PALOS VERDES ESTATES — A long-awaited public hearing on the future of the city's peafowl flocks will be held by the City Council at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at City Hall.
Years of controversy over the birds, who were brought to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the 1920s, have pitted residents who believe the birds add to the color of community life against those who find a them noisy, messy nuisance. A citizens committee in May recommended that the peafowl be preserved and protected on public and private property, but a dissenting committee member said the bird population--67, according to the committee--should be thinned and its growth controlled.
Some council members said a month ago that residents annoyed by the birds on their property should be able to have them trapped by the Southern California Humane Society and removed. It was proposed that trapped birds be taken to city parks, but City Manager Gordon Siebert told the council last week that this would not be practical because "birds are territorial and would tend to return to property where they are trapped within half a day." He is recommending that trapped birds be removed from the city "up to a limited number."