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MINUTES FOR  JANUARY 14th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance:  Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, George Wolfberg, Reza Akef, Kelly Comras, Richard Wulliger, Stuart Muller, Sarah Conner, Bruce Schwartz, Rick Mills, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, Nancy Niles, Barbara Marinacci and Gil Dembo.

Voting Alternates:  Rick McGeagh, Dustin Hall, Diane Bleak, Susan Payne and Brian Deming.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Donna Vaccarino, Alan Goldsmith, David Kaplan, Kevin Niles, Ted Mackie and Linda Lefkowitz.

Start of Business Meeting

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

2.    Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience.  Chris called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.  Introduction of the Board and Audience (time constraints prevented full introductions).

3.    Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:01 pm.

4.    Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the December 10, 2015 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 1/28/16. LADWP presentation re proposed temporary facilities to increase power capacity due to overloaded circuits in the Palisades; at a minimum, it is expected that the installations may affect and/or be located in PPCC Areas 3 and 5 potentially near existing LADWP properties, although also possible in other locations (note: the proposed DS-104/substation location will NOT be a topic of discussion). 2/11/16. (Tentative) VPLUC update/report supplement/Board discussion re Village Project land use application.

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

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of January 14, 2016. PPCC’s current cash balance is $39,668.74. Holiday party total revenue exceeded expenses by $6,961. Richard stated that this fine result was largely due to revenue from the tribute book/program ($5,700) and the silent auction ($1,050). PPCC’s current balance exceeds the balance in mid-November, 2015 by approximately $7,000 largely due to the holiday party and miscellaneous membership renewals and donations.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.     Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.     Meeting Ground Rules. 1) Due to library rules, the meeting must end promptly at 9 pm; as needed, the President will stay after the meeting to answer questions. 2) The President conducts meeting order and may rearrange order of discussion at her discretion. 3) Board members and audience shall only speak when called upon by the President; there shall be no interruptions except to make a point of order. 4) The President’s role in maintaining meeting order shall be honored. 5) All discussion shall be civil, respectful and courteous. (PPCC Bylaws, http://www.pp90272.org/BYLAWS%20JULY%202015.pdf.).

7.1.2.    2015 Holiday Dinner and Awards Gala Recap.

See Gala Event photos at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3a2mk522a6ykl0p/AAAdHoJVh4bqb1rQ6dtyz47ea?dl=0

Chris thanked all contributors, donors, sponsors and participants. Chris gave a special thanks to Event Committee Chair Peter Culhane and Subcommittee Chairs Maryam Zar and Sue Kohl for their critical role in the success of this wonderful evening honoring our amazing honorees. Additionally, Chris thanked Board members who provided key assistance: Cathy Russell, Gil Dembo, Ted Mackie, Barbara Kohn, Brian Deming, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret.

7.1.3.    (New) PPCC Communications Committee.

Chris announced the committee membership as Maryam Zar (Chair), Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg, Brian Deming, Janet Anderson and Chris Spitz (ex officio). Chris stated that the committee would focus on launch and maintenance of the new PPCC website (in progress), potential e- newsletter and ongoing messaging/outreach.

7.1.4.    Short Term Rentals (STRs) Update.

Chris reported that PPCC is waiting for distribution and transmittal by the City Planning Department of a draft ordinance to legalize STRs currently illegal in residential zones (draft expected by mid-February). PPCC position: opposed to permitting STRs in residential zones (see PPCC minutes of 9/24/15, 10/8/15, 10/22/15, 11/12/15 and attached letters submitted by PPCC to City officials).

7.1.5.    BMO/BHO Amendment Update.

Chris reported that consistent with PPCC Bylaws Art. V.3(B) and in light of a 1/11/16 deadline for submission of comments to the City Planning Dept., the Executive Committee approved a letter submitted to City officials on January 7, 2016, expressing concerns to date and requesting postponement of the Amendment to allow further study and public comment. See attached letter.

7.1.6.    Small Lot Subdivision Code Amendment.

Chris reported that there will be a public hearing January 20, 2016, 5:30- 7pm, Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025. http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/ proposedordinances.htm. Note: According to the City Planning Dept., this is a proposed Amendment to an existing ordinance (adopted in 2005) which established a new hybrid housing typology (similar to townhouses) for infill residential development in areas zoned for multi-family and commercial uses (not in single- family zones); the Amendment would create new enforceable development and design standards and require greater front and rear yard setbacks for Small Lots.

7.1.7.    Sign Ordinance Update.

Chris reported that the City Planning Commission determination of 10/22/15 has been transmitted to the City Council PLUM Committee (hearing TBD). See PPCC minutes of 10/22/15 and 11/12/15. For more information, contact PPCC Secretary Jennifer Malaret (malaret5@me.com).

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy. Omar Pulido in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen. Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative. Janet Turner in attendance. Janet reported that Ted Lieu is a member of the “quiet skies caucus” and detailed the Congressman’s efforts to reduce airport noise.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

1) Maryam Zar, PPCC Vice-President. PPTFH activities/homelessness (OPCC outreach; Homeless Count 1/28/16 – to volunteer, contact pacpalihtf@gmail.com). Maryam gave an update on OPPCC outreach efforts which made contact with approximately 35 homeless persons. OPPCC met in addition with Palisades residents. The Task Force was recognized by Sheila Kuehl’s office and Maryam thanked the board and larger community for its support. Maryam solicited volunteers for the Homeless Count and encouraged interested persons to go to lahsa.gov where registration information is being taken. Walk in volunteers are encouraged. Brian Deming stated that the next PPTFH meeting would be January 19th at Corpus Christi Church’s gymnasium as a meet and greet with OPCC outreach workers from 5-6:30 pm. 2) George Wolfberg, At-Large Representative. New Year’s weekend PCH closures (from 4th Street to Entrada). George reported that accidents resulted in local closures for more than six hours. Contacts have been made with both local and state officials for a better way to handle these accidents including suggestions to remove cars, consult video and other methods for how accident details could be logged and verified more efficiently.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

1) Sarah Conner, PPRA Representative. 17000 Sunset Blvd. apartment project (see PPCC minutes of 11/12/15 and 12/10/15); on December 2, 2015 the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission granted appeals of the prior issuance for a coastal development permit. Sarah thanked George Wolfberg and the MKPOA and more than 100 Palisadian residents who objected to this non-conforming development.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

Village Project land use application update/report supplement (see VPLUC Preliminary Report, http://www.pp90272.org/VPLUC.pdf). David reported that the amendment application was received from the developer which differs from the November 2015 meeting relative to the general topics: (1) set back increases, (2) height reductions, (3) elevations to be defined from the sidewalk to the rooftop elevation, (4) the shared parking study has been deleted, (5) restaurant square footage has been reduced, and 6) Pilates exercise uses have been deleted. The traffic study is due to be received in February 2016 and the committee will report back then.

8.2.    Bylaws Committee (Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret, Co-Chairs).

Second reading, oral and written, of Motions 1(A) and (2) regarding proposed bylaws changes (organizational membership, meetings). Presentation: Richard Cohen summarized the purposes of Motion 1(A) (calendaring of existing organizations and providing a specific process for new organizations to be represented) and read out loud the existing language and each of the proposed changes, as set forth below and in the red-lined document distributed in advance of the meeting with the agenda. Questions: Barbara Kohn asked about the one-year term. There is no limitation on how many one-year terms any organization can serve. Action: 23 voting members were present. 22 members voted in favor (the Chair did not vote as per custom and Roberts Rules of Order). The motion passed.

MOTION 1(A):
Background. On March 12, 2015, PPCC’s Board directed the Bylaws Committee to explore modifications to the Bylaws relative to Article VIII(1)(A) “Selection and Election of Representatives, Organization Representatives and Alternates” with reference to organizations eligible to send representatives as set forth on Appendix A. The Board directed three possible areas of amendment: (1) the four categories which currently have one organization (“standing seat”) should be reconstituted such that those categories have multiple organizations and rotate appointment as presently do the other five multiple organization categories. (2) faith based organizations should be eligible to send representatives and have the opportunity for inclusion, and (3) a process should be established whereby any organization not listed and that believes it is not adequately represented by an eligible organization, may submit an application for inclusion. On October 8, 2015 a motion to facilitate all three areas of these amendments garnered a majority of favorable board member votes but failed to pass because it did not receive the two-thirds majority vote required by PPCC’s Bylaws (“Organization Representatives Motion #1).
Motion 1(A). The Bylaws Committee recommends that the Board vote to adopt the proposed amendments distributed with the agenda, referred to as “Organization Representatives Motion #1(A)”. The proposed amendments are now limited to: (1) improving calendaring of the process by which organization representatives and their alternates are selected, (2) providing a procedure for membership application by existing and new organizations, and (3) non-substantive corrective and clarifying language regarding vacancies and other matters.

MOTION 2:
The Bylaws Committee recommends that, to expedite and preserve efficiency at PPCC’s scheduled and public meetings, Article XII, Sec. 2(B) (Amendments) be amended as follows: “No amendment or new Bylaw may be voted upon until the entire text [delete “it”] has been distributed with [delete “read at”] the agenda for two consecutive Board [delete “council”] meetings. Presentation: Richard read aloud the motion and proposed changes as set forth above, summarized the purpose of the changes and expressed that the committee did not interpret the bylaws to mean that “read” must be “read aloud” because oral reading has not been done since 1973. This past year out of an abundance of caution solely due to a request from one board member, PPCC’s legal advisor advised and supported the oral readings but in conjunction with a change of the bylaws to align PPCC with modern practices which allow announcements to be made in writing multiple times in accordance with the bylaws. Discussion: (1) Donna Vaccarino opposed the motion, seeking a continuance of the practice for board members to hear orally what changes are being proposed. (2) Reza Akef supported the motion and noted that board members have a duty to read emails and documents that are sent to them. Board members with any questions can always question, contact and inquire of the Chair or any committee member and it is the job of all board members to prepare for the meetings. (3) David Kaplan supported the motion and challenged any board member without the document in front of them to make a meaningful objection. At this point in time after numerous distributions and many months of time to read and digest the substance, David stated that now is not the time to complain. (4) Rick Mills supported the motion and stated that when a board member prints out the materials they are clear and the Chair can make copies available for anyone. (5) Sue Kohl supported the motion and stated that printing out the agenda and board materials is critical to understanding. Action: Chris explained that abstentions count as “opposed” for purposes of a vote on bylaws amendments, pursuant to Bylaws Art. X11.2.A. 23 voting members were present. 17 votes in favor; 5 opposed (including 3 abstentions; the Chair did not vote as per custom and Roberts Rules of Order). The motion passed.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    Above Ground Facilities (AGF) Ordinance.

1) Background: A revised draft ordinance regulating cell towers and other structures in the public right of way (PROW) was transmitted by the City Attorney on December 8, 2015 to relevant City Council committees (hearing TBD). https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm? fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=09-2645. Revisions include: removal of the existing exemption for utility-pole mounted antennas (in certain circumstances); expansion of notice for cell towers in the PROW; and (limited) enhancement of aesthetic criteria. Contact President Chris Spitz for a more detailed summary (info@pacpalicc.org). 2) Proposed MOTION by the Executive Committee (as time allows): “PPCC supports the AGF Ordinance revised as of December 8, 2015, but with a request that “Community Councils” be included among the organizations entitled to receive notice under LAMC Sections 62.08.VII.D.1(e) and 2(e).” Due to time constraints the matter was deferred until the next meeting.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Potential new flight path over Pacific Palisades (Metroplex Plan).

Briefing by FAA officials, including Steve May, Senior Advisor, Office of the Regional Administrator, FAA Western- Pacific Division. Presentation: Glen Martin presenting for the Southern California Metroplex plan as of 1-14-2016. Topics discussed: (1) purpose and need are to re-examine the use of airspace with qualitative benefits to be achieved, (2) current guidelines for airport noise and what is the metric for change, i.e., when has significant impact been achieved and if/how that needs to be mitigated (guidelines were provided); note that this metric is a DB metric and not how noise is perceived by humans. The metric is environmental in nature relative to the governmental process of reports. (3) study area of the draft EA; (4) So Cal MetroPlex environmental process, the procedures have not been changed; if they were changed it would be 4th quarter 2016 or 1st quarter 2017 (4) SMO RWY 21 CTRUS SID. The largest change will be planes coming over the Santa Monica shoreline. (5) LGB HAWCC SID is only for piston driven aircraft. The concern is that the planes will be directly guided towards Los Angeles rather than offshore which conflicts; however, the plan built the routes they currently fly. There is no change from actual flights today. (6) LGB TOPMM SID. Flights interfering with LAX departures so this brings them up sideways over the land as they depart from Long Beach. For the Palisades they will have to be at or above 11,000 square feet when they are headed northbound. (7) LAX IRNMN STAR. Addresses traffic from northern CA and the far west like Hawaii. By sending traffic over Pacific Palisades it curves the vection for the last leg over Santa Monica. (8) LAX CRSHRSTAR. Routes coming down from the north are attempted to tip over the land to reduce angles as the planes come into LAX. (8) LAX HUULLSTAR. Has different departure points. (9) LAX LADYJSID. Relates to departures to the west which will move further west towards Malibu. The altitude will be 1,000 feet lower at the shoreline, i.e., 8,000 square feet instead of 9,000 square feet. In summary these should be the totality of the routes affecting the Palisades within the Metroplex proposal. http://metroplexenvironmental.com/socal_metroplex/socal_introduction.html (or Google Search “SoCal Metroplex”). (10) Depiction of all Jets, turboprops and all others. (11) LAX Traffic Current and Forecasted (percentage increase from 1.68% to 4.46% per annum; forecasts up to 2020 will still be less than 09-11 in terms of numbers not taking account into size however both mini-jets and jumbos have not taken on). (12) The average hourly count for aircraft coming in over Santa Monica at the 8 PM hour and overnight has slightly increased. Some of which may have been effected by runway construction are temporary however the time relation is being studied by the FAA. Will these flights continue late at night and early morning or will they be cancelled when the runway construction is completed? January data should show us however that weather impacts the results as well. Aircraft get slowed down when weather is poor. The FAA does not decide when the planes come in to LAX, this is all based on the airlines and their determination of when their flights come in. For example, Asian flights are coming in 1- 1.5 hours early perhaps due to El Nino and that may be contributing to these numbers as well. (13) LAX north wind arrivals over district 33 slide showing that arrivals over the Palisades are at the highest altitude within Los Angeles. Relative to Santa Monica Canyon the 2013 average altitude was 8,109, the 2014 average was 8,097, and the 2015 averages was 8,091. (14) LAX arrivals over Santa Monica Canyon were measured through the “arrival gate” and the measures had decreased from 118.508 to 118.516. The FAA is surprised as anyone that the measure decreased due to the impact in noise and they are still investigating and analyzing the data.
Questions: (1) Would the noise be noticeable if a plane flies at 8,000 feet vs. 9,000 feet? Yes, it might. (2) How does the inversion layer affect noise? Yes, it can. (3) Does the plan involve private helicopters? No it only deals with aircraft departing LAX or Long Beach. (4) when loading the website, the difference in a Palisades house was less then the beach front and what the EIR concluded; the science that is provided indicates that the Palisades will not perceive a difference. However, on a human level a significant and annoying level in sound has been perceived. While the Metroplex fine may meet criteria there is a mystery and notable increase in noise. (5) the DNL is an average over 24 hours so you can have very loud planes and very soft planes so the plan does not explain individual aircraft noise. (6) in Phoenix, San Francisco and Berkeley there are lawsuits over pending and actual noise. Is the averaging the reason that the FAA is having problems with these communities? The DNL is the standard, it is how things are measured. (7) Will this increase pollution, i.e., soil pollution when planes are flying over ground and what are the measures? Will there be an aggregate number of planes in the future under the Metroplex plans? If aircraft fly less miles, then emissions are less but if more flights are scheduled that offsets the benefit. Changes in emissions are not projected because volume of flights has not been projected. (8) the LAX committee has asked for testing, data and reporting with a “second bite at the apple,” i.e., subsequent change and an on-going process. Airspace will continually be re-evaluated and the ability to change it is always present. (9) Can planes break in a more rural location and reduce the noise to heavily populated areas? Programs build in breaking and idling patterns. It is hoped that planes will essentially idle over the Palisades and Santa Monica before they get to LAX. (10) Are there other ways to analyze the data to understand what is going on relative to residents’ perceived impact of increased noise? The FAA has to look at turn arounds and those few flights that are coming in at a lower altitude. The concern is the voice data may need to be analyzed to show why they are even there; searching anomalies may have a hundred different reasons but the effort would require a one by one search to see how planes are in a detail. Another idea is why planes that are not LAX arrivals are in the competing airspace. (11) Has change in the size of actual aircraft been looked at? The data looks at average height and the number of aircrafts has actually gone down. (12) What is the status of the Santa Monica airport? The court has supported extending operations through 2023. Conclusion: The FAA will continue to coordinate with Janet Turner and Councilmember Bonin’s office.

10.2.    [Flight Approach Paths.]

MOTION by George Wolfberg: “PPCC supports the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) Motion, passed by their committee on December 17, 2015, regarding flight approach paths to LAX. See MVCC Motion attached.” Chris Spitz read the motion. Maryam Zar seconded the motion. Discussion: (1) Reza Akef asked if support of the motion would increase traffic over the Palisades. George explained that the motion encompasses PPCC’s concerns in this regard. Action: The motion passed unanimously.

10.3.    Proposed Village Starbucks CUB (onsite beer and wine sales).

Presenting: Spencer Regnery, Glassman Planning Associates. Presentation: Starbucks Evening Program will add beer and wine and new food items to enhance the experience. The operation will not be loud, Starbucks only wants to provide an option to coffee in the evening and it intends to remain a family destination where servers are trained to verify identification and monitor the situation. Wine or beer would be handed directly to the person who orders it and servers will walk through and continue to observe who is drinking their beer or their wine. Questions: (1) Will hours change? No. Alcohol sales will start at noon and go to 30 minutes before close. Can alcohol be taken off premises? No. Railings will be expanded. (2) How long has this gone on in other locations and it is profitable for the company? It has been tried and successful. The food has been proven to be a successful component. (3) Will the patio remain shared? Yes. (4) Concerns about carding, training, lack of seating, time of servers to check who is drinking what, in Beverly Hills they start serving at 5 PM, and sharing the patio with Subway, etc. (5) A two drink limit might be suggested and opposition to serving alcohol starting at noon rather than 5 PM. (6) Why is the Village Starbucks being targeted as a location needed to serve alcohol with families and people having conversations not wanting to be overseen? High railings are not aesthetically desired in our village and there are concerns about how carding would be verified. (7) What percentage of customers buy food with their beverages? (8) Do alcohol sales increase deliveries? No. (9) Serving alcohol prevents employing students in the area. (10) This would total 19 on site and off sale actual and proposed locations for alcohol sales. That would be too many and there are concerns about noise for residents from what is going on in the patios. (11) Why not limit the hours of alcohol sales? Chris stated that a letter would be written summarizing the board’s questions and Spencer stated that Starbucks would provide answers. The hearing date will be January 26th, 200 Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

11.    General Public Comment — None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 9:01 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.5 – PPCC LETTER REGARDING BMO/BHO AMENDMENT

January 7, 2016

Hon. Councilmember Mike Bonin, Council District 11, mike.bonin@lacity.org
Hon. Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5, paul.koretz@lacity.org
Tom Rothmann, Senior City Planner, City Planning Department, tom.rothmann@lacity.org
Hagu Solomon-Cary, Planning Assistant, City Planning Department, hagu.solomon-cary@lacity.org
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 Via email

Re: Council File #14-0656; CPC-2015-3484-CA; CPC-2015-4197-EAF; Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment; Proposed Zoning Code Amendment to Modify Single Family Zone Regulation; Council District: ALL (“Amendment”).

Dear Councilmembers Bonin and Koretz, Mr. Rothman and Ms. Solomon-Cary:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization and the voice of the Palisades since 1973. In November 2015, PPCC held a public forum to discuss the Amendment. No action was taken on this matter, however board discussion and public comment generally reflect 6 reasons that serve as the basis for PPCC’s current request : The CPC Hearing on the Amendment currently expected for March 2016 should be postponed to allow for additional study, outreach, and public comment receipt/opportunity by the Department of City Planning.

The City’s Process Has Been Insufficient. The Proposed BMO/BHO Code Amendment is very complex and would further restrict building on all property in Pacific Palisades zoned R1, RS, RE or RA that is located in Hillside Areas and all non-Hillside Areas outside of the Coastal Zone. Planning disclosed that it has been working on these amendments since 2014 and, in that process, has been in numerous discussions and meetings with certain residents, other neighborhood councils and property ownership groups/associations. To date, only four public hearings were scheduled (only two of which were in West Los Angeles) and then were held during the holidays when attendance would be naturally limited.

The City Has Not Studied Economic Impacts. Since the Amendment is aimed at limiting the size of new homes if/how will property values (small/large, old/new) in Pacific Palisades be affected? If/how will assessments and tax revenues to the County be affected?

The City Has Not Demonstrated Consensus that the Amendment is Needed. The fundamental premise of the Amendment is that there has been “a proliferation of out of scale development in single family neighborhoods” which “has demonstrated a need to update the current rules.” During PPCC meetings, there has been no agreement on this point with varied perspectives of “homeowners” and “owners/real estate developers/brokers” being voiced.

The Amendment Does Not Use “Plain English” to Explain How Height is to be Measured Nor Does it Detail the Impacts to Property Owners, i.e., height and grade in Hillside Areas is “[insert: Grade] Elevation, [insert: at the perimeter of the building] of the finished or natural surface of the ground, whichever is lower, or the finished surface of the ground…”?

The Amendment Does Not Use “Plain English” and Appears to Dramatically Impact How the Size of New Homes is Measured, i.e., the Amendment affects calculations for basements, garages, covered porches, patios, over height ceilings, maximum residential floor area relative to lot size, bonus options, uniform reductions in hillside areas or coastal zones and changes to the maximum envelope height calculation. Each of these provisions is potentially significant and apparently misunderstood.

The Amendment is Unclear as to Why the Zoning Administrator’s Authority Should be Expanded to Approve Additions Made after August 1, 2010 to “Buildings” (strike: “One Family Dwelling”) under the stated conditions.

In conclusion, this just-released ordinance highlights viewpoint differences on residential development. It deserves more time, more study, more notice and full due process for and with all residents of the City of Los Angeles.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on these proposed amendments.

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):
Hon. Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Mayor, mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
Hon. Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, mike.feuer@lacity.org
Christine Saponara, City Planner, neighborhoodconservation@lacity.org

ITEM 10.2 – FAA / MAR VISTA COMMUNITY COUNCIL MOTION

MVCC Motion passed unanimously – January 12. 2016
WHEREAS, the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) is an official neighborhood organization of the City of Los Angeles;
WHEREAS, beginning no later than October 2015, residents of Mar Vista have observed and experienced significant overhead changes to arrival patterns of commercial passenger airplanes into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX);
WHEREAS these airplanes fly over Mar Vista every 1-2 minutes, beginning before dawn and continuing through the day into the evening, at altitudes lower than they did prior to October 2015, emitting noise at higher levels than they did prior to October 2015;
WHEREAS, residents of the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, and other parts of the City of Los Angeles have reported similar observations regarding changes to approach paths to LAX since at least October 2015;
WHEREAS, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for flight approaches and departures relating to LAX;
WHEREAS, the FAA is in the process of implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), with the goal of transforming the country’s air traffic control system from a ground-based system to a satellite-based system in order to increase efficiency, safety, and predictability to flights throughout the United States;
WHEREAS, on October 8, 2015, the FAA concluded a public comment period relating to its implementation of NextGen technology for LAX and other Southern California airports;
WHEREAS, representatives of the FAA have not explained the reason for the observed changes to flight approaches into LAX over Mar Vista but have denied that they are associated with NextGen implementation;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the MVCC requests and supports efforts by the Los Angeles City Council to request information from the FAA regarding the reason for the observed changes to flight approaches into LAX over Mar Vista.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the MVCC supports flight approaches into LAX over the neighborhoods noted above that would offer a reduction of noise impacts.

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MINUTES FOR  JANUARY 28th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance:  Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, Sarah Conner, Kelly Comras, Greg Sinaiko, Rick Mills, Sue Kohl, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russell, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Gilbert Dembo, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Todd Wadler, Rick Lemmo, Nancy Niles and Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates:  Diane Bleak and Quentin Fleming.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Alan Goldsmith, Michael Soneff, Donna Vaccarino, David Kaplan, Carol Bruch, Laura Mack, Ted Mackie and Kevin Niles.

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Maryam Zar read the Mission Statement.

2.    Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.  Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.    Certification of Quorum.  Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:04 pm.

4.    Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings.  Chris deemed the January 14, 2016 minutes approved as corrected.  Upcoming meetings:  2/11/16.   Further presentation / discussion re Village Starbucks Proposed CUB (onsite beer and wine sales).  2/25/16. (Tentative) VPLUC  update / report supplement / Board  discussion re Village Project land use application (see VPLUC Preliminary Report, http://www.pp90272.org/VPLUC.pdf, and PPCC minutes of 1/14/16; expected public release of MND / traffic study:  mid-February).

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

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of January 28, 2016.  The total account balances equal $39,067. Richard stated that the only significant transaction was the payment of D&O general liability insurance.

7.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    Meeting Ground Rules.  1) Due to library rules, the meeting must end promptly at 9 pm; as needed, the President will stay after the meeting to answer questions.  2) The President conducts meeting order and may rearrange order of discussion at her discretion.  3) Board members and audience shall only speak when called upon by the President; there shall be no interruptions except to make a point of order.  4) The President’s role in maintaining meeting order shall be honored.  5)  All discussion shall be civil, respectful and courteous.  (PPCC Bylaws http://www.pp90272.org/BylawsJanuary2016.pdf).

7.1.2.    PPCC Communications Committee.

Chris announced the committee is made up of: Maryam Zar (Chair), Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg, Brian Deming, Janet Anderson and Chris Spitz (ex officio), members.  The committee’s focus is the launch and maintenance of new PPCC website (in progress); potential e-newsletter; and ongoing messaging/outreach.

7.1.3.    Short Term Rentals (STRs) Update.

Chris stated that PPCC was waiting for distribution and transmittal by the City Planning Dept. of draft ordinance to legalize STRs which are currently illegal in residential zones (draft expected by mid-February).  PPCC position:  opposed to permitting STRs in residential zones (see PPCC minutes of 9/24/15, 10/8/15, 10/22/15, 11/12/15 and attached letters).

7.1.4.    BMO/BHO Amendment Update.  See letter attached to PPCC minutes of 1/14/16.

7.1.5.    Sunset Blvd. Traffic Solutions Community Charrette / Workshop, sponsored by Councilmember Mike Bonin.  February 6, 2016, 8:30am – 1:30pm.  This will be an interactive discussion with experts on ideas to address Sunset traffic problems.  To RSVP go to:  http://www.11thdistrict.com/sunset_traffic_community_workshop.

7.1.6.    Update on aircraft noise / support for MVCC motion.  See attached letter below and PPCC minutes of 1/14/16.

7.1.7.    Update on Proposed Village Starbucks CUB.

Hearing date 1/26/16.  Chris reported that as expected (as of agenda distribution) per requests of the applicant and PPCC the file will be kept open for comment by PPCC after further presentation to the board on 2/11/16.  Chris reported that she had conducted a survey of three area stores which have the Evenings Program and would be submitting a report to the board.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives  (Note:  Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.

Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy.  Sharon reported that: (1) CD-11 was appreciative of PPCC’s input on the FAA noise issue.  Councilmember Bonin is pursuing additional information.  (2) The Active 11 event was successful and Councilmember Bonin thanked residents for turning out.  (3) Sunset Traffic – event will be on February 6, 2016 from 9 am to noon and it will focus on traffic from Kenter to the 405, see also 7.1.6 on this agenda.  (4) CD11 Newsletter – will be released tomorrow and Councilmember Bonin hopes people will seek out messages on important topics such as a recent motion for a report from LAPD to report back on deployment measures. (5) Homeless Task Force Count – CD11 thanked Maryam Zar, OPCC and all other people involved in the homeless count and other affiliated efforts.  Questions: (1) at the C-PAB meeting it was stated that a pull of resources to Metro was not affecting the Palisades.  Sharon stated that the Councilmembers are asking the same questions for this specific division and citywide; there is conversation about specialized units (ala probation compliance) and she suggested that we monitor reaction to the Councilmember’s motion. Maryam Zar referenced additional resources for the homeless count.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen. Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

1)  Maryam Zar, Vice-President.  PPTFH update (1/28/16 Homeless Count and recent OPCC outreach).  Maryam stated that there was a count this morning and while the numbers are not finalized it does not appear that there has been a notable increase. The LA Times was in attendance and reporting. (2) Richard Cohen – reported that at the recent CPAB meeting the City Attorney said that LAMC 63.44 has been changed (the law that makes it a violation to camp or loiter in a park or beach subject to that code, i.e., Will Rogers State Beach).  The LA City Council changed that law to make the first infraction a ticket violation and not a misdemeanor.  This complicates enforcement; the discussion that ensued was to hold the City Council responsible for complicating enforcement.  It is unclear when this law was changed by the Council and what is the effective date of the new terms.   (3) Richard Cohen reported that the Pacific Palisades Charter Library will be waiving over-due fees through February 13, 2016.  (4) Sue Kohl (Area 5) – reported that LAPD had done foot patrol in the Alphabet Streets and the effort was received very positively by residents. (5) Reza Akef (Area 8) – tomorrow there is a meeting regarding the Northern Trust Open (traffic control, reduction of neighborhood impacts, etc.) at CD-11 with Area 7 and Area 8 representatives.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives.

(1) Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce) – the newest Honorary Mayor is Kevin Nealon (former SNL cast member). (2) Gil Dembo (TCA) – reported that two more lots will be auctioned off to facilitate the completion by the City of Potrero Canyon Park.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Bylaws Committee (Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret, Co-Chairs).

Richard Cohen reported on joint meeting of the Bylaws and Executive Committees, January 22, 2016.  Topic: drafting of proposed bylaws amendments relative to elected Area and At-large representatives, election procedures and a minor adjustment to Area 3 and Area 4 boundaries (Bylaws Art. VIII.1.B and D; Appendix B and Attachment A).  In consideration of the upcoming (July-September 2016) election process for Area and At-large representatives, and in consideration of the advice of both the Bylaws and Executive Committees, the Chair directed the Bylaws Committee to discuss and draft amendment language to:

1.  Voting:  With the goal of getting as many total votes as possible, the bylaws should enable the PPCC to conduct voting by any one or more of the following methods: U.S. mail, in-person at the Farmer’s Market (or other comparable public venue), and on-line (if available).

2.   Area Representative Candidate Application: Any person desiring to be a candidate for election or re-election shall sign a Candidate Qualification Form that will, at minimum, include: (A) certification of address of that person’s “principal” residence as defined by the Los Angeles County Assessor, i.e., “(1) where you are registered to vote; (2) the home address on your automobile registration, and (3) where you normally return after work. If after considering these criteria you are still uncertain, choose the place at which you have spent the major portion of your time this year.”; (B) certification of the date on which the dwelling began to be occupied as the candidate’s principal residence; and (C) notice to the candidate of the obligation, if elected, to immediately inform PPCC of a change in principal residence.

3.  At-large Candidate Application:  A Candidate Qualification Form similar to that detailed in #2 above shall be required and include a comparable certifications relative to principal residence, ownership of real property or operation of a business in Pacific Palisades.

4.  Area Representative Boundaries: to clarify descriptions and with the agreement of the current Area 3 and Area 4 representatives, the Area Representative Boundaries shall be modified such that both sides of Las Casas are included in Area 3 and any property with a Grenola street address shall be included in Area 4.

5.  Area and At-large Representatives: should an Area Representative no longer maintain his or her principal residence within Area Representative Boundary for which he or she is serving then the seat shall be deemed vacant.  Comparable language to be drafted relative to an At-large Representative.

6.   General Amendments: Newsletter and posting requirements shall be updated and modernized to reflect current practices, along with other amendments to Bylaws Art. VIII.1.B and D; Appendix B and Attachment A that the Bylaws Committee may recommend.

Discussion: (1) the Grenola residents see the entire loop as a unit and perhaps all the streets should stay together.  Richard explained that Baylor really goes with Area 3 because it is impacted by Marquez but the end streets share things in common more with Las Pulgas Canyon.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    Above Ground Facilities (AGF) Ordinance.

Chris Spitz reported the following:  1) Background:  A revised draft ordinance regulating cell towers and other structures in the public right of way (PROW) was transmitted by the City Attorney on 12/8/15 to City Council committees (hearing TBD). https://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=09-2645. Revisions include: removal of the existing exemption for utility-pole mounted antennas (in certain circumstances); expansion of notice for cell towers in the PROW; and (limited) enhancement of aesthetic criteria.  Chris stated that interested persons should contact President Chris Spitz for a more detailed summary (info@pacpalicc.org).  Chris showed several visuals of types of poles – and explained the information contained in the attachments below.  See attachments below.  2) MOTION by the Executive Committee: That PPCC support the AGF Ordinance revised as of December 8, 2015, but with a request that “Community Councils” be included among the organizations entitled to receive notice under LAMC Sections 62.08.VII.D.1(e) and 2(e).  Discussion:  None.  Action: The Motion passed unanimously.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    LADWP presentation re proposed temporary (pole-mounted) facilities to increase power capacity due to overloaded circuits in the Palisades.

At a minimum, it is expected that the installations may affect and/or be located in PPCC Areas 3 (Marquez) and 5 (Village/Alphabet Streets) potentially near existing LADWP properties, although also possible in other locations (note:  the proposed DS-104/substation location will NOT be a topic of discussion).   Presentation:  Jack Waizenegger, Assistant Director, Power Systems Engineering Division, LADWP. Jack_waizenegger@ladwp.com. Bill Herriott, Manager of Distribution and Maintenance for Water & Power.  “Three Troubled DWP Circuits in Pacific Palisades.”  We all want safe, sustainable, affordable, quality and reliable power.  In the Palisades the load has been growing for many years (new homes, businesses, home expansion, additional electronics).  Delayed construction of a new distributing station.  LADWP feels a new station is really needed to improve power quality and reliability. The Palisades is operating on 9 or 10 circuits from 3 “feeders”. Three existing troubled circuits/” feeders” are: (a) outage prone and (b) overloaded.  A map of two circuits was shown of neighborhoods west of Temescal Canyon Road (DS-29) and Area 1.  The third severely overloaded circuit is just adjacent and covers additional areas south of Temescal Canyon Road but also includes the Via Bluffs.  Duration of outages ran far beyond the rest of the City of LA with outages beyond 13 hours.  In the City of LA, a total outage is expected once every 14-15 months.  The Palisades has had 3 within 12 months by comparison.  Our outages are on average 3 to 4 times greater then other areas of the City.  Jack reviewed the Overload Statistics from 2009-2015, which ranged from 85% to 138% usage.  Temporary measures before the summer of 2016 are needed in order to avoid disconnecting service (reference homeowner letter previously sent by LADWP).  Solutions: (1) continue various miscellaneous repairs and replacements per 10/21/2015 letter sent to residents, (2) short term solution is to split the three circuits with two pole top distribution stations to form five circuits and (3) long term solution is to build a new distributing station.   To create three circuits there need to be new locations for pole top sites: (1) Marquez Site, new DS-198, in the public right of way near the existing vault underneath Marquez Ave. and within the existing pole line.  (2) New PTDS 195 south from the corner of El Medio and Sunset Blvd. Benefits:  relieve the overloaded circuits, improve power quality and reliability, and limitations compared to a new distribution station.  Cons:  The pole tops are fused, no backup supply, no backup transformer, no regulation, OH exposure, and minimal remote monitoring and control.  A distributing station would not have the limitations listed previously.  So having a distributing station is safer, there is no overhead exposure or exposure to cars and pole tops have minimal monitoring and control which require remote response.  Visual:  a sample DS-194 on Foothill Blvd. between Jeff Avenue and Brainerd Avenue is what the Palisades installations will look like.  Design and Construction:  LADWP standards are C633-16 last designed in 2012.  The design complies with ADA, GO-95, Cal-OSHA, Title 8 and LADWP rules regarding service and safety.  LADWP has the right to install these per CA Streets and Highway Code Sections 5100-5105.  The installations comply with Power Distribution Division Construction Standards, Transformer Pad Location Requirements for Ambient Sounds Levels in Residential Zones, C721-018; and City of LA Noise Ordinances.  The installations comply with EMF, the Prudent Avoidance Policy (low or no cost avoiding/placing).  Currently there are 34 existing citywide PTDSs.  Schedule:  construction will begin in March with 4 weeks needed per each PTDS.  In-service before summer.  The installations will stay in service until a new permanent DS is built.  There is a CEPA NOP (Notice of Prep) to come sometime this year for a permanent DS.  More PTDSs will be needed; perhaps within a year.  It is likely a third pole top will be built somewhere in the community by winter 2016 but that site has not been determined.  Discussion: Chris stated that before discussion she would like to highlight the notice contained in the meeting agenda for this topic:  the proposed DS-104/substation location will NOT be a topic of discussion.  Arguments about any particular permanent substation location are not appropriate tonight and should be reserved for another time and place.  Any speaker who comments on a specific location for the DS 104 substation will be out of order.   However, just to be clear, general questions about DWP’s process as it relates to the substation and these pole-mounted facilities would be fair and consistent with the agenda. Board Discussion: (1) can the installations be put underground?  No.  Undergrounding would cost too much, take longer to build and would be more disruptive because of the need to construct large vaults into and under the streets. (2) how can we get the community to support LADWP providing power to the entire Pacific Palisades? The CEQA process will be starting and it is helpful for PPCC and residents to be an active part of that process.  Alternative technologies (solar, energy efficiencies, batteries, more efficient appliances, don’t waste energy, etc.) that consumers can utilize help but are not a substitute for these pole tops or a new substation. (3) can we miniaturize these stations like other devices that have gotten smaller?  Main conductors and transformers do not change, i.e. a certain size copper or aluminum can only carry so much based on their natural properties.  If you need to haul a big wagon you need a big truck. (4) if the pole top installations are not built what would the consequences be? The number of outages will increase and they will take longer to restore. (5) once the permanent station is built will these be removed? Yes. (6) what is the longest running pole top facility?  They can last a few decades.  (7) to avoid disrupting traffic where El Medio hits Sunset by the high school, can construction work be scheduled to avoid heavy traffic times before and after school, or is there another location for this tower? The PTDS needs to be located at this intersection. The alternate locations are across Sunset in front of either the Lutheran or Presbyterian church where the unit would be much more visible and along a Scenic Highway. The construction equipment is very noisy so it is not used in the evening in residential areas. Crews have a nine hour shift and usually work 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The work will be completed by WLA distribution crews and won’t be contracted out.  LADWP works with school and the rapid transit department when work goes on in front of bus stops. Chris Spitz asked that PPCC get notice and enjoy a cooperative working relationship as does the Brentwood Community Council.  (8) have there been issues with the 34 installations, like blowing up or being any more dangerous than a regular pole?  Any installation is vulnerable to the public.  There is no data for failure of pole top installations that Bill is aware of. (9) why can’t the pole go on the rear of the land that the LADWP owns so it is out of sight and out of mind? If it is on private property a CUP would be needed and the process would take too long and that site is too contentious to do anything other than a by right installation. (10) noting reliability, redundancy and fuse blowing comments will residents closer to the new pole tops getting better power? There are many factors involved and it is possible there will be regulating problems so it is not really an answerable question.  The location of the pole tops really cannot be changed.  (11) would the Sunset and El Medio pole top transformer benefit the High School in any way and can it be coordinated with school hours and vacation schedules?  The pole tops are not to supply power for the schools because the schools have their own transformers on site and the pole tops do not increase capacity. (12) DS29 (existing) is a supply station, there is no pole top installation going there. (13) could the two pole tops be built simultaneously? No, one will be finished and then the second built to avoid circuit interruption.  (14) do these changes take into account Caruso’s Village Project?  No this project deals with the existing overload that has been in place for years.  Bill says likely the Village Project will be fed off of a different system and the pole top DS network should not be affected.  Audience Discussion: (1) there is a cost on the community in terms of aesthetics.  The vast majority of outages were not caused by overuse.  The idea is to reduce the amount of areas affected by the outages.  No, the actual system equipment is overloaded in addition to losses being caused by palm fronds and drivers who hit poles.  Heat is the biggest cause of trouble. Every time a transformer is refused because it is too hot that takes life out of transformers and the same is true for underground cables.  Repairs can only be made so many times before replacements have to be made. (2) neighborhoods have been plunged into the dark.  There are new condominium units that are being built.  Residents support a permanent distribution station being built. (3) a resident living across from the Marquez pole top DS site expressed concern about aesthetics and height of the pole top installation.  Bill thought the tallest pole would be 55 or 60 feet and the racks sit 25-30 feet off the ground. (4) will it be a stand alone pole top or will there be attached power lines?  How far will the power lines reach? Does dragging additional power lines to existing poles create a hazard? If something happens at either pole top installation how long would it take for the issue to be addressed?  Additional lines have no affect on reliability other then to improve it.  The pole top installations will tap into existing poles and underground vaults. They must be located close to other already established supply lines.  (5) what is the estimated cost for the pole top projects? Each installation is roughly $200,000.  (6) have you considered the aesthetics of these pole top installations and are these the best looking they can be? LADWP does consider aesthetics and tries to minimize their footprint size-wise and surrounding visual environment.  The poles are subject to wind loading calculations and LADWP’s poles have to be worked on in conjunction with all other Joint Pole Authority participants (cell companies, etc.).

11.    General Public Comment — None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 9:01PM.

ATTACHMENTS 

ITEM 7.1.7 – PPCC LETTER RE AIRCRAFT NOISE/SUPPORT FOR MVCC MOTION

January 15, 2016

Honorable Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilmember (CD 11)
Honorable Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Los Angeles City Council President and Councilmember (CD 10)
All other Los Angeles City Councilmembers (Hon. Blumenfield, Buscaino, Cedillo, Englander, Fuentes, Harris-Dawson, Huizar, Koretz, Krekorian, Martinez, Price, O’Farrell and Ryu)

Via email to all Councilmembers

Hon. Councilmembers Bonin and Wesson and all other members of the Los Angeles City Council:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the community for more than forty years.  The recent increase in noise from low-flying commercial aircraft has resulted in complaints from residents in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon as well as in West Los Angeles, Mar Vista, Santa Monica and adjacent areas.  Last night our board was briefed by the FAA on the proposed Metroplex program with additional attention given to the current complaints.  The PPCC board takes notice of our residents’ concerns regarding the increased noise from commercial flight operations over our community.  We have reviewed the attached motion unanimously passed by the Mar Vista Community Council on January 12, 2016.  We note that the airplanes flying over Mar Vista appear to be the same craft that have flown over our community.  The MVCC motion supports flight operations into LAX over neighborhoods, specifically including Pacific Palisades, that offer a reduction of noise impacts.

After the FAA briefing, the PPCC board unanimously approved a motion to concur with and support the MVCC motion.

In the brief time it has taken to prepare this document around 6:00 AM, four aircraft have flown low over my house.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz, President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

Encl. (MVCC Motion)

cc (via email):

Honorable Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator for California
Honorable Diane Feinstein, U.S. Senator for California
Honorable Ted Lieu, U.S. Congressman (33rd District California)
Honorable Karen Bass, U.S. Congresswoman (37th District California)
Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Honorable Tony Vazquez, Mayor, City of Santa Monica
Kathryn Pantoja, Environmental Affairs Officer (Noise Management), LAWA
Omar Pulido, LAX Community Liaison, CD11

MVCC Motion passed unanimously – January 12. 2016

WHEREAS, the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) is an official neighborhood organization of the City of Los Angeles;

WHEREAS, beginning no later than October 2015, residents of Mar Vista have observed and experienced significant overhead changes to arrival patterns of commercial passenger airplanes into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX);

WHEREAS these airplanes fly over Mar Vista every 1-2 minutes, beginning before dawn and continuing through the day into the evening, at altitudes lower than they did prior to October 2015, emitting noise at higher levels than they did prior to October 2015;

WHEREAS, residents of the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, and other parts of the City of Los Angeles have reported similar observations regarding changes to approach paths to LAX since at least October 2015;

WHEREAS, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for flight approaches and departures relating to LAX;

WHEREAS, the FAA is in the process of implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), with the goal of transforming the country’s air traffic control system from a ground-based system to a satellite-based system in order to increase efficiency, safety, and predictability to flights throughout the United States;

WHEREAS, on October 8, 2015, the FAA concluded a public comment period relating to its implementation of NextGen technology for LAX and other Southern California airports;

WHEREAS, representatives of the FAA have not explained the reason for the observed changes to flight approaches into LAX over Mar Vista but have denied that they are associated with NextGen implementation;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the MVCC requests and supports efforts by the Los Angeles City Council to request information from the FAA regarding the reason for the observed changes to flight approaches into LAX over Mar Vista.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the MVCC supports flight approaches into LAX over the neighborhoods noted above that would offer a reduction of noise impacts.

ITEM 9.1 — ABOVE GROUND FACILITIES (AGF) ORDINANCE

Talking Points re Revised AGF Ordinance
(CF 09-2645; City Attorney Draft Dated December 8, 2015)

A.       Background

1.       In September 2012, acting on a 2009 motion by former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, the City Council directed the City Attorney to revise the current Above Ground Facilities (AGF) Ordinance (LAMC §62.00, et seq. — regulating cell towers and other structures, known as “AGFs,” located in the public right-of-way).  Specifically, the Council called for elimination of the existing exemption for utility pole-mounted cell towers, expansion of notification requirements, enhancement of aesthetic criteria and proof of gap-in-coverage (Council File 09-2645).  PPCC and many other community organizations (including all members of WRAC) strongly supported these directed revisions.

2.      Following the Council’s directive and later directives from the Public Works and Gang Reduction (PWGR) and PLUM Committees (to eliminate the proof of gap-in-coverage requirement and to retain an exemption for utility pole-mounted “Small Cell” installations; see Secs. B.1 and C.1, below), the City Attorney submitted multiple drafts of a revised AGF Ordinance (in 2013, 2014 and most recently on December 8, 2015).

3.     The December 8, 2015 draft (“2015 Draft”; http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-2645_misc_12-08-2015.pdf) reflects input from City agencies such as LADWP, Planning, Cultural Affairs and the Bureau of Engineering (BOE) and includes further revisions by the City Attorney in light of recent changes in federal and state law.  The PWGR and PLUM Committees are expected to consider the 2015 Draft in a possible joint session in early 2016.

B.      Key Provisions of the 2015 Draft

1.        The exemption for utility pole-mounted antennas is eliminated in certain circumstances: Antennas larger than “Small Cell” (see below) are not exempt (i.e., the exemption is eliminated) in all areas other than commercial (C) and manufacturing (M) zones, and in C and M zones in two circumstances: (1) if the pole is located in a defined “below grade” area (e.g., Specific Plan, Historic Preservation, Scenic Highway) or (2) if the adjoining lot “has residential use.”  The utility poles themselves (apart from antennas) and all Small Cell antennas are also exempt, wherever located.  (See Small Cell definition discussed in Sec. C.1, below; other exemptions are listed in Sec. C.5, below.)

2.    Notice is expanded for cell towers in the public right-of-way (including freestanding “monopole” cell towers and non-exempt utility pole-mounted large antennas, i.e., those where the exemption is eliminated, as noted above):  The AGF applicant must mail notice of the application to any owners and residents of lots within a 250 ft. radius from the proposed AGF location; and to Neighborhood Councils (but not Community Councils), the City Council office and homeowners’ and/or residents’ associations within the boundaries of the proposed AGF location.  Note: the AGF applicant must provide proof of mailing (via postal service receipts, mailing service certification or “certification from the Applicant”); the existing registered mail requirement is eliminated (also eliminated in prior draft iterations); and more limited (existing) notice requirements remain for smaller, non-cell tower AGFs (e.g., cabinets).

3.   Aesthetic criteria are enhanced, to a degree: Specifically, most AGFs (including freestanding “monopole” cell towers) located in residential and below grade areas are subject to a new “Least Intrusive Means Test” (“the least amount of physical or aesthetic intrusion into the Public Right-of-Way, taking into account the physical characteristics of the AGF, including but not limited to, size, shape, height, volume, color, noise, camouflaging and screening”) – except that non-exempt utility pole-mounted large antennas are subject to a different (new) discretionary requirement:  the AGF applicant may be required to paint the antennas to match the pole in order to “conceal or minimize visual impact.”  Note:  utility-pole mounted antennas are also subject to state law, e.g., Public Utilities Code requirements regarding pole attachments.

C.      Other Provisions of Note

1.     A “Small Cell” (exempt under the 2015 Draft and per the PWGR and PLUM Committees’ directive) is defined as an antenna or “group of antennas” mounted on a utility pole with a “total cumulative volume” of not more than 3.0 cubic feet, excluding cable and conduit.  Additionally, a Small Cell must extend no more than 6 inches from the pole unless additional “stand-off” is required to comply with applicable health or safety regulations; and may not be installed more than 6 feet above the highest transmission lines on a utility pole.  Note:  a prior 2014 draft specified a total volume of “less than 2.0 cubic feet” for a single antenna, i.e., not “cumulative” volume for a “group of antennas.”

2.     Non-exempt utility pole-mounted large antennas are not subject to prior Cultural Affairs Commission design approval (required for all other AGFs), nor to height limits (since the poles themselves are exempt) – but are subject to other applicable provisions.

3.      Pre-determination field investigations of AGF locations will now be at the discretion of BOE.  Note:  Existing provisions (also in prior draft iterations) for some mandatory field investigations (in certain specified instances) have been eliminated.

4.     Certification that the facility will comply with applicable FCC requirements (also directed by the City Council in 2012) remains a requirement in the 2015 Draft (as in prior iterations).

