The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Presents: South Bay Festival of the Arts

 The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (TOCA) is hosting the 1st SouthBay Festival of the Arts, Saturday, June 24, 2017. The Festival is free and will run from 11 am to 5 pm in various areas of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Bring the whole family out for a day full of live entertainment, fine art exhibits, and interactive dance and art workshops for the young ones! There will also be food and beverage tastings. 

TOCA festival

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South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Open Meeting on Flaring

 South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Meeting to discuss proposals to be funded using ExxonMobil fines SCAQMD staff will present the Committee with a summary of proposals received in response to request for proposal 2017-06 — ExxonMobil Supplemental Environmental Protection (SEP) Funds. Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Grand Ballroom (Salons A – D) 3635 Fashion Way Torrance, CA 90503

The proposals submitted to the SCAQMD have been scored and preliminary recommendations will be for discussion. Staff will seek the Committee’s input and direction as to recommendations for the full SCAQMD Governing Board consideration.

This is an open meeting and *the public will have an opportunity to speak and provide comments*. Please note that full Governing Board consideration on the proposals could be as early as the regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting on July 7, 2017, but could be later depending on direction from the Administrative Committee.

Background: Torrance Refining Company, LLC is one of six large refineries in the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s jurisdiction. It is subject to numerous SCAQMD rules and regulations pertaining to refining operations and equipment.

The facility is located at 3700 W. 190th St. in Torrance and covers 750 acres. It refines gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuels, liquefied petroleum gases, coke and sulfur.

In February 2015, a large explosion in an air pollution control device ejected heavy metal parts, narrowly missing a unit that contains highly toxic modified hydrofluoric acid. As a result of air pollution violations during the explosion and subsequent restart of the refinery, then-owner ExxonMobil paid a $5.5 million penalty to SCAQMD, of which $2.77 million has been committed to fund community benefit projects.

In 2016, SCAQMD released an RFP and hosted a community meeting on the use of the settlement monies for projects that provide public health and quality of life improvements. PBF Energy, based in Parsippany, N.J., purchased the refinery and took over operation of the facility on July 1, 2016. In 2016, the refinery experienced several power cuts and as a result conducted unplanned flaring.

In February 2017, PBF agreed to an administrative order by the independent SCAQMD Hearing Board requiring the facility to improve power reliability and reduce air pollution from power-related flaring incidents. The Hearing Board will maintain jurisdiction over the order until all its requirements are completed.

While the refinery must meet specific milestones and deadlines under the order, the overall effort will take several years to complete. As a result of the series of incidents at the refinery, SCAQMD’s Refinery Committee held an investigative hearing in April 2017 to gather information about refinery safety and operations from experts and regulators as well as feedback from community groups and residents.

Flaring is a safety measure used at refineries to prevent explosions or accidents that could result from gases building up excess pressure. When flared, the combusted gas typically causes large flames, and can result in black smoke when power losses impact steam generation.

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The Best Time to Sell or Buy Your Home in the South Bay is Today


The market is tight.

We need more homes to sell. They get instant attention.

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Torrance Education Foundation Fundraiser:

Jersey Mike’s to Donate Proceeds from Grand Opening

Torrance Education Foundation (TEF) is excited to partner with Jersey Mike’s newest Torrance location. During their grand opening, from May 24-June 4, 2017, Jersey Mike’s will donate $2.00 for every coupon redeemed at the new store as a contribution to TEF.

Coupons can be downloaded at www.TorranceEducationFoundation.org/jerseymikes/ for great deals on subs and sub meals at the new store. The coupon is also attached to this email message.

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Jersey Mike’s, try their menu which is both hearty and healthy, and support TEF at the same time. There is no limit to the number of coupons that may be redeemed, so come back more than once to sample all the great menu options!

Thank you to Artie Maidman and Garen Khodaverdian from Jersey Mike’s for their generosity and for supporting Torrance students. Jersey Mike’s is located at 20016 Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance.

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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

http://www.toyotausamuseum.com/

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

Events:

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
email:susan_sanborn@toyota.com
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
http://torrancerosefloat.org/images/events/2017/2017_Luau_ticket_flyer.pdf

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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