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MINUTES FOR JANUARY 8th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Harry Sondheim, Christy Dennis, Jack Allen, Dan Rosenthal, Quentin Fleming, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Alex Lehroff, Chris Spitz, Kevin Niles

Advisors and Alternates: Mary Cole, Karyn Weber, Daisy Crane, Norma Spak, Dick Wulliger, Katie Takagian

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – Dan Rosenthal moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 11/13/08 meeting be adopted. Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Bill Davis seconded that the minutes from the 12/11/08 minutes be adopted. Both motions were adopted unanimously.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of January 8, 2009, there is $7,941.03 in the checking account; $21,764.39 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,945.04.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting will be on January 22.

7.1.2. Citizen concern – YMCA pool – The Chair reported that the process of filling in the YMCA pool began today. Jane Albrecht, Chair of Friends of the Pool (“FTP”) (310-310-2652) reported that a backhoe dug out an 8’ x 8’ hole after receiving an “emergency permit” from the Coastal Commission without going through the regular agenda process. FTP will seek a temporary restraining order tomorrow. She urged interested persons to contact their political representatives and to provide contact information to FTP to facilitate communication.

Several Board and audience members expressed concern about the irregular procedure used to obtain the emergency permit. The matter will be placed on a future agenda as appropriate.

7.1.3. Mayor’s Housing Forum 2/4/09 at 6 p.m. – PPCC has been invited to send a representative. Anyone interested should contact the Chair.

7.1.4. Westside LAPD deployment – 16 officers have been redeployed from the West LA station, but not the Palisades-dedicated car. Pacific Division has lost 26 officers. The Chair will continue to monitor the situation and to express the Board’s opposition to any further reductions.

7.1.5. Beglari Zoning Adjustment Hearing – The Beglari house was built in excess of height and setback limitations and previously opposed by the Board in 2006. The Beglaris are now asking for a Zoning Administrator’s Adjustment at a hearing to be held at 10:30 on January 15 at the West L.A. City Building. The Chair will attend and reiterate the Council’s general position against zoning violations and specific opposition to this project.

7.1.6. 16943 Dolce Ynez Lane – Owners have requested a variance for an 8-foot high front yard fence (instead of the 42-inch limit). Haldis Toppel has expressed opposition on behalf of Marquez Knolls Homeowners’ Ass’n. Hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on January 15 in the same place as the Beglari hearing, above. Chair will attend and express concerns and the general principle that PPCC is opposed to variances but will make clear that no hearing on this particular issue has been held by PPCC.

7.1.7. Chabad preschool (a) proposed Sunset location– It appears that the proposal is not moving forward due to lack of action by the Coastal Commission and the City. Jack Allen reported that classes are being held in his neighborhood. If complaints are made, the issue will be put on a future agenda; (b) Los Liones location – this proposed location for the preschool has also run into problems as Getty does not want to negotiate.

7.1.8. Street Furniture and Billboards – Metro Lights decision has been reversed. Lower court decision had invalidated City’s sign ordinance on the ground that, by entering into the contract for street furniture with CBS/Decaux, the City had passed an underinclusive sign ordinance that violated the commercial free speech rights of Metro Lights. Now the ordinance is once again enforceable. Palisades Specific Plan and CEQA still prohibit installation of street furniture in Palisades Village and other specific plan areas.

7.1.9. Waldorf School – No decision yet from hearing officer on whether or not permit will be reissued, given Waldorf’s continued failure to comply with requirement of traffic signal. Shirley Haggstrom pointed out that the city has had the relevant materials since late October and that the Zoning Administrator should enforce the requirement.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office -Jessyca Avalos reported that Norm Kulla has been trying to contact the Waldorf School to find out status and that Councilman supports PPCC position that traffic light must be installed. She will report back on what Council office and Building & Safety are doing on the supergraphics/new sign ordinance issue. Councilman opposed police redeployment but Parker Center is now aware of how much the Westside opposes such reductions. She will also report on whether Council office will appear at Beglari zoning hearing.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Magazine solicitors are not illegal per se but are becoming more aggressive. Any refusals to leave a person’s property, like other problems, should all be reported to the West LAPD, via 911if threatening, and 311 or 877-ASK-LAPD (dispatch) if not. West Traffic Division is still monitoring motorcycle problem.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Proposed Motions by the Westside Alliance of Neighborhood/Community Councils – Harry Sondheim reported that he and George Wolfberg attended the Alliance meeting, in which PPCC is included although it is not a certified Neighborhood Council. The motions (see Attachment below) are intended to unify the various councils in appropriate areas will be presented to various candidates for office for their views. Motions as presented here are the same as presented to at meeting with two subsequent amendments. Gil Dembo moved and Quentin Fleming seconded that the motions be adopted. Re motion No. 1, Jack Allen moved to amend the 10-day period to 15 days and pointed out that motion No. 3 is moot and motion No. 4 is vague. Harry Sondheim stated that the amendments were unnecessary. The motions passed unanimously with one extension.

8. Reports From Committees – Paul Glasgall reported that CVS management in Rhode Island has decided to move forward on redoing the CVS building and will not pursue approval of disputed signage at the present time.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1. Tree trimming – Harry Sondheim moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded the following motion: The Pacific Palisades Community Council urges the City to adopt a program authorizing the implementation of a 50/50 cost split for the trimming of trees between the sidewalk and the street in the City comparable to the 50/50 split for sidewalk repairs. Question to Jessyca Avalos as to feasibility: Theoretically the proposal is feasible but implementation is not possible in the near future due to current budgetary constraints. Anyone concerned with their trees should contact Council office, which will attempt to facilitate prompt responses. Harry reported a resident’s concern over effects of tree roots on curb/gutter areas and resulting ponding effects but limited his present motion to the trimming of trees. The motion passed unanimously.

11. General Public Comment – Christy Dennis reported that Marquez Elementary is no longer considering adding a 6th grade due to budget constraints. Flo Elfant reported that she was hoping to get other councils to adopt our emergency preparedness plan. Information on the plan is available at www.palisadespost.com.

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

ATTACHMENT

7.3.1 Proposed Motions by the Westside Alliance of Neighborhood/Community Councils

Motion No.1
Dated: January 8, 2009
At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pacific Palisades Community Council on January 8, 2009, a motion was made and seconded and passed as follows:
1. That Early Notification of all applications to the Department of City Planning, the Bureau of Engineering and to the Department of Building and Safety shall be sent to all impacted certified Neighborhood Councils and Community Councils recognized by their Councilperson (hereafter, “council”), and the applicant shall be required to send notice, by certified RRR mail, to the applicable council, of all subsequent requests for modifications, adjustments, amendments, alterations, or revisions to the application.
2. Planning and Building and Safety shall review all such applications, and such review shall include, prior to approval, compliance with all relevant Community Plans, Specific Plans, and Overlay Districts.
3. With respect to all applications to Planning and Building and Safety for which a public hearing is not required, notice shall be sent to the applicable council of the terms of the proposed approval, no later than 10 calendar days prior to issuance of the approval, and consideration shall be given by the decision maker to any objections, comments, or questions submitted in writing by the applicable council during the 10-day period.
4. Planning and Building and Safety shall each establish an ombudsman or community advocate who is accessible to officers of a council and whose responsibilities shall include facilitating access to Department personnel, procedures, and documents.
Motion Made: Gil Dembo
Motion Second: Quentin Fleming
Date: Jan. 8, 2009
Name of Council: Pacific Palisades Community Council

Motion No. 2
Dated: January 8, 2009
At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pacific Palisades Community Council on January 8, 2009, a motion was made and seconded and passed as follows:
That the Los Angeles City Council be requested to supply each Neighborhood or Community Council with an accounting of both 5117 parking funds, and Quimby Funds for its district and to enact measures which insure that the parking funds are used for providing additional parking facilities and/or the maintenance thereof in the area encompassed by the Neighborhood or Community Council.
Motion Made: Gil Dembo
Motion Second: Quentin Fleming
Date: Jan. 8, 2009
Name of Council: Pacific Palisades Community Council

Motion No. 3
Dated: January 8, 2009
At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pacific Palisades Community Council on January 8, 2009, a motion was made and seconded and passed as follows:
The _____ hereby supports adoption of an Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) / moratorium as proposed by the City Planning Commission temporarily prohibiting the installation of all new offsite advertising signs and supergraphic signs, as well as prohibiting alteration to existing offsite signs and supergraphic signs, until a new offsite sign ordinance can be developed, adopted and implemented. There should be no exceptions that might weaken the enforceability of the moratorium.
Motion Made: Gil Dembo
Motion Second: Quentin Fleming
Date: Jan. 8, 2009
Name of Council: Pacific Palisades Community Council

Motion No. 4
Dated: January 8, 2009
At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pacific Palisades Community Council on January 8, 2009, a motion was made and seconded and passed as follows:
As gridlock is a major quality of life issue, the City of Los Angeles City Council is hereby requested to implement an enforcement mechanism and fine system to alleviate the constant gridlock in intersections in the City Limits.
While the City has found it both effective and profitable to implement “Tiger Teams” to clear ‘No Parking, Tow Away Zones” during peak hours, the city has been unable to control gridlock.
Motion Made: Gil Dembo
Motion Second: Quentin Fleming
Date: Jan. 8, 2009
Name of Council: Pacific Palisades Community Council

No. 5
Dated: January 8, 2009
At a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pacific Palisades Community Council on January 8, 2009, a motion was made and seconded and passed as follows:
That the Los Angeles City Council be requested to amend the working documents for Neighborhood Councils, thereby allowing N.C.’s the right to appeal city department decisions.
Motion Made: Gil Dembo
Motion Second: Quentin Fleming
Jan. 8, 2009
Name of Council: Pacific Palisades Community Council

MINUTES FOR JANUARY 22nd 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Flo Elfant, , Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, Mary Cole, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Kevin Niles, George Wolfberg

Advisors and Alternates: Daisy Crane, Norma Spak, Dick Wulliger, Katie Takagian, Laura Chang, Cathy Russell,

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – Steve Boyers moved and Janet Turner seconded that the minutes from the January 8, 2009 meeting be adopted. adopted unanimously.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of January 22, 2009, there is $7,833.03 in the checking account; $21,764.39 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,837.04.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair: The chair cautioned Council members and guests that the parking meter enforcement has been extended to 8 p.m. and to check the meters if needed.

7.1.1. The next meetings will be on February 12 and 26.

7.1.2 none

7.1.3 none

7.1.4 The hearing for the Beglari house request for variance was rescheduled due to notification irregularities.

The Chair attended the hearing for a variance request for an over-height 8 ft. fence and, based on the PPCC guiding principles, stated in general terms that PPCC will not support this request for variance. He emphasized that it is important for the City to adhere to and enforce its own rules and laws in order not to weaken them. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer ruled against granting the requested variance.

7.1.5. none

7.1.6 Marguerite has agreed to contact Reza Akef, who has in the past represented the home owner affected by the Rivera Golf Open. She or Reza will attend the meeting at Bill Rosendahl’s office to discuss the busing, traffic, and parking inconvenience on the neighbors, and any mitigating procedures to reduce to reduce the adverse impact on the neighborhood.

7.1.7 A group of citizens has formed a “Team Obama Community Forum for Change”. Mavis and Al Feinberg can be reached at mavis.al@verizon.net. 310-459-1056. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 15, 2009 at 3:00 at the community room at 15515 Sunset Blvd.

7.1.9 The council office reports that they know of no progress made onthe 17000 Sunset site on the City or Coastal Commission applications. As the school year nears closure, there are reports that Chabad may reapply for next year.

7.1.10 The Temescal Canyon pool issue remains unresolved. “Friends of the Pool” have started litigation over the filling of the pool. Haldis Toppel reported that she and her husband Kurt Toppel have met with Joe Edmiston and the “Friends” as private individuals to encourage a dialogue between the SMMC and “Friends” in order to explore options to keep the pool open for the community. Joe Edmiston wants to inform the community that in his view the filling of the pool was a business decision to mitigate liability issues and does not prevent the pool from being emptied of the fill and re-opened, contingent on the presentation of a financially viable business plan by a qualified organization, to operate and maintain the pool facilities.

7.1.11 Waldorf school has requested to be relieved of the requirement to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Sunset and Los Liones. Norman Kulla from Councilman Rosendahl’s office reaffirmed to the Chair that the council office supports the requirement for Waldorf to make the arrangements for the installation of a signal light in front of their facility. The Councilman’s office will help with fundraising where possible, since it is their perception that the general sentiment of the community is not to close the school by withholding the re-issue of the temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Janet Turner suggested that the developers in the vicinity should be asked to contribute to the funds for the light.

7.1.12 Street furniture, no new developments.

7.1.13 Billboards: City Planning has prepared a report to regulate the proliferation of large bill boards on the side of buildings and digital bill boards. Eric Garcetti will propose a resolution to support Mike Feuer’s AB 109 which would ban conversions of digital billboards statewide until January 2012. A new city ordinance has passed to enforce the off-site sign inspection and enforcement, which could result in fines of up to $15 million. There are also plans underway to eliminate the distinction between on-site and off-site advertising.

7.1.14 Parking fees at meters have gone up to $1.00 / hr. in Pacific Palisades, but the rate is even higher in some other parts of LA. Enforcement has been extended to 8:00 p.m. from 6:00 p.m. but signage is missing in some areas. Good Samaritans, putting money in meters for others, have been confronted by parking enforcement personnel. It was also pointed out that a car can be ticketed if it is parked beyond the posted time limit even if the meter has not expired by being continuously “fed.” The wisdom and feasibility of a 15 minute parking zone in the center of Palisades was discussed.

7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. The Chair introduced Jennifer Badger, the new West Area Representative from Mayor Villaraigosa’s Office. Jennifer.Badger@LAcity.org. She assured the audience that Steven Cheung, the long-time representative is still available to the westside residents. Ms. Badger urged the community to participate in the Mayor’s Budget survey to help establish spending and service priority for the City. The survey can be taken on-line at www.mayor.lacity.org/budget/ then click on Budget Survey. A Housing Forum will be held on February 4th at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building to help shape a five year plan for the Los Angeles housing market.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – The Chair reported for Officer Moore: One burglary and one homeless arrest was reported. The recent vandalism has been attributed to local kids. With school back in place, the pocket pickers are accosting kids for their cell phones and i-pods etc. School police will work with LAPD and give this issue additional attention.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

George Wolfberg reported that a group of Neighborhood Councils meets periodically on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at LACC and are planning to discuss the City’s enforcement of illegal billboard’s. He pointed out as an example the Super-graphics Pepsi ad on the south side of a building at Palms and Sepulveda. Jennifer Badger will follow up regarding City enforcement of the super-graphics on this building. Mr. Wolfberg stated that the rezoning of Camp Josepho was necessary because the City erroneously believed the camp was public property. Thus the Public OS [open space] zone was inappropriate.

Barbara Kohn stated that the associated map which includes Reseda Boulevard needs to be corrected as the plan to extend Reseda Blvd past Mulholland Drive was eliminated many years ago. She expressed concern that this road may become an issue again in the future by way of such a map error. Mr. Wolfberg reported that the SMCCA voted to allocate $1,000 for the purchase of a digital, wireless fingerprint scanner for use by our Senior Lead Officer.

Paul Glasgall reported that he attended the Design Review Board meeting at which CVS asked for approval of its plans to refurbish its store in town. Management from Rhode Island attended along with their architect and the store manager and gave a thorough presentation of how they will modernize the facility. The DRB gave CVS’s plans unanimous approval. Mr. Glasgall was happy to see that CVS had moved forward on the project as originally presented to his committee and not dwelled on plans for a second sign as a prerequisite.

Flo Elfant urged to make disaster preparedness a priority for 2009. The disaster preparedness booklets can be accessed on-line at www.PalisadesPost.com under “Helpful Links.”

Susan Orenstein announced that the Topanga Canyon Docents and the Temescal Canyon Association are co-hosting a Park Policy and Advocacy Briefing with the California State Parks Foundation on February 23 at 7 p.m. in Woodland Hall (Temescal Dining Hall) at Temescal Gateway Park. The briefing will include the latest updates on budget, policy and legislative actions impacting state parks throughout California. Representatives of the Foundation’s advocacy staff will also share insights about the political environment and opportunities for individuals or community groups to become active and effective in legislative advocacy.

