Here’s an update on issues of concern to our Parkland Supporters since my last update on February 21st.
Vote in PVE Election Today (March 7th)
Please, don’t forget to vote in the upcoming Election today on March 7th. Two new candidates (Sandy Davidson and Kenny Kao) are running against three-term incumbent Jim Goodhart for two City Councilmember seats, and a new candidate (Victoria Lozzi) is running against Councilmember John Rea for PVE Treasurer. Former Mayor Jim Nyman also submitted his name for Treasurer, but he pulled out of the race and has endorsed Victoria Lozzi. In addition, Measure D is on the ballot to renew the Parcel Tax (aka Fire Tax) for another 12 years. If you are not happy with recent decisions made by our elected officials, this is your opportunity to vote for change. Davidson, Kao and Lozzi have all expressed support of Parklands and regret for the City’s decision to sell parkland in 2012 and appeal the CEPC ruling in 2015; Davidson and Lozzi have been unconditional in their support of Parklands, and Kao has expressed support (for Parklands) with some reservations (with regards to the appeal). Goodhart and Rea both voted for the sale in 2012 and for the appeal in 2015.
Poll on PVHA Election Closes on March 10th
The recent election held for the Directors of the Palos Verdes Homes Association at the Annual Meeting on January 10, 2017 fell short of generating a necessary quorum with only 1589 out of 5420 homes voting. Based on the lack of a quorum, the existing PVHA Board of Directors re-appointed themselves to serve another year and chose not to open and count the ballots. It has now been eight (8) years since PVHA had a valid election; three of the five directors have never been elected.
The PVHA Board voted on January 24th [3 (Fountain, Frengs, Swets) to 2 (Cozen, Hoffman)] not to take any further action in this election.
This poll is intended to shed some light on PVE and Miraleste homeowners' sentiment on the matter since the PVHA has refused to 1) open the ballots received and 2) disclose to the public how those who voted cast their votes.
All responses will be kept confidential and the results will be published for the public and the PVHA to see at www.pvrrg.com/polls. The survey takes a few minutes and can be found here. Please encourage your friends to take the poll -- regardless of their perspectives.
PVRRG Petition for “Values and Philosophy”
The Palos Verdes Residents for Responsible Government (PVRRG) was formed to 1) help inform our community on topics of local interest and 2) provide information on what our elected representatives have said about those issues and how they have voted.
Members of PVRRG have developed a “Values and Philosophy Platform” they would like to see elected representatives in Palos Verdes Estates embrace; this platform focuses on the following five pillars:
1. COUNCIL AND STAFF SERVE THE RESIDENTS WITH INTEGRITY
3. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
4. RETENTION OF CITY CHARACTER
5. LOCAL CONTROL
More details on the five pillars can be found here. If you agree with these principles, please sign the petition found here, and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (310) 349-3381.
Save Our Parkland and Preserve our Home Values – Please Vote!
All the best,