At the City Council meeting this week, something exciting happened: the Council unanimously authorized staff to issue a Request for Proposal to hire a consultant to revitalize Old Torrance. In layman’s terms, this is the first step in a process to realize the potential that our downtown area offers by redeveloping it, something last attempted nearly 40 years ago.
If you recall, I campaigned this past summer on the platform of bringing more technology businesses to Torrance to take advantage of the wave of jobs and prosperity this sector is set to bring over the coming decades. Since then, many conversations and much reading and research have led me to believe the best use of the City’s resources to attract these businesses is to create an attractive living space for the tech workforce. It just so happens that the former Toyota property is just down the street and the new owner wants to attract tech businesses to locate on their property.
For the last several months I’ve been talking to many of the Old Torrance stakeholders and I’ve encountered nothing but enthusiasm for redevelopment of the area. In short, I’m extremely excited about what this means for the future of Old Torrance and am eager to start this process. I’ll keep you posted along the way.
On another note, I’d like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. This year has been a great one for me, with getting re-elected in 1st place in June (thank you again), my insurance business growing faster than projected, and my three and a half year old showing his personality and becoming quite the chatterbox. Every now and then, I’m even able to get a word in. Now, if only I could find some time to sleep.
Continuing in the tradition of the last two years, here’s a picture of my son and me with Santa on the Torrance Police Officer Association’s sleigh (trailer). The first year, my son was terrified of Santa, the second year, he was still a little unsure, and this year he wasn’t afraid, but still wasn’t ready to sit on Santa’s lap. Maybe next year.