Steve Boyers commented on the continued lack of enforcement by the City of its Building & Safety and Zoning rules and regulation which are ignored by some builders. Jennifer Badger was concerned with such reports and asked for clarification. Haldis Toppel cited as an example the events which led up to the hearing on the illegal 8 ft. fence on Dulce Ynez. (see 7.1.4 above). George Wolfberg suggested that the City consider a beta-test of tightened code enforcement procedures by transferring responsibility from Building and Safety to the City Planning Department. The Chair established a Committee to draft a motion for the City to develop and implement such procedures: George Wolfberg – chair, Shirley Haggstrom, Haldis Toppel, Steve Boyers.

Shirley Haggstrom of the Palisades Historical Society announced the upcoming presentation of the history of Pacific Palisades at the Palisades Theater on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m. presented by Randy Young. An additional presentation will be held on February 9, 2009.

8. Reports From Committees –

9. Old Business

10. New Business

11. General Public Comment –

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

MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 12th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Kurt Toppel, Haldis Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Peter Fisher, Jason Lemire, Jeff Lemen, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Alex Lehroff, Kevin Niles

Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Mary Cole, Karyn Weber, Daisy Crane, Laura Chung, Norma Spak, Dick Wulliger, Dan Rosenthal

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Bill Davis seconded that the minutes from the 1/22/09 meeting, as corrected, 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 12, 2009, there is $7,824.03 in the checking account; $21,773.00 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,836.65.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting will be on February 26.

Welcome to new Organizational Representatives – The Chair welcomes Jeff Lemen of Rotary Club and Jason Lemire of Club Soccer, Marguerite Perkins Mautner introduced her new proposed Area Alternate Representative, Mahtab Moayedi. Mahtab will submit the required Alternate Representative statement per bylaws.

Sparkplug Event Organizing Committee – Janet Turner will chair committee consisting of Haldis Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Mary Cole

Citizen of the Year – Harry Sondheim will represent the PPCC on the COTY Committee.

Hillside Ordinance Kick-Off meeting – Closest meeting re discussing regulation of hillside development will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Henry Medina Parking Enforcement Facility, 11214 W. Exposition Blvd., 2nd Floor, LA 90064. Anyone interested should contact Richard Cohen.

Two new West LAPD Captains – James Craig and Rueben De la Torre are the new captains.

Traffic Safety Committee review of Palisades Drive and Sunset – Chair reported on another fatality on Palisades Drive and subsequent meeting at Rustic Canyon, which resulted in organization of group called Safe Westside, led by Steve Henry. At second meeting of Safe Westside, on Feb. 11, many city representatives, including LADOT and Councilman Rosendahl, attended. Result will be increased enforcement of speeding in next few weeks. Options for making Palisades Drive safer include lit concrete dividers, which would result in a lane loss and have other consequences, at a cost of $5 million, and candlestick delineators (bollards). Councilman has asked Highlands residents to propose ideas and to see if there is community support for their proposals.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Jessica Avalos reported that-

(1) the Councilman made a motion on Feb. 3 asking Bureau of Street Services to look into the feasibility of implementing a pilot 50/50 tree trimming program similar to the city’s 50/50 Sidewalk Repair Program;

(2) on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Councilman will host a debate on Measure B, the solar energy initiative, at Daniel Webster Middle School, 11330 Graham Place, LA 90064;

(3) old electronic equipment can be taken to a variety of collection spots on Feb. 20, 2009, from 8 a m to 4 pm., the closest being Stoner Recreation Center, 11759 Missouri Ave., LA 90025;

(4) City Council voted for a 2-year moratorium on electronic billboards yesterday, which will now go to the Mayor for signature. In response to questions from the Board, Jessica will check on status of adding an additional handicapped spot to Sunset parking lot.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that per LADOT, anyone with a handicapped placard can park in a handicapped spot all day. He also reported that crime is down in the Palisades.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club – Marguerite Perkins Mautner reported that she and others attended a meeting of residents and officials re this year’s Open. She was told by LADOT that certain parking restrictions will be in effect and that people coming to work at houses will be able to park on one side of the street.

7.3.2 Disaster Preparedness – Flo Elfant reminded everyone that the website for emergency preparedness is available at palisadespost.com – click “Helpful Links.” She reminded everyone to be prepared for emergencies that may occur while they are in their cars or at work, as well as at home.

7.3.3 Recycling Bins in Town – Marie Steckmest asked the Chair to report on her behalf that there are several locations for Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb (CFL) recycling — UCLA Safe Center, and B & B Hardware, 12450 W. Washington Blvd., IKEA, Home Depot, in Santa Monica, with another to open soon at the DWP service center, 1394 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Palicares recently sponsored installation of 13 new recycling bins, which have been removed temporarily for repair but will be back soon. On Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Paul Revere will host an e-waste drop-off, excluding batteries and CFLs and hazardous materials.

7.3.4 Via de la Paz-Sunset – Street lighting and left turn signals – Stuart Muller reported that light poles have been installed but job has gone unfinished; he will follow up.

7.3.5 Free CFLs from DWP – Marie Steckmest reported that DWP will drop off two CFLs on everyone’s doorsteps.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Building & Safety/Zoning Enforcement Committee – George Wolfberg moved and Gil Dembo seconded approval of the following motion:

“The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) believes that current City building and zoning enforcement is inadequate to protect the ambiance of our community. Changes the City has made to be “more developer friendly” and to mandate a fee-supported inspection regime in the Building and Safety Department appear to be a major reason for the current situation.

The department is rewarded for expediting construction and covering the cost of its inspection and plan checking operations. Zoning code enforcement is not viewed as fee supported and is a low priority. Decisions of Zoning Administrators are routinely ignored and not enforced. Clearly, spec builders, developers and some homeowners are ‘gaming’ the system to encroach on setbacks and violate height limits. The PPCC has been informed of over height fences erected and hedges planted after Certificates of Occupancy were issued. The City inspectors have refused to issue citations after complaints were made to the City.

The PPCC requests that the City of Los Angeles transfer responsibility for enforcement of the Zoning Code and Zoning Administrator determinations and Community Specific Plans from the Department of Building and Safety to the Department of City Planning. As an interim step, and to verify the validity of this concept, a two-year pilot project should be initiated in the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan area. A committee should be established to include residents and property owners in the area, appointed by the Member of the City Council for the 11th Council District. This committee should be charged with evaluating this pilot program and reporting back to the City no later than 18 months after initiation of the program.”

The motion passed unanimously with 3 abstentions. Chair thanked George and the committee for their work.

9. Old Business

9.1 Temescal Canyon Pool – Susan Nash moved adoption of the following motion:

“PPCC supports the efforts of the community to resurrect the community swimming pool in the Temescal Canyon Gateway Park.” Stuart Muller seconded the motion. A motion to table the motion was made and seconded but did not pass.

Ilene Cassidy, Kelly Comras and Jane Albrecht spoke on behalf of Friends of the Pool, which now has over 2000 members. FTP was formed in August. Website is www.FriendsTemescalPool.com. FTP has received a pledge of $100,000 to help repair the pool, which is estimated to cost $400,000, and is working on a business plan. Questions raised included whether or not Pali High favors the pool and whether the motion would have any effect on pending litigation.

The motion passed with 13 in favor, 1 against and 9 abstentions.

Appointment of Pool Liaison Committee– The Chair appointed Kurt Toppel to chair a committee to facilitate communication among the various stakeholders. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should e-mail Kurt.

10. New Business

10.1 Highland Fire Road – Paul Glasgall has been trying to get the Fire Department to define the situations in which the fire road will be opened, e.g., how serious the emergency needs to be, how long Palisades Drive must face closure, and who has the authority and key to open the fire road. Bel Air Patrol could be in charge once he gets definitive answers from the Fire Department as to when the fire road can be opened. LAFD Captain and LADOT will be invited to future meeting. Paul Glasgall is working with the responsible City departments to install signs directing drivers to the fire road.

11. General Public Comment

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

 

MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 26th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Jason Lemire, Jeff Lemen, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Alex Lehrhoff, Kevin Niles, Robert Baker, Chris Spitz,

Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Kurt Toppel, Daisy Crane, Norma Spak, Katie Tagajian

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – George Wolfberg moved and Stuart Muller seconded that the minutes from the 2/12/09 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 26, 2009, there is $7,785.03 in the checking account; $21,773.00 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,797.65.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1. The next meeting will be on March 12, 2009.

The Chair announced that he will appoint the 2009 Sparkplug Nomination Committee after he has received affirmative acceptance from all. (Appointment after close of meeting: Chair Ted Mackie, Mary Cole, Norma Spak, Alex Lehrhoff.)

The hearing for the request for variance for the Baglari house will be held on March 5, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in West Los Angeles.

The Chair read a letter received from Amy Held stating that PaliHi has no objections to the potential resurrection of the Temescal Canyon community pool.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Bill Rosendahl voiced his concern over the loss of patrol officer deployment in West Los Angeles and had demanded a meeting with Chief Bratton, the Mayor, and the Chair of the West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, Jay Handel. (LAPD had initially announced a reduction of 26 officers.) Councilman Rosendahl conveyed the request of the communities to return Captain Bill Eaton to the Westside after a newly assigned Captain had left after only a few days. Councilman Rosendahl then introduced Assistant LAPD Chief Earl Paysinger and complimented him on his longtime experience in LAPD deployment practices.

Chief Paysinger emphasized the close relationship he enjoys with Councilman Rosendahl. He addressed the high turnover rate of West Los Angeles Captains and stated that LAPD had to replace 40 Captains during the last year due to attrition. Chief Paysinger announced that acting Captain De La Torre has been assigned to the Westside and that he brings with him many years of experience and the desire and will to server the community.

Chief Paysinger stated that deployment numbers for an area are determined by various factors, but mostly driven by crime statistics. He stated that the Westside is not losing additional patrol officers beyond the 16 which have recently been deployed to other areas. This brought strong disagreement from Richard Cohen, Chair of the LAPD Enforcement Liaison Efforts Committee. He had been told a few days earlier, in the presence of the Palisades Lead Officer Michael Moore and Sergeant David Podesta, that an additional 7 officers would be redeployed. Chief Paysinger vehemently denied any such plans and assured our community that sufficient patrol officers are assigned to this area so that the Palisades basic patrol car would never have to leave the Palisades 24/7, 365 days a year, but that the bike team has been lost. He stated that deployment numbers for LAPD are the lowest in decades but that we still have sufficient resources to stay in the business of saving lives and protecting people. Flo Elfant emphasized that our community is looking for visibility and access to LAPD patrol officers. Chief Paysinger then introduced acting Captain Rubin De La Torre with 28 years of experience on the force.

Captain De La Torre emphasized that he intends to stay in the area, that he grew up in Los Angeles and lives here with his family. He believes in the John Wooden pyramid of success and is committed to protect and serve this community.

The Mayor’s Westside representative, Steven Cheung warned that the City was concerned about the increasing blight in certain neighborhoods due to a large number of foreclosures – boarded up houses and neglected landscaping – and that this problem was beginning to reach the Westside. Mr. Cheung explained that the Mayor had appointed 14 budget representatives city-wide, including Jay Handle and Danny Schneider from West Los Angeles. The City Departments are asked to reduce their budget by 3-6%. More information on the budget, the shortfall and the breakdown can be found on the City’s website.

In response to Gil Dembo’s questions about enforcement by the City regarding the illegal proliferation of super-graphics bill boards, Mr. Cheung stated that there were not enough inspectors in the City, that the City was developing a comprehensive ordinance, and that the new ordinance will cite and prosecute illegal bill boards.

Kurt Toppel questioned the City’s decision of the extended parking meter enforcement in the Palisades from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and stated that this does not benefit the community and should be reversed back to the prior time frame.

7.2.3. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore urged the community to file a police report for every incident, no matter how small to allow the crime statistics to accurately reflect the illegal activities in our community. Reports can be called in through the 311 City information line or by calling the West Los Angeles LAPD desk directly at (877) 275-5273. Only victims can file reports.

He stated that the investigation of the break-in and vandalism at the new gym was handled by the Recreation and Parks police force and that LAPD is working closely with them.

LAPD is addressing the homeless camp at Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset and that the transients keep coming back after cleanup. According to City Code they are allowed to sleep on the sidewalk from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The community can help by reporting aggressive behavior to put them in jail. They like their freedom and will move on.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 George Wolfberg attended a Baseline Mansionation Ordinance meeting and explained that a map had been developed, indicating in pink the flat areas that were found in hill-side communities with the intent to incorporate them into the Baseline Ordinance. This will eventually leave only hillside areas to be considered for additional ordinances such as view protection. George Wolfberg described how the Planning Department had created numerous “boards” suggested at earlier workshops. These boards included a wide variety of options with the opportunity for attendees to vote pro or con or to make new suggestions.

7.3.2 Flo Elfant urged the community to continue to follow disaster preparedness procedures.

7.3.3Janet announced that as of February 28, 2009 hybrid cars no longer park free in Los Angeles.

7.3.4Stuart Muller reported that the digital sign at PaliHi is displaying promotional messages beyond the agreements and that the design review board is looking into it.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 LAPD Enforcement Liaison Efforts Committee

8.2Temescal Canyon Pool Liaison: Kurt Toppel reported that the Conservancy requires a business plan to consider reopening the Temescal Canyon pool. The YMCA needs a 10 – 15 year ground lease to consider taking on the pool project to make the investment to repair the pool and maintain it viable. Jane Albrecht explained that the Metro YMCA signs the contracts but that the local YMCA has to raise the funds to operate local programs and faculties.

8.3Janet Turner reported that the Citizen/Sparkplug event will be held on Thursday, April 23 at the American Legion and emphasized that the event is expected to be sold out and to make the reservations early.

9. Old Business

9.1Volunteer “Speed Watch” Program: Paul Glasgall reported on the efforts to improve safety on Palisades Drive and Sunset Boulevard and announced that LAPD is implementing a speed gun training program and is looking for volunteers. Richard reported that a lot of people are working on the plans to make Palisades Driver safer with items such as reflectors, the re-engineering of the roadway, etc. Janet Turner stressed that education is a prime target and that the Pledge to promote safe driving is essential.

10. New Business

10.1 Los Liones Shunt Project: Norma Spak spoke in support of a proposed project that will divert rain water runoff from the storm drain into an existing natural open channel in Los Liones Park. This flow originates from an 800-acre drainage area in Los Liones Canyon and will be diverted to a half-mile natural creek that passes through the adjacent State Park. The runoff will be exposed to sunlight and infiltrate through the porous creek bed. A letter to Jennifer Toney of the State Water Resources Control drafted by George Wolfberg on behalf of the SMCCA Board was presented as attachment to the agenda.

Dear Ms. Toney,

The Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA) is a nonprofit community organization incorporated in 1946. We continually advocate for quality of life issues in our canyon and adjacent public spaces in the Santa Monica Bay area of Los Angeles. Among our specific goals is the protection of our beaches and the ocean.

We are most concerned with improving the quality of ocean waters at Will Rogers State Beach. Pollution comes from streams and other runoff from various canyons from Sunset Blvd. to Mulholland Drive that ends up in the Santa Monica Bay. The flow from the 800 acre watershed of the Los Liones State Park is a significant source of runoff. Our local beach is frequently rated one of the most polluted in Southern California by Heal the Bay. We believe the LA City grant application for the Los Liones Canyon Stream Daylighting Project under the Proposition 84 Clean Beaches Initiative Program will result in a significant reduction in bacterial pollution at Will Rogers State Beach. In addition, this project will simultaneously beautify the Los Liones State Park by rerouting the stormwater runoff to the natural channel.

I have personally walked the site of this project. I observed that this project as planned will divert dry and wet weather flow from the storm drain into an existing natural open channel. This flow originates from an 800-acre drainage area in Los Liones Canyon and will be diverted to a half-mile natural creek that passes through the adjacent State Park. The runoff will be exposed to sunlight and infiltrate through the porous creek bed. This project will benefit our canyon community as well as the millions of Southern California residents and visitors who visit Will Rogers State Beach as well as the park. The restoration of the creek will have a tremendous aesthetic value to those of us that use the adjacent hiking trail. In addition, the City will be assisted in reducing bacterial discharges in its efforts toward TMDL compliance and protection of Santa Monica Bay recreational beneficial uses.

