“The corporate powers of this corporation shall, except as otherwise provided herein, be vested in a Board of directors who shall be members of this corporation, and three shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time.”

WHEREAS, The Palos Verdes Homes Association wishes to adopt rules for the nominating and electing Members to the Board of Directors;

WHEREAS, the Palos Verdes Homes Association has received and considered materials from Board Members; the Elections Committee formed at the request of the Board of Directors, and attorneys retained by the Board of Directors;

WHEREAS, for purposes of this Resolution, the term “Voting Year” refers to the calendar year before the year in which the Annual Meeting when Directors will be elected is held.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of this corporation does establish and adopt the following rules for the conduct of nomination and election to the Board of Directors:

  • Only a Member may be nominated for or serve on the Board of Directors.
  • To appear on the ballot for the annual election to the Board of Directors, a Member must be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors.  This requirement applies to all persons, including incumbents, who will appear on the ballot for annual election to the Board of Directors.  Write-ins are not permitted.
  • The only method of nomination for a position on the Board of Directors is by way of a Petition delivered to an officer of the corporation at the Palos Verdes Homes Association Offices requesting to have the name of a Member added to the ballot.  The Petition will only be accepted if (a) it contains the names, addresses, and original handwritten signatures of at least 25 Palos Verdes Homes Association Members, and (b) is submitted on or before the first Monday in October of the Voting Year.  No nominations will be accepted and no additional names may be added to a Petition after the close of business of the  first Monday in October of the Voting Year.  The Palos Verdes Homes Association  will audit any Petition to determine the validity and authenticity of any names or signatures on a Petition.
  • Votes must be cast by secret ballot and may be cast in person, by mail, or electronically in accordance with instructions provided by the Palos Verdes Homes Association.  To preserve confidentiality, a Member may not be identified by name, address, or lot or parcel number on the ballot. 
  • Members who vote my mail or in person will use the following ballot procedures:  (a) the completed ballot, which will not be signed by the Member, will be inserted into an envelope that is sealed; (b) That sealed envelope will be inserted into a second envelope that is sealed; this second envelope will have pre-printed on it at least the following information (i) the Member’s name(s), (ii) the address or separate interest that entitles the Member to vote in the election; and (iii) the name and address of the inspector of elections, which will tally the votes; (c) The Member must sign this second sealed envelope for purposes of potential verification; a ballot without a signature will not be counted. The Member is responsible for mailing the ballot or delivering it to a location specified by the Palos Verdes Homes Association for collecting ballots. 
  • Members who chose to vote electronically must follow the instructions provided with the ballot materials. 
  • Each parcel is entitled to only one vote, be it by in person, mail or electronic voting.  Once submitted, a ballot cannot be changed or withdrawn.  In any instance in which more than one ballot for a single parcel is submitted, the ballot first received(whether in person, mail, or electronically) will be counted, unless the inspector of elections (a) conclusively determines that the person submitting the first ballot was not entitled to do so; and (b) can identify the unauthorized ballot.
  • The Bylaws of the Palos Verdes Homes Association provide for staggered terms. If candidates are not running for specific terms and a quorum is reached, then nominated candidates will be elected for terms based on the two highest vote getters filling terms of three years; assuming more than two vacancies exist, the next two highest vote getters filling terms of two years; and, assuming five vacancies exist, the fifth highest vote getter filling a term of one year.


Olmsted Anniversary Celebration

This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the youngest Olmsted, Fred Jr.  and 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of his father Frederick Law Olmstead.

Beginning in 1857 with the design for Central Park in New York City, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), his sons and successor firm created designs for more than 6,000 landscapes across North America, including many of the world’s most important parks. Olmsted’s remarkable design legacy includes Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Boston’s Emerald Necklace, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Mount Royal in Montreal, the grounds of the United States Capitol and the White House, and Washington Park, Jackson Park and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. Olmsted’s sons were founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects and played an influential role in the creation of the National Park Service.  The Olmsteads west coast office was located here in Palos Verdes Estates . Their firm was an essential component in the design and development of PVE and other historical sites across the Peninsula.

