Minutes for January 11, 2007

Voting Members in attendance:  Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Kurt Toppel, Susan Nash, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Patti Post, Sandy Eddy, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Gil Dembo, David Price, Alice Beagles, Paul Glasgall, David Schneiderman, Chris Spitz, Cathy Russell

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Haldis Toppel, Flo Elfant, Nancy Marsden, Conrad Solum, Mike Stryer, Dan Clement, Peter Culhane

1.  Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Richard Cohen read the mission statement.

2.  Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3.  Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4.  Adoption of Minutes – Kurt Toppel moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the December 14, 2006, be adopted without change.  The motion was adopted unanimously.

5.  Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6.  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of January 11, 2007, there is $10,405.11 in the checking account; $4,799.28 in the savings account; and $10,730.84 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,935.23.  The Executive Committee will consider how to maximize interest income.

7.  Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1.  Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on January 25, 2007.

7.1.2. NCRC Westside meeting tonight – George Wolfberg is attending.  The Executive Committee will meet on Jan 12th.

7.1.3  Nominating Committee for Area 7 Alternate – Kurt Toppel, Flo Elfant and Harry Sondheim will serve as a committee of former chairs to consider Cathy Russel’s nomination of Peter Fisher as Area 7 Alternate.

7.1.4.  Bylaws and Newsletter Committees – Both will meet in the next two weeks and then report back.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. LAPD –  Captain Carol Aborn-Khoury, Sergeant Paul Podesta, Officer Michael Moore – The Chair expressed the community’s concerns about the increase in local crime and changes in police policy and asked the LAPD representatives to address these issues.  Captain Aborn-Khoury responded that crime in West L.A. decreased by over 12 % in each of 2005 and 2006.  West L.A. is the largest of nine geographic areas in the LAPD, covering 64 square miles.  In 2006 arrests were up by 29% over the preceding year.  In the same period burglaries decreased by 20%, and the LAPD improved its success rate in clearing burglary cases.  Burglaries in hillside areas such as Brentwood and the Hollywood Hills have increased, and over the holiday season local Palisades burglaries were also up due to visitors to the area, but the overall trend is downward.   Captain Aborn-Khoury noted that burglary is a particularly difficult crime to solve.

Paul Glasgall reported that burglaries in the Highlands have increased and that there have been six completed or attempted in the last 4-5 weeks.  Officer Moore has very helpful in responding to such events but one dedicated car for the Palisades is not enough.  Highlands residents are concerned that the burglaries will lead to more violent crimes.  Residents are also concerned about the transient/homeless population  and resulting fire potential.

Captain Aborn-Khoury responded that although the West LAPD is short of resources, the car assigned to the Palisades remains so even when other cars are dropped or reassigned.  Proportionally, the Palisades is getting its share of resources.   She noted that student/high school robberies are up only 2% this year.  She stated that transients are a citywide problem. Councilman Rosendahl’s office is working on a solution.  West L.A. police recognize the potential for transients to become involved in criminal activity and send out task forces a couple of times per month to identify problem areas and increase arrests.  LAPD does not have the resources to maintain a presence in each location in which transients are found.

Mike Stryer expressed concern over the allocation of police resources to the Palisades.  With one officer for every 375 residents in LA.,  the Palisades’ pro rata share would be 66.  He reported that Moorpark, which is a similar area, has 2 dedicated cars and a third car during peak hours.

Captain Aborn-Khoury responded that the West L,A. deployment of its officers varies and is recalculated every 4 weeks, due to personnel changes and understaffing.  The West L.A. allotment of about 200 officers has to address numerous other issues in the city.

Kurt Toppel asked what city agency or department should be called to respond to open fires in the encampment above Temescal.  Captain Aborn-Khoury responded that citizens should call the watch commander at 310/444-0701.

Bill Simon, a Marquez Knolls resident, reported that there was an attempted break-in at his home at 2:15 a.m. in December and commended police for a 12-minute response time.  He and a neighbor, Perry Richards, reported that there have also been daytime break-ins in the area and that they are forming a Neighborhood Watch group.

Captain Aborn-Khoury encouraged people to lock their doors, set alarms, use motion detectors, and not leave valuables in their cars. Neighborhood Watch groups have also been very effective in discouraging crime in particular areas.   The community can also help by encouraging applicants to the LAPD and lobbying for an overtime budget that would allow West LAPD to fill in with current personnel until more officers are hired.  She will also request that helicopters patrol the Westside when available.

Sergeant Podesta reported on heat-signature reading devices which identify heat sources in hillsides and elsewhere, including people hiding in or behind cars, in a 1200-foot area.  These “force multipliers” are made for both police cars (costing approximately $7,000-8,000) and handheld (approximately $10,000)  use.   The Palisades could raise money to buy this technology for the dedicated car and/or assigned local officers, as Brentwood has done and Bel Air is considering.  For more information, see www.thermal-eye.com (re the Thermal-Eye 4000B).

Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and David Schneiderman seconded that the vendor of Thermal-Eye be asked to attend a Board meeting as soon as possible.  The motion passed.  It was suggested that any fundraising for the purchase of this technology be accompanied by a fundraising for the purchase of the same technology for a less wealthy part of L.A.

Officer Moore reported that in 2 recent attempted break-ins, the would-be burglar fled upon activating the alarm systems.  There were 100 burglaries in the Palisades in 2006, compared to 128 in 2005.  Officer Moore also reported that a sweep of transients in the Temescal area is scheduled for Jan. 24 or possibly Jan. 19.  The community/park should consider getting rid of the Temescal BBQs, which contribute to the fire problems.  He will coordinate a sweep of the Via de las Olas bluffs as well

7.2.2. LAPD – Traffic Officer Christopher Smythe – Deferred

7.2.3. Proposition K funding and expenditures LA City –  Deferred to Feb. 22 meeting –  Neil Drucker will report on problems with Rustic Canyon park redesign situation.

7.3.  Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Update on CVS concerns and actions – Stuart Muller reported that the exterior of the Palisades CVS, like Sav-On before it, continues to be in violation of numerous LA City Pacific Palisades Specific Plan codes. As part of the process of CVS’s application to have a new exterior sign approved, LA City Planning’s Pacific Palisades Design Review Board (PP DRB) has called upon CVS to correct all code violations and to provide the PP DRB with a plan to improve the state of the exterior of it’s facility. CVS is scheduled to present their plan at the January 24th PP DRB meeting. Prior to that meeting Palisades PRIDE, Ron Dean, Stuart Muller and a CVS representative will be meeting to discuss the design/display issues.

Harry Sondheim moved and Cathy Russel seconded that the Chair send a letter to CVS, to be delivered by Stuart Muller at the meeting with PRIDE et al., that it is the sense of the community that the CVS exterior be extensively refaced and redesigned.  The motion passed by a vote of 14 in favor, with 2 abstentions.

David Schneiderman moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the Chair send a letter to the DRB encouraging strict enforcement of the relevant codes against CVS.  The motion passed unanimously.  It was suggested that a copy of this letter be sent to CVS and that copies of both letters be sent to the American Legion as owner of the property and to the L.A. Department of Building & Safety.

7.3.2. Introduction of candidate for Area 7 Alternate – Cathy Russel introduced Peter Fisher and asked that he be appointed as the Area 7 Alternate.

8.  Old Business  – David Schneiderman noted that the Temescal/Will Rogers beach project deadline will not be met, as further reported in today’s Palisadian-Post.  Further concerns about the quality and pace of the project were expressed

Kurt Toppel reported that the Coalition for Veterans’ Land has retained counsel in connection with a potential lawsuit to be filed to require that the federal building land be returned to veterans.

9.  New Business – Cathy Russel reported that an application has been made for a conditional use permit for a food mart and car wash at the Shell station at Via de la Paz and Sunset.  The Council will monitor this issue.

10.  General Public Comment – Damon Juha reported his concerns about garbage in the Village Green  area.   The Board suggested that he attend a PRIDE meeting.

11.  Adjournment  – The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.




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Minutes for January 25, 2007

Voting Members in attendance:  Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russel, George Wolfberg, Sandy Eddy, Carl Mellinger, Wendy Suhr, Alice Beagles, Gil Dembo

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Haldis Toppel, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Peter Fisher, Quentin Fleming, Flo Elfant

1.  Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Stuart Muller read the mission statement.

2.  Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3.  Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4.  Adoption of Minutes – Stuart Muller proposed a change to part 7.3.1 of the 1/11/07 minutes.  Harry Sondheim moved and Richard Cohen seconded that the minutes from the 1/11/07 meeting be adopted with the proposed changes. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5.  Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda and noted that there will be a Thermal Eye presentation.

6.  Treasurer’s Report – No report because financial status is unchanged.

7.  Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1.  Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on February 8, 2007.

7.1.2. Paul Glasgall has been added to the committee to work on CVS issues.

7.1.3. Bylaws committee to meet on March 5 at 1 p.m. and on March 10 at 11 a.m.

7.1.4. Overtime Police Advocacy Committee – Police force is getting reduced due to attrition.  The Chair is forming a committee to lobby for general funds for West L.A. overtime.  Interested persons should contact the Chair by phone or e-mail.

7.1.5. TCA Co-Representative – June Perez is replacing Patti Post as TCA Co-Representative.  The Chair noted with appreciation the years of service given to the Council by Patti Post.

7.2.  Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – no report.  Janet Turner asked for feedback on the status of the height measurements at 642 Lachman Lane.

7.3.  Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Stuart Muller and Paul Glasgall – update on CVS – The Chair sent the letters agreed on at the last Board meeting and got a response from CVS representative Dan Murphy.  The Design Review Board meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 24 was cancelled, and the next meeting is in February.  It appears that some progress has been made in cleaning up the CVS exterior.

7.3.2. Report of Nominating Committee (Area 7 Alternate) – See 9.1.1.

7.3.3. Report on Neighborhood Council Review Commission (NCRC) and PPCC’s testimony – George Wolfberg reported that, pursuant to the charter amendment establishing the Neighborhood Councils (NCs) seven years ago, the NCRC has been established to review the NCs’ progress and is meeting regularly.  George presented testimony to the NCRC (attached to tonight’s agenda) on January 11, setting out the PPCC’s concerns and views about the NCs.   The PPCC Executive Committee later met with the NCRC chair.  A proposal to de-link the NCs, i.e., to provide ways in which individual NCs can operate differently from City control, is under discussion.

7.3.4. Report on proposed work on California incline – George Wolfberg reported that the City of Santa Monica has changed the schedule for closing and working on the California incline and that construction is postponed until at least October 29, 2008.  The construction is expected to last 205 days.   A public hearing on the draft EIR for the project is tentatively set for Wednesday, April 18.

7.3.5. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) – Norma Spak reported that the Citizen Oversight Committee of the MRCA has recommended the purchase of five parcels offPaseo Miramar and is considering the purchase of property on El Medio.

The MRCA had promised to come back to the Council before making any such purchases, as reflected in the May 2, 2002 minutes.  Since then the MCRA has purchased about $12,000 of non-buildable property on Mulholland and near Marionette. George Wolfberg moved and Jack Allen seconded that Paul Edelman and Joe Edmiston be invited to come to a meeting and explain the MRCA’s actions.  The Chair will write a letter conveying this invitation and referencing the promises made by the MRCA on May 2, 2002, and at other meetings, and will send a copy of the letter to the appropriate state and local representatives.

7.3.6. Will Rogers State Beach closing due to raw sewage spillage – George Wolfberg reported that another sewage spill occurred on Friday, January 19, 2007, and that he has been in communication with the City of L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s office regarding the need for better communication when such spills occur and for diverting spills down the channel.   The PPCC will be added to the list of groups that receive e-mail notification when spills occur.

7.3.7. 1115 Via de la Paz project – Barbara Kohn reported that the L.A. Dep’t of Building & Safety has determined that the height of the proposed construction at this site is 32’6”, which is in compliance with the approved plans allowing up to 32’8”.  The question was asked whether the height was determined from a natural survey or from the plans.   Andrea Epstein will find out and report back.

7.3.8.  Citizen of the Year/Golden Sparkplug Awards Dinner – Haldis Toppel announced that the Palisadian-Post will again put on a Citizen of the Year dinner, to be held at the American Legion Post on May 24.  The cost will be about $40 per person.  Committees are needed to nominate Sparkplug(s) and participate in event planning.  The Chair appointed Harry Sondheim to participate in the Palisadian-Post’s selection of Citizen of the Year on behalf of the Council.

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business

9.1. Alternate Representative for Area 7– The Nominating Committee has recommended that Peter Fisher be appointed as the Alternate Representative for Area 7.  Cathy Russel moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that Peter Fisher be so appointed.  The motion passed unanimously.

9.2. Thermal Eye Systems –  Craig Bassett of Bassett Sales Corporation, which sells Forward Looking Infrared Systems (FLIR), made a presentation on the operation of handheld FLIR devices, which cost $11,000 each.  For more information seewww.flir.com.   Police officer representatives stated that the devices are proven technology that would work as a force multiplier and increase officer safety.  West LAPD is asking various communities to raise money to purchase some of these devices so that the Police Commission and City Council will see their effectiveness and  provide funding for more purchases.

10.  General Public Comment:  PAPA is looking for volunteers and help in fundraising.

Norman Miller volunteered to help out with Council and community projects.  Contact information is available from the PPCC Secretary.

11.  Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.




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Minutes for February 8th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance:  Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Robert Baker, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russel,  Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Mary Cole, Gil Dembo, Chris Spitz

Advisors and Alternates:  Andy Frew, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Quentin Fleming, Lorraine Oshins

1.  Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Mike Stryer read the mission statement.

2.  Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3.  Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4.  Adoption of Minutes –Richard Cohen moved and Janet Turner seconded that the minutes from the 1/25/07 meeting be adopted.  The motion was adopted unanimously.

5.  Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6.  Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of February 8, 2007, there is $8,927.45 in the checking account; $4,799.76 in the savings account; and $10,730.84 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,458.05.

7.  Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on February 22, 2007.

7.1.2. Committee for Sparkplug nominations (Reminder: Sparkplug/Citizen dinner is on May 24th) – The committee will consist of Ted Mackie, Cathy Russel, Mary Cole, Susan Nash and Rob Weber.  Ted Mackie and Cathy Russel will serve as Co-Chairs.

7.1.3. Newsletter Committee – The committee will consist of Sandy Eddy, Mary Cole, and Steve Boyers.

7.1.4. Event Planning Committee – Janet Turner has agreed to serve as the Chair for the Event Planning Committee.  She is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee.

7.1.5. Advocacy Committee on Overtime for Police – The committee will consist of Richard Cohen, Mike Stryer, Steve Boyers and Paul Glasgall.

7.1.6. NC Congress Focus Meeting – The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will be hosting its next Congress Planning Meeting on February 8, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the Dep’t of Water and Power – Portland Room, 111 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012.  Please RSVP by February 7th to Sonya Calloway via e-mail: Sonya.Calloway@lacity.org.

7.1.7. Recognition of Patti Post’s service to the Council – The Chair presented a plaque in appreciation of Patti Post’s many services to the Council and community over the years.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office (Andrea Epstein) – no report.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Officer Moore listened to and addressed various concerns regarding homeless encampments.  He will monitor the situation re fires in the Via de las Olas area.  He will check on whether Sergeant Podesta will be bringing in another vendor of thermal eye devices.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1.  Stuart Muller met with a CVS representative.  CVS has responded positively to the concerns expressed by the L.A. Dep’t of Planning Design Review Board and the Council.  Steve Boyers and Paul Glasgall also had a positive meeting with the Regional Facility Manager for CVS.  Ultimately the result should be a nicer looking facility.

7.3.2.  George Wolfberg reported that there was another small sewage spill today in Santa Monica Canyon.

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business

9.1. Letter re alternative FBI building side – The Board was notified of Congressman Waxman’s efforts to relocate the FBI building from the Veterans’ facility.

10.  General Public Comment

11.  Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 7:25.