We strongly support this project application and urge the State Water Resources Control Board to provide full funding for this project..

George Wolfberg made a motion to send a similar letter expressing the support of the PPCC, Jack Allen seconded. Unanimous

10.2Extended Parking Meter Hours: Kurt Toppel announced that the hours of the curbside parking meter enforcement had been increased to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and that this greatly inconveniences the community. He introduced a motion to write a letter to the City to revert back to the old time frames. Stuart made the motion, Jack Allen seconded. Unanimous.

11. General Public Comment

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

MINUTES FOR MARCH 12th 2009

Voting Members in attendance, Executive and Primary: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Steve Boyers, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Jeff Lemen, Carol Pfannkuche.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Laura Chung, Robert Baker, Daisy Crane, Dan Rosenthal, Cathy Russell, Mahtab Moayedi, Mary Cole, Richard Wulliger.

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – Bill Davis moved, Margaret Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the 2/26/09 meeting be adopted. unanimously

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of March 12, 2009, there is $7,132.03 in the checking account; $21,800.01 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,171.66. The Treasurer reported that the tax return was prepared by the CPA, it was signed and mailed. The insurance was renewed and paid.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meetings will be on March 26, 2009, and April 16. April 23 will be the Citizen/Sparkplug Awards Dinner

Announcement of Sparkplug Selection Committee members: Chair Ted Mackie, Mary Cole, Alex Lehrhoff, Norma Spak, Janet Turner

Police Deployment Issues: The Chair reiterated the discrepancy between the report by LAPD Assistant Chief Paysinger that the reduction is limited to 16 officers, and the information received from the LAPD Enforcement Liaison Efforts Committee, that indicated the reduction to be 23 officers. Jay Handal, visiting co-chair of the West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council voiced his serious concern about the recent reduction in sworn officers assigned to the West LA area and the failure to respond to the 911 call on Friday, February 27, 2009. He stated his support of the PPCC efforts to assure 24/7/365 LAPD coverage for the community. Jay Handal is also Co-Chair of the Community Police Advisory Board. He reported that out of 7 basic cars assigned to West Los Angeles, usually only 3-5 are actually present at any given time. The West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council has demanded and receives a deployment report daily. Brentwood Community Council has passed a motion to bring Captain Eaton back to this community because he understood the unique problems and issues of the Westside.

Extended Parking Meter Enforcement Letter to the Councilman Rosendahl: A letter was sent to Councilman Rosendahl’s office requesting that the extended hours of the parking meter enforcement be rolled back to the previous limits. Conversations with the Councilman’s office indicated that the likelihood is slim to achieve a roll-back. The City is in a budget crisis and needs the money.

The Chair read a note presented at the variance hearing for the Beglari house. (see attachment below). He stated the PPCC position as expressed in the Guiding Principles where variances should only be granted when specified requirements are met. He expressed the frustration of the community with the liberal granting of variances and not enforcing zoning requirements.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office: Referring to the Extended Parking Meter discussions, Jessyca Avalos pointed out that the hourly parking rate in the Palisades is one of the lowest in the City. Visiting W. LA NC chair, Jay Handal, was critical of the seemingly arbitrary decision of the City Council to approve such changes in enforcement hours within a community without a voice from the community via the Neighborhood Councils.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore: Richard Cohen reported for Officer Moore that car and construction site burglaries have increased and to stay vigilant. Paul Glasgall added that LAPD has responded to the latest fatality and is doing a tremendous job in speed enforcement on Palisades Drive. Reserve and Motorcycle officers have issued 25 speeding tickets per hour. The radar speed reading devices are tracking the effectiveness of speed reduction over time and that data will be evaluated in the future. Mr. Glagall stated that the Highland residents had tried to achieve such enforcement for over 20 years and are very appreciative.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Sparkplug Event Organizing Committee: Janet Turner reported that the event will be held on April 23, 2009 and encouraged the members of this Board to attend and make reservations early. Dinner cost will be $45. This Citizen/Sparkplug dinner is a premier event sponsored by the PPCC and the Palisadian-Post, honoring deserving community members.

7.3.2 The PP Historical Society’s “Our Night With The Stars.” Shirley Haggstrom announced this historical presentation, created by Randy Young and Roger McGrath, and held on March 23, at 7 p.m. It will be full of surprises. Refreshments are served and admission is free. Visit the Historical Society web site for more information at: www.PacificPalisadesHistory.org and click on Events.

7.3.3 Community web site www.thisweekinpalisades.com Susan Nash introduced Nicole Howard owner of the web site “This Week in Palisades” with a focus on events and businesses in Pacific Palisades and designed to be an information resource. The site will include a link to the PPCC website.

7.3.4 Volunteer “Speed Watch” program: Paul Glasgall announced that training for the operation of radar speed guns will be held at the Highlands Recreation Center starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009. So far 10 volunteers have singed up to operate the speed guns which will detect speeders on Palisades Drive and on Sunset. LAPD will send warnings to the owners of the cars, no tickets will be issued. This effort is expected to be especially useful to parents of teen drivers, but is hoped to be a deterrent to all age groups.

7.3.5 Introduction of new YMCA Organization representative. Haldis Toppel introduced Carol Pfannkuche, the YMCA’s Executive Director and new Organization Representative on the Council. Carol is a 15 year resident of the Palisades and has lead the YMCA for the last four years. The Board welcomed her enthusiastically.

7.3.6 DUI Driver 911 call: (moved to 10.1)

7.3.7 Jack Allen reported that DWP shut the power down in his neighborhood with 10 minutes notice. The neighborhood needs more advance warning to prepare for the power outage.

7.3.7 Jack Allen reported that a tent is being set up which closed Monument in preparation of a major celebration by the Chabad. He pointed out that in the past two or three years, these streets have been closed for an event and that puts a burden on our community. Other special event street closures on Strathmore or Via De La Paz should also be reviewed for community impact.

7.3.8 Getty Museum: Norma Spak reported that the Getty Villa’s conditional use permit is now up for review and evaluation by the City of Los Angeles for compliance. During the course of this review the Getty has requested several changes to help streamline operations and/or take into account changed conditions. The Castellammare Mesa Home Owners Association has reviewed the requested changes and agrees to them. Additional information is available at www.castellammaremesa.com.

7.3.8 Traffic Speed Enforcement: Harry Sondheim requested that the heightened traffic speed enforcement on Palisades Drive be expanded to include Sunset Boulevard, George Wolfberg asked that Entrada also be considered.

7.3.9Cell Phone Tower on Friends Street: Chris Spitz reported that a 38 ft. cellphone tower is planned to be erected on Friends Street near the edge of Potrero Canyon. Community announcements have not been received and it is uncertain if a hearing is planned.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 LAPD Enforcement Liaison Efforts Committee (no further report)

8.2 Area 8 Alternate: George Wolfberg, Chair of the Area Alternate Nomination Committee announced that Mahtab Moayedi was unanimously nominated for the position of Area 8 Alternate. Mr. Wolfberg made a motion to appoint Ms. Moayedi to that position, Haldis Toppel seconded, unanimous.

8.3 Temescal Canyon Pool Liaison: Kurt Toppel reported that a business plan from the “Friends of the Pool” has to be presented to the Conservancy, indicating the source of funding for the repair and the operation of the pool before the Conservancy will give consideration to re-opening the pool. Mr. Toppel requested that he be copied on all written communication between parties involved in the negations regarding the pool.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1 DUI Driver, 911 Call: (moved from 7.3.6)

Haldis Toppel reported that she and Palisades Post photographer Rich Schmitt witnessed a car driving erratically and at high speeds through the Ralph’s parking lot. The driver had difficulty parking and then walked unsteadily into the store. Haldis Toppel called 911 to report a DUI and was told to wait in the parking lot for a patrol car. The driver got back into his car 18 minutes later and left. Haldis Toppel called 911 again and reported that the DUI was now traveling westbound on Sunset. She inquired where the patrol car was and was told that none had been assigned to the first call and that an alert would be sent out now to watch for the driver. Subsequent investigation by LAPD revealed that no car was available in Pacific Palisades at the time of the two 911 calls. The Pacific Palisades basic car was at the West Los Angeles Station for a shift change and cars in adjacent areas where busy elsewhere. Had this incident occurred an hour earlier or an hour later a patrol car would have been dispatched in a non-emergency mode

This incident pointed out without question that the current LAPD deployment practices leave this community unprotected at least twice a day for 1-2 hours each, and argued against the promise by Assistant Chief Paysinger at the previous PPCC meeting that the Palisades would be covered 24/7 365 days a year. Several members of the Board and the audience expressed outrage at the deployment practice that fails to provide minimal protection for extended periods of times, an inherent right of every citizen.

To assure that the Palisades receives minimal protection 24/7 365 days a year, Haldis Toppel made the following motion, seconded by George Wolfberg, unanimous.

Whereas Pacific Palisades is a large, remote, and isolated area with points in the community as far as 14 miles from the West Los Angeles Station, and

Whereas LAPD has committed to a minimum level of police protection by guaranteeing the 24/7-365 days presence of a patrol car and officer in Pacific Palisades, and

Whereas a single patrol car assigned to Pacific Palisades cannot be present in the community 24/7-365 days under current LAPD procedures and practices, as evidenced by the inability to assign a patrol car to a 911 call on Friday, February 27, 2009 at 4:55 p.m.,

Therefore, the Board of the PPCC authorizes the Chair to:

• Demand in writing that LAPD immediately schedule the deployment of sworn officers and cars such that at least one active patrol car is present in Pacific Palisades at all times to assure the safety of this community.

• Demand in writing that the police commission research the allocation policy and patrol practices in West Los Angeles to assure the safety of the community.

• Establish a Committee to discuss with the appropriate City Departments the details of 24/7-365 days police protection in Pacific Palisades to ensure timely implementation and continued operation.

PPCC further requests that the bicycle team be returned to patrol at irregular intervals and that LAPD make use of the office in the Palisades Park new gym designed to minimize LAPD absence for administrative reasons.

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment 8:40 p.m.

Supplemental Information

Beglari House Hearing Notes by Richard Cohen

I am the chairman of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. The Council was founded in 1973 for the purpose of providing a forum for the discussion of issues of concern to the community and to be an advocate for consensus views held by the community. Our board has 23 members and is comprised of a combination of elected area representatives, an elected at-large representative and representatives of many of the environmental, educational, cultural and other worthy organizations in our community. We are recognized by our City Council office as the designated community representative body. I have been involved in the Community Council for some years. Now, as chairman, I am specifically authorized to speak for the Council.

This case is very important. It is the most visible, outrageous, and drawn out building and zoning matter in our community. It has been well covered in the press and closely watched by all. The matter has been litigated and decided in a court of law. City officials have been found in contempt. The facts are not in doubt. All that remains is to have the law finally applied.

The top priority – the key frustration of our community – is the lack of enforcement of building and zoning regulations by city officials. At meeting after meeting our constituents complain about over-height fences or structures, encroachments on public property, inadequate setbacks and so forth. Complaints to city officials all too often are ignored. This has led to widespread intentional disregard of regulations, much to the detriment of the community. If you can get away with a violation which would somehow benefit you, why not do so?

Because of the importance of these issues, the Community Council has adopted “Guiding Principles” which essentially say that we stand for strict enforcement of zoning and building regulation and against variances as a rule. On this basis alone I would be authorized to speak against granting this adjustment. However, the Community Council discussed the 909 Greentree Road matter at our September 22, 2005 meeting. I would like to read a few sentences from the minutes of that meeting:

6.2 . 909 Greentree Road: SEPTEMBER 22, 2005

The Council heard a presentation regarding the ongoing situation at this property, owned by Mehr and Vickey Beglari. The house is 14 feet closer to the street than permitted by the Los Angeles Municipal Code, and last December the State Court of Appeal ordered Building and Safety to revoke the permits issued to the Beglaris for the completed addition to their home as well as their certificate of occupancy. The Beglaris expressed their dismay regarding the court ruling in light of the fact that Building and Safety had repeatedly reviewed and approved their plans. Other residents, including Ronald Oster and Randy Young, expressed their concern that although the case has been adjudicated, the responsible City departments refuse to take any action to enforce the Court order. Following discussion, Patti Post moved that the Chairman write a letter to all appropriate people – including the City Attorney, Building and Safety Department and Councilman Rosendahl’s office – stating the Council’s request that the City take all necessary steps to enforce the judgment. Steve Boyers seconded the motion, which was passed 11 in favor, none against, 2 abstaining.

At our January 8, 2009 meeting, prior to the previously scheduled meeting on this specific adjustment, we again discussed the Beglari matter. The board of the Community Council reiterated its position against granting any adjustment or variance. Surely the Beglaris will say that an adverse decision will be harmful to them. I ask you to consider that the consequences of a decision to grant their requested adjustment will be a slap in the face of every law abiding citizen who has not overbuilt their property. Such a decision would be adverse to the community as a whole – this is the message which the Pacific Palisades Community Council has sent me here to deliver: We are against the granting of this Zoning Administrators’ Adjustment.

 

MINUTES FOR MARCH 26th 2009

Voting Members in attendance

Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Robert Baker, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Kevin Niles, Carol Pfannkuche, Alex Lehrhoff.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Marie Steckmest, Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Christy Dennis, Daisy Crane, Dan Rosenthal, Mary Cole, Richard Wulliger, Elizabeth Volpicelli

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Chris Spitz

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – George Wolfberg made the motion, Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the March 12, 2009 meeting be adopted. unanimous

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of March 12, 2009, there is $7,013.20 in the checking account; $21,800.01 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $29,052.83.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meetings will be on April 16, 2009, This date has been changed from April 9 due to a holiday conflict. April 23 will be the Citizen/Sparkplug Awards Dinner.

Announcement of Sparkplug winners: Janet Turner announced the winners of the 2008 Golden Sparkplug Award: Dick Littlestone and Ilene Cassidy. The winners will be honored at the annual Citizen-of-the Year Award dinner on April 23, 2009.

Police Deployment Issues: After the scheduled reduction of 23 LAPD officers from the West Los Angeles station, LAPD has committed to return 16 officers as soon as they are available. (Detailed Report LAPD Captain De La Torre below).

Attendance Record: A review of Board Member attendance records indicated consistent and regular attendance by all Area and Organization Representatives with the exception of the Civic League Representatives, who were absent for most of the year.

Plans were announced to widen Sunset Boulevard from Barrington to the 405 Freeway by adding one lane, in order to relieve the traffic bottleneck in that area. Jack Allen and George Wolfberg commented that there were restrictions on widening Sunset.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office: Jessyca Avalos reported that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will establish a Preferential Parking District near Palisades Park for a one year trial period. Parking will be 2 hrs. except Saturday will be 4 hrs.

7.2.2 LAPD Captain Ruben De La Torre announced that 16 new officers will be assigned to the West Los Angeles Station, 4 of which will be new graduates; the rest will be more senior. (23 officers had previously been transferred out of West Los Angeles) LAPD’s strategy is to address the most prevalent crime, burglary from vehicles. The bicycle patrol will be re-activated. Undercover agents are deployed in Temescal Canyon. Two out of three clerical staff is back on patrol in the streets. Captain De La Torre is optimistic that these strategies will be effective, and crime has already declined in this neighborhood. Eight suspects have been arrested for burglaries from cars. The patrol officers are working more closely with Vice and are advised about suspects to be released into the community. Captain De La Torre discussed some of the details of the recent unanswered 911 call regarding an alleged drunk driver. Captain De La Torre announced that two patrol cars are currently assigned to this area, each covering one 12 hr. shift. He is requesting a third car to provide overlap and to avoid the absence of police presence in the Palisades during shift change or other administrative needs. He hopes to add this car during the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The West Los Angeles station has assembled a task force to remove homeless encampments and they are working together with the City Attorney. A new Captain III, Evangelyn Nathan, has been assigned to head the West Los Angeles station. She is very familiar with this area since she has work here before in Vice.

Captain De La Torre expressed appreciation for the offer of an LAPD office in the Palisades Park. Kurt Toppel is leading the efforts to get the facilities ready for LAPD to move in. Sr. Lead Officer, Michael Moore, expressed his full support for establishing an LAPD substation in the Palisades. This will allow LAPD to stay in the area for various administrative tasks.