The Olmsteds’ work reflects a vision of American communities and American society still relevant today—a commitment to visually compelling and accessible green space that restores and nurtures the body and spirit of all people, regardless of their economic circumstances. The Olmsteds believed in the restorative value of landscape and that parks can bring social improvement by promoting a greater sense of community and providing recreational opportunities, especially in urban environments. 

Follow this link to the National Association for Olmstead Parks website. From there you can access the F.L.O. National Historic Site, search the Master List of Olmstead Projects archives and map their work in cities across the country.

5.6.20 Appointments Now Available for Limited Services


The Palos Verdes Homes Association understands the need for Homeowners, Architects, Contractors and other industry professionals to have access to the archival depository of construction documents and historical records for every property in Palos Verdes Estates and Miraleste. Of greater importance is protecting every person’s health and safety during the global pandemic. To do both requires a controlled procedure to mitigate the inherent risk.

Beginning Wednesday May 6, 2020, the Palos Verdes Homes Association office will be transitioning to a limited ‘appointment only’ basis to:

  • Allow one project representative at a time the opportunity to review and/or trace existing architectural drawings to facilitate the advancement of their project.
  • Allow Homeowner to sign a plan release authorizing printers to produce copies of existing plans (validation of ownership is required – copy of the title or deed and valid driver’s license).  If homeowner is remote, please call PVHA for options.

All other services will follow the current procedures (updated April 8, 2020) by email and through the pick-up/drop-off bins until further notice or as we see fit.

Each representative must comply with all of the following mandatory criteria.  There will be no exceptions.

Appointment hours: 9:00am – Noon and 1:30pm – 4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  We will remain closed on Tuesdays.

Duration of Appointments:   30 minutes up to maximum of 60 minutes. Scheduled at :00 and :30 of the hour. Appt. times will be strictly observed – plan accordingly – no overlapping

Making your appointment:   APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE ONLY – 310 373 6721

You will be asked to provide the following information:

Your name – Phone number – Relationship to project – Address of project you wish to view – Reason for appointment – Address of other properties you wish to view – Plans will be ready for you when your appointment begins

What you will need:   A face mask that covers your nose and mouth must be worn at all times

You shall maintain social distancing guidelines

You shall bring your own tools and materials required to perform your task

IMPORTANT!  In the last 6 weeks, if you have had exposure to a person who has tested positive for the virus, or if you have exhibited any symptoms generally associated with the common cold, flu or coronavirus, then please stay at home and focus on getting better.  Do not put anyone at risk.

Thank you.

PVHA Staff

Board of Director’s Candidates for 2020 Election

Six members have submitted verified petitions to be on the ballot for the 2020 PVHA Board Election. They are incumbents are Marlene Breene, Richard Fay and Charles Tang and also Gayne Brenneman, John Harbison and Reid Schott. All five seats on the PVHA Board are up for election. Ballots will be mailed in the fall and the results announced at the PVHA annual meeting on January 14, 2020.

Meet the Candidates:

DICK FAY, Incumbent

After retiring from ARCO, he and a partner started a web site development business which they ran for 15 years and sold in 2015.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dick has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Duke University and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Villanova University. 

Now fully retired Dick and his wife live in Montemalaga.  He enjoys traveling, photography, golf and following his favorite sports teams.


Special studies on the Olmsted firm, both at Parsons and through symposia by the National Association of Olmsted Parks, instilled a deeper insight into the history of our community and sparked inspiration for the future.  Marlene is currently a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Mediterranean Garden Society, the California Native Plant Society, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.  Extensive volunteer efforts past and present include board member for the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, steering committee for Beautify Lunada Bay, Committee Chairperson for PTA, and docent activities for the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. 

Seeking good schools and the best climate in Los Angeles, Marlene and her husband Patrick first arrived in Lunada Bay with 2 preschoolers in tow and a ‘dream fixer’ property. After many busy years, the 3 daughters are grown, Patrick is now retired and the house needs another ’fix’. Everything circles back.  Marlene continues to enjoy working in our extraordinary community and is enthusiastic about contributing to the Palos Verdes legacy.


