RHA January Meeting with Guest Speaker Mayor Bill Brand, Our Neighborhood Voices Initiative explained.

Our featured Guest on Wednesday, January 26 was Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, co-author of a voter initiative, which would STOP SACRAMENTO from taking control of local zoning and overturn SB9 and SB10.

Mayor Brand narrated a compelling slide presentation, discussing the newly passed laws SB9 & SB10, and what we can do now to take back local control of housing development and zoning.

We’d like to share with you a detailed meeting summary, and also a Zoom recording of the Jan 26 meeting itself.

We also shared updates from RHA on the Torrance Airport noise abatement and previewed an upcoming forum for Torrance mayoral and city council candidates.


Next up:

Our next scheduled RHA event is a LIVE! Candidate Forum, held jointly with Seaside Neighborhood Association so please save the date:

Wednesday, March 23, 2022   7:00 P.M. -9:00 P.M.
South High School gym (4801 Pacific Coast Highway)

We will be hosting candidates for the upcoming Torrance election for Mayor, City Council District 5, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. For the election date and to see who’s running, click here.

Forum sponsored by Riviera Homeowners Association, Seaside Neighborhood Association & Southwood Riviera HOA.


Scholars!

The RHA offers scholarships each year to outstanding Senior High School student-citizens. See our past awardees here. If you would like to apply for one of these, please see the information on our Scholarship Application page. Hurry! Deadline approaching soon!!

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General Meeting January 26

Join our Zoom Meeting at 7:00pm by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83318615392?pwd=OHJPdnE5cGFVdDdFY3NLRGVhQkhKQT09
Meeting ID: 833 1861 5392
Passcode: 954783
One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83318615392#,,,,*954783# US (San Jose)

Our featured Guest on Wednesday January 26 is Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, co-author of a voter initiative which would STOP SACRAMENTO from taking control of local zoning and overturn SB9 and SB10. In addition there will be announcements and time for questions and answers.

This meeting will be recorded and made available on this website after the meeting. Look for posted signs announcing the meeting and a mailed postcard in days to come.

Zoom to our meeting!

Ashai Project to be Redesigned

The Ashai development project, a multi-use office building and condo project, is going back to the drawing board. The directors of Ashai Development Corporation, Billy and Arthur Ashai, have confirmed that they are going to lower the height and scale of the project, to make it more compatible with the neighborhood.  The project is located at the corner of Via Valmonte and Hawthorne, on the border of the Riviera and Walteria areas. 

Ashai Mixed-Use Development Project – original design concept

The redesign is a result of public opposition to the original large, 3-story plan seen above.  Residents wrote emails, called in to the Planning Division, and about 80 residents showed up to a public meeting in October at the Torrance Airport meeting room to state their opposition to the project. Thank you to everyone who voiced their opinion.

Click here for documents related to the development at the Torrance Planning department

We’ll soon see what the new plans and the new silhouette look like. We’ll keep you posted!

Join us for our first Zoom RHA General Meeting of 2022!

The RHA continues to engage with leaders in Torrance and the South Bay, and issues important to residents of the Hollywood Riviera. We encourage you to be engaged by participating in RHA meetings and support.

Our featured Guest on Wednesday January 26 is Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, co-author of a voter initiative which would STOP SACRAMENTO from taking control of local zoning and overturn SB9 and SB10. In addition there will be announcements and time for questions and answers.

Join our Zoom Meeting at 7:00pm by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83318615392?pwd=OHJPdnE5cGFVdDdFY3NLRGVhQkhKQT09
Meeting ID: 833 1861 5392
Passcode: 954783
One tap mobile: +16699009128,,83318615392#,,,,*954783# US (San Jose)

This meeting will be recorded and made available on this website after the meeting. Look for posted signs announcing the meeting and a mailed postcard in days to come.


November 3 meeting summary:

Click here to watch a Youtube recording
of the November 3 General Meeting


Prohibited Uses of Water

Some Riviera residents are served by water utility Cal Water, while others are served by the Torrance utility department. With the continuing drought putting pressure on our groundwater and imported water sources, some of the prohibited uses of potable water are:

  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures
  • Using water in a water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system
  • Applying water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall (0.25 inches)
  • No landscape watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Limiting individual irrigation station run times to no more than 15 minutes
  • No washing down of driveways, sidewalks or other exterior surfaces except for safety or sanitary reasons
  • Repairing known water leaks within 15 days
  • Using only hoses with a positive shut-off valve attachment in landscape watering, wash-downs or in washing vehicles

Upcoming RHA General Meeting on Zoom – November 3 – Ask Mayor Furey

All Riviera residents are invited to attend next week’s general meeting beginning at 7:00PM

Featured guest: Mayor Pat Furey

Torrance Mayor Furey is currently finishing the last year of his term.  He’ll be talking about the state of the City, our financial situation, how/if California SB 9 and SB 10 will affect our housing density, and other topics.  

There will be time for Questions and Answers, so be ready with a question or two!

We’ll share news about a voter initiative regarding local control of zoning and the Ashai Corporation Development on the corner of Hawthorne Blvd. and Via Valmonte (see below).
Also fun stuff for Thanksgiving and families.

