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MINUTES FOR JANUARY 11th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Lou Kamer, Rick Mills, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Cathy Russell, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Rick Lemmo, Bruce Schwartz

Voting Alternates:  Leah Cox, Doug McCormick, Richard Blumenberg, Barbara Kohn, Jenny Hope Cote

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Carol Bruch, Brenda Theveny, David Peterson, Matthew Rodman, Steve Boyers

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Chair read the  Mission Statement.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Chair deemed the minutes of November 9, 2017 and December 14, 2017 approved as distributed. 2) Upcoming meetings: January 25, 2018 and February 8, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.     Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $40,910.18.  Based upon preliminary data the event has netted about $4,700 which is generally sufficient to cover operation of PPCC for a year.  Richard expressed relief that the wildfires that threatened neighboring areas did not worsen to threaten the Palisades and cause cancellation of the event.  Had that happened PPCC would nonetheless have been obligated to pay almost all of the expenses of the event.  In his view it is therefore necessary to maintain sufficient funds on hand to absorb such a loss and thereafter continue to fund PPCC’s activities for several years.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.  

Sheila Simmons spoke on behalf of Nancy Freedman from Brentwood Community Council in support of Bert Mutto, a formerly homeless man living in Pacific Palisades. Bert helped put together the holiday lights on San Vicente and has full-time employment. Doug McCormick and the Chair spoke on behalf of Burt and indicted that he is a great example of what can be done when we help our neighbors. Burt needs to occupy a small apartment with modest rent in West Los Angeles and a call was made to the community to help him find housing nearby.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair — Deferred.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

WRAC-LUPC update; SB 827 (Scott Wiener, 11th District/SF) – proposed state “housing” legislation (sponsored by the YIMBY movement) that would eviscerate local control over planning and land use in locations near so-called transit hubs (overriding height, density and infrastructure considerations or limitations, eliminating R1/single-family zone protections and community plans and preempting the Measure JJJ “Transit-Oriented Communities” ordinance to address affordable housing, enacted by 64% of Los Angeles voters).  See background information. Possible motion next meeting.

Chris reported that LADBS’s Deputy Chief of Enforcement, Frank Lara, spoke at WRAC-LUPC. Due to lack of resources, response times to complaints about Code violations continue to be slow, but Chief Lara emphasized that for swifter response residents should submit complaints online at www.ladbs.org rather than call 3-1-1. Regarding SB 827, Chris stated that it is a dangerous bill, WRAC-LUPC has recommended a motion to oppose, and the board will discuss in full at the next meeting on January 25.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps – Deferred.

8.4.   From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion).  David Card announced the American Legion is holding a HS oratorical contest on February 3rd (first round). HS students prepare speeches focusing on the US Constitution. There are four sub-topics. Deadline to apply is 1.23.18. Information is available on the Legion’s website: ALpost283.com.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Sergeant Danny Eun, Captain II Gary William Walters, and Officers Ryan Basaker and Hansen of West Traffic were present.

Officer Basaker introduced Captain Walters as the new West Traffic Division Captain. The officers and Captain gave an update regarding traffic issues and motorcycle activity. They reported that motorcycle riding on Wednesday evenings has slowed down a bit during the winter months. They have cited motorists for infractions and impounded motorcycles for various non-compliance. They have been conducting an educational campaign for residents to understand the limits of enforcement and for riders to comprehend the expectations of the community and the demands of the law. LAPD has limited resources but will continue to monitor and to periodically station officers at the Shell station on Sunset & PCH to deter the activity.

Responding to a question about traffic speed surveys, Sergeant Eun explained that LADOT hires a third party to conduct traffic surveys. They prioritize surveys at high injury areas (high injury network). There is a back up of requests and the contractor will be conducting a traffic survey along Sunset in the future. LAPD abides by the concept of engineering, education and enforcement. The last resort is enforcement. Captain Walters spoke highly of his LAPD team. He stated that West LA is 10% down in traffic collisions. Hollywood and Korea Town have many more traffic collisions.

Regarding enforcement of Cannabis laws, the officers explained that LAPD will use a field sobriety test to enforce driving under the influence of marijuana. Pot is legal but it is not legal to drive under the influence. There are several new traffic laws addressing marijuana usage. They explained that any amount that you ingest causes you to drive impaired. The officers also explained that anyone smoking Cannabis outdoors, in parks, near schools and under the age of 21 is breaking the law. Residents should call LAPD (1-877-ASK-LAPD) if they witness such activity.

Paula Leonhauser (resident) stated that she wanted to thank the West LA Officers for doing a tremendous job taking care of traffic. Nina Madok (resident) and Paula Leonhauser are setting up a 501(c)(3) to collect donations for West LAPD Traffic unit to assist them in the work they do in the Palisades.

8.5.2.    Lisa Cahill, Field Deputy, Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11.

District Director Debbie Dyner Harris has left Mike Bonin’s office and he is looking for another director. Chris Spitz conveyed that Debbie Dyner Harris has been a tremendous asset to our community and the board, and that she, Maryam, past Chairs and the board all thank her. Lisa stated she would convey the message to Debbie. Lisa announced that the Bruin Research Institute is looking to build near the Getty. She commended PPCC members for all the community beautification projects. Lisa has been receiving much more concern regarding Monte Grigio area trespassing. She is also receiving many development questions. She explained that at the so-called “Top of the World” on Lachman Lane there is ongoing trespassing and smoking.

8.5.4.    Janet Turner, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner reported that Ted Lieu is hosting Service Academy Day on February 10, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the LA Air Force Base Gordon Conference Center, 400 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. He introduced HR4706 to modernize the music licensing law to assist composers. Congressman Lieu has also received an award from animal rights activist groups.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    Introduction of new West Traffic Division Captain, traffic and motorcycle gang enforcement update(See Item 8.5.1.)

11.2.    New City and State Cannabis Regulations – Status of applicable laws; enforcement; impacts on youth and community.

  1. Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance (adopted) and Sign Ordinance (proposed). Summaries prepared by Chris Spitz are available at here and here. Chris reiterated the contents of her summaries and stated that the takeaway for the community is that Pacific Palisades is not likely to have commercial Cannabis businesses.
  2. Cat Packer, Executive Director, City Department of Cannabis Regulation. Commercial Cannabis Licensing and Operating Regulations Overview. Cat Packer (appointed Executive Director of the DCR on July 18, 2017) presented that her department is focused on preventing youth from purchasing Cannabis. The mission of the department is to protect community members and to protect consumers by recommending ordinances to regulate business operators. Over the course of the last three years the State of California has been attempting to regulate Cannabis. The CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture will regulate cultivation of marijuana and the Dept. of Health will regulate manufacturing. Products will be labeled to determine how much THC is within the product. There will be specific limits on dosage. Regulations are about medical and adult use. LA City created the Dept. of Cannabis Regulation. A five-member commission has been established to provide guidance regarding regulations. The Dept. has started to authorize Cannabis businesses. Businesses will receive temporary approval. Licensing will happen in three phases. Existing medical marijuana dispensaries (approximately 200) will receive a priority. The allowed density is one retail facility per 10,000 residents and one manufacturing facility per 7,500 residents. The Dept. of Cannabis regulation will enforce these limits. Businesses must pay taxes. The Dept.’s emphasis is on Health, Education, Regulation and Enforcement (‘HERE’). Ms. Packer emphasized that education regarding Cannabis is imperative.   There must be a strong enforcement effort from LAPD and City Attorneys.
  3. City and State Regulation/Enforcement; Recreational Use Laws; Impacts on Youth and Community. Neighborhood Prosecutor Veronica de la Cruz-Robles reported that Cannabis use is illegal for individuals under 21. Individuals are allowed up to one ounce for personal use; eight grams of concentrated Cannabis; and up to six plants and their harvest. Cannabis cannot be used publicly. (See also Item 8.5.1 for additional remarks on enforcement by LAPD officers in attendance.)

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:59 pm.

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MINUTES FOR JANUARY 25th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg (acting Chair), Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Rick Mills, Cathy Russell, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Peter Culhane

Voting Alternates:  Jenny Hope Cote, Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Carol Bruch, Brenda Theveny, David Peterson

1.    Certification of Quorum.  George Wolfberg (presiding officer in the absence of Chair Maryam Zar) called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Reza Akef read the Mission Statement.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Richard Cohen requested the following corrections to Item 6 of the minutes of January 11, 2018: “6. Treasurer’s reportRichard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $40,910.18. Based upon preliminary data the event has netted about $4,700 which is generally sufficient to cover operation of PPCC for a year. Richard expressed relief that the wildfires that threatened neighboring areas did not worsen to threaten the Palisades and cause cancellation of the event. Had that happened PPCC would nonetheless have been obligated to pay almost all of the expenses of the event. In his view it is therefore necessary to maintain sufficient funds on hand to absorb such a loss and thereafter continue to fund PPCC’s activities for several years.” There being no objection to the corrections, the Chair deemed the minutes of January 11, 2018 approved as corrected.  2) Upcoming meetings: February 8, 2018 and February 22, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $42,081.18. We have received additional payments for tribute ads in the awards gala event program and are currently netting about $4,500, but more payments are expected to yield an eventual net profit for the event of about $4,700.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues – None

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    WRAC report: LA Innovation and Performance Commission (http://innovate.lacity.org).

Chair/President Emeritus Chris Spitz stated that she had attended the WRAC leadership meeting along with Chair Maryam Zar, where a presentation was made on behalf of the LA Innovation and Performance Commission. The Commission is actively seeking ideas from constituents to improve City government. Chris encouraged Palisadians to visit the Commission’s website and contribute ideas which may be put into action.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

PlanCheckNCLA report; Short Term Rentals Ordinance Update. Chris reported that Tom Rothmann of the Planning Dept. gave an update at the meeting about several proposed Planning-related ordinances, including three that are of interest to our community (Short Term Rentals, Farmers Markets in R Zones, and Over the Counter Alcohol Permits/CUBs). Regarding Short Term Rentals, Chris explained that she learned that the Planning Dept. has recently reported back to the City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee with responses to questions about possible further ordinance amendments, including elimination in some cases of the annual cap on the number of days that homes could be rented on a short term basis, and allowing for “self-certification” of residency by property owners (contrary to PPCC’s position); she provided further details at the LUC meeting held earlier in the evening; it is unknown when PLUM will be taking up the matter again (it had been scheduled for a 1/23 PLUM meeting but was continued for an indefinite time).

Regarding Farmers Markets in R Zones, Chris distributed a status report (see attachment below) and reminded the board that PPCC had taken a position in 2011 opposing by-right permits for this use in R zones and expressing concern about granting permission on a conditional use basis. Due to time constraints Chris did not provide further details but she encouraged members to review the attachment and indicated that this is a matter that the LUC or board may wish to take up at a future meeting.

Finally, Chris related that Mr. Rothmann advised that the Planning Dept. is now working on a new proposed ordinance, pursuant to a recent vote in City Council, to allow streamlined, “Over the Counter” CUBs (i.e., without notice or hearings but with agreement to abide by a list of conditions/performance standards) to be issued to certain specified small businesses such as restaurants and hotels. This matter was also discussed at the LUC meeting and the committee will monitor.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Reza Akef (Area 8) announced that the Genesis Open PGA golf tournament will take place from February 12-18 at the Riviera Country Club. The tournament is sponsored by the Tiger Woods Foundation and Tiger will be playing. Large crowds are expected. There is no parking in the Riviera or the Polo Fields. Parking will be in Santa Monica with shuttle service to the event.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps – None.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO Michael Moore and SLO and former Narcotics Officer Chris Baker.

Officer Moore introduced Officer Baker, who was present to address any questions about marijuana law enforcement. Officer Moore first reported that things are looking good for crime in the Palisades, with the exception of vehicle crimes. Many cars are being broken into, with daytime vehicle break-ins mostly involving hikers and those at night involving residents. Vehicle break-ins are occurring at least once a week, and sometimes three times a night. The nighttime crimes tend to occur between roughly 10pm and 3am. The suspects for the nighttime vehicle crimes are 3 white males driving a BMW who have not yet been identified; there are no suspects yet for the daytime crimes. LAPD requests the community’s help in identifying and locating suspects. These vehicle crimes are occurring everywhere in the Palisades except for the Highlands.

Officer Moore was asked about incidents involving the Asilomar bluffs. He stated that LAPD has received complaints about smoking, drinking, marijuana use and other activities on the Asilomar bluffs and also at the top of Lachman Lane. The police have responded and citations have been issued. Undercover narcotics officers are involved. Rick Mills stated that residents of the Asilomar bluffs are appreciative of the LAPD’s attention to this problem. He asked whether there has been coordination with Palisades High School. Officer Moore stated that this has not occurred because the narcotics officers do not want exposure or identification, as this may impede their efforts. Some of the youth involved with activities on the bluffs are known to the High School administration.

Officer Moore also explained his jurisdiction in Area 8 in response to a question by Reza Akef regarding SLO representation in the Riviera and the Polo Fields. Parts of the upper Riviera are within SLO Maria Gray’s jurisdiction (Brentwood) while the lower Riviera is within SLO Moore’s purview. He explained that the SLOs do not have the ability to change their jurisdiction.

There were no questions for Officer Baker.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    VPCLC (David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).

David stated that he and Sue had reached out to Michael Gazzano of Caruso to obtain a project update as to four issues. David relayed Mr. Gazzano’s responses as follows:

1) Crossing Guards – Caruso has received wonderful feedback from the community and will continue to provide crossing guards during construction at Sunset/Swarthmore and Sunset/Via de la Paz.

2) Security Guards – Caruso always has a security guard on site and has now expanded the security presence with additional guards to better cover the entire site 24 hours per day. The additional presence is primarily focused on Albright and Monument, which should also provide security for nearby residences.

3) Construction Update – The parking structure podium was completed in late December, which was a major milestone. Steel framing for the buildings is continuing, and Caruso will then start building out each building and turning over to tenants to begin their interior tenant improvement construction. Caruso appreciates the support and understanding of their neighbors and tries their best to minimize the impacts.

4) Alcohol – To date, the City has granted three (Vintage Grocers, FdeiM and Cinepolis) of the eight approved CUBs for the project. All eight were approved with the overall project in June 2016 and several public hearings were held at PPCC, with four additional public hearings with the City. The eight CUBs were always part of the project description and included in the City process and approvals.

Sue Kohl then reported that in response to a Nextdoor posting with comments about design changes made to the building at the SW corner of Swarthmore/Monument, Mr. Gazzano provided the following statement, which she has also posted on Nextdoor; Sue read the statement in its entirety to the board:

Statement Regarding Architectural Changes

“We appreciate the inquiries about modern/mid-century modern facades within our Palisades Village project.  First, we should provide some context, particularly concerning the tenant space at the corner of Swarthmore and Monument. That space was originally presented to the community as a two-story structure. The community expressed its concern with a two-story structure on that edge, so close to residential. As a result, we listened to the community and modified the space into a one-story restaurant use, using a mid-century modern treatment. That treatment with large expanses of glass along Monument worked well for a restaurant use.

“Just prior to our Planning Commission hearing, the community expressed its concern with having a restaurant on that edge, so we agreed to remove that use and again listened to the community.  We also received comments from the community that they wanted buildings along the Monument edge to serve as a transition from the residential neighborhood to the commercial village. We responded to the community’s input by hiring a residential architect to design that storefront with more of a residential look and feel to better transition from commercial to residential. There are still a number of modern/mid-century modern facades throughout the project.

“You will note this evolution in the current construction framing at the project site. We feel the current construction clearly shows the lengths to which we’ve gone, in response to community input.

“It’s important to keep in mind that during the entitlement process, a project is in a conceptual design phase. This is customary for projects at this stage. Once we receive zoning approvals, an executive architect is hired and, working with structural, civil and mechanical engineers, final plans are drawn up for actual permitting by a range of City departments and other agencies. There are always going to be some tweaks to the conceptual design drawings as they become finalized for permitting.”

Following a brief exchange of opinions involving questions about project design and construction, David stated that Mr. Gazzano (who was not present) will attend an upcoming PPCC meeting (tentatively on February 22) and can answer any questions at that time.

9.2.    LUC (Howard Robinson, Chair).

In Howard’s absence, committee member Rick Mills reported that the LUC had a successful meeting this afternoon prior to the board meeting.  The committee heard several presentations about LUC agenda items. With regard to the proposed WRAC motion concerning SB 827, Rick announced that following discussion, the LUC voted unanimously to recommend that the PPCC board approve the proposed WRAC motion as drafted with the additional language proposed by Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg (see Item 11.1 below).

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    WRAC-Recommended Motion Opposing SB 827 (sponsored in PPCC by Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg).

Background: http://pacpalicc.org/wp- content/uploads/2018/01/WRAC20LUPC20AGENDA20JAN202018.pdf. Chris explained that because George Wolfberg was chairing the meeting, she alone was now making the motion. She stated that the motion was as contained in the agenda, and that she was proposing additional language in subsection vii, set forth in bold font as follows:

“(PROPOSED) MOTION: OPPOSITION TO TRANSIT-RICH HOUSING BONUS BILL [WIENER – SB 827]

  1. Whereas the City Charter-mandated Neighborhood Council system of Los Angeles, and the Community Councils of the City of Los Angeles, represent grass roots democracy,
  2. Whereas the newly introduced California State Senate Bill 827 [Scott Weiner] as written constitutes a top down pen stroke planning measure which completely removes land use and planning authority within one half mile of high quality transit from jurisdictions and charter cities,

iii. Whereas removal of said authority clearly abolishes local input into land use planning and therefore constitutes an attack upon local democracy, upon neighborhoods, and upon the Neighborhood Councils and Community Councils in the City of Los Angeles,

  1. Whereas SB 827 as written trashes the density bonus and wage provisions of the JJJ TOC ordinance which were recently enacted by the people of Los Angeles — in good faith — in order to guarantee transit close housing opportunities would actually be available to working and low-income persons and families in the City of Los Angeles,
  2. Whereas the lack of analysis of infrastructure and other costs associated with this pen stroke planning creates grave uncertainty that a local agency would be able to “levy enough service charges, fees or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code,”
  3. Whereas, given the aforementioned lack of fiscal analysis, Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution “No reimbursement” clause is cited inappropriately in this legislation,

vii. Therefore, Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) opposes SB 827 in its present form and requests that it be withdrawn. PPCC further calls upon the City of Los Angeles, through its official representatives, to vigorously oppose SB 827 and protect local authority and control over land use and planning.”