5.     Persons or organizations that received initial notice of the AGF application (other than Neighborhood Councils and the Council office) may appeal the BOE’s determination.  Any appeal must be “received by” BOE within 14 calendar days from the date of notification of the determination (notification to be given by the AGF applicant within 3 calendar days to all those who received initial notice of the application).  Note: the existing language (also in prior draft iterations; now eliminated) is for appeals to be “submitted to” as opposed to “received by” BOE within 14 calendar days.

6.     In addition to Small Cells, exempt facilities include (among other specified structures):  street light poles, fire hydrants, traffic and pedestrian control fixtures, utility poles (other than non-exempt antennas mounted on the poles), utility pole-mounted antennas in C and M zones (except as described in Sec. B.1 above), electrical power meters associated with Small Cell or exempt utility pole-mounted facilities (new), and “vent stacks” related to underground vaults.

7.     The 2015 Draft contains numerous revisions with varying degrees of significance.  Those interested should review the Council File and the 2015 Draft (link in Sec. A.3, above) and should not rely solely on these Talking Points for information.

Christina Spitz, President
Pacific Palisades Community Council
ppfriends3@hotmail.com
January 8, 2016

The Skinny – How Are Cell Towers Treated Under the 2015 Draft AGF Ordinance?[1]

Freestanding (“Monopole”) Cell Towers[2]

Notice:  Applicant must mail notice of the AGF application to: owners and residents of lots within a 250 ft. radius of the tower location, the Neighborhood Council and Council office where the tower is located, and relevant HOAs and/or residents’ associations.
Applicable Standards:  Subject to height limits and “Least Intrusive Means Test” (if located in a residential or defined “below grade” area, e.g., Specific Plan, Historic Preservation, Scenic Highway); “hardship waiver” required (if located in a below grade area); other aesthetic, public safety and permit processing requirements apply.
Appeals:  Any person or organization that received initial notice of the application (except for Neighborhood Councils and the Council office) may appeal.  Process:[3]  Applicant must (within 3 calendar days of BOE’s determination) notify those same persons and organizations of the determination; appeals must be “received by” BOE within 14 calendar days from date of notification, i.e., actual time to initiate an appeal may be shorter than 14 days.

Utility Pole-Mounted Cell Towers[4]

Exempt Facilities, i.e., those not subject to ordinance requirements:  Utility poles themselves (apart from antennas) and other specified structures in all areas; “Small Cell” antennas in all areas;[5] antennas attached to poles in commercial (C) and manufacturing (M) zones, except in two circumstances (see below).
Non-Exempt Facilities, i.e., those subject to ordinance requirements:  Large antennas (not Small Cells) in all areas other than C and M zones, and in C and M zones if: (1) the pole is located in a below grade area, or (2) the adjoining lot “has residential use.”
Notice and Appeals:  If non-exempt antennas:  Same processes apply as set forth above.
Applicable Standards:  If non-exempt antennas: Not subject to height limits or Least Intrusive Means Test; hardship waiver required (if located in a below grade area); subject to new discretionary aesthetic requirement[6] and other applicable provisions.

Christina Spitz, President
Pacific Palisades Community Council
ppfriends3@hotmail.com
January 8, 2016

[1] Don’t forget – the Above Ground Facilities (AGF) Ordinance only deals with cell towers and other structures located in the “public right-of-way” (sidewalks, parkways, medians, alleys, streets).  Cell towers located on private property (buildings, yards, parking lots, etc.) are governed by different Municipal Code regulations; additional permitting requirements also apply to towers located in the Coastal zone (including in the public right-of-way).
[2] These types of towers consist of antennas set on poles (usually metal) that are not used to support (i.e., not attached to) any power, cable, telephone or telecommunication lines or wires.  Examples: two on Sunset Blvd. just east of Capri in the Palisades Riviera and several along Palisades Dr. in the Palisades Highlands.
[3] AGF applications are initially processed by the Bureau of Engineering (BOE); staff determines administratively whether to approve the application (without a hearing).  BOE’s determination becomes final if no timely appeal is made; any appeals are decided by the Board of Public Works (with a hearing), “subject to the City Council’s right of review under Charter Section 245.”
[4] In contrast with “monopoles,” these types of towers consist of antennas set on utility poles (usually wood) that are used to support (i.e., are attached to) power, cable, telephone or telecommunication lines or wires.  Examples: several along Sunset Blvd. in Brentwood and the Palisades and one at Via de la Paz & DePauw in the Palisades.
[5] “Small Cell” basic definition: a utility pole-mounted antenna or group of antennas with a total cumulative volume of not more than 3.0 cubic feet, excluding cable and conduit.
[6] Applicant may be required to paint antennas to match the pole in order to “conceal or minimize visual impact;” antennas are also subject to state law, e.g., Public Utilities Code requirements regarding pole attachments.

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MINUTES FOR  FEBRUARY 11th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Rick Mills, Greg Sinaiko, Susan Payne, Peter Culhane, Janet Anderson, Sara Conner, Cathy Russell, Nancy Niles, Richard Wulliger, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Gilbert Dembo and Barbara Marinacci. 

Voting Alternates: Diane Bleak, Robin Meyers, Doug McCormick, and Todd Wadler.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: David Kaplan, Diane Blake, Carol Bruch, Linda Lefkowitz and Ted Mackie.

Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.
  1.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.
  2.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:06 pm.
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the minutes of January 28, 2016 approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 2/25/16. (Tentative) VPLUC update / report supplement / Board discussion re Village Project land use application (see VPLUC Preliminary Report, http://www.pp90272.org/VPLUC.pdf, and PPCC minutes of 1/14/16; expected public release of MND / traffic study: mid-February). 3/10/16. (Tentative) WRAC-sponsored motions regarding (1) CUB/alcohol conditions, (2) the VA Master Plan and related Sen. Feinstein Bill, (3) Zoning Code enforcement.
  1.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  1.   Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of February 11, 2016.    The total account balances equal $38,712.74. Richard stated that this past week PPCC filed its federal, state and California Registry or Charitable Trusts annual returns and filings. 
  1.   Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    Meeting Ground Rules.  1) Due to library rules, the meeting must end promptly at 9 pm; as needed, the President will stay after the meeting to answer questions. 2) The President conducts meeting order and may rearrange order of discussion at her discretion. 3) Board members and audience shall only speak when called upon by the President; there shall be no interruptions except to make a point of order. 4) The President’s role in maintaining meeting order shall be honored. 5) All discussion shall be civil, respectful and courteous. (PPCC Bylaws http://www.pp90272.org/BylawsJanuary2016.pdf).

7.1.2.    Short Term Rentals (STRs) Update.

Chris stated that PPCC is awaiting distribution and transmittal by the City Planning Dept. of draft ordinance to legalize STRs currently illegal in residential zones (draft now expected in late February). PPCC position: opposed to permitting STRs in residential zones. See PPCC minutes of 9/24/15, 10/8/15, 10/22/15, 11/12/15 and attached letters.

7.1.3.    BMO/BHO Amendment Update.  See PPCC minutes of 1/14/16 and attached letter.

7.1.4.    Revised Draft AGF Ordinance Update.  See attached letter (see also PPCC minutes of 1/28/16 and attached Talking Points and “the Skinny” documents).

7.1.5.    LADWP – Pole-Top Distributing Stations Update.  See LADWP Power Point posted at:http://www.pp90272.org/index.html. Chris announced that the DWP power point is on the council’s website. Chris read the PPCC announcement below for the record.  See attached below.

7.1.6.    Launch of new PPCC website (www.pacpalicc.org).

Chris stated that for a preview of the work in progress as of agenda distribution, go to: https://ppccwebsite.wordpress.com. Thanks to Michael Soneff for helping with this effort expected to launch within the next week or two. Special thanks to Ted Mackie, creator of PPCC’s original website and webmaster for over 14 years.

7.1.7.    (Tentative) cancellation of March 24 Board meeting due to library staff unavailability. Chris explained that without staff there is a special $240 charge and the Executive Committee is not aware of any special matter that requires a meeting on that date. If any board member or member of the public objects, please let Chris know after the meeting or immediately otherwise.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.   Los  Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore.

SLO Moore reported that: (1) Crime is down 52% overall in the Palisades compared to last year at this time. (2) Homelessness and Enforcement. Not all enforcement results in an arrest and removal to jail, in fact 90% of enforcement against a homeless person is a citation that is signed. If they go to court it is taken care of or it turns into a warrant which after time the officers can take them to jail for not going to court. Questions: (1) Have neighborhood watch groups had an effect? Absoultely. (2) Car registrations. Criminals will take the registrations and then sell a car that they sold. Owners should make a copy of their registration card, block out the address and then the paper is useless to would be thieves. (3) RV Parking on Sunset and Palisades Drive, is that legal? Yes, it is being allowed unless there are posting against vehicle length and hours. Signs are needed for enforcement.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy — Not in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen. Lila Kalaf, District Representative.

Lila reported that (1) The legislature in in session in Sacramento and new laws are being introduced every day. The deadline for new legislation is February 19, 2016. Sen. Allen’s three priorities are homelessness (the No Place Like Home Initiative which funds permanent housing in cities using Proposition 63 funds instead of a new source; $200 million for transitional housing until permanent housing can be built), the environment (Porter Ranch; SD888 to deal with the climate change impact of the methane leak) and education (Ta-Da (theater and dance act) to allow for credentials to be offered in theater and dance for teachers in this specialty; measures to address teacher shortages; packages to address recruitment, training, credentials, and loan forgiveness). Also El Nino brochures are available along with cards to encourage outreach to Senator Allen’s office. Questions: (1) What is the status of curtailing photo enforcement by the MRCA? Senator Allen has been in Franklin and Temescal Canyon with the MRCA and other Senators. There has been a traffic study to make recommendations as to where the stop signs are located. Could PPCC get a traffic of the traffic study? Yes, MRCA did a traffic study that Senator Allen’s office will provide us with. (2) When funds are passed for homeless what is the intent? That has not been determined yet but details on distribution could be provided. (3) Prop 63 money is only being allocated at $2 million, where is the rest of the money going? What about the City of LA homeless money that is being budgeted? Where is it all going? Prop. 63 is generally for mental health services. Is there a website or somewhere to go to see where Prop. 63 money is going? Yes, Senator Allen’s office will forward that to PPCC. (4) Would the Senator be amenable to taking a look at penalties for hit and run drivers, particularly those who run over bicycle riders? Yes. (5) Please stress that this community is fed up with MRCA with regard to the stop signs.

7.2.6.   United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.  Janet Turner, District Representative.

Janet reported that: (1) Thank you for the effort to turn out for input on the final draft of the VA Masterplan including 1,200 permanent beds (490 to be completed in 30 months and 739 bridge beds), the Purple Line and the VA Secretary promised for a parking structure available for the Purple Line. There is going to be a community veteran engagement board with Ann Brown (the new director of the WLA VA) who would like to present to PPCC as to how this board will work. The VA did a traffic study and then the VA re-worked the Master Plan to address challenges revealed from that. There will be a second traffic study to see if measures are effective. UCLA’s agreement has been completed and is a benefit. Brentwood School and Brentwood Village (has formed a 501c3 to help train veterans). Soccer will continue as long as the land is not needed. The status of the dog park is not known. The legislation is needed to go through to provide permanent housing for veterans.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                                          

7.3.1.     Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Chris announced that the next PPTFH community meeting will be on 2/18/16, 3-5pm, Palisades library. Topics: Count Recap; LAFD, LAPD updates; keynote by Inner City Law Center Exec. Director Adam Murray (LAT Op Ed: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1231-murray- myths-about-la-homelessness-20160101-story.html). (2) Reza Akef (Area 8) reported that the Northern Trust has broken their promises to CD11 and residents regarding mitigation to the community. Deliveries are taking place at 4 am and there are other violations of their Conditional Use Permit (“CUP”). Reza asked CD-11 to investigate and hold the Riviera County Club accountable to their CUP. Chris stated that PPCC could ask for a letter to advise of the parameters of the CUP and to encourage the Country Club and the sponsors of events to comply. Chris asked Reza to submit a draft letter.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Bruce Schwartz, PRIDE. Proposed streetscape safety enhancements (not parklet) at intersection of La Cruz and Alma Real. Bruce reported that PRIDE is in the exploratory stages of seeking support for this project and more information will be reported within the next several meetings.

  1.   Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Bylaws Committee (Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret, Co-Chairs).

Update on drafting of proposed bylaws amendments relative to elected Area and At-large representatives, election procedures and a minor adjustment to Area 3 and Area 4 boundaries (Bylaws Art. VIII.1.B and D; Appendix B and Attachment A). Richard summarized the report at the last meeting and reported that follow up communications had been made with residents as to adjustments to the Area 3 and Area 4 boundaries. There is affinity to the canyon which is Area 4 so the committee agrees that if that is what the residents want then they should have that. The committee feels that Baylor which extends off of Sunset is more aligned with Area 3 and the compromise has been discussed with all.

8.2.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

Update on status of Village Project land use application/MND/traffic study. David reported that since the last DRB meeting the developer has submitted a revised set of plans. The committee is reviewing those plans and will complete a revised report to include whatever those plans have adjusted though there are not many areas of the prior report that the plans impact. The traffic study is expected on 2/18/2016. Patti Post, PPCC’s traffic expert, will be involved and reviewing that study. The committee hopes to submit a revised report and a possible recommendation to the board at PPCC’s 2/25/2016 meeting.

  1.   Old Business.

9.1.    Further presentation / discussion re Village Starbucks Proposed CUB (onsite beer and wine sales).

Presenting: Spencer Regnery, Glassman Associates. (City file held open until Feb. 16 for potential input by PPCC.) Chris introduced the topic and summarized the results of her personal survey of Starbuck’s stores with evening programs in Torrance, Calabasas and Beverly Hills. [See: http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Survey-of-Starbucks-Evening-Programs-2.pdf.] Presentation: Spencer referred to the correspondence and response from Starbucks in answer to the discussion from the last meeting and follow up correspondence. Photos from displays were exhibited. The atmosphere does not change between stores that offer the Evening Program and those who do not. The stores have large community tables that can be reserved. No draft beer is served and wine bottles are kept behind the counter for refills. Starbucks has table service where alcohol orders are taken at the counter and then brought to the table so people are not wandering around. Beer and wine sales are low at participating Starbucks throughout California and the real effort is to expand the food offerings and to give an option to people not wanting to drink coffee at 6 PM at night. Starbucks want to elevate the experience and encourage people to sit and enjoy the offerings and service rather than focusing on “to go” service and products. Questions: (1) Have the request for hours been adjusted? 12 PM to close have been asked for with the idea of flexibility. Just because those are the requested hours doesn’t mean that this is when Starbucks will be selling. This allows the flexibility for the store manager to make the determination what is best. Sales are 1 percent of sales which on average are 1,200 units so that translates into only 12 alcoholic beverages per day and PPCC’s survey showed less than that (3-4) being sold. It is not just about the alcohol it is about the food. (2) Concerns for the location in the Palisades as contrasted to Beverly Hills is that it has more than one entrance and exit and there is a line of sight from the baristas to the areas serving alcohol. The Palisades has schools around and homeless persons as well. Hours should be restricted from 4 pm to closing and no alcohol should be served on the patios. Holidays can result in more kids being in the store as do weekends such as after the Farmer’s Market. (3) Other stores have a dedicated staff member to monitor alcohol service. (4) at Santa Monica Civic Canyon Association’s meeting there was much opposition to the program. There are so many Starbucks all around the City, why here in Pacific Palisades? Torrance similarly is located by schools and fears were the same yet the program has been a success and the atmosphere has not changed. (5) Kay N Daves serves beer and wine from morning to the evening and there are no problems. Merchants have a responsibility to their Conditional Use Permits and they have an incentive to be responsible. The State has a responsible minor program to go into restaurants to make sure that sales are not being made to underage persons. A valid ID must be slid through the register before an alcohol purchase is made. (6) Gelson’s has promotions and tastings, this is nothing to be concerned with. (7) the Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to support the Evening Program. Starbucks is a professional and responsible organization and the Chamber feels that this program will be implemented responsibility. (8) Tivoli across the hedge and other restaurants serve wine and beer at noon. The regulation by Starbucks is what is important. (9) Serving alcohol prevents Starbucks from hiring high school students and the jobs for kids are disappearing. (10) The homeless get free coffee at Starbucks. They should not get free wine or beer. (11) It is a philosophical discussion. There used to be one ABC license in town. That is changing and now there are more and the grocery stores and doing tastings. What is the future vision for the Palisades relative to ABC licenses?  This council should have a philosophical discussion about that at some time. (12) ABC is an additional enforcement arm not just an allowing or enabling entity. Having another regulatory in place is a good thing. Once the CUP process has been approved then the ABC license is applied for. There is no hearing but it is a process. (13) There is concern with having alcohol sales at the existing Shell Station because of kids coming there to buy alcohol. Kids already come to this Starbucks and this community has a funnel of schools and as a result a large priority of unsupervised kids. (14) There was opposition to the program in Calabasas three years ago and now it is fine, the atmosphere is the same and nothing has changed. (15) A mom with young kids is concerned about the availability of alcohol at Starbucks and wondered what is the tipping point? How many places do we need to get beer and wine? (16) How can there be a fantastic food program when there is no kitchen at Starbucks? Wanting a license for 1% in sales does not make sense, Starbucks must want the program for something else. The evening program is being sought to elevate the food program which is projected to boost the sales of the store several hundred thousand dollars per year at each location; this is a business decision where the beer and wine is not the focus of the program (though as a sensitive use the beer and wine is the focus of this discussion). (17) How many applications is too many noting that there is no one thing about this application that stands out as negative? (18) This is not a complete restaurant, it is a hang out for kids sometimes at night and the patios are dark. The baristas do not control the patios. This location is being targeted because it is so successful economically. Action: Reza Akef moved to support the application provided that two modifications are made: (1) alcohol to be served only from the hours of 4 pm to closing, 7 days a week and (2) alcohol can only be served indoors and not on exterior patio locations. The motion was seconded by Rick Mills. Discussion: Gil Dembo opposed the motion limiting service to indoors. Diane Bleak suggested tabling the motion to have more discussion. Motion to table is out of order since this is not an urgent matter. Motion to postpone the matter was made by Diane Bleak. Richard Wulliger seconded the motion to postpone. Richard Cohen objected to the motion to postpone because it removes the voice of the board and Starbucks has been here twice – why wouldn’t the board express its opinion vis-à-vis a vote? Vote: the motion to postpone failed with one vote in support. Discussion on Original Motion: Starbucks does not oppose the hours but would oppose limiting service to the indoors only. Friendly amendment offered to amend the motion to call for a 5 PM start time. Vote: Friendly amendment failed with only one vote. Vote on the Main Motion: 10 in favor, 9 votes opposed. The motion fails. Motion: Gil Dembo made a motion to limit the hours to 4 PM. Greg Sinaiko seconded the motion. Vote: 14 votes in favor. 5 votes opposed. 19 votes total, the motion passed.

  1.   New Business – None.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1.    Re the DWP substation issue:  a new distribution station should be built. Temporary pole top facilities should not be implemented that affect residents and certain issues deserve further exploration. (1) for safe, sustainable and affordable power the location at El Medio has a history of fire (car brush fire). (2) Palisades Charter High school is a busy parking lot. The 4th of July fireworks spark land on the sidewalk and this is a severe fire risk. (3) Was the safety of the proposed El Medio location shared with DWP when they presented? (4) How long is temporary? Are we guaranteed when they will be moved or removed when the permanent station is built?? (5) Any permits obtained? How many steps before ground has been broken? Has funding been set aside? Where will the station be built? Temporary often becomes permanent. (6) There are already distribution poles on Sunset so the idea that Sunset being a scenic highway is limiting in some way is not really valid. (7) There is visual blight associated with these pole top transformers.

11.2.   Thanks to the PPCC for providing the forum last week and encouraging CD11 to come back to the community.

  1.   Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 9:00 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.4 – PPCC LETTER RE REVISED DRAFT AGF ORDINANCE

February 1, 2016

Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, 11th District
Hon. Joe Buscaino, Chair, Public Works & Gang Reduction (PWGR) Committee
Hon. Jose Huizar, Chair, Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee
Hon. PWGR and PLUM Committee members: Martinez, Price, O’Farrell, Ryu, Harris-Dawson, Englander, Cedillo, Fuentes
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Via email

Re: CF-09-2645 – SUPPORT (with requested addition): Revised Draft Above Ground Facilities (AGF) Ordinance

Honorable Councilmembers:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the community for more than forty years. At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 28, 2016, the PPCC Board unanimously passed the following motion relative to the above-referenced Council File:

“That PPCC support the AGF Ordinance revised as of December 8, 2015, but with a request that “Community Councils” be included among the organizations entitled to receive notice under LAMC Sections 62.08.VII.D.1(e) and 2(e).”

Since 2010, PPCC has called for and strongly supports necessary revision of the AGF Ordinance. We urge the Council PWGR and PLUM Committees to take this matter up at the earliest opportunity and to approve the draft AGF Ordinance revised by the City Attorney as of December 8, 2015, with the addition of “Community Councils” among the organizations entitled to receive notice under LAMC Sections 62.08.VII.D.1(e) and 2(e).

Thank you. Sincerely,

Christina Spitz, President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):
Ted Jordan, Deputy City Attorney
John White, Legislative Assistant, PWGR Committee Sharon Dickinson, Legislative Assistant, PLUM Committee w/ request for filing in CF 09-2645

ITEM 7.1.5 – LADWP POLE-TOP DISTRIBUTION STATIONS UPDATE

From: <info@pacpalicc.org>
Sent: 2/11/2016
Subject: Proposed Pole Top DS in Pacific Palisades

Yesterday, numerous messages were posted on Nextdoor and sent via email, containing inaccurate information about proposed temporary pole-top DS installations (PTDS) and PPCC’s process to date.  This will set the record straight.

PPCC is an all-volunteer community organization with its principal function to serve as a forum for the discussion of community issues.  PPCC is not an arm of the City and does not participate with the City or any of its agencies, including LADWP, in decision-making.  PPCC had no involvement whatsoever with the LADWP decision to locate PTDS anywhere in the Palisades.

LADWP asked PPCC for time to make a presentation at one of PPCC’s board meetings about the need to install temporary facilities to improve coverage and avoid continued power outages.  PPCC provided advance notice to the community of the January 28 LADWP presentation, including in email blasts, in our meeting agendas, on our website, in social media and in newspaper postings.

PPCC had no advance knowledge about the scope or design of these installations or where they would be located.  PPCC and the community learned for the first time, at the public PPCC board meeting on January 28, exactly what was being proposed and where the PTDS would be located (in the sidewalk area along Marquez Ave. across from the vacant lot and along the east side of El Medio just south of Sunset).  This was a surprise to all, including the representatives of the two areas affected.

LADWP gave a Power Point presentation which can be viewed here:  http://www.pp90272.org/DWPpowerpoint.pdf.  (LADWP provided the Power Point for public dissemination the day after their presentation; for security reasons the maps showing the actual labyrinthine electrical circuits serving the Palisades were removed.)  PPCC board members and residents in attendance on January 28 grilled LADWP representatives for over an hour about the reasons for the PTDS and why they had to be installed in the locations mentioned.  PPCC will post extensive meeting minutes in the next few days on the PPCC website, pacpalicc.org, which will provide more information about the discussion.  Those interested should check the website in the coming days in order to view the minutes.

Briefly, we were told that the PTDS are required because of the many power outages which are increasing in frequency due to overloading of the existing circuits and “feeders”; that heavy electrical loads are expected this summer; that a solution is needed to provide a more reliable power source before the summer; that the PTDS are temporary and will be removed once construction of a permanent substation is completed (length of time currently unknown); that the installations cannot be undergrounded because this would cost much more, would take much longer to build, and would be more disruptive because of the need to construct large vaults into and under the streets; and that the PTDS locations are critical because they need to be close to other, already established supply lines.

As to the Marquez location, we asked whether the facility could be placed further back on property owned by LADWP (more away from the line of sight) and we were told that this would involve a different process under the current Zoning Code and would take much longer and require additional permits.  As to the El Medio location, we were told that the only other alternative would be on Sunset near the El Medio corner, but this was rejected by LADWP due to the sidewalk width and the fact that the locations would be in front of the two churches on a scenic highway.

There is no required public input or discretion as to where LADWP places utility poles; such poles are exempt from above-ground permitting under the relevant City regulations.  LADWP was not required to come to the community to present any information about the PTDS, but did so as a courtesy.  LADWP made it clear that by state law, they are required to provide facilities necessary to provide adequate, reliable electrical power.  Public rights of way, including streets and sidewalks, are not just for pedestrians and vehicles but also for utility use.  LADWP advised that the locations were chosen because they met a number of criteria, including placement within the community’s existing electrical system, various safety criteria, and where adequate pedestrian access could occur around the installations.

Following the January 28 meeting, consistent with their responsibilities area representatives, including Rick Mills of Area 4 (El Medio), sent email and Nextdoor postings with information about the LADWP presentation, including a link to the Power Point presentation.  PPCC also did so.  In addition, PPCC’s president Chris Spitz has requested that LADWP return and hold a community meeting to address concerns specifically from El Medio and Marquez residents; it is our understanding that Councilmember Mike Bonin has also asked LADWP to hold a community meeting.  If that occurs PPCC will provide notice via email, social media, website postings and newspaper announcements.

In the meantime, residents should address concerns directly to LADWP, atjack.waizenegger@ladwp.com and/orwilliam.herriott@ladwp.com.  You may also contact our L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin and his District Director, Debbie Dyner Harris, at mike.bonin@lacity.org anddebbie.dyner.harris@lacity.org.

While no one is happy about these temporary installations, at the same time we all want safe, reliable electrical service in our community.

Christina Spitz

President, Pacific Palisades Community Council
www.pacpalicc.org / www.facebook.com/pacpalicc

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MINUTES FOR  FEBRUARY 25th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn, Reza Akef, Peter Culhane, Rick Mills, Sue Kohl, Barbara Marinacci, Kelly Comras, Richard Wulliger, Stuart Muller, Sarah Conner, Janet Anderson, George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Gilbert Dembo, Greg Sinaiko, Todd Wadler, Cathy Russell, Bruce Schwartz, and Sue Kohl.

 Voting Alternates: Elizabeth Shavelson and Susan Payne.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Diane Bleak, Donna Vaccarino, Linda Lefkowitz, Patti Post, David Kaplan, David Peterson, and Schuyler Dietz.

 Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Maryam Zar read the Mission Statement.
  2.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Introduction of the Board. Jennifer Malaret read the meeting ground rules (Bylaws, Appendix C, Standing Rule 8).
  3.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the minutes of February 11, 2016 approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 3/10/16. (Tentative) WRAC-sponsored motions regarding (1) CUB/alcohol conditions; (2) VA Master Plan and related legislation, S. 2013 (Feinstein), H.R. 3484 (Lieu); (3) Zoning Code enforcement. 3/24/16. No meeting. 4/14/16. Topics to be determined. 
  2.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  1.   Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of February 25, 2016. The account balance is $38,658.74 with no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

  • Chris announced that the March 24, 2016 Board meeting has been CANCELLED due to library staff unavailability.
  • Launch of new PPCC website – pacpalicc.org. Chris directed the board and members and the public to the new website.
  • LADWP Pole-Top Distributing Stations (PTDS) Community Meeting. Chris announced that a date for the proposed LADWP community meeting has not been confirmed; per CD11 the meeting will not take place on 3/1/16; the new date will likely be 3/14/16 at Marquez elementary. Construction of the El Medio and Marquez PTDSs will not begin before the meeting occurs.
  • Short Term Rentals (STRs) Update. Draft ordinance expected in late February.
  • Village Starbucks CUB Update. See attached letter.
  • Palisades Alliance for Seniors Community Meeting 3/1/16, 4-5:30pm, Gilbert Hall, Pali High. Topic: Getting Around: Transportation Options for Palisades Seniors. http://www.palisadesalliance.org.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at:http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office. Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy.  Sharon Shapiro in attendance; no report.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.   California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen. Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative.

Janet Turner in attendance.  Janet reported that today the House Veteran’s Committee approved moving forward with the Los Angeles Homeless Veteran’s Leasing Act (needed to enact the draft Master Plan for the Los Angeles VA). The bill received bi-partisan report. The bill still needs to move through Congress and the House. Letters in support are appreciated. Chris stated that this matter may be taken up by PPCC at is March 10, 2016 meeting.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors – None/Deferred.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Bylaws Committee (Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret, Co-Chairs).

First distribution of proposed bylaws amendments relative to elected Area and At-large representatives, election procedures and minor adjustment to Area 3 and Area 4 boundaries (Bylaws Art. VIII.1.B and D; Appendix B and Attachment A); see minutes of 1/28/16 and 2/11/16 for summaries. The Committee recommends that the Board approve the proposed amendments as distributed. Richard Cohen stated that this first distribution of the proposed bylaws amendments was made and includes those topical amendments previously reported (i.e., Area 3 and 4 adjustments as agreed by the residents and elected representatives, modernization of election provisions and general clean-up). Richard encouraged board members and the public to read the materials distributed and to contact either Co-Chair with comments, questions and input.

8.2.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

VPLUC supplemental report / recommendations re Village Project/Caruso Affiliated land use application and Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND). Attending: representatives of Caruso Affiliated. Introduction: Chris Spitz stated that she would like to say a few words about PPCC’s process regarding this matter to date. PPCC held well-attended public meetings focusing on the land use application for the project in October and November 2015. Anyone who wished to ask a question or make a comment at our past meetings did so, and public comment on the matter was closed at the end of the November meeting. Chris recalled that Rick Caruso attended both meetings, gave information about the project and answered questions. Chris welcomed Mr. Caruso back tonight and also introduced Michael Gazzano and Rick Caruso. Chris stated that PPCC is now returning to the Village Project for the purpose of discussing the VPLUC’s supplemental report and recommendations. Since there are three new motions on the agenda, Chris stated that she would allow additional limited public comment related to the motions as time permits. Chris said that pursuant to the agenda, PPCC will begin with a report by committee chair David Kaplan, then introductions of each motion would be made in order followed by remarks by Mr. Caruso, a representative of Councilmember Bonin’s office, board discussion and public comment. Chris reminded everyone that PPCC must end its meeting by 9 p.m. or shortly thereafter; with three motions to consider and discuss the Chair will have to set strict time limits on all comments. Chris also reported that she had asked all audience members who wished to speak to please fill out a speaker card and pass it up to the Vice President. Cards were available on the counter as well as on the podium.

Chris asked that board members and the audience keep in mind that there is an upcoming deadline of March 9, 2016 for comment on the Mitigated Negative Declaration, and the first City hearing on the land use entitlements application is March 24, 2016 with the DRB meeting on design aspects on March 2, 2016. Chris also reminded everyone of informational materials available on the counter, which anyone was welcome to take. Chris invited David Kaplan to give the VPLUC’s supplemental report.

MOTION #1

David Kaplan read the VPLUC supplemental report. See attached below. David Kaplan then read Motion #1,

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recognizes that community opinion is generally supportive of the Palisades Village Project, as reflected by public comments at PPCC and other community meetings and input from constituents received by Council District 11 and PPCC Board members. PPCC therefore recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the following land use entitlements as requested by the applicant:

  1. 1) Specific Plan Amendments to the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, as proposed by the applicant and which establish new North Swarthmore Subarea Regulations.
  2. 2) A Vesting Zone Change from C2-1VL and R3P-1VL to C2-1VL, for the existing surface parking lot areas.

Design aspects of the Project are being reviewed by the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board.”

Discussion: Chris directed board members and the public to information available on the land use entitlements requested. Chris stated that since the Motion #1 was made by a committee that includes several voting board members, per Roberts Rules it is deemed made and seconded and discussion would begin. Chris first called on Rick Caruso to give brief remarks. Rick Caruso declined to make remarks. Action: Dick Wulliger, Historical Society, invoked Article 10 of the bylaws to postpone any vote on Motion #1 to the next PPCC meeting. Chris reiterated the bylaws requirement. Dick asked for discussion to be allowed to proceed. Chris exercise her right as Chair to make the board an ad hoc committee so discussion could proceed. (1) Sharon Shapiro reported that CD11 and Planning Staff have received overwhelming support for the project. For those residents who are in opposition or have concerns, Sharon said that those are few and their concerns are concentrated (unlike other projects in the city that have varied topics for objection; here in the Palisades the same objections are heard over and over). (2) Gil Dembo expressed support for the project. (3) Sarah Conner stated that PPRA wants to meet and understand how these motions may affect larger areas of the City. Rick Caruso stated that the Village Project land use applications do not affect any other areas of the City as they are project specific. David Kaplan explained that the subarea includes open space and arguably could be precedent for any private developer not including significant (10,000 square feet of) open space. Howard Robinson stated that the VPLUC felt the way the application was filed is beneficial to the community because it reduces precedent setting standards (there are no specific plan deviations but rather an amendment which has been very rare and is only applicable to a specific situation with acreage as this; thus it is difficult to image another developer coming in and doing the same thing in commercial areas of the Palisades, i.e., the amendment to the Specific Plan sets less deviation then the alternative). Sarah Conner asked for the amendments for the Specific Plan to be made public like on the website. Chris Spitz and Rick Caruso told Sarah that those conditions have been on the Caruso website for a long time, available from the City, are on PPCC’s website, in the minutes, distributed this evening, discussed at prior public meetings, etc. (4) Susan Payne stated that the Chamber supports the project as a huge community benefit and substantial boost to the local businesses. (5) Stuart Muller observed that, in addition to the Caruso project, the Ralph’s and Norris Hardware sites are owned by a local family and could be developed. Rick Caruso responded that there is another 30 years on the Ralph’s lease and it is not likely to be developed. (6) Diane Bleak expressed concern about retail conglomerates. Rick Caruso reiterated that the plan is comprised of very small stores and that there will not be chains. Many local tenants are interested in staying. (7) Rick Mills expressed disappointment that the Historical Society invoked Article 10 to stop a vote on Motion #1; as a member of the Historical Society he stated that its members have been well aware of the project for a long time and was skeptical of the delay. Dick Wulliger stated that he needed to report what was said here tonight to his members to help them take a position or not. Public Comment:(1) Marice Michele (Swathmore business owner) supports the project and is in favor of Mr. Caruso. (2) Greg Schem supported the project and expressed that we need to help our businesses. Having a local developer is a benefit and we should thank our lucky stars. (3) Rena Repetti expressed support for the project but not a subarea that doesn’t have to follow the Specific Plan rules that the community created. Rena said the developer should follow the Specific Plan. (4) Mark Grinblatt opposes the development because there has not been enough dialogue between the developer and the public. The strip of land between the Mobil Station and US Bank is to be taken and moved so that it makes sense; the idea of it taking private should be discussed more before the council votes. (5) Robin Weitz opposes the project based on the number of alcohol permits being requested by Caruso Affiliated. Robin read a passage discussing findings for issuing ABC licenses. David Kaplan stated that Motion #1 does not include nor address the alcohol applications. (6) Nicole Howard supports the project and because of the overwhelmingly positive benefit for the community urged the project to move forward. (7) Jeffrey Spitz supports the project, urged it to move forward and challenged the Historical Society’s claim that it had not had an opportunity to consult with its members particularly given modern electronics. (8) Ted Weitz opposed the project and stated that the CUP is part of the subarea plan. Ted has expressed concerns because he lives adjacent and represents neighbors. Sue Kohl said that while Ted’s views may represent some residents but her email list has over 200 people who have supported the project and in her view most of the residents in the Alphabets support the project and the “life” that has been missing in Area 5. Rick Caruso said he has meet with Ted and his wife and will continue to do so and respond to their concerns. Rick Caruso further reported that he has met with the residents of Monument who overwhelmingly support the project and that his company would like to begin development of the stores, parking and open space. Rick also said that there is much to be done with existing businesses in their relocation and efforts to bring them back. (9) Rosalie Huntington asked how shoppers will be drawn to the Palisades if the only thing that is different is the Bay Theater and Trader Joe’s (supports). Will there be different stores on Swarthmore? Rick Caruso stated that there will be a theater and a specialty grocer with every store being unique. Existing tenants have been offered a prior rent to stay in the project. Other retailers and restaurant operators will supplement. Action: Chris stated that this motion would be back on the agenda on March 10, 2016.

MOTION #2

David Kaplan read Motion #2. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recognizes that the City has determined, based on substantial traffic and other environmental studies, that the Palisades Village Project (the “Project”) will have no unmitigated significant impacts. PPCC also acknowledges community concerns that, as with any project of similar size built within an existing neighborhood village, issues warranting attention may arise on an ongoing basis. PPCC therefore supports adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration, provided that a new Village Project Committee is established under the auspices of Council District 11, to assess and address issues that may arise during construction and eventual Project operations. Such a committee should consist of one representative each from the applicant, Council District 11, the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce and PPCC, and an area resident (to be appointed by Council District 11).”

Action: Same as above, Dick Wulliger (Historical Society) invoked Article 10. Chris asked Dick to withdraw the motion and abstain so the board vote could be taken; else pursuant to the bylaws the Executive Committee would be able to act for the board. Dick Wulliger refused stating that he had been instructed by his board to invoke a postponement of the vote. Chris exercised her right as Chair to make the board an ad hoc committee so discussion could proceed. Public Discussion: (1) Rick Caruso asked for a position of this board, by the Executive Committee, prior to the public hearing. (2) Patty Detroit wondered if the traffic study was relevant since it was done during the Thanksgiving holiday. Rick said only one intersection was studied on the day a school was closed; that intersection was restudied and reissued so the current report is completely updated and was not done in any way when school was closed. Patty asked about employee parking. Rick stated that the size of the parking accommodates employees on the property. Patty said a concerned resident should be appointed to any kind of citizen’s committee. (3) Sandy Eddy said that 200 people on the other sides of the Alphabet Streets have concerns. The MND has been available for two weeks and is very large. Bus schedules and bike racks would help mitigate traffic if for employees. There would be 150 employees coming into the community and Sandy wondered what peak time arrangements would be made. (4) Linda Andrews spoke in favor of the project and asked for more information on the traffic situation (peak volumes, more or another traffic study). (5) Kat Smitt supports the project and is concerned about the traffic with the addition of retailers in the project. (6) Carly Kamerman, Carly K owner, sees traffic all day long and wondered what does everyone want Rick to do? Not have a project? At this point the Village is at a standstill and it is not fair to just do nothing. More parking is not a solution because those costs will get passed on to tenants who need shoppers to support rents that are already so high. (7) Ted Weitz asked Rick Caruso to continue to talk and meet with residents and acknowledged that because of his meetings with Caruso Affiliated many of his concerns had already been taken care of. Ted said the committee proposed should not include the Chamber and would not really address resident concerns. Ted stated that the MND is a complicated document and there should be more time for the pubic to review it. (8) Mark Ginblatt objects to the project because it won’t reduce traffic and claimed that the study was inaccurate because it inappropriately compared existing to proposed traffic. (9) Nicole Howard supported the project, stating that the true traffic problem is not having traffic in the Village to support local businesses. Board Discussion: (1) Richard Cohen asked if trips coming to the project would be between the 2-3 pm peak hours studied. Rick Caruso stated that their peak period is not 2-3 and the Traffic Study which is online has been studied by the City and is in full compliance. (2) Gil Dembo stated that Mike Bonin’s traffic workshop determined that the majority of traffic generated is not from the Palisades and is something that Caruso has little control over. (3) Maryam Zar asked if CD11 considered the idea of a new citizen’s committee to be established. Sharon Shapiro said that she would find out. Maryam asked why Ted stated that such a committee would be ineffective since Caruso’s interaction with residents have been successful in working towards solutions. (4) David Kaplan re-read the portion of the VPLUC report that stated that traffic will be increased but that the standards per intersection can be mitigated or the results are still within acceptable parameters. (5) Barbara Kohn stated that based on her own prior personal experience, a citizen committee can be valuable if written into a CUP and that such committees typically meet monthly or less frequently. (6) Richard Cohen supported the committee concept based on past successes such as the Getty Villa and the YMCA Simon Meadow project. (7) Schuyler Dietz spoke in support of the project and does not think traffic will be impacted between 2 and 5 p.m.

See: (1) www.pacpalicc.org, Documents tab/Minutes, and Resources tab/Reports & Summaries (PPCC minutes of 11/18/15, 1/14/16, 2/11/16 and VPLUC Preliminary Report) and (2) http://www.palisadesvillageca.com (FAQs tab/amended application documents, plans and MND). See also information distributed below. Note: MND comment period ends March 9, 2016, per notice published in the LAT on 2/18/16; first City hearing to occur on March 24, 2016. MOTION #s 1, 2 and 3 sponsored by the VPLUC:

MOTION #3

David Kaplan read Motion 3. “The applicant has requested that the City approve a request for a parcel map to vacate public land to the applicant consisting of a 20-foot-wide alley extending north from Sunset Boulevard to the existing alley located behind the existing Mobil Station, the 20-foot-wide alley between Swarthmore Avenue and Monument Street and a lane of Sunset Boulevard, where it widens in front of the existing Mobil Station. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recommends approval of the parcel map, subject to the following:

  1. Since the proposed public land being ceded to the applicant has substantial economic value, PPCC recommends a condition of approval which will require the applicant, in exchange for the economic benefit being provided by the City to the applicant, to establish a fund in an amount to be determined.
  2. Said fund shall be specifically targeted to address the Purposes set forth in Section 2 of the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, which are to assure all new development harmonizes with and enhances the surrounding neighborhood. To this end, the use of the fund shall include, but not be limited to, installation of compatible off-site streetscape improvements. Possible unifying items could include street furniture, street signs, exterior lighting and lampposts, sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, and plant materials. At a minimum, off- site improvements should extend to both sides of Sunset from La Cruz to Via de la Paz, around the perimeter of the Village Green, and on Swarthmore on the first block south of Sunset.”

Action: Same as above; Dick Wulliger (Historical Society) invoked Article 10; Chair allowed discussion to continue by making the board an ad hoc committee.Board Discussion: (1) Richard Cohen asked if the characterization of the “park giveaway” was accurate. Rick Caruso explained that they have been trying to get more parking and responded to community concerns that the alley should be maintained better. By vacating the alley parking can be placed underneath and Caruso Affiliated will have the burden of paying to maintain the area. Rick Caruso is willing to participate in a fund depending on the amount because they are happy to be a good neighbor. Richard asked about undergrounding utilities. Rick said yes the utilities would be undergrounded and existing utilities would be relocated to accommodate parking so that is also a community benefit. There is also to be an easement for public access and it can never be closed off. Caruso has to provide access to neighboring buildings that they don’t own into perpetuity. There is no intent to ever close the alley or make it inaccessible to cars. (2) Howard Robinson said that the committee is in favor of the project and wanted to get something in exchange for the reversion of public land to a private landowner. The idea is for the dollars to be used for things consistent with the Specific Plan and that Plan calls for coordination of improvements in the PROW throughout the entire village. David Kaplan reiterated the thoughts of the committee and encouraged that the fund would allow for the refreshing of areas next to the project that may not be owned by Caruso. (3) Diane Bleak expressed concern about the Disneyland unifying aspect of the project and if there would be piped in music. Rick stated that the design goal is very organic and something that fits with the community which is why Caruso is working with the DRB, residents and four architects. The buildings do not match and there is no ongoing theme. This is a street, a downtown in a coastal community and Rick Caruso wants it to look like a real street and not a theme park. Music is up to the community. (4) Rick Mills spoke to the Specific Plan as to the compatibility of development with the surrounding neighborhood. That would include the streets surrounding and adjacent but the motion attempts to address off-site areas as well which would benefit the community. Rick encouraged the developer and community to think about the benefit of this fund. (5) Richard Cohen questioned the legal argument about vacating the alley but that may be solved by a fund and wondered also about the BID. Richard noted that since the BID exists and there are other voices on the BID perhaps the money could be channeled through that because the idea of Caruso becoming responsible for fixing up other property owner’s store fronts doesn’t really work. Rick Mills suggested that PRIDE or the BID could advise. (6) Gil Dembo asked that funds be used to upgrade Sunset. Gil spoke in favor of Caruso giving us an organized structure and not what happens when there is fractured land ownership. Public Comment: (1) Lou Kamer supported the motion. How much? Is it appropriate to take an incoming development and apply those standards to the others? Can the requirement to upgrade other property be done by the BID? (2) Mark Grinblatt objected to taking away the asphalt by the Mobil Station and alleged that boundaries for the gas station had been misrepresented. Mark suggested to the council that those with conflicts of interest recuse themselves or ask someone else to vote on the motions. Rick Caruso said that the City is the one who asked Caruso to eliminate the asphalt and they are following the LADOT rules. (3) Kelly Comras asked Rick Caruso to repeat his statements about the LADOT process. Rick stated that there are concerns about people crossing Sunset so the idea is to narrow the sidewalks and to have a shorter distance to cross. Caruso thinks it makes sense to have crossings on Sunset be safer given the length of the crossing and the speed at which cars travel. The changes are consistent with improvements throughout the City including the safe streets program. (4) Frances Tibbits asked about how the amount would be set and asked again about the vacating of the alley. Rick stated that they are burdened by the cost of maintaining the land and there is no entitlement benefit/density from owning the alley land. The square footage is being taken out of their developable land area and Caruso is making the alley wider and widening the sidewalk to increase pedestrian safety. (5) Ted Weitz supports the concept of attempting to unify the Village and suggested that the DRB should oversee anything in the streets and PROW. (6) Rena Repetti doesn’t think that the asphalt should be taken away because it makes the street safer when there is a back up of traffic and because traffic patterns particularly with regard to Bashford would be negatively impacted. Rick Caruso stated that the roadway was in the original application and LADOT wanted it out with their rationale being set forth in the Traffic Study.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter Project Update.

Presenting: Ray Verches, SoCalGas. verchescom@aol.com.  Presentation: this is the third year this topic has been presented. Two phases are updating the meters and updating the data network. There are two data collection areas left, 16969 Sunset Blvd (Sunset and Marquez) and the other at Sunset and Blue Sail. Approval from the Coastal Commission and the Bureau of Engineering for the final two phases was obtained yesterday.

10.    New Business — None.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1.    Steve Lantz said there will be a meeting at 4 PM next Tuesday at Gilbert Hall, Palisades Charter High School. The topic is transportation options for Seniors. What is not being done in terms of transportation in the Palisades will also be addressed. Everyone from the public is encouraged to attend.

11.2.    Bicycling on Sunset is very dangerous and having bikes on Sunset slows down traffic.

12.    Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 8:56 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.4 – PPCC LETTER RE VILLAGE STARBUCKS CUB

February 13, 2016

Development Services & Zoning Administration Division City Planning Department
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 Attn: Roxanne Wiles

Via email: rocky.wiles@lacity.org

Re: ZA 2015-4233-CUB/15300 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades (proposed Village Starbucks CUB for onsite beer and wine consumption); file open for comment until February 16, 2016; SUPPORT application (subject to modification of operating hours).

Dear Ms. Wiles:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization and the voice of the Palisades since 1973.

The PPCC board heard presentations by the applicant’s representatives and held public discussion of this matter at two regularly scheduled board meetings, on January 14 and February 11, 2016. The PPCC board also considered (1) the applicant’s written responses (dated January 22, 2016) to a series of questions posed by PPCC in its January 19, 2016 letter to Ms. Wiles, and (2) a survey of Starbucks stores with the “Evenings Program” conducted by PPCC’s President (dated February 4, 2016).

After extensive discussion at its meeting on February 11, 2016, the PPCC board passed a motion to support the CUB application, subject tmodification of the operating hours for the proposed “Evenings Program” (onsite beer and wine sales) from 4pm until the close of business, daily.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Counci

cc (via email):
Hon. Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11                              mike.bonin@lacity.org
Ezra Gale, Planning Deputy, CD11                                             ezra.gale@lacity.org
Joann Lim, Planning Case Manager, City Planning Dept.  joann.lim@lacity.org
Spencer Regnery, Glassman Associates                                      spencer@gpan.com

ITEM 8.2 – VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair). VPLUC supplemental report / recommendations re Village Project/Caruso Affiliated land use application and Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND).  Additional information distributed prior to the meeting.

To view the existing Specific Plan:
http://planning.lacity.org/complan/specplan/pdf/pacpalsp.pdf.
http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/flowchart/lead_agency/EIR-ND.html
http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/flowchart/EIR_or_ND.html
From:http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/stat/chap2_6.html#21082.2.

§ 21082.2. Significant effect on environment; determination; environmental impact report preparation

(a) The lead agency shall determine whether a project may have a significant effect on the environment based on substantial evidence in light of the whole record.

(b) The existence of public controversy over the environmental effects of a project shall not require preparation of an environmental impact report if there is no substantial evidence in light of the whole record before the lead agency that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.

(c) Argument, speculation, unsubstantiated opinion or narrative, evidence which is clearly inaccurate or erroneous, or evidence of social or economic impacts which do not contribute to, or are not caused by, physical impacts on the environment, is not substantial evidence. Substantial evidence shall include facts, reasonable assumptions predicated upon facts, and expert opinion supported by facts.

(d) If there is substantial evidence, in light of the whole record before the lead agency, that a project may have a significant effect on the environment, an environmental impact report shall be prepared.

(e) Statements in an environmental impact report and comments with respect to an environmental impact report shall not be deemed determinative of whether the project may have a significant effect on the environment.

VPLUC SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT 2/25/16

The Committee has previously reported its analysis of the applicant’s submission.

The Committee had indicated it was waiting for the applicant’s traffic study to become available for review before it would be in position to recommend any action that the Board should take with respect to the Caruso Village Project.

Several weeks ago the Committee reported that the applicant, subsequent to its initial DRB hearing, had submitted revised plans reflecting changes in design or style and a withdrawal of its previous requests to deviate from Specific Plan setback requirements and Specific Plan height restrictions, in addition to removal of certain uses such as a Pilates studio, a reduction in the total amount of restaurant space and a removal of a request for shared parking plan.

On February 18 the City released its MND (mitigated negative declaration) that included the City’s sign-off and approval of the applicant’s traffic study. This traffic study concluded that there were no unmitigatable traffic impacts occasioned by the development. The Committee engaged the services of Patti Post, PPCC Transportation Advisor. She reviewed the MND as well as the underlying documents reviewed by LADOT and City Planning and found that the conclusions of the MND were substantiated.

