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The Stanley Cup returns to the South Bay

Sorry, for the delay; it has been a busy week. These photos were taken Wednesday on Pier Avenue where it meets The Strand as the Los Angeles Kings brought the Stanley Cup back to Hermosa Beach for the second time in as many years. Unlike last year when the parade basically went down Pier Avenue from the fire department to the plaza, this year’s parade began at the Redondo Beach Police Department and ended in Manhattan Beach. Continue reading

Photos from Election Night in Torrance

Tuesday, June 3 was the California State Primaries and in addition to state and county issues the City of Torrance voted for a new mayor as Mayor Frank Scotto termed out. I am happy to announce that Pat Furey has been elected to be the next Mayor of Torrance. Garnering 6,687 votes for 40.95% of the votes, Furey beat the next closest contender, Tom Brewer who had 35.49% by almost 900 votes. Bill Sutherland came in third with 23.55% of the vote.

The Torrance City Council had 16 nominees running for the four available council seats. The winners in that contest were Heidi Ashcraft, Tim Goodrich, Kurt Weideman and Geoff Rizzo. Rebecca Poirier was elected City Clerk with Dana Cortez being elected City Treasurer. You can find links to all the detailed election results at http://rrccmain.co.la.ca.us/14062043/2043_CITIES_Frame.htm.

The photos start off at the Torrance City Council Chambers where many gathered to see the results of the absentee ballots. While the numbers and percentages fluctuated a little throughout the evening, the absentee results pretty much called it as far as the final results were concerned. Furey jumped out to an early lead in the mayoral contest; and Ashcraft led from the beginning in the council race. The only real question was the order the top four candidates would finish in.

After leaving the council chambers we made our way to Industry Sports Bar & Grill where Pat Furey was holding his Election Watch Party. While Furey did not seem as sure as everyone else was about his eventual victory, there was an air of confidence in the room as many elected state officials came to congratulate him on his pending victory. The last of the photos were taken at Councilman-elect Tim Goodrich’s home as he watched the returns with his family and a few friends. I would say of the candidates I spoke with before the final results were tallied, Goodrich seemed the most confident of winning a seat on the council. Continue reading

Torrance: No Parking on Street Sweeping Day

Torrance residents have a new issue facing them and that is the fact that due to Federal, State and County mandates we must cut down to zero the amount of trash that enters our storm drains; failure to comply will result in fines of up to $10,000 a day. One method of cutting down on the trash and debris is to improve the efficiency of our street sweepers; in order to accomplish this the City of Torrance is proposing the addition of no parking signs on street sweeping days. This has caused quite an uproar as many people are suggesting that this is not necessary; that people will voluntarily keep their cars off the street on street sweeping day. I saw one comment on Facebook that suggested, “Street sweeping has been going on for years in my neighborhood – WITH NO SIGNS! Crazy, isn’t it, to think that people might actually do what is best and right for their neighborhood WITHOUT forced government intervention? Every Monday there is NOT ONE car parked on the street as far as I can see. CRAZY!”

I decided to watch the video of the April 22 City Council meeting (http://torrance.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=8) and it seems a large number of the people that are against the no parking signs are from the same part of Torrance as the person that made the Facebook comment, so I decided to head out there on Monday. These are the photos of what I observed.

If you have an opinion about this proposal you should head to the Torrance City Council meeting tonight, Tuesday May 20 at 7:00 PM. Continue reading

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