As a “general law city” Palos Verdes Estates provides services to the public mandated by the California State Code. The City’s authorized legislative body is the City Council which consists of five residents elected at large on a non-partisan ballot for four year overlapping terms. Each year one member of the Council is selected by the Council to serve as Mayor and one as Mayor Pro Tempore.
Regular City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Council meets at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-agenda study session and closed session (as necessary). The regular agenda begins at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public may address Council by either notifying the City Clerk to place an item on the agenda 10 days in advance of the meeting date or speak under the “Communications from the Public” agenda item. State law requires all action items to be placed on an agenda and posted 72 hours in advance of decision-making.
The City’s general elections are held on the first Tuesday in March of odd numbered years. Vacancies and unexpired terms may be filled by appointment or special election. Council members serve without pay.
Council makes policy decisions which are implemented by the City Manager and City staff. City committees and commissions study issues and advise Council. Agendas for all regular meetings of the City’s committees, commissions, and the City Council are posted on the Channel 3 reader board; at the front of City Hall, and on the website at www.palosverdes.com/pve. City Council meeting agendas are available at the Malaga Cove Library on the Saturday before each Council meeting. Special and adjourned regular meetings are posted as required by law.
Planning Commissioners are appointed by the Major and City Council and members serve overlapping terms. The Commission reviews and makes decisions on most construction projects, zoning changes, grading and neighborhood compatibility applications, utility projects and right-of-way encroachments in the City. It periodically updates the City’s General Plan. (Plans for exterior changes must also be submitted to the Palos Verdes Homes Association).
The Parklands Committee is an advisory body to the Planning Commission and City Council. Members are appointed by the Mayor and Council to overlapping terms. The Committee has knowledge of local plants and trees, and an appreciation of the City’s Parklands and right-of-way plantings. The Committee advises residents concerning designated street trees, tree management procedures, and right-of-way planting. It reviews and makes recommendations on homeowner proposals for right-of-way and parkland planting, and tree pruning, removals and maintenance.
Traffic and Safety Committee
The Traffic and Safety Committee suggests the best means for co-ordinating and administering traffic regulations, assists in the publication of traffic reports, receives complaints having to do with traffic matters, and recommends the best means of improving traffic conditions and the administration and enforcement of traffic regulations.
Residents of the Palos Verdes Estates community have a history of active commitment to volunteer service. City Council appoints interested and qualified residents to both standing and ad hoc committees from time to time. Each committee reviews matters in its purview and advises the Council. Interested residents who would like to serve on a committee may submit resumes to the City Clerk. Openings are announced in the City Newsletter.
Ad hoc committees are appointed when a need arises. Ad hoc committees in past years have been the Financial Advisory, Cable, Insurance, PVE 60th Celebration, and Roessler Pool Restoration (culminating in the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club).
PREPARING FOR A PRESENTATION BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL
Some recommended tips:
1. Prepare your materials in advance. The City Council can make more informed decisions when they have complete and detailed information before them. Such background materials with photographs, if necessary and relevant, must be submitted to staff two weeks in advance of an appearance so that they may be reviewed by staff and forwarded to the Council in an advance packet.
2. To prepare to comment on your concern before City Council, organize and prioritize your remarks. Be prepared to answer questions from members of the Council.
3. After your comments, Council will deliberate and discuss the issue. A decision may be made or the matter may be rescheduled for a future agenda if additional information is needed.
Regular City elections are to be held the first Tuesday in March after the first Monday in odd numbered years. Special elections may be held at other times.
As a Los Angeles County resident, you may register to vote if you are a citizen of the United States and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election. Your registration must take place at least 14-15 days before an election for you to be qualified to vote in that election. There is no separate registration for city elections. You may register to vote by picking up a mail-in application at City Hall or call City Hall to have one mailed to you.
YOUR PROPERTY TAX DOLLAR
Where It Goes and How It’s Spent
Los Angeles County Property Tax Allocation Local 1%
Palos Verdes Estates receives 11¢ of each dollar of the 1% general levy property tax. The remainder goes to Los Angeles County, local schools, ERAF — state diversion of local property tax for the state’s school funding obligations, and special districts (library, community college, sanitation, flood control).
The City Manager prepares an annual budget which is submitted to the City Council for approval. Regular audits of all City financial records are performed annually by a private, independent auditor.
