DIVISION 1
ADMINISTRATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - General Provisions

Article 1 - Adoption of Code

11.1.1.    How code designated and cited.

11.1.2.    Nature of code.

11.1.3.    Provisions considered continuations of existing ordinances.

11.1.4.    Effect of repeal of ordinances.

11.1.5.    Validity of code.

Article 2 - Penal Provisions

11.2.1.    General penalty; continuing violations.

11.2.2.    Issuance of citations for violation of this code and other city ordinances.

11.2.3.    Failure to appear in court is a misdemeanor.

11.2.4.    Issuance of warrant for failure to appear in court.

11.2.5.    Enforcement personnel.

11.2.6.    Issuance of citations.

11.2.7.    Fees for the collection of delinquent parking citations.

Article 3 - Rules of Construction

11.3.1.    Construction; provisions governing.

11.3.2.    Headings, effect of.

11.3.3.    Reference applies to amendments.

Article 4 - Definitions

11.4.1.    Charter.

11.4.2.    City.

11.4.3.    Code.

11.4.4.    Computation of time.

11.4.5.    Council.

11.4.6.    County.

11.4.7.    Day.

11.4.8.    Daytime, nighttime.

11.4.9.    Gender.

11.4.10.    In the city.

11.4.11.    Joint authority.

11.4.12.    Month.

11.4.13.    Number.

11.4.14.    Oath.

11.4.15.    Official time.

11.4.16.    Or, and.

11.4.17.    Owner.

11.4.18.    Person.

11.4.19.    Personal property.

11.4.20.    Preceding, following.

11.4.21.    Process.

11.4.22.    Property.

11.4.23.    Real property.

11.4.24.    Roadway.

11.4.25.    Shall, may.

11.4.26.    Sidewalk.

11.4.27.    Signature or subscription by mark.

11.4.28.    State.

11.4.29.    Street, highway.

11.4.30.    Tenant or occupant.

11.4.31.    Tenses.

11.4.32.    Week.

11.4.33.    Writing.

11.4.34.    Year.

Article 5 - Appeals; Procedures

11.5.1.    Filing of notice of appeal.

11.5.2.    Contents of notice of appeal, fees.

11.5.3.    Procedure after filing.

11.5.4.    Hearing before Council.

Article 6 - In General

11.6.1.    Notices, service of.

11.6.2.    Proof of notice.

11.6.3.    Effect of issuance of permit or license.

11.6.4.    Service of notice on City Clerk.

Chapter 2 - Administration

Article 1 - General

12.1.1.    Authority to act or decide.

12.1.2.    Bonds of City Clerk and City Treasurer.

12.1.3.    Failure or refusal of officers or employees to surrender books, papers, etc., for inspection.

12.1.4.    Repealed by O-3003.

12.1.5.    Destruction of City records.

12.1.6.    Eligibility for elective office.

12.1.7.    Employees ineligible for appointive office.

Article 2 - Administrative Hearing Board

12.2.1.    Administrative Hearing Board.

12.2.2.    Membership.

12.2.3.    Appeals.

Article 3 - Environmental Quality Enforcement

12.3.1.    Environmental quality enforcement.

12.3.2.    Hearing Officer.

12.3.3.    Notice to appear.

12.3.4.    Definitions.

12.3.5.    Hearing.

12.3.6.    Order.

12.3.7.    Enforcement of order.

12.3.8.    Right of appeal.

Article 4 - Claims Administration

12.4.1.    Liability claims.

12.4.2.    Powers and duties.

12.4.3.    Rules and regulations.

12.4.4.    Meetings.

12.4.5.    Authority of City Manager, and the Finance Director.

Article 5 - Insurance

12.5.1.    Automobile towing contractors.

Article 6 - Representative of the Metropolitan Water District

12.6.1.    Creation, compensation.

12.6.2.    Appointment and term of representative.

12.6.3.    Removal of representative.

Article 7 - District Elections

12.7.1.    By-district electoral system.

12.7.2.    Establishment of City Council electoral districts.

12.7.3.    Election schedule.

Chapter 3 - Boards and Commissions

Article 1 - Planning Commission

13.1.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications

13.1.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.1.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.1.4.    Removal of members.

13.1.5.    Appointment of a chairman.

13.1.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.1.7.    Powers and duties of the commission.

