Why You Should Vote NO on Measure E – Palos Verdes Estates Parcel Tax

PVE Malaga Cove School Fallen Limb 07-21-2017 - Annotated

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The Sheriff safely protects every other city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula:  RPV, RHE & RH

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Los Angeles Sheriff:
Twice the Protection
at Half the Price?


Who Truly Has Deep Experience with Criminals and Can Enlarge to Engage Sizable Threats?  Every single week, LASD deputies counter criminal activity around LA County that a PVEPD officer may never encounter; in the event of a serious criminal outbreak, the LASD can expand its local PVE force three-fivefold within one hour.

Who Truly Has Deep Experience with Criminals and Can Enlarge to Engage Sizable Threats? Every week, the average LASD deputy encounters a broad array of felony and misdemeanor activity around the Peninsula and LA County — situations to which the PVEPD would be totally unaccustomed and thus unprepared; in the event of an outbreak of crime, the LASD can Expand its local PVE force three-fivefold within one hour — the PVEPD is constrained by its tiny on-duty force. PV Peninsula Expertise includes each LASD squad car accessing the LASD database showing all LASD contacts with potential or witnessed criminals — a network to which outside-the-network PVEPD squad cars have no access. The PVEPD simply would not know if it encountered one of these criminals, potentially allowing him/her to continue within our city.

$15,000 - $30,000 More in YOUR Pocket: Over the 12-year Parcel Tax period, each PVE property taxpayer will save ~ $15,000 - $30,000 by moving to the experienced L.A. Sheriff

$7,000 – $20,000 More in YOUR Pocket: Over the 9-year Parcel Tax period, each PVE property taxpayer will save ~ $7,000 – $20,000 by moving to the experienced L.A. Sheriff

PVE Government Hid the One Crucial Fact from Voters: For the six months preceding the 2017 Measure D vote, Tony Dahlerbruch never gave voters the straight story on cost/benefit

PVE Government Hid the One Crucial Fact from Voters: For the six months preceding the 2017 Measure D vote, Tony Dahlerbruch never gave voters the straight story on cost/benefit

Don't Trust PVE City Council's Lies: There is nothing "cheap," "lowball," or bait-and-switch about the contract offered by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Don’t Trust PVE City Council’s Lies: There is nothing “cheap,” “lowball,” or bait-and-switch about the contract offered by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

RPV Sheriff Cost Has Remained Flat: contrary to the misinformation from PVECC, there is no evidence that Sheriff's pricing escalates precipitously whatsoever

RPV Sheriff Cost Has Remained Flat: contrary to the misinformation from PVECC, there is no evidence that Sheriff’s pricing escalates precipitously whatsoever (Source:  RPV Budget Report)

Lunada Bay Boys and Other PVEPD Debacles Depreciating Attractiveness of PVE vs. Other South Bay Cities: while other LA County home values skyrocket, interest in PVE homes remains tepid

Lunada Bay Boys/PVEPD Non-enforcement & City’s REPEATED Attempts to Tax Properties Is Depreciating Attractiveness of PVE vs. Other South Bay Cities: while other LA County home values skyrocket, interest in PVE homes remains relatively tepid

Measure D Tax on Residents Taking Its Toll: Listing price on the property fell 25% over five month City effort to pass a parcel tax (Sept 2016 - Feb 2017)

Measure D Tax on PVE Properties Is Taking Its Toll:  Listing price on this property fell 25% over five-month City battle to pass $70-90 million parcel tax (September 2016 – February 2017)

PVE POA Measure D Lawn Sign 02-2017 - Annotated

Illegally Placed Parkway Lawn Signs promulgated by PVEPD group headed by Sergeant Steve Barber: despite Barber’s questionable efforts to gather resident accomplices, PVE voters turned out in 33-year record high numbers to vote down Measure D, saving taxpayers $70-90 million.


Sheriff Protection Twice that of PVEPD:  Since identical number of patrol cars shall be positioned throughout tiny geography of PVE, LASD Response Time Equal to that of PVEPD.  Moreover, the LASD has offered the following as well:

  1. 12% or 50% more patrol service hours from highly trained and experienced deputies, plus one field sergeant in the field each shift (vs. PVEPD sergeant often sitting at desk in PVEPD station);
    PVE Dahlerbruch LASD Staffing Study 09-28-2016 Excerpt

    Sheriff Will Protect PVE for Well Under HALF the PVEPD’s Cost: why vote to tax your own home in order to pay over TWICE what the Sheriff quoted PVE?

    09 28 2016 - LASD Staffing Study-Quote - $4-3MM Excerpt

    Sheriff Will Increase Patrol by 50% over PVEPD for $3 million/year less PVEPD’s $7.5 million/year Cost: the Sheriff will shift Peninsula deployment to PVE acting as a force multiplier for the city, and assign a Lieutenant to PVE Police HQ.

  2. Lomita Station Location Advantages (on Narbonne):  if PVE decides to go with the lower-cost $3.5 million Option A, the benefits would be as follows:
    • Unlike PVEPD officers frequently pulling themselves off street patrol in order to fraternize at closeby PVEPD HQ, the distance to the LASD Lomita station makes that misconduct impractical and infeasible;
    • PVE residences closer to the LASD Lomita Station/RPV (Lunada Bay), which are neglected to the benefit of Malaga Cove streets near PVEPD HQ, now will have a fair chance at law enforcement patrolling their neighborhood and faster response times; and
    • PVE residences closer to the LASD Lomita Station/RPV (Lunada Bay) under the Sheriff will have the benefit of faster access to the entire RPV Sheriff patrol force in the event of an emergency requiring rapid expansion of law enforcement coverage/protection.
  3. Experience stunting hard crime throughout LA County, as compared to low-crime and thus low-experience for PVEPD officers who graduated from Rio Hondo (vs. Sheriff Academy);
  4. Expansion capability:  squad cars in force can multiply 3-5 fold within one hour to accommodate a surge in crime;
  5. Expertise through entire Peninsula, including access to LASD squad car database of criminal interface and contact (PVEPD squad cars have no access to this);
  6. Dan Beringer as station chief with sterling leadership record (vs. Kepley sued for negligence);
  7. Priority LASD Helicopter access; and
  8. Sheriff services that do not even exist within the PVEPD:  SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), gang suppression specialists,  etc.

