Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Rancho Palos Verdes (also known by the abbreviation RPV) is a city in Los Angeles County, California atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. An affluent suburb of Los Angeles, it is known for large tracts of open space and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Rancho Palos Verdes is translated as "Ranch of Green Sticks", probably referring to the willows in the northeastern part of Bixby Slough (now known as Machado Lake) shown on earlier maps.
|Rancho Palos Verdes, California|
|City of Rancho Palos Verdes|
Aerial view of Trump National Golf Club
Location of Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||September 7, 1973|
|• Mayor||Brian Campbell|
|• Total||13.465 sq mi (34.875 km2)|
|• Land||13.465 sq mi (34.874 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.001 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||220 ft (67 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||42,435|
|• Density||3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature IDs||255967, 2411516|
The history of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Tongva or Gabrielino Indians, who inhabited the site before the Age of Discovery. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was credited as the first European to navigate the California Coast in 1542, which included the hills of Rancho Palos Verdes. Rancho de los Palos Verdes was established by a Mexican land grant given in 1846 by Governor Pio Pico to Jose Loreto and Juan Capistrano Sepulveda.
The city's most notable geographic features are the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs, with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean and of Santa Catalina Island. The city incorporated on September 7, 1973. The population was 41,643 at the 2010 census.
The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is a premier whale-watching site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale from December through April. The center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) expanded Interpretive Center, reopened on July 15, 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. The Point Vicente Lighthouse, built in 1926, is adjacent to the center and is on the National Register of Historic Places. At another location along the coast, Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright and built between 1949 and 1951, is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Portuguese Bend landslide, one of the largest continuously moving landslides in North America, is located along the southern coastal area. Together with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in 2009, the city completed the acquisition of a total of two square miles of open space, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, the largest preserve of coastal open space north of San Diego and south of Santa Barbara. The site of the former Marineland of the Pacific (1954–87) was redeveloped and is now occupied by the Terranea Resort, which opened in June 2009. The city is also home to Trump National Golf Course, one of eleven in the Trump portfolio of courses. The Salvation Army's School for Officer Training is located in Rancho Palos Verdes.
As with other cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the city has had to find ways to control the population of wild peafowl. Frank A. Vanderlip spearheaded a group that bought 16,000 acres (6,500 ha) and began development of the peninsula. He is credited with introducing the birds here around 1910. Some residents say the birds ruin their gardens, wake them up in the middle of the night with screeching, and defecate in their yards.
Rancho Palos Verdes is located at (33.758216, -118.364256).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35 km2), virtually all of which is land.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Rancho Palos Verdes had a population of 41,643. The population density was 3,092.6 people per square mile (1,194.1/km²). The racial makeup of Rancho Palos Verdes was 25,698 (61.7%) White (56.0% Non-Hispanic White), 1,015 (2.4%) African American, 80 (0.2%) Native American, 12,077 (29.0%) Asian, 41 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 748 (1.8%) from other races, and 1,984 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,556 persons (8.5%).
The census reported that 41,303 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 313 (0.8%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 27 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 15,561 households, of which 5,187 (33.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,465 (67.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,218 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, and 460 (3.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 304 (2.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships and 85 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,936 households (18.9%) were made up of individuals, and 1,810 (11.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65. There were 12,143 families (78.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.03.
The population was diverse in age terms, with 9,248 people (22.2%) under the age of 18, 2,352 people (5.6%) aged 18 to 24, 7,045 people (16.9%) aged 25 to 44, 13,344 people (32.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 9,654 people (23.2%) aged 65 or older. The median age was 47.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
There were 16,179 housing units, at an average density of 1,201.5 per square mile (463.9/km²), of which 12,485 (80.2%) were owner occupied and 3,076 (19.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.4%. 33,015 people (79.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units, and 8,288 people (19.9%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Rancho Palos Verdes had a median household income of $118,893, with 4.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
The city is served by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD), which includes Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Palos Verdes High School, and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD, in the Eastview area of the city). Children living in Eastview have the option of attending public school in either the PVPUSD or the LAUSD. Also, Rolling Hills Country Day School (K-8) and Chadwick School (K-12) are well-known private schools that serve the area. Marymount California University, a private liberal arts institution offering bachelor's and master's degrees, is located in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The latest survey conducted by U.S. News, in 2013, reports that the PVPHS ranks 156th in the nation and 24th in the state, while Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) in Palos Verdes Estates trails closely behind, at 269th in the nation and 43rd in the state.
Rancho Palos Verdes is a General Law city (it has no charter). The City elects five council members at large to four-year terms in staggered, non-partisan elections on the first Tuesday in November of every odd-numbered year. The mayor and mayor pro tempore are elected annually by the residing city council members. At this time all of the city council has served as mayor at least once.
As of December 6, 2016, the city council consists of:
- Mayor: Brian T. Campbell
- Mayor Pro Tem: Jerry Duhovic
- Councilmember: Susan Brooks
- Councilmember: Ken Dyda
- Councilmember: Anthony M. Misetich
- Mayor Campbell was first elected to the city council in 2009 and reelected in 2013. Mayor Campbell is the managing partner in a commercial real estate firm, served in the US army overseas on active duty after graduating from college and currently serves as an officer in the military reserves and has children in the local public school district. - Mayor Pro Tem Duhovic is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served on active duty prior to entering the securities industry where he is a partner in a major firm. Mayor Pro Tem Duhovic previously served as mayor and has children in local schools. - Councilmember Brooks previously served on the city council in the early 2000s and was elected again in 2011. She has served as mayor two times and owns a consulting firm. - Councilmember Dyda, at 84 years old was the oldest person ever elected to the city council. He was also elected to the original city council when the city was established in 1973 and has served as mayor twice previously. He is a retired aerospace engineer and is active in local charities. - Councilmember Misetich was originally elected in 2009, has previously served as mayor and has children in the local public schools. He is an owner of an energy firm.
As outlined in the City's Municipal Code, the city council hires a city manager to manage the day-to-day operation of the City and its staff. The current city manager is Doug Willmore. Previously, Willmore managed the City of El Segundo for 8 months and then the City of Bell for approximately three years.
County, state, and federal representationEdit
In the County of Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes is located in the 4th Supervisoral District, represented by Don Knabe.
In the California State Legislature, Rancho Palos Verdes is in the 26th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Allen, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Al Muratsuchi.
According to the City's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|1||Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District||1,970|
|3||Trump National Golf Club||260|
|4||Marymount California University||220|
|5||Keller Williams Realty||163|
|10||Green Hills Memorial Park||80|
Notable residents of Rancho Palos Verdes include professional poker player Barry Greenstein and artist John Van Hamersveld. Also, the YouTube personalities Barry Kramer of Game Grumps and JonTron (Jon Jafari) were born in Rancho Palos Verdes.
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