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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.
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CITY OF TORRANCE ISSUED PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-9 MODIFYING SECTION 3 (PARADES) AND REPEALING SECTION 1 (STREET FAIRS), SECTION 5 (SWAP MEETS) AND SECTION 6 (DEL AMO FASHION CENTER) OF PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-2
. WHEREAS, the City Manager issued Public Order No. 2020-2 on March 18, 2020, that prohibited street fairs, block parties, parades, community runs and cycling events, closing swap meets and all Del Amo Fashion Center stores that are solely accessed from within the internal corridors of the mall, with the exception of certain food and beverage vendors and/or facilities, and
WHEREAS, the City Council ratified Public Order No. 2020-2 on April 7, 2020 in Resolution No. 2020-19; and
WHEREAS, on May 26, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued a new Safer At Home Order entitled "REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19 MOVING THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES THROUGH STAGE 2 OF CALIFORNIA'S PANDEMIC RESILIENCE ROADMAP" that supersedes all prior Safer at Home Orders issued by the County of Los Angeles Health Officer; and
WHEREAS, the County's May 26, 2020 Safer At Home Order allows, subject to physical distancing, cloth face coverings, and other safety protocols, the following changes:
• Faith-based organizations my resume services with the number of congregants limited to 25% of the total maximum occupancy or 100 people, whichever is lower;
• All retail may open, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers at 50% capacity;
• Flea markets, swap meets, and drive-in movie theatres may resume operations;
• Pools, hot tubs and saunas in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may reopen.
WHEREAS, the City would like to support its businesses and faith-based organizations to resume operations consistent with the County's Safer At Home Order by modifying Public Order No. 2020-2.
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Torrance resolves as follows:
Section 1. Section 3 (Parades) is modified to read as follows:
"3. All parades are prohibited, except for Vehicle-Based Parades that comply with Section 15U) of the County's Safer at Home Order. Vehicle-Based Parades must comply with all local and state laws as well as the County's Vehicle-Based Parade Protocol that is attached as Exhibit G to the County's Safer At Home Order."
Section 2. Section 1 (Street Fairs), Section 5 (Swap Meets) and Section 6 (Del Amo Fashion Center) of Public Order No. 2020-2 are repealed.
Section 3. Sections 2 (Block Parties) and 4 (Community Runs and Cycling Events) of Public Order No. 2020-2 remain in effect.
Read original order Public Order No. 2020-2
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TORRANCE, Calif., May 22, 2020- Oversized vehicle parking violation citations will commence on Saturday, May 30. Police Department staff will provide warnings to violators for a period of 1-week prior to May 30 effective date. The City of Torrance is asking the community to please plan accordingly.
During the April 7, 2020 City Council meeting, the suspension of oversized vehicle parking enforcement was approved based on the local emergency declaration (Item 9D). As defined in Ordinance No. 3686, an oversized vehicle is a vehicle, or combination of vehicles that exceeds twenty feet in length, seven feet in width, or eight feet in height. Oversized Vehicles do not include pick-up trucks or SUV's which are less than twenty-five feet in length and eighty-two inches in height. For a full list of equipment or vehicles that qualify as "Oversized Vehicle" can be found on the City’s official website. This ordinance also applies to all detached trailers or combination of vehicle and trailer.
For more information please visit https://bit.ly/2AUDi8H.
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TORRANCE, Calif., May 18, 2020 – Torrance Public Library, pursuant to the latest modifications to Los Angeles County's Safer-at-Home order, will re-open public book drops at all Torrance Public Libraries effective Today, May 18, 2020. As libraries are still considered a higher risk service, the Torrance Public Library is not yet eligible to offer full library service.
However, the Library continues to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 and is developing a plan to safely offer a form of curbside service to the community once the activity is permitted. Library patrons may continue to enjoy the materials they have in their possession and are encouraged to explore the resources featured on the library's website www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov. The Library staff are available to answer any questions through the telephone reference line 310-781-7599, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or via email at LibraryReference@TorranceCA.Gov.
The Torrance Public Library would like to remind its patrons that there are no library fines during this time, and all hold requests continue to remain on reserve. The Torrance Public Library continues to confer with the City of Torrance to follow the guidance set forth by the California Department of Public Health and Prevention (CDPH) to cooperatively and proactively slow the spread of COVID-19 while addressing any challenges that may arise. Please visit www.TorranceCa.gov/COVID19 for additional updates regarding the City and City services.
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Torrance Based Tiger Squadron to Flyover Torrance Blvd. as a Tribute to the United States Armed Forces
TORRANCE, Calif., May 14, 2020- On Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.; what would have been the Torrance’s Annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Tiger Squadron, a precision formation flying and aircraft display team based out of Torrance Airport, will flyover Torrance Blvd. as a tribute to the United States Armed Forces. They will also pass over Torrance hospitals to thank the City’s medical first responders.
The Tiger Squadron will begin at Western Ave. and Torrance Blvd. at 1 p.m., flying west above Torrance Blvd. then looping east at Torrance Beach, and turning north with a pass over Torrance Memorial Hospital, before turning to Zamperini Field. Mayor Patrick J. Furey presented an Armed Forces Day proclamation at the most recent City Council meeting. The City will continue to keep the spirit of the Armed Forces Day tradition alive through socially distant safe ways of showing their appreciation. This includes tributes on social media, CitiCABLE, and the Hometown Heroes Banner program which can be seen throughout the City. Learn more at www.TorranceCA.Gov/AFD.
The Tiger Squadron has been a longtime participant in Torrance’s Armed Forces Day and Celebration which was cancelled this year due to uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is made up of military pilots, instructors, airline pilots, and experienced civilian pilots with thousands of hours of combined experience, an unblemished safety record, and all required formation credentials. The City thanks them for their contribution in honoring the men and women of the United States Military.
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