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Minutes for February 22nd, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Nancy Marsden, Cathy Russel, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, Alice Beagles, Wendy Suhr, June Perez, Chris Spitz, David Price, Quentin Fleming, Ellen Pfahler

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mike Stryer, Andy Frew

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Richard Cohen moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the 1/25/07 meeting be adopted with the change to item 7.3.1. proposed by Stuart Muller. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of February 22, 2007, there is $8,767.52 in the checking account; $4,799.76 in the savings account; and $10,774.34 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,341.62.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on March 8, 2007.

7.1.2. Brentwood Community Council Transportation Forum – The forum to discuss traffic issues will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., and will include Assemblymember Mike Feuer, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

7.1.3. Neighborhood Council “Delinking” Proposal – The Chair urged everyone to consider the “delinking” proposal made by Greg Nelson, as described in the supplemental agenda information, and to think about whether or not PPCC should consider becoming a certified Neighborhood Council.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Norm Kulla presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Patti Post on behalf of Councilman Rosendahl.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – no report

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Newsletter Committee Status Report – Sandy Eddy reported that the newsletter is ahead of schedule and will go out to 10,000+ residents next week.

7.3.2. Sparkplug Nomination Committee Status Report (Cathy Russel) – no report

7.3.3 Sparkplug Event Planning Committee Status Report – Jan Turner will provide an update at the next meeting.

8. Old Business

9. New Business

9.1 Presentation by Neil Drucker regarding Prop K issues in the Palisades – The Chair noted the Council’s concerns regarding the renovations at Rustic Canyon Park, specifically, the cost overruns on the bathroom and access ramp, the delay in getting the cost estimates for the other project items and in holding the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Council (“LVNOC”) meetings, and the need for a single city contact person to manage completion of the project and for greater efficiency in completing the project.

Neil Drucker, Program Manager for the Recreational and Cultural Facilities Program (part of the LA Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering) (“RFCP”), explained that RFCP is responsible for acquiring and improving city parks and other community facilities, mainly with the use of $25 million obtained through the annual real property tax assessment imposed by Proposition K, over a 30-year period in order to provide better facilities for the city’s youth. Funding for Specified Projects was designated in the original Proposition K ballot measure. Additional projects, both public and private and including schools, intergenerational centers, and youth sports organizations, have been funded through a competitive grant process. RFCP is currently managing 147 projects. The next grant cycle will begin with a Request for Proposals in late April.

Regarding specific local projects, Mr. Drucker reported as follows:

1. Mandeville/Westridge acquisition – 230 acres were acquired several years ago using $3 million in Prop K funds and $3 million from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which has recently finished a parking lot and has plans for trail renovation and maintenance.

2. Temescal Canyon parks – The project, which includes improvements to the picnic benches, trellises, etc., was approved through the grant process. Rec & Parks is in the process of reviewing existing structures to see if they can be refurbished and reused.The cost of the project may exceed its Prop K allotment. The LVNOC is in the process of being appointed; anyone interested should contact Andrea Epstein at Councilman Rosendahl’s office. The goal is to have the LVNOCs for each project represent the community. The LVNOCs will include a Park Advisory Board and/or neighborhood council member.

3. Crestwood Recreation Center – The Recreation Center building at Crestwood is being redone, and an additional $300K was obtained by Councilman Rosendahl’s office to complete the project.

4. Rustic Canyon – Background: The project began over seven years ago with a design plan under the auspices of Rec & Parks. Four years ago the Bureau of Engineering took over. When the design was completed and sent out to bid, the community aired numerous concerns and then-Councilwoman Miscikowski got the project put on hold. As a result the project went to the bottom of the line, which delayed starting it up again, as did the fact that, because Prop K funds had already been spent on design, no additional Prop K funds could be used for redesign. The Councilwoman’s office eventually obtained $20,000 for the redesign and new LVNOC meetings were held, resulting in a list of 18 priorities. In order to preserve the available Prop K money and meet applicable deadlines, contracts were entered into with the General Services Dep’t (GSD) for the construction of Rec & Parks’ first two priorities from the LVNOC list, i.e., (1) ADA compliance for restrooms and (2) a handicapped access ramp. The costs of these two improvements was $260,000, instead of the estimated costs of $80,000-$90,000 for the restroom and $60,000-$70,000 for the ramp. The cost overruns occurred in part because GSD personnel lost at least two hours per day commuting to and from GSD headquarters. Inflated constructions costs and the difficulty in finding enough union labor for plumbing and other work also contributed to the problems. The bathroom and ramp expenditures, plus the design and other costs incurred earlier, have reduced the available, remaining Prop K funds to $130,000 (from the original $500,000). However, $300,000 in city general funds has been allocated for completion of the project.

To avoid future problems with this project, the following steps have been or will be taken: (1) GSD is providing cost estimates for each of the remaining 16 priority items, which will, if acceptable, will be presented to a reconvened LVNOC for input. Mr. Drucker committed to working with and listening to the LVNOC as the project moves forward; (2) if GSD’s estimates are too high, Mr. Drucker will recommend seeking estimates from other contractors for the work covered by non-Prop K funds; (3) if GSD does the work, they will put a trailer on site to avoid downtown commute; (4) the project now has a dedicated project manager and construction manager; and (5) RCFP now has in-house construction estimators who can better evaluate GSD estimates, help with change-order negotiations, and challenge invoice amounts. Regarding the shoddy bathroom workmanship already done, GSC has been asked for an estimate for repairs, using funds other than those already allocated.

Mr. Drucker hopes to make a presentation to the PPCC and/or the reconvened LVNOC within a month, unless the GSD estimates are too high. He will continue to communicate with the Council through Bill Rosendahl’s office.

For further information contact Neil Drucker at 213-473-9954 or neil.drucker@lacity.org or visit the RCFP website at http://eng.lacity.org/projects/prop_k/index.htm.

9.1.2. Presentation by Patti Post Re Senior Taxi Service in Palisades

Patti’s Op/Ed piece appeared in today’s Palisadian-Post (page 3.) Patti explained that senior transit problems in the city of L.A. are supposed to be addressed by CityRide, whereby seniors can use discounted taxi vouchers in city-licensed cabs, but that has not proven to be a reliable option because city cabs rarely come to the Palisades. Patti, together with AARP, has been exploring the alternative of providing vouchers for county-licensed cabs as well. Malibu Cabs has expressed interest in such a program and already makes regular trips with seniors from Malibu to Santa Monica.

Barbara Kohn moved and Harry Sondheim seconded the following motion:

“The PPCC supports expansion of the LADOT CityRide taxi subsidy program to taxis licensed by the County of Los Angeles on a demonstration basis in the Palisades.” The motion passed unanimously.

10. General Public Comment – Harry Sondheim alerted everyone to the possibility of increased LAPD ticketing for causing gridlock at Barrington and Sunset.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8.25 p.m.




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Minutes for March 8th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Sandy Eddy, Alice Beagles, Mary Cole, June Perez, Lorraine Oshins, David Schneiderman

Advisors and Alternates: Mike Stryer, Reza Akef

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Barbara Kohn read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Stuart Muller moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 2/22/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of March 8, 2007, there is $7858.00 in the checking account; $4,799.76 in the savings account; and $10,774.34 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $23,432.10. A motion to approve paying a rent increase of $5 per month, for a total rent of $50 per meeting, was made by Stuart Muller, seconded by Kurt Toppel, and passed unanimously.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on March 22, 2007.

7.1.2. Reminder re Brentwood Community Council Transportation Forum (report on last night’s meeting to follow)

7.1.3. Councilman Rosendahl’s Announcement Re Coordinated Westside Rail Network (see agenda)

7.1.4. Public Hearing on proposed Municipal Code Amendment Establishing Scale and Massing limits on residential lots (Neighborhood Character Ordinance) – City is going ahead with proposed ordinance to limit size of R-1 housing but it will not affect the Palisades. A s eparate initiative covering Hillside Areas will be brought up later. The Chair will invite Erick Lopez or someone else from the City Planning Dep’t for a briefing on how they will handle Hillside Areas and why these areas were not included in the current proposal.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein announced that Councilman Rosendahl has appointed Stuart Muller, Harry Sondheim and Ted Mackie to serveon the Temescal Canyon LVNOC. Re the Mansionization issue, she has been toldthat the Hillside Areas involve separate issues.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – not present. Richard Cohen has joined the Community Police Advisory Board, at which all the senior lead officers report. Crime has been up on the Westside in the first couple of months (home burglaries and theft from automobiles). Police are determined to reduce this trend.

Alice Beagles thanked the Temescal Canyon Association for cleaning up the graffiti on the Los Liones mural so quickly. The Board will follow up with Officer Moore re steps that can be taken, including video cameras, to discourage graffiti. Prompt identification and removal of graffiti, as well as offers of rewards, may help. Graffiti can be reported to pacificgraffitisolutions@yahoo.com and wlatag@yahoo.com. Officer Moore will be asked to address the graffiti issue at the next meeting, along with Yvette Neal of Pacific Graffiti Solutions. Venice High School is giving community service credit to kids who help identify graffiti.

Richard Cohen will follow up on getting a second vendor of “thermal eye” heat sensing devices to make a presentation to the Board.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Newsletter Committee Status Report – Mary Cole reported that the newsletter went out on Monday. Mary has several hundred extra copies. The Chair and Board members congratulated the newsletter team on an excellent job.

7.3.2. Sparkplug Event Update – Jan Turner and committee will meet at American Legion Hall this month, to be followed by a mailing.

8. Old Business

9. New Business

9.1. Proposed Sprint Cell Tower/motion – Barbara Kohn reported that a celltower has again been proposed for the top of Surfview Drive and that Sprint has taken the position that the issue is not whether it will be installed but only what it will look like. Pacific View Estates Homeowners’ Ass’n and residents, as well as Councilman Rosendahl’s office, are opposed to this installation. Sprint has said that there is no other location option. Public right of way does not allow the city to intervene, but public opposition may have an effect. Barbara Kohn moved that the PPCC oppose the installation of a cell tower in the residential neighborhood of Pacific View Estates. Alice Beagles seconded the motion. Harry Sondheim moved to table the motion to allow Sprint to present its side of the issue. Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded the motion to table. Motion passed by a vote of 13 to 2. The Chair will invite Sprint representatives to appear as soon as possible. Dr. Walter O’Brien, a resident of the area, has Sprint contact information.

9.2. Nissan Open problems – Reza Akef reported that this year’s tournament presented more problems than ever with parking and disrespect of the neighbors. “No parking or stopping” signs were posted on both sides of the street in the Allenford polo area. Enforcement had previously been limited to situations where there were complaints but this year a record number of citations was issued to residents. However, permits allowing resident parking only arenot allowed on city streets. Kurt Toppel reported that Norm Kulla of Councilman Rosendahl’s office has agreed to host a meeting of interested parties to address these problems. Reza asked the Board to send a letter to NIssan Open, Riviera Country Club and Council office asking that the problems be addressed. Barbara Kohn suggested that the affected residents report their experiences. Andrea Epstein will notify the Chair of the meeting and agenda. The Board will monitor this issue.

9.3. Brentwood Transportation Forum – Marguerite Perkins Mautner and George Wolfberg reported on the meeting last night. A light rail line parallel to the Santa Monica freeway has been proposed. Sunset traffic problems need to be addressed. Making Pico and Olympic one-way streets during rush hours may be a possible solution. Coordinated signals are also a possibility and this option can be implemented more quickly than some of the other proposals. A proposal for widening Sunset if also under consideration. Andrea Epstein will provide a copy of Councilman Rosendahl’s traffic plan.

9.4. Ralph’s no-left turn sign – Officer Moore will be asked about enforcement.

9.5. Request for crosswalk on Via de la Paz– Stuart Muller reported on some residents have asked for a crosswalk in the middle of Via de la Paz. He recommended that school and city officials be invited to address the school pick-up problems at Palisades Elementary and Village School. Jack Allen will prepare a report on the situation. Andrea Epstein will report back when she has information on proposals to deal with school traffic issues.

10. General Public Comment – George Wolfberg reported that he attended a meeting of the L.A. City Council Public Works Committee chaired by Councilman Rosendahl, where the inefficiency of the current “yo yo” budgeting of care for the urban forest was discussed. George has proposed a citywide assessment district to pay for care of city’s 2,000,000 trees.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.>




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Minutes for March 22nd, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Cathy Russel, George Wolfberg, Alice Beagles, Lorraine Oshins, Gilbert Dembo, Carl Mellinger, Ellen Pfahler, Andy Frew

Advisors and Alternates: Karyn Weber, Peter Fisher, Haldis Toppel, Norma Spak, Mike Stryer

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Karyn Weber read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Vice-Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Vice-Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes – Kurt Toppel moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 3/8/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Vice-Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of March 22, 2007, there is $7,973.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $10,815.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $23,588.00. We have received 160 contributions totaling $3,370 from the newsletter.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Vice-Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on April 12, 2007.

7.1.2. Re-Invitation to Paul Edelman to appear and discuss MRCA purchases has been issued.

7.1.3. OT LAPD Committee –Purpose of the Overtime LAPD Committee is to get additional LAPD patrols in the Palisades. Committee has met with Captain Ahourn-Khoury and is working with council office on this issue.

7.1.4. CVS Committee Composition – The CVS Committee now consists of Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall and Barbara Kohn. The Design Review Board will meet on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce to discuss CVS signage.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein passed out information from the Planning Dep’t regarding the Neighborhood Character (Mansionization) issue currently pending before the City Council.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Crime has been almost nonexistent for the last two weeks, excepting a burglary on a construction site on Bollinger.
Re Ralph’s left-turn signal (per 3/8/07 minutes) if the sign was put up by the City of L.A., it can be enforced; if put up by Ralph’s, he will have to consult the Traffic Division to see about enforcement. He will see what is required to make it a city sign if necessary.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Sparkplug Event Update – Janet Turner reported that reservations must be made by May 15 for the May 24 dinner. The cost will be $40 per person.

7.3.2. Bylaws Committee status report – G. Wolfberg – The Committee is underway.

8. Old Business

9. New Business

9.1.1. Graffiti Prevention Program – Richard Cohen reported that the Las Liones mural is restored to its original condition as a result of TCA efforts and thanked them for their work. Measures to prevent graffiti could include closed circuit TVs (“CCTV”). Scott Wagenseller of Palisades Patrol explained that CCTV doesn’t always work as intended, and outside cameras have particular problems resulting from lighting, weather and the location of the installation. Communication from the camera to enforcement personnel, and the difficulties in prosecuting these crimes, are also challenges. Technology in development includes remote cameras that can communicate wirelessly. Real-time monitoring with a quick response could help alleviate prosecution problems, by catching the taggers in the act. Palisades Patrol will have the real-time monitoring capacity when their new dispatch station is up and running. He will keep the Board informed of new capabilities. Andrea Epstein noted that the city will provide free paint as well as graffiti-proof coating for murals. Graffiti problems (except murals and flood control channels) can be reported to pacificgraffitisolutions@yahoo.com (310 204 2749) and wlatag@yahoo.com.

9.1.2. Lighting at 16421 PCH – Janet Turner – Las Pulgas Canyon is a 27-acre site with an entrance from PCH. Owner Barry Maiten, through his company Rancho de Las Pulgas, Inc., purchased the property 11+ years ago when it had no working electricity. He had DWP install 13 lights over the last year pursuant to its Outdoor Lighting Program at his expense. He then learned that the property is in a “dual jurisdiction” area and that both city and Coastal Commission approval were required for the lights. He applied retroactive for a Coastal permit for the lights in October 2006 and turned off half the lights at that point. Howard Robinson, the owner’s representative and a land use consultant and Palisades resident, asked PPCC for support of lighting program, in order to get the permit, for the following reasons: (1) the lights are replacements for 1960’s lights; (2) the lights are a necessary part of an overall security program to prevent, among other things, homeless encampments and canyon fires; (3) the lights are within Code re the impact on neighbors; (4) the lights were recently modified to be less obtrusive, including wattage reduction, color changes and installation of shields; and (5) the lights are not part of a development plan for the Canyon. He submitted 5 letters of support.

