October Meeting Announcement


Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 P.M

Doors open at 6:30 and the Public is welcome.
Light refreshments will be served.


How far along are the plans for the huge proposed Butcher Hill/Solana residential
project at Hawthorne and Via Valmonte and what is the resident response? Could the
site be saved as open space or park land? Get the latest information from experts.

“Granny Flats”: Can I put one in my back yard or convert the garage? A staff member
from the Torrance Planning Department will provide clarification of whatʼs included in
the Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) State legislation and why itʼs considered necessary.

Update on City Council district voting – when and why will at-large council elections be changed?

This is our first meeting of the year. So come prepared to join RHA or renew your
membership.   Can’t make it to the meeting?  Contribute your voluntary dues here. Our costs are going up, but so far not our low, low membership fee.   Help yourself by maintaining a vibrant Hollywood Riviera community.  Join or renew today (or tomorrow)!CRW_Logo_Full_Color_Logo

New members joining between now and October 31 1918 are eligible for a drawing to win a case of Castle Rock wine — Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.  Winner will be announced on this website by November 15.

A city worth preserving

Torrance city staff will provide a brief overview of the City of Torrance’s Historic Preservation Program, which was approved by the City Council in December of 2017.  The City is ready to launch this program and a Historic Preservation Commission will be formed.  Those interested in Historic Preservation are encouraged to consider applying for a seat on the NEW Historic Preservation Commission in the near future.   You will learn more about this Commission at the meeting.

When:  Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Where:  Bartlett Senior Center -1318 Cravens Ave., Old Torrance (upstairs)
Time:  7:00 PM – Meet-&-greet with friends & neighbors, Torrance Bakery Cookies
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Meeting, Q&A

Landscaping the Riviera

See this year’s landscape award winners, so far.   The RHA applauds our neighbors who bring beauty and unexpected delights to our community.  Green up your thumb, and you may find a sign in your front yard!


Advertise and help the RHA

New this year!  You can support your homeowners association, and bring business your way, by advertising on this website.  We are offering ad placement on our homepage, as well as on any email blasts that are sent out.

We love your memberships too! (Wish we get  enough this year to expand our scholarships and mailings)

For more details, read here, and direct your requests or any questions to webmaster@hollywoodriviera.org


Library Happenings

Little Artists – 09/20/2018 11:00 AM – Children ages 18 months and up are invited to join us for some artistic self-expression! This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required. For more information, please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418.

Toddlertime – 09/26/2018 11:00 AM – This story and song program is for children ages 18 months to 3 years and a participating caregiver. This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922.

Secrets of Ventriloquism –  09/27/2018 4:00 PM  – Join in for an interactive performance with Joe Gandelman! This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required. For more information, please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418.

Earthquake Preparedness Townhall

Join Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for an Earthquake Preparedness Townhall in recognition of the upcoming Great California Shake Out – the largest-ever earthquake drill in the world.

  • Emergency preparedness kit information
  • Disaster plan preparation
  • Earthquake simulator for children

Saturday, October 6  1 – 4 p.m.
George Nakano Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr.

Let’s be ready!  Learn more here.

LEAF BLOWERS – Love ’em or leave ’em?


Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beach all have banned the use of leaf blowers and Torrance is considering following suit.

A proposal to ban leaf blowers has been taken up by the city’s Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission.  There are arguments on both sides of the issue. Some favor the ban because of noise, air pollution, adverse health effects etc.  Banning them could cause homeowners greater cost, as it could take gardeners a longer time at each job, and could be difficult to enforce.

Homeowners associations have been asked to help gather the opinions of their residents: we encourage you to fill out this City of Torrance survey:


El Retiro Park gets animated

Torrance Movies in the Park comes to our El Retiro Park this Saturday night.  Right around dark (say 8:00) the lights will go down and the silver screen will light up.  The feature this year is Despicable Me 3.


The Riviera Homeowners Association will be offering free popcorn for all new memberships or renewals.

Bring your warm clothes, lawn chairs, hot cocoa and join the fun.

El Retiro Park is at 126 VISTA DEL PARQUE
Saturday, July 28th   8:00PM

This program is sponsored by the Torrance Community Services Department,
in cooperation with local Homeowners’ Associations, like your RHA.
For more information, please call 310/618-2930

Educating the Electorate

The RHA, together with the Seaside and Southwood Homeowners Association, brought together our Torrance city council and mayoral candidates for a brisk, well-attended question and answer session to help Torrance voters decide who to vote for on June 5.  Many thanks to Marc Danziger who moderated the event, and all the homeowner associations’ leaders who worked hard to make it happen.

CityCouncil (6)

City Council Candidates: Kurt Weideman, Bill Sutherland, Jimmy Gow, Aurelio Mattucci, Tim Goodrich, George Chen


Mayoral candidates: Ron Riggs, Pat Furey, Tom Brewer

If you missed the forum, or would like to watch the action again, this video lets you watch the city council portion and this video the mayoral portion.  Our thanks to Dan Feliz for providing this footage.

Good luck deciding!

At-large at-risk

Torrance may be changing from at-large to district elections. Currently, our elections are held at-large, which means that all six Council members and the Mayor are elected to their posts by every voter in Torrance. If changed, Torrance would move to district elections where the City is split into geographic areas and there is one Council member elected by only the people of that area to represent that section of the City. The Mayor would still be elected at-large.

You may attend one of the public hearings below to learn more and voice your opinion. All meeting are held during the regular City Council meetings at 7pm, with the exception of April 16th, which will be at 5pm.


All of these meetings regarding the transition from at-large to district-based elections will be live on CitiCable3 (Spectrum), 31 (Frontier) and over-the-air KNET 25.2 and on-line at  https://www.torranceca.gov/government/council-agendas-minutes

Save the Movie Date

Saturday, July 28 Torrance Movies in the Park will bring Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) to our very own El Retiro Park (126 Vista del Parque).


For more information, click here.

We want you, really

As we move toward the summer months, the RHA Board continues to work toward engaging and supporting the Hollywood Riviera community with the support of all our residents and especially paid members.

We are on the lookout for homeowners who have an interest in bettering the Riviera by contributing your know-how and time by sitting on the RHA Board.  It’s a ridiculously small number of people who carry the ball forward and we’d love to have you join us.  Please email president@hollywoodriviera.org to ask, if only to learn more.



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