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The mission of the City of Torrance is to encourage and respond to community participation as we provide for an attractive, clean, safe, secure and enriching environment that assures a high quality of life.

We evaluate and act on the needs of the community within a complex, changing environment.  We provide quality service with integrity, professionalism and accountability in an efficient, cost effective manner.


Where is Torrance located?
Torrance is located halfway between Los Angeles and Orange Counties and bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west.  Its neighboring cities include Gardena, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Carson.  It is considered to be the heart of the South Bay area.

What's the City's population?
Torrance has a population of about 147,405 with a peak daytime population (2 p.m.) of 203,111.  Torrance is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County.

Who is the governing body of the City of Torrance?
The City has Council/Manager form of government.  The City Council is the elected body, which adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues and establishes the budget of the City. The City Manager administers policy set by City Council and oversees day-to-day operations of the City. 

Which positions are elected and appointed?
Elected positions include the seven-member City Council, the City Clerk and the City Treasurer.  Both the City Clerk and City Treasurer also serve as full time department heads. 

Appointed positions include the City Manager and City Attorney.

What are the term limits for the elected officials?
Each elected official serves a four-year term.  Mayor and Council members have term limits of two four-year terms and may run again after four years off of Council.

City Clerk and City Treasurer do not have term limits. 

Does the Mayor have veto power?
No. The Mayor does not have veto power.  The Mayor has an equal vote in all matters before the Council. 

How can I stay up-to-date with what goes in the City?
Residents can stay updated by attending City Council meetings every Tuesday evening at the Council Chambers in the City Hall (3031 Torrance Boulevard).  Meetings can also be viewed live on CitiCABLE Channel 3 or any time on where meetings are streamed and archived. 

When are City Council meetings held?
The Torrance City Council meets every Tuesday in Council Chamber at City Hall, 3031 Torrance Boulevard, unless adjourned to another time or place.

All regular business will commence no earlier than 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise publicly noticed.  From time to time the City Council may convene at 5:30 p.m. for an Executive Session, a closed session authorized under the Ralph M. Brown Act. 

What is the address for City Hall?
City Hall
3031 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 618-5880
Fax: (310) 618-5891

Where is City Hall?
City Hall is located on the north side of Torrance Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Madrona Avenue.  It is accessible from 3 different freeways:

405 (San Diego Freeway)
Traveling south exit on Redondo Beach Blvd., turn left (east) at the end of the off  ramp to Prairie Ave., turn right (south) on Prairie to Torrance Blvd., turn left (east)  on Torrance Blvd. 
Traveling north exit on Crenshaw Blvd., turn left at the end of the off ramp onto  182nd Street, then left (south) onto Crenshaw Blvd. to Torrance Blvd., turn right  (west) on Torrance Blvd.

110 (Harbor Freeway)
Traveling north or south exit Torrance Blvd., at the end of the off ramp turn left on  Hamilton Avenue and then right on to Torrance Blvd.

91 (Artesia Freeway)
Traveling west, the freeway becomes Artesia Blvd. Stay on Artesia Blvd. to  Crenshaw Blvd. Turn left on Crenshaw Blvd. (south) to Torrance Blvd. and turn  right (west) on Torrance Blvd.

When is City Hall open for business?
Torrance City Hall operates on a 9/80 work schedule. This means City Hall is open 9 days over a two-week period, closed every other Friday. The hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, alternating with a closed Friday every other week. A calendar is available by clicking here.