Richard Cohen seconded the motion as stated above. Chris then explained SB 827 as a bill that would completely override local land use control and undermine the City’s efforts to address the housing crisis. She distributed a report (see attachment below) and read from portions of the report, including the Los Angeles Times’ concluding paragraph in its recent editorial about the bill as set forth in the attachment. Chris also announced that Councilmember Bonin had advised her and Chair Maryam Zar that his position on the bill is the same as the Times’ concluding paragraph. Extensive discussion then ensued. Many board members expressed concern about the proposed preemption of local land use control, and indicated recognition that the bill would extinguish our local planning and zoning controls in large areas of the City and undermine the City’s own efforts to address the housing deficit with measures such as JJJ. Several members expressed appreciation for and agreement with an analysis that Jack Allen (a former board member) had distributed to various board members prior to the meeting. Strong opposition to the bill was expressed by all who spoke. There were no statements in support of SB 827. Following discussion, the board voted unanimously to adopt the motion as set forth above.

12.    Adjournment.  Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 8.2.1 – PlanCheckNCLA Report by C. Spitz; Status of Ordinance Allowing Farmers Markets in R Zones (CF 10-1832)[1]

Background:

Nov. 2010: CMs Wesson and Koretz propose allowing farmers markets by right in R and other zones (goal: to provide greater access to fresh, high quality produce to under-served communities).

April 2011: PPCC opposes by right permit process for farmers markets in R zones and expresses concern about weakening protections for R zones via a conditional use or public benefit process (see prior submittals attached and/or at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2010/10-1832_misc_4-26-11c.pdf).

April – May 2011: Pursuant to Planning Dept. recommendations, PLUM and City Council direct creation of a conditional use process for Certified Farmers Markets (CFMs) in R zones, with “500 ft. notification” and public hearing required.

Nov. 2011: CPC recommends draft ordinance, PLUM approves and City Council directs City Attorney (CA) to complete final ordinance; almost 6 years then pass with nothing further done.

May 2017: PLUM (via Chair Huizar) revives the matter, requesting further amendments, such as allowing some CFMs by right in R zones (proposed in parking lots next to churches and schools).

Sept. 2017: CA submits revised ordinance (key provisions listed below); does not include a by right process as requested by PLUM for CFMs in R zones (discretionary permits required in all R zones); recommends adoption of ND (finding of no significant impacts under CEQA).[2]

Nov. 2017: PLUM directs further amendments, including removing annual review requirement and allowing Council Districts discretion to modify hours of operation; recommends adopting ND.

Dec. 2017: Item scheduled to be heard again in PLUM, but continued to a date to be determined.

Key Ordinance Provisions (as of Sept. 2017):

  • CFMs allowed in R zones via a streamlined discretionary permit process (i.e., procedures for adjustments: notice only to abutting owners, on-site posting and public hearing); but hearing not required if written approval submitted from 1) all abutting and across street owners; and 2) 60% of owners within 300 ft. radius.
  • Application to be provided to the relevant Councilmember.
  • Operating hours: 7am-7pm (with 1 hour before and after also allowed for set up/clean up); 2x week only (but PLUM has now directed possible modification of hours by Council Districts).
  • Other operating standards: any lights used are to be shielded from shining “directly or indirectly” on abutting properties or streets; trash containers must be provided; area used must be “cleaned;” noise levels must not exceed ambient levels in R zones under current Code requirements; all signage shall conform to Art. 4.4 of the Code.
  • Violations: the ZA “may consider” revoking the grant for failure to comply with requirements.
  • Annual review required (but PLUM has now directed removal of this requirement).
  • Not included: any parking or toilet requirements; provisions for traffic or vermin control; requirement of notification to local organizations or councils; enforcement mechanisms, including monetary or other penalties, other than possible (discretionary) ZA revocation.
  • By right process with performance standards: provided for CFMs in A, C. M and P zones only.

[1] Although not expressly indicated, it appears the ordinance was intended to apply to the use of private property, e.g., vacant lots and parking lots, rather than streets or other public property.

[2] Form language (signed by Planning Director Vince Bertoni) is included at the end, indicating disapproval of the ordinance on behalf of the CPC and a recommendation against approval (presumably because this latest iteration – 6 years later – was never presented to the CPC).

PPCC Letter of April 25, 2011 (attached to above report):

April 25, 2011

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, Chair, Councilmember Jose Huizar,
Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Planning & Land Use Management Members
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                                                                  Via e-mail

Reference: Farmers Markets CF No.10-1832, PLUM Committee Hearing, April 26, 2011, 2:30 p.m., Public Works Royball Hearing Room 350, CH

Dear PLUM Committee Members:

The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) strongly opposes creation of a by-right permit process for non-profit farmers’ markets in residential zones.

While we recognize the benefit of providing more outlets for fresh food in under-served communities, we are very concerned about weakening long-standing protections for residential neighborhoods city-wide. Substantial caution should be exercised before initiating new, streamlined procedures applicable to all residential zones for special uses not otherwise permitted, whether by means of a conditional use/public benefit process or otherwise. We request sufficient time to investigate and comment on any proposal for a draft ordinance in this regard.

Sincerely,
Janet Turner, Chair
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc: Alan Bell, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Whitney Blumenfeld, Norman Kulla, Joaquin Macias

ITEM 11.1 – SB 827/PROPOSED WRAC MOTION

1)  Los Angeles Times Editorial (published 1/22/18):

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-housing-near-transit-20180123-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter. Concluding paragraph:

“California clearly needs to make it easier to build housing. And it makes sense to concentrate new housing near mass transit to encourage people to get around without cars. Surely lawmakers can come up with legislation to push cities to approve taller, more dense housing near transit without completely overriding local control or undermining existing efforts to incentivize the building of affordable housing.”

2) C. Spitz Letter to the Editor/Special to Palisadian-Post (submitted 1/20/18; edited version published 1/25/18):

Following up on the Post’s reporting, I want to alert the community to a dangerous bill, SB 827 (Wiener – San Francisco), sponsored by a YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) lobbying group (cayimby.org), ostensibly to address the state’s housing deficit.

The stated goal of the YIMBY movement is to “reverse” long-standing zoning distinctions (particularly single-family/R1, which it regards as an exclusionary, antiquated relic) in order to achieve denser housing statewide.

SB 827 is the camel’s nose in the tent. It would completely override local land use controls in areas near major transit hubs in all California cities.

In large swaths of Los Angeles, new buildings 45 to 85 feet high would be exempt from local maximum height limits; density, design and parking requirements, R1 zoning and community and specific plans would be preempted within a quarter to half-mile radius of major transit corridors and rail/bus stops; and voter-supported initiatives to address affordable housing such as Measure JJJ would be made meaningless.

But don’t take my word for it. As a YIMBY supporter enthuses: “Yes, you read that right. SB-827 preempts a city’s restrictions on parking minimums, floor area ratio, and residential density” (Eastbayforeveryone.org).

This radical bill is causing great concern regionally. The Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ leadership has recommended a motion opposing SB 827 to its 13 member-councils (including PPCC); Brentwood Community Council and others have already voted to oppose. Paul Koretz (CD5) has called the bill “devastating” and “the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” As of this writing, Mike Bonin is still studying it but indicates he has concerns.

Why should Palisadians care? After all, the bill may not directly impact us since we don’t seem to have major transit hubs – yet (I’m told that the City has been influenced to increase bus trip frequency and add stops on streets elsewhere; it could happen here on Sunset). Even so, most of us regularly travel outside the Palisades and would certainly be affected by the bill’s impacts on Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and beyond.

Ultimately, the bill is a slippery slope towards an even greater “top down” takeover of local control – with potential extinguishment of community and specific plans and single-family zones. Reasonable citizens want to solve the affordable housing crisis, but SB 827 – an unprecedented power grab that would force statewide zoning control – is not the answer.

Christina Spitz; for identification only: PPCC Chair/President Emeritus

3) WRAC councils voting to date to oppose SB 827 (5 of 13): Brentwood CC, Westwood CC, Westside NC, Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC, South Robertson NC; remaining councils are agendizing at upcoming meetings.

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MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 8th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Richard Cohen, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner

Voting Alternates:  Susan Payne, Quentin Fleming, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Brenda Theveny, Jim Kirtley, Jody Margulies

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  The Council’s Mission was read.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Chair deemed the minutes of January 25, 2018 approved as distributed. 2) Upcoming meetings: February 22, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $42,006.18 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

Marc Jackson spoke in opposition to the PPCC position with respect to the eldercare project on Palisades Dr. in the Highlands.  The Chair allowed him to complete his remarks, and after a few follow up questions, thanked him.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    The Chair reported on SB 946 — a new bill re state regulation of sidewalk vending/further encroachment on local control; a WRAC-LUPC recommended motion to oppose will tentatively be considered at PPCC’s 2/22/18 meeting. Eric Marshal (audience) remarked that the bill may be a necessary move by the State to prompt serious consideration of a legalizing ordinance on the part of LA City Council, which has dragged its feet on the issue. There was a brief back and forth about local control and the interest of the City, and organizations like PPCC, to retain the ability to have a say in how communities grow and shape over time.

8.1.2.    The Chair announced that PPCC’s motion in opposition to SB 827, the state mandate of increased density along transit corridors, has been sent to Mike Bonin as well as relevant public officials, including bill’s author and Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. [See both letters at http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/, scroll down to Planning & Density.]

8.1.3.    The Chair gave a recap of the Bel Air Fire and Safety meeting held the week prior. She asked if members thought it would be a good idea for PPCC to hold a similar Community Safety Meeting, to talk about security in light of recent break-ins and fire safety, as well as other community safety or enforcement concerns. The Board overwhelmingly indicated they would. The Chair inquired whether they’d like to see a separate event or one that is held during our regular meeting time. The Chair pledged to work on it.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Allison Holdorff Polhill (Secretary) gave an update on LAUSD Board District 4 efforts.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Rick Mills (Area 4) stated that the sidewalk vending bill issue is:  people want to maintain local control.

8.3.2.    Reza Akef (Area 8) expressed concerns about the upcoming golf tournament and its impact on traffic; he urged people to be careful.  He observed that more people are sleeping in their cars and most are Uber drivers. He also reported that a Paul Revere parent got into a fight with a local resident.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jim Kirtley (YMCA) gave an update with two flyers:  The Y is partnering with the SMC Art Department Valentine’s Day Art Glass Sale to be held on the Village Green Sunday February 11, 10am-4pm. The Y will also be participating in the “Yarn Bomb” of the Village Green in support of Women’s History.

8.4.2.    David Card (American Legion) gave an update on the American Legion Post 283 High School Oratorical Contest. The students have done well so far.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.     LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore gave an update on crime. He was joined by Officer John Redican, who explained the situation on the ground and gave some details about how to protect property. Each remarked about the recent spate of crime, but did not see a trend. Officer Moore reported that vehicle burglaries have increased in the Palisades. He requested that individuals who have camera systems that have captured license plates, please report it to the police. Chair asked if the Board would like to have a dedicated safety forum meeting in the near future. The Board agreed they would. Tentative date March 6, 2018.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – Deferred.

11.    New Business – Deferred.

12.    Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 pm due to an exceptional library request to end early.

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MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 22nd 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Margarita Pagliai

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras, Susan Payne, Richard Blumenberg

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Howard Robinson, Leah Cox, Alan Goldsmith, Carol Bruch, Barbara Kohn, Amir Ebtehadj, Howard Robinson

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:12pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Sarah Conner read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of February 8, 2018 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – 3/8/18: Scott Sale, Safe Parking LA; Deborah Hong, Community Affairs LADWP; Stephanie Cohen, Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl update. 3/22/18: Caruso update.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $41,952.18 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Linda Deacon, resident, read a statement regarding Cosimo Pizzulli’s claims, in a letter to City official, that two unnamed PPCC board members and Howard Robinson had given verbal support for the project he is developing.  Ms. Deacon noted that Howard Robinson has clarified that he made no such statements.  The Chair reiterated that PPCC has never taken a position on the matter.  She explained that seasoned City officials are unlikely to give much weight to the claimed verbal statements, but she will send an email to confirm that PPCC doesn’t have a position on the project.  Rick Mills, Area 4 rep (where the project is located) also confirmed that PPCC has not taken a position.  Audience question:  What is the Pizzulli project?   Rick Mills: Eight single family homes on eight lots near the west rim of Las Pulgas Canyon, below Sunset, plus a sewer extension.

8.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Community Safety Meeting.  This meeting will take place on March 6 from 6:30-8:30pm in Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. A flyer with more information will be sent out. Panelists will include LAFD Asst. Chief Armando Hogan; LAPD Officers Moore and Redican; Neighborhood Prosecutor Veronica de la Cruz-Robles; Carol Parks from City Emergency Management Dept.; LAFD Station 69 Captains Kitahata and Bates; and representatives of ACS and Palisades Patrol.

8.1.2.    LUC and Eldercare comments.  The LUC met immediately preceding this board meeting and a decision was made to look again at the Highlands eldercare project with a Coastal lens; the meeting will likely take place in March or April (date to be determined).

8.1.3.    Beach Access Restriction from midnight to 5 am in jeopardy.  The Coastal Commission had recently indicated they would like to see pathways on our beaches for the public to access the water overnight. We were told that it was likely they will not reaffirm continuation of the City of Los Angeles’ restriction on overnight use of the beaches. As a result, the Chair wrote a letter reiterating PPCC’s position in support of the curfew, which the Executive Committee approved. However, we have been advised by persons with knowledge of the situation that this alarm should be put on hold, so for now the letter is not being sent.

8.1.4.    David Card announcement as new EC member, representing Organizational category.  Chair announced that with the approval of the officers and Chair/President Emeritus, David Card has been appointed to the Executive Committee representing the Organizational category. Chair thanked Susan Payne, former EC member in that category.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus) gave an update on SB 827.  So far, ten (10) of the total thirteen (13) Neighborhood and Community Council members of WRAC have voted to oppose the bill; this is more than the required supermajority for WRAC positions. WRAC Chair Doug Fitzsimmons will soon be writing to the bill’s author and the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee, as did PPCC, to advise them of the Alliance’s position. Councilmember Bonin opposes the bill and has let Senator Ben Allen know this. Senator Allen also opposes the bill. He sits on the Housing and Transportation Committee with the bill’s author, Senator Wiener. The bill is not yet on an agenda for hearing in that Committee but is expected to be scheduled for sometime later in March. In Los Angeles, Councilmember Ryu has sponsored a resolution in City Council opposing SB 827. This is important because the Senate will want to know what the City’s official position is. The Ryu resolution is assigned to the Council Rules Committee but has not yet been agendized for hearing. We will monitor developments.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg (Vice Chair) announced that PCH Task Force kicks off new traffic safety program (which will extend from the Santa Monica tunnel all the way to Ventura) in the Temescal parking lot at 09:30 on Friday.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-Large) gave an update on the Pacific Palisades Dog Park Working Group.  They held a public presentation and comment meeting attended by over 125 people on Feb. 7th. After hearing the presentation, the public attendees voted unanimously for the dog park to be located on Temescal Canyon Road. See item 10.1 below.

8.3.2.    Sue Kohl (Area 5) gave an Area 5 security update. There is a movement in the Alphabet Streets to consider putting together a security package, including hiring a security patrol. This is still in the planning stage; there is so much crime in the area, and residents are trying to get organized. Information will be posted on social media and possibly the PPCC website. More details will be forthcoming.

8.3.3.    Peter Culhane (Area 2) reported for Lisa Cahill of CD11 who could not attend.  There was a fire last night at 6:30pm above Marquez that involved more than 60 firefighters and over 20 trucks at the top of the Enclave in the Highlands. There were no injuries and the fire was put out. The week before there was a townhouse fire on Michael Lane, which started in a garage from car. There were no injuries and the fire companies responded quickly.

Peter also reported on the concrete swales clean-out effort; this resulted in big pile of dirt on the on right hand side of Palisades Dr. He has been trying to get the City to remove the dirt. Two dumpsters are there now, both full. A third dumpster is full of cardboard, and there is concern that homeless persons might take the cardboard and built shelters. Peter also explained that on April 6, the last phase of asphalt renewal on Palisades Dr. will be completed.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion) reported as follows:

American Legion:  Sunday at 1:00pm the Legion’s Oratorical Contest 3rd round will be held at the American Legion Post 283 hall in Pacific Palisades (next to the Post Office). The very best high school orators from all over L.A. County will be vying for going on to the State finals in Clovis, and hopefully to the national finals in Indianapolis. The speeches are without notes or text, and they all focus on the U.S. Constitution. The 1st place speaker on Sunday will receive a $600 scholarship award.

Rustic Canyon Recreation Center:  Last Saturday and Sunday we had a big turnout of community volunteers to the Big Bad Ivy Pull in the historic Eucalyptus Grove. We filled a 20 foot x 8 foot trash bin of the invasive weed, German Ivy or Cape Ivy, along with other weeds. A big THANK YOU to all who participated. George congratulated David and the volunteers on the great job done.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

7.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore – Not present.

7.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 Field Deputy, Lisa Cahill – Not present. [See Item 8.3.3 above.]

7.5.3.    Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner.

Janet announced that the Congressman is calling together the 3rd annual West LA VA Neighbors Community Roundtable on Monday, Feb 26th, 2018, from 7-8:30 pm, at the Belmont Village Sr. Living Center in Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Blvd. Open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP to janet.turner@mail.house.gov. There will be presentations and an update on the status of the Master Plan, and its EIR/EIS. Janet Anderson will represent PPCC at the Monday meeting.

Janet also passed out a flyer with information about the yearly Congressional Art Competition; the winner receives a scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C., and their artwork is hung in the Capitol for a year.   Submission deadline: April 6, 2018, 5pm. The judging will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center on April 28, from 1-3pm.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – Amir Eptehadj.