13.1.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 2 - Park and Recreation Commission

13.2.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.2.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.2.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.2.4.    Removal of members.

13.2.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.2.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.2.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.2.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 3 - Library Commission

13.3.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.3.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.3.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.3.4.    Removal of members.

13.3.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.3.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.3.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.3.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 4 - Airport Commission

13.4.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.4.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.4.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.4.4.    Removal of members.

13.4.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.4.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.4.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.4.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 5 - Water Commission

13.5.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.5.2.    Appointment and term of members.

13.5.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.5.4.    Removal of members.

13.5.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.5.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.5.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.5.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 6 - Repealed by O-2419

Article 7 - Repealed by O-2409

Article 8 - Repealed by O-3687

Article 9 - Traffic Commission

13.9.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.9.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.9.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.9.4.    Removal of members.

13.9.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.9.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.9.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.9.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 10 - Civil Service Commission

13.10.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.10.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.10.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.10.4.    Removal of members.

13.10.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.10.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.10.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.10.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 11 - Parking Place Commission

13.11.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.11.2.    Appointments and term of members.

13.11.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.11.4.    Removal of members.

13.11.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.11.6.    Meetings and bylaws.

13.11.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.11.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 12 - Repealed by O-3690

Article 13 - Repealed by O-2185

Article 14 - Repealed by O-2796

Article 15 - Cultural Arts Commission

13.15.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.15.2.    Appointment and term of members.

13.15.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.15.4.    Removal of members.

13.15.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.15.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.15.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.15.8.    Rules and regulations.

Article 16 - Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission

13.16.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.16.2.    Appointment and term of members.

13.16.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.16.4.    Removal of members.

13.16.5.    Appointment of a Chairman.

13.16.6.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.16.7.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.16.8.    Rules and regulations.

13.16.9.    Merger of Oil Board into Environmental Quality Commission.

Article 17 - Repealed by O-3816

Article 18 - Commission on Aging

13.18.1.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.18.2.    Appointment and terms of members.

13.18.3.    Filling of vacancies.

13.18.4.    Repealed by O-3691.

13.18.5.    Removal of members.

13.18.6.    Appointment of Chairperson.

13.18.7.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.18.8.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.18.9.    Rules and regulations.

Article 19 - Torrance Telecommunications Committee

13.19.010.    Creation.

13.19.020.    Composition.

13.19.030.    Meetings.

13.19.040.    Rules and regulations.

13.19.050.    Powers and duties of the Committee.

Article 20 - Social Services Commission

13.20.010.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.20.020.    Appointments and term of members.

13.20.030.    Filling of vacancies.

13.20.040.    Removal of members.

13.20.050.    Appointment of a Chairperson.

13.20.060.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.20.070.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.20.080.    Rules and regulations.

Article 21 - Historic Preservation Commission

13.21.010.    Historic Preservation Commission.

13.21.020.    Created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

13.21.030.    Appointments and terms of members.

13.21.040.    Filling of vacancies.

13.21.050.    Removal of members.

13.21.060.    Appointment of a Chair.

13.21.070.    Meetings and failure to attend.

13.21.080.    Powers and duties of the Commission.

13.21.090.    Rules and regulations.

Chapter 4 - Civil Service and Personnel

Article 1 - Civil Service

14.1.1.    System adopted.

14.1.2.    Civil Service Board; Personnel Board and Board of Review construed as single board.

14.1.3.    Applicability of Article generally.

14.1.4.    Classified service applicable to appointive officers and regular employees; qualifications generally.

14.1.5.    Status of employees holding positions at effective date of Article.

14.1.6.    Executive officer.

14.1.7.    Reports to Civil Service Commission.

14.1.8.    Minutes.

14.1.9.    Amendment of the rules.

14.1.10.    Rules and regulations; matters to be included in contents.

14.1.11.    Appropriation of funds.

14.1.12.    Appointment to positions in classified service generally.

14.1.13.    Acquisition of utility.

14.1.14.    Contracting for technical service in connection with Personnel Selection Administration.

14.1.15.    Examinations to be open and competitive; appointments to be made from those certified as qualified.

14.1.16.    Temporary appointments.

14.1.17.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.18.    Emergency appointments.

14.1.19.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.20.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.21.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.22.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.23.    Repealed by O-2534.