It should be understood that the MND is not suggesting that there will be no increase in traffic but that the increase in traffic does not create, based on the standards that the City requires developers to comply with, any increase which cannot be mitigated.

As further due diligence, Ms. Post spoke with two separate community leaders who were initially opposed or skeptical of the impact of Caruso projects in their areas (Glendale and Thousand Oaks). She learned that although there were similar concerns to those which our community has voiced, the Caruso assertions proved to be correct. These community leaders were extremely satisfied with the Caruso team during construction and after opening. They were unanimous in their belief that since Caruso does not sell his properties that these properties are managed well for the long term.

Consequently, it is the Village Project Land Use Committee’s opinion that the proposed project will on balance offer residents a thoughtfully and responsibly managed shopping, restaurant and theater district that will be approved and enjoyed by the vast majority of residents.

In that regard we offer the three motions which are set forth in the 2/25/16 PPCC Board meeting agenda.

List of Entitlements – Village Project

  1. Vesting Zone Change for a portion of two parcels from R3P-1VL to C2-1VL
  1. Project Permit Compliance Review and Design Review Board
  1. Specific Plan Amendment for the creation of the North Swarthmore Subarea
  2. a.Height – allow building height to a maximum of 34 feet to allow architectural variation and features. Height to be measured from adjacent sidewalk.
  3. b. Theater Signage – allow for a defining architectural element to exceed 100 square foot sign area limit
  4. c.  Bicycle Parking – to be in compliance with the recently adopted Citywide Bicycle Ordinance set forth in LAMC 12.21.A.16
  5. d. CUB – Define maximum number of licenses and type, define approval process for each establishment
  6. e.  Open Space – require 10,000 square feet of open space within the subarea
  7. Parcel Map – vacation of two alleys to provide for underground parking — Information provided by Caruso Affiliated, February 2016

VPLUC MEMBERS 

David Kaplan (Chair): Area 6 Alternate Representative. Retired attorney and former Town Counsel to numerous Massachusetts municipalities/colleges and universities; extensive land use experience in that capacity.

Sue Kohl: Area 5 Representative. Long-time residential real estate agent and assistant manager of the Berkshire Hathaway office in Pacific Palisades.

Rick Mills: Area 4 Representative. Former Planner for the City of Santa Monica, handling planning and land use matters. Masters degree in City Planning, U.C. Berkeley. Long-serving past Chair of the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board. Real estate agent and condominium specialist with HomesUSA, Ltd. and the Law Offices of Paul DeSantis in Santa Monica.

Howard Robinson: Area 3 Alternate Representative. Professional land use consultant with more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, local government and the entitlement process. MBA degree (emphasis in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics), U.C. Berkeley. www.howardrobinson.net.

Cathy Russell: Area 7 Representative. Long-time residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Pacific Palisades.

George Wolfberg: At-Large Representative. Retired City of Los Angeles official with extensive experience in local government process. Past PPCC President and Citizen of the Year. Chair of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee (PCCAC). Past member of PPCC’s former Land Use Committee. Long-serving and current PPCC representative to the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Land Use & Planning Committee (WRAC-LUPC).

Chris Spitz (ex officio/non-voting): PPCC President. Attorney specializing in business litigation. Past Chair of PPCC’s former Land Use Committee. Member of the PCCAC. Past steering committee member, PlanCheckNCLA (educational organization that provides information about City Planning matters to interested community members Citywide). Member of WRAC leadership committee and PPCC Alternate representative to WRAC-LUPC.  — February 2016

PPCC Transportation Advisor Patti Post

PPCC Experience

  • Voting member of the Board for 10 years as Area Alternate, Area Representative, Organizational Representative and Officer (Treasurer, 6 years)
  • Transportation Advisor for about 10 years, alerting the Chair to transportation issues that could affect Palisadians and advising the Chair on transportation issues as requested

Professional Experience

  • 30+ years as transportation planning consultant, specializing in public transportation planning and operations
  • Transportation planning for the LA Olympics
  • Planning and operations positions with the regional transit operator in Los Angeles County

Education

  • B. A. from UCLA
  • Master of City Planning (MCP) from Harvard University –– February 2016

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MINUTES FOR MARCH 10th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar [acting Chair], Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Barbara Kohn (until departure from meeting), Janet Anderson, Reza Akef, Nancy Niles, Bruce Schwartz, Richard Wulliger, George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Rick Mills, Barbara Marinacci, Sue Kohl, Dick Wulliger and Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates: Howard Robinson, David Kaplan, Doug McCormick, Susan Payne and Dustin Hall.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Eric Dugdale, Kevin Niles, Ted Mackie and Diane Bleak.

Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.
  1.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Maryam Zar (PPCC Vice President/acting Chair in the Chair’s absence) called the meeting to order at 7:01pm. Introduction of the Board and audience. Jennifer Malaret read the meeting ground rules.
  2.   Certification of Quorum. The acting Chair certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 pm.
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings.  The acting Chair deemed the February 25, 2016 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 3/24/16. No meeting.  4/14/16. (Tentative) WRAC-recommended motions regarding (1) CUB/alcohol conditions; (2) VA Master Plan and related legislation, S. 2013 (Feinstein), H.R. 3484 (Lieu); (3) Zoning Code enforcement.
  1. Consideration of Agenda. The acting Chair considered the agenda.
  1. Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of February 11, 2016. The total account balances equal $37,755.00. The general corporate liability insurance premium was paid. 
  1. Reports, Announcements and Concerns.   

7.1.    Announcements from the President (the acting Chair).

7.1.1.    March 24 Board meeting CANCELLED. The acting Chair announced the next PPCC Board meeting will be April 14, 2016.

7.1.2.    LADWP Pole-Top Distributing Stations (PTDS).  The acting Chair announced that LADWP will be holding a Community Meeting on March 14, 2016, 7:30pm, at Marquez Elementary Charter School.

7.1.3.    Short Term Rentals (STRs).  The acting Chair announced that there were no updates as of agenda distribution.

7.1.4.    Village Starbucks CUB.  The acting Chair announced there were no updates as of agenda distribution.

7.2.     Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los   Angeles   Police   Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.

Tricia Keane in attendance.  Tricia reported that (1) the City is undertaking a comprehensive update of its zoning code. Phase 1 of the update is subject to community forums. The Westside meeting is on April 6th at the Iman Cultural Center at 3376 Motor Avenue from 6-9 PM. The ReCode.la website has all of the information. On April 2nd from 9 AM to noon there is a meeting in Van Nuys with convenient parking as well.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.  Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.  Janet Turner, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                                            

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Sylmar Ground Return revised EIR has been released. April 25th is the deadline for comments.  George Wolfberg (At Large) summarized the route of the ground wire from Oregon down through the Sylmar Repeater Station near Interstate 5 in the North San Fernando Valley. Power is direct current and must be grounded else it can go into underground and gas lines. The line goes underground at Kenter School and continues basically along Sunset Blvd. to a vault near Gladstone’s where it goes out to sea. The line is deteriorating and must be replaced. There were three options for where to run the line. There are two cables, which will be de-energized one at a time, and the installation will take approximately six months. www.ladwp.com/envnotices. (2) Reza Akef (Area 8) reported that the Northern Trust Golf Tournament adversely affected the neighborhood. The organizers have violated their agreements particularly with regard to deliveries. Representatives and CD11 have been unable to find the CUP agreement to determine compliance. (3) Howard Robinson thanked David Kaplan for his chairmanship of the VPLUC. Howard stated he was grateful for David’s extensive time spent on the project, leadership and the due diligence spent in bringing the matter to the board.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports.

(1) Barbara Kohn made a statement recusing herself from this meeting and regarding circumstances at the PPCC meeting on February 25, 2016.  Barbara stated that before the meeting began on February 25th she received a comment from Chris Spitz and in reply stated immediately that she was recusing herself. Barbara requested that her status in the February 25, 2016 minutes be revised to reflect her as a non-voting member, and that she was only present. She also asked that her statement at the 3/10 meeting be reflected in the minutes. Maryam noted that there are no present or non-present categories in PPCC’s minutes, board members only listed as voting or non-voting and pledged to have the statement made be reflected in the minutes. Jennifer Malaret stated that the minutes do not reflect comments that are made before or after the meeting; and noted that Barbara had sat at the table with her card out and was counted for quorum purposes as a voting member at the February 25th meeting. Jennifer stated that the bylaws do not contain procedures for recusal. Reza Akef objected to Barbara’s statement and asked that it be deleted from these minutes because giving this report was wholly inconsistent with her claims that she was recusing herself from this meeting. [Barbara Kohn left the table following this report.]

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Bylaws Committee (Richard Cohen and Jennifer Malaret, Co-Chairs).

Second distribution of proposed bylaws amendments relative to elected Area and At-large representatives, election procedures and minor adjustment to Area 3 and Area 4 boundaries (Bylaws Art. VIII.1.B and D; Appendix B and Attachment A); see minutes of 1/28/16 and 2/11/16 for summaries.  MOTION by the Bylaws Committee that the Board approve the proposed amendments as distributed with this meeting agenda and with the February 25, 2016 meeting agenda.

Presentation: Richard Cohen talked about the topical changes to the bylaws and noted the substantive change to the boundaries of Areas 3 and 4 along with Marge Gold’s attendance. Richard noted the re-definition of “resident” as it applies to the election of both area and at-large representatives. Richard talked about how the bylaws used to talk about physical post office and library postings (no longer pssible) so the amendments provide for electronic notice. Like notice the bylaws give the council the ability to conduct elections by mail, in person voting, and possibly electronic voting. The newsletter remains a possibility as does exploring electronic voting like Certified Neighborhood Councils do. The bylaws committee recommends the changes unanimously and no negative feedback has been received. Discussion: None.  Action: the motion passed unanimously.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

MOTION #s 1, 2 and 3 sponsored by the VPLUC and postponed from the February 25, 2016 board meeting (PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSED). See: (1) www.pacpalicc.org, Documents tab/Minutes, and Resources tab/Reports & Summaries (PPCC minutes of 11/18/15, 1/14/16, 2/11/16 and VPLUC Preliminary and Supplemental Reports) and (2) http://www.palisadesvillageca.com (FAQs tab). Note: first City hearing to occur on March 24, 2016. MOTIONS below:

MOTION #1 (postponed from 2/25/16). David Kaplan read the motion. “Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recognizes that community opinion is generally supportive of the Palisades Village Project, as reflected by public comments at PPCC and other community meetings and input from constituents received by Council District 11 and PPCC Board members. PPCC therefore recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the following land use entitlements as requested by the applicant:

  1. 1) Specific Plan Amendments to the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, as proposed by the applicant and which establish new North Swarthmore Subarea Regulations.
  2. 2) A Vesting Zone Change from C2-1VL and R3P-1VL to C2-1VL, for the existing surface parking lot areas.

Design aspects of the Project are being reviewed by the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board.” Discussion: (1) Reza Akef requested a friendly amendment to strike the sentence. There were no objections to the friendly amendment. Action: the motion passed with 17 yes; one abstention (Area 1); one no vote (Historical Society).

MOTION #2: WITHDRAWN. See attached letter. The Chair reported that the position is attached to the agenda. The letter and supporting documents were provided on the table.

MOTION #3 (postponed from 2/25/16). David Kaplan read the motion: “The applicant has requested that the City approve a request for a parcel map to vacate public land to the applicant consisting of a 20-foot-wide alley extending north from Sunset Boulevard to the existing alley located behind the existing Mobil Station, the 20-foot-wide alley between Swarthmore Avenue and Monument Street and a lane of Sunset Boulevard, where it widens in front of the existing Mobil Station. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recommends approval of the parcel map, subject to the following:

  1. 1) Since the proposed public land being ceded to the applicant has substantial economic value, PPCC recommends a condition of approval which will require the applicant, in exchange for the economic benefit being provided by the City to the applicant, to establish a fund in an amount to be determined.
  2. 2) Said fund shall be specifically targeted to address the Purposes set forth in Section 2 of the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, which are to assure all new development harmonizes with and enhances the surrounding neighborhood. To this end, the use of the fund shall include, but not be limited to, installation of compatible off-site streetscape improvements. Possible unifying items could include street furniture, street signs, exterior lighting and lampposts, sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, and plant materials. At a minimum, off- site improvements should extend to both sides of Sunset from La Cruz to Via de la Paz, around the perimeter of the Village Green, and on Swarthmore on the first block south of Sunset.”

Discussion: (1) Sue Kohl offered a friendly amendment. After the word ‘parcel map’, subject the following to the middle of para 2 “to that end”, Sue suggested deletion so that the amended motion would read:

Amended Motion # 3 “The applicant has requested that the City approve a request for a parcel map to vacate public land to the applicant consisting of a 20-foot-wide alley extending north from Sunset Boulevard to the existing alley located behind the existing Mobil Station, the 20-foot-wide alley between Swarthmore Avenue and Monument Street and a lane of Sunset Boulevard, where it widens in front of the existing Mobil Station. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recommends approval of the parcel map, in reliance upon the applicant’s commitment to contribute to funding of off-site harmonizing streetscape improvements in conjunction with community entities such as PRIDE, the Village Green Committee, Palisades Beautiful, and the Palisades Business Improvement District (BID). To this end, the use of the fund shall include, but not be limited to, installation of compatible off-site streetscape improvements. Possible unifying items could include street furniture, street signs, exterior lighting and lampposts, sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, and plant materials. At a minimum, off-site improvements should extend to both sides of Sunset from La Cruz to Via de la Paz, around the perimeter of the Village Green, and on Swarthmore on the first block south of Sunset.”

Sue stated her rationale being the last meeting where Mr. Caruso effectively agreed to the substituted language. No objections were made to the friendly amendment. (2) Reza Akef stated he was disappointed that the community room was removed from the project. The alley is quasi-public and private anyway and we know that the City won’t improve the alley anyway. Reza requested a friendly amendment for Caruso Affiliated to look into retaining the community room. Mr. Caruso responded by saying that the parking allocation for the community room is too difficult without community support for a variance. A variance would be a great idea since many people would walk or come there during off hours. The prior community room would require $3.5 million in parking. At the time Mr. Caruso is not pursuing a community room because certain community individuals are demanding the project to be fully parked. Reza asked if one of the theaters could be designed with community room meetings in mind. Mr. Caruso thought it is a great idea to incorporate a theater to be used for community meetings. Ideas to pursue are that variance or a theater design. Rick Caruso encouraged residents to attend public City hearings to state a desire for the two ideas proposed. Reza Akef agreed to withdraw his request for a friendly amendment. Barbara Marinacci offered a friendly amendment to add Pacific Palisades Garden Club to the list. No objections were made to the friendly amendment. Action: Sue Kohl read Motion #3 as modified by the two friendly amendments. The motion passed with 17 yes votes; one abstention (Area 1); one no vote (Historical Society).

MOTION (3) – FINAL LANGUAGE. “The applicant has requested that the City approve a request for a parcel map to vacate public land to the applicant consisting of a 20-foot-wide alley extending north from Sunset Boulevard to the existing alley located behind the existing Mobil Station, the 20-foot-wide alley between Swarthmore Avenue and Monument Street and a lane of Sunset Boulevard, where it widens in front of the existing Mobil Station. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recommends approval of the parcel map, in reliance upon the applicant’s commitment to contribute to funding of off-site harmonizing streetscape improvements in conjunction with community entities such as PRIDE, the Village Green Committee, Palisades Beautiful, Pacific Palisades Garden Club and the Palisades Business Improvement District (BID). To this end, the use of the fund shall include, but not be limited to, installation of compatible off-site streetscape improvements. Possible unifying items could include street furniture, street signs, exterior lighting and lampposts, sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, and plant materials. At a minimum, off-site improvements should extend to both sides of Sunset from La Cruz to Via de la Paz, around the perimeter of the Village Green, and on Swarthmore on the first block south of Sunset.”

10.    New Business.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1.    Marge Gold talked about the formation of the Village Green germinating within the PPCC. The park has been run by the Village Green for 40 years without public support. Repairs are needed to the brick and trees. On the website there is information as to where the donations are sent. palisadesvillagegreen.org.

11.2.   Gabrielle Gottlieb spoke regarding the pole top distribution stations. The installations are not safe in a residential area. Pictures were shown of a teenage boy sliding into a pole in Arleta, CA with the transformers coming down and the possibility of oil causing an explosion. The installation on Sunset near Allenford is considered “safe” because it is not in an intersection and is not on a residential street. The El Medio proposed location has lots of kids from the high school near and is by surrounding homes. No doubt power upgrades and installations are needed but the up-grades need to be done safely. Gabrielle said the pole tops are needed now but have to be outside of residential neighborhoods, not near sidewalk and not in spots where there is a history of traffic accidents; locating on Sunset would be better and the community needs to rally behind getting the substation built. Another resident was concerned about siting near churches as opposed to schools – that doesn’t seem to make sense. The Chair encouraged residents to attend the LADWP community meeting. Rick Mills responded that LADWP did not present to PPCC as if there were alternatives but their most recent notice does give options for alternate locations.

11.3.    A resident spoke out against the large and hideous power poles in the public rights of way (PROWs).

11.4.    Ted Weitz stated that there is an overburdening of all of the easements that utilities, cable companies, and phone companies have and the town is looking extremely blighted. Jennifer Malaret replied that the City has the right to use easements in the public right of way for these purposes and referred to PPCC’s minutes which have extensive information on this topic particularly with regard to cell phone towers.

  1.   Adjournment.  The acting Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:02 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 9.1 – PPCC LETTER RE VILLAGE PROJECT MND (MOTION #2)

PPCC Executive Committee MND Considerations – Factors Considered by the EC in Deciding to Act on an Emergency Basis to Submit PPCC Comments on the Palisades Village Project MND

The Palisades Historical Society’s request for postponement of a vote on Motion #2 at PPCC’s February 25, 2016 meeting prevented the Board from voting on the motion prior to the City’s deadline for submission of comments. Given the impossibility of a Board vote on the matter prior to the deadline and broad-based expression of community support for the project evident to the Executive Committee, the only course of action available to the Executive Committee to present the community’s sentiment on the MND to the City was to take emergency action under Article V, Sec. 3(B) of PPCC’s bylaws. The following factors were considered by the Executive Committee prior to taking action to authorize a letter in support of the City’s adoption of the MND:

  1. The vast majority of comments by Board members at our meetings and in communications with the EC have been positive.
  2. The majority of comments by the public have been positive.
  3. The negative comments by the public have been almost entirely with respect to considerations outside the scope of the MND. Examples: alcohol sales, nature of stores, design concerns, etc.
  4. Many of the negative comments by the public that were within the scope of the MND were refuted on a factual basis or were addressed by promises or assertions of the applicant.  For example, the validity of the timing of traffic counts, parking by employees offsite, etc.
  5. The negative comments within the scope of the MND that were potentially valid have been fully expressed to the City by those who have these concerns. Examples: issues about parking adequacy, traffic, etc. These considerations are part of the City record and were either considered by the City and rejected or will be considered by the City and addressed.
  6. The majority of critical comments by the public have been accompanied by declarations of support for the project. This means that critics of certain aspects of the project nonetheless support the overall project and wish to see the development proceed. Key opponents have expressed support for the project in general.
  7. Based upon statements of Board members expressed at meetings and in communications with the Executive Committee it appears that approximately 19 of 22 members of the Board eligible to vote support Motion #2 (86% of Board members, > 2/3).
  8. Numerous Board members have communicated to the Chair and other EC members that they wish for the EC to take a position on behalf of the Community Council so that PPCC’s voice will be heard on the MND issue.
  9. Based upon conversations with our neighbors we have no reason to doubt CD-11’s observation that approximately 90% of comments have been supportive of the project.
  10. The MND is a technical document that does not assert that there will be no negative impacts, only that the impacts will be fully or partially mitigated to the extent that the result will be insignificant. Careful consideration of the issues by the VPLUC and its experts has concluded that the City’s methodology was appropriate and its conclusions were warranted given the regulatory framework that applies to such projects.
  11. Project critics acknowledge that the developer has engaged in productive dialogue with neighbors and taken many steps to address local concerns and the developer has pledged to continue to do so.

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February 29, 2016

Deputy Advisory Agency/
Hearing Officer for the City Planning Commission
Department of City Planning
c/o Michelle Levy, City Planner                        via email: michelle.levy@lacity.org
c/o Lakisha Hull, City Planning Associate     via email: lakisha.hull@lacity.org
City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE ADOPTION OF ENV-2015-2715 MND (related case: CPC-2015-2714-VZC-SP-DRB-SPP; 1029-1049 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1012-1032 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1023-1055 N. Monument St.; and 15229-15281 W. Sunset Blvd., collectively, the “Palisades Village Project”).

To: Deputy Advisory Agency/Hearing Officer for the City Planning Commission:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization and the voice of the Palisades since 1973. During October and November 2015, PPCC held well-attended public meetings focusing on the Palisades Village Project. On February 25, 2016, the PPCC held a third noticed public forum to discuss the Palisades Village Project, which incorporated the ENV-2015-2715 MND, committee reports and related motions. A full discussion ensued, including input from Mr. Rick Caruso and public comment that reflected community support, questions, input and concerns.

PPCC, acting by its Executive Committee,[1] recognizes that the City has determined, based on substantial traffic and other environmental studies, that the Palisades Village Project will have no unmitigated significant impacts. PPCC also acknowledges community concerns that, as with any project of similar size built within an existing neighborhood village, issues warranting attention may arise on an ongoing basis. PPCC therefore supports adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declarationprovided that a new Village Project Committee is established under the auspices of Council District 11, to assess and address issues that may arise during construction and eventual Project operations. Such a committee should consist of one representative each from the applicant, Council District 11, the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce and PPCC, and an area resident (to be appointed by Council District 11).

PPCC’s Village Project Land Use Committee (VPLUC) prepared and distributed the attached report (including summary biographies) in support of adoption of the MND. Support for the Palisades Village Project and for adoption of the MND was expressed in meetings and to PPCC’s Executive Committee by:

  1. Elected PPCC Area Representatives and Alternates eligible to vote representing thousands of residents from Area 2 (Palisades Highlands), Area 3 (Marquez Knolls, Bel Air Bay Club), Area 4 (El Medio Bluffs), Area 5 (Alphabet Streets), Area 6 (Via Mesa/Bluffs, Huntington), Area 7 (Santa Monica and Rustic Canyons), Area 8 (Riviera, Polo Fields), and PPCC’s “At-Large” Representative.
  2. A supermajority of PPCC primary organizational representatives (Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, Temescal Canyon Association, Recreation/AYSO, Education/Village School, Civic Organizations/PRIDE, Service Clubs/Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club and Cultural, Ethics and Aesthetics/Pacific Palisades Garden Club).
  3. PPCC’s Transportation Advisor, Patti Post.
  4. All of PPCC’s Officers.

Finally, Councilmember Mike Bonin reported that the Council Office has received overwhelming expressions of community support for the Palisades Village Project, as has PPCC’s Executive Committee.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

Encl.: Exhibits 1 (VPLUC Supplemental Report) and 2 (Summary Biographies)

cc (via email):
Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11             via email: mike.bonin@lacity.org

EXHIBIT 1 – VPLUC SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT 2/25/16

The Committee has previously reported its analysis of the applicant’s submission. The Committee had indicated it was waiting for the applicant’s traffic study to become available for review before it would be in position to recommend any action that the Board should take with respect to the Caruso Village Project.

Several weeks ago the Committee reported that the applicant, subsequent to its initial DRB hearing, had submitted revised plans reflecting changes in design or style and a withdrawal of its previous requests to deviate from Specific Plan setback requirements and Specific Plan height restrictions, in addition to removal of certain uses such as a Pilates studio, a reduction in the total amount of restaurant space and a removal of a request for shared parking plan.

On February 18 the City released its MND (mitigated negative declaration) that included the City’s sign-off and approval of the applicant’s traffic study. This traffic study concluded that there were no unmitigatable traffic impacts occasioned by the development. The Committee engaged the services of Patti Post, PPCC Transportation Advisor. She reviewed the MND as well as the underlying documents reviewed by LADOT and City Planning and found that the conclusions of the MND were substantiated.

It should be understood that the MND is not suggesting that there will be no increase in traffic but that the increase in traffic does not create, based on the standards that the City requires developers to comply with, any increase which cannot be mitigated.

As further due diligence, Ms. Post spoke with two separate community leaders who were initially opposed or skeptical of the impact of Caruso projects in their areas (Glendale and Thousand Oaks). She learned that although there were similar concerns to those which our community has voiced, the Caruso assertions proved to be correct. These community leaders were extremely satisfied with the Caruso team during construction and after opening. They were unanimous in their belief that since Caruso does not sell his properties that these properties are managed well for the long term.

Consequently, it is the Village Project Land Use Committee’s opinion that the proposed project will on balance offer residents a thoughtfully and responsibly managed shopping, restaurant and theater district that will be approved and enjoyed by the vast majority of residents. In that regard we offer the three motions which are set forth in the 2/25/16 PPCC Board meeting agenda.

EXHIBIT 2 – SUMMARY BIOGRAPHIES OF VPLUC MEMBERS AND TRANSPORTATION ADVISOR

VPLUC Members

David Kaplan (Chair): Area 6 Alternate Representative. Retired attorney and former Town Counsel to numerous Massachusetts municipalities/colleges and universities; extensive land use experience in that capacity.

Sue Kohl: Area 5 Representative. Long-time residential real estate agent and assistant manager of the Berkshire Hathaway office in Pacific Palisades.

Rick Mills: Area 4 Representative. Former Planner for the City of Santa Monica, handling planning and land use matters. Masters degree in City Planning, U.C. Berkeley. Long-serving past Chair of the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board. Real estate agent and condominium specialist with HomesUSA, Ltd. and the Law Offices of Paul DeSantis in Santa Monica.

Howard Robinson: Area 3 Alternate Representative. Professional land use consultant with more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, local government and the entitlement process. MBA degree (emphasis in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics), U.C. Berkeley. www.howardrobinson.net.

Cathy Russell: Area 7 Representative. Long-time residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Pacific Palisades.

George Wolfberg: At-Large Representative. Retired City of Los Angeles official with extensive experience in local government process. Past PPCC President and Citizen of the Year. Chair of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee (PCCAC). Past member of PPCC’s former Land Use Committee. Long-serving and current PPCC representative to the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Land Use & Planning Committee (WRAC-LUPC).

Chris Spitz (ex officio/non-voting): PPCC President. Attorney specializing in business litigation. Past Chair of PPCC’s former Land Use Committee. Member of the PCCAC. Past steering committee member, PlanCheckNCLA (educational organization that provides information about City Planning matters to interested community members Citywide). Member of WRAC leadership committee and PPCC Alternate representative to WRAC-LUPC. 

PPCC Transportation Advisor Patti Post

PPCC Experience

  • Voting member of the Board for 10 years as Area Alternate, Area Representative, Organizational Representative and Officer (Treasurer, 6 years)
  • Transportation Advisor for about 10 years, alerting the Chair to transportation issues that could affect Palisadians and advising the Chair on transportation issues as requested

Professional Experience

  • 30+ years as transportation planning consultant, specializing in public transportation planning and operations
  • Transportation planning for the LA Olympics
  • Planning and operations positions with the regional transit operator in Los Angeles County

Education

  • B. A. from UCLA
  • Master of City Planning (MCP) from Harvard University

[1] Acting pursuant to PPCC’s Bylaws, Art. V, Sec. 3(B). The public comment period on the MND expires 03/09/16. PPCC’s next board meeting date is 03/10/16. For procedural reasons a board vote could not be taken on 02/25/16 on motions then agendized for the Palisades Village Project and MND.

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MINUTES FOR APRIL 14th 2016 

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, Nancy Niles, Barbara Marinacci, Stuart Muller, Janet Anderson, Peter Culhane, Gilbert Dembo, Rick Mills, Kelly Comras, Sue Kohl, George Wolfberg, Rick Lemmo and Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates: Kevin Niles, Howard Robinson, Donna Vaccarino, Eric Dugdale and Jessica Simon.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Linda Lefkowitz, Carol Bruch, Diane Bleak, David Peterson and Ted Mackie.

Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Janet Anderson read the Mission Statement.
  2.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience. Meeting Ground Rules. 1) Due to library rules, the meeting must end promptly at 9 pm; as needed, the President will stay after the meeting to answer questions. 2) The President conducts meeting order and may rearrange order of discussion at her discretion. 3) Board members and audience shall only speak when called upon by the President; there shall be no interruptions except to make a point of order. 4) The President’s role in maintaining meeting order shall be honored. 5) All discussion shall be civil, respectful and courteous. (Bylaws, Appendix C, Standing Rule 8).
  3.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:09 pm.
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the March 10, 2016 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 4/28/16. PPTFH Presentation/Update. 5/12/16. Spotlight on Organizations: PRIDE, Chamber of Commerce, Woman’s Club.
  1.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  1.   Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of April 14, 2016. The total account balances equal $37,566.94. Richard stated that there were no significant transactions.
  1.   Reports, Announcements and Concerns.   

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7. 1.1.    2016-17 Officer Elections.

Appointment of Nominating Committee (Bylaws, Art. VII.1):  Chris announced the committee composition. Sue Kohl (Chair), Peter Culhane, and Dick Wulliger. The election process is set forth in the Bylaws Article VII. Chris asked that board members and the public refer to the new website.
Chris stated that the Nominating Committee’s recommendations would be made at the first meeting in May. Additional nominations are taken prior to 15 minutes before the close of the second meeting in May. If contested there will be a candidates’ forum during the first meeting in June and then elections are held at that first meeting in June.

7.1.2.    RecodeLA/Zoning Code Rewrite.

Chris announced that the Virtual Forum will take place on April 26, 7pm; register at http://recode.la/virtual-forums. For details about the RecodeLA project, go to: http://recode.la/about/project-files. Chris also called attention to the LA Times article today relative to the City Council vote to change how the City is handling community plans and other zoning matters. PPCC and other community councils are not sure of the impact and are arranging to meet with CD-11 for further details. PPCC may have a joint forum with planning officials in the near future along with BCC.

7.1.3.    LADWP Pole-Top Distributing Stations.  Chris reported that LADWP is continuing to evaluate community feedback and construction feasibility as to various options.

7.1.4.    Short Term Rentals (STRs).  Chris reported that the draft ordinance pending and is expected very soon.

7.1.5.    Village Starbucks CUB.  Chris reported that the determination letter is pending.

7.1.6.    Sunset Mobility Collaborative.  Chris reported on the new coalition being formed of Brentwood and Pacific Palisades Palisades representatives/stakeholders, supported by CD 11, to responsibly address Sunset Blvd. traffic issues. With Sunset being the primary means of ingress and egress to the Palisades it is a matter of concern to the Palisades. Chris Spitz, Rick Lemmo, Patti Post and Reza Akef attended.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/government-contacts/).

7.2.1.    Los  Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore.

Officer Moore reported that (1) a task force was run in the Palisades relative to minor violations and two homeless persons were arrested on outstanding warrants. (2) Hartzell has experienced a higher than normal level of vehicle break-ins between 2 am and 5 am. Residents have video footage and LAPD knows who the individual is along with other possible suspects. Residents should not leave their cars unlocked, store valuables in their vehicles or leave their garage doors open.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.

Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy. Sharon reported that (1) Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s passing would be celebrated at Mar Vista Park on 4/16/2016 and everyone is welcome to attend. (2) the City’s sidewalk repair process will be implemented over the next 30 years, (3) the City’s budget process is being implemented and this community is being considered for a bike program enforcement effort during seasonal times, (4) the Task Force meeting on female homelessness recently at the Women’s Club was fantastic and the councilmember was very grateful for the presentation, and (5) LADWP is still evaluating alternative locations including the Marquez school site, the two sites at Sunset and Marquez, Los Liones and Temescal and Sunset – all of these locations are being looked at and community comments are due. There is a comparable PTDS going in now just east of Sunset and Mandeville. Questions: (1) under the 50/50 sidewalk program what happens when trees uproot the sidewalk? Can City crews grind down lips? (2) the City Council voted to adopt a motion that gives NCs preferential for additional time to speak at City hearings. PPCC had asked for equivalent treatment for CCs which WRAC fully supported. PPCC would like the motion amended or followed up on such that CCs and NCs are treated equivalently. Sharon stated that John Gregory and CD11 would be following up. (3) Have the DePauw escrows closed? Sharon stated that they have not.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.  Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner, District Representative. Janet turned reported that (1) Ted Lieu would be featured in a 60 Minutes televised feature to be aired this Sunday. (2) HR4871 calls for a study for funding to explore looking into expanding MRCA to include beaches and the Ballona Wetlands, Baldwin Hills and other South Bay coastlines. This could bring more federal resources into these areas. (3) a Veterans Engagement event is occurring on April 18, 2016 from 7-9 PM at the West LA VA building room 1281. There are other engagement meetings being set up for Pacific Palisades.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives — None.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Barbara Marinacci made an announcement about the garden tour and the native plant garden (the latter of which no ticket was needed to view). Postings are available on PPCC’s FB page, within the Palisades News and on Next Door.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

8.     Reports from Committees.

8.1.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

See attached PPCC letter in support of the Village Project. Statement of support from Councilmember Mike Bonin: http://www.11thdistrict.com/ mike_announces_support_for_palisades_village_project. Positions in support also expressed by the Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE and the Civic League. MND and Parcel Map request initially approved by Planning. City Planning Commission hearing 4/28/16 (expected: 8:30am, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber 2nd Floor, 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys, CA 914010).

8.2.    Playing Fields Committee (Janet Anderson, Chair).

Janet reported that the committee held its first meeting.  Looking for open space is an objective of the committee as it goes forward.

9.    Old Business — None.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC)-Recommended Motions.

1) VA Master Plan and Related Legislation (S. 2013/Feinstein, H.R. 3484/Lieu) (Motion #s1A, 1B and 1C below). 2) CUB/Alcohol Conditions (Motion #2 below). 3) Code Enforcement (Motion #3 below). Presentations by representatives of Congressman Lieu (Lisa Pinto and Janet Turner) and Westside community leaders (Steve Sann, Chair, Westwood CC).

1) VA Master Plan and Related Legislation:

MOTION #1A. Background: WRAC-recommended motion passed by South Robertson NC, Venice NC, Westside NC, Westwood CC, Westwood NC, Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC. http://westsidecouncils.com/motion/support-the-draft-master-plan-for-the-dept-of-veterans- affairs-wla-campus/. http://www.losangeles.va.gov/masterplan/. Presentation: Janet Turner presented in support of the master plan because it includes permanent housing, short term housing and 900 potential future housing units. 2,839 units of housing are possible. Construction would be phased over the next 10 years. Since most veterans prefer to be housed in the community, vouchers will also be offered and a vet can go the welcome center at the VA Campus and get a HUD voucher for housing and services. The legislation allows for enhanced use leases and the WLA VA Campus should be brought into line with other campuses who have this; cautions have been put into the master plan but the permission is needed so that private/public partnerships can be used to build housing. Other leases can be given for up to 50 years if they relate to health services and services that directly benefit veterans and their families. The legislation allows for the Purple Line to have a station at the WLA Campus. The legislation calls for all traffic and environmental impacts to be reviewed. As far as prior leases, UCLA has signed a lease and they brought substantial programs with them; other existing leaseholders (parking, dog park, Brentwood School) are in negotiations. Relative to the soccer fields oral comments have supported use by the children until the land is needed by the veterans which under the plan should be years into the future. Many comments about the Master Plan have been received. Brentwood CC had concerns about traffic impacts of the Master Plan. In response, the town center has been redesigned and a second traffic study is underway. Janet stated that the VA has been good neighbors and is concerned with its placement in the community. Questions: (1) Donna Vaccarino asked about what part of the housing would be emergency housing for the critically unsheltered. Janet said that 729 units are for short term housing. (2) Are campers and trailers accommodated? Janet stated no there are emergency beds and vouchers. Action: Richard Cohen made a motion to support Motion 1(C). Reza Akef seconded the motion. Discussion: None. The motion passed unanimously.

The _________[NC/CC] supports the draft master plan for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs West LA campus.

MOTION #1B. Background: WRAC-recommended motion passed by South Robertson NC, Venice NC, Westside NC, Westwood CC, Westwood NC, Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC. http://westsidecouncils.com/motion/support-for-the-los-angeles-homeless-veterans-leasing- act-of-2015/. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr3484. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate- bill/2013?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s.2013%22%2C%22s.2013%22%5D%7D.

The ________ Neighborhood/Community Council supports the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015 (Feinstein / S. 2013 and Lieu / H.R. 3484), to place permanent supportive housing on the Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Campus in West LA.

MOTION #1C. Background: Motion #1B (as modified), passed by Brentwood Community Council on 4/5/16.

BCC supports the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015 (Sen. Diane Feinstein’s bill S. 2013 and the companion House HR 3484 sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu), to place permanent supportive housing on the WLA VA Campus, conditioned upon the VA continuing to work with the impacted communities of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Westwood and West Los Angeles during the implementation of the 2016 Master Plan to fully study and adopt reasonable mitigation measures with respect to any material adverse environmental impacts, including traffic impacts, such studies may identify.

2) CUB/Alcohol Conditions:

MOTION #2. Background: WRAC-recommended motion passed by Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC, Brentwood CC, Mar Vista CC, Venice NC, Westside NC, Westwood CC, Westwood.  Presentation: Steve Saan, Westwood CC. Steve spoke to experiences in Westwood about conditions voluntarily opposed which then were sought to be removed by the operator. To his knowledge there are no other cities that have taken a view that municipalities are not allowed to take into account individual views. The Los Angeles City Council sets policy but in this case (Barney’s Beanery) there was never a public hearing and no one ever got notice; changes were done administratively by council staff. Steve stated that the City is using the plan approval process to take out conditions that have been customarily streamlined for years and opined that cities should be allowed to impose conditions. Steve stated that they went to Senator Ben Allen with this issue to point out that Los Angeles is the outlier. WRAC has had 8 or 9 councils adopt the motion. Action: Richard stated that PPCC would like to support the motion but the whereas language is overreaching and that language should be eliminated. Jennifer Malaret offered friendly amendments to the motion [noted in bold type below]. Gil Dembo seconded. Discussion: (1) Howard Robinson stated that he would prefer Richard’s motion because it is just a WRAC motion that will get wordsmith and changed so he would rather stand unified then get caught up in the language. On what ground would the City Attorney make arguments for his recommendation? Steve stated that land use oriented staff in the CA’s office might be seeking to minimize liability for the City because developers sue the City. The issue is documenting the nexus versus litigating over nuisances. The question is why the City of LA is the only one that believes it is preempted. (2) Chris read from the PPCC’s minutes when the City Attorney came to speak before its board on November 12, 2015. Steve said that City’s have the right to health, safety and welfare using its zoning powers. (3) Kelly Comras asked why no lawyers sued over the Barney’s Beanery case in Westwood. Steve said that no case has been filed to this issue because there a grey area; neighborhood groups have not taken it on due to cost and feel that the right process is to ask the City to go back to the custom and practices over the last forty years. (4) Rick Lemmo stated that the Chamber of Commerce was going to abstain because there had been no discussion of the topic but it was not requesting a vote postponement. (5) Carol Bruch was concerned over the addition of the word “effective”; she suggested “presently in effect” (now modified in bold below). (6) Reza Akef expressed that perhaps PPCC should not vote on this since there is no business representative here then discussion is one sided nor does this appear to be a pervasive problem throughout the City. Steve Saan said that Westwood and PPCC share the same Planning Commission. Conditions are a way to help more business because if the question posed are unconditional operating provisions rather than conditions then communities are more likely to oppose than support. (7) Rick Mills supported the ability of communities to impose conditions and he thinks that the whereas language should stay. (8) Howard Robinson suggested leaving the whereas language in with certain edits that he articulated at the meeting (now modified in bold below). Action: the Board indicated that it wished to see the whereas language included as modified by Howard and modifications to the motion language as proposed by Jennifer. These amendments were accepted by the Board and the motion passed unanimously with one abstention by the Chamber of Commerce.

NC  http://westsidecouncils.com/wp- content/uploads/2016/02/2015_1118_Alcohol_CUBPermitsBackgrounder.pdf.

Whereas, the City of Los Angeles has imposed land use conditions in Conditional Use Beverage (CUB) permits for decades to protect public health, safety and welfare by mitigating potential impacts due to the sale or service of alcohol, as recommended by the LAPD, Council Offices, neighborhood councils, community councils, and local residents; and

Whereas, the Department of City Planning suddenly reversed this decades-long practice in 2012, on the advice of the City Attorney’s Office, with no public notice, no public process, no public hearings, and no direction from the City Council, which is charged with policy- making authority; and

Whereas, Zoning Administrators are currently using the Plan Approval Process to remove previously-imposed conditions designed to avoid or mitigate actual or potential land use impacts adverse to public health, safety and welfare; and

Whereas, municipalities throughout the State of California have and continue to impose land use conditions to mitigate adverse impacts that may otherwise arise from the sale or service of alcohol, including local jurisdictions such as West Hollywood and the County of Los Angeles, among others; and

Whereas, the City’s current practice undermines the ability of the City and local communities to protect against potential land use impacts that are adverse to public health, safety and welfare, including but not limited to potential nuisances, by restricting the imposition of conditions on, among other things, hours of sale of alcohol, happy hours, container sizes, types of alcohol sold, and other similar rules and regulations; and

Whereas, California courts have repeatedly affirmed that municipalities have broad police powers to impose land use conditions that protect against potentially adverse impacts on public health, safety and welfare arising from the sale or service of alcohol; and

Whereas, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has not advised the City that the imposition of such land use conditions interferes with ABC’s enforcement of State law; and

Whereas, implementation of this new policy not only impairs the ability of the LAPD, Council Offices, and communities to protect public health, safety and welfare, but also interferes with the ability of CUB applicants to garner support for their projects by negotiating for the imposition of mutually agreed-upon conditions, as had been done for decades before the current practice was imposed, which forces communities to oppose projects they could otherwise support with proper conditions:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved that the [Insert Neighborhood or Community Council Name Here] calls upon the City Council to adopt a policy to:

(1.) Consistent with the practice of other jurisdictions state-wide and the City’s decades-long practice prior to 2012, authorize the imposition of land use conditions that protect public health, safety and welfare by mitigating potential adverse impacts from the sale or service of alcohol;

(2.) Maintain and enforce previously-imposed in effect CUB conditions on the sale or service of alcohol; and

(3.) Prohibit the future removal of previously-imposed conditions outside the Plan Approval Process mandated under the City Charter and Zoning Code.

3) Code Enforcement:

MOTION #3. Background: WRAC-recommended motion passed by Brentwood CC, Venice NC, Westwood CC, Westwood NC. Original motion language: http://westsidecouncils.com/motion/enforcement-of-all-zoning-and-building-codes/. Sponsored by George Wolfberg (as modified/bold font).

Whereas the City of Los Angeles continues to selectively enforce existing zoning ordinances to the detriment of our stakeholders’ quality of life including, but not limited to, short term rentals, illegal signs, illegal boarding houses and the like.

Therefore Pacific Palisades Community Council joins with the member councils of WRAC to demand that the City comply with its own ordinances and laws and immediately enforce all applicable zoning and building codes unless duly amended.  Presentation: George Wolfberg stated that PPCC has always advocated for enforcement where there is not any. Richard Cohen seconded the motion. Discussion: (1) Rick Mills expressed concerns about selective enforcement and the context of the worst offenders, citing the experience with illegal signs in the Palisades. (2) Howard Robinson agreed with Rick and noted that the City does not have the resources to enforce every violation nor do we want millions of law enforcement officers watching us. The motion goes too far and the City doesn’t have the resources to comply with the measures the motion is seeking. (3) Stuart Muller commented that the City takes reports and puts them in a box. (4) Richard Cohen stated that the point of the motion is to reflect the frustration that even when complaints are made and even when egregious there is no enforcement at all. PPCC has a guiding principle that calls for strict enforcement of all land use laws and PPCC stands for that as an organization. Passing the motion adds PPCC’s voice to the many of those that object to boarding homes, short term rentals and other negative impacts taking place within residential areas of the Palisades. (5) Rick Mills suggested that the motion be reworded to ask for an effective response by inspectors to complaints. (6) Gil Dembo supported the motion as proposed. (7) Carol Bruch suggested “good faith” language or practicability language, which Rick Mills as the voting member proposed; a show of hands was taken and less than a majority were raised in support of that proposed amendment. Action: 15 votes in support of Motion #3. 1 opposed. The motion passed.

11.    General Public Comment — None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 8:52 PM.

ATTACHMENT:  ITEM 8.1 – PPCC LETTER RE VILLAGE PROJECT

March 14, 2016

Deputy Advisory Agency and
Hearing Officer for the City Planning Commission
Griselda Gonzalez, Hearing Officer            via email: griselda.gonzalez@lacity.org
Michelle Levy, City Planner                           via email: michelle.levy@lacity.org
Lakisha Hull, City Planning Associate        via email: lakisha.hull@lacity.org
Department of City Planning
City Hall, 200 N. Spring StreetLos Angeles, CA 90012

Re: LETTER IN SUPPORT OF APPROVAL OF CPC-2015-2714-VZC-SP-DRB-SPP and AA- 2015-3312-PMLA; 1029-1049 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1012-1032 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1023-1055 N. Monument St.; and 15229-15281 W. Sunset Blvd. (collectively, the “Palisades Village Project”); related case: ENV-2015-2715 MND.

To: Deputy Advisory Agency; Ms. Gonzalez, Hearing Officer for the City Planning Commission; and Ms. Levy and Ms. Hull, City Planning Department

Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is the most broad-based community organization and the voice of the Palisades since 1973. On February 29, 2016, PPCC submitted its letter supporting approval of the MND for the Palisades Village Project (the “February 29th Letter”; ENV- 2015-2715-MND). As described in the February 29th Letter, PPCC has held several well-attended public meetings focusing on the Palisades Village Project and encompassing the cases referenced above. At a fourth public meeting on March 10, 2016, PPCC’s board engaged in further consideration of two motions as to which the vote had previously been postponed for procedural reasons. After additional discussion, the board voted overwhelmingly (17-1) in favor of the following motions:

Support for Requested Land Use Entitlements (Motion 1) – CPC-2015-2714-VZC-SP-DRB- SPP:

“Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recognizes that community opinion is generally supportive of the Palisades Village Project, as reflected by public comments at PPCC and other community meetings and input from constituents received by Council District 11 and PPCC Board members. PPCC therefore recommends that the City Planning Commission approve the following land use entitlements as requested by the applicant:

  • 1)  Specific Plan Amendments to the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhoods Specific Plan, as proposed by the applicant and which establish new North Swarthmore Subarea Regulations.
  • 2)  A Vesting Zone Change from C2-1VL and R3P-1VL to C2-1VL, for the existing surface parking lot areas.”

Support for Parcel Map Approval (Motion 3) – AA-2015-3312-PMLA:

“The applicant has requested that the City approve a request for a parcel map to vacate public land to the applicant consisting of a 20-foot-wide alley extending north from Sunset Boulevard to the existing alley located behind the existing Mobil Station, the 20-foot-wide alley between Swarthmore Avenue and Monument Street and a lane of Sunset Boulevard, where it widens in front of the existing Mobil Station. Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) recommends approval of the parcel map, in reliance upon the applicant’s commitment to contribute to funding of off-site harmonizing streetscape improvements in conjunction with community entities such as PRIDE, the Village Green Committee, Palisades Beautiful, the Pacific Palisades Garden Club and the Palisades Business Improvement District (BID). To this end, the use of the fund shall include, but not be limited to, installation of compatible off-site streetscape improvements. Possible unifying items could include street furniture, street signs, exterior lighting and lampposts, sidewalk and crosswalk treatments, and plant materials. At a minimum, off-site improvements should extend to both sides of Sunset from La Cruz to Via de la Paz, around the perimeter of the Village Green, and on Swarthmore on the first block south of Sunset.”

As explained in the February 29th Letter, Councilmember Mike Bonin and PPCC’s Executive Committee have received overwhelming expressions of community support for the Palisades Village Project. The positions expressed in this letter as well as in the February 29th Letter reflect the consensus of the Palisades community. We urge approval of the requested land use entitlements and parcel map so that the community can experience “a thoughtfully and responsibly managed shopping, restaurant and theater district that will be approved and enjoyed by the vast majority of residents.”1

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc:
Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11    via email: mike.bonin@lacity.org

1 PPCC Village Project Land Use Committee Supplemental Report, attached as Exhibit 1 to the February 29th Letter; see also http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/VPLUC-Supp-Report1-Feb.-2016.pdf and http://pacpalicc.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/02/vpluc.pdf.

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MINUTES FROM April 28th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Nancy Niles, Gil Dembo, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Bruce Schwartz, George Wolfberg, Janet Anderson, Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Todd Wadler and Cathy Russell. 

Voting Alternates: Brian Deming, Laura Mack, Carol Bruch, Susan Payne and Doug McCormick.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kevin Niles and Ted Mackie.

Start of Business Meeting 

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Maryam Zar read the Mission Statement.
  1.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm. The Board and audience were introduced.
  2.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:11 pm.
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings.  Chris deemed the meeting minutes of April 14, 2016 approved as corrected. Next board meetings 5/12/16 and 5/26/16.
  1.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  1.   Treasurer’s Report. Chris read Richard Cohen’s report regarding the financial status as of April 28, 2016. The total account balances equal $37,512.94 with no significant transactions in the past two weeks.
  1.   Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    LADWP Pole-Top Distributing Stations.  Chris reported that LADWP is continuing to evaluate community feedback and construction feasibility as to various options.

7.1.2.    Village Starbucks CUB.  Chris reported that the determination letter is pending.

7.1.3.    WRAC Motions Update.  Motions passed by PPCC on 4/14/16 (VA/Homeless Veterans Leasing Act; CUB/Alcohol Conditions; Code Enforcement) have been submitted to Councilmember Bonin. See http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/ and minutes of 4/14/16. See also attached PPCC letter to Rep. Lieu.

