Message from the Chair George Wolfberg and Vice-Chair David Card
We’re now in the heart of the Santa Ana winds season and as always, we continue to face the threat of wildfires and earthquakes. Please visit the PPCC Disaster Readiness page (linked above) for a wealth of information on how to protect against such disasters. Don’t forget to contact our Emergency Preparedness Officer, Cathi Ruddy, for information about preparing for all types of emergencies and our Wildfire Safety Advisor, Miriam Schulman, for information about wildfire preparedness!
Our September 12th meeting featured an interesting presentation by the PPCC Palisades Forestry Committee (PFC; Committee Chair David Card) about the PFC’s efforts to date, its Mission and a possible urban forestry policy for the Palisades. See PFC Report. The Board and audience engaged in extensive Q&A about the Report and tree-related topics (including street tree designations, tree removals and tree-trimming). The PFC’s City of LA Urban Forestry Division liaison, Stephen Du Prey, was also present and emphasized the importance of calling 3-1-1 to report unpermitted tree removals. The PFC seeks additional input from the community on the Report (submit comments by September 26 to email@example.com). The Committee will return to the Board for further discussion at an upcoming PPCC meeting (TBD).
Additional announcements and reports at the September 12th meeting: 1) The Chair has appointed a new Land Use Committee (Howard Robinson, Chair; Richard Blumenberg, Steve Cron, Rick Mills, Patti Post, Joanna Spak, Chris Spitz); the LUC will next meet on October 17 (see details below); 2) a Jack-in-the-Box site project position letter was sent to City officials on August 25; see PPCC Position Letter; 3) the current At-large 2nd Alternate has resigned for personal reasons; PPCC will seek applications for the position in due course; 4) Treasurer Richard Cohen reported on the recent West LA Community-Police Advisory Board meeting, where he continues to advocate for making a 24/7 patrol car in the Palisades a priority; 5) Secretary Chris Spitz gave an update on recent legislation (see Legislation Summary); and 6) Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore reported on recent incidents involving knife-brandishing and threats near local schools and the status of the suspect in these incidents.
Please click on Meeting Recaps for a more detailed recap of our September 12th meeting.
Our upcoming meetings will feature numerous topics of interest; all meetings are in the Palisades Branch Library at 6pm (location/time of December holiday meeting TBA):
September 26: Our honored guest speaker will be Kevin James, President of the LA City Board of Public Works. Bureau of Sanitation Assistant Director Alex Helou will also provide the latest news about recycling in Los Angeles
October 10: We will have an updated briefing on the proposed Gladstones Redevelopment Project and a presentation about new voting changes in LA County; new PPCC organizational members will also be welcomed.
October 17: The PPCC Land Use Committee (LUC) will meet to consider the Calvary Christian School (901 Palisades Dr.) application for a revised Conditional Use Permit (CUP) / Coastal Development Permit (CDP).
October 24: The Board will tentatively consider a possible LUC recommendation regarding the Calvary Christian School CUP / CDP application.
November 14: Our honored guest speaker will be Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin.
Don’t forget to visit the PPCC Calendar for information about upcoming events of interest to Palisadians.
On a personal note, the Chair appreciates everyone’s well-wishes as he continues treatment for recently-arisen medical issues. We both hope to see you around town and at a future meeting!