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Torrance eNEWSLETTER | Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This Week: Torrance SERVES, New Public Records Online Portal, Wayfinding and Signage Plan, and more... VOLUME 11 | ISSUE 7 February 18, 2021 - February 24, 2021 TORRANCE SERVES Now - February 21, 2021 Our annual celebration of service leaders is underway! Visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/Serve to find out how you can participate! Help us get to 150,000 pledged service hours to be completed in 2021! It's easy! Just head over to www.TorranceCA.Gov/Pledge Enter the number of hours you want to pledge Enter your credentials Submit! You can pledge hours as an individual or get a group and pledge hours together. We are so close to our goal! There is still time to pledge, but time is short! Help us reach our goal in these final days! For the past few weeks, City crews have been working hard cleaning the area under the Prairie Bridge that connects Del Amo Blvd. to 190th St. Our crews have cleaned the area by clearing bushes, removing waste and graffiti, and putting up new fences. We are proud to have such amazing crews that are happy to SERVE the community! Don't forget to show your support by going to www.Facebook.com/ProfilePicFrames, searching for Torrance and selecting the Torrance SERVES Profile Frame! Encourage others to participate by completing a Community Service Project, volunteering, or performing a Random Act of Kindness! LOS ANGELES COUNTY VACCINATION DISTRIBUTION Call (833) 505-0761 or email COVIDVaccineReq@ph.lacounty.gov The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being distributed to healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents, and persons aged 65 and over. The vaccine will be limited for the first few months and will be distributed to different groups of people in different phases. Find out which phase you fall under: COVID-19 Vaccine Phases Find where you can get the vaccine: COVID-19 Vaccination Site Locator QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINATIONS? If you have questions about vaccinations, please contact the Vaccine Administration Provider Line, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at (833) 505-0761 or email COVIDVaccineReq@ph.lacounty.gov. VACCINATION UPDATES Since before the roll out of the COVID-19 Vaccines, the Torrance Fire Department has been advocating for local vaccine distribution sites. For our County, Los Angeles County is the lead agency on vaccine distribution. The City of Torrance Fire Department is working closely with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to expand vaccinations. Our goal is to provide local vaccination sites to assist our seniors and we continue to advocate for local distribution sites. Find out more at the City of Torrance Vaccination Page. COVID-19 TODAY Monday - Thursday at 4 P.M. COVID-19 TODAY brings you daily news updates on local impacts due to the coronavirus public health crisis. This show airs Monday - Thursday at 4 p.m. COVID-19 TODAY... WELLNESS WEDNESDAY Tune in to CitiCABLE every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for COVID-19 TODAY’s Wellness Wednesdays! Join us to explore ways to stay physically and mentally healthy during the pandemic. WEEKENDS IN TORRANCE Friday - Sunday at 2 P.M. Are you looking for things to do around Torrance, but are unsure about what is available because of COVID-19? Tune into "Weekends in Torrance" to see all that there is to do around the City in the age of COVID-19. "Weekends in Torrance" airs on Friday - Sunday at 2 p.m. on Torrance CitiCABLE. Weekends in Torrance... REAL-TIME BUS CROWDING INFORMATION Would you like to know how crowded the Torrance Transit buses are before you step into one? Well now you can! With Transit App's real-time crowding feature, you can see just how crowded a bus is at any time. This new feature allows passengers to make more informed decisions about when to ride the bus. Just download the Transit App in the App Store or Google Play Store. TUSD STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS The TUSD State of our Schools publication highlights the exceptional teaching and learning that goes on in our classrooms each day and celebrates the District’s accomplishments and milestones with the Torrance community. State Of Our Schools TORRANCE FIRE DEPARTMENT AIDING IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 The Torrance Fire Department has begun to receive COVID-19 vaccinations to be distributed to first responders. The Torrance Fire Department has also joined the fight against COVID-19 by deploying two ambulances to assist with patient care and transport. Read the Full Press Release NEW PUBLIC RECORDS ONLINE PORTAL The Office of the City Clerk is happy to announce the opening of its Laserfiche Pubic Portal! You can visit this portal to search for City Council minutes, resolutions, ordinances and deeds. This portal makes searching for public records quick and easy! The Office of the City Clerk is working on adding documents dating back all the way from 1912. Due to the amount of documents, this will be an ongoing project over the next few years. Give it a try and look up some public records at www.TorranceCA.Gov/PublicRecords. Eat. Shop. Support Local. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, especially our restaurants and businesses. In support of our local restaurants, we would like to encourage the community to order take-out or dine outdoors at local Torrance restaurants. Your support can help restaurants endure the economic challenges brought on by this pandemic. Let us know where you order take-out from by sharing a picture, tagging us, and using #TorranceTakeOut! For a list of Torrance Restaurants and Breweries, visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/TakeOut A number of Torrance restaurants have awesome specials that are sure to fill your hunger without emptying your wallet. Check out www.CityOfTorranceCA.com/Specials for a list of local specials.to see if you If your restaurant or business has Specials, please email Webmaster@TorranceCA.Gov so we can spread the word! The City encourages the community to support local businesses. Many local businesses have created new ways to engage with their customers, from direct online ordering to curbside delivery, in order to provide safe and convenient options. TORRANCEALERTS TorranceAlerts is a mass notification system designed to keep Torrance residents and businesses informed of emergencies when a "call-to-action" is required. TorranceAlerts also provides "advisories" on major weather events, traffic, community events, and more. Register here for TorranceAlerts to receive emergency notifications, advisories, and other information. Register for TorranceAlerts COYOTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM February is here which means that coyotes will begin denning and mating to produce offspring in March and April. Therefore, more than ever, it is critically important to take action and eliminate coyote attractants like food, water, and shelter in order to decrease future coyote populations. The average urban coyote litter is between 5-7 pups. However, if food abundantly available, the litter size can be up to 11 pups. Please remember: Do not feed wildlife (including squirrels and feral cats), secure trash bin lids, and trim any excess vegetation to deter coyotes from your property. Do not leave pets unsupervised or leave pet food outdoors. For more information on the upcoming coyote denning season visit our website: TorranceCA.Gov/Coyotes Call the 24-hour Coyote Hotline at (310) 618-3898 or fill out the Coyote Sighting Survey to report a coyote sighting or incident. Prefer to use your mobile device? Download the MyTorranceCA app, available on iTunes and Google Play Store. Always, if there is an immediate threat, call 911. INFORMATION AND RESOURCES For information on City event status, City closures, executive orders, and news related to COVID-19, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/COVID-19. ‌ L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY HOME TEST COLLECTION The Los Angeles County Home Test Collection is a pilot program that allows you to sign up to have a COVID-19 test shipped to your home. This is the same nasal swab test offered at County testing sites. This program is free through February 28, 2021. Find Out if You Qualify and Sign Up PROTECTING YOURSELF AND SLOWING THE SPREAD The pandemic not over, but you can help end it by following the proper safety guidelines and protocols and by knowing what steps to take when faced with possible exposure. Face coverings are required while in public. The CDC has even recommended wearing two face coverings, or double-masking, to further minimize your chances of exposure. Guidance on Wearing Face Coverings…. Slowing the spread involves knowing when you’ve been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Get a notification on your phone to know you’ve been exposed. Get Notified… Don’t be a victim of COVID-19 scams. With the addition of more vaccination sites, scammers may try and take advantage of innocent people looking for vaccines. How to Spot a Scam… Social distancing is still one of the best ways to minimize exposure to COVDI-19. Find other ways to protect yourself at www.CDC.Gov. Are you showing symptoms of COVID-19? It’s important to know which steps to take after you’ve experienced symptoms to make sure you don’t spread anything and to be able to recover. What to do… The pandemic has been hard on everybody. If you need someone to talk to during these times, please contact the Los Angeles County Information line at 2-1-1. Coping with the Pandemic… UPDATES On Monday, January 25, Governor Newsom lifted the Regional Stay Home Order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order - San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Southern California. This action allows all counties to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Other state orders are still in place such as Hospital Surge Order and Stay Home Order. Find the status for activities in your county On Monday, January 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reinstated November 25, 2020, County Health Officer Order with additional updates that are unrelated to the County's Temporary Regional Stay at Home Order. This order is being reinstated after the California Department of Public Health lifted the November 19, 2020 edition of the State's Regional Stay at Home on January 25, 2021. Read the Health Officer Order On Monday, January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom released a statement announcing the extension of the eviction moratorium. The new eviction ban now protects tenants and small landlords from losing housing through June 30, 2021. Read Full Eviction Moratorium On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order extending the eviction moratorium for single-family mortgages that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration through March 31, 2021. This executive order protects families that are struggling to make mortgage payments due to the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. Read Full Press Release On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Officer issued a Revised Order allowing Places of Worship to hold indoor services limited to 25% indoor