1) Following the Florida high school shooting event, the Pali High community was shaken and engaged in dialogue with counselors. Students have signed a large banner which they are sending to Parkland HS to show support. 2) A group of students is partnering with the Mayor’s Office with an initiative to bring a large voter pre-registration event for youth to the district in April. 3) Pali High ambassadors will be at the Pali Spelling Bee to partner with the Bee and the Palisadian-Post. Q: Will Pali High students participate in the gun control march on March 24th? A: They are working on logistics and haven’t decided on a date yet because there are different dates that different groups are using; Pali High students will participate in one of the marches.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.     LUC (Howard Robinson, Chair).

Howard explained that in the committee meeting preceding the board meeting, the LUC adopted a revision to the LUC’s internal policies and procedures document. The final wording will be made available soon.  During public comment many people asked the LUC to reopen the recommendation on the eldercare project.  By a narrow vote of 5-4 with PPCC Chair and ex-oficio LUC member casting the deciding vote, the LUC will reopen the committee’s recommendation at a future meeting, with the project use and related Coastal matters to be looked at again.  It will be up to the PPCC board to decide whether it will reopen the matter of the board’s position.

10.     Old Business.

10.1.    Pacific Palisades Dog Park – Report from the Working Group.

Presentations:  Lou Kamer is the PPCC Liaison to the PP Dog Park Working Group. He explained that the group was formed as a result of community interest, after CD11 encouraged the formation of the group and helped enable it to begin discussing plans for a Palisades Dog Park, following a motion Concilmember Bonin introduced at City Council. He went through a Power Point (available at the PPCC website under Resources/Presentation to PPCC) which described the members of the group, its mission, assessment of potential locations, identification of funding sources and outreach to the community to see if there’s interest and to take comments/concerns. They identified what makes a great dog park and looked at ten Rec. & Parks locations around the City. The location along Temescal Canyon matched all the criteria.

Leslie Campbell of the Working Group showed a petition signed by 3,000 plus residents who want to see a dog park in the Palisades. The proposed plan includes large and small dog areas, within 33,000 sq. ft., north of the playground on the east side of Temescal Canyon Road. The area will be fenced in, with sufficient parking, access to bathrooms, on-site drainage, irrigation lines, fountains that drain, and running water. The group thanks Rec. & Parks for offering the land. They worked with the Rec. & Parks architecture department on the designs. The groundcover will be mulch or woodchips initially. There will be benches and shade covers. They are now half-way through the steps in their plan; they will need to begin fundraising.

Lou added that the dog park will be open sunrise to sunset with electronic gates; there will be no nighttime use. There will also be a regular maintenance shift to clean the park one morning each week.

Carol Ross of the Working Group presented information regarding the costs. Rec. & Parks has no money to pay for maintenance so this will require private funding.   If they keep costs under $399,000, they will not need a CDP. They don’t need to use Rec. & Parks contractors so this may help with expenses. They will try to add $100,000 in maintenance funds. The group is applying for 501(c)3 status. For now, pledges are being taken on the website. Next step: developing a maintenance plan and costs. They are seeking to partner with another Palisades group that is already doing landscaping. They are over half-way along in their process.

Lou explained why we should support the plan. We have no dog park anywhere near here. The plan has the support of Rec. & Parks and CD11, the PP-PAB and over 3,000 petitioners. This is the best location and the best opportunity in 35 years to do this. It will be a community facility to bring people together in the Palisades. At the February community meeting that was held to vote on the plan and location, 120 people unanimously voted in support.

Discussion:   George Wolfberg stated that he worked with Norman Kulla on the dog park issue in 2005; he commended the current group for their efforts. George was also involved in the Brentwood Dog Park. He suggested the working group might want to consider the possibility of CD11 forming a Brown-Acted Advisory Committee for the park. He also expressed concern about the park’s size; is it large enough? Lou explained that this is the largest they can do at the site because they don’t want to overwhelm the area, and that other dog parks in our environs (for example Brentwood) are the same size, and seem to work well. The idea is integrating what they can do with the space available. Other possible options involved purchasing land or unfeasible sites. This was the only area that was considered viable. Leslie Campbell added that the Barrington Dog Park has been cut in half and the new dog park in Westwood is about the same size as the proposed park on Temescal.

Richard Cohen said he was involved as Chair from 2008-2010 when there were efforts to place a dog park on the west side of Temescal, south of the continuation school. There was puzzling opposition raised by residents on the ridge above (Temescal west side, south of continuation), with talk of negative impacts such as flying feces. He suggested that before we take a position we ascertain whether residents on the rim were notified and whether they are supportive of the project. He asked for an explanation of the outreach that was conducted. Lou explained that they held numerous meetings, including the recent community meeting, have posted information on Nextdoor, and have a Pali Dog Park Facebook page plus a website. There were some concerns expressed from residents about waste and noise. They spoke with some neighbors on the ridge. They were told that one woman had concerns. They went out and did noise tests – what do dogs barking at the bottom sound like at the top? Lou said it was similar to noise from cars. It will sound like a dog is barking from 10 houses down.   They put a microphone in Barrington and he has data re the peak hours of barking, which he has shared with neighbors on ridge. David Kaplan (the Area rep) stated that no one had contacted him who was either for or against the dog park. He asked if the one neighbor’s concerns were alleviated? Lou replied that the dog park is beyond 150 ft. from homes (the Rec. & Parks rule). The Chair noted that experience has demonstrated when people are opposed to a community project, they tend to find out about it and make their opinions known. The fact that neither the PPCC, nor the dog park working group, nor the area rep had heard any complaints or misgivings indicates a comfortable measure of surety that there is not entrenched opposition to the possibility of a dog park in the contemplated area.

David Card remarked that the closest house by a Google Earth measurement is 218 ground ft. from the dog park.   A question arose about traffic and safety issues from people parking across street and walking across Temescal Canyon Road. Lou: when full the dog park would be about 45 dogs; LADOT says there is plenty of available parking and this isn’t an issue. David C.: this would also involve people making U-Turns. Cathy Russell: She is concerned about the park being overrun by too many people and dogs, such as dog walkers with 10 dogs each. Leslie Campbell: The nature of the design of this park will eliminate dog walkers because it wouldn’t be safe; you can’t just open the gate and let dogs go in this park, due to the design. Danielle Samulon: how will people know to leave at closing time? Lou: He hopes people will know to leave when it turns dark. Regarding administrative details that may come up in Phase 2 in the future: Peter Culhane will introduce Lou to head of the Palisades Highlands recreation group which has a dog park. Gil Dembo: How do you prevent dog owners from utilizing public park space outside of the dog park area? George Wolfberg: Barrington Dog Park has a special regulation; owners will be cited if they use other areas. Reza Akef: what about the rule of one owner one dog? Who will be the enforcer? He also has environmental concerns (e.g., plastic bags may end up in the ocean and dirty run-off). Lou: Rec. & Parks has jurisdiction and has rangers there to enforce the rules. They will try to have biodegradable bags available and run-off will go into the existing treatment system. David C: He is concerned about the size, the fact that beachgoers from all over the City and region may want to use the dog park, which may lead to a desire to expand the park further and then bump up next to playground; he is against encroachment on the playground and picnic area. He also asked, what about bathrooms? Where will they tie up dogs? Lou: Hopefully if someone has to go to bathroom someone will watch dogs. Susan P.: From her own experience, people using a dog park usually don’t have to go to the bathroom; they don’t stay long. David Kaplan: How will they prevent the park from being overrun when there are 60 dogs? Leslie Campbell: People are managing very well with other parks of about the same size. Carol Bruch: Did you actually put notices out to people on the rim, such as flyers at every door? Lou: We had people who knew residents on the ridge go out and talk to their neighbors. We didn’t specifically notify each resident.

Motion:  Lou made a motion for the PPCC to support the dog park proposed at this location so that we can move forward with all the steps needed to make the dog park happen.  No additional discussion.  Vote: Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Motions Proposed to WRAC Leadership by WRAC-LUPC.

Initial Remarks by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz.  These motions have been proposed by the Westside Regional Alliance of Council (WRAC) Land Use & Planning Committee to WRAC leadership; due to time constraints WRAC leadership has not yet considered the motions. Rather than wait for leadership to recommend, we are proposing the motions to the Board tonight because PPCC has already taken positions on these matters and the motions are consistent with PPCC’s position in each case.

1).   Resolution to oppose SB 946 [Lara] (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz; modifications in bold font):

Pacific Palisades Community Council opposes SB 946 [Lara], in which the State of California would establish sidewalk vending regulations for local municipalities. The bill would require local regulations to permit vending in parks and public spaces and would not allow location restrictions unless ‘directly related to objective health, safety or welfare concerns.’ The City of Los Angeles is currently analyzing sidewalk vending options. Local control and jurisdiction over sidewalk vending is strongly preferred, and should be preserved.”

Background:  Bill text; previous PPCC letter.

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by two voting board members.

Presentation by George and Chris:  This proposed bill would require cities, on a statewide basis, to allow sidewalk vending in parks and all public spaces, with basically no provision for either an opt-in or opt-out process. It is another attempted state encroachment on local control. PPCCs position on sidewalk vending is as expressed in its previous letter: We oppose legalization on a citywide basis but if legalization is to occur we insist on certain conditions, including a opt-in procedure for those neighborhoods that wish to have this activity. A proposal to legalize sidewalk vending has been pending in City Council Committee for some time, under which certain areas might be allowed to opt-out and disallow the activity. Should an opt-in or opt-out procedure be instituted, they would come back to the community to determine what the community wanted and we would hear from all sides. This proposed local solution would be entirely overridden by SB 946. Consistent with PPCC’s longstanding support for local control and the position already taken on sidewalk vending, we urge the board to pass this proposed resolution.

Discussion:   Eric Marshall (audience) urged the board to oppose this resolution.   He believes the resolution is burdensome and the bill doesn’t violate local control.

Vote:  Passed by a vote of more than 2/3 of voting board members.

2).   Resolution to support a Short-Term Rentals Ordinance IF the following specific conditions are included (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz; modifications in bold font):

Further to the letter of 2/5/18 submitted to CF 14-1635-S2 by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC), Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC), a member of WRAC, resolves as follows:

“Any City of Los Angeles Short-Term Rentals Ordinance shall include the following:

  1. A cap on the number of nights that a room can be rented each year, and with no provision for a CUP or other process for individual hosts to receive permission to exceed the annual cap
  2. Requirement of proof of primary residence and liability insurance for the specific use.
  3. No self-certification.
  4. Short-term rental tax revenues shall not go into the General Fund. The highest priority for use of revenues shall be enforcement of the ordinance, and after that, revenues shall go to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  5. Provision for a private right of action by adversely affected residents and all other conditions specified in the letter of 10/27/15 previously submitted to CF 14-1635-S2 by PPCC.

PPCC notes that many NCs/CCs, including PPCC, prefer a full prohibition on short-term rentals in R zones, for reasons that include tranquil neighborhoods, impossibility of enforcement, and loss of hotel revenue and jobs. However, many Councilmembers support short-term rentals in R zones, and full opposition may not be feasible.”

Background:  Previous WRAC letter; previous PPCC letters (scroll down to Short Term Rentals).

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by two voting board members.

Presentation by George and Chris:  This motion is a result of recent action in the City Council PLUM Committee, as previously reported by Chris, in which the Committee has directed the Planning Dept. to add certain provisions to the Home Sharing (STRs) ordinance which are not consistent with PPCC’s and WRAC’s positions. A letter has already been submitted by WRAC stating opposition to these proposed new provisions, which would include allowing individual property owners to apply for a CUP or other discretionary process to exceed the annual cap; self-certification of residency; and directing short term rental tax receipts into the City’s General Fund. WRAC LUPC members felt that it is important for WRAC members to pass this additional resolution for clarification and emphasis. You will note that we added Section 5 to re-emphasize PPCC’s position that the ordinance should provide for a private right of action.

Discussion:   Peter Culhane remarked that the Highlands has CC&Rs that don’t allow STRs.  Richard Cohen:  We have previously discussed the issue of STRs turning into party houses and hotels in our residential neighborhoods.  Rick McGeagh (audience) stated that he has an Airbnb next door to him, adjacent to Will Rogers State Park.  Every Fri. and Sat. night there’s a party in the home.  He is concerned about teenagers, partiers, wildfires, etc.

Vote:  Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

3).  Resolution to oppose the automatic renewal of the City’s Bus Shelter/Advertising 20-year contract with Decaux (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz and Richard Cohen; modifications in bold font):

Regarding CF 00 1073-S1: Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) opposes the automatic renewal of the City’s Bus Shelter/Advertising 20-year contract with Decaux. PPCC further requests the City to withdraw the renegotiation of the sidewalk furniture contract with Decaux from the City Attorney’s office, and to allow a process of community input which can culminate in an open RFP, awarded based on parameters laid out by community impact and ridership needs. The City should solicit comments from the community about problems/issues, and then issue an open RFP that addresses these issues/problems to numerous advertising firms. Problems noted include lack of bus shelters at mass transit stations and major arterials, which harms the rider experience during rainstorms and windstorms, and which may further reduce the already declining use of transit. PPCC also strongly urges that local control and Specific Plan, Scenic Highway and Coastal Zone protections be respected in connection with any contract that is eventually negotiated.”

Background:  Numerous references to previous discussion and actions taken by the PPCC board regarding street furniture (2006-2012); see specifically: 1/12/06, Item 4.5.1; 2/9/06, Item 4.5.5; 6/9/06, Item 7.3.3; 6/22/06, Item 7.3.1; 7/13/06, Item 7.3.1); 2/28/08, Item 7.2.1; 3/13/08, Item 7.2.2; 3/27/08, Item 7.2.2; 6/12/08, Item 7.2.2; 6/26/08, Item 9.3; 7/10/08, Item 9.1; 8/14/08, Item 9.1); 1/8/09, Item 7.1.8; 1/11/09, Item 7.1.12; 7/8/10, Item 10.4; 10/27/11, Item 7.1.4; 2/23/12, Item 10.2.

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by more than two voting board members.

Presentation by Richard Cohen:  Richard related PPCC’s extensive past history involving street furniture.  The City wants the money that comes from advertising on the furniture. He explained that we are requesting by this resolution that there should be no automatic renewal of the Decaux contract and that it should be put out to bid with community input. The resolution also restates our additional concerns about local control with respect to the Specific Plan, scenic highways and coastal areas. This is completely consistent with a motion Richard made almost 10 years ago that passed unanimously.

Richard also explained that several years ago we joined with Brentwood CC, retained attorneys and threatened to bring the matter to the Coastal Commission if the City went forward with street furniture plans that were not acceptable to the Palisades. We argued at the time that this was a big enough project to require an EIR/CEQA review. Our firm pressure resulted in our then-Councilmember Bill Rosendahl supporting a carve out for the Palisades from the contract then being negotiated.

Discussion:  David Kaplan reminded the board of the “harmonizing” project going on, spearheaded by PRIDE, for the redesign of various Village public right-of-way areas contiguous to the Caruso project.  This will include areas with bus stops where street furniture might be placed.

Vote:  Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:58 pm.

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MINUTES FOR MARCH 8th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, David Card, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Gilbert Dembo

Voting Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Sandy Eddy, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  David Peterson, Brenda Theveny

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:­­­04pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Sue Kohl read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of February 22, 2018 were approved as corrected.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 3/22/18: Caruso update.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $40,899.98 and that there was a transaction in the amount of $525 for Directors & Officers Insurance since the last meeting. Richard Cohen discussed the $1M liability limit for our insurance policy. Maryam Zar asked whether members should contribute to PPCC to replenish monies. Richard acknowledged that we do have more than $40,000 in our account as a cushion, but donations from members would help cover ongoing expenses such as insurance so that we don’t have to use these funds.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Marge Gold reported that the Village Green is being “yarn bombed” on March 22, 2018 through April 1, 2018.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.     Community Safety Meeting update.  A successful meeting was held on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Palisades High School, Mercer Hall. About 200 people were present and all seats were filled. Mike Bonin opened the meeting with a recap of council district issues and accomplishments, as well as a thanks to Maryam Zar and PPCC for arranging this important forum for community discussion of safety issues. He made clear he opposed the lifting of the beach curfew and would work in tandem with the community to keep it in place. The event hosted a robust panel, including representatives from LAPD, Palisades Patrol, ACS, West Traffic officers, LAFD, Beach Patrol, City Dept. of Emergency Management, Beaches & Harbors, PPTFH, LAUSD PPCC Homelessness Advisor Sharon Kilbride and Pali High. Allison Holdorff Pohlhill reported on a School Board resolution calling for sensible gun laws on the state and federal level. Chair thanked all participants for the important information that was imparted. Chris Spitz thanked Chair Maryam Zar for her efforts in putting together this meeting.

8.1.2.    LUC and Eldercare comments and clarification.  Chair explained the upcoming process in which the LUC will review the project again from a coastal lens and will decide whether to make a revised recommendation to the board. If a decision is reached to make a new recommendation it will be placed on the agenda for the April 12, 2018 board meeting.

8.1.3.    Beach Access Restriction from midnight to 5 am update. The California Coastal Commission is a commission of the State. The City of LA has regulation over local beaches. The County is involved because they have a contract to operate the beach, literally the sand. Advocacy should be focused towards the Coastal Commission.

8.1.4.    (Add-on topic) Pursuant to the motion passed at the February 22nd meeting, a letter has been sent to Mike Bonin regarding street furniture.  It is on the PPCC website at http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Bus20stop20furniture20-20RFP2020desired.pdf.

8.1.5.    (Add-on topic) Regarding cannabis regulation, after input from Brentwood CC and Mike Bonin, the City will be adding the VA as a sensitive use.

8.2.    From Officers – None.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer reported that volunteers are needed to assist with 4th of July parade preparations.  Matthew Rodman is the new PAPA president. The Chair thanked past PAPA president Daphne Gronich, who was in the audience, for her service.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion) reported that the American Legion Oratorical contest is underway.  Josh Doland and Daniella Wilson won at the local level and competed at the district level. The US Constitution was the topic – the right to be free from having soldiers enter your home. Two girls are able to go to the state tournament and two dozen boys are able to attend the state competition. In addition: the little fire near the top of Bienveneda recently was likely a “warming fire” starting by young person or homeless person messing around. March 31, 2018 will be the Rustic Canyon Spring Fair.

