Poll: Should Rancho Palos Verdes Officials Rescind Off-Leash Dog Beach?

The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council will revisit the off-leash dog beach pilot program at its April 3 meeting. Tell us what you think in the poll below.

Rancho Palos Verdes officials are taking a step back to review original plans for a dog beach pilot program at Rancho Palos Verdes Beach and are considering putting the popular idea on the chopping block.

Council members in February toward the program scheduled to begin in the fall and are now set to revisit the matter during Tuesday's meeting.

According to a staff report, "the addition of an off-leash dog beach at RPV Beach, even on a trial basis, appears to be beyond what is appropriate and sustainable for the site, especially given the apparent pent up demand for this type of facility in the greater Los Angeles area."

City staff recommended "the city council revisit its prior decision and rescind the one-year off-leash dog beach pilot program at RPV Beach."

Tell us what you think of the potential fate of this program in the poll below.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 3 at , 29301 Hawthorne Blvd.

Send letters to the editor to meredith.skrzypczak@patch.com.

Richard April 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Wow, take a look in the mirror there Captain Critical. Stereotype much? There is a balance to be struck on the issue, not just in PV but in LA city generally for mixed-use beaches. Have you ever visited the beach at issue? I'm guessing you haven't. Is the present situation ideal? In some ways it may not be, but rescinding the pilot program isn't necessarily the right solution. Talk about a narrow view sir!
JB April 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I agree that this beach is not suitable for a four-year-old - espec with the steep walk, the uneven rock surfaces, and the lack of a safe swimming area. I'm happy that you have dozens of other beaches where you can safely take your grandchildren where they will not have to face a large dog -- including, of course, every other beach on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in LA County, except for a tiny portion of the beach near the Long Beach pier called Rosie's Beach. The stretch near Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach has been dog friendly for decades, with plenty of children and dogs mixing together every day, with zero lawsuits to the city. Long Beach has not had that problem, either. Santa Barbara beaches are all dog friendly, with no lawsuits, as are many dog-friendly beaches in San Diego. So the idea that lawsuits will bankrupt Rancho PV is not based in fact or experience or even common reasoning.
Jo Marco April 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
There are dog beaches in other nice communities, Carmel, San Francisco, Huntington, San Diego to name a few. Unfortunately, the dog beach may be killed like the ball fields, skate parks, dog parks, animal education centers, college students and now even the Preserve (one of the things that has kept our property values up) is under attack again for being tpp popular ("too many people, bikes, hikers, horses- whatever you want to be against, on the trails...."). Nobody in this community will tolerate anything nice for someone else if they can complain and make it go away. Yet we allow building to start up again in the landslide area without benefit of an EIR all the while seeing the access road sliding out to sea in the name of property rights. We can't even have tall, mature trees around here, just short, tortured ones so as not to block someone's view (of short stumpy tortured trees...)
vic pietrantoni May 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Dear Notso; Thank you for so elequently making DDavis' point. Actually, there are beautiful off-leash parks on the beach in several places up and down the coast. Two I have used lately are located in Carmel and Huntington Beach. Off-leash beaches are among the cleanest beaches around. We tend to not only pick up after our dogs, but also pick up after weekend revelers who leave plastic and other trash that kill wildlife. I'm sure your argument about dogs peeing on your lawn is relevant to your point of view about something, just not the situation being discussed. I also like how you made this a political issue; again, your point? Oh, and about the law; we have law that need to be interpreted to the "letter." I don't believe this is one of them. I'm sure if you think real hard, you will come up with an infraction or two that you have committed in the past? Maybe not......One last thing; I typed this too quickly, so if you should come across a spelling and/or grammer mistake, don't let it get you off track of what the discussion is about. vic pietrantoni
vic pietrantoni May 01, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Dear Cpt, Is that all dog owner who have no respect for the environment. I invite you to go to the Huntington Beach off-leash dog park. As you walk northbound on the dog beach notice how clean it is. As you pass the northern boundry of the dog park, notice how clean it's not. As for you comment about "all dog owners being emotional and living in a "narrow world," it seems that it's time for a little introspection. vic pietrantoni


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