September General Meeting features local Assembly Member

The RHA had the honor of presenting our 66th District Assemblyman, Al Muratsuchi, to the audience at our September 20th General Meeting, attended by dozens of local residents and co-hosted with the Seaside Neighborhood Association.  After speaking at length about statewide as well as local issues, Mr Muratsuchi took questions from the audience in a quite intimate opportunity to share ideas with our Sacramento representative. 

We heard about initiatives to improve education and make it more affordable, the challenges in balancing the urgent need for more housing with preserving quality of life and the character of our neighborhoods.  Mr Muratsuchi has been involved with statewide moves to require better monitoring of refineries, including our own here in Torrance, and also looking at alternative technologies to the use of MHF for gasoline production.

Members of the RHA Board and residents impacted by traffic along PCH present Representative Al Muratsuchi with a certificate of thanks for his help in getting funding for the new fencing and trees along PCH that were installed this summer.

In a departure from the usual, our meeting was co-hosted with the Seaside Neighborhood Association, who gave a rundown on their recent activities, including their “no signs, no fines” initiative to challenge the city on the new No Parking signs installed throughout the city.

Finally, we received a much-needed briefing on the proposed Butcher-Solana development at Hawthorne Blvd and Via Valmonte from Pete Verenkoff, a longtime Riviera resident who has compiled a comprehensive study of the planned project and  has been working with the city’s Community Development Department to understand the lengthy approval process and relay concerns that residents have about the density, traffic impact, and zoning implications.  A guide to the project’s expected timeline and progress is now available on our website, at https://hollywoodriviera.org/butcher-solana

Dolphin Developments

You might have seen or heard that the beloved dolphin statue at Miramar Park has suffered in recent years and has been in a state of terrestrial disrepair.  Jamie Davis, a local contractor, has stepped forward to refurbish the unnamed delphinidae, and a number of other nearby residents have funded the replacement of the rubber padding underneath.  The city will soon allow work to progress, and we can once again allow the children ‘all aboard’ our icon of the sea.

Dolphin rescue underway!

Dee Hardison 1938-2017

We share the sad news that former Mayor Dee Hardison passed away last night, September 30, 2017.  City Manager LeRoy Jackson commented, “Dee was so much a part of Torrance and our organization and really who we are.  She is someone who had such an impact on this community and our City family.”

The website below includes a bio of Dee and provides an avenue to share comments with the family.

https://yourcaringhouse.org/meet-dee-hardison/

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