8.4.2.    Richard Blumenberg (Chamber of Commerce; reporting in the absence of Rick Lemmo and Susan Payne).  March 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm will be the ribbon cutting for Kay n Dave’s.  On April 21st there will be a Healthy Kids Fair at Simon Meadow at Temescal Canyon and Sunset Blvd.

8.4.3.    Maryam Zar (AYSO; reporting in the absence of Janet Anderson).  Janet attended the recent meeting about the VA and said they are building 140 new housing units, and will break ground on McArthur field in 2019 for planned female homeless veteran housing. A contractor has been awarded, though a service provider has not. A Safe Parking LA pilot program is also underway for designated West LA VA parking lots. Private money has been offered, and CM Bonin has also offered to help fund the program. They are also working on the Purple line.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore – Not present.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 Field Deputy, Lisa Cahill.

Lisa reported:  Bonin wrote an Op Ed about homelessness. Potrero Canyon plans are virtually finished. Urban Forestry issues: there is a master plan and Cahill is integrating plans with the Palisades park planting. Quimby Funds that were taken from the Palisades and Rustic Canyon Parks and diverted to the Venice Pier will be restored. Gil Dembo asked for the PPCC to remain informed about this. Sue Pascoe was thanked for writing the article that held the City responsible for diverting funds. David Card invited Lisa Cahill to visit Palisades Beautiful meetings. Lou Kamer has been working with Palisades Beautiful to re-plant trees. Palisades Beautiful is revising its tree list and plants trees. Urban Forestry’s tree list is also being revised. Tree People also has a list of trees.

8.5.3.    Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Stephanie Cohen, District Director.

Stephanie reported:  Environment – storm water infrastructure and capture should be in front of the County Board of Supervisors by next Spring. Open Space – Measure A – 17 acres of mountain range were purchased. County 69 Bravo was purchased in the Topanga area to facilitate first responder assembly and coordination during emergencies. Cannabis is illegal in all unincorporated areas. Working on cannabis regulation. LGBT/Youth in the Foster Care system bill was passed. Measure H passed last year, funds have just been collected from July 2017 to the present. House LA – CD11 & CD5, incentives to participate in Section 8 development. There is money available to improve properties. Stephanie is in the process of hiring a new field deputy.

8.5.4.   Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner – Not present.

8.5.5.   Department of Water and Power Community Affairs, Deborah Hong – introduction.

Ms. Hong is the Westside territory representative. She noted that DWP is very large. No planned construction is planned at this time. For routine maintenance, please contact Ms. Hong. DWP will notify neighborhoods for street closures for planned construction; however, routine maintenance is not noticed in advance. Gilbert Dembo stated he does not want to see more temporary pole tops. Lou Kamer stated that 12 Pali High students want to do an art project on the bottom of the pole top at Pali High. Richard Cohen noted that PPCC has taken no position on this art project proposal.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Scott Sale, Safe Parking LA.

Safe Parking LA is an independent 501(c)(3).  The Green Street program makes it possible for homeless living in their cars not to be ticketed in certain designated areas. Safe Parking takes a humane approach in addressing homeless people living in their cars. Safe Parking uses parking lots for overnight parking and keeps the parking lot safe for patrons. Safe Parking provides a security guard; sanitation (locked portable); and case management. Safe Parking has been very successful in the Cities of Santa Barbara and San Diego with no incidents. Safe Parking is interested in church and commercial parking lots.

11.2.    Patrick Frank, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight – Not present; deferred.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00pm.

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MINUTES FOR MARCH 22nd 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, Reza Akef, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Rick Lemmo (left seat during Item 10.1 below), Andy Frew, Bruce Schwartz

Voting Alternates:  Jody Margulies, Jim Kirtley, Susan Payne (took seat only during Item 10.1 below)

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Susan Payne (except as noted above), Amir Ebtehadj

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Rick Mills read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of March 8, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 4/12/18 and 4/26/18.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $41,095.98 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting. Chair asked if Richard could report with more detail on transactions. Richard replied that he could do that and would do so if instructed but most people find such level of detail boring. He regularly reports any significant transactions, such as the insurance premium payment reported at the last meeting. He also provides the annual detailed report on the Council’s finances at the end of June as required by the bylaws, but would report more frequently with greater detail if the Chair requests it. 

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Diane Bleak, resident:   She is concerned regarding what happened at the last LUC meeting (which she was unable to attend due to work demands), based on a report in the Palisadian Post. She believes, based upon the statements attributed to an LUC member in that article, that there are developers on the LUC who have conflicts of interest. Reza Akef stated that he is the developer on the LUC and was at the LUC meeting; that the Post’s reporting was incorrect; and that he disputed the characterization of what occurred. Chair stated that she would speak with the Executive Committee about these concerns and stressed that PPCC provides a forum and wants to hear from residents.

7.2.    Marge Gold, resident:  Yarn bombing will take place on the Village Green tomorrow starting on 8am.

7.3.    Public comment related to the Caruso Palisades Village update (comments heard after conclusion of Item 10.1 below; Michael Gazzano not present):

1) Ted Weitz, nearby resident, passed out different plans which he said showed that what is being built is different from what was originally depicted on plans provided by Caruso.  He stated that Caruso promised a 9 ft. landscaping barrier between the building and street on the north end; according to Ted this hasn’t occurred and he also expressed concern about the location of transformers. Chair asked if he has gone to the City with his concerns. Ted said he has gone to DWP who told him these were Caruso’s choices.

2) Richard Cohen (Treasurer) responded that Ted had raised these questions at the recent meeting with Caruso for supporters and nearby residents, and that Caruso had publicly responded that DWP had advised Caruso that the transformers had to be in this location.  Richard related that Caruso also had explained that they made changes over the months to take into account Ted’s concerns and that the area may look bare now but there will be landscaping and the planting will grow.

3) Jay Rosenthal, nearby resident, explained that he walks the area 2-4 times a day and it seems to him there is at least 9 ft. of landscaping barrier.

4) Donna Vaccarino, resident and architect, stated that the project has been permitted but as an architect she has reviewed renderings and has noticed that some of the buildings seem to have changes from what was on the plans, which she described.

5) Len Nguyen, CD11 Planning Deputy, stated that if there are concerns about exceeding or not following plans, the plans are on file and concerns can be submitted to Building & Safety.  There is a building inspector assigned to the project and the approved plans are on site.  If anyone needs to find out how to have concerns addressed Len will help them with the process so they can have the inspector verify whether plans are being followed.

6) Lou Kamer (At Large rep) stated that he has worked with both sides and welcomes the project, but it is a big transformation from a little village and there has been a struggle with communication.  He hopes the new website feature will allay fears and answer questions.

7) Sue Kohl (Area 5 rep) commented that she takes issue with the suggestion of any communication problems; she doesn’t know anyone who could name a developer who would do more outreach than Caruso has.  She stated that Michael Gazzano has given out his phone number and email for the last few years to anyone who wanted to speak to him. Caruso owns this development and there is some proprietary information that we are not privy to and we cannot obtain that.

8) Gil Dembo (TCA) commented that this is a dynamic project; it is not set in stone; there will be continual changes and tweaks to make it work.

9) Chair asked Sue Kohl about parking efforts.  Sue explained that preferential parking districts (PPD) are being established; they are well on the way.  Permit parking will not be on the streets that didn’t want it.  This had to be requested by residents.  8-10 blocks had residents who wanted preferential parking.  Most petitions were accepted but some are still being worked on.  It is a complicated, long process. Signatures from 80% of all addresses are required on those blocks and not all could get the required number  to sign petitions.  The streets getting permit parking status (i.e., located in the one approved PPD so far): Albright, Monument, Embury, Via de la Paz, and a couple of short nearby streets (Charm Acres).  Sue explained that parking was a problem in residential streets even before Caruso project because employees already would park there.  Caruso has said at PPCC meetings and other community meetings that he will provide parking for all his employees, but we don’t know what the impacts on residential streets will be at this point.  Sue is still working on the PPDs but this may take a while. She will try to put together a report with the Chair. Len Nguyen reported that residents interested in setting up a PPD can email ladot.prefparking@lacity.org.  Emails will go to the preferential parking unit and an analyst will respond.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    The Nominating Committee for the upcoming officers election has been appointed.  The members are: Dick Wulliger, Committee Chair; Danielle Samulon; Sarah Conner, Rick Mills; Alan Goldsmith.  Dick Wulliger asked everyone to let the Committee know if anyone is interested or knows of someone else interested in an Officer position.

8.1.2.    Before her term is up, Chair will appoint the Election Committee for the Elected Representatives Election.  She wants to aggregate comments for election improvements and will refer the matter to the Bylaws Committee.

8.1.3.    Chair and George Wolfberg spoke at the recent memorial for Kurt Toppel.  There were several former PPCC Chairs in the room. A good showing was made for PPCC at the memorial.

8.1.4.    The Brentwood community will be doing something similar to our safety meeting.

8.1.5.    Regarding the LUC and the Eldercare Facility, Chair will be speaking with LUC Chair Howard Robinson regarding the nuances of our position and writing a possible additional letter.  She will also be addressing the issue of an even-numbered committee.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair).  George reported that he had accompanied Golden Sparkplug winner Debbie Warfel to a meeting at Senator Kamala Harris’ West LA Office regarding commercial aircraft noise issues in our community.  The Senator’s staff is aware of complaints from West Adams residents as well as residents in Lake Arrowhead, Benedict Canyon, Culver City and more.  It was discovered that Sen. Harris did not receive the emails regarding our aircraft noise nor the files from Senator Boxer.  George and Debbie spent about a day recreating the missing information to bring Senator Harris’ Southern California Deputy Director up to date.

8.2.2.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).  Chris reported that a supermajority of 11 WRAC member councils have passed motions opposing SB 827. Maryam Zar, WRAC Vice-Chair and Acting Chair in the WRAC Chair’s absence, has submitted a WRAC position letter to the Council Rules Committee, indicating WRAC’s strong opposition to the bill and support for a Council resolution in opposition to SB 827 proposed by Councilmember Ryu, which will be heard in committee tomorrow. The WRAC letter is on the PPCC website. http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WRAC-supermajority-Letter-SB-827.pdf.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.   Lou Kamer (At Large).  Lou announced that the parade will have new website as of April 1. PAPA needs volunteers desperately.  They will be doing community floats from all areas. RING may be sponsoring. A special CERT training is being organized through the LAFD for the Palisades and Lou is looking at dates and venues. This will be for 7 weeks, 1 night a week. 30 people are interested so far. The most recent previous CERT training had taken place in Brentwood at Revere.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jody Margulies (Optimists Club).  Reporting in the absence of David Card (American Legion), Jody announced that there is a Spring Egg Hunt and Crafters Faire at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center on March 31, 10-2pm, admission free.

8.4.2.    Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce).  Rick reported that there will be a new event on April 21st, with the Chamber and the YMCA working together on Health and Family Fitness.  It will be held at Simon Meadow. Susan Payne:  RING will open a pop up store and is one of the safety sponsors of the Health and Fitness event. Rick also announced that the Chamber is being remodeled, with completion expected the 1st week of May.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore.  Officer Moore reported that Palisades crime as a whole is down 31%, but vehicle break-ins are up 6%. Lots of these break-ins involve people from outside the Palisades coming in for hiking and other activities and then being victimized. Please email Officer Moore with any questions.

8.5.2.    Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner – Not present.

8.5.3.    Councilmember Mike Bonin, Planning Deputy Len Nguyen.  Len reported that the Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance will be heard in PLUM on March 27.  The Chair thanked Len for attending the meeting and imparting valuable information during discussion of other items.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.    Amir Eptehadj (Youth Advisor).  Amir stated that Pali High had a march/walkout on March 14, with over 2000 students marching off campus, going up Bowdoin and going back to campus. He thanked everyone for their support. Councilmember Bonin, Allison Holdorff Pohlhill and Maryam Zar attended the event. They held voter registration, and over 200 students registered to vote. This past Tuesday, the Palisades Ambassadors were recognized by Mike Bonin at the LA City Council and received a commendation certificate from the City. “Footloose”, the Spring Musical, is playing at Pali High the weekend of April 6th, 8th and 13th-14th.   Rick Mills: Since Pali is raising funds to increase security, how can people contribute? Amir: There is a committee to address security concerns and there is a fundraising project on campus. Visit www.palihigh.org; information is on the main page of the website. Regarding the March 24 rally downtown: Pali High doesn’t have a group going but individuals will be attending. As to the status of college acceptances, the Valedictorian will be attending Yale and there were acceptances at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, UCLA and USC, among others. Many Pali seniors will be attending prestigious universities in the fall. Amir encouraged the board that if anyone has an event with volunteer opportunities, please contact Amir for volunteers.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    LUC (Sarah Conner, Vice-Chair, reporting in the absence of Howard Robinson, Chair).  Report and recap of meeting held on 3/13/18.  Sarah stated that coverage of the meeting was in the News and Post.  The LUC looked at the issue of the Eldercare Facility again, applying the Coastal Act and Regional Interpretive Guidelines.  A motion for the LUC to recommend that the PPCC board take up the matter of the building’s height violating Coastal requirements failed by a vote of 3 to 5. The appeal will be heard on April 18 at 4pm at the Henry Medina center in West LA.

9.2.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC Sue Kohl & David Kaplan, Co-Chairs).  Update and introduction by Sue Kohl (in David Kaplan’s absence) of the Caruso Palisades Village presentation.  Sue introduced Michael Gazzano, Vice President of Caruso.  He was invited in January to come to a meeting in the spring to give an update.  Last month Rick Caruso himself gave an update on the project to immediate neighbors and supporters. Michael is now here as promised. The Caruso team has received questions that were recently posted on Nextdoor and is gathering information in response to be put on the website. Residents will be able to visit palisadesvillageca.com, scroll down to project updates, and will get answers to most if not all of the questions posed. Interested persons can also ask further questions by hitting the contact button and someone from the Caruso team will reply. (See Item 10.1 below.)

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Caruso Palisades Village Update.  Chair announced that this will be an update only, not discussion or Q&A; she apologized for the agenda description. There will be an interactive feature online to address questions, which will be launched tomorrow.

Michael Gazzano then gave his update regarding three topics:

1) Grand opening date:  The Caruso team and tenants are very excited as we are today 6 months from the opening. The shops will be open for business on Saturday, September 22.

2) Construction updates:  Michael showed a Power Point and video depicting progress of construction throughout the project. The theater tenant is already onsite doing build-out of the interior of the movie theater. There will be 5 auditoriums, less than 300 seats total. These will be more like screening rooms, with 25-60 seats in each room, reclining chairs, food, drinks and first-run movies. The facility will be called the Bay Theater. Framing of all buildings is continuing; tenants will soon be coming on site to build out their spaces. Amazon Books will be on the corner of Sunset and Swarthmore. Michael also showed renderings depicting that the park space will be part of the project.

3) Tenant recap (to date):

Bay Theatre, Cinepolis, Vintage Grocers, Amazon Books

McConnell’s Ice Cream, Al Forte, SunLife Organics, General Porpoise, edo little bites, Sweet Laurel Bakery

Max-Bone, Zimmermann, Towne by Elyse Walker, Jennifer Meyer, Carbon38, Botanica Bazaar, The Little Market

Michael described the nature of the tenants’ businesses. He explained that many have connections to the Palisades and they are excited to be located here.

Regarding alcohol applications: Michael advised that there have been three so far; a number of restaurants are coming soon; eight in total were approved by the City.

Questions and answers will be on the website, palisadesvillageca.com, this weekend.  The new website will have an extended FAQ.  This is intended so that there are no misinterpretations. Residents can also submit additional questions directly on the website, or they can email questions to Michael at mgazzano@caruso.com.

Chair asked about security.  Michael responded that Caruso takes security very seriously and hires the best of the best; he said that the new head of security is phenomenal. The project will have many security cameras. Caruso will also have trained uniformed officers 24/7 and also plainclothes officers throughout.

Chair concluded by stating that we have the VPCLC to keep tabs on the construction phase.  This committee was to be in place through the construction. After September we will think about a possible new committee. The review period for the project is over and hearings were held, construction is underway. This body won’t undertake further review. Chair has conveyed her own concerns and had them addressed.  (Public Comment related to the update then took place after Michael left the meeting; see Item 7.3 above.)

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Patrick Frank, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight – Deferred to 4/26.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm.

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MINUTES FOR APRIL 12th 2018

Minutes taken by George Wolfberg

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg (acting Secretary), Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, Janet Anderson, Sarah Conner, Peter Culhane, Gil Dembo, Andy Frew, Lou Kamer, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Cathy Russell, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Leah Cox, Alan Goldsmith, Andrew Sacks, Andrew Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  The Chair read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of March 22, 2018 were deemed approved.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 4/26/18, 5/10/18.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported as follows:

“Our bank balance is $40,052 and since the last meeting we paid the premium for renewal of our general liability insurance which cost $965 vs. $799 last year.

“At the top is last year’s report to meet the Chair’s request for a review of the period of her incumbency. Since our reporting year per the Bylaws begins June 1st, last year’s number began at that date.

“As you can see, last year we increased our funds overall by $3,533. However we had an operating loss of $3,285. The difference was due to the unusually successful Holiday Gala which netted $6,818. Additionally, my employer made a gift of $2,000 to PPCC.

“Turning to this year…

“The first thing to note is that regular contributions are a pathetic $132

“Insurance cost has increased by about $300 vs. last year

“Our operating expenses so far are just over $4,000 and will go somewhat higher through year-end

“The Gala result is our one bright spot contributing almost $4,700.

“As a result of all of this our accumulated funds are up about $600 year to date.

“Note: this is just a partial year. Tax preparation fees and other expenses will likely be incurred.

“General thoughts:

“We used to raise about $2,000 with individual membership contributions from the community and this amount was sufficient to run the Council. Since we no longer send a newsletter with an envelope this revenue has disappeared. Also, expenses are about double now due to rising insurance and data costs. We need to discuss the revenue issue. We are now entirely reliant upon the Gala and associated tribute book.   I think that this is risky for several reasons among which are the tremendous amount of work involved and the possibility that it will become impractical due to a lack of venue or other unknown factors. These issues should be addressed in the coming year. Fortunately our accumulated funds give us some breathing room.”

