THREE DEVELOPMENTS TO MAKE THE SEASON SHINE BRIGHTER
1. The King's Guard, a professional snare drum line, will offer FREE performances of their own poignant version of Little Drummer Boy just for us on Sunday, December 10. The 5 minute show will take place at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm at the Halle home, 5419 Reese Road. Neighbors of all ages will enjoy the pageantry and talent of the group. Residents are encouraged to walk rather than drive in order to avoid traffic congestion.
2. The city Code Enforcement team is already on the job in the lights displays area, working with toy and food vendors to get them to move away from homes and out of the middle of streets and Emergency Vehicles lanes. All vendors are required to hold a city Business License, and food sellers need a County permit. Residents are urged to immediately report a troublesome vendor by calling (310) 618-5929 or sending an email to CDDInfo@TorranceCA.Gov. To alert the County to food sellers, call LA County Public Health’s Mobile Food Program at (626) 430-5500 or send an email to email@example.com.
3. TPD is once again maintaining a presence in the area in the form of a Motorcycle Unit which circulates on busy nights. Also, the Traffic Unit is setting up again on Robert Road and PCH, attempting to put a dent in the traffic jams that regularly occur.
A popular and professional snare drumline will come to our own neighborhood on Sunday, December 10th when Dale Lofgren, brother of Seaside resident Dean Lofgren, brings his talented group The King's Guard to play its touching rendition of the classic holiday song'The Little Drummer Boy' to the Holiday Lights crowd. The group has performed all over Southern California as a holiday gift to the community for over 10 years In the course of the early evening, they plan to stop and play, completely free of charge, in front of a handful of homes in the Lights area.
Seaside residents who would like to offer The King's Guard their front yard as a performance venue should call Dale at 310 920 6521 or send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy a preview of their performance below!
In January of 2023, a Seaside Ranchos resident who is a professional market researcher created and distributed a survey regarding residents' reactions to the 2022 Holiday Lights period. The survey showed that 80% of Sleepy Hollow residents were 'not content' with the snarled traffic, the outside vendors, the (lack of) a strong police presence and the trash. The results of that survey were reported on and discussed by residents, TPD and other service providers and the Community Development Department at a rather intense community meeting on Feb. 8, 2023. It was at that meeting that Ms. Michelle Ramirez, Director of the Community Development Department, and Captain Hart of the TPD made it clear that in 2023, the outside vendor situation will be handled by a Code Enforcement group, and not the police. TPD bike and traffic officers will continue to receive overtime pay for maintaining a police present at the event, keeping the Emergency Access Lanes clear, handling disturbances, and trying to manage the extraordinary number of vehicles filled with spirited visitors from all over Los Angeles who come to the neighborhood every year.
This Tuesday, October 24, the City Council will review the results of the May 18th Citizen Development and Enrichment Committee meeting, in which the Committee accepted the Staff recommendations. Read the Staff report for Item 9C, including the survey results, here: 9C - STAFF REPORT.
Staff will recommend that Council
1). Accept and file the May 18, 2023 Committee meeting minutes; and
2). Review appropriated resource contributions to the neighborhood-coordinated Seaside Ranchos Holiday Lights Display.
To comment on item 9C, you may attend the meeting in person, or send an email to City Council stating your viewpoint,
A detailed account of all the laws governing outside vendors can be found on this City website: www.trendingintorrance.com/sidewalk-vending.html Among the very long listing of Operating Requirements for sidewalk vendors (414.1.120), ordinance (c) states that '"Sidewalk vendors must at all times provide a clearance of not less than three (3) feet on all sidewalks or pedestrian areas so as to enable persons to freely pass while walking, running, or using mobility assistance devices and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act."
Last December, outside vendors blocked sidewalks, streets and even the Emergency Access Lanes. Will the Code Enforcement group enforce that provision this December?
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