This just came to our attention. A special City Council meeting has been scheduled for the issue: “Recommendation of the City Clerk that the City Council consider the removal of Shamindra Manbahal from the Civil Service Commission.”

BACKGROUND: On Sept. 13, Mayor Chen broke the City’s 25 + years’ tradition by unilaterally, without input from Council or the public, appointing Mr. Manbahal as Commissioner.

You can view the 9/13 City Council meeting and decision in question on this link.  The discussion on the action item begins at the 2 hour & 20 minute mark.   

Written comments must be submitted ASAP by emailing CouncilMeetingPublicComment@TorranceCA.Gov
and writing “Public Comment” in the subject line.

You can view any live City Council meeting by clicking on the link found here.


El Retiro Library Grand Re-Opening, 9/17!

Please join the Community Services Department for the Grand Reopening of El Retiro Library on this coming Saturday, September 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Welcome back El Retiro Library!

The Library has been renovated and there will be live music and a magician for children to enjoy!

Planning Commission Appeal for Gun Shop on 9/21

The community development director for the city of Torrance has approved a new gun shop, Red Rifle, to be located at 1325 Sartori Ave in Downtown Torrance.

Red Rifle is currently operating in Carson

The Planning Commission will be hearing an appeal for the proposed gun shop on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the City Council Chamber at 3031 Torrance Blvd. starting at 6:30 p.m. It is not available for remote viewing. Four residents who filed the appeal will be speaking.

Opponents of the gun shop argue that the proposed location is 1/2 mile from Torrance High and Nativity School and they have cited that there are already 2 gun shops within a mile of this location. If you agree, you can sign a petition to block the approval here.

If you would like to show support for either side of this issue, you are encouraged to attend but are asked to be respectful and professional, as we are all a part of the community.

15 Day Ban on Outdoor Watering, the Reason Why

Yes, Torrance is in that part of LA County!

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is asking businesses and residents in parts of Greater Los Angeles to halt outdoor watering starting September 6th – 20th. The limit will last 15 days while a critical MWD pipeline receives emergency repairs.  

The cities affected include Beverly Hills, Glendale, Long Beach, Burbank, Torrance, San Fernando, and Pasadena. Municipal water districts affected include Central Basin, Foothill, Three Valleys, and West Basin. 

What’s the Reasoning for this?

Earlier this year, MWD discovered that the Upper Feeder pipeline leaked. The channel is 36 miles long and delivers water from the Colorado River to Southern California. Since then, it’s been operating at a reduced level while experts figured out a permanent solution to fixing it. Suspending outdoor water usage will allow the remaining water to be used for health & safety reasons. 

California’s Drought

The September suspension of outdoor watering is not a direct result of California’s drought or the historic low water levels in the Colorado River. However, the drought is still a significant concern. 

According to the US Drought Monitor, nearly all of Los Angeles County is in a severe drought, with 26% of the county being in an extreme drought. 

By 2040, experts estimate that California will lose 10% of its water supply. However, Governor Newsom recently unveiled a plan to conserve water over the coming decades to ensure that California does not run out. 

Although the upcoming suspension of outdoor watering is not specifically drought-related, we will likely see new drought-related restrictions in the coming years. For example, Pasadena announced they are moving up their winter watering schedule by two months to begin on September 1st.

The plan consists of buildings and residences having a once-a-week outdoor irrigation schedule, limiting the amount of water used outdoors. The upcoming restrictions, and a sense that the drought will not improve, motivated the city to update its watering schedule timeline. 

In addition, Cal Water and other suppliers ask customers to be mindful of residential and commercial water use. Supplying water takes a great deal of energy, so every drop of water conserved saves energy.

For more ideas on how to conserve, visit the Be Water Wise website.

Airport Noise – Your help needed!

Many people in the Riviera area, especially on the north side of the hill, have experienced a huge increase in the amount of airport noise.  This is due to the City of Torrance not enforcing their “no early left turn rule,” the increase in flight schools at Torrance Airport,  and finally, the decision to allow training flights to also turn left on leaving the runway, which has never been the case. We have never had training flights over south Torrance before this spring and summer.

Increasing Airport flight patterns

 Training flights now circle around the Riviera and Walteria area while practicing take offs and landings.  They are allowed to fly at a lower height than is normally required, but in fact, many pilots are flying lower than even the flight school requirement of 1,100 feet.  At the top of Paseo de las Tortugas, some training planes have been recorded at 370 feet above homes, which is a dangerously low altitude.  

The worst effect is the increase in noise all over the area. 

If you are bothered by airport noise, please go to the link below and sign the petition asking the City of Torrance to enforce the Torrance Municipal Code regarding the airport, and have the City ask for expert legal advice for more solutions to this problem.


RHA General Meeting, Tues. Oct. 4, 7:00 PM

Meet the Chief!”

Guest speaker Jay Hart, Torrance Police Chief

Come to our first live meeting of the year, at the beautiful 
Riviera United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 
375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Catch up with Riviera events and issues.  Meet new friends.  

You’ll be able to renew your Riviera Homeowners Association membership.  Stay and listen to recently hired Torrance Police Chief Jay Hart, our special guest, who will share updates and information on the new “Walk the Beat” policing program and his goals for the department.

Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Parking is in back.

Choice matters for Torrance transportation

L.A. Metro (the County’s Transportation Authority) has plans to connect more of the South Bay by extending the C-Line (Green) from Redondo Beach (Marine) Station to the new Mary K. Giordano Regional Transit Center in the City of Torrance. According to L.A. Metro, this project would bring light rail to the South Bay offering alternatives to traffic along the I-405 Freeway corridor, with connections to the A (Blue) and E (Expo) Lines. Trains from both the C-Line (Green) and the future Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project would run on this new extension and connect riders to the two new Metro stations (one in Redondo Beach and one in Torrance).

L.A. Metro is considering two rail alignments (see map above).  The first is the Metro Railroad Right-of-Way (ROW) Alignment where the train would utilize existing railroad right of way to connect with the Mary K. Giordano Transit Center. This alignment is fully funded and is part of L.A. Metro’s top priority for projects to be completed by 2028 Olympics. The second alignment is an elevated train along Hawthorne Boulevard from 405 Freeway to the railroad right of way at 190th Street.  This alignment will create significant impacts to businesses and residents in Torrance near Hawthorne Boulevard. This alignment is not fully funded and would further delay the project past year 2030.

L.A. Metro is seeking public input on this project. Torrance residents can join a Virtual Community Meeting Monday, August 15, 11am–1pm
Zoom link:  us02web.zoom.us/j/88433406820 
Phone: 877 853 5247 (toll free) Meeting ID: 884 3340 6820

Additionally, L.A. Metro will host an in-person community meeting on Tuesday, August 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Toyota Meeting Hall. The Hall is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive.

Click here for more details.

And even more details here.

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