10 Reasons Why Ken Hartley is a Bad Choice for Hermosa Beach City Council 2015

Thinking about voting for Ken?  Think again.

  1. Ken is paying for endorsements. His campaign paid $500 each to 2 slate mailer organizations: 1) “Parents for Progress” and 2) California Voters Justice Guide to have it appear that independent 3rd parties endorsed him.  The California’s Voters Justice Guide is NOT affiliated with any law enforcement organization. The Parents for Progress is not associated with any parent/teacher organization. The treasurer of “Parents for Progress” also mislead voters in a 2013 election in Torrance. Both of these organizations are “Chamber Approved” as noted on their websites.
  2. His leadership position on the Hermosa Beach Camber of Commerce is a conflict of interest. The chamber is a private organization. Did you that the 2 Fiesta Hermosa events are big fundraisers for the chamber? The city gets a very small fee. The city needs to regularly negotiate with the chamber on events, policy, etc.  Whose side will Ken be on if there is a conflict? History shows, he’ll be on the chamber’s side.
  3. Ken does not participate in the city council meetings. All other council candidates attend and participate regularly. Watch the previous council meetings. He’s just not there.
  4. He didn’t even bother to write a candidate statement in your sample ballot.
  5. He’d rather not shop in Hermosa, than bring a reusable bag to grocery store or pay a paper bag fee.  He posted that on social
    Ken Hartely's response to an ER article on the plastic bag ban.

    Ken Hartely’s response to an ER article on the plastic bag ban.

    media, AND he’s the chairman of the chamber of commerce for Hermosa Beach!

  6. Ken was on the payroll for the “Yes on Measure O” PAC, which was funded by E&B. See the “Yes on Measure O Form_460“.  Did youknow…E&B offices are still in Hermosa. The city council is still engaging them on issues. This E&B oil issue is not behind us. Their 30 year lease is still active.
  7. Ken supported Measure O until the final days. He flipped positions when the writing was on the wall that Measure O would fail. This not the kind of leadership we need. 
  8. Ken’s big supporters include E&B’s biggest supporters, like the man who brought a lawsuit against Keep Hermosa Hermosa/Stop Hermosa Beach Oil to stop their ballot arguments.
  9. Ken made a citizens arrest of a “No on O” activist for littering. Instead of accepting that person’s apology, Ken pressured our prosecutor to go to court. While in court, the city prosecutor dropped the charges in exchange for a $50 charitable donation. Ken cost our city time and money, rather than accept an apology.
  10. Ken Hartley wrote in 2002 when he lived in New Jersey: “I have no children, don’t want children and don’t need a law that supposedly makes guns safer.” Regardless of your opinion on gun control, his blatant disregard for children is troublesome. He certainly could have written that letter to the editor without that statement.



Hermosa Beach Police and Measure O

HBPOAE&B has just placed a political add with Jamie Ramirez, Hermosa Beach Police Sergeant, saying that the Hermosa Beach Police Officer’s Association supports Measure O because they need more pay.

Ramirez has a pay package totaling $283,459.00. See Transparent California for the details.  The Hermosa Beach Police Officers’ Association is a non-profit organization  that provides legal representation and  negotiates benefits and wages for the Hermosa Beach police force.

The Hermosa Beach Chief of Police has made the following statement in response:


The Hermosa Beach Police Department does not endorse political candidates or ballot measures. We have NOT taken a position on Measure O. We remain committed to providing the high level of professional service you expect from your police department. Opinions expressed by employee associations and unions do not represent the official position of the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

Sharon Papa
Chief of Police  (Her comment can be seen on the HBPD FB page)

So, why would the HB POA do this? Here are 2 possibilities:

  1. They did not do their research, and honestly don’t know the health risks to the public, and that there won’t be much or even any money for the city.  They did not reach out to Keep Hermosa Hermosa/Hermosa Beach Stop Oil to discuss this project.
  2. Their organization has already taken a donation from E&B or are promised a donation in exchange for their public support.

It is a shame that Hermosa Beach police, who’s job it is to protect the public, are supporting a project that puts the public at risk.


  1. The vote to support Measure O was not unanimous.
  2. It was excellent timing to voice support of this measure AFTER their year end fundraising drive.
  3. California has strict rules on police officers and politics.   Such as, “No officer or employee of a local agency shall participate in political activities of any kind while in uniform.”.

