Torrance, the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County, competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, thriving businesses and safe communities. Through the years, Torrance continues to live up to its motto as a balanced city.Torrance offers a wealth of opportunities for its residents through harmonious relationships of local government, schools and industry. City programs, non-profit groups and businesses provide a variety of services, exciting events and activities in which residents can participate and enjoy. Its accessibility to Los Angeles and Orange counties, and its own beach and parks satisfy one's need for relaxation and adventure. The Torrance Advantage provides an optimum place for businesses that wish to thrive in a safe and harmonious community.
The business mixture reflects the diversity of its residents. From financial, retail and high-tech, Torrance has become the center for business development fueled by its attractive location, aggressive Economic Development Office and one of the largest pool of skilled and professional workers. The City of Torrance is a Charter City governed as a Council/Manager form of government.
In the Council/Manager form of government, the City Council, as the elected body, adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues, and establishes the budget of the City. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected while the City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney.