A Trying Time

Dear RHA Members and Riviera Residents,

Well, not quite sure where to begin this note…

While life (apparently) goes on, it sort of feels like nothing has meaning until we get thru this surreal experience.

That said, there are clearly situations that affect us all, that we assume you’ll want to be kept aware of.

While we have no new info about things like the Butcher-Solano or Legado developments (yes, our government has deemed that building is an essential job, and must continue), other issues will have an even more immediate impact on your daily life.

It seems unlikely that the Riviera Homeowners Assn. will be able to hold a final general meeting in what would traditionally be before the end of the school year. And so, it’s even more important than ever before for us to be able to communicate with residents, quickly, efficiently.

This is a great time to verify your email address, so we don’t have to rely on mailing a printed copy of a newsletter or bulletin to your home. Not only will that save the RHA expenses that can be better spent on other things (college scholarships, anyone?), but it will get information to you in a far more timely matter.  And, if we’ve learned nothing else, things are happening very quickly!

If you are getting this notice by email, please forward it to interested friends and family. To subscribe to the RHA blog on our home page HollywoodRiviera.org – enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

Please stay at home, to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy. Talk to you soon!

RHA Board of Directors


Covid-19 resources:


Big announcements from Torrance and Redondo Beach

As of today, both Torrance and Redondo Beach have announced closures of beach and Esplanade parking, walkways, trails, playgrounds, beach access points, and park sites.

Street Sweeping and parking

As of March 16th, Street Sweeping and parking enforcement in the City of Torrance is temporarily suspended until further notice.
Please work with your neighbors if additional street parking is creating issues.

Torrance was Hacked

In case you haven’t heard, Torrance was hit by a city-wide computer attack on March 1st. As a result, they’ve had to make many changes, so in order to access all necessary postings, up-to-date changes, etc, please visit https://www.cityoftorranceca.com/

CoVid 19 Test Location

If you feel you have symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection, and no other current health care provider, give Make You Well Urgent Care and Family Practice a call at 424-292-4060
You can be tested and treated for any symptoms you are experiencing. Make You Well is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd.
Their practice accepts all PPO insurances, and is in network with many HMO’s.  PLEASE CALL FIRST FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

Scholarship

We’re close to announcing our annual High School Senior Scholarships. Names will be posted on the hollywoodriviera.org website in the next couple of weeks, so check in with us there shortly!

We’re trying to get the most updated lists of store hours and restaurant rules, but the info keeps changing so rapidly. 

Stronger together – six feet apart!

Please do your part to STAY AT HOME and avoid unnecessary travel or close physical contact with your neighbors. Please DO reach out to your friends or neighbors for support via our miraculous electronic devices. Plant a garden, learn a language, finish that book or paint job – seize the day!

And just for fun…

Upcoming opportunities to address important issues with an impact on our communities

There will be a joint Community Meeting with the Riviera Homeowners Association and the Seaside Neighborhood Association on Wednesday, February 5th at Richardson Middle School, from 7-9pm.

Speakers/topics will include:

  • The March 3rd ballot measures, including the tax ballot Measure X specifically
  • Torrance Community Development will go over the revised ADU (additional dwelling unit) laws
  • A presentation on the US Census
  • New voting rules, locations (and a voting booth demo, if possible)
  • A post-mortem on SB 50 and possible future developments 
  • Update on the local Butcher-Solana project status and the Legado construction timetable. 

Candidates Forum

Beginning in 2020, Torrance City Council elections will transition from at-large voting to district-based voting.
The City consists of six districts and only voters residing in the district will decide who represents that district. 
While the Hollywood Riviera, in district 5, will not be voting for a candidate until 2022,  all future City Council members will continue to guide policy and make decisions for the good of the entire community. It is in all of our best interest to know who the candidates are, even if we’re unable to cast a vote!

Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM:
Torrance Cultural Arts Center – Garden Rooms – 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance 90503
(Max Capacity 40 – will be taped and posted on several outlets)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM:
George Nakano Theatre – 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance 90503
Sponsored by Torrance League of Women Voters

In addition to the Candidates’ Forums, you can also do research about the local candidates running for office AND THE 4 TORRANCE BALLOT MEASURES at: www.TorranceVotes.org.  

Note that these ballot measures will be discussed during the Feb. 5th community meeting at Richardson Middle School, at 7pm.

Memorial Services for Former
Mayor Ken Miller

Service arrangements are being provided by the family …

Thursday, February 6, 2020
11:30 a.m.      Memorial Service
Green Hills Memorial Chapel
27501 S Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(Please allow time for construction delays on Western Avenue.)

1:30 p.m.        Celebration of Life Reception
Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

Both events are open to the public.

Ken Miller is remembered as ushering in an era of good governance in the City of Torrance & was an ardent advocate for the acquisition and preservation of open space. He served as City Council member from 1962-1970 and Mayor from 1970 to 1978.  During his tenure as Mayor, the City’s parkland grew from less than 100 acres to around 300 acres: Columbia, Wilson, Delthorne, Sunnyglen, and De Portola Parks are part of his legacy and he promoted the Sister City program w/the City of Kashiwa, Japan in 1973. 

