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LWV Torrance Area Positions and Activities

Adopted positions for local issues related to Torrance, Lomita, Carson, Gardena and Harbor City

Adopted Statements that allow the LWVTA to take positions on local issues

The LWV uses a two-year study process to research, discuss, and gather consensus on issues at every level. The summary result is known as a Position Statement that can be used to take action at each level. The positions can be found on the websites for LWVUS, LWVC (California), LWV/LAC (Los Angeles County).

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of TORRANCE AREA

LOCAL PROGRAM POSITION STATEMENT 2016

SERVICES AND ADMINISTRATION

Promote municipal government which functions effectively under the City Charter; is adequately and fairly funded; is responsive to the needs of its citizens for services and information by providing a modern library system, public access to Cable TV, and optimal access to public information; and provides for citizen participation in an effective Commission system.

CABLE TV (1984) Support:
- public access governing foundation;
- community information database. TORRANCE CITY CHARTER (1965, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1990) Support:
- a city charter which functions effectively as the basic governmental law and allows flexibility.
- Council-manager form of government;
- Two-term limit for Council members and Mayor;
- 4-year term of office for Mayor and Council;
- election of Council and Mayor at large;
- deletion of obsolete or unconstitutional portions;
- removing from charter (part of Sec. 604) specified amount of compensation for Council members;
- a complete review of the charter by a Council-appointed committee that would also recommend a method of filling City Clerk and City Treasurer positions with qualified personnel that meet job specifications;
- seeking professional advice and holding public hearings on proposed charter changes;
- City Council having final authority in planning matters, and including the Planning Commission in the charter. CITY SERVICES (1984) Support:
- services that maintain a high quality of life;
- measures allowing for improved and additional services;
- adequate funding for departments providing services. COMMISSIONS (1975) Support:
- commission system of lay commissioners appointed by a majority of the Council from a variety of qualified applicants;
- flexibility in the scope of commission duties;
- training for commissioners from a variety of sources;
- maintaining communication between commissioners and City Council and between overlapping commissions. FINANCE (1968, 1972) Support:
- measures to assure adequate revenues to meet changing needs for services;
- a flexible approach toward the financing of major municipal capital improvements;
- disseminating information to the public concerning proposed methods of financing specific projects;
- the development of a long-range capital improvement program;
- consideration given to alternative and innovative methods of financing. LIBRARY (1965, 1970, 1981) Support:
- a library system adequately financed to maintain a materials collection, staff, services and facilities;
- optimum use of new technology to meet the needs of the community;
- maintaining good communication between the library and the community. PUBLIC INFORMATION (1986) Support:
- optimal citizen access to information generated by the City and TUSD (Torrance Unified School District;
- The City and TUSD making available to the public the largest quantity of information, organized to meet specific citizen needs, and delivered at the time and place of most use to the citizen;
- both agencies demonstrating an active interest in optimizing information services to the citizen.

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Promote the orderly development of the City of Torrance by use of comprehensive general planning; plan for adequate housing for all persons; continue operation of the Torrance Municipal Airport solely as a general aviation facility with the City exercising control; provide for a public transportation network as a public service as well as a component of planning for quality development; and promote transportation management policies that reduce traffic and enhance mobility.

PLANNING (1969) Support:
- continuing update and implementation of a long-range general plan;
- improving communications in the planning process;
- planning for acquisition and development of parklands;
- encouraging school-city cooperation;
- providing for open space and recreational land uses;
- promotion of land use decisions which relate to and protect the overall quality of the environment;
- regional approaches to planning to ensure that the needs of the Torrance are considered. HOUSING (1980) Support:
- measures which will provide adequate housing for all persons, with emphasis on meeting the needs of low and moderate income households of all age groups in order to maintain Torrance as a balanced community. TORRANCE AIRPORT (1977, 1986) Support:
- continued operation of the Torrance Municipal Airport solely as a general aviation facility;
- upgrading aircraft-related facilities to provide necessary service, primarily for the convenience of locally based pilots;
- the remaining airport land to be planned considering the primary criteria of safety, traffic circulation and an aesthetically pleasing environment;
- control by the City of Torrance of both usage and management of the airport, following the pattern of open government with ample opportunity for public input;
- a more harmonious relationship between the airport and its neighbors;
- maintaining the financial viability of the airport. TRANSPORTATION (1974, 1987) Support:
- maintaining and improving an intra-city transit systems as an integral part of the development of regional systems to assure effective service levels;
- planning for multi-modal transportation systems which will consider safety, noise, aesthetics, trip time and cost; and will avoid conflicts among modes which include rapid transit, feeder systems, auto, bicycle and pedestrian travel, and parking facilities;
- effective and efficient use of land in the transportation network;
- updating the City's Circulation Element at least every five years;
- allocating more funds for transportation planning, with emphasis upon advanced planning, and implementation of traffic management techniques (i.e., synchronization of traffic lights, etc.);
- utilizing an integrated approach of both traffic system management and traffic demand management;
- routing of a trial "smart van" concept on a private contractual basis;
- enforcing the State's gridlock fines for blocking intersections;
- evaluating the cumulative traffic impacts of new developments;
- requiring developers and businesses to reduce traffic congestion through flex-time scheduling of workers hours, ride pooling, van pooling, integrating new projects with public transportation systems, etc;
- providing incentives for new developments to reduce daily trips through on-job-site child care and the review/revision of parking ratios;
- coordinate among South Bay municipalities and regional authorities to manage and oversee public transportation systems (e.g., Southern California Association of Governments);
- equitable allocation of transportation funding among regional jurisdictions and modes of transportation.

EDUCATION

Promote a public school system that fulfills the needs of all students in Torrance, recognizing the importance of community involvement in the decision-making process in all phases of the school program; makes use of long-term planning for school site uses and needs; and makes available optimal access to public information.

EDUCATION (1972, 1984) Support:
- a public school systems in Torrance which is financed and maintained to ensure implementation of the desired educational opportunities to meet the individual needs of the students;
- open lines of communication and cooperation between the school and the community;
- close communication and cooperation between the City of Torrance and the TUSD in areas of mutual interest. SCHOOL SITES (1986) Support:
- planning for long-term land use of school sites;
- consideration of alternatives to selling excess school sites;
- exploration of financial mechanisms and arrangements, and financial implications of alternatives for TUSD.