Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2020-2021!

Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2020-2021!

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Palos Verdes residents who are parents of eighth grade students, should have received high school information packets as it is time to designate which high school their child will attend in September 2020.  To assist in this decision, Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be hosting their annual tours at both schools for Palos Verdes homes owners (and tenants) to visit.  Any current eighth grade student will have an opportunity to enroll under “open enrollment” which means that the students who will enter 9th grade in September 2020, may choose which Palos Verdes high school to attend.  Planning for the 2020-2021 school year is beginning, and enrollment numbers are critical to effectively prepare for this next school year.

Both high schools have scheduled several sessions to assist you and your student in selecting which one of our award winning high schools will be the best fit for them.  The principal forum information meetings for Palos Verdes High School are: Friday, January 10, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Open House will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Palos Verdes High School is located at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be holding their principal forums on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Open House will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is located at 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

If you are looking for more information or need enrollment forms, go to www.pvpusd.net.  For specific high school information – for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, call Deidre Heimer (310) 377-4888 x 42280, or Palos Verdes High School, call Karen Mills (310) 378-8471 x 208.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes High Schools, click here.

Photos courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 7, 2020

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –January 7, 2020  

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 7, 2020, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (10 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 128 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,178,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $775,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 28 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $389,000 and $2,295,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

   

Suzanne Dyer & Donna Moody’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService) 141 Rocky Point Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,416 square foot home for $5,350,000. This elegant bluff front Lunada Bay estate features breathtaking unobstructed ocean views,  huge entertaining areas, office, spacious upstairs den, and large pool area.  Larissa Rubijevsky’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5 Latigo Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,840 square foot home for $2,699000.  This beautiful Palos Verdes Drive North mid-century contemporary villa sits on a huge double lot and features floor to ceiling windows, gourmet European kitchen, chic modern bathrooms, and resort like grounds w/sparkling pool & spa.

Tania Peterson’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 5951 Flambeau Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,190 square foot home for $1,420,000.  This beautifully remodeled Silver Spur home features hardwood floors, kitchen w/island & large pantry, private master w/remodeled bathroom, and large flat backyard with mature fruit trees.

To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes for sale in 2019 click here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Schools Awarded California Distinguished School Recognition!

Palos Verdes Schools Awarded California Distinguished School Recognition!

Two of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District’s elementary schools just won recognition by the California Distinguished Schools Program.  Rancho Vista Elementary and Silver Spur Elementary were among several of the South Bay and Long Beach elementary schools awarded in this statewide program.

The California Department of Education (DS) Program recognizes schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements.  The California DS Program recognizes elementary, middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California DS Award once every two years.  Additionally, each year two of California’s DS Awardees are eligible to become a National ESEA Distinguished Schools Awardee.  In 2020 California is recognizing outstanding education programs and practices in elementary schools using a multiple measure accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators. In 2020 eligible schools in the elementary school cycle were selected within two categories: Category 1: Closing the Achievement Gap & Category 2: Exceptional Student Performance.

Rancho Vista Elementary and Silver Spur Elementary Schools were both awarded for closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance.  These two awardees represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaboration, but highly successful school climate efforts.  This is prestigious accomplishment is a tribute to the amazing teachers and staff that go above and beyond for our children.  The schools mentioned will be honored on February 10, 2020, during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

This is just another reason to be proud of not only these two elementary schools, but the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District for their outstanding school accomplishments.  Our own Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was the top South Bay school at teaching STEM in Newsweek’s “America’s Best Stem High School” and ranked #288 in the nation.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Favorite 2019 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Favorite 2019 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Here are my favorite Palos Verdes homes in 2019 taken from my weekly articles reviewing new homes for sale that were on the Broker’s Tour.  I have also included an update on those homes to let you know if they have sold and at what price.

1701 Pasel La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 2812 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Neil & Anand Chhabria’s (Chhabria Real Estate Company) 1701 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 9,484 square foot home for $15,999,000.  This privately gated Monte Malaga Tuscan Villa estate offers ocean/coastline views, library, media room, gym, wine cellar, elevator, sports court, and pool/spa.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market on October 28, 2019, and is still an active listing for sale.  Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2812 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 6 bedroom, 9 baths, 7,188 square foot home for $5,484,000.  This beautiful Lunada Bay Mediterranean villa features ocean views, spectacular kitchen, 6 en suite bedrooms, home theater, gym, and sparkling pool.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market on March 31, 2019, and sold for $5,210,000 on April 30, 2019, with escrow closing on June 18, 2019.

517 Via Almar, Palos Verdes Estates 4112 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Virginia Butler & Les Fishman’s (Coldwell Banker-PV Beach Cities) 517 Via Almar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,030 square foot home for $2,475,000.  This Malaga Cove Mid Century modern home features fabulous unobstructed views of the Queen’s necklace ocean/city/mountains, upgraded kitchen w/breakfast nook, floor to ceiling windows, and viewing balcony.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market January 5, 2019, and sold for $2,542,000 on January 10, 2019, with escrow closing on January 17, 2019.  Elaine Carlson (RE/MAX Estate Properties) and William Herman’s (Pierside Realty, Inc) 4112 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,122 square foot home for $1,600,000.  This gated one level Portuguese Bend Club home features panoramic ocean/Catalina views, nearly 20′ x 30′ living room, open concept kitchen w/eating area, pool, and membership available to Portuguese Bend Beach Club with its private beach/paddle tennis courts/ playground.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market on April 12, 2019, was reduced to $1,450,000 on May 1, 2019, sold for $1,475,000 on May 8,2019, with escrow closing on June 7, 2019.

My favorite Palos Verdes homes from 2018, can be accessed by clicking here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Wishing You Happy Holidays 2019!

Wishing You Happy Holidays 2019!

Winter photo courtesy of Arvin Design                                                                                                 

May you be blessed with peace, love, and joy for Christmas and the New Year!

I will be spending time with my family and friends over the holiday and will be back with a new article on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

 

 

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Transit Offers Free New Year’s Eve 2019 Rides On Peninsula

Palos Verdes Transit Offers Free New Year’s Eve 2019 Rides On Peninsula

Palos Verdes Transit is again offering free bus rides to Palos Verdes residents on New Year’s Eve.  This bus service is available to any Palos Verdes Peninsula resident from 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2019, to 2:00 a.m. on January 1, 2020.   This can be to and from a restaurant, party, or even just a small get together.  Additionally, Palos Verdes Transit will pick you up from your own home and return you there at the end of the evening.  The PV Transit has been offering this free service for years and it is just one of the great services available to Palos Verdes residents.

On Monday, December 23, 2019, you can begin making advanced reservations for one-way or round-trip New Year Eve rides by callling (310) 544-3710 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  If you are unable to call ahead, you can also call on December 31st for evening reservations.  This is a great way to have a fun and safe Happy New Year!

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Transit free New Year’s Eve rides click here.

Photo courtesy of City of Palos Verdes Estates Newsletter

Mid December 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid December 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

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Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 19 days of December  2019 are 38 homes which is a decrease from the 43 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 19 days of November and an increase from the first 19 days of December 2018 (26).  (It may take an additional week for some sales to post after the actual close of escrow).  The average sales price for single family Palos Verdes homes from December 1st to December 19th is $1,743,397 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,530,285 for this same time period and a decrease from $1,850,452 last December.

In December 2019 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $3,900,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and had 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 6,539 square feet on a 16,708 square foot lot.  This sophisticated 2016 built home features incredible city and peek-a-boo ocean views, beautiful chef’s kitchen, secluded master suite w/fireplace & sitting area, spacious family room, recreation/play room, 3-level elevator, and sparkling pool/spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold December 2019 to date for $985,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,143 square feet on a 14,685 square foot lot.