Richard indicated that there will be some expense to initiate the “per person” voting scheme which replaces the old one-vote-per-household system. A robust discussion ensued regarding the source of funds and options available to an organization that does not charge dues. Alan Goldsmith suggested that shirts, caps and other paraphernalia be sold at the car show and 4th of July, for example, and maybe a table at Farmers Market.

(See attached report for the financial details.)

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Robert Flick complained PPCC Board member and Officer attendance of an event held at the Woman’s Club sponsored by Rony Shram for supporters of the proposed eldercare center at 1525 Palisades Dr. which was attended by two or three board members in their private capacity.  Diane Bleak added that persons were transported to the event from the Highlands and that she had been prevented from attending meetings of the Highlands Presidents Council.  Maryam explained that board members have a private voice, and in that capacity, are free to attend any public meeting.  She made clear that any PPCC policy is only approved by a vote of the Board members at a duly announced meeting.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    We are expecting a briefing from LA County Beaches and Harbors on both the bus turn-aorund planned for the County lot at the bottom of Sunset (and PCH) as well as beach access restriction concern that has been brought up before.

8.1.2.    Committee Announcements.

8.1.2.a.     Mobility & Safety Committee.  The Chair appointed Lou Kamer as a committee of one and requested he search out and recommend possible members for appointment to the new Committee.

8.1.2.b.    Committee of Elders.  The Chair has appointed former Chairs Janet Turner, Joan Graves and Barbara Kohn to be a resource to the Chair.

8.1.3.    Palisades Ambassadors Recognition.  These volunteers from Palisades High have been very helpful and they have been recognized by the City Councilman. Does the PPCC also want to recognize their volunteer service to the community with certificates of recognition? The Chair explained that she’s talked to Palisades High School Principal and CM Bonin, and they are happy to sign the certificates along with PPCC Chair and Vice-Chair, to recognize the graduating Seniors among the Ambassadors. The board indicated an eagerness to support this idea. Some board members raised their hands to vote for a motion, but the Treasurer suggested a “sense of the board” which the Chair affirmed she had gotten in the positive.

8.1.4.    1525 N. Palisades Drive Project.  See letter submitted to the West LA Area Planning Commission prior to the 4/18 hearing, attached.

8.1.5.    Issues being referred to the Bylaws Committee.  See letter from Chair, attached.  George Wolfberg encouraged all parties to submit suggestions for consideration by the Bylaws Committee.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair) gave a detailed report regarding yesterday’s PCH Task Force Meeting in Malibu:

Tim Harter is leaving Assemblyman Bloom’s office to take the position of Government Relations Director for the Byrd scooters.

PPCC Transportation Advisor Patti Post and George met last week in Calabasas with Senator Stern’s deputy Jeremy Wolf who will be the lead person going forward with Tim Harter’s moving on and Lila Kalaf of Senator Allen’s office on extended leave. Jeremy took many notes in our meeting and Patti and George were pleased to see that he had engaged an intern to take notes of yesterday’s task force meeting in Malibu.

The state legislature is looking at creating four pilot projects (two in Northern California and two in Southern California) to develop congestion pricing concepts. Also, there is preliminary consideration of legislation to penalize texting while walking in the street.

CHP. The Highway Patrol is making distracted driving a point of emphasis. A distracted driving handout was distributed.

Chautauqua at PCH.  Caltrans expects the new traffic directional signs to be delivered this month with installation probably sometime in May or June.

Malibu Signal Synchronization (12 signals between Topanga Canyon and John Tyler).  Project in preliminary design phase.

Santa Monica Pier Bridge.  EIR comment period is closed—many comments received. May delay project past current estimated completion date of 2020

Pier Parking Lot Stormwater project.  The spoils from the big dig are being spread along the beach with Coastal Commission approval.

Potrero Canyon Park.  Lisa Cahill reported that construction of the rough grading phase of the project is expected to start in the summer with an estimated 14 months of work.

Office of Traffic Safety Grant.  Project is moving along on many fronts led by consultant Pat Hines. On April 29 Pat will be present at the Palisades Farmers Market. Expect interactive maps of where accidents are happening, the opportunity to blend your own smoothie on a blender bike and more. Other issues: parents are teaching their children potentially fatal habits by not stopping at stop signs. People with little or no bike riding experience, are renting electric bicycles and riding at 30 miles per hour on the coast highway — another recipe for disaster.

Camping Vehicles along the Highway.  These are prohibited in Malibu and (overnight) in Los Angeles. Enterprising entrepreneurs are fixing up old campers for homeless people and others. Some vendors are renting RVs in a manner similar to Airbnb rentals. Coastal Commission, so far, thinks this is a splendid idea. By the way, Sharon Kilbride and George requested replacement of the defaced “No Overnight Parking” signs near Gladstones and police are again enforcing these restrictions.

Bus turnaround.  Speaking of Gladstones, Patti Post called out the County to be mindful of the provision in the RFP for a new restaurant to allow a “turnaround” for buses and the message was acknowledged by Supervisor Kuehl’s representative. Patti and Maryam Zar will continue to press the County to put the turnaround in place as soon as possible, but implementation is likely many years away.

Highway Service Patrol initiative.   LA Metro has operated a very successful Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) for many years. The City of Malibu and Supervisor’s Kuehl’s approached Metro to see if such a service could be tried on PCH. Since PCH is a highway, not a freeway, some adjustments to the program would be necessary. Also, the FSP has been capped for years, but SB1 could provide additional funding to add another corridor.   Under SB1, Metro would fund 80% of the program costs, with the remaining 20% provided by local sources.

The Task Force was given a PowerPoint presentation by a Metro consultant on the possibility of extending the service to PCH to scoop up vehicles in distress, change a tire, and provide a jumpstart or a free gallon of gasoline. Providing those services could reduce the time that disabled vehicles block lanes and thereby reduce congestion and frustration.

After many slides, the presenter concluded that, although not a freeway, PCH would meet minimum criteria of traffic levels to qualify for this service at selected hours. Issues included where to haul off nonoperable vehicles, how to coordinate among all the law enforcement agencies, long distances to cover and, of course, where to get the 20% balance of the cost. Senator Kuehl’s office was amenable to provide any funding not coming from Malibu or SB1. Stand by! Even with all agencies cooperating, it is likely to take at least a year to get a demonstration started.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg also reported that he and David Card along with Lisa Cahill from Councilman Bonin’s office attended the Rec and Parks Commission meeting last week to observe Joe Halper in action (he had to run a subcommittee without the absent chair and did a fine job). George and David also wanted to see the Potrero project actually take some baby steps. David gave an excellent presentation advocating for the City to let the second contract for landscaping as soon as possible so the many plants, especially in one gallon containers, can be purchased now and have at least a year’s growth before planting. This first contract is only for rough grading with a second finishing contract to come later. David also cautioned that the plant list needs to be carefully reviewed to avoid any possibility of monoculture mistakes because of limited diversity and to reflect possible global warming impact of some of the selected plantings.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Peter Culhane (Area 2 Representative) attended Planning 101 (noticed by the Chair since Peter Culhane had to leave at 8pm.  Alan Goldsmith served the remainder of the meeting in his stead).

8.3.2.    Kelly Comras (Area 1 Second Alternate) stressed the importance of the Bus turnaround at the Gladstones location.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Gil Dembo (TCA) stated that he had inspected Potrero Canyon last week with Lisa Cahill along with George Wolfberg and David Card.

8.4.2.    Dick Wulliger (Historical Society) reported that applications for Chief of Police have come in from throughout the world and the plan is to identify the top three contenders for consideration by the Mayor.

8.4.3.    Sarah Conner (PPRA) reported that her organization had sent a letter to the West LA Area Planning Commission in opposition to the 1525 Palisades Drive proposed development of an eldercare center.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore — Not present, no report.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11.

Field Deputy Lisa Cahill stated that they are investigating two houses under construction on Will Rogers Park Rd. to determine whether it is possible to save trees on the sites.  Porto Marina Way is being repaved. Residents are urged to report issues with Via De Las Olas to 3-1-1.  Finally, residents in Brentwood are forming a homeless task force modeled after the successful organization in Pacific Palisades.

8.5.3.  Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner.

Janet reported that the current VA Master Plan implementation through an incremental process of separate RFPs is not working and the VA will be advertising for a master developer for the entire VA campus with a hearing scheduled for April 26 at the VA Hospital.  See announcement and letter of support from Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Lieu, at http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/West-LA-VA-Campus-Implementation-letter-and-hearing-announcement.pdf.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.     The Riviera Country Club.

The Riviera Country Club (RCC).  Andrew Wolfberg, Area 8 Second Alternate, indicated that RCC has a service/maintenance entrance at the end of Longworth Avenue which is seeing possible construction/improvements, causing great concern to nearby Polo Field residents. Laurie Kraus [resident] lives on Longworth near the gate and is concerned that RCC may be converting the gate to an entrance for club patrons/tennis players who now drive in at the main entrance on Capri. She has gathered 90 signatures from neighbors in three days. She is concerned about traffic safety and especially lack of outreach from RCC. She believes there should be a study of traffic impacts and requests notice of environmental and traffic studies. 

Reza Akef, Area 8 Representative, expressed concern about serial or incremental permits which may avoid environmental study; vague security booth with circular driveway, a possible complete remodel via Title 24 permits and a 2017 grading pre-inspection, expansion of multipurpose room and basement and removal of a tennis court for a possible parking lot. (See permits obtained by Len Nguyen at http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/125020capri20permits.pdf.)

Kelly Comras wondered about notice to neighbors and whether such piecemeal permitting was legal.  An audience member stated that the tennis courts were being accessed from Longworth 100% of the time.

Donald Emery, the RCC general manager, responded.  The Riviera used to own the polo fields. There are several issues with the Longworth Gate area including pavement, an aging sewer line and a bridge that need strengthening. There is no expansion in this area, in fact a reduction of one tennis court and a new part time security hut so there will be safer access for patrons walking to the courts or who live in the polo fields area and would like to avoid driving up to Capri. The gate will be used by staff at tournaments and Revere students coming to play tennis. He denied the gate is for new access. He did not know if there would be an increase in traffic on Longworth.

Richard Cohen asserted that there should be no increase in traffic.  Lisa Cahill stated that the entire CD11 planning team is looking into the issue. Another neighbor complained that Big Rigs arrive at 4 AM in the morning with no advance notice disrupting the tranquility of the neighborhood. Sarah Conner requested a copy of the CUP. David Kaplan asked what steps would be taken to keep gate usage as it has been historically. Lou Kamer stated that Longworth is on the “Safe Routes to School” map and safety is a matter of concern.

Mr. Emery stated that he would bring the stated concerns to his management. He was asked to return and urged to open a dialog with the community. He pledged that he would.

See PPCC Letter re Riviera (sent to the Council District, prior to the meeting), attached.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:10 pm.

(Attachments begin on next page.)

ATTACHMENTS:

ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer’s Report – Richard G. Cohen as of April 12, 2018
Report June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Balance 6/1/2016 35,944
Balance 5/31/2017 39,477
Increase in Funds 3,533$ <
Regular Contributions (includes $2,000 from MS) 2,536
Operating Expenses
Rent 1,026
Insurance 1,315
Data and Election Related 2,399
Tax Prep 275
Misc 806
Total Operating Expenses 5,821
Operating Loss * -3,285
Dinner & Tribute Revenue 15,706
Event Costs 8,888
Event Profit * 6,818
Increase in Funds Last Year 3,533$ <
Report June 1, 2017 – April 10, 2018 Fiscal Year-to-Date (1)
Balance 6/1/2017 39,447
Balance 4/12/2018 40,052
Increase in Funds This Term 605$ <
Regular Contributions 132
PAPA Donation 1,150
Rent 810
Insurance 1,593
Mailchimp 255
Chamber Event Tickets 300
Safety Event 97
Misc 0
Total Operating Expenses 4,205
Operating Loss * -4,073
Dinner & Tribute Revenue 13,320
Event Costs 8,642
Event Profit * 4,678
Increase in Funds Fiscal Y-T-D 605$ <
Total increase in funds since June 1, 2016 4,138
(1) – Partial year. Tax prep and other expenses will be incurred through end of year.
* – PPCC is a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 corporation and as such does not have “profit” or “loss”.
These terms are used as substitutes for “revenues in excess of expenses” or the reverse.

ITEM 8.1.4 — Letter to West LA Area Planning Commission regarding 1525 Palisades Drive

April 10, 2018

Esther Margulies, President
West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Henry Medina WLA Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 W. Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Re:       1525 Palisades Drive, Proposed Eldercare Facility

Case No. ZA-2017-2170-ELD-CDP-SPR and ENV-2017-2171-CE

On November 2, 2017, I wrote to inform the Zoning Administrator (ZA) of the PPCC Board’s motion regarding the eldercare facility proposed for 1525 Palisades Drive, Pacific Palisades (Property) pursuant to the above-referenced Case (Eldercare Project).

As a recap, on October 26, 2017, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) Land Use Committee considered the Eldercare Project and produced an advisory opinion to the PPCC Board that the Eldercare Project was an appropriate use for the Property. The full board of the PPCC then discussed the matter and passed the motion below, after hearing presentation from both sides and listening to testimony from residents.

PPCC finds that the proposed eldercare facility is an appropriate use. We note community concerns about height, safety, access, noise, disruption and proximity to zoned open space. The developer assures us that the Palisades Dr. driveway will be modified to exit only. Further, the developer assures us that he will be responsive to complaints about outdoor light.

Since that time, questions have been raised as to the breadth of the PPCC’s finding and the extent of the affirmation the finding conveyed with respect to the Eldercare Project. In the interest of full and complete communication, I now offer the following additional comments, which are intended to clarify and contextualize the PPCC Board’s action.

  • With its motion, the Board intended to say only that we thought an eldercare facility was an appropriate land use at the Property. The finding was limited to the appropriateness of the use. The motion was not intended either to imply support for the design of the proposed building or to address the question of whether the Eldercare Project was in conformity with the California Coastal Act or applicable City of Los Angeles regulations including the required findings for approval of a Coastal Development Permit (LAMC 20.2) or Site Plan Review (LAMC 15.05).
  • The Board declined to consider, or make any determination, about the Eldercare Project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and whether or not the City acted properly in June, 2017 when it determined the project was categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. The Board made this decision after making clear that we lacked the requisite knowledge and expertise to engage in a well-informed debate on this aspect of the project.
  • The Board and its Land Use Committee, in aggregate, spent approximately three hours on October 26, 2017 hearing from local residents and deliberating the Board’s position on the Eldercare Project. In its adopted motion, the Board noted “community concerns about height, safety, access, noise, disruption and proximity to zoned open space.” A large number of residents attended these meetings to express their support or opposition, indicating an extreme level of community engagement in this issue. Our intent in noting the areas of concern in our motion was to communicate the types of concerns expressed by many residents, to City decision makers.
  • In our letter to the ZA, we noted that the developer acknowledged community concerns with respect to the height and scale of the building at the October 26, 2017 meeting, and made a verbal commitment to be mindful of those concerns. Our intent in making these statements was to bring the primary scope of community feedback to the attention of the City decision-makers, in case they had relevance in the ZA crafting of conditions or requirements for the Eldercare Project, should it be approved.
  • The PPCC Guiding Principles state in part, that “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.” These principals were drafted purposefully, and are found in our Bylaws. Without expressly stating this in each of our positions, we incorporate them by inference and insist that all laws be scrupulously applied. The Guiding Principles also include, by inference, all applicable State and local laws and regulations affecting development in the Coastal Zone.

It is my hope that this letter helps clarify the limited scope of the finding adopted by PPCC, i.e., that the Eldercare Project would be an appropriate use, and that it assists the West LA Area Planning Commission in its evaluation of appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s January 26, 2018 decision regarding the Case.

Sincerely,

Maryam Zar,
Chair, Pacific Palisades Community Council

ITEM 8.1.5 – Bylaws Suggestion from Chair

PPCC Bylaws referral issues; April 12, 2018; Submitted by the Chair

For consideration by Bylaws Committee, and findings advised to the board by May 24, 2018.

Election related issues:

Independent oversight/administration of elections
In NC elections, ballot counting and certification is done by an independent office (The City Clerk), not the individual councils. It can be perceptually damaging when our elections are administered by board members and individuals who at times have been very vocal about their preferences for people and issues that have impacted the board. Perceptions can be just as important as conduct when it comes to maintaining the public trust. When candidates have clearly been preferred by the counters, there is a perception of impartiality and a question of conflict that must be addressed. The election Committee can be made of board members – preferably those whose positions on issues and candidates are not obvious – but those tasked with tallying the vote must be independent and unconnected to the outcome of the vote.

Suggestion for Consideration: to appoint the non-voting legal advisor as the Chairman of the election committee, with the final authority over the appearance of the ballot, which ballots are disqualified, and the final certification/count.

PPCC Logo on Campaign Materials
Just as using the city seal on campaign materials is a disqualifying offense in NC elections, using the PPCC logo on campaign materials should be expressly prohibited in the Bylaws. This could be interpreted as a Council’s endorsement of the candidate.

Multi-modal Voting
Paper ballots must be preserved for those who do not feel comfortable with digital ballots. Voters should not be dissuaded from voting one way or another by members of the EC. Voters should not, for example, approach the Farmers Market table ready to vote and then be told it is preferable that they vote online.

Release of Results
Full results of the election, including vote totals should released publicly, all at once, when available.

Alternates Process
The same people (or substantially the same people) may not administer the elections and also be the ones who nominate the Alternates. This creates a tension whereby a candidate cannot challenge the EC’s conduct during the campaign, or the results of the election, without fearing retaliation during the Alternate selection process.

Suggestion 1: Having the newly elected Rep nominate their alternates, and then have them confirmed by the council voting members at a subsequent meeting.

Suggestion 1: Having a second place finisher (within a certain vote differential) automatically qualified as the 2nd Alternate.

Non election related matters:

Recording or live broadcast of Proceedings
All PPCC meetings or committee meetings shall be audio recorded and made available to the public via the PPCC website.

Justification: The majority of Palisades residents do not choose to attend meetings unless there is an issue that interests them. There are other residents who do not want to attend full meetings but would be interested in what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf.

