Torrance Board of Education Special Meeting: Board Discusses How to Spend $9.3 Million in One-Time Funds

March 14, 2016, the Board of Education and Cabinet will host a Special Meeting at North High School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the allocation of one-time funds of $9.3 million. During the recession and State’s financial crisis, education funding experienced the greatest amount of cuts in recent history. School district budgets were severely reduced and TUSD weathered the cutbacks with conservative, long term planning. The past few years have seen a shift towards restoration of school dollars, and the $9.3 million TUSD will be receiving are a part of those restoration funds.

During the months of November and December 2015, the Board and District Administration solicited community feedback, asking parents and community members for suggestions on how the one-time dollars could be spent. The March 14, 2016 meeting will provide additional opportunities for community stakeholders to provide comment on the use of these funds.

The March 14, 2016 Special Meeting will take place at North High School, which is located at 3620 W. 182nd Street, in Torrance. The meeting will begin at 7 pm and be held in Saxon Hall (at North High). Parking (near Saxon Hall) is available in the lot off of Yukon Avenue.

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Remodeling: Getting the Most Bang for the Buck

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Renovating Torrance HS

Torrance High School has been under a major renovation project this year. But most of the new look will be inside, not outside. Since the school is a historical structure.

The outside is getting mostly a wash and fresh paint. While the real improvements will be inside the structures.

Torrance High School was established in 1917 and it is one of the oldest educational institutions in Torrance, California. Due to its significance in history, it is now being historically renovated by experts including Spectra Company.


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Hermosa The Plan

From TBR News

The Hermosa Beach City Council recently met to review the city’s primary policy needs, called PLAN Hermosa.

The final outcome of the plan can effect land use  plans for the next 20 years. Specifically the plan addresses  a framework for policy-making and land use with the Local Coastal Program.

The goal is for a completion by August of 2016. And residents are encouraged to participate in the talks as they happen during monthly city meetings. More info.

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Important Torrance Parks Meeting

Input on Park Improvements

Torrance, CA – The City of Torrance Community Services Department is inviting all residents to attend Community Workshops starting in January that will help determine park improvements for your local Torrance Parks. The City wants to know, what will help make your family and your neighborhoods healthy, happy and physically fit? Come to the community workshops, and together we will create a list of park improvement priorities for our Torrance community.

The workshops have been divided into two focus areas, parks north of Torrance Blvd., and parks south of Torrance Blvd. These workshops will focus discussion on those parks that fall either to the north or south of Torrance Blvd and residents may choose to attend one or all workshops. Information will be gathered independently from each meeting.

Community Workshops, dates and times . . .
Parks North of Torrance Blvd. Community Workshops
When: Wednesday, January 6th
Where: Victor Elementary School – 4820 Spencer St., Torrance, 90503 – Cafeteria Room
Time: 6:30 PM

When: Thursday, January 21st
Where: McMaster Park – 3624 Artesia Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 – Community Meeting Room
Time: 6:30 PM

Parks South of Torrance Blvd. Community Workshops
When: Thursday, January 7th
Where: Walteria Elementary School – 24456 Madison St, Torrance, CA 90505 – Community Meeting Room
Time: 6:30 PM

When: Monday, January 25th
Where: Dee Hardison Sports Center – 2400 Jefferson St, Torrance, CA 90501 – Multipurpose Room
Time: 6:30 PM

All suggestions and recommendations gathered from the residents at these Workshops will be complied and presented at the upcoming Parks & Rec Commission and Torrance City Council meetings. From there, this information will then be shared with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in hopes of receiving a bond to help fund the Torrance Parks Master Plan:

Parks & Rec Commission Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 10th
Where: West Annex Commission Meeting Room – 3031 Torrance Blvd., 90503
Time: 7:00 PM

Torrance City Council Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 23rd
Where: Torrance City Hall – Council Chambers – 3031 Torrance Blvd., 90503
Time: 7:00 PM

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at 310.618.2930, or by email: CommunityServicesinfo@TorranceCA.Gov

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Candy Cane Lane in the South Bay

There are two major destinations in the South Bay to catch Christmas light and seasonal displays. They are on opposite sides of the Bay. El Segundo, and Torrance. And we only have a little more time to see them.

Candy Cane Lane 1200 Acacia, El Segundo CA 90245
For more than 60 years Candy Cane Lane houses are adorned with choo choo  trains, reindeer, giant characters, and music, plus frequent appearances by Santa Claus in a covered sleigh at the end of the cul-de-sac. Candy Cane Lane is walk by only. No cars.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights – Robert Road Torrance
Some locals call it “The Hole,” Torrance’s Sleepy Hollow neighborhood has been Torrance tradition for 40 years .

