Fiesta Hermosa Beach

Fly above #FiestaHermosa and see how amazing Southern California’s largest arts and crafts festival is in #HermosaBeach! #TrulyHermosa #MemorialDayWeekend

Since 1972, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce has produced Fiesta Hermosa, the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”. Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, California. With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for a summer festival with temperatures of 80 degrees and balmy sea breezes.

People flock to Fiesta Hermosa each year for not only the art fair, but for the Music – which is always of the highest caliber. There are two stages featuring live music – one at the Main Stage on the Pier and another in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden. The Main Stage features the finest “tribute bands” performing the classic rock of bands such as Santana, Bob Seger, The Who, U2 and Van Halen, to name just a few. Classic rock, 80s and reggae are showcased in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden.

Fiesta Hermosa – Fun at the Beach

 

Every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends, Hermosa Beach is boppin with the sites, smells and music of Fiesta Hermosa.

Hermosa Beach, California is always fun, but when the Fiesta comes to town, there…

Fairgoers rave about our Food Court, which offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. Everything is delicious – from roasted corn to Thai, Greek, and Mexican food, to tri-tip sandwiches and barbecued sausages. Handmade guacamole, crepes, and shaved ice creations are also popular with the crowd. And where else can you find cotton candy, caramel apples, fresh squeezed lemonade, and funnel cakes?

Our popular Charity Beer & Wine Garden features many different brews of beer, a selection of wines, and icy coolers served by town “celebrities”, including the Mayor, city councilmembers, non-profit and other civic organizations. The participating organizations receive all proceeds for their good works in the community.

The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and face painters are sure to delight the little ones. http://fiestahermosa.net/

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Old Torrance #20 on Living Well Index

L.A. metro is host to 10 of the top 20 best large metro neighborhoods for living well. And Old Torrance is ranked number 20.

Old Torrance or Historical Torrance has many unusual opportunities for fine dining, and access to employment. While enjoying  some of the South Bay’s best schools.

Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade – May 16th, 2015

Our nation’s men and women of the military forces have defended our country, insured our freedom, and upheld the beliefs and principles that this great nation was built on. 

Just this past weekend the area enjoyed the 57th Armed Forces Day Parade which passed through the area from the heart of the Old Torrance shopping and ending near City Hall and the Mall.

2012 Torrance 53rd Annual Armed Forces Parade

The old movie theater where Wells Fargo stands today across the street from La Capilla

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Torrance Schools Win Big in Law Suit Defense

The Torrance Unified School District announced today that in a

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decision which may significantly affect school districts throughout California, the California Court of Appeal has affirmed the dismissal of six out of seven causes of action in a lawsuit concerning the modernization of Riviera and Towers Elementary Schools through the lease-leaseback project delivery method.

The suit was brought by James McGee, a local resident, and the California Taxpayers Action Network (“CTAN”), which appears to be an alter ego for Rick Marshall. Marshall has brought four different lawsuits against the District, losing all of them. In one of the instances, the judge sanctioned Marshall’s attorney for filing frivolous lawsuits. McGee and CTAN alleged that the District violated California Education Code section 17406 by awarding lease-leaseback agreements without seeking competitive bids. In lease-leaseback agreements, school districts lease property they own to a contractor; then the contractor constructs buildings and leases the site and buildings back to the school district. At the end of the leaseback term, title to the site and buildings vests in the school district.

Crucially, the Court of Appeal ruled that section 17406 does not require competitive bidding. This is an important ruling not only for the Torrance Unified School District, but for many other school districts, contractors, and taxpayers across the State. In its decision, the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District expressly rejected a recent ruling against the Fresno Unified School District by the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District, which found that lease-leaseback agreements required a genuine lease and contractor financing in order to be exempt from the bidding requirements. According to a column published in September 1, 2015 in the Los Angeles Daily News, the Fresno ruling left “a big mess,” considering over 100 school districts used lease-leaseback agreements in building their schools, with the Los Angeles Unified School District constructing over 70 schools in this manner.

The only claim against Torrance Unified School District to survive the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling is one for conflict of interest. The Court of Appeals did not find that a conflict of interest existed. Rather, it merely held that the plaintiffs could return to Superior Court to try to show that a conflict existed.

Torrance Unified School District’s attorney, Martin Hom of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, is very pleased with the ruling. “We were able to dismiss six of the seven causes of action in the lawsuit, and we hope to defeat the remaining claim swiftly,” he said. “School districts shouldn’t have to spend their limited resources defending against these baseless lawsuits. The plaintiffs have now lost their specious arguments that the District violated the Education Code on two separate occasions, and now cling to their unsubstantiated claim that a contractor who offers program management services can be sued for conflicts of interest. In any event, we’ve won a significant victory for our client and for many other California school districts that utilize the lease-leaseback delivery method.”

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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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