Palos Verdes Estates is primarily a residential community, with minimal commercial tax base. From its incorporation until 1978, a significant portion of City revenues came from the property tax. Due to legislation and a change in the formula by the State Legislature in the late l970’s, only 11% of your County property tax dollar is returned to the City today.
In June of 1980, the City voters passed two parcel taxes to restore revenues and lost services. The Police, Fire/Paramedic parcel tax assessed each parcel annually to provide funds for Police, Fire/Paramedic services. The Streets and Parklands parcel tax assessed each parcel annually for street and parkland maintenance. These parcel taxes were submitted to city voters every four years for renewal until the Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment District was approved in 1991 and subsequently renewed in 1996. The City Council abolished both parcel taxes in 1991.
In 2001, City voters approved a fire and paramedic special tax which replaced the Assessment District. These proceeds pay for the Los Angeles County Fire and Paramedic Services contract. The City also has a utility tax which funds the City’s capital improvement program. This program includes major street repair and storm drain improvements.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer ensuring that the policies of the City Council are executed effectively and efficiently. He is responsible for recruiting and appointing senior staff members, preparing and monitoring the City budget, analyzing policies, and making recommendations to the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for personnel management and administration, and oversees purchasing. The City Manager may be assisted by other staff members in these tasks but retains ultimate responsibility for them.
The City Clerk’s office maintains all official City records such as ordinances, resolutions, contracts, minutes, deeds and agreements. The Clerk prepares City Council agendas and back-up materials, maintains the Municipal Code and City Seal, administers City elections and the Fair Political Practices Act.
The City Treasurer, an elected official, is responsible for keeping accurate accounting records and reporting cash balances monthly to the City Council. The Treasurer is in charge of the City’s investments, maintaining an investment portfolio to ensure liquidity, preserve principal and achieve maximum interest, while at the same time accomplishing the day to day cash flow needs of the City.
The Finance Department, supervised by the Assistant City Manager, operates and maintains the City’s accounting and internal auditing systems and collects and disburses all City funds. The Department also administers the City’s payroll and license collection. In preparation of the annual budget, the Assistant City Manager acts as an advisor to the City Manager and also serves as the City’s Risk Manager.
The City Attorney is retained by the City on a part-time basis to advise the City Council, City Manager, staff, committees and commissions on matters of law as they relate to City activities. The City Attorney represents the City in litigation and drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, and other legal documents.
Public Works / Planning Department
Engineering, planning, streets and parks are functions of the City's Public Works department. A consulting firm manages the department under contract to the City. The Department plans and supervises all capital improvement projects related to streets, storm drains and other City property. Also under its supervision are parklands and plaza maintenance, street sweeping, tree trimming, street resurfacing, storm drain maintenance, and processing of conditional use permits, variance applications, grading permits and neighborhood compatibility applications for construction projects. The planning section oversees land use and development policies of the City including all elements of the City's General Plan.
The City’s Building Department services are also provided by contract. The Building Department enforces construction standards to safeguard life, health and property. The standards are deined in the Municipal Code. Enforcement is achieved through inspection of new construction, alterations, demolition, repairs and use of buildings and structures. The Building department issues required permits and checks building plans for compliance to City codes. The department issues permits for all construction projects in the City and inspects all such projects. Anyone contemplating new construction, additions, or remodeling should check with the Building Department first to find out what building code provisions may apply. Inspectors are in the office to answer calls or answer questions in person BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 10:00 A.M. Monday — Friday.
Palos Verdes Estates is the only City on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with its own Police Department. The Department enforces all local, state and federal laws, including criminal and traffic.
Police Department offices are located on the first floor of City Hall, 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, and are open 24 hours a day. There are three divisions in the department: operations, investigations, and administration. Department facilities include full, state-approved detention facilities with on-duty jailers. Officers are continuously updated in their training in new areas of law enforcement.
Using a balanced program of traditional service and thoughtful innovation, the Department strives to increase public safety in our community. A community relations officer develops crime prevention programs and works with Neighborhood Watch and other community groups. Canine officers are used in house and building searches to apprehend fleeing suspects.
Residents are urged to register with the Police Department before they leave on vacation so that house security checks may be made. Residents may request public information programs and canine demonstrations for community groups. The City is proud of its independent police department and rapid response to resident emergencies.
Law enforcement in Palos Verdes Estates receives support from a very active Neighborhood Watch organization. The basis of Neighborhood Watch is simply neighbors cooperating to keep an eye on each others’ homes and to report any suspicious circumstances to the Police. Groups have been organized throughout the City. Meetings are held for neighbors to meet each other and hear speakers on crime prevention. Contact Palos Verdes Estates Neighborhood Watch, Inc. Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.
