Still Need a Christmas Tree? Visit and Help West High

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Still need a a fresh Christmas tree this holiday season? Look no further than West High School.

The West High Entertainment Unit will be selling Douglas and Noble trees in a variety of sizes, while supplies last. The tree lot is open on weekdays from 3:00 to 8:45 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am – 8:45 pm. The tree lot is located in the West High student parking lot at the corner of Victor Street and Del Amo Blvd.

Tree stands, preservative, and disposal bags are also available for sale. Payment for trees can be made either by cash or a check, made payable to WHEUPA. For more information, you can email or visit Thank you for supporting the West High Entertainment Unit.

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South Bay: Home to the Rich and Athletic

Jerry Buss Home in Playa del Rey cliffs

In the South Bay, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and even Redondo,  have been some of the most popular spots, particularly among the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Last year, Kings center Jeff Carter paid $5.25 million for a home in Hermosa Beach, near the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Fellow teammates, including team captain Dustin Brown and goalie Jonathan Quick, followed suit, each buying homes in Manhattan Beach.

Of course Volleyball greats can be seen practicing on the beaches of Hermosa Beach. And the Seattle Seahawks make an annual Springtime visit to the  beaches of Hermosa for their championship season start.

A friend of mine just saw Vince Vaughn driving through Manhattan Beach. Of course Vaughn, the tall Chicago actor of many movie greats like the Breakup, recently purchased the home of Lane Kiffin the prior USC football coach.

English: Vince Vaughn at a political conferenc...

English: Vince Vaughn at a political conference in Reno, Nevada, endorsing Ron Paul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Waking Up to South Bay Coffee

Torrefacto coffee beans (roasted with sugar)

Torrefacto coffee beans (roasted with sugar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live in Torrance then you might recognize that all too familiar scent that occasionally wafes through parts of Torrance P.O. and Old Torrance. That is the all too homey smell of roasted coffee beans coming out of the Farmers Brothers plant off of Torrance Blvd. and Normandie.

The maker of coffee and coffee machines has been a mainstay in the South Bay since the early 1900’s. Serving several states with their famous coffee and accessories. The company services businesses now around the country. And is a major employer in the Torrance area.



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Site Seeing in Palos Verdes

crenshaw park pvA pretty drive is up Crenshaw Blvd. to the top of the hill so that you can walk the trail just  South of Del Cerro Park or so that you can witness the beauty that this parks views reveal.

This was taken on Thanksgiving.

PV views

The other side:

View of Los Angeles from Palos Verdes

View of Los Angeles from Palos Verdes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Message from the Desk of the Torrance Schools Superintendent

Dear Parents,

TUSD logo

TUSD logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a buzz all around TUSD since the passage of Measures T and U on November 4th! The Torrance community, once again, took initiative to invest in the education of Torrance kids by passing the two bond measures with over 60% voter approval. This is an especially exciting in the execution of our long-term plans to modernize and upgrade our facilities, a necessity in today’s constantly evolving technological environment. Measures T and U will enable the District to make improvements beyond those done by Measures Y and Z, which passed in 2008. The bond funds will allow the District to strengthen security at all our campuses, will bring our severely outdated technology into the 21st Century, and will provide our schools with such resources as science labs, new middle school gyms, will replace old lockers at the secondary schools, and at some sites new auditoriums. The bond measures will also allow the District to build a brand new aquatic center. For a more comprehensive and specific list of projects to be completed with Measure T and U funds, please go to

In other activities around our District, last month, schools once again participated in various Red Ribbon Week activities. Sponsored and supported by the Torrance Council of PTAs, this national program provides kids with an understanding of the health and life risks of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Every day for a week students took part in thematic days such as “Turn Your Back on Drugs” by wearing their clothes backwards and “Give Drugs the Boot” and wore boots to school representing their understanding of the dangers associated with drug and alcohol use. Parent Education nights were hosted by the Thelma McMillen Center staff at the high schools, during which parents were provided information on how to recognize drug and alcohol related behaviors in their children and resources to help them face those issue if they arise. The Thelma McMillen Center is a great resource for parents and school staff. Their current newsletter can be viewed at the link below:

As Superintendent, I take pride in knowing that at TUSD we care about the whole child. We develop programs to ensure students are not only receiving a high quality education, but that they are being given opportunities to develop their social and emotional intelligence as well.

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The Western Museum of Flight

FAA airport diagram for TOA (Zamperini Field) ...

FAA airport diagram for TOA (Zamperini Field) in California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Western Museum of Flight at Zamperini Field located at Torrance Airport in California is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage. The Air Museum’s educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. The Air Museum offers an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects. The Western Museum of Flight’s collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.

