Seasons Greetings

The Riviera Homeowners Association wishes all our Riviera neighbors, their families, friends, and loved ones a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Let’s make our neighborhoods a haven in these trying times throughout the holiday season and beyond.

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Yearning for a Commission Position?

The City of Torrance is seeking applications from certified residents to fill an unscheduled vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Commission which occurred after the Commission appointments on November 17.

The applicant must have completed the Commission Certification Training before submitting their application. To request online Commission Certification, please email CityClerk@TorranceCA.gov to request the link. The online training takes two hours and can be done one module at a time all at once or over a couple of days.

Applications are due in the City Clerk’s Office on December 2, 2020.  Due to COVID19, we are accepting applications via email as long as they have been signed by the applicant. Applications may be mailed to
City Clerk’s Office, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90503.
Applicants may drop off their application – the City Clerk’s Office is open to the public. We have COVID19 safety procedures in place – contactless hand sanitizer, etc.

The appointment will be made at the December 15 City Council meeting.
For more information, see https://www.torranceca.gov/government/commissions

Landscape Awards carry on

Maybe it’s the Covid, but our front yards seem to be getting more attention lately. We’ve had some terrific examples this year, so see our Landscape page for all of this year’s winners. Thanks go to our Landscape chairperson Denise O’Neil and Riviera Garden Club partners Lynn Fernandez and Bobbie Davison for choosing and awarding this 2020’s proud homeowners.

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

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