Torrance Rose Float Making News

Great article in the May 18th edition of the Torrance Tribune by TerriAnn Ferren sharing how the City of Torrance, American Rose Society and Torrance Rose Float Association have come together and the special City of Torrance Rose.

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Armed Forces Day Parade 2017

Watch new young and women inductees into the military.@49:00

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. In May 2017, the City of Torrance continued its long-standing tradition in its 58th consecutive year of hosting an Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s military.

This year, the City once again honored the men and women of our nation’s military with a three-day celebration that began on Friday, May 19th and continued through Sunday, May 21st. The Parade was on Saturday, May 20th, and the honored branch was the United States Air Force. The City of Torrance is proud to help honor and thank the men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces!

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Toyota Auto Museum in Torrance

The Toyota USA Automobile Museum is an automobile museum located in Torrance, California, adjacent to the Toyota Motor Sales USA. The current 45,000 sq.ft. location had its grand-reopening on its 10th anniversary. It is the only Toyota Museum outside Japan; the Toyota Automobile Museum is located in Nagoya, Japan.

Toyota’s rich U.S. history spans more than 55 years. To honor that journey of continued excellence, we have created a showcase of our most memorable automobiles. These vintage vehicles trace Toyota’s amazing impact on America, starting as an unknown company in 1957 to becoming one of today’s leading automakers. We invite you to learn more about Toyota’s history and see how the Museum embodies the Spirit of Toyota


Looking for a unique location for an event? The Toyota USA Automobile Museum is available by appointment for meetings, events and guided tours.

Contact: Susan Sanborn
Phone: (310) 468-4728-office/voicemail
Museum Phone: (310) 468-8726

Purpose of museum: To preserve a collection of significant model offerings and milestone vehicles representing Toyota’s history in the United States. This collection is maintained by the TMS Corporate Communications Department. It currently consists of more than 100 Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars and trucks, dating from 1958 to 2013 as well as motorsports vehicles.

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Torrance Rose Float Association Hosting 2nd annual Luau

The Torrance Rose Float Association will be hosting our 2nd annual Luau at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
We will be having exciting and fun auction items, amazing food, and fabulous entertainment with DJ Ozzie and Hawaiian dancers. Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children 3 to 12 (children under 3 are free).
Click link to purchase tickets

If you have never had an opportunity to visit the Toyota USA Automobile Museum, you should mark your calendar to attend this event, as it will be one of the final chances you will have to see this fantastic display of vintage vehicles, not to mention having a fun time at the Luau!!!

If you like decorating the City of Torrance Rose Parade float or watching the Rose Parade and feeling proud that the City of Torrance continues to be represented in this Parade, we need your support for this event, which is TRFA’s major fund-raiser for the 2018 City of Torrance float.

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District Wellness Fair: Promoting Healthy Eating & Active Living

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, TUSD will be hosting a Community Wellness Resource Fair to promote healthy eating and active living in the Torrance community! The District’s Family Welcome & Enrollment Center, in collaboration with the Wellness Committee, would like to start “planting the seeds of wellness” by providing parents and community members a day full of healthy activities. Resources will be provided on improving overall individual health through exercise, nutrition, and social/emotional health.

The day will include many giveaways, which include:
*First 100 families will receive a free lunch bag
*First 50 families will receive free kids meal gift cards to chick-fil-a and mulligans (while supplies last)
*Free salad bar and strawberry snacks for attendees (while supplies last)
*All Day Raffle Giveaway – (must be present to win)

The Community Wellness Resource Fair will take place at the District Office, which is located at 2336 Plaza Del Amo, in the lawn area of the Family Welcome Enrollment Center. Parking will be available in the adjacent and lower lots next to the FWEC. The Fair will take place from 9 am to 1 pm and is free and open to the community.

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The Return of the First Time Homebuyers?

A recent blog post from Realtor shows that the housing market is strong nationally and that we recently saw a significant uptick with first time home buyers.