Operation Identification Available
Operation Identification helps reduce burglary by encouraging the engraving of your valuables. You may borrow the engraving tool from the Police Department. The Police Department recommends that you keep an inventory with photographs or videos of those items not suitable for engraving.
Fire Protection and Paramedic Services
The Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County provides fire protection and paramedic services to the City of Palos Verdes Estates by contract. In addition to its firefighting, rescue, and first aid duties, the County Fire Department makes fire prevention inspections; they also conduct fire safety programs in the schools.
HOMES ASSOCIATION AND ART JURY
The Palos Verdes Homes Association, founded in 1923, is a separate body from the City government. Prior to the founding of the City, the Homes Association provided many of the services of a city government. Since 1939 when the City was incorporated, the Homes Association has continued to enforce the deed restrictions on homes in Palos Verdes Estates. The Homes Association is located on the second floor of the annex to City Hall at 320 Palos Verdes Drive West. Questions regarding restrictions on a particular piece of property should be directed to them. Plans for building sites must be filed with the Homes Association for review by the Art Jury which is an architectural and site review panel under the supervision of the Homes Association Board of Directors.
MAINTAINING A SAFE AND AESTHETIC COMMUNITY
Palos Verdes Estates has always enjoyed a reputation for well kept properties in a beautiful community. Various City ordinances and regulations help to maintain this environment. Several of these are included in this booklet to provide you with basic information about topics which affect you and your community. City staff are always happy to answer any further questions you may have regarding these matters or any related concerns.
Neighborhood Compatibility and Maximum Allowable Floor Area residential zoning codes.
In 1988, City Council adopted two ordinances revising the single-family residential zoning code. The ordinances set policy for the issues of maximum allowable floor area and neighborhood compatibility for new construction and for remodel projects. The purpose of both ordinances is to maintain the character of the City as defined in the community objectives set out in the Land Use Element of the General Plan.
Single Family Residence (SFR) Guidelines
The Neighborhood Compatibility Ordinance was implemented to minimize the impacts of new construction. The process includes a hearing before the Planning Commission, during which the following four issues are analyzed:
1. Natural Amenities -“Improvements to residential property shall respect and preserve to the greatest extent practicable, the natural features of the land, including the existing topography and landscaping.”
2. Neighborhood Character - “Proposals shall be reasonably compatible with the existing neighborhood character in terms of scale of development of surrounding residences, particularly those within three hundred (300’) feet of the proposed development parcel boundaries.”
3. Privacy - “Design proposals shall respect the existing privacy of adjacent properties by maintaining an adequate amount of separation between the proposed structure and adjacent properties, and the design of balconies, decks and windows should respect the existing privacy of adjacent properties.”
4. Views - “Neighbors’ existing views should be taken into consideration as much as practicable.”
PERMITS REQUIRED FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS
To maintain the character of the City as set out in the City’s General Plan and to ensure that all development meets the legally adopted building standards, plans and specifications for all construction must be submitted to the Building Department before permits can be issued.
The City requires that a building permit be issued prior to the construction, alteration, conversion or enlargement of any house or structure in the City. This requirement applies to the construction of any structure including garages, decks, patio covers, retaining walls, room additions, solar energy units, storage buildings, pools, spas, re-roofing and masonry structures including fences, walls and mailboxes. Electrical, plumbing or mechanical permits are also needed for installations of water heaters, garbage disposals, furnaces, yard wiring, et cetera.
The City emphasizes that consultation with the City Building Department staff prior to undertaking any remodeling or construction project is highly desirable. Please call the Building Department for further information on building permits.
It is recommended that persons applying for a building permit follow these simple steps:
1. If the exterior of the structure is to be changed or affected by the proposed construction, submit the plans to the Art Jury of the Palos Verdes Homes Association for review and approval.
2. After Homes Association approval, submit the plans to the Building Department for plan check.
3. After the plan check is completed and corrections are made, a building permit may be obtained. Building permit fees are required to pay for the City’s cost of providing this service.
The Palos Verdes Homes Association and the City have published an informational brochure: “Guidelines for Building or Remodeling a House in Palos Verdes Estates” which is available at the City Hall or the PV Homes Association.