E&B’s PR Firm: Specialists in Lobbying, Crisis Management, Litigation Support, Advertising

With the recent press releases and ads that have become more and more outrageous and false, let’s meet the man and PR firm behind it all.Word PR on newspaper

Eric W. Rose is a partner at Englander Knabe & Allen PR firm. It’s his name we see quoted in the press.

One case study on the PR firm’s website highlights the City of Whittier and how they influenced the city council to vote for oil drilling. Here are some quotes from Englander Knabe & Allen on their Whittier strategy:

  • Wrote signs that said “Our Family Supports Whittier’s Future”.  — Comment:  Sounds like E&B’s “Protect Hermosa’s Future” signs/citizen’s group.
  • “Through our program we were able to find local spokespeople who agreed to sign letters to the editor and who also agreed to comment at the public hearings of the Planning Commission and the City Council.”Comment:  Hmmm…. Wonder if E&B’s supporters are writing their own letters and ad statements or just signing what E&B wrote.
  • “Our program not only increased citizen awareness of the project, but it provided the appointed and elected officials with the “political cover” they needed to make the right decision.” — Comment:  Interesting statement on the “political cover”. The Whittier city council voted 5-0 in favor of the oil project.

Unfortunately for the oil company, later the LA County Board of Supervisors rejected the project, and it’s now on hold.  “The supervisors voted unanimously to deny the city the change in use from habitat preserve to oil and gas drilling operation on land bought by county taxpayers.”

As of January, 2015, the city of Whittier plans to defy the county and drill anyway, says the Wittier Hills Oil Watch Group.

Not only do we need to vote “No on O”, but we need to also support our city officials who are also “No on O”.

— Comment: Wonder if E&B was really behind that ballot argument lawsuit. It seems highly unlikely a resident, who is not a specialist in election law, could have raised the argument and paid the lawyers and court costs.

So Much Information…Who Do You Trust?

For those people who are thinking…”maybe this oil project isn’t so bad”.  Ask yourself. “Who has the most to gain from this project?” Is that door-to-door canvasser paid by the oil company or a volunteer? Is that ad paid for by the oil company, who has deep pockets, or by concerned citizens making donations? Is that oil supporter a large mineral rights owner or someone who was paid by the oil company in some way (e.g.  maybe their organization receives donations?). There has not been one open meeting by the oil company. E&B is courting mineral rights owners in closed, invite-only meetings, playing down safety concerns, inflating revenues to schools and the city, donating to local organizations and events, and placing ads that are misleading or even have false information.

E&B Thanks Supporters at Country Club (Click image for full view)

E&B Thanks Supporters with a Country Club Dinner Party (Click image for full view)

All the money E&B is spending on their campaign to win votes is just a business expense. The people and businesses supporting the ban on oil drilling are just concerned citizens volunteering time. None of these people have anything to gain monetarily from “keeping the ban” on oil.  They just want what is best for their families, friends and neighbors.

Not all journalism is unbiased. This article in the Daily Breeze is filled with misinformation, such as playing down community concerns. When you see paid advertisements supporting oil right next to an analysis of the Hermosa oil project, read with caution.

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E&B’s Claims Range from Misleading to Downright False

Independent, 3rd party sources contradict E&B’s advertising and website claims. When analyzing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the Health Impact Assessment (HIA), and Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), the devil is in the details. And the details say…”E&B’s pants on are fire”. They are overstating revenue and downplaying risk. Here’s the reality.

E&B is Misleading Us to get Our VOTE. Click on image for larger view.

Around Town – See What We are Doing!

Hermosa resident gives out FREE rebuttals as a response to E$B's giving out of FREE towel at Smackfest Volleyball Tournament.  Could the towels be one of E&B's "state of the art" mitigation measures for oil spills?

Hermosa resident gives out FREE rebuttals as a response to E$B giving out FREE towels at the Smackfest Volleyball Tournament.


Could the towels be one of E&B’s “state of the art” mitigation measures for oil spills?

"Keep the BANit" strikes at Fourth of July

“Keep the BANit” strikes at Fourth of July

Fletcher Dragge, lead guitarist of Pennywise, supporting the cause!

Fletcher Dragge, lead guitarist of Pennywise, supporting the cause!

These kids ROCKED @ city council, then went for ice cream.

These kids ROCKED @ city council, then went for ice cream.

Oil-Free Hermosa Happy Hour @ Saint Rocke

Oil-Free Hermosa Happy Hour @ Saint Rocke