What’s going up at Butcher Hill?

We want to let all Riviera residents know of an important meeting this week regarding the largest development in recent memory so close to our borders.

The Butcher Hill plan (aka Butcher-Solana Residential Project) calls for 248 apartments to be built on the flats in front of the old quarry hillside, with parking entrances and exits on Hawthorne Blvd. and Valmonte Drive. Some of the proposed buildings would be 5 stories tall.

This would have a huge impact on traffic and population density in our area.  It is already difficult to get up and down Hawthorne during commuter hours, plus there is danger from the particulate matter from the diatomaceous earth that would become airborne during construction, plus we lose one of the few open spaces still left in the Riviera area.

The city of Torrance has called a “Scoping meeting” which will take place at City Hall 3031 Torrance Blvd. in council chambers at 6:30 PM on Thursday August 10.  It has been reported that if an issue is not brought up at this meeting then it will not be included or examined in the EIR.

The Scoping meeting details can be found here:
where there is a link to the project’s Initial Study among other relevant documents.


Aerial photo showing location of Butcher-Solana Residential Project

If you have concerns about the size, impact, traffic, pollution, aesthetics, safety,or anything else, please attend this meeting on Thursday August 10 to voice your concerns.  As you know, the more people that show up to voice their views in person, the bigger the impact we will have.

Save the date:

Richardson Middle School



PCH median graced with new plantings

Driving PCH will be a little more pleasant, and homeowners living along PCH will be a lot happier, now that the long awaited landscaping is underway.  City crews, having completed the new fencing and safety improvements, have been spending the summer laying in irrigation pipes and now planting hundreds of podocarpus trees on this stretch of highway across from South High school.  With the help of the RHA, nearby residents have worked with the city to resolve this long-standing eyesore, which will improve homeowners’ health and home values along the PCH access road.  We look forward to the project being completed very soon.  At some point in the future, the irrigation system will be retrofitted for reclaimed water.

Early June: Installation of a water meter and preparation for a new irrigation line.

Early July: Podocarpus trees to block the noise and dust coming off PCH

 We value your support

As the current 2016-17 year comes to a close, we thank all our neighbors who’ve given generously to the RHA in support of our efforts to keep you informed, and represented, here in our treasured corner of Torrance.  Our membership page (click here) should reflect your current status, and if you are behind in your voluntary annual dues contribution, you may update that there.

Another way to contribute is to consider placing an ad in our Riviera Reporter newsletter, which will next be issued before September.  If you have a business, or a service, that you would like to promote, an ad is a superb way to reach all residences within the Hollywood Riviera.  To place an ad, please contact us by email at president@hollywoodriviera.org

Marker project on hold

The committee working on a  marker to mark the entry to the Hollywood Riviera are still working with the City on a “break away” style sign design being requested.   They are exploring alternative styles acceptable to the City and will keep the RHA posted. Thank you for your patience! We hope to be able to post good news and a “go ahead” decision soon.

April Meeting brings May Greeting

Hello again!
Last week’s RHA General Meeting was full of interesting and valuable information.  The city of Torrance provided two excellent speakers on matters of concern to many Hollywood Riviera residents: coyote threats and the new view ordinance. Concern over these issues was evident from the high attendance, as well as the questions thrown at the invited guests.

Lt Jennifer Uyeda, accompanied by Christina Szczypkowski of the Torrance PD Community Affairs Division, gave a detailed exposition of the steps the city has taken, guided by the city council and citizen input, to address the persistent coyote problem.  While coyotes are not brand new to the city, a growing population and adaptation to urban settings has created many problems for residents, who have lost pets and had frightening confrontations with the canny canids.  Lt Uyeda laid out the steps the city has taken, in conjunction with other southern California government bodies to best understand and control the coyote problem, and especially inform residents what they can do to avoid attracting and dealing with the wily wildlife.  As communities across the US have learned, coyotes are not going away.

Torrance PD Lt Uyeda and Services Officer Szczypkowski review city efforts to combat coyote confrontations

Resources on how to coexist with coyotes, including instructions on reporting, viewing maps of coyote sightings, and most importantly – what to do when in the presence of coyotes – were made available at the meeting, and can be found online here.

The RHA encourages all residents to study and share this material with their families and neighbors.  If you don’t know what “coyote hazing” means, you should find out!

Coyote concerns by Riviera residents were expressed during a Q&A

View Equity Ordinance explained

Our other speaker that evening was Ana Fernandez, Planning Associate for the Torrance Community Development Department. Having just been passed by the City Council, the “View Equity” Ordinance seeks to balance the interests of tree and vegetation owners with those who have valuable views and seek to protect those views.

Ms Fernandez details the working of the new View Equity Ordinance and answers some tough questions from residents
Seated at left: Linda Cessna, Community Development Department

Congratulations and thanks to all those who made passage of this ordinance possible, it has been a long-standing goal of the RHA to make this a reality.

For all the information about the ordinance, please visit the city’s website for it here.  There is the 12-page ordinance, a 2-page summary, and additional resources.

The RHA would like your help

Got a little time?

There are a number of ways, large and small, to assist your neighbors with keeping up with developments.  Volunteers are welcome to email the RHA with your availability and interests.  We’ll be sure to get back to you ASAP!

Got a little money?

If you’ve not yet surrendered your voluntary (!) dues for the 2016-17 membership year, please consult our membership page for all the easy ways to keep yourself in good standing.  We thank you for your support!

Rains bless the Riviera

See our Landscape page for another way we keep busy
(and encourage Riviera residents to make their
yards the best they can be!)
Those above are just the monthly awards given this year.

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