2017 General Municipal Election

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will hold its General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 for two City Councilmember seats. The City consolidates its election activities with the County of Los Angeles, which provides for voter registration, ballot materials, polling places and other critical elections functions.

Vote by Mail Drop-Off

City Hall will be a Vote by Mail Drop-Off location for the November 7th Municipal Election. Beginning Tuesday, October 10 through Monday, November 6 during regular business hours Vote by Mail voters can easily and securely drop off their VBM ballot at the front lobby at City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.

Secured ballot boxes will be available in 17 locations throughout Los Angeles County for voters to drop off their ballot before Election Day. Click the link below to view the list of all locations and additional information. 

Vote by Mail Drop-Off Flyer (PDF)

New in 2017

Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 1301, Ordinance No. 591, and the action taken by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on January 17, 2017, General Municipal Elections for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be changed from November in odd-numbered years to November in even-numbered years beginning in year 2020 to coincide with statewide election dates.  As a result in the change in election date, the City Council Member terms of office that begin in 2017 will expire in November 2020, causing a three-year term instead of the traditional four-year term.  The City Council Member terms of office that begin in November 2019 will expire in November 2022.

Elective office(s) to be Voted On

Two (2) Members of the City Council; for a full term of three (3) years; term expiring November 2020.

Eligibility Requirements to Run for City Elective Office

Those interested in running for office must: 

A.  Be a U.S. citizen. (Cal. Const., art. IV, § 2(c)1)
B.  Be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time nomination papers are issued to the person. (Elections Code §201)
C.  Be a resident of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at least 15 days prior to the election. (Elections Code §321(a))
D.  Not have served two consecutive terms as a Member of the City Council without a break in service of at least six months after the end of that person's last term of office. (RPVMC §2.04.060(c))
E.  Not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. (Elections Code §20)

Nomination Period to Run for City Elective Office

The nomination period begins on Monday, July 17, 2017 and closes Friday August 11, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Nomination papers may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk at (310) 544-5208 or (310) 544-5217 to schedule an appointment. You may also send an email with your request to cityclerk@rpvca.gov. Important information on becoming a candidate and required documents will be reviewed during your appointment.

Campaign Statements

Campaign filings for Elected Officials and Candidates, Ballot Measure Committees and others are available in our Document Center.

Elections Official

The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official and as the Filing Officer for all required and mandated election forms. The City Clerk administers federal, state and local procedures through which local government representatives are elected. The City Clerk assists candidates in meeting their campaign responsibilities before, during and after an election.

Contact Us

  1. Emily Colborn, City Clerk
    Teri Takaoka, Deputy City Clerk

    Questions or Comments

    City Clerk's Office
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    Phone: 310-544-5217
    Fax: 310-544-5291

    Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday - Sunday

    Staff Directory
  1. Candidates
  2. Staff Reports, Resos & Ords
  3. Notices
Name Address Contact Information Date
Krista Johnson 58 Avenida Corona
RPV, CA 90275
Home: (310) 514-3067
Work: (310) 508-3201
Email: kjohnsonrpv@gmail.com
7/17/17 8/8/17 Yes
Ben Kelly Email: kellyforcouncil2017@gmail.com 7/19/17 8/11/17 Yes
Dave Emenhiser 6620 Channelview Court
RPV, CA 90275
Work: (310) 944-8404
Email: emenhiser@aol.com
7/20/17 7/25/17 Yes
John Cruikshank 28364 S. Western Ave., Ste.347
RPV, CA 90275             
(424) 328-1028
Email: john@johncruikshank.us
7/20/17 7/31/17 Yes
Mathew Vitalich 28364 S. Western Ave., #66
RPV, CA 90275
Work: (310) 824-3890
Email: vitalichforrpv@gmail.com 
7/24/17 7/31/17 Yes
Eric Alegria 3432 Palo Vista Dr.
RPV, CA 90275
Home: (213) 503-7984
Email: ericdalegria@gmail.com
7/26/17 8/10/17 Yes
 Order of Names on the Ballot & Ballot Designations
Dave Emenhiser Businessman/City Commissioner  
Eric Alegria Finance Boardmember/ Businessman  
John Cruikshank Planning Commissioner/ Engineer  
Krista Johnson Executive/Financial Boardmember  
Ben Kelly Student  
Mathew Vitalich Writer  

October 2017

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  1. Tue Oct. 10 - Tue Oct. 31

    Vote By Mail - First and Last Day to Apply Between these dates (10/10/17-10/31/17, both dates inclusive) applications may be filed. Applications received prior to the 29th day preceding the election will be kept and processed during this period.
  2. Mon Oct. 23

    Voter Registration Closes Last day to transfer or register to vote in the election.
  3. Tue Oct. 24 - Tue Nov. 7

    New Citizen Eligibility to Register and Vote Persons who become citizens after the close of registration may register to vote and vote up to Election Day. You must register to vote and vote at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorders Norwalk main office only. New citizens must present a Certificate of Naturalization and declare that they have established residence in Los Angeles County.
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