Winter 2017 Bulletin and PVHA White Paper

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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.

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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.


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Harry M. Brandel Jr. College Scholarship Application 2018-19

The Palos Verdes Homes Association is offering qualified high school seniors, college students and graduate students an opportunity for awards from the Brandel Scholarship fund.

Guidelines state that eligible applicants must be accepted at or attending an accredited college or university with a major in architecture, civil engineering, land use planning or fine arts.  In addition, at least one parent must be a property owner in Palos Verdes Estates or the Miraleste area of Rancho Palos Verdes.  Selection criteria include academic achievement, essay, letters of recommendation and community activities.

The deadline is April 2, 2018.  Applications may be obtained from the Palos Verdes Homes Association office, 320 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, at many school guidance centers and can be downloaded here Harry M. Brandel Jr. College Scholarship Application

These educational scholarships were established in memory of Harry Brandel jr. who served on the board of Palos Verdes Homes Association for 44 years.

Please call 310-373-6721 for information.

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Paseo Del Sol Turnaround Project – PVHA reply to City of PVE

PVHA reply to PVE Del Sol Turnaround application

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Report of the Scheduled Annual Meeting of Members January 10,2017

Report of the Scheduled Annual Meeting of Members

January 10, 2017


President Frengs, as Chairman, welcomed those members and guests of the Palos Verdes Homes Association present and expressed appreciation to them on behalf of the Board of Directors for their attendance at the 91st Annual Meeting of Members of the Palos Verdes Homes Association. He then introduced the members of the Board, Association legal counsel, staff members and Association tree mediator. President Frengs directed the audience to the Inspector of Elections Retired Judge Michael Latin, and Melissa Harman, partner at Moss-Adams the accounting firm engaged to be responsible for the collection, custody and counting of PVHA member verifications and ballots.

Judge Latin explained that his role this year was limited in comparison to the oversight and processing of the multiple ballots and delivery methods last year.  This year, he arrived at Moss-Adams the day after the close of voting, verified the envelope count and determined that the count of envelopes was well under the requirement for a quorum. Judge Latin reported the number of envelopes received of 1589, 1122 short of the minimum required for a quorum to conduct an election.  Judge Latin turned the meeting over to Melissa Harman to explain the collection process.

Melissa Harman reported that all envelopes were received at Moss-Adams by a designated person in charge of receipt and ensuring custody in a secure location.  At 4:30 on January 4, 2017, a Moss-Adams representative was sent to the USPS Business Reply Center to collect everything that had been received at that location by 4:30.  The count was processed at 5:00 on January 4, 2017. Judge Latin arrived at 8:30 am January 5, 2017 and certified the count.

As there was no quorum of members, the meeting was incompetent to transact business and adjourned.

An informal question and answer period and general discussion followed.


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