PVE community programs (PVE-Cares started by PVEPD hero fmr. Chief Dan Dreiling) transferred to low cost and headcount PVE organization.

Sheriff COST Less than HALF that of PVEPD:  For all of the above, $3.4 million annual, contained cost, including liability, vs. PVEPD costing taxpayers $7.5 million, with never-ending, escalating long term pension costs.  Over 9 years, voting down the Parcel Tax in April 2018 is set to save you, the PVE taxpayers, an estimated $30 – $35 million — with PVE residents being in the safer hands of the Los Angeles Sheriff.

PVEPD Simply Doesn't Have the Resources of the Sheriff Department: should PVE residents ever need extraordinary law enforcement, we are going to wish we'd hired the Sheriff

PVEPD Simply Doesn’t Have the Resources of the Sheriff Department: should PVE residents ever need extraordinary law enforcement, we are going to wish we’d hired the Sheriff

BOTTOM LINE FOR VOTERS:  This easy, law enforcement enhancing budget solution of hiring the LASD shall continue to play a significant role in Measure D failing .  Why transfer $70 million of PVE taxpayer money into a police department’s pockets if you simply do not need to do so?  Why not instead save all that money for your own retirement, your family’s regular needs or your kids’ education?  It is important for residents to recognize that PVE is uniquely fortunate not to require a huge law enforcement budget due to the City being inherently safe.  This is due to its remote location away from freeways/dangerous regions, few/narrow entry points, ocean and famously efficient Torrance PD protected borders, and mature/affluent demographics that lead to only rare occasion of PVE resident lawbreaking.  So ask yourself, “Why is PVE spending > 95% of our property taxes, nearly 60% of the entire budget and 400% of what RPV pays per resident on its LASD police force, especially during a budget crisis?”

PVEPD Union Head Steve Barber: opposed any cuts to staffing at the PVE Police Department.

PVEPD Union Head Steve Barber: opposed any cuts to staffing at the PVE Police Department.

DATE:            March 28, 2017
TO:                   PVE Taxpaying Voters
SUBJECT:    PVE Govt. Moves Closer to Replacing PVEPD w/ Sheriff


The Coalition to Save PVE has learned that Palos Verdes Estates municipal government, headed by City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch, over the past week has moved closer to the reasonable determination to replace the PVEPD (click here) with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Lomita Station, headed by highly respected veteran Capt. Dan Beringer (click here).


PVE City Hall Has Pivoted Its Response to Demands for LASD Hiring from “False” to “Undetermined” Following $4 Million Savings Document Leak:  As of today on March 28, 2017, PVE city management prudently rectified to “undetermined” from “false” its response to heightened resident demands for the replacement of the 60% budget consuming PVEPD with the  lower cost/higher performance LASD.  To the satisfaction of an increasing percentage of surveyed PVE taxpayers, it appears that Tony Dahlerbruch (click here) may be reacting to the Coalition’s recent procurement and dissemination of a previously sequestered City document.  This PVE staff report (see excerpt in next section below) exposed Dahlerbruch’s obfuscation of the details of a late 2016 LASD contract proposal to provide 12% more patrol service hours than the PVEPD for merely $3.4 million/year vs. the PVEPD’s $7.4 million annual cost.  This recent LASD quote equates to a $4 million first-year savings and less than half the PVEPD’s budgeted cost of $7.4 million/year, despite the LASD’s more experienced officers providing 12% more patrol service hours than PVEPD’s current deployment.  The ~ $4 million annual savings from contracting with the LASD would plug 85% of the $4.7 million budget hole derived from PVE’s residents’ well reasoned March 7th rejection of Measure D’s unnecessary 12-year perpetuation.
PVE Rumor LASD Hiring 03-28-2017

PVE government/Dahlerbruch on March 28, 2017 re-labeled the “rumored” demand for the $3.4 million LASD contract as “Undetermined.”

PVE Rumor LASD Hiring 03-21-2017

PVE government/Dahlerbruch on March 21, 2017 mislabeled the “rumored” demand for the $3.4 million LASD contract as “False.”

PVE Government/Tony Dahlerbruch Obfuscated from PVE Taxpaying Voters LASD Contract at Less than HALF of PVEPD Cost to City:  In what appears to be yet another case of corruption by Palos Verdes Estates government under Tony Dahlerbruch, the City posted on its website ahead of the March 7th Measure D vote fallacious information patently designed to influence the Measure D vote.  This informational array ensconced from PVE taxpaying voters the crucial particular that the LASD offered a contract to PVE with 12% more patrol service hours than PVEPD deployment, and did so at a cost of less than half of the PVEPD’s expense to the City’s resident taxpayers.  Through a formal document request under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), a member of the Coalition to Save PVE obtained the following excerpted summary of Tony Dahlerbruch’s “LASD Staffing Study” dated September 28, 2016.
PVE Dahlerbruch LASD Staffing Study 09-28-2016 Excerpt

PVE Government Hid the One Crucial Fact from Voters: For the six months preceding the 2017 Measure D vote, Tony Dahlerbruch never gave voters the straight story on cost/benefit

PVE voters should make serious note of this date being nearly six months before the March 7, 2017 Measure D vote, despite the key details of this crucial cost/deployment comparison never being provided, much less promulgated by Tony Dahlerbruch and his City Council cohorts Jennifer King, John Rea, Betty Lin Peterson, Jim Vandever and Jim Goodhart.  PVE residents now in possession of this information have concluded that the exclusion of this LASD Staffing Study was intentionally done in order to improperly influence the vote’s outcome. That feared outcome, Measure D failing to be sufficiently approved, was anticipated by Tony Dahlerbruch and his colleagues to make their own, personal jobs more demanding due to a $1 million, 50% cut to their own finance/administration staffs’ budget allocation (click here and see Page 2). Therein appears to lie the true motive behind Tony Dahlerbruch’s self serving actions and inactions as described herein.
PVE Dahlerbruch City Budget Expenditures Excerpt

PVE Police Department Over TWICE the Cost as Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, despite the latter providing 12% more patrol service hours

