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MINUTES FOR JANUARY 10th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Geoff Shelden, Dick Wulliger, Kelly Comras, Barbara Marinacci, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Brenda Theveny, George Wolfberg, Paul Glasgall, Jack Allen, Steve Boyers, and Gil Dembo.

Voting Alternates: Andrew Wolfberg, John Glasgow and Schuyler Dietz.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, Richard Cohen, Donna Vaccarino, and Reza Akef.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Gil Dembo read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the November 8, 2012 and the December 13, 2012 minutes adopted. The next meeting is January 24, 2013. This particular meeting will be held at the Pacific Palisades Recreation Center at 7 PM due to the unavailability of the library premises.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of January 10, 2013. The total account balances equal $21,718.78. Ted Mackie reported all bills are paid. Costs of the PPCC newsletter remain uncovered with $4,923.97 on contributions vs. a total cost of $7,384.96 for a deficit of –($2,460.99).

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 Holiday Party Thank You – Barbara thanked all of the Board Members for participating in the holiday party and the MKPOA for providing the sound system. Barbara asked Board Members to contribute recipes towards a PPCC Cookbook she would like to put together.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias. Joaquin reported that (1) ATSAC System – complaints have been received by residents driving through the village that traffic has been slowed and is not improved by the existing improvements. CD-11 reports that the system is not fully operational and will be providing a full report at the next meeting. Carol Bruch reported excessive speeding because the lights are not well synchronized on Sunset Blvd. at Will Rogers. (2) Safety on Sunset Committee – the committee has opted to break the program into two parts: passive (banners) and programs (community outreach, school programs). Local committees and the City Council have approved the banners and CD-11 is expecting them to be hung within the month. The programs may be pushed out to October 2013 to coincide with street safety week. (3) Presentation of Awards – Joaquin welcomed the principals of Streetwise Media, Gail Shenenbaum and Cheryl Wada, who have been instrumental in producing the “In One Instant” safety programs for Palisades Charter High School. Joaquin also awarded the ASB President and founder of One Instant Club at Palisades High School, Hailey Bislow, who won a $100,000 grant to support these programs. (4) Street Repairs: Harry Sondheim asked about the trenching throughout the Palisades for the sewer program. Joaquin explained the process of temporary coverage and then pouring of the permanent patch. Joaquin suggested that specific locations be reported to CD-11 when problems are being experienced. Stuart Muller suggested creating a punch-list for CD-11. (5) Gil Dembo asked about the $3 billion road repair bond measure proposed. Reza Akef reported that the assessment would be based on dollars of assessed value. (6) Andrew Wolfberg thanked CD-11 for setting up the meeting to address problems with a particular polo event. Next year the process will be streamlined with the various entities needed to be involved including the Bureau of Street Services. (7) Jack Allen asked about dirt storage at Potrero Canyon. Joaquin confirmed that this was dirt storage for Phases 2 and 3. (8 Chris Spitz reported that there is continued trespassing into Potrero Canyon off of Friends Street.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – (1) 2012 residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins resulted in crime being up overall 11% by June 2012. Due to resident reports, LAPD was enabled to make more arrests. Crime rates dropped down to 8% by October 2012. Although the year ended up in crime, it was up only by 1.4%. (2) Jennifer Malaret asked for an update on the motorcycle accident and follow-up on the club riding on Sunset. SLO Moore reported that he is on school duty and has no updates. (3) Richard Cohen asked about the motorcycle fatality at Sunset and Marquez. SLO Moore reported that there is a report faulting the motorcyclist for speed. (4) Barbara Kohn asked about the fatality on PCH as reported by Palisadian Post. (5) George Wolfberg asked about the reports of cars being egged. SLO Moore reported that without video footage clearly showing a face, a community member getting a license plate number or reliable evidence it is difficult to do anything. A public member reported that LAPD had given overwhelming evidence to Officer Brenner (video, witnesses, etc.) and that Officer Brenner merely closed the case without action. Carol Bruch asked SLO Moore to follow-up on this at the next meeting. (6) Norma Spak asked about the two recent burglaries on Castellemmare. SLO Moore responded that these had been included meaning that a few burglaries a week are normal but four to five burglaries a week or more is not.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 DWP Distributing Station 104 Task Force Public Meeting Set For: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 7 PM – 9 PM at Palisades High School’s Gymnasium, 15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, and Gil Dembo,). See December 17, 2012 Press Release below. Kelly Comras reported that the Town Hall meeting next week is not going to be conducted as a hearing but rather an informational meeting so that the public can come in and receive a demonstration about the process the Task Force has been going through. Various stations will be set up by the DWP to deliver information. Forms will be handed out to solicit comments on the Task Force’s rankings. DWP states that no decisions have been made. Comments will be collected, tabulated and then disclosed later on the DWP’s website. Questions: (1) Donna Vacarrino asked whether DWP has detailed how the one-acre of land is going to be utilized. Gil Dembo and Kelly explained there would be a building with landscaping and a façade, ability for ingress and egress and power lines coming in. (2) Bill Bruns asked if after Tuesday night a decision was going to be made and would there be a public meeting to attend. Kelly said that the Task Force and DWP would review the “ballots” received from the public at the Town Hall; however she was not sure when a decision was made. (3) Jennifer Malaret asked whether information on all of the 15 sites considered by the Task Force would be made available. Kelly responded yes. Jennifer Malaret asked what information would be disclosed about the Task Force members and their role in the process, i.e., expertise, potential and actual conflicts of interest and most importantly how each individual Task Force member voted to rank the Tier 1 sites and whether they agreed with this ranking. Kelly and Paul Glasgall confirmed that Task Members would not be disclosing how they voted. A member of the public voiced strong opposition to Task Force members and PPCC Board Members not disclosing their votes pointed out that these volunteers are “representing us, the community.” Third, Jennifer Malaret expressed the personal opinion that there should be no rush in this process meaning that since one constituent group opposing one site has had almost a year now to be heard then the rest of the town should get more than “several weeks” to respond to the Town Hall meeting regarding fourteen more properties. (4) Chris Spitz asked about the process for how the public comments are going to be handled after the 1/15/2013 meeting particularly if the community does not agree with the Task Force’s rankings. Kelly stated that this has not been decided. (6) Carol Bruch stated her concerns about the control of information by the DWP being so limited to just posters and the ability of people to comment only by writing. Carol Bruch is concerned about the ability of the Task Force and the DWP to misuse the information to support for whatever outcome they intend.

7.3.2 Area Representatives, Duties and Obligations (Barbara Kohn, Board Members), Discussion of Goals and Outreach, Q&A. Barbara reported that she would send an email to have a meeting.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee. Chris Spitz reported that the DWP Substation had been previously discussed and that many residents, some of whom were in attendance at this board meeting, also attended the LUC meeting earlier today and expressed opposition to proposed sites on Sunset Blvd. and Mantua.

8.2 Reminder: PPCC’s Palisades-Brentwood Planning Department Forum on January 26, 2013. A flyer was circulated and Barbara Kohn expressed that it was critical for Board Members to attend.

8.3 CCFO Update, Los Angeles City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting on December 10, 2012 (Jennifer Malaret). Procedural Report: Jennifer reported that following the unanimous vote by the City Council’s Public Safety Committee to advance the CCFO to full council with certain additional changes; the City Attorney released her revised draft ordinance on January 3, 2013. PLUM had scheduled a hearing on January 8, 2013 that was canceled literally in almost an hour after being scheduled. While rumored to be heard by the end of January, 2013 the matter is not currently scheduled for council next Tuesday. Previously our Councilmember has indicated that he will vote “no” on the CCFO. We have asked for both a meeting with CD-11 and the Councilmember’s position on the revised ordinance but have not yet received a reply. Revisions: Most significantly, under the revised ordinance the “one lease” requirement has been eliminated from BOTH the Single Housekeeping Unit (“SHU”) definition and the Boarding or Rooming House definition. Prohibited Boarding or Rooming Houses are now when lodging is offered to four or more individuals who do not live together as a SHU. A SHU is a non-transient group of people living together and sharing various monetary and chore responsibilities where the residents (presumably all residents together) control the make up of the house rather than a third party. Finally, rather than requiring a multi-unit dwelling two or more parolee-probationers throughout the entire dwelling to get a conditional use permit (“CUP”) a CUP will be required when one or more units within the multi-unit structure have three or more parolee-probationers. Observations: Jennifer reported that the coalition remains unhappy with the ordinance primarily because the original recommendations were not adopted relative to concentration limits, distance limits from sensitive uses such as schools and the lack of prior notice before ability of a licensed home with more than 7 residents can operate as a public benefit in R1 and R2 zones. The elimination of the objective standard of a “one lease” requirement while initially troubling has been replaced by arguably a preferable standard which is a density limit not found in today’s LAMC of lodging exceeding four or more individuals who do not live together as a SHU. We had been initially concerned by the threat of increasing “one lease” to “three leases” because there can be multiple people on an individual lease. Thus, the first two changes are not opposed by the coalition at this time. What we do not fully understand is why the parolee-probationer limit of three or more does not apply to a single unit within a multi-unit dwelling. Without that limitation an entire building could be taken over with two or more living in each unit without requiring a CUP and that would have a potentially enormous effect on the surrounding area. The City may have some reason for wanting to house parolee-probationers together, such as the availability of services, but residential property owners (and us) should have a better understanding of the reasoning behind this change.

8.4 The Coaloa Project – Barbara Kohn announced the next hearing for this project which be will before the West Los Angeles Planning Commission January 16, 2013.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Alan Smolinisky, Palisadian Post’s New Owner. Background: Alan was born and raised in the Palisades and is the new owner of the Palisadian Post. Alan attended college at USC and began a business involving student housing that became quite large. The company was sold and Alan moved back to the Palisades and is now living in the Huntington with his wife and children. After two years of purchasing effort, Alan acquired the newspaper from the previous small family seller. Current Report: rather than downsizing and eliminating, Alan wants to invest in the paper and start building it up. New changes will include a minimum of eight pages of color photos, use of a new “breaking news” e-mail alert subscriber program (the provider is the same that the LA Times uses), more two cents entries, a pay wall on their website, return of profits to staff once achieved, $49 annual subscription gives you a weekly paper, unlimited on-line access and breaking news alerts, uploading of all historical archives into electronic available format and improved USPS service to homes with special drops to downtown to steam-line circulation for those especially outside of 90272. Request: with only 3,693 subscribers out of more than 9,000 households but Alan would like everyone in the town to subscribe. Q&A: (1) Richard Cohen asked about the role of the owner and changes to publishing and editorial comment. Alan responded that the role of the owner is to have the financial wherewithal to continue. Bill Bruns will continue as the Editor. The only content change targeted may be the political cartoons and a more balanced and inclusive reporting without obvious political bent by the owner relative to the people who are writing. Roberta, the publisher will continue with day-to-day operations of the paper. (2) Ted Mackie asked about the printing department. Alan confirmed that the printed function has been eliminated and outsourced to a company in Gardena. (3) Barbara Kohn asked about low circulation that has occurred for years. Roberta Donahue and Bill Bruns responded that some have economical issues, the need to be more aggressive with following up on cancelled subscriptions, home sales and turnover of residents, etc. (4) Steve Boyers expressed that it was true areas outside of the 90272 need better delivery of the hard copy paper. (5) Donna Vaccarino asked about what stories the Post is looking for. Bill Burns responded that the number one story is now the potential purchase of the village by Rick Caruso. The siting of the DWP substation is the second largest stories, along with the potential zoning changes the Council is facing. Alan also said that hyper-local stories are wanted also like the Gingerbread House and what goes on locally within each of the Palisades neighborhoods.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Max Tennenbaum spoke out against the DWP substation being placed next to any school, homes (on the alternative preferred site right across the street from his house) and in a location affecting wildlife.

11.2 Craig Weston, Huntington resident reported his daughter’s car has been egged more than 20 times in the last year. At first it was just mischief but now the car is being egged regularly. Craig said based on resident reports and talking to Reza this seems to be a prevalent issue in the Palisades. Craig got the police involved after he got video, witnesses, and text messages with admissions. Craig asked the grocery stores not to sell eggs after 8 PM that the stores have cooperated with from time to time. Finally, Craig has asked to follow-up with Palisades Charter High School. Craig asked if there was something the PPCC could do and a brief discussion was held.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM NO. 7.3.4 – DWP PRESS RELEASE REGARDING DISTRIBUTING STATION 104 TASK FORCE PUBLIC MEETING SET FOR JANUARY 15, 2013.

“December 17, 2012

Distributing Station 104 Task Force Public Meeting Set for January 15, 2013
WHAT: Public meeting to discuss possible locations for a proposed new power station (Distributing Station 104) to be constructed in the Pacific Palisades. The meeting will be a listening session for officials to receive public comment and feedback on 15 potential sites that will be considered for the DS 104 Task Force’s final recommendation to LADWP.
WHO: Members of the Distributing Station 104 Task Force
Los Angeles City Council District 11 representative
LAUSD representative
LADWP representatives
WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Palisades High School
Gymnasium
15777 Bowdoin Street
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
BACKGROUND:
Continued growth in the Pacific Palisades and increasing electric loads from customers have caused the area’s power demand to outgrow the current distributing station’s designed capacity. The need for a new power station in the Pacific Palisades is critical to ensuring continued power reliability. LADWP has been performing stop-gap measures to temporarily meet demand, but a project of this nature cannot be delayed, as design and construction of a distributing station can take up to six years.
The biggest challenge this project has faced thus far is finding a location. Earlier this year, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, LAUSD and LADWP convened the DS 104 Task Force to identify available locations in the Pacific Palisades that could be used for the distributing station. The task force was formed in response to significant neighborhood opposition to building the station next to Marquez Charter Elementary School.
LADWP has worked with the DS 104 Task Force, which is comprised of 15 Pacific Palisades community representatives, to find the best possible site for a new power distributing station in the area. Fifteen sites were reviewed by the Task Force and ranked into three tiers: (1) the best sites; (2) sites to be considered if tier one sites become non-viable; and (3) sites not compatible with the community. All 15 of the tiered site selections will be presented at the public meeting scheduled for January 15, 2013.
For more information contact: Victoria Cross LADWP Community Relations (213) 367-4141
PPCC Note: See Also the Following Information Posted:

“Construct New Distributing Station 104 Background and Project Description”

LADWP needs to construct a new power distributing station in Pacific Palisades. Existing Distributing Station 29, which currently serves the area, is working at or near its designed capacity due to increasing electrical demand in the community. Siting a distributing station is often a challenging process. In the past year, the LADWP has heard much opposition to the suggested locations for the proposed Distributing Station 104 (DS 104). LADWP strives to be sensitive to the concerns of the community and of course we all want safe and reliable electrical service. To this end, the LADWP and its partners – City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and the Los Angeles Unified School District – have convened a 15-member Task Force of committed community volunteers who endeavor to assist the LADWP in the selection of a site for the new distributing station. The Task Force met for the first time on September 19, 2012. For additional information, please contact Victoria Cross, LADWP Neighborhood Council Liaison, at (213) 367-4141.
Task Force Meeting Summary (October 30, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Presentation (October 30, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Summary (October 17, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Presentation (October 17, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Summary (October 3, 2012)
Task Force Meeting Presentation (October 3, 2012)
DS 104 Task Force Kick-off Meeting Summary
DS 104 Task Force Kick-off Presentation


MINUTES FOR JANUARY 24th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, John Schwartz, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, Barbara Marinacci, Dick Wulliger, Geoff Shelden, and Gil Dembo.

Voting Alternates: Cathy Russell and Schuyler Dietz.

Non-Voting Advisors and Alternates: Amy Kalp, Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, Norma Spak, Steve Cron, Chris Hope, John Glasgow, Andrew Wolfberg, Laura Mack, Donna Vaccarino, and Richard Cohen.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Barbara Kohn read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3. Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 pm.

4. Adoption of Minutes. Adoption of Minutes for January 10, 2013. The President deemed the Minutes adopted as corrected. The next meeting will be February 14, 2013 in the Community Room at the Palisades Library (regular location) and will be dedicated to an election forum for the City of Los Angeles Council District 11. See Item 7.2.2 below.

5. Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie submitted a written report of the PPCC’s account balances that totaled $21,333.09 as of January 14, 2013. During 2012, 171 contributions had been received totaling $4,923.97 which, when compared to the $7,384.96 cost of the newsletter, resulted in a net loss of -$2,460.99.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 – January 26, 2013: PPCC’s Palisades-Brentwood Planning Department Forum – This is a meeting hosted as a public service by PPCC for the community to become informed about the proposed Comprehensive Zoning Code Revision for the City of Los Angeles that is being currently proposed by the City’s Planning Department. Initial changes are proposed to affect low-density residential zones and open space. The meeting will take place in Gilbert Hall at Palisades Charter High School, Saturday – January 26, 2013, from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. The public is welcome & the meeting is free. Flyers for the meeting are available at the back of the gym.

7.1.2 – February 14, 2013 PPCC’s City of Los Angeles Council District 11 Election Candidates’ Forum – PPCC will be dedicating its next regularly scheduled meeting as a community service for Palisades and West Los Angeles residents to come celebrate Valentine’s Day with your community and meet the candidates who are vying for election as Los Angeles Council District 11’s next councilmember. Candidates who will be in attendance, with referral to their websites are: Mike Bonin http://mikebonin.com/; Odysseus Bostick http://www.bostick4la.com/pledge; Tina Hess http://hessforcouncil.com/ and Fred Sutton – http://www.fredericksutton.com/. Any PPCC Board Member or member of the public is free to forward questions for the CD-11 candidates to pacpalicc@aol.com (questions will NOT be provided to the Candidates in advance of the forum).

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives – (unrelated to the DS-104 Substation)

7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – Norman Kulla was in attendance and welcomed any questions.

7.2.2 Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”). Officer Moore had no report.

8. Reports From Committees – None.

9. Old Business – None.

10. New Business – DWP Distributing Station 104 (7:20 – 7:40)

10.1.1 Barbara Kohn, Topic Introduction and Introduction of PPCC Board Members Appointed by DWP to the DS-104 Task Force (Amy Kalp, Public Safety, Police & Fire and PPCC Representative on the DS-104 Task Force; Kelly Comras; Paul Glasgall; Jim Rea; Gil Dembo; Joyce Brunelle). Comment: Barbara stated that it is unfortunate that this process has been to “divide and conquer” our community. Questions posed by Barbara Kohn without answer: (1) did task force members consider geology when ranking potential sites? (2) what were the criteria considered by task force members when tiering and voting for the fifteen (15) sites?

10.1.2 DWP Regarding DS 104: (1) Eric Hartman, DWP Engineer, Summary of Comments: The DS-104 Task Force was selected by DWP and Councilmember Rosendahl. Once PPCC objected to the membership, several other people were added to the Task Force. Then Nancy Graham was added as a facilitator. The Village Station is at its peak and loads have been shifted off this station and onto a San Vincente facility. DWP needs to split the Palisades in half and then pull back the load that got moved to San Vincente. The “load center” for the split must be near the intersection of Jacon Way and Marquez because that is how DWP installed their infrastructure. Though DWP did not build the station next to Marquez School in the 1970’s, they need to build a station in the area now because things are so over-loaded. Reliability of power is why the substation needs to go in this location; as the distance increases along lines that power is drawn reliability will decrease. (2) Nancy Graham, DWP Employed Task Force Facilitator, Summary of Comments: The point of forming the DS-104 task force was to identify potential sites for the substation considering environment review that DWP will initiate. The environmental review is a lengthy process where additional public meetings will be held. The task force has gone through a learning process and was given information including load factors, geology and EMFs. The reason for DWP’s meeting at Palisades High School was to give information for the first time to the entire Palisades Community and the DWP will be posting all of the display boards used that night on their website to further inform the public.

10.2.2 Q&A Period Limited to Questions from PPCC Board Members directed to those PPCC Board Members who Have a Dual Role as DS-104 Task Force Members. This item was corrected by the President to be delayed until after public comment. (1) Chris Spitz: has DWP ruled out any of the sites as Tier 1 or otherwise based on geology? DWP responded that geology concerns were communicated to the Task Force members. (2) Jennifer Malaret: will DWP open the next Task Force meeting and any future Task Force meetings to the public? Eric Hartman responded “no”. (3) Carol Bruch: where is EMF available information to the public if DWP is having secret meetings and not releasing information to the public? Victoria Cross and Kelly Comras suggested researching neutral information from other sources on the Internet because there is much published on the topic. (4) Laura Mack: DWP’s first press release said that one of the issues to be considered would be conservation and reduction of power but this was taken off the table at the first Task Force meeting. DWP responded that it would not pay for any expert reports or anything outside of DWP’s process because no one knows the business of power production better than DWP. (5) Harry Sondheim: if the DWP was listening to the public they would open up the meetings. Nancy Graham responded that the task force meetings are closed in order to “get work done” and that to have the public present would be “too disruptive”. Harry then asked the task force member why the Marquez site that the DWP has owned for many decades was voted down from Tier 1 to Tier 3 and the Bernheimer Nursery site is now ranked as Tier 1. Jim Rea responded that this was because his personal and primary concern was to keep the substation away from the schools. Richard Cohen asked if that decision was scientifically valid. Jim Rea reported that task force members used their own personal criteria to rank the sites.

10.1.3 Task Force Members: (1) Jim Rea: My personal criteria was to try to select a site that would do the least amount of harm to the community. I just did not want it next to a school. There is no site that people will not oppose. There are more than 120 substations and there have never been reports of cancer breaking out at these locations. In Brentwood there is a substation 120 feet from a school; I went and took measurement of the distance limits and evaluated the situation and although “our” engineer [with reference to Eric Hartman] has given us information this task force could never come to terms with the concept of distance limits. Jim stated that the task force talked about emissions and geology on all of the sites. And Jim Rea reiterated that the DWP does not have to accept any recommendations that the Task Force makes and any site will still have to go through CEQA, Coastal Commission, etc. (2) Paul Glasgall: I am aware that there is a substation in the Highlands where 7 or 8 homes surround the substation in the Highlands without complaint.

11. General Public Comment – DS-104 Substation

11.1.1 Procedures: Barbara Kohn announced that speaker cards were provided. Jennifer Malaret organized speaker cards in alphabetic order. Speaker time was allocated based on the number of persons wishing to speak during the time period allotted for the meeting up until approximately 9 PM. Prospective speakers were given up to 3 minutes to speak. All members of the public were expected to adhere to and honor their allotted time period for comment. City of Los Angeles Park and Recreation Staff graciously agreed to donate their facilities and their time/timer for the purpose of this meeting and were thanked by Barbara Kohn. There was no rebuttal, no opportunity to speak twice and no ability to cede one’s allotted time to another speaker. All participants at this meeting were required to adhere to the code of conduct and code of ethics for public service. Public comment was limited topically for brevity. Barbara Kohn thanked the Board and all persons in attendance for adhering to these parameters.

Paseo Miramar Homeowners Association: Sally Bell (limited access, only route in and out is through the 2 proposed substation sites, recognized hazard area, geological); Elizabeth Krasnoff (family expecting a baby; bought their home in reliance that all the parkland around them could never be built on; the home slid in 1990; 2 homes above the site slid and were abandoned; site selections make no sense; what was the process and criteria that this Task Force has been using; Donnal Pope (how can a site be considered by the DWP for a power station without notification to a homeowner; access is across state land and the state will not allow DWP to do that).

Sunset Blvd. Lowell Cauffiel (opposes Site 4, representing 100 occupants in the building; half of the residents face the proposed site, the station would be 60 feet from Mr. Cauffiel’s window; higher incidents of cancer/EMF, concerns about sound/buzzing, none of us have seen a picture of what the substation is proposed to look like); Larry Larson (owner of Pacific Gardens across from the Bernheimer Garden site; question to the Task Force what is the criteria – when I asked the Task Force, they said it was “disturbance”; people who bought around Marquez knew that it was a targeted site for a substation but owners like Larry never dreamed a substation would be built next to their property; Ira Tennenbaum (Marquez site has been continually noticed as substation, residents bought their homes at a discount, parents send their kids there with full notice; kids was past the village substation every day; there is no difference between putting a station next to a school and next to homes and apartment buildings); Hamid Hajmomenian (no difference in criteria for his house v. Marquez School; conflict of interest on the Task Force; this is all about the money).

Bel Air Bay Club: Marc Bixen (opposes Site 3 and 4; prior landslides; earthquake concerns; costs; schedule pushed and advanced very quickly; safety considerations must be clarified); Joe Hutshing (amazed by suddenness; why is it not OK for Marquez but OK for BABC; suggested PCH near Haul Road); Susan Kudo (cannot build on her lot on Mantua; deceiving to call it PCH when it is a lot on Mantua; geology, water, ancient landslides; Mantua Road is a substandard street; fire travels up; litigation); Charles Malaret (disclosure of relationship to Jennifer Malaret; Task Force is biased, held behind closed doors; what are the safety considerations); Alan Morelli (this is not good government; the kangaroo court process is a waste of DWP’s time and money; over 15 years have been spent trying to remodel his home on Mantua and going through geology testing; it is not only geology but hydrology; a new site has to be chosen that is not a safety risk and a waste of DWP’s money); Lia Renee (need full disclosure; landslide risks); Katina Zinner (no knowledge, insufficient information, Task Force is behind closed doors; the Task Force is not representing the neighbors; constant landslides and water tables make talking about building a power station ludicrous; process is unfair).

Power Needs/Sustainability & Conservation: Chris Hope (solar is not the answer but conservation can be; why are we spending $30-$49 million on a substation that is not going to be needed?).

Marquez/Other Questions: Randy Young (years ago when asking about making it a park, the DWP said it has been purchased for a substation, then DWP traded away half of the land; DWP also mitigated their landslide; years ago meetings were public and this process is upside down; the process is upside down to find something else instead of focusing on what the DWP owns; Mantua is entirely on a slip-zone, considering this site is crazy); Donna Vaccarino (need building program; schematic design; need to minimize the design; sustainability needs to be a part of the discussion; the information presented is wholly incomplete).

Task Force: Daniele Samulon filled out a speaker card and then declined to speak. Marc Zussman spoke and stated that his biggest concern were the 600 kids at Marquez School; electricity is not produced at the substation, it is a switching station; there has been transparency because the task force met for 6 months and Jim Rea put out a blog.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:57 pm.

Item 10.1.1

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) General Public Meeting
7 – 9 PM Thursday, January 24, 2013

Community Forum For All Palisades Residents
Regarding LADWP Distributing Station 104 (DS104)
THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME!!!

Where:
Palisades Recreation Center (Small Gym):
851 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (Free on-site parking)

Guests:
Los Angeles DWP – Victoria Cross, Neighborhood Liaison
City of Los Angeles, District 11 – Norman Kulla, Senior Advisor to Councilmember Rosendahl
DS 104 Task Force Facilitator – Nancy Graham
Los Angeles Unified School District

DS 104 Task Force Local Organizations & Representatives:
(1) Castellammare/Pacific View Estates/Paseo Miramar: Kelly Comras*
(2) Chamber of Commerce: Joyce Brunelle*
(3) Highlands: Christine Abraham, Peter Duke, Paul Glasgall*
(4) Marquez Homeowners: Hank Wright, Mark Zussman
(5) Marquez Knolls Property Owners’ Association: Christy Dennis*, President;
Haldis Toppel, Vice President; Jim Rea*, Treasurer
(6) Marquez School Coalition: Joyce Wong Kup, Danielle Samulon
(7) Pacific Palisades Community Council: Amy Kalp (Public Safety)*
(8) Temescal Canyon Association: Gilbert Dembo*
(9) Waldorf School: Jeff Beall
For Informational Purposes: “*” Denotes Also PPCC Board Member

On-Line Information:
LADWP: https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/aboutus/a-power/a-p-projects/a-p-p-distributingstation;jsessionid=GLJnQ0Hbk9HZ2Gj4GJ28KTKfcqJvGvRzKFWmyVlgw2Xwy6vBNP4v!2079133190?_adf.ctrl-state=lno7cts06_4&_afrLoop=279455180483000&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=null#@?_afrWindowId=null&_afrLoop=279455180483000&_afrWindowMode=0&_adf.ctrl-state=1b8c3tcfaj_4
OTHER: http://www.pp90272.org (search Minutes, DWP; http://palisadespost.com/news/ (search DWP); http:// pacificpalisades.patch.com/articles/public-meeting-slated-with-palisades-ladwp-task-force
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** Since 1973, the PPCC as been a forum for the discussion of community issues, an advocate to government and private agencies upon those issues where there is broad community agreement, and assisting other Pacific Palisades organizations that request help in accomplishing their purposes that the Council chooses to support.

DWP PRESS RELEASE REGARDING DISTRIBUTING STATION 104 TASK FORCE, PUBLIC INFORMATION PRESENTED:

BACKGROUND: Continued growth in the Pacific Palisades and increasing electric loads from customers have caused the area’s power demand to outgrow the current distributing station’s designed capacity. The need for a new power station in the Pacific Palisades is critical to ensuring continued power reliability. LADWP has been performing stop-gap measures to temporarily meet demand, but a project of this nature cannot be delayed, as design and construction of a distributing station can take up to six years. The biggest challenge this project has faced thus far is finding a location. Earlier this year, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, LAUSD and LADWP convened the DS 104 Task Force to identify available locations in the Pacific Palisades that could be used for the distributing station. The task force was formed in response to significant neighborhood opposition to building the station next to Marquez Charter Elementary School. LADWP has worked with the DS 104 Task Force, which is comprised of 15 Pacific Palisades community representatives, to find the best possible site for a new power distributing station in the area. Fifteen sites were reviewed by the Task Force and ranked into three tiers: (1) the best sites; (2) sites to be considered if tier one sites become non-viable; and (3) sites not compatible with the community. All 15 of the tiered site selections will be presented at the public meeting scheduled for January 15, 2013. For more information contact: Victoria Cross LADWP Community Relations (213) 367-4141


MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 14th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Steve Boyers, George Wolfberg, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, Catherine Ruddy, and Bob Locker.
Voting Alternates: Andrew Wolfberg.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, John Glasgow, Reza Akef, Richard Cohen, and Brenda Theveny.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Chris Spitz read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:05 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the January 24, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meeting is February 28, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of February 14, 2013. The total account balances equal $21,333.09. Newsletter contributions total $7,384.96 for a negative balance against costs of $(2,385.99).

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 Golden Sparkplug Award (see Press Release attached). Barbara announced that nominations are now open. The PPCC website has directions for nominations and what the qualifications are for candidates. This year’s Sparkplug committee consists of Janet Turner, Ted Mackie, Richard Cohen, and George Wolfberg. The deadline for nominations is March 9, 2013.

7.1.2 Thank You to Palisades Charter High for the January 2013 Zoning Code Forum – Barbara thanked Donna Vaccarino for organizing the event and Pam McGree, Palisades Charter High School’s Principal for enabling the use of Gilbert Hall. Barbara also thanked all the amazing Pali High student ambassadors who volunteered their time to ensure the success of the event.

7.1.3 Police Safety Committee meeting – Barbara announced that there will be a public safety committee meeting Monday, February 18 at her home. All PPCC Board members are welcome to attend.

7.1.4 PPCC’s Next Meeting, February 28, 2013 – Barbara announced that candidates for LAUSD School Board Steve Zimmer and Kate Anderson would attend and address the Board and public. Barbara asked that anyone with candidate questions please submit them to PPCC. Questions will not be given to the candidates in advance.

7.1.5 PPCC’s Future Meeting, April 11, 2013 – Barbara announced that PPCC’s 40th birthday would be celebrated at this meeting. The 2013 Sparkplug winner will also be announced.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Norman Kulla. (1) Potrero Canyon – Unit 1 (repair of the front part of the hillside on the south side) has been completed. (2) Safety on Sunset Program – signs will go up on, or around, February 26, 2013.

LAPD, Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – not able to attend.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 DWP DS-104 Substation Task Force (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Gil Dembo). No announcement.

7.3.2 Historical Society – Richard Wulliger reported that on February 18, 2013 at 7 PM in Theater Palisades the Historical Society was hosting author Louis Rosen, PhD who would be speaking on his new book “Henry Gaylor Wilshire the Millionaire Socialist.” The program is free and the public is welcome.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee. Chis Spitz announced that the Motion attached to the February 14, 2013 agenda and distributed to the Board regarding CCFO would be discussed February 28, 2013 COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE MOTION. Chris reported that this Motion was recommended unanimously by the Land Use Committee in response to the recent City Council 31B Motion by Richard Alarcon, seconded by Bill Rosendahl that will “GUT THE CODE” for our R1 and R2 residential zones by allowing boarding houses as a “by right” use and enabling parolee-probationer homes to proliferate as de-facto apartment buildings and all other uses zoned R3 and above without necessitating a conditional use permit. The Motion now is presented now for informational purposes and will be discussed/vetted by PPCC on 2/28/2013. In the interim, please direct all questions and comments to Jennifer Malaret, Chris Spitz & George Wolfberg.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Los Angeles City Council District 11 (“CD-11”) Candidates Forum – See Flyer Below. Mike Bonin, Odysseus Bostick, Tina Hess, Frederick Sutton and Brian Selem. Presentation: each of the candidates gave a two-minute introductory statement on their background and campaign principles. Questions and Answers are presented below.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Jay Handel, Budget Advocate – Jay announced that the annual Budget survey is now on line. The elected Budget Advocates voted last night not to support Proposition A for many reasons. Jay encouraged everyone to log on and take the survey. Results are sorted by zip code. la.budgetchallenge.org.

11.2 Mike Feuer addressed the Council. Mr. Feuer is running for City Attorney against the incumbent to support neighborhoods, senior citizens and schools. Gang issues and gun violence are two key issues. Mike was a previous City Councilmember and in that capacity wrote tough laws on gun violence. The City Attorney should be the key problem solver on the tough issues within Los Angeles. The environment, kids with pre-existing conditions needing health care are causes all being championed by Mike. Mike has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times and asks for the public’s vote on March 5, 2013.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 7.1.1 THE 2013 GOLDEN SPARKPLUG NOMINATIONS, PPCC PRESS RELEASE:

Pacific Palisades Community Council needs your help in finding a special Palisadian who should receive the 2013 Golden Sparkplug Award. The Golden Sparkplug Award honors those residents of the Palisades who ignited ideas and projects into community action in the Palisades that benefit all of us. If you would like to nominate your favorite Palisadian, here are the criteria:

1. The person must have launched a new idea or project benefiting the overall community during 2012. The project can still be in progress and/or completed.

2. The Project must have a major community impact and/or be a sustainable project.

3. It must have broad community effect and/or affect a large group of persons.

4. It must be a voluntary contribution above and beyond, and not business related or part of one’s business or job.

The nominee may be an adult or youth. But only one member of a group or committee is permitted. Please send the name of your nominee along with an explanation of their community project, and why you think they should receive the award in 200 words or less. Include your name, address and phone number, as well as the phone number and address of the nominee. Your can e-mail your nomination to Pacpalicc@aol.com, or mail them to Pacific Palisades Community Council, Golden Sparkplug Award, P.O. Box 1131, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. Deadline for nominations is Saturday, March 9, 2013. The Golden Sparkplug Award ceremony will be held in the spring at a gala event.

ITEM 8.1.1: February 28, 2013 COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE MOTION.

Jennifer Malaret, Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg. Upon motion by _________, seconded by __________ the Council approved the following resolution:

PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES’, DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, RECOMMENDED COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE; COUNCIL FILE 11-0262; REPORT NO. R13-0014 DATED JANUARY 3, 2013 AND ALARCON-ROSENDAHL- AMENDING MOTION 31B DATED JANUARY 30, 2013 –

Whereas, for more than six years the City of Los Angeles has deemed it necessary to update the Los Angeles Municipal Code’s (“LAMC”) existing definitions of family and boarding/rooming houses to provide effective tools for the City to enforce its zoning laws relative to transient shared housing operations in low-density R1 and R2 zones.

Whereas, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) has supported an update to the zoning code via the enactment of a well-balanced Community Care Facilities Ordinance (“CCFO”), currently evidenced by Planning’s most recent Report No. R13-0014 (the “January 2013 CCFO”) . PPCC has asked for nominal protections as found in other cities that seek to maintain stable single-family neighborhoods by:
prohibiting unlicensed and illegal boarding homes, as well as parolee/probationer facilities,
imposing concentration and distance limits from sensitive uses, and
public notice for larger facilities that serve seven (7) or more residents.
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Pacific Palisades Community Council:

(A)OPPOSES the Alarcon-Rosendahl- Amending Motion (“Gut the Code”) because this proposed amendment would eliminate the historic prohibition of the establishment of boarding houses in low-density R1 and R2 zones by removing the definitions of “family”, “parolee-probationer home,” “single housekeeping unit” and “boarding or rooming house” from the zoning code. Alarcon-Rosendahl’s Gut the Code Motion also eliminates the requirement for a conditional use permit for parolee-probationer homes in any residential building located in R3 or more restrictive zones. Thus, the Alarcon-Rosendahl Gut the Code Motion opens all residential areas of the Palisades to transient boarders by allowing any R1 and R2 property owner to rent to as many persons, including paroles/probationers, as the code allows without parking requirements, and performance standards to protect neighbors and limits to protect residential blocks, schools and churches.

(B) SUPPORTS the proposed Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ (“WRAC”) Motion written in opposition to the Alarcon-Rosendahl Gut the Code Motion:

We, the members of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils, oppose Amending Motion 31B, submitted January 30, 2013 to Council File 11-0262, on the following grounds: (1) Lack of sufficient staff support and lack of a funding mechanism, (2) Inability to presently enforce codes, (3) Anticipated 10% across the board budget cuts to all City departments slated for FY 2013-2014, and (4) Complete lack of transparent fiscal analysis. We further strongly oppose the continued gutting of the R1 and other low-density residential zones in the City of Los Angeles. The General Plan of the City of Los Angeles protects the residential character of these zones. The City is therefore required by law to prepare a General Plan Amendment and to produce a full Environmental Impact Report in compliance with CEQA to establish any ordinance adding boarding houses as a by right use into low density residential zones.