We’re looking forward to our meetings next year to be in person, but this one you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Here are the Zoom deets:

Topic: RHA General Meeting – November 3 2021
Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84891968602?pwd=TFFzM1ZDSlhQNmRnSGE0TEx4OHhlUT09
(Click on the link to join with your browser if you don’t have the Zoom app installed)

Meeting ID: 848 9196 8602
Passcode: 148990

One tap mobile
+16699009128,,84891968602#,,,,148990# US (San Jose)

Halloween Movie in the Park

The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the entire family to Halloween Movie in the Park at Wilson Park on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Wear your costumes and bring your blankets and chairs for a special viewing of The Addams Family (2019, rated PG) under the stars! The event is free of charge, and no registration is required.  The event will be cancelled in the event of rain. 

Schedule:
5:00-6:00 p.m.        Enjoy music provided by DJ Ozzie and food ! from some of the most popular Farmers’ Market vendors (food available for purchase)
6:00-6:30 p.m.        Costume Parade
6:30-8:00 p.m.        Special viewing of The Addams Family (2019, rated PG)

Community Meeting on the Ashai  Mixed-use Development
at Hawthorne Blvd. and Via Valmonte

The Ashai Corporation was ordered by the City of Torrance Planning Division to have a public meeting regarding their project on the corner of Hawthorne and Via Valmonte.

This project is a mixed-use building, with three stories  (33 1/2 foot high walls + a 4 1/2 foot high AC cover) facing Hawthorne Blvd on the south side of Via Valmonte (the proposed Solana project is just north, across Via Valmonte).  At the back of the project will be 11 condo units.  There is a semi-subterranean parking lot for 35 cars with one entrance and exit on Valmonte for both. 

The Torrance Planning Division has described the project on their website. A number of studies on this development have been prepared, and are available on this California state agency website.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Thursday November 4 at 7:00 PM.  The location is the TORRANCE AIRPORT MEETING ROOM3301 Airport Drive .  The architects for the project will be there.

The RHA has presented these talking points expected to be addressed at this meeting:


Membership – your commitment to the Riviera

It’s your dues that keep us going. For a modest yearly amount, the RHA can continue its valuable work. Please consider joining or renewing today.

See our Membership page for details.


In Other Halloween News…

The Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat is back!

October 31 2021 3:00-6:00PM
Learn more here!

Halloween is coming, so Trunk & Treat!

Torrance’s Volunteer Center needs our help to feed Torrance families. They are hosting a Trunk & Treat event October 28 to collect food donations as their pantry is bare.  The Center’s CEO, Sara Myers, stated “The local families that participate in this program are so grateful for the support, but right now we don’t have enough food to meet the weekly needs. Our goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food which will provide 2,183 meals.”

The Center invites the whole community to fill their vehicle trunks with boxes of cereal; cans of meat, vegetables and fruit; and other nonperishable food items like pasta, rice and beans; and safely drop them off in the parking lot of 1230 Cravens Avenue in Downtown Torrance on Thursday, October 28, between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The RHA supports their effort and encourage you to please share with your friends, family, and neighbors. Click here for more details about the Food for Kids Program

General Meeting: Save the Date!

The RHA will host our next General Meeting at 7:00PM on November 3 2021, so please dine early and set aside an hour or two for some important updates and a special guest. Here is the link to join the meeting, we suggest you join us a few minutes before 7:00:

Topic: RHA General Meeting – November 3 2021
Time: Nov 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84891968602?pwd=TFFzM1ZDSlhQNmRnSGE0TEx4OHhlUT09

Meeting ID: 848 9196 8602
Passcode: 148990


One tap mobile
+16699009128,,84891968602#,,,,148990# US (San Jose)

The Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat is back!

This Riviera Village event has become a South Bay tradition, attracting thousands of children each year to enjoy Halloween in a safe, outdoor and fun atmosphere.

Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd. Shops will hand out candy and treats outdoors. Make an evening of it, and stop for dinner in one of the many restaurants in the Village.
Here’s a tip: make your reservations early. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween and enjoy all that Riviera Village has to offer.

Halloween should be scary but…

Thank you to Torrance Memorial for these Halloween safety tips for Trick or Treating:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Everyone should have a flashlight with fresh batteries. Also give kids a cellphone for emergencies if you will not be accompanying them.
  • If older children are going without adult supervision, plan and review a route beforehand and agree on a time when they should be at home.
  • Be mindful if your children have allergies. Houses with teal pumpkins on their porch signify an allergy-friendly house.
  • Advise children to only go to homes that are well-lit. Never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay on brightly lit streets. Never cut across yards or walk through alleys.
  • Always use established crosswalks and proceed with caution. Don’t assume motorists can see you.
  • Discourage masks that may obstruct your child’s vision, and make sure his or her costume fits properly to prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure any face paint/makeup used is non-toxic.
  • Drive extra carefully during Trick or Treating hours (usually 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.).
  • Keep an eye out particularly for children in dark clothing.
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