Frances Tibbits presented a petition signed by 40 rim residents, many of whom attended the meeting, opposing the lights because (1) the owner did not consult with the neighbors beforehand; (2) the lights shine in neighbors’ homes; (3) having a pathway of lights up the canyon may provide and incentive for unwelcome visitors; (4) no crime or other problems in the canyon had been reported prior to the light installation; (5) unlawful dumping has been allowed by the owner; and (6) there has been a history of proposals for development by other owners.

Michael Schwartz, a Palisades resident off Bienvenida, presented a catalog of wildlife in the Canyon, featuring 12 different kinds of mammals and 47 birds, including owls, and asked that an Environmental Impact Report be prepared regarding the impact of the lights on both people neighbors and animals. Paul Moore, a nearby resident, reported that the Canyon night view has been destroyed, and that there has been no documentation of any security issues.

Officer Moore reported that the storm drain and other areas of the property are subject to graffiti and some people smoking. From the law enforcement perspective, graffiti will happen with or without lights, but lights do allow witnesses to see who does it.

Councilman Rosendahl’s office has offered to mediate the issues. The concerned parties were asked to try to work something out, and the Board took no position.

9.1.3. Private Sewers Lateral Root Notification (“LRN”) Program – Farsheed Farhang, a Sanitary Engineer with the L.A. Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, reported that the LRN Program is an outreach program aimed at reducing sewer overflows in 8 hot spot areas with frequent sewer/root problems. The city has about 200 root-related overflows on city streets each year, and more than half of those come from private lateral lines. A pilot program in this area worked well and is now being expanded. Written tips for picking a contractor and a pamphlet on the program were provided to the Board and audience. Inspection of private lateral lines costs is about $250; replacement of lines can run from $1000 for spot repairs to $10,000 for full lateral replacement. It was suggested that future mailings notify residents who are in hot spot areas. His contact information is: telephone (323) 342-6223; fax (3230 342-6210; e-mail farsheed.farhang@lacity.org.

9.1.4. Filming Disruption In Alma Real Neighborhood – Richard Cohen – taken off agenda.

10. General Public Comment – Dore Jenkins thanked the Council for facilitating the cooperation of the parties regarding the Asilomar slide/Palisades Bowl area. A study of the problem is now underway.

George Wolfberg reported on a proposal by some Huntington residents to increase parking at the Recreation Center and suggested that the parking proposal should be considered by the Council instead of the Potrero Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee. The Board will consider whether and when to hear this issue at some point in the future.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m




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Minutes for April 12th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Robert Baker, Cathy Russel, George Wolfberg, Alice Beagles, Sandy Eddy, Chris Spitz, Gilbert Dembo, David Price, Andy Frew

Advisors and Alternates: Mike Stryer, Norma Spak, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws –
Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience –
The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum –
The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –
George Wolfberg moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 3/22/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda –
The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –
The Treasurer reported that as of April 12, 2007, there is $8,686.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $10,860.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,346.00.
Out of 11,168 newsletters sent at a total cost of $5,817.50, we have received 248 contributions, totaling $5,735.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on April 26, 2007.

7.1.2. Historical Society presentation – On April 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., Alice Beagles, Pacific Palisades Historical Society president, will make a formal presentation donating the Society’s collection of historic photographic images to the Santa Monica library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Parts of the collection will be made available on-line soon.

7.1.3. John Flynn’s passing – The Chair noted with regret the death of John Flynn, a community leader. An Irish wake-style memorial service will be held on April 22 from 3-5 p.m. at Chez Jay in Santa Monica.

7.1.4. CVS Status – The Chair noted that the Design Review Board has issued a decision rejecting certain CVS applications for signage and requiring full compliance with applicable ordinances, as more fully reported in today’s Palisadian-Post. 7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein reported that (1) the Bureau of Engineering will be doing a sewer project at Sunset and Amalfi and wants input from the Council and others before concluding the design and setting a construction date; and (2) a meeting today of interested parties concerning the Las Pulgas lights issue resulted in an agreement by the property owner to provide a lighting demonstration.

Paul Glasgall pointed out that the Palisades Drive project to repair the slide behind Sea Ridge has resulted in frequent backups of dump trucks and has not been completed on time. He asked that Highlands homeowners be notified of any projects having an impact on the area. Andrea Epstein will follow up.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – no report

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Sparkplug Event Update – Janet Turner reported that the tickets will be $42 per person and that additional efforts to publicize the event will be made once the Sparkplugs have been selected.

7.3.2. Bylaws Committee status report – George Wolfberg reported that the Committee has held several meetings to review the existing bylaws. The Committee plans to propose expanding the Executive Committee to include an additional board member; to clarify who speaks for the Board and preserve freedom of expression of board members who want to express their own opinion; to give each organization the option to send to the Board a mission statement or brief description of the organization’s function; to set forth a procedure for board members to have items placed on the agenda; to clarify succession in case a rotating organization fails to select a representative; and to propose a new Article on Discipline and a new Code of Conduct. The goal is to complete drafting next week and to have a first reading and Board discussion on April 26 or May 10, with a final vote on June 14

7.3.3. Sparkplug Nomination Committee update – Cathy Russel reported that six nominations have been received. The Committee will seek additional information on the proposed nominees as needed. Jack Allen pointed out that the By-laws require that the Board be notified and asked for input before Sparkplugs are nominated. The Committee co-chairs will pursue this issue. [See 4/26/07 minutes for further discussion.]

7.3.4. Upcoming Chamber events – Sandra Eddy reported that the Chamber has two upcoming events: (1) the Health and Environmental Fair on Sunday, April 15, with over 40 booths; and (2) the Chamber’s first-ever Technology Fair, on May 6, for which booths are still available.

8. Old Business

8.1 Proposed Sprint Cell Tower –

Sprint representative Courtney Schmidt provided information on the proposed Surfview Cell Tower site as follows: Sprint has 27 sites providing coverage to Pacific Palisades and has been working on this one for many years. Local residents met with Sprint on February 14 and as a result the design was altered and the site was moved to the opposite side of the street. (The current design proposal is attached.) Additional design input will be considered. Adding a security light is still a possibility. Landscaping options will be reviewed in the future.
The proposed site will comply with FCC regulations regarding power output. Ms. Schmidt was not aware of the offer by Councilman Rosendahl’s office to obtain review of power output by outside evaluators but noted that Sprint has agreed to similar reviews at other sites. She explained that the site was selected because it is on a right-of-way, near the end of the drive, and will provide coverage to the residential area rather than back of the hillside. In response to questions as to the actual wattage emitted by the proposed tower and the effect of the tower on improving coverage for the area or local residents, she agreed to provide the Council with the information.
Dr. Walter O’Brien made a presentation as to his view of the health risks of cell phone towers. (See attached.) Dr. O’Brien stated that the standards for power output set in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are outdated and do not accurately take into account the risks.
Richard Cohen commented that exposure to cell phone tower radiation decreases dramatically in a very short distance. Jack Allen noted that in his years of experience with this issue, no credible scientific evidence has been put forth of any harmful effects. Barbara Kohn reported that the local homeowners’ association has taken a position against this proposed site and asked the Council to do the same, noting that the area CC&Rs prohibit above-ground utilities other than street lights. A height waiver may be required for this pole.
The issue will be re-considered when further information is available. 9. New Business

9.1 Removal of Mr. Muller from representation of PPCC with regard to CVS –

The Chair explained the reasons for removal of Stuart Muller’s authority to represent the Council in discussions with CVS, noting that while Stuart has been passionate in his efforts to improve the area, his actions in going over the head of the CVS regional manager and taking the issues to CVS corporate headquarters resulted in a determination by CVS to hire local counsel and cease further discussions with the PPCC. The Chair’s decision was made with the support of the Executive Committee and after briefing the members of the Bylaws Committee.

9.2 PCH Safety Issues –

Richard Cohen reported that Sergeant Podesta asked if the Council could lobby for center dividers in parts of PCH to prevent head-on collisions. George Wolfberg is a member of the existing PCH Task Force formed by State Senator Sheila Kuehl. The role of the task force is to bring together all public agencies involved with the highway to work out a consistent approach to improve safety for all users and traffic flow from the McClure tunnel through Malibu. George contacted the Senator’s office as a result of recent deaths and closures of PCH in Pacific Palisades. George also raised issues of the extremely costly delays and disruption of commerce that occur because of lengthy highway closures and suggested that in cases where a coroner cannot get to a fatal accident in a timely fashion, paramedics could be deputized to serve as coroners or a helicopter for the coroner could be provided. The Senator has contacted CHP and Cal Trans to get input on possible options to further increase safety on the highway. George will keep the Council informed.

10. General Public Comment –
Norma Spak pointed out that Council should explain the procedure re allowing Board members to comment before the public so that audience members understand.

Dave Johnson asked for additional funds for the Recreation Center skatepark. Susan Nash will follow up.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.




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Minutes for April 26th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Cathy Russell, George Wolfberg, Alice Beagles, Todd Sadow, June Perez, Thomas Farnham

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Karyn Weber, Nancy Marsden, Peter Fisher

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Peter Fisher read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes – Richard Cohen moved and Janet Turner seconded that the minutes from the 4/12/07 meeting be adopted as amended. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of April 26, 2007, there is $8896.00 in the checking account; $4800.00 in the savings account; and $10,860.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,556.
Out of 11,168 newsletters sent at a total cost of $5817.50, we have received 263 contributions, totaling $5995, which is the lowest number of contributions since September 2000. Contributions exceed costs by $177.50. It was noted that further solicitations should report on what is being done with the money and should not be described as annual PPCC “dues.”

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on May 10, 2007.

7.1.2. Appointment of Nominating Committee for PPCC Officers – The Chair appointed Jack Allen, George Wolfberg and Harry Sondheim to the Nominating Committee. Jack Allen will serve as Chair.

7.1.3. CVS – Company representatives have said they are willing to meet with the community, to see what modifications can be made. The Chair informed CVS of the Board’s CVS Committee. CVS will coordinate with the CVS Committee. Suggestions for improvements to the store were solicited from anyone interested. The Palisadian-Post was asked to publicize the fact that suggestions from public regarding the CVS facility would be welcome.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office (Andrea Epstein): (1) Left turn at Sunset and Via de la Paz – LADOT has completed the design phase and will install left turn arrows during the ’07-’08 fiscal year; (2) Re Rustic Canyon park, Andrea, the Chair and others will work with Neil Drucker to get more information.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – (1) On May 5 West Traffic division will run a DUI Task force on PCH at Temescal Canyon; (2) Gladstone’s fundraiser resulted in $3500+; (3) Small spike in vehicle break-ins now appears to be declining again; (4) There is currently uncertainty over law enforcement jurisdiction in certain parts of the Highlands, as state parklands are under the sheriff’s jurisdiction and city areas are covered by LAPD. The problem arises when 911 calls are made and each jurisdiction thinks it’s the other, resulting in no timely response. No immediate solution is in sight. Councilman Rosendahl’s office will be asked to assist. Other residential neighborhoods abutting state park land may also face this issue. (5) A resident, Mrs. Moffitt on Jacon Way, contacted Janet Turner re racing on Jacon. Problem is that streets have to be radar-certified in order to use radar enforcement. Officer Moore has notified Officer Kwan, who is in charge of traffic enforcement, of the problem; (6) Norma Spak reported that the Los Liones restrooms received a graffiti coating which has already been removed and subjected to further graffiti; (7) In response to the Chair’s question as to when the Board will receive further input on thermal imaging technology, Officer Moore reported that Brentwood and Bel Air have purchased it for their cars and that Sergeant Podesta will bring a car equipped with the technology to a Board meeting; (8) Paul Glasgall pointed out that a mountain lion is loose on hiking trails in Highlands.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Sparkplug Event Update – Janet Turner reported that notices and ticket purchase forms for the event have been sent out.

7.3.2 Sparkplug Nomination Committee update – Ted Mackie/Cathy Russell) – Sparkplugs will be given to Lisa Taylor and John Grosse. The Committee recommended that the nomination process be better publicized next year. George Wolfberg clarified that the Board does not need to be notified and asked for input before announcing the nominations. The Chair thanked both the Sparkplug Event and Nomination Committee members for their work.

8. Old Business

8.1.1. Consideration of proposed Bylaws revisions (G. Wolfberg) – First reading. Second reading and comments will be at the next meeting.

8.1.2. Neighborhood Councils – The Board will continue to track proposed revisions to the NC system.

9. New Business

9.1. Speed Humps on Brooktree (G. Wolfberg and A. Epstein) – Lack of sidewalks and speeding cars makes parts of Brooktree dangerous for pedestrians. The street does not meet standards for radar enforcement because of curves. A resident on board of Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA) has collected signatures from 70% of neighbors on the block in support of speed humps. (Humps are flatter on top; bumps are smaller.) LADOT usually wants Board input. The issue was deferred until the Board’s area representatives can confer with the SMCCA.

10. General Public Comment

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.




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Minutes for May 10th 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Robert Baker, Cathy Russell, George Wolfberg, Susan Orenstein, Chris Spitz, Gil Dembo, David Schneiderman

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Cathy Russell, Peter Fisher, Mike Stryer

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Jack Allen read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes – Richard Cohen moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 4/26/07 meeting be adopted as amended. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report –The Treasurer reported that as of May 10, 2007, there is $9141.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $10,715 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,656. Out of 11,168 newsletters sent at a total cost of $5817.50, we have received 277 contributions, totaling $6,290.00. Contributions exceed costs by $472,50.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is the Citizen Dinner/Annual Sparkplug Event on May 24, 2007. The next business meeting is on June 14, 2007.

7.1.2.. CVS Committee – Karyn Weber has been added as a member of the Committee, which will meet with CVS on Wed., 5/16, at 10 a.m.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein reported (1) regarding Rustic Canyon, a meeting will be held on May 18 to discuss estimates by the City of L.A. General Services Department for the remaining park improvement items on the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Council (“LVNOC”) list; (2) at its meeting on May 10, 2007, the City Planning Commission considered the proposed draft Ordinance on baseline mansionization. The matter was continued to May 24, 2007, when a workshop will be held for the purposes of discussing and making minor adjustments to the proposed draft Ordinance. The Department will start working on the hillside mansionization after the baseline mansionization ordinance is complete; and (3) S. Muller asked that the library drinking fountain be fixed.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – (1) Richard Cohen reported on behalf of Michael Moore that a stalking suspect in the area has been identified as a transient named Jason Martyne. He drives an old red Honda and has been arrested for stalking in the past. No charges are pending; (2) The sobriety checkpoint at Temescal Canyon and PCH, as reported in today’s Palisadian-Post, was partly the result of Council pressure to crack down on violators and, because of the number of people stopped, may result in additional checkpoints.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Sparkplug Event Update -Janet Turner reported that there are only 50 seats left for the May 24 Citizen of the Year/Sparkplug Award Dinner.

7.3.2. CVS Committee on status of meeting with CVS – Stuart Muller passed out a time table of the Sav-on/CVS improvement effort and said that the proposed changes in the bylaws will help clarify how councilmembers should act in similar situations in the future.

7.3.3. Benefit Assessment District (“BAD”) Tax report – Norma Spak reported that some properties at the top of El Medio are under consideration by the BAD for the Conservancy but no purchase is imminent.

7.3.4. California Public Incline Hearing date – G. Wolfberg reported that a hearing will be held on June 19 or 20 to discuss environmental impact of incline project, at Santa Monica Library at 7 p.m. Construction has been delayed again until Feb. 2009.

7.3.5. Announcement of Slate of Nominees for PPCC Officers for next term – Jack Allen reported that the current officers all were nominated to serve another term.

7.3.6. Fire Dep’t Notices of Noncompliance – Everyone was encouraged to examine closely any such notices they may receive. The Fire Dep’t acknowledged last year that they blanketed many neighborhoods without inspections. A Fire Dep’t representative will be invited to speak to the Council about the problem on June 14.

7.3.7. Waldorf Fair – Norma Spak reported that major problems occurred at the recent Waldorf School fair with parking and people crossing Sunset. Waldorf has made no progress in getting a traffic light installed. A public hearing to be held in June will air some of these problems. Jeffrey Graham, the school’s executive director, will be invited to the June 14 meeting.