(C) URGES THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL TO:
Maintain and preserve the definitions of “family”, “parolee-probationer home,” “single housekeeping unit” and “boarding or rooming house” in the January 2013 CCFO;
Preserve the conditional use permit requirement for Parolee-Probationer Homes as listed in the January 2013 CCFO;
Maintain and preserve the Parking Requirement, Public Benefit and Performance Standards as listed in the January 2013 CCFO;
Ensure that the City’s zoning authorities shall have appropriate enforcement resources for all licensed and unlicensed Community Care Facilities with nuisance, parking, infrastructure overutilization and zoning problems, and that all landlords of Community Care Facilities be required to appropriately and sustainably pay into a dedicated fund to ensure all funding, manpower and other resources to perform such enforcement.
Provide a phase-in period of one year coupled with a reduced [or waived] fee for that year for the Directors Determination specified in LAMC 12.22 EXCEPTIONS, A. USE #27, REASONABLE ACCOMODATION to provide a path to legitimacy for existing unlicensed group homes which do not adhere to the definitions specified in (C)(1) herein but serve protected populations as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Include the recommendations of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck set forth in the Chief’s August 14, 2012 letter to City Council [previously circulated/public document; available upon request].

ITEM 10.1.1 – CD-11 CANDIDATES FORUM; ANNOUNCEMENT AND PPCC Q&A

Pacific Palisades Community Council
General Meeting

7 – 9 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pacific Palisades Public Library Community Room
861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(Free on-site parking)

Meet the CD 11 Candidates

Mike Bonin
http://mikebonin.com/

Odysseus Bostick
http://www.bostick4la.com/pledge

Tina Hess
http://hessforcouncil.com/

Fred Sutton
http://www.fredericksutton.com/

Please forward questions for the CD-11 candidates to pacpalicc@aol.com

QUESTION 1 – WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR OUR DISTRICT WITHIN CD-11 AND HOW SPECIFICALLY WILL YOU ACHIEVE THEM?

Bonin: (1) Public safety (more cops to Pacific Palisades; wants to restore LAFD’s engine and get our ambulances fully staffed), (2) fighting traffic (get the Expo Rail line built to Santa Monica’s building by 2015; integrate the west-side bus lines; build out the bicycle plan that was approved last year; and (3) using technology (easier to testify at public hearings; better deploy police with IPADs and technology).

Sutton: Main focus is crime. The City Council needs to give more resources to the LAPD. I would ask the City Attorney what families are supposed to do against crime when left alone to deal with crime due to delayed response times. Simply hiring more personnel is not going to solve the problem, there must be an integrated approach and one that includes disaster preparedness. Desk officers can be deployed to the streets and reserve personnel called to do the desk jobs.

Bostick: I would like to see increased affordable housing, more LAPD and more LAFD and a better quality of life in Los Angeles. To get these things we need to fix our budget problem. Move to performance based budgeting. There should be a minimum of a three-year budget with annual targets so that spending can be more conservative. Pension costs and health care costs make this difficult because forecasting future costs is difficult. Public safety pension costs must be modified (drop the payout to 78-80% and the minimum age go up to 60 years old. Options can be created, i.e., if you want to keep 90% then you have to wait to retire. Contributions by the City toward these plans should be capped. We need to utilize ObamaCare. Move the municipal employees into the exchange system.

Hess: (1) Public safety/emergency preparedness. If Hurricane Sandy took place in Los Angeles many residents don’t know where to go to get resources. (2) Maintaining the quality of life in our neighborhoods. More development, traffic, and congestion are things that the City has failed adequately to protect its residents from. (3) To do a better job of writing and adopting laws which is a very important function of your elected Councilmember. As a City Attorney, preparing and understanding this process is something that I know.

Selem: Five things: (1) Change the culture in City Hall, (2) Core services, (3) Improve quality of life for residents, (4) Budget reform (modified defined benefit plans and defined contribution plan; health care reform where a greater percentage of municipal workers should be contributing to these costs; salary reform for departments other than LAPD and LAFD; promises to current retirees should be maintained; workers compensation reform is needed, (5) Bring jobs back to LA.

QUESTION 2 – R1 ZONING IN LOS ANGELES. SHOULD IT BE PROTECTED? SHOULD THERE BE EXCEPTIONS OR CHANGES? SHOULD BOARDING HOUSES BE ALLOWED IN R1 BY RIGHT OR UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES? DO WE NEED A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT TO HAVE BOARDING HOUSES IN R1 NEIGHBORHOODS? WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE CCFO ORDINANCE AND THE ALARCON/ROSENDAHL 31B MOTION TO ALLOW BOARDING HOMES BY RIGHT IN R1?

Hess: Supports CCFO. She worked in the City’s nuisance abatement department and that department called for this ordinance 10 years ago. A motion to look for exceptions may be warranted but it is important to maintain the character and integrity of our single-family neighborhoods. Don’t believe that a General Plan amendment is required for the 31B Motion because the current LAMC does not prohibit zoning code in R1s. Boarding homes by right is the ‘state of the law right now’; that is why we need the CCFO.

Sutton: The theme here is the lack of planning. The City Planning Department has had its budget cut by more than 70%. The zoning code is being updated but the community plans are not. Supports CCFO and opposes the Alarcon 31B amendment. I am happy about the working group because of caution against losing federal funding. I am against spot zoning.

Bostick: Palisadians treasure their homes and pay high prices and property taxes to be here. The geography of the neighborhood is challenging for density in the Palisades. We don’t want to increase density in the Palisades as a public safety issue. How do we educate 45 kids in a class that may otherwise have 25 kids? Do we want to warehouse people or provide them with quality services? I support CCFO because we need better care for the people in these facilities. A General Plan amendment for the 31B Motion is not required.

Bonin: Oppose CCFO as drafted. All of us agree that we need to protect the integrity of residential neighborhoods and crack down on nuisances. We all agree that we don’t want to do anything harmful to vulnerable people. The CCFO is appropriate relative to licensed facilities (no oversaturation), but the ordinance also prohibits shared housing, boarders to help pay a mortgage, 5 or 6 vets from sharing a house together, prohibit domestic violence victims from living together and the latter is wrong. Civil rights experts have said the ordinance is illegal and will cost the City money. I am against CCFO.

Selem: Supports the CCFO with modification. We do need to maintain R1 and respect that. A home business has to go through a lot of paperwork and licensing but these facilities don’t have to comply with anything. The CD-11 is way off on this issue and we should not be ideologically driven to help “this” group; the councilmember should be representing the entire district including people who are working hard to buy homes and raise their kids. We need controls over who is coming into our neighborhoods and shouldn’t we have notice and some sort of control over that?

QUESTION 3 – WHEN YOU ARE SEATED IN JUNE, WILL YOU BE THE FIRST TO STAND UP WITH THE UNIONS AND SAY NO COLAS, NO RAISES, 5% COLA BACK FOR NEXT YEAR AND HEALTH CARE WILL BE MODIFIED?

Bostick: YES. We need an independent councilmember, not Chiefs of Staff or union members. I can demand those things and from there we negotiate.

Sutton: YES. We need to make some adjustments. Unions have taken steps but they need to do more.

Bonin: These things need to be looked at in the next round of negotiations. To address the issue of independence, I have stood up to the unions on the LAX expansion and stood up here against CCFO.
Selem: YES. These are not attacks on the worker; they are a way to preserve for the future (unlike San Bernardino’s bankruptcy). The negotiations need not be adversarial.

Hess: YES. I am not beholden to the unions and not taking union money. There should be no COLA in the next round. By the same token, I am a union member and recognize that concessions need to be made. LAPD and LAFD contracts need to be on the table also.

QUESTION 4 – WILL YOU SUPPORT PLACING A “LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS” CHARTER AMENDMENT BEFORE THE VOTERS AND CAMPAIGN FOR ITS PASSAGE?

Bostick: YES.

Hess: Not familiar with the details of this specific amendment. Do know that there is a lot of surplus and that departmental liabilities should not come out of the General Fund.

Sutton: YES. I’ve endorsed that already of my website. Budget accounting should incorporate GAAP accounting principles.

Bonin: Also not familiar with the details of this specific amendment. The federal government can run a deficit, the City of Los Angeles cannot.

Selem: YES in principle but also is not entirely familiar with the details.

QUESTION 5 – WOULD YOU SEND OUT A REGULAR EMAIL LETTER AND, IF NOT, HOW WILL YOU COMMUNICATE WITH CONSTITUENTS?

Sutton: YES – Twitter, Email and social media.

Hess: YES.

Bostick: Face to face is better, monthly town halls, extended office hours.

Selem: YES. Emails and social media are certainly needed for notice and transparency.

Bonin: YES. Office hours on the evenings and the weekends, perhaps at a library or farmer’s market. Face Time and Skype can be used for testifying at City Council.

QUESTION 6 – WHY IS THERE NO LOCAL COASTAL PLAN FOR PACIFIC PALISADES WHEN VENICE HAS ONE?

Bonin: That is not correct, the Venice LCP process has been stopped because the Coastal Commission said that to have an LCP the Coastal Commission wanted review, comment and approval rights on any ordinance that the City of Los Angeles wanted to adopt whether or not it effected the coastal zone or not. That was not a workable demand and the process for a LCP involving the West Los Angeles coastal areas was stopped.

QUESTION 7 – WHERE ARE BIKE LANES GOING IN PACIFIC PALISADES AND HOW SPECIFICALLY ARE WE GOING TO STOP R1 AND R2 ZONES FROM BEING CHANGED TO R3 AND ABOVE? HOW DO WE STOP BUSINESSES LIKE CHILD CARE CENTERS FROM BEING OPENED IN R1 HOUSES?

Sutton: Funding must be returned to the Planning Department. Updating community plans will give you a say and it is important to have code enforcement against unlicensed child care facilities.

Hess: Sign up for PPCC’s email; on CCFO talk to CD-11 and PPCC members.

Bostick: The issues are lack of faith and well-earned cynicism with this current government.

Bonin: No one finds the child-care situation next door acceptable but we shouldn’t have a solution where a grandmother cannot take in 1 or 2 boarders to make ends meet. The Bike Plan has been vetted and is available on the City’s website. I am happy to consider talking about better communication and outreach.

Selem: Too many policies have been guided by an ideological view in one direction.

QUESTION 8 – HOW STRONGLY DO YOU SUPPORT COMMUNITY COUNCILS AND NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS WHO TAKE POSITION ON ISSUES – SUCH AS WHEN PPCC REQUESTS A FULL EIR ON PROPOSED LANDSLIDE DEVELOPMENT WILL YOU SUPPORT THAT REQUEST?

Bonin: YES. CD-11 has supported Above Ground Facilities Ordinance (“AGF”), Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BHO”) and worked on parks like Potrero, public work projects, and traffic lights at Sunset & Los Liones.

Selem: YES. The current CD-11 will listen very well but does not always act.

Bostick: YES. I am on my neighborhood council. The NCs/CCs should become the incubator of public policy.

Hess: YES. NCs/CCs should have input into all of the landslide developments.

Sutton: YES. I strongly support input from NCs/CCs and a requirement that developers spend 60 days in the community before coming to the council office. NCs and CCs are great resources – these volunteers can use smart apps to take pictures of broken sidewalks and send those to the Department of Public Works rather than spending $10 million on a sidewalk study.
QUESTION 9 – LOOKING BACK ON THE LAST 3 ½ YEARS OF THE CITY COUNCIL WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE WORST DECISION THAT WAS MADE?
Sutton: There were two: 2007 labor contracts with guaranteed COLAs and the 2006 billboard ordinance.
Hess: The 2006 billboard ordinance was outrageous and the failure of the Administrative Code Enforcement to be enacted. It was a failure by Rosendahl not to support ACE.
Bostick: agree with Sutton.
Selem: The administration of the medical marijuana use law and other ideological measures advanced by Rosendahl’s office.
Bonin: Agree with Sutton. The problem with the medical marijuana is that the City is caught between federal and state laws.

QUESTION 10 – DIRECTED TO MIKE BONIN: WHAT HAVE YOU WORKED ON AS CHIEF OF STAFF THAT HAS IMPROVED THE COMMUNITIES OF MAR VISTA, BRENTWOOD AND THE PALISADES?

Bonin: working on the compromise to improvements as LAX, synchronizing traffic lights, gang injunctions, mass transit in LA and negotiated to reduce taxes for small in WLA businesses.

QUESTION 11 – ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE DWP SUBSTATION IN THE PALISADES? WHAT IS YOUR VIEW AND HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE CONTROVERSIES LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE?
Bonin: Not in favor of the Marquez site. I supported the Task Force process and it is important to let the process work its way through in the future. I would form equal panels of 50% in favor and opposed along with blue ribbon experts and have both sides in the room.
Selem: Not familiar with the controversy.
Bostick: I do not support the Task Force, it is a wedge in the community and too much fear is diving the community. There has to be a location that is acceptable to everyone and there must be an ability to reach an agreement. The council office should not be taking a position at this early stage; rather it should be helping to absorb the friction so that the community can live together.
Hess: Think the process is a good process, there has been a ranking by the communities; DWP needs to step up and conduct an EIR to determine what properties are the most suitable based on the geographic characteristics of the properties.
Sutton: It is good that there is a process at all, DWP had its site and otherwise there would be no ability to be heard. If there cannot be agreement there can be clarification and understanding.


MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 28th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jack Allen, Stuart Mueller, Steve Boyers, John Schwartz, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, Barbara Marinacci, Richard Wulliger, Geoff Shelden, Gil Dembo, and Bob Locker.
Voting Alternates: John Glasgow and Robert Baker.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, Steve Cron, Cathy Russell, Donna Vaccarino, Richard Cohen, and Brenda Theveny.
Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Kelly Comras read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:05 pm.
Adoption of Minutes.

4.0 The President moved the February 14, 2013 minutes as revised as adopted. The next meeting is March 14, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of February 28, 2013. The total account balances equal $ 21,153.98 and all bills are paid.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn
7.1.1 Golden Sparkplug Award. Barbara reminded the board and public that nominations for PPCC’s 2013 Golden Sparkplug Award are due Saturday, March 9, 2013. Submissions can be made to pacpalicc@aol.com or to George Wolfberg.
7.1.2 Elimination of PPCC Board Member Special Advisor, Public Safety Police & Fire. Barbara announced that the committee would remain in place with Richard Cohen and Paul Glasgall appointed. Barbara thanked Amy Kalp for her efforts and contributions to PPCC and the community.
7.1.3 Central Planning Commission Hearing for Sunset Canyon (Coaloa). Barbara announced that the next public hearing on this project is taking place on March 6, 2013.
7.1.4 Safety on Sunset Banners – Barbara announced that the banners have been installed on Sunset between PCH and Chautauqua Blvd. In the Palisades and encouraged the public to observe them.
7.1.5 Village Green, “Appreciation Day” for Roberta Donahue – Barbara announced this special event would be taking place Sunday March 3, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
7.1.6 Climate Committee – Barbara announced that she has accepted the resignation of Steve Boyers as Chair of this committee.
7.1.7 40th Anniversary for PPCC – Barbara announced the planning is underway and asked former chairs to keep April 11th and the May meetings open on their calendar.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias. (1) Stoplights at Castellemarre at Sunset and at PCH and Sunset – CD11 is working with DOT to help synchronize those lights better and slight adjustments have been made. Brenda Theveny reported that sometimes the left arrow at the Los Liones light is non-responsive. Gil Dembo expressed that the light at Sunset and Chautauqua and the signage is an “accident waiting to happen” and asked CD-11 to follow-up with DOT to better improve traffic safety at this intersection. Bob Locker said there used to be a yield sign to make the right to go up to Chautauqua that is now a stop sign that no one pays attention to. Bob suggested the yield sign be returned. George Wolfberg expressed that efforts have been underway with CalTrans for years to improve the intersection and current discussions with the PCH task force are in agreement that safety needs to be revisited. (2) Safety on Sunset – banners have been hung and the remainder in the Palisades should be hung tonight. (3) Blue Bus Meeting – a meeting was held regarding where the bus turn around at Sunset and Marquez. The participants are going to look at how to make this area safer and use the light rather than just pulling out onto Sunset. DOT engineers are working with the intersection to ascertain if a re-design is possible. (4) Palisades High School Pool – CD-11 is going to set up a meeting with the administration and neighbors to talk about neighbor complaints about duration, lights and noise. Dick Wulliger reported that early in the morning (6 AM) the lights are off and it is very quiet. A member of the public suggested trees along the chain link fence. (5) Steve Boyers said that he reported a pothole in Rustic Canyon and praised the City for repairing the pothole within 24 hours. (6) Councilmember Rosendahl will be holding a meeting regarding the LAX expansion tomorrow at 2 PM in the Westchester Office and asked for attendance of a PPCC representative. Barbara Kohn to attend.
Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – unable to attend. Officer Moore submitted a written statement to warn residents about a phone scam where the caller says that a relative has been arrested and asking to receive bail money. Officer Moore suggested that if a call is received to please verify the facts with your family before sending any money or responding to the call. Bob Locker and Barbara Kohn shared their experiences with similar scans and reiterated the warnings to the public.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 DWP DS-104 Substation Task Force (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Joyce Brunnelle, Gil Dembo). Paul Glasgall reported that there was nothing new, no update, that the recommendations stand as before and no future meeting of the Task Force has been presently scheduled.
7.3.2 Flo Elfant, Disaster Preparedness – Flo encouraged the public to review the survival guide and plan for seven days of independent living following a disaster. Barbara Kohn then announced CERT Training would be taking place on March 7th, 2013 and to contact her for further details.
7.3.3 Gil Dembo – announced the upcoming 10th anniversary for the Palisades Library. There will be a celebration at the library on March 10, 2013 and the public is invited to attend.
7.4.4 40th Anniversary for PPCC – Barbara announced the planning is underway and asked former chairs to keep April 11th and the May meetings open on their calendar.
7.4.5 Citywide Sign Ordinance / Planning Department Visioning Group – Jennifer reported that she has been representing PPCC on the Visioning Group established by PLUM to address the question of how digital billboards should be regulated outside of sign districts. On behalf of PPCC, primary positions advocated at those meetings are: no digital billboards in city parks or on public property; no billboards on our ridgelines and within scenic corridors; and when digital billboards are in coastal zones they must be legal and comply with permit requirements. The Visioning Group has one more meeting at City Hall on March 7, 2013; the matter is scheduled before PLUM on March 28, 2013.
7.4.6 School Busses and Children Safety Issues – John Schwartz expressed that residents in his area are very concerned with landscaping that prevents a safe exit for the children and parents who wait on Capri for their children and children walk along Sunset. Children are seen existing both public and private busses. Joaquin Macias responded that Sunset Blvd. is not supposed to being used as a drop off and that Mike Fuerer had legislation passed so that private school busses have to comply with the same drop-off restrictions as public busses.
7.4.7 Installation of Native Plants in Temescal Canyon – Donna Vacarrino encouraged people to stop by and take a look and thanked Barbara Marinacci for her efforts in beautifying the canyon.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (Chris Spitz). (1) COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE MOTION, recommended by the Land Use Committee in response to the recent City Council Motion by Richard Alarcon, seconded by Bill Rosendahl that will “GUT THE CODE” for our R1 and R2 residential zones by allowing boarding houses as a “by right” use and enabling parolee-probationer homes to proliferate apartment buildings and all other uses zoned R3 and above without necessitating a conditional use permit. Chris Spitz sponsored the motion; George Wolfberg seconded. The motion passed unanimously without abstentions. (2) Chris announced the next land use committee meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2013 and invited board members and the public to attend, 12:45 to 2:45 PM in the library.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Jay Handel, Budget Advocate; City of Los Angeles Annual Budget Survey – la.budgetchallenge.org. Jay did not attend; Barbara Kohn encouraged everyone to log on and take the budget survey.
10.1.2 – Los Angeles Unified School District (“LAUSD”) District 4 Candidate Forum: Steve Zimmer (incumbent) and Kate Anderson attending. See questions and comments below.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 8.1.1: COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE MOTION. Jennifer Malaret, Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg. Upon motion by Chris Spitz, seconded by George Wolfberg the Council approved the following resolution:

PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION RELATED TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES’, DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, RECOMMENDED COMMUNITY CARE FACILITY ORDINANCE; COUNCIL FILE 11-0262; REPORT NO. R13-0014 DATED JANUARY 3, 2013 AND ALARCON-ROSENDAHL- AMENDING MOTION 31B DATED JANUARY 30, 2013 –
Whereas, for more than six years the City of Los Angeles has deemed it necessary to update the Los Angeles Municipal Code’s (“LAMC”) existing definitions of family and boarding/rooming houses to provide effective tools for the City to enforce its zoning laws relative to transient shared housing operations in low-density R1 and R2 zones.
Whereas, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) has supported an update to the zoning code via the enactment of a well-balanced Community Care Facilities Ordinance (“CCFO”), currently evidenced by Planning’s most recent Report No. R13-0014 (the “January 2013 CCFO”) . PPCC has asked for nominal protections as found in other cities that seek to maintain stable single-family neighborhoods by:

prohibiting unlicensed and illegal boarding homes, as well as parolee/probationer facilities,
imposing concentration and distance limits from sensitive uses, and
public notice for larger facilities that serve seven (7) or more residents.
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Pacific Palisades Community Council:

(A)OPPOSES the Alarcon-Rosendahl- Amending Motion (“Gut the Code”) because this proposed amendment would eliminate the historic prohibition of the establishment of boarding houses in low-density R1 and R2 zones by removing the definitions of “family”, “parolee-probationer home,” “single housekeeping unit” and “boarding or rooming house” from the zoning code. Alarcon-Rosendahl’s Gut the Code Motion also eliminates the requirement for a conditional use permit for parolee-probationer homes in any residential building located in R3 or more restrictive zones. Thus, the Alarcon-Rosendahl Gut the Code Motion opens all residential areas of the Palisades to transient boarders by allowing any R1 and R2 property owner to rent to as many persons, including paroles/probationers, as the code allows without parking requirements, and performance standards to protect neighbors and limits to protect residential blocks, schools and churches.

(B) SUPPORTS the proposed Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ (“WRAC”) Motion written in opposition to the Alarcon-Rosendahl Gut the Code Motion:

We, the members of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils, oppose Amending Motion 31B, submitted January 30, 2013 to Council File 11-0262, on the following grounds: (1) Lack of sufficient staff support and lack of a funding mechanism, (2) Inability to presently enforce codes, (3) Anticipated 10% across the board budget cuts to all City departments slated for FY 2013-2014, and (4) Complete lack of transparent fiscal analysis. We further strongly oppose the continued gutting of the R1 and other low-density residential zones in the City of Los Angeles. The General Plan of the City of Los Angeles protects the residential character of these zones. The City is therefore required by law to prepare a General Plan Amendment and to produce a full Environmental Impact Report in compliance with CEQA to establish any ordinance adding boarding houses as a by right use into low density residential zones.

(C) URGES THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL TO:
Maintain and preserve the definitions of “family”, “parolee-probationer home,” “single housekeeping unit” and “boarding or rooming house” in the January 2013 CCFO;
Preserve the conditional use permit requirement for Parolee-Probationer Homes as listed in the January 2013 CCFO;
Maintain and preserve the Parking Requirement, Public Benefit and Performance Standards as listed in the January 2013 CCFO;
Ensure that the City’s zoning authorities shall have appropriate enforcement resources for all licensed and unlicensed Community Care Facilities with nuisance, parking, infrastructure overutilization and zoning problems, and that all landlords of Community Care Facilities be required to appropriately and sustainably pay into a dedicated fund to ensure all funding, manpower and other resources to perform such enforcement.
Provide a phase-in period of one year coupled with a reduced [or waived] fee for that year for the Directors Determination specified in LAMC 12.22 EXCEPTIONS, A. USE #27, REASONABLE ACCOMODATION to provide a path to legitimacy for existing unlicensed group homes which do not adhere to the definitions specified in (C)(1) herein but serve protected populations as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Include the recommendations of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck set forth in the Chief’s August 14, 2012 letter to City Council [previously circulated/public document; available upon request].

ITEM 10.1.2 LAUSD CANDIDATES FORUM
Both candidates made introductory comments, statements of qualifications and their campaign goals and gave a two -minute closing statement.

Question (1) – How will you/have you/plan to promote teachers teaching, students learning, and parents involvement? What do you base your answers on and please be specific.
Anderson: The best way is to have more local flexibility and control so that the stakeholders and school leaders are making decisions about their learning environments. We need to the teachers that are doing a terrific job and then we need to support those that can be better. For those teachers who cannot be better let’s find them other avenues.
Zimmer: Supports the charter school model. A school board member should be an advocate of navigating through the ‘monster’ of downtown. The local control model should be kept intact and not taken down by attorneys and the system. Local control is important. Hiring of teachers and principals should be done locally. This is the model we are using and I believe in. Local school agreements and engaged stakeholders should be in every school in the district.

Question (2) – One of the problems confronting LA in this election is in the area of education. Among the problems are: (1) (2) (3) (4) and (5) inadequate funding. Choose one or two of the above and suggest how you would remedy the problem. Please be specific.
Zimmer: Funding and teacher evaluation. I have been obsessed with revenue and revenue increasing during the time of fiscal crisis that was in place during my last four years. $125 million was brought to the District. Proposition 30 passed that is a pathway to stability. Budget approved last week has no layoffs, no reductions in the work force and I am very proud of that. This process is not over as the LAUSD continues to work with Washington DC. I lead the negotiations around the new teacher evaluation agreements that put student achievement ‘front and center’ and do not measure student achievement by a standard test score. These agreements were reached together without a strike and interruption in the kids’ education.
Anderson: I will choose the teacher’s union. The current superintendent is a phenomenal superintendent and is well poised to bring the city together. I think the UTLA has been a force over the years blocking reforms that Mr. Deasy has been attempting. Zimmer only gets elected with the support of the teacher’s union. The UTLA is funding 100% of his campaign. I am pro-union and pro-labor and a Democrat but this union has not served the kids.

Question (3) – Question to Anderson: Why does Michael Bloomberg support your campaign?
Anderson: The election has gotten national attention. Eva Longoria’s support has been involved. She said that LA should be leading the nation in educational change and Bloomberg is a part of this movement.
Zimmer: The issue of independent expenditures is something we all deal with. It is unfortunately expensive to run for school board and Anderson’s type of money is something we have never seen in our elections and should be questioned. That money comes from people who don’t know Los Angeles and our schools and are trying to influence our elections. I chose to work with the UTLA and am not an automatic ‘yes’ vote.

Question (4) – How will you ensure that a greater portion of the budget gets to the classroom? Please be specific.
Anderson: I worked on the government and oversight committee. I went to law school to write laws and Waxman who I worked for gave me valuable experience to work for LAUSD. I bring a sharp pencil through that experience to evaluate the LAUSD budget.
Zimmer: You need a sharp pencil and an out-stretched arm. I advocate de-centralizing the budget so that more money gets to the school sites where local residents know what is needed best. It is essential to have a school board member who works within they system to make sure that our local schools have an advocate to direct creative funding to key teachers and key programs.

Question (5) – How is signage, static and digital, on charter school campuses regulated, installed and controlled by LAUSD if at all?
Zimmer: If a local school, LAUSD is required to work within city ordinances. Marquis signs are installed and controlled by the local schools. Independent charters control their own schools, unless it is a LAUSD building there is very little LAUSD can do. Both candidates are against digital billboards.

Question (6) – Beginning in the third and fourth grade – too much homework?
Anderson: We need stimulating curriculum and stimulating teachers in the classroom. Kate agrees that one hour of homework a night is too much and we should work on reductions.
Zimmer: We need to move to a project-based curriculum where kids work together to engage in critical thinking skills so that homework is part of a project and not just ‘drill and kill’ reinforcement. The totality of the curriculum should support creativity and quality of the assignments. We need enrichment and after-school programs via the right partnerships. We need to restore summer school not only as credit recovery but also enrichment for all kids.

Question (7) – Teacher Evaluations – standardized test scores, overcrowded classrooms
Zimmer: One of the most substantive points of debate between Kate and I. I pushed UTLA to make sure that student growth and achievement is front and center in the evaluation process. The question is how do you measure that? Academic growth over time is a measure along with standardized test scores. We should not be measuring achievement solely by a high stakes standardized test. I advocate a multiple measurement of student achievement that have been embraced by the administrators and the teachers.
Anderson: I am not in favor of anything that teaches to a test. I support a multiple measure evaluation system with the biggest chunk as trained observation of the teachers and subject matter experts. Another component should be parent and student surveys. Also, I think a teacher’s contributions to the community and credit for pro-bono services to the community outside of regular hours should be evaluated. Growth should be evaluated in terms of does the teacher help the student get better rather than raw scores.

Question (8) – Regarding DWP DS104, how many schools in District 4 have “high risk” facilities?
Zimmer – We don’t know the answer to the question. There may have been other schools in place before the current standard which is a 500-foot buffer also in place for cell phone towers and other things.

Question (9) – Regarding LAUSD what was the authority re: statements you made regarding DS-104 last year?
Zimmer: I was speaking a the school board member for Pacific Palisades advocating our schools. We are not at a place yet for the District 4 board member to move the issue to the whole board. LAUSD board members defer to District members in terms of what are going on in their districts. I spoke last year as a single school board representative. It takes a vote of the Board of Education to have the full authority of LAUSD. District members carry a great deal of weight.
The science and references are clear that there is some danger to children when you have things like a substation that would be located in close proximity to a school. I am not a scientist and cannot debate the issues of the level of danger. My position is that any danger to children because of that proximity is unacceptable to me as a LAUSD board member. That is the reason the 500-foot rule is in place.
Anderson – Agree completely with Zimmer’s position and would carry forward the position that we should not have a power station near the school. We need to find a location acceptable for the entire community.

Question (11) – Should LAUSD be broken into smaller units?
Anderson: I do support breaking up the district but not geographically yet. Performance levels are abysmal but are going up because of the current superintendent. I support more local control for the schools.
Zimmer: I support the superintendent and his vision and urgency around issues such as civil rights and moving this district forward. The reason we have made gains is also because of teachers, parents and workers who have pulled together. A shared collective should be credited and I do not support break-up, I support de-centralization.

PUBLIC QUESTION AND ANSWER:

Question (12) – The issue is about bussing children from less affluent areas to more affluent areas. That penalizes the schools and students in poor areas and thus LAUSD does more poorly in standardized tests. Will you consider ending such transfers?
Zimmer: We have been bussing for four generations due to over-crowding because LAUSD was not building schools in local neighborhoods. 128 schools have been built as part of the largest public works project in the country such that now children can walk to schools in their neighborhoods. That stress is now receding. Should we still have specialized curriculums available? Yes. Should we have mass bussing in place? No. I support instructional choices like dual immersion, expansion of magnet schools.
Anderson: Parents should feel phenomenal about the public school their child attends. Then there should be choices if there is a better model that works better for what parents want for their children in terms of their needs and learning styles.

Question (13) – How close do you think LA is to having great schools?
Anderson: In some areas we are there already and there is a lot of work to do in other areas. Education should be the great equalizer, i.e., no matter what background you have you should be able to go to a great public school. I have talked to people who send their kids to private school who want to be sending their kids to public school.
Zimmer: In Brentwood I stepped in to make sure that local residents were able to access the Brentwood Magnet School. We have a lot of challenges. LA is still very low in terms of per pupil spending and revenue. The transformation issue involves making sure that every child has an excellent child and principal and helping increase parent engagement (parents as equal partners).

Question (14) – Why does the teacher’s union protect teachers being disciplined and why do these cases take so long to resolve?
Zimmer: There is a zero tolerance policy for criminal acts. Resources are an issue in other cases. The superintendent advocates accelerating the disciplinary process and I support fair fast tracking with due process because we don’t want people being falsely accused or damaged. It is true that these situations have been imbalanced in the past.
Anderson: It has not happened fast enough and not enough has been done. The level of due process rights to teachers in ULTA are so far beyond what any other union would get and we need someone who is not beholden to the unions.

Question (15) – The question is about co-location. If you have a school with declining enrollment would you work to increase enrollment or would you pursue a co-location arrangement?
Zimmer: Proposition 39 is a ballot measure to ensure that charter schools have access to available facility space. I have defended our school programs so that ‘set asides’ (computer labs, library, etc.) are preserved even if there is not a registered teacher there. However, I have worked with charter schools when co-location can benefit both. My first priority will always be to grow LAUSD programs.
Anderson: Co-location will be one of the most difficult issues the District 4 member will have to deal with. Co-locations can work and do work in places like Playa Vista for example. Listening, meetings and transparency are required and needed.

Question (16) – How much is UTLA spending to support Zimmer’s campaign?
Zimmer: there is too much money in this race. It looks like the spending will be 2:1. ULTA and other labor unions have spent on behalf of my campaign.
Anderson: the coalition for school reform has raised more money than UTLA overall but there are three seats that are open right now. The money being spent in favor of both campaigns are equal in District 4 and the total expenditures are likely to be $1 million for each candidate. Outsiders come in to UTLA.


MINUTES FOR MARCH 14th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Joyce Brunnelle, Kelly Comras, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, John Schwartz, Paul Glasgall, Gil Dembo, Jim Rea, Mark Roosa and Janet Anderson.
Voting Alternates: Brenda Theveny.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Steve Cron, Flo Elfant, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, Laura Mack, Chris Hope and Donna Vaccarino.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Donna Vaccarino read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:06 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President declared the February 28, 2013 minutes approved. The next meeting is March 28, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of March 14, 2013. The total account balances equal $21,099.98 and the council is solvent.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 April 11, 2013 – 40th Anniversary Celebration: Barbara announced the date for the celebration and that the invitations have been mailed to a wide distribution list. It is likely the regular meeting time will be dedicated to the celebration and honoring the award winners.

7.1.2 Thank You to Political Candidates Who Spoke at Recent PPCC Forums: Barbara reported that thank you letters have been mailed.

7.1.3 March 28, 2013 Meeting – Barbara reported that an update by Andy Flores on the Coastal Interceptor Relief Sewer (CIRS) will be presented at the next meeting.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias reported that (1) Tragedy in the Palisades/Safety on Sunset: there was a terrible accident at a construction site when a trench collapsed along Temescal where a project was underway by a contractor for the City. A woman was hit in the pedestrian crosswalk across Sunset Boulevard outside of Pharmaca. Joaquin expressed this is why the Safety on Sunset campaign is so important. The council office will be looking again at trees, traffic patrol and other safety measures along Sunset. CD-11 would like to look at legislation for Sunset Blvd. to make it a “safety zone” and that would allow for increased fines and check-points particularly for motorcycles. LAPD did have a grant allowing for increased patrol on Wednesday evenings; however many of the tickets issued were for residents and not for motorcycle riders. Geoff Shelden raised the issue again about safety relative to school bus stops, children exiting and drivers ignoring the stop signs of the school busses. Mark Roosa asked about the schedule for the Safety on Sunset program being presented to schools. Joaquin stated that the schedule has not been set but it would likely be in the Fall 2013. (2) Palisades Charter High School – meeting had been set up with the school and the neighbors to discuss noise issues. While it needs to be rescheduled, CD-11 hopes to host the meeting in the future. (3) DePauw – CD-11 is meeting with neighbors to discuss construction activities on the former City-owned lots. There is concern by the neighbors because there are substandard streets where parking and access are limited relative to the potential projects that may total twenty (20). (4) Bus Route Detour – CD-11 is in communication with Metro, DOT and Blue Bus. DOT’s initial feedback was that re-working the intersection at Marquez was not going to be acceptable. Brenda Theveny is concerned that there is an underlying motive to shorten the routes. Jennifer Malaret asked CD-11 to submit a written report of the process by which the bus re-routing decision was made and to have those responsible appear before the PPCC such that the community could respond relative to the process. Gil Dembo asked whether the Coastal Commission had any input or review in this process. John Glasgow asked if the busses could go to Sunset, to Temescal and then turn around. Joaquin replied that this option was not viewed favorably due to time and money. Joaquin stated that he would try to get the responsible parties to attend a council meeting other than April 11, 2013.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – cannot attend. Paul Glasgall gave SLO Moore’s report including (1) Three robberies in town over the last month. Two were student on student and arrests were made. The third occurred near Palisades Charter High School and was possibly drug related. (2) A prior illegal discharge of a firearm that is now in the court system. (3) The stalker situation in Castellammare. Paul Glasgall stated that if the individual is on parole or probation and the victims file a report (death threat, stalking, etc.) then that would be a violation and the perpetrator would be put back into jail. Public comment by the victims detailed the facts of what is taking place. Paul Glasgall and Steve Cron offered assistance.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1DWP DS-104 Substation Task Force (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Joyce Brunnelle, Gil Dembo). Jennifer Malaret reported that the question was raised at the last Land Use Committee meeting relative to what the status of the Task Force’s final report was given that all Task Force meetings following February 6, 2013 had been cancelled. Jennifer reminded the Board that PPCC had stated no discussions or motions on the substation issue would be entertained until the Task Force had completed its work and a final report was issued. So, an Email had been sent to CD-11 and the DWP asking “what now brown cow?” Victoria Cross responded via email: “Ms. Malaret, I apologize for our delay in responding to your query. Please be assured we are examining potential outreach directions, schedules, and other important issues. As soon as we have solid information to provide you and the Palisades community, we will do so. Your dedication to your community is to be commended.” Jennifer asked the Task Force members for precisely what the status of the task force was and the schedule for future meetings, if any. Paul Glasgall stated that no additional meetings are scheduled. Paul Glasgall reported that the information from the January Town Hall provided by the public was real and analyzed by DWP though not reported. The Task Force members on PPCC’s Board were waiting to receive information and direction from the DWP. Harry Sondheim asked if the public information from January 2013 was shared with the DWP. Jim Rea and Gil Dembo stated yes. Jim Rea said that the information was shared with the Task Force members but not deliberated. Task Force members stated they were unwilling to meet without CD-11 and DWP. Harry Sondheim asked why the Task Force members would not ask CD-11 and DWP to meet. Richard Cohen theorized that the Task Force members are not willing to meet unless they are giving certain assurances from the DWP. Harry Sondheim asked the Task Force to reveal what assurances they wanted that they have not obtained. None of the Task Force members were willing to respond. Reza Gostar asked the Task Force members to indemnify (identify?) them and all Task Force members responded “no comment.” Richard Cohen expressed that the DWP always had the authority to make the siting decision and likely will now do so. Jim Rea stated the reason Task Force members won’t speak is that the members have agreed not to discuss the issue(s) until they are resolved by the DWP. Paul Glasgall stated that DWP would do whatever it wants and in whatever manner it chooses. Harry Sondheim moved to request CD-11 to see if something can be worked out for legal indemnification of the Task Force. There was no second and the motion failed. Richard Cohen stated that the Task Force was ill conceived to begin with and has been discredited for many reasons – nevertheless he urged the Board to consider supporting the individual task force members with an acknowledgement that the process has failed. Jim Rea stated that there is an issue on the table between the Task Force and the DWP. Task Force members are waiting to hear back from the DWP. Possible outcomes are (1) the Task Force may continue the process including evaluating feedback from the January 2013 public meeting, (2) there is no acceptable response from the DWP for certain members who will leave and others will choose to go forward, and (3) if enough members leave then the DWP will determine that the Task Force is not viable and disband the Task Force. Thus, Jim Rea suggested that PPCC not act until the DWP responds to their request that was a formal letter sent last week. Jennifer Malaret asked for a copy of this letter to be made public. The Task Force members refused to make this letter public. Chris Hope suggested that PPCC put more pressure on the DWP for transparency. Harry Sondheim and Flo Elfant reiterated that the Councilmember’s office was responsible for creating the Task Force and that PPCC should pressure the councilmember’s office to support the Task Force. Steve Cron stated it was not practical to ask the City Council and a City Attorney now in a run off to get something done that would make substantial changes to existing city policies regarding indemnification of citizen groups in a timely way to get something done relative to this issue.

