Palos Verdes Estates

Passing storm clouds made for a dramatic view for one man under the shade of a pine tree along the bluffs in Palos Verdes Estates. 

The city will hold its first Citizens Academy over three months, with applications due on April 8.

The 10-session class is envisioned to accommodate about 25 residents and will focus on civics and the inner-workings of Palos Verdes Estates city government, including a tour of the Athens Material Recovery Facility in La Puente as well as a graduation ceremony at a city council meeting this summer.

Members of the academy will meet Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays between April 20 and July 26.

“It’s an opportunity for residents to learn about the city, either in preparation for potentially becoming more involved or just as a matter of interest,” said Mayor Jennifer King, who was named mayor at a special meeting of the city council on Monday.

One of the Saturdays the academy convenes will be on April 23 when the city hosts its second Energy and Environment Expo in front of city hall, with several booths offering information about sustainability, handling the drought and lightening carbon footprints. Southern California Edison, the South Bay Environmental Services Center and the PV Golf Club will also have booths at the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the Citizens Academy, email the city clerk’s office at

— Ed Pilolla

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