PVE Government/Tony Dahlerbruch Improperly Sought to Influence Election.  To be clear, as PVE City Hall reportedly became increasingly concerned that voters were leaning against paying an estimated $70 million – $90 million in unnecessary parcel taxes over 12 years (via Measure D), City Manager Dahlerbruch guided the City’s website to post this claim on March 3, 2017 (click here), “In the interest of providing factual information about the special parcel tax and the City’s contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), the City has compiled a set of files and records on the City website for public review.”  However, it seems Tony Dahlerbruch did not want this factual information to include the basic summary of the LASD’s law enforcement proposal for 12% more service patrol hours at less than half of the PVEPD cost.  Clicking through the website (click here) provided access to a plethora of PVE City government hand-selected statistics and documents, including a detailed FAQ page (click here) and numerous “fact sheets” (click here).  Despite Tony Dahlerbuch and his cohorts on the City Council scribing and compiling 1000s and 1000s’ of words, statistics and comparative studies, the Coalition’s review has found not one single instance of Dahlerbruch evincing the crucial swing-vote-determining fact that the highly competent, trained and staffed LASD offered PVE taxpaying residents 12% more patrol service hours at a cost less than half of the PVEPD —  $4 million in savings that would plug 85% of the budget hole caused by the Parcel Tax’s being voted down by wise PVE taxpaying voters.


DATE:            February 24, 2017
TO:                  PVE Voters & Eligible Captains and Sergeants
SUBJECT:    Palos Verdes Estates Police Department Chief
of Police Retirement/Resignation Demanded


The Coalition to Save PVE, following PVE Police Chief Jeffrey Kepley’s POA engaging in alleged fraud (see apparently intentional misrepresentation on POA/Measure D lawn sign below), today demanded the termination of Kepley as PVE Chief of Police.  For nearly two years, the Coalition has held Kepley under investigation relating to perceived ineffective and weak leadership of the PVEPD (see link below).  With the Bay Boys litigation and other signs of incompetence and misconduct mounting, we no longer felt it prudent to defer this demand beyond a deadline of June 1, 2017.


PVEPD Is Campaigning for Measure D to Prolong Its Egregiously Excessive Compensation, NOT to “Save” the Department:  The PVEPD knows full well that Measure D (Parcel Tax) being rejected would NOT result in a material, if any diminution in law enforcement efficacy.  As the PVEPD is aware, Measure D/the Parcel Tax deals almost exclusively with fire, and not law enforcement services.  In the fortunate event that Measure D is struck down, PVE’s City Council would continue to fund the PVEPD exactly the same the day after the vote as the day before.  What the PVEPD does fear, however, is that the removal of excess parcel tax revenues from the PVE budget eventually would compel a prudent, reconstituted City Council to examine for inefficiencies  (e.g., overtime) the City’s #1 expense – the PVEPD.  Please don’t trust the Coalition on this view – you may read below what the PVE Mayor (Jim Nyman) who invented the Parcel Tax has to say about Measure D.  What soon should become apparent to PVE voters, with the POA’s distribution of intentionally misleading lawn signs, is that the PVEPD appears willing to do anything to perpetuate the leaking flood of PVE taxpayer savings into the PVEPD officers’ pockets.  With $125,000 – $210,000/year/officer compensation for a 3-day workweek of driving safely in scenic loops around our small, naturally safe city (click here), this all adds up quickly in a department with a staggeringly high headcount (see photo below).
PVEPD Photo Day Entire Dept Waving 09-22-2015 - Cropped & Annotated


PVE Naturally Has Very Low Crime:  The Coalition, of course like the rest of PVE’s residents, supports the City maintaining an effective law enforcement operation.  However, the expense of that police operation should correlate somewhat to the naturally, normally low level of crime in PVE.  In parts of Los Angeles (e.g., South Central) with significant hard crime, the residents reasonably may support just about any amount of expenditure on police force.  However, PVE is uniquely fortunate to possess various geographic and demographic traits that provide a natural “moat” around it.  PVE’s remote location away from freeways and inner-city areas, along with few narrow entry points, makes it too difficult a city for most criminals to target.  Furthermore, the Torrance Police Department’s famously strict law enforcement along PVE’s border further buttresses PVE’s “safety moat.”   Lastly, PVE’s mature and affluent demographics tend not to engage in much law breaking, particularly of the hard/dangerous variety.  For emphasis, all of these permanent traits of PVE provide a naturally low crime rate, which should itself give solace to PVE voters focused on peace and tranquility.  A more efficiently structured and managed PVEPD will not result in any material increase in crime.  The extremely unusual burglary wave that hit PVE in late 2015 was neither the PVEPD’s fault nor something that its overpaid, overstaffed department was needed to impede.  If PVE had a police department at half or twice its current bloated size and expense, those burglars still would have shown up and committed their crimes.  In naturally safe cities such as PVE, there is nothing practical any police department can do to prevent this from happening.


PVEPD Budget is Out of Control:  Despite all these natural advantages that counter law breaking, in last year’s PVE budget the PVEPD consumed nearly 60% of PVE’s entire budget (up from 41% the prior year) — a total amount of expense that equated to over 99% of all of the property tax revenue received by the City.  Ponder for a minute PVE’s law enforcement budget at nearly 150% of that of RPV (click here), despite RPV having triple the square miles to patrol and triple the population to serve.  RPV spends only 15% of its entire budget and only 38% of RPV’s property tax revenue on law enforcement, despite naturally having more crime due to extensive borders with higher crime areas (e.g. San Pedro/Los Angeles) and less favorable demographics.

PVE Budget 2015-2016 Police 57 percent - Annotated

PVE Police Department Budget Exploding the City’s Budget:  from an already overwhelming $6.5 million cost to PVE taxpayers a few years ago, the 2017-2018 cost of the PVEPD has escalated to $7.4 million vs. the $3.4 million L.A. County Sheriff quote offering 12% MORE patrol service hours over the PVEPD

PVEPD May Be Managed Effectively and Efficiently Under Captain Mark Velez:  The Coalition understands that PVEPD Captain Mark Velez conditionally stands willing and able to run the PVEPD following Jeff Kepley’s termination.  Though we have some reservations, the experiment of bringing someone (Kepley) from the outside to manage the PVEPD has proven disastrous.  Kepley will leave in his wake a city littered with law non-enforcement so rampant that both he and the City have been sued by alleged crime victims who felt they had no alternative due to Kepley’s “indifference.”


