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About Torrance

Torrance is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County nestled in the heart of the Los Angeles County’s South Bay community. Over 147, 000 people reside in Torrance’s 21.2 square miles with its daytime population increasing to over 200,000 due to its strong business community, vibrant community life and proximity to downtown Los Angeles, the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, other beach cities and destination spots. It is a city that competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, flourishing businesses and safe communities wherein a multitude of activities, events and programs may be enjoyed by almost anyone. 

Unlike most large communities, Torrance keeps its “hometown feel” while maintaining its position as a premier city geared toward progress. It is a city with strong foundations including an accessible and transparent government, skilled employees, active business community, and engaged residents. Combined with great location, and excellent climate, these have shaped Torrance into a wonderful community since its founding.   
Jared Sidney Torrance, considered the “Father of Torrance,” is credited for the founding of Torrance. In the early 1900s, Mr. Torrance and other investors saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles. They purchased part of the Spanish land grant Rancho San Pedro and hired nationally renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to design a new planned community, with the architect Irving Gill designing the principle buildings. The resulting city was founded in 1912 and named Torrance.
Click on the following links for more information on Torrance:
Torrance Herald (1914-1964), Torrance Press Herald (1964-70)
The Torrance Herald (later known as the Torrance Press Herald) was the newspaper of record for Torrance and contains all the gossip, corruption, personalities and most local news concerning Torrance for some 60 years.
Breeze (1894-1922), Daily Breeze (1922-present)
The Daily Breeze (formerly known as the weekly Breeze) is a 70,000-circulation daily newspaper published in Torrance. It first served the Redondo Beach community and now serves South Bay cities in Los Angeles County.

Torrance Photo Gallery

Torrance Trivia

Centennial Committee:

The Torrance Centennial Committee is responsible for planning and recommending fun-filled and educational events in the City to celebrate the City's first 100 years.  Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce located at 3400 Torrance Boulevard.  All meetings are open to the public.  Those who wish to speak on any matter on the agenda are asked to complete a "Speaker Information" card (available at the meeting) and relay it to the staff before leaving the meeting.

Staff reports are available for review in the City Clerk's Office.  Direct any other questions or concerns to staff 310-618-5880.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance is needed to participate in this meeting, please call 310-618-2967.  Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [28CFR 35.102-104 ADA Title II]
Click here to access Centennial Committee Meetings and Minutes. 
Councilmember Gene Barnett
Councilmember Tom Brewer
Councilmember Susan Rhilinger
Dr. Laurie Love – Chair
Dee Hardison - Vice Chair
Hubert Chan
Melanie Dreike
Donna Duperron
Judith Gibson
Keri Gilbert
Debbie Hays
City Clerk Sue Herbers
Barbara Heughins
Mary Hoffman
Kathryn Joiner
Tammy Khan
Daniel Lee
Don Lee
Kristin Matsuda
Gail Morgan
Frances Mullan
Terri Nishimura
Janet Payne
Michelle Polcari
Tom Rische
Pat Sandt
Cindy Scotto
Dr. John Stecker
Marifrances Trivelli
Stephanie Yee
Centennial Committee Staff Liaisons