7.1.4.    Short Term Rentals.  For Home Sharing Ordinance details, see: http://planning.lacity.org/Ordinances/ProposedOrdinances.htm. For prior PPCC position letters, see: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/. Initial staff hearing 5/21/16.

7.1.5.    BMO-BHO Amendments.  For details regarding proposed new amendments, see: http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/baseline/bmo_bho_revised.pdf. For prior PPCC position letter, see: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/. Initial staff hearing (Westside) 5/10/16, 7-9pm, Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Comment deadline June 10, 2016.

7.1.6.    Airplane Flyover Noise.  Sens. Feinstein and Boxer have written to the FAA expressing concern and requesting that the FAA address ongoing flyover impacts. For more information, contact info@pacpalicc.org.

7.1.7.    PPCC Meeting/Agenda Process.  Chris reported that she distributed to the board, posted to the website and brought copies to the meeting tonight of a Summary regarding this information. Any questions can be directed at any time to Chris.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los   Angeles   Police   Department (“LAPD”) – SLO  Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.  Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy — Not in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance; however, an email from Daniel Tamm will be forwarded at a later date.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.  Janet Turner, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                                            

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) George Wolfberg (At-Large).  George reported that SMCCA is hiring an expert attorney to address the issue of airport noise and is in the process of fundraising. Please contact George with interest or questions. George also reported that 5/10/2016 will be the SMCCA’s annual meeting at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center with Mike Bonin and Maryam Zar as featured speakers.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Susan Payne (Chamber) announced that the stores on Swarthmore will be closing soon and having going-out-of-business sales starting next month. The sidewalk sale will be on June 25th to be involved at the end of the sale period; these closing activities do affect funding for the Chamber particularly advertising. The Annual Chamber Expo will be on May 15th from 10-2pm and will feature the antique car show and various booths. The event is free to the public. On June 11th the Annual Food Fest will be at the Women’s Club from 4-7pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for two. (2) Gil Dembo (TCA) reported an increase of dogs off-leash in the State Parks and increases in dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

  1.   Reports from Committees.

8.2.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

Update on status of Village Project land use application/MND.  In David’s absence Chris reported that approximately 90 persons attended the CPC hearing on 4/28 and spoke in support of the project. The project was unanimously approved and the appeal by one resident was denied. The matter will be referred to the City Council PLUM Committee with that hearing to take place on a future date, perhaps May 2016.  See also attached PPCC letter to the CPC.

  1.   Old Business. 

9.1.    Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) update on ongoing work.

Presentation:  Maryam Zar introduced Task Force members present including Sharon Kilbride (enforcement), Doug McCormick (leadership and as liaison to OPCC) and Nina Kidd (education/upcoming play). Sharon Kilbride – Sharon (1) detailed the LAPD patrols taking place in the area. Homeless encampments are being tracked with the idea of outreach and offers for services. Violators are warned and eventually cited where appropriate. Engagement efforts below Corona del Mar were recently successful this month as between LAPD and OPCC. The effort is to engage, offer and then invoke enforcement. Sharon detailed some of the efforts including four encampments and items found inside. LAPD would like to identify areas that have high fire and sanitation risk. Beaches and Harbors have promised to put in new tower signage which will help lifeguards, beach users and law enforcement. Efforts are underway to make recommendations for bike path enforcement and increased patrols to make the beaches safer for all. Sharon encouraged persons who see a homeless person in need to please contact 310-460-2630 and reminded residents to keep their cars locked. Doug McCormick – Doug (1) goals are enforcement, engagement and education. These problems are complex and much work is being done to address each of these areas. Together people are working together to solve the problem rather than pushing the problem from one to another. Doug is hopeful that in June persons from various cities will be getting together and engage in collective dialogue. OPCC and the experts behind them have been doing a great job, working in an unthreatening and communicative manner. Reports are made monthly with numbers. In the first three months, contact with 106 homeless have been made, 48 persons have been engaged and 10 persons have been taken off the streets. Some of the discoveries are that homeless in the Palisades sleep here but leave during the days to find services in Santa Monica or elsewhere. Of the contacts 15% are veterans and slightly over 20% are female. The Palisades model is being looked at as a model for other cities and the Task Force is very proud of that. The Task Force is also working hard to become a 501(c) 3 corporation. Nina Kidd thanked those for helping her in the effort to address homelessness as a long term resident of the Palisades and her related efforts to produce a play called “The Liar’s Punishment,” to take place at Theatre Palisades on May 21 and May 22. There will be a reception after the play with refreshments provided by Bruce Schwartz so that the conversation can continue. While the effort has a long way to go so much success has happened. The play celebrates the accomplishments of what has been done in the effort and to educate the audience on the situation and inspire people (including students) to become involved and invoke new creative ways to assist. Tickets are available at the PPCC meeting tonight at $50 per person. Scholarship tickets are available to students whereby donors can buy tickets and give them to students to see the play and get involved. Nina gave details on the cast and director and thanked the generous participants who are involved with the production. Tickets can also be purchased at theaterpalisades.com. Discussion: (1) Maryam Zar spoke relative to how children internalize homelessness and how outreach efforts are being tailored towards use(?) of various ages. Fundraising ideas are in the works. Maryam thanked Patrick Hart for all he does and encouraged community support for additional bike patrols on the beach path. (2) Would homeless people benefit from seeing this play? Nina felt is was something to consider. (3) What exact services are offered to the homeless? Sharon said temporary housing where available, physical medical care and mental care and the ability to talk to a mental health professional. The term “engagement” means the start of a conversation regarding what services are available and ending with permanent housing. There is a large range of circumstances in between. In the beginning homeless who want services come in quickly and as the process goes on it takes people longer to modify their way of life. (4) What about visible members of the homeless? Progress is being made not to the extent of housing but outreach is continual including having the Department of Mental Health here in the Palisades. Those persons have a support structure in the Palisades by people who give them food, prayers, conversation and other assistance. OPCC has a nurse checking in and is undertaking other outreach efforts. (5) Many Palisades residents, churches and organizations support the homeless. (6) The Downtown Women’s Center is setting up a trip May 30th for people interested in seeing their facility and programs. (6) Can homeless students at local schools be helped in any further way? Maryam stated that discussions are on-going in this regard. For those interested in additional information please contact pacpalihtf@gmail.com or see pptfh.org.

  1.   New Business.

10.1.    Spotlight on Organizations – Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club.

Presenting: Nancy Niles. Q&A, Discussion only.  Nancy reported that PPWC originated in 1925 under the original name “The Forum”. In 1926 the club joined the national organization of woman’s clubs. In 1935 the Junior Woman’s Club was organized and land was purchased in 1945 in the Palisades. The Club House on Haverford was dedicated between 1948 and 1951. Administrative changes have been made in more recent years staring in 2007 and withdrew from the national association in favor of converting to a 501(c) 3 corporation and the ability of a unified club (2012) between the juniors and Woman’s Clubs. The club is currently very vibrant and has a motto of “fun, friendship and philanthropy.” Nancy listed a number of annual PPWC events including wine tasting, the Home Tour, and Halloween Painting. Nancy encouraged interested persons to learn more at ppwc.org.

10.2.    Paul Revere Fields Use.

Presenting:  Janet Anderson, George Wolfberg. Q&A (discussion only). George detailed his involvement in soccer and the history of attempts to maintain the Paul Revere fields. Club teams occupy the fields and space for AYSO groups has become increasingly limited. Janet detailed her involvement with AYSO and terms as Commissioner. Regular season programs have 1,600 – 1,700 players on 200 teams. Paul Revere’s fields have been the heart of the local AYSO program for over 40 years. Practices and games are held at a minimum of once a week. Fields in the local areas are subject to being lost, not available or have had fees increased astronomically over the years. Janet reported that access by AYSO to Paul Revere middle school is being lost, including 50% of the prior access on larger fields that AYSO has historically been occupying. AYSO believes that as a community organization they should have access to fields at the local public schools, particularly versus private clubs from other cities. Discussion: (1) Who makes the field decisions? At the moment it appears to be the principal. (2) Suggestions were to continue discussions with the principal, engage members particularly those with students at local schools and to contact local media outlets.

11.    General Public Comment – None.

  1.   Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.3 – LETTER TO REP. LIEU RE HOMELESS VETERANS LEASING ACT

April 19, 2016

Hon. Ted W. Lieu, U.S. Representative, 33rd Congressional District
Attn: Lisa Pinto, District Director
5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Via email to: lisa.pinto@mail.house.gov

Re: Support for the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015/S. 2013 and H.R. 3484 (the “Act”)

Dear Congressman Lieu:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is the most broad-based community organization in Pacific Palisades and has been the voice of the community since 1973.

At its regularly scheduled board meeting on April 14, 2016, the PPCC board unanimously passed the following motion in support of the Act:

PPCC supports the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015 (Sen. Diane Feinstein’s bill S. 2013 and the companion House HR 3484 sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu), to place permanent supportive housing on the WLA VA Campus, conditioned upon the VA continuing to work with the impacted communities of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Westwood and West Los Angeles during the implementation of the 2016 Master Plan to fully study and adopt reasonable mitigation measures with respect to any material adverse environmental impacts, including traffic impacts, such studies may identify.

Thank you for your continuing exceptional representation of our community.

Sincerely,
Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council
cc:
Vincent Kane, Special Assistant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs    via email: vincent.kane@va.gov
Heidi Marston, Special Assistant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs    via email: heidi.marston@va.gov
Hon. Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilmember, CD11    via email: mike.bonin@lacity.org

ITEM 8.1 – LETTER TO CPC RE VILLAGE PROJECT

 April 18, 2016

Los Angeles City Planning Commission
City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 272
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Via email to:
James K. Williams, Commission Executive Assistant
james.k.williams@lacity.orgcpc@lacity.org

Re: LETTER IN SUPPORT OF APPROVAL OF CPC-2015-2714-VZC-SP-DRB-SPP and AA-2015-3312-PMLA; 1029-1049 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1012-1032 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1023-1055 N. Monument St.; and 15229-15281 W. Sunset Blvd. (collectively, the “Palisades Village Project”); related case: ENV-2015-2715 MND.

Honorable Commissioners:

Introduction

Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is the most broad-based community organization in Pacific Palisades and has been the voice of the community since 1973. PPCC is one of the oldest continuously operating councils of its type in Los Angeles and served as a model for many current neighborhood councils. PPCC holds open elections for 9 board seats representing all Palisades residents and businesses, and includes in its membership all significant community organizations. PPCC conducts open, public board meetings; follows the Brown Act whenever reasonable and possible; and serves the same function as a neighborhood council: to provide a forum for the discussion of issues and to advise government on matters of community concern. As explained by Councilmember Mike Bonin:

“[PPCC’s and Brentwood Community Council’s] role as advisory bodies to local government on issues specific to their communities is identical to that of a certified neighborhood council . . .

They provide the same crucial function in vetting community issues and providing a respected and open forum for evaluating development proposals and land use matters.” [Motion in Council File 13-1625]

PPCC Position

PPCC strongly supports the Palisades Village Project, as set forth in testimony before City Planning and Commission staff on March 24, 2016, and in greater detail in letters submitted on February 29, 2016 and March 14, 2016 (on file in the above-referenced matters and believed to be part of the official administrative record).

For more than a year, the applicant Caruso Affiliated has conducted extensive outreach to the Palisades community, meeting frequently with groups large and small and addressing all reasonable concerns. PPCC held a total of four public forums, attended by hundreds of community members, at which full public discussion took place, including input from Mr. Caruso and public questions, concerns and expressions of support. Through its Executive Committee, PPCC expressed support for adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) (see 2/29/16 PPCC letter). The PPCC board voted overwhelmingly (17-1) to support the Project, specifically the land use entitlement application and parcel map request (see 3/14/16 PPCC letter) – an action that is unprecedented in PPCC’s history. These positions reflect the consensus of the Palisades community.

PPCC urges the City Planning Commission to approve adoption of the above-referenced MND, the land use entitlement application and parcel map request.

Sincerely,
Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council
cc:
Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11       via email: mike.bonin@lacity.org
Michelle Levy, City Planner                                via email: michelle.levy@lacity.org

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MINUTES FOR MAY 12th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, Sue Kohl, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Gilbert Dembo, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Sarah Rena Conner, Janet Anderson, George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Greg Sinaiko, Rick Lemmo, Todd Wadler, Rick Mills and Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates: Kevin Niles. 

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Quentin Fleming, Carol Bruch, Michael Soneff, David Kaplan and Donna Vaccarino.

Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Richard Cohen read the Mission Statement.
  2.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.
  3.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:06 pm.
  4.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the April 14, 2016 and April 28, 2016 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 5/26/16. 1) Presentations/Q&A with Civic League President Richard Blumenberg on new Baseline Mansionization-Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BMO-BHO”) amendments. 2) Spotlight on Organizations: Pacific Palisades Garden Club, Rotary Club. 3) Close of Board member nominations for officer candidates. 6/9/16. 1) Officer candidates’ forum (if necessary). 2) Election of officers for 2016-2017 term.
  5.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  6.   Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of May 12, 2016. The total account balances equal $36,278.94 Richard stated that PPCC paid $580 to improve its website, $600 was paid to PAPA for the July, 2016 parade, and (as reported before) PPCC’s general liability and D&O insurance had been renewed. Finally, PPCC renewed its P.O. Box.
  7.   Reports, Announcements and Concerns. 

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    LADWP Pole-Top Distributing Stations (PTDS).

Chris reported that LADWP has selected the following temporary PTDS locations: Sunset Blvd. near Marquez Ave. (known as the Bernheimer lot); Temescal Canyon Blvd. south of Sunset; expected installation June 2016. More information can be found at: http://www.tellmeladwp.com/go/doc/1475/2817374/.

7.1.    Village Starbucks CUB.  Chris reported that the determination letter was pending as of agenda distribution.

7.1.3.    BMO-BHO Amendments.  For details regarding proposed new amendments, see: http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/baseline/bmo_bho_revised.pdf. Prior PPCC position letter: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/. Further discussion at PPCC on 5/26/16. Comment deadline 6/10/16.

7.1.4.    Palisades Alliance for Seniors update.

Chris reported that bi-monthly public meetings will be held 10:30am 12:30pm at the Palisades branch library (2nd and 4th Monday of each month). Next meeting: May 23 (topic to be announced). Monthly coordinating meeting: May 25, 4pm, Palisades High School, room D-107. All are invited to the Alliance meetings. www.palisadesalliance.org.

7.1.5.    Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2016.

Chris reported that incumbent elected representatives must notify the President in writing prior to 6/9/16 (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.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore.

SLO Moore in attendance. SLO Moore reported (1) there is a problem with persons who surf and leave their keys hidden on their vehicle because then their cars get stolen. If anyone notices an increase in stolen vehicles this activity is occurring mostly on PCH. Any credit cards left in the cars are being maxed out at stores. (2) LAPD is encouraging SLOs to matriculate and train; presenting to forums like PPCC is part of that so we may be seeing additional LAPD officers at our meeting. (3) Bruce Schwartz and Maryam Zar thanked LAPD for their work relative to the homeless issue.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.

Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy. Sharon not in attendance.  Chris Spitz read the notes submitted: (1) Fire Service Day is May 14th and everyone is encouraged to support our local fire stations. (2) EXPO Line Phase 2 – free rides May 20th and 21st. (3) LADWP Pole Tops – Councilmember Bonin understands the importance of this issue as PPCC has reported extensively on this issue. Stuart Muller opposed the Temescal Canyon PTDS location, noting that LADWP owns the land in Marquez and the PTDS should go there. (4) Please support the Chamber of Commerce Expo.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — None in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.  Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — None in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — None in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner, District Representative.  Janet Turner stated (1) Frontier customers (previously Verizon) are reporting service outages and slowdowns. Affected persons should call the Congressman’s Office; contact information is available on the web and via PPCC’s website. Reza Akef (Area 8) asked for a response regarding a prior report of an exposed phone line on Amalfi Drive belonging to Verizon. Reza reported that despite Councilmember Bonin’s efforts Verizon is not responding. Janet asked for an email. (2) USPS problems caused the Congressman to go right to the head of the USPS to ask for help. USPIS which is the special inspection arm will be collaborating more with local authorities. Mail delivery problems in general were discussed and USPS will be considering adding additional personnel.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                                        

7.3.1.     Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Maryam Zar announced that “Fire Service Day” is May 14, 2016, which will be a local event at Fire Station 69 to name the Honorary Pacific Palisades Fire Chief. Chris asked the board and public to attend and congratulate both the local firefighters and PPCC’s VP Maryam Zar who will be named the new Honorary Chief. (2) George Wolfberg reported on the PCH Taskforce. The California Incline is over 90% complete and work continues for the replacement pedestrian overpass. Forming and concrete should be completed prior to the reopening of the Incline expected on July 2, 2016, with the grand opening to follow later in July. Potrero plans are nearly complete and will be reviewed by LADBS, Coastal Commission, CalTrans, etc. 125,000 cubic yards of fill will be needed in addition to the dirt stockpiled on-site. Some sort of pedestrian crossing will be provided, maybe a bridge. There are still some properties left to be sold to raise the $5-$6 million needed for this crossing. CalTrans is set to put in a proper signal where flashing lights are now along with a left turn where the Bel Air Bay Club is now. (3) Reza Akef (Area 8) reported on the recent BMO/BHO hearing in West Los Angeles in which many residents from Pacific Palisades turned out. Every other part of LA that is not R-1 got a compromise and areas that are R-1 did not. The Civic League will be presenting to PPCC at the next meeting. Communities that are not R1 got to keep their bonuses, larger houses, etc. Garage conversions here are not a large problem but the Palisades will be losing bonuses. There has been no economic analysis made and it is important to analyze this draft ordinance because it will really change the aesthetics of what can be built in this community. (4) Stuart Muller (Area 6) stated that there is planning for an update of the Clearwater Mural (1988) which needs more fundraising.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Richard Wulliger (Historical Society) stated it was sponsoring a talk by Kelly Comras on 5/23/2016 at Theatre Palisades, 7 p.m., based on her book about Ruth Shelhorn. (2) Janet Anderson (AYSO) reported that she attended the VA Roundtable on 5/2/2016 with Congressman Lieu and other involved constituencies. There will be a tour of the VA Property on May 16th at 5 p.m. Legislation needs to be passed and then there is a plan to get transitional housing going right away. The Park Advisory Meeting was on May 4th to discuss the plan for the canyon park including a possible dog park in Pacific Palisades. Janet thanked everyone for their suggestions with the AYSO/Paul Revere issue and efforts are on-going to work out an agreeable arrangement. (3) Gil Dembo (TCA) announced that PAPA is looking for support toward the July 4th, 2016 parade.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

  1.   Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Nominating Committee (Sue Kohl, Chair; Dick Wulliger, Peter Culhane).

Sue announced the Committee’s nominations for PPCC officers, 2016-2017 term. See Nomination Statements below. Chris announced that nominations by voting Board members of other eligible candidates are open until 15 minutes before the close of Board meeting on May 26, 2016. Voting Board members may self-nominate. A candidates’ forum (if necessary) and election of PPCC officers will take place on June 9, 2016. Chris thanked the committee for their hard work and nominations. Dick Wulliger thanked the committee for doing a wonderful job and commended Maryam Zar for her many recent awards.

8.2.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).  Village Project update. David reported that the City Council PLUM Committee hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

  1.   Old Business.

9.1.    Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance.

Presentation/Q&A with CD 11 Planning Director Tricia Keane.  See: http://planning.lacity.org/Ordinances/ProposedOrdinances.htm. Prior PPCC position letters: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/. Presentation: Tricia Keane gave an overview of the draft home sharing ordinance recently released. The Planning Department believes the ordinance released on April 15, 2016 is the result of a handful of motions introduced over the last 18 months asking for the City to look at various aspects of the “sharing economy.” Bonin and Wesson directed Planning to look at home sharing in certain situations and to ensure enforcement; the policy behind the motions was to preserve housing in the City. The number of housing units available in the City of Los Angeles does not keep up with demand. The City Council is committed to finding long term units for people to live in but recognizes that short term housing plays an important role for some to stay in their homes with “good home sharing.” “Bad home sharing” would be conversion of entire buildings to short term occupancies. Important points of the draft proposed: (1) simple on-line registration, (2) the owner has to live there, (3) no short term rentals in rent stabilization units, affordable housing, otherwise income restricted, etc. to protect affordable housing, (4) 90 days per year for home sharing in your primary residence, (5) platforms as well as hosts have to follow the rules, and (6) fines are established for hosts and platforms, and expansion of ACE to cover short term housing violations as well. The best way to submit comments is directly to the Planning Department by June 6th. Comments will be incorporated into the staff report before the CPC, expected June 23, 2016. Saturday May 21st there will be a hearing downtown in one of the larger auditoriums, Deaton Auditorium. Matthew.glesney@lacity.org is the planner to whom comments should be directed. Planning staff will also be attending the next WRAC leadership meeting. Discussion:  Chris Spitz read the previous motion from PPCC Board on the issue, including safeguards called for that are not in the ordinance. (a) PPCC wanted a cap of 30 days not 90 days. Many hosts want a longer cap but are otherwise comfortable with the ordinance. This likely is the main sticking point. (b) PPCC wanted a further definition of primary residence. Tricia stated there will be implementation guidelines around the ordinance to be coming later and the benefit is that this document can be updated later. The City is still looking at programs from other cities and financial institutions for language relating to proof of residency. (c) PPCC wanted a notice provision to neighbors within 500 feet. This is not included because it was considered an obstacle to persons being willing to register. (d) PPCC wanted a right of appeal by adversely affected residents. Tricia confirmed there is not a direct right of appeal in the ordinance but there is a section to allow for suspension or revocation of a registration (registrations are good for 2 years) and there is a hearing associated with that. If a revocation is issued, then a host cannot re-register for three years. Chris asked who initiates the process – a resident, the City, etc.? Tricia stated that she would look into this section. (e) PPCC wanted a private right of action by adversely affected residents. CD11 pushed for this to be included in the ordinance and the feedback was that this did not have widespread support; hence the City opted to put in greater tools for City enforcement. Tricia is not confident there is support throughout the City for this to be included. Discussion: (1) will the City be hiring additional ACE inspectors and to which departments will they be hired? Enforcement will be Housing, LADBS and Planning. There is discussion about proactive enforcement, not just reactive. Will there be a database that residents can access to see if STRs are registered? (2) Is there a bed tax required? Yes, they are subject to the transit occupancy tax (TOT). Those monies go to the affordable housing trust fund. CD11 believes it should go to both enforcement and affordable housing. (3) What are the actual fines proposed for violators? Per the information distributed $500 per day, etc. (4) Has the City been working with the platforms to encourage compliance with this ordinance were it to pass? Tricia said there have been conversations with the platforms. (5) In other areas of the City could it be possible to educate residents on how meaningful the private right of action would be – even if it were to take place in small claims court? The best vehicle for enforcement would be between neighbors and that relates to why the notice requirement within 500 feet makes sense. (6) Will fines be attached to the property like an order of compliance if they are not paid? Tricia did not know, will find out. (7) There is a legitimate reason for short term renting in the Palisades, i.e., the ability of people to rent their houses while they are away because their profession requires it.

  1.   New Business.

10.1.    Spotlight on Organizations

(1)  PRIDE.  Presenting:  Bruce Schwartz. Bruce reported that PRIDE was formed over the “don’t mall the Palisades” effort in 1984. As a result, overhead signs were removed and the Design Review Board was appointed. Wally Miller asked to Chair a committee that could form a Business Improvement District (“BID”). Weekly meetings took place and the Landmark Committee was founded to “protect and renew our identity and environment” or PRIDE. PRIDE is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. PRIDE’s board of directors was formed and was to include the Chamber of Commerce and PPCC. In the 1980’s there was fundraising for the “Swarthmore Avenue Project” that included pocket parks and to address problems with ficus trees uprooting sidewalks. Street furnishings were selected and this improvement campaign continues to this day. Completion of the project was celebrated during a “Walk of PRIDE” event. Today PRIDE is working with Caruso Affiliated to replace the tiles on Swarthmore with the relocation of various street furnishings and a Sunset median being planned. PRIDE is looking at various safety projects (like crosswalks) and other beautification projects within the Palisades.

(2)  Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce. Presenting: Rick Lemmo. Rick provided a presentation on the Chamber including dates of establishment and historical membership which began in 1949. For more than six decades time honored traditions have taken place in the Palisades (Ho Ho Ho, Car Show, Expo, Honorary Mayors, Sidewalk Sales, etc.). On May 16, 2016, this year’s Car Show will take place with local business foods, music, petting zoo, Fancy Feet dancers, balloon man, Councilmember Bonin, etc. Rick commended Adam Glazer and Arnie Wishnick for their dedication to the Chamber of Commerce.

10.2.    New PPCC website preview/tutorial (Chris Spitz and Michael Soneff).

Chris and Michael gave a visual presentation of the new website; the public and board members were taken through the various pages. Chris thanked Ted Mackie and Jim Rea for their contributions to the website.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1.     Sunset Mesa resident – spoke on concerns at the intersection of Sunset and Chautauqua and asked that vegetation be cut down to ground cover level to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians.

11.2.    Karen Stigler – spoke about the new Palisades Alliance for Seniors meetings in the library; 26 seniors attended the last meeting. There will be another meeting on May 23 on the topic of happiness and vitality for seniors in their later years.

11.3.   A resident – Paul Revere Charter School had a film festival and people are directed to the Palisades News website for a special video on carpooling.

  1.   Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 8:59 PM.

ATTACHMENT:  ITEM 8.1 — NOMINATING COMMITTEE, OFFICER NOMINATIONS

President – Maryam Zar

As everyone knows, Maryam has served as PPCC Vice President for the past year and was previously the Education member on our board, representing Paul Revere Middle School. She is also the respected Chair of the Homeless Task Force and has garnered many well-deserved honors for her work in that capacity. Maryam has been a trusted member of the PPCC Executive Committee and has actively served to advance the Council’s and the community’s interest. She organized and raised thousands of dollars for PPCC at our holiday dinner and awards event, she has served as presiding officer when our President has been unavailable, she is our Facebook manager and she also chairs the Communications Committee and has been a member of our Bylaws Committee. As a parent with 3 school-aged children in public elementary, middle and high school, she has been active in our local schools and youth recreation, serving on the board of PRIDE/PTSA for Paul Revere and as AYSO Referee Captain. Our President Chris Spitz greatly relies on Maryam’s judgment, outstanding work ethic and abilities and is thrilled that she has agreed to serve as PPCC’s next leader. The nominating committee is proud to nominate Maryam as President for the 2016-2017 term.

Vice-President – George Wolfberg

George is a past PPCC President who has also served as the elected At Large Representative for almost 12 years. His service to PPCC and the community has been extensive: he is a past Citizen of the Year, Chair of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee, past President of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association and a long-time AYSO referee and coach. He is our representative on the WRAC Land Use and Planning Committee. He has also served on numerous PPCC committees, most notably as a member of the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Bylaws Committee (on which he served as Chair for many years), the past Land Use Committee and current Village Project Land Use Committee. George has agreed to assist Maryam by serving as Vice-President and we are pleased to nominate him.

Treasurer – Richard Cohen

Richard has been PPCC Treasurer for the past two years. He is a former PPCC President who has served on the Council in many capacities for a dozen years, including as an alternate TCA and Area 3 representative, as Co-Chair or a member of the Bylaws Committee, the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Three Chairs Committee and the YMCA Committee, and as PPCC liaison to the Police Advisory Board. Richard is uniquely qualified to served as Treasurer, as he is currently a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and is also a CPA. We are fortunate that Richard has agreed once again to serve as PPCC Treasurer.

Secretary – Michael Soneff

Before introducing our nominee, I must inform the board that sadly, our extraordinary Secretary Jennifer Malaret has decided that after 5 years of dedicated service she will be unable to continue in that role for the 2016-2017 term. Jennifer is a hard act to follow, but after a considerable search we have found a board member who is fully capable and willing to serve as PPCC Secretary. Michael has served as Second Alternate At-Large Representative for the past two years and, as one of our youngest ever members, has brought a new voice and skills to the Council. He serves on the Communications Committee and designed our new website, which you will learn more about, time permitting, later on this evening. Maryam has worked extensively with Michael on the Homeless Task Force and gives him her strongest endorsement. We are pleased to nominate Michael as PPCC Secretary for the 2016-2017 term.

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MINUTES FOR MAY 26th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, George Wolfberg, Nancy Niles, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Barbara Marinacci, Kelly Comras, Sarah Rena Conner, George Wolfberg, Rick Mills, Sue Kohl, Gil Dembo and Cathy Russell. 

Voting Alternates: Rick McGeagh, Susan Payne and Diane Bleak.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Kevin Niles and David Kaplan.

 Start of Business Meeting

  1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Maryam Zar read the Mission Statement.
  1.   Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Introduction of the Board. Meeting Ground Rules. 1) Due to library rules, the meeting must end promptly at 9 pm; as needed, the President will stay after the meeting to answer questions. 2) The President conducts meeting order and may rearrange order of discussion at her discretion. 3) Board members and audience shall only speak when called upon by the President; there shall be no interruptions except to make a point of order. 4) The President’s role in maintaining meeting order shall be honored. 5) All discussion shall be civil, respectful and courteous. (Bylaws, Appendix C, Standing Rule 8)
  2.   Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:04 pm. 
  1.   Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the May 12, 2016 minutes approved as corrected.Upcoming meetings: 6/9/16. 1) Officer candidates’ forum (if necessary). 2) Election of officers for 2016-2017 term. 3) Spotlight on Organizations (as time allows): PPRA, Rotary Club. 6/23/16. 1) President’s “end of term” remarks and thank you to outgoing officers. 2) Other topics to be announced. Summer meeting dates: 7/28/16 and 8/25/16 (one meeting only in the months of July and August).
  1.   Consideration of Agenda. The President considered the agenda.
  1.   Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of February 11, 2016. The total account balances equal $35,998.27. Richard stated that there have been no significant transactions.
  1.   Reports, Announcements and Concerns.   

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    Election of PPCC Officers, 2016-2017 term.

Chris reminded the board that officer nominations were announced by the Nominating Committee at the last PPCC meeting. Chris asked if there were any other officer nominations from voting Board members? Stuart Muller nominated himself for the office of PPCC President. Chris stated that she would revisit officer nominations 15 minutes prior to the close of this meeting. At 15 minutes prior to the close of the meeting Chris asked for additional officer nominations. None were made.

7.1.2.    Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2016.

Chris explained that every two years, the community elects the PPCC area and at-large representatives who take their seats on October 1. The election occurs at the end of the summer and believe it or not, now is time for the President to appoint the Election Committee to oversee the process. Specifically, the Committee must be appointed and announced as of the first meeting in June. Chris has tentatively appointed the Committee as follows: Chris as Committee Chair, Maryam Zar, Richard Cohen, George Wolfberg, Michael Soneff, Brian Deming and Susan Payne. Some of these members are provisional in the sense that we must await the outcome of the officers’ election on June 9 to firm up their appointment. In addition, as previously announced in PPCC’s May 12 meeting agenda (distributed to all members and posted on the PPCC website), incumbents must advise the President in writing before the meeting on June 9 whether they are running again. Chris stated that she will be announcing the final Committee membership at PPCC’s next meeting. In a few weeks, a notice will go out via email blast, print media and social media, advising the public of the process required to become a candidate. All candidates will eventually be announced at the July PPCC meeting, which this year will take place on July 28. Meanwhile, the Committee will begin work soon and will be considering various options for voting, including involving the local newspapers in the process, possible online voting and in-person voting as PPCC did at the Farmers Market during the last election. The Committee will also be making decisions on the various required notices, the election newsletter, ballot format, in-person and/or online voting rules and the like. The Committee will keep the board apprised as they move along. If anyone is interested in more details about the election process, please go to the Bylaws, Attachment A, which is on the PPCC website at the Documents tab.

7.1.3.    Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance Update.

Chris announced that she and Maryam attended the WRAC meeting on 6/23 when Matt Glesne of the Planning Dept. presented information about the ordinance. Chris, Maryam and other WRAC members advised Matt of the need to include more detail about how to report violations and how important it was to add a provision for a private right of action. Chris wrote a follow up email message to Matt to this effect. Chris was unable to attend the Planning hearing on 5/21 but has learned that it was heavily attended by hundreds of Airbnb supporters and the auditorium was not large enough to accommodate all attendees. Meanwhile Matt Glesne has assured PPCC that the Planning Department will seriously consider PPCC’s concerns and advised that there may be additional ordinance revisions. The CPC is expected to hear the ordinance on June 23 in Van Nuys; more details to come.

7.1.4.    Village Starbucks CUB.  Chris stated that there was no further update.

7.1.5.    Fire Service Day Update.

Chris announced that after an absence of several years due to budget cuts (which were strongly opposed by PPCC and former Councilmember Rosendahl), Engine 69 has been restored to the Palisades (the fire engine and four additional firefighters each shift). Chris thanked Councilmember Bonin and LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas for their important roles in making sure the Palisades community has much-needed critical fire protection. Chris additionally recognized Maryam Zar who was appointed Honorary Fire Chief of the Palisades at the Fire Service Day event.

7.1.6.    Sign Ordinance.  Chris referenced the PPCC letter that again stressed PPCC’s position on this ordinance, which is attached to these minutes and is also posted on the PPCC website. No action was taken by PLUM at its May 24, 2016 meeting; the matter will be taken up again at a later PLUM meeting.

7.1.7.    (ADD-ON ITEM) WRAC Brunch with Sen. Ben Allen.  Chris reported that the WRAC leadership will be having brunch with Sen. Allen on June 4, 2016 at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood.  Chris and Maryam will attend. Board members are invited to submit questions for Sen. Allen to either Chris or Maryam before June 4, 2016.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives (Note: Contact information at:http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los   Angeles   Police   Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.  Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy — Not in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison.  Daniel Tamm in attendance. Daniel stated that the Mayor committed $138 million in his 2016/2017 budget to address homelessness. Daniel thanked the Palisades for their Task Force on Homelessness and the effort to take action against the problem. Daniel thanked Councilmember Bonin for working on the issue in Venice and around the district. Funding of $1.8 billion over the next decade is hoped for to build permanent housing for the homeless. Permanent housing with services is the long vision. Short term are emergency shelters and persons helping with outreach. Monies will be spent into adding more caseworkers to enable homeless persons to come into the system as eligible for help. “No one can do everything but everyone can do something.” Daniel encouraged each Angeleno to take ownership of this problem and encouraged people to become familiar with the “Welcome Home” Program which begins in June 2016. Welcome Home meetings are encouraged; baskets, pillows, kitchen and household goods are encouraged to be brought to fire stations and City Hall. Discussion: (1) Where is supporting housing located? All over Los Angeles either now or to be built. (2) Are homes for families versus single people? Family housing is a priority; veterans housing is a longer term process. However, the Welcome Home program policy is for all of those who are moving in during June 2016. Lamayor.org has a link to the Welcome Home project is where interested residents can obtain more information or please contact Daniel Tamm directly. Also PPCC’s website contains a host of governmental contact information. Maryam Zar encouraged residents to come on June 8, 2016 2-4 PM to the next PPHTF meeting where Daniel Tamm will be speaking and available for questions.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.  Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.   United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                                       

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Diane Bleak (Area 2) announced that there is an LAX Noise Roundtable meeting on June 8th meeting at 7 PM at the Clifton Moore building at LAX. Please look at NextDoor postings. A petition is being circulated. George Wolfberg reported that SMCCA has hired an independent noise consultant.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Dick Wulliger (Historical Society) reported on the Ruth Shellhorn presentation by Kelly Comras. (2) Susan Payne (Chamber of Commerce) – info@palisadeschamber.com. Please let the chamber know of information relevant for their calendar.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

  1.   Reports from Committees. 

8.1.    VPLUC (David Kaplan, Chair).

Village Project Update.  CPC determination letters issued; City Council PLUM Committee hearing date pending as of agenda distribution. David reported that Caruso Affiliated made a significant announcement regarding the project which is to add a third level of parking to include 90 more parking spaces which will bring the parking up to 560 spaces (4.5x no. of current spots in surface parking lot). Caruso Affiliated is hoping to alleviate concerns. Second the 1,250 square foot community room will be added back to the project; PPCC’s committee was very anxious to see this room added back and the room will be open to civic and public groups. Third, the residential units will gain additional square footage towards closets and bedrooms. David reported that the VPLUC, having previously noted these concerns, was particularly pleased with this news. Discussion: Kelly Comras asked if there was an update to the right hand turn lane by the Mobil Station. David stated there was not.

  1.   Old Business — None.

9.1.    Presentation/Q&A with Civic League President Richard Blumenberg, AIA on new Baseline Mansionization-Baseline Hillside Ordinance (“BMO-BHO”) amendments.

Comment deadline 6/10/16. Prior PPCC position letter: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/organizations/. There is a forum on June 2nd at Palisades High School on this topic; please see PPCC’s website for calendar information on this issue. Details: http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/baseline/bmo_bho_revised.pdf.

Presentation: Richard Blumenberg stated that the proposed ordinance is a disaster. Highlights: (1) bonus for R1 zone will be eliminated. RE zones still get the bonus. A 5,200 square foot lot could have 3,120 and the proposed would give 2,600 square feet. That is a loss of $520,000 in value using $1,000 per foot. A 6,500 square foot lot would lose 650 square feet. A 7,500 square foot lot has 4,500 square foot and 3,750 is allowed; value loss is $750,000. In the Huntington a 9,000 square foot lot will loose $810,000 in value. A 10,000 square foot lot can have 5,400 square feet; 4,500 square feet equates to a $900,000 lot. A 15,000 square foot lot loses $1,350M. Richard says that if people are buying property based on what you can build then people will pay less for your property. (2) the loss of the covered porch exemption is a bad choice because that reduces the aesthetics of a house in flat facades. (3) encroachment planes and height envelope adjustments are not good. (4) diagrams for height relative to existing or lower grades; height envelopes of HOAs are established as a point. This ordinance does not allow people to lower the grade to get a higher ceiling. If someone lowers the grade they are then tied to a maximum height based off that lower level. Richard illustrated calculations to show that the ordinance does not work at all and results in ceiling heights from 4-6 feet. (5) the driveway limitation won’t work. (6) if a house is greater than 45 feet long there is an existing 5 foot set back required. (7) grading is limited and there are penalties for dirt removal. (8) driveways are limited based on the width of the lot where the numbers don’t allow sufficient driveways. (9) for hillside properties there are no elevated porches and homes need to be pushed back further. The conclusion is that the Civic League opposes these amendments.

Reza Akef (Area 8) stated that this affects all of the Palisades that is in a R1 Zone. It doesn’t matter if you are a coastal zone or not, you are part of these changes provided you are in a R1 zone. Parts of the Riviera and Area 7 canyon areas are not zoned R1. Properties that are sloped at 10 percent or more are considered in grading calculations. It used to be that dirt export for driveways and pools was not included in export limits but it is proposed to be included with a 2,000 square foot cubic yard limit. So housing square footage is limited in proportion; caisson and dirt work gets counted against your grading so that 2,000 square foot limit gets smaller and smaller. Pacific Palisades is uncharacteristically different than much of Los Angeles and when asked Planning has not come to Pacific Palisades nor have they considered the economic impacts on the Palisades. The changes are designed to the areas that demanded the ordinance not Pacific Palisades.

Chris Spitz stated that Tricia Keane was requested to attend and provide a statement but could not. Chris encouraged residents to look at Zimas.lacity.org to ascertain their own property zoning information.

Discussion:  (1) To what areas of the Palisades do these apply? Richard says it is hard to say; this may be applied citywide. (2) How do Granny Flats fit in? Can you have accessory structures? Yes, these are allowed; you can have two, 200 SF structures. (3) Have there been any class action lawsuits against this? No. (4) When will this be enacted? Feedback is due June 10, 2016. PLUM is set for July 12, 2016. Koretz has asked for the ordinance to be fast-tracked with the old language and this could go back into affect as early as August, 2016. (5) Has Bonin taken a stance? Reza said he did not second the Koretz motion today. (6) The issue goes both ways; some homes are built that are gigantic next to what is characteristic to the neighborhood. Others across the city have agitated towards these restrictions to preserve the neighborhoods and that is a notable endeavor. (7) The development horse has left the barn in the Palisades, I’m opposed because it will reduce property values. (8) Who do I contact? Niall Huffman – neighborhoodconservation@lacity.org. Case Number CPC-2015-3484-CA. (8) It might be worthwhile to look at smaller areas within the Palisades who have experienced development or not because restrictions might be more equitable in areas that have not already been developed. (9) MKPOA asked if the slope band analysis increased. No, the methodology is the same. What about grading and hauling? Numbers are increased but yardage under your house is not exempted so that is still a penalty. BHO/BMO restrictions should encourage character of the neighborhood for retirees on fixed income who cannot spend sums on lawsuits to prevent development. Richard pointed out that HOAs are there to establish protections for height, views, second floors articulation, etc. MKPOA stated that there are some areas within MKPOA boundaries that do not have protection afforded by CC&Rs and in those areas that have CC&Rs, the cost of litigation to enforce the CC&Rs would be prohibitive, especially for the retirees and residents on fixed income. MKPOA is working with Tricia Keane of CD11 to develop a proposal for separate zoning codes for the different areas within the boundaries of MKPOA, which Reza noted was an overlay zone. MKPOA is working to stop overbuilding that will change the character of the neighborhood. (10) At the West Valley meeting most of the people were in favor of passing the law and did not feel it goes far enough. Garage square footage should be added back. T-shirts and signs and organized support was evident. Only 600 people had gone to the website to express their feelings. Our area is already being mansionized and we are going to lose the value of our home. 191 have been mansionized and less than half have not been improved. One size does not fit all. A broad based exemption should be pushed for or for smaller neighborhood areas might be possible. (11) In the Alsilomar bluffs we have been waiting to build for 10 years because of termite damage and if these rules go through I will have to build a smaller house. Then I was told it didn’t apply to coastal. Tonight I am being told it will happen in August that is a huge difference. (12) I am troubled by the complete lack of data in this process. No property value assessment, no scale of neighborhood studies, no economic studies and this is all very disturbing. On my block 45% of the existing homes would not be allowed under the new ordinance. (13) Expressing the opinion has gone on for more than 10 decades. In the past the community voted against further regulation. The horse is out of the barn in the Alphabet streets. Most have been redone into a second story home. This regulation will be discriminatory against those 50% who have not expanded yet. One size fits all will be a disaster and have unintended consequences. (14) Is there a way to use PPCC Area reps to determine how many homes have been built up? A few letters here and there make no difference. (15) Bonin should inventory all the housing in the Palisades to find out which properties have been improved in the last 15 years to determine what percentage have or have not. (16) People should be encouraged to educate their neighbors and look at the PPCC website but there is very little time. (17) The Palisades should be its own section and not lumped in with the rest of Los Angeles. (18) The question is how many houses exist on a block that exceed these regulations? Action: Reza Akef sponsored a motion as follows: “PPCC opposes the Los Angeles City Planning Department BMO/BHO April 2016 code changes draft (BMO/BHO Code Amendment) with regard to R1 zoned properties because, as currently drafted, it fails to take into account the unique aspects and character of our community with particular respect to design, grading and effect on property values.” George Wolfberg seconded the motion. [Discussion of friendly amendment to add discriminatory language; the motion failed.] [Discussion of friendly amendment to strike the reference to unique; the amendment failed.] Discussion: (1) Richard Cohen spoke on both sides of the motions however as drafted the current ordinance is flawed in that it does not take into account the character of the Palisades. (2) technically the ordinance is defective and those miscalculations should be included. They are encompassed in design. Action: the motion passed unanimously.

  1.   New Business.

10.1.    Spotlight on Organizations – (1) Pacific Palisades Baseball Association (PPBA).

Presenting:  Rick McGeagh.  PPBA ran as a park league for more than 30 years and then affiliated with PONY baseball. PONY plays by MLB rules starting at 11-12 years old and the fields grow as the kids grow (contrast to Little League with static field sizes). In 2003, Bob Benton and Mike Skinner led the cause to create the Field of Dreams. PPBA has more than 300 participant families per year and 8 teams in the league. Pitching is limited to 65 per outing and there are no curve balls until the PONY divisions. Evaluations being in January with the goal of parity and it is hoped that all teams will have a 500 record. All teams are invited to the playoffs. Championship rounds are taking place now and closing ceremonies are June 4th at 9 AM. Playoff teams do play through July of each year. The Palisades is holding the District tournament this year. In August teams travel to Cooperstown, NY which is often the highlight of youth sports. PPBA fundraises for improvements to the park and maintenance towards the fields and park areas; monies total approximately $70K per year from PPBA and another $10K per year from AYSO. Please see ppba.net. Due to lack of time the Garden Club presentation was postponed.

11.     General Public Comment — None.

  1.   Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 9:01 PM.

ATTACHMENT:  ITEM 7.1.6 – LETTER TO PLUM COMMITTEE RE SIGN ORDINANCE

May 19, 2016

Members of the Los Angeles City Council PLUM Committee: Hon. Jose Huizar, Chair, councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; Hon. Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Co-Chair,councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org; Hon. Mitchell Englander, member,councilmember.englander@lacity.org; Hon. Gilbert A. Cedillo, member,
councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org; Hon. Felipe Fuentes, member, councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org
Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, 11th District, mike.bonin@lacity.org
Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                                                                  Via Email

Re: Council File No. 11-1705; CITYWIDE Sign Ordinance; SUPPORT for Sign Ordinance Version B+ as approved by the City Planning Commission (CPC) on 10/22/15

Hon. Councilmembers:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization and voice of the Palisades since 1973. Consistent with the statements and information in PPCC’s prior letters submitted on this subject, including its October 19, 2015 letter to the CPC (filed in CPC-2015-3059-CA), PPCC hereby states its support for the new Sign Ordinance Version B+ as approved by the CPC on 10/22/15 and urges the PLUM Committee and the City Council to adopt a version of the ordinance that:

  1. Prohibits off-site signage in city parks and recreation facilities.
  2. Disapproves any amnesty for existing billboards that lack permits or have been altered in violation of their permits.
  3. Disapproves the “grandfathering” of any sign districts that weren’t approved or applied for in April 2009, when the CPC approved the initial version of the new sign ordinance.
  4. Restricts any new off-site signs, including digital billboards, to sign districts in 22 areas zoned for high-intensity commercial use.
  5. Requires existing billboards to be taken down before any new off-site signs can go up in sign districts.  The takedown ratio of existing signs to new signs would be 5 to 1 for conventional and 10 to 1 for digital.
  6. Sets administrative civil penalties for sign violators that will act as a real deterrent to illegal billboards and other signage.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Christina Spitz
President, Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):Tom Rothmann, Sr. City Planner, Department of City Planning, tom.rothmann@lacity.org
Phyllis Nathanson, Planning Associate, Department of City Planning, phyllis.nathanson@lacity.org
Sharon Dickinson, Legislative Assistant, PLUM Committee, sharon.dickinson@lacity.org

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MINUTES FOR JUNE 9th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, George Wolfberg, Nancy Niles, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Stuart Muller, Kelly Comras, Sarah Rena Conner, Janet Anderson, Peter Culhane, Gilbert Dembo, Rick Lemmo, Rick Mills, Cathy Russell, Sue Kohl and Barbara Kohn. 

Voting Alternates: Brian Deming.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: David Kaplan, Eric Dugdale, Robin Meyers, Carol Bruch, Doug McCormick, Michael Soneff and Ted Mackie.

Start of Business Meeting

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

2.    Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience. Jennifer Malaret read the meeting ground rules.

3.    Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:07 pm.

4.    Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the May 26, 2016 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 6/23/16. 1) President’s end-of-term remarks and thank you to outgoing officers. 2) Status update from CD11 on matters of ongoing interest. Other topics to be announced. Summer meeting dates: 7/28/16 and 8/25/16 (one meeting only in the months of July and August).

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

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of June 9, 2016. The total account balances equal $35,734.27. Richard stated that web hosting expenses of $210 for the past year had been paid.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

7.1.1.    Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance Update.  No update. Chris announced that the CPC hearing is expected 6/23/16 (to be confirmed).

7.1.2.    BMO-BHO Code Amendment Update.  See attached letter. Chris announced that the comment deadline is 6/10/16 (NeighborhoodConservation@lacity.org). The CPC hearing is expected 7/14/16 (to be confirmed). Yesterday a letter was received from the Civic League in opposition of the ordinance and Chris stated that this letter will be circulated to the board.

7.1.3.    Village Starbucks CUB. Chris announced that the Determination Letter was received this afternoon. The CUB was approved. Chris noted that the hours of operation proposed by PPCC are in the Determination Letter as a recommended condition to be imposed by ABC (consistent with what we were told is the Planning Department’s practice). Interested persons should contact Chris for additional information.

7.1.4.    WRAC Brunch with Sen. Ben Allen 6/4/16.  Chris reported that she and Maryam attended this event with other WRAC leaders and that there was Q&A with the Senator on topics including homelessness, jobs, penalties for hit and run drivers, etc. There was not time for discussion of the issue of MRCA photo enforcement. On this issue, Chris reviewed the legislative history for Senate Bill 281. The bill was not re-heard at the request of Senator Huff (author) and the bill is effectively dead, meaning that photo enforcement will continue.

7.1.5.    LAX Summary of the 6/8 LAX Airplane Noise Roundtable from the SMCCA Board. Chris reported that the board member/contact person on this issue is Debbie Warfel.  Information has been posted to the PPCC website (Presentations to PPCC); Chris has asked Debbie to come to our 6/23/16 meeting to fill us in on what is happening with the issue. Topics included data complaints from Westside areas.

7.1.6.    Board of Public Works, Meeting/Discussion of Board of Public Works Services.  Chris announced that on June 13, 2016 at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center there will be a public meeting to address potholes, homeless encampments, trees, graffiti, sidewalks, etc.

7.1.1.    Meet and Greet with Vince Bertoni, the New Director of City Planning. Chris announced that this event will place at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center Auditorium on Monday June 27th, 2016 from 7-8:30 PM.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://www.pp90272.org/Governmental%20Reps.pdf).

7.2.1.    Los   Angeles   Police   Department (“LAPD”) – SLO   Officer   Moore.

Officer Moore in attendance.  Officer Moore reported that (1) there would be a summer beach patrol beginning this summer with details to follow. The focus will be on crimes happening on the beach and around the beach, (2) PPTFH had a community meeting yesterday that LAPD attended as well. Maryam Zar reported that the Task Force is working with Beaches & Harbors as well as LAPD to update and increase signage. The footprint of the beach extends into parking lots, streets and adjoining stores where some persons do “grab and run.” Additional resources should be dedicated towards a greater geographical area of enforcement. Questions: (1) at CPAB meetings the ring.com device has been discussed and LAPD is in favor of this device as a way to reduce residential burglaries. (2) How does LAPD interface with Santa Monica on the homeless issue? Santa Monica has more consistent enforcement on its beaches than has historically Los Angeles. Enforcement should not have an impact either way; if homeless are breaking the law they need to find somewhere else to do it. (3) What does “RFC” after an arrest mean? Release from Custody. Because of jail overcrowding often times the citation will include “RFC” and the offender is free to go. If they do not appear then RFC turns into a warrant. (4) The website august.com also has digital and remote locks that compete with ring.com. What does LAPD recommend for package thefts from a front porch? There are pick up centers or residents can require a signature upon delivery. Packages can be left with neighbors.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.  Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy — Not in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom.

Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative.  Stephanie Cohen in attendance. Stephanie reported that (1) the last four months have been spent planning and executing the Holocaust Remembrance event for the State of California. (2) The budget has not been passed yet because the budget conference committee did not meet. Issues include affordable housing, mental health funding and public safety funding. No agreements have been reached on early childhood education. The budget needs to be passed by June 15th at midnight. Assemblymember Bloom is on the committee. (3) Assemblymember Bloom has 16 bills in the Senate they are hoping to get passed this year. Questions: (1) How do we submit information for a proposed bill? Email Stephanie after September, 2016, complete the form and all ideas will be considered. Relative to job opportunities for homeless persons, there are anti-discrimination laws. Funding for training is always of interest. If a budget item, then propose something you have a funding source for. Governor Brown is not giving money for education so perhaps consider existing sources for job training and development.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.  Lila Kalaf, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner, District Representative.  Janet Turner in attendance. (1) Janet Turner thanked PPTFH for its recent productive meeting. (2) 12 National Endowment of the Arts Grants were given to area organizations and Janet passed out information on those awards to Geffen Playhouse, the Skirball, Museum Associates, LA Theater Works and others. The Congressman is a large supporter of the arts. (3) the Congressman spoke to the Postmaster General, the Los Angeles Postmaster and a regional manager to follow up on mail delivery problems. It is hoped that in July 2016 USPS will be adding more customer service employees. The Los Angeles Postmaster General has offered to come to the PPCC along with the Postmaster for the Palisades; Janet would be happy to arrange a presentation. Gil Dembo spoke in support of the service at the local post office. Board Members in the Highlands reported that mail is being delivered 2-3 hours earlier then before.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.                                    

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Kelly Comras (Area 1) reported that two condominium developments in Area 1 have changed ownership and she claimed that the plans changed without the Coastal Commission being notified. Kelly stated that the HOA went to the Coastal Commission and is getting additional information about whether the appropriate legal process was followed or has been violated. Kelly stated that the current owners (EDCO) changed the plans without appropriate notice and further claimed that no one has seen EDCO’s current plans. Kelly stated that CD11 has been apprised of the situation – a current development of four stories of white condominiums. Kelly stated that CD11’s response to resident inquiries has been tepid. (2) Reza Akef (Area 8) thanked CD11 for taking care of Verizon’s high voltage line. Reza said that neighbors have been upset about Paul Revere traffic especially towards the end of the year; while the current principal has been fantastic the parents have continued to park in/block driveways. Reza said that unmarked utility companies are doing work in residential neighborhoods that is destructive to streets and without proper signage and causing dangerous traffic patterns. (3) Stuart Muller (Area 6) announced that the Clearwater Mural is due for restoration and fundraising efforts are underway.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Eric Dugdale announced that the new Backbone Trail was dedicated last week at Will Rogers State Park. Begun in 1944, the final land dedications are complete and the trail now starts on Sunset at Will Rogers Park and goes 66 miles up the coast. Camping permits are allowed. The Historical Society will be doing a presentation this fall. The Thelma Todd event was very successful and presentations are ongoing. Third, restoration plans for Uplifter’s Ranch are going on. There will be a luncheon with Randy Young presenting next Thursday June 16th; please see PPCC’s website for additional details. Historical Society membership is only $20 per year. (2) Reza Akef for the Chamber of Commerce stated that the Chamber voted to oppose the proposed BMO/BHO amendments. The Chamber has requested CD4, CD5 and CD11 councilmembers do an economic feasibility study including impacts on property values.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Election Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Update on Area and At-Large Representatives Election, Summer 2016.  Chris announced that she was very excited to report on the work to date of the Election Committee for this summer’s election of Area and At-Large Represenatives. First, the Committee membership is: Chris Spitz, Chair, Richard Cohen, Maryam Zar, Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg, Brian Deming and Susan Payne. The Committee has held one working meeting and already started work on a prototype ballot for online voting. They have begun to distribute the required Notice of Election and are making arrangements for enhanced publicity, outreach, in person voting and the like. Before opening the process to other candidates, Chris first announced the incumbents who will be running in the election. Chris announced that the incumbents who are running are, by last name: Akef, Culhane, Mills, Kohl, Russell, Sinaiko. No comments were made. Chris then announced that the process is open to any other eligible candidates. The process is described in the Notice of Election which will be posted soon on the PPCC website and publicized in both the News and the Post in their editions next week. Chris advised the Board to please feel free to share this information with interested community members. Chris also noted that the Election Committee is working on an enhanced set of Area maps which will allow for greater resolution and an easier way to zoom in on addresses and find applicable Areas for residents. Right now, posted as a separate tab on the website are the existing Maps along with the boundary descriptions; once the new Maps are completed, they will be posted instead. Chris thanked Richard Cohen, George Wolfberg and Heather Cohen for their work in making sure the new Maps are accurate. Chris remarked that this will be a terrific feature going forward as we encourage more participation in the online voting. Chris also invited anyone with questions to contact her.

8.2.    Village Project (VPLUC) Update (David Kaplan, Chair).

Report on City Council PLUM (Planning & Land Use Management) Committee hearing 6/7/16.  See attached letter. David reported that the PLUM Committee heard a presentation from Caruso Affiliated, speakers in support and some expressing concerns. Approval by PLUM was unanimous and the project application will be forwarded to the full City Council where approvals are hoped for by July 2016.

8.3.    Bylaws Committee (Jennifer Malaret and Richard Cohen, Co-Chairs).

Proposed additional PPCC Bylaws amendments recommended by the Bylaws Committee (correction, clarification and general clean up). (1) First distribution of proposed Bylaws amendments; see redlined draft of proposed amendments, distributed concurrently with this meeting agenda on 6/6/16 via PPCC email (“Redline”); Motion by the Bylaws Committee for Board approval of proposed Redline amendments to the Bylaws, including Appendix A (discussion and vote on 6/23/16 at time of second distribution). (2) Motions 1A, 1B and 1C by the Bylaws Committee, recommending Board approval of proposed Redline amendments to Appendices C and D and Attachment A of the Bylaws.

Motion 1A: Board approval of Redline amendments to Appendix C (Standing Rules). Motion 1B: Board approval of Redline amendments to Appendix D (Guiding Principles). Motion 1C: Board approval of Redline amendments to Attachment A (Election Procedure).

Presentation: Richard explained that the Bylaws and Appendix A require two readings. Proposed changes were distributed and they should be looked at for discussion and vote at the second reading. Appendix C, Appendix D and Attachment A have proposed changes which can be enacted by a vote of the group tonight. The purpose of the motions is to correct format, typos, numbering and phraseology. Richard stated that none of the proposed changes are substantive. Richard explained phrase changes to voting requirements and spelling changes and typographical errors could be modified by a Standing Rules change. Questions: Stuart asked to clarify how the voting standards were not changing for voting members. Richard clarified. Action: a vote was called on Motion 1A. The motion passed (12 votes in favor, 5 abstentions) by more than a majority of members present. Action: a vote was called on Motion 1B. The motion passed by more than 2/3 of members voting to support. Action: a vote was called on Motion 1C. The motion passed unanimously.

9.    Old Business — None.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Election of Officers for the 2016-2017 term.

Jennifer Malaret, Moderator.  Jennifer stated that, “As to the offices of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, there is no requirement for a Candidates Forum as these seats are uncontested. For the Office of Chair, the two candidates will each have three minutes to make statements to the Board about their candidacy and how they propose to lead PPCC going forward over the next twelve months.  They will be asked to speak in alphabetical order by last name.  After both have made their three minute statements, I will open up the forum to questions from the Board for an aggregate of 10 minutes, and then we will proceed with the Election of Officers. It is the hope of the Executive Committee that the candidates will use their time to make positive and forward-thinking statements in a manner that is respectful of each other, their fellow board members, the organization and the community at large.”

1)  Candidates’ Forum (President’s seat).  Jennifer called upon Stuart Muller. Stuart began by thanking Maryam Zar and the Executive Board for remarkable leadership which has created stronger working relationships with many governmental agencies that PPCC depends on to help it manage our communal destiny, and the strengthening of PPCC’s network with other Community and Neighborhood Councils (the latter proved extremely important and has helped promote a new era of hope and promise for the PPCC, our community and Westside neighborhoods). Stuart stated that these achievements, however, have not occurred without significant negative impact on the way the PCCC functions and claimed that he had been asked by a group of active board members and citizens to share these concerns. Most important of these concerns is that many elected area and organizational representatives feel that their voices, and the voices of those they represent, have not been given adequate opportunities to be heard at board meetings. Stuart claimed that the agenda, determined by the Chair, and is tightly packed, leaving little or no time to serve the Council’s primary goal, which has always been to provide “A Forum for the Discussion Community Issues,” meaning primarily local, Pacific Palisades issues. Although many of PPCC’s concerns are regional, many are not. Stuart stated that it is time now to establish a wider approach to what is on the agenda. Stuart claimed that it is time to (1) reevaluate our organization’s priorities, (2) adjust how we manage our public forums, and (3) get our organization back in positive balance. Referring to PPCC’s “Voice of The Community,” Stuart asserted that the voice of the community seems to have been muted because our meeting time has been restricted and the agendas are packed with regional issues, not leaving time for a comprehensive forum for local community and neighborhood concerns. Stuart hoped that the agenda priorities will be modified and that we will find ways to rectify this situation by regaining extended use of this, our community funded community room, as he asserted PPCC has done in the past. Stuart then stated that, after 2 weeks of productive conversations with members of community, PPCC board, and others about these issues, he was now more hopeful that with the help these nominees, positive changes are possible in PPCC’s organization, and announced that he had decided to withdraw his nomination for Chair, and to fully support Maryam PPCC’s next President. Maryam thanked Stuart for his stating his concerns and thanked the Nominating Committee for their support. Maryam spoke about the nominating process and said she is grateful for comments and supports from the board members sitting around the table. Maryam is very interested in the community, interested in input and wants to hear from everyone. Maryam thanked George for agreeing to be Vice President and for the support of Chris Spitz, Richard Cohen, Michael Soneff and all of the other board members PPCC.

2)  Election by the Board.  Chris announced that Robin Meyers and Ted Mackie would be counting the ballots. PPCC’s accountant was asked to attend as per the bylaws but cannot as he is out of town. The vote count would be announced following the election. Chris passed out a two-sided handout detailing the President’s responsibilities. 95 percent of the President’s duties are conducted outside of presiding at meetings. Rick Lemmo suggested that the new officers be elected by a vote of acclamation. Chris explained that she has researched the issue and because our bylaws require a vote by ballot under applicable parliamentary rules and law we cannot elect the officers by acclamation and that board members would need to vote by ballot pursuant to the bylaws. She also announced that ballots that were not completed would count as a no vote. Ballots were distributed and the vote taken.  Action: there were 21 voting members present. The ballot counters left the room, counted the votes and reported the results to Chris, who announced the vote count. The candidates were all unanimously elected 21-0.

10.2.    Spotlight on Organizations.

(1)  Pacific Palisades Garden Club.  Presenting: Barbara Marinacci. Barbara gave a history of her involvement with the Garden Club, including her passion for a community garden. The club was founded in 1944 and is a non-profit club. Meetings are held from October to June during the first week of the month. Programs cover a wide variety of subjects such as English gardens and wine making. Income from dues help cover meeting costs and trips to local gardens and nurseries. The club also supports worthy causes in the Palisades where funds are raised from local events like flower and garden shows and the popular Garden Tour. In addition, the club plants street trees and trees around the library. Over $80,000 has been spent improving and maintaining garden areas adjacent to Palisades Charter High School.   Recently the club sponsored water wise events and has donated to schools and the Westside Food Bank. Environmental work including tree planning in the Santa Monica Mountains is supported, as are grants to the local public schools. Since half of the club’s board and roughly 25% of its members live outside the Palisades, projects in Brentwood and Mar Vista have been supported. Current projects are underway outside the post office and the native plant garden along Temescal Canyon Blvd. Challenges faced by the club are advancing age of its membership and competing garden tour events that have reduced ticket sales and profit from some of the club’s main events.

(2)  Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA).  Presenting: Sarah Conner. PPRA board members include Brenda Theveny and Michael Soneff. PPRA was founded over 50 years ago to protect open space above Marquez Knolls, was a key player in No Oil, helped establish Palisades Beautiful, fought against additional Highlands development and worked on the Palisades-Brentwood Community Plan. Sarah read the mission statement involving preservation of quality of life, education, preserving the Santa Monica Bay, and seeking law enforcement resources. PPRA noted MKPOA surveys that highlight interest in preserving scenic views. FB followers are estimated at 400 persons and an additional 800 persons support the Save the Bluff effort. PPRA opposed the 17000 Sunset Apartment project and was involved in discussions with Caruso Affiliated. PPRA opposed the non-conforming aspects of the proposed Shell Station and mini-market. PPRA opposes the streamlining of affordable housing by the bill that reduces CEQA protections. PPRA has met with reCode LA participants to become actively involved when the City begins updating community plans. Increasing density affects already overburdened infrastructure and schools. Sarah passed out excerpts of the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan. Chris reiterated that links to both the Community and Specific Plans are now on PPCC’s website (Resources). To get involved with PPRA their social media is available and the group posts on NextDoor when and where its meetings take place.

11.   General Public Comment – None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 9:00 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.2 – LETTER TO CITY OFFICIALS RE BMO-BHO CODE AMENDMENT

May 28, 2016

Hon. Councilmember Mike Bonin, Council District 11, mike.bonin@lacity.org
Hon. Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5, paul.koretz@lacity.org
Vince Bertoni, Director of Planning, Dept. of City Planning, vince.bertoni@lacity.org
Tom Rothmann, Principal City Planner, Dept. of City Planning, tom.rothmann@lacity.org
Niall Huffman, Planning Assistant, Dept. of City Planning,
NeighborhoodConservation@lacity.org Los Angeles City Hall
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                Via email

Re: OPPOSITION to Council File #14-0656; CPC-2015-3484-CA; CPC-2015-4197-EAF; Baseline Mansionization/Baseline Hillside (BMO/BHO) Code Amendment; Proposed Zoning Code Amendment to Modify Single Family Zone Regulation

Dear Councilmembers Bonin and Koretz and Mssrs. Bertoni, Rothman and Huffman:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization in Pacific Palisades and has been the voice of the community since 1973. PPCC is one of the oldest continuously operating councils of its type in Los Angeles and served as a model for many current neighborhood councils. PPCC holds open elections for 9 board seats representing all Palisades residents and businesses, and includes in its membership all significant community organizations. PPCC conducts open, public board meetings and serves the same function as a neighborhood council: to provide a forum for the discussion of issues and to advise government on matters of community concern.

PPCC has held three public forums on the BMO/BHO Code Amendment. At its regularly scheduled public board meeting on May 26, 2016, after extensive discussion the PPCC Board unanimously passed the following motion:

“PPCC opposes the Los Angeles City Planning Department BMO/BHO April 2016 code changes draft (BMO/BHO Code Amendment) with regard to R1 zoned properties because, as currently
drafted, it fails to take into account the unique aspects and character of our community with particular respect to design, grading and effect on property values.”

PPCC’s position is consistent with the following position expressed by the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, in its letter of May 24, 2016 to Mssrs. Bertoni and Rothmann (AIA Letter):

“Encourage Department of City Planning Staff to more readily embrace design innovation that is locally tailored to the unique conditions of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles area has a burgeoning localized regulation of issues addressed in the BHO/BMO. Applying the proposed changes without accommodation of this local variety and citizen civic investment will be callously detrimental to their unique and locally, legally accepted character. Such accommodation should be allowed administratively with clear directives to encourage Departmental staff deference to locally driven and legally established solutions. A host of legal challenges and variance requests that may otherwise result could also be so avoided.” (AIA Letter, p. 8)

PPCC urges the City Council and Planning Department to take into account the unique aspects and character of Pacific Palisades and further revise the proposed BMO/BHO Code Amendment in order to accommodate our community’s particular needs and concerns.

Thank you for your courtesy and anticipated cooperation.
Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):
Sharon.Dickinson, Legislative Assistant, PLUM Committee, sharon.dickinson@lacity.org (Request for filing in CF 14-0656)

ITEM 8.2 — LETTER TO PLUM COMMITTEE RE PALISADES VILLAGE PROJECT

June 5, 2016
Los Angeles City Council PLUM Committee Members:

Hon. Jose Huizar, Chair
Hon. Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Co-Chair Hon. Mitchell Englander, Member
Hon. Gilbert A. Cedillo, Member
Hon. Felipe Fuentes, Member

councilmember.huizar@lacity.org councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org councilmember.englander@lacity.org councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org

Los Angeles City Hall 200 N. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: CF 16-0627 (Committee hearing 6/7/16) – LETTER IN SUPPORT OF APPROVAL OF CPC- 2015-2714-VZC-SP-DRB-SPP and ENV-2015-2715-MND; 1029-1049 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1012- 1032 N. Swarthmore Ave.; 1023-1055 N. Monument St.; and 15229-15281 W. Sunset Blvd. (collectively, the “Palisades Village Project”).

Honorable PLUM Committee Members:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is the most broad-based community organization in Pacific Palisades and has been the voice of the community since 1973.

PPCC strongly supports the Palisades Village Project, as set forth in testimony before the City Planning Commission (“CPC”) on April 28, 2016, and in greater detail in letters submitted on April 18, 2016, February 29, 2016 and March 14, 2016 (on file in the above-referenced matters and believed to be part of the official administrative record). A copy of PPCC’s letter of April 18th to the CPC is also attached for your convenience.

PPCC’s position reflects the consensus of the Palisades community. PPCC urges the members of the City Council PLUM Committee to recommend approval of the Palisades Village Project.

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

Encl: PPCC Letter to CPC dated 4/18/16
cc:
Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11 — mike.bonin@lacity.org
Sharon Dickinson, Legislative Assistance, PLUM Committee (w/request for filing in CF-16-0627) — sharon.dickinson@lacity.org

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MINUTES FOR JUNE 23rd 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Jennifer Malaret, Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Stuart Muller, Richard Wulliger, Sarah Rena Conner, Janet Anderson, Peter Culhane, Cathy Russell and Sue Kohl.

Voting Alternates: Howard Robinson, Carol Bruch, Susan Payne, Doug McCormick and Michael Soneff.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Ted Mackie, Brian Deming and David Peterson. 

Start of Business Meeting

1.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Cathy Russell read the Mission Statement.

2.    Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience. Chris Spitz called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.    Certification of Quorum. Chris certified that a quorum was present at 7:12 pm. 

4.    Adoption of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Chris deemed the June 9, 2016 minutes approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 7/28/16. (1) Announcement of Candidates Running in the Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2016. (2) Proposed Bike Lane Enhancement on Temescal Canyon, between Sunset & PCH (Presenting: CD11 Mobility Deputy Jessie Holzer). (3) Introduction of new Palisadian Post Editor, John Harlow. (4) Jessica Berman Foundation 2nd Annual Wonder Woman Walk presentation (Huntington Palisades, Sept. 18). 8/25/16. (Tentative) Candidates Forum, Elected Representatives Election. (Note: there is one meeting only in the months of July and August.) 9/8/16. Announcement of Election Results.

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

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported the financial status as of June, 2016 in terms of an end-of-the term annual report on the finances of the council. Current account balances are $34,934.27. Richard articulated the year-end results; see report below. The increase in revenues was primarily from the award event and the tribute book that Maryam Zar put together. The event had a net profit of approximately $7,400.00; without the tribute book the event would have been run at a loss. Dues and donations this year were just under $1,300, a very small amount. The operating expenses of the council resulted in a net operating loss of approximately $4,500. Real improvements included the website upgrade and on-line voting development to replace the previous costly hard copy newsletter.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.   

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Chris Spitz.

  • Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance Update. CPC hearing 6/23/16. Recent Staff Report: http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/HomeSharing/StaffRept.pdf. Chris reported that the City Planning Commission hearing of this ordinance took place that morning. She was unable to attend and stated that she would let the CD11 Team report on the outcome later in the evening.
  • BMO-BHO Code Amendment Update. Mike Bonin Letter to Director of Planning: http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Palisades20BMO20letter.pdf. Chris stated that everyone has seen the strong letter that Councilmember Bonin sent to the Planning Director requesting a carve-out for the Palisades. A link was provided in the agenda. She has also been in touch with key Planning staff, who advise that they are in fact working on a possible carve out which would allow for different treatment in our unique Palisades neighborhoods with different needs and concerns. Chris remarked that this is precisely what PPCC has called for. The PPCC letter opposing the BMO-BHO amendment as drafted is posted on the PPCC website in the Documents tab, under Motions & Positions. The CPC hearing on the amendment is still tentatively scheduled for July 14. Chris will keep everyone apprised of any further developments.
  • Village Project Update. Chris reported that by now many have received notice from Caruso Affiliated that necessary storm drain work will begin on June 27. The community has actually received a detailed message from the Caruso Affiliated team with additional information about the work ahead, which can be read on the PPCC Facebook page, at facebook.com/pacpalicc. Caruso Affiliated can also be contacted directly at 310-744-2301 with any questions. The PPCC President is also in the process of forming an ad hoc PPCC Committee, to be called the Village Project Liaison Committee (“VPLC”), to monitor developments and concerns as construction commences. CD 11 will be invited to act as an advisor to the committee, and the members will consist of David Kaplan as Chair, Sue Kohl, Patti Post, Maryam Zar ex-officio along with representatives of the Chamber, PRIDE and Caruso Affiliated (as a stakeholder member). This committee is the natural progression from the VPLUC, as its work is now completed. Chris thanked the VPLUC members again for their important service on behalf of PPCC and the entire community. She or Maryam will keep everyone posted on the progress of the new committee.
  • Village Shell Station Update. Chris has been advised by CD11 Planning Deputy Ezra Gale and an attorney for the applicant that there have been ongoing negotiations with neighbors and there is still no hearing date on the horizon. The applicant’s attorney Neill Brower, who is with the firm of Jeffer, Mangels & Butler, advises that “the project is not on hold, per se, just moving slowly, with some additional discussion with the neighbors having occurred.” Chris stated that when she inquired about any possible changes in the application, Mr. Brower declined to provide details. Again, she or Maryam will continue to update the board as more information becomes available.
  • 1.5 AB 2788 (Gatto). New bill that would remove local government control over location and aesthetics of virtually all cell towers in all public rights of way (including in front of homes, along scenic highways, adjacent to parklands, in coastal areas, etc.) and on all government property (including schools, parks and recreational facilities) other than fire stations, throughout California (passed in Assembly; Senate Committee hearing 6/21/16). See opposition of various California State governmental coalitions: http://www.apacalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/AB-2788-Gatto-Coalition- Oppose-SEN-Utilities-Final.pdf. See commentary by telecom attorney and expert Jonathan Kramer: http://celltowersites.com/2016/06/14/massive-land-grab-wireless-hit-california- legislature/. See also attached PPCC letterChris was pleased to report that this bill – which would have removed local government control over location and aesthetics of most cell towers in the public right of way and on public property statewide – was wisely withdrawn by the author, Assemblymember Gatto, on Tuesday afternoon. This was a result of a concerted effort by a network of community leaders on a state, regional and local level over the course of several days, including an extensive effort on Chris’ part to reach out to all relevant State and local officials as well as community networks. Chris explained that this was a dangerous bill that would have had direct negative impact on the Palisades. It would have prevented the City and the public from any say whatsoever in the siting and aesthetic design of most cell towers in the public right of way in front of homes, along scenic highways, in Specific Plan areas and the Coastal Zone. It was opposed or about to be opposed by numerous cities, counties and governmental coalitions statewide, including the City and County of Los Angeles, San Francisco, the League of CA Cities, the CA Urban Counties League and the American Planning Association (CA). Chris reflected that she was proud of her own and PPCC’s involvement in this effort, which directly led to the decision by ASM Gatto to pull the bill. PPCC’s letter in opposition was attached to the agenda and posted on the PPCC website, had also been forwarded to ASM Gatto. Chris thanked Councilmember Bonin, who acted immediately after she advised him of the bill to introduce a Resolution in opposition in City Council that was set to be voted on next week; her assumption is that it likely would have passed, as did a similar Resolution in opposition to AB 57 which passed last year. Chris indicated that the prospect of opposition by the City of Los Angeles – where many of Gatto’s constituents live – no doubt weighed heavily in his deliberations. Those interested in further information are urged to take a look at the website of nationally-known and respected telecom expert and attorney Jonathan Kramer: celltowersites.com. Chris and others following the matter fully expect this bill to be resurrected in some form by another legislator in the coming year. We will remain vigilant. Chris also reminded the board that PPCC has never taken a position against the erection of cell towers. Certainly everyone recognizes the need for improved reception. PPCC’s general policy – a community consensus, consistent with existing federal law – is that local government control over siting and aesthetics is necessary and appropriate and should not be denied as this bill would have done. Chris again invited anyone with questions about this matter to contact her.

7.1.6.    Library Community Room Availability/Meeting Times.

Chris stated that at the last PPCC meeting, remarks were made to the effect that PPCC should attempt to obtain permission to use the library community room for longer than two hours each meeting.   She has already explained publicly and to the individual in question why this is not possible, but stated that she would explain again now. Library policy, directed by the central Library downtown and dictated by liability concerns, is that no one is permitted to use the library after hours and certainly not without a library staff member present. Moreover, the library doors can only be locked by the librarian or other authorized staff member; keys are not given out to community members under any circumstances. Chris confirmed this policy again this week. In PPCC’s case, for many years, the librarian has kindly agreed to stay after hours on our meeting nights and the meetings must end by 9pm in order to accommodate her. This policy cannot change unless another meeting room is found that would accommodate later hours. Of course the Caruso project will eventually have a community room available to PPCC, but that room will likely be subject to strict hours of use as well. More importantly, in her two years as President and many years on the Council before then, Chris had never heard of any groundswell opinion to hold meetings longer than two hours. Most people she speaks with think the current schedule – 2 meetings or four hours a month – is more than enough. When she anticipated in rare instances that more time might be needed, meetings were held in other locations, such as the high school or Rec Center gyms. In fact, of the over 100 neighborhood and community councils in the City, PPCC is the only council that Chris knows of that meets routinely twice a month. Parliamentary authorities that she has consulted all state that 2 hours is really the maximum amount of time for productive meetings. Chris stated that of course when PPCC’s new President takes office, if enough members feel that the meeting times or location should change, please let her know and Chris is sure Maryam will schedule that for discussion at a future date.

7.1.7.    President’s End of Term Remarks.

Chris passed out a two-sided handout listing all PPCC innovations and topics discussed or acted on in the past two years. See handout attached. She stated that it was an honor and privilege to serve as President for the past two years. She explained that during that time the board addressed numerous significant issues impacting our community — from Homelessness to the Caruso Affiliated Village Project . . . from Pole Top Distributing Stations to the Parklet . . . and from “STRs” and “AGFs” to the “BMO-BHO.”  She and the board greatly enhanced PPCC’s social media and email outreach, updated the Election procedures, adopted needed Bylaws revisions, increased transparency and information flow with the new website additions, and of course bestowed worthy Citizen of the Year, Golden Sparkplug and Pride of the Palisades honors.

Chris explained that in preparation for this meeting she took a look at the minutes to refresh her memory and was surprised at the number of important topics that were tackled, as reflected on the handout. Every one of these topics impacted the Palisades or PPCC to one degree or another. Chris said that she was particularly proud of the many innovations introduced in the last two years, which are also listed on the handout. She believes that PPCC is now stronger than ever and she knows Maryam will build upon these innovations with even more improvements.

Chris reminded the board that during her tenure she repeatedly stressed the importance of members reviewing agendas and informational materials and coming prepared to our meetings, which the Bylaws do require. She also repeatedly urged board members to contact the President with any questions, concerns or suggestions. She reminded members of the placards that were held up at a couple of meetings last year (“Dept. of Suggestions”) as a way to remind everyone that suggestions were welcome. This has been in her President’s message continuously on the website for two years and the minutes confirm that she stressed this repeatedly during the meetings. Going forward, Chris hopes that members will assist Maryam by continuing to come to meetings prepared and by contacting her with questions and suggestions.

Another reminder from Chris to the board: Don’t forget to check the website periodically as it is chock full of information – everything from agendas, minutes and bylaws, to motions and positions on issues, to committee structure, members’ contact info., reports, summaries and presentations, information about government contacts, Palisades organizations, emergency preparedness and the Community and Specific Plans. There is also the continuing Calendar feature as well as the special Election tab and the brand new Area Maps page. Last but not least, Chris reminded all board members that if they haven’t yet paid their annual dues, there is a handy Donate tab on the website which will take payment via Pay Pal or credit card. PPCC’s suggested dues are only $25 for individuals, and of course Chris would like to see every single board member contribute.

Chris sincerely thanked all board, community members and officials who helped and encouraged her along the way, especially her Executive Team who in her words displayed incredible judgment, gave superb advice, and helped her immeasurably to weather a few storms. Special thanks to Janet Turner, who set the bar for public service and innovation on PPCC, and of course Debby, Sharon and the entire CD11 team for putting up with Chris’ many email inquiries! Last but not least, Chris gave a heart-felt shout out to long time Secretary Extraordinaire, Jennifer Malaret. Jennifer served three PPCC Presidents in this capacity with grace and unmatched skills. Even beyond her lightning secretarial skills, she served the board and the community with her analysis, acumen and insight as we addressed so many complex issues in the past several years. Chris remarked that judging from the thousands of hours of time she herself spent on these issues, that Jennifer devoted at least that much time if not more, again strictly as a volunteer with no expectation of reward of any kind. Jennifer didn’t want a fuss paid over her accomplishments, so Chris simply stated: “From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jennifer!” Chris concluded by stating that as President Emeritus, she looks forward to working with the terrific President-elect Maryam and the entire PPCC Executive team.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives Representatives (Note: Contact information at: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/government-contacts/).

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO  Officer  Moore — Not in attendance.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office.

Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy. Debbie Dyner-Harris, Deputy Director.  Debbie said how much she enjoyed working with Chris Spitz. Debbie and Sharon presented certificates to Chris Spitz and Jennifer Malaret in honor of their outgoing roles as officers and contributions to the community. (1) BMO/BHO Status of Carve-Outs: this is being analyzed by CD11 and there is an opportunity to carve out specific areas within Pacific Palisades. (2) Short Term Rentals (STRs). The ordinance recommended a 90-day rental period. The planning department approved 180 days a year. All of the commission members wanted more time then the 90 to 120 days and had the belief that homes should be rented for a significant period of time. Ultimately the City Council has the final say. The ordinance applies to SFRs and multi family units provided that they are not rent stabilized. Second homes can be rented out as non-residences for 15 days. (3) AGF Ordinance. The ordinance has been sent to Public Works and to PLUM. The item has not been put on either agenda. CD11 has inquired of the Committee chairs as to the status but has not had a response. (4) Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO). There is still an ad hoc City Council meeting and the Chair (Englander) has not been interested in having the committee convene. (5) Preference for community councils to be on par with neighborhood councils and to be given equivalent speaking time at city hearings. There is a WRAC letter in support of this request. (7) Public Safety/Enforcement, particularly in the beach areas. There will be a beach detail established within LAPD and details of deployment are being worked out. Officers will largely be on bikes and additional efforts are expected to start this summer. The original request was seasonal and further evaluation is needed were the program to become permanent. Maryam Zar thanked CD11 and LAPD for their efforts in getting the detail on the ground in time for summer. Discussion: (1) MKPOA representative expressed support for carve outs in the Palisades from the BMO/BHO. The carve outs are a separate issue from the BHO/BMO amendment. Councilmember Bonin was supposed to clarify this and issued a letter this past week. (2) Potrero Canyon status. The second auction proceeds are being awaited to go into the fund. One more home is to be sold at a later auction hopefully before the end of the year. There are so many moving parts that are difficult to coordinate such as undergrounding utilities on PCH but DWP has not been responsive. More clean dirt is needed and efforts are underway to coordinate with Caruso. Coastal commission permits, LADBS permits, etc. and other parts are needed to be under control. The design is essentially complete. The pedestrian bridge has been added into the project but that component has not been funded. CD11 offered to attend with a future and full presentation on Potrero.

7.2.3.    Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative, Mayor’s Interfaith Liaison — Not in attendance.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative — Not in attendance.

7.2.5.    California State Senate, Office of State Senator Ben Allen.

Lila Kalaf, District Representative.  Eugene Tseng in attendance. Eugene reported that (1) the budget was balanced and is on time with more investments toward homelessness, rainy day fund, childcare and an increase in seats for California students in UC schools. (2) the Senator voted for an amendment to increase transparency. (3) the bill for vehicle registration fraud investigation is what SB773 is hoping to address. (4) SB1260 deals with storm water standards. (5) AB2788 was brought to their attention and Senator Allen he is very concerned about any other resurrection of this bill. Discussion: PPCC is very against photo enforcement by the MRCA in Temescal Canyon Park. Tina in the office is working on the issue. Also the camera at Topanga Outlook is similar in terms of revenue raising rather than trying to solve legitimate traffic safety concerns.

7.2.6.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner, District Representative. Janet Turner in attendance.  Janet stated that (1) Congressman Lieu was part of the sit-in to fight for gun control. https://www.facebook.com/RepTedLieu/videos/489004171296241/. (2) There was a meeting with the USPS inspector and a handout was provided to fight mail theft; reports can go to postalinspectors.uspis.gov. (3) The IRS scam should be reported to this website: tigta.gov. If people can use caller ID to write the source number down it should be reported to this website. (4) Janet presented certificates to Chris Spitz and Jennifer Malaret in honor of their service to the community and in recognition of their outgoing officer positions.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.

7.3.1.    Officers/Area Representatives.

(1) Maryam Zar, Vice-President and President-Elect. (1) Maryam thanked outgoing President Chris Spitz for her two years of grace and guidance on behalf of the community.  (2) There is a petition on line to support AYSO in an effort to obtain more field time at Paul Revere.

7.3.2.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Sarah Rena Conner (PPRA) reported advocating against the governor’s affordable housing bill Budget Trailer 707 because (while in favor of affordable housing) it is affixed to the state budget and could change the character of Pacific Palisades. The bill says that multi-family projects could be done by right and does away with local control. CEQA compliance, compliance with the Coastal Act, local public review and oversight to the addition of additional affordable housing units are not guaranteed. Replacement projects are not included. Senator Allen and Supervisor Keuhl are both against this bill. PPRA would like PPCC to join efforts against this bill. (2) Susan Payne reported that the Chamber of Commerce’s annual sidewalk sale is this coming Saturday and is a Village-wide event.

7.3.3.    PPCC Advisors — None.

7.3.4.    Board Members, Other Reports — None.

8.    Reports From Committees.

8.1.    Election Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Update on Area and At-Large Representatives Election, Summer 2016.  See Notice of Election (http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/notice-of- election/), Area Maps (http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/area-maps/) and Election tab on all pages of PPCC website. Chris stated that hopefully by now everyone has seen on the website the new Election tab, which takes visitors directly to the Notice of Election. This document in turn provides information on how to become a candidate for Area or At-large Representative. Please note that PPCC is actively seeking candidates for all areas and the at-large seat. Chris did have an update on the incumbents who are running for reelection: as previously noted and as stated on the website, the Areas 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 incumbents are running again. The Area 3 incumbent, Greg Sinaiko, has now informed Chris he is not running. Statements are due by 7pm on July 28th and the names of all candidates will be announced at that meeting. Chris also reminded everyone to take a look at the new Area Maps feature on the website. She explained that we have been wanting to update the maps feature  for some time now and she is very proud that this has finally been achieved, with new “zoomable” and very precise maps. This should better help residents ascertain which area they live in for purposes of running in the election and voting. Chris also reported that the format for the online ballot has been finalized, which will be an alternative voting method in the election later this summer. Chris asked everyone to stay tuned in the coming months for more information.

8.2.    Bylaws Committee (Jennifer Malaret and Richard Cohen, Co-Chairs).

Proposed additional PPCC Bylaws amendments recommended by the Bylaws Committee (correction, clarification and general clean up).  Second distribution of proposed Bylaws amendments; see redlined draft of proposed amendments, distributed concurrently with the 6/9/16 meeting agenda and with this agenda via PPCC email on 6/20/16 (“Redline”). Motion by the Bylaws Committee for Board approval of proposed Redline amendments to the Bylaws, including Appendix A. Discussion and vote. (Note: amendments to Appendices C, D and Attachment A were previously approved by the Board in separate motions on 6/9/16 and are not part of the current Motion.). Chris summarized the votes last meeting that did not require a second distribution. Tonight there is a motion for those changes that require two distributions. Richard recalled what was stated at the last meeting, i.e., these are technical corrections that create no substantive changes to the bylaws. Richard noted that on Appendix A where the word “Theater” was changed to “Theatre.” Richard reported that George Wolfberg reports complete agreement and the motion is unanimously recommended by the Bylaws Committee. Discussion: None. Action: the motion to “amend the Bylaws and including Appendix A as proposed by the redlined draft of proposed amendments distributed concurrently with the 6/9/16 and 6/23/16 PPCC meeting agendas” passed unanimously.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    Update by CD11 on Matters of Ongoing Interest.

Presenting: Debbie Dyner Harris, District Director; Sharon Shapiro, Palisades Field Deputy. See notes in Section 7 above.

9.2.    Update on Aircraft Noise in the Palisades.

Presenting: Debbie Warfel, Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association Board Member/contact on aircraft noise matter.  Debbie stated that in January 2016 the FAA presented to PPCC about the plan and planes going over the SMCC area. The two issues are: (1) current noise (since mid-October 2015 when something changed) where letters from various state and city officials have been going back and forth. An independent analysis of data was done and findings were released on 06-08-2016 and including three points north of LAX. The study went back six years and said that between 2014-2015 the spread of airplanes narrowed and then at the end of summer 2015 the spread returned to normal and no cause of the current noise is known. There is a website for the LAX Roundtable. (2) NextGen Plan. The environmental assessment has not been released and the FAA won’t communicate until that plan is released perhaps within several months. There is a change in navigation method from radar to GPS. Senators are asking that the noise for people on the ground be considered. SMCC has hired an aviation attorney to interface with the FAA on issues including whether pilots are cutting corners from original or directed flight paths. Affected individuals should contact Debbie and responsible elected officials. George Wolfberg and Cathy Russell may also be contacted.

10.    New Business — None.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1     The CC&Rs in Marquez Knolls do not comply with the BMO/BHO.

12.    Adjournment. Chris Spitz adjourned the meeting at 8:59 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 6 — TREASURER’S REPORT. PPCC JUNE 2016 FINANCIAL REPORT.

Starting Balance July 2015 $31,981.97
Award Event
Award Event Revenue $16,010.46
Event Costs $8,574.44
Net Event Revenue $7,436.02
Operating Revenue and Expenses
Dues and Donations $1,267.62
Expenses:
Library Meeting Room Fees $918.00
Computer Related $1,615.00
Awards, gifts, donations $1,041.54
Postage / P.O. Box $359.00
Insurance $1,417.80
Tax Prep + Misc $400.00
Total Operating Expenses $5,751.34
Net Operating Loss $(4,483.72)
Event Profit less Operating Loss – Change in Balance for Year $2,952.30
Ending Balance June 2016 $34,934.27

ITEM 7.1.5 — LETTER RE AB 2788

Hon. Senator Ben Hueso, 40th Senate District, Chair, Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications
Hon. Senator Mike Morrell, 23rd Senate District, Vice-Chair,                                     Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications
Additional Members, Committee on Energy, Utilities & Communications:
Hon. Senator Fran Pavley, 27th Senate District
Hon. Senator Bob Hertzberg, 18th Senate District
Hon. Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District
Hon. Senator Ben Allen, 26th Senate District
Via email

Re: AB 2788 (Committee hearing date 6/21/16) — OPPOSE

Dear Senators:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) is the most broad-based community organization and voice of the Palisades since 1973.   PPCC has been on public record for many years as strongly supporting enhanced local regulation of wireless telecommunications facilities (“WTF” – more commonly known as “cell towers”) in the public right of way. AB 2788 (Gatto) has come to our attention only in the past few days. I write on behalf of PPCC to express concern and opposition to the bill based on our long held positions in support of local regulatory authority.

Last year, PPCC opposed another bill involving WTF regulation (AB 57) based on concerns that the bill would severely restrict the ability of local governments to regulate WTF and/or make local decisions about cell tower siting and aesthetics; see: http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/letterreAB57.pdf. PPCC’s opposition to AB 57 was consistent with opposition also submitted by numerous California cities, counties and governmental coalitions, including the County and City of Los Angeles (City resolution: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2015/15-0002-S62_reso_06-09-2015.pdf), San Francisco, the California State Association of Counties, the American Planning Association (California Chapter), the Urban Counties Caucus and the League of California Cities.

AB 2788 appears to be even more sweeping in scope than AB 57, in that it would deny local governments locational and aesthetic authority over most WTF located in all public rights of way throughout the state (in front of homes, adjacent to parkland and scenic highways and in otherwise protected coastal and mountain areas), as well as on all public property, including city and county parks and recreational facilities and all schools (with one public property exception – fire stations).[1]

Moreover, as we previously brought to your attention, substantial portions of Pacific Palisades are located within the Coastal Zone and are thereby afforded important environmental protections under the California Coastal Act. Depending on location, new WTF within the Coastal Zone are required to undergo additional review by local governments and/or the California Coastal Commission. PPCC is greatly concerned that under AB 2788, such required environmental review may be effectively eliminated and significant protections afforded by the Coastal Act may be rendered meaningless.

It is my understanding that municipalities and counties statewide are becoming aware of AB 2788 and that opposition to the bill is mounting among local governments, community groups and residents, including those located in Assembly Districts 43 (Gatto), 50 (Bloom) and 62 (Burke) as well as in the Senate Districts represented by this letter’s recipients.

Based on PPCC’s previous positions in support of enhanced local WTF regulation and its prior opposition to AB 57, on behalf of PPCC I urge that (1) the members of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee vote NO on AB 2788; and (2) Senator Ben Allen (26th District) take all available measures to help defeat this ill-advised bill. To the extent possible, I further request that Assemblymember Gatto withdraw AB 2788.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Christina Spitz
President, Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):
Hon. Assemblymember Mike Gatto, Assembly District 43
Hon. Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Assembly District 50
Hon. Assemblymember Autumn Burke, Assembly District 62
Hon. Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin, 11th Council District

[1]See commentary on SB 2788 by nationally known attorney and telecommunications expert Jonathan Kramer: http://celltowersites.com. The bill’s overly broad definition of so-called “small cells” (dimensions of up to 6 cu. ft. in antenna volume and up to 28 cu. ft. for associated equipment) encompasses facilities so large that it effectively exempts virtually all WTF in public rights of way and on public property statewide from local regulatory review.

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MINUTES FOR JULY 28th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Kelly Comras, Brian Deming, Rick Mills, Nancy Niles, Barbara Marinacci, Stuart Muller, Quentin Fleming, Gilbert Dembo, Cathy Russell, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Janet Anderson.

Voting Alternates: Diane Bleak, Robin Meyers, Jessica Simon.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: David Kaplan, Kevin Niles.

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum. The Chair called the meeting to order and certified that a quorum was present at approximately 7PM.

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Approval of the June 23, 2016 minutes. The Chair deemed the minutes of June 23, 2016 approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 8/25/16: (1) Candidates Forum, Elected Representatives Election (2) Update on Temescal Canyon Stormwater Project, Phase II (Kendrick Okuda, Project Manager, Bureau of Engineering). (C) Intro of Youth Adviser. 9/8/16: (1) Announcement of Election Results (2) PPTFH presentation and Alisa Orduna from the Office of Mayor Garcetti, (3) John Harlow meet/greet. 9/22/16: (1) Introduction of LAFD Station 69 Captains (2) Farmer’s Market organizers, presentation and Q/A. 10/13/16: (1) Mike Bonin Welcomes Board (2) Intro of Pali Rec Center Directors Erich Haas & (new) Bill Maniscalco.

5.    Consideration of Agenda. The Chair considered the agenda and noted that some items may be taken out of order.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen: Balance is $34,808.48, no significant transactions over the last month.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.1.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”).

Acting SLO, Officer James Lavenson.  Crime is down in the Palisades. Patrol, transient detail in the Palisades, Special units doing patrols, and our bicycle unit in the Palisades. Senior officer knows the area very well. LAPD has focused a lot of attention on the Palisades. Two task forces the last two weeks, in the hillside to get transients out of camps in Las Olas Bluffs. Mission to clear that out, to reduce fire danger. Reducing “tent city”- we cite people on the beach for everything, from smoking a cigarette to smoking in public—those citations become arrest-able warrants in a few months if the cited person fails to appear in court. We have been working closely with OPCC. We believe that many of the crimes in the Palisades are transient-related crimes. New resources in the bike detail, the transient unit, the vice unit, and our patrol. Sylmar & El Medio, there was a loud party. Night watch articles are critical. Some transients are unresponsive to services, but some are. Working closely with OPCC. Timmy does his banking at Wells Fargo Bank on Thursdays and Fridays.

Locking cars and houses is important. Crime statistics: All crimes are down, except for stolen vehicles. Grand theft auto has doubled because of surfers on PCH, whose cars get stolen while they are surfing. These auto burglaries become home burglaries. 22 arrests in the Palisades in three weeks. Leaving the keys at Gladstones is a safer alternative to putting car keys on the tire. Fight for keeping the bike unit here after the summer is over. They are worth having, the Palisades needs it.

Maryam: Illegal to sleep on the beach between midnight at 5 am- when does the transient car come through? Do we have any coverage in those hours?

Officer Redican: we have cars that work at night. A dedicated unit looks for patterns in crime late at night. The A1 car works in those hours. They do come in early and we vary our arrival. It is getting noticeably better. They will do it at midnight and 1 AM.

Diane Bleak: Sunset & PCH, RV’s park on both sides of the street. Are they allowed to? Some in RV’s are living there

Officer Lavenson: They can’t sleep overnight in their RV. There’s an interest in letting them sleep in their car overnight if they are intoxicated.

Rick Mills: Does the bike unit also go to the bluffs? Particularly the El Medio Bluffs? Gwen Aldridge has had cars drive into her house three times. Traffic reduction & LAPD have to work together.

Officer Redican: We would call West Traffic Division to send motorcycle traffic units up. Traffic accidents, intoxicated drivers. We can provide the numbers to get in touch with West Traffic Division.

Sharon Shapiro: We used to have a traffic officer, but he was reassigned to the valley. As of a meeting yesterday, we are going to be getting another officer assigned to the Palisades/Brentwood Communities. 213 473 0215 CTSU Community Traffic Safety Unit: Officer Mike Toth, Sergeant Chris Kunz

7.1.2.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.  Janet Turner, District Representative – Not in attendance.

7.1.3.    Maryam read of a letter from Senator Allen’s Office re: Legislative Update SB 450; Maryam also read a letter from Assemblymember Bloom’s office re: Legislative Update

7.1.4.    Daniel Tamm, the Office of Mayor Garcetti – Not in attendance.

7.1.5.    (Addition to agenda) Sharon Shapiro, Council District 11 Representative.

Saturday July 30: Inside Out the Movie, Hike in the Wetlands August 7 (see the CD11 website); geotechnical work, Via De Las Olas; staffing at BOE.

Gil Dembo: LA communication towers throughout the county. Tower at the old Nike site in the Santa Monica Mountains that failed because of community objection. Now they want one in the Temescal Canyon area. What is the city doing to cooperate with this project? The Palisades needs emergency communications. Request for information from the City of Los Angeles. Sharon Shapiro: We will look into it. George Wolfberg: 100 Wilshire has transmitters that are intended to reach the Palisades. Stuart Muller: Is putting a transmission tower in a canyon a good idea?

7.2.    From the Chair.

7.2.1.    Appeal of Director’s Determination regarding signage at 881 Alma Real Dr. See attached letter (support for Specific Plan).

7.2.2.    Appointment of PPCC Committees and Liaisons– See attached list.

7.2.3.    Appointment of PPCC Advisors. See attached list. Maryam stated that she will appoint a new legal advisor; she wishes to appoint Ron Dean as interim legal advisor with consent of the board; she also wishes to appoint a new Youth Advisor with consent of the board; the current Youth Advisor Schuyler Dietz can no longer serve.

7.2.4.    BMO-BHO Code Amendment Update.  To be given at an upcoming meeting.

7.2.5.    At-large Representative change.  Quentin Fleming (formerly At-large 1st Alternate) has become the primary At-large Representative as of July 1st .

7.2.6.    Candidates running in the Elected Representatives Election. Maryam announced the candidates. See attached list. [Note:  attachment not included/not available.]

7.3.    From Officers — None.

7.4.    From At-Large & Area Reps.

Rick Mills (Area 4): A driver lost control on July 4th at El Medio & Miami Way, jumped the curb and went through a neighbor’s front yard. Speeding through this intersection is a problem. Working with council and traffic department to make that intersection safer. Maryam stated she is reaching out to LADOT to talk about the issue.

