Winter 2023 Newsletter

Update on Progress in 2022:

In our last update we informed you about projects that DAAC completed on air quality, truck and traffic monitoring and a health survey conducted in our neighborhood and how we are building on those results. 

  • Truck Traffic Survey: Community members conducted the survey in 2021 in collaboration with the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) and the results confirmed that trucks were almost exclusively using Torrance Blvd. to access warehouses east of Normandie Avenue and this data will provide a baseline for increased traffic when the new warehouse opens at Torrance Blvd. and Normandie Ave.
  • Air Monitoring: Purple Air Monitors have been installed in many residents’ homes located in different areas of the community. A joint study with California Air Resources Board confirmed that air quality was poorest at the junction of Torrance and Normandie.  We are seeking more monitoring locations.
  • Health Impact Study: Los Angeles County Public Health trained community volunteers to conduct the survey. Surveyed residents reported 66% respiratory diseases, 57% chronic ailments, such as, diabetes or high blood pressure, and 50% experienced anxiety or depression. Residents also reported home and environmental concerns about poor air quality, drinking water, contaminated land, increased truck traffic, and more warehouses.  The full report can be found on our website: 
  • DAAC Community Health Fair 12/10/2022: We held a Health Fair as one way to present the results of the above three projects and invited the community to join us at the parking area of the new Wishing Tree Park located at Budlong Avenue and 204th Street. Health professionals were specifically selected to bring resources and information to our community based on the health survey findings. Our health partners were led by the Los Angeles County Public Health and provided staff for their mobile vaccination unit which administered immunizations, blood lead testing, glucose and blood pressure monitoring. However, there was fun too, especially for kids, including Santa selfies, photos with the CHP patrol officers, rock painting, and sand art. Oh, and delicious food cooked to order, and live music!
  • Youth Group Development: DAAC is committed to developing our youth to their fullest extent. They actively participated in door-to-door delivery of newsletters and flyers, the Open House, and the DAAC Health Fair to help kids with activities like sand art.  They are also active in our weekly Saturday meetings.

Current and Planned Projects 2023:

  • West Carson Community Fund: As part of an agreement between the County Board of Supervisors and Bridge Warehouse developers there has been a $300,000.00 fund set up. Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s staff is scheduling a virtual community meeting for Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00-7:00pm to tell you how you can provide input on projects you would like to see.   This in no way makes up for the warehouse they get to build in our community but at least the community should decide what the best use of these funds are for everyone’s benefit.  Registration link: Meeting ID: 899 2280 4878 Dial in: +1 669 444 9171
  • DAAC Open House 2/11/2023: We invited the community to help us celebrate our new office at 967 Torrance Blvd. near corner of Berendo Avenue (formerly known as “The Barber Shop”) to cement our commitment and accessibility.  We are planning more open houses every three months at our new office. 
  • Update Community Vision Plan: We are updating the plan developed by community input in 2020 to include newly identified areas of concern and plan for remedies that can be implemented. 
  • South Bay Planning Committee: West Carson has been identified by Los Angeles County Planning Department for a 2-year improvement project; a community advisory committee is forming.  Your input is vital, and ideas so far include more trees, bus stops, bike paths, and another park.  To get involved: Project Website – and Project Survey – 
  • Stormwater Project: The first workshop gets under way on 4/22/2023 to focus on how to better manage rainwater runoff at our homes, schools, and businesses.  Contact Cynthia Babich for more information.

Wishing Tree Park Opening:

We are working diligently with County Parks and Recreation to push Wishing Tree Park Grand Opening over the finish line before summer 2023. Watch for our future newsletter about the date and planned festivities.

Opportunity to Join the DAAC Team Now!

We are proud of the progress that our team of DAAC board members, community volunteers, youth group, and student interns have made, but there’s still more work to be done. We have grant funding to add 10 more committed members and especially encourage youth to join the team.  Meetings are held at the new office, 967 Torrance Blvd., on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. with lunch being served at Noon; stipends for community participation are available.

Don’t wait to join this dynamic team of your own neighbors to create change in the community!






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