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WHEREAS, Government Code Section 8634 empowers the City Council and
delegated officials to promulgate orders and regulations necessary to provide for
protection of life or property during a local emergency; and;
WHEREAS, the City Council has specifically delegated this authority to the City
Manager as Director of Emergency Services in Chapter 6 of Division 1 of the Torrance
Municipal Code. Further, the City Council confirmed this delegation of authority by
Resolution on March 16, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by
reference the March 12, 2020 Proclamation by the City Manager proclaiming a local
emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19, which Proclamation and Order was
ratified by the City Council on March 16, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this Public Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by
reference the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's
Order of June 29, 2020 regarding the Temporary Closure of Public Beaches, Piers,
Beach Bike Paths and Beach Access Points, and Temporary Prohibition of Fireworks
Shows and Events; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to close Torrance Beach to slow the
transmission of COVID-19, so that residents and visitors in Torrance remain safe and
By virtue of the authority vested in me as City Manager of the City of Torrance
pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code 8634, the City Charter,
Torrance Municipal Code 16.2.6, the laws and the Constitution of the State of California
to promulgate, issue, and enforce rules, regulations, orders, and directives, I hereby
declare the following orders to be necessary for the protection of life and property. IT
IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Torrance Beach (as defined in Torrance Municipal Code Section 44.1.3) and all
beach access points in the City of Torrance are closed to the public from 12:01
a.m. on July 3, 2020 through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
2. That portion of the ocean within the jurisdiction of the City of Torrance at
Torrance Beach (as defined in the Boundary Agreement between the State of
California and the City of Torrance, identified by Los Angeles County recording
number 88 1458133) is closed to the public from 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020
through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
3. That portion of the Strand (the paved right of way that lies easterly of the sandy
beach) within the jurisdiction of the City of Torrance is closed to the public from
12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020 through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
4. All fireworks shows and events within the City of Torrance are prohibited until
further notice. Fireworks shows and events are, for the purposes of this Order,
defined as displays of fireworks that are intended for viewing by more than one
household of persons. Pursuant to Torrance Municipal Code sections 45.6.27
and 85.2.140, all fireworks, including safe and sane fireworks, are prohibited in
the City of Torrance.
5. The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is specifically
authorized to close and/or prohibit any and all recreational sites and/or
recreational activities on Torrance Beach from 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020
through 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020.
6. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this Order or any
application of it to any person, structure, gathering or circumstance is held to be
invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then
such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications
of this Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that violation of this Order shall be punished as
provided by Torrance Municipal Code Section 16.2.13, California Government Code
Section 8665, or any applicable state or municipal law. The violation of any provision of
this Order is declared to be a nuisance and may be abated by the City in accordance
with its authority to abate nuisances. The remedies listed in this Order are not
exclusive of any other remedies available to the City under any applicable Federal,
State, or local law and it is within the discretion of the City to seek cumulative remedies.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED this Order is effective immediately shall apply
Citywide until rescinded by the City Council or City Manager.
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Sports Camps will re-open specifically for conditioning or skills building activities following COVID-19 protocols for Day Camps effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in accordance with the Revised Safer at Home Order. This re-opening of sports camps does not allow for scrimmages or games to take place.
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Torrance Declares Local Emergency and Enacts Curfew Beginning at Midnight
TORRANCE, Calif., May 30, 2020- Due to civil unrest in adjacent cities in Los Angeles County, and planned protests in Torrance and the greater South Bay, City Manager LeRoy J. Jackson, acting as the Director of Emergency Services declares the existence of a local emergency in the City of Torrance. In addition, to ensure the safety of citizens, visitors, and law enforcement personnel, the City of Torrance is imposing an overnight curfew from Sunday, May 31st at 12 a.m. Except for May 31, the curfew will be in effect every day between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. during the state of local emergency.
