Here’s an update on issues of concern to our Parkland Supporters since my last update on January 12th.
PVHA Election Aftermath
As you know, the election on January 10th did not yield a quorum, so the current Board has declared they will serve another year. The following week, ROBE’s Steering Committee and its candidates for the PVHA Board prepared a presentation on the shortcomings in the recent election and a proposal for remedying the situation. In summary, we advocated that PVHA follow its By-Laws and extend the election “day-to-day” until a quorum is reached. For the specifics, click here. At the January 24th PVHA Board Meeting, Director Dale Hoffman proposed that PVHA do that, and Carolbeth Cozen also voted in favor of that proposal. However, the other three Directors (Phil Frengs, Ed Fountain, and Carol Swets) voted against the proposal and the motion was rejected. ROBE is considering our next steps.
News of Note
Palos Verdes Residents for Responsible Government – www.pvrrg.org
- 1/26/17 Guest Commentary by John Harbison in Peninsula News on "PVHA should change election procedures" -- click here
- 1/12/17 Article in Peninsula News on "Without Election Quorum. Homes Association board members keep seats" -- click here
- 1/11/17 Article in Daily Breeze on "Palos Verdes Homes Association election moot, board members reappointed" -- click here
There is a new website that you might find useful. A group calling themselves “Palos Verdes Residents for Responsible Government” have launched a website to inform residents of Palos Verdes on various local issues of community interest. They describe themselves as “a non-partisan group of residents wishing to help improve our Community.” For each issue, they offer a description, a chronology of events, the voting records of (and quotes from) our elected City officials on the issue, comments from the public, and expect to launch polls to seek public input. Throughout the website, there are links to source documents so you can dig deeper and be informed. PVRRG has put forth five pillars in their platform that they encourage our elected officials to embrace, and each pillar is explained in more detail on the website at this link:
- Council and Staff Serve the Residents with Integrity
- Financial Responsibility
- Retention of City Character
- Local Control
I encourage you to check out the website, and if you are interested in staying informed, sign up for their email list at this link.
Palos Verdes Estates Elections March 7, 2017
We are in the final month leading up to a Municipal Election on March 7, 2017. There are three items of local interest on the ballot:
- PVE Parcel Tax Renewal, aka Measure “D”
- PVE City Councilmember Election: Three candidates for two seats on the PVE City Council. Running are Jim Goodhart (incumbent) and two new candidates: Sandy Davidson and Kenneth Kao.
- PVE City Treasurer: Joe Sherwood is retiring, and there are three candidates: Victoria Lozzi, Jim Nyman and John Rea.
Please inform yourself and please vote. There is information on the PVE City website (click here), on the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association website (click here), and on the PVRRG website (click here).
Also, tomorrow night (February 2nd) there is a Candidates Forum at 7pm in the City Council Chambers at Palos Verdes Estates City Hall, 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, PVE, CA 90274. The event will cover both City Councilmember and City Treasurer races, as well as the Parcel Tax, aka Measure "D".
Finally, there is an opportunity to meet City Councilmember candidate Sanford (“Sandy”) Davidson from 7-9pm tonight (February 1st) at the home of Mary Ann Walker (1745 Paseo Del Mar). Sandy is a big supporter of Parklands, which should be of interest to you since that is why you subscribed to this email list. For more information, check out Sandy’s website at http://www.sandy4pve.com and his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sandy4pve
Conflict of Interest Concern
It has come to my attention that PVE City Councilmember John Rea is a partner in the law firm which represents co-defendant Palos Verdes Homes Association in the CEPC (Panorama Parklands) case. In the closed session on November 10, 2015 at which the City Council voted to pursue an appeal, John Rea did not recuse himself and voted in the affirmative to approve the appeal. This would appear to be a direct conflict, since his law firm is being paid substantial sums to continue the case on appeal; if the City of PVE had not voted to appeal, it may have caused the other defendants to withdraw thus doing harm to his law firm. For screenshots and links to the evidence in this matter, click here. Councilmember Rea spoke multiple times on the record in City Council meetings about this case and never disclosed to the public that he was a partner in the firm being paid by the Palos Verdes Homes Association. Several of his colleagues on the City Council are also lawyers and would know that he works for that firm, so to some extent their behavior (and that of the City Attorney as well) in the matter is also suspect by not calling out the obvious conflict of interest. Councilmember Rea is concluding his term this spring, but is running currently for Palos Verdes Estates City Treasurer in the election that will be held on March 7.
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All the best,