Took the kids to see the lights tonight! #candycanelaneelsegundo

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Merry Christmas


Santa climbing into an Old Torrance home

From the Carol Gilles Team. Merry Christmas!

Nativity scene at Nativity Church Torrance

Nativity scene at Nativity Church Torrance

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What Happened to the Red Car?

This December mars the 50th anniversary of the end of all streetcars in L.A., including the Red Car transit system, which ran on 1,100 miles of track. The story that most people believe about the end of the Red Car is that a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways. Well kind of…

Roman Mars and Eric Molinsky of 99% Invisible tell the real story about what happened to L.A.’s Red Car system.

Many accounts of the disappearance of electric railway service in the LA area get the Pacific Electric (Red Car) and the Los Angeles Railway (Yellow Car) systems confused. PE was a subsidiary of Southern Pacific (starting in 1911) and the only PE lines that were bought out by National City Lines (the GM-Standard Oil-Firestone-etc. backed company) were unprofitable local lines in Pasadena and a few other cities. LA Railway stayed as a Henry Huntington property, and after his death, remained in the estate until 1945, when (as I heard from a retired estate manager), they were moving toward divesting “operating properties” and staying with “gilt-edged securities”. NCL made them an “offer they couldn’t refuse”, and while many LA trolley lines were converted to diesel buses, two were converted to electric buses (trackless trolleys) and the new LATL bought 40 state-of-the art PCC streetcars for the P Pico-E. First line.

When Eric Molinsky lived in Los Angeles, he kept hearing this story about a bygone transportation system called the Red Car. The Red Car, he was told, had been this amazing network of streetcars that connected the city–until a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways.

But like most legends, the one that Eric heard about the Red Car is not entirely accurate. It’s true that Los Angeles did have an extensive mass transit system called the Red Car, which at one time ran on 1,100 miles of track–about 25 percent more more track mileage than New York City has today, a century later.

But the Red Car wasn’t the victim of a conspiracy. The Red Car WAS the conspiracy.

And some believe the demise of the railways was because of the tire companies and general motors:

General Motors and others’ involvement in orchestrating the systematic dismantling of streetcar systems around the nation. Nowhere was the GM/Firestone Tire/Standard Oil/Philips Petroleum/Mac Trucks conspiracy more successful than in Los Angeles.

Even if the LA streetcar systems could not become self sustaining, unbiased government could have subsidized the system for the public good, as still occurs in most public transportation systems.

To conclude that the Los Angeles streetcar system was dismantled purely because it could not support itself is less than a half truth. The Red Car may have been built without the intention of making it a profitable entity, and built to increase the value of other assets, but this does not negate the actual conspiracy involved in its demise.

Although it currently is constructing both light rail and heavy rail transit systems, the Los Angeles area had, but then abandoned, an earlier streetcar network that was quite extensive. This telling, from the “This Is the Story” public radio program, describes what happens. It is a bit flip about some of the background history and comments are inserted in a couple of places to note more nuanced references to past events. Illustrations are provided to go along with the story.

Yes, this is LA. In the former Pacific Electric Railway tunnel under the Subway Terminal Building downtown.



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Let the Holiday Festivities Begin

Candy Cane Lane Torrance

Candy Cane Lane Torrance

Candy Cane Lane: The merchants of Weymouth Corners’ 30th annual Candy Cane Lane open house, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4. Music, dancing, entertainment, food, Santa, food, carnival games, face painting, cookie decorating, shopping and more. Weymouth Corners is at Eighth and Weymouth streets in San Pedro.

Christmas Boutique: Yule gifts, homemade baked items, vintage items, fresh wreaths, Christmas music, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. $5 donation. Proceeds benefit LA Children’s Hospital and South Bay and Harbor nonprofits. 310-378-9363,

Holiday boutique: Origami, Christmas decorations, jewelry, stitchery, shell ornaments, wreaths, purses, scarves, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5-6. St. James Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.

Giant tile menorah lighting: Chabad of South Bay presents the lighting of the first giant tile menorah in the South Bay. The event will feature entertainment, Hanukkah crafts, latkes and hot chocolate, doughnut decorating and more. Outdoor promenade of Del Amo Fashion Center, 3525 Carson St., Torrance. Parking available off Fashion Way. 4-6 p.m. Dec.6. Free. 310-634-4516, go to or email

Santa’s Village: Nativity Catholic School welcomes Santa Claus on his North Pole express train at its Santa’s Village and Gourmet Food Trucks event. Highlights include free activities for preschools and elementary school students, Santa’s “secret shop” free photos with Santa, gourmet food trucks and entertainment. 2371 W. Carson St., Torrance. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Event info at

Holiday Afloat Parade: L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, themed “Santa’s Minions,” 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Main Channel of the Port of Los Angeles. Viewing areas include Banning’s Landing in Wilmington, Ports O’ Call Village and Warehouse One in San Pedro, and the various marinas. The Battleship Iowa will offer viewing starting at 5:30 p.m. with carolers, a “kids’ corner,” complimentary hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, food trucks and Santa Claus. 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. $20/$10.