Stuart Muller (Area 6): New power station temporarily by Pali High.

Kelly Comras (Area 1): Notice of prep for EIR from DWP around Labor Day.

Reza Akef (Area 8): Letters from neighbors at Paul Revere, concerned about parking and traffic impacts. Desire to work with a liaison from the LAUSD School Board. Would like the PPCC to take a position to be more active around protecting neighbors from traffic impacts.

– Opportunity by the Planning Department to be a participant in RECODE LA. Disappointed that the PPCC has declined to participate in that process.

– The Executive Committee should not have made that decision, without the entire Board having considered it. This was a disservice to Marquez.

Maryam stated that the Executive Committee has not taken any position at all, nor have we declined to participate on RECODE LA. Maryam read a statement from Tricia Keane. Board discussion ensued. Reza stated that he would like this issue to be considered for the next agenda, and that he should be the point person with RECODE LA.

7.5.    From Organizational Reps — None.

7.6.    From PPCC Advisors — None.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Election Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair). In the Committee Chair’s absence, update deferred to next meeting

8.2.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPLUC) (David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).  David discussed the Committee’s purpose..

9.   Old Business — None.

10.   New Business.

10.1.    Proposed bike lane enhancement on Temescal Canyon, between PCH & Sunset.

CD11 Mobility Deputy Jessie Holzer presenting (jessie.holzer@lacity.org).  CD 11 and DOT are looking for opportunities for new bike lanes. We are trying to take the existing bike lanes and make them better. Vision Zero Policy: LA City goal is to eliminate all bike and pedestrian fatalities. The focus is on the most vulnerable on the road. Upgrading bike lanes on Temescal Canyon. There was a cyclist killed on Temescal a year ago. Increase the separation between cyclists and traffic on Temescal. The faster the car is travelling the worse the accident. Protective bike lanes on the upper portion of Temescal Canyon, and buffered bike lanes on the lower (southern portion). Protected bike lanes put the bike lane between the curb and parking. Buffered bike lanes are better for cyclists going faster. Buffered bike lanes paint extra lines, creating extra space for cyclists. Taking one of the downhill travel lanes, taking it out, and allocating that space to the buffered areas is one possible option. According to LADOT, the peak hour on Temescal is from 7-8 AM. 684 drivers going down Temescal per hour. They don’t anticipate additional drivers. One left turn lane going from Sunset to Temescal would function the same way. It just wouldn’t provide the opportunity to go into a second lane. At the bottom there will be no changes. The only intersection that may change is Bowdoin. It would be less of an issue if it was a bigger street. We looked at removing the center turn lane, but removing it would be problematic. We cannot remove parking because it’s highly utilized. Nothing has been designed, this is the first time for public comment.

Richard: The traffic is much lighter coming up Temescal than it is going down Temescal. Backups never happen coming up Temescal. Taking a lane from the wrong side. Residents would like to see three left turn lanes from Temescal south onto PCH. Backups there get terrible. 10 years ago, PPCC looked at that, and we were told that PCH isn’t wide enough for a third turn lane, and we couldn’t take anything from the beach. Serious backups happen there. A lane cannot be taken away from that intersection.  Jessie: CD11 was under the impression that there was more traffic going down than are going up. We can take a look at going the other way.

Gil Dembo: How many riders go up and down that hill? Who is behind this? Why not move the sidewalks back to do this?  Jessie: The DOT and CD 11 are working together on this. You can’t widen your way out of congestion.

Kevin Niles: What about the six food trucks that park where the buffer will be? Jessie: We haven’t yet figured out a solution.

Cathy Russell: When they come up, what is going to happen on Sunset? She expressed concern about more bikes on Sunset.  Rick Mills: Pali High is considering changing where cars park on Temescal. They have good traffic studies to be looked at.  Audience: Has anyone considered doing up and down in the park or on one side of the street?  Jessie: That would be very expensive.

Maryam: There are two reasonable suggestions. The cost versus the traffic impact should be weighed.  Stuart: How will Sunset feed into Temescal? Using the trail is a better idea. Why not do it up the coast?  Gil Dembo: Please do not do anything without consulting the Community Council.  Quentin: How reversible would this project be?  Jessie: It’s just paint. DOT would put in flexible bollards.

Michael: Can you put both bike lanes up and down on the other side?  Jessie: You could do it both ways. DOT might have a different reasoning for not doing that.  Audience: Taking a lane from the uphill side is a much better approach.

10.2.    Introduction of LAPD Officer Rusty Redican – officer in charge, new Palisades Beach Detail, and Officer Quenten Blanton.

Officer John “Rusty” Redican, partner Quenten: Crime is down. Bike unit goes all over the Palisades, coming up from the beach. Bikes are slower in response times. They have a quad that they will also be riding. There are a variety of resources available, including a helicopter. Community reporting is essential for them to do their job. Cleaning out encampments. Dealing drugs in the Palisades. There is room to help kids, with receptive parents, to help them straighten out.

Board Questions:

Maryam: LAPD officers would come through last year and do sweeps of areas identified by the PPTFH. Redican: Yes, we did one this morning. We are going to continue doing them.

Doug (PPTFH): Private security, how is it as a force multiplier? Redican: Yes, private security is helpful. Eric Fine has been great- they scan our radios and respond faster than we do. ADT is also good, they don’t respond to calls as much as Palisades Patrol.

Brian Deming: We have a previous hotspot- empty lot at Marquez Pl and Sunset (Bernheimer Gardens). We are getting complaints. There is a chain-link fence. We have had new people in the lot. Private security has been responsive. Redican: We need the community to help by providing information.

Maryam: The OPCC has a form that can help provide information. Is that something that we can do for the police? Audience question: If private security responds, they don’t report back to the police. Can we email you if private security does handle it? Redican: Private security (Palisades Patrol) can’t act as an agent of the police.

Audience Question: On PCH by the tunnel, what are you doing? Redican: We have arrested a number of people. The homeless in the area are living in Tuna Canyon to sleep. The sheriffs are doing what they can to clear those areas out.

Audience Question: Police seem to respond to written reports as opposed to email. Should we make a written report when something happens? How can we report it Redican: That which is measured gets dealt with. If a crime takes place, we do need to hear about it in a written report. We want our statistics to reflect crime. Resources go to the areas where there are reports. You can call the non-emergency number (877) ASK-LAPD or the Western LAPD Desk.

Maryam: What happens with a non-emergency call? Redican: Non-emergency calls can be responded to urgently. Lock your car doors and homes. There are lots of burglars that will not enter a car that is locked.

10.3.    Jessica M. Berman Foundation 2nd Annual Wonder Woman Walk, Huntington Palisades, September 18 (presenting: David Lindner Brennan of Generic Events).

Last year was the first event with 1,100 people, which raised money for research. The event is on Sunday September 18th, starting at 9:00 AM. The organizers want to get the word out about parking. There is a huge kids component of the run: bounce houses, jumpers, snacks. Will all take place at the Palisades Rec Center. The event course will take Alma Real to Corona Del Mar.

10.4.    (Addition to agenda) City of Los Angeles Landslide Retaining Wall Project Discussion.  Thelma (City representative): The findings will be presented August 24, 2016 from 7:00-8:45 PM in the community room at the Library.

12.    General Public Comment.

Karen Ridgley:  The Police nonemergency number (877) 275-5273 features loud screeching tones for the hearing-impaired. Calls to the West LA police office desk yield no solution. Only the City Council or the Mayor can fix this problem. Offer callers who can hear the opt-out choice. Those who are hearing-impaired can automatically continue with the hearing impaired tones. We should ask Councilman Bonin’s office to sponsor it. I propose that we take it up with the CD11 office. Maryam: This may be added to an upcoming agenda.

Gil Dembo: The Palisadian Post is appealing the Design Review Board decision regarding their proposed identification sign. They took their complaint to the WLAPC. There were many signs in the Palisades in 1960.

Cheryl Zomber: MKPOA had scheduled time to talk about this issue at Councilman Bonin’s office. Maryam Zar’s role was not as a mediator, but as a participant. Marquez Knolls has different needs and concerns. We have had lots of people say they support limiting mansionization. When the motion to oppose the BMO amendment was voted on, the Area 3 representative was not there. It may have been unanimous, but Marquez was not represented.  Maryam: Tricia Keane of CD11 invited Maryam to attend this meeting. Maryam expressed continuing difficulty understanding the request by Cheryl Zomber. Tricia will be asked to attend an upcoming PPCC meeting to clarify.

12.   Adjournment. Maryam Zar adjourned the meeting at approximately 9PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.2.1: LETTER RE 881 ALMA REAL SIGNAGE APPEAL

July 18, 2016

West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
200 North Spring Street, Room 272
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: DIR-2015-1282-DRB-SPP-1A Project @ 881 Alma Real Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; Hearing Date: July 20, 2016

Honorable Commissioners:

The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) has been the voice of the community for more than forty years. Our public Minutes evidence that on October 25th, 2007, the following motion was passed unanimously:

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

The position of the Pacific Palisades Community Council has not changed. This council, which represents all Palisades neighborhoods through elected representatives and appointed organizational representatives, supports the application of the Specific Plan to Pacific Palisades. Although the Council has not weighed the arguments of the two sides in this appeal, the Pacific Palisades Community Council maintains that planning and zoning regulations, building codes, rules, restrictions, and ordinances that have been established for the good of the community 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. When variances, variations, or exceptions are considered by governmental entities, PPCC’s position is to support adherence to all legal measures which govern land use, structures, and vegetation. Exemptions to the Specific Plan should only be granted under strict scrutiny or they threaten to degrade the efforts of our community to control development in the commercial areas of Pacific Palisades.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Maryam Zar, President
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc (via email):
Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD11)
Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy, CD11
Tricia Keane, Planning Director, CD11

ITEM 7.2.2 APPOINTMENT OF PPCC COMMITTEES AND LIAISONS

Standing Committee

Executive Committee (2016-2017 Term)
Maryam Zar, Chair (Committee Chair), Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus, George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair Richard Cohen, Treasurer, Michael Soneff, Secretary, David Kaplan, Area 6 1st Alternate (through 9/30), Janet Anderson, AYSO Representative (through 9/30)

Ad Hoc Committees

Required Committees

Election Committee (Elected Representatives Election, 2016):
Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus (Committee Chair), Richard Cohen, Treasurer, Susan Payne, Chamber of Commerce Alternate, Michael Soneff, Secretary, George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair, Maryam Zar, Chair (ex officio)

Three Chairs Committee (Alternates Election, 2016):

Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus (Committee Chair), Richard Cohen, Treasurer and past PPCC Chair, George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair and past PPCC Chair

Other Committees

Bylaws Committee:
Richard Cohen, Treasurer (Committee Co-Chair), George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair (Committee Co-Chair), Ron Dean, Bylaws Advisor, David Kaplan, Area 6 1st Alternate, Chris Spitz, President/Chair Emeritus, Maryam Zar, Chair (ex officio)

Communications/Outreach Committee:
Maryam Zar, Chair (ex officio) (Committee Chair), Brian Deming, Area 3 2nd Alternate, Susan Payne, Chamber of Commerce Alternate, Michael Soneff, Secretary, Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus

Playing Fields Committee – possibly renaming to Palisades Open Spaces Committee:
Janet Anderson, AYSO Representative (Committee Chair),Barbara Marinacci, Garden Club Representative, Stuart Muller, Area 6 Representative, George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair, Maryam Zar, Chair (ex officio)

Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC):
David Kaplan, Area 6 1st Alternate (Committee Co-Chair), Sue Kohl, Area 5 Representative (Committee Co-Chair), Rick Lemmo, Caruso Affiliated representative to the Committee (stakeholder member), Susan Payne, Chamber of Commerce Alternate, David Peterson, PRIDE representative to the Committee/Area 6 2nd Alternate, Patti Post, Transportation Advisor, Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus, Maryam Zar, Chair (ex officio); advisor to the Committee: CD11 Representative to be named

Liaisons

PCH Task Force: George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair, Patti Post, Transportation Advisor

Sunset Mobility Collaborative (SMC): Reza Akef, Area 8 Representative, Patti Post, Transportation Advisor

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) Leadership: Maryam Zar, Chair (primary), Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus (alternate), David Kaplan, Area 6 2nd Alternate (2nd alternate)

WLA Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB): Richard Cohen, Treasurer

WRAC Land Use & Planning Committee (WRAC-LUPC): George Wolfberg, Vice-Chair (primary), Chris Spitz, Chair/President Emeritus (alternate)

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MINUTES FOR AUGUST 25th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Michael Soneff, Chris Spitz, Greg Sinaiko, Rick Mills, Quentin Fleming, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, Cathy Russell, Peter Culhane, Reza Akef, Sue Kohl, Sarah Rena Conner, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Rick Lemmo, Nancy Niles

Voting Alternates: David Kaplan, Dustin Hall.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Richard Blumenberg, David Peterson, Diane Bleak, Carol Bruch, Susan Payne, Howard Robinson, Brian Deming, Alan Goldsmith

Start of Business Meeting

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

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Approval of the July 28, 2016 minutes. The Chair deemed the minutes of July 28, 2016 approved as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 9/8/16: (1) Announcement of 2016 Elected Representatives Election Results. (2) PPTFH presentation and Alisa Orduna, Mayor Garcetti’s office. (3) BMO-BHO Code Amendment Update (Tricia Keane, CD11 Planning Director). 9/22/16: (1) USPS presentation/Q&A (L.A. Postmaster Ken Snavely, PP Post Office Postmaster Ayesha Denson, U.S. Postal Inspective Service Mail Theft Representative Angela Ferris. (2) Introduction of LAFD Station 69 Captains. (3) Intro of Pali Rec Center Directors Erich Haas & Bill Maniscalco. 10/13/16: (1) Mike Bonin Welcomes Board. 10/27/16: (1) Farmer’s Market organizers, presentation/Q/A.

5.    Consideration of Agenda. The Chair considered the agenda and noted that some items may be taken out of order.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reports a current balance of $34,563.06. There were no significant expenditures in the last month. Richard also reported that at the last WLA C-PAB meeting, Captain Nieto assured him that we would keep our beach patrol indefinitely.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.1.1.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner, District Representative — Not in attendance.

7.1.2.    Council District 11, Office of Mike Bonin, Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy.

9/11/16 “Bike with Mike” event 9-11 AM starting at Westside Neighborhood School in Playa Vista. Started a comprehensive plan for resurfacing in the Palisades Highlands that will span three years. Portion of Palisades Drive has been paved. Discussion of Asilomar landslide retaining wall. Several design options brought to the community. A full EIR will be performed. Bureau of Engineering is the lead, Rob Hancock. City Council voted to support the State’s request to declare a state of emergency on homelessness, asking Governor Brown to reconsider. PPTFH has done a great job.

Bike lane along Temescal Canyon: there was a lot of feedback. The community was not behind the proposal. DOT is looking at using paint instead of a protected lane, or using pathways. No decision has been made, the issue will come back before the PPCC before anything is implemented.

7.1.3.    (Agenda addition) Daniel Tamm, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Westside Area Representative.  Re Westside Mayor’s Youth Council: September 12 is the deadline to sign up. High school students should apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council. Notice was sent to Pali High and to the newspapers. Re Mayor’s goal of 100,000 units of new housing by 2021- we are on track to meet that goal.

7.2.    From the President.

7.2.1.    Introduction of proposed PPCC Youth Advisor (Amir Ebtehadj).  Board consent to appointment of Youth Advisor and Interim Legal Advisor (Ron Dean) (Bylaws, Art. V, Sec. 1.B and Art. XIV). George Wolfberg moved for approval of the [remainder of sentence not included; board approved the appointments].

[Note:  Item 7.2.2 not included; but see attached letter referencing 7.2.2.]

7.2.3.    Appointment of PPCC Land Use Committee (Howard Robinson, Chair; remaining membership pending). Members will be appointed following the seating of the new board.  [See attached LUC formation document.]

7.3.    From Officers.

7.3.1.    Report from Richard Cohen on the LAPD and speed surveys that are necessary for enforcement.

A current speed survey is required for the police to use a radar gun for speed enforcement. Palisades Drive, San Vicente, and PCH’s speed surveys have all expired. Sunset has not expired. These surveys are necessary for radar enforcement. Speed limit must be set at the 85th percentile of the current pattern. Speed limits could be increased as a result. About 19% of speed surveys are unexpired. There are only 2 people tasked with speed surveys by the City of Los Angeles. West Traffic Bureau handles traffic enforcement, Captain Val Thomas. Richard requested a motorcycle task force. There were a number of rapes committed in West Los Angeles. One person was identified and apprehended. There is a running scam based on jury duty, asking for a credit card. Could we get Sheriffs to enforce in Malibu along PCH?

7.3.2.    Report from George Wolfberg.

(1) Speed surveys – the City of Santa Monica ensures there are a number of officers on San Vicente before they do a speed survey. (2) Motorcycles – the CHP and the Sheriff’s Department are focusing on motorcycles on Sunset and PCH. Need coordination between LAPD, CHP and the Sheriffs. (3) The California Incline is going to open on 9/1 from 10 am – 2 pm and it’s going to be an open “free play.” Vehicle traffic will resume at 5 PM.

7.3.3.    Chris Spitz reported that she spoke with Senator Allen’s Chief of Staff re the Governor’s budget trailer bill on affordable housing funding. That bill has been pulled because of a lack of support.

7.4.    From Area and At-Large Representative & Board Advisors — None.

7.5.    From Organizational Representatives.

7.4.1.    Gil Dembo visited an event with the Mayor in Santa Monica about (1) mobility and (2) the homeless – 700 homeless people permanently living in Santa Monica.

7.4.2.    Sue Kohl – Street Services came to the Alphabet Streets four months ago, and 30 sidewalk repairs are needed. They are coming back to make temporary repairs.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Election Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Update by Committee Chair.  Chris reported that the Committee has instituted online voting accessible via the red button on the PPCC website, as well as mail-in voting via ballots printed in the Palisades News (8/3 edition) and the Palisadian Post (8/11 edition). These are the two official ballots. In addition, we will have in-person voting by provisional ballot one day only, this Sunday Aug. 28 at the Farmers Market. Voting by provisional ballot is only for those who assert that they cannot vote online, and did not receive either of the newspapers with the original ballot.

9.    Old Business.

9.1.    Temescal Canyon Stormwater Project, Phase II.

Update by Kendrick Okuda and Katherine Doherty, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles. Phase II of the project: using the water that goes down Temescal, treated on site at the existing underground tanks for stormwater runoff, and used as irrigation in the park. Adding a new building behind the restroom, which will house pumps and chlorine treatment, and filters for analysis, to ensure that the water that is treated can be used for irrigation. Gil Dembo wanted to know whether spring water in the canyon ends up in the stormwater system. Katie did not know the answer. Construction will cost $3.1 million. Nancy Niles wanted to know if that money was out of Prop O funding and how much is in it. Katie said that yes, this is from Prop O, which had $500 million in funding. Peak wet season will produce enough water to irrigate, but in dry off-season they will need to switch to the potable system. Richard asked about the construction process and landscaping. The parking lane and sidewalks will need to be closed for a couple of weeks. They are still looking into the possibility of the landscaping at the steel boxes. Maryam asked when to expect that closure for a couple weeks. Construction will start in the next several weeks.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Introduction of Palisadian Post Editor John Harlow.

Previously foreign correspondent for the Times of London. Demographic changes in the Palisades are reducing volunteerism. The Post has plans to restore access to the newspaper’s historical archives for the last 80 years.

10.2.    Candidates Forum – PPCC Elected Representatives Election 2016.

All candidates were present and made opening statements.  Members of the Election Committee read questions to the candidates that had been submitted in writing by audience members. The Candidates answered all questions.

11.    General Public Comment — None.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:04 pm.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.2.2 — LETTER TO WLA AREA PLANNING COMMISSION
August 11, 2016
Thomas M. Donovan, Esq.
President, West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Mail Stop 395, Room 532
200 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2601
RE: Case No. ZA 2012 130, ENV 2012 131 MND, Project @ 16990-17000 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Dear President Donovan and Honorable Commissioners:

The Pacific Palisades Community Council 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.”

We are advised that “New Findings” of the Associate Zoning Administrator attached to your July 27, 2016 Letter of Determination fail, in material and important respects, to accurately reflect the determinations made by your Commission on December 2, 2015, as set forth in the transcript of the December 2, 2015 hearing.

We are further advised that your Commission made considered and detailed findings in its December 2 hearing that provide valuable clarification and precedent for the planning and zoning regulations that apply to the dual-jurisdiction areas of Pacific Palisades. Therefore, I am writing to respectfully request that your Commission use all means available to it to correct all errors, misstatements and omissions in the New Findings, so that the Commission’s Letter of Determination accurately reflects the Commission’s findings as set forth in the hearing transcript.

Respectfully yours,
Maryam Zar
Chair, Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc: Council Member Mike Bonin (via mike.bonin@lacity.org)
Planning Director Vince Bertoni (via vince.bertoni@lacity.org)
Tricia Keane, Esq. (via tricia.keane@lacity.org)

ITEM 7.2.3 — FORMATION OF A LAND USE COMMITTEE OF THE PPCC

Date: August 19, 2016
Establishing a Land Use Committee of the PPCC
Maryam Zar, Chair, Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC)
Howard Robinson, 1st Alternate, Area 3, PPCC, Chair, LUC of the PPCC
Purpose: The purpose of the LUC is to help standardize and professionalize the PPCC Board’s consideration of zoning and land use related issues by offering thorough, consistent and well-researched analysis and recommendations to the Board.
Work of the Committee: There are a number of active City-sponsored land use policy initiatives and individual real estate development projects that will significantly affect our community. The PPCC is in need of a level of analysis that the full PPCC Board is not currently able to provide.
Land use policy issues which could be reviewed by the LUC include but are not limited to:

  • The BMO/BHO ordinance
  • The R1 Variance Zone ordinance
  • ReCodeLA.
  • The Coastal zone Local Coastal Program (LCP).The LUC’s policy for considering individual real estate development projects should mirror the PPCC’s policies. PPCC does not generally get involved in single family dwelling cases, except when variances or other code waivers are being requested. There are exceptions for cases of particular sensitivity or prior PPCC interest, such as the homes around the rim of Potrero Canyon. For commercial projects or larger multi-family residential projects it is PPCC’s policy to review those projects only where variances or other code waivers are requested by the applicant, or when there is substantial community interest in a particular project. The LUC will review and comment on which projects to address. Additional policies for the work of the LUC can be developed by PPCC upon recommendation from the LUC.Committee Structure: * LUC to consist of 5-7 members, appointed by the PPCC Chair. * LUC meetings to be held Monthly or as needed. * The LUC would be advisory to the PPCC Board and would have no independent authority to speak on behalf of PPCC or the Board. * The LUC’s work and recommendations should adhere to the PPCC Guiding Principles. * Individuals eligible to serve on the LUC would include any Pacific Palisades resident, any representative of an organization with a Board seat per PPCC by-laws, or any person deemed by the PPCC Chair to have beneficial experience or knowledge helpful to the work of the LUC.Committee Membership: The membership of the LUC should be appointed after the new PPCC Board is seated in October, 2016. The committee members should largely be Representatives or Alternates on the PPCC Board who have particular experience in land use matters and are willing to augment their normal Board service with the extra work of the LUC. Other stakeholders who bring expertise and a willingness to contribute time to the enterprise can also be considered.

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MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 8th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: George Wolfberg [acting Chair], Chris Spitz, Michael Soneff, Greg Sinaiko, Bruce Schwartz, Barbara Marinacci, Kelly Comras, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Gilbert Dembo, Peter Culhane, Stuart Muller, Quentin Fleming, Cathy Russell

 Voting Alternates: Andrew Sacks, Jessica Simon, Rick McGeagh, Susan Payne

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Carol Bruch, Richard Blumenberg, Doug McCormick, David Kaplan

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum. The Presiding Officer (Vice-Chair George Wolfberg, [acting in the Chair’s absence]) certified that a quorum was present and called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Minutes of the August 25, 2016 meeting deemed approved. Upcoming meetings: 9/22/16. (1) Introduction of LAFD Station 69 Captains (2) Introduction of Pali Rec Ctr lead staff and Directors with Q/A. 10/13/16. (1) Mike Bonin Welcomes new Board and discussion. 10/27/16. (1) Meet the Farmer’s Market people followed by Q/A. Tentative future agenda include discussion on bike path and pedestrian safety (follow up on presentation by CD11/Jessie Holzer and new community input), LA RICS Land Mobile radio project, 16701 Via La Costa, VPCLC update.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. George Wolfberg reported [in Richard Cohen’s absence] that the balance in our accounts is $34,409.81 and that there have been no significant transactions in the last month.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From the Chair.

7.1.1.    2016 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards Update.  Nominations from the public to be accepted from 9/22/16 – 10/29/16. Awards Selection Committee membership pending (to be announced 9/22/16). Awards Guidelines may be viewed at: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/awardsguidelines/.

7.1.2.    Appointment of new PRIDE representative for current term (alternate, Civic Organizations category): Richard Blumenberg.

7.2.    From Officers.

7.2.1.    George Wolfberg reported that Katherine Doherty from the Bureau of Engineering said that they are only going to have the Temescal lane closure happen once.  The closure will not involve closing the bike path.

7.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps — None.

7.3.1.    Point of order from Reza Akef: Alternate Andrew Sacks is taking over for Area 8 as Reza had to attend a meeting in Venice. Reza left the meeting at approximately 7:10pm.

7.4.    From Organizational Reps — None.

7.5.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.5.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO, Officer Michael Moore.  Officer Moore answered a few board questions about recent break-ins and urged Palisadians to invest in a camera system.

7.5.2.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative.  Janet Turner read a letter from Rep. Lieu discussing the settlement over the West Los Angeles VA Campus. UCLA, Brentwood School, and the Barrington Park reached an agreement with the VA. The dog park will be moving off the land if an alternate site is found, which is unlikely. The Department of Recreation and Parks agreed to pay $200,000 to the VA.

7.5.3.    Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11. Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy – Brentwood & Pacific Palisades.

Hosting Bike with Mike event this weekend.  Sharon stated that Councilman Bonin is glad that we have reached a settlement, though the Dog Park has not reached a final agreement. The Councilmember is fighting to maintain the dog park. September 19 is the anticipated start date for the east side of Entrada Sidewalk project. There will be 10 day advance community notification of the start date.

Gil Dembo: Update on 16701 Villa La Costa. With the City Attorney, the County and the Coastal Commission.  Sharon: No update. It’s complicated. Rec & Parks is working to figure out what to do. The property was sold through a County auction, so there’s a jurisdictional challenge.

Peter Culhane thanked the city for their work paving the roads in the Highlands.  Sharon: They are trying to distribute paving throughout the Palisades, including Marquez.

George thanked the office for its constituent services.  Councilmember Bonin will be at the meeting on 10/13.

7.6.    From PPCC Advisors — None.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Election Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Election results. Committee Chair Chris Spitz gave the Committee’s report and distributed a “Results” data sheet along with a written copy of the report. See attached report and data sheet.

Carol Bruch: In every instance, a higher percentage of the winner’s votes were excluded. Were most of these husbands and wives who disagreed? Chris Spitz noted that the bylaws require that in the case where there are households with multiple votes, the committee cannot count either vote. Chris read the governing bylaws provision (which provides for “one vote per household”) . She noted that the committee is recommending revising the bylaws to eliminate that provision and to count all votes. There were many duplicative votes.

Gil Dembo: Are we going to change the window for voting? Getting 1,237 people to vote, it’s tremendous turnout. Chris: That’s up to the next bylaws committee and board.

Audience question: How many paper ballots were invalidated from Area 3? Chris: We don’t have that data currently available. We will see if we can get the information.

Stuart Muller: Thank you to the Election Committee and the outgoing area reps and officers. In a multi-family building, many people only put the address of the building. Did any of the votes that were invalidated come from multi unit housing? Also, Stuart got a flyer announcing area alternates and at large alternates, Stuart would like to know why it includes at large representatives.  George: We went through to ensure that we weren’t removing votes from multi unit housing as each voter had to put in a unit number or “000.”  Whatever the flyer said, it should have said that people can apply to be an alternate for an area or as an at-large.

Eric Marshall noted his opposition to reducing access to voting.  Chris: This will require a bylaws amendment, so it will have to be a board discussion at the appropriate time. Chris noted that the Election Committee is recommending that assistance be given to any individuals who have difficulty accessing online voting.

8.2.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC) (David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).

Update on Caruso Village Project. David Kaplan read the purpose of the committee and distributed the attached Statement of Purpose. Caruso Affiliated is continuing to work on the storm drain relocation and gas station remediation; phased demolition of structures is also expected to begin. Allowable City of LA work hours are ‪7:00am – 9:00pm M-F and 8:00am – 6:00pm Sat. Caruso Affiliated had to temporarily close the left turn lane from eastbound Sunset on to Swarthmore for a few days due to safety reasons while crews worked on Swarthmore for the storm drain relocation.  They don’t anticipate that being the case again. Hauling is expected to start in November. There will be a haul route hearing; as yet the date is TBD. Superintendent of the Bureau of Street Services has indicated that at 10 am tomorrow (Friday 9/9) at 200 Main Street, Room 350, DTLA will be the hearing date and time for 26 trees to be removed (of 43 total trees). The ficus trees will be a part of that discussion. The soil from the project was deemed safe for use in Potrero Canyon. The ficus trees’ roots are purportedly wrapped around a gas line below grade. There is a requirement of 2-1 tree replacement for anything removed.

8.3.   Three Chairs Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Alternate Area and At-large Representative application process is now open through October 7, 2016. The 3 Chairs Committee is a required committee under the bylaws. As Chair Emeritus, per the bylaws Chris must serve as the Committee Chair; Richard Cohen and George Wolfberg will be the other members of the Committee, as appointed by Chair Maryam Zar. The Committee reviews applications and recommends nominees to the board, which elects the alternates. Announcement regarding process of applying for Alternate positions. See: http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/alternates-application/.

9.   New Business.

9.1.    PPTFH – report and update YTD.

Discussion only. We are honored to be joined by Alisa Orduna, Homelessness Policy Director at the office of LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Balancing enforcement with services, to ensure the best results. The enforcement committee focuses on the most disruptive few homeless people, and coordinates with City agencies to do outreach. The PPTFH has mapped all the homeless encampments in the Palisades on a Google map. PPTFH has been working with law enforcement to clean up encampments based on mapping. There are a number of hotspots for people to camp in the Palisades. Timmy was engaged by the mental evaluation unit and the fire department. He was placed on a 5150 hold and taken to a local hospital. The homeless people who sleep behind the library are in touch with OPCC weekly.

Gil Dembo asked about homeless people starting fires in Temescal Canyon. The PPTFH reported that Randy Young has mentioned that they haven’t recently had much homeless activity.  Alisa Orduna reported that consistent outreach and places for homeless people to transition into permanent housing is important.  Kelly Comras mentioned the upcoming Los Liones cleanup.

Bruce Schwartz: What is the Mayor’s position on sleeping on the sidewalk (Jones vs City of LA)?  Alisa Orduna: We now know how many housing units we need available. We are proposing a bond issue to go on the November Ballot. All city agencies are now accountable for homelessness, so we are doing a lot more to engage with people who are sleeping on the sidewalk, and the rules on LAMC Sec. 56.11. All city personnel are being trained to engage with the homeless and get them into services.

Doug McCormick: Is there any community that has handled panhandling well?  Alisa: Pasadena has done good work. Alisa does not give to homeless people, but rather to organizations that do good work.

George mentioned that Sharon is the homelessness advisor to the PPCC. Sharon is being honored at an upcoming event, “Rustic Night” gala at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center of September 24th; www.laparksfoundation.org for tickets. Sharon was the PPCC Citizen of the Year last year.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    BMO-BHO Code Amendment and Rezoning Update.

Presenting: Representatives of CD11 and/or the Los Angeles City Planning Dept. See CD11 Summary at: http://www.11thdistrict.com/planning_mansionization_palisades?utm_campaign=august16_news&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ant “Neighborhood Zone Changes” Open House/Hearing (re rezoning for the Palisades), Sept. 13, 2016, 5:30pm Open House, 6:30pm Public Hearing, at Henry Medina Bldg., 11214 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90064. Ezra Gale (Councilmember Bonin’s Office): Restrictions and changes for single family zones in the Palisades, R1 lots in particular. You can check the rules on the city’s online system, ZIMAS. Certain parts of the city were experiencing mansionization, something like 20 different neighborhoods. The city council put in temporary control ordinances (ICO’s) to limit development. The City is working with each of those 20 neighborhoods to develop rules for each one. At the same time, the city is working to overhaul the zoning code. The City of Los Angeles has one of the most complex zoning codes in California. The City is re-examining the baseline ordinance. Palisades residents have expressed concern about changing the BMO BHO. Councilmember Bonin is working to create a specific carve out for part of the Palisades. There will be ample opportunity for the Palisades to have input. The Councilmember will continue working with the Planning Department to ensure that the Palisades has rules that fit the communities.

Giselle Corella and Niall Huffman (Giselle.Corella@lacity.org), representatives of the Planning Department, reported that the Palisades is being treated differently in the BMO (Baseline Mansionization Ordinance) BHO (Baseline Hillside Ordinance) process. The Palisades currently has R1, RE and RA properties (larger lots). Much of the Palisades is in the Coastal Zone. The Alphabet Streets, Santa Monica Canyon and areas nearby are being rezoned. This applies to portions of those areas that are outside of the Coastal zone. The floor area limits of the existing and amended BMO rules, those restrictions do not apply to the flat (non hillside) areas, outside the Coastal zone. Hillside within the Coastal zone will change. There would be stricter limits for hillside building, limiting to 45% of the lot. Basements are an issue in hillside areas because of the grading required. Basements do not count towards the floor area limit. Many people are using basements to increase area. They are making changes to allow basements within reasonable limits to prevent excessive grading. Foundation work will remain exempt.

There will be opportunities to address questions on Tuesday September 13, which will be the public hearing for rezoning properties outside the coastal zone R1 lots. Rezone is going from R1 to R1V1. The floor area goes from .55 to .65 if you have a 6,000 square foot lot or less. There are no bonuses. Exemptions for garages and patios will be the same. The only things that are changing are the envelope and floor area ratios. Rear garages will continue to get a full exemption, but garages in the front would only be exempt up to 200 square feet. The hillside areas above the Alphabet streets will go up to .65, or 65% of the lot, to match the flat areas.

Chris: How long is this process going to take? What governs all of these areas in the interim?  [A:] The rezone will be done before March 2017. The BMO BHO amendments will probably happen first as that’s a little farther along, having already gone through the planning commission.

David Kaplan: What about the coastal zone?  [A:] The Coastal zone non-hillside will not be touched with the rezoning; The BMO BHO will not affect the non-hillside Coastal zone.

George: Has the PPCC been invited to participate?  [A:] During the BMO BHO amendment process they sent out general notice to invite the public to participate. Other than that, no, the PPCC has not been invited.

George: Has this process begun?  [A:] No part of the rezoning process has begun. It will begin next week. The tentative date for the CPC is in November.

Gil Dembo: Are there penalties for developers who don’t follow the plans that are approved?  Ezra: That’s an enforcement issue. If you see projects that are in flagrant violation of what has been approved, you are encouraged to contact our office, and we will send out inspectors.

Gil Dembo: There is a house on Greentree that exceeded the setback significantly. It has been in litigation.  Questions about any zoning issues can be sent to: Ezra.gale@lacityorg.

11.    General Public Comment — None.

12.    Adjournment — 9:08 pm.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 8.1 — PPCC Election Committee Report – 2016

The Committee is pleased to announce that the following are the newly elected Area and At-large Representatives to the PPCC board, beginning October 1, 2016:

Area 1:          Katie Braude                                     Area 6:          David Kaplan

Area 2:          Peter Culhane                                  Area 7:          Cathy Russell

Area 3:          Danielle Samulon                           Area 8:          Reza Akef

Area 4:          Rick Mills                                         At-large:        Lou Kamer

Area 5:          Sue Kohl

We had the largest voter turnout in PPCC history, with 1237 total valid ballots. This is almost twice the number of votes in the 2014 election, and many hundreds of votes more than any other Westside council that held elections in 2016 (except for Venice). We commend all the candidates and thank the Palisades community for participating in record numbers.

With this report we are also distributing a Results data sheet which includes the vote counts. A few words about the Committee’s vote-counting process are in order: 4 of the 5 Committee members were present (Michael Soneff could not attend due to work commitments; PPCC Chair Maryam Zar did not attend). Each questionable ballot was inspected by every member of the Committee individually and discussed by the group.  Every decision concerning each ballot was unanimous and decisions were based strictly on the bylaws.  After initial ballot qualification determinations were made the entire group reviewed all decisions at least once (or more) again.  The bylaws were scrupulously followed and all decisions were entirely impartial and unanimous.

It is important to recognize that the disqualification of votes due to duplication narrowed the margin of victory in all races but did not change the outcome This result was fortuitous but the Committee was fully prepared to follow the bylaws to whatever outcome the rules dictate.

Based on the experience of this election and having received several constructive suggestions for improvement, the Committee recommends for future board consideration the following possible bylaws changes or other actions:

  • Eliminating paper ballots and moving entirely to online voting.
  • Eliminating the “one vote per household for area rep” rule.
  • Alternatively, revising the current rule (which requires all votes per household to be disqualified if more than one person votes for area rep) to allow one vote per household to be counted if all votes in the household were for the same candidate.
  • Strengthening voting instructions to put greater stress on the consequences of failure to follow those instructions.
  • Providing for assistance to residents who request help in accessing online voting.
  • “De-coupling” voting by residents for area rep and at-large rep.
  • Specifying that only adults (18 years of age and older) may vote in the election.
  • Establishing reasonable guidelines for the conduct of election campaigns.

Congratulations to the newly elected representatives!

PPCC Election Committee
Chris Spitz, Committee Chair; Richard Cohen, Susan Payne, Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg
September 8, 2016

PPCC 2016 Elected Representatives Election – Results

Total voters/valid ballots (online, provisional and newspaper[1]): 1237

Votes per candidate:

Total Votes               Final Votes (excluding invalid duplicate votes[2])

Contested Seats

Area 3

Danielle Samulon               173                            120

Peter Zomber                       128                             106

Area 5

Sue Kohl                               258                             195

Sandra Eddy                        141                             123

Area 6

David Kaplan                                    118                             92

Eric Marshall                                   102                             91

At-large

Lou Kamer                           673                             647

Quentin Fleming                  554                             545

Uncontested Seats

Area 1            Katie Braude                       18

Area 2           Peter Culhane                      73

Area 4           Rick Mills                               75

Area 7           Cathy Russell                      39

Area 8           Reza Akef                              24

PPCC Election Committee
Chris Spitz, Committee Chair
September 8, 2016

[1] In addition to online ballots, 15 provisional ballots and 26 newspaper ballots (4 from the News, 22 from the Post) were received. 7 ballots (1 online, 3 provisional, 3 newspaper) were deemed invalid; excluding invalid ballots did not change the outcome of any races.

[2] Duplicate votes, including all duplicate votes per household for Area Representative, were deemed invalid per PPCC bylaws; excluding invalid votes did not change the outcome of any races.

ITEM 8.2 — Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC)

Statement of Purpose:

This committee has been formed to act as an oversight committee to address issues that impact on the community that are either unanticipated now or that remain unresolved after being brought to the attention of the developer.

This committee is not a “complaint board” and in fact any and all complaints or problems that arise during construction and eventual operation are to be brought by individuals to the developer who has set up a dedicated phone number and email address to deal directly with individuals or groups who feel aggrieved.

The committee’s purpose will be to deal with the more global aspects of potential impacts which may arise, particularly in areas of traffic, parking and noise.

Further the committee will be tracking the project’s progress as against provided schedules so as to keep the community informed about any resultant delays or time frame changes.

Committee Members:
David Kaplan, Area 6 1st Alternate and Representative-Elect, Co-Chair
Sue Kohl, Area 5 Representative, Co-Chair
Rick Lemmo, Caruso Affiliated
Susan Payne, Chamber of Commerce
David Peterson, PRIDE
Patti Post, PPCC Transportation Advisor
Chris Spitz, PPCC Chair/President Emeritus
Maryam Zar, PPCC Chair, ex officio
Advisor to the Committee: representative of CD11 (to be named)

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MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 22nd 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz, Michael Soneff, Richard Cohen, Stuart Muller, Sue Kohl, Richard Wulliger, Bruce Schwartz, Nancy Niles, Barbara Marinacci, Sarah Rena Conner, Rick Mills, Reza Akef, Janet Anderson, Quentin Fleming, Cathy Russell.

Voting Alternates: Brian Deming, Diane Bleak

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Richard Blumenberg, Kevin Niles, Robin Meyers, Amir Ebtehadj

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum.  The Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order and certified that a quorum was present at 7:03pm.

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes/Upcoming Meetings. Maryam deemed the minutes of September 8, 2016 approved. Upcoming meetings: 10/13/16. (1) Board election of Alternate Area and At-large Reps. (2) Councilman Mike Bonin. (3) Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson on Prop HHH. 10/27/16. (1) Farmer’s Market. Q/A. (2) LAWA Airport Plan (3) Pedestrian safety and traffic plan discussion for Pacific Palisades. 11/10/16. (1) Citizen of the Year and Gold Sparkplug Honorees announced. 12/08/16. Holiday Party and Awards Event.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that there was $34,358.81 in the account and no significant transactions in the last month.

7.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From the Chair.

7.1.1.    2016 Congress of Neighborhood Councils event (http://www.nccongressla.com).  Sat. Sept 24th, all day. Attendance by board members is encouraged.

7.1.2.    Potrero Canyon, tour report & update.  George Wolfberg organized a tour for   Maryam and other interested persons, given by Rob Hancock, supervising engineer on the project for decades. The first priority right now, the group was told, is to restart grading and to put in the park. There is an approved plan that’s been made public, and is the final blueprint for construction and planting. In November and December they will be hauling in the soil (presumably from the Caruso village project). The haul route is still to be approved but likely in January they will use this soil to re-start grading. Estimated two years to completion – one year for grading, one year for planting. Maryam is currently attempting to schedule Rob and his team for a PPCC presentation in November.

7.1.3.    LA RICS Tower. From CD11: The LA-RICS Joint Powers Authority intends to construct a lattice communications tower of up to 180′ feet on Temescal Fire Road, which is on State Parks property at a site known as “Green Mountain.” LA-RICS picked this location strategically. Councilmember Bonin has indicated that he will oppose the construction of this tower and will work with the community to object to further plans to expand the current use of this existing public safety communications site. This topic may be agendized for discussion at a later time.

7.1.4.    Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards 2016.  The Awards Selection Committee has been appointed as follows: George Wolfberg (Chair), Cathy Russell, Doug McCormick, Sharon Kilbride (past Citizen of the Year), Bruce Schwartz, Brian Deming and Bill Bruns (past Community Service Awardee). Awards nominations from the community are now open through October 29thSee attached notice.

7.1.5.    New Organizational Members (agenda addition).  At Maryam’s request Chris Spitz read the names of the new Organizational Members for the coming term.  See list attached.

7.1.6.    WRAC Meeting update (agenda addition).

  1. A) There was a presentation by CM Harris Dawson on Prop HHH, the $1.2 Billion Bond measure that Angelenos will be voting on this November. It proposes to generate taxpayer money, matched by State and Federal grants (at a 3/1/ratio) for the construction of affordable housing across LA (not in one concentrated area but spread in diverse locales) by bringing in for-profit and nonprofit builders to drive prices down and make the project happen. The money is for permanent supportive housing to accommodate chronic homelessness, and reduce the numbers of people sleeping on the streets for more than one year. WRAC is proposing to sponsor a town hall meeting on the Westside on Prop HHH at the Henry Medina building (date TBD).
  2. B) LAX Landside Access Modernizations Program (a representative will join us on Oct 27th for a presentation before the comment deadline ends on Oct 31st). This is a new ground transportation network that includes an elevated automated people mover, better drop-off and pick-up facilities, a consolidated rental car area, and comprehensive roadway improvements that dovetail with Metro’s proposed Airport stop.

(C) Two motions we have been asked to weigh in on:

  1. Support the Draft Master Plan for the West LA VA Campus (Plan has passed the Senate and is awaiting signature or veto by the President – see Item 7.5.2).
  2. Amendment to the Small Lot Subdivision ordinance (amended and passed).

Maryam noted that because these matters have passed, it may not be necessary for PPCC to take them up in the future.

7.2.    From Officers – None.

7.3.    From Area & At-Large Reps.

7.3.1.    NA (no report on Chabad/Kelly Comras not in attendance).

7.3.2.    Rick Mills — Asilomar construction update.  Rick reported that residents along Asilomar Park are organized into a park advisory board to deal with an incipient landslide and a proposed retaining wall. The city does not deal with the mobile home park. The city will return in the coming months with plans for the wall. Signage has been an ongoing problem. There is a proposal to put signs on the curbs to protect views. The bluffs were designated a “dark skies” area years ago, which is why streetlights end there. Palisades Bowl Trailer Park had previously proposed installing 84 street lights, and there is discussion that the owners have dropped that proposal.

7.3.3.    Reza Akef — PRMS update (LAUSD).  Reza reported that strides have been made through cooperation, but problems continue with drop-off traffic. Residents want to put up gates. Residents want a town hall with the school principal.

7.3.4.    Cathy Russell (agenda addition).  Cathy provided an update on the new procedures for LAX. LAX claims that there is no significant impact on Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon in terms of noise. Residents disagree. The NextGen plan should start in November. An FAA appeal is being considered.

7.4.    From Organizational Reps.

7.4.1.    Sarah Conner/PPRA — Update on 17000 Sunset project.  The Coastal Commission will be hearing the applicant’s appeal of the WLAAPC decision in Ukiah on October 6. See attached for update distributed at the meeting. MKPOA voiced support for the PPRA’s work on the issue. See most recent PPCC letter at http://pacpalicc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/1700020Sunset20findings.pdf. The PPCC requested a focused EIR which has never been conducted. The PPCC has asked for additional work by the applicant. Maryam opened the matter up to the board for discussion about taking a possible position opposing the project.

Reza Akef asked that the EC write a letter protesting the project and expressing frustration with the developer’s actions, reiterating previously taken positions. The hearing location is inconvenient for the community to give input.

Sarah noted that Save the Bluffs has gathered over 2,700 signatures opposing the project. She also noted that the developer promised a focused EIR long ago, and the deadline on that promise has passed.

Chris Spitz noted that several position letters have been written by past and current PPCC presidents and we have offered the developer ample opportunity to attend one of our meetings and state his position. She also reminded the board that this cannot be taken up for new action at this time because it was not noticed as an action item in the agenda distributed 72 hours in advance of the meeting, as required by our bylaws.

Quentin Fleming expressed frustration with the lack of a response from the developer.

Howard Robinson from the audience asked if the hearing is a preliminary hearing or a full hearing on the merits of the project. Sarah Conner said that it’s not clear, nor is it clear whether the developer can cancel immediately before the hearing. Howard noted that if this is a preliminary hearing, the appeal seems like a long shot on the question of the presence of a substantial coastal issue, which in his experience the Commission never finds when an applicant appeals from a local decision denying a project. He suggested that someone contact Coastal Commission staff to clarify whether this is a preliminary hearing solely on the question of whether there is a substantial coastal issue. Sarah indicated that this would be done.

Maryam noted that there appears to be community consensus objecting to the project.

7.4.2.    Nancy Niles/Woman’s Club (agenda addition).  Nancy announced the annual PPWC Home Tour on November 20, and that PPWC grant applications are now online for non-profits: theppwc.org, applications due on November 1, awards will be given on March 7.

7.5.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.5.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Michael Moore was not present.

7.5.2.    United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative.  Janet reported that the Senate passed the VA Master Plan approval bill, and it is now on the way to the President for signature or veto.

7.5.3.    City Council, District 11, Office of Mike Bonin, Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy – Brentwood & Pacific Palisades.

Sharon reported that the Council office had not supported the developer’s request for a continuance of a previous hearing regarding the 17000 Sunset project. Councilmember Bonin drafted a now passed proposal to support clean energy through the DWP. The goal is for DWP to chart a path to 100% clean energy. The Councilmember will be at the October 13th PPCC meeting. The Councilmember attended the WonderWoman Walk in the Palisades. The Councilmember will be attending the September 28 Coyote Wildlife Meeting at 6:30 PM at the Westchester Senior Center. Upcoming La Tijera Community Cleanup at the DWP facility.

Reza thanked the Councilmember’s office for their help with the Paul Revere Middle School traffic issue.

7.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

7.6.1.    Youth Advisor, Amir Ebtehadj.  Amir reported that the Pali High Tech Equity program ensures that every student has a device to use in the classroom. Should be achieved by the end of October. Residents can donate to the cause at Palihigh.org. On Friday next week 6-9 PM, Pali High Football Fest. On October 23 at 10 AM, 4th grade hunger walk at St. Matthews. October 16 pancake breakfast at Corpus Christi.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Three Chairs Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).  Alternate Area and At-large Representative application process now open through October 7, 2016. Everyone who is interested and eligible should apply.

9.    New Business.

9.1.   LA Postmaster (Ken Snavely was reassigned).

Michael Coleman, Manager of Post Office Operations and Ayesha Denson, Postmaster, Pacific Palisades Post Office, attended.  Michael Coleman reported that the USPS has not been able to hire enough people as a result of competition with Amazon, particularly recruiting tech-capable college graduates. The USPS is the second largest employer besides the military. They are getting ready for the influx of political mail. Absentee ballots will be arriving on October 12 or 13th at the latest. Carriers are supposed to pick up Amazon boxes as early as possible.

Richard Cohen and multiple board members thanked the post office for earlier delivery. Sarah Conner noted that vacation re-starting has been an issue. Reza noted that 90049 mail wasn’t being delivered timely. Ayesha noted that that is not within the Palisades jurisdiction (George Wolfberg said it was likely handled from the Barrington office).

