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December 20, 1990 | ANN JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John McTaggart, snubbed by his colleagues on the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council last year in his quest to be mayor, was rejected again this week. McTaggart, who had been mayor pro tem for the past year, should have automatically assumed the honorary post of mayor Tuesday night during a regularly scheduled council meeting. That, anyway, is customary procedure in the city.
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February 7, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
Turning onto scenic Palos Verdes Drive South, one encounters breathtaking grandeur: the vast ocean, an infinite horizon. And then there is Donald Trump's 70-foot flagpole flying a nearly 400-square-foot flag. The flagpole that Trump illegally erected at his Rancho Palos Verdes golf club over a year ago is at the center of a simmering controversy between the billionaire and the California Coastal Commission.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebuffed by the Planning Commission, the Salvation Army says it will go to the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council to win approval for the proposed $7-million expansion of its western regional headquarters. After initially approving the project Nov. 24, the Planning Commission did an about-face in December and voted 4-3 to reject the expansion, complaining that one of the proposed buildings was too large. The Salvation Army appealed and will take its case before the council in February.
NEWS
March 2, 1995 | JEFF KASS
Robert E. Ryan, a 20-year City Council member who helped incorporate Rancho Palos Verdes but came under fire for his brusque manner and for secretly marrying the city clerk, has died at age 64. Local citizens, led in part by Ryan, fought to incorporate the city because they said supervisors allowed too much development in the area. Rancho Palos Verdes was incorporated in 1973. Ryan was elected to the first City Council the same year.
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July 5, 1991 | TIM WATERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmentalists seeking to squash plans for a fancy 450-room resort complex on the rugged Palos Verdes Peninsula coastline say they will press their opposition before the state Coastal Commission. Leaders of the group Save Our Coastline 2000 say they will ask the commission to overturn Tuesday's unanimous decision by the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council to allow the resort to be built on the site of the former Marineland.
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October 7, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to fulfill a court order to provide more affordable housing, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has approved a plan requiring the builders of a proposed 79-unit luxury housing development and golf course to include eight low-cost rental units. The plan, which the council approved 4 to 0 on Tuesday, requires the developers of the 261-acre Ocean Trails project to include four low-income units in the development and to build or buy four low-income units elsewhere in the city.
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February 19, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of 60 developmentally disabled South Bay youngsters are mounting a fund-raising campaign to save a recreational program for the handicapped in Rancho Palos Verdes. The program, called REACH, lost most of its funding when the City Council cut $110,000 from the recreation department's budget in a bid to close a $2-million budget deficit. If additional funds can't be found elsewhere, the program will have to be shut down, parents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1987
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency, gave the go-ahead for relocating part of Palos Verdes Drive South when it certified the project's environmental impact report as complete. Relocation of a 2,300-foot stretch of the road is the second phase of a $2-million program to halt the Portuguese Bend landslide. During the 31-year-old slide, the road has slid as much as 350 feet toward the sea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1987
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, sitting as the city's Redevelopment Agency, has awarded the W. E. McKnight construction company a contract to complete the second phase of a $2-million project to halt the Portuguese Bend landslide. The McKnight bid was $1.48 million. The council authorized an additional $118,230 for contingencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1995
A split City Council could not agree on a candidate to fill a vacant seat and now must declare a special election that could cost the city up to $70,000. Tuesday was the final day allowed by state law for the council to appoint a fifth council member to fill the seat vacated by Steven T. Kuykendall when he won election to the state Assembly in November. It was the council's second failed attempt to appoint someone for the term that ends in November, 1995.
NEWS
September 8, 1994 | JEFF KASS
Nude sunbathers at a beach known as both Sacred Beach and Smuggler's Cove may have about 45 days to get their clothes on. The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has voted to ban nude sunbathing in the city, which could effectively shut down one of the few nude beaches in Southern California. An ordinance prohibiting the practice will take effect Oct. 20 if the council gives final approval in two weeks. Violators would be subject to a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1993
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, citizens of Rancho Palos Verdes will have the chance to put two new people on the RPV City Council. The five candidates have all expressed a need for more citizen involvement in RPV City Council decisions. Noting that the RPV mayor often ridicules ordinary citizens by referring to them as "gadflies," the candidates are calling for more courtesy to be extended to people who attempt to exercise their right to have "freedom of speech" at the City Council meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to fulfill a court order to provide more affordable housing, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has approved a plan requiring the builders of a proposed 79-unit luxury housing development and golf course to include eight low-cost rental units. The plan, which the council approved 4 to 0 on Tuesday, requires the developers of the 261-acre Ocean Trails project to include four low-income units in the development and to build or buy four low-income units elsewhere in the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of 60 developmentally disabled South Bay youngsters are mounting a fund-raising campaign to save a recreational program for the handicapped in Rancho Palos Verdes. The program, called REACH, lost most of its funding when the City Council cut $110,000 from the recreation department's budget in a bid to close a $2-million budget deficit. If additional funds can't be found elsewhere, the program will have to be shut down, parents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1990 | A nn Johnson,\f7 community correspondent
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council this week adopted a 1990-91 general-fund operating budget of $8.3 million, a capital improvement budget of $7 million and special fund budgets of $3.4 million, for a total of $18.7 million. The new budget essentially maintains the current level of services in the city, except for increases in the Recreation and Parks Department budget, where expenditures for new programs will be offset by user fees, Deputy City Manager Mark Rohloff said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1988
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council this week postponed a request from a homeowners group that its view-protection initiative be placed on a ballot before the next municipal election in November, 1989. More than 10% of the city's registered voters signed a petition in favor of the initiative, which would amend an existing height ordinance that sets the maximum height of structures at 30 feet with a variance. The new measure would set 24 feet as the maximum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebuffed by the Planning Commission, the Salvation Army says it will go to the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council to win approval for the proposed $7-million expansion of its western regional headquarters. After initially approving the project Nov. 24, the Planning Commission did an about-face in December and voted 4-3 to reject the expansion, complaining that one of the proposed buildings was too large. The Salvation Army appealed and will take its case before the council in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1991 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The campaign for three seats on the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has turned into a high-spending free-for-all in which the six candidates have been virtually overshadowed by a dispute between an Orange County builder and an anti-development activist. It is the outsiders who have been setting the agenda, contributing thousands of campaign dollars, distributing professional mailers and offering advice, according to public records and interviews.
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