Holidays by the Sea: Lighted Christmas tree, entertainment, arts and crafts, food and more, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 5. Downtown Harbor, Fifth Street and Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro.

Peninsula Parade of Lights: The 17th annual Palos Verdes Peninsula Holiday Parade of Lights, hosted by the city of Rolling Hills Estates, will go through Silver Spur Road, Deep Valley Drive, and to the Promenade shopping center. 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. The parade will be broadcast live and played on Cox Communications channel 3 and 35 in the South Bay area

Holiday Spirit of San Pedro Parade: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 6, Pacific Avenue between 13th and Sixth Streets, ending at Palos Verdes Street on the east.

Victorian Christmas: Self-guided museum tours, children’s crafts, a visit from Queen Victoria and St. Nick, blacksmith demonstrations, wreath-making lecture, local food and craft vendors and a horse-drawn trolley ride, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Banning Museum, 401 E. M St., Wilmington, with a Civil War Christmas at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, 1052 N. Banning Blvd., Wilmington. Free.

Wilmington Winter Wonderland: Snow, face painting, games, holiday crafts, Radio Disney, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Wilmington Waterfront Park, C Street and Neptune Ave., Wilmington. Free.

Golden States Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops Spectacular, a concert of seasonal favorites, 8 p.m. Saturday. $28.50-$60. Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro.

Holiday concert: Loyola Marymount University’s Concert Choir, Consort Singers and Women’s Chorus perform seasonal favorites, 8 Dec. 4. St. Lawrence Martyr parish hall, 1900 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach. Free.

Peninsula Symphonic Winds: “When You Believe” holiday concert with the AMUSE Singers. 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Rolling Hills Covenant Church Community Center, 735 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. $10/adults, children 12 and under free.

Victorian Christmas Tea & Carols: Step back in time and listen to Victorian-costumed carolers “A Holiday Affaire” perform Christmas favorites after high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and desserts. Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 4-12. 310-377-4867, Ext. 225,

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Torrance Rose Parade New Year Float

Torrance Float Concept 2016

Torrance Float Concept

“What a Purr-fectly Paw-ful Adventure”

The City of Torrance Rose Bowl float concept The “purr-fectly” tranquil setting of this colorful City of Torrance neighborhood, with a manicured backyard lined with bright and cheery sunflowers and white-picket fence, suddenly becomes a CATastrophic adventure. The cat’s humorous antics get him in a “paw-ful” situation as he climbs a tree, gets stuck, and needs rescuing. The zany backyard dishevelment unfolds before wide-eyed birds perched high in the tree as an oblivious guard dog lazily naps.

The Torrance Fire Department comes to the “rescue” with a ladder truck, living up to their Class 1 rated fire department standards, and adds to the fun. Actual City of Torrance fire-fighters man their equipment and ride upon the float. The City of Torrance, in a humorous way, proudly salutes their Fire Department and pays homage to each member that so proudly serves the City and its citizens.

Materials: The fuzzy texture of the cat’s fur has been creatively crafted in orange marigold, cream and gold strawflower petals. Blue sinuata statice confetti and crisp white coconut chips create the feathers on the birds. The dog is decorated in gold and brown flax seeds with details of dried cranberry leaves. Astonished and wide-eyed eyes are decorated in black seaweed, green split peas and white sweet rice. The fire truck is covered in whole red carnations, yellow strawflower confetti, black onion seed with silverleaf and eucalyptus leaves to simulate chrome.

Crisp white coconut flakes are used to create the white picket fence with oversized sculptured sunflowers created in yellow strawflower petals with centers of solid Mercedes roses. The tree has been crafted with malaleuca bark and fresh salal foliage. Colorful floral gardens of alstroemeria, lisianthus, lilies, waxflower, iris, roses, gerbera, solidago, heather, monte casino, liatris, and tulips line the lawn of freshly grown soil-less fescue grass. Delphinium, the City of Torrance “official” flower is featured.

Torrance, the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County, competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, flourishing businesses and safe communities. Torrance has something to offer and share with everyone. Torrance’s unique “hometown” spirit and community pride continue to thrive because of continuing traditions like their participation in the Rose Parade. Community activities instill a sense of pride because they are carried out by thousands of enthusiastic volunteers.

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