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Trump Golf Course in Trouble for Violating Municipal Code

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According to government records, a Trump golf course in California has had a run-in with the law for over a year for an alleged municipal code violation.

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In 2022, municipal officials in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, cited The Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles for a breach.

The violation allegedly involves “grading or retaining walls without a permit.” Over a year later, the violation is still open and active. According to Enyssa Sisson, administrative analyst for the City Clerk’s Office, no changes have occurred in six months.

For Donald Trump, who is facing 91 felony charges across four indictments, a code violation is a minor legal concern. However, the golf course code dispute is another instance of Trump’s disdain for laws that don’t suit him. It also depicts the former president’s willingness to ignore or fight against such regulations.

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In addition, the former president’s Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is part of another legal drama. The golf club is under investigation in a New York civil fraud case. Consequently, Trump and his family are currently at trial.

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The suit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges that Trump inflated the value of his Rancho Palos Verdes golf course. He allegedly inflated the value by $50 million in 2013 to obtain a conservation easement, resulting in a tax break.

According to reports, an attorney for the Trump Organization, Jill Martin, received a letter about the grading permit violation. The letter required the property owner to contact the city’s Planning Division to obtain a grading permit. Also, it referenced an old letter that required the property to submit plans to the Planning Division within 30 days.

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Gerri Whitten, code enforcement officer for the city, revealed that the Planning Division staff are working to resolve the violation. In addition, Whitten indicated that there had been action in the case since the February 16 letter.

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However,  he did not provide specifics and declined to share further details. On the contrary, a June case violation report showed no action since February 16. Also, Sisson said the same since the release of the June report.

According to Jamin Katzer, to have an open code violation on a public golf course for more than a year is “scary.” The senior construction manager at Denver-based general contractor Earth Saving Solutions, Katzer, expressed his disdain.

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He said the public nature of the 18-hole golf course raises safety concerns. He added that it also begs the question, “What else did they cut corners on?” According to reports, Trump bought the golf course in October 2002. However, the former president, city council, and leaders have always had a history of tension.

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Trump sued a public school district in Rancho Palos Verdes over a 2003 land dispute. They eventually settled the dispute, with Trump paying $5 million to own the land. He also cost the district about $100,000 in legal fees. In addition, Trump’s actions raised concerns about the district’s ability to fix aging school facilities. 

More so, Trump sued the city for $100 million in 2008 for blocking his plans to build 20 luxury homes. It wasn’t until 2012 that Trump and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes settled. However, the latest alleged violation of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is still under investigation. Whitten said the investigation remains “active” without a fine.

However, despite Trump’s legal challenges, he remains the likely Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election. With the former president polling nearly 60 percent in the GOP primary race, many see him retaking charge of the Oval Office.

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