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Child Car Seat Safety checks by Torrance Fire Department
The Torrance Fire Department is pleased to announce that we have started a child car seat safety program. This service is being provided by Torrance firefighters that are nationally certified through the National Child Passenger Safety program. If you are a Torrance resident and would like to sign up for one of our workshops, please read and follow the instructions below.
- There will be scheduled car seat safety checks that will take approximately 30-60 minutes each. As a courtesy, please do not show up to one of the fire stations requesting a seat check.
- We will be holding monthly workshops to assist our residents with proper car seat installations.
- For additional information on child car seat safety please view the
Car Seat Safety
The first workshop will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Torrance Fire Station 2 near the Torrance Airport, 25135 Robinson Way, Torrance, CA 90505.
Appointments are required for the Workshop. To schedule an appointment please:
Contact our Public Education Officer Chris Rhodes at 310-781-7646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, car seat checks are still available through the CHP. The nearest location for Torrance residents is:19700 Hamilton Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502
Please call ahead to make an appointment for car seat installations.
The following link has important information about infant and child car seats from the California Highway Patrol.
Zamperini Memorial Highway
ACR (Assembly Concurrent Resolution) 157 Introduced by Assembly Member David Hadley (Coauthors: Assembly Member Members Chavez and Gipson) (Coauthor: Senator Allen) passed Thursday, August 12, 2016.
This measure designates Interstate 405 between the Redondo Beach and Western off ramps in both directions in the County of Los Angeles as the Louis Zamperini Memorial Highway. The measure requires the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs. THe Department of Transportation determined that $2500 per sign needs to be raised and that will be two signs.
A link to the Daily Breeze story is here.
The Business Insider Magazine Survey Ranks Torrance
in Top 25 in Quality of Life
The article is available here.
TORRANCE REFINERY GATE 2 Project to start on August 31, 2015
On August 31, 2015, the Torrance Refinery will commence a road construction project inside refinery property to widen the delivery entrance for trucks at Gate 2 near the corner of 190^th Street and Prairie Avenue. We expect the project to take approximately two weeks.
During this time, we anticipate daily deliveries of asphalt to Gate 2 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and we have arranged to have the deliveries occur sporadically throughout the day to avoid causing traffic congestion.
While we have been preparing the area in anticipation of this internal roadwork and have taken measures to reduce dust once the work commences, it is possible that the smell of asphalt may be detected in the community, similar to general roadwork.
We do not anticipate any noise or additional odors associated with the project, and respectfully ask for our neighbors understanding during this time, so that we may improve the safety of our facility.
Questions or concerns can be directed to our 24-hour Neighborhood Hotline at (310) 505-3158.
For more information, and to register for email updates about the Torrance Refinery, go to www.exxonmobiltorrance.com .
Barbara GrahamExxon Mobil Corporation 3700 W. 190th Street
Public and Government Affairs
Torrance, CA 90504 U.S.A.
310.212.1852 P&GA Main Office
310.505.3158 Torrance Refinery 24-Hour Neighborhood Hotline
WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE AND INFORMATION
On May 5, 2015, City Council approved activation of Level 2 water requirements due to the severity of the drought and to meet the new state regulations.
The Conservation Ordinance applies to the entire City regardless of retail water supplier.Level 2-Water Use Requirements and Regulations
- Calls for up to 30 percent water use reduction
- No outside watering from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Outdoor watering limited to two days a week for 10 minutes per area or irrigation station
- Fix all leaks within four days
- No watering 48 hours after rain event
- Certain restrictions on filling and refilling of pools, spas and ponds
- Provides for administrative rules to implement the ordinance
Permanent Requirements In Effect at all Times
- No excessive runoff from outdoor watering
- No washing of exterior surfaces
- No washing of vehicles with "open hose"
- All water features must have a re-circulating system
- Restaurants to use water conserving spray valves
- Restaurants to serve water only upon request
- Lodging business must provide option not to launder linens daily
Remember the 2-6-8-10 Plan
2 Days a week
6 PM - 8 AM Watering Times
10 Minutes/area (watering station)
Water is a limited and valuable resource. Use it wisely and conserve for tomorrow.
Public Workshop on Potential Historic Preservation Programs
Adoption of any Historic Preservation program could affect your property values and you are encouraged to participate in this process.
All persons interested in the above matters are requested to be present at the workshop or to submit their written comments prior to the workshop to the Community Development Department, 3031 Torrance Boulevard, CA 90503 or email: CDDinfo@TorranceCA.gov .
