Re "Money already flowing in pivotal Torrance city election races"
The recent article about Torrance campaign funding brings up the perennial concern of money in elections. I am also concerned about this and that’s why I have publicly advocated for reducing the donation limits in Torrance elections. I don’t know when that will happen, but in the meantime, I’m proud to say my campaign has raised the most money with more small, individual contributions and the support of more Torrance residents than any other campaign.
Candidate, Torrance City Council
Originally submitted 02-14-2014
Re “A major street has become a major embarrassment” (Letters, Jan. 7):
Although Michael Friedman writes about the need for beautification of Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, unfortunately, the problem is more extensive. Hawthorne Boulevard through Torrance is also in need of beautification. They may be resurfacing the road, but with the refurbishment of the Del Amo mall, we need to update the streetscape and hardscape to match.
— Tim Goodrich, Torrance
Originally published on 01-09-2014 at http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20140109/in-la-sheriff-scandal-there-will-be-more-beneath-the-surface-letters
For more than a month, the north Torrance post office doors have been locked after hours, preventing hundreds or perhaps thousands of people from being able to check their post office boxes. Upon inquiring, I was told this was because an individual had broken into the locked area and stolen mail.
Closing the doors amounts to punishing every paying customer because of the actions of one individual. How long will this continue? Why not hire a security guard or put better locks on the locked portion of the building instead of punishing the people who keep you in business?
— Tim Goodrich, Torrance
Originally published on 11-25-2013 at http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20131125/port-truck-drivers-the-backbone-of-local-economy-letters
05-10-2013 Letter to the Editor: A note of appreciation to that alert city worker Re "Compton men charged in swap-meet robbery" (May 7)
I noticed that the two alleged perpetrators were caught because an alert city worker noticed something was wrong and reported the license plate number. While the employee was unnamed in the article, I wanted to make sure he or she knows that their vigilance in helping to keep our streets safe is much appreciated.
-- Tim Goodrich, Torrance
Originally published on May 10, 2013 at http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20130509/if-tax-debt-disqualfies-immigrants-why-not-politicians-letters-to-the-editor-for-friday-may-10-2013
The other night, a water pipe burst, causing damage to four homes, including mine.
Within minutes, the Torrance Fire Department was on the scene and remained there for approximately two hours. They acted in an efficient and professional manner in diagnosing the source of the problem and during the subsequent cleanup operations.
Obviously, the Class One rating the Torrance Fire Department holds is for good reason. On behalf of the residents of the El Camino Parkview Homeowners Association, I'd like to thank the firefighters who responded to the call.
Without a doubt, their involvement kept the damage to a minimum, providing a reminder of how important it is to keep our public safety departments fully funded and staffed.
- Tim Goodrich, El Camino Parkview board member, Torrance
Originally published on October 23, 2011 at http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20111024/letter-of-the-day-thanks-to-torrance-firefighters
Dear Mayor Scotto:
Recently, Google, Inc. introduced plans to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. Once online, these networks would offer internet speeds of up to 1 gigbit per second, or more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.
I have already nominated Torrance for this program as a resident, but there is an option to provide a submission directly from the City. I am writing to urge you to consider having Torrance answer Google’s Request for Information (RFI) and allow our city to reap the benefits of this initiative, if chosen. The deadline to submit this RFI is March 26th, 2010.
If Torrance was ultimately selected, not only would it benefit our residents who would get faster internet speeds, but it would also create jobs and attract more businesses to the city.
To find more information about Google’s plans and answer the RFI, please visit http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi Alternatively, please feel free to contact me at any time and I will be glad to help in any way I can.