Legado remake gets underway

Here is a letter recently sent to nearby homeowners describing the Legado project demolistion and construction, which was set to begin Wednesday, Jan 29th:

Please note the phone numbers if you have any concerns regarding the ongoing construction work. The Legado Redondo complex will have 115 units and ground-floor retail at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Palos Verdes Boulevard. The developer also agreed to refurbish a hotel on the property, the former Palos Verdes Inn.

Butcher-Solana update for Feb 5th meeting.

Per Torrance city staff:

In mid-December, the applicant [ReyLenn Properties] responded to staff’s request for an update to let us know that the project is still on hold.  At this time, the project and its EIR remain on hold.“

In response to our question of whether there’s any deadline, etc that they’ll have to adhere to: “As the application for the project is still considered to be incomplete, there are no additional time limits that we are aware of.”

This update is current as of January 22nd, per Torrance Community Development office. More information may be forthcoming at the upcoming February 5 community meeting.

Nov 6 General meeting recap

Our November 6 General Meeting at Richardson Middle School featured Torrance city officials Patrick Sullivan, City Attorney and Rebecca Poirier, City Clerk who spoke on the issue of voting – in general and specifically for City Council members. As we learned this year, the city has moved toward District-based council districts. The Hollywood Riviera, being in District 5, will be able to vote next for our City Council member in 2022. They also reviewed new expanded voting opportunities coming available next year, such as voting-day registration and no-party-preference registration. Visit the California Secretary of State’s website for more information.

City Attorney Patrick Sullivan and City Clerk Rebecca Poirier answer questions posed by Riviera residents

We also received a lot of good information from Leo Oorts of the Torrance Community Development department regarding Short-term rentals and new regulations allowing more leeway in building and renting “additional dwelling units” (ADUs).

Leo Oorts describing the ins and outs of ADUs

The RHA forum provided a great opportunity to interact with city officials, which we plan to provide in the future, as we have in recent years. We also replenished our coffers with memberships gratefully accepted from our members. If you would like to find out your membership status, and donate your voluntary annual dues, please visit our membership page.

Lots of interest at the Nov 6 2019 general meeting

Trash talk

The City of Torrance has a new telephone number 855-354-5623 for ILLEGAL DUMPING (you’ll frequently see abandoned furniture at the start or end of each month, when renters move in/out). Call the city at that number for safety and a cleaner neighborhood.

You can also contact the city for a pickup for your own large item discards. Click here for more information. Help keep the Hollywood Riviera beautiful.


Happy New Year to all Hollywood Riviera
residents from your
Riviera Homeowners Association!

November 6 General Meeting

At this next community update, we’ll give the latest information we have on the Butcher-Solana project plans, the state-wide voting for the March 2020 election, how the city plans to handle the coyote problem and more
This is our fiscal kick off meeting for 2019… so please come prepared to renew your membership or join us for the first time. Membership is voluntary, but dues are essential to keep your RHA going.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7 PM
Richardson Middle School Cafeteria
23751 Nancy Lee Lane Torrance, CA 90505

Please feel free to bring up topics for the RHA to pursue, and consider working with the overworked, small (in number) RHA board on the issues you’re passionate about.

If you missed, or lost, our recent Riviera Reporter newsletter, get it here, along with past issues.

Street Sweeping / Parking / Ticketing

The Traffic Commission for the city of Torrance will be discussing street sweeping parking restrictions on our streets where parking is only permitted on one side, in both the Hollywood Riviera and Seaside. Meeting to be held at:

West Annex Commission room
(west of City Council chambers)
3031 Torrance Blvd
Monday November 4 7:00 PM

We know a lot of Riviera residents are inconvenienced at times when no street parking is available, but also a lot of residents appreciate the street sweeping not being impeded by parked cars. This is a chance to voice your opinions. You may also write or email your feedback to the commission. For background and more information, see Monday’s meeting agenda.

Bet you never made one of these…

Learn how to create your own customized gift card holder! Local artisan Peggy Hasegawa demonstrates how to make a beautiful presentation holder for gift cards, just in time for the holidays or adaptable for any occasion! When and where:

Saturday, November 9 11:00AM
El Retiro Library
126 Vista Del Parque

Space is limited. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and registration is required. For more information or to register, please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922. 

Has the Torrance Historical Society
got a deal for you!

They’d like to invite our RHA members to join. Do so today, and you’ll receive THREE months free!  That’s right – your membership will be good until February 2021! 
Why join?  Why not? You live, work and/or play in Torrance, so learn about your City – it’s exciting!  No, really, it IS!  Torrance is a “young” City (107), but rich in history!

Here are a few of the benefits of Membership:

  • You don’t have to attend meetings 😊
  • FABulous informative & interesting programs
  • Membership discounts on events
  • Research privileges in the historic archives
  • Free Subscription to the Torrance Historian Newsletter
  • Bragging rights that you belong to the Torrance Historical Society

For a sneak preview of what’s to come click here

So . . . to be kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Torrance history, please take a minute to complete the application: http://www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org/membership/membershipflyer.pdf and mail it to: 
Torrance Historical Society – 1345 Post Ave., Torrance, CA 90501

The Torrance Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, and just like the RHA, love to see their membership grow.  Also, a Torrance Historical Society Membership makes a great gift — especially for that someone who has everything!

www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.org

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