14.1.24.    Vacancies due to suspension, etc. to be filled by temporary appointment.

14.1.25.    Abolition of positions; rights of discharged employee if position reinstated within two years.

14.1.26.    Soliciting, receiving and making political contributions.

14.1.27.    Repealed by O-2316.

14.1.28.    Effective date.

14.1.29.    Type of examinations.

14.1.30.    Repealed by O-2562.

14.1.40.    Repealed by O-3172.

14.1.41.    Repealed by O-3172.

14.1.42.    Repealed by O-3172.

14.1.43.    Criminal conduct - employment eligibility.

14.1.44.    Criminal record distribution.

14.1.45.    Procedure for obtaining criminal history information.

14.1.46.    Criminal record distribution.

Article 2 - Position and Classification Plan

14.2.1.    Classification plan.

14.2.2.    Classification plan maintenance.

14.2.3.    Allocation of new positions; re-allocations.

14.2.4.    Setting of compensation.

Article 3 - Police and Fire Departments Generally

14.3.1.    All officers and men to belong to classified service; promotions generally.

14.3.2.    Promotions to be made from eligible list; method of choosing; no person eligible to be passed over more than twice in preference to other appointment.

14.3.3.    Cost of conducting examinations, etc.

14.3.4.    Examinations and tests; preparation of eligible list.

14.3.5.    Re-examination of persons on eligible list after two years.

14.3.6.    Exceptions as to active members upon date of adoption of Article.

14.3.7.    Political or religious favors or discrimination prohibited.

14.3.8.    Repealed by O-2082.

14.3.9.    Suspension and discharge of policemen and firemen.

14.3.10.    Repealed by O-1982.

Article 4 - Department Heads Defined

14.4.1.    Department heads not appointed by the City Manager.

14.4.2.    Department heads appointed by the City Manager.

14.4.3.    Probationary period.

14.4.4.    Post employment restrictions on Department heads and other designated employees.

Article 5 - Police Department

14.5.1.    Composition.

14.5.2.    Qualifications of members.

14.5.3.    Successive temporary appointments prohibited.

14.5.4.    Powers and duties of Chief generally.

14.5.5.    Authority of Chief to fill temporary vacancies.

14.5.6.    Repealed by O-2097.

14.5.7.    Repealed by O-1995; O-1996.

14.5.8.    Policemen not to receive compensation for service as firemen.

14.5.9.    Rewards for heroic or meritorious service.

14.5.10.    Pay while absent from duty.

14.5.11.    False, misleading or unfounded reports.

14.5.12.    Prisoners; laboring on public works.

14.5.13.    Prisoners; powers and duties of Chief as to security; rules and regulations.

14.5.14.    Prisoners; to be treated with kindness, etc.

14.5.15.    Repealed by O-2097.

14.5.16.    Training of corrections personnel.

14.5.17.    Recruitment and training of public safety dispatchers.

14.5.18.    Authorization of inquiries.

Article 6 - Fire Department

14.6.1.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.2.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.3.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.4.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.5.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.6.    Repealed by O-2101.

14.6.7.    Repealed by O-1995; O-1996; O-2343.

14.6.8.    Firemen not to receive compensation for service as policemen.

14.6.9.    Rewards for heroic or meritorious service.

14.6.10.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.11.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.12.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.13.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.14.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.15.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.16.    Repealed by O-3020.

