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The City of Palos Verdes Estates government must learn to balance its budget without another tax on
our properties.

 This second vote to tax our homes follows the City’s reserves experiencing substantial
depletion due to spending exceeding revenues.

 PVE Police Department’s (PVEPD) “Updated Budget FY2017-2018” was $7.5 million, 55% of
City of Palos Verdes Estates’ $14 million budget. Despite PVE’s $4+ million structural budget deficit,
unfortunately the PVEPD POA/union chief stated it is “firmly opposed to any recommendations
that involve police staff being cut.”

 PVEPD budget is 3-4 times RPV’s Sheriff cost, per capita. The City of RPV is triple the
size/population of PVE, but in FY2017-2018 RPV is paying Sheriff $6.1 million, merely 13% of
RPV’s $48 million citywide budget.

 Summary of LASD Sheriff quote received before Measure D stated, “50% increase in patrol
service hours over current PVEPD deployment” for “overall cost of $4.31 million including

 Same Summary stated, “Lomita station will shift Peninsula deployment to PVE” with Sheriff
“Lieutenant assigned to PVE Headquarters.”

 In 10/2017, PVE government updated cost: “the contract alternative of the Sheriff’s Department
is generally estimated to be $3.5 million to $4.5 million.”

 LA Sheriff protects every other city on the Peninsula, driven by economies of scale, highly
trained officers, and superior resources (SWAT, helicopter) as the nation’s largest sheriff’s department.

 Sheriff’s GPS-equipped squad cars patrolling PVE should respond as quickly as current
PVEPD squad cars.

 As when PVE moved from its own fire department to the County, PVEPD’s best and brightest
should receive priority hiring by Sheriff for PVE deployment, keeping familiar faces protecting
our streets.

 PVE-CARES and other senior programs may be staffed and managed by low-no cost civilians
and volunteers.

 Californians already are taxed excessively and now possibly non-deductibly.

Vote NO on this unnecessary $45 million tax on all of our homes.


Survival of Palos Verdes Estates Police
Department on the line in April election

A consultant hired to usher a new parcel tax on the ballot in Palos Verdes Estates recommends that the revenue be
steered toward the Police Department. File Photo

By VALERIE OSIER | | Press-Telegram

PUBLISHED: January 18, 2018 at 7:09 pm | UPDATED: January 19, 2018 at 12:54 am

The fate of the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department will be decided this spring, when voters will have a
second opportunity in 13 months to approve a parcel tax that for 30 years has been critical to city funding.

The City Council last week decided to call a special election for April 10, just over a year after city voters
rejected a similar parcel tax needed to fund the police force.

This time, City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch told council members at their Jan. 10 meeting, the message to voters
will be clear: If the tax fails again, there is a “strong likelihood” the city will have to shut down the Police
Department and instead contract with the Sheriff’s Department and take other cost-saving measures.

In March 2017, Measure D was unable to muster the two-thirds support needed for passage, falling 6
percentage points shy of approval. It marked the first time in three decades that the city was forced to go
without revenue from some sort of parcel tax, blowing a $4.7 million hole in its budget.

This time, the city is taking extra effort by hiring a consultant and planning community meetings to ensure
Measure E is clear and easy for voters to understand. The measure would charge an annual parcel tax of $342
plus 20 cents per square foot of building improvements for nine years to fund the Police Department. It again
will require a two-thirds vote to pass and will create a Citizens Financial Oversight Committee.

City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch said at last Wednesday’s meeting that if the measure doesn’t pass, there is a
“strong likelihood” that the city will have to close the PVEPD and contract with the Sheriff’s department “and
more” to cut costs.

City officials have been wrestling with the fallout from the 2017 election for a year, trying to decide whether the
Police Department can survive with heavy budget cuts or have to be disbanded in favor of a contract with Los
Angeles County for law enforcement services, as is done in the other three Peninsula cities.

According to an October staff report. a contract with the Sheriff’s Department
would cost an estimated to be $3.5 million to $4.5 million a year.

“What is a false reality, in some people’s minds, is that there could be a big savings in going with the Sheriff’s
Department,” Dahlerbruch said, noting that sheriff’s deputies are better paid than PVE officers.

The measure is expected to generate about $5 million in revenue a year. Although the tax won’t cover all of the
department’s costs, which is about $6.9 million per year, the city staff doesn’t want to risk the measure failing

Council members and city staff believe that contracting for police services would result in a drop in the quality
of service compared to community-based services provided by a municipal department. With the topography
of the city, council members said, sheriff’s deputies won’t know the lay of the land the way the Palos Verdes
Estates officers do.