7.3.2 LA Marathon – Gil Dembo reminded the public that the LA Marathon was being held on Sunday and that the race concludes at Wilshire Blvd. and Ocean Avenue. George Wolfberg stated that the Incline would be closed but the race itself was unlikely to affect PCH.

7.3.3LA Budget Challenge – Janet Turner reminded the Board about taking the City Budget survey at la.budgetchallenge.org and stressed the importance of all board members and the public to take the survey.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz reported that the committee has been discussing (1) the Sunset Canyon appeal being granted by the WLAAPC who found that the MND was issued in error, (2) 17000 Sunset Blvd. proposed apartment project, (3) St. Matthew’s School Request for Changes to its Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) where the parties are going to engage in discussions and the LUC has asked that CD-11 refrain from taking a position until the school and residents engage in negotiations, (4) Il Picollo Ritrovo wants a full liquor license and will be making a presentation at the next LUC meeting on April 11, 2013.

8.2 YMCA Steering Committee – Richard Cohen reported there was a meeting earlier this week and praised Kelly Comras for her work on the committee relative to design and restoration of the fence. Fundraising for the project has continued and efficiencies on the budget are being worked on such that it is possible for work to begin on, or around May 1, 2013.

8.3 Golden Sparkplug Committee – George Wolfberg reported that the committee met and has made three selections but only two of the winners have been contacted. Those two winners are Leslie Pereira for the spelling bee and Bruce Schwartz for the Safety on Sunset campaign. The third winner will be announced pending notification and all winners will be celebrated at PPCC’s April 11, 2013 meeting.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business. None.

11. General Public Comment. None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:41 PM.


MINUTES FOR MARCH 28th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, Harry Sondheim, Carol Bruch, Barbara Marinacci, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, John Schwartz, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, and Jim Rea.
Voting Alternates: Eric Dugdale and Donna Vaccarino.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Laura Mack, Andrew Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, and Steve Cron.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Barbara Kohn read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President declared the March 14, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meeting is April 11, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of March 28, 2013. The total account balances equal $21,214.98. There continues to be a negative of ($2,385.99) relative to the 173 contributions received to cover the cost of the PPCC newsletter.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 –. April 11, 2013 PPCC Meeting/Celebration of PPCC’s 40th Anniversary and Sparkplug Winners. Barbara announced that former Chairs and past award winners will be honored and acknowledged at next regular meeting and celebration.
7.1.2 – Nominating Committee, 2013 Officer Elections – Barbara announced that she had appointed the Nominating Committee for the 2013 Officer Elections. The Chair of the Committee will be Janet Turner with members Richard Wulliger and Norma Spak.
7.1.3 CEQA Educational Presentation – Barbara Kohn asked the Board who would be interested in an educational presentation on CEQA presentation if offered here in the Palisades. Board members were interested in attending.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – none in attendance.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Officer Moore reported that the Revello Transient was arrested yesterday for violation of outstanding warrants and is in custody. How long he is kept in custody will be up to the courts, and Officer Moore noted that the warrant under which this individual was arrested did not have to do with the stalking situation here in the Palisades.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 DWP DS-104 Substation Task Force (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Joyce Brunnelle, Gil Dembo). Paul Glasgall reported that DWP might issue an open letter to the community within the next week. Jim Rea stated that if there was no action by the DWP prior to PPCC’s April 11, 2013 then Jim was going to meet with other task force members to propose a resolution.
7.3.2 Palisades Recreation Center, “Eggstravaganza” (Jennifer Malaret) – Jennifer announced that this annual Recreation Center event will be held on Saturday March 30th from 10 am – 2pm. A great line up has been planned for the community and kids including crafts and face painting, reptile show, farm animal petting zoo, Easter egg hunt and puppet show. The cost is $5 per child and the public is welcome.
7.3.3 Administrative Code Enforcement (“ACE”) Program – George Wolfberg reported that a new report by the City Attorney has been prepared and that ACE legislation is moving forward in a format that will encompass the police department and animal enforcement in the City of Los Angeles.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (Chris Spitz). (1) The LUC unanimously recommends the passage of two motions in support of resolutions prepared by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (“WRAC”). SEE PROPOSED MOTIONS BELOW. Presentation: Chris Spitz presented the motions that came out of WRAC. Chris explained the background on the first motion, i.e. that this motion came to WRAC relative to the Century City Shopping Center where, in the opinion of stakeholders, surrounding areas became greatly and negatively affected once the center no longer offered free parking. Chris stated that the second motion is clear that the City of LA is not doing the required reports relative to infrastructure and developments. Discussion: Jack Allen suggested “30 days” rather than “ample” notice. Chris responded that this was discussed at WRAC and George Wolfberg reported that distance limits came up also such that “ample” helped arguably give notice to adjacent stakeholder groups. Carol Bruch disagreed with the term “ample” stating that 30 days is likely insufficient notice and that stakeholders often need more time. Gil Dembo reported on upcoming west Los Angeles developments, particularly in Santa Monica where residential capacity is being increased along with office space. Gil expressed that CD-11 should be having discussions with Santa Monica City about these developments and the impact on the Palisades. Action: Chris Spitz moved to pass Motion No. 1 and George Wolfberg seconded. Motion No. 1 passed unanimously. Chris Spitz moved to Pass Motion No. 2 and Harry Sondheim seconded. Motion No. 2 passed unanimously. (2) Citywide Sign Ordinance, PLUM Update (Jennifer Malaret). Jennifer reported that the 3/26/2013 PLUM meeting was a reporting session on the Visioning Group as expected and that Planning was directed by the committee to report back within 60 days. The positive is that the ‘illegal’ sign settlements will continue to be excluded from the draft ordinance such that the City of LA can move ahead with efforts to regulate digital signage within the city. (3) Chris announced that the next LUC Meeting is April 11, 2013 from 12:45 to 2:30 pm in the library; all board members and the public are welcome to attend.

9.0 Old Business.
9.1.1 – Discussion of Bus Routing by LADOT and BBB. Update on requested CD-11 report. Report: Barbara Kohn said that CD-11 reported that the technical people from both LADOT and BBB are working on this and have requested more time. Patti Post has agreed to volunteer her time on this issue and is in contact with Barbara. Discussion: Las Brisas condominium residents were in attendance at the meeting and stated that they had no notice of the bus change route. The residents reported that the bus is blocking the driveway when it stops and the corner is very dangerous because all that is there is a yield sign that people ignore. Speed of the busses was a concern, along with ignoring the yield sign and automobile traffic that simply went around the busses without waiting for the bus to continue. John Glasgow is continuing to monitor the corner of Marquez and Sunset. Jennifer Malaret expressed that the concern outside of Las Brisas is heightened because of the commercial development across the street and the unsupervised children who utilize that area to be picked up by their parents and care-givers rather than parking or utilizing authorized school carpool procedures. Jennifer urged that nevertheless the problems with speed and failure to observe safety relative to bus stops is a problem prevalent along Sunset Boulevard and not just as a result of the bus re-route such that increased traffic patrols, ticketing and speed enforcement along all areas of Sunset needs to be once again stressed.

10. New Business

10.1.1 – Project Status Report for the Santa Monica Bay Low Flow Diversion Upgrades Package 3, Phase 2 Project. Speaker: Andy Flores, P.E., Project Manager/Civil Engineer, Prop O Clean Water Bond, and Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles. Presentation: Andy Flores told the council that voters approved Proposition O in 2004 for $500 million to improve water quality of the City’s receiving waters. There are 33 projects currently slated. Proposition O’s benefits include beneficial use of the Santa Monica Bay and enhancement to wildlife. Also there is more sewer capacity to the Coastal Interceptor Sewer (CIS) in PCH to accommodate larger winter-dry weather storm water flows from the upgraded 8 Low Flow Diversions (LFDs). The last leg of the Coastal Interceptor Relief Sewer (CIRS) is in the Palisades near Will Rogers Parking lot. In that phase, during August 2012, there were geotechnical problems with cobbles that prevented shorting such that re-engineering was required. For the portion of the pipe that runs under PCH, traffic will be disrupted fall of 2013 to fall of 2014. A nine (9) month disruption/construction schedule is anticipated. The construction method to be used is “micro-tunneling” and there has been a lot of mapping done in preparation for the start of work that is projected to move from the north end of Will Rogers Beach moving south. At this date, traffic control is tentative but CalTrans has responded stating that dynamic lanes are the preferred method along with restricted hours for ingress and egress to driveways. There will be advanced signage along Highway 101 and the canyon routes to encourage diversion of traffic away from PCH. Andy reported that there is also an abandoned sewer line that will be re-pressurized and will eventually be in the same flow to the Hyperion Treatment Plant. More information is at www.LAPropO.org and the Prop O Project Hotline phone number is: (213) 978-0317.
Discussion: Gil Dembo asked if there was coordination with Santa Monica relative to the incline repair. Andy said yes there were discussions and it would be possible that the incline project will start as their project is finishing but hopefully this project will be finished first. Carol Bruch asked about how this project coordinates with the dry water treatment that is channeled south to the Santa Monica Pier. Andy said that the two are not related. Steve Cron asked when there would be an effect on the ocean. Andy stated they would have an immediate effect outside of the rain event flows where the water quantity is very large. Eric Dugdale asked whether there was an archeological person on the construction team. Andy said there was not. Barbara Kohn stated that additional updates on this project are provided regularly at the PCH Task Force Meetings and anyone interested should attend those meetings in the future. Richard Cohen expressed support for Andy Flores and his team who have been providing these updates to our community for more than a decade. George Wolfberg reported on two upstream sewage plants built by the City that effectively squeeze the water out of sewage in the valley. This freed up hundreds of gallons in capacity for Hyperion. George also said that the City tests the ocean water daily. On dry days, Santa Monica Canyon is an A or A- but on a rain event it will be an F, returning to A’s within a day or so. Jack Allen asked how the sand and silt coming out of Palisades canyons are dealt with. Andy said generally these materials stay in the pipes and the pipes are periodically flushed.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM.

ITEM 8.1.1 – Proposed WRAC Land Use Motions, Unanimously Recommended by the LUC:

1) Motion re Ample Advance Public Notice
The Board of Pacific Palisades Community Council supports the following resolution proposed by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils: The City of Los Angeles shall provide ample advance public notice to all surrounding NCs/CCs and residents within 1,000 ft. on regional planning issues, including major projects and revisions to Conditions of Approval.
2) Motion re Infrastructure
Whereas the maintenance of City infrastructure is critical for the quality of life of all citizens in all neighborhoods with regard to the provision of adequate public services: police; fire; schools; parks/open space; libraries; transportation; sewers; flood control; water and water treatment; power supply and delivery; and
Whereas Los Angeles City officials are required by the City’s General Plan to produce an Annual Report on Growth and Infrastructure (ARGI) as cited in the General Plan Framework Element Chapter 2, Growth and Capacity, Growth Monitoring, and
Whereas the most recent report dates from 2000 and is based upon data from 1998; and
Whereas members of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils are experiencing
‘piecemealing’ of development projects in the Western Los Angeles area without adequate regional infrastructure assessment, growth monitoring or capacity,

Therefore Pacific Palisades Community Council recommends an immediate proper annual assessment of infrastructure be undertaken based upon accurate and up to date information, to:

Determine present and future development carrying capacity of the Westside prior to the issuance of approvals/permits for upcoming projects.

Balance long-term impacts on the environment and geopolitics.

Identify and establish funding sources for infrastructure upgrades, including directing payments from local sources to the local area instead of the City’s general fund.


MINUTES FOR APRIL 11th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Harry Sondheim, Jack Allen, Stuart Muller, Steve Boyers, John Schwartz, George Wolfberg, Joyce Brunelle, and Richard Wulliger.
Voting Alternates: Carol Bruch, Donna Vaccarino, and Richard Cohen.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Steve Cron, Chris Hope, John Glasgow, Cathy Russell, and Quentin Fleming,

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Barbara Kohn read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience.
Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:04 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the March 28, 2013 minutes adopted.
The next meeting is April 25, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of April 11, 2013. The total account balances equal $20,784.92.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 PPCC’s 40th Anniversary – Barbara expressed her gratitude for being President upon PPCC’s 40th anniversary and welcomed board members and the audience. Barbara spoke relative to the formation of the council and its rich history.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives – None.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors – None.

8. Reports From Committees – None.

9. Old Business – None.

10. New Business

10.1 Sparkplug Awards – Bruce Schwartz, Leslie Pereira, and Susan McInerney.

Janet Turner spoke on behalf of Bruce Schwartz recognizing him for starting an awareness program aimed at street safety on Sunset Boulevard called “Safety on Sunset” or “SOS”. Bruce thanked Amy Kalp and Joaquin Macias (CD-11 Field Deputy) for their assistance in starting the program, along with stating that he hopes that the message of traffic safety will continue and become citywide.

Barbara Kohn honored Leslie Pereira for her work in starting the Pacific Palisades Spelling Bee at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center in February 2012 that she again chaired this year. Leslie thanked her husband Eugene Volokh and her children Ben and Sam for their inspiration and enthusiasm.

Jennifer Malaret spoke on behalf of Susan McInerney’s volunteer work at the Palisades Recreation Center and for conceiving and organizing a “Spooktacular” event every Halloween and for chairing a similar spring event called the “Eggstravaganza.” Susan thanked the members of the Park Advisory Board for assisting in these events and expressed her gratitude for being part of the Palisades community and the parks because the parks are a special place for people to meet and interact together.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.


MINUTES FOR APRIL 25th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Janet Anderson, Harry Sondheim, Richard Wulliger, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Paul Glasgall, Jack Allen, Jim Rea, Gil Dembo, Joyce Brunnelle, Kelly Comras and John Schwartz.
Voting Alternates: None.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Eric Dugdale, Richard Cohen, Donna Vaccarino, Laura Mack and John Glasgow.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Jim Rea read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:06 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the April 13, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meeting is May 9, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

4.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of April 25, 2013. The total account balances equal $20,376.63.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 Mayoral Debate Monday April 29, 2013 at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. rsvps to debate@wwnc.org. Panelists include Jill Stewart from L.A. Weekly and Jim Newton from the LA Times. Parking spots can be requested.

7.1.2 Youth Representative Committee – Donna Vaccarino has agreed to assist with a new Youth Representative Committee designed to assist with the Youth Member board seat.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias reported that (1) Palisades Charter High Noise: CD-11 has met separately with the school and neighbors to get the background on the problem, information on programming and details of mitigation. The next step will be to have a joint meeting and PPCC representatives will be invited to attend. CD-11 feels that there is an impact because the lights and noise emanating from the pool do impact neighbors every day. Stuart Muller expressed that this has been ongoing since the pool has been built and the facility is also being rented. Stuart also reported objections to the digital sign that has been flashing in varieties of color. (2) Fix the Streets Bond – there has been one town hall meeting to talk about what could be added and two more meetings are scheduled. (3) Jack Allen stated that the traffic system on Sunset is not working and asked for particular relief in the Riviera. (4) Jim Rea asked about the cutting of Sunset again between Palisades Drive and Marquez. Joaquin said he would try to find out.
Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – Senior Lead Officer Moore had no direct update to provide. Questions were taken from board members regarding the Revello stalking situation, the bicycle bank robbery and dispatch of LAPD cars. Paul Glasgall asked about the limited radar certification of streets, some of which have expired. Officer Moore explained the protocol for the police using radar and safe speed determinations. Geoff Shelden expressed concern about motorists ignoring school bus stops on Palisades Drive whereby the cars simply speed past and do not stop. Officer Moore said that this issue has been reported and is being worked on. Harry Sondheim asked about dogs off leash outside of the park in the City of Los Angeles. Officer Moore stated that the laws apply to dogs off leash anywhere in the City not just on City park property. (877) ASK-LAPD.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 DWP DS-104 Substation Task Force (Kelly Comras, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Joyce Brunnelle, Gil Dembo). Jim Rea addressed reports in the paper that the Task Force has been dismissed and brought the letter as reported in the Palisadian Post.

7.3.2 Pacific Palisades Historical Society (Eric Dugdale, Richard Wulliger). Dick announced that (1) the State Bar has named its Ethics Award after our very own Harry Sondheim. (2) the Historical Society is interested in ensuring that wherever the DWP puts the substation it is important to establish mitigation measures. The Historical Society Board submitted a letter addressed to the community council. See letter attached below. Dick stressed that the letter is a working document, to be discussed and modified as appropriate. Discussion: Gil Dembo asked that the letter be sent to the DWP and CD-11. Dick reported that this has already been done. Jack Allen anticipated that the DWP is likely preparing its Initial Study and will possibly utilize this letter for mitigation measures to be considered within that study. Dick expressed that wherever the substation will go it is important for the community to give the DWP input as to how this will be the best possible project. Dick explained this is the Historical Society’s perspective on that issue and acknowledged that others will have views as well. Dick expressed that the Land Use Committee consider the recommendations made in the letter. Donna Vaccarino expressed that it is always paramount to put the community’s conditions on the table first and she applauded the Historical Society’s effort. Dick expressed that the Historical Society is open to input from PPCC Board Members and the community and anyone is welcome to write or contact the Historical Society.

7.3.3 Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board (Jennifer Malaret) – LAPD has created a new Security Service Division 24 Hour Communication Center to “help protect the safety and integrity of our Parks, Libraries, and Municipal Facilities” by reporting routine or emergency problems to 213-978-4670. Second to 911 calls, this phone number is supposed to prioritize caller reports at parks, libraries and municipal facilities involving violent crimes, disturbances and crimes in progress, alcohol and drug abuse, illegal and nuisance sports activity, dogs off leash and other animal problems, bug nests, trespassing, lewd conduct, facility and maintenance emergencies after regular work hours, requests for extra patrols, alarm activations and anonymous problem reporting. It is said that there is a Security Services Division Watch Commander on Duty 24 hours. Response: Senior Lead Officer Moore stated that he would follow up on the notice and clarify what priorities and response the public could expect, i.e., would this phone number be working as a dispatch function.
7.3.4Chamber of Commerce – Joyce Brunnelle announced the Annual Community Expo on May 5, 2013 across from the Farmer’s Market. The event will include the classic car show, more than 40 vendor booths and attractions for children. Joyce welcomed the board and the public to this event.

7.3.5 Big Blue Bus at Sunset & Marquez – John Glasgow gave the following report: Since the recent motorcycle accident, the LADOT has prevented all buses, the orange Metro buses and BBB buses, from making their long time counter-clockwise turn at Sunset & Marquez west. Mostly through the coordination of Norman Kulla & Amy Kalp there have been many meetings with bus personnel to determine an appropriate turn-around, in an effort to keep the BBB service coming to the west end of Marquez. The orange metro buses are not using this alternate Marquez route and are using a temporary route on Sunset, PCH and Temescal Canyon. A temporary solution determined that the BBB bus would enter the east end of Marquez, travel down past the school and come up to the light at the west end of Marquez where they would make a left turn and head back east. This solution did not sit well with the parents, neighbors and other folks in the Marquez area of the school. The main problem being that no one can give them an end date to this temporary detour route. Then, Amy Kalp coordinated a meeting with the Big Blue Bus folks to test clockwise turnarounds, which they videotaped and presented to LADOT. However, this clockwise turn around has such a large sweep to it that the right turn lane at the stop sign onto Sunset from Marquez would have to be eliminated. Right-hand turn traffic would then be taken to the light. In another meeting recently with Norman Kulla, LADOT & BBB this clockwise turnaround was tentatively approved, however details are to be worked out and there is no timeframe for its execution, therefore, no date in sight for the Big Blue buses not passing Marquez school. It should be noted that the Big Blue Bus folks have made every effort possible to resolve all the issues that have come along during this period. The current status is that we are waiting for further feedback from LADOT on execution of the plan and a timetable. Discussion: Janet Turner said that certain bus people at a recent MKPOA meeting expressed that funding may be a factor in changing the currently changed route. John stated that this may be true however his impression is that the BBB personnel is trying very hard to make adjustments and corrections to alleviate the concerns of residents in this area of the Palisades community. Geoff Shelden expressed that bollards at this intersection to help control the turning may not be a bad idea.

7.3.6 Janet Turner reported that on May 2, 2013 at 7 PM Congressman Waxman will be having a meeting in Mar Vista, CA. If anyone is interested in receiving information on this event, then please contact Janet Turner directly.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”), April 2013 General Update – (Jennifer Malaret) Il Piccolo Ritrovo proposed update to existing Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”) and state liquor license; Moku Sushi future opening and applied for beer and wine license. Report: Application for full liquor license (Il Piccolo Retrovo) –Brett Engstrom was the restaurant representative that presented to our LUC with the following notable points: (1) the purpose for request is to help the restaurant increase revenues, (2) they have not filed the application yet and wanted community feedback first, (3) there will be no separate bar, drinks will be served at tables only, (4) a 3 foot barrier is required for the patio area which has been installed and the patio is now enclosed, (5) an 11 AM start time is considered to accommodate service on the weekend., (5) they need a CUP from the City (covenant on the property) and licensing from the state (which goes with the proprietor). The existing CUP is problematic and runs without expiry; however, the new CUP will have an end term and operating conditions. Possible conditions: additional parking, a requirement that no physical bar will be installed, and a contract with the valet service precluding parking cars in the residential neighborhood. LUC response was to ask to see draft CUP conditions when available, with particular emphasis on traffic and parking issues. Application for beer & wine license (Moku Sushi) – Mr. Navarette was the restaurant representative who presented to the LUC. This application is for beer and wine to be served at a new restaurant. There is patio seating as part of the new upgrades to the center. The restaurant has a 5-year lease with a 5 -year option whereby there will be 74 seats inside and 34 patio seats. This application was filed 3/14/2013 construction should be finished by the end of the year. The owner wants the beer and wine permitted before the restaurant opens and sake will be included. Notices should go out in August 2013 to property owners located within a 500 square foot radius of the location. Discussion: Jack Allen stated that he had concerns with the Il Piccolo future application. Harry Sondheim asked if the LUC had taken any position on the applications. Jennifer reported that the LUC did not.

8.1.2 Land Use Committee (“LUC”), CF 13-0002-550/Koretz Resolution re AB 162 – (Barbara Kohn). See Christina Spitz’s Email submitted below in opposition to this bill that would, in sum, eliminate public comment on wireless co-locations. Background: AB 162 was apparently introduced by Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena on January 23, 2013 and amended on March 21. Among other things, it would preempt local governments from considering whether a significant gap in service exists when a wireless carrier seeks to modify an existing wireless facility. The authority of a local government in California to place the burden of proof on a wireless carrier to demonstrate the existence of a significant gap in its coverage has been established under Federal law since the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Metro PCS v. City and County of San Francisco decision in 2005. There is no reason for the State of California to act to limit this authority. See additional letters of opposition below. Barbara reported to the Board that as of today this bill is being modified to further remove concerns including aesthetics. The hearing is still set on May 2, 2013.

8.1.3 – Land Use Committee (“LUC”), Realignment of City Departments; Consolidation of Planning and the Department of Building and Safety conceptually referred to as “BUILD LA” and Announcement of Palisades Beautiful local community forums– (George Wolfberg, Donna Vaccarino). See also: http:// cityclerk.lacity.org/ lacityclerkconnect /index.cfm ?fa= ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber =13-0046. Report: Barbara reported that she, Donna and George attended a meeting with the Planning Department and other stakeholders on this issue last week. Donna re-capped the January 2013 meeting hosted by PPCC on this topic. The reorganization of departments is intended to bring more transparency and smoother process for permitting. Donna said this is not a new process and that there is other adjacent cities who have started with a good plan which then facilitates good planning. On May 7, 2013 Palisades Beautiful will be hosting here in the library at 7 PM an open dialogue about future planning in the Palisades, i.e., what does the town want to be, who is going to determine that, what do we think about the General Plan, the Specific Plan and our design guidelines? Donna ultimately would like to see architecture and planning firms hired to study this. Additional discussion forums will take place on May 16, 2013 and the first Saturday in June 2013. See announcement below. Discussion: Jack Allen expressed doubts about the City’s plan to re-align based on his experience in Beverly Hills where Building and Safety dominated everything and Planning became what Building and Safety wanted it to be. Jack recommended having Planning separated from LADBS and when that happened Beverly Hills was actually downzoned. Jack believes that Planning and LADBS have very different perspectives and we shouldn’t be planning to build rather the focus of planning should be on the quality of life rather than serving developers. Dick Wulliger talked about a proposed merger between other public agencies and due to conflict of interests that merger was not completed. Barbara Kohn stated that who the head of this new combined department is will be critical. George Wolfberg explained that the consolidation is designed to streamline the permitting process such that approvals will be done by personnel within a singular department such that the new organization will be planning driven. George Wolfberg has also suggested a Citizens Advisory Panel be empaneled to oversee and advise the consolidation efforts.

9.0 Old Business.

9.1 United States Postal Service, Charles Hearne, Pacific Palisades Postmaster and Yvonne Smith. Report: Mr. Hearne stated that $19 million in funding has been lost in the last year. Discussions are taking place with Congress in Washington DC about the impacts of this. Routes are being cut and services changed including the Palisades being studied for elimination of both the Sunset and La Cruz facilities. Discussion: Stuart Muller expressed that residents in his area along Route 5 have experienced delivery problems including PO Box deliveries. The four issues are no permanent post officer, missed regular deliveries, missed certified mail deliveries, mail delivered to the wrong addresses, and delays in PO Box mail deliveries including the Palisadian Post. Mr. Hearne explained that there are not permanent carriers assigned to every route and Route 5 is not an eight-hour assignment which means there will never be a permanent mail carrier assigned to this route. In fact, the economics mean that mail carriers in the Palisades will be decreased and not increased. Missed deliveries, including certified, are an internal issues that can be rectified. Mr. Hearne stated that he will check with staff regarding delayed P.O. Box deliveries. Gil Dembo thanked the post office for serving this community very well, particularly in the area of retail services. Janet Turner expressed her thanks for the new system that was put into place regarding how to assign new delivery people and the individual who delivers the mail in Marquez Knolls. Jack Allen asked if residential deliveries were taking place before commercial deliveries which was how the system had been explained during Mr. Hearne’s last visit. Mr. Hearne said that he has no reports of letter carriers in the Palisades after 7 PM other than holiday times. Mr. Hearne invited the board and the public to email him Charles.F.Hearne@usps.gov with any questions, comments or concerns.

10.0 New Business – None.

11.0 General Public Comment

11.1 Ted Mackie asked Reza Gostar about the reported delay in the escrow for Caruso to purchase the Palisades Partners’ Village property. Reza confirmed that there is contamination but that it is not at high enough levels to affect the health of business owners, customers or residents. The announcement came from a public relations group hired by the owners originally and Caruso’s statement was reactive to the announcement by the owners. The escrow for the purchase and sale agreement is still open.

12.0 Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:50 PM.

ITEM 7.2.2 – HISTORICAL SOCIETY LETTER REGARDING THE DS-104 TASK FORCE AND PROPOSED SUBSTATION IN PACIFIC PALISADES, CA.
April 11, 2013
Dear Members of the Community Council,
It is our understanding that community participation in the DS-104 Task Force is indefinitely suspended and that here is a real possibility that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) may decide to move forward with its plans to build DS-104 at its existing site on Marquez Avenue. This letter asks the Pacific Palisades Community Council to join Council Member Bill Rosendahl in requesting that the LADWP consider the following mitigations in the event of development and construction of DS-104 on Marquez Avenue:
1) Underground all new and existing overhead power lines and transformers.
2) Purchase the land that adjoins LADWP property that was part of the original LADWP purchase in1972.
3) Use part of the land to sensitively site the DS-104 structure with a generous setback from Marquez Avenue and lower the grade.
4) Design the DS-104 structure for architectural compatibility with Marquez School structures.
5) Construct a berm and retaining / sound wall between DS-104 and the edge of the school playground.
6) Construct a berm and a sound wall between DS-104 and the adjacent neighbor.
7) Install landscaping to visually soften views of DS-104 from all sides.
8) Consider potential public / private partnerships for constructing and maintaining the remaining adjacent land as open space, recreation, and school parking.
DS-104 Task Force members undertook a difficult task in examining the suitability of additional sites. Their efforts should be saluted. But even if that process yields additional information and/or recommendations, LADWP has made it clear from the beginning that the final choice of site will be theirs. It makes the most sense to move forward on a parallel track that recognizes the possibility of construction of DS-104 on the Marquez site and anticipates mitigations that will benefit the community.
We ask the Pacific Palisades Community Council to join Council Member Bill Rosendahl in requesting that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) consider the above mitigations in the development and construction of DS-104.
Sincerely,
Eric Dugdale Richard Wulliger President PPCC Representative Pacific Palisades Historical Society Pacific Palisades Historical Society

ITEM 8.1.2 – CF 13-0002-550/Koretz Resolution re AB 162
From: ppfriends3@hotmail.com To: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; councilmember.labonge@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; justin.wesson@lacity.org; rebecca.liu@lacity.org; renee.weitzer@lacity.org; lisa.schecter@lacity.org; tanner.blackman@lacity.org; erick.martell@lacity.org CC: paul.koretz@lacity.org; bill.rosendahl@lacity.org; shawn.bayliss@lacity.org; david.hersch@lacity.org; norman.kulla@lacity.org; john.gregory@lacity.org; mike.bonin@lacity.org; pacpalicc@aol.com Subject: CF 13-0002-550/Koretz Resolution re AB 162 Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:56:28 -0700
Dear Councilmembers Wesson, LaBonge and Huizar (City Council Rules Committee chair and members), and respective Legislative and Planning Directors/Deputies:
Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) supports the Koretz Resolution of April 3, 2013 (CF 13-0002-550, assigned to the Council Rules Committee), and joins with Councilmember Koretz in opposing AB 162 (Holden) on the grounds that the bill would undermine local land use control and ultimately the principle of home rule.
AB 162 will be taken up by the State Assembly Local Governments Committee on May 1, 2013. (http://alcl.assembly.ca.gov/hearings (click on Show Details under Wednesday, May 1).
It is imperative that the Koretz Resolution be considered by the Council Rules Committee this week, on April 19 (the third Friday of the month), to allow the full City Council (if the Resolution is passed by the Rules Committee) to vote on the matter in sufficient time prior to May 1.
We are advised that numerous California local governments and organizations are expressing opposition to AB 162. The City of Los Angeles’ voice on this matter should be heard as well. PPCC urges you to agendize the Koretz Resolution for your April 19 meeting and to support the Resolution.
Sincerely, Christina Spitz, Vice-President, PPCC, Chair, PPCC Land Use Committee, Member, WRAC-LUPC Founding Member, Los Angeles WTF Working Group
Additional Materials:
*Jonathan Kramer’s commentary on AB 162. Among other scathing comments, he states that this is “one of the worst bills that would kill public comment” on colocations, etc.

Urgent: California 6409(a)/Shot Clock Law Floated in Sacramento


* “The Wireless Industry Gift and Public Exclusion Act of 2013.” http://sunroomdesk.com/2013/04/05/holden-assembly-bill-overrides-glendale-wireless-ordinance/
* From: gjf165@gmail.com Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:14:13 -0700 Subject: AB 162 To: Bill.rosendahl@lacity.org; mike.bonin@lacity.org
Dear Bill and Mike, The Brentwood Community Council has been in the fight for years to provide reasonable and appropriate aesthetic equipment in our neighborhood by cell companies. Knowing that we need good cell service should not overlook the mega equipment with potential health hazards that can be placed in residential areas and ruin property values, not to mention quality of life for our residents. The installations need to be thought through, not rushed through. You have been with us all of the way and we ask that you support the Koretz Resolution of April 3, 2013 opposing AB 162 (Holden). As it states, this would undermine local land use control and, ultimately, the principle of home rule. Best regards, Nancy Freedman Chair, Brentwood Community Council

RE: AB 162 (Holden). Wireless Telecommunications Facilities. (as amended March 21, 2013) Notice of OPPOSITION Dear Assembly Member Achadjian: The League of California Cities opposes AB 162 (Holden), which would unnecessarily and significantly impact a cities’ authority to regulate the placement of certain wireless facilities. In addition, the timeframes included in AB 162 would limit the ability of a city to notice and hold the proper public meetings. Unreasonable Timeframes. In 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules that require local governments to review and act on applications for the establishment of wireless communications structures. Under that ruling, cities have 90 days to review collocation applications, and 150 days for other siting applications. If cities do not act in this timeframe, an applicant can bring action in court. AB 162 would cut these timeframes in half and would deem applications granted at the end of the 45 days. During the rulemaking, CTIA – The Wireless Association requested that the FCC adopt the timeframes and automatic adoption included in your bill. However, the FCC rightly refused, stating the timeframes “may be insufficiently flexible for general applicability.” In addition, the FCC ruled that the state or local government should have the opportunity to rebut the presumption of reasonableness in court if they do not act on an application within the timeframe. The League is unaware of any evidence that the timeframes set by the FCC are not appropriate for California. Problems with Definition of “Substantially Change.” AB 162 requires that a local government approve any request to modify an existing wireless telecommunications facility that does not “substantially change” the physical dimensions, as defined, of the wireless telecommunications facility. The definitions of AB 162 go far beyond what was included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. In addition, the definition of “substantially change” would allow significant changes in some cases. Need to Account for More Than Size. AB 162 talks about the size of facilities, but does not take into account other factors such as weight or location. Some existing wireless facilities are located on the side or top of buildings. And the addition of 20 feet of equipment would be substantial. In addition, AB 162 does not take in account that new equipment may weigh more than existing equipment and could impact the integrity of the building. In other cases, existing facilities are mounted to utility poles or streetlights. Modifications to the equipment could cause sidewalks and ADA ramps to be completely blocked. The Public Record Should Be Complete. AB 162 prohibits local governments from requiring proof of gap in coverage as part of the approval of an eligible facilities request. Again, this varies from the FCC ruling which prohibited local governments from denying an application based solely on this information. Requesting the information from an applicant is simply part of the public process, and there is no documented need to completely exclude the information from the public record. Pending Supreme Court Decision. AB 162 formalizes in state law several issues that are currently pending before the Supreme Court in City of Arlington, Texas v. Federal Communications Commission. It is imprudent for the state to take any action on these items before the case receives a ruling, and the League encourages you to hold your bill until the case is decided and can be implemented. While we appreciate the author’s willingness to discuss and try to address our concerns, we must oppose AB 162. If you have any questions regarding the League’s position on this bill, please do not hesitate to contact me at (916) 658-8249. Sincerely, Jennifer Whiting Legislative Representative cc: Assembly Member Chris Holden Members, Assembly Local Government Committee Debbie Michel, Assembly Local Government Committee William Weber, Assembly Republican Caucus

ITEM 8.1.3 – Realignment of City Departments; Consolidation of Planning and the Department of Building and Safety conceptually referred to as “BUILD LA” and Announcement of Palisades Beautiful Local Forums (text only)
PALISADES BEAUTIFUL ….. It’s our Town ……
Palisades Beautiful is sponsoring a
Community Meeting – Open Dialogue on “The Future of Pacific Palisades”
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6 to 7:30 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013 6 to 7:30 pm Saturday, June 1, 2013 10 to 11:30 am Community Meeting Room Pacific Palisades Library
Does the Community of Pacific Palisades have a Vision for its Future? What will the future of our community look like? Who will define future growth? Why should we care?
Citizen’s Initiative – Pacific Palisades Strategic Master Plan Study. Info: www.palisadesbeautiful.org/getinvolve
Who will define our future growth? Citizen’s Initiative – Pacific Palisades Strategic Master Plan Study. Info: www.palisadesbeautiful.org/getinvolved


MINUTES FOR MAY 9th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Barbara Marinacci, Harry Sondheim, Dick Wulliger, George Wolfberg, Paul Glasgall, Jack Allen, Jim Rea, and Schyler Deitz.
Voting Alternates: Brenda Theveny and Donna Vaccarino.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Steve Cron, Laura Mack, and John Glasgow.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Janet Turner read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the April 25, 2013 minutes adopted. George Wolfberg moved that the adoption of the minutes be deferred to the next meeting pending corrections. The President deferred adoption of the minutes. The next meeting is May 23, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of May 9, 2013. The total account balances equal $20,347.63.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 Mayoral Debate, Co-Hosted by PPCC – Barbara Kohn reported that the event had more than 500 persons and the security was very tight. Barbara stated that the questioning was tough and the candidates were on stage for almost 90 minutes. Reports of the event were published in, among others, the LA Times and the Palisadian Post.

