Read all about it – at the library

You can pick up a little wisdom and beauty right outside our El Retiro branch library now.

Supervising Librarian Kay Ujimori shows off the new wall mural and gardens at El Retiro

Supervising Librarian Kay Ujimori shows off the new wall mural and gardens at El Retiro

Recent ADA-mandated construction at El Retiro Library resulted in a more user-friendly ramp and a newly configured planter – but destroyed previous plantings. The Riviera Garden Club used this as an opportunity to re-landscape with colorful and whimsical mural-inspired plants and flowers intended to attract butterflies and appeal to children (and adults).

The kids can also get homework help from a local high school student, for free, in a safe, friendly, well-lit environment.  Help is available from a local high school volunteer Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30.  While they’re at it, pick up a book, CD, or movie for yourself from the library’s growing collection.

Homework Help is just around the corner

Homework Help is just around the corner

And for the little ones, there’s Toddlertime, which has just resumed on Wednesday’s at 11am, a story and song program for ages 18 months to 3 years.

A sour note

A marked rise in burglaries has taken a toll on a number of residents.  There is increased concern and vigilance, with an increased interest in Neighborhood Watch groups.  The Torrance PD has excellent resources here  if you’re interested in learning more.  The RHA Board is looking into ways to raise awareness of the actual levels of crime and preventive measures that residents should be aware of.  Board members have been in touch with the police department, and there has been an increase in the amount of patrolling in our area.


Our City Council candidates forum comes to South High this Wednesday April 2.  At least 12 of the 16 running candidates have agreed to appear.  Check the website for details on that and on the subsequent Mayoral candidates forum on April 16.

The RHA Scholarship Committee will soon be making recommendations on this years award winners.  What helps is to have the resources to be as generous as possible.  If you haven’t yet donated your voluntary dues, please do so right away!

You should be receiving the latest Riviera Reporter in your mail this week.  Printing and mailing these newsletters is a major expense for the RHA, and the board is considering scaling this back to a smaller simpler newsletter, or even a post card.  Again, better participation by contributing residents is a big help.    We’ll keep you posted on the decision.

Interested in volunteering with the organization that has served the Riviera for over 60 years?  Get in touch with a Board member at any of our meetings or by phone or email to find out what opportunities there are.

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