Officer Moore commented that crime is down in the area in general. Paul Glasgall suggested that carelessly lost hikers, who needed to be rescued recently, should be made to pay for the cost.

George Wolfberg suggested that all car break-ins should be reported to LAPD even if nothing was stolen. The phone number to call West Los Angeles LAPD for non-emergency matters is 310 444-0701, or you can call 311. Mr. Wolfberg expressed his sincere appreciation for the work that LAPD does in our area.

Marie Steckmest reported an ongoing problem with noisy and speeding motorcycles at night. Captain De La Torre promised to look into this and engage a special patrol to combat this problem.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Volunteer “Speed Watch” program: Paul Glasgall reported that two training sessions had been conducted by LAPD with 14 volunteers trained to operate a radar gun to monitor speeding motorists on Palisades Drive. Once identified by the volunteers, the owner of a speeding car will then be notified by LAPD.

Historical Society LAPD Historical Museum Tour: Shirley Haggstrom announced the upcoming tour on Thursday, April 9. to the LAPD Historical Museum and the Pacific Asia Museum via shuttle from Pacific Palisades, with a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant. Please visit www.pacificpalisadeshistory.org for more information

Earthday Events, and “Palisades Reads:” Marie Steckmest announced the event featuring The Soloist by Steve Lopez. This story about the friendship between Steve Lopez, the L.A.Times columnist, and Nathaniel Ayers, the Juilliard-trained musician who is homeless and mentally-ill, grew out of Lopez’s compelling stories about Ayers in his column. Marie Steckmest also reminded the Board of “Earthday” and encouraged everybody to recycle.

Use of Local Office for LAPD: Kurt Toppel followed up on Captain De La Torre’s and Officer Michael Moor’s comments about the benefits of a Palisades LAPD Substation and reported that he is working with the Palisades Rec&Parks Department on plans for funding and remodel of the space behind the stage of the old gym.

YMCA Property on Sunset and Temescal Canyon: Gil Dembo voiced concerns about the condition of the lot. Carol Pfannkuche explained that the lot will be improved and made more beautiful. A preliminary landscape plan includes the installation of a water meter with the help of Councilman Rosendahl. The Boyscouts are also helping. A river rock wall similar to the one at the entrance to the Temescal Canyon Gateway Park is planned. Richard Cohen asked that the plans are shared with the PPCC/community, this will help with the fundraising. Carol agreed to share information and keep the Council involved.

Restricted Parking Zone (see announcement by Jessyca Avalos above)

Hillside Area Definition: Jack Allen explained that the Palisades were not included in the flatland mansionization ordinance because it is considered hill-side despite the many flat areas in our community. The general definition of what is flatland and what is hillside is being re-evaluated. At a recent hearing a new map was presented to the City Council and it has been approved. This map included several areas in the Palisades.

Over-height Hedges: Jack Allen reported that 61 properties in his area have been cited for over-height hedges by Code Enforcement. Many of these hedges are in front of retaining walls and should not have bee cited. Jack agreed that the code is ambiguous regarding these circumstances, and that other neighborhoods have language that distinguishes between hedges that hide existing structures, retaining walls or natural obstacles and hedges that are free standing. Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Chris Spitz agreed, however, that the City usually does not enforce code violations of over-height hedges. Richard Cohen referred to the recently published audit by City Controller, Laura Chick, which points out serious deficiencies with the City’s enforcement of building codes and regulations.

Removal of 30MPH Signs on Alma Real-Corona del Mar: Stuart Muller reported on a long-standing effort by the community in the Huntington-Palisades to reduce the speed limit on Alma Real from 30 mi/hr to 25 mi/hr. Dick Littlestone explained that Alma Real was designated as a “collector road” in the original traffic plan but that this designation is not appropriate under current conditions.

Stuart Muller reported on discussions with CVS and the handling of the wrap-around mural and striping along the street-front wall. The bold white stripes are considered out of style with the mural and the general neighborhood character.

8. Reports From Committees

Temescal Canyon Pool Liaison: Kurt Toppel read the hearing notice form the SMMC to make the temporary filling of the pool permanent.

Sparkplug Event Organizing Committee: Janet Turner reported that the plans for the Citizen/Sparkplug awards dinner are well under way. The dinner price is $45. She encouraged the Board members to attend the event since it is sponsored by PPCC and the Chair makes the opening remarks for the evening.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

Marvin Braude Bike Trail/Pedestrian Walkway: George Wolfberg explained that this bike trail carries the highest volume of bicyclists of any bicycle facility in Los Angeles County. For the most part, there is a pedestrian path adjacent to bicycle path, except for the portion between Will Rogers State Beach parking lot in Pacific Palisades and the Ocean Front Walk in the City of Santa Monica. Consequently, this portion of the bike path carries a very high number of pedestrians and other non-bike users, resulting in conflicts between the bicyclists and other bike path users. This potential conflict limits the amount of bicyclists that can use the bike trail. Adding a pedestrian path would improve the safety and comfort level for users of this portion of the bicycle trail as well as the non-bike users such as pedestrians. The letter of support from the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors to the Department of Public Works is included below. Barry Kurtz of LA County has requested that PPCC consider its support for the project. George Wolfberg moved that PPCC gives its expression of support, Gil Dembo seconded, unanimous.

11. General Public Comment

Flo Elfant emphasized the importance of disaster preparedness with the announcement that a reverse 911 call took place recently in parts of San Diego County. (A recorded message is sent from the 911 calling center to all telephones in the area.) A water main had failed and the water from the faucet was contaminated and not fit for human consumption for several days. Immediately, the lines for bottled water where very long and all the stores in the area ran out. Janet Turner added that there have been clusters of small earthquakes along the St. Andreas Fault and that this could be a prelude to the “Big One.”

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

Attachment: Item 10.1 Marvin Braude Bike Trail/Pedestrian Walkway:

March, 25, 2009

Ms. Josephine Gutierrez
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works
P.O. Box 1460
Alhambra, CA 91802-14670

Dear Ms. Gutierrez:
Marvin Braude Pedestrian Walkways – Ocean Front Walk to Will Rogers State Beach

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors offers this letter of support for the Marvin Braude Bike Trail – Pedestrian Walkway Will Rogers State Beach to Ocean Front Walk project.

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail carries the highest volume of bicyclists of any bicycle facility in Los Angeles County. For the most part, there is a pedestrian path adjacent to bicycle path, except for the portion between Will Rogers State Beach parking lot Pacific Palisades to Ocean Front Walk in the City of Santa Monica. Consequently, this portion of the bike path carries a very high number of pedestrians and other non-bike users, resulting in conflicts between the bicyclists and other bike path users. This potential conflict limits the amount of bicyclists that can use the bike trail. This project would improve traffic safety and close the existing gap by providing continuous pedestrian facilities from Temescal Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades, through the City of Santa Monica to Venice.

Surveys on the bike path during the commuting peak hours determined that there is a very significant percentage of commuting bicyclists using the bike trail. The surveys determined that at Temescal Canyon Road, 27.5 percent of bicyclists commuted, and in Marina del Rey 48.2 percent of the bicyclists commuted. The surveys indicated that a significant number of low-income workers in the service industry at the many hotels and restaurants along the coast depend on the bike trail for commuting. A separate pedestrian path adjacent to the bike trail would free up the bike path for bicyclists, thereby allowing more bicyclists to use the bike path. Even serious bicyclists, who normally may choose to ride on the street, tend to use the bike path because the adjacent segment of Pacific Coast Highway is not bicycle friendly.

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Barry Kurtz of our staff at (310) 892-8536.

Very truly yours,
Santos Kreimann, Director

 

MINUTES FOR APRIL 16th 2009

Voting Members in attendance:  Executive and Primary: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Steve Boyers, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Julie Kellman

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Marie Steckmest, Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Richard Wulliger, Alex Lehrhoff

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Chris Spitz

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The approval of the Minutes was deferred to May 14, 2009

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of April 16, 2009, there is $6,770.12in the checking account; $21,684,61 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $28,694.35.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

The Citizen/Sparkplug dinner celebration will be held on Thursday, April 23. Everything is on schedule and arrangements are completed. Ted Mackie has ordered the Sparkplug award plaques. Special thanks goes to Denton Jewelers for gold plating the real sparkplugs which are mounted on the plaques.

The first Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Town Hall event with special guest, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was held on Monday, April 6 from 6 PM to 7:15 PM at the Felicia Mahood Center, located at 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028. The Mayor addressed the City Budget with the community. The Town Hall event was facilitated by Mike Newhouse, member of the WRAC and President of the Venice Neighborhood Council. It was an interactive discussion session with the Mayor regarding the current state of the City budget and the impact it will have on city services and resources. The town hall was a great opportunity to engage with the Mayor on the proposed budget scheduled to be released in late April.

The City Budget reduction is a shared sacrifice. The Mayor is persuading the Unions to work a few hours extra for free. NCs asked a lot of questions about the five motions. The City Council voted to move $54 million of local parking funds to the City’s General fund to help with the shortage. Jack Allen suggested a charter amendment to keep the parking funds for local projects. Stephen Cheung, the Mayor’s representative for the West Side has been reassigned as representative to the Ports. Jennifer Badger is very familiar with this area and will stay. George Wolfberg is trying to persuade BongHwan Kim, General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, to treat the PPCC and the Brentwood Council the same as NCs, but is not getting cooperation.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office: The City’s budget hearings are intense and area getting the Councilman’s full attention. He serves on the Budget Committee.

7.2.2 LAPD Sgt. David Podesta reported that the West Los Angeles LAPD is working on bringing back the officers which were re-assigned earlier this year. Sgt. Podesta applauded the community’s leadership for its persuasive powers and determination to convince LAPD’s leadership to return these resources. He cautioned that cars need to be locked and no visible items in the seats to keep from becoming victim to opportunistic property crimes. Kurt Toppel reported that the plans for an LAPD substation in the Palisades Park are moving forward. Sgt. Podesta gave a brief account of the motorcycle chase at the bluffs and was proud to announce that LAPD did capture the criminal with the help of a K9 team. Sgt. Podesta further reported that the child that was abducted by his father, has been reunited with the mother. Sgt. Podesta reported that the LAPD union is prepared to help with the City’s budget shortage and accept a no-raise offer as well as donating time.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Chris Spitz reported that T-Mobil withdrew the application to place a cell tower on Friends Street at the rim of Potrero Canyon. This, however, leaves the possibility open to place such a tower elsewhere in the community. PPRA will be watching any future developments of cell towers potentially placed in close proximity to residential areas.

Prop O Temescal Canyon Park Stormwater BMP Project – no report

Shirley Haggstrom announced the Historical Society famous estates presentation at Aldersgate. The public is invited to the historic Aldersgate Lodge on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. for tales of the history of the famous estates of Beverly Hills. Presented by author and historian Marc Wanamaker. Public invited. Free. For more information visit www.pacificpalisadeshistory.org

Sandy Eddy of the Chamber of Commerce announced the 2nd Annual Love Walk. For the second year in a row, the Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club is joining forces with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation for 2nd annual Love Walk to benefit the DSLRF on May 17, 2009 in the beautiful Huntington, Palisades. Walk a 5K and raise funds for breast cancer research. Support the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation by registering to walk and collecting pledges from your family and friends

Norma Spak discussed the changes to the Getty Villa Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and stated the the Getty Villa Community Relations Committee (GVCRC) is in agreement with the changes and conditions set forth during this three-year review process.

Bill Davis reported on the West Marquez Traffic Island beautification. Palisades PRIDE and the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association (MKPOA) have agreed to work together, in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles and the Pacific Palisades community to construct a landscaped median island at the West Marquez and Sunset intersection.

Kurt Toppel gave a report for the YMCA, provided by Carol Pfannkuche: Brush clearance at the Simon Meadow is under way. Water has been installed. The summer day camp called “Adventure Garden” will focus on the Culture of our Community, including nature and Native American history, planting, growing and maintaining our own community garden. Work with local Boy scouts and Eagle awards programs. The YMCA will host a free community event on April 26, 2009, celebrating “Healthy Kids Day” welcoming local residents of all ages to bring their gardening tools and participate in placing native plants along our Sunset walkway.

8. Reports From Committees

Temescal Canyon Pool Liaison. Kurt Toppel reported that the “Friends of the Pool” have not yet been able to prepare a business plan which is the requirement to enter into negotiations with the SMMC on reopening the pool. The Commission hearing was not postponed as requested by “Friends” and voted to close the pool permanently. However, the door is still open to re-evaluate and re-consider that decision when a viable business plan is submitted.

Sparkplug Event Organizing Committee. Janet Turner announced that tickets were still available and encouraged Board members and their friends and family to join in the event.

9 Old Business

10. New Business

10.1 A proposal is being reviewed to widen Sunset Boulevard from Barrington to the 405 freeway to ease the traffic bottleneck. The Brentwood/Pacific Palisades Community Plan does not allow the widening of Sunset Boulevard for the 20 years of its life to prevent the road from becoming a high-traffic thoroughfare. The plan expires in 2018. The Planning Department and the City Council are asked to align major capital improvements to be consistent with this plan policy. Discussions included the benefits of increased traffic movement on the stretch to be widened versus the loss of trees/grass covered easements that beautify the neighborhood. Michael Hunt and Sunil Rajpal of the LA Department of Transportation provided an in-depth review and slide presentation of the proposed construction and engineering of the project.

11. General Public Comment – none.

12. 9:00 Adjournment.

MINUTES FOR MAY 14th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Robert Baker, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Kevin Niles, Alex Lehrhoff. Peter Fisher

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Christy Dennis, Daisy Crane, Dan Rosenthal, Mary Cole, Richard Wulliger, Elizabeth Volpicelli, Karyn Weber

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The approval of the Minutes, March 16, 2009 and April 16, 2009: Jack Allen, second Marguerite Perkins Mautner. Unanimous

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of May 14, 2009, there is $6,770.12 in the checking account; $21,684,61 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $28,694.35.

7. Announcements from the Chair

7.1 The next meeting will be held on May 28, 2009.

7.2 Richard Cohen announced that Councilman Bill Rosendahl pulled the proposed widening of Sunset Blvd from Barrington to the 405 from the call for funding.

7.3 The Los Angeles Department or Water and Power issued water restrictions starting June 2009. Automatic sprinklers must be set for Monday and Thursday only, before 9 am and after 4 pm.

7.4 The Chair discussed the Los Angeles City budget crisis: Councilman Rosendahl disagrees with the Mayor and Chief Bratton regarding the hiring of LAPD officers. The Budget and Finance Committee voted 3 –2 in favor of a hiring freeze for LAPD. The Mayor prefers a freeze on the LAFD. The Chair read Councilman Rosendahl’s statement (see attached) which supports a balanced budget for the City. The PPCC has insufficient information on the City’s budget process and details to take a position. The PPCC expressed its confidence in Councilman Bill Rosendahl to help make budget decisions and recommendations in the best interest of Council District 11 and the City in general.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office: Jessyca Avalos announced that the Department of Water and Power intends to close access and install cameras and gates at the Chautauqua Reservoir due to post 9/11 security concerns. Jack Allen indicated that this is an established recreational easement, and as a heavily used path for hikers access should not be restricted. Jessyca will investigate further and come back to the Council with additional information.

May 20, 2009 will be a vote on the billboard ordinance. The Council reiterated its position in support of the ordinance and requested that the Councilman Rosendahl vote in favor f the ordinance.

7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore: Officer Moore informed the PPCC via e-mail of the May 21,2009 from 5 – 10 PM a “Tip-a-Cop” event that will be held from 5-10 p.m. at Gladstone’s on PCH to raise funds for charity.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Cell Tower installations: Chris Spitz reported that in the last few months T-mobile has proposed 4 installations in areas where there is no particular lack of coverage by T-mobile clients. The upper El Medio project is on appeal; the appeal is supported by PPRA. Several issues pertaining to the application and installation of cell Towers should be explored for legality and the assistance of Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office could be helpful. Of special interest is the AGF (Above Ground Facility) ordinance which governs installation in the public right of way. This issue may come back to the Council as an action item in the future.

