Current City Projects
City Projects Currently Under Construction
- Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon - Southbound Palos Verdes Drive West at Via Carrillo
Installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at the existing cross-walk on the southbound leg of Palos Verdes Drive West at Via Carrillo. This equipment will replace the existing, inoperable in-pavement flashers. The RRFB will provide driver notification of pedestrians. The RRFB will provide a visibility of up to 3,000 feet and will be visible to traffic in a queue or platoon since it can be seen over preceding vehicles. Work is anticipated to begin in mid-November 2017.
- Construction Contract for the Electrical Service and Pole Foundation Installation for Five (5) ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition Cameras) at Two Locations in the City of Palos Verdes Estates
Project Started:Wednesday October 4
Project Completion: Friday: December 1
Project Scope: Installation of electrical service and three (3) pole foundations for five (5) Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras at two locations within the City of Palos Verdes Estates:
- Palos Verdes Drive West at Torrance Bounday (2 Poles) north of Via Rosa and Via Anita
- Via Valmonte at Torance Boundary (1 Pole) close to the "Gatehouse"
Implementing Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology on the Peninsula has been approved by the Peninsula Regional Law Enforcement Committee that consists of Cities of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV), Rolling Hills (RH) and Rolling Hills Estates (RHE), all of which contract with the Sheriff’s Department. In coordination, the City of Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) is also participating in and sharing the cost of the ALPR program that provides a maximum coverage, static solution encompassing Peninsula-wide entries and exits.
The Peninsula-wide ALPR project has the benefit of multiple cameras, providing PVEPD with the ability to access the Peninsula-wide ALPR database for criminal investigations. This requires PVE to install five camera installations at two locations while realizing the benefit of a Peninsula-wide system encompassing a total of 47 cameras.
As previously presented to the City Council at the April 26 and June 14, 2016 public meetings; the Cities of PVE, RPV, RH and RHE have experienced an increase in Part 1 crime (globally defined by the FBI as the most serious crime categories). All four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula have experienced similar crime trends and are seeking a collaborative approach to address the situation with a peninsula-wide automated license plate reader system.
ALPR systems are commonly used by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. These systems use specialized cameras, either at fixed locations and/or on mobile devices, to scan large quantities of license plates from passing vehicles, which are rapidly compared against police databases revealing matches known as “hits.” ALPR systems notify police personnel when a vehicle (which has been reported stolen or is equipped with lost or stolen license plates) passes through the system. In addition, the system also alerts or hits on vehicles with associated warrants over $26,000, a threshold set high enough to focus on more serious offenses, thus not overburdening police officer resources for petty offenses. PVE has had an ALPR camera in one of its patrol vehicles for several years.
The captured license plate and vehicle images (after being compared to police databases) are then stored on secure cloud-based servers hosted by the proposed vendor, Vigilant Solutions. To address data protection and security, Vigilant’s ALPR servers and personnel are compliant with the CA-DOJ Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) security standards.
Police camera systems or data collection devices can generate community concerns over privacy and data access. In an effort to address privacy concerns, the PVEPD has set its retention period to two (2) years, consistent with the existing records retention schedule, rather than extending to the five (5)-year retention period used by LASD. This two (2)-year retention period will be applied to all plates and images collected from the proposed five cameras within PVE.
The PVE component of the system consists of two (2) fixed camera locations on Palos Verdes Drive West at Palos Verdes Boulevard (near the city boundary with Torrance) and on Via Valmonte at the “Gatehouse” (near the city boundary with Torrance). These two locations represent 5 of the 47 cameras for the Peninsula-wide system. These PVE based cameras will require the installation of infrastructure to mount, power and establish cellular communication to the cameras, as there are no suitable existing poles or locations to mount the camera equipment on which is the construction work that started on Wednesday October 4, 2017.
Current Projects By Others