14.6.17.    Repealed by O-2101.

Article 7 - Bureau of Fire Prevention

14.7.1.    Bureau of Fire Prevention Established.

14.7.2.    Appointment of Chief or Fire Marshal in charge of bureau.

14.7.3.    Arson investigators.

14.7.4.    Inspectors.

Article 8 - Employer-Employee Relations

14.8.1.    Employee relations officer; powers and duties.

14.8.2.    Definitions.

14.8.3.    Employee rights.

14.8.4.    City rights.

14.8.5.    Scope of representation.

14.8.6.    Employee relations committee.

14.8.7.    Powers and duties of employee relations committee.

14.8.8.    City services to employee relations committee.

14.8.9.    Conflict of interest.

14.8.10.    Registration of employee organization.

14.8.11.    Establishment of representation units.

14.8.12.    Recognition of employee organization.

14.8.13.    Grievances.

14.8.14.    Meet and confer in good faith.

14.8.15.    Availability of data.

14.8.16.    Attendance at meetings.

14.8.17.    Employee representation.

14.8.18.    Management and confidential employees.

14.8.19.    Prompt attention to request.

14.8.20.    Communication with employees.

14.8.21.    Use of City buildings.

14.8.22.    Advance notice.

14.8.23.    Payroll deductions.

14.8.24.    Resolution of impasse on agreement terms.

14.8.25.    Unfair employee relations practices.

14.8.26.    Administration.

14.8.27.    Construction.

Article 11 - Applications

14.11.1.    Filing application.

14.11.2.    Time of filing applications.

14.11.3.    Rejected applications.

14.11.4.    Persons excluded.

14.11.5.    Late applicants.

14.11.6.    Failure to appear.

Article 12 - Examinations

14.12.1.    Preparing and conducting examinations.

14.12.2.    Public notices.

14.12.3.    Postponement of examinations.

14.12.4.    Subjects, weights and general average.

14.12.5.    Special examiners, returns after examinations.

14.12.6.    Promotions.

14.12.7.    Types of promotional examinations.

14.12.8.    Eligibility for promotional examinations.

14.12.9.    Credit for seniority.

14.12.10.    Promulgation of examinations.

14.12.11.    Inspection of examination papers.

14.12.12.    Appeals.

Article 16 - Eligible Lists

14.16.1.    Preparation of eligible list.

14.16.2.    Order of names on eligible list.

14.16.3.    Duration of eligible list.

14.16.4.    Automatic cancellation of list.

14.16.5.    Canvass of eligible list.

Article 17 - Certification

14.17.1.    Requisition.

14.17.2.    Certification.

14.17.3.    Certification containing fewer than the minimum number of names.

14.17.4.    Objections and substitutions.

14.17.5.    Failure to respond; declination.

14.17.6.    Striking from list; restoration.

14.17.7.    Disqualification of applicants or removal of names from eligible lists.

Article 20 - Probationary Period

14.20.1.    Regular appointment following probationary period.

14.20.2.    Objective of probationary period.

14.20.3.    Rejection of probationer.

14.20.4.    Rejection following promotion.

Article 21 - Recurrent Employees

14.21.1.    Recurrent reemployment lists.

14.21.2.    Removal of names from recurrent reemployment list.

14.21.3.    Transfer of recurrent employees.

14.21.4.    Release of recurrent employees.

Article 22 - Efficiency Ratings

14.22.1.    Efficiency records.

14.22.2.    Reasons for ratings.

14.22.3.    Expression of performance evaluations.

14.22.4.    Dismissal based on unsatisfactory rating.

14.22.5.    Review of ratings.

14.22.6.    Appeals.

14.22.7.    Investigations.

Article 23 - Reinstatement

14.23.1.    Reinstatement to eligible list.

14.23.2.    Inactive status.

14.23.3.    Reinstatement of probationers to employment lists.

Article 24 - Veteran’s Preference

14.24.1.    Definition.

14.24.2.    Amount of preference.

14.24.3.    Wives of veterans.

14.24.4.    Proof of discharge.

Article 25 - Lay-Offs

14.25.1.    Lay-offs.

14.25.2.    Ties in efficiency ratings and seniority.

14.25.3.    Reduction.

14.25.4.    Re-employment list and restoration.

14.25.5.    Memorandum of understanding amendments.

Article 30 - Repealed by O-2573

Article 31 - Move-Up Assignment and Pay

14.31.1.    Assignment.

14.31.2.    Duration of assignment.

14.31.3.    Objective.

14.31.4.    No probationary period credit.

14.31.5.    Priority in police department.

14.31.6.    Priority in fire department.

14.31.7.    Priority in other departments.

14.31.8.    Determination of priority.

14.31.9.    Absence of moved up employee.