Michael Coleman noted that it has been difficult to get people to work up in the hills, and that the carriers have limited discretion as a result of package delivery technology. Their goal is 100% delivery by 5pm. George Wolfberg noted that delivery is improved in 90402.

There were questions from the audience about bulk mail and about the rate of hand mail delivery. Michael Coleman said that those with questions about bulk mail should talk to him directly; he also explained that hand addressed envelopes have to be barcoded first, but it shouldn’t take more than two days. Hand addressing does take longer to process.

Michael Coleman can be reached at michael.c.coleman@usps.gov or (323) 586-1206.

9.2.    Palisades Recreation Center lead staff – Director Erich Haas and Recreation Coordinator Bill Maniscalco.

Enrollment in activities has increased. Winter Basketball signups start October 1st. RecTrack is the new Palisades online enrollment system for activities and permits. The program will go up on Monday. To get the website, email erich.haas@lacity.org. “Spook-tacular” will be Saturday October 29 from 3-7 pm. Sponsors and volunteers wanted. The next Park Advisory Board meeting will be at 7 pm on October 19. Some trees have been removed from the island at the Rec Center. Two eucalyptus trees will be removed in the coming month. They have been watering the grass three times a week for 15-30 minutes. Maintenance has been done to save the remaining trees.

Sue Kohl asked about the bocce ball. Eric reported that they are attempting to put in bocce ball courts where the concrete picnic tables are currently located.

Bill Maniscalco spent 8 years at the Venice Beach Rec Center working with filming, permits and special events.

Maryam asked if there is a plan to plant more trees. Erich reported that the PAB will have community input before anything is planted. They hope to plant trees that are resilient.

Sue Kohl asked about the playground. Erich reported that there are plans in progress.

Lou Kamer asked from the audience what the process is for new plans, and whether there are plans for a community room or teen center. Erich said that the PAB held meetings two years ago for public comment on the Rec center. Bocce was requested by the public, and there was never opposition. The community wanted to build another gym (at the cost of about 12-20 million dollars) to replace the brick gym. The new gym would have had a second story with space for classes and community rooms. The current gym doesn’t have space for a mommy and me class or a pottery class. Community fundraising would be needed for any additional gym. The PAB vice chair Bob Harter can give the PPCC a full update. Chris Spitz noted that PPCC conferred a Golden Sparkplug Award on Bob Harter two years ago for his work in heading the PAB “PREMAP” Committee and developing plans for the proposed new facility.

Stuart Muller mentioned that the PPCC agreed that there should be a community center. Erich said the park is a direct cost recovery site – the city does not fund the staff salaries, uniforms, equipment or anything besides the lights and water. The revenue comes from sports, so the Rec Center has to focus on sports in order to keep the lights on.

9.3.    Marilyn Wexler, SMCCA President, presentation on SMCCA and word about Rustic Night Event on Sept 24th.

Marilyn gave an update on the history & work of the SMCCA.

SMCCA was incorporated in 1947 and is one of the oldest community organizations in the state. Governed by a Board of Directors elected to overlapping two-year terms at our annual meetings held each year in May. The board holds public meetings monthly at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center in the historic Clubhouse. Public invited to attend. Website, www.smcca.org. Represented at the PCH Task Force and attend C-PAB meetings as needed to advocate for local issues.

SMCCA brokered the donation of Rustic Canyon park from Mabelle Machris in 1953. A year later in 1954, SMCCA contributed to the City one-third of the purchase price of the historic eucalyptus grove site. This double-landmarked parcel was part of the first US Forestry Station. Recently made substantial improvements to the grove including new paths, stunning trellises, irrigation and landscape work.

Through the years, the association has been involved in many battles to protect our greater Palisades community including

  • currently leading the fight to reverse actions of FAA rogue controllers who allow large passenger jets to short-cut over the Palisades and our canyon instead of continuing over the ocean, and also in past years;
  • helping to wring concessions from Santa Monica to reduce the impact of the California Incline closure;
  • supporting Proposition 20, the Coastal Act;
  • fighting a proposal to construct a causeway in the ocean from Santa Monica to Malibu as well as a proposal to construct numerous condos each with a woodburning fireplace at the canyon mouth;
  • supporting and participating actively in the No Oil fight and the fight against polluting leafblowers;
  • monitoring efforts to clean up our ocean;
  • advocate for improvements in bicycle and pedestrian facilities at the beach;
  • working to provide safe routes for children attending our local Charter elementary school.
  • vigilant when it comes to out of scale development.
  • AND, Clean and safe beach tunnels for the use of the entire community, including advocating with city agencies for better signage to direct highway jaywalking pedestrians toward the tunnels.

9.4.     Rich Wilken — Sept. 24th Big Band Dance Concert to Benefit Palisades 4th of July, PAPA.

The Parade Association is self-funded, not funded by the City. They raise $150,000 for the parade. This Saturday evening at 7:30 pm there is a big band swing dance event at Palisades High School. $10 online and $15 at the door. The money goes to support the parade. Maryam pointed out that you can donate to the parade. The website is at palisadesparade.org.

9.5.     Avery Keare, Music Student Service League of West Los Angeles and Palisadian teen resident.

Avery presented information about the Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert on October 16 from 3:30-5:30 pm at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. The goal of the Daniel Pearl Concert series is to promote ideas of harmony and tolerance through the power of music. Daniel Pearl Concerts are admission free and everyone is welcome. The concert is hosted through the Music Students Service League, which is a student-run organization that serves the community by holding various musical activities throughout LA.

10.   Old Business.

10.1.    BMO-BHO Code Amendment and Rezoning public hearing of Sept 13th.

Recap from Board members and Board members-elect in attendance: Sue Kohl, Danielle Samulon, Reza Akef and Richard Blumenberg. Tricia Keane of CD11 was invited but could not attend.

Sue Kohl reported that Mike Bonin got a carve-out for the Palisades. Some people want stricter rules for the Palisades. R1V1 would be the most liberal zoning code possible. Richard Blumenberg reported that R1V1 is variable. R1V1 allows the addition to go anywhere on the second floor. Allowable area starts at 65% (floor area as a percentage of lot size) for 6,000 sq. foot lots and down to 55% for larger lots. The R1V is a new zone which ranges from 55% to 45%. The most restrictive zone goes from 45-35%. R1H1, the hillside option, starts at 65% and goes down based on the slope of the lot to 0% at a 45 degree slope. The new R1H1 changes those numbers. R1V1 is the least restrictive; R1V3 is the most restrictive. The BMO BHO planning meeting—garages in the back or detached garages get the current exemption of 400 sq. feet, but if it’s in the front, there is only an exemption of 200 sq. feet.

Reza noted that the new amendment is still doing away with canopy and covered patio exemptions. That area now comes out of the 65% allowance. Reza believes that these are predominantly code enforcement issues, and that BHO properties within the coastal zone are not affected by the recode process.

Maryam noted as related to the BMO conversation that one of the main reasons we as a community supported the idea of a carve-out for our neighborhoods was due to the hillside envelope profile which would render some 2nd stories unlivable. This must be an issue we insist on having addressed with recode, once they begin their work in the Palisades.

Cheryl Zomber of MKPOA in the audience stated that the BHO will apply to a large section of Marquez Knolls. The BMO/BHO does not apply to the following streets that are in the Coastal flatland section of Marquez Knolls: Bollinger, Edgar, Ida, Livorno and Marquez.

Sue Pascoe from the audience asked who the enforcement agency is going to be for these new plans.

Cathy Russell asked if there are going to be additional carve-outs, and how that decision-making is going to work.

Chris Spitz noted that there is a summary of rezoning proposals for the Palisades on the PPCC website.

Maryam reported that Tricia Keene is back in the Councilmember’s office and would be asked again to join us.

Sue Kohl said that the deadline is 9/25 for comments to the planner, but there will be additional comments during the planning commission phase.

11.    General Public Comment – None.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:01 pm.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.4 – PPCC AWARDS

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted from the community for the 2016 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards, to be presented at the PPCC annual holiday party on December 8, 2016, at Gladstone’s Restaurant (event details to follow). Nominations should be submitted to info@pacpalicc.org (email preferred) or to P.O. Box 1131, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight on October 29, 2016.

The Citizen of the Year Award honors long term, steady, reliable and continuing outstanding volunteer service as well as a recent extraordinary accomplishment by an individual that resulted in a substantial benefit to the Palisades community at large. The recipient must be an adult resident of the Palisades at the time the accomplishment and long term services were rendered.

The Golden Sparkplug Award honors those citizens who ignite original ideas and projects into community action that benefit Palisadians throughout the community. The project must have been initiated, in progress or completed during the current or prior calendar year. Adults and youth are both eligible, and must either own real property in, reside in or operate a business in the Palisades at the time the services were rendered.

In the case of both Awards, the services, accomplishment or project must have been voluntary and not related to the nominee’s business or occupation. Neither Award can be given to PPCC board members based on services directly related to their responsibilities as board members, although such services may be considered as a qualifying factor in the case of nominees for the Citizen Award. The Award recipients are based on the quality of work and benefits achieved, not the quantity of nominations.

For further information about Award requirements, go to http://pacpalicc.org/index.php/awards-guidelines/, or email info@pacpalicc.org

ITEM 7.1.5 – ORGANIZATIONAL REPS, 2016-2017 TERM

 Business & Commerce

Chamber of Commerce: Rick Lemmo

Alternate: Susan Payne

Culture, Ethics & Aesthetics

Palisades Beautiful: Barbara Marinacci

Alternate: Theatre Palisades, Andy Frew

Education

Canyon Elementary School: Dustin Hall

Alternate: Seven Arrows, Margarita Pagliai

Historian

Historical Society: Dick Wulliger

Alternate: Eric Dugdale

Civic Organizations

Civic League: Richard Blumenberg

Alternate: PRIDE, Bruce Schwartz

Recreation

PP Baseball Association: Rick McGeagh

Alternate: AYSO, Janet Anderson

Environment

Temescal Canyon Association: Gil Dembo

Alternate: Ted Mackie

Service

Rotary Club: David Card

Alternate: American Legion, Kevin Niles

Residents Association

Pacific Palisades Residents Association: Sarah Rena Conner

Alternate: Barbara Kohn

Item 7.4.1 — Update on 17000 Sunset project from the PPRA

Significant Issues with 16990-17000 Project Cited by West LA Area Planning Commission (Findings Attached)

Geology – designated landslide area, expert geologists (Dale Glenn and Don Kowalewski) provided detailed concerns with Applicant’s reports and project design.

Planning Commission concerned with risks to Malibu Village, which sits on uncompacted fill directly below this site.

Hydrology – drainage issues on project site – former canyon with significant groundwater. Expert reports detailed concerns with the Applicant’s hydrology studies and project drainage design.

Traffic – project site near “deadman’s curve” – area on Sunset of high speeds and many accidents. Planning Commission found that “the project will have a significant adverse effect individually and cumulatively on safety and traffic flow on Sunset Boulevard, a designated scenic highway in the coastal zone.”

Cumulative Impact and Precedential Value – Planning Commission concerned that this out-of-scale project would set an improper precedent, since there is evidence that there may be future developments near this site.

City Zoning Violations – Planning Commission found many violations of Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan.

Coastal Act and Regional Interpretive Guidelines – Planning Commission found many violations of both the Coastal Act and the Guidelines.

Easements – Planning Commission found that there was a significant issue as to whether or not the Applicant could utilize the sewage and drainage easements required for the proposed project.

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas – Planning Commission found that the hydrogen sulfide gas risks may not have been adequately assessed and mitigated.

16990-17000 Sunset – M&A Gabaee Project History

January 18, 2012: Coastal Development Permit application filed.

April 23, 2012: First Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) issued – numerous comment letters submitted by community. See PPCC April 10, 2012 letter.

December 20, 2012: Applicant responded to those comments with consultant reports.

PPCC and other community members responded in detail to these reports.

See PPCC February 23, 2013 letter.

June 17, 2013: Second MND issued – numerous detailed comment letters submitted by community. See PPCC June 17, 2013 letter.

July 16, 2013: Zoning Administrator hearing – 3 expert geologists and many community members spoke in opposition to the proposed project.

George Wolfberg appeared on behalf of PPCC to request a focused EIR.

ZA asked Applicant to work with community to address issues.

August 13, 2013 – Applicant emailed PPCC and community members promising to address concerns and to provide them with copies of all future submissions to City Planning.

August 19, 2013 – Applicant mailed new reports and slightly revised plans to City Planning asking for permit approval, but did NOT copy PPCC or community members as promised.

February 2014 – John Glasgow checked City file and found the new reports had been submitted by Applicant in August 2013.

April 14, 2014 – Applicant representative called an appellant and stated that the Applicant was preparing a focused EIR and other studies requested by community, but NONE of these were ever produced.

October 2, 2014: CDP approval letter issued by Zoning Administrator.

October 2014: 12 appeals filed by community members. See PPCC January 6, 2015 letter.

January 8, 2015 and November, 30, 2015: Applicant and several appellants met at Councilmember Bonin’s office, but Applicant was not able to adequately address community concerns regarding geology, hydrology, traffic, easements and compliance with law.

January 21, 2015; March 4, 2015; June 3, 2015; September 2, 2012 – Applicant requested and was granted postponements of WLAAPC hearing of community appeals.

December 2014 to December 2015 – Save the Bluffs generated over 2,700 petition signatures and 867 Facebook supporters showing widespread Palisadian opposition to this project.

December 2, 2015: WLAAPC hearing (Applicant asked for another postponement on date of hearing, but it was not granted). WLAAPC UNANIMOUSLY votes to deny MND and overturn CDP approval.

July 17, 2016: ZA finally issues Determination Letter for December 2 decision, but it did not reflect the Commission’s findings as reflected in the hearing transcript.

July 20, 2016 and August 17, 2016: Community members attend WLAAPC hearings and request accurate Determination Letter. See PPCC August 11, 2016 Letter.

August 25, 2016: WLAAPC issued a restated Determination Letter issued that accurately reflects Commission’s findings (FINDINGS ATTACHED). [Note: attachment not included/unavailable.]

August 29, 2016: Applicant appealed WLAAPC decision to Coastal Commission.

October 6, 2016: Coastal Commission hearing in Ukiah, CA to determine if Applicant’s appeal raises a substantial issue regarding compliance with the Coastal Act.

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MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 13th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz, Michael Soneff, Richard Cohen, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Dustin Hall, Reza Akef, Peter Culhane, David Card, Barbara Marinacci, Danielle Samulon, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Rick McGeagh and Gilbert Dembo.

Voting Alternates: Eric Dugdale, Susan Payne and Bruce Schwartz.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Andy Frew and Kevin Niles.

Start of Business Meeting

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

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings. Approval of minutes: Maryam approved the September 22, 2016 minutes as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 10/27/16. (1) Rob Hancock and team with a report on Potrero (2) LAWA presentations (LAX roadside improvements) 11/10/16. (1) Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Honorees announced (2) ASM Bloom (3) Introduction of Tiger Woods Foundation & the Genesis Open (4) (tentative) Pedestrian safety and traffic plan discussion for Pacific Palisades. 12/08/16. Holiday Party and Awards Event. Note: There is one meeting only in Nov. and Dec.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that we have a balance $34,301.81, and there have been no significant transactions in the last month.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From the Chair.

7.1.1.    Letter to California Coastal Commission for 17000 Project Appeal & Update (see letter attached). The letter reflected overwhelming community consensus. The letter was sent to the CCC for its October 4th hearing, at the request of PPRA.       

7.1.2.    Welcome to the New Board. We will have an orientation at 6pm in the library on Mon. 10/17.

7.1.3.    Haul Route Hearing update.  Maryam attended the hearing on Oct. 4. Four options were approved. Three of the options involve taking earth from the construction site to the Potrero Canyon project. There is an alternate haul route to take the earth somewhere else in case the Potrero option is ultimately not approved. The VPCLC has issued a report and David Kaplan, VPCLC Co-Chair, will give further details under item 8.2.

7.1.4.    Appointment of WRAC Chair Mike Newhouse to the West LA Area Planning Commission.  A letter has been written congratulating Mike on his appointment (see attached letter).

7.2.    From Officers – None.

7.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

7.3.1.    Reza Akef (Area 8) reported on the upcoming Veuve Clicquot polo tournament.  The Polo Classic is this weekend on Saturday from 11am-5pm. The event is sold out and they expect 4,000 guests. Will Rogers Park will be closed. Parking will be at Pali High and at Paul Revere MS. Uber is not possible. Traffic has been a problem at previous events.

7.3.2.    Peter Culhane (Area 2) reported on Move LA.  Marlene Grossman, Move LA, will be presenting to the PPCC in two weeks. They have a proposition on the ballot, Measure M. It is projected to reduce traffic, create middle class jobs, provide funding to maintain our infrastructure in the future, and earthquake retrofit our infrastructure.

7.4.    From Organizational Reps.

7.4.1.    Sarah Conner (PPRA) thanked Maryam Zar for drafting the PPCC’s letter to the CCC on behalf of the Executive Committee.  The WLAPC never sent its updated findings to the CCC. The CCC was unanimous in rejecting the developer’s appeal. PPRA will be hosting Jill Stewart, the head of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. More information may be posted on the PPCC website.

7.4.2.    Eric Dugdale (Historical Society) shared a photo from exactly 100 years ago.  On Saturday at USC Doheny Library, there is an archive bazaar. Barbara Marinacci will be there with her book about California Spanish Place Names. More information may be posted on the PPCC website.

7.4.3.    Rick McGeagh (PPBA) reported that Pali Park Rec Center will be hosting the Spooktacular Halloween Festival.  More information can be found on the PPCC calendar. The Park Advisory Board will be meeting next Wednesday at 7pm.

7.4.4.    Gil Dembo (TCA) noted that there’s an MRCA tax bill if you live North of Sunset; he asked for a representative of the MRCA to come talk about it to PPCC.

7.5.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.5.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD” – Officer Redican and his partner Officer Dorsey.

They had a good meeting with Timmy, and they are working to get him off the streets. There is a woman named Bonnie, from Norway, who is camped in the bluffs. The MEU unit engaged with her and she went to UCLA medical center. They are trying to keep her off the streets. The Corona Del Mar Bluffs cleanup went on last week in cooperation with the PPTFH. There is a lot of work to be done behind the walls on PCH.

Question from Sue Kohl (without being recognized by the Chair) about the transients who sleep on the beach. Officer Redican reported that there is a constant stream of people looking to set up there, but they are doing their best to make them de-camp.

Maryam Zar thanked the PPTFH for their work on homelessness in the Palisades. Gil Dembo asked about an incident on Lachman where hikers were hit with a baseball bat. Officer Redican had no information .

David Card thanked Officer Redican for his work, and asked that they protect the plants around the pump station at Temescal and PCH when removing encampments. Danielle Samulon asked about an armed robbery reported around Lachman. Officer Redican said he will come back with a report. [Updated: just after adjournment that three suspects confronted two victims on the hiking trail, striking them with a baseball bat and bodily force, then took cell phones, wallet, and keys from the victims. The suspects fled in a gray mini-van.]

7.5.2.   United States Congress, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu. Janet Turner, District Representative – Not in attendance.

7.5.3.    Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11. Sharon Shapiro, Field Deputy – Brentwood & Pacific Palisades.  Sharon reported that Councilmember Bonin’s office worked with the community to increase the visibility of the crosswalk at Temescal & Bowdoin. There is a new “ladder painted” crosswalk at the intersection.

7.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Three Chairs Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

Chris first reported on the Committee’s purpose and process: the Committee was established under PPCC’s bylaws, specifically Art. VIII.1.C, for the purpose of vetting applicants for the Area and At-large Alternate positions and presenting nominees to the board, which elects the Alternates. The Committee members are three former Chairs: Chris, Richard Cohen and George Wolfberg. In accordance with the bylaws, the Committee evaluated all applications, conducted interviews as it deemed appropriate, considered input from the Primary Representatives, and ultimately exercised its best judgment as to what would be in the best interest of the Council. Input from the Primary Reps, while important, was not controlling.

Merging with item 10.1, Chris next announced the nominees for First Alternate and introduced each in attendance with the following background statement about all nominees: all of the nominees previously served as either 1st or 2nd Alternates and are fully familiar with our Mission and procedures; they are all eager to continue to serve on the PPCC board; several of them have already served or have been appointed to serve on important PPCC committees; most have been actively involved for years in other community organizations and volunteer efforts; and all are supported by the respective Area and At-large Primary Representatives.

Nominees for First Alternate:
First Alternate Area1 Doug McCormick
First Alternate Area 2 Alan Goldsmith
First Alternate Area 3 Howard Robinson
First Alternate Area 4 Carol Bruch
First Alternate Area 5 Robin Meyers
First Alternate Area 6 David Peterson
First Alternate Area 7 Steve Boyers
First Alternate Area 8 Andrew Sacks
First Alternate At-large Quentin Fleming

Maryam advanced agenda item 10.1 (Board Election of Alternate Area and At-large Reps). Chris introduced a motion by the Three Chairs Committee for the board to approve and elect the Committee’s recommended nominees for First Alternate Area and At-large Reps (no “second” of the motion required because a committee of more than one voting member sponsored the motion). Maryam called for a vote. The motion passed by a majority of members voting as required under PPCC’s bylaws (19 voting members in favor) and the recommended nominees were elected to the PPCC board.

Chris then announced the nominees for Second Alternate and introduced each in attendance with a short background statement about each nominee (see attached for background statements read at the meeting).

Nominees for Second Alternate:
Second Alternate Area1 Kelly Comras
Second Alternate Area 2 Leah Cox
Second Alternate Area 3 Brian Deming
Second Alternate Area 4 Open (no applications)
Second Alternate Area 5 Abhilash Patel
Second Alternate Area 6 Mary Mortensen
Second Alternate Area 7 Open (no applications)
Second Alternate Area 8 Andrew Wolfberg
Second Alternate At-large Matthew Rodman

Maryam advanced agenda item 10.1 (Board Election of Alternate Area and At-large Reps). Chris introduced a motion by the Three Chairs Committee for the board to approve and elect the Committee’s recommended nominees for Second Alternate Area and At-large Reps (no “second” of the motion required because a committee of more than one voting member sponsored the motion). Maryam called for a vote. The motion passed by a majority of members voting as required under PPCC’s bylaws (19 voting members in favor) and the recommended nominees were elected to the PPCC board.

8.2.    VPCLC (David Kaplan, Co-Chair).

See Committee Report attached. David reported that Caruso Affiliated (CA) asked the city for four haul route option approvals, contingent on different project outcomes/partnerships. Part of the question was whether trucks would make a right or left into Potrero off of PCH – if making a left turn into Potrero from PCH is not possible, one of the possible options would involve trucks continuing on PCH and then turning around at Lincoln in Santa Monica. It is believed that the City of Santa Monica would object to this option. There is another option to go down Chautauqua (making a right onto PCH and a right into Potrero Canyon), and that may be the option selected. There is a 6,000 pound limit on vehicles on Chautauqua. The trucks used for hauling will be much larger than that. The haul route application was approved in its entirety, with the addition that crossing guards be added at certain times and locations. Caltrans will decide whether or not a left hand turn lane will be added to PCH; there has been no final word yet on whether Caltrans will install a temporary light to allow trucks in and out of Potrero. If the trucks can’t get to Potrero to bring dirt from the Village Project, that will delay the Potrero project. There will be a maximum capacity of 100 truck loads/day, 9 trucks/hour. Hauling will begin in November and last 12 weeks. Some of the hauling will fall during winter break for schools, minimizing the impact of traffic on schools. The dirt is not contaminated, and has been tested and approved by DTSC. The VPCLC is not a complaint board; comments and concerns about the project can be sent directly to Rlemmo@carusoaffiliated.com.

David gave a further update from Michael Gazzano of CA: the approved application allows CA to have up to an 80,000 lb truck. A typical U-Haul truck is 20,000 lb. There are exemptions to the weight limit so that the City can run busses, etc., on Chautauqua; the CA trucks would fall within an exemption.

Maryam pledged to make sure we go back to Caltrans for the signal and that we ask CD11 to make sure the haul route hearing commissioners were aware of the weight limit.

David noted that to Caltrans there appears to be a major distinction between the left turn and right turn.

Audience: while we may have to live with the number of trucks, we need to pay attention to the safety issue and the weight, and we have to get a light on the coast highway.

Carol Bruch asked if anyone has anything in writing, and David Card suggested that Norm Kulla might know.

Reza noted that it is not uncommon to have trucks turn around. It’s surprising that 9 trucks/hour was approved.

Maryam noted that the trucks and the number of trips were not approved, only the haul routes requested were approved. She asked that concerns be sent to her regarding the haul route.

George explained that the Haul Road signal on PCH was supposed to be restored and then be removed after the work. Caltrans should approve this. Maryam stated that CA has said that it will continue to press on Caltrans.

David said that he believes the Coastal Commission also has a role to play in approval. He noted that if the left turn isn’t allowed, then we can’t get the dirt to Potrero.

Gil noted that the City would save $3 million if this dirt can be used.

Phil Otero (audience member/resident) noted that Chautauqua is already subsiding in places, and the road and homes could slide down if huge trucks use that route.

Lora Fremont (audience member/resident) said that she believes the dirt has not been properly tested, and was tested by a private company hired by CA. DTSC approved a report from a private company.

David Peterson said that the PPCC and VPCLC should continue to examine the issues.

8.3.    Awards Committee (George Wolfberg, Chair).  The deadline is midnight October 29. Send nominations to info@pacpalicc.org, or visit the website (Awards Guidelines).

9.    Old Business – None.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Board Election of Alternate Area and At-large Reps. (Advanced to agenda item 8.1; the nominees recommended by the Three Chairs Committee were elected; see item 8.1).

10.2.    Councilmember Mike Bonin (accompanied by Tricia Keane).

Councilmember Bonin welcomed the board members and thanked PPCC, in particular Chris for her previous leadership as PPCC President and Maryam for her current and past leadership (on the Taskforce on Homelessness). The PPCC served as a model for Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles. The PPCC serves as a vehicle to energize the community and works to get things done. For example, the return of Engine Company 69 was a result of community engagement and PPCC support. The geographic isolation of the Palisades calls for more resources.

Regarding Proposition HHH: Councilmember Bonin explained that this is a 1.2 million dollar bond aimed at working to address homelessness in Los Angeles. The PPTFH has been instrumental in addressing homelessness in the Palisades. There is a crisis in homelessness in Los Angeles. The courts have restricted the City from cleaning up encampments or preventing people from sleeping on the sidewalks, because the City has failed to provide enough housing and services to homeless people. Homeless people know where the boundaries are because you can sleep on the streets in Los Angeles, and you can’t in Santa Monica and other cities. People die on the streets in Los Angeles. The solution has to be building more housing. Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Councilmember Bonin have worked on a number of policies and initiatives to combat rising homelessness. Prop. HHH would be used to build 10,000 units of housing. The focus of the model is Housing First. It would allow us to have tight oversight on spending. The City’s money will be matched by private philanthropy, foundations and the federal government. Because this is a bond measure, the money can only be spent on capital improvements. The County and the City are signing an MOU for the County to provide the services for these facilities. Prop. HHH is an assessment on property in the amount of about $30/year for average homes. $9.40/$100,000 of property value. A unit of housing in Los Angeles is expensive, particularly with wrap-around services. Homelessness is a huge drain on city resources. The City spends at least $100 million per year on homelessness, without doing anything to solve the problem. The money is spent on additional library staff, on sanitation cleanups, on LAPD, on brush clearance, etc. It’s cheaper to house people than to let them live on the streets.

Tricia Keane (CD11 Planning Director) gave a further explanation of the BHO/BMO amendments and proposed carve-out for Pacific Palisades.

David Kaplan asked the Councilmember about Caltrans opposition to the left turn into Potrero and the truck weight limits on Chautauqua. Councilmember Bonin noted that there will be noisy and difficult traffic impacts of the project. The cost savings to the city on Potrero are significant. Potrero will eventually require dirt to be hauled into the Palisades.

Maryam asked whether the haul route hearing commission members would have known about the Chautauqua weight limit. Councilmember Bonin said that we should build into the haul route system the weight limit check.

Gil asked about the traffic and signage at Chautauqua and PCH. Councilmember Bonin said that DOT recently looked at it and didn’t conclude that something had to be done, but he agrees that there needs to be an aggressive look at that intersection. Maryam noted that there are six service requests in for that project. Sue Kohl noted that there are people jumping into the right lane, and we need additional enforcement.

Reza said that at the BMO BHO hearing before the City Planning Commission, the PPCC’s letter was disregarded because the Commissioners noted that PPCC is not certified. Areas in the Coastal Zone do not get the carve-out, and do not get the 3-1 ratio. He stated his opinion that there should be a one-sentence addition: the Coastal Zone is exempt from the BMO-BHO amendment. Tricia explained that in the coastal zone the BMO does not apply, and the BHO does in hillside areas. There are areas within the Palisades that requested not to be included, and they asked Planning to look at that. That did not include Coastal areas. The Alphabets are mostly flat, non-hillside, but parts are not, so they are covered differently. Planning agreed to look at rezoning the BHO areas to one of the new zones, so that there would be the same type of standards for both. It gets tricky in the Coastal Zone because of the CCC. The Marquez Knolls area is wholly within the Coastal Zone and most of it is covered by the BHO. Non-hillside Coastal and non-hillside non-Coastal have different standards. Reza then stated that we are splitting streets so that neighbors across the street have different entitlements. Tricia replied that people in Coastal BHO who want to be rezoned to non-Coastal BHO, should check with Tricia and their office. CCC may have additional issues, as could the Coastal analysis.

Richard noted that LAPD cannot use radar or laser enforcement without speed surveys, and that money would have to come from the City Council. Palisades Drive, San Vicente, PCH, and Sunset (soon) will be unenforceable. Second, a bike lane downhill on Temescal would be a disaster. Councilmember Bonin said that the bike lane was an idea, and they’re looking for new ideas. The feedback has been negative. On speed surveys: posted speed limits are covered by two state laws: 1) A speed survey is required every 10 years for the posted speed to be radar enforceable, and that costs money. There is more money in the budget, and LAPD is catching up on the backlog. 2) State law requires speed surveys to determine what the posted speed limit should be as a percentage of the prevailing speed. Doing the speed survey could raise the speed limit on the street. There is legislation pending to change that second rule. George noted that Santa Monica does enforcement before they do the speed survey.

Councilmember Bonin noted that Norman Kulla worked with Santa Monica on the incline project.

Audience question: Regarding HHH, are there any requirements that limit who can be in this housing? Councilmember Bonin said that the HHH developments will not be “project style” housing. The City will work with private developers, HUD, and foundations to find properties to target different populations, e.g., veterans housing vs senior housing. The housing will be low income, but blended. October is domestic violence awareness month, and 30% of homeless people in Los Angeles have been victims of domestic violence. There are different levels of housing and different admissions rules and financial contribution requirements.

Audience question: On HHH, if you are building 10,000 units, how many homeless people live in LA? What do you do with people who don’t want housing? Councilmember Bonin said that the number of units they intend to build won’t cover the people who need it. They asked for $1.2 billion, but they should have asked for $1.5 billion. In Los Angeles, there are about 29,000 people who are homeless, and 19,000 on average go without shelter in a night. Not everyone who is homeless needs permanent supportive housing. Los Angeles County has historically worked almost exclusively on people who are chronically homeless. People who are temporarily homeless often need temporary assistance, which can get them off the street more quickly. The number of people who are service-resistant is a number that’s often inflated. A lot of people may not want a shelter that is very temporary, there are people who are resistant to services but may be open to permanent housing. HHH requires a 2/3rds vote. If it doesn’t pass, encampments in Los Angeles will increase, and people will die as a result. Maryam will distribute the HHH fact sheet.

11.    General Public Comment – None.

12.    Adjournment.  Maryam adjourned the meeting at 9:02 pm.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.1.3 — September 29, 2016 letter to Coastal Commission

September 29, 2016

VIA EMAIL: marlene.alvarado@coastal.ca.gov
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
Attn: Marlene Alvarado, South Coast Area Office
200 Oceangate, 10th FloorLong Beach, CA 90802-4416

Re: Commission Appeal No. A-5-PPL-16-0079
16990-17000 W. Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades
Opposition to Appeal

Dear Ms. Alvarado:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC), the most broad-based community organization and voice of the Palisades since 1973, has been following the progress of the above referenced project since its inception. The public record will reflect that beginning in April of 2012 and on five additional occasions since then, most recently in November of 2015 and August of 2016, we have made our position known on various aspects of this project.

We have held numerous public discussions about this project, most recently on September 22nd, when we revisited the issue at our public Board meeting with a report from one of our Board members on the project’s history, the hearings and current status of the appeal filed by this developer to your Commission. The overwhelming sentiment expressed by community members as well as PPCC Board members in attendance was dismay at the decision of the developer to snub the input of the City and the community, and continue unabated in his objective to build the proposed multi-family residential development on this piece of unsteady, geologically unsound ocean-front bluff.

Our first letter on this matter, dated April 12, 2012, called for a focused EIR. We continued to request a focused EIR in letters dated February 23, 2013, June 17, 2013, and November 15, 2015. That EIR, though promised to concerned residents, was never produced. The West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission (WLAAPC) considered expert reports regarding the geology and hydrology of the site and determined that neither has been adequately addressed to ensure stability and safety. The unanimous decision to deny both the Coastal Development Permit and the environmental clearance for the above referenced project was made after a lengthy hearing before the WLAAPC on December 2, 2105. Now we learn that the developer has filed an appeal of the decision by the WLAAPC.

While the PPCC Board has not had an opportunity to review the Staff Report recommendation or to take a formal position on the pending appeal, we believe, based on our prior position letters and the overwhelming community opposition to this project as expressed at public hearings and meetings on numerous occasions since 2012, that it is the community’s wish to stem the wanton thrust of this developer’s determination to build as he wishes, without regard to laws, regulations and the applicability of studied findings and measured safeguards to his proposed development. On this basis, we urge you to uphold the findings of the WLAAPC, and vote in favor of the Staff Report recommendation that the current appeal by the developer raises no substantial issue as to conformity with Chapter 3 of the Coastal Act.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Maryam Zar
PPCC Chair

cc: Council Member Mike Bonin (via mike.bonin@lacity.org)
Harold Arrivillaga, West LA Area Planning Commission (via harold.arrivillaga@lacity.org)
Amy Lundberg, PPRA (via amy.lundberg2@gmail.com)

ITEM 7.1.4 — October 13, 2016 letter to Mike Newhouse

October 13, 2016

VIA EMAIL: chair@westsidecouncils.com
Michael Newhouse Los Angeles, CA

Re: Congratulations

Dear Michael,

On behalf of the Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC), the most broad-based community organization and voice of the Palisades since 1973, I’d like to congratulate you on your appointment to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, for the tern ending June 30, 2017.

Sincerely,

Maryam Zar
PPCC Chair

cc: Chris Spitz (PPCC Chair Emeritus)
George Wolfberg (PPCC Vice Chair)
Richard Cohen (PPCC Treasurer)
Michael Soneff (PPCC Secretary)
Howard Robinson (PPCC Land Use Committee Chair)
Tricia Keane (Director of Land Use and Planning at CD11 – Councilmember Mike Bonin)

ITEM 8.1 — Background Statements re Nominees for 2nd Alternate Positions

Note: All nominees for 2nd Alternate positions are supported by the respective Primary Reps.

Area 1: Kelly Comras. Kelly was the former Area 1 Primary Rep for 4 years, is very familiar with her area’s concerns, and now wishes to continues to serve as the 2nd Alternate for Area 1.

Area 2: Leah Cox. Leah has been a Palisades resident since 1984 and a Highlands resident since 1997. She is managing director of the law firm Selman Breitman. She raised her son in our community where he attended local schools. She has served as President of the Highlands Villas Association for the last 10 years and was a member of the board for 18 years. She has worked extensively with Peter Culhane on the Highlands Presidents Council, where she has served for 4 years. She is very familiar with Area Two concerns, believes in preserving our community’s character, and is eager to continue her service as a member of the PPCC board.

Area 3: Brian Deming. Brian was the able Area 3 2nd Alternate for 2 years, has been an active and respected participant on PPCC, is an active member of the PPTFH, and is also eager to return to the PPCC board to serve his area.

Area 4: The seat is open as there were no applicants.

Area 5: Abhilash Patel. Abhilash has resided in Area 5 for nearly 6 years, where he and his wife are raising two small children with another on the way. He loves the Palisades and his neighborhood in particular, has been concerned about ongoing development and wishes to contribute, as a member of the PPCC board, to efforts to preserve and protect our community’s character. Abhilash is a digital marketing entrepreneur with skills in digital media who believes in giving back to his community; he currently serves as treasurer of the Methodist preschool and is on the boards of several charities, including Junior Achievement of Southern California and the LA Regional Food Bank.

Area 6: Mary Mortensen. Mary was born and raised in the Palisades, has lived in Area 6 on Via de la Paz, where she grew up, and currently resides in the Huntington. She has been a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway in the Palisades for the last 5 years. She regards herself as having been extremely fortunate to be raised in such a special place. She attended preschool, elementary, middle and high school in the Palisades; she fondly recalls the Bay Theater, the Hot Dog Show, Hacienda Galvin and other beloved locales; she is a supporter of the planned revitalization of our commercial Village; and she is concerned with many issues affecting the Palisades, including homelessness, completion of Potrero Canyon, street repaving in all areas, lack of City services, and the BMO-BHO issue. She wishes to serve on the PPCC board to participate in efforts to address these issues.

Area 7: The seat is open as there were no applicants.

Area 8: Andrew Wolfberg. Andrew was previously the Area 8 Primary and Alternate Rep and ably served as PPCC’s Vice-President and as a member of the Executive Committee in 2014. Andrew is an attorney who has lived in Areas 7 and 8 of the Palisades for the last 30 years. He has been actively involved in efforts to mitigate golf tournament and traffic impacts in his Polo Fields neighborhood, including attending weekly Paul Revere Traffic & Safety Committee meetings. He wishes to return to the PPCC board to serve his area as the 2nd Alternate.

At-large: Matthew Rodman. Matthew grew up in Brentwood and spent much of his early years in the Palisades. He has resided here with his family since 1999. His children attend our local schools and he has been involved both financially and on a volunteer basis with many Palisades organizations, including among others PAPA, PPBA, Palisades Elementary, Pali High and Paul Revere, where he chairs the Traffic & Safety Committee. He briefly served in 2006 as a PPCC alternate Area 5 rep, and he is past president of Police and Community Together, a fundraising arm of the WLA Police Station. Matthew is also a businessman who served for six years, four as President, on the West LA Area Planning Commission. He supports many of the important issues that will maintain the safety and quality of life we enjoy in the Palisades.

ITEM 8.2 — Oct. 10, 2016 VPCLC Report on Haul Route

October VPCLC Update

October 10, 2016

PPCC’s Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC) met recently with Caruso Affiliated (CA) as part of our monthly meetings, to recap the recent Haul Route Hearing and approval of application(s), and to clarify facts relative to hauling dirt from the site.

Application:

CA had asked the City to approve a variety of haul route options because they were not sure where the dirt would ultimately be destined and also to have flexibility as related to changing traffic conditions. All routes were approved.

Route:

The Haul Route Application submitted by CA to LADBS was approved in its entirety, with the added provisions recommended by CD11, as delivered by Tricia Keane, and incorporated into the approval: “…we ask that crossing guards be required at the intersections of Sunset/Monument, Sunset/Swarthmore, Sunset/Via de la Paz, and Temescal/Bowdoin during the hours of 7-9 am and 1-3 pm on school days when hauling is taking place.”

The preferred route, at present, provided the destination for the dirt is Potrero Canyon, is to have approximately 9 trucks per hour travel down Chautauqua, take a right onto PCH, and another right onto Potrero Canyon access road. Trucks will deliver/dump the dirt, and head back out on to PCH with a right turn out of Potrero Canyon, a right turn up Temescal, and a right back onto Sunset, for a clean loop route.

There will be no left turn light placed on PCH to allow trucks to turn into Potrero Canyon “Haul Rd.”. The temporary traffic light at Potrero Canyon previously used by the City for the Potrero project allowed only right turns in and left turns out. Caltrans has not indicated they will allow this turn for the Village Project. They have thus far declined to re-install the left turn light at Haul road, objecting to the traffic consequences of the left turn across PCH to Potrero. CA has discussed the possibility of increasing the time to make the turns onto PCH from Chautauqua with Caltrans and will continue to work with them to see if this option can be made possible.

Scope of Hauling:

We estimate a maximum capacity of 100 truckloads a day, about 9 trucks per hour from 7 am to 6 pm, six days a week (no holidays). There will be times during the day or week when, because of traffic, there may be fewer trucks. Hauling will begin sometime in November and last an estimated 12 weeks. The Winter Holidays will fall within that time period when schools will not be in session, thus reducing the impact of the hauling phase on Palisadian quality of life and Village pedestrian safety.

Two kinds of trucks will be used. One is an “end dump” truck, which is a single long unit, and the other is the “bottom dump” truck which is a two unit extension that is more flexible on the road.

Safety: At the direction of the Commissioners, in response to a request by Councilmember Bonin, crossing guards will be in place to ensure pedestrian safety on school days when hauling is taking place during the hours of 7-9 am and 1-3 pm, at the following four intersections: Sunset/Monument, Sunset/Swarthmore, Sunset/Via de la Paz and Temescal/Bowdoin.

The developer has open lines of communication with community members, schools and the PPCC. Palisades Charter High School in particular, which may be impacted by the haul route, is in direct communications with CA, who believe that using Temescal eastbound with only empty trucks will greatly diminish impact upon PCHS traffic.

Dirt:

Dirt being taken to Potrero is fill from the excavation of land that was formerly removed to create Sunset Blvd. It is Palisadian dirt being displaced from one location to another. The dirt is clean and devoid of toxins or waste from either the dry cleaner (remediated and removed last year) or the gas station. The soil being removed has been tested and approved by DTSC for unrestricted use (report publicly available on DTSC’s website.)

Communications:

The developer will communicate with the community through social media, keeping us abreast of the progress of the Project and milestones reached. They will continue to keep the VPCLC informed of accomplishment and impediments that they either foresee or have encountered. The VPCLC will attempt to address those and keep the community aware and offer discussion as necessary at our bi-weekly meetings of the PPCC.

The VPCLC is not a complaint board and any specific or personal issues with the development should be directed to the developer. The public may contact CA directly by telephone, 310-744-2301, or by email to Rick Lemmo: rlemmo@carusoaffiliated.com.

Goals/Committee Conclusion:

The VPCLC will continue to meet regularly and update the community on the Project’s status and potential impacts, and attempt to ensure the safety of the community. Our goal is to enable this project to move expediently along, while mitigating any adverse effects on Palisadian quality of life.

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MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 27th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz [acting Secretary], Richard Cohen, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Reza Akef, Peter Culhane, David Card, Barbara Marinacci, Danielle Samulon, Sarah Conner, Rick Mills, Lou Kamer, Cathy Russell, Katie Braude, Rick Lemmo, Richard Blumenberg and Gilbert Dembo.

Voting Alternates: None.

Non-Voting Advisors and Alternates: Bruce Schwartz, Carol Bruch, Kevin Niles, Barbara Kohn, Susan Payne and Mary Mortensen.

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum.  The Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order and certified that a quorum was present at 7:01p.m.

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.     

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings. Approval of minutes: Maryam approved the October 13, 2016 minutes as corrected. Upcoming meetings: 11/10/16. (1) Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Honorees announced. (2) Introduction of Tiger Woods Foundation & the Genesis Open. (3) Confirm Areas 4 and 7, 2nd Alt., (4) Safety discussion for Pacific Palisades. 12/08/16. Holiday Party and Awards Event. 1/12/17 & 1/26/17: Sharon Commins on Recode LA and Barbara Broide on building and development on the West Side (including the battle over the sign ordinance). Note: There is one meeting only in Nov. and Dec.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.           

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that we have a balance of $34,188.00, and there have been no significant transactions in the last two weeks.

7.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From the Chair.

7.1.1.    Update on WRAC.  In the interest of time the audience was directed to the PPCC newsletter which was emailed last week and will be on the PPCC website.

7.1.2.    PLUM Committee meeting on 10/25.  The Haul Route appeal was denied; all routes applied for are still approved.

7.1.3.    Caltrans light and Chautauqua remediation if used. PPCC is attempting to see if another route can be opened up which would require installation of a traffic signal on PCH for left turns into the canyon. Councilman Bonin has written a letter to Assemblyman Bloom and is working to urge Caltrans to approve the traffic signal.

7.2.    From Officers.

7.2.1.    Richard Cohen (Treasurer).  Richard gave an update on the last WLA C-PAB meeting. The City’s Office of Emergency Management reported that we are overdue for a big earthquake and residents should have emergency supplies and plans in place. LAPD officer staffing remains steady. We are lightly staffed. Richard thanked Capt. Nieto for keeping the beach patrol with Officer Redican. There is an undercover “X” car, which is a free-roaming, unmarked car going through neighborhoods, making many arrests and finding evidence of other crimes. It is hoped his will make a difference in the crime rate.

7.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

7.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-Large).  Lou explained that he has been working on an issue that PRIDE is also working on: adding a crosswalk at the Alma Real/La Cruz intersection. This will involve moving a tree and putting in ADA access; CD11 supports the improvements, as do nearby businesses. Lou has spoken with Palisades Beautiful regarding the tree and also with PRIDE regarding the overall improvement. He is also initiating a safety symposium that will start on Nov. 9; it is anticipated that this campaign will last several months with many meetings. The issues discussed will also be brought to PPCC as part of the ongoing campaign.

7.3.2.    Peter Culhane (Area 2).  He has met with Mo Bloforshan of LADOT. There is a dangerous intersection with almost a blind turn on Palisades Dr. at lower Palis. Circle. A complaint was registered and hopefully restriping and flashing lights will be installed. Peter has also learned who the culprit is who has been spilling huge amounts of white paint near Von’s on Sunset; Peter is getting the individual involved to clean up the mess.

7.4.    From Organizational Reps.

7.4.1.    Sarah Conner (PPRA).  Sarah reported on the 58th annual meeting of PPRA this week. Jill Stewart of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and Dick Platkin, former City Planner, were guest speakers. The Initiative will be on the ballot in March; Jill Stewart explained that among other things the Initiative would preserve neighborhood character, require the EIR process to be followed, and force an update of the City’s General Plan.  To get on the PPRA email list, contact info@palisadesresidents.com.

7.4.2.    (Agenda addition) Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce).  Rick reported on the Chamber’s first event in its new Distinguished Speaker series, which took place at Pepperdine this week, with Kevin Demoff, COO of the LA Rams, as the guest speaker. The event was well attended. The next event will be in March.

7.5.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.5.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Michael Moore.

Officer Moore stated that crime is down 4.6%. There are still many vehicle break-ins, with 6-7 reported this morning. Lou Kamer: Are there unreported break-ins going on? Officer Moore: He doesn’t know for sure. People will report being broken in on Nextdoor and others reply that they experienced break-ins, but Officer Moore isn’t seeing reports on all these; they could be posting about break-ins that occurred months earlier so it is not clear how many are current. Just based on current reports, the break-in situation is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Peter Culhane: We would like accurate information regarding a recent assault on a trail in Area 2. Officer Moore: A young woman went up on the trail to take her own life. She survived and has told the police she is not sure if anything actually happened to her. There is no danger to the community. Gil Dembo: We would like information about a different incident involving fire access road at top of Lachman, when someone was hit with a baseball bat. Officer Moore: That is listed as a robbery, but detectives are looking at the victim, who had conflicting answers to questions and may have initiated contact with the alleged assailant; a 2nd victim disappeared; detectives are taking a 2nd look at the situation; this is not something that should be of community concern.

7.5.2.    LAFD Captain Bates – FS69 – Los Angeles Fire Department.

Maryam welcomed Captain Bates and the fire fighters in attendance.  Capt. Bates introduced Capt. Tom Kitahara, the other Station 69 Captain, and all the fire fighters. He stated that they are glad to be here to serve the community. They invite all community members to come in and meet the Fire Station members. They have an open door policy. There are 3 shifts, and representatives of all 3 shifts are here tonight. Regarding what the community can do to help in high fire situations, Capt. Bates says the best assistance the community can give is to evacuate if advised to do so; this greatly helps fire fighters by keeping streets clear. He also advised that we should cut back brush and trim trees or other hazards up against our houses. They will be happy to attend another meeting and provide more details on fire prevention. Maryam thanked the fire fighters for all their service.

Cathy Russell: Area 7 and other areas of the Palisades have lots of narrow streets, and she worries about access in an emergency. Capt. Bates: The fire trucks can get to just about any road they need to get to, even hiking trails. There’s only a problem if people are not evacuating in time and clogging the streets. David Card: Do all firefighters get training in brush fires? Capt. Bates: We have a system called “mutual aid” so that we receive assistance from other stations; everyone is trained from all stations; there is minimum required annual brush training to a national level, as well as state level training. Lou Kamer: Residents are worried about the use of Chautauqua as a haul route during construction; is there any current problem getting fire trucks down Chautauqua? Capt. Bates: Most of the time we don’t have an issue; sometimes it’s a bit slow. Audience: Do helicopters come out of Van Nuys? Capt. Bates: Yes, but they may be moved to different areas depending on high fire hazard days. Sarah Conner: She has noticed all SM fire firefighters playing volleyball at the beach – do our fire fighters play? Capt. Bates: We regularly run at the beach but do not play volleyball. Capt. Kitahara also advised the community to call 911 first in an emergency, then we are welcome to back this up with a call to the Station 69 business number: 310-575-8569 (on our website under Resources).

7.5.3.    Debbie Dyner Harris – Office of Councilman Mike Bonin, Westside District Director.

There is new crosswalk striping at both the Temescal/Bowdoin and Alma Real/La Cruz intersections. Councilman Bonin was at the Farmers Market this past Sunday and spoke with many neighbors. The City will implement a new sidewalk repair program which will allow property owners to cost-share the repairs of sidewalks. The cost-sharing will be for both residential and commercial property owners and the City will be proactive. Debbie reminded us to use 311 to access City services. She also advised that the Bureau of Sanitation Services has a call center that will can be accessed 24/7, 365 days per year.

