Palos Verdes Estates municipal government has been hijacked politically by Tony Dahlerbruch, Christi Hogin and Sheri Repp Loadsman; fortunately, George Bird is long and permanently gone. Our city, in which none of them actually resides, has become a science fair laboratory for them to implement their liberal, anti-resident social biases and world views. What makes this most appalling is that this damage is being inflicted upon the precisely wrong subjects: people who moved to and live here in no small part for PVE’s longstanding (pre-Dahlerbruch) conservative bedroom community culture. The fact that this conflict persists between Dahlerbruch’s personal views and those of the PVE taxpayers paying his $250,000+/year compensation indicates an enormous chasm in the condoning PVE City Council’s ability to comprehend or care.
PVE Employees Shockingly-High Compensation (click hyperlink)
RECENT NEWS: Adventures at the DUI Checkpoint with Katie Dahlerbruch (click hyperlink or here)
CORRUPTION AT ITS SOUTHBAY WORST: PVE residents may be shocked by how our sadly under-qualified City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch mis-qualifies himself, his friend City Attorney Christi Hogin, and the Palos Verdes Police Department under John Eberhard as “acting in good faith” and “discharging of [their] duties appropriately.” Apparently, satisfying the inconceivably low ethical and legal standards seemingly set by Tony Dahlerbruch, John Eberhard, and Jeff Kepley may be met while overseeing, directing or condoning both police misconduct (with one officer already having sustained two counts of misconduct) and selective and non-enforcement of the Palos Verdes Estates Municipal Code and Deeds of the City of Palos Verdes Estates (see below). The unacceptable behavior that Tony Dahlerbruch’s predecessor in the City Manager role found worthy of outrage actually passes for good form under Dahlerbruch’s breach of fiduciary duty to all PVE residents.
Introduction to Coalition & Web Site (click hyperlink)
The following is only part of a growing list of Tony Dahlerbruch “Low-lights” from just his first few years as PVE City Manager:
* PVEPD Proven & Admitted Misconduct – Dahlerbruch in 2013 mis-qualified the corrupt acts as those of officers “acting in good faith” and “discharging of [their] duties appropriately.” Later in 2016, Dahlerbruch was humiliated through an Los Angeles Times expose to have mis-qualified the Bay Boys as “urban legend” after they offered him a beer to drink illegally on the shore of Lunada Bay. Click here for details on PVE Police Department Wall of Shame.
* PVE Deeds Violation by Ultra Vires Sale of City Parkland – Dahlerbruch in 2013-2016, despite a California judge’s harsh criticism of his or Christi Hogin’s illegal or invalid actions, persists in attempting to sell our very own city parkland to a private citizen, himself with a long track record of illegal land-based acts of which Dahlerbruch was fully aware (see below).
* Greedy Power Grab from PVE Mayor – Dahlerbuch in 2015 submitted for approval a detailed report in which the City Mayor is subjugated down to a ceremonial role, with various related powers being uploaded to Dahlerbuch himself. Click to: John on Dahlerbruch & PVE City Council.
* Intentional Mislabeling of Property Line to Illegally Shield City from Building Officer Negligence/Malfeasance or Kick Back: click here for details on Mike Ross’s and Allan Rigg’s building code related corrupt acts as supported by Tony Dahlerbruch.
* Selective Exclusion of PVE Resident from City Governance Process – Dahlerbruch in 2015 engaged in outright discrimination against the very first PVE resident to request participation in the “City Hall in Your Living Room” program (click here). Dahlerbruch, explicitly and without comprehending/caring about his governance breach, cited the resident’s criticism of “City officials … relative to code enforcement and the outcome of the CEPC lawsuit, suggest[ing] that a meeting with [the resident] in [his] home would not be conducive to a civil discussion.”
Citizens for Enforcement of Parkland Covenants/John Harbison vs. City of Palos Verdes Estates et. al.: To say that Judge Barbara Meiers was “astonished, to put it mildly” by the corruption of Tony Dahlerbruch’s city government in California Superior Court Case No. BS 142768 (click hyperlink for ruling) would indeed be putting it mildly. In her June 26, 2015 legal opinion, Meiers found that Dahlerbruch and Hogin were fighting PVE’s very own property owners to defend illegal or invalid (ultra vires) acts by the City, and in doing so were squandering an estimated hundreds of thousands of our own tax dollars in no small part to pay Christi Hogin’s law firm, which was the architect of the illegal acts in the first place.
