Torrance mayor honors local citizens

March 28, 2014 by  

Mayor Frank Scotto paid tribute to two Torrance residents at the March 4 City Council meeting. Maureen O’Donnell and Hazel Taniguchi both received the Jared Sydney Torrance Award for their years of service on behalf of the Torrance community.

A former educator with the Los Angeles County Unified School District, Tanaguchi has served on numerous community and nonprofit boards. Highlights of her volunteer activity included work with such groups as the South Bay Japanese American Citizens League.

For 25 years, Taniguchi, who relocated to Torrance from Hawaii, has worked to make the community a better place for all residents.

O’Donnell, also a veteran educator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, was praised for her service as a member of the Torrance City Council from 1992 to 2000. She has volunteered with numerous organizations over the years, including the YWCA, the Torrance Rose Float Association, and the Public Safety Commission. Her lasting legacy to the community and young people was accomplished when she organized the community volunteer program for high school students.

Established in 1984, the Award honors citizens with a lifetime of service to the Torrance community. From the small business owner of a local printing company to the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation, Torrance’s many civic, municipal, and nonprofit boards rely on volunteers and caring residents eager to improve the city for all.