The curfew declares that no person shall be upon the public street, avenue, alley, park, way, or other public place or unimproved public realty within the City of Torrance. This curfew shall not apply to:
Proclamation of the State of Local Emergency
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City of Torrance Issues Public Order NO. 2020-10 Amending Section 3 (Closed and Public Hearings) of Public Order NO. 2020-4
PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-10
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TORRANCE CALIFORNIA AMENDING SECTION 3 (PUBLIC AND CLOSED HEARINGS) OF PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-4 THAT SUSPENDED TIMELINES IN SECTIONS 11.5.3 AND 11.5.4 OF THE TORRANCE MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO HEARINGS ON APPEALS, SUSPENDING TIMELINES IN SECTIONS 92.41.090, 92.41.100, 92.41.110, AND 92.41.120 RELATING TO VIEW EQUITY, AND SUSPENDING ALL PUBLIC HEARINGS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY RELATED TO COVID-19
WHEREAS, the City Manager issued Public Order No. 2020-4 on March 24, 2020, relating to hearings on appeals, suspending timelines in Sections 92.41.090, 92.41.100, 92.41.110, and 92.41.120 relating to view equity, and suspending all public hearings during the state of emergency related to COVID-19, and
WHEREAS, the City Council ratified Public Order No. 2020-4 on April 7, 2020 in Resolution No. 2020-21; and
WHEREAS, the City of Torrance would like to proceed with Public and Closed
Hearings before the City Council, Planning Commission, and Civil Service Commission.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
Section 1. Section 3 (Public and Closed Hearings) of Public Order 2020-4 is amended to read as follows:
"3. Public and Closed Hearings may proceed before the City Council, Planning Commission, and Civil Service Commission. The Planning Commission and Civil Service Commission may also consider other items within their subject matter jurisdiction. The Claims Review Board, the Investment Advisory Committee, and the Deferred Compensation Committee that have previously been authorized by the City Manager may also have meetings. All other City Commissions, City Boards, or City Committees are suspended during the State of Emergency."
Section 2. Sections 1 (Suspending Timelines on Appeals) and 2 (Suspending Timelines for View Equity Claims) of Public Order No. 2020-4 remain in effect.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED this Order shall apply Citywide until rescinded by the City Council or the City Manager.
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TORRANCE, Calif., May 28, 2020 – As part of the City of Torrance recovery effort, in alignment with the May 26, Los Angeles County, Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19, Health Officer order, the Torrance Public Library is pleased to begin offering curbside service on Monday, June 1, 2020. Curbside service will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Torrance Public Library locations.
Patrons can reserve materials online by logging on to their Torrance Library account at www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov or by calling their local Torrance Public Library location. Patrons will be contacted when the materials are available and to arrange a time for pick up. Library Patrons can walk up to the service point and show their library card or photo ID to retrieve their items. Patrons are required to wear at least a cloth face covering and adhere to the posted social distancing signs and markers at the pickup location.
The Torrance Public Library would like to remind its patrons that there are no library fines or hold fees during this time. Patrons may return items in the exterior book drop only, as staff will not accept material returns in person. Recently checked-in items will be quarantined before they can be made available.
For more information, visit www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov or call the reference desk at 310-781-7599.
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Torrance Continues Efforts Toward Safe Reopening of Businesses Including Reopening the Permit Center and Subsidizing Fees Associated With COVID-19 Safeguards
TORRANCE, Calif., May 27, 2020- At the Special Torrance City Council Meeting of May 26, City Officials discussed actions to be taken in response to the Los Angeles County and State of California Orders regarding COVID-19. As the City plans for recovery and the gradual phasing out of the orders, Torrance has taken steps to support local businesses and work diligently with the State of California and County of Los Angeles to safely allow them to reopen as soon as possible.
As a result of City Council making direct contact with local leaders, certain orders were lifted allowing more businesses to reopen at 50% capacity and places of worship to commence with certain safeguards including 25% of attendees and 100 person capacity. The Council will also continue to encourage the State of California and County of Los Angeles to allow in-person dining as well as reopening personal services such as hair salons, barbers, and nail salons as soon as possible.
In addition, the May 26, Item 4A motion that passed included thanking the Governor for releasing new guidelines on opening up retail and places of worship and thanking the Health Officer of Los Angeles County for releasing their updated Safer at Home Order this evening. The Council will continue to receive COVID-19 recovery related updates and may consider other options for responding to State and County order at the June 2 meeting.
As part of their efforts, at the May 19 City Council Meeting, Mayor and Council committed to contacting the California Governor and County Supervisors to encourage opportunities for areas like Torrance, that were prepared to re-open certain businesses and activities. They also passed a motion to allow the City’s Office of Economic Development to cover filing costs associated with proposals for expanded exterior arrangements. This assistance will grant temporary permits for approved outdoor dining and curbside pick-up plans at no cost to business owners, which would allow them to comply with regulations associated with Safer at Home Orders. In addition, the City’s Permit Center will reopen tomorrow, May 28 with special safeguards in place including:
For more information about Torrance’s COVID-19 efforts and latest Safer at Home Orders issued by LA County visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/COVID19.