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The California "twin" cities of Half Moon Bay and Palos Verdes Estates are strikingly similar, coastally protected municipalities. Both have around 13,000 residents living along the Pacific Ocean around an hour drive from a major metropolitan city. From a safety standpoint, PVE is more naturally protected being on a peninsula with only a few entry/exit roads. PVE also is more structurally protected, with the two most trafficked in/out roads requiring passing through Torrance, CA. which is policed by one of the most effective and innovative law enforcement departments in the country. In order to save merely $500,000/year, in April 2011 HMB's City Council, without passing the buck to an intentionally misguided and misinformed citizenry (see PVE Measure E), voted unanimously to move law enforcement to the San Mateo Sheriff. It is estimated that a similar move by PVE to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department would save $5,000,000/year, including pension costs. As the LASD proposed in 2016 for the PVEPD HQ in its quoted $4.5 million/year deluxe "Option B", the San Mateo Sheriff moved into the HMB police HQ and ran it as a Sheriff substation. There was no fight from HMB's police officers, who rather than line up to pressure HMB residents or government (see Steve Barber photo), instead agreed that financially it was a prudent decision "years overdue." Then again, HMB didn't employ numerous officers who may be underqualified for Sheriff employment. HMB also didn't have police department leaders paid over $200,000/year to drive or park in the shade, three days/week, in naturally safe, scenic PVE. HMB also didn't have a police department with a primary role to catch-and-release lawbreaking local voters or wave at socially-starved, mature residents. Like has been validated since 2011 in HMB, there is a reasonable likelihood that despite costing perhaps 1/3 - 1/2 of the PVEPD's all-inclusive costs, the LASD would deliver equal response times and higher levels of law enforcement. Click on the headline above to read the official report detailing the tremendous success achieved both on budget and law enforcement by the leaders of HMB.
PVE Councilman Sanford Davidson Rejected as Future Mayor
City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch position to terminate under new City Council? (April 2019)
Based on the April 3, 2019 posting of the agenda for a Special Meeting of the recently reconstituted Palos Verdes Estates City Council (click here or on images), it appears that Tony Dahlerbruch's position as City Manager is about to terminate.
Palos Verdes Estates City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch's apparent professional deficiencies long ago had been identified by many in the PVE community (click here and see below). The allegations against Dahlerbruch have included the following:
an apparent lack of expertise in pertinent financial matters (e.g.. pension liability);
bloating the City's budget with unprecedented hiring-driven expenses;
massive senior employee turnover in nearly every department;
ethical issues, including potentially making knowingly false statements.