Torrance Fire Department Open House

Torrance residents are invited to the Torrance Fire Department’s Open House on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In honor of the Torrance Fire Department’s proud tradition of commitment to the
community, it will open its doors to all fire stations with an Open House on Saturday,
May 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All citizens are welcome to visit any
Torrance Fire Station on this special day.
Fire Station No.1 – 1701 Crenshaw Blvd.
Fire Station No.2 – 25135 Robinson Way
Fire Station No.3 – 3535 W. 182nd St.
Fire Station No.4 – 5205 Calle Mayor
Fire Station No.5 – 3940 Del Amo Blvd.
Fire Station No.6 – 21401 Del Amo Circle Drive

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Pricing a South Bay Home For Sale

 

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Homebuyers typically start at the listings price when buying a home. It has been said that even though you your real estate agent may determine the asking price.

It is the homebuyer who will determine the selling price.

Choose the best price and you will net a faster sale.  And paradoxically often will get you more since a home can go stale on the market. And setting the right listing price attracts more potential buyers and agents to your property as well.

Often most of the buyer action happens  within the first couple of weeks.  If you put the right price on your home, you’ll notice immediate interest.

A good opinion of value will help you get the best price for your home.  Call for yours today.

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Exon, Safety, and Torrance

Torrance Unified School District
Media Contact: Tammy Khan
Public Information Officer
Phone: 310.972.6152
Email: khan.tammy@tusd.org

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As many of you know, in February 2015, an explosion occurred at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Torrance. Since then, that portion of the refinery has been shut down and inoperable. Earlier this month, at a public meeting with the South Coast Air Management Quality District (AQMD), Exxon was given clearance to restart their operations. Part of the start-up may result in higher particulate matter emissions for a six hour period.

ExxonMobil will provide notification 48-hours in advance of the start-up on a date yet to be determined. The start-up will occur during non-school hours, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Notification for the start-up will be provided via the Torrance Alerts system and door hangers. Door hanger notifications will go to residents in the vicinity of the Refinery. To receive notification from the City of Torrance regarding the Refinery start-up and other City related updates, please sign-up for Torrance Alerts by clicking on the link below:

https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736722522#/signup

Once the District receives the 48-hour start-up notice, TUSD parents will receive a second communication via email. The second notification will include more specific information regarding school activities. Please log-in to Parent Connect to ensure your email contact information is current (and is listed as the primary contact in the student record).

For more information regarding the ExxonMobil start-up, frequently asked questions, and other information regarding the February 2015 incident, please visit the City of Torrance website at www.torranceca.gov/refinery.

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Freddie and Fannie Home Loan Owners to Get Break

The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently reported it would move to reduce the loan balances for thousands of borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth.

The agency, which regulates the government-controlled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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, said about 33,000 people were expected to be eligible for the principal reduction program. It will be a one-time offering for seriously delinquent borrowers, to help them with what the agency’s director, Melvin L. Watt, said “could well be their final opportunity to avoid foreclosure.”

Homeowners must meet certain criteria to qualify, including having an outstanding principal balance of $250,000 or less and being more than 90 days delinquent on mortgage payments as of March 1.

“The national housing market has significantly improved in recent years but there are still areas of the country where home values have not recovered and negative equity remains a real problem,” Mr. Watt said.

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Congrats to Torrance Unified Elementary Recognized as 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools

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Torrance, CA – We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Gold Ribbon Awards: Adams, Anza, Arlington, Arnold, Fern, Hickory, Riviera, Seaside, Towers, Victor, Wood, and Yukon Elementary Schools. These schools have been recognized for their exemplary academic programs and performance. The Gold Ribbon Award recognizes those schools who have made tremendous academic gains through their educational programs, practices, standards-based activities, projects, and strategies.

Each and every day, TUSD faculty, staff, and administration work tirelessly to provide rigorous and meaningful educational experiences to all our students. TUSD teachers create classroom environments where students have ample opportunities to thrive. Students are able to master challenging content and expand their potential because of the efforts of the entire school community. “Congratulations to these schools for receiving this most distinguished honor,” said Martha Deutsch, Board President. “Our schools continue to shine and excel thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, teachers and staff.”

Torrance schools are fortunate because they enjoy strong relationships with various volunteer groups and organizations. The Parent Teacher Association, community members, and local businesses, all contributed tremendous resources and time to prepare the campus for the site visit by State officials as a part of the Gold Ribbon Awards process.

Once again, congratulations to all the 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools. You make TUSD proud!

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Boomers the Home Buyer and Home Seller

home-buyersThe Younger Baby Boomers are 16% of the current buying public and 19% of the home sellers.  The main reason for the move? Relocation for a new job.

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Torrance Real Estate Heating Up

Foot Traffic is increasing and that means more homes will sell.
Foot traffic rebounded in February as home shoppers  visited homes for sale. This was the highest shopping rate since August of 2015.And third most since 2012.

Home Buying Rate up

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Home Prices Going Up Up

A recent poll says that prices should go up 5% across the country this year.

For 2016, the S&P/Case Shiller index was seen rising 5.0 percent, according to the median expectation in a poll of 24 analysts. That compared with the 4.0 percent forecast in December’s poll.

Nine of the 14 common contributors between the two polls upgraded their forecasts, two left them unchanged while the rest downgraded.

In 2017, home prices will rise 4.0 percent, followed by 3.5 percent in 2018, the poll suggested.

“The housing recovery is quite sustainable in the U.S. and should continue at a moderate rate through this year and next,” said Sal Guatieri, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

 

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TUSD Press Release: Bond Oversight Committee Vacancy

The Torrance Unified School District’s Board of Education will be choosing one new member for the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee at its regular meeting on March 21, 2016. Individuals who meet the criteria for membership of the Taxpayers’ Organization position and who are interested in serving on this committee, may access the application and bylaws from the links below. The application deadline is Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Applications can be dropped off at the TUSD Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 2335 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90509 or can be mailed to the same address. The Board will appoint the Taxpayers’ Organization member of the committee at the March 21, 2016 Board of Education meeting.

The ICOC bylaws and application can be directly accessed by the link:

http://www.tusd.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=AiTZCwcKQFU%3d&tabid=290

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Silicon Beach

Where does YouTube, AOL, and now Facebook amongst 500 other tech companies reside?

If you said Los Angeles you would be right. In fact Facebook just inked a deal for the Playa Jefferson campus location at 12777 West Jefferson Boulevard in Playa Vista

That strip of land that used to be near Hughes just below Loyola Marymount and Westchester bluffs.

But it is LA and not all of these company’s are truly at the beach. But most are.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Beach

The robust area has caused the local real estate market to expand greatly over the last few years.

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