In the event Velez is not chosen, PVEPD Chief candidates should have at least ten (10) years of law enforcement experience at the captain or sergeant level or higher, with preference being given to applicants who reside or would relocate to reside in Palos Verdes Estates coincident with their prospective hiring.  After initial screening by the Coalition, penultimate and final round candidates will be introduced to the PVE City Council, non-sponsoring this process but ultimately responsible for Kepley’s replacement, for further review.  Candidates are encouraged to reply hereto with a resume in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat digital format, along with a separate submission listing references who may be available as part of the pre-Council review process.  Confidentiality of applicants shall be respected; only following applicant written consent shall his/her application become conveyable by the Coalition to any outside party.


Please see the PVE Police Department Wall of Shame for more information:



Jeff Kepley Under Investigtion (see link below):


PVE Pay and Benefits – 2015:
PVE POA Measure D Lawn Sign 02-2017 - Annotated

Illegally Placed Parkway Lawn Signs promulgated by PVEPD group headed by Sergeant Steve Barber: despite Barber’s widespread efforts to gain resident accomplices, PVE voters turned out in 33-year record numbers wisely to vote down Measure D, saving taxpayers $70-90 million.

From: Jim Nyman
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:38 PM
Subject: Measure “D’ PVE Parcel Tax


Dear Friends,
On the ballot on March 7 will be the re-enactment of the PVE Parcel Tax to fund fire services.  I know quite a lot about this tax as I ‘invented’ (authored?) it about 30 years ago.  Trust me, at that time we really needed the money!  But the tax was an interim measure and was not supposed to last forever.  Now they are using the full resources of the city to push through 12 more years of this tax with an authorized annual increase of 6.2%.  Plus the City is actively pushing a campaign of deception to attempt to make people think that everyone else pays more for than we do.  This is a lie and they know it is – I guess I should say ‘factually incorrect.’
These are the facts:
·         No other property owner in PV or CALIFORNIA pays this tax.  Fire services are funded out of the 1% (Prop 13) property tax that we all pay.  I have provided sample tax bills from PVE, Rancho (redacted), and San Pedro.  So, you can verify that we (only) pay this tax. (My PVE tax is $1213.60 – the first example tax bill – no one else has this line item or tax!)


·         The “Citizen’s Advisory Committee was a total joke – they didn’t find $1 in savings nor did they attempt to do so.  A casual look at the property tax revenues in PVE would have shown that the property tax revenues are forecast to grow at 8.44% this year alone (PVE staff estimate) and they a have grown at about 7% for the last 30 years – so, with any amount of decent management the fire tax could sunset/disappear in a very short time.


·         When you view the property tax income in PV it immediately becomes apparent that something is horribly wrong: the other 3 cities all receive about 23.3% of the property tax dollar while PVE gets 11.3% ..AMAZING BUT TRUE. Why?  I have no idea but this has been going on UNQUESTIONED for 39 years (since 1978). And, all four cities have the same School District, the same Library District, the same Community College District and the same (County) fire services.  Ask your elected officials why PVE is getting the short end of the stick!  By the way, even Hermosa Beach gets 20%!  If we only got our fair share we could fund the fire contract and have money to spare – yet the Citizen’s Advisory Committee did not study this nor recommend any change!  Incredible.
Please forward this message and attachment to everyone you know in PVE and please ask questions.  Look, it’s like your kid is addicted to cocaine (except our City is addicted to our money).  We need to vote this down then immediately put together a REAL Citizen’s Advisory Committee and immediately task the City Attorney and City staff to find out why PVE is not getting its fair share of the tax dollar and immediately institute a hiring freeze and other measures to try to find a path to fiscal solvency.  I think the new, smaller, revised, fire tax could be eliminated within a short time – about 4 years. 
Vote it down – send it back to the City – REJECTED!

42 thoughts on “Why You Should Vote NO on Measure E – Palos Verdes Estates Parcel Tax”

  1. I found this site off of Nextdoor. Thank you. It was very helpful, especially learning about the quote for $4 1/2 million for 50% more patrol and the peninsula deployment shifting to PVE. Why anyone would vote for Measure E is beyond me. Do people like to waste $45 million in today’s economy?

  2. Why is there not a required debate in a public forum to hear both sides? Both sides should welcome this if they feel that strongly about their opinions.

    1. Ankur,

      Go to the city council meeting minutes for the last council session held. Click on the warrants section and there will be an option for additional documents. Click on that and you can see what payments and to whom are authorized and paid for every month. You will see Reed and Venegas’ reimbursement there.

  3. PVE has turned into a ghetto under Jennifer King being in charge of the crew of clowns. Purely out of her arrogance and unjustified ego, she refuses to take the personal loss here, bite the bullet and hire the Sheriff. The day she’s been sent packing is the day PVE can rise again.

    1. This current administration is scared of change and scared of the police department. Who would keep a dying business without making changes to it. The police department is a dying business with inflated costs, unnecessary services such as a jail, a motor officer and or a Special Enforcement team comprised of wanna be SWAT officers. The city has liars on the department, whom look at padding their own personal piggy banks whether it is done legally or illegaly. bring int he sheriff’s department, cut out the unnecessary consultant charges. Half Moon Bay shut down their police services and is still a city, a beautiful one that has city services and police services with no limitations for service. Set a precedent council members, dump the police department enter into a contract with the sheriff, then in years when you have some financial stability open up your police department again. This time talk to the other cities and maybe it can be the Palos Verdes Peninsula Police Department.

      1. The City of Half Moon Bay shutdown their police department, which was at 40% of general fund revenues, just to save $500,000/year. The PVEPD is gulfing down 81% of the City’s post-Measure D General Revenues (Fire Contract now pulling $5 million/year out of the General Revenues denominator instead of being paid for with a $5 million/year Parcel Tax), up from 55% pre-Measure D, and would be saving over $4 million/year by going to the Sheriff. $4,000,000 and 81% – those are not typos. The City Council of Half Moon Bay had the dignity to vote unanimously to move to the San Mateo County Sheriff, with the police department there honestly admitting it was the right thing to do. Compare that to the PVEPD offering merely $21,350 in personnel cuts when the City came asking for help – that is out of a $7,500,000 police budget. Read here to see yourself:


  4. PVEPD Consultant Review Update: a source who spoke with consultant Mike McCrary learned that guidance has been given to the PVE City Council, PVE government employees and the PVEPD that they are advised NOT to attend the July 29th, 2017 meeting at the PV Golf Club. Again, to repeat, if any member of those three groups does attend, he/she will have taken action opposite to that which was advised by the consultant.