Goal:  In seeking election to the PVHA Board, Gayne would be honored to continue her community service by contributing to the happiness, and tranquility found in PVE, and maintaining Olmsted’s vision:  “…PRESERVE, INCREASE, ENHANCE, AND PROTECT, the homeowners property values, views, trees and plants.”

Personal: A Board-certified cardiac anesthesiologist, Gayne has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 2000 and has been married to Bob Slay MD, an ER doctor, for 43 years.  Gayne and Bob moved to bucolic Palos Verdes Estates to raise their family their 2 grown children, both of whom, attended PV schools, USC Business School, and live nearby.

Gayne has been in private practice in Texas and San Diego, VA hospital, Richmond VA, and HMO practice at Kaiser Sunset, until retiring in 2016. She is currently a freelance anesthesiologist on a part-time basis for a variety of local hospitals.

Relevant Experience:  As HOA President of her vacation condo in Idaho, she has successfully fought against high density re-zoning, supported sunlight and view protections, improved transparency and digitalized communication, and CC&R adherence and enforcement.

Elected Positions:  

  • President of HOA for her Sun Valley, Idaho condo for 27 years
  • Class Agent for her medical school class, for the past 37 years
  • Anesthesiologists of California Representative, District #13, from 1999 – 2002, and Alternate Delegate from 2002 – 2005

Additional Accomplishments: 

  • Contributing author to numerous cardiac anesthesia literature and books
  • Editor – Kaiser Permanente Journal
  •  Who’s Who of American Women, 1996 and 2019
  •  “A.M.A.” Physician’s Recognition Award 1985, 88, 97, 00, 02
  • Who’s Who in American Business, 1998
  • America’s Top Physicians, Consumer Affairs 2005
  • U.S. News & World Reports ‘TOP DOCTOR’S” 2015
  • Contributor, and featured on the cover of The Battle Buddy Diet on nutrition


  • UCSB, political science, 1973
  • Medical school, internship, and residency, at UTHSC, 1977-1984
  • Fellowship at UAB in 1988
  • Harvard Business School, graduate courses with a focus on “Complex Negotiations and Strategic Planning”

Additional Appointments/Guest Lecturing/Community Involvement:

  • Lecturer – Cardiac anesthesia to the Kaiser School of Anesthesia for 12 years, and the
  • Lecturer – American Association of Operating Room Efficiency “Use of Palm Pilots
  • Appointed assistant professor at U.S.C., M.C.V., and U.C.S.D.
  • Developed the #1 mobile app for Cardiac echo diagnostics, worldwide for 3 years, 2003-06.
  • Guest lecturer for ‘Grand Rounds’, at Kaiser Sunset, and Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara.
  • Most interestingly, she lectured on ‘open heart’ an  esthesia to the Queen Alia Institute, in Jordan, at the request of his majesty, King Hussain, and President Reagan’s consultant for the state department.

Personal Interests:  Gayne travels extensively both domestically and internationally.  She loves downhill skiing, bicycling, and computer programming – particularly custom macros.


Charles Tang has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 1995. After a successful 35 year career at The Aerospace Corporation, he became a serial entrepreneur and created several companies including a technology venture capital firm, a real estate investment company, and a nonprofit educational company to help disadvantaged people become financially literate. In addition, he continues to teach system architectures, technology startups, and managing engineering innovation at Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California. 

His educational background includes a MBA from Pepperdine University and PhD/MS/BS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. All three of his now grown children attended PV schools from Lunada Bay elementary to PV High and Peninsula High.  In his spare time, he enjoys driving and working on his cars and motorcycles. Charles and his family love Palos Verdes Estates and he is looking forward to ensuring that the beauty and unique quality of life in Palos Verdes will endure for the enjoyment of future generations.


