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March 15, 2023 - Torrance City Librarian Heather Cousin

Heather Cousin, Torrance’s new City Librarian, shared little-known library resources and upcoming improvements to the Torrance libraries.

  • Check out and borrow California State Park Passes for up to 3 weeks.

  • Several free workforce development platforms are available to help with job training, test preparation, and professional development. Go to the library home page, click Resources, then Career Pathways.

  • Grants from the California State Library will fund:

    • New furniture for some of the libraries

    • New programs inclusive of families with neurodivergent children

    • Events to be hosted on the Main Library plaza

    • “Open Plus” to be offered at El Retiro where patrons use special library cards to enter the library during expansion hours


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October 19, 2022 - New District 2 Councilmember Bridgett Lewis

Residents met our new District 2 Councilmember Bridgett Lewis at the Meet & Greet on October 19 at Bert Lynn Middle School. There were about 35 people in attendance with an additional 12 people on Zoom.


After a brief introduction, Ms. Lewis fielded  a wide range of questions from the audience. Topics discussed included affordable senior housing, homeless housing, animal control, the Beach Cities Health District new development, the Metro C-Line extension into Torrance, city revenue ideas, and airport noise. Ms. Lewis also brought a flyer that highlighted the  current issues being addressed by various Torrance City Departments.


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June 12, 2019 - Redistricting & Other Southwood Concerns

Approximately 30 people attended the Meet & Greet and general membership meeting which was held primarily to ask questions of Councilmen George Chen and Geoff Rizzo, both Southwood Homeowners Association members. Other city officials attended including Councilmen Mike Griffiths and Aurelio Mattucci, and City Clerk Rebecca Poirier. After the general meeting concluded, discussion started with the new voting districts. Mr. Rizzo provided a detailed background which can be summed up thusly:  Attorneys Shenkman and Hughes have been successfully suing California cities under the California Voter Rights Act and Torrance decided it was better to comply than to fight.


Other questions from Southwood Homeowners Association members that came over this past year were posed to the Councilmen such as controlling city council meeting disturbances, status of the pre-school on restaurant row and the senior apartments, strategy on tree removal, unlicensed solicitors, and the new bright lights in the Walmart parking lot that are shining in our homes. ​Read more...

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