November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election

The General Municipal Election, previously scheduled for November 3, 2020, has been canceled.

On June 2, 2020, the City Council called for the General Municipal Election to be held for the election of two members of City Council. The nomination period began on July 13th and ended on August 7th, with only two candidates nominated – incumbents Mayor Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Alegria, for the two open seats.

Per Elections Code 10229, when this occurs, the local agency (City Council) is authorized to appoint to each office those nominated as though they were elected at a municipal election. This appointment also causes the previously scheduled election to be canceled and yields an approximate savings of over $100K to the City’s budget. The City Clerk has also been directed to not accept for filing any statement of a write in candidate which is submitted after the appointments are made.

During the August 18, 2020, City Council meeting, the City Council appointed John Cruikshank and Eric Alegria to take office and serve exactly as though elected at a municipal election for a full term of four years.  They will be sworn into office during the December 1st Regular City Council meeting.


July 13 – August 7 - Nomination Period
September 24 – October 13 – Mailing of Official Sample Ballot Booklets by the County
October 5 – Mailing of Vote by Mail Ballots by the County
October 19 – Last day to register to vote for this election
November 3 – ELECTION DAY
November 3, 8:00 P.M. – Last day for VBM ballots to be received or turned in personally by the voter at any polling place in the County.


Resolution 2020-48 Cancellation of the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election and Appointments to Office

Agenda Report from August 18, 2020 Consideration and possible action to appoint persons nominated for Members of the City Council and cancel the General Municipal Election scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Resolution 2020-28 Calling for a General Municipal Election for Candidates in RPV on November 3, 2020

Resolution 2020-29 Requesting Consolidation with LA County for the November 3, 2020 Election

Resolution 2020-30 Candidate Statement Regulations


Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Voting Centers open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This election will be conducted by Los Angeles County, who will print and mail the sample ballots, determine polling centers and precinct officers, process absentee ballot applications, and conduct the tabulation (canvass) of the votes. In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order relating to COVID-19, all registered voters in the November 3, 2020 Rancho Palos Verdes Election will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot. The Registrar Recorder’s office will provide safe and secure Vote Centers (in a reduced number) that follow all of the public health and safety guidelines, such as: social distancing of 6 feet; Election Workers wearing protective gloves and masks; wiping down surfaces and Ballot Marking devices after every voter; and, limiting the number of voters in the voting area at one time.

NameAddressContact InformationDate Nomination Papers IssuedDate Nomination Papers SubmittedQualified Candidate
John Cruikshank3845 Crest RoadHome: (424) 328-1028
Work: (310) 241-6550 x228
Eric Alegria3432 Palo Vista DriveHome: 213-503-7984


The Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be audited by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California. 

The FPPC provides free, expert advice at their toll free number: (866) ASK FPPC (275-3772) or you may go to their website at: All campaign forms and most manuals and instructions are available on their website.  More information about the requirements can be found here: The law also requires certain disclosures on campaign literature.

Failure to comply with these filing forms and deadlines can result in prosecution and fines of up to $5,000 per violation.


Click the following link to view campaign filings for Candidates which is available in our Document Center.

Candidate Campaign Filings


City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. (closed sessions starts at 6:00 p.m.). Special or adjourned City Council meetings may be held as needed.


Members of the City Council will each be compensated for their services in the sum of $400 per month. Members of the City Council may also receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties on behalf of the city.


The Mayor is appointed every 12 months on a rotational basis by the City Council.


Rancho Palos Verdes has an estimated 29,346 registered voters as of May 2020.


Voter Registration forms are available at: Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder’s Office website (; California Secretary of State’s Office website (; or post offices and local libraries.

Register to Vote HERE with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Check your Voter Registration Status HERE.

For more information on registering to vote you may visit the Secretary of State’s Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Teri Takaoka

    City Clerk

  2. Vacant

    Deputy City Clerk

  3. City Clerk

    Physical Address
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


    Phone: 310-544-5217
    Fax: 310-544-5291

    Monday through Thursday
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