Ried has had successful careers in commercial real estate and investment banking.  In conjunction with work he has lived in Cincinnati, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, before settling in PVE 15-years ago.  He has remained active with property management through his own firm and has been an angel investor with Tech Coast Angels for two decades, investing in nearly a score of start-up companies.  Ried presently serves as a Director of a non-profit Housing Corporation and recently established a charitable foundation.  He also serves on the Board of a Home Owners Association with a budget and issues that are similar to those involving PVHA.  Ried’s formal education includes liberal arts studies at Ohio Wesleyan and a business degree from the University of Denver.  His education was supplemented with graduate school studies and extension courses (at NYU and UCLA).

Ried has resided in Malaga Cove for 15-years.  He has been engaged in local and area activities, which include being a Volunteer Parkland Ranger, a member of the PV Golf Club, a former Advisory Board Member of the Malaga Homeowners Association and is a member of the Manhattan Country Club.

In making improvements to his home in PVE, Ried needed to submit applications to the Art Jury and the PVHA for; 1) changes to building’s exterior, 2) rebuilding a porch, 3) installing solar panels and 4) view restoration.  This personal experience has provided Ried with important insight on the processes and issues involving the Art Jury and PVHA, and ways they can be simplified and improved.


He has lived in Palos Verdes Estates and been a member of PVHA since 1992. In the recent Panorama parklands litigation, he fought for the protection of our CC&Rs and Deed Restrictions, which is integral to the stewardship responsibilities of the PVHA. Now that the lawsuit is settled, John looks forward to the potential opportunity to channel his deep understanding of the CC&Rs and PVHA by-laws into protecting and implementing the vision set by the founders of our community.

John Harbison is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels – the largest Angel investor group in the US, where he has invested in over 60 startups. He has served as a Director on Boards of many early stage companies and enjoys mentoring and helping those companies succeed. Previously he co-founded Next Autoworks, a disruptive new American car company, backed by investors such as Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures. Before that he served as CEO of SilentRunner Inc., a network security software company, and as President of Raytheon Commercial Ventures Inc. where he launched four businesses in two years leading to two successful exits and a third company which introduced the first automotive blind spot radar and grew to $700 M in sales in 8 years. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant and partner at Booz•Allen Hamilton where he led the firm’s Aerospace/Defense Practice and its Strategic Alliances functional practice —  both to global pre-eminence — and opened its Los Angeles office. He has an BA from Harvard College, an MS in accounting from NYU Stern (resulting in a CPA) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

His two sons grew up in the PV schools, attending Montemalaga, PVIS and Peninsula High. He has served on the Board of the Greater Los Angeles Council for the Boy Scouts of America since 1994 and was Chairman for two terms from 2000-2001.

This year’s ballot will also include an advisory question on reducing the quorum requirement to 35% from the current 50%. PVHA has not achieved the 50% quorum since 2009.

2020 Board Election

Six members have submitted verified petitions to be on the ballot for the 2020 PVHA Board Election. They are incumbents are Marlene Breene, Richard Fay and Charles Tang and also Gayne Brenneman, John Harbison and Reid Schott. All five seats on the PVHA Board are up for election. Ballots will be mailed in the fall and the results announced at the PVHA annual meeting on January 14, 2020.

This year’s ballot will also include an advisory question on reducing the quorum requirement to 35% from the current 50%. PVHA has not achieved the 50% quorum since 2009.

Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

Per the Palos Verdes Homes Association ByLaws, the 93rd Annual Meeting of members will be held January 8, 2019 at 8pm in Palos Verdes Estates City Council Chambers.

The close of elections is Wednesday January 2, 2019 at 4:30pm.

In the months of October, November and December, members will receive Annual Meeting information, member verification and Board of Directors election ballots.  Please help us reach a quorum required to conduct business by returning your member verification and ballot by
mail to the Inspector of Elections at the address on the return mailing envelope as soon as possible before the busy holidays.  NOTE: Per election rules, ballots can not be accepted at the PVHA offices. Do not leave ballots at the PVHA door or on the counter.  They can not be considered valid and will not be counted.  However, as a convenience to members, a secure ballot box monitored by the Inspector of Elections will be available at Palos Verdes Estates City Hall during their office hours up to the close of elections Wednesday January 2, 2019 at 4pm.

Please be certain you have followed the voting instructions included in your mailing when returning the ballot and member verification so that your ballot is valid and will be counted.