7.3.8. Trucks in Searidge area working on slope mitigation project – Paul Glasgall reported that the project will take longer and involve 4 times as much dirt as originally planned. He will pursue the issue with Councilman Rosendahl’s office.

7.3.9. Community Police Advisory Board – Richard Cohen reported that at CPAB’s recent meeting it appeared that support for the one-way traffic proposal on Pico and Olympic is growing.

8. Old Business

8.1 Consideration of proposed Bylaws revisions – Second reading- G. Wolfberg reported that the Bylaws Committee met several times, for a minimum of two hours each time, and carefully went over the bylaws and various suggestions received in the past year. The Committee’s recommendations for changes are incorporated in the redlined document previously sent the Board and the subject of a first reading at the last meeting. On behalf of the Bylaws Committee G. Wolfberg moved that the changes to the standing rules included in the document be adopted and further moved that the revised bylaws also be adopted. He also acknowledged the hard work and thoughtful comments of Haldis and Kurt Toppel, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen and Chair Steve Boyers.

Jack Allen seconded both motions. In the following discussion concern was expressed concerning Article V, specifically (1) the meaning of an “official statement” adopted by the Board; and (2) when area and service organization representatives can speak as representatives of their areas or groups. The Committee was asked to modify Article V-B to substitute “necessarily” for “in any way.” Discussion to be continued.

8.1.2. Speed Humps on Brooktree – G. Wolfberg reported that the SMCCA with the assistance of Cindy Miscikowski’s office, had several meetings on the canyon traffic issues in 2003 with city and interested neighborhood representatives, and agreed on the need to increase safety in Rustic Canyon, to take steps to reduce speed, and to make these streets less attractive as short-cuts. A total of four speed humps on Ranch and Brooktree was proposed, with 88% approval by residents of these streets. The project, proposed by a resident on Brooktree who gathered all the signatures, has been approved by DOT and will move forward in due course. Cathy Russell reported that the Homeowners’ Association of Rustic Canyon was not consulted on the project and may take steps to notify other residents that the humps will be installed to forestall any surprise.

8.1.3. Civic League issue – The Civic League is holding a hearing on Monday, May 21, regarding proposed construction in the 15400 block of Albright Street. It appears that properties in this area have reverted back to Tract 9300. Barbara Kohn wanted to know if the Civic League grants variances. Jack Allen will look into it.

9. New Business

9.1 Jurisdictional issues re 911 – off agenda until further information is obtained.

9.1.2. Presentation on Supertanker to assist in fire-fighting – The Wildfire Research Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was created to improve wildlife suppression capability in the U.S. The upcoming fire season is likely to be harsh. The loss of homes has steadily increased in recent years. Yesterday the Governor ordered that a DC10 supertanker be procured for the next 3 years on a seasonal contract basis, meaning an average 30-minute response time. A DC10 can drop 12,000 gallons of fire retardant, as opposed to the maximum 3000-gallon drop by helicopters. For more information contact WRN at 415 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #190, Topanga, CA 90290, 310/455-0798 or by e-mail to wildfireresearch@yahoo.com, or visit www.wildfireresearch.org. WRN is the only organization of its kind in the country. Donations are welcome. Other projects that need to be implemented include obtaining helicopters with night-vision equipment.

10. General Public Comment –Raymond Yu announced that open houses will be held at fire stations throughout the city on May 12.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.




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Minutes for June 14th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Harry Sondheim, Cathy Russell, George Wolfberg, Alice Beagles, Chris Spitz, Carl Mellinger

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Peter Fisher, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Richard Cohen read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes – Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Alice Beagles seconded that the minutes from the 5/10/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – No report.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on June 28, 2007.

7.1.2. West L.A. VA Development – The Board will monitor the situation vigilantly.

7.1.3. Thanks to all regarding Golden Sparkplug Award Dinner

7.1.4. Report on Pali High Career Day – Next year, literature about the PPCC should be prepared to generate more interest among students.

7.1.5. Rustic Canyon – status report – The Chair and George Wolfberg will attend a meeting next week regarding the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Council (“LVNOC”) appointments and other issues.

7.1.6. New West LAPD Captains – see item 7.2.2(c) below.

7.1.7. Overtime for LAPD – see item 7.2.2(b) below.

7.1.8. Future Consideration of Use of PPCC Funds for Community-Based Projects – The Chair asked the Bylaws Committee and the Board’s Legal Counsel to look into whether PPCC can donate money to worthy community and other projects, and to consider an amendment to Bylaws to add a Corresponding Secretary as a Board officer and member of the Executive Committee.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Charles Leone passed out a motion of appreciation for the dedication of artwork to the Palisades Library by Harry Sondheim, in memory of Branka Sondheim. The motion will be placed on the next regular City Council meeting. (A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.) The Chair will also send a thank you note for the dedication. Stuart Muller reported that the drinking fountains are fixed and thanked the Councilman’s office for their help on this issue.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore –
(a) Re 911 jurisdictional issue regarding emergency calls from the Highlands, Officer Moore told the Board and audience that if anyone encounters a problem convincing the dispatcher that the subject address is in the Palisades, s/he should tell the dispatcher that the Senior Lead Officer has confirmed that the address is a valid Palisades address;
(b) Overtime for LAPD – The Chief of Police has concluded that there is not enough money to fund overtime for another Palisades car, although some money may become available from reducing the time that officers need to spend waiting with suspects to be booked;
(c) Captains Ahourn-Khoury and Hauk are being reassigned. Captain Matt Blake will be one of the replacements. Captain Blake has worked in West L.A. before and will be asked to a PPCC meeting as soon as possible; and
(d) regarding the security alert about people putting various forms of barricades in the streets as a possible precursor to criminal activity, the community should be aware that if they come across barricades in unusual circumstances, they should take another route rather than getting out of the car to remove them.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Secretary for 6/28 meeting– thanks to Haldis Toppel for volunteering.

7.3.2. Report on Sparkplug Event – Janet Turner reported that the sold-out event was a huge success and thanked everyone for their support.

7.3.3. California Public Incline Hearing date –June 20, 6:30-8:30, Santa Monica Public Library – Tony Antich and Mark Cuneo, Santa Monica City Engineers, and Vicki Zale, Community Outreach Consultant for Santa Monica, reported that the California Incline Project is under environmental review and provided a handout on the Incline and Palisades Bluffs Projects (a copy of which is attached to the original of these minutes). Comments regarding the draft EIR on the project are due July 9 and should be sent to vikkizale@aol.com or mark.cuneo@smgov.net or made through the website at www.smgov.net/engineering/index.asp. The Incline bridge will be closed for 10 months and replaced. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in March of 2009. The Palisades Bluffs project, which entails various geotechnical improvements, is slated to begin construction in spring of 2008 and will require rolling closures of one northbound lane on PCH.
The Board and Audience expressed concern about the overlap in timing of these two projects. Suggestions included having construction crews work round the clock, improving the roadway and intersection access at Moomat Ahiko Way and Ocean Ave., and construction penalties/incentives. Concern was also expressed over the increase in traffic that will occur with the planned installation of a traffic light at 415 PCH, which is occurring as part of Beach Club Mitigation Project, and the combined negative traffic effect of the projects and the light. The Chair encouraged everyone to submit comments and to contact all of our local representatives about these issues. George Wolfberg recommended that comments be sent to Caltrans regarding the proposed traffic mitigation measures and that people attend the meeting about the Incline Project on June 20.
Harry Sondheim moved, and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded, that the Chair send a letter setting out the concerns about these projects, including the 415 PCH traffic light, to all relevant recipients, including Caltrans, Santa Monica elected officials, and L.A. City officials and elected representatives. The motion passed unanimously.

7.3.4. Certified Neighborhood Councils – G. Wolfberg reported that, under a recent change, certified NCs will now get copies of the official City file for proposed development projects – maps, sketches, descriptions, requested approvals, etc. He suggested that this is a factor that the Board should keep in mind in its ongoing consideration of whether or not to become a certified NC.

7.3.5. Skateboarders without helmets – Jack Allen suggested that kids be notified that all skaters and bikers under 18 are required by law to wear helmets.

7.3.6. CVS Committee – The Committee is waiting to receive a letter from CVS listing the improvements the store plans to make and will report back.

8. Old Business

8.1 Continued consideration of proposed Bylaws revisions (G. Wolfberg) – postponed to June 28.

9. New Business

9.1 Election of officers for term beginning July 1, 2007 – George Wolfberg moved to close the nominations. Jack Allen seconded the motion, which passed unanimously, after which ballots were passed out. The incumbent officers were all reelected.

9.2 Waldorf School parking and traffic issues – Jeffrey Graham of the Waldorf School reported that in the last year the school overcame many obstacles — including cost overruns and other financial challenges, a late entry into the site, the need to engage in additional fundraising and to take on additional debt to change the site from an eyesore to a school – and recently graduated its first 8th grade class. First year enrollment was 100 students; next year enrollment will be around 130-150 students; and the school’s capacity is 240 students. The school will hold a 3-week summer camp for 30-4- students. He acknowledged the community’s frustration re traffic and safety issues. The school now has an alternative circulation plan and will allow left-hand turns at the lower gate by KFC. Regarding a traffic light at the Los Liones-Sunset intersection, some money will be included in next year’s budget but the school can’t do it alone. Councilman Rosendahl’s office is working with them on a community fundraiser that is not yet scheduled. The Getty Villa Committee has been supportive.

Kurt Toppel expressed his understanding that the original use permit required the traffic light to be installed prior to the school’s opening. Mr. Graham stated his view that the school is operating under an interim permit and that the traffic light was a condition subsequent. Richard Cohen suggested that the Board ask the city to cap further enrollment until the traffic light is installed.. Rick Entin, a Castellemare resident whose letter about this issue appeared in today’s Palisadian-Post, observed that traffic has increased in the area both from school and condo development, the opening of the Getty Villa, the increased number of recreational users of Los Liones and other factors, but that Waldorf has spent its money on other things while the traffic and safety problems continue to increase. Mr. Entin asked the Board to ask the City Council to require traffic improvements, including the traffic light, in an expedited fashion, and to require Waldorf to provide financial assurances that funds will remain committed to the light, and to require the Getty villa to honor its portion of the funds committed for the light. He further stated that the work by the Councilman’s office amending the traffic plan for special events was a necessary but not sufficient first step.

Mr. Graham responded that the first phase of the traffic light installation – design and review – is estimated to cost $50,000; the total cost is estimated to be $350,000; and the school cannot pay for the light without help. He further stated that at the time the school initially committed to install a light, the total cost estimate was $250,000, and the Getty Villa stated that it would provide the funds, so the school’s commitment was “revenue-neutral commitment.

Norma Spak moved that the Board send the City Council a letter to the effect that, in light of the acknowledged responsibility of the Waldorf School to install a traffic light and in recognition of the current safety issues at the subject intersection, it is the sense of the PPCC that the school’s continued operation or any expansion thereof be conditioned on their undertaking to install the required light and that a certificate of occupancy be denied until that occurs. The motion was put over to the next agenda when a revised resolution will be presented.

9.1.3. Conversion of Shell Station at corner of Sunset Blvd. and Via de la Paz to a car wash and a 24 hour mini-mart (15401 West Sunset Blvd.) – Jack Allen reported that comments are due to City Planning dept by June 20 on Shell’s request for mitigated negative declaration on this proposal. Tracy Price submitted a petition in opposition by 44 residents. Jack pointed out the proposal has some serious problems. The station is located adjacent to a three-story condominium building and to a residential neighborhood in general. The proposed car wash will probably be very noisy and it is not an appropriate use to locate next to residential properties, much less a three story high building. If the food mart is allowed to be open past 9 p.m., the normal bedtime for many children, it will also be a nuisance. In addition, the existing gas station already creates traffic problems at that corner but adding a car wash and a food mart will attract more traffic than now exists. The corner is a problem because no U-turns are permitted from eastbound Sunset to westbound Sunset. As a result, eastbound cars on Sunset seeking to go west, or to enter the gas station, make left turns onto Via to enter the gas station. But the driveways on Via are so close to Sunset that cars trying to enter the service station often block Via, causing traffic to back up into Sunset. The additional traffic generated by the car wash and mart will make this problem worse.

Jack Allen moved that the Board send a letter to the City Planning Dep’t and the Councilman’s Office requesting a focused EIR that includes a noise study and its impact on the neighboring residential properties, and a traffic engineering report focusing on the traffic impacts that will be generated by the proposed project. The letter should state that it is being written because of concerns expressed by the community, and should include a copy of the petition signed by neighbors, while making clear that at this time the Board is not taking a position either in favor or against the project. Carl Mellinger seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously. Chris Spitz reported that the PPRA has unanimously opposed the proposal and has sent its own letter to the Planning Dep’t and Council office about its concerns.

After the environmental review is complete, the Board may want to ask the Shell Station owner to come present the other side of the issue, before taking a position. Haldis Toppel noted that another, cheaper car wash in the Palisades might be beneficial.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.




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Minutes for June 28th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Alice Beagles, Barbara Kohn, Gil Dembo, Lorraine Oshins, Mary Cole
Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Peter Fisher, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Susan Orenstein

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –George Wolfberg moved and Kurt Toppel seconded that the minutes from the 6/14/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of June 28, 2007, there is $9,126.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $10,947.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,873. Out of 11,168 newsletters sent out in March at a total cost of $5817.50, we have received 301 contributions, totaling $6,775.00. Contributions exceed costs by $957.50.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1.1. The next meeting is on July 12, 2007.
7.1.2. Rustic Canyon update – Some of the Board members attended a meeting with city representatives last week. Engineers assigned to the project failed to show and the Board and Recreation and Park representatives were disappointed that nothing could be accomplished. Andrea Epstein will schedule a new meeting in the community.
7.1.3. California Incline update – The Chair will send a letter to the City of Santa Monica expressing concerns and suggesting mitigation measures, as will Councilman Rosendahl.
7.1.4. Shell Station Letter from Chair to Planning Dep’t – New Policy: Letters sent by Chair on issues considered by the Board will now be reported to the Board and public.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – George Wolfberg reported that in a meeting sponsored by the Councilman’s office, the Waldorf School agreed to donate $50K towards installation of a traffic light at Los Liones and Sunset, and to raise $100K in coordination with the Councilman’s office. The Getty Villa Neighborhood Relations Committee will put in $150K. The 14-month clock for installation will begin on July 14.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – no report.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1.Shell station – Jack Allen reported that the Planning Department’s Environmental Section is now reviewing letters received about the Shell station proposal to add a mini-mart and car wash and will then decide whether or not to amend the Negative Declaration and order an environmental impact report. A question arose as to whether or not Councilman Rosendahl’s office is supporting the Board on this issue. Barbara Kohn said that CEQA section 12.1.5.1.8.0, Special Situations, allows for environmental studies to be ordered in connection with small projects if certain issues arise, e.g., potentially significant off-site impacts. The Shell project could come under this provision because of the potential noise and traffic problems. Jack Allen suggested that allowing U-turns at Via de la Paz and Sunset could help alleviate some traffic concerns, but stated that the project itself has not been adequately described in the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Andrea Epstein reported that the city does not do full EIRs on a project of this size (700 square feet) and for that reason the Councilman’s office is not supporting the Board’s request for a focused EIR. She emphasized that issuance of a Mitigated Negative Declaration does not mean that there will not be a planning process, and that the Council office will support whatever the Board and affected neighbors ask for regarding noise and traffic mitigation. Further questions will be addressed to a member of the Councilman’s planning staff on July 12.

7.3.2. CVS update from Committee – Barbara Kohn reported that at the CVS Committee’s meeting with CVS representatives from Rhode Island, the representatives were helpful and responsive. However, one of them recently passed away, so the status of potential improvements to the property is uncertain.