POINTS OF INTEREST
340 Palos Verdes Drive West
Police and Fire Departments
340 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Homes Association
320 Palos Verdes Drive West
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Tennis Club
3303 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club
389 Paseo del Mar
Palos Verdes Stable
4057 Via Opata
La Venta Inn
796 Via del Monte
Malaga Cove Library
2400 Via Campesina
Lunada Bay Elementary School
520 Paseo Lunado
Malaga Cove School Site
300 Paseo del Mar
Montemalaga Elementary School
1121 Via Nogales
Palos Verdes Intermediate School
2161 Via Olivera
Palos Verdes High School
600 Cloyden Road
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
3801 Via la Selva
Valmonte Developmental Kindergarten School
3801 Via la Selva
Fire Resistive Roofing
Fire Resistive roofing (Class A) is required by the City on all new buildings and remodeled buildings where new roofing is applied over more than one quarter of the structure. All projects proposing new roofing materials must submit an installation plan for approval to the Homes Association. The Codes, Covenants and Restrictions dictate approved roofing materials in Palos Verdes Estates. Building permits are also required from the city for all re-roofs.
Construction Site Maintenance Requirements
In order to maintain high aesthetic standards in the City and also to expedite construction, the City has a construction site maintenance law. Under this law, all building permits, if not completed through final inspection, will expire 18 months after the date of issuance, at which time a new permit and fees will be required.
If circumstances beyond the control of the permit holder have prevented the project from being completed after 18 months, the permit holder may apply to the City Council for a six month extension, but no more than one extension may be granted.
At the time of receiving a building permit, the property owner will be required to sign a Construction Site Maintenance Agreement which specifies the regulations by which the site must be kept. These regulate such things as dumpsters, building debris and equipment and materials.
Property Maintenance Requirements
T he City’s municipal code identifies property maintenance require- ments, as well as what is considered unacceptable. Some of the unacceptable items are as follows:
1. Maintenance of any structure in a state of substantial deterioration, which is viewable from a public right-of-way or viewable from the sites of neighboring properties, where such condition would depreciate the aesthetic and property values of surrounding property.
2. Windows which normally contain glass and which are without any glass or which contain broken glass for more than thirty (30) days in occupied buildings or in the case of abandoned buildings for more than five (5) days.
3. Land, the topography, geology or configuration of which, whether in natural state or as a result of grading operations, excavation or fill, could cause potential erosion, subsidence or surface water drainage problems of such magnitude as to be injurious or potentially injurious to the public health, safety and welfare or to the adjacent properties.
4. Storing inoperable vehicles, equipment or discarded furniture in front and side yards, including trailers, camper shells, boats, inoperable vehicles and other equipment kept or stored for unreasonable periods, but not less than 72 hours, in yard areas where the equipment is not screened so that it cannot be viewed from off-site.
5. Maintaining property with overgrown or dead vegetation, including lawns, weeds, plants, shrubs, hedges and trees and including any such vegetation within that portion of the unimproved street right-of-way adjacent to the property. There shall be a conclusive presumption that vegetation is overgrown if the vegetation has not been properly cut and trimmed within thirty (30) days after notification that said vegetation is overgrown.
6. Any uncompleted building or work for which a permit is issued pursuant to Chapter 8,12, and 15 of the Municipal Code, and the said permit has expired and has not been renewed, provided that at least one hundred eighty (180) days has passed since such permit expired.
7. Any uncompleted building or work which is found to adversely impact the neighborhood.
Call the Code Enforcement Officer at City Hall to request an inspection of any properties which may be in violation of the above.
The City, through a strong code enforcement program seeks to maintain the high aesthetic standards historically adhered to in Palos Verdes Estates. With the adoption of a new ordinance in 1991, the Code Enforcement Officer may cite offenders for non-compliance of property maintenance standards (above) on the basis of Municipal Code 8.48 relating to nuisance abatement .
Palos Verdes Estates also enforces an anti-graffiti ordinance. Upon notification of the existence of graffiti, the City shall give notice to any property owner whose property displays graffiti. If the graffiti is not removed in 24 hours, the City shall have the right, at no expense to the property owner, to enter onto the property and remove the graffiti. If you are aware of any graffiti, call the Code Enforcement Officer.
Maintenance of Trees on Streets and Public Places
Much of the beauty of Palos Verdes Estates is due to the trees which grow in our extensive parklands and line our City streets.