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DESIGN COMMITTEE MEETING
The City of Torrance will be holding a City Council Meeting to discuss the potential creation of a Historic Preservation Program. Adoption of any Historic Preservation program could affect your property values and you are encouraged to participate in this process.
All persons interested in the above matters are requested to be present at the workshop or to submit their written comments prior to the workshop to the Community Development Department, 3031 Torrance Boulevard, CA 90503 or email: CDDinfo@TorranceCA.gov.
For further information, contact the PLANNING DIVISION of the Community Development Department at (310) 618-5990.
Kevin Joe, AICP
City of Torrance Community Development Department
3031 Torrance Boulevard | Torrance CA 90503 | 310-618-5994 | Fax 310-618-5829 | kjoe@TorranceCA.gov
City of Torrance Historic Preservation Website
Please see the City of Torrance Community Development Department Historic Preservation website for Historic Preservation workshops and meeting announcements and materials.
The City of Torrance's Historic Preservation website: www.torrnet.com/20835.htm
For more information and a list of properties on the Historic Resources Survey, please visit the City's Historic Preservation pages.
Contact Community Development Department for additional questions at (310) 618-5990 or via email CDDinfo@TorranceCA.gov or postal mail to 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503.
For more information and examples please see how the Los Angeles Conservancy is preserving and revitalizing Greater Los Angeles' architectural heritage.
Federal and State Designation Programs (from the Office of Historic Resources) Information regarding HPOZ Overlay Zones, incentives and more.
Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signals
Later this year, drivers in the City of Torrance will encounter a new type of traffic signal display designed to move traffic more efficiently, safely, and reduce delays. Here is some information on the new signals.
Sandbags for Torrance Residents
Street Maintenance provides free sandbags to residents in Torrance residing in single-family homes and duplexes only. During storms, Street Maintenance orders and fills sandbags for Torrance residents. Each resident can pick up a maximum of 25 filled sandbags at no cost at the City Yard, depending on availability.
Please call the City of Torrance Public Works Department at 310-781-6900 before coming to the City Yard to make sure a crew is available to help load the sandbags into a truck or car. Also, be sure to bring some form of ID (Driver's License) to show residency within the City of Torrance.
During after-hours storm emergencies, Torrance residents may call the Torrance Fire Department at 310-781-7042 for information on sandbag availability.
Transportation Projects and Issues
The Del Amo Extension Project Craig Bilezerian, P.E., Engineering Manager, Public Works Beth Overstreet, P.E., Engineering Manager, Public Works Lauren Sablan, P.E., Associate Engineer, Public Works
The proposed project would complete the missing segment of Del Amo Blvd. between Crenshaw Blvd. and Maple Avenue and it would widen the existing segment of Del Amo Blvd. between Maple Avenue and Prairie Avenue. When constructed, Del Amo Blvd. will be a four-lane divided roadway within the project limits and provide an additional east-west route throughout the City. Construction also includes a new bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, drainage improvements and relocation of existing utilities.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Jill Crump - Planning Associate, City of Torrance
The regional Bicycle Master Plan will seek to improve policy and infrastructure across seven cities in the South Bay: El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The South Bay Bicycle Master Plan seeks to reduce the prevalence of obesity and improve community health through the increased bicycle ridership of the area's residents.
Torrance Transit Jim Mills, Transit Administration Manager
Last year, Torrance Transit celebrated 70 years of service to the community by "going green" with 10, 40-foot gasoline-electric hybrid buses, which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the South Bay area. Torrance Transit also offers Senior Taxi and Dial-a-Taxi, and provides the EZ Transit Pass -- the only regional transit pass good on 12 different bus systems in Los Angeles County.
Voting and Election information
In conjunction with the June 3, 2014 election, TorranceVotes.Org was created to empower the voter and to provide each person the ability to frame their own questions based on their own values. We hope to challenge you, the voter, to make a more informed decision based on your observations and values. If you have relied on others in the past we invite you to step inside to learn more.
- For information regarding local elections, see the City of Torrance Elections Page.
- Smart Voter.Org
- League of Women Voters
- League of Women Voters, Torrance Chapter
To report sightings of graffiti on properties in the City of Torrance, please call the Graffiti Hotline listed below and leave a detailed message. Messages are retrieved hourly during normal working hours. Please speak clearly and slowly, and include the address and cross street where the graffiti is located in addition to the type of structure where the graffiti is posted.
Help Torrance Go Green
See our Torrance Green Initiatives page for details.
Emergency Services, in coordination, conjunction and collaboration with all City departments will maximize the City's potential to prevent against, prepare for, respond to and recover from both natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. For more information see the City Disaster Preparedness web pages.
"Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. It improves relations between police and the communities they serve as well as help reduce burglaries and robberies while forging bonds among area residents."Copies of the TPD Neighborhood Watch Bulletins are available near the bottom of the Neighborhood Watch link mentioned above. You can sign up to receive the Neighborhood Watch Newsletter by email. Sign up with the Torrance PD email alert program here: https://www.torranceca.gov/Survey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=5325533L4533G
For more information or to join please call (310) 618-6392 or see above link.
Additional Neighborhood Watch information is available from the National Crime Prevention Council.
Home Security Inspections
The Community Services Department offers a free on-site custom security inspection of your home or apartment at your convenience. You will be given information and training on the most effective locks, alarm systems and lighting specific to your home and your area. You will receive a written evaluation of the improvements you can make to increase security without making your home a fortress. The inspection takes approximately 30 minutes of your time, but will pay huge dividends in the physical security and in your peace of mind. Additionally, certain improvements may reduce your homeowner's insurance premium. This service is provided free of charge to Torrance residents. To schedule your Home Security Inspection call (310) 618-6391, sign up online at above link or e-mail your request to: Communityaffairs@torrnet.com
Vacation Security Checks
The Torrance Police Department provides a Vacation Security Check service. To advise the Torrance Police Department that you are on vacation and to have them do checks while you're away, please either fill out the form on their website with the link above or contact Community Affairs, (310) 618-6391/6392 or e-mail at Communityaffairs@torrnet.com.
Please be advised that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily.
The City of Torrance is Rated One of the Safest Cities in the United States
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - According to the most recent survey for 2008, the City of Torrance is the 4th safest city in Los Angeles County and the 23rd safest city in the United States with populations over 100,000. As they have done since 1999, CQ Press has completed their annual report of the safest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. These rankings are calculated by using six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the categories noted. In addition, it reports that the crime rate for Torrance is well below the national average. In this study of 378 cities, the national average was weighted at 100. The City of Torrance came in at 43.98, or 56 points below the national average. Please click here for more information.
Downtown Torrance Bulletins
The Downtown Bulletin is available on the City of Torrance website. The Downtown Bulletin is designed to keep our merchants, property owners and residents informed about activities occurring in the Downtown Redevelopment Project Area. Special events, temporary street closures and infrastructure improvements are some of the activities and information have included in previous bulletins.
If you have any questions regarding the Downtown Redevelopment Project Area, please contact our staff at 310 618 5990.
Torrance General Plan Update
The Torrance General Plan is currently undergoing a major revision. Now is your chance to influence the direction our City will take in the future! The meetings are free and open to the public. Invite a neighbor!
Note: Workshop times and topics are subject to change. You can find up-to-date Workshop information on the City's General Plan Web Site.
Oversize Vehicle Ordinance
The City of Torrance has an oversized vehicle ordinance that went into effect at the beginning of 2007. See the link for details on securing permits. For more more information see the City's web page on this topic.
Green Building / Remodeling Guidlines
The City of Torrance has published green building & remodeling guidelines (PDF) to aid in building and remodeling in a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner.
Architectural Design Guidelines Are Available
The Architectural Design Guidelines are available for purchase.
On July, 26, 2005, the City Council "made history" by unanimously voting to recognize the original boundaries of Torrance as "Old Torrance - Founded 1912." The signage is now up. As the City nears its 100th anniversary, this type of recognition is all the more important.
At that same time, the City Council also directed the Torrance Historical Society to team together with the Community Development Dept. to create a set of voluntary Architectural Design Guidelines that could be referenced for those property owners who live in Old Torrance and are interested in the restoration, renovation and/or preservation of their homes.
The predominant architectural styles of the early to mid 20th century that can be found in Old Torrance are represented in these Guidelines. In fact, all the photos used in this booklet were taken of homes within the Old Torrance neighborhood.
The booklet is easy-to-read, has many examples emphasizing the primary components and architectural features of a "historic" home, has a quick-reference glossary of architectural terms, and . . . it lists a wealth of resources that are available through the Torrance Public Library and/or the Community Development Dept.
The goal of the Architectural Design Guidelines is to help homeowners in Old Torrance who want to update their home, yet maintain the same charm and architectural characteristics that make this neighborhood work!
The Architectural Design Guidelines are one resource that will aid in fostering the growth of this community's preservation efforts.
The City of Torrance's Historic Preservation website: www.torrnet.com/20835.htm
Community Development Department
3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
The cost is $5 per booklet. You can pay via cash or check made payable to "City of Torrance".