City Council —City of Palos Verdes EstatesMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
City of Palos Verdes EstatesCity Council
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About this office
- Protect and restore our City Parklands, including removal of encroachments.
- Ensure measured residential development that respects Neighborhood Compatability, including view preservation and neighborhood consistency.
- Equip our Fire and Police Departments so they can continue to do their job well.
Kenny was born in Los Angeles (then Cedars of Lebanon, now Cedars-Sinai) to Daniel and Lily Kao who immigrated from Taiwan in the late 60’s to pursue Kenny’s father’s PhD in internal medicine from the UCSF Medical School. Along with Kenny’s older brother James, the family moved to Palos Verdes Estates in the early 70’s so that Kenny’s father could continue his post-doc training in pulmonary medicine at UCLA Harbor General. The house in which Kenny grew up, two doors up from Margate Intermediate School (now PVIS), would be where Kenny formed his childhood memories until graduating from PV High School in 1989.
Kenny attended pre-K at what was then The Learning Tree (adjacent to the PV Art Center) and el-hi at Lunada Bay Elementary, Margate Intermediate, and PV High. From a young age, Kenny was inspired by his father’s having gone to public schools (National Taiwan University Medical School (Tai-Da); UCSF Medical School) and strong commitment to public service – founding the Asian American Physician’s Association (AAPA) and leading the Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). Kenny would follow suit in his decisions to attend public universities (UCLA, B.A., English Literature; UC Berkeley, J.D.) and to enter a career in public service – choosing the US Attorney General’s Honors Program, federal clerkships, and other government positions over offers from “Big Law.”
In February 1998, Kenny would lose his father and mentor to cancer. Dr. Daniel K. Kao was only 57 at his passing but, in the short time he was given, succeeded in establishing and leading the Critical Care and Pulmonary/Respiratory Units at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, and serving the South Bay community with great skill, compassion, and integrity.
It was his father’s illness that would prompt Kenny’s relocating from the East Coast back to Southern California where he would eventually find and marry his soulmate Alicia, have kids, and return “home to PV” in 2010. Almost immediately upon moving back to Palos Verdes Estates, Kenny began serving the City as a member of the Traffic Safety Committee (2011-2015, Vice Chair 2013-2015) and his local neighborhood as a Board member of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association (Summer Concerts Chair 2015-2016). In 2015, Kenny was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission.
When he is not working as an attorney or serving his community, Kenny is a big sports fan and enjoys tennis, golf, fishing, camping, and an occasional game of low-stakes poker. He has run four marathons to date (with another scheduled for November 2017) and, despite never training quite enough, still aspires to break the 4:00 finishing time.
- Preserve and Protect PVE Parkland
- Maintain Historic Character and Preserve Malaga Cove Plaza
- Provide Transparency to PVE Government
- Education: B.A., New York University
- MD, State University of New York, Buffalo
- Fellow American College of Surgeons
- U.S. Public Health Service
- 40 Year Palos Verdes Estates Resident
- Wife Joan, former PVPUSD School Board member
- Three children PVPUSD graduat
- Trustee Palos Verdes Library District
- Physician serving Palos Verdes residents
- Coach AYSO, PVBA, PV Softball
- Chair UCLA Medical School Admissions Committee
- Robert Welbourn, PVE Mayor, former
- Mike Moody, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, former
- Ruth Gralow, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, former
- Ruth Gralow, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor fmr
- Mike Moody, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, fmr
- Robert Welbourn, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, fmr
- James Nyman, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, fmr
- Steve Zuckerman, Mayor Rolling Hills Estates
- Dr. William Lama, Palos Verdes Library Board, fmr
- Barry Hildebrand, PVPUSD School Board President, fmr
- Ian Hunter, PVPUSD School Board President, fmr
- Bill Brand, Redondo Beach City Council
- Honorable Douglas Carnahan, Commissioner Los Angeles Superior Court, ret.
- Honorable Emilie Elias, Judge Los Angeles Superior Court, ret.
- Frank Zerunyan, Rolling Hills Estates Councilman
- James Moore, Palos Verdes Library Board
- Kingston Wong, President/Trustee PV Library Board
- Susan Brooks, RPV City Councilwoman
- Ed Thompson, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor, fmr
- Gordana Swanson, Rolling Hills Mayor, fmr
- Barbara Ferraro, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor, fmr
- Sierra Club
- Dr.Joe Lyou, Coalition for Clean Air (for id only)
A political journalist wrote: “It isn’t bad if people see a shift in decision making. It is not bad if the city is on his or her side for a change. In fact, it is unifying.”
I am a unifier and I am a citizen politician, meaning that I am first and foremost a citizen of PVE.
- Preserve and protect the quality of life in our community. Palos Verdes Estates is the oldest planned community on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is a tranquil place where residents raise their families and retire gracefully.
- Committed to fiscal responsibility. With limited resources, the City must scrutinize each expenditure to assure it provides the maximum return for our residents tax dollar.
- Committed to the highest level of public safety to include police, fire and paramedic services for our residents.
- Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014
- Steve and Marlene Young, residents Palos Verdes Estates
- Rosemary Humphrey, former Mayor and Council Member, Palos Verdes Estates