Rancho Palos Verdes City Council






Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner


Review the current status of border issues and provide direction to Staff, as appropriate.


This month’s report includes:

  • A follow-up report on a recent fluid spill at the former Palos Verdes Landfill site, and an update on the status of the Final EIR for the South Coast County Golf Course project;

  • An update on the auction of the former Navy housing site (Ponte Vista) on Western Avenue in San Pedro;

  • A final report on a proposed 5,760-square-foot commercial building at the northeast corner of Crest Road and Highridge Road in Rolling Hills Estates; and,

  • A new report on the status of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Port of Long Beach.


The following is the regular monthly report to the City Council on various "border issues" potentially affecting the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes. The complete text of the current status report is available for review on the City’s website at:



Current Border Issues

South Coast County Golf Course, County of Los Angeles/Rolling Hills Estates

As we reported in last month’s report, an "unauthorized non-storm water discharge consisting of landfill gas condensate" occurred at the former landfill site on October 6, 2004. Samples of the fluid captured downstream of the landfill have now been tested, and a copy of the test results is attached to this report in a letter from the Sanitation Districts dated November 9, 2004. This letter also notes that all of the fluids discharged from the landfill site were contained and recovered downstream. Also attached to tonight’s report is a letter that Joan Davidson of South Bay CARES sent to the Department of Fish and Game on October 29, 2004, shortly after this latest spill at the former landfill.

On November 4, 2004, the City received the attached update on the EIR process from the County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Final EIR (FEIR) is expected to be available for consideration by the Board of Supervisors by Summer 2005. The FEIR will include an expanded discussion of alternatives to retain the existing equestrian center at its current location, as well as an additional health risk assessment to be coordinated with the State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

Finally, in related matters, our local newspapers recently reported on the following issues:

  • On November 10, 2004, the Daily Breeze reported that the City of Torrance had lifted the emergency status of the Singingwood Drive neighborhood that was imposed after a landslide began there in early 2001 (see attached article). The Daily Breeze reported that lawsuits against the City of Torrance and the developer of the homes were settled and dismissed, respectively. However, the lawsuit against the County—which alleges that water from the County landfill contributed to the landslide—is scheduled to go to trial in February 2005.

  • On November 13, 2004, the Peninsula News reported on a landfill emergency preparedness meeting held in Rolling Hills Estates on November 10, 2004 (see attached article). The meeting was hosted by the landfill’s Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) and was attended by residents, Rolling Hills Estates officials, and representatives from the County Sheriff’s Office, the County Fire Department and the County Sanitation Districts.

Ponte Vista Project at Former Navy Housing Site, Los Angeles (San Pedro)

On November 1, 2004, the Navy issued the Invitation for Bids (IFB) to begin the on-line auction process for the Ponte Vista property (see attachments). The auction itself was scheduled to begin on December 1, 2004, with a minimum opening bid of twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) for the 61.53-acre site. Prospective bidders were required to post a registration deposit of one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,250,000). The IFB also advised bidders of the obligation to provide for the designated homeless service providers (HSPs), either through an alternative agreement between the HSPs and the high bidder or through direct conveyance of nearly twenty (20) acres of the site to the HSPs. The auction is expected to continue until at least mid- to late-December 2004.

Office/Retail Building at 5883 Crest Road, Rolling Hills Estates

On October 26, 2004, the Rolling Hills Estates City Council upheld its Planning Commission’s action and approved this proposed office/retail project (see attached Peninsula News article). Staff intends to remove this item from future Border Issues reports, unless otherwise directed by the City Council.

New Border Issues

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal, Port of Long Beach

Councilmember Long has requested that the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in the Port of Long Beach be added to the Border Issues Status Report. The project is proposed for a 25-acre site on Pier T in the Port of Long Beach (see attachments). The project requires local, state and federal approvals, and a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is being prepared in compliance with NEPA and CEQA. The EIS/EIR is expected to be released for public review and comment in the first quarter of 2005.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager


Letter from Sanitation Districts to RWQCB regarding lab test results (dated 11/9/04)

Letter from Joan Davidson to CDFG (dated 10/29/04)

South Coast County Golf Course EIR update (received 11/4/04)

Daily Breeze article regarding Singingwood Drive landslide repair (dated 11/10/04)

Peninsula News article regarding landfill emergency preparedness (dated 11/13/04)

Invitation for Bids for the Ponte Vista project (released 11/1/04)

Peninsula News article regarding Crest Road office/retail building (dated 10/30/04)

LNG Terminal information from City of Long Beach website (accessed 11/29/04)