please visit  TorranceCA.Gov/Coyotes.

And please take care to keep your pets safe!

Wednesday, March 17 – Wednesday, March 31

The Torrance Social Services Commission is holding a toiletry drive to benefit local organizations such as Harbor Interfaith, Family Promise of South Bay, Star Inc. Homes and 1736 Family Crisis, who serve people experiencing homelessness. They are accepting donations of the following NEW items in full and travel sizes: new shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and more. They will be collecting hand and bath towels, socks and blankets.

You can drop-off at City Hall lobby and in the Permit Center. Two drive-up collection events will take place on Saturday, March 20th and Saturday, March 27th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Annex parking lot just west of City Hall. For information, call the Social Services Commission at (310) 618-5880 or email SocialServicesCommission@TorranceCA.Gov.

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