The minutes of the board meetings are broad and do not represent the complete discussions or supporting material that makes up board votes.  Additionally, there have been multiple instances where both board members and participants have said things that are later contested or argued. This amendment would eliminate this unnecessary conflict and make everyone accountable.

Most modern public organizations and representative bodies make their proceedings available live or via online archive. The PPCC is no different and should be accessible to the public it serves in as many venues as possible, in keeping with the times, to fulfill its mission and remain relevant to the Palisades constituency.

The technical requirements to fulfill this responsibility is simple and free.

Statements of Conflict of Interest
The PPCC board consists of residents with broad professional experience and, in some cases, influential connections. These resources are invaluable when discussing particular subjects or motions before the board, but they can also give rise to conflicts, or the impression thereof.

Both the Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order outline procedures for conflicts of interest, but do not include a method for board members or the public to systematically and defensibly ask about those conflicts, or a codified manner of addressing them.

A simple form or questionnaire distributed to members at the start of their service outlining their potential and real conflicts of interest through professional or social circles will ensure that the community can review and discover these potential conflicts, and the EC should have a tolerance for community or board members to question those conflicts and the appropriateness of members to serve on committees or vote on matters that may benefit them directly or indirectly. The Chair should be able to be required and able defend his/her appointees frankly and openly.

Term Limits
Consider whether Term Limits should be set for all officer roles. Consider whether term limits should be set for Area representatives. Please advise the pros and cons that were considered.

Other

  1. Obvious interest: Should someone with an obvious interest that is of a controversial nature in our community be allowed on the board, as an organizational member (case currently worthy of highlighting: Rick Lemmo of Caruso Affiliated as well as representing our local Chamber).
  2. Private enrichment: If a Board member accepts an offer to become privately enriched (directly or indirectly) by an entity that has a matter before the board, should that be announced, and that person be prohibited from acting as a board member on that matter (advocating or voting).
  3. Newspaper interface: Letters to the Editor from Board members or Executive Committee members in the PPCC capacity should or should not be affirmed by the Chair? Can the Chair write without affirmation from the EC or a Communications Committee (to be appointed by each Chair)?
  4. Polling: In the modern day, when digital polling is so easy to do, should Area reps be required to show that they’ve reached out to their constituents before voting on a controversial matter.

ITEM 11.1 — Letter Re Riviera Country Club

April 5, 2018

Honorable City Councilman
Mike Bonin
200 N. Spring Street, Suite #475
Los Angeles, CA 90012

RE: Expansion at Riviera Country Club (1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)

Dear Councilmember Bonin,

The Executive Committee of the PPCC expresses our concern regarding the activities of the Riviera Country Club, located adjacent to the Palisades residential neighborhood known as “The Polo Fields”, along the eastern edge of our community (bordering Brentwood).

It has come to our attention that the Riviera Country Club (Riviera) has applied for a string of building permits with the City of Los Angeles which aggregate to represent an apparent expansion of its facilities in Pacific Palisades which may be unlawful. Among them is the expanded use of a gate on Longworth Avenue that has historically been prohibited, we believe pursuant to an agreement made many years ago, for the Riviera to coexist in harmony within the community and with its residential neighbors.

The Riviera has made these applications apparently without alerting the community or surrounding residences. The applications, submitted separately, have eluded scrutiny at the West Los Angeles Planning Department “planning counter” and permits have been granted without the necessary review that the full scope of the plans may merit. We also note that the shift in use will introduce an unknown number of vehicles onto Longworth Drive, which feeds into Allenford Avenue where Paul Revere Middle School lies. This move comes at a time when this community has focused on safety along the Paul Revere corridor, impacting students and residents on a daily basis.

For these reasons, and more, PPCC respectfully asks that your planning staff place a hold on this project until the PPCC Board can take up the matter, and until such a time that Riviera informs us of the full scope of their plans, and its impact on the community.

Thank you and your staff for your assistance with this matter.

Sincerely,

Maryam Zar
Pacific Palisades Community Council
Chair

*This letter is being submitted by the PPCC Executive Committee pursuant to its authority under the PPCC bylaws to act for the board under emergency circumstances when the full board cannot act.  In this case the full board cannot take up the matter until its next regularly scheduled meeting on April 12 and it is imperative that a hold be placed on any activities that may continue or commence before that time.

CC: Len NguyenKrista KlineMichelle Bisnoff

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MINUTES FOR APRIL 26th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Cathy Russell, Lou Kamer, David Card, Bruce Schwartz, Margarita Pagliai

Voting Alternates:  Jim Kirtley, Andrew Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny, Doug McCormick, David Peterson, Barbara Kohn, Susan Payne

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Matthew Rodman, Howard Robinson, Andrew Sacks

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Chris Spitz read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of April 12, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 5/10/18; announcement of Nominating Committee nominees for officer positions. 5/24/18; Chair announced that Stephanie Cohen of Supervisor Kuehl’s office and a representative of Beaches & Harbors will present at the 5/10 meeting, with information as to the beach access and Gladstone’s restaurant replacement matters.  Additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $39,235.88 and that there were two significant transactions: the PO Box renewal and data processing charges. During reconciliation of our bank statement (done monthly) he discovered an outstanding check in payment of our general liability insurance premium. He contacted the agent and was assured that the policy is paid up and in-force and that the problem was due to late deposit by the agent. The treasurer has completed the accounting for this year’s tax reporting which is due 5/15/18. Returns will be signed and filed shortly.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Mr. Flick thanked more than 1500 people who signed an online petition opposing development of the Highlands eldercare facility.  He indicated displeasure with PPCC’s position and testimony individually made by certain Board members at the recent WLA APC appeal hearing.  A discussion ensued regarding what was expressed at the hearing regarding PPCC’s position and testimony by individual Board members.  It was clarified that the PPCC position had been properly and solely presented by LUC Chair Howard Robinson (as delegated by the Chair), and that our bylaws permit Board members to express individual opinions and to identify their PPCC and other affiliations, as long as it is clear they are not speaking for PPCC or misstating the PPCC position. The Chair suggested that the Board may wish to have a discussion in the future as to whether there should be any changes in the rules regarding speech by Board members.

8.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair – None.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.     Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).  Updates on SB 827, Short Term Rentals (Home Sharing) Ordinance and Sidewalk Vending Ordinance. Chris reported:

SB 827:  This is the dangerous “transit oriented density bill” which would eliminate local planning control and is opposed by LA City Council. The bill was killed in the Senate Transportation Committee recently, with Senator Allen voting No; however, it is subject to reconsideration in committee on a date to be determined; we will continue to monitor.

Short Term Rentals (Home-Sharing) Ordinance:  The City Council Housing Committee took this matter up yesterday on a referral from the PLUM Committee with a proposal for a process to allow hosts to exceed the annual cap, but with very limited notice requirements. This was opposed by a supermajority of WRAC members, including PPCC; Chris sent a letter to the Housing Committee on her own behalf indicating this opposition. The Committee yesterday voted to approve the ordinance with the proposed revisions, including the process for so-called “extended use permits.” Right now, the annual cap is proposed for 120 days, but under the revisions hosts can apply after six months for either an administrative permit or a CUP to allow them to exceed the cap. It appears that the only notice requirement for these permits would be to “abutting homeowners” and there doesn’t appear to be a ceiling on the possible extended use.

The Chair noted that PPCC’s position is against legalization of short term rentals, but that if legalization is to occur we insist on stringent rules, including no more than a 90 day annual cap, a provision to take impacted neighbors complaints into account, an a tougher mechanism to permissibly exceed the cap. She asked for the sense of the Board in order to clarify PPCC’s position as it relates to the proposed extended use permits. Board members indicated that consistent with PPCC’s position we should insist that the rules be more stringent; there was general agreement that if the City Council is intent on going forward with a process for extended use permits (as it appears to be), a broader notice requirement (250-500 ft.) should be imposed.

Sidewalk Vending Ordinance:  This draft ordinance had been pending for more than two years and recently went to the full City Council for approval. Previous recommendations had been to allow for an “opt out” process or other procedure whereby the Council offices would receive input from local neighborhoods and/or brick and mortar businesses as to where sidewalk vending should be permitted. At the last minute, a motion was introduced in Council that removed the opt out process; Councilmember Bonin was one of four councilmembers to vote No on this motion, but the motion did pass. The City Attorney has been instructed to draft the ordinance language and we are told that the public will be given thirty days to comment after the draft is finalized. Just a reminder: PPCC’s position is that special vending districts should be created with opt-in procedures for local neighborhoods. Our own BID and Chamber have indicated support either for an opt-in or opt-out process. The vast majority of organizations citywide that have submitted positions to the Council File indicate that they are either opposed to legalization of this activity or favor either an opt-in or opt-out approach. Under the current proposed version, sidewalk vending would be disallowed only under very narrow circumstances such as evidence of public health impacts or the like. Chris noted that the City Council appears to be moving in the direction of SB 946, a bill pending in the State Senate (which PPCC also opposes, by a resolution passed in February 2018; see here). We will monitor developments. The Chair announced that depending on how much time PPCC has in the future, we may revisit this issue again and bring in sidewalk vendors’ point of view.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair).  Recreation & Parks has put out a notice that grading bids for Potrero Canyon are due on May 10, 2018.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At Large Rep).  LADWP is behind on the number of power poles they were supposed to replace. Large metal poles with electrical lines related to the Caruso project (located on Albright) are permanent. Lou asked what is being done in terms of “harmonizing” the south of Sunset Blvd. with the Caruso project. Members of the PRIDE-sponsored committee working on this issue (including Sue Kohl, David Peterson, Chris Spitz and Marge Gold) explained that the committee is discussing a long-term design plan for public areas of the entire Village, including the area south of Sunset. Caruso is underwriting the design team. Chris noted that the effort is consistent with the prior Board discussion and motion passed in 2016. The PRIDE-sponsored committee’s discussions are ongoing; at the appropriate time proposed plans will be presented to PPCC and other Palisades organizations for community input. Major fundraising will be required. Marge reported that the vision is very large and expensive and the entire project is not going to happen in the near future. Board members indicated that harmonizing of the south of Sunset should be a priority; the Chair asked if members of the committee, who are also PPCC Board members would report the status of the committee’s efforts to the PPCC soon. Chris stated she would report this to the committee.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jim Kirtley (YMCA); YMCA/Optimist Club Track Meet. The 46th Annual Youth Track Meet sponsored by the YMCA and Optimist Club will occur on June 6th at the Pali High track from 11am-2:30pm. The event is for kids ages 3-15. Entrance fee $20.

8.4.2.    Richard Wulliger (Historical Society). The inaugural lecture of the Lorraine Oshins Speaker Series will take place on May 2nd at 6:00 pm at Theatre Palisades. The lecture topic will be “Domesticity and Resistance: Women and Activism in Early Cold War Palisades,” with guest speaker Janet Farrell, Palisades resident and Professor of History at Claremont Graduate University.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore – Not in attendance.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, Planning Deputy Len Nguyen. (See Item 10.1 below.)

8.5.3.    Office of Senator Ben Allen, Allison Towle, District Representative.

Allison reported on several bills sponsored by the Senator:  SB 933: bill supporting expanded funding for arts education; SB 936: bill supporting how we allow autonomous vehicles on the road; funds used from greenhouse gas charges to fund money into the conservancies to adapt to climate change; SB 961: bill aimed at financing major transportation projects; SB 934: bill creating violence intervention and prevention grant program. She invited members to contact her with any questions; Mellisa’s contact information is on the PPCC website under Resources/Government Contacts

8.5.4.    Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Melissa Kaufler, Senior Field Representative.

The Assemblymember is sponsoring a bill for the West LA Courthouse to be sold to the City to be a regional homeless center. Melissa reported on the Assemblymember’s other bills:  AB 3124, extending bike racks on articulated buses; AB 2998, removing toxic products from juvenile products; a bill for Arts Council Peer Review – allows peers to review the applications for arts programs; AB 2684, updating the Uniform Parentage Act. The Ellis Act allows residential landlords to go out of business; this is a legal way for landlords to take rent-controlled apartments off the markets.  Contact information for Melissa is on the PPCC website under Resources/Government contacts.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.     Nominating Committee Update (Richard Wulliger, Chair).  The Committee is continuing to consider candidates and will announce its list at the first meeting in May.

9.2.    LUC Update (Howard Robinson, Chair).  (1) The LUC’s next meeting will be on May 7, 2018; (2) Howard presented the PPCC position, as expressed in its letters of November 2, 2017, and April 13, 2018, at the WLA APC hearing of the Highlands eldercare project appeal; he explained what occurred at the hearing and the express basis for the decision to deny the appeal, based on the required standard of review:  the appellants had not presented sufficient evidence of error by the Zoning Administrator.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Riviera Country Club Plans regarding Longworth Gate.  Update, further discussion, possible motion. See Building & Safety Permits for the RCC here.

Don Emery, Riviera Country Club (RCC) General Manager, and Megan Watanabe, Executive Vice-President, were present.  Andrew Wolfberg (Area 8 Alternate) asked for clarification regarding the Longworth Gate. Mr. Emery reported that the RCC is not changing its footprint despite pulling permits. They are replacing an old sewage line, rebuilding a small guard shack and doing electrical work. The security shack will be rebuilt to secure the lower entrance of the Club. Having a guard at the entrance will not materially change the use of the entrance. RCC will control noise and speed of their staff members late at night.

Mr. Embury acknowledged that the RCC’s original CUP dates from the 1920s. Len Nguyen, CD 11 Planning Deputy, stated that his office has been researching the matter and is working with the Planning Dept. and LADBS to obtain information about all relevant permits. Mr. Embury stated that RCC is willing to create a traffic study that the City undertakes. Len Nguyen explained that LADOT will review appropriate traffic implications in the event there is something new. RCC does not have written policies regarding the gate. Neighbors are concerned regarding the use of the gate. Richard Cohen asked if there would be a policy established and published, limiting use of the gate. Mr. Emery relayed that there wouldn’t be. The Chair clarified that there would then be unfettered access to the Longworth gate. Mr. Emery said Riviera will comply with the law and the City’s analysis. Ms. Watanabe suggested that only the tennis members would be inclined to use the Longworth Gate. It was made clear that others could also use the gate. Mr. Emery repeated that RCC will undertake a traffic study and they will make the entrance more secure.

Mr. Emery maintained that he has not received requests from residents on the north (Capri entrance) side to open an additional access at Longworth. He stated that the Longworth Gate is not actively used. David Peterson stated that he felt that RCC should be more forthcoming. Nearby residents Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus, along with other Longworth residents, spoke about their concerns that the project will result in more traffic on their street. Matthew Rodman, a parent leader at Paul Revere who was honored by PPCC for his work to reduce traffic impacts in the area, also expressed concern with possible additional traffic and negative safety impacts in terms of the school.

Andrew Wolfberg made a motion to ask the RCC to (1) provide architectural plans to the neighborhood reps ; (2) allow the community leaders to include neighbor reps on tour of the premises; and 3) work on a policy that could limit the use of the Longworth Gate and communicate and negotiate with the neighbors. Richard Wulliger and Sue Kohl seconded the motion. Howard Robinson made a friendly amendment concerning negotiating in good faith and setting a time deadline which was accepted by Andrew Wolfberg and the Board. The Board asked that these steps be taken within two weeks, understanding that negotiations will begin to take place during that period. It was suggested that Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus be the neighborhood liaisons, and they agreed. Mr. Emery and Ms. Watanabe both indicated that they were supportive of the motion.

The motion was drafted and read by the Chair as follows:

“PPCC notes the legitimate concerns of the neighbors pertaining to the improvements proposed by Riviera Country Club.

“We urge the Riviera Country Club to contact the two neighborhood liaisons, Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus, within the next two weeks, to begin open lines of communication and engage with the neighbors in the following ways:

  1. Provide architectural plans for the contemplated improvements at the Riviera Country Club;
  2. Schedule a tour of the site, aimed at explaining the contemplated improvements, for the neighborhood liaisons and PPCC area representatives; and
  3. Begin to negotiate in good faith, within the same two-week time span, on all aspects of the contemplated improvements.”

A vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

10.2.    Citywide Sign Ordinance.   Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight (http://banbillboardblight.org/) — Deferred due to lack of time.

11.    New Business – None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:11pm.

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MINUTES FOR MAY 10th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg (acting Chair), Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz [acting Secretary], Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, David Card, Bruce Schwartz, Rick Lemmo, Janet Anderson

Voting Alternates:  Sandra Eddy, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Barbara Kohn, Alan Goldsmith, Quentin Fleming, Patti Post, Sharon Kilbride

1.    Certification of Quorum.  George Wolfberg (presiding officer in the absence of Chair Maryam Zar) called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Rick Mills read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of April 26, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 5/24/18 (officer nominations from board members accepted until 15 mins. before scheduled close of meeting; other topics to be announced). 6/14/18 (candidates forum, if needed, and election of officers, 2018-2019 term). 6/28/18 (thanks to outgoing Chair, other officers and Chair/President Emeritus). Additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The acting Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed. However, deference will be given to invited guest presenters/briefers so exact order may not be followed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $38,973.65. He further reported the timely filing of several forms necessary to maintain our status as a compliant not-for-profit (990-N; 199-N; RRF-1). Additionally, the filing of form SI-100 is due by July 31 this year. Since this form names the agent for service of process for PPCC the name and address of the Chair must be provided. Richard will wait until after officer elections and the new Chair’s name is known before filing this form.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.     Marge Gold (resident) announced that there is a movement to spruce up the Palisades in time for the Caruso opening.  There is much work to be done and she suggested people might want to hop on board and help.

7.2.   Diane Bleak (resident) stated that she has two issues: (1) A motorcycle officer hides in blind spots along Palisades Dr. She believes this is safety issue because speeding motorists can’t see the officer.  Officer Rusty Redican replied that drivers are flying down Palisades Dr. and the speed limit is ignored by many people. He explained that motorcycle officers are hiding in order to keep people safe and to catch drivers who are speeding.  (2) She is concerned with the continued use of Roundup in the Highlands.