capacity and while adhering to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. The Order also advises residents to stay home as much as possible with additional safety modifications including prohibiting gatherings with individuals, not in the same household (except for religious services and protests), new occupancy limits at various businesses, and closing Higher-Risk businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties, and activities, where more frequent and prolonged person-to-person contacts are likely to occur. This order will remain in effect for as long as the State Public Health Officer's Regional Stay At Home remains in effect in the Southern California Region. Read Full Order RESOURCES GROCERY RESOURCES Even though COVID-19 case numbers are trending downward, there are still many people who are at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill if exposed. There are many food delivery services that can help keep at-risk individuals safe by bringing groceries to them. Find a service that fits your needs and stay safe while still receiving your everyday needs. Grocery Resources... TORRANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY The Torrance Public Library is committed to providing excellent service to residents while following state guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Reserve your books and materials or call your local Torrance Public Library to schedule a pickup time. Library staff will contact you when your materials are ready for pickup. You must show your library card or photo ID at the point of service to receive the reserved material. Curbside Service... Book drops are open at all Torrance Public Library locations. Please place the materials in the book drops. Staff is not taking materials in person. The Torrance Public Library would like to remind its patrons that there are no library fines during this time, and all hold requests continue to remain on reserve. For more information, visit www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov. Library staff is available to answer any questions at (310) 781-7599, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email LibraryReference@TorranceCA.Gov. Count on us, because Torrance Cares. #TorranceCares PSA... TORRANCE CARES FOR BUSINESS The City of Torrance is gradually working towards reopening under the Safer at Home Order that was issued by Los Angeles County. While businesses start to reopen, it is important to follow the necessary guidelines and safeguards the county has laid out. Prior to reopening, businesses must take the extra time to consider the protection of workers, ensuring appropriate physical distancing, ensuring proper infection control, clearly communicating protocols to the public, and making sure all populations, including those who are at high-risk, can be equitably served. Planning for an extended exterior to accommodate COVID-19 safeguards? Draft an application and conceptual layout and submit it to CDDinfo@TorranceCA.Gov for review. Filing fees associated with proposals for expanded exterior arrangements are currently free, courtesy of The Office of Economic Development. Back to Business PROGRAMS TO HELP BUSINESSES SMALL BUSINESS STABILIZATION PROGRAM Your business may be eligible for a loan ranging from $50,000 to $3 million. You can use this loan for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing existing loans. See if you're eligible at http://bizstabilization.lacda.org/ COVID-19 SAFETY COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Business are being asked to follow new guidelines and protocols in order to remain open. This program allows businesses to self-certify that they are following all COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of customers and staff alike. Self-certifying is not mandatory, but it is recommended. COVID-19 Cert... CALIFORNIA REBUILDING FUND The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program aimed at helping our small businesses during these unpredictable times. Businesses that have under 50 full time employees and had a gross revenue of $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply for this loan. Please note that this loan will need to be paid back on a three or five year term. See if your small business is eligible today! California Rebuilding Fund... PPE UNITE IS COMING TO SOUTH BAY! Saturday, February 20, 2021 Sears at Del Amo Fashion Center 3501 Sepulveda Blvd. 10 AM - PPE United is a public and private partnership providing FREE personal protective equipment (face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer) to small businesses across LA County. Book your spot PPEUnite.org/sign-up SAFER AT WORK LOS ANGELES COUNTY Together, Safer at Work Los Angeles committed to reopening LA County as safely as possible. The region's mission is to thrive in the new normal. One of their current priorities is to make sure all essential workers feel safer at work. The #SaferAtWork campaign is designed to help LA County businesses, employers, workers, consumers, and residents during these difficult times. With everyone's help, more businesses will be able to open. It takes all of us, so let's spread the word and keep workspaces safe for everybody! Learn more: SaferAtWork.LA TORRANCE MEMORIAL VISITOR GUIDELINES Due to the upwards trends of COVID-19 cases in the community and in accordance with the CDC, Torrance Memorial are taking extra steps to protect their patients and staff. They will once again restrict in-person inpatient visitation. They remain fully open for all patient services. Please do not delay your medical care. For the most up-to-date guidelines, visit www.TorranceMemorial.org/Visitors. "FURSIBLINGS" COURTESY