Monday, December 5, 2016

Mandatory Wood Burning Ban on Tuesday, December 6, 2016


All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Tuesday, December 6, 2016, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Orange County and non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces, both indoors and outdoors, is prohibited from midnight tonight through midnight on Tuesday.
No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particulate air pollution forecast for the area.  The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper.
Particles in wood smoke – also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses, increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Residents can help reduce the harmful health effects of wood smoke by signing up to receive e-mail alerts at to learn when a mandatory no-burn alert is issued.
SCAQMD’s no-burn alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley, or the High Desert.  Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement.  Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted.
SCAQMD’s Check Before You Burn program is in effect from November through the end of February, when particulate levels are highest.
A link to additional information and an interactive no-burn alert map is available at For 24-hour recorded Check Before You Burn information, call
(866) 966-3293.
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, December 10th at Lomita City Hall

  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016  9AM to 3PM
City Hall Parking Lot
24300 Narbonne Avenue
Sponsored jointly by the Sanitation Districts and the Department of Public Works. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash.


  • Motor oil, antifreeze, paint, paint thinner
  • Turpentine, cleaners with acids or lye
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Household and car batteries
  • Old computers and television sets
  • Sharps or used needles
  • Expired pharmaceuticals and mercury thermometers


  • Explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials
  • Waste from businesses will not be accepted
  • Trash or old tires
  • White goods such as washers, stoves, refrigerators or air conditioners


  • In general, there is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 lbs. per vehicle
  • Bring items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers
  • Be prepared to leave your containers
  • Do not mix products together


John Bailey, President
Southeast Torrance Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (SETHA)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weekly Crime Report for Southeast Torrance

This report is for Sunday, November 13, 2016 through Saturday, November 19, 2016.
There were 62 incidents reported to Torrance Police during the reporting period.
The report is late due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
There were 2 in Torrance, 1 in North Torrance and 1 in the Seaside Ranchos area.
There were 16 in Torrance and 3 in Southeast Torrance.
11 14 8:15 PM to 11 15 7 AM         1800 Block 245th St (Falena) Unlocked Vehicle
11 15 5 PM      to 11 16 7:45 AM    2000 Block Reynosa Dr (Cabrillo) Entry by unknown means
11 17 3 PM       to 11 18 1 AM         1800 Block Schilling Court (Walnut) Unlocked Vehicle
6 vehicles were unsecured, 5 vehicles windows smashed for entry and 2 unknown means for entry.
Items stolen from vehicles:
Stereo,work id badge, bank bag-cash, stereo, speakers, vehicles battery, third row seats, duffel bag,
shoes, cash, sunglasses, laptop,  backpack, blood pressure machine, keys, tool bag, tools, cash, gift
cards, suitcase, tool bag, nailer, screw gun, compressor, drill bits, checkbook laptop, medication, wallet
leaf flower, clothes, tools, food and candy,.
There were 10 stolen vehicles in Torrance including 2 in Southeast Torrance. 
A 2017 Mercedes Benz S550 was stolen on 11 15 at 2:06PM from the 3300 Block of Pacific Coast Highway.
11 16 5:06 PM 2000 Block 242nd St (Huber)  2011 Honda Civic
11 16 5:07 PM 2000 Block 242nd St (Huber)  2007 BMW 328
There were 18 incidents of theft reported in Torrance including 1 in Southeast Torrance.
11 18 2:30 PM to 11 19 7:3 0AM  23300 Huber Avenue  Tailgate stolen from parked vehicle.
3 tailgates and 1 catalytic converter were stolen during the reporting period.
John Bailey, President
Southeast Torrance Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (SETHA)
Tips from the Foster City Police Department on preventing auto burglaries.