7.3.    Sue Pascoe (Palisades News) reported about a resident’s concern about the poor conditions in the area of the bathroom at the trailhead at the top of the Highlands.  Peter Culhane, Area 2 Representative, explained that there has been a big mystery with that property, which was previously auctioned off illegally; the matter has been brought to the attention of CD 11; and we are attempting to get to the bottom of it with the appropriate authorities.

7.4.    Leslie Hope (resident) spoke in favor of short term rentals.   She stated that hosts are not responsible for fires or other activity, that not everyone is against short term rentals, and that she limits her guests to one or two people.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair (acting Chair George Wolfberg, presiding).

8.1.1.    Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2018.  Incumbent elected representatives must notify the Chair in writing prior to 6/14/18 (first Board meeting in June) whether or not they will run for re-election to PPCC’s Board. (Bylaws, Attachment A, Sec. 3.D.2). Additional elected representative election information will be forthcoming.

8.1.2.    Riviera CC/Longworth Gate Update.

A tour was scheduled today at Riviera CC for the two neighborhood liaisons and the Area reps. Also, CD11 has informed the Riviera CC, pursuant to the revelations at our last meeting as well as advice from the Department of City Planning, that any work that seems to be aimed at impacting the use of the Longworth Gate will be stopped, and a discretionary permit will be required. Three permits that were deemed to have been aimed at improvements to the Longworth Gate, in order to be able to augment its use, have been halted.

8.1.3.    PP-Park Advisory Board Update.

Quimby money:  This is an eponymous state law.  These are fees collected from developers in lieu of the developers dedicating land and building parks to serve their developments. This money is supposed to be used in the area close to the respective developments. The Quimby funds throughout CD 11 were swooped up by the Rec and Parks Commission to a total of about $1.5 M for needed repairs of the Venice Pier.   This included the Quimby funds for Palisades and Rustic Canyon. A huge outcry when discovered. The City budget now includes the funds to repair the pier and the Commission has returned the funds, less 3% as we just learned from Sue Pascoe. The Palisades PAB (as well as the BCC) has requested that Rec and Parks update them regularly on Quimby income and anticipated expenditures so that local monitoring can help ensure errors like this do not occur again.   PPCC can visit this issue at a later date, if needed. The 3% is effectively a “tax” on our Quimby money and we should push back on this.

8.1.4.    Homeless Housing in Palisades.

CD11 has asked all the neighborhoods in the district, including Pacific Palisades, to start looking for and thinking about appropriate locations or buildings for homeless housing in the neighborhood. This is in keeping with the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative. Vice Chair, George Wolfberg, has sent a few ideas to Lisa and we can put this on the agenda or maybe create a committee to refine our options going forward.

8.1.5.    Area 4 Alternate Representative. Carol Bruch has retired from the board and Doria Anselmo is now the first alternate. We thank Carol for her years of dedicated service.

8.1.6.    Nominating Committee Resignation.  Chair Maryam Zar has accepted the resignation of Rick Mills from the Nominating Committee (effective May 4, 2018).

8.1.7.    LUC meetings have been irregular because of Library meeting room availability. Our next meeting will be on June 26th, at 6pm.  Guest: Krista Kline, Planning Director, CD11.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.     Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

1) Update on Short Term Rentals (Home Sharing) Ordinance; see PPCC letter of April 30, 2018: http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/STR20IV20-202018.pdf.  The City Council last week approved the ordinance but also passed several amending motions, some good and some bad, or at least with serious discrepancies. Chris is in contact with the Planning Dept. about some of these matters. It’s too complicated to go into now but if anyone wants more information please contact Chris. The proposed ordinance as amended will next go to the City Planning Commission (date TBA); there will be opportunities for further comment and Chris will attempt to keep the board apprised.

2) Happy 45th Birthday to PPCC.  PPCC was founded 45 years ago, in the spring of 1973, by dedicated and prescient community leaders. As most of you know, we were a model for the current Neighborhood Council system. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2003 and our 40th in 2013, both with special events at meetings in the spring of each year, including congratulatory remarks by invited past Chairs, board members and elected officials. We look forward to celebrating our 50th in 2023!

8.3.   From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Area 2 Representative, Peter Culhane; update on Palisades Dr. asphalt work.  Lisa Cahill of CD11 and Peter have worked together and have finally gotten most of the work done; although the work is now stopped at the medians at the south end, the final phase will eventually be continued to Sunset Blvd. Lines on the surface are only temporary and will be replaced soon with permanent striping. Thanks to Lisa for her hard work.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Friends of the Library, Sandra Eddy. The next parking lot Book Sale will take place on May 19 from 9am-3pm. There will be an abundance of children’s books. Everyone is invited. George Wolfberg: What is the bookstore’s status? Sandra: It is still in limbo but is moving forward in the Planning process; it will probably be completed in about a year.

8.4.2.    PPRA, Sarah Conner.  PPRA was established 60 years ago. Its annual meeting will take place on June 12 from 6-8pm at the Pacific Palisades Women’s Club.  There will be an educational panel discussion on the Coastal Act.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore — Not in attendance. Officer John “Rusty” Redican was present but did not have a crime report.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, Lisa Cahill, Palisades-Brentwood Deputy.

(1) Riviera CC/Longworth Gate:  This has been put on hold and CD11 is working on the issue. (2) Quimby funds: The PP-PAB and BCC have had the same ask of Rec and Parks:  Where’s our money, when can we spend it, what can we spend it on, and can we tell you what matters most to us?  Rec and Park has said Yes to receiving input from the communities as to how the funds should be spent. CD11 is setting up meetings with the groups to facilitate ongoing communications. (3) Palisades Dr. asphalt work: the lines now on the street are temporary markers; LADOT engineers will measure the correct place for the permanent lines. The asphalt work was supposed to have gone to Sunset in this round but due to budget constraints the funds were reduced so the work couldn’t be completed. Lisa has worked at Mike Bonin’s direction to get this fixed and now the work is on a list to be completed by the end of this fiscal year, although there is a big asterisk by this. CD11 is doing everything it can to facilitate the completion of the work. (4) Chabad issue: This is in process. Chabad has a history of violations in the PROW – sign issues, removal of possibly protected trees, replacement with astro-turf in the PROW. CD11 called for an investigation and the process is ongoing with the City Attorney’s office. (5) Trailhead matter (top of the Highlands): This is not City property so it is not under City jurisdiction, but is under Coastal Commission jurisdiction. There is a complicated history; CD11 is trying to get the property back to City jurisdiction but it’s still a work in process. There are legal issues. If the property doesn’t go to the City it will probably go to the MRCA. This trailhead is at the top of Highlands at Chastain and is commonly referred to as the June’s Gate Trailhead.

Questions/Comments:  David Card: Did CD11 get access to the Riviera CC’s actual plans? A: Len Nguyen has that information; as far as Lisa knows the committee was satisfied with what they received. David C.: Can we use Quimby funds for Rustic Canyon? A: Yes. Bruce Schwartz: The LA Conservation Corps should be a candidate to clean up bathrooms at the Chastain trailhead. Gil Dembo: Has heard rumors that Riviera CC would like to split off the tennis operation into a separate entity with access on Longworth, i.e., segregate the two operations (long range goal). A: We have heard that as well, but they will have to comply with a traffic study and run all of this through the community. Diane Bleak (resident): Santa Inez Canyon Park is City park and as such is it available for Quimby funds? A: Diane should contact the PAB as they will be the community’s representative. Daphne Gronich (resident): The wood dumping along Temescal has been bad again; has anyone ever been ticketed? A: This dangerous and illegal dumping is still ongoing. It’s very hard to enforce and to get the wood picked up; many steps have to be taken in advance of a pick-up. More signs are coming which Street Services will install; they will face at more of a 45 degree angle. Officer Redican: If you see someone illegally dumping then get a picture of their license plate and send it to him; he will go out and speak with the offender and let them know it is not ok to dump on the sidewalk. David C.: The dumping of wood also spreads fungus and insects. Robert Flick (resident): He has questions about the quality of the repaving on Palisades Dr. A: Send all comments to Lisa and she will forward them to Street Services.

8.5.3.    LA County Representatives. Dept. of Beaches & Harbors, Kerry Silverstrom, Chief Deputy Director; Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Stephanie Cohen, District Director.

Gladstones Bus Turnaround.  Patti Post, PPCC Transportation Advisor, provided a summary about this issue, noting that the community has asked the County for a bus turnaround in the Gladstones’ parking lot for a very long time. Stephanie Cohen explained the current status with Gladstones. The County has entered into negotiations with a proposed new site concessionaire. Kerry Silverstrom is in charge of all beach operations for the County from the Ventura County Line all the way to San Pedro (excluding Santa Monica, which controls its own beaches). Kerry has been there 24 years. Gladstones is located on Will Rogers State Beach. Concession agreements ordinarily can only be for 20 years. The current facility has long outlived useful life. The County began contemplating legislation to allow for an extended lease at the site. They now have state authority to enter into a 50 year concession at the site. The matter went to the Board of Supervisors as part of a competitive solicitation process. The Supervisors approved allowing an exclusive negotiating agreement with the proposed concessionaire. They have 90 days plus two additional six-week periods to negotiate the negotiating agreement, then they will begin negotiating a proposed concession agreement. They will have three years to do that. They must go through all required CEQA documentation and secure regulatory approvals during the three-year period. There will be public hearings along the way. The Coastal Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers and Water Resources Control Board all must approve. It will be a long time before anyone sees anything approved. The County has delegated authority for Gladstones to continue operating during this time. Permission has been secured to allow the existing Gladstones to operate. The bus turnaround was included in the RFP; unless it is “infeasible,” the new operator must do the bus turnaround. Supervisor Kuehl was very clear about wanting the bus turnaround. Regarding the “infeasibility” factor: The Coastal Commission wants to turn the entire operation into a parking lot; this is a public access issue, and the Commission doesn’t want to lose access. The County has to contend with that. We don’t know yet what the Commission will require in order to obtain the CDP. The bus turnaround will happen unless it can’t happen because of the Coastal Commission (that is what is meant by “infeasibility”).

Questions/Comments:  David Card: Are there County building envelope, height and footprint requirements for the new building at this location? Kerry: She does not know if these are in existence but will try to find out. The regulatory agencies will become involved and this will all be determined during the public hearing process. This will be an extraordinarily complicated and expensive project. Stephanie: The Coastal Commission will have the ultimate say. Kerry: The proposal anticipates increased sq. footage but this is still a process. It was a competitive solicitation process. David C.: He is concerned about height and massing to preserve the viewshed. A: The Commission and Supervisor Kuehl are both concerned about the viewshed. This is a destination for people to come to the beach. Many people will be weighing in. There is also the consideration of economic viability. Gil Dembo: If Frank Gehry is a part of the team, the community will benefit because it would be a work of art that will attract people from all over the world and will enhance the community. A: Supervisor Kuehl is thrilled and excited to make this work for everyone. In her words, “This is really cool.”

Beach Access Restriction (see remarks in Item 10.2 below).

Additional Remarks (Stephanie Cohen).  Stephanie introduced Sharon [sic: correct name is Shannon] Louis, the Supervisor’s new field deputy, who will be attending PPCC meetings in the future. Regarding Measure H: They have spent $72 million on affordable housing so far.  The 2nd year of funding will be allocated for Measure H – there will be an increase of 3200 shelter beds and they will also be expanding outreach services.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.  Patti Post, Transportation (see Item 8.5.3, Gladstones Bus Turnaround, above).

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.   Nominating Committee (Richard Wulliger, Chair).  Announcement of Committee Nominations for Officers, 2017-2018 Term.  Richard announced that the election of officers is a 3-step process. First, the Chair appoints the committee; next, the committee announces its nominees and there are nominations from floor; then the election is held. The Nominating Committee heard from 50 people who expressed interest in becoming an officer or recommending an officer. The community is fortunate to have so many interested and qualified individuals. The committee discussed everyone and eventually picked four people to be their recommended nominees:

Treasurer: Richard Cohen

Secretary: Chris Spitz

Vice-Chair: Rick Mills

Chair: Lou Kamer

The acting Chair George Wolfberg then stated that nominations from Board members, if any, are now in order.

David Card:  Nominated George Wolfberg for Chair. David described George as an experienced and highly effective leader; he listed many of the leadership positions that George has held over the years, as well as George’s Citizen of the Year award. Although a “second” is not necessary for nominations, there was a second by David Kaplan.

Bruce Schwartz:  Nominated Peter Culhane for Vice-Chair.

Chris Spitz:  Chris stated that she appreciated the Nominating Committee’s confidence in her and Richard with these nominations. She wished the board to know that she, George, Peter and Richard had advised the Committee prior to the decision that they wanted to be nominated and to serve as a unified team. She had also let the Committee know that she was only offering to serve in order to assist George, who in turn must approve of the entire nominated officer team, as has been the custom with all past Chair nominees. She advised that she has spent thousands of hours on the Council’s administration and hoped everyone will understand that she is unwilling to undertake this again unless it is to assist George. Chris also stated that she and the others did not receive notice from the Committee, as is customary, whether they would or would not be nominated, but that she, George, Peter and Richard are now running together for these respective offices. She stated that they believe they are a highly qualified and experienced team who will best lead the Council, continue its ongoing, effective administration, and preserve its excellent reputation and beneficial working relationships with City, County and State officials as well as community leaders citywide. She also quoted from Vice Chair George Wolfberg: “This is not Little League.  We need to have our most experienced and knowledgeable players up to bat in this challenging time.”

Sarah Conner (committee member):  The committee’s philosophy was that it seems as if PPCC has been run and controlled by the same group of people for a long time who shared the same point of view. They felt it would be good to keep some experienced members but add leaders who share a different perspective, as PPCC is to be voice of the community.

Chris Spitz:  The entire purpose of the nominating committee — in fact, its clear duty to the Board — is to vet and then nominate the best qualified candidates to ensure the ongoing management and operation of the Council and effective advocacy of the adopted positions of the Board. She explained that the committee’s job is not to make subjective judgments about whether “new faces” or “new perspectives” are somehow more desirable, for policy reasons or otherwise. We have an election process for the public to weigh in on whether they want to see a new policy direction for the Council (via the elected area and at-large reps). PPCC policy is set by the Board, not by the officers – although the officers, in particular the Chair, play a critical role in advocating the Board’s adopted positions. Nor should the officer nomination and election process be a personality contest. Again, the reason the bylaws include a provision for a nominating committee in the first place (as opposed to simply allowing nominations from the floor) is to ensure that subjective preferences do not enter into the process and that the best qualified nominees will be presented for consideration. The Board then votes, in the end exercising its judgment as to what is best for the Council.

Sue Kohl:  She was shocked to read the Post today. Sue was chair of the nominating committee in a previous year. She was told very clearly that the information the committee was discussing was private and was not to be leaked. She was curious as to why this information was now in the Post and who thought it was a good idea to name names before the board knew the information.

Richard Wulliger (committee chair):  We had no responsibility for what the Post printed. He doesn’t know where the author got that information, but it had nothing to do with this nominating committee, which did not give out information prior to today.

Danielle Samulon (committee member):  She explained that the committee process was a thoughtful one, and that individuals were nominated because the committee believes they would be the best person for each position for which they were selected. While some of those nominated by the committee may not have quite as much PPCC related experience as others nominated, they each have a substantial amount of experience working with PPCC nonetheless. They also have other experience working with the community on a variety of issues of local concern. In addition, they have professional and educational backgrounds that would be beneficial to them were they to be voted in by the PPCC Board. Bios of those nominated can be provided to Board members. One of the factors the nominating committee considered was the ability to mediate and unite people within the community on issues of local concern. She added that she was surprised that Sue Kohl brought up potentially leaded information, when Sue Kohl herself had reached out by email earlier in the day asking for information about the nominees the committee had selected. Danielle did not provide Sue with the information requested.

Rick Lemmo:  Speaking as the Chamber of Commerce representative, he and the Chamber know what makes an organization run well. The most important factor is consistency; in that regard, the Vice Chair stepping into the role of the Chair is very important. Wholesale changes don’t pan out, especially when you have to deal with the City. About 1-2 years ago the current Chair Maryam Zar told Rick that George Wolfberg was the single most qualified person for the position; speaking personally, Rick supports that opinion.

Alan Goldsmith (committee member):  He never heard the term “termed out,” which was used in the Post article, on this committee and he did not leak information.

Edith Kinloch (resident):  She asked to comment about the process. The acting Chair indicated that his is an administrative matter, that the board votes for officers, that the public will have an opportunity later in the summer to weigh in and vote for elected reps, and that there is no provision for input by non-board members on the officer election process. He asked the board as to whether they wanted to allow further comments nonetheless. David Kaplan: This is unusual event and it would seem appropriate to allow 1 min. each for comments by residents. The acting Chair proceeded to do so.

Edith K.:  Is it legal to put forth a slate and will the ballot be marked with slates of candidates or with individual names? The acting Chair explained the process and stated that members could indicate that they are running as a team or slate, but that the ballot would be marked with individual names for each office, which the board will then vote on individually. Edith K: Asked about Chris Spitz’s earlier statement about running as a team and whether or not she would agree to serve if a member of her team were not elected.

Chris Spitz:  She, George, Peter and Richard are running as a unified team which they strongly feel will best lead the Council going forward. They hope the Board will agree. Chris stated that she can’t state now that she’ll serve under any circumstances, but she will give serious consideration to the issue as we go forward. She emphasized again that she has spent thousands of hours in the past four years managing the Council’s administration. As she informed the Committee from the outset, she offered to undertake this again only in order to assist George, who is clearly the most experienced person for the position of Chair. It would be an even greater burden if she were required to do so with an inexperienced team of officers – something that she frankly is not prepared to undertake. She also noted that we are all volunteers, and nothing in the bylaws requires candidates to promise to serve no matter who else is elected. In fact, in connection with a prior contested election, our former legal advisor Ron Dean gave an opinion in 2012 that imposing such a requirement would necessitate a bylaws amendment, because it otherwise “changes the rules for qualification for office, in that it adds another condition in order to be qualified.” [from the PPCC Minutes of May 10, 2012]

Diane Bleak (resident):  Asked a question about area reps and switching the calendar. She believes she will be without representation for 120 days after the new officers are elected and before the new area reps take their seats. She believes the rules need to be changed so that area reps are elected first, before officers’ elections.

