Rancho Palos Verdes City Council




DATE: MAY 2, 2006


Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Associate Planner


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


This month’s report includes:

  • A report on recent issues related to the former Palos Verdes landfill site, including the withdrawal of the proposed South Coast County Golf Course project;
  • A report on recent issues related to the Ponte Vista project on Western Avenue at the former Navy housing site;
  • A follow-up report regarding the status of the agreement between the City and the owner of the property at 717 Via La Cuesta in Palos Verdes Estates;
  • A final report on a new, 58-unit mixed-use condominium project on the site of an existing car wash at 627 Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates; and,
  • A report of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposal to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District.


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

On April 12, 2006, Councilman Gardiner forwarded the attached e-mail from Barry Holchin with the Sierra Club regarding the landfill gas investigation at the Disposal Gardens site in the City of Torrance. Apparently, when this investigation was originally scheduled late last year, there were assurances made to the community that the soil samples would be split so that they could be tested independently. According to the Sierra Club e-mail, the community is now being told that the samples obtained during the recently-rescheduled investigations are too small to split.

Also, on April 20, 2006, the Daily Breeze reported that Meritage Rolling Hills Golf has declined to extend its option on the project, effectively killing it. Supervisor Don Knabe is quoted as stating that, with Meritage’s withdrawal, the project is “a no-go.” Staff will continue to monitor issues related to the former landfill in future Border Issues reports, but will no longer report of the proposed golf course project.

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

The City recently received another community newsletter from the developer of the Ponte Vista project, this one focusing on the senior housing component of the project. Staff also recently learned that Elise Swanson, the former Director of Community Development in Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office, has left the Councilwoman’s office and been hired by Bisno Development, the Ponte Vista developer. Mr. Bisno also recently addressed the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC), although Staff was unable to attend this meeting.

New Residence at 717 Via La Cuesta, Palos Verdes Estates

As of the date that this report was completed, Staff, the City Engineer and the Building Official were prepared to approve the grading plan for Grandview Park. Staff and the City Attorney were awaiting authorization from the Chopras’ attorney to release the signed agreement, which has been held “in escrow” by the City Attorney for the past month or so.

Mixed-Use Condos at 627 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates

On March 14, 2006, Rolling Hills Estates City Council adopted the resolutions and ordinance for the project, including our requested changes to the language of the conditions regarding the SCE transformer location and screening. With the approval of this project, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has entitled (or is considering entitling) two hundred seventy-six (276) residential units in the easterly end of the Peninsula Center district. The table below summarizes the status of these entitlements.

Project Address Existing/
Use Approved/
Proposed Use No. of Units Status
Peninsula Villas 901 Deep Valley Dr. Parking lot Senior condominium 41 Approved 8/3/2004
Silver Spur Court 981 Silver Spur Rd. McDonald’s (demolished) Mixed-use condominium 18 Approved 9/14/2004, under construc-tion
Deep Valley Drive Condos 627 Deep Valley Dr. Carwash Mixed-use condominium 58 Approved 3/14/2006
Mediterranean Village 927 Deep Valley Dr. Medical office building Mixed-use condominium 120 In pre-application phase
Unnamed Project 827 Deep Valley Dr. Medical office building Senior condominium adjacent to existing medical office building 16 In pre-application phase
Unnamed Project 828 Silver Spur Rd. Arco Station (demolished) Mixed-use condominium 23 On hold, soil remedia-tion under way
Total Dwelling Units Approved and/or Pending 276

Proposed Take-Over of LAUSD by the City of Los Angeles

On April 18, 2006, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued his first “State of the City” address. Among the topics discussed was his proposal to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) though state legislative action. His proposed would retain an elected Board of Education, but the superintendent would be directly accountable to Mayor Villaraigosa and council of the mayors of other cities served by LAUSD. There are two (2) LAUSD campuses in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes: Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School and Crestwood Street Elementary School. At this point, it is not clear what (if any) effect Mayor Villaraigosa’s proposal might have upon the operations of these campuses, nor is it clear what role Mayor Wolowicz or any future Rancho Palos Verdes mayor might have in the proposed council of mayors. Staff intends to continue monitoring this issue

New Border Issues

There are no new Border Issues on which to report at this time.

Respectfully submitted:
Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:
Les Evans, City Manager


E-mail from Sierra Club regarding Disposal Gardens landfill gas investigations
Daily Breeze article regarding South Coast County Golf Course project
Ponte Vista Active Adult Housing Newsletter, Spring 2006
NWSPNC meeting highlights
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “State of the City” address