7.3.3. KNBC report aired today on Palisades business rent increases – Kurt Toppel will follow up and report back.

8. Old Business

8.1.1. Continued consideration of proposed Bylaws revisions (G. Wolfberg) – deferred to July 12.

8.1.2. Waldorf School/traffic light issue – off agenda in light of apparent agreement per Item 7.2.1.

9. New Business

9.1.1. Taxicab Service– Presentation by Tom Drischler, Taxicab Administrator for the City of L.A. (tom.drischler@lacity.org or 213-580-1261), and Nettabai Ahmed, president of Independent Taxi. Patti Post introduced the issue by stating that the existing senior transportation system has not been working for Palisades seniors, as reflected in the motion passed by the Board on February 22, 2007 (“The PPCC supports expansion of the LADOT CityRide taxi subsidy program to taxis licensed by the County of Los Angeles on a demonstration basis in the Palisades”). Mr. Drischler stated that he wanted to make the existing city arrangement with city-licensed taxi companies work for Palisades seniors and that there have been no complaints regarding Palisades service in the last 2-1/2 years. For the last quarter of 2006, 82% of calls ended up in completed rides. He believes that the perception that city taxi service is inadequate is based on old complaints. The city has passed ordinances licensing a total of nine cab companies with 2000+ cabs, of which five companies, with 1960 vehicles, operate in the Palisades. Any complaints about service to the Palisades, including refusal by cab drivers to take passengers on short trips, should be reported to the city Department of Transportation (“DOT”) through the Complaint Hotline, available 24 hours at 800-501-0999 or via the complaint form on the city DOT website (www.lacity.org/LADOT/).

Nettabai Ahmed is president of Independent Taxi and of the cab trade association. He stated that city-licensed cabs are held to high standards. However, Westside business is frequently siphoned off by non-licensed cabs from Santa Monica and Malibu, as illustrated by the ads these non-licensed companies take out in local yellow pages. When the drivers of these cabs then refuse to take city vouchers, the frustrated passengers complain about L.A. cab service, when the real problem is “bandit” cabs, i.e., those without a city seal.

A list of licensed L.A. cab companies will be e-mailed for distribution. In response to a question regarding the small passenger space in many cabs, Mr. Drischler stated that cabs are making the transition from shields to security cameras instead of shields, which currently are necessary to prevent assault but do take up space.

Patti Post concluded by saying that the proposal to extend city vouchers to county cabs will not be approved at the staff level and encouraged people to seek action on this issue at the political level and to report promptly any complaints regarding L.A. cab service.

9.1.2. Fire Dep’t Notices of Noncompliance – Captain Robert Knight- deferred to July 12.

9.1.3. Proposed MRCA Traffic Cameras – Jack Allen/Chief Ranger Walt Young – Walt Young, who has been with the MRCA for 14 years, reported on various fire prevention efforts (brush clearance, fire breaks) that have been made in the area. Regarding the new program of automated traffic stop enforcement at Temescal Canyon, Chief Young stated that commuter and non-park-user traffic is a huge problem in the Canyon and other places, e.g., the Hollywood Bowl, because drivers use the parks to get around no-turn signs. An average of 250 vehicles per day enter Temescal Canyon park just for the purpose of turning around, and of those, an average of 78 run the stop sign at 7-15 mph. The MRCA is concerned about pedestrian safety due to the large number of people walking on the park entrance road at all times, although no accidents have been reported so far. Chief Young invited people to go to the park and observe the situation.

The automated cameras use the same technology and vendor as the City of L.A. However, the penalty is civil (a $100 citation for violation of a park ordinance), rather than criminal (a fine of $350+ under the Vehicle Code and a “point” on the driver’s record). The initial investment has been less than it would otherwise be because the vendor is paid $20 for each citation. Other costs include administrative charges and a contingency fund for legal challenges. MRCA’s goal is to change behavior, not to make money on citations. The initial 30-day warning period, during which violators receive a letter in the mail, began about a week ago. The cameras take pictures only of the rear of the vehicle. Permissible defenses are similar to defenses against parking tickets, e.g., proof that the cited vehicle was stolen. Chief Young does not know how many warnings have been issued to date.

In response to questions, Chief Young stated that some traffic engineering work was done before implementing the camera system but that the Vehicle Code and Federal Highway Traffic Standards don’t apply because the penalties are civil, not criminal. Regarding the suggestion that a pedestrian trail be put on the right side of the roadway for those entering the park, Chief Young noted that there was a trail several years ago and that people did not use it. Other forms of traffic enforcement, such as citations for running the stop sign, have been tried repeatedly but are intermittent and therefore not effective in changing the public’s behavior.

Suggestions by the Board including putting in more speed, bumps, putting a stop sign at the parking lot with a crosswalk and signs directing pedestrians to a trail, and seeking a legal opinion from the Attorney General’s office on the MRCA’s power to implement its own automated traffic enforcement system. Chief Young will speak to the appropriate people regarding putting in and maintaining a pedestrian trail. The Board asked him to come back at a later date to revisit the status of the enforcement process and to provide more data.

Regarding fire breaks in the Santa Monica Mountains, Chief Young stated that the Conservancy authorized grading of fire breaks by LAFD, which resulted in unintended damage to historic single-track mountain bike trails. CORBA [an off-road cycling group] is aware of the situation, although the City Bicycle Advisory Committee has not been notified.

9.1.4. Maggie Gilbert Aquatic Center in Palisades (Prop K issue) – Jeanne Goldsmith and Greg Wood made a presentation on the proposed aquatic center at Pali High, which was started with a $1,000,000+ donation by Pali High teacher Rose Gilbert. (See attachment to original of these minutes.) The total cost is estimated to be $3,500,000. They are interested in feedback on and support of the project, in the form of letter, to help obtain more funding. In response to a question o the relationship between the aquatic center and the YMCA pool, Ms. Goldsmith noted that the Y pool has been decertified for competition and runs at a deficit every year, so the Y is very interested in working with Pali High and possibly moving some of its programs to the aquatic center. The basketball courts will be redrawn in other areas of school. The aquatic center pools will be available to the public at certain times and for various programs. The proponents are open to the idea of community input during and after building the center.

Gil Dembo moved that the Board send a letter endorsing the project; Susan Nash seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

9.1.5. Sewer renewal project on Sunset in Riviera (Marguerite Perkins Mautner) – Presentation by Nick Demos of Bureau of Engineering (“BOE”) and Lauren Skinner, L.A. Public Affairs Dep’t. The City is in the process of upgrading 60 miles of sewer systems, including 2 projects in area, at Sunset and Amalfi, and Mandeville Canyon and Westridge. (See attachments to the original of these minutes.) Repair methods will mainly be either open trenchwork or lining maintenance holes and sending in robots, as well as a combination of the two. Decisions regarding individual projects are made after review of CCTV tapes and assessment of sewer conditions. Work on the Sunset/Amalfi project is estimated to start in January or February of 2008, at a cost of about $2,000,000.

Councilman Rosendahl’s office is working with BOE on minimizing the traffic impact of this project and coordinating it to avoid the additional traffic anticipated from California Incline replacement and to work with school schedules. No-stopping signs will be posted when work begins. The Sunset/Amalfi project is relatively small and short-term. The Chair encouraged BOE to coordinate with the Council office and to keep the Board posted.

9.1.6. Marquez School issues (Janet Turner) – deferred to July 12.

9.1.7. Police Night Vision Equipment (Janet Turner) – deferred to July 12.

10. General Public Comment – Stephen Cheung introduced himself as the new West Area Director for the Mayor’s office. He can be reached at 310/410-1749 or via e-mail to Stephen.cheung@lacity.org.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.




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Minutes for July 12th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Barbara Kohn, Gil Dembo, Lorraine Oshins, Mary Cole, Ellen Pfahler

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Peter Fisher, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Susan Orenstein, Andy Frew

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Barbara Kohn read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the 6/28/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of July 12, 2007, there is $9,291.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $10,992.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,083. Out of 11,168 newsletters sent out in March at a total cost of $5,817.50, contributions exceed costs by $1,122.50.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The Chair has set a special meeting for July 26, 2007, at 7 p.m. to consider the Shell station proposal for a car wash and mini-mart. A representative of the Shell station will be invited to attend.

7.1.2. Letter re Aquatic Center (e-mailed separately in .pdf format)

7.1.3. Letter re California Incline (e-mailed separately in .pdf format)

7.1.4. Letter to NCRC (see Supplemental Information)

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office (Andrea Epstein) (see Palisades Shell Station letter from Councilman e-mailed separately in .pdf format) – no additional report.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – (1) Six hearings in a single day were recently held on citations for gas leafblower violations, prosecuted by Susan Strick, deputy city attorney. The violators are required to purchase electric blowers and provide proof of business license and auto insurance by 7/30. If any of these violators are cited again, the fine for the new citation will be $150, plus $100 for the first violation. Failure to comply with the above terms may lead to criminal charges;
(2) The new Deputy Chief for West Bureau is Chief Garner, who places heavy emphasis on community policing is the most important job. Chief Garner and Captain Blake plan to attend the Board meeting on August 9, barring an emergency;
(3) Block contact person – Chief Garner has asked each senior lead officer to have a representative from each block in the area to be contact person. Anyone interested should send his/her e-mail address to Michael Moore, 27995@lapd.lacity.org;
and (4) report graffiti to pacificgraffitisolutions@yahoo.com and wlatag@yahoo.com, because when enough tags are reported the crime can be prosecuted as a felony.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. MKPOA: Congratulations to Haldis Toppel on her election to presidency of the Marquez Knolls Property Owners’ Ass’n.

7.3.2. Area 6: Stuart Muller announced the formation of an Area 6 focus group to present issues of concern to that area to the Board.

7.3.3. NCRC workshops – George Wolfberg attended the first part of tonight’s workshop Councilman Rosendahl was there and spoke highly of the PPCC. The Chair, along with Harry Sondheim and George Wolfberg, has formed a committee to monitor the NCRC process and to make recommendations. Additional workshops will be held on July 17, at 6 p.m., at Panorama High School, 8015 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City; on July 19, at 6 p.m., at L.A. Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington; and on July 21, at 10 a.m., at John Muir Middle School, 5929 S. Vermont Ave., L.A. The purpose of the workshops is to seek recommendations to improve the NCRC system. Free food and childcare will be provided.

7.3.4. CVS – Barbara Kohn reported that CVS has appointed a new head of architecture, who is hoping to come out for a meeting during the week of Aug. 13.

8. Old Business

8.1.1. Continued consideration of proposed Bylaws revisions – G. Wolfberg reported on proposed changes to art. 5, § 4. A separate committee will be appointed to address Area Representative governance issues. Richard called the question on adopting the revised bylaws as amended today. Harry Sondheim seconded the motion, which was adopted by a vote of 16 to 1.

8.1.2. Shell station car wash/mini-mart proposal (Jack Allen) – deferred to July 26.

9. New Business

9.1.1. Fire Dep’t Notices of Noncompliance – Captain Robert Knight is the commander in charge of the LAFD brush clearance unit, which consists of 13 inspectors and 2 captains. He reported that this season is the driest in 100+ years of the city’s history. The targeted brush area covers160 sq. miles and has been identified as very high fire risk. The brush clearance unit’s task is to inspect 130,000 properties in one year, of which about 18,000-20,000 will be cited. Of those given citations, about 50 percent comply after the first notice, and are then reinspected. If they do not comply, a second notice of violation is issued. If compliance still doesn’t occur, the LAFD contracts with private vendors to bring the subject property into compliance, for which the property owner is billed. Regarding the issuance of undeserved notices of noncompliance, Captain Knight state that the inspectors are firefighters who receive a quick training program in brush inspection and have a huge job to do before fire season in the fall. As a result some inspectors get carried away in issuing noncompliance notices, but these are reviewed and revoked if necessary.

Suggestions from the Board for reducing fire risk included prohibiting BBQs in local parks, getting rid of the tree near Mary Cole’s house, and getting rid of the brush on Friends Street and in Potrero Canyon. Regarding the latter it was noted that the Dep’t of Recreation and Parks is supposed to clear the Canyon up to 200 feet from residences.

In response to a question about the relationship between the LAFD and the MRCA, and uncleared Conservancy land, Captain Knight responded that he has been in a constant battle with the MRCA, which, as a state agency, does not believe that it needs to comply with the request of a city agency such as LAFD. LAFD has issued citations, notified MRCA of existing hazards, and offered to help get the area cleared. SMCA has been more responsive in the last year than earlier. The Chair will write a letter to Captain Knight asking for notice when citations are issued to SMCA re areas in Council jurisdiction. It was noted that the same problem occurs with notices to Caltrans and suggested that a similar letter be sent to that agency.

9.1.2. Police Night Vision Equipment – Janet Turner reported that the Marquez Knolls Property Owners’ Association would like to work with other POAs and the Board to make a decision about contributing to the purchase of night vision equipment for the local Palisades police car. Sergeant Podesta reported that the West L.A. bureau now has 3 of the devices (2 for cars and 1 handheld device). Due to a bureaucratic snag the car devices have not yet been installed. The LAPD has a PAC fund that accepts tax-free donations, which can be designated for a specific purpose. Paul Glasgall said that the Highlands is ready to donate funds but wants to see a demonstration of the equipment. Before the Board can vote to make a donation for this equipment, the question of Council’s ability/willingness to disburse existing funds for community projects needs to be addressed, as a future agenda item generally on what purposes money can be used for. It was suggested that the past minutes be reviewed to see what position the Board took on assisting in fundraising vs. making donations for the new gym, in the 1996-1999 period. Sergeant Podesta was asked for addition information regarding the effectiveness of this technology in the field in catching suspected criminals.

9.1.3. Marquez School issues (Janet Turner) – Due to the need to refine and clarify the issues and to focus on what request will be made of the Board, the Chair appointed a committee consisting of Janet Turner (committee chair), Nancy Marsden, David Schneiderman and John Grosse. The Marquez Committee will ask to be placed on the agenda when it is ready and will coordinate attendance with the relevant LAUSD representatives.

9.1.4. Paul Revere Middle School improvements (Ellen Pfahler) – The Campus is being renovated per the attachment passed out and included with the original of these minutes. For the quad renovation project, $100,000 has been raised to date; an additional $200,000 is needed, as are 16 24-36” trees. Checks can be sent to PRIDE, c/o Paul Revere Middle School, 1450 Allenford Ave., L.A. 90049. For further information contact Ellen Pfahler at 310 230 7644.

10. General Public Comment – It was suggested that members of the public be asked to state the issue in which they are interested at the beginning of the meeting, to better facilitate public input.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.




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Minutes for July 26th – This was a special meeting to consider a proposal to add a minimarket and car wash to the Shell station at Sunset and Via de la Paz.

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Mary Cole, Chris Spitz, David Price

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Barbara Kohn seconded that the minutes from the 7/12/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

6.1.1. The next business meeting is on August 9, 2007.

6.1.2. CVS committee will meet with CVS reps on August 16.

6.1.3 Marquez Knolls Traffic Committee will meet at Janet Turner’s house on Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

7. Old Business

7.1. Shell station mini-mart/car wash proposal:Ahmad Ghaderi (818-842-3644; ahmadg@asengineer.com) is the engineer for the project and spoke on behalf of Shell station owners Jin S. & Young H. Kwak (310-391-9474; jinyoungkwak@aol.com). Mr. Ghaderi has worked on 200+ similar car washes and stated that: (1) the proposal would involve demolition of the existing 1800 sq. ft. mechanic area structure and construction of a 1,168 sq. ft. mini-mart and 756 sq. ft. self-service car wash with 1 or 2 vacuum stations; (2) no changes would be made to the existing gasoline pumps; (3) the project complies with setback requirements; (4) the existing alley will remain 20 feet in width, according to an existing easement; (5) although the city has issued a mitigated negative declaration, the owners have commissioned an acoustical study, and various noise mitigation measures (e.g., limited hours of operation, a muffler on the blowers, and a block wall) may be taken; and (6) detailed drawings will be available later.

In response to concerns about cars lining up on the streets, Mr. Ghaderi opined that people would just come back later. A traffic study will be provided. Questions as to whether the Palisades needs another car wash were deferred to the project manager, who could not attend this meeting.