Special Parking Fund Revenue Transfer: Richard Cohen reported that previous revenue collected from parking meters in an area was dedicated to the local area to build parking facilities. Currently the collected funds go into the City’s general fund. The Chair appointed a committee to pursue more parking facilities in the Palisades and to persuade the City to use the parking meter funds for this purpose. Committee members are Sam Rubin, George Wolfberg, Dick Littlestone and Jack Allen. A meeting has been scheduled with Norman Kulla of Councilman Rosendahl’s office on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2 PM.

Over 1,000 images of Pacific Palisades – Historical Society: Shirley Haggstrom reported that over one thousand images of Pacific Palisades prior to 1960 are now available online by using the Santa Monica Library web site (www.smpl.org) and clicking on “Imagine Santa Monica.” Or go directly to http://digital.smpl.org. These images were donated by the Pacific Palisades Historical Society and include photos from the Clearwater Collection. Images are for personal research, scholarly and educational purposes. Contact SMPL for information about reproduction of images.

West Marquez Island Beautification – PRIDE/MKPOA: Bill Davis announced that PRIDE and the Marquez Knolls Property Owners Association (MKPOA) met at Councilman Rosendahl’s office with Jessyca Avaolos and Norman Kulla to gather input regarding the design and permit requirements for the West Marquez Median Island Beautification project. The Councilman supports the project but funding will depend entirely on private donations.

1st Annual Community Chamber of Commerce Expo: Sandy Eddy announced that the event will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2009 from 10 am – 2 pm the 1st Annual Chamber Expo will be held. This is a combination of all expos previously held in the Palisades.

2nd Annual Love Walk (Sandy Eddy) The Dr. Susan Love Walk through the Huntington Palisades precedes the Expo (see item 7.3.5).

Paul Glasgall expressed his appreciation for Sgt. David Podesta’s continued efforts to fight crime and improve deployment of officers. Over the last few years the Palisades has been faced with a wide series of police issues, mostly stemming from the availability of sufficient numbers of officers in West LA and their deployment. Recently, a large number of officers were moved from West LA to other areas. During this time Sgt. Podesta has taken great pride in working with our community to assure adequate coverage and access to the latest technical tools for the LAPD patrol officers. He has worked closely with the Chair and members of C-PAB. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to appear at the Council meetings whenever possible. We have come to know and love him for his efforts. The Palisades Community Council Chair agreed to draft a letter of commendation for Sgt. Podesta regarding all his efforts and accomplishments and forward a sample copy to the Board members if they wish to send a personal letter.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Sparkplug Event Organizing Committee: Janet Turner announced that attendance at the event was 160. The Board thanked Janet Turner and her committee for an excellent event.

8.2 Officer Nomination Committee: Ted Mackie, Chair of the Nominating Committee (Margarite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Shirley Haggstrom) make the following nominations:

Chair – Richard Cohen
Vice-Chair – Janet Turner
Secretary – Steve Cron
Treasurer – Ted Mackie

All offices are open to further nominations from the Board.

8.3 Newsletter Committee: Chris Spitz announced that the newsletter will be mailed shortly.

9. Old Business

Widening of Sunset Boulevard (Richard Cohen) (no actions, see item 7.1.2)

10. New Business

10.1 New Table for Library: George Wolfberg made a motion, second by Gil Dembo, to allocate $923.55 to purchase a new table for the library. The amount includes delivery, tax, and shipping. The Council will have the use of the table for meetings. Unanimous with one abstention.

10.2 Overnight parking in residential streets of taxis and other commercial vehicles: Barbara Kohn announced that on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, the City Council’s Transportation Committee, comprised of Councilmembers Greuel (who serves as Chair), Parks, Alarcon, Rosendahl, and LaBonge, considered a Department of Transportation Report submitted to the Transportation Committee in response to a Motion introduced by Councilmembers Janice Hahn (Council District 15) and Bill Rosendahl (Council District 11) to exempt taxis from the restrictions placed on commercial vehicles relative to parking in residential areas. If adopted by the City Council, this proposal could allow any and all taxicabs to park in residential areas. It may also lead to other commercial vehicles being allowed to park in residential areas.

Barbara Kohn made a motion, second by George Wolfberg: The Pacific Palisades Community Council opposes the proposed exemption to the City Code that would permit overnight street parking by commercial vehicles (taxis) in residential neighborhoods. Motion passed unanimously. A letter will be sent to Councilman Rosendahl.

11. General Public Comment: Gil Dembo: announced that the Marquez Area hills have not burned for 100 years; the brush is much greener; brush clearance notices will be distributed by the LAFD; if you receive a notice and you think you are not in violation, call the Fire Department for an inspection. Fire season is coming, take notice and take precautions.

Karyn Weber: announced the successful presentation at the high school on safe driving.

12. Adjournment 8:40 p.m.

Attachment

e-mail from Councilman Bill Rosendahl, read by Richard Cohen item 7.1.4 www.councilmanrosendahl.com City Hall (213) 473-7011 West LA (310) 575-8461 Westchester (310) 568-8772 Dear Friends,

The City of Los Angeles is facing the most perilous financial situation in its history. Due to the declining economy, the City is facing a $530 million deficit for the coming fiscal year, and we are projecting a $1 billion deficit for FY 10-11. The mayor has declared a fiscal emergency, and the City could run out of cash early next year if we do not take corrective action.

These stark realities require hard decisions to ensure the continued financial solvency of our City and the continued ability to protect public safety and provide basic City services.

Last night, the Budget and Finance Committee approved a balanced budget that will go to the full council next Monday. I voted with the majority of the committee to continue hiring firefighters so we can grow the ranks of LAFD. When responding to fires and medical emergencies, response time is key, and I want to make sure we have enough personnel to protect life and property.

The mayor has used scare tactics and fear mongering to criticize the Budget and Finance Committee by saying that the budget we approved makes deep cuts to firefighters. He has said that they won’t be able to respond in time to save lives. The mayor is lumping police and fire together to scare people into supporting his police hiring plan. For the fire department, the committee approved the budget that the mayor proposed, and I expect him to be honest and consistent in his public remarks.

I also voted with the majority of the committee to temporarily delay expansion of LAPD to avoid gutting the ranks of civilian city staff and making drastic cuts to basic city services. Continuing the police hiring plan would mean 1,100 civilian layoffs in the coming year and another 2,500 layoffs in the following year. These civilians provide youth recreational programs and operate senior citizen centers; they sweep our streets and staff our libraries. Eviscerating these programs in order to expand the LAPD would be irresponsible. That is not my idea of shared sacrifice. Public safety is my top priority, but it is not my only priority.

In fact, the mayor’s police hiring plan would be so expensive that it would force existing officers to take unpaid days off per year, actually decreasing the police deployment.

This is not a decision I made lightly, and I continue to support the growth of LAPD to 10,000 officers and beyond. However, given the City’s unprecedented financial straits, we simply cannot afford to proceed until we have the money. It would be irresponsible to risk bankruptcy in order to continue hiring more police officers, and considering the deficit for FY 10-11, it would be irresponsible to hire more officers now, only to lay them off next year.

Furthermore, I was disheartened to hear Chief William Bratton’s comments that he would soon begin to pull dozens of officers out of the Westside in response to the committee’s action. His comments smacked of political retribution, and you deserve better than that from your chief of police. Police deployment decisions should be based on public safety and the best interests of our City’s residents, period.

There may certainly be a way to resume hiring police officers soon, and the mayor is currently negotiating with City unions to identify additional savings. If and when those savings are identified and realized, resumption of the police hiring plan is my first priority. We can and we will grow the LAPD – as soon as we can afford it. I say to the mayor: show me the money, and you’ll have my support for more officers.

Regards,
BILL ROSENDAHL Councilmember, 11th District

MINUTES FOR MAY 28th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Kevin Niles, Alex Lehrhoff.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Daisy Crane, Mary Cole, Richard Wulliger, Elizabeth Volpicelli, Karyn Weber, Flo Elfant, Quentin Fleming, Katie Takakjian.

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Shirley Haggstrom

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The approval of the Minutes, May 14, 2009: Bill Davis, second Janet Turner. Unanimous

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of May 28, 2009, there is $6,453.58 in the checking account; $21,688.71 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $239.62, for a total of $28,381.91.

7.1 Announcements from the Chair

The next meeting will be held on June 11, 2009.

Nominations. Steve Boyers nominated Haldis Toppel as Vice Chair

The Chair thanked Chris Spitz, Mary Cole and Haldis Toppel for the successful preparation and distribution of the PPCC newsletter

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives 7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – no report

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – no report

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Construction Debris and Equipment on the North Side of the Pacific Coast Highway, between Potrero Canyon and Temescal Canyon Road. Construction debris, supplies and equipment at various sites along PCH are unsightly and have been of concern for decades. Stuart Muller presented a well-researched handout with pictures of the area illustrating the problem. Locations are at the mouth of Potrero Canyon, and in the Palisades Bluffs Preserve below Via de la Olas (in the former Occidental Petroleum drilling site and in the adjacent abandoned PCH right-of-way area.) He stated that homeless live in some of the large pipes. He urged that the City of L.A. and the state of CA need to clean up this blight in our community. The issue will be addressed at the next PCH Taskforce in June. A straw poll of the attendant board members and public resulted in a unanimous agreement that this situation is no longer tolerable and needs to be corrected quickly. Stuart will draft a letter from the Chair in support of the cleanup, to be presented at the next PCH Taskforce meeting.

Update on 4th of July Parade planning. Rob Weber, President of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (“PAPA”), provided an update on the plans for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration and thanked the community for its support. PAPA has committed to making this year’s celebration the best ever, but still needs a bit more volunteer and financial assistance from the community to help make that goal a reality. This year’s theme is “Pacific Palisades, Past Present and Future.” Katie Stam, the reigning Miss America will be accompanied by some of the City’s and the nation’s best bands, equestrian troupes, and dance groups.

Availability of Pali High track. Harry Sondheim pointed out that the availability of the Palisades High School track for public use is not predictable and needs to be published in advance. He has been in touch with the school administration and efforts will be made to establish and publish a schedule for “open” hours public access.

Harry Sondheim requested that consideration be given to allow for a second Alternate as Area Representative. This will require a Bylaws change. The Chair appointed a Bylaws Committee to discuss the merits of a second alternate: Chair George Wolfberg, Harry Sondheim, Steve Boyers, Haldis Toppel, Stuart Muller, Jack Allen, Richard Cohen.

Gil Dembo reported that the modified sign ordinance was postponed

Kurt Toppel reported that “Friends of the Pool” had submitted first draft of a business plan.

Flo Elfant reminded the community to be aware and ready to deal with potential disasters such a fire, earthquakes, and to review the available material as well as the family’s own plan.

Paul Glasgall voiced concern over a potential impact on water pressure when the City’s water conservation measures go into effect on June 1. Watering is allowed only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 a..m. He pointed out that water pressure could potentially drop below safe levels in case of fire if all the sprinklers and water hoses are running at the same time. He will investigate if any studies have been made by the City’s hydraulic conservation engineers.

8. Reports From Committees

9. Old Business

9.1Cell Tower installations. Chris Spitz voiced concern over the proliferation of proposals for cell towers in public rights of way in residential areas of Pacific Palisades. They are not in character with the community and its esthetics when placed adjacent to a residential area. At least four such towers have been proposed by T-Mobile in recent months (one of which was erected without notice). More are likely in the near future.

Chris reported that meetings with the City are underway, participants are Chris Spitz, Barbara Kohn, George Wolfberg, Kurt Toppel, and Whitney Blumenfeld from Councilman Rosendahl’s office to discuss restoring or strengthening local authority over placement of cell towers. Public comment on this issue is due June 8 on Section 704 of the Telecommunicatins Act. Several members of the Board gave testimony ofcommented on the lack of local control or notification of neighbors when a new installation is planned. Chris Spitz emphasized that health issues were not part of the discussions due to considerable disagreement on that subject.

Chris Spitz presented two items for consideration by the Board: Item 1 discussed the, one for discussion, and one for a motion. A handout detailed the issues presented. (see attached). Item 1 discussed the inappropriate cell tower installations in residential neighborhoods when such towers are demonstrated to be over-height, unsafe, aesthetically inappropriate, inappropriately located, or would result in commercialization of the residential neighborhood. Item 2 asked that PPCC endorse the repeal or modification of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in order to restore local authority over cell tower regulations. Chris Spitz stated that another provision of the Act, namely the provision that prevents local governments from prohibiting or effectively prohibiting cell towers, has been interpreted by courts in such a way that municipalities regard their ability to reasonably regulate cell towers as being severely limited.

Chris Spitz made the motion below, seconded by Barbara Kohn. Chris Spitz accepted a friendly amendment by Harry Sondheim to delete the words “on the basis of health and environmental effects of such facilities.” Jack Allen asserted that Congress amended the Telecommunications Act to insert Section 704 to preserve local zoning authority over the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities. He further asserted that Section 704 did not restrict the City’s Bureau of Engineering in regulating facilities in the right of way.

The motion, passed 14 yes, 2 no, 2 abstentions:

MOTION:

1. Endorsement of Repeal or Modification of Section 704: PPCC endorses the repeal or modification of Section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in order to restore local authority over cell tower regulation. Specifically, it endorses the language of the national petition on www.cloutnow.org as follows;

“We the undersigned call for the U.S. Congress to repeal limitations on the state and local authority imposed by the Telecommunications Act of 1997 and permit state and local governments to regulate the placement, construction, and modification of telecommunications tower and other personal wireless service facilities on the basis of health and environmental effects of such facilities.”

PPCC hereby urges Councilman Rosendahl to endorse the repeal or modification of Section 704 as set forth above and to take all actions within his authority necessary to cause the City to adopt a legislative policy in furtherance of the goal of repeal or modification of Section 704 as set forth above, including seeking the endorsement of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council. The Councilman is requested to notify PPCC’s chair on a regular basis on the actions being taken as requested in this motion.

2. Public Comment ofn the National Broadband Plan: PPCC, through its chair, shall forthwith 1) submit public comment to the FCC on the National Broadband Plan and the repeal or modification of Section 704 as set forth above; and 2) urge that Councilman Rosendahl also submit public comment to the FCC as set forth above, as soon as possible prior to the June 8, 2009 deadline for public comment.

9.2 Commendation for LAPD. Due to procedural requirements, Paul Glasgall asked for a re-vote from the last meeting to present a commendation to LAPD Sgt. David Podesta. Jack Allen made the motion, Marguerite seconded, unanimous.

10. New Business

11. General Public Comment

Regina Piehl, a home owner adjacent to the Getty property voiced objection to the noise and the many unsightly commercial air condition units that she can hear and see from her house. She voiced objection to the changes proposed for the renewal of the Getty’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Norma Spak stated that a public hearing will be held on the CUP. Barbara Kohn explained that ongoing meetings are held with neighbors.

12. Adjournment 8:56 p.m.

MINUTES FOR JUNE 11th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Susan Nash, Ted Mackie, Haldis Toppel, Steve Boyers, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Bill Davis, Susan Orenstein, Shirley Haggstrom, Chris Spitz, Elizabeth Volpicelli

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Daisy Crane, Dan Rosenthal, Mary Cole, Richard Wulliger, Karyn Weber, Flo Elfant, Quentin Fleming, Katie Takakjian, Mahtab Moayeh

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Shirley Haggstrom

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The approval of the Minutes, May 28, 2009: deferred to the next meeting.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of June 11, 2009, there is $5,341.65 in the checking account; $21,688.71 in the CDs; and a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, for a total of $27,274.63.

The treasurer reported on the expenses and income of the recently published PPCC newsletter as of June 11, 2009 : Printing: $3,381.80, Mailing $2,342.31, non-90272 postage $128.62, 90272 postage $995.35, Total $6,848.08, 357 Contributions total to date $6,485.00, Net -$363.08.

7. Announcements

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on June 25, 2009.

7.1.2 The request for a variance for the Beglari house was denied. PPCC’s position opposing the variance was noted in the determination.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1.Councilman Rosendahl’s office. Haldis Toppel announced for Jessyca Avalos the invitation to the Swearing-in-celebration for Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the Mar Vista Farmers Market, Intersection of Grand View Blvd. and Pacific Ave.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore, Officer Moore reported on the hit and run accident on Sunset Blvd. It involved a car and later down the road a fire hydrant and other property. It was not a local kid or student. The shooting in the Highlands was a suicide. The light fixtures along the Stairway to the Dreams were vandalized.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Disaster Preparedness: Flo Elfant emphasized the need to be prepared for extended isolation within our community. She announced the “Venice be Ready” emergency preparedness Expo on May 31, 2009 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Westside Leadership Magnet School, 104 Anchorage on the Marina Peninsula.

