PVHOA Board Member Resigns

There is an intense campaign afoot to elect a new slate of board members of the PV Homes Association.  You can read more about that effort by the group Residents for Open Board Elections here.  In the meantime, a long time member of the PV Homes Association Board has announced his resignation:


From: Mark Paullin <mark.paullin@gmail.com>
Date: December 29, 2015 at 10:05:50 PM PST
To: Mark Paullin <mark.paullin@gmail.com>
Subject: Resignation
Dear friends,
After 13 years of service on the Palos Verdes Homes Association Board of Directors including two terms as President I notified my fellow Directors on December 14, 2015, that I will be resigning effective December 31, 2015.
I’m proud to have volunteered with other Directors for the good of this community by enforcing the deed restrictions, launching and strengthening the view restoration program, and, most important, successfully protecting Lots C & D from development by the Palos Verdes Unified School District.
I will always appreciate the opportunity afforded me by our late PVHA president Harry Brandel to advocate for open space and work for parkland preservation as a PVHA Director.   It has been a pleasure.
Thank you,
Mark C. Paullin
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The Truth About Green Hills

On Tuesday, November 17, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council will, once again, take up the challenges presented by Green Hills’ construction of a mausoleum 8 feet from neighboring condos in Vista Verde.  Although the matter was thought to be resolved at a September 2015 meeting of the City Council, the vote was never memorialized in a formal City Council resolution.  In the interim, a new City Attorney has weighed in with different advice that his predecessor. The City will have a de novo hearing on Tuesday evening.  The Daily Breeze has this write up.  Below is my letter to the City Council on this subject.  If you have strong feelings about the matter, consider writing to the RPV City Council at cc@rpvca.govContinue reading

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City of RPV Allows Private Parties to Encroach on Public Parklands

Update: On October 14, 2014, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes wrote to Mr. Chopra to demand that the encroachments be removed.  Mr. Chopra complied and this parkland has been restored.

Private landscaping at Grandview Park

Private landscaping at Grandview Park

A copy of my September 22, 2014 letter to Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic concerning private landscaping at Grandview Park:

September 22, 2014


Hon. Jerry Duhovic, Mayor
City of Rancho Palos Verdes 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

RE: Grandview Park Encroachment Dear Mayor Duhovic,

As you may know, my law firm takes the protection of Palos Verdes Parkland very seriously. I am writing to alert you about my serious concerns regarding the encroachment of private landscaping on public parkland at Grandview Park by an adjacent neighbor, Deepak Chopra, residing at 717 Via La Cuesta, Palos Verdes Estates. I first brought the City’s attention to this issue six months ago. To my knowledge, the City has known about Mr. Chopra’s encroachment for years, but nothing has been done to redress this serious issue. To recap my recent efforts regarding this issue:

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Truth in RPV City Council Slate Mailers

What a difference four years makes.  Four years ago, then candidate Anthony Misetich appeared on a Democratic slate mailer celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama and describing Misetich as a “good progressive” candidate.  This year, now council member Misetich appears on a  mailer announcing Misetich as a “proven republican leader.”  Which is true?  Will Misetich condemn either or both of these  mailers?  Send Misetich an email at Anthony.Misetich@rpv.com and ask him his thoughts about slate mailings in RPV politics.  The LA Weekly has an interesting article about slate mailers in LA politics here.  The money quote:

Political advertising is not exactly built on a foundation of honesty. Campaign literature tends to fall somewhere between glib hyperbole and outright deceit. Perhaps in no other area is this more evident than in the seedy world of “slate mailers.”

Read the  mailers below and then read about the three candidates for Rancho Palos Verdes City Council at Smart Voter guide here.  

Misetich as Democrat

Misetich as Democrat

Misetich as Republican

Misetich as GOP

[Full disclosure, the author of this post has endorsed Brian Campbell for RPV City Council]

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RPV City Council grants Marymount extension on construction

Marymount obtained an extension last night on its construction.  More here from East RPV Blogger Mark Wells.  

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RPV City Council Shakes Up Finance Advisory Committee

Last night the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council voted to remove the current chairman of the Finance Advisory Committee, Willie Wang, and replaced him with former City Council candidate Eric Alegria

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Annenberg News

  • Opponents of the  Annenberg Foundation’s Project at Lower Point Vicente (“Annenberg”) have set up a website.  Access that website here.
  • Below is an email conversation between an opponent of Annenberg and Annenberg regarding the merits of the project.  The numbered paragraphs were concerns written by an opponent (in Black) and the paragraphs below each numbered paragraph were authored by Jackie Ott Jaakola of Annenberg (in Bold):

Thank you for your email.  It’s important to us that people know the facts. I’d like to respond to each of your five key concerns :

1)      “The loss of one of the last natural, undeveloped coastline areas on the peninsula.”

LPV is not undeveloped.  After all,  PVIC ,  its amphitheater, entry court and parking lot are there now.  And Continue reading

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Measure C Defeated

Yesterday the City of RPV Voted against Measure C.  RPV will remain a general law city.  Election results here.

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RPV Voters to Decide Charter City Status in Two Months

On March 8, 2011, RPV Voters will vote on Measure C — a ballot initiative regarding whether RPV should convert from a general law city to a charter city.  Below are three relevant links for voters to study the issue:

  1. Yes on Measure C.
  2. No on Measure C.
  3. City of RPV Materials on Measure C.



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Palos Verdes Tidepools

KPCC recently did a postcast on Palos Verdes‘ tidepools.  You can listen to it here.  From KPPC’s recent e-mail newsletter:

Southern California is teeming with slugs, anemones and starfish. For an up close encounter with the region’s diverse marine wildlife, Madeleine and the team traveled to Palos Verdes with resident show marine biologist Pat Krug. Kiss a sea cucumber, any one?

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