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February 2, 1995 | JEFF KASS
Serious crime has dropped so dramatically in the city that Police Lt. Ed Jaakola jokes that he may soon be out of a job. Jaakola, who has just compiled the city's 1994 crime statistics, said the number of reported felonies such as murder, rape and assault dropped by 32%. Although the hilltop city of 14,000 is not known as being crime-plagued, Jaakola said, the drop is still significant. The city reported no murders, no rapes and only one robbery. "That's pretty nice numbers," he said.
March 16, 1995
Renovations for a private beach club that may begin selling sandwiches and hot dogs to the public have been approved by the City Council. Also, the council approved plans to spend just over $181,000 for a road next to the club that leads to the beach. Building plans submitted by the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club call for adding a 550-square-foot children's recreation room, a spa and a snack bar to the five-story building. The club, owned by the city but operated by a private, nonprofit corporation, is open to members only.
February 14, 1985 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
Tom Devereux, 40, city manager during a period of controversy over city taxes and lawsuits over alleged storm drain damage, resigned this week. The City Council accepted his resignation Tuesday "with regret." Devereux's resignation is effective Feb. 28, but he will stay on as a consultant at his current salary of $3,792 a month until no later than June 30.
August 19, 1988 | CHARLES PERRY
Palos Verdes Estates is quiet, lovely, spacious, unspoiled. In other words, remote. You could even say downright isolated. It's the sort of place you wouldn't ordinarily drive through unless you had a quiet, spacious house there. And also, not to put too fine a point on it, the kind of wealthy bedroom community where you wouldn't expect to find a restaurant you'd be able to remember the next day.
Jan Napolitan, a planning commissioner in Palos Verdes Estates, says she would be the first to agree that everyone deserves to have a decent roof over his head. But does a family of seven (10 if you count the hired help) really need a 30,000-square-foot home with 16 toilets (20 if you count the pool house and servants' quarters)? Napolitan doesn't think so. "Thirty thousand square feet is not a basic need," she says. "It is a basic want."
March 24, 1988 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
When advertising executive John Montandon purchased a run-down 60-year-old Palos Verdes Estates house with the idea of replacing it with a new home, he thought he was doing the neighborhood a favor. "The house was totally dilapidated and the grounds overgrown," Montandon said of the 2,100-square-foot home, which was built in 1924 as the third house in the community. He began construction on a Monterey Spanish-style residence.
July 28, 1994 | JEFF KASS
Palos Verdes Estates, where two police officers were killed on Valentine's Day, plans to send out invitations Monday for a barbecue honoring more than 150 police officers from surrounding cities. After the Feb. 14 shootings of Sgt. Vernon Thomas Vanderpool, 57, and Capt. Michael Tracy , 50, sent shock waves through the small Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, officers from neighboring agencies stepped in to protect the city. To thank those officers, the city will hold a Sept.
September 29, 1994 | JEFF KASS
Eight top managers and administrators at Palos Verdes Estates City Hall will get 3% raises. The raises were approved 4 to 0 Tuesday by the City Council, with Councilman Michael Moody absent. A city report said the managers' raises are merited given the city's well-managed finances. Police Chief Gary Johansen will now earn nearly $75,000 a year, and the stable manager could earn close to $33,000.
March 2, 1995 | JEFF KASS
Vandals caught writing graffiti in Palos Verdes Estates may be charged for cleanup on their property tax bills under a measure passed by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to amend its graffiti ordinance recently, allowing the city to place a special assessment on California property owned by graffiti vandals, said Tom Winfield, the acting city attorney. If the vandal is a minor who does not own property, the lien could be placed on property owned by the vandal's parents.
November 24, 1994 | JEFF KASS
A memorial to two police officers killed last February by an attempted robber during a management seminar has been approved by the Palos Verdes Estates Art Jury, ending a months of wrangling. The Art Jury, a private organization that reviews city building plans, approved the memorial Monday under the condition that two walking paths be removed and a sundial be lowered from 12 to 11 feet, said Philip J. Frengs, chairman of the memorial committee.
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