If you have any questions,  feel free to contact the PVHA office at 310-373-6721 or stop by.  We are here to help you.  Please keep in mind that PVHA offices will be closed for the Holidays the following days:  November 22 and 23.  December 24 – 28 2018, and New Years Day 2019.

Even if you wish to abstain from voting, please return your member verification so that a quorum may be achieved. 

All ballots must be returned to the Inspector of Elections.   No ballots can be accepted at the PVHA office or at the Annual Meeting.  

Winter 2017 Bulletin and PVHA White Paper

Click on the page above to open the full document in new window.

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Christine Edstrom O’Hara
On the faculty of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, professor Christine O’Hara has lectured nationally and internationally on landscape preservation and its application to sustainable landscape design and construction. Christine’s current research focuses on the California work of the Olmsted firm, especially the Olmsted Brothers, and their approach to regionalism.

In 2002 she received the Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History to study the regional design of Palos Verdes Estates and Balboa Park. From this research, the essay “The Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915: the Olmsted Brothers’ Ecological Approach to Developing a New Park Typology for the Arid West” was published in the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, March 2011.

Christine holds a BA from Stanford University in English and art history, a MLA from the University of Washington in landscape architecture and preservation planning, and will soon complete her PhD in landscape architecture from University of Edinburgh. She is a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.

Christine also practices landscape architecture and historic landscape restoration, specializing in the restoration and preservation of historic landscapes. She views history and contemporary design as companion ideas where history provides the framework for understanding the direction of the field of landscape architecture.


FOOTNOTES: Myron Hunt and His Vision of California Architecture
1 Jean Block, “Myron Hunt in the Midwest,” Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for Regional Architecture, Exhibition catalogue organized by Baxter Art Gallery (Santa Monica: Hennessey and Ingalls, Inc., 1984), 9.
2 Alison Clark, “Myron Hunt in Southern California,” Myron Hunt, 1868-1952: The Search for Regional Architecture, Exhibition catalogue organized by Baxter Art Gallery (Santa Monica: Hennessey and Ingalls, Inc., 1984), 23, 53.
3 Robert M. Fogelson, The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1939 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967), 159.
4 Palos Verdes Art Jury Minutes, for consideration of “Types of Architectural Styles for Projects,” 17 January 1923.
5 See Greene and Greene’s Gamble House (1908), Pasadena; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (1919), Los Angeles; Gordon Kaufmann’s Milton Getz house (1926), Beverly Hills; and Schindler’s personal residence (1924), Hollywood for further examples.
6 Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers, “The Architecture of the Pasadena Public Library,” 1927, Manuscript: 3 cited from Alison Clark, “Myron Hunt in Southern California.” Hunt and business partner H.C. Chambers designed another building in Southern California about this time, the Riverside Community Hospital (1925), in a U-shaped plan. When asked for its inspiration, Hunt traced the design back to the architecture of Greece and Pompeii.
7 Harold Kirker, Old Forms on a New Land: California Architecture in Perspective (Niwot: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1991).
8 Delane Morgan, The Palos Verdes Story (Palos Verdes Peninsula: Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 1983), 87.

92 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election

January 9, 2018 at 8pm

By now all members should have received the Palos Verdes
Homes Association Annual Meeting materials, member
verification and Board of Directors election ballot.

Please help us reach a quorum required to conduct business
by returning your member verification and ballot using the
return mailing envelope as soon as possible before the busy

Ballots cannot be accepted at the PVHA office.

Election returns are received and processed by:
PVHA Inspector of Elections c/o MOSS ADAMS LLP
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90024

For member convenience, there will be a secure dropbox
available during business hours at Palos Verdes City Hall
that will be monitored by the Inspector of Elections.

If you have lost or did not receive your ballot, the property
owner of record with a government issued identification
may pick up another ballot at the Palos Verdes Homes
Association office during business hours.

Please keep in mind that PVHA offices are closed every Tuesday, and will be closed for the
holidays December 25 – 29, 2017 and the New Year’s Day holiday January 1, 2018.