7.5.4.    Janet Turner – Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Field Deputy – Not in attendance

7.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

7.6.1.    Amir Eptehadj (Youth) – Not in attendance.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    VPCLC (David Kaplan, Co-Chair).

David reported that we are continuing to try and find alternative routes to currently approved haul routes in order to alleviate the need to use Chautauqua for hauling. Routes have been approved and hauling will start in a few weeks. We are working with Councilman Bonin who in turn is working with Assemblyman Bloom to urge Caltrans to permit installation of a temporary traffic signal on PCH which would allow left turns from PCH into the canyon.

8.2.    Awards Selection Committee (George Wolfberg, Chair).

Awards nominations are due by midnight, Sat. 10/29.  Nominations may be sent to info@pacpalicc.org or mailed to the PPCC P.O. Box. The box will be checked on Monday 10/31. Award winners will be announced at the Nov. 10 PPCC meeting.

8.3.    Awards Event Committee (Peter Culhane, Chair).  Dec. 8 is the date for our Awards Event/holiday party. More information to come at the next PPCC meeting.

9.    Old Business – None.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Measure M — MoveLA.

Peter Culhane introduced Marlene Grossman, leadership board chair of MoveLA, a transportation advocacy group. Marlene gave background on the measures that MoveLA has been working on.   Since 2007 they worked to get Measure R on the ballot, which passed. The fruits of that measure include the Expo Line and the Gold Line. To accelerate the process started by Measure R, MoveLA then worked on Measure J, which was on the ballot in 2012 but did not pass by a very narrow margin. Metro began a process called the Mobility Matrix, which asked what projects are needed most and made a list. MoveLA started to reinforce and expand the coalition they used for Measure R – added faith-based, seniors, bike coalitions, disability groups. Result: 48K people have had input over 3 ½ years into what Measure M would be about (the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan): highway improvements; rail and buses; active transportation, i.e., bike paths and active walking areas; local return of money (meaning local cities get funding to be able to receive more paratransit, buses, bike path, street repairs). This goes to all cities in the county. A half percent goes to admin. One of the controversies: it’s a tax without a sunset. Why no sunset? So we can have a source of money in perpetuity for operations and maintenance. The tax is a ½ cent sales tax which will raise $120 billion over 40 years. There is an oversight committee. Every 4 years there will be a federally mandated upgrade in the transportation plan. Metro will present the plan as it exists and if approved, funds will be allocated to Metro by the federal government.

Gil Dembo: The brochure says you are improving the cross from the Valley to Las Virgines/Malibu Canyon. Will you improve PCH in anticipation of additional traffic from the Valley? Marlene: Does not know but wlll try to get an answer. Malibu is supporting this measure because of local return dollars which the cities will receive. The Malibu/Las Virgines COG supports Measure M. Carol Bruch: How much is the total sales tax increase from all the measures on ballot? Marlene: Doesn’t know for sure – ½ cent HHH and ½ cent Measure M. David Kaplan: What exactly will benefit this area? Marlene: 1) the Expo line; 2) more rail, more buses and more connectivity which will he better overall; a subway will be completed to the VA by 2024; how we will get to the subway will be addressed through local return dollars. Marlene urges us all to get involved.

10.2.    Measure A – Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks & Beaches Protection.

Lynn Hylen, PP-PAB, explained that this measure will fund necessary safety repairs and upgrades to our parks. She pointed to the state of our Rec. Center bathrooms; the gym hasn’t been cleaned in 10 years; our parks are completely underfunded. The measure will also fund water conservation efforts at parks. It is cheap – a replacement tax, replacing other taxes that are expiring. Tax amount: 1 1/2 cents per square foot. Lynn stated that there is a list of 10 projects compiled by the PAB that will be funded and will go right to the Palisades, including a dog park near Potrero Canyon.

Maryam: Will the money reasonably come back to us? Lynn: Yes, money will be distributed via grants for the project list. This involves a parcel tax that will last 35 years. Richard: Isn’t the main thrust to serve underserved neighborhoods? Lynn: that’s for areas that need to acquire land for parks; we are ready to go. Reza: How was the list made? Lynn: Rec and Parks conducted needs assessment meetings. The list of priorities came out of residents coming to meetings and expressing their opinions. Debbie Dyner Harris: There was thorough vetting to get to the list. CD11 will be advocates. Audience: The measure does have an oversight committee.

10.3.    LAWA – LAX Landside Improvements.

Daniel Osztreicher, Planning Assistant, Environmental Programs Group, LAWA, presented information about the Landside Access Modernization Program. The draft EIR is out – deadline for comment has been extended to Nov. 15; to comment go to ConnectingLAX.com. David showed a PowerPoint. He explained that the project involves a people mover, light rail and tram. These will connect to Metro. Phase 1: roadway improvements, consolidated rental car facility, intermodal transportation facilities (ITF), public and employee parking. Will be done by 2023. Phase 2: roadwork closest to airport and potential future developments. They are dispersing traffic to outside facilities. Full build out will occur by 2035. Automated people mover: timing 12-15 minutes from ITF to airport. If Measure M passes the Metro airport connector will be built. Design will be mid-century modern. LAWA does not want to obstruct views of the theme building. There will be mitigation measures – clean construction, dust mitigation, traffic mitigation. LAWA will work with all local cities to integrate traffic plans. They are working with the LA Rams. The program will have sustainability features; LEED Silver is the goal.

David Kaplan: How to get to LAX and back from the Palisades?   Daniel: Flyaway.   Carol Bruch: What have you done to help people who are disabled/in wheelchairs? Daniel: The program will be ADA compliant; he welcomes further comment. Audience: Is there any airport in the world that you have looked out? Daniel: LAX is unique: we are in a landlocked situation and there are very few airports we can look at for comparison. LAWA looked at airports all over the world and in the U.S., including in Germany, Tokyo, Oakland and Denver.

10.4.    Potrero Canyon Project — Rob Hancock, BOE.

Introductory remarks by George Wolfberg, Chair of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee. George explained that for decades there has been a project to create a park in Potrero Canyon. The project stalled for lack of funds. The City owned valuable parcels along the rim of the future park, representing some areas of landslides and lawsuits resulting in the City acquisition.   Unfortunately, the Coastal Commission prohibited any land sales until the project was completed—a genuine stalemate. In 2004, our then local City Councilmember, Cindy Miscikowski reached an agreement with Coastal to let the City sell just a few parcels with future sales possible if there was demonstrable progress. She also got the LA City Council to create a trust fund to protect money from these sales and to create a Brown Act citizens advisory committee. George was designated Chair and members included people you know, including David Card, Rob Weber, Gil Dembo, Stuart Muller, Chris Spitz, Bob Harter, Norma Spak and Carl Mellinger. Messrs. Card, Weber and Mellinger were vice chairs and chaired subcommittees. The Committee held monthly public meetings, as well as workshops and tours beginning in February 2005 and in April 2006 unanimously adopted a consensus plan for the Potrero Canyon Trails prepared by David Card and his committee. After another 18 months of contentious meetings, the final plan was adopted by the committee in January 2008 with the caveat that the committee’s highest priority was the completion of a pedestrian bridge over PCH. Many heroes exist, including David Card, he of the tagged garage door, Councilman Bill Rosendahl who had to fight off a possible grab of the trust funds by then Councilman Bernie Parks who was running for supervisor. Bill endorsed Bernie and the fund was saved. Such is politics. Norman Kulla, a former PPCC Chair, who worked for Bill and Mike Bonin, was single-handedly the key to the project by bringing together City people along with Caltrans and Coastal commission and it was sometimes like herding cats. Kudos to these heroes. Now the ball is in the City Engineer’s court and it has not been easy. Rob Hancock is the lead geotechnical expert on the project and he and other City engineers have been working with consultants to complete final plans that can be bid out to finally build the park. George concluded his remarks by commenting that more soil also is needed.

Maryam then introduced Rob Hancock. Rob is an Engineering Geologist for City and has been managing the park design for about 10 years. He will retire in early Jan. Pedro Garcia, also present, will take over and finish management of the design. Mike Sherrod of RRM Design, who is doing landscape design for the park, is also present. Rob stated the objectives for the park: 1) stabilize the canyon wall; 2) create a natural park with 7.8 acres riparian habitat. The park will be operated and maintained by RAP. Current status: the plans are essentially complete; we have Coastal approval; and LADBS review is almost complete. Along PCH: the old road comes inland at corner of Potrero and goes under the area of the Via de las Olas landslide. That right of way is still Caltrans property. They must build a fill slope up against the right of way; the City is working with Caltrans to get the necessary encroachment permit. The project is funded through the sale of 21 properties around the rim. These sales have generated more funds than expected. Construction is estimated to be $20 million. As soon as the City gets Caltrans and LADBS sign-off, they should be ready to begin construction. The park was designed by Mars, a private consultant. They took input from the PPCAC, CD11, RAP, the CCC, PP-PAB and BOE; all were involved in design. The CCC required many design elements, including additional parking; 25 new parking spaces will be added at the Rec. Center. The City hired 5 experts from around the country and their input was incorporated into park design. There will be trails on both sides of the riparian area from the Rec. Center to PCH. The upper portion of the park will be ADA compliant; an ADA parking space will be added in the Frontera parking lot. There will be wheelchair access in some parts of the park. There will be 3 park entrances: stairs from the ball field area; the tennis courts off of Frontera; and at PCH and the beach.

Rob explained the reason why this has taken so long: funding stopped for quite a long time before money eventually came from the sale of rim properties. Enough funds were generated to do the required grading.   A pedestrian bridge to be built over PCH is the second phase. Rob is also working with DWP and has requested the undergrounding of all facilities on PCH from Potrero to Temescal.

Rob also explained that 122K yards of soil are needed to finish the park. Caruso has 122K yards of clean soil. The soil will come into the canyon from PCH and be stockpiled. They have not hired a contractor yet. Hauling will start mid-November. If the Caruso project soil is used they will have all the soil they need to do the grading. The City understands concerns about contamination. The Dept. of Toxic Substances Control sent a letter concluding that the soil coming from the Caruso project is suitable for unrestricted use; the soil will be monitored as it is removed and BOE will monitor the soil again when it comes off the trucks coming into the park. The City will make sure no contaminated soil comes into the park. If the soil from the Caruso project doesn’t happen then that soil would have to be taken far away and we would need another source for the 122K yards needed for the park; Rob is not sure where it will come from.

Maryam: If you get the soil when can you start grading? Rob: Grading will take a year and landscaping will take a year; they need to get approvals first from Caltrans and LADBS. There will be one joint venture contract to do grading and landscaping. 1300 trees will go into the canyon; there is a donor for 120 live oak trees.

Mike Sherrod of RRM Design, landscaping for the project, gave a Power Point presentation regarding Phase 3 of park development: putting the habitat back into place. Goals: Habitat Replacement and Creation. 1) Coastal Scrub Habitat. Native plant community along the coast from Santa Barbara to Baja CA. Coastal Bluff Scrub Zone: placed at mouth of the canyon (faces the ocean; no trees). 2) Coastal Scrub within Fuel Modification Zone. 14.5 acres around park rim. 3) Coastal Scrub/Riparian Zone (Transition Zone). 7.0 acres. Altogether 25.3 acres habitat total. Riparian Habitat – in channel and lower parts of the canyon: 1) Dry Riparian Zone 5.4 acres (moist soil outside of creek). 2) Wet Riparian Zone 2.7 acres. There will be an impermeable liner under the creek. Riparian Habitat total area 8.1 acres. Another goal: Recreation Enhancement: there will be trails, rest and overlook areas; one “spine” trail and hiking loop trails; a native demonstration garden near the tennis courts; a meadow in the upper park area; and overlooks with benches near the PCH end.

Bruce Schwartz: Is there an active fault under the park? Rob: There is no active fault. Sue Kohl: Where does the water for the park come from? Rob: Irrigation will be installed when plants are first installed. They will be irrigated for a couple of years, then the irrigation will be turned off. The riparian area will continue to need irrigation. A storm drain comes down canyon and there will be pump station which will pick up most of the low flow diversion and pump water back up canyon. There will be a biofiltration area (gravel); the water will be clean; it will flow down through canyon above the liner and irrigate the riparian area. Richard Cohen: Will there be west rim access? The PPCAC suggested this but local residents opposed and the question was deferred for future consideration. The committee has not met again to consider the issue. TCA supports west rim access. Rob: This is not within his purview. Debbie Dyner Harris: Councilmember Bonin is grappling with the issue and is deferring any decision on west rim access; this is a complicated, hot button issue. David Kaplan: What is the actual possibility that the pedestrian bridge will be built? Rob: The plan is to build a bridge which would have “Trilogy” locks on the gates which would open at sunrise and close at sunset. The bridge is a requirement of the 1985 EIR. David: Residents are concerned about homeless people in the park; how can you ensure that people who have come in during the day have left at sunset? Debbie: The park rangers will move people on. Gil Dembo: There will be a fence surrounding the park; rim residents won’t have access to the park from their properties and no one from outside will have access to residents’ properties. It is also a passive park; there will be no active recreation. Cathy Russell: How can we get Caltrans to approve a traffic light to allow left turns into the canyon during hauling? Rob: This is not his jurisdiction. Audience: question about milkweed and butterflies. Rob: Will look into this. Carol Bruch: What is the material of the impermeable liner? Rob: ESS 13; it is a flexible liner that will last a long time. Patrick Hart: He has studied earthquakes for many years; research indicates a fault under the park became active during the Northridge quake; it broke the coastal interceptor sewer; a 2002 study indicated a fault capable of sustaining a large earthquake. Rob: By law you can’t build on an active fault, so creating a passive park is an excellent use of this property; displacement of soil at the mouth of the canyon will not be big problem. Mary Mortensen: Where will the extra parking spots go? Rob: They will be at the island in front of the Rec. Center where trees have had to be removed; the parking plan was from the PP-PAB. Sue Pascoe: In what months will grading start? Rob: This would be a complete guess; it depends on Caltrans. The City would like to see it happen early next year; it will take 6 months to get a contractor, but that is speculation at this point. Audience (resident who lives on Alma Real overlooking park): What dust control measures will be taken? Also, is part of the program to improve the area north on PCH to allow people to walk out of the park to Temescal?   Rob: We think we have an additional $6 million to build the pedestrian bridge. RAP is trying to fund a plan that would take a trail from the park to Temescal and then back to the Rec Center (3.5 mile loop). Dust mitigation measures will be undertaken; the soil being hauled in the trucks will be wet down to mitigate dust. Audience: when will the park be done? Rob: 1 year for grading, 1 year for park improvements, but must first obtain a permit from Caltrans. 

11.    General Public Comment.  Eric Marshall: Public comment should be called earlier in the meeting. Maryam: This may be a bylaws matter; we will look into it.

12.    Adjournment.  Maryam adjourned the meeting at 9:15p.m.

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MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 10th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz [acting Secretary], Richard Cohen, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Peter Culhane, David Card, Barbara Marinacci, Danielle Samulon, Rick Mills, Lou Kamer, Cathy Russell, Katie Braude, Richard Blumenberg and Rick McGeagh.

 Voting Alternates: Andrew Wolfberg, Barbara Kohn, Eric Dugdale and Margarita Pagliai.

Non-Voting Advisors and Alternates: Bruce Schwartz, Carol Bruch, Kevin Niles, Amir Ebtehadj, Andy Frew, Brian Deming and Matthew Rodman.

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum. The Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order and certified that a quorum was present at 7:03 PM. 

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings. Approval of minutes: Maryam deemed the minutes of October 27, 2016 approved.   Upcoming meetings: 12/08/16. Holiday Party and Awards Event. 1/12/17 & 1/26/17: Sharon Commins on Recode LA and Barbara Broide on building and development on the West Side (including the battle over the sign ordinance). Note: There is one meeting only in Nov. and Dec. 

5.    Consideration of Agenda. Maryam stated that the agenda is as distributed. 

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Richard Cohen reported that the current balance is $34,134 and there have been no significant transactions in the last two weeks. 

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    From the Chair.

7.1.1.    Caltrans light and latest from our efforts to open up a 2nd route using Temescal.  Maryam advised that we have been trying to make an alternate haul route possible in order to alleviate the load on Chautauqua. She described two of the routes that have been approved: Swarthmore to Sunset left, to Chautauqua right, to PCH right, then a right into the Canyon; and Swarthmore to Sunset right, to Temescal Canyon left, to PCH left, then a left into the Canyon. However, the 2nd route is not possible unless a signal light is installed on PCH to allow left turns into the Canyon. Maryam stated that CM Bonin is willing to go to Caltrans to see if the light on PCH can be approved. At ASM Bloom’s suggestion, Bonin wrote a letter to ASM Bloom asking for his assistance with Caltrans in attempting to make the light possible. This letter is on our website. Maryam also stated that she has now been told by ASM Bloom’s office that Caltrans would be willing to allow the light, but first needed a request from the appropriate City agency. CM Bonin has advised that he will forward the necessary request. Maryam explained that we are doing the best we can but nothing in government gets done quickly. Caruso wishes to complete hauling as soon as possible. They have stated that hauling will take about 2 ½ – 3 months assuming all goes as planned. We don’t know if a light can be approved or installed in this time frame, but we will try.

7.1.2.    Zoning hearing recap (11/10/16).  Maryam explained that the City Planning Commission (CPC) staff recommendation was to give a carve out from the BMO-BHO amendments for parts of the Palisades, in a way that doesn’t overly limit what residents are able to build on their property. She reported that the CPC accepted the staff recommendation at today’s hearing and our carve out was successful.

7.2.    From Officers – None.

7.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

7.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-Large).

Update on safety forum.  Lou stated that last night there was a kick-off safety meeting with residents. They discussed disaster preparedness and also Officer Moore’s repeated advice to the community: everyone should be aware of their surroundings and take care of their own security. Lou will bring the issues to PPCC as part of the PPCC safety & security campaign planned for this coming March. Norris Hardware is preparing basic emergency kits for purchase. Lou also advised that he attended the recent BID meeting and updated the members on the Caruso project and haul route matter. He reported that BID members remind everyone to shop in the Palisades.

7.3.2.    Lou Kamer (At-Large).  Deferred comments about Chautauqua haul route until Item 10 (new business).

7.3.3.    Sue Kohl (Area 5).

Update on Shell Station matter. Sue read a statement from Sandy Eddy regarding the project and thanked Sandy for the information. See attached statement. Maryam: Last night the DRB reviewed design elements of the structure; they did not and could not review use elements. The owner will be invited to return to PPCC to discuss use issues. Barbara Kohn: She defers all comments until after the next DRB meeting on Dec. 7, when the applicant and architect will be returning to present plans. Richard Cohen: Does the current illuminated monument sign violate our design rules? Barbara: Addressing design and signage is still under consideration. Rick Mills: The DRB previously approved a monument sign for the station. Barbara: The pole sign next to Ritrovo has been addressed but the current monument sign is still being addressed.

7.3.4.    Richard Blumenberg (Civic League), Sue Kohl (Area 5).

Rezoning hearing update. Richard reported that this was a CPC hearing as to whether 12 areas of the City would be governed by new R1 variation zones. The CPC approved new R1V1 and R1H1 zones for the Palisades. Richard described the various elements of these zones. He also explained that the Civic League had raised 4 points of concern for projects within Tract 9300, which the CPC didn’t address: 1) the required articulation at the front — which is not needed due to the requirement for an encroachment plane; 2) elimination of the exemption for covered porches — which will result in more boxy designs because covered porches on the first floor help reduce the mass of two-story structures; 3) the additional set-back of 5 ft. (for 10 ft. length minimum length), in addition to the minimum side set-back, if the length of the building is longer than 45 ft. – which is too excessive in comparison with Civic League guidelines; 4) the maximum driveway of 25% of the lot width – which on 40 and 50 ft. wide lots would make it impossible to maneuver onto the additional guest parking spaces required per the BMO.

7.3.5.    (Agenda addition) Andrew Wolfberg (Area 8).

Andrew reported that the Riviera will be hosting the new Genesis Open golf tournament, sponsored by the Tiger Woods Foundation. He and Reza Akef request that PPCC write a letter to City Planning requesting all permits that allow the Riviera to host this tournament. Andrew also thanked CD11 and Sharon Shapiro, Paul Revere administrators and also Matthew Rodman for assistance with traffic issues. Matthew is at the school everyday at 7am to direct traffic and maintain safety for the students. The residents are not getting help from LAUSD downtown. Through Matthew’s leadership they have been able to get additional buses and carpooling but LAUSD has added many more students. Current enrollment is now at 2150 students. The neighborhood is being overwhelmed, kids are being struck by cars and the conditions are unsafe. The residents are grateful to Brentwood for its assistance. Andrew suggested that PPCC invite Steve Zimmer to our meeting to answer questions prior to the March election. Maryam: The Tiger Woods Foundation representative was supposed to speak to us at this meeting; she was just told he was not in town and couldn’t make our meeting. This representative had previously assured Maryam and Chris Spitz that the Foundation wanted to be a good member of the community. They aren’t here now but are scheduled to be here in January. Maryam stated that we can push to get a copy of the CUP for the Riviera, in particular regarding the golf course. Debbie Dyner Harris: Any CUP is probably at least 80 years old but we can look for it and see what it says. There may not be one because of uses in the area at that time. Andrew: Reza has questions about the uses of the property, such as trucks that come at all hours of morning and the Longworth gate entrance being used as a staging area on a daily basis, which was not intended for that use. Debbie: We will work with the new entity to try and address problems. Maryam: They’ll be here on Jan. 12 and we’ll have a discussion then. Carol Bruch: If there’s no CUP what can be done now to put one in place? Andrew: There are two different operations: Riviera CC and the golf operations. Debbie: We will organize a meeting with all of the interested parties. Andrew: Can we have the fire and police departments report on safety issues? Maryam: She will reach out to the firefighters and police. Barbara Kohn: There is an archival warehouse downtown with old records from the 1950s which should be looked at. Brian Deming: The event organizers need an event permit from LADBS, which would deal with operations on the Riviera property, as well as a permit from Street Services for any street usage. Maryam: We have tried to get LAUSD to be responsive but they are the least responsive of all agencies we work with. We will still attempt to get help.

7.4.    From Organizational Reps.

7.4.1.    PPRA (Sarah Conner not in attendance).

Barbara Kohn reported about the Coastal Development Permit hearing yesterday for the proposed pole top distributing station (PTDS) on Sunset at Marquez Pl. She stated that the issue is about protecting Sunset as a designated scenic highway. Sarah spoke at the hearing and stated PPRA’s position. PPRA wants to modify the site to fit with the Community Plan and Coastal Act requirements. A lawyer and two engineering experts for new owners of the old Bernheimer Gardens parcel gave their opinions and argued that the PTDS could be pad-mounted or undergrounded and that this would not be expensive. The DWP representative acknowledged that the poles could be taken down but said that DWP engineers maintain that these modifications cannot be made. The new owners have offered to grant DWP an easement over their property to allow pad-mounting. Barbara stated that the DWP representative gave no reasons why this could not be done. It was requested that any reasons be included in the staff report. PPRA and Save the Bluffs have reached out to many residents via email or social media; they received Facebook Likes and/or signatures on a petition from over 1300 residents. The modifications can be done in a reasonable amount of time and will lessen the effects on the environment. Barbara also reported that the adjacent site is in the Coastal Zone but there was some question as to whether the PROW where the PTDS is located is also in the Coastal Zone. DWP has denied knowing it was in the Coastal Zone. Barbara stated it is clearly marked on ZIMAS as being within the Coastal Zone. At the former meeting at Marquez Elementary about PTDS siting, Mike Bonin stated that he would make sure DWP spends whatever is necessary to satisfy the community. The new property owners reiterated their willingness to work out something with DWP. DWP had claimed they placed the poles in this location because of an emergency and therefore were exempt from Coastal requirements. Barbara stated that this was not an emergency situation that exempted DWP from notification requirements and that erecting the poles without notice was illegal. There was also a discussion at the hearing about educating the community about reducing power consumption. Barbara noted that it is PPRA’s position that the City is not enforcing local and state laws and this burdens our community. Bruce Schwartz: There is a functioning PTDS on Temescal Cayon near Sunset; how far is this facility from the Coastal Zone? Barbara: We are investigating; the Coastal Zone meanders along the coast, goes up Temescal and into the canyon and then circles back down, so that the Y property and property above it is within the Coastal Zone; the PTDS is in the PROW on Temescal. Peter Culhane: When was the property purchased that is adjacent to the PTDS on Sunset? Barbara: Recently, but she doesn’t know the details.

7.4.2.    PPBA – Rick McGeagh.

Rick reported that the Pacific Palisades Park Advisory Board (PAB) held the Halloween Spooktacular last Saturday. There were over 1000 guests. The event was very successful and the kids had a great time. The PAB also held a special emergency meeting to consider a proposal to rent out 22 parking spaces every day from 7am – 3pm to Seven Arrows. The PAB received numerous emails from community members, all opposed to the proposal. The request was denied at the meeting. Information about what Seven Arrows would pay was not included. Many people already illegally park at the Recreation Center most of the day; there is no enforcement of 2 hour parking signs and it is a habitual problem. The Seven Arrows proposal did not make sense to the PAB in terms of the numbers presented. That is why the PAB rejected the proposal. Maryam: What’s to stop them from parking at the park for free? Rick: Seven Arrows has now found an alternate parking source so this is not an issue; they have been good neighbors and gracious.

7.4.3.    TCA (Gil Dembo not in attendance).

Richard Cohen reported on TCA’s annual meeting to take place on Nov. 29 at 7pm in the Temescal Canyon Dining Hall. The featured speaker will be Dr. Seth Riley, wildlife ecologist with the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, who will speak about the proposed Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing and address wildlife observations and issues near Topanga State Park. Randy Young will also show a historic film on Los Leones Canyon. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

7.4.4.    (Agenda addition) Rotary Club — David Card.

David reminded everyone on behalf of the Rotary Club and American Legion that tomorrow is Veterans Day and we should honor the day by flying the flag and remembering all veterans.

7.5.    From Governmental Representatives.

7.5.1.    Los Angeles Police Department — SLO Michael Moore.

Officer Moore reported that the holidays are coming and crime will go up unless everyone is careful. He advised that while on vacation residents should have a neighbor pick up mail and papers as opposed to stopping delivery. This includes gardeners and nannies – tell them you don’t need them for some reason but don’t let them know you aren’t going to be there. Kevin Niles: Was there an arrest for a recent bomb scare? Moore: Not that he was told. Debbie Dyner Harris: She heard that the culprit called SMPD who picked him up; he was a minor and it was apparently a hoax. Rick Mills: We were told the bomb scare was in the El Medio bluffs; different people got different instructions from police; some were told that the police recommended that they not to go into the neighborhood but the police couldn’t stop them; others were ordered to leave; while others were also told it was hoax. The situation was confusing and neighbors didn’t know what to do. Moore: These situations are fluid and the information changes as answers come in. The standard procedure is that if there is a threat but no substantial information that it’s real, then the police will just make recommendations to the public. There are no evacuations unless an actual device is found. Lou Kamer: He expressed concern about delivery people coming to front doors, knocking quickly and dropping packages in front. Moore: Whenever possible, if using USPS, have packages delivered there and you pick up – that is the safest way. Lou: Is there any way to encourage delivery people not to drop packages? Moore: Get a Ring system so you can talk to them and ask them to set to the side. This is not foolproof; criminals may follow UPS trucks and get an idea of deliveries and run up to front porches and grab the packages. His best advice is to arrange for offsite delivery or delivery to neighbors who are home. Bruce Schwartz: Amazon uses drivers with regular unmarked cars (contractors). Moore: Maybe one of the local businesses could get locker boxes and packages could be delivered there. Carol Bruch: She expressed concern about apartment or condo buildings with locked front entries; she gets calls when drivers can’t get in to deliver packages and they ask to be let in. Moore: He hasn’t heard of anyone dressing up as UPS driver to get into buildings. Maryam: How is crime in the Palisades now? Moore: It is down, now in the 4% range, which is good.

7.5.2.   Debbie Dyner Harris – Office of Councilman Mike Bonin, Field Deputy.

Regarding the PTDS matter, Debbie explained that there are new owners of the lot adjacent to the PTDS on Sunset & Marquez Pl. Escrow closed last week and the owners have now offered their property for pad-mounting the PTDS. CD11 is open to the suggestion and is asking DWP whether this can be done. A lot of information given earlier in the meeting about the situation is inaccurate. The PTDS is not an illegal facility. It is correct that a Coastal Development Permit is needed, but this was discovered by DWP after the fact and they are trying to rectify the situation by applying for the required permit. The same procedure was followed with the PTDS on Temescal Canyon. As to any structures in locations not within the Coastal Zone, DWP has the right to install in the PROW without obtaining a permit. Barbara: The DWP representative at the hearing denied knowing the PTDS was in the Coastal Zone because they said it was not on ZIMAS. Andy Frew: What about the structure on Sunset near Mandeville? Debbie: That structure is not in the Coastal Zone. The PTDS on Temescal is in the Coastal Zone. Debbie also reported that CD11 is excited that Measure HHH passed. This will provide $1.2B for construction of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. CM Bonin is dedicated to finding options for housing and services as there are many homeless persons in CD11. CM Bonin was a huge proponent of Measure HHH and Measure M, which also passed. We will now have a new era of transit alternatives. Maryam: We had wanted an update about crosswalks being painted in some intersections and mobility issues, but Jessie Holzer of CD11 had to leave the meeting early. Mo Bloforshan (LADOT, Western District – in attendance): This is still in the works. La Cruz & Alma Real has been done and others are pending. We can get an update from Jessie.

7.5.3. Janet Turner – Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Field Deputy – Not in attendance.

7.6. From PPCC Advisors.

7.6.1. Amir Ebtehadj (Youth). Amir reported that with the holiday season approaching, boutiques are now everywhere: Pali Elementary holiday boutique, Nov. 17, 8am; Calvary Christian School, An Old-Fashioned Christmas 26th annual boutique, Dec. 2, 8:30am; joint holiday boutique benefitting the Woman’s Club and Pali High Education Fund, Nov. 19 & 20, 10am, Mercer Hall. There will also be an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Matthews on Nov. 21. The Paul Revere Middle School Traffic & Safety Committee will be meeting at 8:15am on Nov. 18. Amir also reported that this evening, Pali High is hosting its first play-off game in 17 years, with Pali playing Carson. Food trucks are there, benefitting Pali High, and everyone is invited after the meeting to attend the game. As to the Caruso project, Amir reported that Pali High student government leaders discussed the haul route matter and expressed one concern regarding traffic and congestion during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. They ask that the trucks not interfere during these times; otherwise, the students have a positive reaction to the project and believe it will be a benefit to the community. Maryam: Is the students’ only concern regarding the drop off and pick up in morning and afternoon? Amir: Yes, there was only a concern about congestion during that time.

8.    Reports from Committees.

8.1.    Three Chairs Committee (Chris Spitz, Chair).

2nd Alternate Area Representative nomination & board election (Areas 4 & 7). Chris announced the Committee’s recommended nominees for these positions. The Area 4 2nd Alternate nominee is Doria Anselmo. Chris introduced Doria, who was present, and stated that Doria was excited about serving on the PPCC board. Chris reported that Doria lives in Area 4 with her husband, who grew up in Rivas Canyon in the Palisades. She is a professional photographer who is also beginning graduate studies in the field of organizational psychology. She has been a committed volunteer with non-profit groups throughout the world with an emphasis on helping children and at-risk youth. Doria looks forward to attending Council meetings and participating in the discussion of many issues of concern for her, including homelessness, safety and congestion around Palisades High, break-ins and car thefts in the neighborhood, Coastal Commission building concerns and the Caruso development. Doria is supported by the Area 4 primary rep, Rick Mills. The Area 7 2nd Alternate nominee is Marilyn Wexler. Chris explained that Marilyn regretted that she could not be at the meeting as she is out of the country. Marilyn is the respected President of Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA), where she has served as a board member for almost 15 years. She recently gave an informative presentation to our board about SMCCA this past October, which is posted on the website. Marilyn is a 25 year resident of Area 7. Her interests and concerns range the gamut of traffic issues, over-development, homelessness, the effects of BMO/BHO changes, and providing a bridge between the SMCCA and PPCC. Marilyn is supported by the Area 7 primary rep, Cathy Russell. Chris then moved on behalf of the Committee for the board to approve and elect Doria as Area 4 2nd Alternate and Marilyn as Area 7 2nd Alternate (no second was necessary because this motion was made by a committee of more than one voting member). Maryam called for a board vote by a show of hands. The board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

8.2.    Awards Selection Committee (George Wolfberg, Chair).

Announcement of awardees. George read a statement announcing the winners of the Citizen of the Year, Golden Sparkplug and Pride of the Palisades Awards. See attached statement. Maryam thanked the Committee and all the Award winners for their outstanding service.

8.3.    Awards Event Committee (Peter Culhane, Chair).

Holiday Party update; committee membership. Peter reported that the Committee members are himself (Chair), Sue Kohl, Bruce Schwartz, Brian Deming, Maryam Zar (ex officio) and Chris Spitz (advisor). The event will be on Thurs. Dec. 8, at Gladstone’s. There will be a program book with tributes from the community. Further details will be provided. We are looking forward to a great event. Maryam: There will be an opportunity for community members to place tributes in the program book. Volunteers for the Event Committee are welcome.

8.4.    VPCLC (David Kaplan, Co-Chair).

Caruso Haul Route issue/developments.   David read the Committee’s report on the current status of the haul route matter. See attached report. Discussion continued under Item 10 (Old Business) below.

9.    General Public Comment – None.

10.    Old Business.  

[10.1.]    Caruso Haul Route — discussion and possible motion.

Bruce Schwartz: The traffic is bad on Chautauqua and worse at the blind curve; could there be traffic control just before Corona del Mar? David Kaplan: There is discussion about electronic signs. We understand there will soon be a test run. Maryam: Caruso Affiliated (CA) knows the suggestion for electronic signs has been made; the test run will take 3 hours. She was told today that CA is trying to get more certified LA traffic officers to be there at key spaces but the qualified officers are in high demand; is CD11 trying to secure these traffic officers? Debbie: She doesn’t know but if we can get them they may be stationed at the bottom of Chautauqua. Brian Deming: Is CA submitting a traffic plan to the City? Smart officers directing traffic would be better than changing the green signal on PCH. Maryam: Staff have not been secured. Lengthening the green signal would impact everyone so Caltrans would take a look but there is no promise to lengthen the signal because this may impact traffic. Audience/Daphne Gronich: The week proposed for a test run is when LAUSD schools are closed, so it would not be a good test. In addition, Sunset has been narrowed between Swarthmore and La Cruz; will it stay narrow during the entire construction? David: No; once hauling is completed then CA will remove the barricades and it will be in normal construction mode. Maryam: We will bring to CA’s attention the fact that a test run on the 23rd may not give an accurate reading. Danielle Samulon: That week is quiet in the Palisades, with many schools closed the whole week. Mo Bloforshan: PCH at Chautauqua is a state highway and LA City traffic officers can’t be stationed there. Caltrans controls the signal light. Changing the signal will impact PCH traffic. It is possible to have a changeable digital smart message sign at the curve on Chautauqua, warning to watch for stopped traffic (currently a stationary sign is there). Sue Kohl: It would be great if the sign could be permanent. George Wolfberg: He attended a recent game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and saw that traffic flow into the area is better because LADOT people are stationed there; can’t they also go to PCH & Chautauqua with an agreement with Caltrans? Mo: He doesn’t have an answer and has never heard of this before. PCH is controlled by the Highway Patrol, but perhaps some kind of agreement would be possible. Eric Dugdale: Traffic is an environmental impact. He has also been talking about contamination of the dirt for some time. He showed historical pictures of the Village and expressed concern that in his view we don’t know what tests are reliable without an EIR. There was a creek running through the area and the soil was not fully compacted. There have been four gas stations and a dry cleaner on the site. Maryam: Everyone in this room as well as CA and City officials want to be sure it is all going correctly and nothing is being done wrong. We understand the dirt under the dry cleaner has already been removed and taken away; the gas station dirt is not what’s going to Potrero. The other dirt to be excavated and hauled has been tested and certified as clean. Eric: He believes that tests deep underground will come up with chemicals; the City is relying on CA’s own lab; tests should be done when the soil arrives at Potrero. Rick Mills: There will be continuous testing. Debbie: The dirt is being tested in both places, before it leaves the site and when it is dumped at Potrero.   David: He reminded everyone that the project has already been approved and the developer was told by the City that an EIR was not necessary. Kevin Niles: What impact does the hauling have on Temescal? Maryam: We have sent information about the haul route to all involved. The Prop O project on Temescal is short-lived; there will be no staging on Temescal because Prop O is ongoing; that project will be done in a month and will be ended when Caruso starts hauling. Audience/Donna Vaccarino: The current soils report only tested soil to 25 ft. in increments of 5 feet; an earlier soils report showed a plume flowing out and contaminants at 90-95 ft.; she has sent a letter requesting that we obtain the HazMat report and permits for the buildings that were demolished. She has requested this from CA and from PPCC. David: We have asked CA for the report and they don’t have it. We can’t obtain it and they say they don’t have it. Donna: She wants clarification on the excavation permit on file and a ZIMAS activity report, which is only for 2 levels of parking. Maryam: We will follow up, but this is a reputable builder in a town full of lawyers. Donna: Where will porta-potties be placed during construction? David: We will contact CA about the location. Richard Blumenberg: CA probably will not excavate as far down as 40 ft. even with 3 levels of parking, so they won’t reach soil at 90 ft. Carol Bruch: What impartial entity is testing the soil? Debbie: The Dept. of Toxic Substances letter has been circulated. Richard Cohen: Thanked Mo for being here; he is a very valuable resource. Richard asked about traffic flow on Sunset. After the lights were computerized, some are intentionally slowing traffic, e.g. at Will Rogers State Park Road; do we need this? Mo: Yes, employing a “resting red” is a long distance traffic control; we need it at that location to slow down traffic. Cathy Russell: Drivers go through the Brooktree light even when red. Mo: He believes the light at Will Rogers does the job; the intention is to slow down traffic. LADOT will not change it to a regular signal.   Richard: Speed studies for enforcement are done by LADOT and have expired on many roads. Is LADOT catching up with this? Mo: Sunset has been extended. Palisades Dr. has expired. Speed studies on PCH are done by Caltrans.

11.    New Business – None. (Tiger Woods Foundation deferred to January 2017.)

12.    Adjournment.  Maryam adjourned the meeting at 8:59 PM.

ATTACHMENTS

ITEM 7.3.2 – Sandy Eddy Statement re Shell Station Project

In October 2015, PPCC wrote a letter opposing the proposed Shell Station project at Sunset and Via de la Paz.  We had 5 areas of concern to the community:

  1. Hours of operation.  The project wants to be open 24/7
  2. Alcohol sales
  3. Increasing the size from 600 sf (current Shell retail area) to 2750 sf.
  4. The placement and orientation of the building
  5. Possible adverse effects of the project on traffic flow, especially in light of the redirection of traffic from the Caruso project.

The letter also stated “PPCC believes it is possible with negotiation and compromise on the above issues that the development could proceed without undue adverse impacts on the community. Accordingly, PPCC requests that the current application not be approved as written and that the owner revise his application in consultation with the neighboring residents and businesses.”

Representatives of the 107 condos next door to the project met with the owner 3 times at Councilmember Bonin’s office but were unable to reach any compromise. The neighbors have submitted nearly 300 signatures of people who oppose this project.

The owner recently resubmitted his plans to the DRB without any change – except he’s taking away 8 of his parking spaces. There were no changes that would address any of PPCC’s concerns.

The neighbors will be asking PPCC to reiterate its position to Councilman Bonin and to the City. At the appropriate time I will be asking the PPCC to invite everyone, those in favor and those opposed to the project, to hear from all sides and then to take a position.

ITEM 8.2 – Awards Selection Committee Statement

Pacific Palisades Community Council announces the selection of winners of prestigious awards to deserving community volunteers. The PPCC’s Awards Selection Committee reviewed nominations received from throughout the community of candidates for Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug awards and also considered possible candidates for the discretionary Pride of the Palisades award.

Citizen of the Year Award: Honors a Palisades resident who has enriched the fabric of Pacific Palisades through long term and continuing outstanding volunteer service as well as a recent extraordinary accomplishment which has resulted in a substantial benefit to the community at large.

Golden Sparkplug Award: Honors the efforts of Palisades residents, property owners or business operators who have ignited ideas and projects resulting in an original contribution that benefits the Pacific Palisades community.

Pride of the Palisades Award: Awarded from time to time to recognize an individual for extraordinary service to the Palisades community.

Citizen of the Year. The Committee selected Daphne Gronich to receive Citizen of the Year Honors. This honor was first awarded in 1947 and Daphne is a worthy descendent of past winners. Daphne has served as Chair of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) for the past three years, starting from scratch each year with the daunting challenge of raising over $100,000 while simultaneously serving on the boards of PRIDE and the Paul Revere Charter Council. She secures necessary permits and organizes volunteers to facilitate every aspect of our town’s iconic Fourth of July Parade including the VIP luncheon, the parade lineup of floats, bands and VIPs as well as the post-parade concert and fireworks display.

Golden Sparkplug. The committee received the most robust series of nominations for Golden Sparkplug awards in many years. PPCC has been awarding Golden Sparkplug awards since 1974. Five extremely well-qualified candidates were selected for this award. In alphabetical order they are:

  • Sylvia Boyd who created the monthly Food for Thought speaker series held at the Presbyterian Church. Speakers are local residents with amazing stories to tell. Sylvia was inspired to create the series after attending the funeral of a fellow church member who had an amazing life story. She was ignited into action to share the outstanding lives, careers, and experiences of Pacific Palisades residents “while they were still on this Earth.” Since its inception in November 2014, Food for Thought has presented 26 speakers who have inspired over 1,000 residents. Each event includes a complementary lunch which, in itself, is a daunting challenge. Sylvia also is the person who organizes dozen of volunteers to work on behalf of the Fourth of July parade and led the reception committee for a recent Homelessness Task Force fundraiser.
  • Patrick Hart is a dedicated volunteer with the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and was inspired to devise a satellite mapping system to monitor homeless persons and facilitate and coordinate efforts by the Task Force, OPCC outreach workers, LAPD, and LAFD. Patrick himself populates the map with identities and locations in about 60% of the PPTFH area to facilitate monthly enforcement statistics.
  • Amy Lundberg was inspired to lead a four-year community effort to turn back attempts to create inappropriate and potentially precedent-setting development along the view corridors of Santa Monica Bay which resulted in supportive decisions by the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and the California Coastal Commission. Amy devoted hundreds of hours to spark a community coalition “Save the Bluffs” which has succeeded in thwarting developer plans to erect a 49-unit apartment development on geologically sketchy land at 16690-17000 Sunset Blvd. Amy succeeded despite the demands of full-time employment and child rearing. She also created the https://dangerousdevelopment.com website to share community concerns regarding the project.
  • Karen Stigler has demonstrated tireless leadership over the past 18 months in creating the new Palisades Alliance for Seniors. Karen led development of the Alliance’s mission to help Palisades seniors age in place in our special community and sparked interest among our community’s senior population. Karen also organized the volunteers and established a twice monthly informative speaker program at the Library, generally filling a void created when the local chapter of AARP ceased to exist in 2008. The alliance has a web presence at palisadesalliance.org and provides an important resource and appropriate activities for the 20% of Palisadians over the age of 65.
  • Veslemoey Zwart is the dynamic Chair of the Rustic Canyon Park Advisory Board and has sparked efforts to raise significant funding for the improvement and repair of deteriorated infrastructure at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center including the historically-landmarked 95-year-old former Uplifters Clubhouse. She has sparked not-to-be-missed annual fundraising galas that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars resulting in improvements to the historic stage, refurbishment of the gym floor and tennis courts, replacement of deteriorated courtyard doors with historically accurate replicas, and strengthened the sense of community and sparked a shared goal to refurbishing the deteriorated facility.

Pride of the Palisades. This award, not necessarily given every year, was created to recognize an individual for extraordinary service to the Palisades community. The Awards Committee takes great honor in awarding the Pride of the Palisades award to a community icon, Bob Benton. Mr. Benton owned a popular retail store in town for 30 years, and also has served as the volunteer Commissioner for the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association for more than two decades. This is a demanding job, overseeing such a popular sports program from January through June every year. Bob worked tirelessly as a coach of numerous sports teams for over 20 years, and served on the PAB (Park Advisory Board), including as Chair and worked on fundraising efforts for the Field of Dreams at the Palisades Recreation Center as well as being an active volunteer on the annual Fourth of July 5K/10K run and has been one of the most popular residents in our town for decades. Bob also served the entire community with a family-oriented focus from 1982 until the Sports Shop closed this summer to make way for the Caruso project construction. Bob donated sportswear and equipment to the St. Anne’s Guild at that time. Bob has been active on the Chamber of Commerce where he is a past president and currently is assisting with budget and administrative oversight. The committee is pleased to honor him with the Pride award. Committee members stressed that they appreciated the opportunity to honor a businessman at a time when it’s really hard going for retail businesses in the Palisades.

The Awards will be handed out at the annual holiday party of the PPCC Board of Governors to which the awardees and the entire community are invited. This PPCC-sponsored event will be held at 6 PM on December 8, 2016, at Gladstone’s in Pacific Palisades. Look for further details about the event in the coming days at www.pacpalicc.org.

ITEM 8.4 — VPCLC 11/10/16 Report

As of today we do not have an exact date for the beginning of hauling. We have been promised 2 weeks advance notice so that pretty much assures us that hauling will not begin until after Thanksgiving. We have indication of a tentative start date of the Monday after Thanksgiving.

As to Chautauqua which today is still the only route available to get the dirt to Potrero Canyon:

  1. a) CA is responsible for the wear and tear on Chautauqua and Temescal as per their haul permit. They have posted a $50K bond (Councilman Bonin has promised repair and repaving at the end of the hauling).
  2. b) LADOT and BOE/Public Works determine the bond and the curative work at the end.
  3. c) The trucks will be in radio communication with each other which will allow loading stoppages if traffic impacts hauling.
  4. d) There will be flagmen at both ends of the haul route (at CA site and at Potrero).
  5. e) The hauling schedule will be flexible based on traffic issues or other unanticipated problems.
  6. f) There will be one person dedicated to managing the trucks.
  7. g) Community feedback will continue through the hotline number and/or to CA employee Mark Wix (Sr. VP, Construction) on the site.
  8. h) There may be new signage to help direct traffic flow (to be determined by LADOT). City signage that CA was willing to pay for. Bonin was going to talk to DOT about hat signage would be appropriate. They are working out some sort of signage program that is safe, which CA has offered to pay for.
  9. i) CA will be using 5 axle double bottom trucks, which may decrease the impact on the roadbed, and are more nimble along the route.
  10. j) CA has affirmatively requested, and we are told Catrans will consider, lengthening the Green signal time for light at PCH/Entrada/Chautauqua if need be, keeping in mind that any adjustment to that timing will impact traffic in every direction.
  11. k) CA has requested more traffic cops (Bonin helping to secure these), at Chautauqua and PCH daily, that CA is paying for.
  12. l) We are requesting that surveys be made, before & after, of the state of both Chautauqua and Temescal to determine a baseline in the event of necessary repairs.

Lastly, we are still trying to get Caltrans to install the light on PCH for a left turn into the Canyon. They have agreed to do it, in theory, though we have no specifics yet on timing or even logistics, related to a left turn lane. We have received word from Councilman Bonin’s offices that they will have the right city agency make the request to Caltrans to set the ball rolling. We will update the community as more information becomes available. CA has indicated that they would make use of the Temescal route, as an alternate to the Chautauqua route to lighten the load. At this point, though we are trying with every lever we have, there are no guarantees that we will have timely success but it is not out of the question. We have learned that there may be a test run on 11/23 in the afternoon. We will keep all informed as we get information.

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MINUTES FOR DECEMBER 8th 2016

Voting Members in Attendance: Maryam Zar, Michael Soneff, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Cathy Russell, Lou Kamer, Gil Dembo, Sarah Conner, Barbara Marinacci, David Card

Voting Alternates: Doug McCormick, Susan Payne

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates: Bruce Schwartz, Sharon Kilbride, Andy Frew, Barbara Kohn, Brian Deming, David Peterson, Steve Boyers, Marilyn Wexler, Doria Anselmo, Kevin Niles

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Certification of Quorum.  At the direction of the Chair, the Secretary called the meeting to order and certified that a quorum was present at 7:08 PM.

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

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience. The Chair Maryam Zar introduced the Board. The Chair Emeritus Chris Spitz introduced the past Citizen of the Year and Community Service Awardees in attendance. The Vice-Chair George Wolfberg introduced the past Golden Sparkplug and Pride of the Palisades Awardees in attendance.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings. Approval of the minutes of November 10, 2016 was deferred.

5.    Consideration of Agenda. Maryam stated that the agenda is as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s report – Deferred to 1/12/17 meeting.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.   Items 7.1-7.6 – Deferred to 1/12/17 meeting.

8.    Reports from Committees – None.

9.    General Public Comment – Deferred to 1/12/17 meeting.

10.    Old Business – Deferred to 1/12/17 meeting.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Presentation of the Citizen of the Year, Golden Sparkplug and Pride of the Palisades Awards.

The Chair, Members of the Awards Selection Committee, the Chair Emeritus and Elected Officials and their representatives recognized each of the Awardees and presented awards and certificates as follows: Citizen of the Year – Daphne Gronich; Golden Sparkplugs – Sylvia Boyd, Patrick Hart, Amy Lundberg, Karen Stigler, Veslemoey Zwart; Pride of the Palisades – Bob Benton. Special recognition was also given to LAPD Captain Tina Nieto for her service to Pacific Palisades. Silent and live auctions followed the Awards presentations.

12.    Adjournment.  At the direction of the Chair, the Secretary adjourned the meeting at 9:10 PM.

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