OF: @patrooshy CITYWIDE WAYFINDING AND SIGNAGE PLAN The City of Torrance is launching a Citywide Wayfinding and Signage Plan to improve and upgrade existing navigation and directional signage in the City. This plan will help improve mobility, safety, and efficiency for all modes of transportation and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to find important destinations and services in Torrance. Why Do We Need Wayfinding? Wayfinding is important because it helps Torrance residents and visitors find destinations and services with ease. We want to make sure everyone in the City gets the services they need or want without having any issue finding what they're looking for. How Can You Help? We have created an interactive map where you can tell us about destinations or routes that are important to you. We can use community input to focus on the areas that need improved wayfinding the most. You can view the interactive map at www.TorranceCA.Gov/WayfindingMap. For additional questions and feedback, visit the project website at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Wayfinding, or reach out to the Office of Economic Development at EconomicDevelopment@TorranceCA.Gov or call (310) 618-5807. View the Interactive Wayfinding and Signage Map SADDLEBACK CHURCH GROCERY DISTRIBUTION Monday, February 22 | 9 A.M. - 11 A.M. | Free 555 Maple Avenue Come pick up some groceries free of charge. The Saddleback Church is providing food for families in need at this grocery distribution event. Families can drive up in their cars and receive groceries without getting out. No reservation or registration is required. For any questions, please contact Pastor John at JohnA@Saddleback.com. Free Food Distribution... GREEN LINE EXTENSION TO TORRANCE VIRTUAL SCOPING MEETING Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) invites you to a scoping meeting on Zoom to learn more about the Green Line Extension to Torrance project and provide input. Virtual Scoping Meeting #1 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4-6 p.m. Telephone: 646.558.8656 Webinar ID: 860 4119 8859 Virtual Scoping Meeting #2 Saturday, February 27, 2021 11am – 1pm  Telephone: 646.558.8656 Webinar ID: 828 3990 2680 NOVELS AT NIGHT Thursday, February 25 | 6:30 P.M. | Free Just because we're all staying inside doesn't mean we can't talk about good reads, right? Join fellow bookworms in a Zoom call to discuss There There by Tommy Orange. Just send an email to TBabiar@TorranceCA.Gov by February 23 for the invitation link. COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE Applications period: February 22 - March 2, 2021 Torrance has received funding for rental assistance grants to income eligible individuals and families residing within the City limits who have been economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $3,000 are made to landlords on behalf of the income eligible residents to maintain housing and/or to reduce rental payments in arrears as a result of the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is limited to residents of the City of Torrance. Applicants’ eligibility will be determined by a pre-application, and then recipients will be selected by lottery. Learn more: TorranceCA.Gov/COVIDRentalAssistance. If you need assistance with forms or you do not have internet access, please contact us by calling (424) 337-529 or email COVIDRentalAssistance@TorranceCA.Gov TORRANCE TRANSIT 2021 SERVICE EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS Torrance Transit is currently in the process of taking over METRO's Line 130 Service and providing improvements to our service in June/July 2021. Torrance Transit is seeking input from their passengers and the public regarding needs, priorities, and issues with the coordination of this new service. Torrance Transit invites you to attend one of the five virtual meetings. Friday, February 19th from 5 - 7 PM Saturday, February 20th from 10 AM - 12 PM Monday, February 22nd from 5 - 7 PM Wednesday, February 24th from 5 - 7 PM Sunday, February 28th from 1 - 3 PM Meeting Link: zoom.us/j/8368423326 Meeting ID: 836 842 3326 Joining by Phone: Call: (669) 900-6833 For more information, call (310) 781-6925, visit TorranceTransit.org, or email Changes@TorranceCA.Gov. TORRANCE TRANSIT WILL BE RUNNING ON A MODIFIED SCHEDULE Due to a surge in Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak, starting Monday February 15, Torrance Transit buses will be running on a modified schedule until further notice. The buses will be running on a Saturday schedule Monday thru Friday with peak hour service on Lines 4X and 6. View the Modified Schedule WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU - TORRANCE PARK SURVEY! The City of Torrance is applying for the California Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program for Torrance Park. In June 2019, the Community Services Department hosted a series of public meetings to ask for Torrance residents’ input on a potential new park design elements. The public engagement process for this project has been successful for both residents and staff. Now, we would like to learn about your experience and thoughts on current conditions of Torrance Park! Share your experience and thoughts VICTOR E. BENSTEAD PLUNGE RE-OPENING Open Daily | Various Hours 3331 Torrance Boulevard The Victor E. Benstead Plunge is open once again! On Friday, January 22, the Plunge resumed regular Adult Lap Swim hours. Lap Swim is available by appointment only. Pool rentals for swim training organizations may also be available. COVID-19 guidelines have been put in place to ensure the safety of swimmers and staff. Visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/Aquatics