    1. Well, Well, Well……. And this is how a ” Supposed Transparent Police Agency” acts. So there are couple of reasons that come to mind which is right up the crooked alley of the PVEPD. There must be coercion, bullying and a fear from the residents to speak their minds without being retaliated against. If this is the case then I applaud Mr. McCrary. So now lets dig deep into some of the finances of the PVEPD through the most current city council meeting minutes under warrants for payments. Two police officers( Charles Reed and Russel Venegas) in these dire times for financial responsibility opted to put in for tuition reimbursement totaling approximately $6500. (See Page 10). Throughout the rest of the financial requests for reimbursements and or payments you will see a class for Cell Extraction, Rio Hondo College, Liebert Cassidy and Whitmore and etc. All extra classes that are required to maintain current professional roles such a jailer, or legal advice for the chief and or captains from a different law firm. I can assure you that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will not be charging for these things, will not be charging for training and they have some of the best training. You are looking at outsourcing and cutting costs, get rid of the jail. Most of the time its empty anyways. Take your 3 prisoners a week to another jail in the south bay. It is very apparent that these officers only care for themselves and not the immediate community. Its about lining their pockets. The current major news item in the city which turned out to be a death investigation became a jackpot of overtime for the police department. So many officers standing in front of a house collecting overtime pay goes to show that the appropriate resources needed to run a fluid working police department will never occur with the current staffing and lack of trained officers. The sheriff’s department could have had several deputies here and not on overtime to cover whatever needed to be covered.

      Dump the police department, save a ton of money, stop the parading around the main topic of out with the old and in with the new.

      Folks if your police department cared about you and not their pockets, all these extra unnecessary costs would not have occurred until financial stability had been met.

    2. This is hearsay but I trust my sources. Not one but two PVE residents I know told me that either Steve Barber or Mark Velez explicitly asked or “begged” (in one case) them to show up at the PVE Police Dept discussion meeting at the PV Golf Club on Saturday and say good things about the officers. Both of them said they couldn’t do it due to time conflicts, but the truth is they really don’t like the Dept. enough to do it. In the case of Barber, he supposedly told my friend something to the effect, “You know you’ll never get a traffic ticket in PVE ever again if you can find the time to go and talk …” My friend was shocked and disgusted. Go figure that Barber did this!

      1. Mark Velez and Steve Barber are the cancerous clusters that have continued to bring shame and distrust to the PVE police department and the city. Steve Barber at one time was a sergeant and was demoted under the Dreiling era. Steve is the epitaxy of distrust. Mark Velez is only looking to benefit himself. He does not care about anyone but himself.

        Let’s dig into ethics now….. A practicing attorney who works for the police department as a captain who once oversaw investigations. When he practiced law he also did and took on criminal defense claims as well. Ask yourself this, is this ethical? Please pay special attention to this and follow along: He is paid by the city to work 40 hours a week, how does he handle cases in court? Courts are only open 40 hours a week. I see theft of services, perjury, time card violations, theft from the city, misuse of city property (his assigned car) that he drives around for personal tasks up to and including court time for personal matters and filings. Let’s address this residents. Steve Barber is the poster child of the entire department and all they are worrried about now is their pensions, paychecks and the fact they could and will not ever be absorbed into the sheriffs cadre when or if they are taken over because of integrity issues.

        I think some of these actions and political agendas should be brought to city management attention and to the attention of county investigators up to and including state investigators.

        So Anonymous I’m not shocked or even moved at the fact that Steve and Mark did something so unethical.

  5. I’ll be honest, I didn’t understand what the coalition was talking about. Then I had a run in with Sheri Repp-Loadsman AKA Sheri Repp AKA Sheri Loadsman AKA $189,231 / year of our money to act like she owns the people who actually live in this city.

    We don’t need half the people on the city’s payroll. Salaries are way too high. This is way out of control.

    1. Maybe this new firm led by Michael McCrary who is slated to do an analysis of the police department can identify its weaknesses. The true achilles heel is the entire department. What I would like to know is who from the police department sat in on the approval process to bring Michael McCrary and his firm into the analysis. 35K to tell the city that the police department is great is what is going to happen. Was there not a different firm that could have been chosen for this task. Retired Chief McCrary was once an interim chief for Los Alamitos and La Palma police departments. Isn’t this to close for comfort an in independent review. This is too close to La Habra. Furthermore Captain Velez was once an applicant with Los Alamitos Police Department for the chiefs position. This just stinks in all facets, this is as slippery and sticky as the policing tactics implored by the current administration. so the stand that needs to be taken and the message driven home is a No vote again by the residents. Don’t fund a non-operational , debunked police agency. Out with the old riff-raff and in with the new. But I assure you that the report will be a glowing one doctored by the current command staff and lies told by the line staff in fear of retaliation. Mr. McCrary do the right and ethical thing and report the need to shut down police services and transfer them to the sheriffs office.

  6. Word out of City Hall is Vickie Kroneberger, who is one of the few truly competent people working in or around Tony Dahlerbruch, had enough of Tony D and is leaving the job. One source told me that working for Tony was miserable, and that non-PVEPD city employees are incensed at the favoritism being shown to the police department over Planning/Building, Finance/Admin and other areas.

  7. The Coalition wishes to substantiate the claims made below so that the redacted portions may become un-redacted. The Commenter is encouraged to Email the Coalition with more information before the claim can be authenticated.

    Here are some ethical and immoral problems to address:

    Ask yourself this? Have you ever made a single donation to the PVEPD Association through their yearly mailers asking for money? If you answered yes then guess what you paid for the Vote Yes on parcel tax signs put throughout the city especially when your donation money is earmarked for such things as child Fingerprinting events. Corruption at its finest with their leader Steve Barber, who in turn is best friends with the new Acting Chief Tony Best. The level of corruption and cover up gets better, keep reading.

    Mark Velez who everybody thinks is the best choice for the city as the police chief is as corrupt as it comes. As a practicing attorney and a police captain who oversaw investigation he decided to take on criminal cases and to file briefs, pleadings and do his private law firm work on the cities dime. As a salaried employee he is to be at the city a minimum of 40 hours a week. Where is he, at the gym in Torrance on his lunch breaks that extend well past the 2 hour mark. Using work cell phone for personal calls or using his city paid for police car to go to his private meetings for his law firm. Commingling at its finest. Looking out for himself………..

    Steve Barber, is an [REDACTED]. Many times he would end up in Redondo Beach [REDACTED] at a [REDACTED] and driving home or to his parents home locally. [REDACTED] excessively, drive home all because why? Because he feels that he is above the law and can and will get away with it. Is this a person that the residents want to interact with their kids. Steve Barber also shelters his drinking pal and womanizer Aaron Belda. Do as I say when I’m in uniform not as I do. Looking out for themselves………

    [REDACTED] wrote a letter in support of retaining the police department and not contracting out. Why? Because he and his pension may and will be directly affected by the change. Looking out for himself……….

    Bottom line is this, PVEPD officers may only be worried about themselves……. why because they [maybe] already terminated from other departments for not making training. Ask Steve Lebeau where he came from he will ignore you and walk away. Steve Lebeau came from Torrance PD. Couldn’t get past training and probation there but is now promoted to a Sergeant at PVEPD. Friend promotion, Captain Best definitely had his hand in it.

    Don’t think these officers are committed to the residents at all, Velez and Kepley both put in applications to a local police department [REDONDO BEACH?] seeking the chief of police position when it was recently open. You can figure out the department I’m talking about. Jumping ship and Kepley was only at PVEPD for about a year.

    They preach loyalty and all they care about is a paycheck, overtime and more overtime. Minimum staffing does need to be at three officers and a sergeant for PVE.

    This is the perfect time for a change.

    PVEPD Detective Charles Reed is so good at what he does, there was panic with a suspected kidnapper in a red van driving around PVE. WRONG, his lack of police experience coupled with lack of investigative skills in interviewing a child, possible witnesses and the victim caused for unneeded excitement and panic resulting in extra overtime to look for the mysterious red van. Well Done detectives of PVEPD.

    The Sheriff’s department can have a cadre of deputies to PVE in the event of an emergency, the deputies will get to know all of the residents, work cases from property crimes to major crimes. You need a K9 for a search, LASD will send three. You need more deputies for an emergency? LASD will send you deputies from Lomita, Carson, Lennox, Cerritos, Lawndale and so on until you don’t need anymore. And guess what it wont cost you an extra penny……LASD in less 20 minutes can have more deputies in PVE then the entire on shift southbay police agencies combined. And when they all show up each of them will know what to do and what their roles are.

    Lomita Station can handle PVE with their eyes closed. One deputy there has more experience in policing then all of PVEPD put together. And what is this we can get 12 percent more coverage by deputies who know what police work is for half the cost think about it folks.

    Get out and ask the RHE, RPV residents how they feel about the sheriffs department. Its a new age in the LASD. New sheriff who does a great job, Lomita station captain with more experience then all the former and current chiefs and captains put together at PVEPD. Well except for Kronberger he was a hell of a captain with a lot of experience.

    Lets think of this as a business decision, you get more for less. It makes sense, sign me and my family and friend up.

    I will say that maybe 5 of the entire police officer staff at PVEPD will go to the sheriffs department as deputies and who knows maybe one day they will return to the contract city of PVE.

    Make the right decision Tony D, you have experience with LASD and you know they did a fine job.

    1. Mr. Confidential – the Coalition seeks more details on the circumstances of Steve Lebeau’s departure from the Torrance Police Department. Anything you can provide, including the names of any informed parties we can contact as part of our investigation, would be appreciated.

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        Steve Lebeau’s departure from Torrance police [ALLEGEDLY] was a direct result of his inability to pass basic field training coupled with the fact that he was a probationary officer as well. Of course it is easy to see that at Torrance Police the men and women there write reports, investigate crimes and apprehend a multitude of people who commit these crimes. Steve Lebeau [ALLEGEDLY] failed to complete his tasks and duties to remain a police officer in a neighboring city and ended up at Palos Verdes Estates. It is not rumor when one is told that PVE hires officers that have been fired and or are “training rejects” from other police departments. PVE gets the D and F students as other agencies get the A and B students. How about an officer who is still working there that once was caught with a [REDACTED]. That officer was promoted to Corporal and once worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as well prior to coming to PVE.

        The sheriff’s department will do a lot better job in PVE at a lesser rate than the current police department.

        As for your redaction’s from my previous posts look up the staff report agenda item #14 for meeting date March 14th, 2017. The last letter in support of the police department was written by [REDACTED]. Why? If the city police departments disbanded he will no longer have his concealed weapons permit once it expires and or his retirement identification. There will be no police department to issue that to him. He may also lose his retirement and or some portions of it. This is a self fulfilling letter that goes to the character, integrity and ethics of all of the police officers working in that agency. no one care for the residents, they care for themselves only. They lie and feed you what you want to hear the three days they are at work. In [REDACTED] letter you will see rebuttals to outsourcing. Why have a jail that is rarely busy and a dispatch center that isn’t nearly as adequate as what the south bay has. You want to save money? Outsource to RCC for dispatching and use another agencies jail for your mediocre two to three people a week that may need to go to jail in PVE.

        He talks about overtime abuse. Look closely at Transparent California (click here) and ask yourself this: Why is there so much overtime, and why are reserve police officers making $77k and or $63k a year. Mismanagement at its finest. The LASD can have 40 reserves come into the city and work a special event and the city wont be charged a dime for it. Because reserves work for free not $77k or $63k a year.

        PVE Reserve Officers 2016 Transparent California

        Lets be crystal clear and transparent an almost $8 million dollar a year police agency is not needed in PVE.