Hogin’s Brutal Termination in Malibu Debated (Malibu Times)
The City was found by Judge Meiers to be “aiding and abetting” illegal or invalid (ultra vires) acts, with Tony Dahlerbruch persisting literally for years in spending a small fortune of our tax dollars to defend these improprieties. Moreover, this misconduct was supported publicly and loudly by George Bird (click hyperlink and also this link‘s court filing Page 5), whose involvement in PVE politics fortunately has been terminated (but not before he played a major role in getting the City into this mess).
Judge Meiers clearly was disgusted by Dahlerbruch, Hogin and George Bird’s illegal or invalid acts and related litigation, stating, “The court is inclined to include this [injunction against the City] because this is now the second lawsuit involving exactly the same issues … at great cost to the courts and property owners and others giving rise to a situation where the need for such litigation ought to be or must be brought to an end. No one should again have to litigate to establish the binding and significant nature of the deed restrictions in the Palos Verdes development.”
Listen to George Bird Commending Ultra Vires/Illegal or Invalid Acts Against PVE Residents (turn volume all the way up):
Anyone reading through the multitude of Hogin’s court filings and responses thereto should conclude that Dahlerbruch/the City seem repeatedly to have made provably untrue statements (aka “lies”) to the judge, who saw them for precisely that. Essentially, Tony Dahlerbruch/Christi Hogin/the City made this long time PVE homeowner living across from the parkland spend three years, countless hours, and a small fortune to fight a group of City officials who apparently KNEW they had engaged in illegal or invalid acts, but hoped to get away with it. This is the very definition of “corruption.”
Christi Hogin Forced Into Resignation in Malibu (click hyperlink)
Hawthorne Fires City Manager; Dahlerbruch Next? (click hyperlink)
PVE Police Misconduct is “Appropriate” Per Dahlerbruch? The evidence of corruption and negligence against this non-resident but City Manager of Palos Verdes Estates in just his first two years as City Manager is mounting, including his aforementioned mishandling of PVE Police Department misconduct. This police misconduct occurred under former Chief of Police John Eberhard (employment now terminated) and involved Officer Hazel Menendez (her police misconduct the subject of Internal Affairs Investigation # 12-004 conducted by Sgt. Steve Barber, concluding with two counts against her sustained, but shockingly she remains employed by PVEPD), Detective Aaron Belda and Sgt. Erick Gaunt.
Discrimination, Selective and Non-Enforcement of Laws is “Appropriate” Per Dahlerbruch? Furthermore, Dahlerbruch perpetuates his encouragement of discriminatory, selective and non-enforcement of City laws or ordinances, while reported management ineptitude has led to varying levels of staff and PVE City Council disenchantment. Not only does it appear that Tony Dahlerbruch condones such “appropriate discharge of duties,” but reports from insiders coming into the Coalition indicate Dahlerbruch is directing such improper activities, utilizing subordinates such as terminated City Engineer Allan Rigg and terminated Building Official Mike Ross.
Click to: John on Dahlerbruch & PVE City Council
Shame Brought to Dahlerbruch Family: the saddest part of Tony Dahlerbruch’s lengthening trail of corruption may be the impact on his poor wife Michele Dahlerbruch, daughter UCLA student Katie Dahlerbruch, and son Max Dahlerbruch, not to mention his father Stephan Dahlerbruch and mother Adrienne Slater Dahlerbruch. It is heartbreaking to imagine Katie Dahlerbruch sitting at home on the Internet reading a California Superior Court Judge’s description of
how her father and City Attorney Christi Hogin victimized PVE residents through two years of astoundingly cruel litigation – will Katie Dahlerbruch see him for the man that PVE residents have come to despise? I pray this is not the case.
CORRUPTION: def. – An act done with an intent to give some advantage inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others
NEGLIGENCE: def. – Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances FALSIFICATION: def. – the act of altering (information or evidence) so as to mislead ULTRA VIRES: def. – a Latin phrase meaning “beyond the powers”. If an act requires legal authority and it is done with such authority, it is characterised in law as intra vires (“within the powers”). If it is done without such authority, it is ultra vires. Acts that are intra vires may equivalently be termed “valid” and those that are ultra vires “invalid”.
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