for more information. TUSD KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT Now enrolling new Kindergarten Students for the 2021-2022 school year The TUSD Family Welcome Enrollment Center (FWEC) is now enrolling TUSD resident kindergartners for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Due to COVID-19, District offices are closed to the general public, and ALL applications are being processed online, via email. Parents of new incoming kindergarteners can enroll online during the week for their assigned school district of residence (home school). Each week FWEC will have a school-specific link available on the District website at: www.tusd.org/Parents/Enrollment. For more information, email Enrollment@tusd.org TUSD is thrilled to be launching a Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Program for incoming kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year in Spanish at 2 TUSD Elementary Schools - Carr and Torrance Elementary schools. Dual language immersion is an educational model that integrates native English speakers and native speakers of a target language in the same classroom for the entire school day. This Program provides a choice for parents who want their children to become fluent in two languages while developing academic skills in the core subjects.  The Two-Way Dual Language Spanish program is designed for 3 types of students: English Learners whose home language is Spanish Bilingual students who speak Spanish and English English proficient students For more information please visit: Dual Language Immersion TORRANCE CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays and Saturdays | 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. Charles H. Wilson Park 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard Come get your fresh produce for those delicious meals at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Select goods from over 60 California farms. Nothing beats the fresh taste of top quality produce! We hope to see you there! Hot Food To-Go The Torrance Certified Farmers' Market has reinstated approximately 20 Prepared Food Vendors. This means visitors will be able to buy prepared food (hot dogs, rotisserie chicken, ramen, breakfast burritos, etc.) "to-go." There will be no eating or drinking allowed inside the Farmers' Market. Come enjoy a nice, hot meal! HOME SHARE SOUTH BAY Welcome Home, South Bay Home Share South Bay, in partnership with Silvernest, helps compatible homeowners and renters find each other, then provides support all the way through their homesharing journey. Begin your homesharing journey today. For details and assistance, visit Home Share South Bay or email Laurie Jacobs at Laurie@SouthBayCities.org. COVID protocols are included in the matching process. TORRANCE BATTING CAGES 2300 Jefferson Street Even though baseball season is over, you can still get your swings in at the Torrance Batting Cages. Head over to Wilson Park and take a couple hacks at the outdoor cages. The batting cages have adopted new protocols and procedures for reopening during this pandemic to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Swing Away... CULTURAL SERVICES CLASS REGISTRATION Registration is open! The Cultural Services Commission is back with more outdoor exercise and performing arts classes on the Torino Plaza! Classes start on January 11 and run through March 6. The health and safety of our participants and staff remain our highest priority. Face coverings are required. Class sizes will be reduced to ensure adequate space for social distancing. We will be taking numerous actions to follow CDC and Los Angeles County guidelines to lower COVID-19 risks. Registration will be online only. For a list of class offerings, please visit www.TorranceCA.Gov/ClassRegistration. Call the registration office at (310) 618-2720 for more information. BOOK YOUR EVENTS AT THE TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Accepting Reservations for 2021 and 2022. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center may be closed right now but you can still book venues for events happening in 2021 and 2022. To make sure you find the right venue for your event, we invite you to take a 3-D Tour of some of our venues from the comfort of your own home. To book a venue for 2021 or beyond, please call (310) 781-7150 or email TCAC@TorranceCA.Gov. IMPORTANT POWER OUTAGE INFORMATION Are you prepared for power outages? Due to the record levels of dryness in the region, the chances of wildfires occurring are high, which may result in a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Southern California Edison customers can sign up for PSPS alerts by calling (800) 655-4555 or by registering online. Customers can also use an interactive map to see if their communities are being monitored for a potential PSPS. Customers can report or inquire about outages unrelated to a PSPS by calling (800) 611-1911. For information about non-PSPS outages, visit www.SCE.com/Outages. Customers can also sign up for normal outage alerts at www.SCE.com/MyAccount. CITY OF TORRANCE WEBSITE QUESTION OF THE WEEK Become more familiar with our website and the services the City offers with our Question of the Week. Tip: Navigate or search through the City of Torrance website to find the answer! Let's see how savvy you are! Maybe you'll learn something new about the City. Head over to www.TorranceCA.Gov and search through each department to see if you can answer this week's question. Out of an abundance of caution and in order to maintain social distancing, we are not offering a prize at this time. However, we encourage you to participate anyway! 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