        As a part of your investigation ask the PVE POA who and how they paid for the Vote Yes on Measure D campaign signs. This came from all the residents who have donated to the POA under a guise. I can guarantee you some of the residents who voted No on Measure D may have once donated tot he POA and have no clue where their money went to.

        That agency that Kepley and Velez [ALLEGEDLY] applied to was not Torrance. It was Redondo Beach. And Velez [ALLEGEDLY] applied to an Orange County agency as well, no loyalty, don’t be fooled folks. He lives by the motto Mark Velez first.

        Ankur, I always welcome your questions and or redaction’s. I will guide you to the truth of the matter not a cover up by the police department.

        Tony D, you are the CEO of a corporation(PVE) make the appropriate decision and cut the fat. Outsource appropriately. Make departments functional. The PVE police department is non-functional and needs to be replaced.

        1. Mr. Confidential – it would be mutually beneficial if you would E-mail ankur@savepvefromtonyd.com so that we can develop a direct line of communication.

          Also, we have confirmed that the LASD Lomita Sheriff’s station’s reserve officers get paid $1/year. These officers, some of whom work for 24 hours/week, all are fully training having gone through Police Academy. They all have peace officers power of arrest throughout the state, even when off duty.

          1. Ankur,

            I feel it is very telling to post the letter that was submitted to the city manager. It is very evident that he is writing to protect the police department. He will protect his pension and his mediocre little payment he receives from the POA as well.

            As for the two reserves that paid. You did your research and found out that Lomita has reserves as well. LASD reserves work the field without supervision, they are level one reserves. The two PVEPD reserves are not level one and can not work by themselves. So what did they do that cost the taxpayers of the city 135k?

  8. Listen everyone. Dahlerbruch’s very own words from his April 25th staff report were, “If the City pursues the Phase I study by the Sheriff’s Department, it is recommended that the City Council make it publicly clear that the Phase I study is for informational and data collection purposes, not expressing an intent.” So doesn’t this cover us on the entire “Oh Nooooooooooo. The Police are really not great guys and are going to fake being sick” problem? Why didn’t he do this back in September before the city painted itself into a corner losing the Measure D?

  9. I heard today that Jeff Kepley either fell asleep or had his eyes closed during part of the April 25th city council meeting? Can anyone confirm this and that Tony Dahlerbruch was really pissed off about it?

  10. If they do get rid of Kepley but keep the PD then they should at least consider the County model wherein there is one Captain per station. So they could delete the position of Chief and one Captain. Saving a bunch … Since the Captain is Management he does not get overtime and they could call him in when they need him!

  11. If you can tolerate the City’s incompetence at even running a streaming video, click on http://pvestates.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=941.

    Then, watch period of 3:47 – 3:50 when almost NOBODY on PVECC wants to be on the PVE Ad Hoc Police Committee. At 3:48:37, Davidson outright states, “I will NOT do the police”. It’s the white hot potato bouncing around on the dais. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that they are all intimidated by the PVEPD and its POA goon leader Steve Barber? Perhaps they don’t want to be the one sitting in a room telling these overpaid officers, “Hey, we can get 12% more patrol hours from the experienced, expandable, expert LASD for less than half of what PVEPD is charging the resident taxpayers”.

    If anyone doesn’t think PVE government is corrupt, he or she really is in serious denial.

    At 3:48 it appears Vandever and King essentially mock Sandy Davidson for stating he has the most experience with elections and thus should be on Ad Hoc Election Committee.

  12. Praise the Lord! Kepley gone! Now only Dahlerbruch left in the Little Shop of Horrors.

    Adios, Jefe Kepley!!!

    1. Anyone else notice that the City was super terse and vague on the circumstances of Kepley going “on leave”? Notice he’s not on “vacation” as supposedly at least once dispatcher told a caller to the PD station. So, why isn’t the City telling us WHY Kepley is on leave, and FOR HOW LONG? What is the City trying to hide?

  13. PVE City Council malfeasance / incompetency alert !!!

    So it is now coming out the old codger former treasurer had ALL of PVE treasury fund money in a long term five year T-bill type fund. It is malpractice to put all city funds in long term accounts, some at least must be ‘liquid’ or readily available for emergencies. – And the City council had to know about it – not one of these un-elected three remaining council persons objected – as the treasurer has to make regular reports to council.

    Ummm… emergencies like needed cash now to cover costs as Measure D did not pass… City can get the money out of a long term fund but takes a “hit” no interest or extra fees / costs to get our own money back !!!

    Thank God we have a banking professional as City Treasurer now ! I am sure she will straighten it out. NO MORE UNQUALIFIED COUNCIL RETREADS.

    1. Art – it’s even worse than you realize. The yield on the “five year” has tripled from 60 basis points (0.6%) to 1.80% in the last five years, sitting near its highs as I type. So, not only did this incompetent fool reportedly tie up the City’s money for five years, but he also did it for a horrible yield and a mere 30-40 basis points over what the daily liquidity T-bills were offering. Now, with rates having tripled, the value of those 5-year notes has gotten hit for sure. This is a guy who people were celebrating at the last City Council meeting?

  14. If you heard new mayor Jim Vandever speak last week, you know he’s gonna drain the city’s reserves right into the police department’s pockets. I can’t figure out if these people up on the stage have drunk the Kool-Aid and don’t realize the PVE police department is expensive and corrupt/incompetent, or if they think the residents want to stick with Kepley’s Keystone Kops so they just go along with it. How many screw ups and lawsuits does it take for it to be obvious that we are blowing tens of millions of tax dollars on truly bad guys?

  15. Thanks.  You may rest assured, that I will continue to vote against any parcel tax proposed.

    1. Ankur,

      How can we call you with some internal information that I would love to point you to for exploring through PRA requests?

      The Coalition, as stated on this website, welcomes all incoming Email transmissions (to ankur@savepvefromtonyd.com) containing the legal transmission of information and guidance for CPRA requests related to the City of PVE, especially its police department. Often, we receive Emails sent from anonymous Email accounts that have been created expressly for this purpose. With the City in the process of exacting pay cuts to PVE employees, there appears to be an increase in such anonymous Emails such as yours.

  16. FYI just found out PVE city employees just got an e-mail indicating they will be getting a 15% pay reduction.

    Meanwhile PVE PD overtime is unabated.

