Message from the Chair, George Wolfberg
As we enter the New Year, PPCC is looking out for Palisadians with critical information presented at Council board meetings about matters of community concern.
Our January 10th meeting featured presentations by USPS representatives — including special agents of the USPS Office of the Inspector General and Palisades Postmaster Uco Johnson – addressing U.S. mail delivery and security concerns. Valuable information was provided on how to register complaints about mishandling or theft of mail as well as USPS policies and investigative processes. See the Meeting Recap linked above for additional information.
Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club rep to PPCC Cathi Ruddy also presented details about the important “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) disaster readiness program, sponsored by the American Red Cross, Santa Monica Chapter. She urged board and community members to participate and spread the word to all Palisades neighborhoods. See link above for information about the MYN program as well as emergency preparedness guides.
Residents also complained about scofflaw drivers who illegally turn from the wrong lane to the Coast Highway from Chautauqua Drive. This has been brought to the attention of City and state officials repeatedly and, with the assistance of Councilman Bonin’s office, we are pushing for enforcement.
Our next meeting will take place on January 24. Guest speakers will include Deputy Fire Chief Armando Hogan, with a presentation and Q&A about fire safety and lessons learned from the Woolsey Fire; and new LAPD West LA Area Commanding Officer Capt. Vic Davalos, with an introduction to the community and remarks by Capt. Davalos. Councilmember Bonin’s District Director Krista Phipps (who was unable to attend the January 10th meeting) will also present information on a new City Task Force to improve ways to keep people safe before and during wildfires and other emergencies (see Bonin Motion).
Finally, as has been widely reported, beginning in January there will be increased speed limits on many Palisades streets. Watch carefully for new signage in the future.
Looking ahead: I’m pleased to announce that as a public service to our communities, PPCC is partnering with our counterpart in Brentwood, Brentwood Community Council, to co-host a special educational workshop focused on how to navigate the new revised Zoning Code (culmination of the 5+-year long Re:code LA process) soon to be in operation in Los Angeles. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 10:30am-12pm at Palisades Charter High School, Gilbert Hall. All property owners — and anyone with an interest in how property can be developed in the Palisades — will want to attend! Stay tuned for more details to come.
As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and at a future meeting.