Upcoming RHA General Meeting on Zoom – November 3 – Ask Mayor Furey

All Riviera residents are invited to attend next week’s general meeting beginning at 7:00PM

Featured guest: Mayor Pat Furey

Torrance Mayor Furey is currently finishing the last year of his term.  He’ll be talking about the state of the City, our financial situation, how/if California SB 9 and SB 10 will affect our housing density, and other topics.  

There will be time for Questions and Answers, so be ready with a question or two!

We’ll share news about a voter initiative regarding local control of zoning and the Ashai Corporation Development on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Via Valmonte (see below).
Also fun stuff for Thanksgiving and families.

We’re looking forward to our meetings next year to be in person, but this one you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Here are the Zoom deets:

Topic: RHA General Meeting – November 3 2021
Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
(Click on the link to join with your browser if you don’t have the Zoom app installed)

Meeting ID: 848 9196 8602
Passcode: 148990

One tap mobile
+16699009128,,84891968602#,,,,148990# US (San Jose)

Halloween Movie in the Park

The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the entire family to Halloween Movie in the Park at Wilson Park on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Wear your costumes and bring your blankets and chairs for a special viewing of The Addams Family (2019, rated PG) under the stars! The event is free of charge, and no registration is required.  The event will be cancelled in the event of rain. 

5:00-6:00 p.m.        Enjoy music provided by DJ Ozzie and food ! from some of the most popular Farmers’ Market vendors (food available for purchase)
6:00-6:30 p.m.        Costume Parade
6:30-8:00 p.m.        Special viewing of The Addams Family (2019, rated PG)

Community Meeting on the Ashai  Mixed-use Development
at Hawthorne Blvd. and Via Valmonte

The Ashai Corporation was ordered by the City of Torrance Planning Division to have a public meeting regarding their project on the corner of Hawthorne and Via Valmonte.

This project is a mixed-use building, with three stories  (33 1/2 foot high walls + a 4 1/2 foot high AC cover) facing Hawthorne Blvd on the south side of Via Valmonte (the proposed Solana project is just north, across Via Valmonte).  At the back of the project will be 11 condo units.  There is a semi-subterranean parking lot for 35 cars with one entrance and exit on Valmonte for both. 

The Torrance Planning Division has described the project on their website. A number of studies on this development have been prepared, and are available on this California state agency website.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Thursday November 4 at 7:00 PM.  The location is the TORRANCE AIRPORT MEETING ROOM3301 Airport Drive .  The architects for the project will be there.

The RHA has presented these talking points expected to be addressed at this meeting:

Membership – your commitment to the Riviera

It’s your dues that keep us going. For a modest yearly amount, the RHA can continue its valuable work. Please consider joining or renewing today.

See our Membership page for details.

In Other Halloween News…

The Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat is back!

October 31 2021 3:00-6:00PM
Learn more here!

Halloween is coming, so Trunk & Treat!

Torrance’s Volunteer Center needs our help to feed Torrance families. They are hosting a Trunk & Treat event October 28 to collect food donations as their pantry is bare.  The Center’s CEO, Sara Myers, stated “The local families that participate in this program are so grateful for the support, but right now we don’t have enough food to meet the weekly needs. Our goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food which will provide 2,183 meals.”

The Center invites the whole community to fill their vehicle trunks with boxes of cereal; cans of meat, vegetables and fruit; and other nonperishable food items like pasta, rice and beans; and safely drop them off in the parking lot of 1230 Cravens Avenue in Downtown Torrance on Thursday, October 28, between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The RHA supports their effort and encourage you to please share with your friends, family, and neighbors. Click here for more details about the Food for Kids Program

General Meeting: Save the Date!

The RHA will host our next General Meeting at 7:00PM on November 3 2021, so please dine early and set aside an hour or two for some important updates and a special guest. Here is the link to join the meeting, we suggest you join us a few minutes before 7:00:

Topic: RHA General Meeting – November 3 2021
Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 848 9196 8602
Passcode: 148990

One tap mobile
+16699009128,,84891968602#,,,,148990# US (San Jose)

The Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat is back!

This Riviera Village event has become a South Bay tradition, attracting thousands of children each year to enjoy Halloween in a safe, outdoor and fun atmosphere.

Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd. Shops will hand out candy and treats outdoors. Make an evening of it, and stop for dinner in one of the many restaurants in the Village.
Here’s a tip: make your reservations early. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween and enjoy all that Riviera Village has to offer.

Halloween should be scary but…

Thank you to Torrance Memorial for these Halloween safety tips for Trick or Treating:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Everyone should have a flashlight with fresh batteries. Also give kids a cellphone for emergencies if you will not be accompanying them.
  • If older children are going without adult supervision, plan and review a route beforehand and agree on a time when they should be at home.
  • Be mindful if your children have allergies. Houses with teal pumpkins on their porch signify an allergy-friendly house.
  • Advise children to only go to homes that are well-lit. Never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay on brightly lit streets. Never cut across yards or walk through alleys.
  • Always use established crosswalks and proceed with caution. Don’t assume motorists can see you.
  • Discourage masks that may obstruct your child’s vision, and make sure his or her costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure any face paint/makeup used is non-toxic.
  • Drive extra carefully during Trick or Treating hours (usually 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.).
  • Keep an eye out particularly for children in dark clothing.

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!

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