    1. Of course that’s how this is playing out. When you have PVEPD chief Kepley and his big goon Steve Barber lining up essentially the entire police force to stare down the City Council after the Measure D vote down, did you expect anyone in City Hall to have the character and courage to defy them?

  17. A friend and neighbor here in PVE just forwarded me Ankur’s email update from today. Wow! Had I been misinformed by the city about what’s really going on with our budget and the police. Thank you for the site. Let the city try a revote. There is no way my wife and I ever, ever are going to vote for this parcel tax.

  18. Thank you for putting up this website. My husband and I are new to PVE and had been reading a lot of untrue statements made on NextDoor by a few people trying to spend our tax dollars on this crazy police department. All I really needed to know was what you highlighted. $3.4 million for 12% more patrol time with deeply experienced sheriff or $7.4 million for PVE’s Keystone Cops who keep getting us all in trouble. If there is another vote, all my friends and I are voting NO!

    1. Gwen,

      I totally agree with you we live in Lunada Bay and I can’t understand why anybody would pay Twice as much for the PVPD. I find it hard to make ends meet every month and will look forward to investing my savings in my child’s college fund. I pay half my paycheck to the Government, let them feel the Bern for once.

  19. Regarding Measure D:
    1. The county firefighters were out walking door to door and sending out mailers.
    2. The PVE police were both out door-to-door and sending out mailers to 100 percent of the residents and put up “Save our POLICE Department signs.”
    3. The PVE City Council highly endorsed the measure.
    4. The mayor sent out flyers and told her friends that the measure was important and necessary.
    5. The City’s Citizen’s Committee to review funding options disbanded and came back ‘instantaneously’ as the committee to pass the tax. This committee also sent out at least one flier.
    6. ‘Someone’ funded a company to call every resident, pretend to do a survey and ‘try’ to lobby for the tax.
    It is not clear that anyone knows how much money was spent but estimates run well over $25,000 including time and materials.

    On the other side was one resident and a few of his friends.
    They won because they had RIGHT on their side and because all of the residents knew that they received no private gain when ALL of the people on the other side could be argued to be in it for the money!

    Thank You, residents of Palos Verdes Estates!

    (reprinted from PV News)

    1. Very succinct site and message — given a choice, a non-welfare getting taxpayer chooses his wallet over the coffers of government. The City is going to lose every vote. Who needs a police department and government that defends outsiders over benefactors?

      PVE citizens do not want taxation without representation. The tea will soon be thrown into Luanda Bay and PVEPD will be no more.

      1. PVE residents not happy

        I would have thought that two incumbents getting tossed out and a ballot measure being defeated might be enough to cause the non-elected City Council in Palos Verdes Estates to understand that the residents are not happy. Well, the residents are not happy!

        We are tired of paying taxes that no one else pays, of the neighboring cities getting twice as much in property tax revenue as we get, and of being abused by both the city and the county! And we are tired of being told how great our police department is when we are paying about 400 percent more than Rancho or RH or RHE for similar police services.

        We are more than willing to pay more for our local police except when having ‘local police’ means ‘worse police’ and when the other cities get similar services for a fourth of the price. If our local police are going to be better than using the County sheriffs, like the other cities on the hill, then show us! We would love to point to one single thing that makes it worth having a local police department. The only things we see are that our local police are less trained, less competent, and less interested police officers than the County Sheriff’s staff.

        (Reprinted from PV News)

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      What is sad about the flyers mailed out and the signs to save the police department being posted are that the money came from PV [REDACTED] to the Police Assosciation under a guise that is it being used for [REDACTED] events.

      What a lie, the city is better off with the sheriffs department.

  20. Not a coincidence, I attended a PVP Coordinating Council meeting a week ago and noticed how our PVE City Police department gave a presentation devoid of data; it seems as though data and precision are things that our city is circumspect to provide at all costs.

    Moreover I noticed the following at this meeting:

    L.A. Sheriff Captain Dan Beringer’s presentation was brief factual and succinct. With less than three slides of data he summarized the department’s accomplishments over the last three years. The Sheriff’s department responded to the Prop 49 crime increase with increased manpower and cut crime rates in half in less than 90 days.

    Captain Beringer also provided transparent standards that his department abided by. Moreover, I noticed that crime rates in RPV where better than PVE for half the cost.

    Captain Beringer also brought a large show of force to the meeting — six professional, competent law enforcement officers and three squad cars. In contrast the Palos Verdes Police Department offered no data in their presentation. What followed was a generic presentation of safety hints that was useful only to the most uninformed residents.

    Whatever is left of dying PVE resident support for the overstaffed and underqualified police officers here is based on PR and community outreach propaganda. We can get the better care at half the price with the Sheriff. Non enforcement of laws by PVEPD makes you less safe from serious crimes. On this site, I see how we have been hoodwinked by smiles and waves, accepting cowardice and opacity by our city council. Sadly, our once proud police have also been infected and now probably are incapable of change.

    We need a Strong and independent Sheriff to enforce the law in our City.

  21. Re Daily Breeze article of March 26th.

    If there was any use of smoke-and-mirrors to hide the truth relating to the Parcel Tax/Measure D, it came from the government of Palos Verdes Estates and its police department – not from Jim Nyman.  The false stories come from those who love taxing and spending, like Peter Bena and Jennifer King.  Just in this article alone false information comes from this pro-Measure D duo about the voter turnout. 

    ““The low voter turnout and 60 percent approval for (the parcel tax) were a demonstration of that” says Bena.  Jennifer King made a similar comment 10:00 minutes into the March 14th PVE City Council meeting (http://pvestates.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=927), falsely stating that only 25% of registered voters participated in the election.  Almost humorously, this occurred less than two minutes before City Manager Tony Dahlerbruch, in a rare case of truth telling, at 11:55 minutes into the meeting corrected King, stating:  “the voter turnout was 36% …”.  This happens to be one of the highest voter turnouts ever in Palos Verdes Estates (36% vs. 23-29% in the last 15 years of elections!).

    Here are the stats:

    When you look at the lies coming from Jennifer King and her cohorts, it is clear why so many voters showed up to vote against the unnecessary parcel tax.  $70,000,000 to $90,000,000 over 12 years was saved by Jim Nyman’s efforts.

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