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One crime you can really help us prevent is auto-burglary. Almost all auto-burglaries have one thing in common: something to steal. That is, something valuable left in the car, often in plain sight of a passing burglar. Many auto-burglaries are "crimes of opportunity". These crimes can often be avoided if simple preventative steps are taken.
It takes less than 30 seconds to break into a car, grab what is in plain view, check the usual hiding places for other items, and get away. How long would it take you to secure your valuables out of sight? Even less time. Auto-burglary prevention, like all crime prevention, involves limiting the criminal's ability and/or opportunity to commit the crime.
With very little time and effort, you can make a huge difference in your vulnerability to auto-burglary. We suggest taking these simple but important steps to avoid being a victim of auto burglary:
  • Don't leave valuables in your car. That sounds like "common sense", but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target. Thieves are targeting purses, laptops, GPS units and MP3 players, which are easily sold.
  • Additionally, computers, purses and wallets are highly desired targets that are stolen, to commit identity theft.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. Someone may be watching when you put items under a seat or throw something over them. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for trunk-packing, and can break into your car the minute you're out of sight. One reason SUVs and pickups are common auto-burglary targets is because they don't have a "trunk" to hold valuables — the driver/passenger generally just "hides" their valuables "out of sight". The thieves know this, and do check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the "usual" hiding places.
  • Unobtrusively locking everything valuable "in the trunk" (if you have one) may be difficult when you're combining errands at multiple destinations. Certainly avoid leaving packages or shopping bags visible in your car — lock them in the trunk out of sight if you have to leave packages in your car unattended. Plan your shopping/errands so that you don't load your trunk until you are ready to drive to another destination.
  • Never open a trunk, fill it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away.
  • Keep your car in good operating condition and always have plenty of gas to get "there and back" (it costs no more to keep the top quarter of the tank filled than to keep the bottom quarter-tank filled!); you don't want to have to leave your car (and valuable contents) sitting along the side of the road if that can be avoided.
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
  • If your trunk can be opened from inside your car without a key, lock this feature when you are not in your car or have it disabled,
  • if possible. Leave no trace. Don't leave any "sign" that there might be valuables "out of sight" in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables. Just leaving an empty docking station in plain sight, even if you've taken the high dollar component with you, may end up costing you hundreds of dollars to replace a broken window because the thief wanted to check your car for "hidden" valuables.
  • Very few auto break-ins are "random" — the thieves see "something" in plain sight that's valuable, or hints of possible hidden valuables. Leave nothing in "plain sight" that might make your vehicle worth "investigating" by a thief; not even loose coins or a CD.
  • If you have an after-market stereo/CD-player with a removable faceplate, remove it. Without the faceplate, the unit is less attractive/useful to many thieves, and harder to "fence." If the unit can be pulled, pull it! Take it with you. Just covering a valuable radio (or ANY valuables in your car) with something (like a blanket or towel) to hide it will probably only draw thieves' attention.
  • Try to park in busy, well-traveled areas and well-lighted areas. Large anonymous lots are hit by thieves much more often than parking immediately adjacent to residential housing or other occupied buildings. Auto-burglars prefer breaking into cars where they will not be observed or attract attention, and choose their targets accordingly.
  • Lock ALL your vehicle's doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every month, we have items stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner was only going to be gone "just for a second." It only takes seconds to steal your stuff! It's not at all uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked. Don't leave any window open or even cracked open, including vent/wing windows and sunroofs.
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car-alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar, who most often chooses the easiest target. If they have two cars to choose from, one with a visible indicator of an alarm system and one without, they will likely burglarize the one without (unless you've left out valuables just too good to ignore!). Locking your car and setting your alarm is just part of the solution. Even if locked and alarmed, if you leave valuables (or the hint of valuables) in plain sight, a thief may target your car, even knowing it's locked and alarmed. But, without a clear prize in sight, a locked/alarmed car will likely be bypassed for an easier "target of opportunity."
  • Don't think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint, and after-market tint is handy to keep all the broken glass in one "sheet" when they break out your window (and toss the broken window into your back seat or passenger seat to hide the evidence of the break-in from passerbys).
  • Don't use "hide-a-keys." Thieves know the best places to hide those.
  • Remember, just "locking" isn't enough. Keep your car OFF the target list of the thieves by keeping all hints of valuables totally out of sight. If they see something tempting, they certainly can break in.
  • As a last line of defense (not really to prevent theft as much as to aid in recovery), mark your valuables. Recording serial numbers is important so the stolen items can be entered into a Nation-wide stolen property system.
  • A serial number doesn't directly link you to your stolen property. We'd suggest inscribing/engraving a personal identifier on all valuables. Don't use your social security number (identity theft) — use your driver's license (DL) number, prefaced by your DL "state", such as "CA-N1234567". With that marking, any police officer can trace your valuable back to you, wherever it's recovered, and the chances of being reunited with your stolen valuables is dramatically increased.
What do you do if something is stolen out of your car? As soon as you notice something's stolen (or that your car has been broken into) do not touch/adjust anything in, on, or around the car. As soon as possible, call the police department having jurisdiction for the location the car is parked at to report the incident.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Three Pigeon Drop Scams in Torrance - Be Alert!