8. Reports From Committees

9. Old Business

9.1 Cell Tower installations: Chris Spitz made a motion asking for PPCC to confirm and reiterate that its practice and policy is to oppose cell towers sited in residential neighborhoods on both private and public property when such towers are demonstrated to be over-height, unsafe, aesthetically inappropriate, inappropriately sited next to open space or would result in commercialization of residential neighborhoods. Stuart Muller seconded. Jack Allen made a motion to table the first motion to gain more information. Susan Nash seconded. The motion was tabled with a majority vote. The Chair appointed a PPCC Cell Tower committee: Bill Davis, Jack Allen, Peter Fisher, Janet Turner.

9.2 Update on 4th of July Parade planning/funding; Richard Cohen proposed that PPCC donate $500 this year to the Palisades Parade (PAPA) as the Council did last year to offset the cost of the cars made available for the Chair, the Sparkplugs, and the Community Service Award winners. Marguerite Perkins Mautner made a motion to make such cost offsetting donation every year and to include the amount in the annual budget. Jack Allen seconded. The motion passed unanimously with one abstention

10. New Business

10.1 Construction Debris on the North Side of Pacific Coast Highway, Between Potrero Canyon and Temescal Canyon: Stuart Muller provided handouts with historic drawings and a photo of the Via Mesa and the surrounding areas, showing the Old Bowl Road running up and down the Palisades Bluffs Preserve, connecting Via De La Paz to the old Roosevelt Highway (now the PCH) and (now the) Will Rogers State Beach. He continued to emphasize the need to clean up the construction debris in that area, to improve the walking trail, and to re-establishing historic beach access. Some remnants of the old road, which was destroyed in a major landslide, still remain.

10.2 Opposition to Closure of State Parks: The California state park system is home to 279 state parks, beaches, historic parks, recreation areas, and other park units. In our area, Topanga, Will Rogers, Los Liones and Temescal State Parks are a significant draw for tourism and economic activity attributed to state park visitation. The Governor’s May Budget Revision proposes to eliminate state funding for the state park system, resulting in the closing of 220 state parks. Harry Sondheim discussed the proposed closure of State Parks and the specific difficulty it would pose for this community. A large portion of the northern boundary of Pacific Palisades is adjacent to State Park. Closure of the park will not keep people out of it. With the absence of rangers, the parkland will predictably become a destination for the homeless and the criminal elements which will increase the fire danger and potentially bring crime to the neighborhood. The Palisades has a special public safety interest to keep the parkland open and patrolled. Harry Sondheim made a motion, Jack Allen seconded, passed unanimously.

Motion:

WHEREAS, The California state park system is home to 279 state parks, beaches, historic parks, recreation areas, and other park units;

WHEREAS, In our area, Topanga State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park are a significant draw for tourism and economic activity attributed to state park visitation;

WHEREAS, it is impossible to effectively prevent entry into the state parks that surround the Pacific Palisades area and removing or reducing ranger presence would leave these parks open to homeless people and vandals with a resulting increase in wild fire danger in our community;

WHEREAS, The Governor’s May Revise proposes to eliminate state funding for the state park system, resulting in the closing of 220 state parks;

WHEREAS, the need for available, affordable vacation destinations and travel spots is on the increase in California, given that camping reservations for 2009 have logged 25,000 reserved nights, compared to slightly over 20,000 nights in 2008 and over 19,000 in 2007;

WHEREAS, this proposal will severely impact Californians, particularly in these tough economic times;

WHEREAS, California’s state parks were set aside precisely to safeguard resources and opportunities that would not otherwise be available without the strong support of the public sector;

THEREFORE the Pacific Palisades Community Council hereby urges the Legislature and the Governor to reject the proposal to eliminate General Fund funding for the state park system and the closure of 220 state parks. The Pacific Palisades Community Council further urges the Legislature and the Governor to uphold the public’s trust in protecting and preserving public access to the treasures in the state park system, and to identify funding to enable all state parks to remain open for the public’s access and enjoyment.

10.3 Exposition Rail Line Westside Representation: George Wolfberg explained that the Exposition Line Rail Authority has the responsibility for completing the funded Exposition light rail line from Exposition Park to its terminus near the Santa Monica Pier. The Los Angeles City Council has reappointed the Councilmembers from the Ninth and Eighth districts to the Board of the Exposition Line Rail Authority, shutting out the Westside from any representation despite the fact that about half of the project will be West of the Culver City station. George Wolfberg made a motion to request that the Los Angeles City Council include local representation for Phase II of the project. Jack Allen seconded. Unanimous.

10.4 Election of Officers – After counting the ballots, the Election Committee (Susan Nash and George Wolfberg) announced that the slate prevailed: Chair Richard Cohen, Vice Chair Janet Turner, Secretary Steve Cron, Treasurer Ted Mackie.

11. General Public Comment Mr. Jack Laxer reported on his experience with the MRCA photo enforcement ticket. He was cited and applied for a hearing. At the hearing he was told that everything he submits will be held in evidence but when he tried to submit material, the hearing officer rejected the evidence. Mr. Laxer stated that such actions indicate a bias since he will now no longer be able to use his material in any further hearing on the matter.

12. Adjournment 8:10 p.m.

MINUTES FOR JUNE 25th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Steve Boyers, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Janet Turner, Stuart Muller, Peter Fisher, George Wolfberg, Bill Davis, Chris Spitz, Carol Pfannkuche, Richard Wulliger Thomas Farnham, Gil Dembo, Sandy Eddy, Mahtab Moayedi, Christy Dennis, Kevin Niles, Daisy Crane

Non-Voting Members in attendance: Flo Elfant, Mary Cole

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Steve Cron

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The approval of the Minutes of May 28 and June 11, 2009, with Stuart Muller moving to correct the Minutes of May 28. That motion was unanimous.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of June 25, 2009, there is $28,125.09 in the checking account; the CDs are closed; and a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, for a total of $28,369.36. The Treasurer reported on the expenses and income of the recently published PPCC newsletter as of June 25, 2009 : Printing: $3,381.80, Pacific Rim $2,342.51, non-90272 postage $128.62, 90272 postage $995.35, Total $6,848.08, 387 Contributions received $7,575.00, Net $726.92.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

The next meeting will be held on July 9, 2009.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Sandy Eddy announced that Councilman Rosendahl’s swearing in ceremony will be on Sunday, July 5 at the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market at 11:30.

7.2.2 Richard Cohen announced that Officer Moore said there were 5 sweeps of homeless camps between Via de las Olas and the Pacific Coast Highway. Mr. Cohen also announced that Captain de la Torre said that in the recent past the 4th of July parade has been under-policed, but the manpower will increase this year. It was also reported that there will be no loss of officers in the West L.A. station and that 1 police car will be committed to Pacific Palisades 24 hours a day.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Paul Glasgall reported on the DWP’s response to his inquiry regarding water rationing and the potential loss of water pressure during the allowable hours for irrigation. He read the following statement from Penny Falcon of LADWP: “….our water supply system has been functioning properly since implementation of Phase III of the Water Conservation Ordinance. My confidence is supported by the fact that LADWP sizes water lines to include existing and long-time demand on the system considering all uses (including landscape). In most areas of the City, Fire supply is the overriding component. The system of pipes, storage and pumps (where the system is fed by pumping stations) is sized for capacity to serve future ultimate development on the hottest, highest demand day – plus the LA Fire Department’s fire requirements. Our computer models show this to be a conservative, yet reasonable planning approach. It is unlikely that offsetting irrigation to the evening and night hours will form a new peak. LADWP monitors the distribution system on an ongoing basis and responds to any customer reporting of low pressure situations. If any problem develops, we will adjust operations to accommodate the increasing peak in demand.“

Mr. Glasgall also announced that a week ago Saturday 5 officers from WLA Traffic issued numerous citations on Palisades Drive, and that Safe Westside is looking for new volunteers to get trained and certified to use radar guns.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Cell Towers: The cell phone committee, consisting of Jack Allen, Janet Turner, Barbara Kohn, Peter Fisher, Bill Davis, and Chris Spitz has met. Chris Spitz and Barbara Cohen initially declined to be on the committee, but later decided to join and were added. Jack Allen has found that the city council requested that the City Attorney report to them about the lack of uniformity for approving the installation of cell towers in residential neighborhoods.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1 Stuart Muller questioned the increase in the City Planning fees, specifically the fees for the Design Review Board processing. The Council agreed that Richard Cohen and George Wolfberg write a letter to Bill Rosendahl and the City Planning Department voicing the concerns of the Council about increasing these fees.

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 7:58.

MINUTES FOR JULY 9th 2009

Voting Members in attendance – Richard Cohen, Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie,Barbara Kohn, Janet Turner, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Bill Davis, Chris Spitz, Gil Dembo, Sandy Eddy, Mahtab Moayedi, Christy Dennis, Kevin Niles, Christy Dennis, Harry Sondheim, Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, Beth Bensmer, June Payne

Non-Voting Members in attendance – Flo Elfant, Mary Cole, Kurt Toppel, Daisy Crane, Dan Rosenthal, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Janet Turner

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of June 25, 2009, were approved as amended.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of July 9, 2009, there is $27,956.24 in the checking account; and a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, for a total of $28,200.51. The treasurer reported on the expenses and income of the recently published PPCC newsletter as of July 9, 2009: Printing: $3,381.80, mailing house $2,342.31, non-90272 postage $128.62, 90272 postage $995.35, Total $6,848.08, Contributions received (415) $8,215.00, Balance $1,366.92

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on August 13, 2009. (no second meeting in July)

7.1.2 Haldis Toppel was thanked and given a plaque to recognize her many years of service to the Council.

7.1.3 Steve Cron was welcomed to the Council as the new secretary.

7.1.4 Christy Dennis was welcomed as the new Area 3 representative

7.1.5 Post has been asked to advertise the opening, and solicit expressions of interest to be the new Area 3 alternate.

7.1.6 Ron Dean has agreed to remain as legal advisor to the Council. A motion to approve him as the legal advisor was passed unanimously.

Some Appointments subject to acceptance and/or approval as necessary

7.1.7 Marie Steckmest has agreed to remain as the Ecology Advisor to the Council.

7.1.8 Preparedness Advisor Flo Elfant announced that she has a DVD about natural disaster preparedness that she will give to any homeowner’s association that wants one.

7.1.9 Patti Post was reappointed as Transportation Advisor

7.1.10 Kurt Toppel was reappointed as Special Advisor to the Chair

7.1.11 The Executive Committee will now consist of the Officers, the Chair Emeritus Steve Boyers, and that the At-Large Representative George Wolfberg, and the Organizational Representative Bill Davis will serve on the Executive Committee if agreed to by the Committee.

7.1.12 The By Laws Committee will consist of George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen; Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Steve Boyers, with Haldis Toppel serving as advisor. A motion was unanimously passed to approve the carry over of the By Laws Committee

7.1.12 The Alternate Rep Selection Committee will consist of three former chairs, George Wolfberg, Steve Boyers, and Flo Elfant.

7.1.14 The Holiday Party Committee will consist of Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, Mary Cole, and Haldis Toppel.

7.1.15 The Sparkplug Selection Committee will consist of Janet Turner, Mary Cole, and Ted Mackie

7.1.16 The Sparkplug/Citizen Dinner Committee will consist of Janet Turner, Mary Cole, and Haldis Toppel, and the dinner will take place on April 22, 2010.

7.1.17 The make up of the Election Committee will be determined later.

7.1.18 The make up of the Nominating Committee will be determined later

7.1.19 Haldis Toppel has agreed to serve as chairman of the Newsletter Committee and others as may be interested. The Cell Tower Committee will remain as presently constituted.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office – There was no representative from Councilman Rosendahl’s office.

7.2.2 LAPD – Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore stated that the purpose of a crime report is to let the community members know what crimes are occurring and as an outreach vehicle to citizens who might know something about the crimes listed.

He also reported on a recent assault on Chatauqua where a homeowner chased auto burglary suspects with a bat and was later confronted by two of those suspects who grabbed his bat and beat him. SLO Moore stated that it is not a good idea to leave one’s home with a weapon to stop a property crime, and that it is safer to call 911. and wait for the LAPD to arrive. He also reported on Wednesday night motorcycle cruising, and said that LAPD is considering using checkpoints.

7.2.3. Sergeant Mark Durrelll from LAPD’s West LA Area introduced himself to the Council. He made an appeal for volunteers for a variety of tasks to assist the LAPD.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 PCH Task Force – George Wolfberg announced that repair work on the California Incline will begin in January, 2011. Richard Cohen announced that slope stabilization on PCH will begin in September from 9 am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday, and that while work is being done one northbound lane will be closed. That work will take approximately one year. Richard also announced that on behalf of the Council he has and will continue to urge that work on the California Incline be done 24/7.

8.Reports From Committees

8.1 Friends of Temescal Pool – Jane Albrecht reported that the judge ruled against Friends, however they are appealing to the Court of Appeal. At the end of July they will be announcing a business plan to raise support for the pool. Also, a new video has been created about the pool.

9.Old Business

9.1 Cell Phone Committee – The motion submitted on the agenda was continued until the next Council meeting.

10.New Business

10.1 Parking Study for Palisades Village – A motion was made and passed unanimously with 3 abstentions that the Pacific Palisades Community Council join with the business community and other concerned Palisadians in requesting that the City of Los Angeles perform a study of the parking needs in the Village Business District. The Council further requests that the City investigate the broader reasons for the decline of the business district and participate with the community in establishing a plan to revitalize the area. The Council requests that Councilmember Rosendahl take all actions necessary to implement these community requests.

10.2 Walter Salas from United Oil reported on plans his company has to refurbish the Chevron station at the corner of PCH and Sunset.

11. General Public Comment – There was no general public comment

12. Adjournment took place at 8:36 pm.

MINUTES FOR AUGUST 13th 2009

Voting Members in Attendance: Richard Cohen, Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Steve Boyers, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Christy Dennis, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, Quentin Fleming, Sandy Eddy, Richard Wulliger, Chris Spitz, Kevin Niles, and Bill Davis (acting secretary).

Advisors and Alternates in Attendance: Kurt Toppel, Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Laura Chung, Daisy Crane and Dan Rosenthal.

1. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

2. Introduction of the Board – The board members present introduced themselves.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – Pursuant to a motion made by Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, seconded by Steve Boyers and unanimously carried, the minutes of the July 9, 2009 meeting were adopted.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The treasurer reported that there is $28,432.24 in the checking account and $244.27 in the post office account, for a total of $28,676.51. The June 2009 newsletter cost $6,848.08 and generated 442 contributions totaling $8,715 for a net return of $1,866.92.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting will be on September 10, 2009. There is no second August meeting.

7.1.2. The Chair noted that Haldis Toppel is the sole candidate to fill the vacant Area 3 alternate seat, closed nominations and referred the matter to a committee of three former PPCC chairs.

7.1.3. The Chair discussed the need to modernize the PPCC website and sought the assistance of tech-savvy board members. Sandy Eddy, Christy Dennis and Dan Rosenthal volunteered and were appointed a committee to review the situation.

7.1.4. The Chair reported on the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (“WRAC”) and suggested it might adopt the PPCC position respecting cell phone towers.

7.1.5. The Chair described the PCH Task Force, noting that he, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg and Patti Post attend its meetings, as do representatives of the offices of Fran Pavley and Zev Yaroslofsky.

Two major issues affect Pacific Palisades.

First is the bluff stabilization project, which is set to commence in October and which will result in closure of the lane next to the bluffs. Although Santa Monica initially was scheduled to do the work and close the lane from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, it has concluded it cannot complete the project in time since there will be no work during June through September. After negotiation, Santa Monica now believes it can complete the job by next April by working and closing the lane from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The California incline project, which was scheduled to begin in 2011 and which will take at least 18 months, will have the effect of diverting south bound PCH traffic up Sunset and Temescal, thus substantially increasing traffic on Sunset and in the village. Diverted traffic will also adversely affect West Channel Road and Santa Monica Canyon. Santa Monica does not seem concerned about mitigating the inconvenience for non-Santa Monica residents. The Chair and Patti Post have stressed to Santa Monica the extreme need for completing the project as rapidly as possible by working 24 hours a day seven days a week with substantial financial incentives for early or timely completion. A new Environmental Impact Report is being prepared. The Chair noted that the revised EIR must contemplate extended work hours or it will not be possible to introduce 24/7 work at a later date.