Designated Street Trees
Almost every street in the City has a designated street tree. This concept was established by the original city planners, and was included in the Street Tree Ordinance in 1968. A list of designated street trees, developed by the Parklands Committee, and City Council, is available at City Hall. Each year the City trims selected street trees yearly for health, safety and traffic clearance. However, residents who wish more frequent or aesthetic trimming must first obtain a City permit, and follow City pruning standards. Removal or planting of trees on Parkland or within city right-of-way must be approved by the Parklands Committee, City Forester, or the City Council before work is begun. Under special circumstances, this work may be approved and completed at the applicant’s expense. Unauthorized topping or removal of a City tree is unlawful, and a violation of the City Code.
Tree Management Policy
The City’s Tree Management Policy recognizes that both the abun- dance of mature trees and beautiful views contribute to the City’s special character. It defines an orderly procedure for resident requests to trim trees on Parkland or within public right-of-way. The guidelines in the Tree Management Policy apply only to publicly owned land.
Planting of Parklands, Plazas, and Street right-of-way
Any resident or group wishing to beautify an area of public land is encouraged to submit plans to the City for approval. The group must underwrite the initial costs. Residents may donate the needed funds for the project to Palos Verdes Beautiful, a non-profit corporation, who will then finance the beautification. Call City Hall for more information. Street right-of-way includes islands, dividers, and strips of land between the curb or edge of pavement and the beginning of private property. It varies in depth depending on the individual street. Trees planted in this area are to be designated street trees.
Guidelines for Uses of Unimproved Street Right-of-Way
Street right-of-way is that area between the edge of the im proved portion of the public street up to the abutting private property line. The width of the street right-of-way can vary for each street, and is typically between 7 feet and 25 feet.
Because street right-of-way is City property, certain improvements are not allowed without first obtaining City approval. These restrictions are necessary to provide adequate sight distance for vehicular traffic. A public works permit must be issued before construction may begin. Improvements that are allowed without a permit:
• Low ground cover (under 30 inches)
• Irrigation system for plantings Improvements on street right-of-way that require Planning Commission and City Council approval are:
• Hedges and shrubs over 30 inches
• Walls or fences
• Lights of any kind
• Any permanent structures
• Non-standard driveway
Improvements requiring a public works permit are:
• Driveway approaches
• Curb and gutter construction
• All other construction in the street right-of-way
Call the Planning Department for more information.
Residents are not permitted to encroach onto public property, including street right-of-way and City parkland, with any structures without a permit. Permits are granted only under limited circumstances. An encroachment permit or a public works permit is required for any work performed in the street right-of-way or on public property. Check with the Planning Department for the width of the street right-of-way in front of your home.
The City has standards for masonry mailboxes which are available from the Public Works Department. An encroachment application is required for standard masonry mailboxes; no fee is applied. Planning Commission review and City Council approval is required only for non-standard masonry mailboxes.
The City Council has enacted ordinances to regulate the installation of satellite dish antennae. Installation of such structures is subject to the building permit procedure. For further information contact the Building Department.
Temporary Street Use
Please remember that a permit is required to place construction materials, dumpsters, et cetera, on City streets. Call the Public Works Department for further information.
Recreational Vehicle Storage
Owners of recreational vehicles, recreational vessels, utility trailers, or air vehicles must secure a Certificate of Compliance from the Police Department unless these vehicles are completely garaged or stored outside City limits. Key requirements for storage on your property include:
• Vehicles must be completely screened from three sides and substantially screened from the remaining surface.
• If not garaged, the vehicle must be parked on a City- approved surface.
• No portion of the unit may be within 20 feet of any curb.
• Guest recreational vehicle: shall require a permit to allow parking and occupancy for a period not to exceed 7 days in any one calendar year.
Storm Drainage System Upkeep
An important responsibility of homeowners is to regularly clean debris, leaves and so on from drainage swales and private yard drains located on the property. Swales and drains which are not kept free of debris prevent the storm drainage system from operating effectively and might cause yard and slope slippage.
Swimming pool owners please note: pool water may not be drained into the City’s storm drain system which drains into Santa Monica Bay due to the harmful chemicals in pool waste water. Pool water should be backwashed into the sewer system. Call the building department for more information.
To help maintain the beauty of the community, the posting of signs in the right-of-way or on public property is prohibited unless a permit has been granted by the City Council.
The City has an emergency procedure plan which was adopted in August 2000. It maintains emergency equipment and supplies. However, residents should be prepared to help themselves in the event of an area wide earthquake. The City recommends that a basic plan of action as well as a seven day emergency supply of food, water, first aid, and a portable radio and extra batteries be on hand for every homeowner.
City-issued permits and photo ID cards are now required of all solicitors. Residents should ask to see both pieces of identification before responding to any solicitation. A city issued permit is not an endorsement; it is simply proof of a registration. Residents not wanting to be disturbed may post a sign stating “No Solicitation”, “Do Not Disturb” or “No Trespassing”. The Police Department can enforce property rights if a sign is clearly posted. Signs must be placed on private property, preferably at the entry way, and comply with the City’s sign ordinance.
The City has a rigorous home occupation ordinance and requires all residents operating a business out of their home to obtain a permit. It is the intent of the City to preserve residential zones in the City for residential purposes and not to encourage or approve of the operation of commercial businesses in any residential zone. Please check with the Finance Department about City requirements for home occupations.
According to City Code, residents may not place their rubbish containers at the curb. Trash collectors pick up the trash from your property’s enclosed trash yard. The City has a contract for rubbish collection and recycling. All residents are required to pay for refuse collection and disposal and are billed directly by the contractor. Below are trash collection and recycling guidelines:
1. Containers used for the storage and collection of refuse, green waste, and/or recyclables may be metal, hard rubber, or plastic. Plastic bags may be used for refuse only if properly tied and secured. Green waste may be tied securely in bundles by means of heavy twine or rope, if limited to (48) inches in length and sixty (60) pounds in weight.
2. Recyclables are picked up every other week. Acceptable materials include glass, plastics, metal, cardboard and paper. Unacceptable materials include window glass, mirrors, plastic toys, lightbulbs and Styrofoam. The refuse hauler provides two blue 32 gallon containers for recyclables.
3. Green waste is picked up every week.. Acceptable materials include grass, leaves, weeds, twigs and small branches. Unacceptable materials include palm fronds, yucca plants, dirt, rocks and sod. The refuse hauler provides two green 32 gallon containers for green waste.
4. Used motor oil may be disposed of at the Lunada Bay Automotive Center, 2133 Palos Verdes Drive West, Tel. 375-8313.
5. Latex paint may be disposed of at Lunada Bay Hardware, 2216 Via Anacapa, Tel. 377-3588.
6. Oil-based paint and other hazardous wastes may be disposed of at announced county-wide hazardous waste pick-up events. Call 1-800-CLEANLA for more information.
Annual Clean-Up Day
Once a year, in the spring, the City’s refuse hauler provides an annual bulky trash pick-up day each spring where bulky items may be placed out at curbside by 7:00 a.m. for disposal. This day is publicized in the City Newsletter and announced in your refuse bill. Large items such as washers, dryers, water heaters, sofas and mattresses are collected at no additional charge by the City’s refuse hauler. Construction waste, green waste, hazardous waste items, including refrigerators with the compressors still in are not included.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transportation
The City of Palos Verdes Estates with its neighboring cities, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes and the unincorporated areas of the Peninsula, cooperate in providing local bus service within the Palos Verdes Peninsula through P.V. Transit buses. Contact the Peninsula Transit Authority at 544-7108 for information. Information, bus passes and tokens are also available at Palos Verdes Estates City Hall.
In addition to the bus fare, this local transit is subsidized by a 1/2 cent Los Angeles County Sales Tax. Transferring to MTA and Torrance buses is possible. Call 320-9442 for South Bay Transit information.
Senior Citizen and Handicapped Transportation
Transportation for Senior Citizens and the handicapped is available through the Peninsula Dial-A-Ride program. Dial-a-Ride runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service transports users to medical facilities (within a designated area) off the Peninsula in addition to destinations on the Peninsula. Access Services Inc., a transit service for Dial-a-Ride registrants who cannot access regular bus service because of a disability, also offers an extended transit option to destinations throughout Los Angeles County. You must register to use Dial-A-Ride and may do so by mail at Peninsula Transit Authority, 38 Crest Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Call 544-7108 for the most up-to-date fare information.
Animal Control Services
Animal control services are now handled by the City’s Police Department. Call the Police Department for information and assistance. Tel. 378-4211. The City contracts with Los Angeles County Animal Control. All requests to pick up biting dogs, sick, injured or stray animals in distress, or animals causing a hazardous situation should go through the Police Department.
The City issues dog licenses which are required for all dogs four months old and over. A rabies clinic is held at City Hall once a year in the summer and is announced in the City Newsletter.