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Torrance Historical Places of Interest

The Torrance Historical Society  began a 1983 program of placing bronze Plaques on Torrance landmarks that were deemed worthy of recognition. Each plaque is headed by historic building/landmark” followed by landmark name, historic dates and Torrance Historical Society. The society has placed thirteen plaques.

  • Torrance Public Library, 1345 Post Avenue, 1936 -1978
  • Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co., 1266 Sartori Avenue, 1928 -1953
  • U.S. Post Office, 1433 Marcelina Avenue, 1936
  • Torrance City Hall, 1511 Cravens Avenue, 1936 -1956
  • Stone and Myers Mortuary, 1230 Cravens Avenue, 1936 -1956
  • Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial Hospital*, 1425 Engracia Avenue, 1924 -1971
  • Torrance Woman’s Club, 1422 Engracia Ave., Est. 1921-Built 1925
  • Torrance High School, 2000 Carson, First property in Torrance to be  placed on the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1983
  • Fern Avenue School, 1314 Fern Avenue, Est. 1929-Built 1932. Third Property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1992
  • Miramar Park (Torrance Beach) Site of Hollywood Riviera Beach Club, 1931-1958. Historic Societies of Torrance and Redondo Beach.
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, 1551 El Prado, Est. 1922-Built 1923. Place of worship until 1961.
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge, Torrance Boulevard, west of Western Avenue. Designed by Irving Gill, architect in 1913. Second property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1989.
    English: Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, Tor...

    English: Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, Torrance, California (NRHP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Pacific Electric Railway Station: The Depot, Built 1912, designed by Irving’ Gill, architect. This Depot was part of  “The World’s Greatest Interurban,” the Pacific Electric Railway System. Pacific Electric tracks Crisscrossed the southland carrying passengers and freight on the famous red cars for over three decades. The Pacific Electric main repair shops were located nearby. Depot functions ceased in 1981 under the ownership of Southern Pacific Transportation Company.

    Now the Depot Restaurant

    Now the Depot Restaurant

  • The Rocketship, Los Arboles “Rocketship” Park, 1960, Restored 1992. Additionally the Historical Society has placed a bronze bust and plaque of City founder Jared Sidney Torrance on the lawn of the museum.

*Demolished in 1994. Bas relief that was over the front door was saved from the wrecking ball and is mounted on the wall in a lovely setting.

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Torrance’s Excellence in Arts Awards 2014

I had the chance to attend the Excellence in Arts Awards 2014 held at the Toyota Meeting Hall at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on November 1, 2014.

Gia Jordahl - Artistic Director of  TTC - 11-1-14

Gia Jordahl – Artistic Director of TTC by Carol Gilles


This year Special Recognition was presented to the Torrance Theatre Company for 15 years of Excellent Community Theatre in the City of Torrance.  Gia Jordahl, Artistic Director for TTC was on hand to receive the award. Way to go Gia & TTC!



Other Recipents were:

Karla Schmidt Commins – Dr TomRische Arts Education Award

Mai No Kai, Jampanese Traditional Dance – Dance

Dali Higa – Visual Arts & Design

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale – Music

Faith Goldman – Literary Arts

K. C. Gussler – Drama & Theatre Arts

And for Outstanding Dedication to the Arts – Katy Geissert Award

Frank & Cindy Scotto – former Mayor of the City of Torrance

Frank & Cindy Scotto - Katy Geissert Award 11-1-14

Frank & Cindy Scotto with Carol Gilles by K. Darr

The City of Torrance has been Celebrating the Arts for 37 years! Congratulations to this years  winners.


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Skechers Walk is This Weekend

This Sunday October 26, 2014 is the Skechers Walk.It is to support children with special needs and education. The walk is produced by SKECHERS USA and co-produced by The Friendship Circle.

The SKECHERS Foundation exists to strengthen communities all over the world, through our greatest asset: Children. We invest in organizations dedicated to embracing individuals with special needs, improving education and empowering disadvantage youth. Our goal is simply to inspire and support individuals to make a valiant effort in creating community.

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Rates Reach Lowest of the Year

Freddie Mac  today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it averaged 3.93 percent. This was also the last time the 30-year fixed averaged below 4 percent in the PMMS until this week.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac says:

“Mortgage rates were down sharply following the decline in the 10-year Treasury yield for the second straight week. Rates are at their lowest levels since June 2013 amidst continued investor skepticism regarding the precarious economic situation in Europe.”

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