Happy New Year to the Palisades Community!
2020 Palisades Homeless Count – January 22: Volunteers are needed and encouraged to sign up!
Message from the Vice-Chair David Card
PPCC’s first meeting of the New Year took place on January 9, 2020. The meeting featured an update from LAPD Traffic Officer Ryan Basaker on a recent car accident on Sunset Blvd. & Marquez, with a discussion about measures by LAPD to reduce dangerous speeding on Sunset. The board also passed a motion to support the City Attorney’s report calling for a ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco (vaping) products, including menthol and “hookah,” and to support a new proposed Senate bill (SB 793) that would ban all such products statewide, with no exceptions. See Flavored Tobacco Sales Ban Motion.
In addition, we had a recap of the successful 2019 Awards celebration event. Land Use Committee Chair Howard Robinson also updated the board on the Highlands Eldercare, Calvary Christian School and former Jack-in-the-Box site projects (see LUC Update), while Secretary Chris Spitz provided information and updates about various legislative matters (digital ads on taxicab rooftops; vacation rentals, ADUs, SB 50), the Boise homeless camping case, and the controversial Berggruen project in Brentwood (see Meeting Recap linked below for more details). Finally, board discussion about management of PPCC’s administrative operations was deferred due to time constraints.
Please visit the Meeting Recaps page for a more detailed recap of our January 9th Meeting.
Upcoming PPCC meetings:
January 23: We will take up the important discussion of PPCC’s administrative operations (deferred from 1/9/20). City Controller Ron Galperin, originally scheduled to be be our guest speaker on 1/23, will now speak to the Board on March 26.
February 13: We will be briefed on the proposed Gladstones redevelopment project by PCH Associates, LLC and the office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
February 27: Nick Melvoin, LAUSD board member, will be our guest speaker.
We encourage the community to visit the PPCC Disaster Readiness page for a wealth of information on how to protect against wildfires and other disasters. And don’t forget to visit the PPCC Calendar for information about upcoming events of interest to Palisadians.
Additionally, in response to community concerns about LADWP water bills, LADWP Community Liaison Deborah Hong advises PPCC that Palisades residents who believe they have been overbilled should contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing name, address, contact information, account number & nature of the complaint; she will in turn refer each complaint to a customer service representative for individual follow-up.
Last but not least, we continue to send best wishes to immediate past PPCC Chair George Wolfberg as he battles ongoing serious medical issues. George has resigned as Chair and is now Chair Emeritus. Nomination of a replacement for the Chair position and a vote for board approval will take place at the 1/23 board meeting.