Jack Allen pointed out that the conditional use permit application (“CUP”) was misleading in many respects, including (1) the failure to mention that the proposed car wash will be automated; (2) the statement that the station is surrounded by commercial neighborhoods, when there is a bordering residential neighborhood to the north; (3) the failure to mention the Pacific Palisades Village Specific Plan. Mr. Ghaderi responded that there was no intent to be deceptive in the CUP application and that investigators came out to see the site before issuing the mitigated negative declaration.

Residents near the Shell station expressed concerns about (1) the noise of the car wash; (2) the potential for increased drinking and crime from the presence of a 24-hour mini-mart; (3) the impact on property values; (4) ingress and egress of a large number of cars awaiting a car wash or stopping afterwards to dry off; (5) children passing a crowded car wash on their way to and from school; and (6) the impact of the project on elderly and infirm people in the nearby Sunrise Assisted Living facility.

Richard Cohen moved that the Board adopt the following motion:

Concerned by the issues of noise, traffic, crime, an incomplete and misleading permit application, the inconsistency of the project with the Pacific Palisades Village Specific plan, and the overwhelming opposition of neighbors, we oppose the permitting the carwash and/or mini-mart project at the Shell station.

Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded the motion. After discussion of whether or not opposition to a project should be based on neighbors’ opposition or on the views of the Board as representatives of the community, Richard Cohen withdrew the motion and made a new motion as follows:

Regarding the application for a conditional use permit by Jin Kwak, owner of the Shell station located at 15401 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, Case Number: ZA 2006-9396 (CU), the Pacific Palisades Community Council resolves as follows:

“Concerned by the issues of an incomplete, inaccurate and misleading permit application, the inconsistency of the project with many aspects of the Pacific Palisades Village Specific plan, and the potential noise, traffic and crime problems, we oppose the issuance of a conditional use permit for both the carwash and 24 hour mini-mart project at the Shell station, as well as the issuance of a mitigated negative declaration. We again request that a focused EIR be prepared based on the noise, traffic and other impacts that may be generated by the project.”

David Price seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously. Marina Martel, Assistant Planning Deputy to Councilman Rosenthal, will present the motion at the CUP hearing on August 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building, Second Floor Hearing Room, 1645 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Communications regarding the proposal should be sent to:

OFFICE OF ZONING ADMINISTRATION
200 N. SPRING ST., 7TH FLOOR
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
(213) 978-1318
FAX – (213) 978-1334
Case Number: ZA 2006-9396 (CU)

Barbara Kohn pointed out that the requisite 24-30 day notice of the CUP hearing was not received in a timely fashion by the neighbors or PPRA.

8. General Public Comment

9. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.




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Minutes for August 9th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Mary Cole, Chris Spitz, David Schneiderman, Gilbert Dembo, Cathy Russell, Andy Frew

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Richard Cohen read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –George Wolfberg moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 7/26/07 meeting be adopted with the following amendments: David Price was present, and the meeting was a “Special Meeting.” The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – Ted Mackie reported an account balance as of August 9, 2007 as follows: Checking $9,193.00, Savings $4,800.00, CD 11,036.00, Total $25,029.00

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1.1. The next meeting is on September 27, 2007, the September 13 meeting has been cancelled.

7.1.2. The Chair re-appointed the active committees for the 2007-2008 term:

Active Committees:

CVS Committee – Co-Chair: Paul Glasgall and Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Karyn Weber.

Overtime Police Advocacy Committee – Chair: Richard Cohen, Mike Stryer, Steve Boyers, Paul Glasgall.

Marquez Traffic Committee – Chair: Janet Turner, Nancy Marsden, David Schneiderman and John Grosse.

Expired Committee:

Nominating Committee, Area 7 Alternate – expired

Nomination and Election Committee, Area Representatives/At-Large Representative – expired

Nominating Committee, Area and At Large Alternates – expired

Community Service Award – expired

Potluck Dinner – expired

Bylaws Committee – expired

Traffic & Parking Committee – expired

Newsletter Committee – expired

Sparkplug/Citizen-of-the-Year Event Committee – expired

Sparkplug Nomination Committee –expired

Nominating Committee for PPCC Officers – expired

The Chair re-appointed the following Advisors for the 2007-08 term:

Patti Post – Transportation Flo Elfant – Disaster Preparedness

Haldis Toppel – Special Advisor to the Chair

The Chair recommended that Ron Dean be re-appointed as Legal Counsel.

Jack Allen made the motion to appoint the Legal Counsel as recommended, Harry Sondheim seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.

7.1.3. The Chair stated that he will work with the Post to publicize the opportunity for Youth Representatives to participate on the Council. Harry Sondheim will assist in the recruiting efforts.

7.2.1. Andrea Epstein reported from the City Councilman’s office:

Sunset/Mandeville – Sunset opened to four lanes on August 1, rather than the originally scheduled date of September 22. The Councilman expedited the road opening. The City is working on last minute improvements such as sidewalks, the DG path and landscaping. The Councilman hopes to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.

LAPD and LAFD are hosting a Emergency Preparedness meeting on Sept. 15, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hollywood, at 1716 N. Gower.

Andrea Epstein stated that the representative of the Mayor’s office, Stephen Cheung, encourages all Neighborhood/Community Councils to attend the “Mayor’s Budget Day” on October 13, at City Hall.

The City of Los Angeles is pleased to offer a Multi-Family Residential Recycling Program. The program is a FREE service to all multifamily residential buildings in the city. If the homeowners’ association or owner agrees to enroll the property, a contracted waste hauler will make contact regarding implementation of the program (mid-summer 2007). At that time they will address the details of the program (location of bins, education of residents, pick up days). Participation in the program will reduce costs by eliminating the need for multiple trash pickups during the week. Program includes:

Free recycling service pickup once a week

Every 8 units would receive a 95 gallon blue bin container (or another appropriate container depending on volume of recyclables)

Outreach and education on the program and materials allowed in blue bins

For more information visit the City’s website.http://www.lacity.org/san/solid_resources/recycling/services/apartment.htm

At the Shell Station Public hearing, over 50 people showed up for the Zoning Administrator (“ZA”) hearing to oppose the project. The hearing lasted just under 3 hours. The ZA has taken the case under advisement and kept the record open for 10 days. The ZA is inclined to deny the project.

Jack Allen gave the technical presentation at the hearing and stated that Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office gave outstanding support to the residents of Pacific Palisades regarding the opposition to the Shell Station development.

Richard Cohen represented PPCC at the meeting and observed that the room was filled to capacity. He stated that the Shell station owner was represented by his project manager, Larry Turner, who presented his case in favor of the request. Mr. Cohen thanked Jack Allen for his detailed technical presentation, and Barbara Kohn and Chris Spitz for the representation of PPRA in support of the Pacific Palisades Specific Plan. Dan Greene, the ZA hearing officer, said that he thought the car wash would violate the specific plan and that he was having trouble seeing a community necessity for the carwash since there are alternatives.

It was reported that Marina Martos, Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s planner, stated the Councilman’s definitive opposition to the request. Roger Holt, Greenberg Glusker Law Firm, representing PPRA, cited law and presented detailed cohesive technical data to support the request for denial of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Pacific Palisades Community speakers in opposition spoke in a coordinated, non repetitive presentation. Mr. Greene will issue a final ruling in a few weeks after further review of material.

7.2.2. Lead LAPD Officer Michael Moore introduced Captain Blake, who was recently assigned to the West LAPD Bureau. Captain Blake assured the community that he is committed to keep the “Basic Car 8A1” assigned to the Pacific Palisades community full-time. That car will be sent to neighboring areas only during critical emergency conditions and will return to the Palisades at the earliest possible time. Captain Blake will make it a point to attend any PPCC or other community meeting whenever invited.

7.2.3 Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) Chief Ranger Walt Young reported that brush clearance, firebreaks, and erosion prevention have been done. The number of stop sign warnings/citations was down by 83.6%, an indication of the success of the program to prevent drivers from running the stop sign in Temescal Park. According to the tracking of zip codes, 69% of the warnings/citations were written to drivers with addresses outside of Pacific Palisades. The trail signs directing hikers to the west side of the canyon will be delivered by August 16. Proposition 84 funds are slated for the improvement of the alternate trail to the east of the entry road into Temescal Canyon to get the hikers off the main road and out of traffic.

7.2.4 George Wolfberg reported that a new, interim Pacific Palisades Park Director, Betsy Spina, has been appointed.

7.3.1. Janet Turner, Chair of the PPCC Marquez School Traffic Committee, discussed the recommendations of the Committee and presented a draft letter to School Board President, Marlene Canter, for consideration. The concerns were traffic congestion in the neighborhood causing safety concerns for both students and neighbors, as well as parking congestion on neighboring streets as result of a significant increase in school staff and insufficient parking on the school property. Four points were highlighted in the recommendation:

Leasing/purchasing the adjacent DWP land for parking (or)

Turning 1/3 of the current play ground at the far end into parking

Providing busing, especially for 154 students who live in the Highlands

Requiring mandatory car-pooling of students.

Jack Allen voiced concern over the proposed loss of 1/3 of the play ground and suggested that a lease or purchase of the DWP lot was preferable. It was explained that DWP will not sell the property but is willing to lease it for a five year period, perhaps with a periodic extension. However, the school does not find it cost effective to grade and pave the property for such a short period of time. It was pointed out that DWP will most likely extend the lease for subsequent five year periods.

Janet Turner stated that the committee’s first choice is to recommend the lease/purchase of the DWP land. However, if that is not possible the committee recommended changing a portion of the far-end of the playground into a parking lot. During discussions it was suggested that the letter give the School Board an opportunity to recommend solutions of their own.

George Wolfberg moved that the Chair finalize the letter consistent with the Board’s discussions and with input from the Marquez Knolls Traffic Committee and Harry Sondheim and send it to Marlene Canter with the invitation to attend the next PPCC meeting on September 27, 2007. Harry Sondheim seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

8. Old Business

8.1.0. Janet Turner announced that the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association (MKPOA) has pledged $1,000 towards the purchase of a heat sensing camera, known by its technical name as Forward Looking Infra-Red device (FLIR), and has appointed Janet Turner to lead the efforts to solicit pledges from other Palisades organizations towards the $12,000 purchase. She asked the PPCC for support, endorsing the purchase for use in the Palisades. Sgt. David Podesta has stated that he will be able to put the camera into field operation within two weeks of receipt of the funds. Four cameras have already been purchased by other west-side organizations from Brentwood, West Los Angeles and Hollywood Hills.

Haldis Toppel, President of MKPOA, stated that the current fundraising effort is limited to pledges. When sufficient pledges have been committed, MKPOA will identify the tax-exempt entity where the donations will be deposited for the purchase of the camera. Furthermore, MKPOA will research ownership options for the camera to assure that it is indeed used exclusively for the community of Pacific Palisades and can not be re-assigned elsewhere in the City. She stated Sgt. Podesta’s and Lead Officer Moore’s commitment that the camera will stay with the Palisades Basic Car 8A1 throughout its 24/7 deployment. (See Captain Blake’s commitment in 7.2.2 above.)

Janet Turner made the following motion, seconded by Jack Allen. The motion passed unanimously.

“Pacific Palisades Community Council is committed to decrease and deter crime in the Palisades, address the homeless problem, and promote fire safety. The Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) device, a hand held heat sensor camera will assist LAPD in these efforts. PPCC supports the non-profit fund raising efforts by the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association (MKPOA) to get pledges from Home Owner Associations, community organizations and individual citizens, to raise the $12,000 needed to buy the device for use by LAPD for the exclusive deployment in the area represented by the Pacific Palisades Community Council. The Council acknowledges that MKPOA has pledged $1,000 provided that others in the community join in the effort and that the remaining funds can be raised. The Council encourages all Home Owner Associations, community organizations, and individuals in the Palisades to contribute to this purchase.”

9. New Business

9.1 New 2nd Story Contruction at 672 Via Santa Ynez.

Area 3 Representative, Janet Turner, presented the view obstruction case of Evelyn Lennard at 641 Jacon Way. The property has CC&Rs preventing a second story construction. The adjacent Via Santa Ynez property is without CC&R restrictions. The owner of the Via Santa Ynez property is planning to add a second story to his house which will place a nine foot high wall five feet from Ms. Lennard’s property line and blocking her ocean view entirely. Absent any CC&R restrictions or other laws or ordinances preventing legal construction of the 2nd floor, the Council chose to take no position on this case. The Board expressed its sincere sympathy and regret that it could be of no further assistance in this unfortunate case of severe view obstruction.

10. General Public Comment

10.1 Raymond Yu announced that the 67th annual Nisei Week Parade will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007.

11. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.




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Minutes for September 27th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Barbara Kohn, Mary Cole, Karyn Weber, Chris Spitz, David Schneiderman

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Mike Stryer read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and George Wolfberg seconded that the minutes from the 8/9/07 meeting be adopted as amended. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of September 12, 2007, there is $9,043.00 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $11,086.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,929.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on October 11, 2007.

7.1.2. Appointment of Potluck Committee – The Chair appointed Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Mary Cole to serve on the Holiday Potluck Committee.

7.1.3. Announcement re Actions Concerning Potential Sale of Army Reserve Site – The Board was apprised of the current status through the agenda’s supplemental information.

7.1.4. Thanks to Captain Blake for the newly dedicated Palisades patrol car. Paul Glasgall reported that due to Captain Blake’s scheduling conflict, the Community Police Advisory meetings will now be held on certain Thursdays, instead of Tuesdays and will therefore sometimes conflict with PPCC meetings.

7.1.5. Thanks to entire community regarding the Shell Station proposal – The Chair expressed his gratitude to Council members Jack Allen, Barbara Kohn, Richard Cohen and others who galvanized the community to deal with the problems in the Shell station car wash proposal. Barbara Kohn stated that residents in the adjacent and nearby residential area and PPRA hired legal counsel to represent them on the legal issues at the hearing. This representation was an important factor in the success of the outcome.

7.1.6. Appointment of Committee to consider guidelines for Council appropriations – The Chair appointed an Appropriations Committee consisting of Dick Littlestone, Harry Sondheim, Mike Stryer, Jack Allen and Richard Cohen to consider whether and in what circumstances the Council should donate funds to other community groups or projects. Richard Cohen has agreed to chair the committee. The Chair asked the committee to report back within 60 days.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein reported on the Rustic Canyon Park project. Funding under Proposition 12 of $150K has been received, in addition to the Prop K funds. This money must be spent by 12/31. Expenditure of these funds does not go through the Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Council (“LVNOC”) process. The money will be spent on replacing the deteriorated ceramics room floor. The remainder of the funds will be spent on four items that were on the LVNOC list: (1) Construction of a staircase from the parking lot to the lower picnic area; (2) reconstruction of the outdoor patio area; (3) extension of the tennis court internal fencing to keep balls from going into other courts; and (4) replacement of the section of fencing on Latimer Road with vinyl-clad chainlink fencing. George Wolfberg noted that the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Bureau of Engineering never transmitted the plans for these five items to the park office for posting so that the public could be informed as to the proposed scope of the work. Andrea will look into it.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members

7.3.1. George Wolfberg reported that (1) speed humps are going to be placed on Akron Street between Chattanooga Ave. and Lachman Lane; (2) the Mayor’s Budget Day will be held at City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon, with Mayor addressing the group at 9 a.m. Contact George if you are interested in going; (3) the NCRC has posted 73 recommendations for NCRC improvement at www.ncrc.org. There will be a series of hearings that will ultimately result in City Council action on neighborhood councils.

7.3.2. John Flynn’s daughter is looking for a home for his big shaggy dog. Contact Steve Boyers if you are interested.

7.3.3. Kurt Toppel read a thank-you letter from the Bel Air Bay Club for the Council’s support of the Bel Air Bay Club Project.

7.3.4. Holiday potluck – Marguerite Perkins Mautner reported that Holiday party/awards dinner will be on Dec. 13 at Temescal Park and asked people to sign up to bring food and beverages.

7.3.5. Shirley Haggstrom announced that two historical books on the Bel Air Bay Club have been rebound and preserved thanks to the efforts of Betty Lou Young and the Historical Society.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1.1. Marquez Traffic Committee – Haldis Toppel attended the Marquez Board of Governors meeting to discuss traffic and parking problems and the resulting effect on neighbors and safety concerns. The meeting was cooperative and constructive. The Marquez Board will appoint a committee to work with the MKPOA and the PPCC to resolve these issues. The meeting with Board of Governors was a prerequisite to asking for a meeting with Marlene Cantor.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1. Forward Looking Infra-Red (“FLIR”) Device – Motion by George Wolfberg, seconded by Kurt Toppel, for PPCC pledge of $1000 towards purchase of this technology for exclusive use by the LAPD in Pacific Palisades as follows:

WHEREAS, the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association, Inc. [MKPOA], has initiated a project to obtain funding for purchase of a Forward Looking Infra-Red device [FLIR] to be dedicated as a crime-fighting tool for the LAPD car assigned exclusively to the Pacific Palisades, and

WHEREAS, the MKPOA is canvassing home-owners/property owners and community organizations, as well as individuals, seeking pledges to cover the estimated $12,000 cost of the FLIR, and

WHEREAS, at this time, only pledges are being accepted, with payment to be made after the full cost has been pledged, and

WHEREAS, MKPOA and the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association have each pledged $1,000, with several individuals also making pledges, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Governors of the Pacific Palisades Community Council [PPCC] has voted unanimously to support the fund-raising program, and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its Bylaws, a pledge by the PPCC in support of the FLIR project will be consistent with the PPCC’s mission to protect and improve the quality of life in the Pacific Palisades, and the pledged funds will only be spent when the project reflects broad community agreement, as evidenced by pledges totaling the required $12,000,

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the PPCC hereby pledges $1,000 to the MKPOA-led FLIR funding project, such pledge to be good for one year from the date of adoption.

A discussion was had over whether this donation would set a precedent and what the proper use of PPCC funds should be. It was suggested that the issue should be publicized in the newsletter before people send in their dues. The newly appointed Appropriations Committee should consider these questions. The MKPOA will give credit in the Palisadian-Post for all donations.

The Chair called the question. The motion was approved by a vote of 11 in favor, 2 opposed, and 1 abstention.

10.2 Mobil Station – Request for Action by West L.A. Police Dep’t – The West LAPD has asked for Council support in ensuring that the station complies with the law barring sale of alcohol to minors and in preventing the use of the premises for drug purchases and alcohol use. It was noted that the station operates under a conditional use permit, which the Zoning Administrator could revoke. The Council will ask the station owner and representatives from West LAPD to attend a meeting in the near future to provide more information on what is being done about these and similar problems in the community and what the Council can do to help.

11. General Public Comment – Joshua Preven raised his concern about pedestrian safety, particularly that of children, on Sunset Boulevard. Suggestions included working with Councilman Rosendahl’s office, timed stop signals, reconvening the Sunset Safety Committee and radar enforcement of the speed limit.

Alicia Alebek reported on the problems of ingress and egress at Paul Revere, due to too many cars dropping off students and the lack of bus transportation for local students. MTA buses are not coming on time on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to a schedule change, and frequently do not pick up waiting students in the morning. Regular LAUSD busing or a hired bus would help solve the problem. Asking Marlene Cantor to address these issues as well as the others re Marquez would also be helpful. The Council will consider broadening the scope of the Marquez Traffic Committee.

Dick Littlestone commended Councilman Rosendahl for his work in preserving the VA site.

The VA Secretary has now confirmed that he will proceed with the recommendations of the study group, including modernization of outpatient services. The problems of homeless vets and vets suffering from PTSD still need to be addressed by the VA.

Chris Spitz announced that the PPRA will meet at the Woman’s Club on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Councilman Rosendahl and Joy Horowitz, author of Parts Per Million, will be speaking.

Upcoming Nissan Open – David Schneiderman will check with Reza Akef and report back on whether last year’s problems with the golf tournament have been addressed.

12. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Next Meeting: Oct. 11, 2007




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Minutes for October 11th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Barbara Kohn, Roy Robbins, Stuart Muller, Chris Spitz, Dan Clement, Gilbert Dembo

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Karyn Weber, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Quentin Fleming, Peter Fisher

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Barbara Kohn moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 9/27/07 meeting be adopted as amended. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported via the Chair that as of September 27, 2007, there is $9,103 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $11,086.00 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,990.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on October 25, 2007.

7.1.2. Appointment of Community Service Award Committee – deferred to 10/25

7.1.3. Appointment of Newsletter Committee – deferred to 10/25

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – no report

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Report of CVS Committee/presentation by CVS architect – Barbara Kohn introduced

Karen Ramos of CVS and Todd Conversano, the architect hired to remodel the facade, presented drawings of the proposed remodel. The remodel will incorporate the mural and, in addition to the building itself, will include improvements to the parking lot, the inside stairs, the walkway and stairs to the retail center/parking lot behind CVS, the retaining wall by the entrance, and the retaining wall along the parking lot next to the sidewalk on Swarthmore. They addressed the overall appearance, architectural style, color, and texture, such as rock, wood, etc.

Stuart Muller brought up several areas in which CVS is not yet in compliance with the Specific Plan yet. Both CVS and the Committee agreed that these areas had all been addressed in the overall development plan and will be brought into compliance once the design, color, architecture, lightening, etc. are confirmed and finalized. The building will be upgraded in a coordinated fashion.

Other than Specific Plan issues raised by Stuart, the discussion addressed the transition of the mural into the building color scheme along Swarthmore. CVS stated that they wanted a smooth transition; the consensus of the Committee and the Council was that the mural should continue for a short distance into the Swarthmore side rather than the Swarthmore “boxes” wrapping onto the mural.

Regarding the container currently located outside, CVS stated that it will be removed in mid-December. The Council instructed the Committee to address this and any other pending issues further. Graffiti coating will likely be used to reduce vandalism.

7.3.2. Palisades Specific Plan – Stuart Muller announced that the Palisades Specific Plan will be discussed at the next meeting and that representatives of the Design Review Board will talk about what is needed to continue implementing and enforcing the Plan.

7.3.3. Holiday Potluck – Marguerite Perkins Mautner asked for those not present last time to sign up to bring something to the December 13 dinner.

8. Reports from Committees

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1.1 Mort’s – progress report – Trish Riordan Torrey, owner’s daughter, and Ralph Gentile of Ralph Gentile Architects, 7250 Melrose Ave. Suite 5, Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323.954.8291 (phone), 323.954.0248 (fax), www.rgastudio.com, presented the plans for the new “Mort’s.” They have worked closely with Bobbie Farberow in planning and received the building permit today. The Mort’s portion will be renamed The Village Pantry. The Oak Room will retain its name. Seasonal and local foods will be on the menu. Plans include a water spigot for dogs, wine and cheese vending, a flexible room, and a communal table. The goal is to honor the Mort’s legacy as much as possible.

10.1.2. Westside Extension Transit Community Meeting – George Wolfberg – see announcement in agenda.

10.1.3. TMobile cell phone tower – Janet Turner reported that TMobile has proposed leasing DWP property on Charmel Lane to put a 35-foot palm tree cell tower with three antennas. Amy Peña, SureSite Consulting Group, 805.722.5399, an agent for TMobile, stated that the design is a monopalm, with the antennas located inside the pole and a meter pedestal on the curb.

Questions: Jack Allen pointed out code requirement that such facilities have no substantial impact on surrounding properties and stated that the proposal is out of character with the neighborhood and would definitely have such an impact. He also asked whether antennas could be put on the existing DWP tower and disguised. Response was that there are 5-6 existing, taller palm trees; the proposed palm will not exceed the treeline and complies with zoning requirements; and many communities don’t want antennas on water towers post-911. This site will fill a TMobile coverage gap, and there are no existing utility poles that can be used to fill this gap. TMobile has met with residents, who proposed a different site on the fire road, which was investigated and found to not meet coverage needs even with a tower of 140+ feet. Hearing with Zoning Administrator will be held on Oct. 18 concerning request for a conditional use permit because it is a modification to the land’s use. A building permit will also be required.

Shamin Ashraf, neighbor to the left of proposed site, pointed out that the project was to be in a cul de sac of homes with families and children and that alternative sites exist. His concerns are health, aesthetics, effect on property values, and the tower falling over. He stated that T-Mobile could avoid using the 140 foot tower on the alternate site by moving the site nearer to the top of the hill or to the side of the hill. Richard Cohen suggested that TMobile consider making the pole look more like a real palm tree. Joe Begnel, engineer for project, that TMobile is endeavoring to provide better coverage in homes, which is the major complaint received these days. Alternate location proposed by neighbors is behind a hill and would not provide sufficient coverage. Radio frequencies as measured at this location 13 feet from pole will be at 9% of the FCC public threshold. A baby monitor inside a house would emit higher radio frequencies than this tower. Ms. Pena stated that she had reviewed the plans and that the tower would only be 35 feet high.

Harry Sondheim moved and George Wolfberg seconded that the Council take no position on the cell tower at the ZA hearing. Eight in favor, motion passed. Both sides were encouraged to continue to discuss aesthetics and other issues.

10.1.4. Motion to Amend Community Service Award Guidelines – George Wolfberg moved and Gil Dembo seconded an amendment to the CSA Guidelines to set deadline for nominations as the “first Saturday in November,” and to move the November meeting to the third Thursday in November, subject to library availability. The motion passed.

11. General Public Comment – Raymond Yu announced the Mayor’s Budget Day this Saturday at City Hall and the Aids walk on Oct. 21.

Shirley Haggstrom on behalf of the Historical Society invited everyone to two events:

(1) Fall Fiesta, Sat., Nov. 2, Rancho Boca de Santa Monica, 2-4:30 p.m. Reception with wine and hors d’ouevres. “Re-live the story of the ‘Mexican Valentino,’ Jose de Jesus Mojica, at his hacienda with tours of the extensive grounds, gardens and a private chapel.” Well-know artist and author of “all the Saints of the City of the Angeles, J. Michael Walker, will highlight the event with stories of “saintly” nearby street names and display his paintings. Send tax-deductible reservation/contribution checks for $45 to PP Historical Society, P.O. Box 12199, PP, CA 90272. For information, reservations and directions call 310/454 4201 or 310/454 8282 by Nov. 1. Guests welcome.

(2) Bus Tour of Autry National Museum and L.A. Equestrian Center, Sat., Nov. 10, 10-4:30 p.m. “View the National Preview Hunter/Jumper Show and see the world-class venue for equestrian competitions. Enjoy lunch and a docent tour of Gene Autry’s dream, The Autry National Museum. Send tax-deductible checks for $14 (includes bus and both admissions ) to PP Historical Society, P.O. Box 1299, PP, CA 90272. For information and reservations call 310/454 4201 or 310/454 8282 by Nov. 1. Guests Welcome.

More information on both events is available at www.pacificpalisadeshistory.org.

12. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.




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Minutes for October 25th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom, Barbara Kohn, Roy Robbins, Stuart Muller, Chris Spitz, Gilbert Dembo

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Quentin Fleming, Mary Cole

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –Adoption of the Minutes from 10/11/07 was postponed.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported via the Chair that as of October 25, 2007, there is $9,033.37 in the checking account; $4,800.00 in the savings account; and $11,126.20 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,959.68.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair – Steve Boyers thanked the Fire Department for their valiant efforts during the recent fires in protecting homes and people and keeping our community out of danger.

7.1.1. The next meeting will be held in three weeks, not two, on November 15, 2007.

7.1.2. Appointment of Community Service Award Committee: Chris Spitz (Chair), Joan Graves, Roy Robbins and Gil Dembo

7.1.3. Appointment of Newsletter Committee: Chris Spitz (Editor), Quentin Fleming, Mary Cole, Jane Steele, Haldis Toppel (technical advisor)

7.1.4. Appointment of Youth Representative and Alternates: The Chair appointed five Youth Representatives. In the absence of the Primary Representative, the highest ranked Alternate Representative present will have the voting rights:

Primary – Jane Steele, Senior, Wildwood

Alternate -Julie Kellman, Junior, Marlborough

Alternate -Alex Lehrhoff, Sophomore, Windward

Alternate -Jacob Correia, Freshman, Brentwood

Alternate -Josh Moscot, Freshman, Crossroads

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein invited the community to attend City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new improvements at intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Mandeville Canyon Rd. on Monday, October 29, 2007.

7.2.2. Lead Officer Michael Moore was unable to attend but sent the following message:

“The West Los Angeles Area is currently experiencing a number of thefts involving construction sites. These crimes are generally occurring during early morning hours. During several of the thefts, the suspects used a blowtorch to gain access to storage containers and tool boxes. The suspects have also used cutting tools to gain access into storage units, containers and toolboxes. Metal Conex containers do little or nothing to protect your valuable tools from burglars. Contractors are encouraged to consider on-site security as a means of protecting tools and equipment. The LAPD is making every effort to combat this problem. Since community awareness is the key to prevention we need your assistance. If you can provide information about these crimes, please call 310 444-0701 or 310 444-0737.

Report this and any other suspicious activity anonymously at www.alertcommunity.com.”

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Gil Dembo announced that, according to the LA Times, CD11 has $11 million available for park funds. He suggested that such monies could be used to assist the Potrero Canyon project, subject to any restrictions as to where the monies can be used.

7.3.2. Norma Spak announced that the Benefits Assessment District, charged with purchasing parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, is authorized to spend $750,000 on improvements of existing parkland. The proposal is to replace the water line from Sunset to Stewart Hall, to install two water fountains between Sunset and Stewart Hall, to upgrade two restrooms and possibly to improve some trails. The merit of these proposals is under review.

8. Reports from Committees – N/A

9. Old Business

9.1. T-Mobile cell phone tower – T-Mobile corrected the erroneous information provided at the October 11 Council meeting and stated that the proposed cell tower will in fact be 45 feet high, not 35 feet, as previously stated. Based on this new information, Jack Allen moved (1) to rescind the previous motion adopted on 10/11 not to take a position on the matter; and (2) to invite T-Mobile back to the next meeting and allow for the presentation of further facts. Janet Turner seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The hearing officer agreed to extend the time public comment period for 30 days.

10. New Business

10.1 Pacific Palisades Specific Plan – Stuart Muller read a prepared statement, to the effect that the development in the four Pacific Palisades commercial areas is governed by the Specific Plan, which has detailed design guidelines that are monitored by the Design Review Board (DRB). In addition to enforcement by the City, the plan needs to be updated and the four commercial areas addressed individually.

Chris Koontz of the L.A. City Planning Dep’t explained the approval and monitoring process within the Department. Susan Oakley, former Chair of the DRB and a Community Service Award winner, and Rick Mills, current DRB Chair, detailed the history and the current efforts to manage the Specific Plan, as follows:

The DRB is the local Board, appointed by the City Council Office, to oversee applications for new buildings, additions, alterations, and signage within the four commercial districts of Pacific Palisades. The DRB is diligent and fair with applicants. The Planning department supports the efforts of the DRB by previewing the applicants’ proposals, providing the information in advance for the DRB, and following up after the meetings with the appropriate paperwork.

However, there is another step in the process, which has been entirely ignored for many years. The department of Building and Safety is supposed to enforce the Specific Plan. Susan Oakley stated that she toured all the commercial areas and made a list of over 35 violations to the signage section of the Specific Plan. These were signs put up without permits, signs that were not approved at DRB, etc.

The Specific Plan was developed immediately after the “Don’t Mall the Palisades” campaign. There was a proposal to take down the “pink building” and turn it into a mall. At that time there were billboards on Sunset and other sources of visual blight. To the credit of a few dedicated people within the community, the Specific Plan became a City ordinance. We owe it to those visionaries to insist on enforcement.

Susan Oakley stated that the DRB is made up of 7 people who are dedicated to uphold the Specific Plan. Ms. Oakley requested the Community Council to support the enforcement of the Specific Plan.

Stuart Muller made the motion below, seconded by Marguerite Perkins Mautner, which passed unanimously:

The Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan was adopted to eliminate visual blight and protect and enhance the unique character of Pacific Palisades by creating a series of design and development standards applicable to all commercial areas of Pacific Palisades. The PPCC hereby reaffirms the community’s support of the Specific Plan in all four commercial areas of Pacific Palisades.

