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April 20, 1989
Your headline, "Rancho P.V. Tightens Travel Reimbursement" (Times, April 14) puts the best possible face on a sorry, if not a sordid, situation. While I have not personally attended any Rancho Palos Verdes council meetings, I have observed Channel 3's presentation of this taxpayer sponsored amateur version of "Family Feud." (But only on the rare occasions when reruns of the real thing were not available to stimulate my fatigued awareness.) I have concluded from these viewings that this simulation of democratic local government no longer provides a viable mechanism for solving the relatively trivial problems faced by this community.
April 23, 1992
Affluent/rich/well-educated/concerned/thinking residents of glorious Rancho Palos Verdes. A (bankrupt) paradise on Earth! We are surrounded by: lovely ocean views; BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Infiniti cars, dandy Caddys. We are swarmed over by gardeners, swimming pool maintenance people, cocktail parties and fat-cat/charming churches. But when the city is in deep fiscal trouble: (a) Only 25% of the eligible voters bother to vote on a tiny--and temporary--tax increase. 25%!
July 9, 1989
The Rancho Palos Verdes Trails Committee, which is in the process of updating the city plan for hiking, walking and equestrian trails, will hold a public workshop on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the theater arts building at Miraleste High School, 29323 Palos Verdes Drive East. The workshop will focus on the location, design standards and usage of trails on the east side of the city.
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.
September 2, 1993
Ted Johnson's article about the city of Rancho Palos Verdes (Aug. 27) provides some interesting history of the city. But it does not address the financial (mis)management by the City Council. In the 1980s, Rancho Palos Verdes embarked on a multimillion-dollar parks and recreation building program, mainly Hesse Park and Point Vicente Interpretive Center. These projects overran their construction budgets by hundreds of thousands of dollars and have been running at a deficit every year since, also in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
November 24, 1994 | JEFF KASS
Low-income Los Angeles residents may soon be sporting Looney Tunes T-shirts with characters such as Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil thanks to a plea-bargain agreement with a local businessman accused of counterfeiting. Rancho Palos Verdes resident Robert Pae, also known as Song Woe Pae, will donate $100,000 worth of T-shirts and other clothing to the nonprofit Los Angeles-based Shelter Partnership, City Atty. Jim Hahn announced last week.
February 18, 1993
Rancho Palos Verdes is preparing to join 31 other California cities by prohibiting smoking in restaurants. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the City Council voted to draft an ordinance that would ban smoking in all 35 of the city's restaurants. The measure would allow smoking in designated areas in restaurant lounges and bars, however. The council plans to put the draft ordinance to a final vote next month. If, as expected, the measure is adopted, it will take effect 45 days after its passage.
January 22, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The whale-watching boat was about to go back to the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes when the captain suddenly began heading the vessel farther out to sea. As the boat inched closer and closer to a pod of whales, passengers on board gathered to look on in amazement. This was not your ordinary whale-watching trip. Typically, gray whales travel by themselves. Sometimes, they will travel in groups of three. But on Sunday afternoon, researchers counted 23 - give or take a whale - in a single pod. The group was the largest that volunteers with the American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project have seen in 30 years, said Alisa Schulman-Janiger, the director and coordinator of the group.
October 8, 1989
The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council has approved guidelines under which community groups can receive up to $3,000 per year from profits earned by the city's recycling program. Curb-side recycling was begun last winter with the promise that the money earned by the city through the sale of the recyclables would be returned to residents in the form of neighborhood grants.
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