Rename Columbia Park AYSO Park

field closed sign

Our park is still closed 1 year later

Regular readers may recall that back in October I wrote an article entitled, Columbia Park, Torrance: Pay to play? To recap, the west end of Columbia Park was closed for renovations on May 20, 2013 for what was to be “no more than thirty (30) calendar days.” Apparently contracts mean little in the City of Torrance and instead of opening 30 days later, it was reopened September 21, 2013! When it reopened it was littered with barriers that had signs attached advising everyone that if they wanted to use the field from now on, they had to get a permit (see photo). Besides writing the referenced article I started attending Torrance City Council meetings on a regular basis so the normal people would have some representation; I ever addressed the council with my displeasure. I do not think they cared.

Anyway, fast-forward to April of 2014 and our park has more barriers, signs, and chain link fences placed all over the park making it not only an eyesore but creating a safety hazard. A couple weeks ago I decided to call the City of Torrance Facility Booking Office to find out just how much it would cost me to be able to use a small section of the park to kick a ball around. It turns out I cannot; just so you understand, you cannot either. Only AYSO can use it and they will not be using it until June or July. In other words, the Torrance residents that pay for the park and its maintenance are not allowed to use the park. We only wish it was “pay to play.” In our dreams. If I was angry before, that was nothing compared to how I feel now. The following is the prepared statement I made to the Torrance City Council at the last meeting, held April 8, 2014:

Mr. Mayor, City Council members, staff, audience members and television viewers: Continue reading

 

Pat Furey for Mayor Lawn Signs Now Available

Pat Furey for Mayor

The Pat Furey for Mayor lawn signs are now available! Torrance residents should be aware that in a few months the General Municipal Election during which we will elect a new mayor as Mayor Scotto will term out. As I announced back in June, I am supporting Torrance City Councilman Pat Furey in his bid to be elected Mayor of Torrance.

If you would like to join me in supporting Pat Furey for Mayor in 2014 cash donations are always welcomed, but there is another way you can help that costs you nothing and if real estate appraisals are correct, might actually raise the value of your home. These beautiful Pat Furey for Mayor lawn signs are not only easy to install, but could immediately increase the value of your home by up to 10%. Of course, your results may vary, but why take a chance? You can request your lawn signs by calling 1-310-613-9099 or email info@councilmanpatfurey.com. Be sure to include how many signs you would like for you and your friends. You can increase the value of the entire neighborhood in one swoop.

 

Griffiths for City Council Campaign Kickoff

These photos were taken last week, February 3 at the Mike Griffiths for Torrance City Council 2014 campaign kickoff which was held at the RE/MAX room in Torrance. While this site is not really dedicated to politics, I have been trying to attend as many Torrance City Council meetings as possible so I know what is happening at the local level with our city’s governing body. As a result, I have become acquainted with our mayor and most of the city council members.

The General Municipal Election for Torrance will be held in June of 2014. There will be several vacancies on the city council because Mayor Scotto will term out and one of the current council members will replace him. There are also a couple council members that will term out so this is a pretty important city election. Because I do attend council meetings on a pretty regular basis I see which candidates are regular attendees of the weekly city council meetings. To be honest, there are only two candidates that I ever see there and Mike Griffiths is one of them. He introduced himself to me at one of the first meetings I attended. While I am not going to make any official endorsements, I will go so far as to suggest that if someone wants to be on the Torrance City Council, they should probably consider reserving every Tuesday evening for the next four months to attend council meetings if for no other reason than to be seen.

The campaign kickoff fundraiser was a pretty well attended event that included food, beer, wine, speeches and magic performed by Magic Castle performer Steve Silverman. His sleight-of-hand magic was very entertaining. Everyone seemed to have a nice time. If you want to know more about Griffiths’ position on issues and history with the City of Torrance please visit his website. Continue reading

 
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