Tree/view ordinance for Torrance gains steam

Dear friends and neighbors:

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Torrance City Council did something that many people said would NEVER happen:  they voted unanimously to examine the view ordinances of neighboring cities, hold community meetings and write a draft tree/view ordinance!!

We are sure that the council’s unanimous decision was due in part to all the emails and phone calls from residents in favor of a tree ordinance.  Certainly the number of people who came to city council to speak with such sincerity about the problems that residents face because of the lack of guidance and restrictions was very convincing.  After the council voted to examine tree/view ordinances, Mayor Furey said that they will  begin the outreach program to HOAs and community groups after the first of the year.

Thank you so much to residents for supporting the view ordinance.  We think it will go a long way to restoring views, eliminating disagreements, and rebuilding relationships between neighbors.

Thank you again for coming down to city hall to share your ideas with our local representatives.  It really made a difference!

The Riviera Homeowners Association will be happy to host or co-host meetings in 2015 when city hall is ready to begin working out the details.  See you at the meetings!!

Judy Brunetti
Amy Josefek
Pam Popovich,   co-presidents, Riviera Homeowners Association

Next Riviera Homeowners Association Meeting 

Discussion of the new “Bristol Farms” Development

Wednesday, November 12, 7-9 PM

Residents of the Riviera and the public are invited to hear impacts anticipated by the new Legado Development (at the old Bristol Farms site) on PCH & Palos Verdes Blvd.

Although not in Torrance city limits, the development (actually in Redondo) certainly will affect Riviera residents, being just across the street.  As proposed, the 4-story (!) project would contain 180-rental units (including 9 low-income ones), plus the 110-rooms at Palos Verdes Inn, plus almost 40,000 sq feet of retail/commercial space.  It’s clear the underground parking spaces will not be nearly sufficient to accommodate all resident, hotel, retail and employee capacity needs.

This mixed-use construction would greatly increase traffic/safety issues on PCH, Riviera parking/cut-through traffic, and residence density directly across from the Riviera.  Find out what this would mean to you and what you can do about it!

The meeting will be held at Richardson Middle School, 23751 Nancy Lee Lane, Torrance CA near the corner of Newton and Calle Mayor.  Doors open at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served.

 Riviera PTA treats the Riviera community

Kudos to the Riviera PTA for inviting the neighborhood to a rockin’ and rollin’ end-of-summer Concert on September 28.  Attendance was great, as was the weather, the music, and the goodies on sale by the Riviera Class of 2015 5th-graders.   We appreciate all the hard work and dedication by the parents and teachers up at Riviera, especially when they thrill the community like this.

Riviera PTA rocks El Retiro Park

Riviera PTA rocks El Retiro Park – tunes by “Hack”

Coming Nov 6th – Parent Ed Night: “Tempering Technology with Musical Brain Builders”, presented by Sharlene Habermeyer, M.A., on the effects of music on the brain development of young children. At the Riviera Elementary cafeteria from 7-8pm.

It’s never too late to join the RHA!
Click here for membership information, including a way to check your status.
Pay your dues online, or bring a check to the Nov 12 General Meeting –
Don’t make your neighbors carry the load.

Riviera Village – Halloween Trick or Treat  Friday, October 31, 4 to 6 pm
Catalina Ave will be closed between Ave. I and S. Elena  3:30 to 7:00 pm for the annual Trick or Treat Event

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