Greetings and welcome to another year in our beautiful community of Rolling Hills Estates. As a resident of our special city for 52 years, I am reminded at the start of each year how truly lucky we all are to call this slice of paradise home, and I hope you all feel the same sense of gratitude as I do. With our beautiful tree-lined streets and horses traveling along the adjacent bridle trails, lovely homes, safe schools and a close sense of community just 30 minutes from all the excitement that Los Angeles has to offer, there’s little left to desire when you call Rolling Hills Estates home.
With the first month of the year and my first full month as Mayor concluded, I wanted to share with you some highlights to look forward to in the year ahead, from community activities to city improvement projects and beyond. First of all, we at City Hall are actively preparing for our spring event lineup. The annua lEarth Day Celebration, in partnership with our waste hauler, Waste Management, South Bay Environmental Services Center and Promenade on the Peninsula will take place on April 17 at Promenade on the Peninsula. This free event will highlight great environmental initiatives around the community and provide opportunities to learn more about water conservation, storm water pollution prevention and energy efficiency. It will soon be time to saddle up at our annualMayor’s Breakfast Ride on May 4 at Ernie Howlett Park. I hope you all join me for a pleasant trail ride followed by a delicious pancake breakfast prepared by our very own Girl, Boy, and Cub Scouts.
In terms of City projects, there are a few items to note:
Annual Street Resurfacing
The City’s next street repaving project will take place on Palos Verdes Drive North. Work will be scheduled over the summer to minimize traffic impacts.
Business License Tax update
The City recently made the transition to using the professional services ofAvenu Insights & Analyticsfor all business licenses’ processing, payment services, and issuing of licenses. Additionally, the City’s business license tax code was updated effective as of January 1, 2019 as the result of a ballot measure you voted on in June 2018. As all business licenses expired on December 31, 2018, local business owners should consider renewing their license
as soon as possible if they haven’t already.
Cal Water Project Continues Along Crenshaw
In June 2018, California Water Service (Cal Water) began installing 7 miles of new drinking water pipeline to improve the reliability and safety of the drinking water system that serves all 90,000 of the Peninsula’s residents. That project continues into 2019, with construction continuing throughout the community and beginning on Crenshaw Blvd. in early April.Toplan your commute and avoid too much delay during your daily travel, youcan also stay up to date with the constructionschedule by visitingwww.PVPwaterproject.com.
Clean Power Alliance (CPA)
Last year, the Clean Power Alliance, comprised of Rolling Hills Estates with 29 other cities and the Counties of Los Angeles and Ventura, have been working together to bring clean energy choices to our communities. CPA has been available to RHE businesses since June 2018 and now, clean power at competitive rates are available for our residents beginning in February.Learn more at RHE.city/cleanpower
General Plan Update
In 2017, the City began the exciting and intensive process of updating the City General Plan for the first time since 1992. The new General Plan will determine the vision and direction of our city for the next 20 years! At the same time, we began preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Both processes continue in 2019, with the first public review of the General Plan draft to take place this year, as well as the final draft of the EIR and hopefully completion of the new General Plan by the end of next year.Follow along and find out how to get involved in the process on our General Plan website.
John & Lynn Taber Grove Park
The City is also moving forward with plans for the John and Lynn Taber Grove Park, which will address flooding issues that take place periodically at the site near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive East and Harbor Sight Drive. The new park, which has a bridle trail running through it, will have picnic tables, a hitching post, and trash receptacles to serve equestrians and residents in the nearby neighborhoods. The current phase of the park development project is expected to be completed by April 2019.
Nature Center Replacement Study
A brand new nature center may be on the way!The City will conduct a Nature Center Replacement Study for the George F Canyon Nature Center this year. This study will both conceptualize a design for the new center, as well as estimate the cost for constructing such facilities. The new design will include a large meeting room that would serve as a classroom for Nature Center programs and as a meeting space for community organization. As with all projects, we welcome and encourage resident feedback at Community Meetings, Park and Activities Commission meetings, and City Council meetings.
Public Safety Enhancement
Over the last year, the City sought to enhance public safety in the community level and, as a result, Council approved two programs launching in 2019: 1) Homeowners Association Neighborhood Entryway Camera Grant Program and 2) Right-of-Way Agreement for qualifying HOAs to place security cameras at the entrance of their neighborhood. The City Council has also approved the expansion of the Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system, which assists law enforcement in investigations and in identifying immediate felony warrants.And please remember the importance of Neighborhood Watch, a crime prevention program that provides the extra “eyes and ears” in the community. Connect to your neighborhood leadership or the City directly if you would like to participate. Learn more by visiting RHE.city/NW
In addition, the following developments and City improvement projects will be taking place throughout the year:
- The installation of 55 new catch basin inserts to reduce stormwater pollution and prevent trash and debris from entering the ocean and other water bodies.
- Storm drain repair and relining
- Annual sidewalk, curb and gutter repair work in the Commercial District.
- Building of the Merrill Gardens assisted living home on Silver Spur Road
- Conversion of Peninsula Pointe from an office building to an assisted living facility.
- Completion and sales of 58 condominiums at 627 Deep Valley Drive (Las Collina).
- Construction of 75 new condominiums at 927 Deep Valley Drive.
- Construction of the Teen Annex on the library’s rooftop.
- Continued build-out of the 114 single family homes at Rolling Hills Country Club.
- Completion of the PV Reservoir project
As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into maintaining and enhancing our fine community. I want to thank all of the dedicated City Staff who make these projects possible, and you, our residents, for making Rolling Hills Estates the wonderful place it is. I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year!
Mayor of Rolling Hills Estates