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Donald Trump sues Rancho Palos Verdes for $100 million

“I’ve been looking forward for a long time to do this. The town does everything possible to stymie everything I do.”

So said Donald Trump in an interview Friday regarding the latest dispute with Rancho Palos Verdes, where his golf course is located.

In the latest chapter of Donald Trump vs. City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the real estate mogul has upped the ante -- by $100 million. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Trump accused the city of requiring unnecessarily tough standards for developments on his 580-acre oceanside golf course on the scenic coastline.

The city is holding improvements that are “in keeping with the Trump image” hostage to extract large fees from him, Trump alleges in the suit, which accuses city officials of fraud and violation of federal equal protection rights, among other things. When the developer first purchased the property in 2002, residents and city leaders welcomed the injection of funds into a city pulling out of a recession.

But since then, Trump has been engaged in battle after battle with the city, over a street name, a row of ficus trees, then a 70-foot flagpole.

-- Victoria Kim

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He should have understood the consequences of building in RPV before he bought the golf course.
They do this to everyone and his problem is that he thinks he's special.
He build the flag pole without a city permit and yes, the city won't rename the street of the golf course for him. The golf course was so much nicer when it was Ocean Trails, now it's gaudy like everything else he builds.

this man needs to get over himself. RPV has a city budget of 20 million, so hes suing the city, threatening to take away money from education, infrastructure, and other needs that go way above ficus trees and a flag pole.

what donald doesn't understand is that the people who live behind his golf course paid around 5-10 million, if not more, for their homes. naturally, they're going to be very protective of the view that they've spent money on.

this is just another trump tactic to try and bully a city into getting his way. he's like a spoiled child, throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get his way.

Mr. Trump, please pack up and leave. Maybe the city council wanted you (at first--not now), but I assure you, very, very few of the residents did. We all knew you were going to be a massive headache and you are. Please---just sell the course and go back to the east coast. The Hill was such a nice place to live pre-Trump. Now we have to deal with your arrogance, like planting trees that block everyone's view and then not understanding why that would be a problem. "Why would anyone get angry that I blocked their view?" Come on. If someone planted a ficus tree in front of your view, they'd still be tamping the dirt around the base of it and you'd have served a lawsuit for a million bucks against them. Just go home.


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