We currently have 156 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,100,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood to $27,500,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from September 2018 through November 2019, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid November 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Above photo of a Palos Verdes beach courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Free Post Holiday Tree Pick Up 2019 Schedules

Palos Verdes Free Post Holiday Tree Pick Up 2019 Schedules

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Palos Verdes home owners can have their Christmas trees picked up after the holiday for free!

Palos Verdes Estates residents are scheduled for pick up of their Christmas trees beginning December 26, and going through January 11, 2020.  This year, service will be provided during your normal weekly trash pickup.  Trees will be removed from your normal trash enclosure or trash area.  After January 11, 2020, however, you are responsible to cut and bundle your tree securely with twine or rope and leave it in your trash area.  Stands and all decorations including tinsel must be removed.  Lightly flocked trees are acceptable.  For more information, call Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

The City of Rolling Hills will be recycling their trees as part of their regular trash pick-up program.  Just put it out on your regular green trash day, and the trees will be picked up from December 26th through January 11, 2020.  Remember to remove everything from the tree including the stand; flocked trees will be picked up also.  However, if your tree is over 6 feet, you are required to cut it in half. For more information, call Waste Management at (310) 677-6500.

Rancho Palos Verdes will be recycling trees as part of their regular trash pick up from December 26 through January 11, 2020.  Please remove everything from it and place it next to your trash bin.   If your Christmas tree is over 6 feet tall, they ask that you cut the tree in half.  This year they will  be offering extra trash bags pick up until January 11, 2020, if they are placed next to the gray trash cart.  For more information, call EDCO Waste at (310) 540-2977.

Rolling Hills Estates will be recycling trees as part of their regular trash pick up from December 26 through January 11, 2020.  All trees must have everything removed from them including the stand before pick up.  For more information, call Waste Management at (800) 774-0222.

To read my last article on Holiday Tree Pick Up click here.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – December 17, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –December 17, 2019 

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the December 17, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (6 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 160 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,100,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $755,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 33 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

   

Travis Candy, Taylor Anderson & Judith Lovingfess’ (Keller Williams Beverly Hills) 30691 Calle De Suenos, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 7 bath, 6,746 square foot home for $3,888,000.  This enormous Country Club estate features fabulous unobstructed ocean/Catalina views, large ensuite bedrooms, hotel-like balconies, a 32,482 square foot lot, and is located on a private road.  Kathy Tyndall & Rachel Martiens’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 28228 Lobrook Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,426 square foot home for $1,249,000.  This Los Verdes home features stunning ocean/Catalina views, kitchen w/tons of storage & large island, built in wine closet, master suite w/office space, and spacious backyard.

To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events January 2020

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events January 2020

During the month of January 2020, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering outdoor hikes/activities for Palos Verdes home owners to enjoy including bird walks, nature walks with naturalists, and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.

Special Events: 

Hopculture Beer Fest presented by Brouwerij West benefiting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is a great event where you can taste the handcrafted beer from 25 different distilleries.  This Beer Fest will take place on January 25, 2020, at Brouwerij West located at 110 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.  For tickets and more information visit https://www.brouwerijwest.com.

Singing Bowls Sound Mediation with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  You will discover the power of sound as medicine with international musician and teacher Jeralyn Glass.  She will be leading visitors through a sound meditation experience as she plays her Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls which are made of pure quartz.  Meditating with the energetic vibrations of the bowls awakens a journey of healing and release through the native plant gardens and the seaside trails.  This event will take place at the White Point Education Center and Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at Abalone Cove Reserve Tide Pools on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.  During the walk, you will visit newly landscaped trails lined with drought tolerant plants and interpretive signage.  Then you will enjoy a walk to explore the tide pools and pillow lava formations.  This is considered a moderate walk.  Park in the lot at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You can join in and help beautify the native demonstration garden, benefiting local wildlife and our community.  All ages are welcome!  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Volunteer Trail Watch Training at Ladera Linda Community Center on Saturday, January 25th and Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You will be able to learn about becoming a Volunteer Trail Watch member helping to educate users about the trails, its habitat and wildlife!  You can become a Trail Watch Volunteer and volunteer on your own schedule.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Monthly Activities:

The Nature Club for Families at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Put on your winter coat and come outdoors to experience our beautiful Palos Verdes peninsula as a family.  In January, the Nature Club will be meeting the Peninsula’s amazing trees! Your children will love “shaking hands” with a Sycamore, jug a Coastal Live Oak, and wave at a Willow!  The knowledgeable Naturalist will invite you to play games, create art, sing songs, hike trails, read books, explore the White Point Preserve and become familiar with the magical trees of the Peninsula. This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Families will enjoy this easy and educational walk with a Naturalist for a refreshing 1.8 mile walk through this beautiful canyon preserve.  Stroll through fragrant coastal sage habitat and riparian woodland to discover the unique variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects that make this urban wilderness their home.  This walk concludes inside the Nature Center with a hands on exploration of the exhibits.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Stroller friendly.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

Start the New Year off with Native Plants for Your Garden!  Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  This is a great oppotunity to help turn around the decline of birds by providing a home for them in your own yard.  When you plant native plants instead of non-natives, you expand their habitat beyond the Nature Preserve’s existing boundaries.  Native plants will create a gorgeous and fragrant garden without chemical fertilizers or insecticides and very little water.  Experts can tell you how.  Plants sold on first come, first served basis.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

The  Nature Club for Families will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, January 12, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Investigate the mammals and reptiles that live in the open spaces and nature preserves of the Peninsula.  You can take part in games and hands on learning experiences designed to teach you to identify the tracks and scat of coyotes, raccoons, rabbits, snakes, and skunks.  Then take your new sleuthing skills out on the trails to find out what kinds of wildlife are nearby.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  Join the Wild Birds Unlimited to search for the winged creatures that make White Point Nature Preserve their home. Keep one ear tuned for the “meow” of the endangered gnatcatcher, now thriving at White Point.  Or maybe you will spot one of the burrowing owls, a peregrine falcon, or a red tailed hawk.  This program is free and all ages are welcome.  Binoculars supplied for beginners.  Parking is available at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  You will be able to take a walk beside the ocean with the knowledgeable Naturalists.  You’ll begin with a stroll through the Tongva Demonstration Garden to learn how for thousands of years, the early inhabitants of the Peninsula used native plants for survival.  Continue on the trails through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat, past historic military sites, and across native grasslands.  Listen for the “meow” of the endangered gnatcatcher bird that is thriving here.  Finish with a hands on exploration of the Native Center.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Start the New Year off with Native Plants for Your Garden!  Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  There are one third fewer birds in North America than there were thirty years ago, with coastal birds taking the hardest hit, mostly due to habitat destruction.  You can contribute to their survival by resorting coastal sage habitat in your own yard.  When you plant native plants, you expand their habitat beyond the nature preserves’ boundaries, creating a new kind of contiguous urban wilderness.  Your garden can be gorgeous and fragrant, require very little water, and no chemical fertilizers or insecticides; while also contributing to the survival of coastal birds and pollinators.  They will show you how.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

The Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  You will join Wild birds Unlimited’s expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage and riparian woodland of this lovely canyon.  This is free and appropriate for all ages. Binoculars are supplied for beginners. No dogs are allowed on the bird walks.  The George F Canyon Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Chandler Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservance on Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Assist in the last planting of the season to provide habitat for the Palos Verdes blue butterfly.  This is sponsored by their partner, Patagonia. Locations may be subject to change or cancelled due to rain.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturdays, January 11 and 25, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help enhance the habitat by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants and more.  Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy.  Locations may be subject to change or cancelled due to rain.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Rapid Response Team will be getting together on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside Conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. The task includes trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  You will work at various locations around the Preserve.  No experience is needed.  This is for ages 15 and up.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy