Torrance Will Ask Voters For More Bond Money For Schools

English: Fern Avenue School, Torrance, Califor...

English: Fern Avenue School, Torrance, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The City of Torrance will ask for $200 million from voters to fund more school construction. This comes six short years after approving $355 million worth of construction bond measure.

The fastest manifestations from the last funding was brand new sports fields at all four high schools.  Many school have since been remodeled.

The Torrance school board decided to place the measures on the ballot in a unanimous vote Tuesday night, arguing that these projects are needed to complete the second half of a $500 million master plan crafted in 2007.

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Torrance Struggles to Field a Rose Parade Float

Mascot logo of the Torrance High School Tartar...

Mascot logo of the Torrance High School Tartars, Torrance, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a year that was to feature recently deceased Louis Zamperini. The Torrance High  Olympian was to serve as Grand Marshall.  Sadly,  Torrance Float Committee  needs $150,000 or they may Torrance Float Renderingnot be able to field a float in this year’s Rose Parade Pageant.

This photo is a possible look for the float honoring the hometown boy, and war hero.

 

 

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Wilmington, Ca Home Sales in June 2014

Wilmington – The Gateway to Los Angeles

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The Wilmington real estate market (Zip 90744) had 12 homes sold at an average price of $342,042 in the month of June 2014. This is up 16.4% from last year’s average home prices.

There were 3 Condos & Townhomes sold, up 19% from last year at an average price of $233,333.

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Home Buyers Coming From Overseas

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Real estate property and home buyers outside of the U.S. are in love with the Southern California real estate market. Of the homes purchased by international buyers last year in California, 35 percent were in Los Angeles County, 22 percent were in Orange County, 20 percent were in San Diego County and 14 percent were in Riverside County, according to the California Association of Realtors. Those same international buyers are also fans of our government and financial system. Eighty five percent of the buyers shopping for homes in the state last year said that they would only consider buying a home in the US due to it’s stability, stable government and financial system. Twenty percent of the buyers said they chose the U.S. for its desirable location and the climate.

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The Gold is in Southern California Real Estate

Writers have written many stories over the years that deal with everything from housing and employment, manufacturing, technology, small business environment and even faith based investing. When manufacturing firms, business executives and entrepreneurs get together and discuss the economy, there is one thing that all agree on. That subject is how hard it is to do business in California. Manufacturing companies tell you that they are overburdened with regulations, environmental mandates and costly fees that keep going up.

Most all entrepreneurs will complain about the high cost of living in California.
We all know that all of these things are true. This is not the easiest place to live or to do business. You are pretty much left with what brought everyone to California in the first place–the promise of living near Herb Alpert!

Getting serious, what you are left with is the great weather, the ocean, the mountains, world class universities, enormous business opportunities and our constant focus on the hard wired climate of innovation. There can be no doubt that California truly is a place where beauty and innovation abound. We have the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where technological wonders are created daily. We have Hollywood, where you have film and TV industries with enormous influence over the entertainment field. We have a unique lifestyle, fashioned after the Southern California way of living, the beaches, local mountains and ski resorts like Mountain High, Big Bear and Snow Summit.

English: An aerial view of the Jet Propulsion ...

English: An aerial view of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California and the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The residential options here are more expensive, but look what you get, along with the home. Yes, listen to their voice when you tell them that you only live a few miles away from Herb Alpert.

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New Park Approved Along Hawthorne Blvd

Rainy Hawthorne Blvd

Rainy Hawthorne Blvd (Photo credit: dog97209)

The Hawthorne City Council has approved a $16,500 contract with SWA Group to design a small park that will be constructed at Hawthorne Blvd. and 129th Street. The vote was 3-2 in favor of the contract. Councilman Alex Vargas and Nilo Michelin opposed the idea saying the city wait until renovations of Hawthorne Boulevard are completed. SWA Group will provide construction drawings for the project, which has already been named Rocket Park Plaza in honor of Space Exploration Technology Corp., or SpaceX, a rocket manufacturer based in the city.

Renovation of Hawthorne Blvd. will continue through January 2015.
The boulevard will get new bike lanes, new left turn pockets, new traffic signals
and repaving and more.

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Honoring The Life of a Local Hero

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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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SIGNS OF RECOVERY CONTINUES IN SO. CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE

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:

https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnete/selfserve/EditItem.aspx?PC=40070CX2-T1%20&ItemCount=1

For more information please contact:
Young Scholars STEM Coordinator
Jeffery Diaz
diaz@gseis.ucla.edu
(310) 825 – 5599

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