Madrona Marsh in TorranceTorrance, the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County, competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, flourishing businesses and safe communities. Over the years, Torrance continues to live out its motto as a balanced city. The City of Torrance evaluates and acts on the needs of the community within a complex, changing environment, providing quality service with integrity, professionalism and accountability in an efficient, cost effective manner.

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.

Among the many city’s highlights, Torrance features the Del Amo Fashion Center, a two-level regional shopping mall. From 1981 to 1992, it was the largest shopping mall in the US, many parks, and a vibrant community center and auditorium.  Nearby is also the Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve,  last vernal marsh remaining in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and one of few wetlands located within an urban landscape.

Torrance is a city incorporated in 1921 and located in the South Bay (southwestern) region of Los Angeles County, California, 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.

Torrance has 1.5 miles of shore-front beaches on the Pacific Ocean, quieter and less well-known by tourists than others on the Santa Monica Bay, such as those of neighboring Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. Torrance enjoys a moderate year-round climate with warm temperatures, sea breezes, low humidity and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year.

The Torrance population was 145,438 at the 2010 census. This residential and light-high-tech industries city has 90,000 street trees and 30 city parks.

Reference sources: Wikipedia and City of Torrance websites.