Councilman Sandy Davidson also noted that if the county decides to raise the cost of services, the city can’t do
anything about it.

“We’re not going to have this police department ever again if we lose it, and I think that has to be understood,”
Davidson said.

Several residents at the Jan. 10 meeting shared their support for the Police Department and the parcel tax, but
some didn’t like that it will linked solely to police services, citing concerns that it would pigeonhole the
potential revenue.

But Dahlerbruch stressed that the council needs to dedicate the revenue to the Police Department so voters are
clear on what would be cut if the measure fails. The city, he said, already has taken steps to cut where it can
from the city’s operating budget and raising various user fees to deal with the lost revenue.

The estimated cost of conducting an election is less than $72,000, according to the staff report.


Palos Verdes Estates Police Department should
eliminate officers, shut city jail, report says
A consultant hired to review the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department recommended doing away with the
department’s jail and slimming down the overall force by several officers to save more than $700,000 a year. File Photo


By CYNTHIA WASHICKO | | Daily Breeze

PUBLISHED: September 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm | UPDATED: September 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

A consultant hired by Palos Verdes Estates to review Police Department costs has recommended keeping the
department intact, but slimming down staff and closing the city’s jail.

Michael McCrary of Lewis-McCrary Partners outlined the findings of a months-long study into the Palos Verdes
Estates Police Department operations and suggested slashing portions of the agency to save money for the
cash-strapped city. In the coming months, city leaders will consider the recommendations and decide on
changes to the department .
All told, the recommended changes would save the city more than $760,000 annually and cut the city’s
spending on law enforcement from more than $7.1 million to nearly $6.4 million a year, according to the report.

Sheriff comparison

The review of the department came after a key parcel tax was shot down by voters in the March election. The
tax, which had been on the books in some form for 30 years, funded roughly $5 million of the city’s formerly
$17 million operating budget and left the city scrambling to fill the sudden shortfall.

RELATED: Election results: Palos Verdes Estates voters deliver ‘wake-up call,’ rejecting parcel tax measure

Since then, the city has scaled back its finances to pass a balanced budget and eyed the Police Department,
which makes up a significant portion of city spending, for further cuts. In June, the City Council approved a
contract with McCrary to review the department, a process that included months of public outreach and several
community meetings.

As part of the review, McCrary compared the cost of the city-run department with the price of contracting with
the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which provides law enforcement services to the other three cities
on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The contract would cost the city more than $5 million a year, roughly $2 million less than the 2017-18 budget
passed for the PVEPD, but would also come with a significant drop in service levels.

“While the annual estimates provided by LASD are attractive, it is impossible to place a monetary value on the
familiarity that comes from years of loyal service and passionate dedication to the community,” according to
the report.
Jail cuts

Among the most dramatic changes McCrary recommended was shuttering the city’s jail, which he described as
a financial drain on the city without appropriate benefit to justify the cost. The jail costs the city more than
$468,000 a year, according to the report, and eliminating it could come with a savings of more than $312,000.

RELATED: How deep will police cuts be in Palos Verdes Estates?

The trend among other smaller police departments is to contract with other agencies for jail services, McCrary
said, and Palos Verdes Estates would be better served outsourcing those duties to a nearby department. That
service would cost an estimated $60,000, according to the report.

Specifically, he recommended the city work with the Torrance Police Department because of that agency’s
proximity to the Torrance courthouse.

Slashing the jail also would mean cutting four officers currently responsible for dispatch and jailing duties,
leaving five in the department to handle booking and transporting inmates to the outside agency.

In response to concerns from Councilwoman Jennifer King that the cuts could lead to wasted time for
remaining officers, McCrary said the change would require a shift in department practices, but wouldn’t lead to
a drop in service.

“This is a culture difference here,” he said. “We’re talking about culture and convenience; we’re not talking
about a loss of service or something that’s not practical.”

Officer opposition

McCrary also recommended cutting one of the department’s two captains and replacing the position with a
civilian support services manager. The change could save the city more than $76,000 a year, in addition to the
costs that come with maintenance for the vehicle a captain uses.

Sgt. Steve Barber, who heads the Palos Verdes Police Officers’ Association, opposed any cuts to staffing at the

“The one recommendation the POA cannot and will not endorse is the closing of our jail and the layoffs of some
of our employees,” Barber said at the meeting. “The (association) is
firmly opposed to any
recommendations that involve police staff being cut. We believe there are other
ways to reduce the Police Department’s budget without having to cut personnel.”

The City Council will consider McCrary’s recommendations during an Oct. 30 workshop, after which it will
decide whether or not to adopt the proposed changes.