In order to maintain and improve the Plan’s effectiveness, the community needs the City’s assistance. The PPCC urges CD 11 Councilman Bill Rosendahl to vigorously support the Specific Plan by 1) defining a procedure with Building and Safety for enforcement of the Plan, particularly including the signage sections, and 2) instructing City Planning to assist the PP Design Review Board in the adoption of the Design Guidelines. In addition, the PPCC urges that the City provide a two-tier DRB application system so that simple, clean requests can have a quicker and less expensive review process.

10.2 Proposed Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Santa Monica Bay Maureen Cruise, a Pacific Palisades activist, stated that the notice for the public hearings to provide public input for the EIR scoping period was inadequately disseminated. Neither the Community Council nor the Pacific Palisades Residents Association was notified, even though the Palisades is less than 20 miles from LAX and less than 30 miles from the off shore pipeline terminal. Ms. Cruise asked that this period be extended.

The Council agreed to send a letter to the US Coast Guard requesting a comment period extension. Woodside Natural Gas, the contractor for the project, agreed to support the extension request.

Maureen Cruise listed a number of agencies, organizations and municipalities that opposed the LNG terminal in the Santa Monica Bay because they fear serious hazards to people and the environment. Ms. Cruise asked the PPCC to oppose the proposed installation of the LNG terminal.

Woodside was then invited to comment on the proposed project, referred to as “Ocean Way.” Laura Doll, VP of Public and Governmental Affairs, and Michael Hinrichs, Public Affairs Manager, provided an overview to the Council:

Woodside is a Santa Monica-based company and a subsidiary of an Australian natural gas firm, with nearly 20 years experience delivering liquefied natural gas around the world without major incident or loss of cargo.

The project has applied for a deepwater port license, which is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard. The environmental review process (CEQA) responsibilities are handled jointly by the Coast Guard and the City of Los Angeles. The Draft Environmental Impact Review/Statement is currently being prepared and is expected to be complete in the next several months. Woodside supports an extension of the comment period (see PPCC request above).

The Ocean Way project would bring natural gas from Australia and would transfer it to a specially designed ship that would connect to underwater pipelines 28 miles offshore from LAX. The ship runs on 100 percent natural gas and has emissions well within the stringent South Coast Air Quality Management District’s standards. There would be no permanent structures above water. The natural gas would come ashore in underwater pipelines near Dockweiler Beach and would then go through underground pipelines along Westchester Parkway. Near Bellanca and 96th St., it would connect with the Southern California Gas pipeline system. The Ocean Way project does not involve any gas storage offshore or on land.

No Council action was taken. Given the lack of time for a full discussion and the anticipated extension of the public review period, the Council agreed to invite Woodside to return at a future date for a more detailed project presentation.

10.3 Mobil Station Concerns – Sgt. Ronald (Ronnie) Crump, in charge of the LAPD Vice Unit, reported that LAPD noticed a spike in illegal alcohol and drug activities by minors in Pacific Palisades, an otherwise rather quiet and law-abiding community and one of the best places to raise kids. LAPD recently made 26 arrests of juveniles ages 14 – 18 for violations of alcohol consumption, and selling/using drugs such as crystal meth and marijuana. Drunk driving was also involved. Officer Crump made a plea to the community and especially to the parents to set standard for the behavior of the youths, to pay attention to them, to talk to them and to know where they are at all times. He pointed out that risky behavior by kids affects the entire community, since it not only puts the kids themselves in danger but also those around them, such as other drivers on the road.

Youth Representative Jane Steele confirmed the need for parents to talk to their kids and to give them guidance and attention. Youth alternate Representative, Alex Lehrhoff, cautioned not to generalize that “schools” have drug problems, but to focus on students in “at risk” groups within a school who are in need of guidance and counseling.

In response to questions from the Board, Officer Crump stated that a large number of the arrests occurred at the Mobil station, that the liquor license at that station is under review. and that the owner has made employee changes.

Officer Crump explained the significance of graffiti in our community and that it is not an indication of criminal gang activity but an indication of drug sales. He emphasized the importance of taking a picture of the graffiti and then to painting it out as soon as possible. Make sure to contact local Lead Officer Michael Moore at 877-275-5273. If an individual cannot paint over the graffiti, the City will send a contractor free of charge as soon as possible; call the City’s 311 information number for this service.

11. General Public Comment – Mr. Scott Denham, a new resident of Pacific Palisades, pointed out a problem of considerable rodent infestation at his neighbor’s house. This condition spills over on his property and poses a serious health risk to him and his young family. He asked the PPCC to support his efforts with the City to get this situation under control. Andrea Epstein reported that the Councilman’s Office has contacted the appropriate agencies in the City and the issue is being addressed as expeditiously as possible.

12. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.




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Minutes for November 15th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Kurt Toppel, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Karyn Weber, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Andy Frew, Shirley Haggstrom, Barbara Kohn, Mary Cole, Chris Spitz, Dan Clement, Gilbert Dembo. Jane Steele

Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Quentin Fleming, Peter Fisher, Julie Kellman, Josh Moscot and Jacob Correia

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –George Wolfberg moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the 10/11/07 and 10/25/07 meetings be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of November 15, 2007, there is $8,968.37 in the checking account; $4,800.15 in the savings account; and $11,170.89 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,939.41.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The Holiday Potluck will be held in Temescal Canyon at the Dining Hall on December 13 at 6:00 p.m., with a short business meeting beginning around 7:15. The next business meeting will be held on January 10, 2008.

7.1.2. LNG Letter – An extension of scoping hearing was requested but was unsuccessful. Issue will be on agenda at later date and the PPCC will have the opportunity to give input and comment on the Environmental study.

7.1.3. Announcement re ABC hearing/action on Mobil Station – The Council will be apprised of further action concerning the use of alcoholic beverages and other incidents on the Mobil Station property.

7.1.4. Announcement re consideration of Palisades Drive Safety issues on Jan. 10 – Various city officials have been asked to attend. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore will follow up to see if Captain Nancy Lauer of the LAPD Traffic Division and West LAPD Captain Bill Eaton can attend.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Andrea Epstein reported that (1) the Councilman has written a letter expressing concerns relating to the proposed Woodside LNG project, a copy of which is attached to the original of these minutes; and (2) the first Westside Transit/Subway Summit will be held on Monday, November 19, 2007, from 3-5 p.m. at the Peterson Automotive Museum.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – (1) New West LAPD Captain Bill Eaton has replaced Captain Blake; (2) a Senior Lead Officer summit to listen to public safety concerns will be held on November 28 at 5 p.m. in Cheviot Hills, 2551 Motor Ave., Room 2. Everyone is welcome.

In response to a question as to what can be done about dog owners allowing their pets to run off-leash at the Palisades Recreation Center, Officer Moore responded that such conduct is an infraction and is generally under the jurisdiction of General Services Department, Office of Public Safety, whose officers work limited hours. LAPD officers will issue citations if they see the violations.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Holiday Potluck information- Marguerite Perkins Mautner – Everyone should get to the potluck with his or her food by 6 p.m. Joyce Whitehead has requested that the PPCC donate coffee urns as the annual gift for the use of the Dining Hall, at a cost of $134. George Wolfberg moved and Kurt Toppel seconded that the expenditure be approved. The motion passed unanimously.

7.3.2. George Wolfberg announced that
(1) there will be a short meeting in the eucalyptus forest adjacent to the Rustic Canyon parking lot regarding the forest’s future on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m., sponsored by Rand Plewak, a local resident;
(2) The PCH Task Force sponsored by State Senator Sheila Kuehl met last week, with a huge turnout. The formation of “PCH Partners” was announced. The members include the city of Santa Monica, the L.A. City Engineer and the DWP. The DWP has been invited to brief the Santa Monica Canyon Association on Dec. 18 and all are invited;
(3) the Waldorf School Traffic Light fundraiser has been rescheduled due to the fires and will now be held on December 9 from 3-5:30 p.m. at The Outdoor Room at Los Liones and Sunset. Councilman Rosendahl will attend. The event has many sponsors and will include an auction and raffle;and
(4) the Waldorf School has opened a dedicated bank account for the traffic signal, which requires two signatures for any expenditures. George Wolfberg has agreed to be one of the two signatories.

7.3.3. Chris Spitz announced that the PPRA will meet on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Women’s Club. Councilman Rosendahl and Joy Horowitz are scheduled to attend.

8. Reports from Committees

8.1. Community Service Award Committee – Chris Spitz announced on behalf of the Committee that Cindy Simon will receive the award this year. The Chair will notify Ms. Simon, invite her to the PPCC Holiday Party and inform her of her participation in the parade as an honoree.

8.2. PPCC Appropriations Committee – Request for Adoption of Report and Reconsideration of FLIR pledge – Richard Cohen reported on the Committee’s unanimous recommendation that the PPCC not make donations to community groups or causes, since contributors to PPCC are not on notice that such donations may be made, and that the FLIR pledge be rescinded, as more fully set forth in the memorandum attached to the agenda. The Council will still be able to announce publicly its support for proposals that in its view benefit the community.

George Wolfberg suggested that next newsletter notify people of the FLIR pledge and allow them to check box agreeing, or not, to such use of funds.

Shirley Haggstrom stated that when PPCC started in 1972, the purpose was to be a public forum, not a funding committee, and that giving money undermines the Council’s purpose of maintaining a neutral forum.

Haldis Toppel reminded the Council of its first motion to support MKPOA in its efforts to raise the money to buy the FLIR device and expressed hope that this motion was not going to be considered for rescission.

Richard Cohen moved as follows: The PPCC will not pass funds on to other organizations or fund outside projects. Dan Clement seconded the motion. Harry Sondheim proposed a friendly amendment that the Council continue to voice its support of projects that it believes will benefit the entire community. The amendment was accepted. The motion as amended passed with 15 in favor, 2 opposed, and 1 abstention.

Richard Cohen moved that, while recognizing the importance of the FLIR project and the wonderful contributions of the West LAPD to the community, in order to avoid the setting of a precedent that contravenes our newly adopted policy and because it is legally appropriate under the PPCC bylaws, Roberts Rules of Order and the laws of the State of California, the FLIR pledge be rescinded. Harry Sondheim seconded the motion, which passed with 12 in favor, 5 opposed, and 1 abstention.

Richard Cohen moved that the PPCC reaffirm its support of the MKPOA’s and other groups’ fundraising efforts for FLIR. George Wolfberg seconded the motion, which passed 17-0.

Janet Turner reported that only $6300 has been raised for the FLIR device, which will cost $12,000, and asked Councilmembers and the community for help, donations, community support and further publicity about the issue in the PPCC newsletter.

9. Old Business

9.1. Temescal Canyon Park Stop Sign – Jack Allen – deferred to Jan. 10.

9.2. TMobile cell phone tower – Janet Turner reported that the issue needs to be reconsidered by the Council the proposed tower at 1343 Charmel Place is to be 45 feet, not 35 feet. Amy Peña, SureSite Consulting Group (805-722-5399), stated that the fake palm fronds will be 45-feet high, which is well below the height of existing trees at the site, and that the tower antennae will be 35-feet high. The DWP water tank on the property is 45 feet, which is consistent with the zoning for this parcel. In response to questions, Ms. Pena stated that the project requires a conditional use permit but not a variance. Jack Allen pointed out that the CUP requires various findings, including findings that the project will not have an adverse impact on the neighborhood and that the tower is set back far enough to allow a safety zone in case it falls. Discussion was had over whether this proposal provides an adequate safety zone in the event of a fall. Ms. Pena pointed out that the project requires a permit from the Building & Safety Dep’t, which will likely consider the safety zone issue.

In response to concerns about the impact of the project on real estate prices, a TMobile representative stated that studies showed that there would be no such impact. Local residents stated that they have not been provided with these studies. Nellie Rose, a Charmel resident, pointed out that the character of neighborhood was not commercial, except for the water tower, and that the fake palm tree would increase the visibility of water tower and be inconsistent with surrounding residential uses.

In response to a question as to the amount that TMobile will be paying DWP for lease, it was not clear whether or not that information is available but it was not provided. Ms. Pena stated that the proposed tower site was important for TMobile because it would bridge a gap in coverage between Sunset and areas north and that it is not possible to use existing easements on street lights for this particular gap.

Janet Turner made a motion as follows:

PPCC opposes the proposed 45 foot high TMobile cellphone tower because (1) aesthetically it is not in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood, where the homes are restricted to a height limit of 35 feet and there are no above-ground utilities; (2) it could cause an adverse effect in the neighborhood by further commercializing an area that is primarily residential; and (3) the setback does not meet the City of L.A.’s safety requirements and there is a potential safety hazard if the tower was to fall due to an earthquake.

Jack Allen seconded the motion, which passed by a vote of 14 in favor, with 4 abstentions.

9.3. Shell Station Car Wash/Mini-mart Proposal– Barbara Kohn reported that the hearing on the Shell Station owner’s appeal of denial of the conditional use permit will be held on Wed., Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. at Henry Medina West L.A. Parking Enforcement Facility, 2nd Floor, Roll Call Room, 11214 West Exposition Blvd., LA 90064.

10. New Business

Harry Sondheim moved that the PPCC purchase new microphones. The matter was taken under advisement.

11. General Public Comment

Nancy Marsden announced that the Aldersgate Retreat and Cultural Center will host a Christmas Dinner entitled “Peace: The Founding Vision” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 [hors d’ouvres/house tours]/7:00 [dinner] at 925 Haverford. Cost is $45 per person. The story of the vision that inspired the Palisades founders will be told and historic photographs from the Claremont

Theological Seminary Library will be on display. Betty Lou Young will receive an award for her work in archiving historic photographs.

Raymond Yu made several announcements concerning upcoming city and cultural events, including the Hollywood Parade and the Martin Luther King parade on Jan. 21, 2008.

12. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.




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Minutes for December 13th, 2007

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Andy Frew, Shirley Haggstrom, Mary Cole, Bill Davis, Dan Clement, Gilbert Dembo, Julie Kellman

Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Ron Dean, Nancy Marsden, Mike Stryer, Haldis Toppel, Karyn Weber

1. Presentation of Community Service Award to Cindy Simon and Certificates of Appreciation to Outgoing Board Members.

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

3. Certification of Quorum – The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes – Harry Sondheim moved and Kurt Toppel seconded that the minutes from the 11/15/07 meeting be adopted. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda – The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of December 13, 2007, there is $8,484.29 in the checking account; $4,800.15 in the savings account; and $11,215.22 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,499.66.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting is on January 10, 2008.

7.1.2. Shell station letter re zoning appeal (e-mailed separately)

7.1.3. Welcome to New Representatives and Alternates for PPCC Member Organizations and Club

7.1.4. Determination re whether to reschedule or cancel 2/14 meeting due to Valentine’s Day – The 2/14 meeting will be canceled. The Executive Committee will decide whether or not to hold a meeting on 2/7/07, depending on the need for items to be addressed and the availability of the Library.

7.1.5. State of the Council Address – The Chair thanked the community and Council members and urged them to continue to make Palisades a better place.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office (Andrea Epstein) – A Town Hall to discuss Pico/Olympic traffic issues on will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at Daniel Webster Middle School.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Officer Moore responded to questions re traffic and other issues.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors – Barbara Kohn announced that the owner of the Tramonto condos has requested an extension of the coastal permit for the property. More public hearings on this issue are expected.

8. Reports from Committees

8.1. Newsletter Committee – Chris Spitz announced, via Susan Nash, that the winter edition of the PPCC newsletter has been printed and that copies should be mailed out sometime next week. Everyone is encouraged to look for the newsletters in their mailboxes. Chris thanked the committee members, including advisors Haldis Toppel and Mary Cole, and contributors Quentin Fleming, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jane Steele and George Wolfberg. The Committee also thanked the Palisadian-Post for professionally and swiftly turning out a beautiful edition of the newsletter.

9. Old Business – Harry Sondheim moved that 2 new microphones be purchased for use at Council meetings. Seconded by Gil Dembo. Motion passed unanimously.

10. New Business

11 General Public Comment

12. Adjournment –The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.