“While local conditions vary, the REALTORS® Buyer Traffic Index and the REALTORS®Confidence IndexCurrent Conditions for single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums remained above 50 in March 2017, indicating that more respondents reported “strong” than “weak” conditions. Both indices were higher than their levels one year ago and in the previous month.[1] The REALTORS® Seller Traffic Index decreased from its level one year ago, but it increased from its level in the previous month. It has remained below 50 since February 2008, indicating that seller activity is still “weak,” based on the March 2017 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey Report, a monthly survey of REALTORS® about their sales activity and local market conditions…

First-time homebuyers accounted for 32 percent of sales.[3] Amid sustained job creation, the share of first-time homebuyers has been on a modest rise, up from 29 percent in 2014. “


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Here Come the Millennials

“This represents an ‘Oh, shift’ moment in housing,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for®. Smoke’s team analyzed responses from active shoppers on our site who plan to buy a home in the spring or summer of 2017. “With so many first-time buyers in the market, competition will be even fiercer next year for affordable starter homes in the suburbs. Those looking to buy may want to consider a winter home purchase in order to avoid bidding wars and higher prices spurred by a potential increase in millennial buyers.”

Of course in order to get into a home. The home buyer must stick to some financial habits in order to get to a position that allows one to purchase a home.

“Consumers thinking about buying a home should learn the basics of property maintenance and general ‘handy habits,’ since maintenance is an ongoing effort for homeowners,” says Evan Harris, co-founder of SD Equity Partners in San Diego.

“Knowing how to fix basic home issues such as electrical shorts, repair drywall, and tackle basic plumbing problems will save thousands of dollars in the future,” he says, noting that it’s smart to learn how to fix these issues before you’re scrambling around a dark kitchen where you blew a fuse.”

Millennial shoppers cite family needs as the primary reason for entering the housing market
As millennial buyers prioritize family needs, it is no surprise that most millennials cited life events like increasing family size and getting married or moving in with a partner as their primary triggers for finding a new home. Shoppers age 35-44 are also focused on family needs. Most of this group cited better school districts or changing family circumstances as their primary reasons for purchasing a new home. Shoppers over age 45 are looking to downsize, as all age groups above 45 cited planning for retirement as their primary motive for finding a new house.

The median age of properties on in March is expected to be 68 days, which indicates that properties are selling nine days faster than this time last year. The typical spring upswing in buying and selling has come about a month earlier than usual, and the median age of for-sale listings is now 23 days less than last month.

In March the nationwide median home list price pushed above $250,000 for the first time, where it had hovered since May 2016. Now at $260,000, the median list price is 8 percent higher than one year ago.

Reflecting seasonal shifts, total inventory increased over last month, but remains substantially lower than one year ago. Even with nearly 492,000 new listings added to the market in March, inventory continues to fall short of buyer demand.

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The Torrance Rose Float Association Prepares for 2018

The Torrance Rose Float Association board members are enjoying dinner with the President Pat Shannley and Laura Seabaugh, Executive Director of the American Rose Society, before the presentation of the Torrance Rose at the Torrance City Council meeting

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Real Estate and Tax 2017


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Congress Recognizes Local High School Art

Congressional Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is a national competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in high school students. Students submit their original art piece to their representative and a panel of art professionals select the winning entry. Winners are recognized both in their congressional district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington D. C. The winning works are displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. More details about the competition can be found by visiting:

A 2016 winner

This competition is open to students in grades 9-12, that either attend school or reside in CA-Congressional District 33. The submission deadline for this year’s competition is April 14, 2017 at 5 pm. Art needs to be dropped off at our Wilshire or Manhattan Beach office location (if you have 10 or more entries, I can arrange for a member of my staff to pick up the art from your school prior to April 14, 2017).

CA-33 is home to some of the most gifted artist in the country and this event provides budding and established artist alike an opportunity to showcase with art and network with other artists, art professionals, and community members. Scholarships will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Additionally, the 1st place winner will receive a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a reception (the flight will be provided by Southwest Airlines, lodging will be provided, and a travel stipend will be provided to the winner).

Students are encouraged to attend our reception, which takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. At the reception, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be announced. Students that attend will be eligible to participate in a raffle of prizes. Educators are also invited to attend the reception. Both students and educators can RSVP here:

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