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question_markWhy are the fountains turned off?

Question added 08/04/2017 In February of 2018 the Fountains were turned back on thanks to generous donations from the Malaga Cove Beautification Project, Inc and the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association.

As a result of Measure D failing at the polls in March 2017, the City faced a $5 million shortfall for funding City operations.  Since April 2017, many community meetings were held that focused on this financial situation and how to address the 25% loss of revenue.  With adoption of the budget in June 2017, four strategies were implemented to temporarily solve this problem:

  • Budget cuts
  • Defunding some capital projects
  • Repurposing funds that had been set aside for the replacement of equipment
  • Using reserves

As one of the citywide budget cuts, the City Council temporarily eliminated the contract and maintenance services of all City fountains; this reduction saves the City approximately $20,000 for the year. Additionally, several of the City’s fountains are in need of capital outlay to rehabilitate repair pumps, piping, basins and other features. The City does not have funding in the budget for the necessary repairs. 

However, the budget situation identifies an opportunity for residents to support City projects and services, at least potentially until a new substantial revenue source can be established. Residents may be interested in contributing to the City for replacing the pump and the cost of operation and maintenance.   If you have specific questions about contributing, please call (310) 378-0383.

For more information, please visit http://www.pvestates.org/government/finance/fy-2017-18-budget-shortfall

question_mark  There will be no reduction of services as a result of Measure D failing to be approved by voters.
Rumor False.  There will be a reduction in services if new revenues, an increase in fees and / or fiscal reserves are not sufficient.  The City Council began discussions on how to proceed with balancing the FY 2017/18 budget to adjust for a 25% reduction in revenue following the failure of Measure D at its March 14, 2017 meeting. For those who were unable to attend or would like to rewatch the meeting, please visit http://pvestates.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=927

The City Council will continue its discussion at their April 25, 2017 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 340 Palos Verdes Drive West. The meeting agenda and staff report will be posted on Friday, April 21, 2017.

To receive notification when the meeting agenda is posted, please visit the City's Sign Me Up page and select "City Council Agenda & Minutes."

question_mark The Citizens Committee that recommended Measure D be on the ballot did not consider alternate funding options for fire and paramedic services.

Rumor False. The Citizens Committee met several times over three months to discuss all matters related to fire and paramedic services, including funding options. The Committee received two reports on alternate funding options: 1) published report by the Finance Director and 2) published report by City auditors.

 question_mark What process is underway to get the ALPR cameras installed?

The City completed installation of the ALPR cameras.

Unlike Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates does not have:

  • existing traffic signal, street lighting or other adequate camera supports
  • readily available electrical service points along roadways

Both are necessary to install the equipment.  The other two cities utilized their existing infrastructure to place equipment on; Palos Verdes Estates must retain contractors to install the necessary infrastructure.

Since the City did not receive any bids, the City reached out to potential contractors and was quoted $100,000 to install the infrastructure. The City is now proceeding with constructing and bidding incremental components to install the system at a lower cost.

 question_markWhat is the City doing to fully bring on the ALPR system?

The City completed installation of the ALPR cameras.

At this time, the City is working directly with Southern California Edison and underground contractors/electricians to establish electric service and construct poles/foundations at the locations where the ALPR cameras will be installed.  The project is being pursued incrementally. 

The installations are projected to be completed no later than the end of year.