November 5, 2019 General Municipal Election


July 2 – Last day to file arguments for proposed measure
July 3 – July 12 – Public examination of arguments
July 12 – Last day to file rebuttal arguments for proposed measure
July 15 – August 9 - Nomination Period
July 13 – July 23 – Public examination of rebuttal arguments
September 26 – October 15 – Mailing of Official Sample Ballot Booklets by the County
October 7 – Mailing of Vote by Mail Ballots by the County
October 21 – Last day to register to vote for this election
November 5 – ELECTION DAY
November 5, 8:00 P.M. – Last day for VBM ballots to be received or turned in personally by the voter at any polling place in the County.


Resolution 2019-25 Calling for a General Municipal Election for Candidates and Measure in RPV on November 5, 2019

Resolution 2019-26 Requesting Consolidation with LA County for the November 5, 2019, election

Resolution 2019-27 Candidate Statement Regulations

Resolution 2019-28 Setting Priorities for Filing a Written Arguments and Directing the City Attorney to Prepare an Impartial Analysis Regarding a City Measure

Resolution 2019-29 Authorize Rebuttal Arguments


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This election will be conducted by Los Angeles County, who will print and mail the sample ballots, determine polling places and precinct officers, process absentee ballot applications, and conduct the tabulation (canvass) of the votes.


The initiative petition proposes a City Ordinance that would add Chapter 5.40, Hospitality Working Conditions, to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, and applies to “large hospitality employers,” being owners or operators of a hotel (50+ rooms), golf course, or amusement park, with 50+ hospitality employees (“Employers”).

Those interested in filing an argument in favor of or against the ballot measure or a rebuttal argument may do so within the time allowed for such arguments to be filed.  Information for filing arguments and rebuttals can be found in the ballot measure informational booklet or by contacting the City Clerk at (310) 544-5208.

The County has conducted the letter assignments for city measures. The letter assigned to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes measure is B


  1. Ballot Measure Information
  2. Ballot Measure Notices
  3. Committee Statements


Three (3) Members of the City Council; for a full term of three (3) years; term expiring November 2022*

*Pursuant to City of Rancho Palos Verdes Ordinance No. 591, 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 2019 will expire in November 2022, causing a three-year term instead of the traditional four-year term.


All candidates must be a United States citizen 18 years of age or older and, a registered voter residing in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes on or before the day of an election. 

Candidates shall 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)).

In addition, a candidate shall 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).


Opens: Monday, July 15, 2019

Closes: Friday, August 9, 2019, at 4:30 pm, unless the incumbent does not file, then the period will be extended to Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 5:00 pm.


Available on the first day of the nomination period, Monday, July 15, 2019. Issuing nomination papers will take approximately an hour. All candidates are requested to make an appointment with the City Clerk to pull nomination papers, by calling (310) 544-5208 or via email at

NameAddressContact InformationDate Nomination Papers IssuedDate Nomination Papers SubmittedQualified Candidate
Stephen Perestam
Barbara Ferraro
Home: (310) 377-1592
David Bradley
Email: bradley_4_rpv_cc@earthlink.net7/19/198/8/19Yes
Dave Emenhiser
Email: emenhiser@aol.com7/22/198/5/19Yes
Ken Dyda
Home: (310) 375-3932
Chris DeLuca



Candidate forums/debates for the November 5 general municipal election have been scheduled. There will also be a presentation on the pros/cons of Measure B. All forums will be recorded for later broadcast and streaming. 

**Please note that some times have changed**

Hosted by:       Palos Verdes Peninsula League of Women Voters
Forum:             City Council Candidates
Where:             Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes
When:              Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. 
Video Link:       Click here

Hosted by:       Palos Verdes Peninsula League of Women Voters
Forum:             Forum on the pros and cons for the proposed hospitality measure, Measure B
Where:             Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes
When:              Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Video Link:       Click here

Hosted by:       RPV Council of Home Owners Association (CHOA) partnering with Palos Verdes Peninsula League of Women Voters
What:               City Council Candidates Forum
Where:             Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes
When:              Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Video Link:       Click here


There is no cost to issue nomination papers or receive a Candidate’s Handbook, which is provided free to all persons considering becoming a candidate.

Those candidates that choose to have a candidate statement printed in the sample ballot pay for the printing of that statement, which is estimated to be $600.


The Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be audited by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California. 

The FPPC provides free, expert advice at their toll free number: (866) ASK FPPC (275-3772) or you may go to their website at: All campaign forms and most manuals and instructions are available on their website.  More information about the requirements can be found here: The law also requires certain disclosures on campaign literature.

Failure to comply with these filing forms and deadlines can result in prosecution and fines of up to $5,000 per violation.


Click the following links to view campaign filings for Candidates, and Ballot Measure Committees which are available in our Document Center.

Candidate Campaign Filings

Ballot Measure Committee Filings


City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. (closed sessions starts at 6:00 p.m.). Special or adjourned City Council meetings may be held as needed.


Members of the City Council will each be compensated for their services in the sum of $400 per month. Members of the City Council may also receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties on behalf of the city.


The Mayor is appointed every 12 months on a rotational basis by the City Council.


Rancho Palos Verdes has an estimated 28,561-registered voters as of March 2019.


You may register to vote if you are:

A U.S. citizen; at least 16 years of age (to enable voting at the first election upon 18th birthday); not found mentally incompetent by a court of law, and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony violation.

Voter Registration forms are available at: City Hall; Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder's Office (; California Secretary of State's Office (; or post offices and local libraries.

Register to Vote HERE with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Check your Voter Registration Status HERE.

Find your Polling Place HERE.

For more information on registering to vote you may visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Emily Colborn

    City Clerk

  2. Teri Takaoka

    Deputy City Clerk

  3. City Clerk

    Physical Address
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


    Phone: 310-544-5217
    Fax: 310-544-5291

    Monday through Thursday
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