7.1.2 CEQA – Barbara referred the audience to the LA Times editorial page.

7.1.3 LADWP Substation DS-104 – Barbara referred the audience to the Palisadian Post that published an open letter from Ron Nichols to the community in the May 9, 2013 edition.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – SLO Officer Moore reported
(1) Stolen Vehicles – within the last week there were four stolen vehicles and that is unusually high for this area. Officer Moore recommended that vehicle owners have tracking technology in their cars. Other options are clubs, alarms and kill switches. Ted Mackie asked if there were common characteristics among the four cars. SLO reported that there was not; additionally some of the cars were on the street and some were in driveways.
(2) Sexual Predator Near Fancy Feet in the Alma Real Building and Recreation Center – Jennifer Malaret asked about reports that LAPD was called to stop an individual from lewd behavior towards young children in the Alma Real Building but that no arrest was made. SLO Moore was not familiar with the call and would ask about it.
(3) Wednesday Night Motorcycles – John Glasgow asked about the activity on May 7th and emails that had been circulating. SLO Moore reported that he had spoken to Officer Smythe who acknowledged that this was still a problem but that the conduct changes when LAPD patrols are in the area. SLO Moore did say that citizens could be trained in radar gun and patrol. Barbara Kohn reported that an email had been received by PPCC from a resident regarding this issue as well.
(4) Drug Dealing – Paul Glasgall reported that there is a current investigation going on relative to drug dealing activity within the village.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s Office – Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative. Presentation: Stephanie reported that the Assemblyman has a 21-bill package this year. The more problematic bills are as follows: AB1213 (Bobcat Protection Act). AB1142 (Statewide ban on smoking on state beaches and parks – the bill has been amended to allow smoking in parking lots and they are working on an amendment for electronic cigarettes. It is a two-year bill). AB 283 (community college back tax bill). AB 1301 (moratorium on fracking that requires test on the environmental risk of fracking before it can continue – has made it out of committee and will be in appropriations this month). Stephanie suggested that PPCC be concerned with the governor’s funding formula for public schools as Assemblyman Bloom sits on the state budget committee. They have received many letters of opposition to the formula.
Discussion: Barbara Kohn asked about AB 5. Stephanie stated this bill is a huge controversy being a civil rights bill for homeless people. The bill has been amended many times, no longer requiring recreation centers to open their showers or permit bathroom activity on any public sidewalk. There is much public opposition to this bill and the Assemblyman has not yet taken a position, as the bill has not come out of appropriations. AB 5 has strong opposition from law enforcement. Ted Mackie asked if there was any state action against abuse of handicapped parking permits. Stephanie replied that this appeared to be more of a municipal issue and suggested to contact parking enforcement. Q&A: Jack Allen asked for Bloom’s support of a state law to prohibit motorcycles on certain hours of certain days. Stephanie stated she would follow up on what, if any, interest Assemblyman Bloom had to be involved in this problem.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Simon Meadow Update – Kelly Comras reported that construction began on May 6, 2013 for the new playing field, sod, irrigation and fence. Trees will be planted beginning next week including oaks and sycamore. The YMCA Camp will open June 10, 2013.

7.3.2 Historical Society = Dick Wulliger reported that Jan Loomis was written a book called “Westside Chronicles” with much content devoted to Pacific Palisades. The event will be May 20, 2013 at 7 PM in the Palisades Theater. The public is welcome and the book will be on sale. That event will also include the Historical Society’s scholarship.

7.3.3 “Palisades Future” Community Meeting hosted by Palisades Beautiful – Donna Vaccarino reported that the first of three meetings was held this week to which roughly 60 people attended. The second meeting will be next Thursday, May 16 2013 and the third meeting will be held on June 1, 2013 at the library in the community room.

7.3.4 Area Reps – Updates. Barbara let the board know that this is a placeholder for future announcements from our elected area representatives in terms of notable issues within their geographic area of representation. Area Representatives were asked to consider providing updates at future PPCC meetings.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Nominating Committee – Janet Turner, Chair. Janet reported that the Nominating Committee (Janet Turner, Dick Wulliger, Norma Spak) met and conferred and felt that the current President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are doing a fabulous job and would like them to run again. Each of the four officers said they would run again for another term. Thus, the Nominating Committee recommended Barbara Kohn for President, Chris Spitz for Vice President, Jennifer Malaret for Secretary and Ted Mackie for Treasurer of PPCC 2013/2014. Janet Turner announced that with this announcement nominations are now open for anyone else

8.1.2 By-Laws Committee – George Wolfberg, Chair. George reported that the Committee (Jack Allen, Jennifer Malaret, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller and Richard Cohen) has been meeting regularly on a monthly basis. The Committee is clarifying language which includes some transfer / consolidation of provisions to make the document more user-friendly including:

Changes to the provisions relating to election of officers to formalize recent practice and specify timing for various actions. Includes institutionalization of a candidate’s forum in case of contested offices.
Adding a provision that Area Representative candidates and alternates must be registered to vote in the area.
Specifying 30 days notice to persons residing in an Area who may want to apply to be an alternate representative.
Require posting of Agenda on PPCC website.
Discussing more clarity in dealing with board members who fail to attend three consecutive meetings.
Removing AARP and Jr. Women’s Club from list of represented organizations.
Correcting an error in the version of our Guiding Principles listed for convenience.
Very minor tweaking to Area boundaries which requires much drafting and heroic work by Stuart Muller on the maps.

8.1.3. LUC Meeting next Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Chris Spitz reported that there are no new or pressing topics. Chris updated the board on the two liquor license applications presented to the LUC and discussed in detail at the last PPCC meeting. Regarding Il Piccollo Ritrovo, the license facilitator has been in touch with Chris Spitz and is providing additional details about the restaurant lease and parking details. Jack Allen expressed that valet parking is a concern because they are parking in the nearest residential areas and that residents do not want patrons overflowing into their neighborhood. Donna Vaccarino expressed that the added alcohol consumption without additional parking creates a hazardous situation and that beer and wine is sufficient for the type of food being served.

9. Old Business.

9.1 Los Angeles City Budget 2013/2014 – Jay Handal, Chairman; Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Committee. To view the White Paper Report: owerla.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/NCBA_2013_White_Paper.pdf. Presentation: In Jay’s place Terrence Gomes attended from WRAC (and other organizations) to present to PPCC. About the White Paper itself, 22 of the budget advocates recommendations have been approved specifically with regard to pensions (having employees pay for the administration of the pensions), infrastructure and health care (proposing a 10% employee pay-in rather than 100% of these costs being funded by tax payers). The budget advocates spoke to the 20/20 commission and were favorably received. Relative to the transportation bond, Terrence reported that regional commissions were being considered to which local community councils and stakeholders can provide input. The bond will not provide monies for sidewalks and trees. The Budget Advocates have been questioning the number of jobs created and cost of the asphalt for road repairs. The biggest concern is that voters do not believe the money will be spent properly. Other topics the budget advocates are looking at are a charter amendment to balance the budget and the feasibility of outsourcing some services.
Discussion: Janet Turner asked if such a big bond could put the City in jeopardy by reducing LA’s rating and in turn increasing the cost of borrowing. Terrence agreed that was a legitimate concern. Jack Allen disagreed with the budget advocate’s recommendations to increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 stating that it does not save money. Terrence disagreed because of the employees who retire in their 50’s and then live and collect a pension longer than they actually worked for the city. Brenda Theveny asked if City employees get social security. Terrence said no and that is why the city provides a full pension. Jim Rea asked what progress the city has made in improving collections. Terrence reported that two of the departments have been merged and while parking and building permits have gotten better there is still money falling through the cracks. The budget advocates continue to advocate additional consolidation as they have been suggesting over the past four years.

10. New Business

10.1 LAX Expansion Update, – Jim Ouellet. Presentation: Jim is a Playa del Rey resident who got involved in opposition to the LAX expansion plan. The expansion plan was set forth by Los Angeles World Airport is the city agency that runs the LAX, Ontrario and Palmdale airports. The City approved Alternative One and the locals are in favor of Alternative Two. Both sides agree on an automated ground transportation plan that is the people mover to circulate the users to the parking garages and car rental/hotel properties. Both plans contain safety measures that move takeoff positions 1,000 feet further east such that air levels for takeoff and landing are improved. Both plans straighten the taxiways to make it easier for planes to move around. The major difference between the plans is that Alternative One moves the outward runway 260 feet to the north and builds a centerline taxiway in between the incoming and outgoing planes. There are 2 obstacles to moving the runway north: rerouting Lincoln Boulevard, the Argo drainage channel will create a hollow under the runway and underground water flow that could not be successfully dealt with in the 1960’s that resulted in an abandoned six car tunnel that must now be filled. Jim reported that the plans also assume there are no underground high voltage lines, no underground oil lines and the lines to the Hyperion sewage plant. Jim also reported on the cost issues which include a recently reported $600 million increase in the cost for Alternative One and that there is a report suggesting that the safety improvement is negligible relative to the cost (i.e., one life for that additional $600 million). Jim also stated that the airport’s own EIR states that the airport efficiency will not be notably improved by moving the runway north. Discussion: Barbara asked what the next step is now that the City Council approved Alternative One. Jim expects the Mayor to approve the plan and then Alternative One goes back to LAX where they will go from a “program level” EIR to a “project level” EIR which is much more detailed taking several years to get through the process. During this time there will be a new Mayor. Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti voted against Alternative One.

11. General Public Comment – None.

11.1 George – Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association Annual Meeting will be held May 14, 2013 at 7 PM at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. The featured topic will be a presentation by the Santa Monica City Traffic Engineer on how the city will deal with the expected traffic in Santa Monica Canyon and how the closure of the incline will be affected.

11.2 Paul Glasgall reported that the Santa Ynez reservoir is still not completed.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:46 PM.



MINUTES FOR MAY 23th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Jim Rea, Gil Dembo, Jack Allen, George Wolfberg, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Barbara Marinacci, Kelly Comras, Schyler Dietz, and Janet Anderson.
Voting Alternates: Bob Baker, Donna Vaccarino, Steve Cron, Mark Roosa, Reza Akef, Chris Hope and Cathy Russell.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: John Glasgow, Richard Cohen and Carol Bruch.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Steve Cron read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:05 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the April 25, 2013 and May 6, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meeting is June 13, 2013. The election of officers for PPCC will take place at the June 13, 2013 meeting. All board members are encouraged to attend that meeting.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of May 13, 2013. The total account balances equal $20,293.63 and the council is solvent.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 Pacific Palisades 2013 Fourth of July Parade – Barbara announced that Rob Weber be attending the June 13th PPCC meeting and asked that Barbara read the following statement tonight: Planning is well under for the Fourth of July festivities in Pacific Palisades. Rob Weber, president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) will join us at our next meeting, but asked me to share the following today. “Waves of Freedom” is the theme of this year’s 65th Annual Fourth of July Parade. This year’s parade will be led by Grand Marshal Ed Asner, and Parade Marshals Bob and Marge Gold, and will feature many wonderful bands, floats, equestrians and marching units. In the evening, Pacific Palisades’ newest Fourth of July tradition, the Palisades Rocks the Fourth Concert and Fireworks will fill Palisades Charter H.S. Stadium by the Sea. This year’s concert will feature Palisadian and Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett with his side project, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants. This three-hour festival features the best of our town’s world-class artists, playing a diverse range of popular and patriotic music. As always, the day will come to a thunderous conclusion with the annual fireworks extravaganza presented by world famous Pyro Spectaculars. These great community traditions can only succeed with the continued generous financial and manpower support of Pacific Palisades residents, businesses, veteran and civic groups. PAPA asks everyone to please consider donating time or money this year. PAPA final two volunteer planning meetings will be held on Monday June 10 and Monday July 1, at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post #283. PAPA always can use more volunteers willing to lend an hour or two of their time on July 4th, for a variety of tasks. If you are interested please contact PAPA President Rob Weber at info@palisadesparade.org or (310) 595-3009. Donations and ticket purchases may now be made at our website, www.palisadesparade.org. Rob Weber looks forward to attending our next meeting, and hopes to see you all on July Fourth.
Comment: Dick Wulliger expressed support for Ed Asner’s appointment as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Carol Bruch asked about the total number of cars planned for the parade. Barbara did not know the answer to that but reported that PPCC’s Executive Board has voted for one horse drawn vehicle to carry the Sparkplug award winners and some PPCC officers.

7.1.2 Area 8 Representative Resignation – Barbara announced that, due to family health issues, John Schwartz has resigned as the Area 8 Representative. Barbara reported that, pursuant to the terms of the PPCC Bylaws, Andrew Wolfberg is now the Area 8 representative and Reza Akef is the Area 8 First Alternate.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – no representative was in attendance.
Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – was not able to attend.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 “Palisades Future” Community Meetings – Donna Vaccarino reported that two meetings have taken place and the final meeting is June 1, 2013 from 10-11:30 in the library’s community room. Donna explained that this meeting would involve looking at the Specific Plan and a process that can lead us into the future and that public comments have been coming in via questionnaire. The goal is to have a ‘visioning statement’ come out of the meetings and Donna encouraged all of the board members and public to send thoughts and comments. See announcements below.

7.3.2 YMCA Committee – Kelly Comras reported that sod is in place, the fence is approximately 50% completed and the rock wall is being installed. The committee is working with the YMCA on refining the planting plan with the expected opening still expected for June 10, 2013. Richard Cohen reported that the paved area is being renovated and the lot is appearing far more ‘park-like’ such that there will be a balanced appearance of both corners and unified entrance to the State Park as desired by the Coastal Commission. Kelly announced that in order to use the enclosed area of the YMCA’s property people must be members of the YMCA. The public is free to walk over an easement paralleling the road to reach the park and that trail has been greatly expanded to give pedestrians more room. Janet Anderson and George Wolfberg said that the soccer field was a regulation field but only for 8 years old and under. Richard Cohen said that there are conditions that limit the commercial use of the property and ensure public access.

7.3.2 Area Representatives – Area 8: Reza Akef reported that (1) the Rivieria recently discovered their LAPD Senior Lead Officer is not Michael Moore but rather how their lead officer is shard with Brentwood. As a result, the Upper Riviera streets are not listed on the weekly crime report. With the recent arrests at Murphy Ranch and tagging at Paul Revere Middle School, there is a heightened interest in reaching out to the Brentwood Senior Lead Officer and have that individual participate in our reporting and meetings as well. (2) Construction on Allenford has been a problem. Andrew Wolfberg and Reza Akef along with CD-11 cannot determine who is doing the construction and what the construction is being done for. It appears LAUSD is the only party who was aware that the construction was being done. Gil Dembo suggested talking with the contractors on-site; however, Reza reported that none of the three contractors would cooperate. Barbara Kohn asked for email from Reza with information relative to an inquiry and said she would follow-up with CD-11. (3) Reza and George attended a City Council Public Works hearing regarding the proposed $3 billion Bond issue is intended to address. Reza’s concern is that there are no safeguards for what happens when public utilities complete their work and do not do adequate restorative work. By way of example are numerous street trenches in Area 8 that have not been fully repaired and the street restored. George Wolfberg suggested writing a letter to the new City Controller asking for an audit with a copy to the new City Attorney.

Area 1: Barbara Kohn reported that there is a Haul Route Hearing taking place next Tuesday at 9:30 AM, Los Angeles City Hall regarding the excavation and re-fill of the Tramanto slide area in anticipation of the 29 unit Palmer project. For the entire hill including the former Kahan project the plan is to export 66,000 cubic yards and then dirt will be brought back for infill. Comment: Gil Dembo asked about a ‘sunset rule’ on some of these permits. Barbara Kohn said that there were one-year renewals given by the Coastal Commission. Jack Allen said that years ago the council negotiated the requirement to fully remove all the slide material and fully replace it; thus the amount of dirt being exported and filled was expected and negotiated. Barbara reported that the Executive Board approved a letter to the committee advocating twelve (12) conditions to the applied for haul route. See approved letter below.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Nominating Committee, Status on Candidate Submissions – Janet Turner, Chair. For election procedures, please reference PPCC’s Bylaws: pp90272.org. Janet Turner reported that no other nominations have been received as of this time and that nominations for PPCC Officers will remain open until June 13, 2013.

8.2 Land Use Committee – Chris Spitz reported that the next meeting of the LUC will take place on June 13, 2013 in the Library Community Room from 12:30 PM to 2:30 or 3:00 pm. Board members and the public are invited to attend. The LUC is following up on issues related to Murphy Ranch as reported in the Palisadian Post and communicated by Reza Akef. The committee will be doing a site visit tomorrow. Chris also reported that AT&T has applied for a permit to install equipment which residents believe will ultimately be used to place, expand and upgrade the equipment on the existing pole. Comment: Gil Dembo asked the LUC to keep an eye on development on the rim of Potrero Canyon. Chris said that this topic is a regular discussion item on the LUC agenda. Reza Akef encouraged board members to use ZIMAS to see the Zoning Information bulletin and the guidelines that impacted property owners are required to comply with.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Candidate Forum, PPCC Officer Elections, One-Year Term Commencing July 1, 2013. Statements by the candidates (see candidate resumes attached herein): Barbara Kohn (President), Chris Spitz (Vice President), Jennifer Malaret (Secretary), Ted Mackie (Treasurer). Barbara asked for comments or questions from the board members and audience. None were made.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Boy Scout Troop No. 23 – the troop members expressed that they like the Palisades the way it is.

11.2 George Wolfberg announced that former PPCC Board Member Carol Hurley passed away recently. The Board participated in a moment of silence in honor of Carol.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.

ITEM 7.3.1 – “PALISADES FUTURE” COMMUNITY MEETINGS”

PALISADES BEAUTIFUL.. It’s our Town ……What’s the Dream? What’s the Vision? What’s the Future? Community Meeting – Open Dialogue on “The Future of Pacific Palisades”Saturday, June 1, 2013; 10 AM to 11:30 am; Pacific Palisades Library Community Meeting Room PALISADES BEAUTIFUL..It’s our Town ……Who will define our future growth? Citizen’s Initiative – Pacific Palisades Strategic Master Plan Study Info: www.palisadesbeautiful.org/getinvolved.

Palisades Beautiful

Open Dialogue on the Future of Pacific Palisades
Please Mail to: Palisades Beautiful PO BOX 1072 Pacific Palisades CA 90272
or email to: dvacc@aol.com

COMMUNITY COMMENT SHEET
Name (optional): _____________________________________________________________
Email: _______________________________________________________________________
Affiliation: (Resident, Homeowners Association, Business Owner, please identify): ______________________________________________________________________________
How long have you lived or worked in the Palisades? _____________________________
Do you Own or Rent: _________________________________________________________
Specific Areas of Interest: _____________________________________________________
Do you have Children? ______________ Do they attend Local Schools_______________

1.What Community Core Values are important to you? What makes a great community?

2.What attracted you and your family to move to the Palisades?

3. What do you see as the most important characteristics of the Palisades?

4.What do you feel are the Palisades most difficult issues?

5.Any additional comments you feel are important.

6.What are your favorite Cities in the World? Why are they your favorite?

7.General Comments.

8.Comments and Recommendations for future meetings:

Please feel free to write as long a response as you like – Thank You –

ITEM 7.3.2 – AREA 1, HAUL ROUTE LETTER

PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL
P.O. BOX 1131
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
www.pp90272.org

May 22, 2013

Board of Building and Safety Commissioners
Room 1080
1201 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Via Email and Hard Copy Mailed

Re: Board File No. 130015
Project Address: 17325 Castellammare Dr. (Palmer/Tramonto Projects)
(ENV-1997-0248-MND-CDP-SPR-YV-REC1)
Hearing: May 28, 2013
Application: Earth Material Haul and Haul Route

Re: SUPPORT: CONDITIONS FOR ABOVE PROJECT

Dear Commissioners

Pacific Palisades Community Council, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, has served as the eyes, ears, and voice of the Pacific Palisades Community for more than 40 years. The Council monitored the CEQA process of the above projects and with the start of construction now imminent PPCC urges adoption of the following twelve (12) conditions as a means to mitigate negative impacts during the earth hauling phase from this very difficult, geologically unstable, narrow, substandard, hillside area:

1. Personnel must be on site and in the surrounding public streets during all hours of operation to safely control truck stacking and traffic
2. Traffic Control, i.e., Flagmen at every critical exit and intersection utilized by the applicant
3. No queuing of trucks on Castellammare Drive; no queuing on site
4. Regulation of idling of engines of trucks in the queue in compliance with CA ARB, not to exceed 2 minutes in effort to protect all inhabitants (workers, residents, animals/all living creatures) from unmitigated harmful particulates

5. Hosing of exiting truck undercarriages to remove excess dirt before leaving site
6. Covering of exiting trucks, truck beds, to control dust
7. Dust control of the excavation site – watering hourly/daily
8. Establish and advertise 24/7 Hotline phone number for problems and complaints with mandated respond within 4 hours or less
9. Regulation per code of lunch truck access, parking, air horn honking and other noise

10. Shuttle workers from an off site location (preferably not in coastal zone)
11. Exiting trucks shall be required to exit Castellammare to the west by right turn onto Sunset to Pacific Coast Highway
12. All trucks must avoid left turns except when entering the site from Sunset if anticipated truck route is: PCH right onto Sunset, left onto Castellammare Drive

Relative to the empty truck queuing location: the location of queuing will determine the approach route of empty trucks. PPCC observes for the public record that
Los Leones is the only access/egress from Sunset Blvd. for residents of Castellammare Mesa, the State Park, and for employees and specified guest visitors to the Getty Villa. Further, Pacific Coast Highway is the coastal access for this project where current daily vehicle trips exceed 85–95,000. Sunset Boulevard, a designated Scenic Highway, likewise is overburdened in this area. Finally, all local streets in the area adjacent to and surrounding the subject property are substandard, in poor condition, narrow, winding and geologically compromised. At this time, PPCC has no specific suggestions regarding preferred truck queuing other than to urge caution and strict monitoring of the location ultimately chosen.

We urge the Commissioners to consider imposing the above twelve (12) conditions as well as mandate periodic monitoring that the conditions are observed. All efforts must be made to mitigate the negative impacts this extensive hauling project will create in this very sensitive, geologically unstable hillside area.

Respectfully,

barbara kohn
president
pacific palisades community council
barbara@kohn.com
pacpalicc@aol.com

cc Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Councilman-elect Mike Bonin
Kim Clary, President, Castellammare HOA

ITEM 10.1.1 – Candidate Forum, PPCC Officer Elections

Barbara Kohn
2013 Candidate, PPCC President

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Long time Palisades resident, Pacific View Estates neighborhood
Pacific View Estates Homeowners Association Board Member for 47 years; President for 10 years
Sons Russ and Ken attended Kehillat Israel Nursery School, Marquez Elementary, Paul Revere Junior High and Palisades High; participated in Palisades YMCA Summer Camp and art programs
Marquez Elementary volunteer for 15 years, including Room Mom, PTA member
Kehillat Israel (KI) member for 46 years; Nursery School Parent Chair to KI Board of Directors; Co-Chair, KI Bazaar Boutique
Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA) Board Member for 40 years; Co-President for 2 years; President for 12 years
No Oil Board Member for 37 years; Chief Financial Officer for 36 years
Save the Coast, Chief Financial Officer for 25 years
President, PPCC – 2012-present

EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
B.S. UCLA, Business and Business Education; Outstanding Graduating Senior award recipient, UCLA Business Education Department
Editor, UCLA Business Education Department Newsletter; Office Manager for UCLA Graduate School of Business Professor of Economics
Secondary Teaching Credential, UCLA, Business and Business Education
Extensive teaching experience: Instructor, UCLA Summer Session; LAUSD Teacher, University High and Louis Pasteur Junior High Schools; LAUSD Volunteer Teacher, Elementary School Enrichment Programs
Coordinator, UCLA Extension Course, Psychoanalysis and Literature
College of Appraisers graduate, cum laude, Personal Property Appraising
Owner/operator Santa Monica antique and collectible retail business for 20 years

PPCC EXPERIENCE / SERVICE
PPCC President – 2012-present
PPCC Area 1 Elected Representative for 12
years: notable work included direct contact with homeowners associations, notice to
residents on area projects and developments, enhancing beach and coastal areas, facilitating Los Liones traffic signal, monitoring Vons’ remodel and Castellammare traffic signal, and Palmer and Landmark condo project EIR oversight
Community Service Award Recipient, 2009
Land Use Committee Member since 2010; participant in numerous local and City meetings re various City ordinances, zoning code changes and/or community issues
Additional Committees/Participation: Chair, CVS Remodel; Code of Conduct; PCH Task Force; Cell Towers; Community Service Award; Holiday Party; YMCA; assistant to Chair (email, correspondence, hearings)
PPCC Representation City-wide: ongoing strong relationships with City Hall, CD11 offices and neighborhood/community councils
throughout the City; testimony at public hearings on matters of important community concern

OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE / NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS
CA Coastal Commission and LA public hearing participant: advocacy on numerous environmental and aesthetic issues, including Community and Specific Plans; re-zoning; preservation of Temescal Canyon Gateway Park, establishment of Urban Limit Line, coastal and mountain resource protection, including prohibition of industrial uses; credit
by Assemblywoman Fran Pavely for AB1212 (prohibiting debris dumping on California beaches)
Active participant in effort to enact CEQA and related lawsuits involving coastal and mountain resource protection
Councilman Rosendahl Appointee to Prop K (Parks for Kids)’s Regional Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee, CD11 area north of I-10, 2006 to present
Founding Member and Representative, Getty Villa Community Relations Committee
Founding Member, Los Angeles Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Coalition
Member, Advisory Committee to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Founding Member, Sunset Beach Associates (formed to improve Sunset-PCH Specific Plan area)
Treasurer, American Oceans Campaign for 10 years; Oceana Board of Governors for 8 years

Christina Spitz
2013 Candidate, PPCC Vice-President

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
22-year Palisades resident with husband Jeffrey Spitz; lived at same Via Bluffs neighborhood address since 1991
Daughter Hannah (21) attended Palisades Presbyterian Pre-School, Palisades Elementary (PECS) and The Archer School for Girls; participated in AYSO, Fancy Feet, YMCA camp, basketball, other programs
PECS volunteer for 7 years, including Auction Co-Chair 4 years, Governing Council member, Room Mom, Brownie troop leader, 2003 PTA Service Honor
Archer School volunteer for 7 years, including Career Day Co-Chair 4 years (100+ parent drivers, 500+ students and 100+ hosts at career sites throughout City)
AYSO volunteer, 8 years; Kehillat Israel member, 8 years; YMCA member, 11+ years; PP Art Assn. co-member, 4 years
PPCC Board member for 7 years; PPRA Board member for 7 years and Vice-President for 5 years
Vice-President, PPCC – 2012-present

EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
B.A. UCLA, cum laude in English
Editorial Associate, New Orleans Review
J.D. Loyola University Law School,
New Orleans, LA; graduated 2nd in class
Comment Editor, Loyola Law Review
Passed Bar in Louisiana and California
Practiced commercial litigation with large
Century City firm for several years (now in part-time practice at Lerman Pointer & Spitz LLP)

PPCC EXPERIENCE / SERVICE
PPCC Vice-President – 2012-present
PPCC Board member representing PPRA, 2006-2012; Land Use Committee Chair since 2010
Additional Committees: Chair, Area Representative Elections 2012; Code of Conduct 2011; Cell Towers 2009; Chair/
Editor Newsletter 2007-2008; Chair, Community Service Award 2007
PPCC representative member, Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ Land Use & Planning Committee since 2009
Testified at numerous public hearings and forged City-wide relationships/coalitions with community leaders in order to represent the interests of PPCC in planning and land
use matters
OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE
Steering Committee Member, PLANCHECKNCLA (City-wide organization which provides information on Planning matters)
Founding Member, Los Angeles Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Coalition (City-wide group of community leaders formed to work with City Attorney and other public officials to achieve cell tower regulation reform)
Member, Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee (Councilman Rosendahl appointee to Brown Act committee formed by Los Angeles City Council and chaired by George Wolfberg re development recommendations)
Steering Committee Member, Potrero Canyon Association (concerned residents of West Rim of Potrero Canyon)

NOTABLE ACTIONS / ACHIEVEMENTS
ON BEHALF OF COMMUNITY
Specific Plan and Zoning Code Protection: Village car wash opposition; neighborhood over-height fence opposition; support for PPCC Guiding Principle; work on numerous Planning ordinances involving zoning code changes or other important issues, including Core Findings (LUC-proposed language adopted by Planning Dept.), Sign Ordinance, CCFO, Farmers Markets in R zones, proposed future overhaul of entire zoning code; ongoing participation with community leaders and policy-makers in regard to ordinances with significant community impacts
Environmental Protection/Public Safety/Community Aesthetics: location of bike racks (in cooperation with Palisades Cares/PRIDE/Village Green); LNG offshore facility opposition; participation in Potrero Canyon development recommendations; steps taken to ensure safety of major Sunset Blvd. apartment projects (LUC request for focused EIR and further city review)
Cell Towers: advice/advocacy re cell towers in Palisades and throughout City; 4-year effort with Barbara Kohn to revise city regulations; speaker at 40+ City-wide organizations; substantial interaction with/ work for City Attorney, other public officials
Extensive outreach and working relationships with other councils and HOAs throughout City (e.g., Hillside Federation, Brentwood, Westwood, Bel Air-Beverly Crest, West LA, Westside, Mar Vista, Westchester, Venice, Greater Wilshire, Hollywood, Sunland- Tujunga, Granada Hills, San Pedro)

Jennifer Malaret
2013 Candidate, PPCC Secretary

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
22-year Palisades resident; Bel Air Bay neighborhood since 1991
Three children, ages 15, 13 and 10. Schools attended include Methodist Preschool, Calvary Christian Preschool, Marquez Elementary, Corpus Christi School and Windward School. Programs attended include St. Matthews Summer School, St. Matthews Day Camp, Palisades Presbyterian Bible Camp and Marymount Summer School
Pre-School Volunteer, Room Mom, Parent Board Member and Auction Co-Chair for 8 years
Corpus Christi Sunday School Co-Chair and Teacher for 6 years; Corpus Christi School Volunteer for 10 years; Corpus Christi PSA Board Member and Auction Co-Chair (2012)
Corpus Christi Parish member for 16 years; Sacristan (altar linens) for 11 years
Sisters of St. Louis Board Member and Event Co-Chair for 5 years
Pacific Palisades Baseball Association volunteer for 6 years; Will Rogers Ranch Foundation and California State Parks Foundation member; YMCA, Palisades Recreation Center and Palisades Tennis Center patron

EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
B.B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison; double major in Real Estate Investment and Urban Land Economics
J.D. Loyola University Law School, Los Angeles, evening program; Member, State Bar of California for 16 years (currently active status)
Civil practice areas include banking and finance, loan fraud and real estate
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business Lecturer/Adjunct; upper level undergraduate course “Finance & Business Economics 489 – Real Estate Investment Analysis” for 6 years
University of Southern California, Program for Women and Minorities in Real Estate, lecturer/case study instructor for 2 years; UCLA Extension Center, lecturer for 1 yea

PPCC EXPERIENCE / SERVICE
PPCC Board Member since 2010; Area 3 Rep. for 1 year, Secretary and Executive Board Member for 2 years
PPCC Land Use Committee Secretary/Member since 2010. Work on numerous City ordinances involving zoning code changes and important community issues including: Core Findings, Citywide Sign Ordinance, Community Care Facilities Ordinance, and the Comprehensive Zoning Code Reform
PPCC By-Laws Committee Member since 2012, host and participant for monthly meetings
Other PPCC Committees: City/State Budget, Code of Conduct, Safe Streets and Fire Committees. Notable work on PPCC’s opposition to LAFD cutbacks including those to Fire Station 69
CCFO Coalition member since 2010; Citywide Sign Ordinance Coalition member since 2011; LA City Planning Visioning Group member, 2012
PPCC Liaison to the Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board since 2010
City-wide relationships with Planning and numerous community leaders
OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE
Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board Secretary, Executive Board Member and Local Voluntary Oversight Neighborhood Committee member since 2011. By-Laws, Proposition K and Long Term Master Plan subcommittee member. Adult Advisor to the new “Teen Council” since 2012
Mission Partner, Children’s Surgery International (“CSI”) – Africa (Liberia, 2011) and planning for Morocco (2014) to assist in providing free surgical “quality of life” operative procedures to hundreds of third-world children. Worked to facilitate CSI’s partnership with the Palisades organization, “Dollies Making a Difference”, which sends handmade dolls to needy children overseas
Outreach Service – Step-Up on Second (food), Ocean Park Community Center and St. Matthew’s Thrift Shop (clothing)

Ted Mackie
2013 Candidate, PPCC Treasurer (and “for life” Webmaster)



MINUTES FOR JUNE 13th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Andrew Wolfberg, Paul Glasgall, Steve Boyers, Jim Rea, Janet Anderson and Gil Dembo.
Voting Alternates: None.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Carol Bruch, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, and Cathy Russell.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Chris Spitz read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. May 23, 2013.
Next Meeting: June 27, 2013. Summer meetings for PPCC are only once each month and will take place on July 11, 2013 and August 8, 2013. In September, meetings return to the bi-monthly schedule and will be held on September 12, 2013 and September 26, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of June 13, 2013. The total account balances equal $20,239.63.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns from the President

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 -Committees, PPCC Information Technology (“IT”), Email, Newsletter. Barbara asked the Board for volunteers to work on a new committee established to address these issues.

7.1.2 – Committees, Holiday Dinner– Barbara reported that the Temescal Canyon dining room has been reserved for Thursday December 12, 2013. Barbara asked the Board for volunteers to work on this committee.

7.1.3 – Pacific Palisades Parade, July 4, 2013. Barbara reported that the PPCC will sponsor a horse drawn vehicle this year to carry twelve persons including Marguerite Perkins-Mautner, available Sparkplug winners, PPCC’s President and other designated individuals.

7.1.4 PPCC Thank You – Barbara reported that Eva Holberg had written a thank you card to the council for its volunteer work and dedication to the local community.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – no representative present.

Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”), Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore. Senior Lead Officer Moore reported that (a) tonight’s accident involved a Palisades High School student wearing headphones and looking at a cell phone who stepped off a curb on Sunset Blvd. and the driver was not anticipating a person in the roadway where no crosswalk is painted. The student is in serious condition, possibly fatal. (b) LAPD is still looking at reporting crimes for the Upper Riviera as part of the information given to the Palisades though this geographical area is part of Brentwood for LAPD’s reporting purposes. Officer Moore expects that in the short term the reports will be forwarded to us; long term perhaps the area will be re-assigned to Officer Moore’s district. Paul Glasgall asked whether one of the reasons reporting is not being sent to the Palisades is because residents do not want their crime statistics made public. Officer Moore did not know. (c) Chris Spitz asked about reports of increased police patrol in the Murphy Ranch area. Officer Moore stated that LAPD has requested air patrol for the area because of practicality issues with the Palisades patrol car particularly at night. In addition, foot patrols may be used during the day. Carol Bruch expressed concern about LAPD resource allocation and a desire for more personnel to be assigned to the Palisades area.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Area 1 Update – Palmer/Tramanto Projects. (a) Barbara Kohn reported that she went to the hearing at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. At the hearing, the City approved the haul route and it was stated that conditions sought by the council would be incorporated. The exact haul route was not reported as determined nor was the exact start date. Some of the conditions included: small trucks to haul 66,000 cubic yards over 109 working days, widening of the road in front of the Palmer project and two flagman utilized to improve traffic. Barbara said that it was reported that the dirt would be taken to 7721 North Figueroa, an area behind Eagle Rock. The council will follow up on receipt of the Letter of Determination for the haul route. Discussion: Harry Sondheim reported that there was concrete related to the construction of approximately 50 condos (a project delayed because the developer did not have permits) piled up in the area. (b) YMCA – the conservancy began work on the trails and the parties are working together to finalize a planting plan and mitigation of the trees that were removed. Discussion: Stuart Muller asked why the berm between the street and the field was not raised. Kelly and Richard Cohen responded that the Coastal Commission would not allow a berm on that area because the Commission was opposed to land contouring of any kind. Kelly stated that planting will eventually soften the fence.

7.3.2 – Area 3 Update (Jim Rea) – Bus Travel on Marquez Avenue. Jim Rea reported that residents remain concerned about the Blue Bus continuing to travel on Marquez Avenue. A proposal has been made by the Blue Bus to DOT relative to how to navigate that intersection and the proposal is reported to have been accepted involving a re-design of the Marquez & Sunset intersection. Time will be required along with financial resources that are not currently budgeted. Norman Kulla of CD-11 is now involved and CD-11 is hoping for an update before the end of June 2013.

7.3.3 – Area 8 Event Parking and Temporary No Parking Signs – Andrew Wolfberg reported that there is extra traffic associated with events at Paul Revere and additional traffic/parking inundates the area without notice or parking restrictions. The recent road construction was associated with a technology update to the school, again without notice to the community. Andrew has located a City Manager of Temporary No Parking Signs and CD-11 is working to facilitate a meeting.

7.3.4 – Historical Society – Dick Wulliger said that the first neon sign was in the City of Los Angeles. Next Thursday at 12:30, pm Aldersgate Lodge, the Historical Society will have a luncheon presentation on the subject for members only. Membership is available at the lunch and the cost is $10.

7.3.5 – Committee to Preserve Sunset’s Scenic Design – Harry Sondheim reported that both Corpus Christi Church and Palisades Charter High School have been very responsive to requests to remove offending signs.

7.3.6 – Highlands Fire and the Homeless Encampments – (a) Paul Glasgall suggested that this matter be discussed with Officer Moore in attendance. Officer Moore reported that, relative to the recent fire in Marquez Canyon, this has not been an area of homeless camps previously detected. The LAPD relies on information from the public, particularly hikers, about encampments. Paul Glasgall said that actually the residents of the Highlands have brought this camp to LAPD’s attention before and is in conversation with Captain Nathan relative to preventing these types of fires. Paul also said this was a horrible location for a fire to begin because wind could have cut off access for Highlands residents, leaving only the fire road available for everyone to escape. Officer Moore said that this particular fire appears not to have started or been near the road and, because it was contained in the canyon, the LAPD suspects that those in the homeless camp started the fire. Discussion: Stuart Muller expressed concern about the relatively permanent homeless camp near Temescal Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway, wondering why those areas were not receiving attention and allocation of resources from the LAPD. Officer Moore said that LAPD has been attentive to these areas and that he is working with the County to talk to those individuals because those individuals have expressed a desire to relocate. Janet Turner reported that individual dwellings provided by the County have been limited to veterans or homeless with problems that constitute the greatest needs and that this is part of the reason homeless persons in the Palisades area have not been able to relocate. John Glasgow and Paul Glasgall reported that there is a homeless camp on the Bernheimer Gardens property. Officer Moore also said that private versus public property is relevant because if the homeless are on private property and the homeowner signs paperwork then the homeless can be removed. Andrew Wolfberg asked if air patrol could be used to sense people at night in locations possibly detrimental to public safety; Officer Moore did not know but stated that he would inquire.

