View Ordinance hearing – postponed

The RHA was informed late today that the agenda item for tomorrow’s City Council meeting regarding the proposed View Ordinance has been placed on hold until a later meeting, probably after January.

We will continue to keep you updated, as we learn of new developments and when the item will be placed back on the Council agenda.  In the meantime, your letters and emails to Council members and/or the Community Development department will be helpful.

View Equity Ordinance nearing a vote

The proposed View Equity Ordinance (sometimes known as the ‘trees and views ordinance’) will be discussed and likely voted upon this Tuesday, January 10 during the next Torrance City Council meeting.  The complete meeting agenda for Tuesday can be found here. and a draft of the 12-page ordinance may be found within this document.  All Riviera residents who have expressed an interest in seeing this new ordinance cross the finish line are encouraged to attend, where there will be an opportunity to briefly express your opinion.

The ordinance would apply to the Hillside Overlay district, and provide a multi-step process for neighbors to resolve disputes over vegetation that may interfere with a property owner’s view.  The RHA is grateful for the efforts by many residents to provide thoughtful input to the drafting process, and to the city council and staff for listening to the residents and creating the draft of the ordinance.

In the coming days we hope to update you with the outcome of the meeting.

Happy New Year to all our Riviera neighbors!

We hope to see you at our next general meeting in February (details soon), and as always, look forward to those of you wishing to contribute your time and ideas to keep this homeowners association flourishing.  And of course, we appreciate all of you who have volunteered your 2016-17 dues as your contribution.

FAA updating flight procedures

A public workshop will be held January 26 to discuss changes to flight paths, including its effects on Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field).

Location: Toyota Meeting Hall
Torrance Cultural Art Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA
Click here and here for more information.

Torrance Refinery concerns conveyed to Riviera residents

Our last General Meeting on November 16 featured Torrance resident/activists providing in-depth analysis of the Torrance Refinery (now owned by PBF) and the dangers that lurk there.  The meeting was facilitated jointly by the RHA and by SETHA, the Southeast Torrance Homeowners Assn.

Maureen Mauk and Catherine Leys of FLARE (Families Lobbying Against Refinery Exposure) spoke passionately about the recent accident history of the refinery, the lack of adequate air pollution monitoring, and the extreme hazard posed by the use in gasoline refining of the potent chemical modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF).

FLARE representatives answer questions at RHA/SETHA meeting Nov 16 2016

FLARE representatives answer questions at RHA/SETHA meeting Nov 16 2016

RHA co-prez Judy Brunetti and SETHA head John Bailey also invited Sally Hayati of TRAA (Torrance Refinery Action Alliance) to discuss in more detail the use of MHF in refineries in general and the truly catastrophic consequences of a significant MHF leak.  (With prevailing Santa Ana winds, the Riviera would be profoundly affected by a major escape.)  The refinery meanwhile has repeatedly reassured the public and the Torrance authorities of its comprehensive measures to safeguard the MHF within  leakproof 50,000 lb tanks.  The most concerning incident occurred in February 2015 when an explosion and fire almost caused a direct hit on one of the tanks by a falling structure.  Ironically, our meeting was held one day after a less significant but worrisome fire near the tanks caused a temporary shutdown of that refinery unit.

It’s clear from recent incidents at the refinery that more comprehensive measures need to be taken to ensure residents’ health and safety, including better monitoring of particulate pollutants, improved warning systems and response times, and efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of MHF – admittedly, an expensive undertaking.

Here are some relevant links:

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