Marge Gold (resident):  There are a number of people running for office, not in a slate, and board members can choose to vote for one for each office.

Daphne Gronich (resident):  She thinks it’s helpful for the executive team to have people who have worked together before.

Peter Culhane:  If he is elected by this body to be the PPCC Vice Chair, Alan Goldsmith, the alternate rep for Area 2, will then represent the Highlands during period between the new officers taking their seats and the elected reps taking their new seats (July 1 – Oct. 1). Peter is also not “going on vacation” during that period. He is president of his large HOA, the Summit Club, is a member of the Presidents Council, and will continue to work on cleaning the swales, making sure the asphalt work is completed, and on the other matters he has always worked on – Highlands residents will be well-represented.

Robert Flick (resident):  The election process for area reps needs to be more transparent. Computer voting puts off a lot of people. He thinks the organization is broken and does not act as an NC. There are ex parte communications and conflicts of interest. He disagrees with the Chamber.

Rick Lemmo:  When he first became involved he had no idea how this organization was run. Barbara Kohn, then Chair, told him that PPCC chose not to become an NC so we could be independent and if we choose we can sue City, which NCs cannot, and in addition personal financials were required to be disclosed and no one on the board at the time was willing to do that. Regarding a Highlands resident not agreeing with the Chamber:  The Chamber is made up of business owners and its decisions are based on the support of a majority of business owners; the organization needs to pay attention to the majority of its paying members.

Danielle Samulon:  The area reps vote plus all the organizational reps vote for the officers.

Marc Jackson (resident):  Would like the benefit of an NC and does not see the advantage of being able to sue the City. The benefit of an NC is far greater transparency.

Barbara Kohn:  Concurs with Danielle’s comments regarding the capability of people sitting around table. Regarding the NC issue, she acknowledged that the ability to sue the City is a concern and also explained that in the past, many people didn’t want to divulge their financial records, which used to be a requirement for NC members. Regarding the “slate” issue: When she ran for Chair she was running with candidates who all wanted to serve together. There were some questions about running in this manner, but they “sort of” did so anyway, which started the forum process. She also indicated that before becoming Chair Maryam Zar had very little leadership experience.

Chris Spitz:  Regarding the NC issue, another important factor as to why we’ve chosen not to become an NC is that NCs are not allowed to discuss or negotiate with County and State officials; due to the Palisades’ unique location with County and State resources such as the beaches, state parks and mountains, PPCC often needs to communicate with such officials as we are doing tonight. Regarding Maryam Zar’s experience, Chris explained that before becoming Chair Maryam was PPCC educational rep for a year, PPTFH Chair for two years and PPCC Vice-Chair for one year.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Citywide Sign Ordinance.  Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight (http://banbillboardblight.org/).  See additional Background re PPCC Positions at http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Background-re-the-Citywide-Sign-Ordinance-%E2%80%93-PPCC-Participation-and-Positions.pdf].

Chair Maryam Zar has continued this item until May 24 because of an anticipated time crunch.  Chair/President Emeritus Chris Spitz gave a brief update: She and Vice-Chair George Wolfberg met with Patrick Frank yesterday. Patrick reported that the new proposed ordinance does provide protection for Specific Plan zones and Scenic Highways, where billboards will be prohibited within 200 ft. of the median. He believes that billboards will not be prohibited in City parks (one of our biggest concerns), but he is reviewing the complicated provisions in order to confirm for us. Another issue is the fact that the Mayor has allocated funds to the City budget based on anticipated revenues from digital billboards. George was able to provide helpful information to Patrick about the City budget process. Patrick remarked that we were by far the most knowledgeable and helpful of anyone at all 55+ Neighborhood Councils he has visited in connection with this issue.

10.2.   Beach Access Restriction. Presentations by Kerry Silverstrom, Chief Deputy Director, Beaches & Harbors; Stephan Cohen, District Director, Supervisor Kuehl. Additional remarks by Lucy Han, President, Friends of the Jungle (Playa del Rey).

The acting Chair (Vice-Chair George Wolfberg) began by explaining that the City has had an ordinance from the 1970’s prohibiting people from being on beaches between midnight and 5 AM. Some people complained that this infringed on their right to visit the beach during this period and the Coastal Commission stepped in. The City applied for a Coastal Permit to continue enforcement of the ordinance and in what the acting Chair terms an historic moment, three former Citizens of the Year attended a hearing in Westchester to support the permit (Sharon Kilbride, Bruce Schwartz and George Wolfberg). There is an unusual option being floated to create 10’ wide access ways on our beaches, including Temescal Canyon, for nighttime beach access. By the way, LAPD has no assigned staffing for this time of night and also supports the curfew, as does PPCC. Our position letter is posted on the PPCC website: http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/LAMC_66.34_letter_in_support.pdf .

Lucy Han of Friends of the Jungle (Playa del Rey) is here along with County representatives Kerry Silverstrom (Beaches & Harbors) and Stephanie Cohen (Supervisor Kuehl).

Kerry Silverstrom explained that the 10 foot wide walkways were not in the City’s CDP application. This idea was floated by the City Attorney without Supervisor Kuehl or CM Bonin knowing about it. The walkways would take people down to the water’s edge. Beaches & Harbors wasn’t consulted about it. The proposal was withdrawn but had already been submitted by the City Attorney as a possible option to the Coastal Commission. The Commission is aware of this option. The County has heard from the Commission about people who want to surf or stargaze or fish at nighttime. Kerry explained that it is not unreasonable to have time, place and manner restrictions on beach access. Stephanie Cohen reported that Supervisor Kuehl’s office at present is coordinating a meeting with Supervisor Hahn’s office and with Beaches & Harbors, County Counsel, the relevant City Councilmembers, Parks & Rec and LAPD – they will all strategize in order to have a united front for the anticipated August Coastal Commission hearing. They have heard that the meeting was moved from San Diego to Redondo Beach. They will try to get a date for us. The Coastal Commission has approved appropriate hours of operation before. The County and City are trying to reframe the issue to discuss reasonable hours of operation. The County has an existing beach ordinance, including anti-loitering provisions, which was enacted long ago, before the Coastal Act was approved. They are trying to strategize and will enlist our support.

Questions/Comments:  David Card: We need a curfew, giving the example of his son, who went moonlight surfing as a teenager and had to be told repeatedly by the sheriff to come in. Lucy Han: Will the LA City Attorney be at the strategizing meeting? A: Yes, they received an invitation. Kerry explained the background of the City Attorney’s proposal regarding the walkways: There is a lawsuit against enforcement of the beach curfew brought by plaintiffs who are homeless advocates in Venice. The City Attorney’s proposal came up in the context of the lawsuit. The lawsuit is about not using scarce law enforcement dollars to roust people off the beach. Doug McCormick: PPTFH hasn’t taken a position because it isn’t just about the homeless. He understands the decision by the Coastal Commission is by unelected commissioners whose primary mission to provide beach access. Stephanie: Kerry’s comments about homelessness were about the lawsuit filed (a civil rights issue associated with homeless issue in Venice). It is now a beach access issue only. The Coastal Commission is only concerned with beach access issues. Beaches & Harbors wrote a letter as an operator emphasizing safety. Lucy Han: The City Attorney was pushing the MND. A: It got confused because they were trying to settle the lawsuit. Mike Bonin was unhappy with this. Lucy Han: Believes that if they have a strategy meeting to keep the curfew it’s not a good idea to include the City Attorney, who may have a conflict. Kerry: She doesn’t think there’s a conflict; the City Attorney’s office has come to realize that their solution to the lawsuit was not advisable. The goal of the meeting is to talk about a strategy regarding the Coastal Development Permits, not the lawsuit. Sharon Kilbride: Is there a beach curfew in Malibu? Kerry: Yes, there’s a County beach curfew on the beaches per Beaches & Harbors.

11.    New Business – None.

12.    Adjournment.  The acting Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm.

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MINUTES FOR MAY 24th 2018

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Lou Kamer, David Card, Janet Anderson, Gilbert Dembo, David Kaplan

Voting Alternates:  Barbara Kohn, Richard Blumenberg, Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Brenda Theveny, Lindsay Conner, Lilliana Zar & Eli Safaie-Kia (standing in for Youth Advisor, Amir Ebtehadj)

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  David Kaplan read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – May 10, 2017 [approved].   2) Upcoming Meetings – 6/14/18:  Candidates forum and election of officers for 2018-2019 term.  The Chair announced that Incumbent Elected Representatives must notice their intention to run for reelection, to the Chair, before the start of the 1st June meeting, in writing.  6/28/18:  Presentations and thanks to outgoing Chair and other officers, as applicable; Measure A update from RAP supervisor in charge of the project, Bill Jones. Additional topics may be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.   Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $38,894.65 and that there were no significant transactions.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Marge Gold:  plans are moving forward for the spruce up of the village. Lou Kamer advocated getting the crosswalks and curbs painted, and pushed to get things done.

[7.2.]   Daphne Gronich:  suggested individuals who want to be a sponsor for the parade, or take part in the parade, to go online at http://palisades4th.com/, and apply by June 4th.  Kathleen Jensen asked for the community to build more floats. Pagentryevents@aol.com.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Nominations for Officer elections are open until 15 minutes prior to the end of the meeting.  [See Item 11 below.]

8.1.2.    Incumbent elected representatives must inform the PPCC Chair in writing prior to first Board meeting in June (6/14/18) if they plan to run for re-election as elected Area reps to the PPCC Board (Bylaws, Attachment A, Sec. 3.D.2). Failure to notify the Chair will result in the inability to stand for re-election.

8.1.3.   Conflict of Interest Policy (comparison to City Boards and other NCs; the need for us to develop guidelines at PPCC).  Richard Cohen said the Bylaws Committee had considered this in years past and declined to pursue it.  Barbara Kohn affirmed that people did not wish to disclose their interests. Chair raised the idea of a conflict of interest form or policy that would be simple enough to be suitable for our board (of volunteers and otherwise professionals in life) yet dissuade conflict. She asked Lindsay Conner, Legal Advisor, to weigh in on the issue. Lindsay said he recognizes the countervailing concerns but believes a policy could be crafted to suit the board, and is within the Bylaws to do.

8.1.3.    LUC Meeting on June 26th, at 6pm.  Guest: Krista Kline, Planning Deputy, CD11.

8.1.4.    Appointment of five-member Election Committee (per Bylaws Attachment A):  Andy Frew, David Card, Barbara Kohn, Richard Blumenberg & Kelly Comras.

8.1.5.    Upcoming Summer meeting dates: July 26 and August 9.  The August meeting will include a public Candidates Forum featuring all candidates running for Elected Representative positions at PPCC, as prescribed by the Bylaws.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg, Vice Chair, reported he had just come from an LAUSD-sponsored meeting regarding the Canyon Charter Elementary School Bungalow Removal and Replacement project.  The meeting was well attended and the community is engaged. Allison Holdorff Polhill added that she would reach out to LAUSD facilities people to come to a PPCC meeting and report on the plans.

8.2.2.    Allison Holdorff Polhill, Secretary, reported that the photographs hanging in the library community room (where we are gathered) are the work of Pali High photography students.  Rick Steil, photography teacher, told her the head librarian from downtown LA would be coming to attend the show on May 25th, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, along with the Pali High Jazz Band.

She further reported that:

  • Kenter construction continues.
  • Revere is installing two hydration stations.
  • Canyon will be removing and replacing bungalows, but not increasing capacity.
  • Paul Revere culmination is at Pali High on June 8th
  • Pali High Graduation is June 7th  5:30 pm – Board Member Nick Melvoin will be attending and speaking.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer, At Large representative, reported that he is working with a group of residents to organize a community-based “spruce up” of the non-Caruso owned areas of the Palisades business district to make the area more attractive and inviting in time for the “Palisades Village” Grand Opening.

Traffic in the Palisades: For the past 2.5 years, the Palisades Chapter of The Waze Connected Citizen’s Partner Program has been exchanging traffic data with WAZE and LADOT.  This data shows an increase in overall travel time and in ”cut-through” traffic in the residential neighborhoods. Lou will work with LADOT and other departments to suggest changes to mitigate these trends.  He is also working with Safe Routes to Schools to redraw the maps in light of the Caruso Development.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Janet Anderson, AYSO (Recreation Category), reported they now are 50%/50% with boys and girls.

8.4.2.    Sandra Eddy, Friends of the Library (Culture & Aesthetics Category).  Announced a patio bookstore pop-up sale on Friday June 8th.

8.4.3.    David Card, American Legion Pacific Palisades Post (Service Clubs), reported that the Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades gave 11 students received scholarships totaling $5,000, some to students at PCHS and Revere;  the American Legion Post 283 Pacific Palisades also gave $2,000 scholarships (each) to students in area schools.

To commemorate Memorial Day there will be a Ceremony at the Westwood Veterans Cemetery; 10,000 scouts will place 90K flags.

8.4.4.    Gilbert Dembo, Temescal Canyon Association (TCA), reported that there was secret meeting from the County of LA to put up a microwave antenna in the State park.  The Chair suggested he contact Stephanie Cohen at the County to see what happened that the community was not informed. Gil said he would do so.

The National Park Service is doing a count on the use of park services and they are looking for volunteers.

8.4.5.    Barbara Kohn, Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA), reported that the PPRA Annual meeting will be held on June 12th, from 6-8 pm at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club and will focus on CA Coastal Act. Guests will hear from planning and coastal experts to discuss local coastal laws and planning issues. Dinner will be served.

Kohn announced that PPRA is joining the legal battle to appeal the approval of the eldercare project in the Highlands.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that has been an increase in thefts of Prius Catalytic converters.

8.5.2.     Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner, Field Supervisor.  Janet reported that Congressman Ted Lieu’s HR 5573 Robo Call Act attempts to resolve inaccurate caller information and the problem of calls from scammers who “spoof” real phone numbers in an attempt to get unsuspecting residents to pick up the phone.

The FAA authorization (budget) includes a provision to reduce noise pollution.

Three bills passed in the house: The Music Modernization Act, VA Mission Act, and the Hack Your State Dept. Act.

8.6.     From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.     Youth Advisor – Eli Safaie-Kia and Lilliana Zar [in the absence of Amir Ebtehadj] gave a thorough report detailing schools events, including Paul Revere and Palisades High School Graduations, and more.

9.     Reports from Committees [– None].

10.     Old Business.

10.1.     Citywide Sign Ordinance.  Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight.

A coalition to ban billboard blight of sign companies filed a lawsuit against the new regulations. Sign ordinance should have an environmental review. $13M for income from digital signs has already been included in the budget, without an ordinance yet. Chair noted that this means we can assume there will be a Sign Ordinance forthcoming this year, and we should contemplate how that may impact us here in the Palisades, especially through our parks and recreation centers. Frank explained that Digital signs can be located in various places. New ordinance is respectful of community plans and specific plans. No specific law regarding billboards in city parks. Individuals are forbidden to relocate billboards. Signs can be 20% higher or larger in the PLUM Committee version. Mr. Frank complimented PPCC and its members’ knowledge on this issue, and our engagement.

10.2.    Crown Castle – Michael Cintron from SureSite Consulting presented plans for Small Cell towers in the public right of way.

Several locations have been identified for AT&T and SureSite wants to get community feedback. Crown Castle is a Telecommunications infrastructure company which is now the 2nd largest fiber company in the country. Facts; 50% of all people use their cell phones exclusively. Teleconferences are increasingly popular. Data must be transmitted; need to increase capacity; small cells are being deployed throughout the community. Issue: What is the right infrastructure for this community.

Crown Castle plans to install new fiber and eight small cellular transmitters (see table below). Michael Cintron gave a PowerPoint presentation which showed existing fiberoptic lines and proposed routes for new lines which need to be placed. The PowerPoint included a map with of proposed sites in the Huntington area of the Palisades, as well as two in the Alphabets and one at Entrada/PCH. Three will be on existing utility poles, five new poles are planned. Richard Cohen expressed concern that the proposed sites were just the beginning – that there would be a proliferation of new cell sites. Mr. Cintron acknowledged that a full 5G upgrade would involve many more sites throughout the Palisades. Richard expressed concern and suggested a viewpoint shared by the board: that all new cell sites be designed to accommodate co-location with other carriers so as to minimize the overall impact of the impending system upgrade. Reza Akef asked if Crown Castle can assure PPCC that they will allow others to co-locate, or if AT&T held an exclusive right to the towers. David Kaplan asked for assurances from Crown Castle that they would be open to co-location.

Cintron invited the community to view the locations. Zar suggested Area Reps take the time to see the locations in their area, and said she’d put Cintron in touch with all Area Reps for that purpose. David Card requested a map with street names. Daphne Gronich (audience) asked if Cintron will take into account community concerns about proliferation. Zar restated the spoken concerns anchored in the inevitable proliferation of interest for access to the Palisades and asked Cintron to get back to us with respect to collocation and outreach to other service providers. She pledged to inform our Council office about this exchange and gained an assurance from Cintron that any progress/plans would not take place without PPCC input.  See Crown Castle’s presentation, and catalogue of small cell designs.

11.    New Business.   Catherine Ruddy was nominated for secretary by Kelly Comras and Joann Barry was nominated for Treasurer by Maryam Zar.

[12.]    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:11pm.

ATTACHMENT:   ITEM 10.2 — Table of Proposed Cell Site Locations

Proposed current locations (undecipherable from the PowerPoint presentation):

Jurisdiction CROWN ID Type of Pole Structure Owner Current Address CITY AREA
Los Angeles ATTSMW03 New Pole Crown 14959 Camarosa Dr. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW04 New Pole Crown 741 Ocampo Drive Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW06 New Pole Crown 14901 Ramos Pl. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW07m1 New Pole Crown 600 N. Toyopa Dr. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW08 New pole Crown 14801 Pacific Coast Hwy Pacific Palisades 7
Los Angeles ATTSMW05m1 Utility wood pole DWP 14721 Bestor Boulevard Pacific Palisades 5
Los Angeles ATTSMW02m1 Utility wood pole DWP 1290 Monument St. Pacific Palisades 5
Los Angeles ATTSMW01m1 Utility wood pole DWP 15321 West Friend Street Pacific Palisades 6

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