Welcome to Engineering

The City Engineering staff handles all major capital improvement projects for the City as well as safety and environmental programs that protect and improve the quality of life in the City. Thank you for taking a moment to get familiar with our site. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Public Works Employees Fill a Pothole With Fresh Asphalt from a Dump Truck

Infrastructure Asset Management

Knowing the condition of the City's infrastructure assets is a vital step in prioritizing the City's limited resources toward infrastructure needs in the most efficient way possible. To do this, Public Works staff makes site visits, performs inspection programs, monitors maintenance logs and commissions specific planning studies and general assessments. One recent high level assessment is the Infrastructure Report Card, which graded the City's assets using grades based on criterion developed by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) guidelines that have been consistently used for almost 2 decades. Another is the Master Plan of Drainage, which was recently completed to help the City prioritize repairs and improvements to the City's drainage system.

The City also benefits from interaction with the public in daily informal ways and in the more formalized committee roles authorized by City Council. The Infrastructure Management Advisory Committee, which works directly with the Public Works Director, has the specific task of helping to shape the priorities of the City Council as it applies to the City's infrastructure.

Once priority projects are identified, they are programmed into the Capital Improvement Plan, which is a 5-year financial model that identifies the project's preliminary budget and year of initiation. The engineering staff serve as project managers through the funding, environmental, design and construction phases of these projects.

Engineering Programs

In addition to project work, the engineering staff also lead efforts for safety, regulatory compliance and operations programs. Storm Water Quality, Traffic Calming and operations of the City's sewer systems are a few examples.

  1. Ron Dragoo

    City Engineer

  2. Public Works

    Physical Address
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

    Fax: 310-544-5292


    Monday through Thursday

    7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    (Closed Noon to 1 p.m.)


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

    (Closed Noon to 1 p.m.)

    Saturday and Sunday


    After Hours Services

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ADA Compliance

Federal law requires the City's public facilities meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The City has evaluated its facilities and published a report of findings. Read more...

Utility Undergrounding

Residents in certain neighborhoods may be interested in moving their overhead utility services (power, telecom, etc.) underground. To get started, the attached guidelines (PDF) have been prepared.