Councilmember John Rea


John ReaThe Honorable John Rea served two terms on the City Council from 2007 to 2015, and served as Mayor in 2011-2012. Throughout his tenure he also served the City's delegate to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, where he was elected vice-president and chaired the claims committee. Previously, he served on the City's Planning Commission, and two terms as the president of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club. After deciding not to run for reelection, Mr. Rea stepped down from the City Council in March 2015 and served briefly as the Chair of the City's Planning Commission, until May 2015 when he was appointed by the Council to fill the unexpired term vacated by then-Mayor George Bird, who was named to the Superior Court.

Councilmember Rea volunteers on the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Harbor Regional Center, which contracts with the State to provide support services to developmentally disabled children and adults in the South Bay. He serves as president of the Board, overseeing an annual budget of about $200,000,000. 

Councilmember Rea and his wife Merredith moved to Palos Verdes Estates in 1987 and raised two sons in the Palos Verdes school system. Merredith grew up in Palos Verdes Estates, and graduated from Palos Verdes High School. She is a professional chef, at one time operating her own restaurant in Hillside Village.

Mr. Rea graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics, and received his JD from UCLA School of Law. He clerked for the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, and is now a partner in a national full-service law firm where he focuses his civil law practice on the defense of professionals sued for malpractice and on complex civil litigation. He was elected by his peers to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has been recognized as one of the top attorneys in the Los Angeles area.

Councilmember Rea is committed to serving the residents of the Palos Verdes Estates community by preserving and enhancing the unique qualities, character and beauty of our City, and by working to ensure public safety and continued fiscal prudence.