In recent weeks, three victims have fallen prey to pigeon drops scams in Torrance.
The victims were initially contacted by the suspects at the 21700 block of Western Ave,
190th and Anza and the 19800 block of Hawthorne.
Check out this link for more details.
John Bailey, President
Southeast Torrance HOA

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Los Angeles Times article on Refinery Incidents

 Los Angeles Times, Sunday, November 20, 2016
 California Section Headline
 "Refinery incidents trouble Torrance residents"

Fires, explosions at Torrance refinery have neighborhood on edge

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This report is for Sunday, November 6, 2016 through Saturday, November 12, 2016.
There were 39 incidents reported to Torrance Police.
There were 2 in Torrance.  1 in West Torrance and 1 in Southeast Torrance.
1700 Block 245th St, 11/9/16 to 11/13/16, Laptop taken from unsecured garage.
4700 Block Deelane St, 11/11/16, 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Window air conditioning unit
pushed in for entry.  Cash, handgun, small safe and jewelry stolen.
There were 14 in Torrance and none in Southeast Torrance.
Windows were smashed in 6 vehicles for entry and 4 vehicles were unlocked.
List of items stolen from vehicles:
Wallets, Backpacks, tablet, sunglasses, ammunition, cash, bags, hair dryer, lingerie, books,
purse, clothes, weights, umbrella, flashlight, COOKIES, hardhats, safety jacket, camera,
camera lens, stereo, keys, game tickets, key lock box & keys, tote bag, makeup, tools, tool
bag and toolbox. 
On November 11th at 12:45 PM in the 2700 Block of Lomita Blvd, Suspects flagged down victim
claiming to be able to fix dent in his vehicle, distracted victim, and took cell phone from the vehicle.
There were 7 vehicles stolen in Torrance and none in Southeast Torrance. 
3 in North Torrance, 3 in Old Torrance and 1 in Walteria.
There were 8 thefts in Torrance and none in Southeast Torrance.
A vehicle’s catalytic converter was removed from a vehicle in Old Torrance, Batteries were taken
from 2 vehicles in North Torrance.
On November 11th or 12th, in the 100 Block of Via Monte D’Oro, suspect telephoned victim posing
as her granddaughter, convinced victim she has been in a car accident and to purchase Target or
Best Buy gift cards to pay for the damages.
Weekly Crime Report for Lomita
There were no residential burglaries, 3 auto burglaries, 0 auto thefts, and 2 thefts.
Arrests:  Domestic violence –2, Drugs – 5, Drunk in public – 1, Violation of municipal code – 1,
restraining order violation –1, vehicle violation – 1, warrant – 4 and weapon –1.
The complete weekly log for Torrance is available at:
John Bailey, President
Southeast Torrance Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (SETHA)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Congresswoman Waters' Statement on the Torrance Refinery Fire

For Immediate Release
November 17, 2016
Contact: Twaun Samuel
Phone: (202) 225-2201

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the Torrance Refinery Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the fire that erupted Tuesday at the Torrance refinery, which is owned by PBF Energy, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Torrance representative, released the following statement today:

“I am relieved that Tuesday’s fire at the Torrance refinery was effectively contained, and I am grateful there were no reported casualties.  I commend all of the fire fighters and first responders who were involved in responding to this emergency.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned by the history of mishaps at the Torrance refinery. I am especially concerned that Tuesday’s fire occurred in the refinery’s alkylation unit, where a form of hydrofluoric acid is used in the refining process. Hydrofluoric acid is a highly toxic chemical, which could have catastrophic impacts upon the surrounding community if it is released during a major accident. Many Torrance residents have called upon the refinery operator to cease its use of this potentially dangerous chemical and replace it with a less hazardous alternative. Tuesday’s fire in the alkylation unit will undoubtedly magnify the community’s concerns about this chemical.

The Torrance refinery has a long history of safety problems, including fires, explosions, leaks, and flaring incidents. Known mishaps over the past two years include a February 18, 2015, explosion, which injured four workers, registered as a magnitude 1.7 earthquake, and covered much of the surrounding community with ash; a September 6, 2015, release of modified hydrofluoric acid; a December 5, 2015, release of hydrogen sulfide; the collapse of a 300-ton crane on June 20, 2016, which injured three workers; and an October 11, 2016, flaring incident in which the refinery emitted flames and belched thick black smoke, which was visible for miles and which caused the City of Torrance to issue a shelter-in-place order for local residents and close nearby roads.

It is unfortunate that this refinery is located in a densely populated area of Southern California, where a serious accident has the potential to injure or even kill large numbers of people.  While I realize that we cannot re-invent history, I am profoundly aware that the potential risk to the community is very real.  At some point in the near future, this risk will have to be realistically dealt with.

I am joining together with my colleague, Congressman Ted Lieu, to send a letter to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) requesting that the CSB investigate the cause of Tuesday’s fire.  I will continue to work hard on these issues until such time as we can guarantee the safety of the residents of Torrance and everyone who lives and works near the refinery.”


Kathleen Sengstock
Senior Legislative Assistant
Rep. Maxine Waters
2221 Rayburn Building
(202) 225-2201