Message from the Chair, George Wolfberg
PPCC continues to look out for Palisadians with critical information presented at Council board meetings about matters of community concern.
Our January 24th meeting featured presentations by Deputy Fire Chief Armando Hogan, LAFD West Bureau Operations, who attended along with other LAFD personnel, including Capt. Tom Kitahata of Station 69 and West Bureau Assistant Chief Orin Saunders. Capt. Kitahata described his family evacuating and noted the speed of the advancing Woolsey fire as unlike anything he had witnessed in over 31 years of firefighting. The chiefs presented a Powerpoint explaining the department’s wildfire containment procedures and brush clearance requirements; and presented information on fire safety & emergency initiatives, including Ready, Set, Go! (see LAFD-RSD) and “NotifyLA” emergency phone alerts (sign up at NotifyLA). They also responded to numerous questions and concerns about preparedness and evacuation plans in our hillside areas, including the Highlands and Marquez Knolls, and advised that they will be discussing plans after consultation on the ground. We thank Deputy Chief Hogan and all our firefighters for their vigilance and service to the community.
I was pleased to report on the January 22 groundbreaking ceremony for the final phase of construction of Potrero Canyon Park. When completed, Potrero Canyon will be a beautiful 46 acre passive park with trails and lookouts to be enjoyed by all.
In late November the Executive Committee approved a letter supporting the Coastal Commission’s efforts to effect repair of the deplorable conditions at the restrooms and parking lot located 16701 Via Costa and ensure the safety of the Temescal Ridge Trail access point. PPCC Highlands Representative Steve Cron has vigilantly followed up on this issue. See Highlands Trailhead Letter.
See the Meeting Recap linked above for additional information.
Our next board meeting will take place on February 14 (see agenda linked above). John Padden, PRIDE president and representative to PPCC, will give an update on Village harmonization / beautification efforts. The board will also take up a motion to oppose Senate Bill 50 (Wiener, San Francisco) – the so-called “transit-rich” and “job-rich” housing bonus bill – recommended by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils to all member councils for consideration. SB 50 is a do-over of former SB 827 (Wiener), opposed by PPCC and killed in committee last year. Click on these links for information: Proposed SB 50 Motion; WRAC-LUPC Talking Points and SB 50 Text.
The First Distribution of proposed PPCC Bylaws amendments will also occur on February 14 (with a Second Distribution and vote to take place on February 28). See the Committee Report and “redline” and “clean” versions of the proposed changes linked above.
Looking ahead: As a public service to our communities, PPCC is partnering with our counterpart in Brentwood, Brentwood Community Council, to co-host a special educational workshop focused on how to navigate the new revised Zoning Code (culmination of the 5+-year long Re:code LA process) soon to be in operation in Los Angeles. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 30, 10:30am at Palisades Charter High School, Gilbert Hall. All property owners — and anyone with an interest in how property can be developed in the Palisades — will want to attend! See Workshop flyer linked above . . . and stay tuned for more details to come.
As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and at a future meeting.