14.31.10.    Move-up pay for vacant positions.

14.31.11.    Move-up pay for training purposes.

14.31.12.    Acting department heads

14.31.13.    Scope of Article.

Article 35 - Vacations

14.35.1.    Vacation eligibility.

14.35.2.    Accrual of time.

14.35.3.    Time of accrual

14.35.4.    Effect of holidays.

14.35.5.    Effect of separation.

14.35.6.    Computation of service.

14.35.7.    Scope of Article.

Article 36 - Sick Leave

14.36.1.    Sick leave with pay.

14.36.2.    Use of sick leave.

14.36.3.    Notification of sickness.

14.36.4.    Overtime rate after sick leave.

14.36.5.    Family sick leave.

14.36.6.    Return from sick leave.

14.36.7.    Industrial accident.

14.36.8.    Scope of Article.

Article 37 - Outside Employment

14.37.1.    Definition.

14.37.2.    Application.

14.37.3.    Restrictions.

Article 40 - Leave of Absence

14.40.1.    Leave without pay.

14.40.2.    Application for leave of absence.

14.40.3.    Refusal of leave of absence.

14.40.4.    Holding position open.

14.40.5.    Medical examination at termination of leave.

14.40.6.    Military leave of absence.

14.40.7.    Return from military leave.

14.40.8.    Employee organization leave.

14.40.9.    Scope of provisions.

Article 41 - Transfer and Reassignment

14.41.1.    Transfer with consent.

14.41.2.    Emergency transfer.

14.41.3.    Reassignment.

14.41.4.    Incapacity.

14.41.5.    Rescinding of transfer or reassignment.

14.41.6.    Scope of provisions.

Article 47 - Suspension, Demotion and Discharge

14.47.1.    Powers of Department Heads.

14.47.2.    Department Heads, peace officers.

14.47.3.    Suspension for felony charge.

14.47.4.    Relief from duty pending investigation.

14.47.5.    Failure to testify before grand jury.

14.47.6.    Reduction in pay deemed demotion.

14.47.7.    Written charges and administrative review.

14.47.8.    Request for review.

14.47.9.    Review by Commission.

14.47.10.    Delegation to hearing officer.

14.47.11.    Subpoenas.

14.47.12.    Decision of Commission.

14.47.13.    Appeal to City Council.

14.47.14.    Record on appeal.

14.47.15.    Newly discovered evidence.

Chapter 5 - Police Department; Miscellaneous

Article 1 - Aid for Training of Law Enforcement Officers

15.1.1.    Qualifying for aid.

15.1.2.    Adherence to standards.

Article 2 - Police Reserve Corps

15.2.1.    Established, composition and compensation.

15.2.2.    Employment status of Police Reserve Officers.

15.2.3.    Function of Corps.

15.2.4.    Qualifications.

15.2.5.    Rules and regulations.

15.2.6.    Training and assignments.

15.2.7.    Issuance of identification.

15.2.8.    Carrying arms.

15.2.9.    Authority of Police Reserve Corps members.

15.2.10.    Termination and resignation from membership.

15.2.11.    Increasing or decreasing membership.

15.2.12.    Uniform, sidearms, belt, holster, etc.

15.2.13.    Misrepresentation unlawful.

15.2.14.    Court attendance pay.

Chapter 6 - Emergency Preparedness

Article 1 - General

16.1.1.    Definitions.

16.1.2.    Purpose.

Article 2 - Organization

16.2.1.    Disaster Council created, composition, compensation and qualifications.

16.2.2.    Meetings.

16.2.3.    Powers and duties generally; recommendations to council.

16.2.4.    Director, Assistant Director, Deputy Director, Division Commander and Emergency Services Coordinator; offices created; City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Police Chief, Police Lieutenant, Emergency Services Coordinator designated.

16.2.5.    Powers and duties of the Director.

16.2.6.    In event of an emergency.

16.2.7.    Appointment, powers, duties, etc. of Assistant Director of Emergency Services.

16.2.8.    Same; Deputy Director of Emergency Services.

16.2.9.    Same; Division Commander of Emergency Services.

16.2.10.    Same; Emergency Services Coordinator.

16.2.11.    Emergency organization.

16.2.12.    Emergency plan.

16.2.13.    Prohibited acts.

Chapter 7 - Campaign Contribution Limits

Article 1 - General Provisions

17.1.1.    Purpose.

17.1.2.    Relation to Political Reform Act of 1974.

17.1.3.    Definitions.

17.1.4.    Limitations on campaign contributions.

17.1.5.    Limitation on loans.

17.1.6.    Cash contributions.

17.1.7.    Late contributions.

17.1.8.    Identification of senders of campaign information.

Chapter 8 - Use of City Buildings and Equipment

Article 1 - General Provisions

18.1.1.    Purpose.

18.1.2.    Definitions.

18.1.3.    Prohibitions.