April Meeting brings May Greeting

Hello again!
Last week’s RHA General Meeting was full of interesting and valuable information.  The city of Torrance provided two excellent speakers on matters of concern to many Hollywood Riviera residents: coyote threats and the new view ordinance. Concern over these issues was evident from the high attendance, as well as the questions thrown at the invited guests.

Lt Jennifer Uyeda, accompanied by Christina Szczypkowski of the Torrance PD Community Affairs Division, gave a detailed exposition of the steps the city has taken, guided by the city council and citizen input, to address the persistent coyote problem.  While coyotes are not brand new to the city, a growing population and adaptation to urban settings has created many problems for residents, who have lost pets and had frightening confrontations with the canny canids.  Lt Uyeda laid out the steps the city has taken, in conjunction with other southern California government bodies to best understand and control the coyote problem, and especially inform residents what they can do to avoid attracting and dealing with the wily wildlife.  As communities across the US have learned, coyotes are not going away.

Torrance PD Lt Uyeda and Services Officer Szczypkowski review city efforts to combat coyote confrontations

Resources on how to coexist with coyotes, including instructions on reporting, viewing maps of coyote sightings, and most importantly – what to do when in the presence of coyotes – were made available at the meeting, and can be found online here.

The RHA encourages all residents to study and share this material with their families and neighbors.  If you don’t know what “coyote hazing” means, you should find out!

Coyote concerns by Riviera residents were expressed during a Q&A

View Equity Ordinance explained

Our other speaker that evening was Ana Fernandez, Planning Associate for the Torrance Community Development Department. Having just been passed by the City Council, the “View Equity” Ordinance seeks to balance the interests of tree and vegetation owners with those who have valuable views and seek to protect those views.

Ms Fernandez details the working of the new View Equity Ordinance and answers some tough questions from residents
Seated at left: Linda Cessna, Community Development Department

Congratulations and thanks to all those who made passage of this ordinance possible, it has been a long-standing goal of the RHA to make this a reality.

For all the information about the ordinance, please visit the city’s website for it here.  There is the 12-page ordinance, a 2-page summary, and additional resources.

The RHA would like your help

Got a little time?

There are a number of ways, large and small, to assist your neighbors with keeping up with developments.  Volunteers are welcome to email the RHA with your availability and interests.  We’ll be sure to get back to you ASAP!

Got a little money?

If you’ve not yet surrendered your voluntary (!) dues for the 2016-17 membership year, please consult our membership page for all the easy ways to keep yourself in good standing.  We thank you for your support!

Rains bless the Riviera

See our Landscape page for another way we keep busy
(and encourage Riviera residents to make their
yards the best they can be!)
Those above are just the monthly awards given this year.

Latest Riviera Reporter

New View Ordinance explained

Hopefully, you received your April Riviera Reporter in the mail by now, with information on the new Tree and View Ordinance.  Our regular April General meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th starting at 7:00PM.  We welcome our guest speaker Linda Cessna, from the Torrance Community Development Department, who will present an overview of the recently adopted Tree and View Ordinance, with guidance on how to file a view claim.   

We also plan to provide a forum for the latest information and recommendations on coyote abatement from Lt Jennifer Uyeda of the Torrance PD.

For more information, visit our website by clicking here.

Join your neighbors at Richardson Middle School for what will be an interesting evening.


View Ordinance passed!

As many of you already know, the City Council and Mayor voted on Feb. 28, to approve the revised draft  of the Torrance Tree and View Ordinance!

The ordinance has most of the features that we were hoping to get: it is based on the Rolling Hills model,  it does not require the people involved to attend planning commission or city council hearings, it includes a visit to the viewseeker’s home by a city representative who will decide if there is a view obstruction, it is a fairly simple process, it is reasonably priced.

The ordinance will go into effect soon, and we will keep you updated as the work is completed.  Our general meeting on April 26, to which you are invited, will feature assistant Director of the Community Development Department Linda Cessna, who will present an overview of the ordinance in more depth, and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered.

Riviera residents with Mayor Furey and council members Weideman and Herring celebrating one fine view and the new view ordinance from the Speros home

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to the mayor and council, your attendance at community, RHA, and city council meetings and for your support over the last five (!) years.

Keep an eye on your email for the April edition of the Riviera Reporter, with more info on the view ordinance, and other issues of interest to Riviera residents.   Thanks to your voluntary dues, we are able to sustain the meetings, the newsletter, and all the behind the scenes work that goes on.

Forgot your 2016-17 dues?  Here’s how to pay !

The Hollywood Riviera Sportsmen’s Club holds this year’s Easter Egg hunt Saturday April 15th at 10:00am at El Retiro Park.

Click the bunny for details

The weekend after Easter means Relay for Life at South High School – hope you sign up this year.  There are 53 teams participating, and many people come on their own.  For more information on this years Relay, and our favorite team, click here.