7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 In response to an inquiry by the Chair concerning the rolling staff reductions at Fire Station 69, Jessyca Avalos of Councilman Rosendahl’s office stated that the councilman was working with the fire department concerning the problem. The Chair requested she inform the councilman that the community was very concerned and expected a detailed explanation as to how the community will be protected.

Jessyca reported that the Council had adopted a resolution permanently banning new billboards and was still dealing with problems concerning existing billboards. She also reported that the proposed ordinance concerning taxing restaurants with respect to sidewalk tables had been withdrawn.

7.2.2 Officer Michael Moore discussed the graffiti problem, particularly with respect to Lachman Lane. Graffiti extends from Jacon Way to the top and includes some gang markings. He stated that the LAPD’s gang unit tracks graffiti and suggested that photographs of graffiti be taken and transmitted to wlatag@yahoo.com. Citizens can report graffiti by calling 311. Officer Moore suggested people remove graffiti as quickly as possible. He noted that the City uses Graffiti Solutions, which will remove graffiti within 48 hours.

In response to questions concerning the homeless persons congregating at PCH and Sunset, officer Moore pointed out that the city’s street use inspector has the power to get rid of encampments and that the police can arrest for aggressive panhandling.

Announcements by Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Stuart Muller previewed a presentation to be made next month concerning cleaning up the Protrero Bluffs area, noting that CalTrans is warehousing 260 K-rails there. The Chair noted that Norm Kulla is aware of the situation.

7.3.2 Harry Sondheim reported that he had inquired concerning community use of Pali High’s pool and track. He was advised pool hours will be posted on Pali High’s website, but he received no response concerning the track He suggested that the Post could publish the times for community use. Jack Allen noted that Pali High’s facilities are not accessible to the handicapped.

7.3.3 Paul Glasgall reported that CVS has advised him its project will be completed by the end of September. He stated that LAPD, through Captain Lauer, had been providing amazing support for the speed enforcement program on Palisades Drive. The reservoir project has resumed and will be monitored to ensure compliance with prior agreements.

7.3.4 Daisy Crane announced that historian Eric Dugdale would give a presentation concerning Inceville at Theater Palisades on September 14 from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m.

7.3.5 Chris Spitz announced that PPRA’s annual meeting would be on November 9, 2009 at Aldersgate.

7.3.6 Sandy Eddy announced that the August 15 movie in the park will be Beauty and the Beast.

8. Reports from Committees

8.1.Kurt Toppel reported that an updated business plan for the YMCA pool is in progress. Jane Albrecht added that on September 2, 2009, the business plan will be introduced at Aldersgate and that it will be published on September 10, 2009. The Chair requested four copies for the PPCC.

8.2 Flo Elfant described a 5 minute video depicting the devastation that would be caused by a 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. She requested it be shown at homeowner association meetings. She distributed the three copies she had and indicated she would have more.

9. Old Business

9.1 The Chair acknowledged the difficult and time-consuming work done by the cell phone tower committee (Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Peter Fisher and Bill Davis). Janet Turner, chair of the committee, moved that the PPCC adopt the motion finally agreed upon by the committee. After one amendment (addition of the words “as proposed” at the end of the penultimate sentence) made in response to a comment by Harry Sondheim, the following motion, made by Janet Turner and seconded by Quentin Fleming, was unanimously passed:

“In order to preserve and protect the quality of the community, Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) supports changes in the method of regulating the installation of cellular facilities in the City of Los Angeles in the public rights of way. While the present zoning code imposes requirements, including public notice and hearings, on the placement, design and construction of cellular facilities on other properties, such requirements do not apply to installations of cellular facilities in the public rights of way. PPCC objects to the regulatory process involving public rights of way and urges that the same or similar regulations that apply to the installation of cellular facilities on other properties be required for the installation of such facilities in the public rights of way, including but not limited to existing and replacement utility poles, preferably administered by the same City agency that issues permits for cellular facilities on other properties. PPCC requests that the City place a moratorium on the further installation of cellular facilities in the public rights of way until such time as the City regulations regarding such installations are amended as proposed. PPCC requests that Councilman Rosendahl follow-up on this request and keep PPCC informed of progress on this issue.”

10. New Business – None.

11 General Public Comment – Jane Albrecht inquired concerning early morning (5:30 a.m.) trash collection and was referred by the Chair to Jessyca Avalos of the Councilman’s office.

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

MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 10th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Steve Cron, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Stuart Muller, Bill Davis, Gil Dembo, Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, Kurt Toppel, Norma Spak, Joyce Brunnelle, Richard Wulliger, Karyn Weber, Katie Takakjian, Haldis Toppel

Non-Voting Members in attendance: Dan Rosenthal, Daisy Crane

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Gil Dembo

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of August 13, 2009, were approved as amended.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of September 10, 2009, there is $8,494.24 in the checking account; and a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, and a $20,000 CD, for a total of $28,494.24.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on Sept 24, 2009.

7.1.2 Richard Cohen gave a Western Region Alliance of Councils update

7.1.3 Richard Cohen reported that the Santa Monica bluff and California incline stabilization project is moving forward.

7.1.4 Richard Cohen reported that Southern California Gas has been granted a permit to build a road through Sullivan Canyon in order to repair an underground pipeline. Work recently began.

7.1.5 George Wolfberg and Harry Sondheim will attend the Community Budget Day on 10/10, and other volunteers are invited to attend.

7.1.6 Richard Cohen reported that the Beglari appeal was denied by the West Los Angles Area Planning Commission..

7.1.7 The Council acknowledged the beautiful artwork of Daisy Crane which is now on display in the library meeting room.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. There was no appearance from Councilman Rosendahl’s office.

7.2.2 Richard Cohen reported on behalf of Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore that there was a recent DUI checkpoint on PCH.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Daisy Crane reported on an informational program about the LAPD which will take place on Monday, October 19, at 6:30 pm at Theater Palisades.

7.3.2 Haldis Toppel reported on a Block Party in the Marquez Business District which will be held on Sunday, September 20, between 11 am and 3 pm.

7.3.3 Richard Cohen reported on behalf of Marie Steckmest that September 19 is Coastal Cleanup Day.

7.3.4 Flo Elfant reported that ShakeOut L. A. will take place on October 15, 2009.

7.3.5 Richard Wulliger reported on behalf of the Historical Society that on September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Playhouse, Eric Dugdale will give a talk about motion picture producer Thomas Ince and the location near Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset which was known as Inceville.

7.3.6 Ted Mackie noted that the Santa Ana winds are due soon and asked that the PPCC contact Councilman Rosendahl’s office to make sure that the local fire departments will be at full staff during the times when the Santa Ana winds are due.

7.3.7 Stuart Muller noted that digital billboard is now at Paul Revere Middle School and that parking fees have been raised at Santa Monica beaches.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Jane Albrecht reported on the business plan proposed by Friends of the Temescal Pool, and also reported that Steve Bellamy has agreed to manage the pool, should the proposal to restore the pool be accepted by the Conservancy.

8.2 Richard Cohen spoke about a possible change in the PPCC email account to gmail.com. Dan Rosenthal spoke about the goal of allowing users to subscribe and unsubscribe to the PPCC newsletter at will. Jack Allen suggested that the Awards section on the PPCC WebzPage be revised to include lists of the past Award winners, and that suggestion was found acceptable.

9. Old Business

9.1 None

10. New Business

10.1 Haldis Toppel was elected by the Council as the Area 3 Alternate.

10.2 Andy Flores, the Project Manager for the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, spoke to the Council about upcoming construction along PCH and the adjacent beach parking lots for work which will be intended to protect the Santa Monica Bay from bacteria pollution. Construction will begin in October. For those having questions or wanting to voice comments, Mr Flores may be reached by phone at 213-978-0333. The chair expressed concern that closure of any Temescal Canyon to PCH southbound left turn lane pockets would severely and adversely impact traffic in the community. The Council requested that Mr. Flores revisit the traffic mitigation plans for construction. Stuart Muller expressed great concern that the presentation did not address the unsightly appearance of the Bureau of Sanitation pumping station at Temescal Canyon Rd. and PCH. Both this dry weather diversion project, and a second wet weather diversion project that is to begin soon, feed into this pumping station. Muller feels that the timing of these projects provides a unique opportunity to design and fund the screening of the pumping station, and at the same time create an attractive welcoming gateway to the community of Pacific Palisades.

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment

MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 24th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Janet Turner, Steve Cron, Ted Mackie, Stuart Muller, Bill Davis, Kurt Toppel, Richard Wulliger, Haldis Toppel, Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Peter Fisher, Mahtab Moayedi, George Wolfberg, Sandy Eddy, Bill Davis, Chris Spitz, Alex Lehrhoff

Non-Voting Members in attendance: Daisy Crane, Mary Cole, Alex Lehrhoff, Elizabeth Volpicelli, Kurt Toppel

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – George Wolfberg

2. Call to Order – The Chair (Janet Turner) called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of September 10, 2009, were approved as amended.

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

6. Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer reported that as of September 24, 2009, there is $8,440.24 in the checking account; and a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, and a $20,000 CD, for a total of $28,684.51.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on October 8, 2009.

7.1.2 WRAC update – The chair announced that WRAC is in the process of creating new by-laws. WRAC will only consist of community and neighborhood councils, and not other civic groups . Each council will have only one voting representative, but can have one or more alternates The chair also asked Harry and Jack and the other lawyers on the council to help with wording for the WRAC by-laws that will allow PPCC to tweak any of their motions.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – Jessyca Avalos indicated that he supports neighborhood family markets, and his office has been working with the farmers markets to pick up some of the extra costs. His office is also working on solutions to open up the playground at Marquez elementary school. Verizon has agreed not to put their boxes in public areas.

7.2.2. Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Officer Moore was not in attendance

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Historical Society event announcement – Richard Wulliger announced that USC is sponsoring a bazaar with historical organizations. The Pacific Palisades Historical Society is a sponsor. The event will take place on October 17 between 10 am and 5 pm at the Davidson Conference Center at USC.

7.3.2 PRIDE request to change PPCC category – Bill Davis announced that PRIDE is applying for its own seat on the Council, or a rotating seat with the Civic League.

7.3.3 Jack Allen announced that Pacific Palisades is now a part of the Los Angeles City Baseline Mansionization Ordinance.

7.3.4 Harry Sondheim announced that for those who want to be on the email list for the Temescal Pool, they should contact Jeane Goldsmith at 310 454 9033.

7.3.5 Ted Mackie announced that fire department personnel rotations will not take place during red flag conditions.

7.3.6 Chris Spitz announced that the Pacific Palisades Art Association and the Malibu Art Association will spruce up vacant store fronts with art projects.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Cell Tower Committee – Chris Spitz announced that T-Mobil has abandoned plans to put up wireless towers (WTF) in the Palisades.

8.2 Communications Committee – Janet Turner announced that she and Richard Cohen are contemplating starting a Communications Committee.

9. Old Business

10 New Business

10.1 Funding for Emergency Preparedness – Norma Spak made a motion which was seconded by Mary Cole, to pay Flo Elfant $1,000 for the costs of printing disaster preparedness materials. The Council voted to approve the expenditure and authorized a $1,000 check be made out to the Chamber of Commerce.

10.2 Discussion of budget priorities for Budget Day – Harry Sondheim and George Wolfberg announced that on October 10, 2009 the Mayor’s Budget Day will take place. Neighborhood and Community Councils are invited to participate.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Florence Cotton spoke on behalf of Friends of the Palisades Bowl, and asked for Council members to sign postcards asking the Governor to sign AB 566 which will allow individual cities to decide whether or not condominium conversions should take place.

11.2 Flo Elfant announced that ShakeOut LA will take place on October 15 at 10:15.

12. Adjournment at 8:00 p.m.

MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 8th 2009

Voting Members in attendance: Richard Cohen, Janet Turner, Steve Cron, Ted Mackie, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, George Wolfberg, Alex Lehrhoff, Norma Spak, Paul Glasgall, Christy Dennis, Jack Allen, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Beth Gensemer, Mary Cole, Susan Orenstein, Karyn Weber, Trish Bowe, Joyce Brunelle

Non-Voting Members in attendance: Daisy Crane, Flo Elfant, Haldis Toppel, Amy Kalp,

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws – Alex Lehrhoff

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of September 24, 2009, were approved.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report – The treasurer reported that as of October 8, 2009, there is $7,641.24 in the checking account; a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, and a $20,000 CD, for a total of $27,885.51.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

The next meeting will be held on October 22, 2009, at which time City Controller Wendy Greuel will address the Council.

Holiday Party – Marguerite Perkins Mautner announced that the annual Holiday Party will take place on December 10 at Woodland Hall in Temescal Canyon.

Westwood CC/NC- The Chair announced that residents of Westwood are in the midst of deciding whether Westwood will have a neighborhood or community council.

Stormwater Runoff Project report – The Chair spoke about attempts to capture the first run-offs each year from Temescal Canyon’s watershed in order to keep polluted water out of the Santa Monica Bay.

Left turn lane from Temescal Canyon onto PCH – The Chair announced that the city has agreed to leave 2 lanes open for those turning left from Temescal Canyon onto PCH at all times during Stormwater and Low Flow diversion construction.

Stuart Muller reported on planned beautification projects on PCH between Temescal Canyon and Sunset Blvd.

Wireless communication – The FCC has been asked by the wireless industry to impose a new rule that new wireless facilities will be approved if there is no objection raised within 45 days from the time that a wireless contractor requests installation. Pending the Chair’s further investigation of details and deadlines, the council agreed that the consensus of opinion was opposed to such a rule.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s office was not represented.

7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore was not present.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

Budget Day report – Harry Sondheim, George Wolfberg, and Kurt Toppel will represent the Council at the annual Budget Day event. Anyone can attend the event which will be held on October 10.

Historical Society Announcements – Dick Wulliger announced that the Historical Society will sponsor the Annual History Bazaar on October 17, between 10 am and 5 pm at USC. They will also sponsor the Historical Society event with the LAPD at Theater Palisades on October 19, and on November 5 the Historical Society will rent a bus for a tour of Philippe’s, Union Station and Olvera Street.

AARP Announcement – Daisy Crane announced that AARP is hosting a white elephant sale at the Women’s Club on October 14, between 1:30 and 4 pm. Anyone having items to donate should bring them to the Women’s Club at 1 pm on the day of the event.

Flo Elfant announced that ShakeOut LA will take place on October 15, at 10:15 am.

Jack Allen recommended an article in today’s Palisadian Post by Richard Bloomberg about the mansionization ordinance, and he critiqued the appearance of the landscaping at the DWP on Sunset and Via de la Paz.

Paul Glasgall reported that all ADT patrol cars in the Highlands will have maps in their trunks showing the alternative route into and out of the Highlands in case of an emergency. Glasgall also noted that detour signs have been purchased and are stored in the Highlands to be placed at intersections by ADT to direct all traffic to the fire road in case of emergency road closures.

Stuart Muller reported that Area 6 will have a forum at the library at 6:30pm on nights when the Council meets.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 By-laws committee report – George Wolfberg reported on proposed changes to the by-laws as reported below. The Council agreed that Item 8.1, 3 (b) should be changed to eliminate the requirement that “particular weight” be given to the selection preferences of the elected representatives. The committee of three former chairs will henceforth be chaired by the Chair Emeritus. George Wolfberg agreed to re-write that provision. After discussion the Council agreed in principle with the proposed changes.