7.3.7 George Wolfberg wanted everyone to know about AYSO, the organization that provides soccer instruction and play for hundreds of thousands of children. The AYSO region including the Palisades was just selected AYSO Region of the Year.

7.3.8 Janet Turner reported that Windward School would be hosting a “Back to Basics” public forum on behalf of Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti this coming Saturday. Jennifer Malaret directed board members and the public to Mr. Garcetti’s website for further information.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Nomination Closed PPCC’s Officer Election 2013/2014. Barbara Kohn declared nominations closed at 8:02 pm. Janet Turner read the nominations for President (Barbara Kohn), Vice President (Chris Spitz), Secretary (Jennifer Malaret) and Treasurer (Ted Mackie). Richard Cohen moved, because no officers are contested, to elect the officers by acclimation and voice vote. George Wolfberg seconded the motion. Carol Bruch called for a point of order that the motion is improper because the Bylaws do not allow for vote by acclimation. The motion was withdrawn. Election: Richard Wulliger read the names of the board members eligible to vote. Janet Turner distributed the ballots to the voting members. Richard Wulliger and Janet Turner left the room to count the ballots. Janet Turner congratulated Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret and Ted Mackie for their successful election as PPCC’s 2013/2014 Officers.

8.2 Land Use Committee – Chris Spitz, Chair. (a) Mural Ordinance – see proposed language below. Chris reported that this matter is being pushed through and scheduled for a vote on June 19, 2013. No PPCC member or CD-11 has seen the current version of the proposed Mural Ordinance drafted by the City Attorney. Some of the revisions expected to this latest draft include deletion of the exemption for residential properties including single-family homes. Chris reported that the LUC agreed that the ordinance should be opposed based on various concerns set forth in the proposed language. Discussion: Gil Dembo questioned what the rush is on the part of the City Council to have this ordinance moved into law. Chris responded that there is a sitting council member seeking to push the ordinance through. Kelly Comras questioned lighting of the murals. Chris confirmed that under the proposed ordinance murals would be lit in residential areas to standards currently accepted for billboards. Gil Dembo stated that TCA has sponsored two murals in the Palisades without problems in the last five years. Action: George Wolfberg moved to approve the letter. George Wolfberg seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade – Rob Weber, Guest Speaker. Presentation: Rob is the President of the Parade Association this year. Events this year include: (a) Friday June 21, 7:30 pm, Mercer Hall, Palisades High School which is the premier of a documentary film made about Pacific Palisades and our Fourth of July celebration and town. Tickets are $10 and all the proceeds go to support the parade. Palisadesparade.org. (b) A home decorating contest sponsored by Joan Sather Real Estate. Photos can be emailed to info@palisadesparade.org. Celebrity judges will then visit the top 10 homes and prizes will be awarded. (c) Fourth of July Parade that will have community entries, musical acts, etc. (d) Palisades Rocks the Fourth at the High School which is a 3 hour concert at Palisades High followed by a fireworks show. The headliner music is being put together by the leader of the Foo Fighters and there will be country themed music – adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. There will be food trucks and great dining options. Donations are still being accepted and covered grandstand tickets are available but expected to sell out. PPCC’s entry is a 12-person horse drawn vehicle with Barbara Kohn, Marguerite Mautner-Perkins and Sparkplug winners Bruce Schwartz and Susan McInerney. Rob asked the PPCC Board for volunteer help with the evening event (ticket taking and selling tickets); board members can respond via email at info@palisadesparade.org. The confirmed politicians are Mike Bonin and Zev Yaraslovsky. Discussion: Stuart Muller said how wonderful the evening presentation was last year on the field and with the fireworks. Carol Bruch asked about the number of cars in the parade this year. Rob stated there will be less cars this year than last year.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 8.2 – LAND USE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED LETTER IN OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED MURAL ORDINANCE

Language of letter to City Council, recommended by PPCC LUC, re Mural Ordinance:

The Pacific Palisades community supports the arts and is proud of the existing murals that have long-graced several of our public spaces. PPCC has been generally supportive of the concept of an ordinance that would allow murals under certain circumstances. We have previously expressed concerns to the Planning Dept. about some aspects of earlier versions of the proposed Mural Ordinance. We have now learned that a revised version will be heard in Council on June 19 which incorporates certain changes directed by PLUM, including eliminating the exception for R1.

As of this writing we have not seen a draft of the new version and we are informed that it may not be available for review until shortly before June 19. PPCC and other community and neighborhood councils have had insufficient time to consider and respond to these changes. We believe strongly that the Mural Ordinance should be referred back to committee and reconsidered for further review and community input.

PPCC has numerous concerns about the expected revised Mural Ordinance, including without limitation the following:

Whether there should be an exception for R1 and/or all other residential zones;

Whether murals in residential zones should be limited to areas that are not visible from the public right of way (e.g., back yard fences, rear walls no higher than one-story, etc.);

Whether communities that wish to have murals should be permitted to use existing land use tools such as overlay zones to allow murals in R1 and/or other residential zones (and not the other way around, as we understand the revised Ordinance will provide);

Whether illumination of murals should be allowed at all and in particular in or near residential zones;

Whether the ordinance’s definition of a “commercial message” is clear, adequate and/or sufficient;

Whether the ordinance’s definition of “digitally printed restorative images” or “art murals” is clear, adequate and/or sufficient, and whether the definition of “Original Art Mural” should include “digitally printed restorative” images;

Whether the “administrative rules” governing the “Neighborhood Involvement Requirement” should be adopted and set forth in the Ordinance prior to its enactment, including specific provisions for notice of the required community meeting;

Whether existing murals are or should be clearly grandfathered under the Ordinance;

Whether any aspects of the Ordinance may impact public safety and/or quiet enjoyment of residential property, including the height and illumination provisions;

Whether there will be sufficient enforcement of the Ordinance provisions.

PPCC respectfully submits that there is no need for the Council to enact this Ordinance without a thorough consideration and input by all affected constituencies, in particular the community and neighborhood councils which have not yet seen the revised version and will have had insufficient time to respond prior to the Council meeting.

We urge the City Council to return the Ordinance to committee for further input and consideration.



MINUTES FOR JUNE 27th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Barbara Marinacci, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim, Geoff Shelden, Jack Allen, Gil Dembo, Joyce Brunelle and Paul Glasgall.
Voting Alternates: Quentin Fleming, Reza Akef, John Glasgow, and Cathy Russell.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Eric Dugdale, Brenda Theveny, Richard Cohen, and Donna Vacarrino.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Joaquin Macias read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. June 11, 2013. Next Meeting: Summer meetings for PPCC are only once each month and will take place on July 11, 2013 and August 8, 2013. Our newly elected City Councilmember Mike Bonin is confirmed to attend the August 8, 2013 meeting. PPCC meetings in September return to the bi-monthly schedule and will be held on September 12, 2013 and September 26, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of June 27, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,439.63. The decrease was due to the $800 contribution to the Pacific Palisades Parade Association (“PAPA”).

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 -PPCC Information Technology (“IT”) Committee – Ted Mackie has offered to work on the electronic transmission of information and Jim Rea has graciously agreed to assist as well.

7.1.2 -PPCC Holiday Dinner Committee – Barbara reported that the Temescal Dining Hall has been reserved for the second Thursday in December 2013.

7.1.3 – August 8, 2013 PPCC Meeting Guest – Barbara reported that Mike Bonin will attend the August 11, 2013 PPCC meeting.

7.1.4 – July 11, 2013 PPCC Meeting – Possible Guest Speaker – DWP Ratepayer Advocate. Janet Turner suggested that it would be good to invite all sides of the debate over DWP’s approval process for a program whereby large companies and citizens would be paid “more than the going rate” for solar energy that can be given back to the City. Joyce Brunnelle stated that the program has been around in the past but not with the DWP under the concept that you could get money back if you were creating more energy than you were using. Joyce feels that this program is a good thing because it offers the Palisades a different way to bring energy in, particularly in light of the opposition to DWP’s planned substation. Paul Glasgall asked how a sponsor could do a project without knowing what the capital return or rate of return on investment was going to be. Jack Allen questioned how it would help the Palisades given that the rooftops in the Palisades are not large enough to be relevant to this debate. Carol Bruch said that she would like to hear both sides.

7.1.5 Thank you from CD-11 Planner Whitney Blumenfeld – Barbara reported that Whitney sent an email expressing her gratitude for her association with Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and that she was leaving the council office for an opportunity in northern California. Whitney’s last day will be June 28, 2013.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Rosendahl’s office – Joaquin Macias. Joaquin reported that he would become the District Deputy Director in Council District 3, particularly responsible for Woodland Hills, CA. Joaquin thanked the board members of the PPCC for the working relationship that we have enjoyed together.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore – not in attendance.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Traffic and Police – Paul Glasgall reported that (a) the recent fire off of Palisades Drive was being followed up on in terms of addressing the issue of homeless encampments in the hillsides. (b) the rash of automobile accidents, particularly on Sunset, has resulted in part to the appointment of a new traffic captain in West Los Angeles. Gil Dembo expressed how difficult traffic is getting out of Pacific Palisades south to the airport or east on the 10 freeways after 4 pm on any day. Joyce Brunelle reported that she has observed many people in the Palisades walking across the street without looking and encouraged the public to look both ways before crossing the street.

7.3.2. Chamber of Commerce – Joyce Brunelle, the new President of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, reported that the Chamber is sponsoring a Palisades Merchants Sidewalk Sale on Saturday July 6th from10:00AM – 5:00PM. There will be 10 food trucks throughout the village and sales and Joyce encouraged all members of the public to attend.

7.3.3 -Historical Society – Dick Wulliger reported that the Society had its annual lunch last week with information presented on the history of neon signs in Los Angeles. The corner of Sunset and PCH has many movies produced there and a plaque will be put up in memorial. The Society is recording information from residents on cowboys and legacy residents of the Palisades whereby this information will be gathered for presentation to the public in future events. Eric Dugdale reported that the Society has an entry in the 4th of July Parade and is working on a display of historical photographs for the library’s community room.

7.3.4 – Civic League – Donna Vacarrino reported that Richard Bloomenberg is the new President for next year and that officers had been elected. The Civic League is working on a website to convey information and allow the downloading of forms.

7.3.5 – Area Rep Updates:
Area 3: John Glasgow reported that the zoning administrator hearing regarding 17000 Sunset Blvd. will be downtown on July 18, 2013 regarding the revised MND. John stated that two independent geology reports had been submitted to the City before the revised MND was issued. Those reports were very voluminous yet the MND was issued only 2 days after receipts of these independent reports. Comments were submitted from the public on June 17, 2013, yet the Zoning Administrator’s notice of the hearing date was issued the next day.
Quentin Fleming asked about a motion relative to the council having concerns about the apparent insufficient time to review the independent reports. Richard Cohen explained the process that has been taking place and reminded the board that the council has been engaged, including the Land Use Committee, with a prior letter having been submitted. See letter below.
Area 8: Reza Akef reported two hit and runs involving property damage. Reza and Andrew Wolfberg are still following up on what the Allenford trench has been used for. Barbara Kohn announced that Andrew Wolfberg and his wife welcomed a baby boy yesterday.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz reported that regarding the mural ordinance the City Attorney has come out with two ordinances, one of which excludes residential zones and one of which did not. The Land Use Committee updated the letter that had been drafted previously on this issue. Mural Ordinance – has been delayed before the City Council, expected to be scheduled late July 2013 See final letter attached below.

9.Old Business.
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9.1.2.4th of July Parade – Volunteers needed – please contact Rob Weber at Robert.Weber@dlapiper.com. Barbara Kohn encouraged all members of the public to attend the parade, noting that streets will be closing earlier.

10. New Business

10.1 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl – the Councilmember attended PPCC’s meeting prior to the upcoming expiry of his twelve years of public service as the City Councilmember for our District 11. Councilmember Rosendahl spoke of his early career and what was meaningful to him (personal relationships and FCC rulings regarding free press) when he initially took municipal office. The councilmember believes that information must be put out to the public so that we can all make informed decisions. Bill is frustrated with the bureaucracy of City Hall and would like the City to hold elections on even years. Relative to the PPCC, the Councilmember praised our model for bringing people together, engaging in the issues and discussing what is important in the community. The Councilmember noted that the PPCC and Brentwood councils are different because of their independence, seeking to retain the ability to sue the City and avoid struggling with certain unwieldy requirements of the Brown Act. Bill said how much he enjoyed interacting with the eight councils in west Los Angeles. Bill spoke relative to the history of Potrero Canyon and the accomplishment of preserving this passive canyon for use by all of the public. Bill expressed his gratitude for the support, endorsement and friendship with Norman Kulla the former PPCC Chair and Bill’s special legal counsel throughout his term. Bill thanked Joaquin Macias for his many years of service to the West Los Angeles community. Barbara Kohn presented Councilmember Rosendahl with a “No Oil on the Coast” hat in recognition of his work for the Pacific Palisades community more than twenty-five years ago and throughout today.
Dick Wulliger made a motion to thank Bill Rosendahl, Norman Kulla and Joaquin Macias for their outstanding service to the citizens of Los Angeles and in particular Council District 11. Joyce Brunnelle seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

11. General Public Comment

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

For additional information about the PPCC, see www.pp90272.org or e-mail PacPaliCC@aol.com Your Community Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Exception: Only one meeting, on the second Thursday, is held in July, August, November and December.

ITEM 7.1.4. – People must help DWP ratepayer advocate help them: Editorial

The DWP’s ratepayer advocate can play an invaluable role in L.A. politics, standing up for the public on complicated issues of utility policy. But only if the public stands up for him.
It is time for the public to do just that.

Fred Pickel, the former energy industry consultant who heads the year-and-a-half-old Office of Public Accountability, is embroiled in his first big conflict with the Department of Water and Power board and the Los Angeles City Council. The controversy is over the way the DWP has chosen to encourage the solar-energy projects mandated by California law. Pickel says the cost of the DWP plan will be unnecessarily high and will be borne by customers, but his advice to delay the program for further review has been ignored by the decision-makers.

Now Pickel wants to take his case to the people by addressing neighborhood councils and persuading interested citizens to call their City Council representatives and demand that they listen.
This is urgent. The DWP’s “feed-in tariff” program is meant to be implemented in five phases, and contract bidding for the second phase opens July 8.

The issue is precisely the kind that L.A. voters meant the ratepayer advocate to tackle when they created the position in 2011 after years of erosion in public trust in the giant municipal utility and its oversight by a City Council influenced by the DWP’s employees union. The debate is full of technical details and head-spinning dollar figures that require explanation from an independent analyst with Pickel’s talent for plain speech. Without someone to figure out if DWP customers are getting their money’s worth, politically popular initiatives like environmental projects can easily get out of hand.

Regarding the feed-in tariff program, Pickel says the trouble is that “everybody has green in their eyes.” He means “green” in both senses: The City Council figures if it’s environment-friendly, it must be good. Energy-producing companies are greedy for the dollars that will flow their way.
Pickel’s study of the pricing structure concluded that, over the full 20 years the feed-in tariff program would be in effect, it would cost ratepayers about $250 million more than necessary to produce enough solar energy to reduce the city’s reliance on coal. He says that’s because the rate at which the DWP would purchase power from developers and companies that set up large-scale solar projects — 14 cents or more per kilowatt hour of energy generated — is far above market prices.

Nevertheless, the DWP board last week rejected Pickel’s suggestion for a delay in the program to allow further study. This, a few months after the City Council made a similar decision.
The ratepayer advocate can’t prevent hasty decisions all by himself. But he can influence the public and city leaders by providing the information they need to make informed judgments.
Then it’s up to the public to take advantage of that information (try the Web page opa.lacity.org).

And to insist that city officials do the same.
http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_23538172/people-must-help-dwp-ratepayer-advocate-help-them

ITEM 7.3.5 – PPCC LETTER REGARDING 17000 SUNSET BOULEVARD, PACIFIC PALISADES, CA 90272.
June 17, 2013
Zoning Administrator Office of Environmental Planning
Daniel.skolnick@lacity.org Darlene.navarrete@lacity.org
Office of Zoning Administration Los Angeles City Hall
Department of City Planning 200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles City Hall Los Angeles, CA 90012
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Re: ENV–2012-131-MND, June 17, 2013; 16990 – 17009 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA.
Zoning Administrator Daniel Skolnick and Environmental Planner Darlene Navarrete
The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the community for more than forty years. The public record will evidence that, on April 10, 2012 and February 23, 2013, PPCC submitted comments and concerns upon which the council based its request for the City of Los Angeles to require that a Focused Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be prepared for this proposed multi-family residential development.
Since then new information has come to our attention that reiterates the need for a Focused EIR. This includes the MND, and reports from two independent geologists who have studied the property and who have raised major hydrology concerns about this unstable area of Pacific Palisades. PPCC is concerned because the independent geologists question the accuracy of the initial Ground Water Flow Rate Report by E.D. Michael. They believe that report is based on one limited source, and they list several areas that need to be readdressed to give a true picture of this location. These include, but are not limited to, the calculation of rainfall for the area, as well as the calculation of the flow of water from the sides of the site. Full reports were recently submitted in letters from GeoConcepts, Inc. and from Ralph Stone and Company.
Based upon PPCC’s review of this additional information, and the fact that the boilerplate mitigation measures set forth in the MND may not be adequate for this potentially hazardous hillside project, PPCC hereby reiterates its prior request that a Focused EIR be prepared for this project including (1) geology, soils and hydrology, (2) haul routes and (3) traffic ingress and egress.
Of paramount concern to PPCC at this time are the hydrology characteristics/specifications of the property, drainage requirements and the ability of the property owner to obtain requisite easements upon which development is premised. Thus, we hereby request that the Focused EIR previously advocated now be expanded to include additional assessments including (4) storm drain/ sewer access and (5) any/all on-site Torrey Pines.
Finally, PPCC hereby requests that any/all Coastal Commission applications and guidelines be examined and sufficiently reviewed by the City of Los Angeles to ensure that this proposed project is in full compliance with all applicable laws. PPCC requests that this letter and PPCC previous submittals be included in the record.
Sincerely
Barbara Kohn
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

Cc
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Councilmember elect Mike Bonin
Norman Kulla. CD 11

ITEM 8.1 – LAND USE COMMITTEE LETTER REGARDING THE PROPOSED MURAL ORDINANCE.
June 20, 2013
Los Angeles City Council
City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attn:
Hon. Herb Wesson, Council President
Ms. June Lagmay, City Clerk, Rm. 360

Re:
CF 11-0923 -Mural Ordinance
Request Ordinance Return to Committee for Further Consideration (Review/Input)

Dear President Wesson and all Los Angeles City Council Members:
Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the Pacific Palisades for
more than 40 years. The Pacific Palisades community supports the arts and is proud of existing
murals which have long-graced several of our public spaces. PPCC has been generally
supportive of the concept of an ordinance which would allow murals under certain
circumstances. We have previously expressed concerns to the Planning Department about some
aspects of earlier versions of the proposed Mural Ordinance.

We have now learned that the Director of Planning has disapproved the revised Ordinance as
directed by PLUM and the City Attorney has expressed concerns about the revised Ordinance
and submitted two versions, Version A and Version B, for consideration by the Council.

In light of these developments, we believe strongly that the Mural Ordinance should be referred
back to committee and reconsidered for further review and community input. PPCC and other
community and neighborhood councils have had insufficient time to thoroughly review and
consider the proposed revisions. However, based on an initial review we have numerous
concerns about the revised Mural Ordinance, including without limitation the following eleven

(11) concerns:
1.
Whether murals should be prohibited in R1, on single-family homes or any other
dwellings, and/or in all other residential zones;
2.
Whether murals on any dwellings in residential zones should be limited to areas
that are not visible from the public right of way (e.g., back yard fences, rear walls
no higher than one-story);
3.
Whether communities that wish to have murals should be required to enact
specific plans to allow
murals on single-family homes (Version B) or on other
dwellings in residential zones, and not the other way around (Version A);
4.
Whether a 90-day waiting period before the Ordinance becomes operative would
be sufficient time for enactment of specific plans either to allow or disallow
murals on single-family homes or other dwellings in residential zones;
5.
Whether illumination of murals should be allowed at all and in particular on any
dwellings in or near residential zones;
6.
Whether the ordinance’s definition of a “commercial message” is clear, adequate
and/or sufficient;
7.
Whether the ordinance’s definition of “digitally printed image” is clear, adequate
and/or sufficient, and whether the definition of “Original Art Mural” should
include “digitally printed” images;
8.
Whether the “administrative rules” governing the “Neighborhood Involvement
Requirement” should be adopted and set forth in the Ordinance prior to its
enactment, and whether the provisions for notice and community involvement are
adequate;
9.
Whether existing murals are or should be clearly grandfathered under the
Ordinance, and under what circumstances;
10.
Whether any aspects of the Ordinance may impact public safety and/or quiet
enjoyment of residential property, including the height and illumination
provisions;
11.
Whether there will be sufficient enforcement of the Ordinance provisions.
PPCC submits that there is no need for the Council to enact this Ordinance without thorough
consideration and input by all affected constituencies. A measured and deliberate approach going
forward is especially appropriate due to the Planning Director’s disapproval and the City
Attorney’s expression of concerns and submittal of two alternative versions of the Ordinance.

PPCC urges the City Council to return the Mural Ordinance to committee for further input and
consideration. PPCC requests that our letter be included in the record and filed in CF 11-0923.

Sincerely,
Barbara Kohn
President, PPCC

cc:
Michael J. Logrande, Director of Planning
Hon. Ed P. Reyes, President Pro Tempore
Hon. Tom LaBonge, Assistant President Pro Tempore
Hon. Bill Rosendahl
Hon. Richard Alarcon
Hon. Joe Buscaino
Hon. Mitchell Englander
Hon. Eric Garcetti
Hon. Jose Huizar
Hon. Hon. Paul Koretz
Hon. Bernard Parks
Hon. Jan Perry
Hon. Dennis Zine –



MINUTES FOR JULY 11th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: George Wolfberg, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Richard Wulliger, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, Andrew Wolfberg, Jack Allen, Steve Boyers, Janet Anderson, and Jim Rea.
Voting Alternates: Robert Baker.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Donna Vaccarino, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow and Cathy Russell.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Donna Vaccarino read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. George Wolfberg, President Pro Tempore, called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. George Wolfberg certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. June 25, 2013. Next Meeting: Summer meetings for PPCC are once each month; the next meeting will take place August 8, 2013. Our newly elected City Councilmember Mike Bonin is confirmed to attend the August 8, 2013 meeting. PPCC meetings in September return to the bi-monthly schedule and will be held on September 12, 2013 and September 26, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President Pro Tempore considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of July 11, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,299.27.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, George Wolfberg President Pro Tempore

7.1.1 Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade and Festivities. George reported that the PPCC Officers and award winners rode in the PPCC’s wagon. PPCC supported the parade and George expressed how wonderful the parade and 4th of July festivities throughout the town were.

7.1.2 PPCC August 8, 2013 Meeting – to be attended by our newly elected CD-11 Councilmember Mike Bonin: please submit your questions and suggested topics to Barbara Kohn, PacPaliCC@aol.com.

7.1.3 – PPCC Information Technology (“IT”) Committee. No update was reported. Ted Mackie asked if there was a Newsletter Committee appointed. George stated that Barbara and the Executive Committee are likely having a future meeting on this topic.

7.1.4 -PPCC Holiday Dinner Committee. George asked board members if anyone was interested in chairing the Holiday Dinner Committee and suggested they contact Barbara Kohn for further details.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilman Bonin’s Office – none in attendance.

Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”), Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore –not in attendance.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s Office – Stephanie Cohen. Stephanie reported that the Assembly is on summer recess but bills are still moving. Bills: AB1213 (Bobcat Protection) is now in the Senate. AB1142 (Statewide Ban on Smoking on Beaches and State Parks) got held up in Assembly and they will be trying again next year with amendments. AB283 (Higher Education – Community College Property Tax Back Bill) got held up in Assembly so it became a two-year bill and they will continue it. AB5 (Homelessness “Bill of Rights”) also got held up in Assembly and likely will not get passed. The bill is expected to resurface in another form. Events: at the end of August there will be a Health Care session on the implementation of certain health care plans in California. October 2013 will have “Cover California” events to address the roll out of the health care exchange in California. The exchange opens in October 2013 and takes effect in January 2014. October 4, 2013 in Brentwood’s Library will be a Senior Scam presentation with speakers and resources to talk about common scams, how to avoid them and what to do if you become a victim. Follow-Up: (a) Handicapped placard issuance. Stephanie reported that there are discussions about stricter regulations on doctors and the DMV. Richard Cohen asked the office to address the issue of why handicapped drivers are excluded from paying meters when there is no financial hardship requirement that needs to be established. Jack Allen responded that handicapped people cannot move fast and that a ‘needs’ test would be unfair for handicapped people who have to pay people to do things for them. Jack suggested that relative to temporary passes that those should be returned to the DMV once they have expired. Andrew Wolfberg suggested that ADA regulations and compliance must be looked into. Stuart Muller expressed that time limits for handicapped people pose a huge challenge. (b) On the issue of loud motorcycle rides, the Assemblyman’s office feels that ultimately a municipal ordinance is needed. Stephanie volunteered to arrange a meeting with CD-11 and other elected officials if there was someone from PPCC’s Board who would like to spearhead that effort. Jennifer Malaret directed Board Members to the article in the Palisadian Post about the enforcement efforts in Thousand Oaks and suggested a similar effort in Pacific Palisades. Discussion: Andrew Wolfberg asked what is being done to restore funding to the courts. Stephanie responded that it is complicated; however, the Assemblyman sits on the Budget Committee and is trying to find a solution though he was not successful this year. Richard Cohen asked about the bill requiring 3-foot buffers between bicycles and cars and in recent conversation the Assemblyman had said he would be interested in re-sponsoring a bill to bring this safety measure back to the forefront. Jack Allen opposes the safety buffer stating that it creates more liabilities than safety benefits. Stuart Muller questioned the practicality of such a buffer along PCH because there simply is not that much available space.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Area Representative Updates – Stuart Muller reported that he met with representatives from DWP, the Department of Sanitation and others in efforts to beautify the pump plant and surrounding area of Temescal Canyon Blvd. near Pacific Coast Highway. An existing pole will be removed, the box will be cleaned up and plantings will surround. Information bulletins will be posted

7.3.2 WRAC Land Use Committee Meeting – George announced that this Sunday’s meeting will be combined with PlanCheck LA’s Saturday meeting that is being held regarding Re-Code LA on July 13, 2013. The meeting is Saturday morning, 10 AM in the Medina Building located in West Los Angeles. George reported that he attended a focus group for Re-Code LA this past week downtown with City officials and their consultants. The Re-Code LA effort has a five-year ‘window’ and will be started with the downtown area. One of the important questions that came up in the focus group George attended was what would be done relative to existing Specific Plans throughout the City. Board members and the public were encouraged to attend.

8.0 Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair; Jennifer Malaret presenting. Report on the City Attorney’s recently completed draft of the revised AGF ordinance as directed in September 2012 by the City Council (this is the proposed municipal legislation regulating facilities, including cell towers, in the public right of way). Jennifer reported that the City Attorney’s report and draft ordinance were submitted to City Council last week. CD-11 is investigating the status; PPCC has learned that the matter has been referred back to the PLUM and Public Works committees. The City Attorney’s report and draft ordinance may be found at: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-2645_rpt_atty_06-27-13.pdf. Jennifer Malaret reviewed the Talking Points with the Board. See below. Jennifer Malaret moved for approval of the Pacific Palisades Community Council Position re: City Attorney Report dated 6/27/2013 and Draft Ordinance for the Installation of Above Ground Facilities (“AGF”s) in the Public Right-of-Way (LAMC Sec. 62.00, et seq.) Council File No. 09-2645. See below. Stuart Muller seconded. Discussion: Jack Allen. Jack submitted a proposal to amend PPCC’s Position relative to Section IV.C. Aesthetic Requirements. Jack pointed out that this particular section confuses or overlooks the height limit for monopoles by erroneously subjecting them to the 5 ½ foot height limit obviously intended for cabinets. Without a separate height limit for monopoles, Jack’s opinion was that the entire ordinance would be subject to legal challenge. Jennifer Malaret responded that this language was reviewed by the LUC whereby the same issue was noted; however, the existing language would arguably be better because it applied to more than just monopoles and set limits which would effectively subject every installation to a variance or hardship waiver. Jennifer expressed that the LUC had not spoken with the City Attorney, was unaware why the prior language remained unchanged and that was why (pursuant to the Talking Points) the LUC proposed that the draft ordinance shall be amended to include other language changes for clarity and consistency, e.g., changing titles of paragraph headings involving required design and identification requirements from “Cabinet” to “AGF Installation” to make clear that the requirements of relevant subsections apply to pole structures (cell towers) as well as cabinets. Jack Allen proposed a 35-foot height limit for all monopoles. Jennifer Malaret responded that height limits for monopoles should vary depending on factors that may include zoning, topography and residential height limits. George Wolfberg objected to a uniform 35-foot height limit, noting that in some areas of Los Angeles homes are limited to 25 feet. Richard Cohen proposed that in response to Jack’s friendly amendment, the motion remain on the table as it was with the motion to approve to include the board’s approval of new language by the LUC that amended PPCC’s Position to the extent possible relative appropriate height limits for monopoles. Jack Allen approved the motion as articulated by Richard Cohen. The motion passed unanimously.

8.2 By-Laws Committee – George Wolfberg, Chair. George announced that the next regular meeting will be held July 23, 2013 and that the By-Laws committee has been hard at work meeting generally on a monthly basis.

9.0 Old Business. None.

10.0 New Business. None.

11.0 General Public Comment. None.

12. Adjournment. George Wolfberg adjourned the meeting at 8:12 PM.

ITEM 8.1 – REVISED AGF ORDINANCE

PPCC LUC Talking Points –
Recommended Position on Draft Revised AGF Ordinance (07.10.2013)

The City Attorney submitted a report and draft revisions to the AGF (above ground facilities) ordinance on 6/27/13. PPCC has long awaited this development. The draft ordinance does comply with the City Council’s directive: it expands notice; it eliminates the utility pole exemption for wireless devices and antennas; it enhances the aesthetic provisions in some respects, in part by including a required “Least Intrusive Means” standard ; it includes a required certification of compliance with FCC requirements; and it requires a somewhat greater showing of gap in coverage. The report and draft ordinance can be read at: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-2645_rpt_atty_06-27-13.pdf.

The LUC recommends SUPPORT for the draft ordinance, but with certain proposed revisions relating to 1) Notice and Appeal; 2) Coverage Gap; 3) Aesthetics and Design; 4) Certification. The LUC’s recommended revisions are set forth in full in the accompanying PPCC position paper on the draft ordinance. In summary, the recommended revisions, in relative order of importance, are:

1. NOTICE AND APPEAL:
Notice shall (a) be expanded to all owners and residents within 500 feet in all directions of a proposed AGF involving a pole structure (i.e., cell tower) or any AGF structure that exceeds height and density limits; (b) include posting of notification on-site for all AGFs. [The draft ordinance requires notice of AGFs exceeding allowed height limits to all owners and residents along both sides of the street for a distance of 250 linear feet in either direction, which the City Attorney acknowledges will not result in notice to all owners and residents potentially affected.]
Notice for all AGF applications shall be given by registered mail. [The existing ordinance requires registered mail but the word “registered” is eliminated in the draft revised ordinance.]
“Community Councils” shall be added to all notice provisions contained in the proposed ordinance along with HOAs and residents’ associations, as entities entitled to receive notice of the AGF application. Community Councils shall be entitled to the same right of appeal as HOAs and residents’ associations.

2. COVERAGE GAP:
Proof of a “significant coverage gap” shall be included in specific requirements for permit applications for (a) AGF installations in residential zones, (b) requests for variances from the height limit, and (c) requests for hardship waivers.
The draft ordinance shall be amended to include new paragraphs giving discretion to the BOE to hire an engineering expert to review and evaluate “significant coverage gap claims” and any relevant technological issues, at the applicant’s expense.

3. AESTHETICS AND DESIGN:
New language shall be drafted and inserted that requires the Cultural Affairs Commission to give notice and receive input from affected communities in regard to design of pole structures, and to apply the “Least Intrusive Means” standard in design decisions. [Both the existing and the revised draft ordinance require all designs to be approved in advance by the Cultural Affairs Commission; currently there is no process for community input nor any particular design standards that PPCC is aware of; PPCC has witnessed the approval of thousands of cabinets at a time using “bulk design” approvals devoid of community input.]
PPCC opposes the “density threshold” contained in the draft ordinance as it relates to pole structures (cell towers). PPCC believes that further review and community input are needed. At a minimum, PPCC proposes that language be drafted which strengthens the requirements for a variance from the maximum number of installations (in the case of pole structures) by requiring a showing that all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted, and that the applied-for AGF is necessary to reduce a significant coverage gap and represents the Least Intrusive Means to install the AGF.
The draft ordinance shall be amended to include other language changes for clarity and consistency, e.g., changing titles of paragraph headings involving required design and identification requirements from “Cabinet” to “AGF Installation” to make clear that the requirements of those subsections apply to pole structures (cell towers) as well as cabinets.

4. CERTIFICATION:
A new paragraph shall be added to require a structural engineer’s certification of load/structural safety at time of application and allow for the ability of the BOE (using their reasonable discretion) to hire a structural engineer to evaluate an AGF for load/structural safety in the event of significant events such as storms or seismic activity, at the AGF owner’s expense.
A new paragraph shall be added to require ongoing compliance with FCC requirements. This language shall require the owner’s periodic certification of continuing compliance and allow the BOE (using their reasonable discretion) to engage an RF engineer to review said periodic certifications, with the AGF owner to reimburse the City for costs of any such review.
Along with other specific acts of noncompliance contained in the draft ordinance, a new paragraph shall be added to impose fines for an AGF owner’s failure to comply with certification requirements or operation of an AGF within all applicable FCC requirements.

Notwithstanding the LUC’s conditional support of the draft ordinance as set forth above, the LUC recommends that PPCC OPPOSE a suggested possible further change (proposed in the City Attorney’s report but not in the draft ordinance) which would retain the utility pole exemption in commercial and industrial zones and for so-called “small” antennas (undefined). The LUC believes that this exemption should only remain, if at all, for strictly industrial zones, and there should be no exemption based on antenna size or type.

Pacific Palisades Community Council Position re: City Attorney Report dated 6/27/2013 and Draft Ordinance for the Installation of Above Ground Facilities (“AGF”s) in the Public Right-of-Way (LAMC Sec. 62.00, et seq.) Council File No. 09-2645

I.PPCC’S OVERALL POSITION.

SUPPORT the Draft Ordinance for the Installation of Above Ground Facilities (“AGF”s) in the Public Right-of-Way (the “Draft Ordinance”) with proposed revisions as set forth below.

II.PPCC’s POSITION ON 6/27/13 CITY ATTORNEY REPORT.

First full paragraph, p. 2:

PPCC agrees with the City Attorney that some property owners and residents outside of the notification pattern Subsection 62.08.VII.D.1 may be impacted by monopoles or other pole-mounted AGF installations. PPCC SUPPORTS revision of Subsection VII.D.1 to increase the notification pattern (reference suggested language herein and below).

Second full paragraph, p. 2:

PPCC SUPPORTs elimination of the utility pole exemption as set forth in Section 62.08.VIII.C. As to the City Attorney’s comments regarding possible elimination of the exemption in certain zones or for certain types of antennas, PPCC OPPOSES suggested possible retention of the exemption in any zones other than strictly industrial zones. PPCC also OPPOSES suggested possible retention of the exemption for any types antennas and wireless communication devices, regardless of size.

III.PPCC’s POSITION ON THE DRAFT ORDINANCE; SEC. 62.08. SPECIFICATIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR ABOVE GROUND FACILITY INSTALLATIONS

62.08.I.D General Restrictions; Written Reports on Hardship Waiver Requests.

62.08.I.D.4 CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED): A report prepared by the AGF applicant containing evidence of the investigation of all reasonable technological or site alternatives, including locations on private property as well as other locations in the Public-Right-of-Way, and justification for not selecting any of those alternatives. The report must also demonstrate that there is a significant coverage gap and that the proposed AGF represents the Least Intrusive Means to improve the coverage or capacity of the area to be served by the AGF. At least two private property alternatives must be documented to satisfy this requirement.

62.08.I.D.7 PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTION (7)): At its reasonable discretion the Bureau of Engineering may retain an independent qualified RF engineer or other qualified expert, selected by and under contract to the City, to review and evaluate coverage gap claims or any relevant technological issues presented by the application for a hardship waiver request pursuant to Subsection I.C and I.D. All costs associated with such a review shall be the responsibility of the applicant, which shall submit a deposit with its application in the amount of $1,000 for this purpose, to be refunded to the extent unused. If the cost of such expert review exceeds $1,000 the AGF applicant shall promptly upon request reimburse the City for any such cost.

62.08.II.D Permit Requirements for AGF Installations; AGF Application Requirements.

62.08.II.D.9 CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/ RED): One or more maps prepared by the AGF applicant indicating the service area for the proposed AGF and showing existing gaps in coverage or capacity and how the AGF will impact the coverage and capacity in the service area. If the proposed AGF installation is along a street where the adjoining land use is primarily residential, then the maps submitted by the AGF applicant must also demonstrate that there is a significant coverage gap and that proposed AGF represents the Least Intrusive Means to improve coverage or capacity in the area to be served by the AGF.

