Message from the Chair, George Wolfberg
Memorial Day is more than a day for picnics and the beach. It is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May; May 27th this year. Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Wherever your Memorial Day takes you, take a minute to reflect on the sacrifices made so we may have the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
Our May 23rd meeting featured officer nominations and advisor appointments, as well as Board consideration of several important motions. The Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for officers for the 2019-2020 term: Chair – George Wolfberg; Vice-Chair – David Card; Treasurer – Richard Cohen; Secretary – Chris Spitz. One nomination from the Board was made: Haldis Toppel for President. Nominations were closed at 8:45 pm per our bylaws and the election will take place at our June 13th meeting following a candidates’ forum. We met Councilman Bonin’s new District Director, Arianne Garcia. A third Youth Advisor, Zennon Uyalte-Crow, was appointed with the Board’s approval.
Our new Palisades Street Tree Committee under the leadership of David Card, has hit the ground running, already sitting down with Councilman Mike Bonin’s district deputy Lisa Cahill who has a wealth of experience on tree issues. Committee members are taking on the immediate challenging task of inventorying the street trees in our community to start the effort of developing baseline information. David also attended a recent meeting of the City of Santa Monica tree task force to share and learn from their experience. The Chair announced that former Brentwood Community Council Chair Nancy Freedman will be attending the committee’s meetings
Our Wildfire Safety Advisor, Miriam Schulman, presented a comprehensive briefing for the Board and community on a range of wildfire issues. She stressed that it is only a matter of time before the brush on our hillsides goes up in flames. Please go to our website to see some excellent on-point Wildfire Protection videos. And, be sure you have a “Go-Bag” next to your bed in case of a future emergency!
I was interviewed by KNBC regarding the board’s strong statement to increase the responsibility and responsiveness of electric scooter providers to hit and run accidents perpetrated by persons using the scooters. The City Council is now considering this issue. We have also come out against a bill in the California State Senate (SB1112) to tie the hands of local governments who attempt reasonable regulation of these scooters.
At our June 13th meeting, the Board will hear an update by representatives of Los Angeles World Airways (LAWA) regarding LAX modernization plans, and a presentation by American Legion and “1887 Trust” representatives about plans to restore Wadsworth Chapel and other historic buildings at the West LA VA. There will also be a Candidates Forum and the Board’s election of PPCC officers.
On June 27, PPCC will host our Councilmember Mike Bonin, who will update us on what he’s been working on for Council District 11 and the Palisades and participate in Q&A on matters of community concern. Mark your calendars and be sure to bring your questions for the Councilmember!
Note: The PPCC Board meets once a month only during July and August (meeting dates & topics to be announced).
Don’t forget to visit the PPCC Calendar for information about upcoming events of interest to Palisadians! And please click on the Meeting Recaps link above for a recap of our May 23rd meeting.
As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and at a future meeting.