8.2 PCH Taskforce Report – George Wolfberg reported that Senator Pavley has reinstated the PCH Taskforce, bringing together all governmental agencies associated with PCH. The Taskforce met on September 30 and it was addressed by bicycle clubs concerned with bicycle safety on PCH. Cal Trans reported that there are speed sensors under PCH, and they are considering putting such information on their websites. The sewer spill near Potrero Canyon resulted from sewage seeping into poorly maintained Cal Trans drains. Los Angeles City has sent a letter to Cal Trans asking them to clear out their drains.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

10.1 Community Service Award Procedures (see below) – George Wolfberg reported that the name of the committee should be changed to the Community Service Award Selection Committee, and the Council unanimously agreed to the name change and other proposed technical changes to wording and timeline of the standing rules governing the CSA. The Chair announced that Janet Turner will chair the Selection Committee. Members will be Steve Boyers and Stuart Muller. (Following the meeting Jack Allen was added by the chair to the CSA committee).

10.2 Haldis Toppel announced that the deadline for youths to send in their applications to be the youth representatives on the Council is October 19.

10.3 Janet Turner announced that she will be contacting the City of Santa Monica to encourage them to have their contractors work extended hours while repairing the California Incline. The Chair reiterated his view that Incline work should be conducted 24/7 with financial incentives for early completion.

10.4 Karyn Weber noted that she is pleased with the appearance of the CVS after its recent remodel. Appreciation was expressed for the work of Paul Glasgall and the CVS Committee and to Area 6 Representative Stuart Muller.

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Item 8.1 – Proposed changes to bylaws:

PPCC BYLAWS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED “ROAD MAP” FOR BYLAWS CHANGES

Transfer P.R.I.D.E. from Cultural, Ethics and Aesthetics Category to Civic Organizations Category.

Permit sole organizations in a category to have Alternate Representative. [Bylaws prohibit such organizations from having alternate representative].

Provide that an Area may have a second Alternate Representative subject to following:

If requested at any time by Area Representative,

Recommendation by the “Three Chairs” Committee which shall be chaired by the Chair Emeritus [most recent former Chair available to serve] and which shall “consult” with, rather than giving “particular weight to the recommendation of,” the Area Representative,

Appropriate time to solicit applications,

Determination of the order of succession,

Selection and succession order subject to PPCC Board approval,

Details to be set forth in a Standing Rule

Revised provision would apply to At-large Representative

Item 10.2 – Proposed changes to Community Service Award Procedures:

Bylaws Committee Recommended Changes

The Bylaws Committee has reviewed the Award Guidelines and recommends the following changes:

Change terminology to reflect Award Committee’s status as a “Selection” Committee,

Set deadline for receipt of nominations to the last Saturday in October to assure proper time for the committee to process nominations, and

Change the meeting reference from the “third Thursday in November” to the “November” meeting [there is only one meeting in November].

A “redline” version of the guidelines with recommended changes follows.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD GUIDELINES

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Community Service Award is to honor long term and continuing outstanding volunteer service by an individual to a Pacific Palisades neighborhood or to the community-at-large.

GUIDELINES:

Nominations:

Any organization or individual in the community may nominate a candidate. There is no limit on the number of nominations an individual/organization may submit. Only nominations submitted specifically for this award are eligible for consideration, although the nomination may be supported by materials written for other awards. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the Pacific Palisades Community Council at PO Box 1131 or by email to the Chair of the PPCC in accordance with the time frame suggested below.

Community Service Award Selection Committee:

The Chair shall appoint a Committee of not less than three (3) current members to review the nominations and select one or more persons to receive the Award. Prior to the Committee selecting persons for the Award, the Committee Chair shall circulate by E-Mail to other current members of the Board a list of those persons who have been nominated and ask that if any member of the Board desires to submit comments about any nominee, they should submit any comments to the Committee Chair within five days.

Recipient:

The recipient must be an individual. Each recipient’s service should be of a voluntary nature and not merely the beneficial outcome of official or business-related work that the recipient is engaged in.

The Award:

The award shall be chosen and prepared by the Committee and presented to the Recipient(s) at the Annual Pacific Palisades Community Council December Pot-luck Meeting. The Recipient(s) and their family members shall be guests of the PPCC. The Palisades Americanism Parade Association [PAPA] shall be notified of the names of recipients so they may be included in the Annual July 4 Parade. (Notify PAPA @ PO Box 1776, PP 90272).

SUGGESTED TIME FRAME:

First October Meeting:

Distribute Award Guidelines and discuss the Award.

Submit Press Release to relevant publications soliciting nominations.

Second October Meeting: Appoint Award Selection Committee

Deadline for receipt of nominations: The last Saturday in October.

One meeting is held in November: Committee announces award winner(s), notifies the winner(s), notifies the Press (including Santa Monica Mirror, Brentmedia Publication (90272), Palisadian-Post and other local media if appropriate) and the Board of Governors

Winners are invited to the December Meeting Pot-luck. Award Presentation.

MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 22nd 2009

Voting Members in Attendance – Richard Cohen, Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Stuart Muller, Barbara Kohn, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, George Wolfberg, Norma Spak, Paul Glasgall, Christy Dennis, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Gil Dembo, Peter Fischer, Thomas Farnham, Karyn Weber, Trish Bowe, Kevin Niles, Steve Boyers, Daisy Crane, Elizabeth Volpicelli.

Non-Voting Members in Attendance – Flo Elfant, Haldis Toppel, Dan Rosenthal, Kurt Toppel

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of October 8, 2009, were adopted as revised, Marguerite Perkins Mautner motion, Steve Boyers second, unanimous.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report – The treasurer reported that as of October 22, 2009, there is $7,179.69 in the checking account; a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, and a $20,000 CD, for a total of $27,423.96.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on November 12, 2009

7.1.2 Westwood CC/NC- The Chair announced that planning continues for the creation of the CC/NC and decisions on the certified/not certified format are still being analyzed.

7.1.3 The Chair reported that the Executive Committee has authorized a letter in support of the Grant Fund request by P.R.I.D.E for a clock in the business district on Swarthmore.

7.1.4 Wireless Tower & AGF at Sunset and Capri: Verizon has filed an incomplete application which was rejected by the City. It is uncertain if Verizon will re-apply.

7.1.5 Change in Area and Organization Representatives: Daisy Crane resigned as Area 5 Alternate Representative. The Chair asked for the publication and nomination of the vacant position by the Nomination Committee. Daisy Crane replaced Mary Cole as the primary Representative of AARP.

7.1.6 Responding to previous concerns voiced at PPCC by Pacific Palisades mobile home park residents at Tahitian Terrace, the Chair reported that AB566 was passed, allowing mobile home residents a voice in the decision to convert mobile home park lots to condominium-like ownership. The bill was later vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger, making the outcome of the final bill uncertain.

7.1.7 Fees charged by the LA City Planning Department for appeals to Planning and Building and Safety decisions were considered excessive by residents. A motion by Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz put the decision on hold for 30 days while the City reviews the procedures and budget.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 City Councilman Bill Rosendahl introduced LAPD Deputy Chief Mario Rueda of the the Bureau of Emergency Services, and Battalion Chief Glenn Miyagishima of Battalion 9 to discuss staffing cuts at Palisades Station 69 and operations during Red Flag Days.

Chief Rueda clarified the misconception that Palisades Fire Station 69 will be shut down. It is only one fire engine and four out of 12 firemen that will be reassigned during 10 days of the months due to budget shortages. This rotation is City-wide. All other equipment and personnel will remain. Fire Station 23 will remain unchanged.

Chief Miyagishima reported that LAFD is operating with a budget shortfall of $56 million, and an estimated $40 will be made up. The Union is cooperating with the City on 10% reduction of salary negotiations. Fire Station 69 is asking that the rotation be suspended during Red Flag days when the fire danger in this area is the highest. During an emergency, equipment and personnel from adjacent areas will be called into the Palisades.

Sue Pascoe cautioned that traffic into the Palisades will be problematic during the reconstruction of the Santa Monica Incline and could delay the arrival of backup fire units. Chief Miyagishima responded that arrangements have been made with Malibu and Santa Monica for mutual assistance.

Councilman Rosendahl thanked the Fire Department, the Union, and the Community for their cooperation to work together in this most difficult budget crisis. He predicted that it will be worse next year. The union is working with the City not only on the salaries but also on the pension plans, as a private bailout for public employees cannot be expected.

7.2.2 Richard Cohen reported for Michael Moore: LAPD had originally reduced the staffing for West Los Angeles by 23. It is now adding officers in order to return 17 officers as previously promised.

7.2.3 Jessyca Avalos reported that Bill Rosendahl’s Office is working with the City of Santa Monica to reduce the impact of the Palisades Bluffs Stabilization Project on traffic in surrounding areas. The press release starts on Monday, portable message signs will be installed on the freeways and other major roads as deemed necessary.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Harry Sondheim, George Wolfberg, and Kurt Toppel attended the Mayor’s Budget Day presentation. The City has agreed to return the parking meter funds, which are currently transferred to the City General Fund, to the community for parking structures when the City’s budget crisis is solved. An accounting of the amount of parking meter funds is not available it this time.

7.3.2 Marguerite Perkins Mautner reported that the PPCC Holiday Potluck will be held on December 10, at 6 p.m. at the Temescal Canyon Gate Way Park dining hall. Sign-up for food and drinks is still available.

7.3.4 Richard Wulliger reported a successful display by the Palisades Historical Society at the annual USC Archives Bazaar which is designed to resurrect L.A.’s history. Randy and Betty Lou Young, Kurt and Haldis Toppel, and Richard Wulliger attended. Additional events:

A trip is scheduled to the historic Philippe’s Restaurant and railroad collection on November 5.

Historic pictures of Pacific Palisades are stored and available at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Picture Archives. To browse there pictures online go to: http://digital.smpl.org. Click first on item: SMPL-city of SM which is www.smpl.org. Chose Imagine Santa Monica, the choose Advanced Search, type in “Palisades Historical Image Collection” click search. For assistance call 310 458-8630. The Palisadian-Post has approximately 2-3 thousand additional pictures to be digitized and made available to the Santa Monica Library. Funding is required for this task.

7.3.4 Daisy Crane reported on the successful LAPD historical presentation on October 19, at the Theater Palisades.

7.3.5 Karyn Weber announced the PPRA event held at the Aldersgate facility on November 9. Historic documents from 1935 to 1995 will be presented.

7.3.6 Paul Glasgall reported that all ADT patrol cars in the Highlands will have maps in their trunks showing the alternative route into and out of the Highlands in case of an emergency. Glasgall also noted that detour signs have been purchased and are stored in the Highlands to be placed at intersections by ADT to direct all traffic to the fire road in case of emergency road closures.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Janet Turner reported that requests for nominations for the Community Service Award are being published.

9. Old Business

9.1 George Wolfberg read the first reading of the proposed Bylaws changes as listed below in Attachment 1:

9.2 Haldis Toppel announced that the deadline for Youth Representatives to send in their applications was October 19. Four applications have been received.

10. New Business

10.1 City Controller, Wendy Greuel, discussed the function of the Controller’s Office and her goal and objectives. She stressed her belief in transparency in all City operations. Wendy Greuel wants to be known for three characteristics:

1. City Watchdog: She will monitor City spending and activities. She will assure that event costs are reasonable, use City businesses, and are reimbursed by event coordinators.

2. Financial Responsibility: She is aiming for a balanced budget and timely resolution of budget planning. Every day we don’t take action costs the City one million dollars.

3. Tough Audits: The LA Convention Center has not lived up to its earning potential; she is aiming for demand pricing.

Hiring and salary practices for Convention Center employees are subject to review.
Accounting and billing practices by various City contractors are under review.
We need to hold everybody more accountable and solve this problem together.
We need to focus on jobs, be more business friendly.
We need to address the City’s transportation system, improve public safety, and support the “Green” environment.

Questions from the audience:

Christy Dennis: did you know what you were getting into when you became City Controller?
W. G. It is a lonely position according to former City Controller Laura Chick, but I am so busy that I am not missing the companionship of the City Council. City Department managers are responding very well, and the Fire Department is always first.

Marguerite Perkins Mautner: Who will pay for the City expenses as result of the Michael Jackson event at the Convention Center?
W. G. The figure is about $1.3 million for traffic control, restrooms, LAPD overtime, etc. Efforts are under way to recover the costs from the event coordinator.

Paul Glasgall: What efforts are under way to resolve the litigation between the City Attorney’s Office and former Controller, Laura Chick?
W. G. The question remains if the Controller’s Office has the right to audit the office of an elected official. I am asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Jack Allen questioned the wisdom or motivation of the City Attorney to object to the audit.

11. General Public Comment – none

12. Adjournment

MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 12th 2009

Voting Members in Attendance – Richard Cohen, Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Steve Cron, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, George Wolfberg, Norma Spak, Paul Glasgall, Christy Dennis, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Gil Dembo, Trish Bowe, Kevin Niles, Steve Boyers, Daisy Crane, Amy Kalp, Joyce Brunelle, Alex Lehrhoff

Non-Voting Members in Attendance – Flo Elfant, Haldis Toppel, Kurt Toppel

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

2. Call to Order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

4. Adoption of Minutes – The minutes of October 22, 2009, were adopted.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report – The treasurer reported that as of November 12, 2009, there is $7,126.69 in the checking account; a credit with the Post Office of $244.27, and a $20,000 CD, for a total of $27,370.96.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1 The next meeting will be held on December 10, 2009 at the Temescal Dining Hall 6:00 dinner / 7:00 business meeting

7.1.2 The Chair announced that the position of Area 5 Alternate is available. Thus far, there has been one application, but the chair welcomed additional application

7.1.3 The Chair announced that at the January meeting, there will be a presentation of plans for the remodel of the Von’s market at Sunset and PCH.

7.1.4 The Chair announced that the new Youth Representatives on the Council will be Alex Lehrhoff with Elizabeth Volpicelli, Katie Takakjian, and Jake Correia as alternates.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s office was not represented

7.2.2 Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore advised that there has been a recent upswing in burglaries and vehicles being broken into. He also advised that recently the majority of crimes in the Palisades have been committed in the area south of Sunset, between Temescal Canyon and Chautauqua.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Marguerite Perkins Mautner asked everyone to contact her or Mary Cole to arrange to bring something to next month’s pot luck dinner meeting.

7.3.2 Dick Wulliger announced that the Palisadian Post has donated copies of all of its issues from 1928 to 1960 to the Historical Society, and that they will soon be available for viewing at the Santa Monica Library.

7.3.3. George Wolfberg met recently with the new LAPD Chief of Police at a reception for him at the Expo Center in Los Angeles.

7.3.4 Dick Littlestone announced that the Los Angeles City Council recently passed Councilman Rosendahl’s motion for a parking study for the Palisades village.

7.3.5 Haldis Toppel reported that the City of Los Angeles is drafting an ordinance which will allow for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) for each single family dwelling unit in Los Angeles. This ordinance is being written to comply with a 2002 state law.

7.3.6 Jack Laxer reported that he was successful in appealing a ticket he had received in Temescal Canyon for not stopping at a photo-enforced stop sign. He also lavishly praised Steve Boyers for his pro bono legal assistance with the matter.

7.3.7 Stuart Muller reported on the Bureau of Sanitation Pump Station #634 at the bottom of Temescal Canyon. He also showed a drawing for a potential landscaping change in the island at Sunset Blvd and PCH.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Janet Turner announced the names of this year’s Community Service Award winners: Paul Glasgall, Shirley Haggstrom, Ethel Haydon and Barbara Kohn

9. Old Business

9.1 George Wolfberg, speaking on behalf of the By-Laws Committee, moved to have the By-Laws amended as announced at a previous meeting. He further moved to add a new Standing Rule adopted regarding Alternate At-large and Area Representatives. Both motions passed unanimously.

10. New Business

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment

 

MINUTES FOR DECEMBER 10th 2009

December 10th was the occasion of the Council’s annual potluck dinner in Temescal Gateway Park. In an abbreviated business session.-

The minutes of November 12th were adopted.

George Wolfberg moved that Nancy Marsden be confirmed as the Area 5 Alternate Representative. The motion was seconded by Jack Allen and passed unanimously by the Council.

The Council presented its Community Service Award to Shirley Haggstrom, Ethel Hayden, Barbara Kohn and Paul Glasgall.

The Chair lavishly praised the efforts of Marguerite Perkim Mautner in organizing and executing another wonderful Holiday Party for the Community Council.

Marguerite Perkins Mautner thanked Christy Dennis and Mary Cole for helping decorate the dining hall prior to the meeting. She also thanked Joyce Whitehead, Director of the Temescal Gateway Park and presented her with a coffee urn from the Council for use of the park dining room.