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In Loving Memory of John C. McTaggart AKA “John Mr.RPV McTaggart”.

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Council Dedicates Chamber in honor of ‘Mr. RPV’
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:52 pm

RPV — When John McTaggart moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1962, he “plunged feet first” into public service. He fought alongside residents working to incorporate the area of the Peninsula now known as city of Rancho Palos Verdes, according to outgoing Mayor Susan Brooks.

The city founder served eight years on the Planning Commission followed by 20 years on the City Council. His nearly 30-year tenure on the commission and council makes McTaggart the city’s longest-serving public official.

On Tuesday night, minutes before the City Council convened for its regularly scheduled meeting, the council dedicated its chambers at Hesse Park in his honor. Council voted unanimously earlier this year to name the Multipurpose Room as the John C. McTaggart Memorial Hall and Council Chambers.

On hand for the dedication was McTaggart’s wife, Florence McTaggart.

“It’s a fitting tribute to the man, and I really appreciate the council and the support that [they] gave us on this dedication,” she said.

McTaggart was first elected to the City Council in 1983, serving until 2002. During this time, he had four terms as mayor. McTaggart also served as the first chair of the South Bay Cities of Governments, president of the California Contract Cities Association, and as a member of the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

McTaggart unsuccessfully sought another term on council in 2009. He died at the age of 79 on Nov. 4, 2009, one day after the election.

He is remembered as a man of integrity, one who listened to the concerns of his colleagues and the residents of RPV, and as a man who left a lasting impression on a young city.

“One need only to take a stroll through our beautiful parks and nature preserve, savor the aroma of the coastal sage scrub and appreciate just one of our majestic views to grasp just part of John’s lasting impact on our city,” Brooks said. “The current and future residents of Rancho Palos Verdes and the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula are far, far, far better off for John’s enthusiastic devotion and common-sense policy-making.”

— Mary Scott

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