Honoring The Life of a Local Hero


Come out on July 31 to honor Louis Zamperini. Torrance High School, USC, and Olympic Track star. And captured World War II Vet.


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Torrance’s Own Hometown Hero Passes On

Torrance High School Graduate and World War II Veteran, Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

The remarkable Luis Zamperini recently passed. He was a remarkable man, who overcame numerous challenges throughout his life. A Torrance High School graduate class of 1935,An Olympian as a 5,000 meter runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

HE fought as a bombardier during World War II, and crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a reconnaissance mission. He and one of the other surviving crew members drifted for 47 days on a raft in shark-infested waters before being captured by Japanese forces. He spent more than two years as a prisoner of war, surviving torture.

He was scheduled to be leading the 2015 Rose Parade, and will instead be honored still as the Grand Marshall.

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The signs of improvement in the South Bay and Southern California real estate market continues according to the latest signs. Recovery however has been slower than what was expected according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.’s recent reports.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has been able to maintain their rankings as the nations top gateways for international trade and container traffic at the twin ports is expected to be up another 5.5% this year, and 5.8% in 2015.

Foreign investment like that of China has also increased over the last 5 years, with China becoming one of the county’s biggest real estate inventors. More and more Chinese tourists are visiting our shores each year. Ventura county, Santa Barbara county and the Inland Empire are also favorite places for the Chinese to visit while in Southern California. This all adds up to bigger and better real estate market conditions in the area according to the L.A. Economic Development Corp.’s reports.

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UCLA Young Scholars and TUSD Partner

This is Torrance High School, better known to ...

This is Torrance High School, better known to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the original Sunnydale High School. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the second year, UCLA Young Scholars and the Torrance Unified School District have partnered together to bring South Bay students an enriching summer learning experience. The Young Scholar’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program will engage students in problem-solving processes by working in teams to engineer a solution to a problem. Students will learn math and science, engage in critical thinking, and most importantly, have fun! We can’t wait to see you there!

FOR: Students entering grades 1 – 6.

WHEN: August 11-15, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

COST:Registration is $195 per student.
(All Young Scholars will receive a UCLA t-shirt and a notebook)

LOCATION: Fern Elementary School, 1314 Fern Ave, Torrance, 90503

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT: July 30th from 6-7 pm

To register your child in this dynamic STEM program please click on the link:


For more information please contact:
Young Scholars STEM Coordinator
Jeffery Diaz
(310) 825 – 5599

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What Will the Kids Do This Summer?

There is a new trend for the kids and young adults of late. Skateboard Parks.

A trend that got erased by lawsuits in the 70′s has re emerged in the 2014.

The South Bay had famous parks called The Runway in Carson, and Skateboard World in Torrance where the West End Racquet Club is today. 

Today there are parks in Hermosa Beach, Hawthorne, Alondra Park, Veterans Park in Carson, and Gardena’s South Park.  Except these days the boys and girls are riding skateboards, Skooters and even doing flips with BMX bikes.

Alondra Park on Torrance/Gardena Border

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According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of single family homes increased about 0.5% month to month, but sales of condos jumped over 7%. Compare that with a

Condos sales have jumped!

Condos sales have jumped!

year ago rates single family sales were down nearly 7%, while condo sales were flat.

According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors. “The baby boomers who are looking to trade down, they are looking for condominiums. Many of the younger people, if they can qualify to purchase, they are looking into the condominium style of living, compared to single family homes with back yards.”
Sales of existing homes improved only slightly in April, and there is a growing divergence between the types of homes being purchased by American today.

During the last housing boom, the builders and developers went outside of the suburbs into the so called “exurbs”, seeking cheaper land so they could build bigger homes.

Rental demand is continuing to surge despite rising rents. Apartment occupancy increased to 94.8% in April. Developers are well aware of the housing recovery and continue to believe that rental demand for condominiums will be strong for the foreseeable future.

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According to the San Pedro downtown business leaders, a Red Car Trolley extension is needed to connect the shopping district to the waterfront, especially with the Ports O Call redevelopment finally moving forward. Making sure that the downtown district isn’t left behind as the waterfront is developed has been a concern for many business leaders, for a long time.

In a feasibility study commissioned in 2006, the 1.4 mile addition into downtown would cost $26.2 M. The port’s original $9.5M, 1.5 mile Waterfront Red Car line opened in July of 2003. It took years to get through a lengthly and rigid permitting process, with many delays.

The cars that run along San Pedro’s waterfront, including a 1907 restored model, have plenty of ambiance, expansion supporters say the system and equipment needs to be more practical for use as a public transportation option that will link attractions throughout the area.
The old Red Car Trolley’s once crisscrossed all over Los Angeles stretching some 1200 miles. By the 1960s, the rails gave way to the advent of freeways, buses and all those private automobiles.

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New Park Coming to Hawthorne

The City of Hawthorne has approved a contract for the design of a new city park to be located at Hawthorne Blvd. and 129th street. The $16,500 contract for the park design was with SWA Group, Los Angeles. The council voted 3-2 in favor of the contract, however 2 councilmen opposed the idea and wanted internal staff to design the park. They also wanted to wait until the Hawthorne Blvd. renovations are completed. Reconstruction of Hawthorne Blvd. began last month and will continue through January 2015. The first phase of the renovation is to widen the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd. and Rosecrans Avenue, and the installation of a new sewer pipe and storm drain inlets starting at El Segundo Blvd and going south.

By the time the renovation is completed, there will be new bike lanes, new traffic signals, new left turn pockets and a complete repaving. The new park, when completed will be named: Rocket Park Plaza.

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Catalina Coffee, in Redondo Beach, has long been recognized by the cycling community as  catalina coffee co
a bike friendly place to go. A short time back, it became official and the coffee house for having met the standards of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition’s new Bike Friendly Business designation. Catalina Coffee Company co owner, Jeff Sallee, purchased the former Yesterday’s and turned it into the Catalina Coffee Company in 2000, has been a big supporter of South Bay cyclists.

He feels that the more people riding bikes is all the better for our health, air quality and for the general quality of life in the whole neighborhood. Another fellow biker said; it’s good for our health, it’s good for the economy, it is good for the environment and it is good for us as a community.

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The South Bay’s Got Talent

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is holding a new South Bay talent show. From their press release:

Do you sing like a nightingale, dance like Fred Astaire, can you channel Marlon Brando from the Godfather, or make a room full of people laugh till they cry – if you do, then you are talented and we want to see you on the James Armstrong stage. This year’s South Bay’s Got Talent is the inaugural talent event hosted by the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation. The Foundation has been a longtime supporter of local artist and now wants to see them gathered on one stage for a night of fantastic fun. 

Auditions will be held on September 8 and 9, 2014 at the Armstrong Theater with the main performance on Saturday, September 27, 2014. All genres of talent are accepted: Music, dance, acting, variety, etc. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The talent show is open to all residence of the South Bay which includes Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach), the Palos Verdes Peninsula, neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles (Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro and Wilmington), El Segundo, inland cities of the South Bay (Hawthorne, Inglewood, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Torrance, and Lomita).

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To participate in South Bay’s Got Talent please submit the audition form by August 18, 2014. For more information and to download the audition form, please go to www.torrancearts.org. You can also contact the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation office directly at (310) 378-8100 or by email at contest@torrancearts.org. The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.


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