Message from the Chair, Maryam Zar

Dear Palisadians,

As we progress through an exciting year, I want to remind you all that our meetings are usually held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, at the Palisades Library meeting room. Please see a link to our calendar here, upcoming meeting agendi here, and contact us subscribe to our newsletter here.

As we head into Spring, we have been informed by the Caruso Village Project team that Palisades Village will open on September 22nd, and that construction is on schedule with no remarkable incidents to report. PPCC will get an update on the project on March 22nd, at our public board meeting from 7-9pm.

Over the next few months at PPCC we will hear from Safe Parking LA regarding a program to aid homeless people living in their cars. The Pacific Palisades homeless count revealed an increase in vehicle dwellers, so this discussion will be an important one, particularly as the West LA VA will be launching a pilot initiative in their parking lots later this year.

The Land Use Committee of the PPCC will be hearing the matter of the proposed eldercare project in the Highlands again in March (March 13th), to consider evidence and testimony from a coastal lens, based on coastal law, which the committee has determined to consider in all its deliberations impacting the coastal zone. Going forward, we also hope to hear a legislative update from our State representatives, a county update from Beaches & Harbors with respect to the Gladstones RFP, and more. In recent weeks, we have passed motions to oppose State control over local matters, and have almost unanimously voted to uphold local control over community and city issues. We’ve stood against State encroachment on building density near transit hubs as well as top down regulation of street vending. We’ve spoken to limit short term rentals in our community and retain control over our bus stops and the furnishings that threaten to detract from the character of our neighborhoods.

Early this summer, we will be holding Officer elections, and soon thereafter, we will have community-wide Area and At-Large Representative elections.  Get ready to run or vote!

As always, I thank you all for engaging with us year-round, and bringing your concerns to our attention for community discussion. PPCC is an all-volunteer board that aims to offer a forum for the consideration of important community issues that stand to impact the Palisades. We are the voice of the community in City, State and County government, where the credibility of a long-standing institution like ours and the careful crafting of relationships can be instrumental. We look forward to hearing from you year-round.

With warmest regards,

Maryam Zar
PPCC Chair