62.08.II.D.10 PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTION (10)): For all monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas, a licensed structural engineer’s certification of the structure’s capacity to safely sustain all projected loads as well as such structure’s compliance with the Telecommunication Industry Association Structural Standard for Antenna Supporting Structures and Antennas (the later of TIA-222-G or the most recent revision to TIA-222), and all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.

62.08.II.D.11 PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTION (11)): At its reasonable discretion the Bureau of Engineering may retain an independent qualified RF engineer or other qualified expert, selected by and under contract to the City, to review and evaluate coverage gap claims or any relevant technological issues presented by the AGF application. All costs associated with such a review shall be the responsibility of the AGF applicant, which shall promptly reimburse the City for the cost of the review. All costs associated with such a review shall be the responsibility of the applicant, which shall submit a deposit with its application in the amount of $1000 for this purpose, to be refunded to the extent unused. If the cost of such expert review exceeds $1000 the AGF applicant shall promptly upon request reimburse the City for any such cost.

62.08.IV.A Aesthetic Requirements; Cultural Affairs Commission Approval of AGF Design.

62.08.IV.A. CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED); PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTIONS (1) AND (2)):
A. Cultural Affairs Commission Approval of AGF design:
1. Approval.
All AGF exterior designs shall be approved by the Cultural Affairs Commission prior to submission of an AGF application to the Bureau of Engineering, after notice and a hearing in accordance with the approval process set forth in Subsection IV.A.2 below. All approved designs shall be consistent with the Least Intrusive Means standard, represent the least amount of physical or aesthetic intrusion in the Public-Right-of-Way, and shall be consistent with the character of the community in which the designs are to be located. Once an AGF exterior design has been approved, that design shall be deemed approved unless a timely appeal is made as set forth in Subsection IV.A.3 below and the approval is reversed on appeal by either the Board or City Council, or the Cultural Affairs Commission later revokes its previously granted approval. Approval of the location and placement of AGF installations using Cultural Affairs approved AGF designs shall remain with the Bureau of Engineering and the Board pursuant to the provisions of this Section.
2. Notice and Approval Process.
Prior to approving any exterior designs of monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas, the Cultural Affairs Commission shall provide a meaningful opportunity for community input into the designs under consideration, including holding at least one hearing for community groups to provide input. The Cultural Affairs Commission shall give advance written notice to all potentially affected neighborhood councils, community councils, homeowners’ associations and residents’ associations (“community groups”) and to the relevant Council District Offices. All costs associated with such notice shall be the responsibility of the AGF applicant or other persons or entities proposing the designs, which shall submit a deposit with the Cultural Affairs Commission in the amount of $1,000 for this purpose, to be refunded to the extent unused. If the cost of such notice exceeds $1,000 the AGF applicant or other persons or entities proposing the designs shall promptly reimburse the City for any such cost. The notice shall advise community groups of the date, time and location of the hearing, and shall also provide detailed information about the designs under consideration, including photographs or renderings provided by the AGF applicant or other persons or entities proposing the designs, depicting the proposed designs, the name and contact information for the AGF applicant or other persons or entities proposing the designs, the locations where the designs are proposed to be used, any time limits for community groups to provide input into the designs, and where and to whom such input should be directed. The notice shall be by registered mail posted at least 30 days in advance of the date of the hearing. All reasonable requests by community groups for additional time to provide input shall be granted by the Cultural Affairs Commission. Promptly upon reaching a decision the Cultural Affairs Commission shall give written notice to the community groups and Council District Offices by registered mail of approval or disapproval of the designs (“notice of decision”).
3. Appeal.
The Cultural Affairs Commission approval of any designs pursuant to Subsection IV.A.2 above (“approval”) shall be subject to appeal by any community groups who received written notice as set forth in Subsection IV.A.2, pursuant to the procedure established in LAMC Section 62.10. If no appeals are submitted to the City within 14 calendar days of the date of the notice of decision, the approval of the designs shall be final. The appeal of the approval shall be heard by the Board. The Board shall determine whether the approval complies with the Requirements of this Section. Subject to the City Council’s right of review under Charter Section 245, the determination of the Board shall be final.

62.08.IV.C Aesthetic Requirements; AGF Volume Threshold and Height Limits.

PPCC believes that because the draft ordinance does not change the existing height limit of 5 1/2 feet for all AGFs (a height limit applicable to lower-in-height structures such as cabinets), the draft ordinance does not adequately address the issue of height limits related to monopoles and other pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas. This Subsection should be subject to further review, input and revision in regard to specific height limits for monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas. Notwithstanding, PPCC proposes the following additional revisions to this Subsection.

62.08.IV.C. CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED); ADDITIONAL NEW PARAGRAPHS FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH ENDING WITH THE WORDS “(2 ½ FEET”):
A variance pursuant to this Subsection IV.C is required for all monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas exceeding the volume threshold or height limitation. In the case of all AGFs, the Board may grant a variance from the AGF volume and height limitation if all of the following conditions exist:
Suitable measures consistent with the aesthetic and camouflage requirement of this Section mitigate the excessive AGF volume or height.
The AGF applicant demonstrates that no financially or technically acceptable alternative exists that complies with the height and volume limits of Subsection IV.C.
In regard to monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas, the AGF applicant demonstrates that there is a significant coverage gap and the excessive height represents the Least Intrusive Means to improve the coverage or capacity of the area to be served by the AGF.
All coverage gap or other relevant technological issues associated with a request for a variance pursuant to this Subsection IV.C shall be subject to review by an independent expert at the reasonable discretion of the Bureau of Engineering, as set forth in Subsection 62.08.I.D.7.

62.08.IV.F, G, H Aesthetic Requirements; Cabinet Treatment and Graffiti Mitigation, Cabinet Identifiers and Cabinet Foundations.

62.08.IV.F-H PROPOSED REVISIONS (NEW HEADINGS): The word “cabinet” in each of these headings should be changed to “AGF Installation,” e.g., “H. AGF Installation Foundations.”

62.08.IV.I Aesthetic Requirements; Density Threshold.

PPCC OBJECTS to the density threshold set forth in Subsections IV.I.1-3 as to AGF installations that exceed the height limit of Subsection IV.C (monopoles and pole-mounted antennas) in all zones other than Industrial zones. Given the differences in topography, density and neighborhood character throughout the City, PPCC is unable to propose an alternate “one size fits all” threshold and has not concluded whether any particular lower number or density threshold is appropriate for such potentially obtrusive structures in zones other than Industrial. This Subsection should be subject to further review, community input and revision. Revisions that might be considered include changing the definition of City Block, using linear feet and/or increased distances or set-backs as measures, or including Residential zones within the “Below Grade Requirement” set forth in Subsection IV.1.A.

As an example, 62.08.IV.I. p. 9, first full paragraph: CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED): Facilities exempt from the requirements of this Section shall not be counted in the number of AGF installations per City Block. The Board may grant a variance from the AGF density threshold per City Block at its discretion when the threshold is reached and when measures consistent with this Section mitigate the excessive number of AGF installations. AGF co-location may be required as a mitigation measure. For all monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and antennas and for any AGF installation that exceeds the height limit set forth in Subsection IV.C, a variance from the AGF density threshold shall not be granted except upon a showing that all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted, and that the proposed AGF installation is necessary to reduce a significant coverage gap and represents the Least Intrusive Means to install the AGF in the Public-Right-of-Way. At its reasonable discretion the Bureau of Engineering may retain an independent qualified RF engineer or other qualified expert, selected by and under contract to the City, to review and evaluate coverage gap claims or any relevant technological issues presented by the application for a variance request pursuant to Subsection IV.I. All costs associated with such a review shall be the responsibility of the AGF applicant, which shall submit a deposit with its application in the amount of $1000 for this purpose, to be refunded to the extent unused. If the cost of such expert review exceeds $1000 the AGF applicant shall promptly upon request reimburse the City for any such cost.

62.08.V Public Safety Requirements.

62.08.V PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL SUBSECTIONS (G) AND (H)):

G. Load/Structural Safety Reevaluation. The Bureau of Engineering may reasonably require inspection by a licensed structural engineer of an AGF installation involving a monopole or pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices or antennas, following significant storms, seismic events or other events that may jeopardize the structural integrity of the poles (or the facilities attached to the poles). Such inspections shall be at the AGF owner’s cost, and the original “wet-stamped” engineer’s written report shall be provided to the Bureau of Engineering within the time specified by the Bureau of Engineering.

H. Operational Compliance with FCC Requirements. The AGF owner shall ensure that the AGF installation complies at all times with all applicable FCC requirements. In addition to the certification required by LAMC Section 62.08.II.D.8, the owner of any AGF installation involving wireless communication devices or antennas shall submit to the Bureau of Engineering an updated certification of such compliance (1) every year, on the anniversary of the submission of the original certification and (2) upon any proposed increase of at least ten (10) percent in the effective radiated power or any proposed change in frequency use. All such certifications shall be subject to review and approval by the Bureau of Engineering. At the reasonable discretion of the Bureau of Engineering, a qualified independent RF engineer, selected by and under contract to the City, may be retained to review such certifications for compliance with FCC regulations. All costs associated with such a review shall be the responsibility of the AGF owner, which shall promptly reimburse the City for the cost of the review.

62.08.VII.D Permit Processing Requirements and Procedures; Notification of AGF Installation.

62.08.VII.D CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED): For each AGF installation, the AGF applicant shall notify, by registered mail, the following persons and organizations.

D.1: For all monopoles and pole-mounted wireless telecommunications devices and for any AGF that exceeds the height limit set forth in Subsection IV.C or the density threshold set forth in Subsection IV.I:

[strike and replace with:] All owners of property within a radius of 500 feet in all directions from the property where the proposed AGF installation is to be located.

[strike and replace with:] All residents of property within a radius of 500 feet in all directions from the property where the proposed AGF installation is to be located.

[strike and replace with:] All Neighborhood Councils that include any properties within a radius of 500 feet in all directions from the property where the proposed AGF installation is to be located.

[strike and replace with:] City Council Offices for the Council Districts that include any properties within a radius of 500 feet in all directions from the property where the proposed AGF installation is to be located.

e.Homeowners’ and residents’ associations and Community Councils when, to the reasonable knowledge of the AGF applicant, the proposed location of the AGF installation falls within the boundary of the homeowners’ or residents’ association or Community Council. In order to determine whether any homeowners’ or residents’ associations or Community Councils are entitled to receive notice hereunder, the AGF applicant shall request information regarding homeowners’ and residents’ associations and Community Councils from the applicable Council Office.

f. (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTION): Site Posting. The AGF applicant shall post written notice of the installation in a conspicuous place at the location of the proposed AGF installation. Such notice shall be posted at the same time that notification is mailed pursuant to Subsection VII.D.1 and shall contain all of the information required for notification in this Subsection VII.D. Following consideration of the AGF applicant’s request by the Bureau of Engineering, and no later than 14 calendar days before expiration of the right of appeal set forth in Subsection IV.E, the AGF applicant shall also post written notice that includes Bureau of Engineering approval or disapproval and provides information detailing the AGF appeal process. Such notice shall also be posted in a conspicuous place at the location of the proposed AGF installation. The Bureau of Engineering may adopt guidelines consistent with this section for the posting of notices if the Bureau of Engineering determines that those guidelines are necessary and appropriate.

D.2.: For all other AGFs: the same changes to subsections VII.D.1. (e) and (f) set forth above shall also be made to VII.D.2.

Page 13, VII.D, first full paragraph:

CURRENT DRAFT LANGUAGE & PROPOSED REVISION (IN BOLDFACE/RED): Following consideration of the AGF applicant’s permit request by the Bureau of Engineering, the AGF applicant shall notify by registered mail all persons and organizations listed in Subsection VII.D. of the status of the AGF application. . . .

IV.PPCC’s POSITION ON THE DRAFT ORDINANCE; SEC. 62.09. FINE FOR NONCOMPLIANCE:

62.09. B. Failure to Comply
62.09.B.7 PROPOSED REVISION (ADDITIONAL NEW SUBSECTION (7): Failure to operate the AGF installation within all applicable FCC requirements or to comply with all certification requirements as specified in LAMC Section 62.08.II.D.8 [and Section 62.08.V.H ].

— Approved unanimously by the PPCC board on July 11, 2013.



MINUTES FOR AUGUST 8th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Mark Roosa, Kelly Comras, Richard Wulliger, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Gil Dembo, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, Steve Boyers, Jim Rea, Andrew Wolfberg, and Joyce Brunelle.

Voting Alternates: Donna Vaccarino.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, Chris Hope, Laura Mack, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, Eric Dugdale and Cathy Russell.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Flo Elfant read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:40 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President deemed the July 11, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meetings are September 12, 2013 and September 26, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie provided a statement of $19,270.27 in account balances as of July 31, 2013.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 PPCC Newsletter, Fall 2013 – Format, Suggested Sponsorships. Barbara encouraged board members who were willing to help with the newsletter to please let her know.

7.1.2 -PPCC Holiday Dinner Committee.

7.1.3 -Area and Organizational Representatives – no reports.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

Councilmember Bonin’s Office. Mike Bonin, Debbie Dyner-Harris and Fred Sutton in attendance, see below.

Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore. Not in attendance.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board, Jennifer Malaret.
(1) Movies at the Park – every Saturday in August with showings of (in order): Pirates of the Caribbean, Dr. Seuss, the Lorax, Freaky Friday, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and ET the Extra Terrestrial.
(2) On-Line Access Improved! The public can now access all Park forms, PP-PAB Agendas & Minutes and other important park information along with the Center’s current Program Brochure: http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/palisadesRC.htm. Please bookmark this site and refer to it often for forms, center updates and important announcements/ information,
(3) Fall Youth Sports Registration is Open – please register on, or before August 3, 2013 for many popular programs and
(4) Goodbye to Nick Shorey: a great employee for more than 10 years and part of the park community for 20 years. Nick has been a very hard worker, an ambassador of the Park, the best basketball shooter in the world and who is known throughout not only the park, but Ralph’s (where he also works) and the entire community. Nick will be missed.

7.3.2 Historical Society – Dick Wulliger reported that on Friday, August 9, 2013 the society is showing a movie on the life of Will Rogers and the event is free at Will Rogers State Historic Park other than parking. On Sunday, August 11, 2013 the Union Bank Dog Iron Polo Cup will be taking place and will be a large event with top polo players from throughout the world. Also, on September 15, 2013, Eric Dugdale will be presenting on “Cowboys in the Palisades” and this event is also free.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair. (1) Report on Mural Ordinance hearing whereby the matter has been forwarded to the full City Council for hearing on August 20, 2013 without recommendation. Chris Spitz provided a summary of the procedure. http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2011/11-0923_RPT_ATTY_6-17-2013.pdf SEE MOTION BELOW. Discussion: Kelly Comras was concerned that murals on single-family homes should not be limited because homeowners are entitled to express themselves through signs on their properties. Jack Allen stated that he still has reservations about the ordinance because if either ordinance is adopted that will open Pandora’s Box. The tradition of murals was stopped before for good reasons. Jack believes that artists put up murals to get your attention and those murals become a distraction to drivers; murals cause traffic accidents and Jack disagrees with any opposite findings by the City Attorney. Murals are more attractive than commercial signs and another threat is that billboard operators will use the allowance of murals as a “slippery slope” to get their signs in also. George Wolfberg encouraged that we try to affect where the City is going using a moderate approach rather than stating that the council disapproves of any mural that can be seen. Stuart Muller stated that murals could be used to replace blight and make things look better like the Clearwater mural on the Village Green. Donna Vaccarino stated her support for the historic and cultural murals that have been done in the City of Los Angeles even those that have been painted on homes. Donna does not want PPCC’s language to be so reactionary that it discourages artistic expression in our cities. Chris Spitz responded that our motion does call for a streamlined approach. Action: Chris Spitz sponsored the motion. Stuart Muller seconded. Dick Wulliger and Donna Vaccarino opposed. Kelly Comras and Jack Allen abstained. The motion passed.

8.2 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Paul Glasgall. Report on proposed Starbucks location at 514 Palisades Drive. Paul reported that the request was to operate the store from 4 am to 12 midnight. Paul surveyed other area Starbucks and no other store has such extensive operating hours. By right, the store can operate from 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Paul stated that the late operating hours have been a problem at the Taco Bell and Paul is concerned about the Highlands becoming a magnet for trouble. Discussion: Gil Dembo stated that the Starbucks at Vons does not have such extensive operating hours. Barbara explained that those stores are different because they are licensed and not a freestanding store. Kelly Comras said that it would be good for younger kids to have a non-alcoholic place to hang out and coffee and yogurt places are good for that. Stuart Muller stated that the location is truly not near the residential portions of the Highlands. Donna Vaccarino suggested that the closing time should be 10 PM because it is directly across the street from a multi-family senior building. Ted Mackie doubted any coffee was going to be sold late night anyway. SEE MOTION BELOW. Paul sponsored the motion, Jim Rea seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 City Councilmember, District 11, Mike Bonin – Guest Speaker. Background: Councilmember Bonin began his term on July 1, 2013 and, in fact, spent that first day here in the Pacific Palisades. Delivering City services and improving neighborhoods are a priority in addition to the very large policy decisions that Los Angeles faces. Mike’s business slogan will be “Neighborhoods First.” Mike believes that getting to know City employees is critical given the stretched resources within the City of Los Angeles. Getting LAFD 69 back to full deployment is a top priority, as he believes that these services should not have been cut in our Community. Appointments to the Public Safety Committee and the Budget Committee are things that Mike believes will increase his ability to help with restoring LAFD resources. Towards that end one of his first proposals was “IPADs for Firefighters” because our firefighters should be using current technology rather than outdated maps. Mike is interested in expanding this technology into the LAPD as well. Mike has also introduced legislation that will allow citizens to park at broken parking meters. In the future, Mike will be working closely with Mike Feuer, the City Attorney, to restore the neighborhood prosecutor program. Staff: Mike introduced Debbie Dyner-Harris (Deputy District Director) and Fred Sutton, our local contact who will be integral to Mike’s new “Access 11” program. Access 11 will enable Mike to spend time with constituents during local office hours, evening office hours and on the weekends. Mike has been holding office hours at Farmer’s Markets, by coffee shops, fire stations, senior centers and libraries. “Hikes with Mike” is another idea for an informal way to connect with residents. September 8th, 2013 will be the first “Hike with Mike” in the Palisades area. Using technology, Mike is beginning with his Transportation Committee to use technology to allow citizens to testify using remote technology without having to take an entire day off of work to travel downtown to offer several minutes of public testimony. Topics of Written Questions: motorcycle noise, amount of money in the CD 11 furniture fund, sidewalk repair, and campaign funding tied to the DWP substation. Motorcycles: CD11 is working to help with the problem; furniture fund amount is unknown and Mike’s office will get the answers back to us, Akron was recently re-paved so street repairs will happen but there is a large backlog, damage to streets from tree roots is a problem where there is not a quick, easy repair because the current liability goes into the millions of dollars to the City, tree trimming has a very large backlog as well despite many trees that are in failed condition (there is a committee looking at a possible bond issue for street and tree services), and relative to campaign donors Mike is not aware of addresses for people who have donated money. Before being elected, Mike agreed with Rosendahl who took a “no” position on siting the DWP substation at Marquez. Now LAUSD is raising geological concerns at Marquez and CD11 will be meeting with DWP next week. On the issue of development in general, that is a very important topic to constituents all over the City and that is why Mike has a three member planning team (Debbie, Trish and Noel) of seasoned veterans in land use law and the evaluation of EIR reports. Mike wants this team to be plugged in with our community’s attempt to define planning issues; however, he will not take a position until the team has sat down with both sides and the community in order that the team understands the law and the various leverage points involved.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Martha Galeb – lives on upper Chautauqua. (1) Poor street cleaning has been an issue for more than two years. (2) Low flying helicopter noise from helicopters other than LAFD. LAPD and the sheriff should be flying over the ocean for non-emergencies. Nicki Dalton also asked if she could have notice for when the street cleaners are going to appear.

11.2 Mary Ginselberg – lives on Monument and she wonders if the meetings are posted and how to receive information from the council.

11.3 Susan McInerney – concern is traffic enforcement, particularly in front of the schools when drivers speed and roll through stop signs.

11.4 Lynn Hylen – concerned about store closings because Madison now appears closed.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:00 PM.

ITEM 8.1 PROPOSED MOTION REGARDING DRAFT MURAL ORDINANCE

Talking Points re LUC Recommendation — Proposed Motion re Draft Murals Ordinance

The LUC recommends:

Prohibiting murals in all residential zones on all dwellings.

Clearly grandfathering existing murals.

Requiring communities that wish to allow murals in residential zones to apply for permission via either current Planning processes or a less time-consuming “streamlined” process to be developed and set forth in the ordinance.

Prohibiting “digitally printed images,” but if they are allowed, developing a clear definition that would exclude digital “building wraps” in residential zones.

Adding key notice and procedural requirements to the section dealing with the “Neighborhood Involvement Requirement,” including adding Community Councils along with Neighborhood Councils and Business Improvement Districts as entities entitled to notice.

Defining “commercial message” with greater clarity (a definition is suggested).

Providing for specific enforcement procedures and funding sources for enforcement.

In addition, if murals are allowed in residential zones:

Providing for certain aesthetic protections applicable to residential zones (i.e., limiting murals only to areas not visible to the public-right-of-way; prohibiting direct illumination of murals; setting a mural height limit of 18 ft. or one-story, whichever is less).

Developing a less time-consuming, “streamlined” process, to be set forth in the ordinance, which would allow any communities that wish to prohibit murals in residential zones to apply for such prohibition.

D R A F T – LUC Recommendation — Proposed PPCC Motion re Murals Ordinance

Re CF 11-0923

In regard to Versions A and B of the draft murals ordinance submitted by the Los Angeles City Attorney on 6-17-2013, Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) takes the following positions:

I. SUPPORT Version B on the Condition that the Seven (7) Revisions Set Forth Below are Incorporated:

Murals shall be clearly prohibited in all residential zones on all dwellings, including but not limited to single-family homes and apartment buildings, except that in all residential zones murals that are not visible from the public-right-of-way or from neighboring properties shall be permitted.

Communities that wish to allow murals in residential zones shall be required to apply for permission to allow murals in such zones, using currently available Planning processes; or via a less time-consuming “streamlined” process to be developed and set forth pursuant to the ordinance.

Existing murals shall be clearly grandfathered.

“Digitally printed images” shall be prohibited and/or not included within the definition of “Original Art Mural.” If included, the term “digitally printed images” shall be defined with greater clarity; any definition shall specifically exclude images which extend around corners and cover more than one exterior wall (commonly known as “building wraps”) in all residential zones.

The “Neighborhood Involvement Requirement” (Sec. 22.119 (b)(3)) shall set forth key administrative rules relative to notice and procedures for holding the required community meeting, including without limitation a requirement that the applicant shall confer in advance with the applicable Neighborhood and/or Community Council to arrange an acceptable time, at a regularly scheduled meeting of such Council, for the required community review and comment on the proposed mural, and that the applicant shall be responsible for required mailing and posting of notice on-site at least 45 days prior to the meeting. “Community Councils” shall be expressly added, along with Neighborhood Councils and Business Improvement Districts, as entities entitled to receive notice.

The term “commercial message” shall be defined with greater clarity; specifically, the following language shall replace the definition of “Original Art Mural” (Section I): “A one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, hand-tiled [or digitally printed, if this language is retained] image on the exterior wall of a building that does not function as or contain any commercial message and for which nothing of value has been given to the owner or person in control of the building in exchange for permission to use the building for the image or to the artist in exchange for including the image any specific products or goods produced for sale or purchase (commonly known as “product placement”). For definition purposes, a commercial message is any message that advertises a business conducted, services rendered, or goods produced or sold.”

Specific enforcement procedures and funding sources for enforcement shall be provided.

II. OPPOSE Version A; if Version A is Adopted Instead of Version B, PPCC Urges the Following Nine (9) Revisions:

In all residential zones, murals shall be limited to areas that are not visible from the public-right-of-way or neighboring properties.

In all residential zones, direct illumination of murals on dwellings shall not be permitted; indirect or incidental illumination of any murals resulting from otherwise permitted landscape lighting shall be allowed.

In all residential zones, murals on dwellings shall not exceed 18 feet from grade or one-story from grade in height, whichever is less, regardless of the actual structure height.

A less time-consuming “streamlined” process shall be developed and set forth pursuant to the ordinance, to allow any communities that wish to prohibit murals in residential zones to apply for such prohibition.

Existing murals shall be clearly grandfathered.

“Digitally printed images” shall be prohibited and/or not included within the definition of “Original Art Mural.” If included, the term “digitally printed images” shall be defined with greater clarity; any definition shall specifically exclude images which extend around corners and cover more than one exterior wall (commonly known as “building wraps”) in all residential zones.

The “Neighborhood Involvement Requirement” (Sec. 22.119(b)(3)) shall set forth key administrative rules relative to notice and procedures for holding the required community meeting, including without limitation a requirement that the applicant shall confer in advance with the applicable Neighborhood and/or Community Council to arrange an acceptable time, at a regularly scheduled meeting of such Council, for the required community review and comment on the proposed mural, and that the applicant shall be responsible for required mailing and posting of notice on-site at least 45 days prior to the meeting. “Community Councils” shall be expressly added, along with Neighborhood Councils and Business Improvement Districts, as entities entitled to receive notice. Further, in all residential zones: 1) the applicant shall also be required to mail notice of the community meeting to all owners and/or residents of properties located adjacent to and across-the-street from the location of the proposed mural; and 2) these requirements shall not be deemed “procedural only” and no action shall be taken by the City on any permit application pursuant to this section unless and until all requirements of Sec. 22.119(b)(3) are met.

The term “commercial message” shall be defined with greater clarity; specifically, the following language shall replace the definition of “Original Art Mural” (Section I): “A one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, hand-tiled [or digitally printed, if this language is retained] image on the exterior wall of a building that does not function as or contain any commercial message and for which nothing of value has been given to the owner or person in control of the building in exchange for permission to use the building for the image or to the artist in exchange for including the image any specific products or goods produced for sale or purchase (commonly known as “product placement”). For definition purposes, a commercial message is any message that advertises a business conducted, services rendered, or goods produced or sold.”

Specific enforcement procedures and funding sources for enforcement shall be provided.

ITEM 8.2 – PROPOSED MOTION REGARDING THE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR AUGUST 28, 2013 REGARDING A NEW STARBUCKS STORE AT 514 PALISADES DRIVE (514-518 PALISADES DRIVE & 17181 W. SUNSET BOULEVARD), PACIFIC PALISADES, CA; CASE NO ZA 2013-1664 (CU)

PROPOSED MOTION:

The Pacific Palisades Community Council OPPOSES the Requested Action by GPA Inc. for STARBUCKS to procure a Conditional Use Permit (pursuant to LAMC Section 12.24-W, 27) to permit deviations from the Commercial Corner Development provisions to allow the daily hours of operation of a café from 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the (Q) C2-1 Zone.

The PPCC recommends that the hours of operation by STARBUCKS at this location be limited to 4:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 12th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Janet Turner, Janet Anderson, Kelly Comras, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Mark Roosa, Gil Dembo, Andrew Wolfberg, George Wolfberg, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, Joyce Brunelle, Jim Rea, and Schyler Dietz.
Voting Alternates: Eric Dugdale, Bob Baker and Cathy Russell.
Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Carol Bruch, Laura Mack, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, Steve Cron, Reza Akef and Donna Vaccarino.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:04 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The President moved the August 8, 2013 minutes adopted. The next meeting is September 26, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie provided a written accounting. Barbara Kohn reported the financial status as of September 13, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,103.46.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn
7.1.1 PPCC Holiday Dinner Committee. Barbara asked for a show of hands from board members willing to pay for a catered event or venue requiring funding. There was a show of hands in support. Barbara invited board members interested in this topic to contact her or Chris Spitz directly.
7.1.2 Mike Feuer, City Attorney – Barbara is hoping to confirm the City Attorney’s attendance at the next PPCC meeting.
7.1.3 Area Representatives – Barbara asked that each Area Representative take on the task of reading the Environmental Reports that are being published in the LA Times once a week on Thursdays. Barbara stated that if an Area Representative sees that there is a publication on a property in the Area for which they have been elected or appointed, and then they should contact PPCC and Chris Spitz, the LUC Chair.
7.1.4 Citizen of the Year Committee – Barbara asked for interested board members to volunteer for this new committee. Janet Turner, Richard Cohen, and Jack Allen volunteered.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1 Los Angeles City Council, District 11, Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Norman Kulla in attendance and reporting. (1) Potrero Park – the City finally has the 50% plans for Potrero Park. Norman thanked David Card and George Wolfberg for this “milestone achievement” which has taken place over the past twelve (12) years. Norman is hopeful the contract for completion will be let; from there CD-11 is hopeful for an eighteen (18) month completion schedule. There will be a nice pedestrian path to Temescal Canyon access points and Coastal Commission requirements will be satisfied. The effort for the pedestrian bridge has not been funded; thus, at this time, this bridge is considered a separate project effort. (2) Hike with Mike – the first event was in the Palisades and was a great success with over 75 people in attendance. (3) Mural Ordinance – no update on the scheduling. (4) AGF Ordinance – no update, though some dates in October have been floating around. (5) Citywide Sign Ordinance – Jennifer Malaret asked about information received that this matter may be scheduled imminently before PLUM or the City Council. Norm made a note to follow-up. (6) Jack Allen asked about construction at Temescal Canyon and work going along PCH relative to berms that affect traffic in this area. Jack suggested posting the warning signs at Chautauqua or in sufficient advance of the Temescal/PCH intersection so that drivers have an option to take a different route. Additional concerns were that fading of lane striping has been noticed and barricades have been put up that are difficult to see and not noted. (7) Gil Dembo expressed frustration with motorcycle noise. Gil reported that Beverly Hills is strictly enforcing their noise ordinances. Gil wondered why we can’t have similar enforcement efforts here on Sunset. Norman reported that CD-11 recently has had two meetings with LAPD. LAPD has made very strategic efforts on enforcement. John Glasgow also expressed concern and reported that residents have contacted him about the noise. Eric Dugdale suggested stations to pull over riders that have illegal pipes/exhaust systems on their machines. Norman responded that Senator Pavley had introduced legislation on this latter point; however, there was a defect in the legislation that took it off the table. Recently there have been advocacy efforts by the motorcycle lobby stating that louder bikes are needed for safety and way to reduce accidents that injure and kill riders. (8) Carol Bruch – the timing of the signal at Sunset and Will Rogers is not accurately set to 35 mph. Norman says that the design of that signal is really to make drivers who are speeding stop and/or slow down. Jack Allen concurred that this light has never effectively worked for the stated purpose. (9) John Glasgow asked about the bus turn around at the intersection of Sunset and Marquez. Norman responded that the improvements were on schedule for completion in October.

7.2.2 CA State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom – Josh Kurpies. Josh was attending for an update on the motorcycle issue. Josh reported that he has been working with Amy Kalp to receive and understand a five (5) year history on the facts and circumstances in the Palisades. (1) Enforcement is the key, but resources are the issue. Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Santa Monica have all received special grants through the Department of Transportation and Safety. LAPD also applies for those grants and monies have been paid towards police presence on Sunset. (2) AM Bloom is looking at what resources and strategies may be available at a state level. This issue is not localized to the Palisades but impacts other areas, like Topanga, as well. Comments: Gil Dembo asked for the owner of the 76 Station to be approached or told to prevent the riders from congregating on his/her property. Other board members felt this does not solve the problem because riders will always find a place to congregate. (3) the Pavley legislation would only affect new bikes and would not grandfather in old bikes. AM Bloom’s office is researching ways to increase fines, change the process for “fix it” tickets, etc. (4) Paul Glasgall will be the PPCC’s representative to AM Bloom’s office on this issue. Paul reported that there is a meeting scheduled with WLA Traffic, LAPD Captain Nathan, SLO Officer Moore and other individuals. Paul reminded the board and audience that this effort has happened before in the past 20 years where LAPD checked bikes with equipment and found that most bikes were below the allowed limit. Jennifer Malaret asked if it was possible to measure noise in the aggregate noting that this would require an amendment to the vehicle code. Josh felt that this was not likely because of additional issues raised.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore. (1) Vehicle Burglaries – there has been a large increase. LAPD has an idea of who is committing these crimes and is working to have them stopped. (2) Bus Safety – Janet Anderson reported cars aggressively driving around busses in the village that have stopped to allow riders on and off.
7.2.4 – Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office. Daniel Tam attended and is the Mayor’s Representative to West Los Angeles. Presentation: Daniel is here to represent the Mayor to us and PPCC back to the Mayor in a mutual and reciprocal relationship. The Mayor is about “Back to Basics” and getting City Hall to work again. Positions are being filled and announced with very careful deliberations. Questions: (1) George Wolfberg asked about the 311 Smartphone Application in support and in suggestion that the application be improved to accurately identify addresses.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1. Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board, Jennifer Malaret. Jennifer reminded the PPCC that she has been reporting, starting in 2011, that the Park Advisory Board held three meetings to solicit community input on a proposed Master Plan for the recreation center. During 2012 and 2013, the Board’s Master Plan Committee [the “PreMap Committee”] and Eric Owen Moss Architects have been working to create a “Work-in-Progress” of the proposed Master Plan. The Work-in-Progress may be viewed online at the following site: www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/palisadesrc.htm. The Work-in-Progress is intended to provide the basis for additional input on the content, functionality and popularity of all aspects of the proposed Master Plan. The PreMap Committee is very interested in soliciting the views of the PPCC Board and all members of the public on the Work-in-Progress. To that end, this committee has established an email account to which all comments may be directed: pppremap2013@gmail.com. Jennifer stated that on October 23, 2013, the PreMap Committee will formally present the Work-in-Progress to the Park Advisory Board and the Palisades community at the Park Advisory Board’s last regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on October 23, 2013 at 7 PM in the small gym. All board members and the public were invited to attend. Jennifer reported that following the public meeting in October and such further public meetings as may be necessary to develop a community consensus, the Work-in-Progress will be converted into a Master Plan. The Master Plan will then be submitted to the Department of Recreation and Parks for approval. When completed and approved by the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Master Plan will allow the Community to visualize the future of the Park and provide the basis for the fund-raising activities that will be required to make the Master Plan a reality. Discussion: Joyce Brunnelle expressed concern about funding for the plan. Janet Turner opined that the Park Board should hold their meetings wherein the plan was discussed in front of the PPCC and not at the park. Jennifer responded that the City’s PAB Handbook charges PABs specifically with developing short term and long term goals for parks and recreation centers. Thus, it is within the PAB’s charge as an agency of the municipality to abide by that mandate, develop a long term plan and vet that plan in the context of the Brown Act and similarly appointed volunteers. Within PPCC’s mission statement, Jennifer stated that once the PAB had something close to the definition of a “community consensus” on the Master Plan then the full PP-PAB would be honored to present that information to the PPCC Board in
order to seek comments, input and support. Of course, in the interim all PPCC Board members were encouraged to submit comments via email and regularly attend meetings at the park.
7.3.2 Chamber of Commerce, Joyce Brunelle. Joyce announced that (1) the Village Fair would be taking place on September 22, 2013 from 10 am to 2 PM and that the event will be fabulous for small children, families and seniors and (2) there have been configuration problems with access to the Farmer’s Market because booths have been blocking the alley that residents use to access the parking lot.
Area Representatives
(1) Carol Bruch (Area 1) announced that on October 8, 2013 there will be a seminar on earthquakes sponsored by the Structural Engineer’s Association. (2) Jim Rea (Area 3) announced that Area 3 residents had been concerned about development in the coastal bluff areas. In response, Jim sent an email about how these better issues could be addressed given the high level of existing involvement by numerous government and regulatory agencies. Jim is asking board members and the public to provide information and comments. (3) Kelly Comras (Area 1) reported that the YMCA planting at Simon Meadow will be installed between Halloween and Thanksgiving. (4) Paul Glasgall (Area 2) reported that LAPD will be having a fundraiser and asked for support from Area Reps and the homeowner groups in their area.
Organizational Representatives
(1) Donna Vaccarino re: the Temescal Academy Garden Project. Donna introduced Johnny Hernandez a student at the school and one of the Mary Ridclay, a teacher at the school. Donna reported that the garden will be built in two phases (1) four raised beds for seasonal herbs and flowers and (2) potentially cleaning up and using LAUSD property that had been previously used as a dump site in the 1990’s. Donna has had several meeting with LAUSD staff, CD-11, etc. on the latter topic. The effort will work into the students’ English, Science, History and elective classes. Johnny Hernandez spoke and reported that the students want to make the school more beautiful than it is and to have the responsibility of cleaning the area around their own school. Johnny said that tools are needed and donations would be accepted and appreciated. Mary spoke about the student’s desire to do more to beautify their community and learn more about the history of this area. (2) Eric Dugdale reported that on September 23, 2013 there is a Historical Society free event at the Theater Palisades with a presentation by one of the original archive holders (Mark Wannamaker) in the Palisades who recently published a new book on Griffith Park.

8. Reports From Committees
8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair. Updates: Mural Ordinance; Starbucks; Kay ‘n Dave’s request for full liquor license; possible motion (recommended by WRAC-LUPC) to support proposed consolidation of Building & Safety and Planning Depts. (see Council motion at: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2013/13-0046_mot_5-29-13_0001.pdfhttp://; see report by Chief Legislative Analyst and CAO’s office at: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2013/13- 0046_RPT_CLA_08-23-13.pdfhttp://. Chris reported that: (1) Mural Ordinance –Version B was passed, there were issues referred back to committee for discussion. (2) Starbucks – Paul Glasgall has negotiated reduced operating hours from 5 AM to 10 PM and is talking with representatives relative to bakery truck and delivery details. (3) Kay n Dave’s – Dave presented that he was considering an ABC license. Notice was published in the paper. No opposition has been heard and one resident wrote in indicating support. (4) Consolidation of Departments (LADBS and Planning) per Council File 13-0046. Chris presented on the merits of the consolidation that has been discussed by the LUPC at the Westside Regional Alliance of Council meetings that she and George Wolfberg have been attending. Chris Spitz read the motion attached below. Comment: Jack Allen stated that he is against the motion because it puts “the fox in the hen house.” Joyce Brunelle agreed. George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz pointed out that current enforcement measures are not working with the departments structured as they are currently. Jack Allen stated that the policy makers (Planning) should be separated from enforcement (LADBS). Reza Akef said that this has nothing to do with policy, this is about the process by which permits are obtained from numerous government departments all over Los Angeles. Reza stated that this is about better customer service in Figueroa where people can go into one or two rooms and have their process taken care of. Barbara Kohn suggested tabling the motion until such time as the PPCC could have a longer discussion. The motion was tabled.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Presentation, Community Planning Initiative for Pacific Palisades (“CPIPP”). Donna Vaccarino.
(1) SEE PPCC HANDOUT ATTACHED BELOW. A version of this handout (without the excerpt from the PPCC’s Guiding Principles) was provided to CD-11 Planning Staff and is regarding the “Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan (Specific Plan) Amendment and Design Guidelines Development; Relevant Provisions of PPCC By-Laws, Specific Plan and Los Angeles Municipal Code.” Note to Readers: the PPCC handout does not include the entirety of PPCC’s Guiding Principles which are also set forth in PPCC’s Bylaws. Readers are encouraged to review all of PPCC’s Guiding Principles in the PPCC’s Bylaws which are available on PPCC’s website: http://www.pp90272.org.
(2) SEE THE CPIPP “MISSION STATEMENT” ATTACHED BELOW.

Presentation: Donna reported that she has been spearheading the CPIPP effort over the last 9 months. There is a Steering Committee and that committee has asked for guidance from certain members in the community. Donna said that triggers for the CPIPP effort are: the City’s Zoning Code Revision, the City’s proposed re-alignment of Planning and LADBS, the decay of the commercial areas in the Palisades, the obsolete natures of our governing documents, the sale of the Palisades Partners property, financial crisis, climate change and the Palisades Design Review Board that passed a motion in January 2013 stated that the guidelines are insufficient to meet the current and future needs of the community. Meetings have taken place with CD-11 and Donna held three public meetings. The public asked for a planning effort going forward. The Steering Committee wrote the Mission Statement (see below). The documents to be updated are the Specific Plan and Design Review Guidelines. Community comments will eventually be posted on the Palisades Beautiful website. Donna read a letter from Alan Bell in support of CPIPP’s efforts. Donna stated that the CD-11 Planning Team was excellent. Information has been posted on the Palisades Beautiful website and additional documents will be added, including information from other communities that have good planning and design. Donna said that CD-11 has been asked to guide and opine on the structure to coordinate and guide research and study into the Design Review Guidelines and Specific Plan. The process is dependent on participation by the community. John Kaliski at UCLA has made a proposal to CPIPP such that third year graduates in urban design would look at policies, constraints, trends and opportunities for development in the Palisades Commercial Area. Donna feels that it is important for the community to come together in an evolutionary process that will have a long lasting effect. UCLA, John Kaliski: John has known Donna previously. John thought that this case was particularly interesting for their studio whereby a range of alternatives, such as four to five Specific Plans, could be devised and given to CPIPP as a tool to help facilitate the larger and longer-term process that Donna has begun engaging in. John stated that the students really want engagement whereby they can get to know a community and exercise their thoughts and opinions. Comment: CPIPP Member Ted Weitz stated that the Steering Committee is a well-rounded group, excited to work with UCLA. John Glasgow stated that Donna Vaccarino is doing a monumental job in terms of outreach and pulling together resources. John said that this process is going forward and will be very positive for the community. Questions: (1) Gil Dembo asked if he wanted to build a commercial building in the Palisades what CPIPP was looking for? Is CPIPP going to set the height, the architecture, and the function of the building? Shouldn’t this be part of the Planning Department, the City of Los Angeles, the PPCC and not a group of private citizens? If you want to do something, then Gil stated people should go to the City Codes not to an arbitrary group of citizens without jurisdiction. Donna responded that there is a Specific Plan, the group is not “necessarily” interested in changing zoning. Rather the group is asking if the community is pleased with the Specific Plan. Donna reported that Randy Young has walked groups of people through the community and Donna reports that there are things that are not working: sidewalks, building facades, and set-backs. When CPIPP looks at what has been built in the last 20 years, CPIPP believes it has not been successful. The environment is not inspiring and it is not pleasing to the town. Gil asked why they are not talking to property owners who own and have control. (2) Richard Cohen commented that he understood Donna’s frustration with the existing framework and agrees with concerns about the future of the Palisades. Richard said CPIPP is not starting a new City. It must operate within the LAMC and what it states for the DRB that is very specific and not very broad. There is a process mandated for the DBR to modify its design codes. The Specific Plan is not at all obsolete and Richard stated that it was a very important document with a stated, difficult, lengthy, difficult, complex and Brown-Acted process that must be done by the City and not an independent group. Zoning laws are Citywide and not something that CPIPP can say anything about. Richard applauds the concern but not the effort because it is showing a lack of understanding of the LAMC, the Specific Plan and laws limiting the DRB. Donna agrees that the proposal she is suggesting is “outrageous”. Nevertheless, the City is looking at community plans and specific plans and this is the right time to take a look at ours. The danger is that the Palisades will end up having the same Community Plan as Van Nuys. Richard responded that when the City comes there will be a process for that and CD-11 will be appointing the individuals. (3) Jack Allen agreed with Richard’s comments. Jack reported that people are very satisfied with the Community Plan and Specific Plan. If there are adjustments to be made, they are minor and people should be concerned that the tweaking may not go the direction the majority of residents want it to go. Jack said that the existing documents were intended to clean up the village, keep the “village a village” and that it did not get “too large” for the community and that the residents do not want “fancy” development that is expensive or excludes local merchants. The problems in the village right now are not the inadequacy of the documents but the ownership of the property. Jack said that he and Stuart Muller have worked with the DRB over the years and there have not been problems; they are very satisfied with how the DRB has worked. Jack said that “we really don’t want more development.” (4) An audience member asked: when CPIPP says that the sidewalks don’t work and other existing conditions “don’t work” what that means. Donna said that the sidewalks are too small, large trees are lifting up the sidewalks and making them impassible and in violation of City safety codes. Donna said that maybe space should be organized where the ground floors are more open, that ground floors should be designed for people first so that there is a sense of space. Donna reported that other communities are looking at restricting chain stores, what is appropriate, what are the economic considerations of mixed uses including office, retail and residential stating that the community should be looking at our village together rather than to exclude dialogue on these subjects. (5) Steve Cron stated that he doesn’t understand how a group of private individuals like CPIPP is going to enforce their ideals on property owners who have the legal right to develop their properties. John Kaliski stated that the future vision CPIPP is looking at can be done within the existing legal rubric without challenging, overturning or modifying the process that the City of Los Angeles has in looking at projects. Future development is not going to be the same today as it has been for the last 20 years. Communities that have NCs are coming up with plans through conversations with property owners and participants so that when the developers and the City come to propose new projects then the NCs are ready with their information and response. (6) Barbara Kohn said that residents of the Palisades move here because it is a small town with mountains, ocean and a village whether they came in the 1960’s or last year. How that is all kept and incorporated by CPIPP is a concern. Donna responded that Italian Hill towns are the closest models to the Palisades. She hears people saying they want continuity, they want order, they want meaningful planning, there is malaise in the community; so what are the values? How do we write that in? How do we make it unique? When the City reviews the Brentwood-Palisades Community Plan how does the City see it? (7) Carol Bruch said that organizationally there are fundamental flaws in CPIPP. This volunteer group cannot supervise and amend the codes. Carol says there is too much of a suggestion that this independent group is going to compel something and CPIPP has no power. Carol said that CPIPP does not have the power to take governmental/City functions over. CPIPP and the UCLA class can give suggestions and have creative thinking but blurring the legislative function is of great concern. John responded that it is helpful for a legally mandated DRB to have independent, removed people make suggestions to the DRB and then have the appointed DRB persons consider that information. (8) Reza Gostar asked how important it is to have actual architects, engineers and licensed professionals work with the community. (9) Joe Halper said how fortunate we are to have volunteers be interested and responsive to the City’s request for input on its zoning reform effort. CD-11’s Planning Group will be instrumental in stating the process.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 8.1 – Proposed PPCC Motion re Consolidation of Departments – Recommended by PPCC LUC as of 9/13/13 (Item 8.1 on meeting agenda) . RE: COUNCIL FILE 13-0046.
PPCC supports the consolidation of departments, per Council File 13-0046.
PPCC believes that to fully implement the consolidation, it is necessary to establish a financing mechanism (or fee) to grow the Condition Compliance and Code Enforcement units.

ITEM 10.1 – VERSION OF PPCC HANDOUT PROVIDED TO CD-11 REGARDING THE “PACIFIC PALISADES COMMERCIAL VILLAGE AND NEIGHBORHOODS SPECIFIC PLAN (SPECIFIC PLAN) AMENDMENT AND DESIGN GUIDELINES DEVELOPMENT: RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF PPCC BY-LAWS, SPECIFIC PLAN AND LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL CODE.” (INCLUDING EXCERPT FROM PPCC’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES).
*NOTE TO READERS: THIS HANDOUT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ENTIRETY PPCC’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES THAT ARE ALSO CONTAINED IN PPCC’S BYLAWS. READERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW ALL OF PPCC’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES.
Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods
Specific Plan (Specific Plan) Amendment and Design Guidelines Development:
Relevant Provisions of PPCC By-Laws, Specific Plan and Los Angeles Municipal Code
1. PPCC’s Guiding Principles, adopted in January 2006 (By Laws, Appendix D), provide in pertinent part:
“The PPCC maintains that planning and zoning regulations, building codes, rules, restrictions, and ordinances have been established for the good of the community. They should be applied, upheld and enforced by the Zoning Administrator, Building and Safety, and other governing bodies with jurisdiction over the approval, execution, and enforcement processes . . .. PPCC’s position is to support strict scrutiny and adherence to all legal measures which govern land use, structures, and vegetation.”
2. In regard to development of design guidelines and the authority of the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Design Review Board (PPDRB), Sections 14 B.1 and B.3 of the Specific Plan provide in pertinent part:
Sec. 14.B.1:
“Authority. The authority, duties, and review procedures applicable to the [PPDRB] shall comply with Section 16.50 of the LAMC and the procedures in this Section.”
Sec. 14.B.3:
“Development of Design Guidelines. The [PPDRB] shall propose and the City Planning Commission shall adopt specific design guidelines to implement provisions established in this section.”
3. In regard to amendment of the Specific Plan, LAMC Sections 11.5.7 and 12.32.A and E provide in pertinent part:
Sec. 11.5.7:
” . . . Except as otherwise provided by this section, procedures for the establishment, amendment or repeal of specific plans are set forth in Section 12.32.”

Sec. 12.32.A:
“Initiation. The City Council, the City Planning Commission or the Director of Planning may initiate consideration of a proposed land use ordinance. Any initiation by the Council or the City Planning Commission shall be by majority vote. The Council or the City Planning Commission shall forward the proposed ordinance to the Director of Planning for a report and recommendation.”
Sec. 12.32.E:
“Amendment to the Zoning Regulations. The procedures for initiation and decision-making for amendments to Chapter 1 of this Code and other zoning regulations shall be the same as provided for City Planning Commission and Council initiated zone changes as set forth above . . . ”
ITEM 10.1 – PRESENTATION, COMMUNITY PRESENTATION, COMMUNITY PLANNING INITIATIVE FOR PACIFIC PALISADES (“CPIPP”).
Community Planning Initiative for Pacific Palisades (CPIPP)

Mission Statement — Approved Revised Draft 8/20/13
Purpose:
The Community Planning Initiative for Pacific Palisades* (CPIPP) is a non-political, volunteer organization consisting of Pacific Palisades residents with professional expertise who will provide our community with organizational oversight in the review and evaluation of the existing community documents that govern the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods: the Specific Plan and the Pacific Palisades Design Guidelines.
Because the existing Specific Plan was created in 1985, amended in 1992, 1993 and 2003, and the Design Guidelines, drafted in 1998, CPIPP will provide the necessary assistance, with community involvement, to co-ordinate the conformability of these documents with a 21st-century guiding vision that will accommodate future growth in the Community intelligently and sustainably.
Goal:
The goal of CPIPP is to co-ordinate a process that prepares new illustrative Pacific Palisades Design Guidelines and amend wherever necessary the existing Specific Plan, so that both documents will reflect a Community Vision that provides a basis of understanding for future development that will be compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods and be in the best interest of the Community. With professional involvement, CPIPP will be an advocate of sound planning policies, design excellence and creativity in the built environment and urban landscape in order to promote in perpetuity the general welfare and beauty of the Community.
In order to implement these goals for the Pacific Palisades Community, CPIPP will provide:
1. An Independent based organizational structure from which to conduct the Planning
Initiative process,
Collaboration with Councilman Bonin, the CD11 Planning Team, Pacific Palisades Design Review Board, Pacific Palisades Community Council and Land Use Committee, Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, and other Community organizations.
An open forum for learning, discussion and responding to upcoming and proposed commercial development,
A neutral assessment of proposed commercial development,
Regular communications on developments as they occur,
Outreach and engagement of Pacific Palisades residents in determining their preferences and expectations regarding proposed future development,
A non-political liaison that links residents, local government, city government, professional planners, community organizations and prospective developers,
Focus on providing a positive climate for business development consistent with the desires of the community,
Cooperative collaboration with The Los Angeles Department of City Planning and other relevant agencies within the governments of the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and the State of California throughout the Planning Initiative process,
Additional Fundraising for the CPIPP.
* CPIPP is sponsored by Palisades Beautiful, a 501(c) 3 non-profit Corporation; Formal organizational structure and acknowledgement from CD11 Councilmember Bonin pending.



MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 26th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Harry Sondheim, Richard Wulliger, Brenda Theveny, Janet Turner, Jack Allen, Steve Boyers, Jim Rea, Andrew Wolfberg, Barbara Marinacci and Joyce Brunelle.

Voting Alternates: Steve Cron, Quentin Fleming, Carol Bruch, Richard Cohen, and Donna Vaccarino.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Laura Mack, Reza Akef and Cathy Russell.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:02 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. The September 12, 2013 minutes were not adopted, pending further changes. The next meeting is October 10, 2013.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of September 26, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,099.46.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 PPCC Holiday Dinner Committee. Barbara passed out a sign up list and encouraged board members to indicate whether they would be attending and their guest count.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Not present.
7.2.2CA State Assembly, Office of Assembly member Richard Bloom’s Office. Not present.
7.2.3Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore. Not present.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Veuve Clicquot Polo Match, Andrew Wolfberg. Andrew reported that this year’s event will take place on October 5, 2013. Changes have been made this year to include parking at the VA property with bussing for attendees. That change is expected to reduce area parking by 50%. Residents should be advised that there will be restrictions on Sunset and there will be parking restrictions by Paul Revere. Security for the event will be increased from last year. SEE SUMMARY OF PLANNING MEETING BELOW.
7.3.2 Chamber of Commerce, Joyce Brunnelle. Joyce reported that the Village Fair on September 22, 2013 was a huge success. The Chamber is next hosting a Polo Tournament, Sunday Sept. 29, 2013 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Will Rogers State Park. The board and public are invited to attend. Most attendance is local and a small parking fee will be charged.
7.3.3 Area Representatives. (1) George Wolfberg’s report from the PCH Task Force Briefing was read by Barbara Kohn and stated that: the PCH Task Force Met and Pavley, Bloom and Lieu all attended and participated. Caltrans Maintenance just suffered a 19% budget cut. To contact them for issues such as graffiti on Caltrans signs or property: 805.389.1565 Final CIRS work, including rotating lane closures to favor commuting direction, is out to bid and traffic plans approved by Caltrans. Unfortunately, NO provision has been included in this $8M 900-foot sewer link up for safe passage of bicyclists. Councilman Bonin’s office (Debbie Dyner Harris) is following upon the bike safety issue.
California Incline. Expect to complete Engineering drawings in November and pass on to Caltrans for signoff. Will not work in PCH. Moomat Ahiko will be resurfaced and re-striped. The intersection of Moomat and Ocean Ave. also will be re-striped. If all proceeds smoothly, construction will start in June 2014 and finish in 18 months, or Dec. 2015. Traffic mitigation will be discussed with Councilman Bonin’s office (Norm Kulla) and LADOT and then with community people. Next up for SM, Pier Bridge Reconstruction in 2016- may build two bridges; complex issues with pedestrians and vehicles not to mention bicyclists. CHP did a sting on motorcyclists, impounding three for license violations and taking about 25 down to the station. Hard to do as the cyclists have scanners. They run loops: Sunset-PCH-Topanga is one; up Temescal and down Sunset another. Three LAPD motor officers were in attendance and heard this. Officer Smythe has been redeployed. Officer Martin Barrosio (not positive of spelling) is the new motor guy for Pacific Palisades; not in attendance. (2) Carol Bruch reported that there is an all day seminar sponsored by the Structural Engineer’s Association on October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles. The presentation is intended to address specific concerns about buildings in the Los Angles area and what kind of programs should be enacted. The seminar requires a fee of approximately $100. Anyone interested in additional information should see Carol. (3) Reza Akef reported that there was a water main break this week on DePauw. LAFD could not do anything and residents called 311. The response time was more than six hours at a loss rate of more than 5 gallons per second. The damage was so severe that the street now has to be resurfaced. Reza asked the board to entertain a motion to write a letter seeking an investigation into what happened because DWP is not providing information with what happened. The board agreed that a letter should be written to DWP with the specific concern of the delayed response time and lack of follow-up information (perhaps a secondary concern about couplings and the age of the City’s infrastructure). Action: Reza agreed that he would draft a letter for the President to consider. (4) Reza Akef reported that Swathmore finally had the streets lines repainted. Safety will hopefully be increased since construction vehicles traverse that area where schools are present. The painting was expedited because of the location near a school.

7.3.4 Organizational Representatives. Dick Wulliger of the Historical Society reported that the next event is taking place at the USC Doheny Library Book Fair on October 12 , 2013 from 9 am to 5 pm. Dick encouraged the board and public to attend and noted that it is also a great event for kids.

8.0 Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair and Jennifer Malaret. 9.0 Old Business: (1) Citywide Sign Ordinance (i.e., Off-Site Signs, Digital Billboards): The Office of the City Attorney has completed its review of the proposed citywide sign ordinance. The revised draft, CEQA review and City Attorney’s report (approx. 400 pages) are now available online to interested persons at the following link:

http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=08-2020

The ordinance will now return to PLUM for a final review before moving on to the full City Council. (2) Community Care Facilities Ordinance (“CCFO”): Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the City of Newport Beach. Interested persons may reference: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77490879/. (3) Consolidation of City Departments (LADBS and Planning) per Council File 13-0046 will be on PPCC’s October 10, 2013 agenda. (4) October LUC Meeting: Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 12:45 to 2:45 in the Library’s Community Room. Board members and the public are welcome.

9. Old Business. None.

10.0 New Business

10.1 Guest Speaker, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Esq. (7:30 – 8:00 pm). Background: The City Attorney’s office writes every municipal law, advises the City Council, Mayor and all city departments and commissions, defends the city in litigation, brings lawsuits on behalf of the People and prosecutes misdemeanor crimes such as domestic violence, drunk driving and vandalism. For more information about Mike Feuer, please go to: http://www.atty.lacity.org/index.htm. Presentation: Mike said he was happy to be here and has been serving as the City Attorney for eleven (11) weeks. Mike has been to more than fifty (50) meetings since he began. Mike described his current functions that include ride along experiences in the City, questions of law that the office is addressing (including homeless, environmental concerns, transportation, airport, ports and issues) that touch on almost every aspect of life in Los Angeles. Mike is meeting with employees within the City Attorney’s office and other areas of City government. The office has been restructured from civil and criminal. The civil branch has been broken down into three branches: civil litigation, municipal law (writing and advising re: ordinances), proprietary departments and risk management (police, streets, sidewalks). Priorities in one area of the city may not be priorities in all, for example gun violence and the need for gang injunctions. Proposition D (the marijuana ordinance) is being worked on though there are scarce resources for that; it should be enforced and is a priority because the voters voted for it. Questions: (1) Jim Rea reported the band of motorcycles that roars up and down Sunset Blvd. on Wednesday and Sunday nights. Jim wondered if a gang injunction could be used to help with this situation. Mike Feuer said that a gang injunction is based on information and arrest records of individuals against who the injunction is issued. Gang injunctions do not pertain to a broad group or universe; it is against people with a record of precise predicate crimes. Arrests and frequency of activity are needed before the City Attorney can take action. (2) Andrew Wolfberg asked what the City Attorney office has done regarding how to file a claim and wondered why the process couldn’t be done more efficiently and at less cost to help those where claims could be resolved easily. Mike responded that the process requires the filing of a claim and then the City has 90 days to respond before it can be sued. When Mike took office there were 2,500 unevaluated claims. The City Attorney is living with the budget he inherited. There is no money right now for the existing process to be changed. (3) Chris Spitz asked about better regulations for cell towers in the public rights of way. Chris alerted Mike that the PPCC would like to schedule a meeting with the City Attorney to discuss the changes that our council has requested. Mike suggested that PPCC approach Mike Bonin to seek moving the ordinance along; Chris and Barbara stated that this has been done. Mike said while there is policy inherent in the laws, it is not the job of the City Attorney to make policy; rather it is the job of the City Attorney to effectuate the policy that has been directed. (4) Richard Cohen talked about the frustration of being able to enforce zoning, planning and use whereby communities have been left to defend themselves while there are plenty of existing laws on the books that are not being enforced. Mike said that when enforcement is needed, the City Attorney relies on some preceding investigation. The City Attorney does not investigate, that is Building and Safety or the Police Department for example for findings. Then the City Attorney decides whether to enforce in civil court, criminal court or not at all. The Administrative Code Enforcement (“ACE”) is the test program for more effective enforcement. Mike is hopeful that ACE will be effective and can be expanded. (5) Public Comment (Lia Renee): Lia expressed frustration with the Department of Building & Safety and asserted that there is no longer a Coastal Zone in the City of Los Angeles. (6) Steve Cron asked if anything could be done for criminal defendants who are treated differently depending on the jurisdiction of where the case is filed. Mike responded that behavior should have the same consequences regardless of the location of the courtroom. Resources have been depleted from approximately 300 prosecutors to 180 attorneys. We want discretion (not unbridled) but there should be constraints within the approval authority (not centralized) within which lawyers are practicing. Mike is considering how certain misdemeanor prosecutions can be treated differently because they do matter to people and in the community. Steve suggested that rather than serving 3-4 days of a 90-day sentence perhaps some community service or tools can be given so that the offender does not repeat. Mike is working on DUI laws in particular. (7) Jack Allen asked about the Community Care Facilities Ordinance (“CCFO”) in light of the recent ruling that found the Newport Beach ordinance discriminatory. Jack asked if Mike would file an amicus curie brief and whether an ordinance applied evenly would be upheld. Mike said a brief would likely not be filed because the legislative body of the council has not affirmed a policy on this issue so the City Attorney could not pre-ordain the policy when the client (City Council and Mayor) has not asked. Mike did not have a response to the second part of Jack’s question but would be considering those details in the future. (8) Chris Hope asked about sending people to rehabilitation when they commit DUIs strictly on a fiscal basis because this remedy is so much more cost efficient. Mike agreed that offenders benefit from services rather than very limited jail time, the latter of which is very unlikely to change behavior long term. (9) Donna Vaccarino asked how do we move more of an understanding and appreciation of the law into the school systems. Mike said that this is a real positive but not yet present in LAUSD programs. There are programs like “Teen Court” where other teens make determinations relative to their peers. There are simply not resources within the City Attorney’s office to be redirected from legal work to talking with students. (10) Harry Sondheim, Reza Akef and Jennifer Malaret asked about the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program. Mike is fully committed to trying to restore those resources but does not have the budget and has a very increased workload such that there will not be an immediate implementation of this program but it will remain a priority. Mike believes that this is essential for helping communities with ‘quality of life’ offenses. Reza stressed the important of neighborhood prosecutor programs for youth and the enforcement of building codes. (11) Joyce Brunelle asked about how to educate youth so that crimes are not committed to begin with and why penalties for DUIs are not more severe. Mike believes that prevention and intervention programs are critical for at-risk youth. The least expensive way to deal with gang violence is to prevent it to begin with, then to intervene; the most expensive way is suppression with police and the judicial system. Services should be directed to schools where kids are the most at-risk so they can resist pressure. Contact Information for Mike Feuer: via Nicole M. Carcel, Deputy for Community Engagement and Outreach, Office of the City Attorney. Telephone (213) 979-2284; Email nicole.carcel@lacity.org; Address: City Hall East, 200 Main Street, Room 800, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

10.2 Rick Mills, Design Review Board (“DRB”). See Motion and PP DRB Process Issues (notes as of 9/25/2013). Presentation: Rick said that the Specific Plan, which is a City Ordinance, states that the DRB will develop Design Guidelines to flush out the nature and character of the commercial areas within the Palisades. Due to the City’s severe staffing and budget constraints, staff that would normally assist in developing these guidelines is not available. In January 2013 the DRB passed a motion seeking help, particularly in the face of pending development and the general need to update plans over time including having Design Guidelines adopted. Rick referenced Donna Vaccarino’s CPIPP efforts and getting the community involved. Following meetings with Mike Bonin’s Council Office the determination is that the DRB is the only legal entity that is empowered to draft the Guidelines. Rick said that the DRB needs input from the community including PPCC, the Chamber and a broadly advertised program to solicit involvement from the community. The DRB will continue working with the Council Office and City Planning Staff so that the process is transparent and ultimately adequate to be successful. The DRB would like for a committee to be established to design the guidelines for the Pacific Palisades commercial area and for that committee to work with other groups, including UCLA students, to achieve a community vision applicable to this area. Questions: (1) Harry Sondheim asked if the effort would apply to residential areas. Rick responded no, only commercial areas are the subject of the effort. (2) Barbara Marinacci asked why the Palisades Highland areas are not included. Rick responded that this area was developed under wholly different laws and regulations. (3) Chris Spitz thanked the DRB for the meeting last night and asked why the motion states that the design guidelines “should generally conform” rather than “shall conform” with the Specific Plan. Rick said that the intent is not to re-write the Specific Plan but to develop guidelines. (4) Barbara Kohn asked about open seats on the DRB. Rick replied that there are two openings out of seven that are community member seats, meaning anyone who lives or works in the area and that there will be a call for the Ad Hoc Committee which will be another group (5) Reza Akef asked if CPIPP was merging into the Ad Hoc Committee. Rick said no, CPIPP will not be a working group. Reza asked who picks the people in the working group. Barbara Kohn stated that this has yet to be determined but in other groups those individuals have been appointed by the CD-11. (6) Carol Bruch suggested that DRB would appoint the subcommittee. Carol said she was concerned about conflict of interests and financial fund-raising and monies spent to hire a consultant. Carol does not assume that money is needed to hire a consultant nor that the DRB should hire a consultant. Rick responded in normal planning time City Planning staff developed the guidelines in accordance with the community but those resources are not there. The UCLA group will be free but ultimately Rick felt it would be likely to hire a professional planner or planning group. In other communities or in the case of USC, the interested party funds the planner for the city. CD-11 did not want that to happen. Questions are being considered about fundraising and where the money goes and Rick agreed there are valid concerns. The benefit of the UCLA study of course is that it is free. (7) Jack Allen said he sat on the committee for the Specific Plan and that this committee was appointed by the CD-11 councilmember. There was no DRB at the time. There was a city staff person who didn’t do much more than ensure compliance and did clerical work. The volunteers recommended local policy. Jack felt a consultant is needed more for administration not to draft or decide policy. (8) Donna Vaccarino thanked Rick Mills for the work he has done in clarifying these issues. Donna reported that CPIPP continues to look to CD-11 for clarification and that this is a new process. (9) Richard Cohen said that PPCC is the ideal forum for the DRB to come to in order to vet ideas given the wide array of organizational representatives and members elected by public vote. Richard does not see why a new consultant is needed but the PPCC is here and happy to provide a forum for the DRB to get community input. Richard thanks the DRB and thinks that adopting Design Guidelines is a fantastic effort that the PPCC support. (10) Barbara reiterated that the PPCC is an established forum and thanked the DRB for its involvement.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Susan McInerney, Pacific Palisades Park Board, Recreation Center. Susan announced that this year’s Halloween “Spooktacular” will take place at the Recreation Center, Saturday October 26th from 3-7 pm. The event is for the entire community and will feature a magic show, extended reptile program, and a high-end disc jokey! The Park Board would like help from the PPCC Board in spreading the word about the event and the need for volunteers to assist with the event. Sponsorships are encouraged. Members are encouraged to contact Susan directly at: sbmcinerney@yahoo.com.

11.2 Marge Gold – provided notice that the Village Green is turning forty years old on October 6, 2013. There will be ceremonies at the Village Green from 11 am to 1 pm with entertainment and an appearance by Jake Steinfeld. Shirley Haggstrom spoke in support of the event and thanked the council for their many years or support for the Village Green.

11.3 Leaf Blowers – Campbell Britton, resident, provided a flyer with the law on leaf blowers and asking for help in support of the law. SEE FLYER BELOW. Barbara Kohn said that the council recently sent a letter on this topic but would certainly consider re-circulating information on this topic.

11.4 Ted Mackie said he was very sorry to see that Bill Bruns will be retiring as Editor of the Palisadian Post. Steve Cron suggested inviting the owner, Alan, to the next PPCC meeting.

11.5 Campbell Britton also spoke about noise abatement, leaf blowers and motorcycles have been discussed but what about Palisades Charter High School? She has been communicating with the school and not getting adequate responses.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 7.3.1 – Summary of CD-11 planning meeting provided by Andrew Wolfberg.

The changes this year include:
(1) No event parking at Palisades High School.
(2) No general admission parking at Paul Revere. Paul Revere will be used for parking for 700 VIPs and for event staff. Shuttles will be taking VIPs and staff between Paul Revere and Will Rogers.
(3) General admission guests, approximately 4,200 people, are required to park at the VA and will be shuttled between the VA and Will Rogers.
(4) Event organizers have retained increased security.
(5) No valet of VIP cars at Will Rogers State Park.
(6) Advance notice of temporary no parking signs to be distributed 7-10 days before the event to Paul Revere neighbors impacted by the event.

Chuck’s Parking will be handling parking issues and the temporary no parking signs that will be placed near the entrance to Paul Revere and in the Will Rogers neighborhood. Event organizers will be in contact with the residents who live up near Will Rogers and a Chuck’s Parking representative will be distributing letters warning/advising Paul Revere neighbors that there will be temporary no parking signs for the date of the event. The no parking signs near Paul Revere will restrict parking from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on October 5, 2013. Non-VIPs will not be allowed to use the shuttles from Paul Revere to Will Rogers and will not have access to the shuttles from Will Rogers to Paul Revere. Access to Will Rogers will be restricted to residents, shuttles/busses, and staff. Residents will be notified of the restrictions. In previous years organizers allowed VIPs to park at Will Rogers but that has been eliminated this year with the VIPs parking at Paul Revere. Traffic control will prevent unauthorized vehicles from turning left or right from Sunset onto Will Rogers State Park Road. Any unauthorized vehicles that make it onto Will Rogers State Park Road will be turned around at Villa View Road.

Unfortunately AYSO will not be able to use Paul Revere on the date of the event because the fields will be used for parking for the entire day. Maybe next year, with the reduced number of cars, AYSO will be able to use at least one of the Paul Revere fields.

ITEM 10.2 – Motion unanimously approved by the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board at its meeting of September 25, 2013.

Be it resolved that: The Pacific Palisades Design Review Board confirms its desire to establish an Ad Hoc Committee, task force or working group under the auspices of the DRB, in coordination with Council District 11 and the Department of City Planning, for the purpose of developing, defining and refining design guidelines for the areas covered by the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan. While the design guidelines, out of legal necessity, should generally conform with the provisions of the current Specific Plan, they should also provide forward-looking design guidance setting forth a community vision for the future. While its immediate focus should be on the development of design guidelines and design guidance, the ad hoc committee may also consider and recommend changes to the Specific Plan itself for consideration. The effort should be 1) done in a manner which solicits, obtains and considers broad input from the community, and 2) coordinated with City planning staff and the CD 11 office in order to garner and maintain community support as well as enhance chances for ultimate adoption and implementation of the resulting product.

Moved by Rick Mills, seconded by Guy Horton, and approved 4 – 0

PP DRB PROCESS ISSUES (notes as of 9/25/2013)

Various procedural and legal issues have been raised in regard to how to establish a planning and design development group under the auspices of the DRB. These will need to be addressed with guidance and assistance from the community, City staff and the CD 11 office. No action was taken on any of these items. Issues include:

— Define entity and its legal standing. Would the group be a DRB Ad Hoc Committee, a Working Group, a Sub-Committee or something else? Are there legal distinctions? There should be guidelines as to its role, function, membership, meetings, accountability, powers & limitations, etc.

— Membership. CD 11 thought there should be a maximum of two DRB members on the group to avoid Brown Act issues. Who picks the members? One version would have the DRB name a core membership group which would be empowered to enlist others from the community to help along the way, and perhaps be able to hire or pay for professional help. It was agreed there should be more publicity in the community to seek additional volunteers to join the effort. Membership would expand beyond those currently active in the Community Planning Initiative for Pacific Palisades (CPIPP) group.

— Transparency. We need to ensure public awareness, transparency, open meetings, but not be so bogged down by process and large meetings that nothing can get done. There might be a core working group which processes input and prepares items for public review and discussion at larger meetings. The core group would also report regularly to the DRB at properly noticed DRB meetings. This would be an additional opportunity for community oversight.

— Fund raising. There will need to be professional work at certain points. This will cost money. The group should be set up to do fund raising and properly and securely handle funds (through Pali Beautiful?) but still be under the auspices of the DRB? It may ultimately fund professional consultants, a City staff planner position and/or rental space, along with operational expenses.

— Workplace. Should there be a staffed, central storefront operation? A smaller office? CPIPP members thought a storefront was premature, and doing it raises its own set of questions — mainly cost related. Perhaps start with a small office and use free community sites for meetings.

— City Planning staff and CD 11. How do we maintain City staff communication and guidance as to what work products should look like, especially given limited staff time?

— CD 11 suggests that the planning work start with preparing the Design Guidelines, which makes sense. But we need to figure out how to structure the work so it serves as a basis for the larger objectives of updating the Specific Plan and in a manner that will mesh with future City planning and zoning changes. The City might not even want to update any Specific Plans while the Citywide zoning work is underway.

ITEM 11 – LEAF BLOWER ANNOUNCEMENT/FLYER

NO MORE LEAF BLOWERS ALLOWED
PLEASE NOTE: YOU – BOTH GARDENER AND PROPERTY OWNER – WILL BE REPORTED AND FOLLOWED UP ON
Dear PP Neighbors,
The noise level and frequency of leaf blowers in the Palisades has become completely untenable for residents – especially those who must work at home and be able to think. This nuisance has increased dramatically in the past two years, and has cost many neighbors time and (also) money. It is time for us to co-operate and to take communal responsibility for each other in the best interests of the neighborhood.
The following ordinance has been in effect since 1998 and it is time that we all began to respect it, don’t you agree?

LOS ANGELES CITY MUNICIPAL CODE: ORDINANCES
NOTE: [Bold and color added for emphasis here]
Chapter XI — Noise Regulation, Article 2 — Special Noise Sources
Section 112.04
Re: Powered Equipment Intended for Repetitive Use in Residential Areas and Other Machinery, Equipment, and Devices.
[Effective on February 13, 1998]
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (a) above, no gas powered blower shall be used within 500 feet of a residence at anytime. Both the user of such a blower as well as the individual who contracted for the services of the user, if any, shall be subject to the requirements of and penalty provisions for this ordinance. Violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be punishable as an infraction in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), notwithstanding the graduated fines set forth in L.A.M.C. Section 11.00(m).

*** Please note that the banning of leaf blowers concerns not only noise issues but those of our families’ respiratory health as well. ***



MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 10th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Barbara Marinacci, Richard Wulliger, Geoff Shelden, Janet Anderson, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, Jack Allen, Gil Dembo, Joyce Brunelle, Andrew Wolfberg and Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates: Reza Akef, Steve Cron, and Robert Baker.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Chris Hope, Richard Cohen, John Glasgow, and Laura Mack.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:05 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. Barbara reported that adoption of September 12, 2013 minutes is further delayed pending changes to Section 10. Barbara deemed the September 26, 2013 minutes adopted. Barbara reported that the next PPCC board meeting is October 24, 2013. The tentative New Business for October 24, 2013 will be an open discussion regarding the Palisades Charter High School. Representatives from CD-11 and Palisades Charter High School are being scheduled to attend.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,020.46 and all bills are paid.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 – Area 7. Barbara said thank you to former PPCC Chair and current Area 7 Elected Area Representative Steve Boyers who submitted his letter of resignation. Pursuant to PPCC’s Bylaws the Area 7 First Alternate, Cathy Russell, will assume the seat as Primary Representative for Area 7. PPCC now seeks and welcomes applications for Area 7 Alternative Representatives. Interested Area 7 alternative representative applicants should submit a 100 word statement of interests and qualifications to PPCC at info@pacpalicc.org.

7.1.2 – CD-11 Staffing Change: Barbara reported that Noel Fleming has resigned from CD11’s Planning Team. Noel has taken a position with the Central City Association as their Director of Legislative Affairs.

7.1.3 Community Service Award Selection Committee. Barbara reported that members of this committee will be Ted Mackie (Chair), Stuart Muller and Cathy Russell members. By way of background, PPCC’s Bylaws state that: 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 email 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. 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. 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 materials written for other awards may support the nomination. 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. 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.

7.1.4 PPCC Holiday Potluck Dinner, December 12, 2013. Barbara circulated a sign up sheet and asked board members to indicate whether they would bring an item or prefer to pay $25 towards the menu.

7.1.5 PPCC’s Facebook Page – Barbara announced that the PPCC’s Facebook page has been updated and will be set up to transfer from President to President. Ted Mackie reported that the link to the new Facebook page is on the PPCC website.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. None in attendance.

7.2.2 CA State Assembly, Office of Assembly member Richard Bloom’s Office. None in attendance.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore had no specific update but did remind residents to be cautious about safety during the upcoming holiday season. Questions: (1) Stuart Muller asked why the ASCAT system could not make the lights on Sunset red to assist with the issue of motorcycle noise on Wednesdays and Sunday nights. A public speaker asked about a decoy car. Officer Moore stated that this type of car had been stationed here in the past but the current emphasis is on stopping crime not traffic related problems. (2) Jack Allen asked about the signal light outages this week during the heavy rain. The result was that students could not safely cross the streets and Jack requested additional personnel to direct traffic. Officer Moore stated that if signals are not working they are to be treated like a four way stop signs. Jack stated that cars were stopping but not for pedestrians. (3) Richard Cohen asked about the C-PAB meeting where members were informed that the Palisades dispatcher was being replaced. Richard asked if there was a new Palisades dispatcher appointed. Officer Moore did not know of the new dispatcher appointed. Richard stated that the patrol car remains in the Palisades and it is a priority for that car to be here every day for Captain Nathan who will make sure that this is enforced.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Pacific Palisades Recreation Center Reminder: the community presentation of the Work in Progress (“WIP”) Report regarding a long term master plan for the recreation center will be held October 23, 2013, 7 PM in the small gym. All board members and the public are encouraged to attend. Eric Owen Moss, AIA presenting. The WIP report is available at the Palisadian Post and http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/palisadesRC.htm

7.3.2 Chamber of Commerce. Joyce Brunelle announced that Tuesday evening there will be Chamber mixer in Will Rogers Park and home. Second, the “Ho Ho Ho Event” is upcoming on December 7, 2013 for the entire community.

7.3.3 Area Representatives. There were no updates.

7.3.4 Organizational Representatives. Area 8: (1) Update, Veuve Clicquot Polo Match. Andrew Wolfberg reported that no complaints have been received from neighbors in the area. Organization and security were greatly improved this year and Andrew thanked CD-11 and the organizers for their support. (2) Dick Wulliger reiterated his announcement about the Historical Society’s Event at USC’s Doheny Library.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair. Regarding Old Business, Chris reported that: (1) Highlands by the Beach Starbucks, CUP issued and the operating hours and deliveries have been limited. (2) Piccolo Ritrovo ABC pending application is on-hold as is any application by Kay n Daves. (3) Draft AGF ordinance, SEE EMAIL CONTENT BELOW (sent with previously attached PPCC talking points and board approved motion). Chris reported that this week a joint committee of the City Council heard the matter. The joint committee recommended only one change that PPCC asked for: the expansion of notice to a radius rather than a straight line. The suggestion that Community Councils be given notice was ignored and all of the other changes requested by PPCC were not recommended. Worse, protections were chipped away, in that the City Attorney was directed to: (a) delete the requirement of submitting proof of coverage gap with an application, (b) retain the utility pole exemption for both commercial and industrial zones, and (c) retain the utility pole exemption for “very small antennas and wireless devices (small cell technology)” in all zones – thus the City must define what is a ‘small antenna’. The latter recommendation will likely be impacted by a new proposed “Rule Making Order” that would require all ‘small cell facilities’ nationwide to be installed on utility poles in the PROW without local review. The result is that PPCC is now waiting for the City Attorney to draft revisions which will then go to the full Council for a vote; (4) Draft Murals ordinance, update on October 9, 2013 PLUM and Arts, Parks (etc.) joint committee meeting. The ordinance is going into effect on Saturday October 12, 2013. The ordinance will not be applied to R1 zones but all R zones are not exempt; only single-family structures are exempt. There is an amendment being sought in Districts 1, 14 and 9 to allow murals on single-family structures within their districts; however it is not clear that this amendment is lawful or procedurally allowed.

9. Old Business.

9.1.Guest Speakers, Matrix Consulting Gary Goelitz, ggoelitz@matrixcg.net, Jason Killeen, Office of the City Administrative Officer and Rocky Wiles, City of Los Angeles Department of Planning. SEE PDF REPORT SENT CONCURRENTLY WITH THIS AGENDA. PROPOSED MOTION FROM WRAC LEADERSHIP ON THE CONSOLIDATION OF CITY PLANNING AND BUILDING & SAFETY DEPARTMENTS: WRAC supports the consolidation of departments, per Council File 13-0046. WRAC believes that to fully implement the consolidation, it is necessary to establish a financing mechanism (or fee) to grow the Condition Compliance and Code Enforcement units. Presentation: Jason stated that implementation is now pushed back until the summer of 2014. There were two moving clauses: (1) having Matrix look at options outside of consolidation and (2) other funding options. The Matrix and CAO reports are now expected in November 2013. Yesterday PLUM amended the moving clauses to include: (1) what would it take to get consolidation before the end of the year and (2) should drafting stop before the end of the year, (3) look at other cities, and (4) instruct all departments to work towards consolidation such that the new department will be set up in the current year though staff will be transferred next year. Does City have the authority? Yes, the City Attorney has written an opinion that under Section 514 the City has the authority to consolidate Planning and LADBS. Gary reiterated that consolidation is legal as analyzed by numerous attorneys. Matrix has been working on a 200 page document for consolidation, drafting a peer survey study, conducting focus groups regarding how services are being delivered to stakeholders and applicants, and evaluating technology (Build LA) needed to replace five permitting systems in five different departments none of which talk to each other right now. Other items of focus: electronic plan check, allowing residents to subscribe to Build LA so residents would get an email when any application is made, regulations (the Re-Code LA effort, the need to update CEQA and code enforcement), business processes, organizational structure and transparency. The expected roll out year is 2017. Matrix is looking at the WLA Division to include staffing that center with planning staff. Questions: (1) Chris Hope asked about filtering subscriptions by use or zip code. Gary said yes these filters will be there. (2) Gil Dembo asked if electronic plans are submitted will they be looked at simultaneously or chronologically, with the concern that it won’t move faster if one department has to wait for another. Gary stated that the system is designed to work concurrently. (3) Reza Akef said that human procedure is based on load at the counter and the computer systems do not account for that. Reza’s second point is that the developers Matrix is talking to are the big donors or the guys with no work because busy and competent developers have not had time to attend town hall meetings and feed back. Jack Allen agreed that the cuts in planning department staff are the cause of the delay not the building department. (4) Joyce Brunelle asked if there would be a physical location change. Gary stated that there would be physical changes. (5) A member of the public asked about the CA Contractor’s licensing board who has an up-to-date system and wondered why the City of LA did not check with that website before giving out permits to unlicensed or bad contractors. (6) Jack Allen questioned the Matrix list of ‘to do’ items and why they could not be accomplished without the proposed consolidation. Jack suggested restoring staffing levels and improving technology to deliver information with money being the driving factor and not departmental consolidation. Gary responded that consolidation is needed for accountability. Accountability is not there among five departments not talking to each other; the only accountability now is with the applicant. When the system fails for the individual there are expeditors, attorneys and complaints to councilmembers; Gary stated that none of these participants and events should be taking place. (7) Gil Dembo asked about permit fees and where they go. Gary stated that the fees go into an enterprise funds used only by LADBS and not into the City’s general fund. Gil wondered why it costs so much to run LADBS. Reza Akef expressed a similar concern relative to Mitigated Negative Declaration requirements and fees. Gary said that efficiencies in running LADBS are not perfect but are far better than many others in the City. Gary stressed that we will never solve the current problems without accountability within the City’s planning and building and safety departments. Jason sated that the fee waiver process needs accountability and it is accountability of the system that we are talking about. (8) John Glasgow asked whether the consolidation would avoid residents having to go from the WLA office to downtown in order to obtain a building permit. Gary said that they are trying to achieve that. (9) Brenda Theveny asked about what impact on CEQA the consolidation would have. Gary said that right now there is no CEQA staff within the City, including the planning or enforcement departments. Gary said that in major projects there are some staff working on EIRs but there is currently no mitigation monitoring staff at all. Gary said that most councils are concerned only with community plans and enforcement, not staffing. (10) Barbara Kohn asked whether the consolidation would avoid the need to file lawsuits to force the City to enforce the laws. Gary stated that it would not because of people and policy arguments on both sides of community plans, citing the recent developments and divisive opinions in Hollywood and areas of West Los Angeles impacted by transit oriented development. Action: Barbara Kohn confirmed that no motion was brought this evening in light of the revised time frame for the report (November 2013) and work following until July, 2014. Jason encouraged the PPCC to weigh in during this process particularly relative to funding the consolidation effort and code enforcement efforts, noting that code enforcement is a general fund issue. Jason expressed that CD-11 is concerned primarily with safety issues and how consolidation will help improve safety for Los Angeles residents.

10. New Business – None.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:51 PM.

8.1 DRAFT ABOVE GROUND FACILITIES (“AGF”) ORDINANCE – CONTENT OF EMAIL SENT 10/5/2013.

For filing in CF 09-2645; agenda item no. 1, 10/8/13 joint meeting of PLUM and Public Works Committees re draft revised AGF ordinance — PPCC Position: SUPPORT the draft revised ordinance, with requested amendments.

Honorable PLUM and Public Works Committee Chairs and Members:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the recognized voice of the Palisades community for over 40 years. Since 2009, PPCC has been calling for revision of the City’s regulation of cell towers and other structures in the public right of way (the “AGF ordinance”). My colleague, PPCC President Barbara Kohn, and I co-founded the Los Angeles Wireless Telecommunications Working Group (WTF Working Group — membership includes community leaders City-wide). For the past 4 years we have worked directly with the City Attorney and the Council in efforts to move this process forward.

We commend the Council for directing the City Attorney, in September 2012, to draft a revised AGF ordinance with new, key provisions to better regulate cell towers. After careful review of the report submitted this summer by the City Attorney, PPCC has concluded that it supports the draft revised AGF ordinance but with important requested amendments. PPCC’s position and “talking points” explaining this position are attached for your review.

In summary, PPCC is calling for further amendment of the AGF ordinance in the following respects:

1) Expanded notice and appeal rights. 2) Additional required proof of “significant coverage gap.” 3) Enhanced aesthetics and design standards. 4) Certification regarding ongoing compliance with FCC requirements and load/structural safety standards (critical to ensure that the types of fires caused by downed, overloaded utility poles that devasted Malibu Canyon in 2007 — leading to settlement payouts of $60+ million (ref. LAT, May 2013) — will not occur in the City’s many high-fire zones (including Pacific Palisades and other hillside areas).

More detail regarding each of these points is set forth in the attached documents. I would be happy to answer any questions about PPCC’s position.

Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely,

Christina Spitz Vice-President, PPCC Chair, PPCC Land Use Committee Member, Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Land Use & Planning Cmtee Co-Founding Member, WTF Working Group [WTF Working Group Members: Chris Spitz and Barbara Kohn, Pacific Palisades; Cindy Cleghorn, Sunland-Tujunga; Jerry Askew, Granada Hills South; Alexander von Wechmar, The Hills Homeowners Assn./Hollywood Hills]



MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 24th 2013

Board-approved minutes for this meeting are not available.
In brief – This meeting was moderated by Norman Kulla representing CD-11 and was concerned with neighborhood complaints about Palisades Charter High School.
The neighbors were especially unhappy with noise from band practice sessions and the water polo activities. Others wondered why empty athletic fields are so often brightly lit deep in to the night. Another complaint was the spill over of student parking on to neighborhood streets, a result of increased enrollment without an increase in on-campus parking.
A number of school officials and students attended and voiced support for the school but failed to address in any specific manner the neighbor’s concerns



MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 14th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Barbara Marinacci, Schyler Dietz, Geoff Shelden, Eric Dugdale, Andrew Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Jack Allen, Gil Dembo, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, Kelly Comras, and Mark Roosa.

Voting Alternates: Bob Baker.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Flo Elfant, Carol Bruch, John Glasgow, and Donna Vacarrino.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: Jack Allen read the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. Barbara announced that the adoption of the October 24, 2013 minutes would be held over until the next meeting. Next Meeting: December 12, 2013, PPCC’s Holiday Potluck Dinner to be held at 6 pm in the Temescal Canyon Dining Hall. Final sign-ups and/or $25 donation requested. PPCC’s next regular meetings are January 9, 2014 and January 23, 2014.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of November 13, 2013. The total account balances equal $19,037.46.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 – Report on the November 6, 2013 Public Hearing regarding the next phase of the Temescal Canyon Storm Water Project. Barbara turned the floor over to Patrick Hart. Patrick reported that this was the seventh meeting he has attended as a resident and project engineer. Comments: Patrick reported on the purpose of and comments from the hearing. See letter attachment below. Comment: (a) Barbara spoke about attending these meetings and never having been told this was a “pilot” project. Rather participants, including Barbara, had been taken on tours of other projects constructed such that she is very distressed that this project is now being deemed a “pilot” and theoretical project (also because the participants in these meetings have been the same). (b) Stuart Muller asked about recycling of the water and that this was only one line in the Mitigated Negative Declaration. (c) Carol Bruch asked about chemicals being delivered for use at the site that may be toxic. Patrick said the chemicals are common but not for use on this scale and with an open level vent (the latter raises security concerns). (d) Ryan Deto stated that he attended the hearing where residents were concerned about the chlorine smell and that funding from Prop O could have been used somewhere else. George Wolfberg said the chlorine studies came out with levels comparable to a swimming pool and likely would not emit an order. Patrick said his issue is with the design and more current regulations restrict them further. (e) Jim Rea asked if there was a cause for concern and whether PPCC was being asked to take a position during the Coast Development Permit process. (f) Janet Turner reminded board members that there was a power point presentation in 2009 and that presentation contained no downside. Janet recalled attending a meeting in 2010 with Barbara where complaints were made about failure to disclose that taxes may go up. (g) Chris asked whom to contact regarding the Public Works Liaisons.

7.1.2 – LA Department of Recreation & Parks Community Open House Meetings. See attached schedule.

7.1.3 Palisades High School – Barbara reported that a group of interested persons met to discuss on-going issues prior to tonight’s council meetings and that future meetings will be taking place.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Norman Kulla in attendance who reported that: (1) LA Department of Recreation and Parks: Mike Shull is now the Acting General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks and the prior General Manager, John Mukri, has moved on to the Department of Transportation.

7.2.2 CA State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Office. None in attendance.
7.2.3 Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore. (1) Be wary of thieves and holiday packages. (2) Motorcycle activity on Sunset – LAPD is still monitoring this activity. Jennifer Malaret directed the board and public to the letter Jack Allen wrote and that was published in the Palisadian Post on the topic that was very well written and balanced. Carol Bruch expressed that there should be regulation of aggregated or “group” noise. Jack Allen responded that the Motor Vehicle Code addresses noise per vehicle and not in the aggregate. Paul Glasgall reported on a meeting he attended with Barbara Kohn, LAPD and many SLOs to address the problem. The group hopes to find solutions to calm this problem.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Report on the Annual Community Policing Advisory Board (C-PAB) Summit 2013, Paul Glasgall. Paul stated that Chief Beck, Mayor Garcetti and Police Commissioner Soboroff were in attendance at what was a productive meeting. Area captains presented information regarding blight, homeless, graffiti and crime. Homicides are down by more than 50%; Paul provided a handout to board members.

7.3.2 Administrative Citation Enforcement – George Wolfberg reported that the program went into effect in August 2013 and he is following up to determine any operation and effect. Jack Allen spoke that he attended a hearing where funding was discussed as an issue and that a report would be issued in January 2014.

7.3.3 Area Representatives. (1) Kelly Comras reported that the landscaping of Simon Meadows is effectively complete. (2) Carol Bruch reported on a seminar she attended about earthquake dangers of our Los Angeles buildings. Carol is hopeful for a retrofitting program coming and a two-day program at UCLA is in the planning process called “Northridge 20”. Interested persons should contact Carol for more information. (3) Andrew Wolfberg reported on a recent court decision affecting the use of the VA Property in west Los Angeles and is following up regarding if this decision will affect Pacific Palisades in terms of event parking.

7.3.4 Organizational Representatives. (a) Gil Dembo reported about a recent article regarding access to Potrero Canyon and access to the public. After discussion Barbara Kohn deferred the matter for a possible later PPCC Agenda. (b) Mark Roosa reported that St. Matthew’s Christmas Faire would be on November 22, 2013, 6-9 PM at the Sprague Center where 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the homeless and outreach. (c) Eric Dugdale invited the board and public to a speaking event on November 18th at 7 PM at the Theater Palisades on the topic of “The Pacific Palisades Business Block and Adjacent Village.”

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Report from the Community Service Award Committee. Ted Mackie reported that Ernest Marquez has been nominated for the 2013 Community Service Award. He has worked tirelessly for years to restore the historic Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon. He also has written numerous books about the area, specifically Santa Monica Canyon, including his most recent recollection of days at Canyon elementary school.

8.2 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair. Due to the holidays and absence of urgent matters, the next LUC meeting shall be January 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Palisades Branch Library. All board members and public are welcome. Old Business: (1) Murals Ordinance. The City Attorney has drafted an ordinance that carves out exceptions for certain City Council districts that allows for murals on single-family homes.

8.3 Area Alternate Candidates – Committee of Three Chairs. Areas 5 and 6 have multiple applications. Janet Turner moved for approval of Steve Boyers as the Area 7 Alternate. The motion passed – Stuart Muller opposed and Schyler Dietz abstained.

8.4 Citizen of the Year Dinner – Janet Turner reported that she is working on venues and budgeting expenses. Janet suggested that all the community organizations consider being sponsors for printing costs and subsidizing dignitaries. Janet asked representatives to go back to their organizations for underwriting. Locations being considered are the Riviera Country Club, the Bel Air Bay Club and Gladstone’s. The tentative date is Thursday, April 24, 2013. Randy Young and former chairs are helping with the event and selection criteria. Discussion: Jim Rea suggested businesses as sponsors. Donna Vacarrino suggested that the PPCC reach out to area HOAs, businesses and everyone in the community such that this is truly an event for the entire Palisades. Barbara Marinacci asked about ensuring that there would still be a Sparkplug Award.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 Proposed Motion in Support of the Westside Regional Alliances of Councils (“WRAC”); Norman Kulla, CD-11 Presentation: Norman stated he was here to ask for the board’s report of Mike Bonin’s position regarding the Green Rail Line. Twenty years ago this line was built as the connection to LAX but as of the present date it does not connect to the airport. As the second line, the Crenshaw Line, is now being built they want it to have a stop at a location that is not a stop to the airport. The Councilmember’s position is that we will not make the mistake not to connect the rail to the airport again. There are three proposals: (a) Aviation, (b) a second location that is very expensive and near to the terminals which are already congested, and (c) “LAX Connect” which is the option Councilmember Bonin is supporting. The ‘intermodal transportation facility” (ITF) will bring a runner off of the Crenshaw Green Line to an area that is roughly near LAX Lot D. At that location there will be a facility built, in addition to the train coming, that will also have a people mover connected to rental cars and where people are streaming in from Manchester Square. This location will facilitate bus access and the ability of passengers to check baggage such that patrons are connected to the airport. An additional advantage is that this location is remote from the terminal. Norman reported that the Brentwood CC and the business community have supported the motion. Discussion: (a) Gil Dembo, Donna Vacarrino and Eric Dugdale spoke in support of the motion. (2) Jim Rea asked about arguments in support of an aviation facility. Norman responded this was simply a budget issue; there are funds that the airport can only use for the extra cost and aviation would have a several hundred million dollar shortfall. (3) Jack Allen asked why not connect the Green Line and why is a Crenshaw Line needed. Norman explained that these two lines are going to work together with obviously the Crenshaw Line serving that particular area for connections. (4) Ted Mackie asked for further information about the people mover. Norman compared other cities and said that LA’s would be a bit more advanced because it also connects to rental facilities. (5) Paul Glasgall asked about the time lines. Norman stated it should be completed by 2020. (6) Chris Spitz reported that other councils are involved in passing this language and that the motion is being recommended by WRAC. (7) John Glasgow asked about opposition. Norman stated that there was no substantive opposition, those issues relate to procedure and funding. (8) Mark Roosa asked about funding shortfalls. Norman stated there was an additional $100 to $200 million needed. Mark asked how Palisadians would access these rail lines. Norman said there is no direct route; however the Expo Line will be in Santa Monica and the Councilmember is fighting to improve the bus lines that connect to Expo, though we would have to backtrack to Expo. (9) Geoff Shelden asked about a monorail instead of a people mover. Norman was not familiar with the technology. The Crenshaw Line also connects to the South Bay whereas the Green Line does not. (10) Carol Bruch asked about wheelchair access; Norman stated that the new facility would be ADA compliant. (11) Barbara Kohn asked about the location of parking. (12) Kelly Comras asked if the Councilmember thinks this is the best proposal; Norman said that he fully supports the proposal. (13) Patrick Hart questioned about how this project would change behavior of LA residents who prefer to use automobiles; Norman stated that the ridership on existing operating rails is twice what has been estimated. PROPOSED MOTION: “Be it Resolved, the Pacific Palisades Community Council supports a Metro rail station on the Crenshaw Line (that could also serve as an additional station for the Green Line) at the Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF) proposed for LAX.” REFERENCE PDF DOCUMENT SENT CONCURRENTLY HEREWITH. Links to additional news articles:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-airport-20131012,0,4904939.story
http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20131009/lax-officials-outline-possible-on-airport-transportation-center
http://citywatchla.com/8box-left/5834-what-s-next-for-metro-s-hot-button-crenshaw-lax-line
Action: Gil Dembo moved to support the motion. Donna Vacarrino seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

11. General Public Comment

11.1 Bruce Schwartz asked about an update on the Village Partners sale in light of some recent store front painting. None was known.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 8:43 PM.

For additional information about the PPCC, see www.pp90272.org or e-mail PacPaliCC@aol.com Your Community Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Exception: Only one meeting, on the second Thursday, is held in July, August, November and December.

ITEM 7.1.1 – Letter Report on the November 6, 2013 Public Hearing regarding the next phase of the Temescal Canyon Storm Water Project, by Patrick Hart.

November 7, 2013

Mr. James R Tebbetts
Environmental Specialist II
Environmental Management Group, Bureau of Engineering
City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works

Hello Mr. Tebbetts-

It was nice meeting you and Mr. Salem Garawi last evening and hearing your presentation regarding the BOE’s Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Application No. 13-02 for the Temescal Canyon Park Stormwater Best Management Practices Project (TCPSBMP) – Phase II

Following are my written comments. Please confirm these comments go into the Administrative Record and send me a link to said AR location at least two weeks before the California Coastal Commission is set to review the BOE’s application for permit. Thank you.

Comments: I have several comments regarding unresolved issues on Phase 1 for which I filed an Appeal to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works October 2010. I also have several comments on Phase 2. My comments are directed specifically to the Bureau of Engineering headed by the City Engineer and the Environmental Management Group manager who produced the Notice of Public Hearing document.

Prop. O funding notwithstanding, TCPSBMP Phase 1 and Phase 2 is a pilot project, the first of its kind on the California Coastline. No metrics for judging operational efficiency of either Phase 1 or Phase 2 appear to exist. When will such metrics exist?

This document contains two .jpgs that show the true cause of fecal coliform pollution in the Santa Monica Bay. Please justify this project’s existence vis-à-vis long-term payback vs. Prop. O expenditures as a whole given a) above.

No metrics for sustaining Public Safety for Phases 1 and 2 appear to exist. See below and advise when Public Safety issues will be addressed, with documentation.

No metrics for measuring before and after Public Health gains via cleaner Santa Monica Bay water (i.e. for surfers and swimmers) appear to exist. Therefore how a can continuance of heavily regulated Prop. O funding be anticipated? See below and advise when Public Health issues will be addressed, and documented.
Therefore, it is doubtful Prop. O funding would continue to flow for the two years anticipated after either Phase 1 solely or Phase 1 & 2 combined goes on-line. If Prop. O funding ceases then, how would this project continue to be funded and maintained to remain operational?

The BOE does not have a Coastal Plan. Therefore, neither the City Engineer nor the Environmental Management Group manager, alone or together can supervise a project and self-certify a coastal permit, a clear Conflict of Interest. Please comment.

Gary Lee Moore, the City Engineer, will become Interim Director of the Port of Los Angeles effective November 10, 2013, a clear Conflict of Interest. Please comment.

Jim E. Doty, Manager, Environmental Management Group does not hold the doctorate level credentials per City of Los Angeles requirements to be EMG Manager. The doctorate-level person formerly holding this BOE position retired in 2010. Please comment.

Phase I Unresolved Public Safety Issues

As a terrorist bombing (soft) target nearby Pacific Coast Highway: The 2′ x 3′ ground-level vent on the 1.25 million gallon cement underground tank (aka Big L.A. BOMBA) is unsecured and easily accessible to any terrorist for the injection of flammable liquids (i.e. gasoline) or gases (i.e. propane). The tank therefore constitutes a ready-made bomb vessel. A “clear and present danger” to Homeland security. Please advise how this ground level entry point will be secured.

New laws from the California Department of Public Health dated January 2013 preclude the use of Sodium Hypochlorite, a chemical known as a STRONG OXIDIZER which enhances the spread of fire from and ignition source, in an enclosed atmosphere, with variable levels of outgassing, without a certified operator daily testing the captured stormwater and associated residues not caught in the hydro-separator, utilizing an on-site, properly calibrated, automatic chemical monitoring and control system. Please advise when such monitoring equipment will be installed.

Temescal Canyon Park is a pocket park with no full-time supervision from either BOE, BOS or Parks and Recreation. Item b) above is a daily requirement.

Phase 2 Unresolved Public Safety Issues

As a terrorist bombing (soft) target nearby Pacific Coast Highway: The concrete bunker (aka Little L.A. BOMBA) containing a 500 gallon tank of Sodium Hypochlorite is dependent on a 24/7/365 electricity source to remain safe. Currently the plan is to keep the stored chemical safe utilizing an on-site air conditioning and ventilation system. However, what happens when electricity goes down? No battery back-up was anticipated in the presentation. Will a battery back-up be installed?

Homeless live adjacent the proposed Sodium Hypochlorite concrete structure 24/7/365 with open campfires, Sterno warmers and smoking crack pipes. The City has been unable to permanently rid the children’s playground/public restrooms area of these homeless, ever. An open flame during a power outage, common in Temescal Canyon Park, could explode the building and/or set the hillside ablaze below the 12 homes sitting 300’ above on Mount Holyoke. Please advise the BOE’s plan regarding keeping SH fumes away from open homeless flames 24/7/365.

No plan was presented regarding the safe handling and transfer into the concrete structure’s tank of trucked-in Sodium Hypochlorite in the vicinity of the ever-present homeless campsites. Please advise the BOE’s plan regarding keeping SH fumes away from open homeless flames during chemical transfers.

Best regards,

Patrick Hart
540 Erskine Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

ITEM 7.1.2

RAP COMMUNITY MEETING / BUDGET DISCUSSION
Council District Location Name Location Address Meeting Date 1 Ramona Hall Community Center 4580 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065 12/04/2013 2 Valley Plaza Recreation Center 12240 Archwood Street
North Hollywood, CA 91606 11/19/2013 3 Woodland Hills Recreation Center 5858 Shoup Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 12/03/2013 4 Friendship Auditorium 3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027 11/20/2013 5 Cheviot Hills Recreation Center 2551 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064 11/12/2013 6 Fernangeles Recreation Center 8851 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Sun Valley, CA 91352 11/21/2013 7 Ritchie Valens Recreation Center 10736 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Pacoima, CA 91331 12/10/2013 8 Algin Sutton Recreation Center 8800 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044 12/03/2013 9 EXPO Center 3980 South Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037 12/12/2013 10 Rancho Cienega Sports Complex 5001 Rodeo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90016 12/04/2013 11 Mar Vista Recreation Center 11430 Woodbine Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066 11/21/2013 12 Mason Recreation Center 10500 Mason Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311 11/13/2013 13 Chevy Chase Recreation Center 4165 Chevy Chase Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039 11/20/2013 14 Evergreen Recreation Center 2844 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033 12/03/2013 15 Peck Park Recreation Center 560 North Western Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90732 11/14/2013

These meetings will allow community members an opportunity to provide input and comments, which, will help the Department of Recreation and Parks determine methods to increase its annual budget for operations and maintenance over the next five years. All meetings are scheduled to begin promptly at 6:30 PM, and conclude, at 8:00 PM. For additional information, please visit www.laparks.org.



MINUTES FOR DECEMBER 12th 2013

Voting Members in Attendance: Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Kelly Comras, Andrew Wolfberg, Barbara Marinacci, Geoff Shelden, Cathy Russell, George Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, Gil Dembo, Paul Glasgall, Jim Rea, and Joyce Brunnelle.

Voting Alternates: Eric Dugdale.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: John Glasgow, Flo Elfant, Donna Vaccarino, Richard Cohen, Christy Dennis, Steve Cron, and Carol Bruch, Chris Hope, Laura Mack, Bob Locker and Steve Boyers.

Start of Business Meeting

1.0 Reading of Community Council’s Mission: The President deferred the reading of the Mission Statement.

2.0 Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience was deferred.

3.0 Certification of Quorum. The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:03 pm.

4.0 Adoption of Minutes. Adoption of the October 24, 2013 and November 14, 2013 minutes was deferred to the next meeting. Next Meetings: January 9, 2014 and January 23, 2014.

5.0 Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.

6.0 Treasurer’s Report. The President deferred the Treasurer’s report.

7.0 Reports, Announcements and Concerns
7.1. Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn

7.1.1 – Barbara announced that she has appointed Patrick Hart as PPCC’s Liaison to the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Barbara stated that Patrick would be attending the Department of Public Works meetings and reporting back to PPCC.

7.1.2 – Report on December 5, 2013 City of Los Angeles Zoning Hearing regarding proposed amendments to the Conditional Use Permit for St. Matthew’s Parish. Barbara reported that she has not received the final documents from the City’s December 2013 hearing. Richard Cohen reported that the Zoning Administrator indicated that he was inclined to approve a student enrollment of 350 students with a two-year phased in process for increased enrollment. Richard stated that, at the hearing, the neighbors expressed their dissatisfaction with prior non-compliance towards existing CUP conditions by the school. Richard also stated that the Zoning Administrator supported afternoon carpooling and reporting and that there would be no changes to the restrictions against parking in front of neighboring single family properties. All parties will wait for the ZA’s written report.

7.1.3 – Changes in PPCC Board Members Appointed to Represent Organizations. (a) Barbara thanked the following individuals and organizations who are leaving the 2012/2013 PPCC Board: Steve Yusi/Pali High (leaving Education), Janet Anderson/YMCA (leaving Recreation), Catherine Ruddy/Women’s Club (leaving Service Clubs), Barbara Marinacci/Palisades Beautiful (leaving Cultural/Ethics/Aesthetics), Geoff Shelden/PRIDE (replaced by new representative for PRIDE), Bob Benton/PPBA (replaced by new representative for PPBA), Ben Meyerson (to be replaced by a new alternate representative for the Chamber of Commerce; name to be provided). (b) Barbara welcomed the following individuals and organizations who have joined the 2013/2014 PPCC Board: Sue Kohl/PPBA (primary, Recreation), Bruce Schwartz/PRIDE (alternate, Civic Organizations), Amy Kalp/Friends of the Library (alternate representative, Cultural/Ethics/Aesthetics), Carol Pfannkuche/YMCA (alternate representative, Recreation), Wally Hastings/Optimists (alternate representative, Service Clubs) and Lori Vogel/Paul Revere (alternate representative, Education). See list below.

7.1.4 – Holiday Dinner – Barbara thanked Janet Turner, Jennifer Malaret, Geoff Shelden, Jim Rea, John Glasgow, Cathy Russell, Christy Dennis, Chris Spitz and Marie. All board members were thanked and a special welcome was expressed to Bill Bruns and Matt Thacker. Janet Turner thanked Vons, Ralphs, CVS and the YMCA who were all donors and sponsors of tonight’s festivities.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1 Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Norman Kulla attended. There were no announcements from CD-11.

7.2.2 CA State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Office. Stephanie Cohen attended. Stephanie announced that on 12/18/2013 there would be an Open House and food drive at AM Bloom’s Office.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore attended but needed to leave prior to the formal meeting.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors – None.

8. Reports From Committees

8.1 Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair. Old Business: Chris reported that if there are matters to be agendized then the next LUC meeting would be held on January 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Palisades Branch Library. All board members and public are welcome.

8.2 Three Chairs Committee: Janet Turner reported that the Three Chairs Committee recommended the following appointments: Area 5 First Alternate Adam Wolman and the Area 5 Second Alternate Sash Ramaswami. Janet Turner moved that the nominations be approved; George Wolfberg seconded. The Area 5 alternates were unanimously approved. Area 6: First Alternate Jennifer Zeller and Second Alternate Craig Au. Janet Turner moved for approval of the Area 6 nominations and George Wolfberg seconded the motion. The Area 6 Alternates were unanimously approved.

9. Old Business. None.

10. New Business

10.1 – Ray Verches, SoCalGas re: Advanced Meter Project. Presentation: The presented was a two-phase process including a communications network and retrofitting meter. Presentation: Daisy Sanchez handed out hard copies of the presentation. The improvements will add modernized devices to existing boxes that are battery operated for less than 2 minutes communication time per year (projected to last for 20 years). Customers will get usage information on a next day basis rather than waiting for their bill. Benefits of the project are reduction in carbon emissions, and 1,000 trucks off the road. The first phase will be the network and the project will be completed by 2016. SoCal is working with the Bureau of Street Lights to relocate onto joint assets (14 – 12 are collated in the Palisades onto existing poles; the other 2 are pending). Letters will be sent out with 30-day notice to affected property owners such that pets and children can be protected. Discussion: (a) Christy Dennis asked about how this paralleled to smart meters. Daisy said the automated reads were similar but the technology was very different (battery, one way communication, no automated shutoff, this program does not know appliances, each unit is triple encrypted and safety is a number one consideration, etc.). (b) Eric Dugdale asked if each house has a transmitter. Daisy said yes and each has a 450 mghz, less than a cell phone. (c) Stuart Muller expressed concerns about a whole other layer of communication transition devices and what else we would see besides these tiny transmitters. Daisy stated that as far as ‘the event meter communications’ this would be it. Streetlights are not solar powered so that is a different process. (d) Paul Glasgall asked if any of this equipment had been installed in the Highlands. Daisy said notices had gone out and that the streetlights on Palisades Drive had been helping out with that construction. Daisy stressed that all locations are in the handouts.

10.2 – 2013 Community Service Award, Ernest Marquez. Background: Mr. Marquez has worked tirelessly for years to restore the historic Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon. He also has written numerous books about the area, specifically Santa Monica Canyon, including his most recent recollection of days at Canyon elementary school. Presentation: Barbara Kohn read a portion of the statement submitted nominating Ernest Marquez for this year’s award: “Without the leadership of Ernest “Ernie” Marquez, this treasure would have been lost. He researched the history, inspired other volunteers within and beyond the neighborhood, and charmed politicians in order to preserve and restore the historical burial ground. As documented in the film, “Saving a Sacred Rancho,” Ernie’s heart and soul have connected the past and the present right here in Pacific Palisades. People express their surprise to find this bit of previously unknown history located right here in our backyard. Ernie’s passion for truth in history has resulted in a large collection of documents, books, original photographs and stero views, and memorabilia, which now comprise the Ernest Marquez Collection. This documentation of history will provide inspiration for scholars far into the future. Ernie has also given entertaining free community lectures relating our area’s history as he and his family lived it.” Barbara stated that PPCC was delighted and honored to present “Ernie” Marquez with the PPCC Community Service Award of 2013. Speech: Ernest Marquez expressed his gratitude to the Pacific Palisades and accepted the community service award. Mr. Marquez stated that he is privileged to walk in the footsteps of his great-grandfather who came to California with Father Junipero Serra. At that time the entire population of Los Angeles was just 80 families. The family continued to arrive in Los Angeles throughout the early 1800’s. In 1839 the family requested a land grant and received land from Topanga Canyon to where Montana Avenue meets the Pacific Ocean today. The land was settled and cattle were raised. In 1946 the United States declared war with Mexico and was the victor such that the US took possession of the land and reduced Mexico’s holdings by 50%. In 1850, California became a state and enabled the Marquez family to stay and maintain its land grant if they continuously occupied the land. When the miners came to California, the family felt the land should be open to all those who came. Ownership of the land was the subject of various court proceedings and partition of the land was ordered in 1881. The Marquez family retained the land where Pacific Palisades and the Temescal Dining Canyon Hall sit today. The family is proud to have a street in Pacific Palisades that carries their name. Ernest introduced his daughter Eileen, son Ernesto and cousin Sharon. Awards: Norman Kulla presented Ernest with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for the 2013 Pacific Palisades Community Council Service Award. Stephanie Cohen from CA State Assembly member Richard Bloom’s Office presented a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California.

11. General Public Comment – None.

12. Adjournment. Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:02 PM.

ITEM 7.31. – PPCC Organizational Representatives – 2013-2014 Term

Business & Commerce (Chamber of Commerce)
Primary: Joyce Brunelle
Alternate: to be provided

Cultural/Ethics/Aesthetics
Primary: Theater Palisades – Andy Frew
Alternate: Friends of the Library – Amy Kalp

Education
Primary: St. Matthews Parish School – Mark Roosa
Alternate: Paul Revere Middle School – Lori Vogel

Historian (Historical Society)
Primary: Dick Wulliger
Alternate: Eric Dugdale

Civic Organizations
Primary: Civic League – Donna Vaccarino
Alternate: PRIDE – Bruce Schwartz

Recreation
Primary: PPBA – Sue Kohl
Alternate: YMCA – Carol Pfannkuche

Environment (Temescal Canyon Association)
Primary: Gil Dembo
Alternate: Richard Cohen

Service Clubs
Primary: Riviera Masonic Lodge – Bill Snyder
Alternate: Optimists – Wally Hastings

Residents Association (PPRA)
Primary: Bob Locker
Alternate: Brenda Theveny