Message from the Chair, George Wolfberg
Summer is right around the corner and already we are witnessing brush and grass fires in Southern California. With increasing temperatures, our hillsides are becoming tinder dry. The Los Angeles Fire Department has an informative website at LAFD Brush Information. Learn, comply, and be safe!
New officers for the 2019-2020 term (beginning July 1, 2019) were elected by the Board at our June 13th meeting. The following uncontested officer candidates were elected by acclamation: David Card, Vice-Chair; Richard G. Cohen, Treasurer; Chris Spitz, Secretary. I’m humbled that after a candidates forum with the two candidates for Chair (myself and Area 3 Representative Haldis Toppel), the board re-elected me as Chair for the coming term. I and all the newly-elected officers are grateful for the vote of confidence and are eager to continue serving PPCC and the Palisades community!
Our June 13th meeting also featured:
- an informative presentation by “1887 Fund” representatives aboutplans to restore Wadsworth Chapel and other historic buildings at the West LA VA (Veterans Nation Fund). For more information about this worthy cause, visit 1187 Fund, or view the compelling video about the project at 1887 Fund Video.
- a comprehensive summary of recent legislation(dockless electric scooters; short term rentals; Citywide Sign Ordinance; housing bills involving preemption of local land use control) by PPCC Secretary Chris Spitz. See Legislation Summary.
- a report by Area 7 Representative Steve Boyers about a recent Council Transportation Committee hearing regarding dockless electric scooters. See Boyers Report.
- a report on recent activity of the Palisades Street Tree Committee(PSTC) by Committee Chair David Card. At its most recent meeting, the Committee heard valuable information from guest speaker Grace Phillips of the Santa Monica Urban Forest Task Force. PSTC members have also completed their exhaustive inventory of all street trees in Pacific Palisades – there are 7,960 street trees (in the parkways, medians and public rights-of-way of all PPCC Areas), with many varieties of trees! The PSTC will meet again on Monday, June 17, at 11am in the Palisades branch library. The meeting will be open to the public.
The board also unanimously passed a motion recommended by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils, calling for the state to authorize cities to require ride-sharing companies such as Uber & Lyft to provide data in order to assess impacts on traffic congestion. See Ride-Sharing Data Motion.
The PPCC Land Use Committee (LUC) will meet on June 27 at 5pm in the Swarthmore Room at Palisades Village (2nd floor above the Concierge Desk); note doors will open at 4:45pm and seating is limited. The LUC will again take up the proposed project for the old Jack-in-the-Box site. For more information see the LUC agenda linked above.
On June 27, PPCC will host our Councilmember Mike Bonin, who will update us on what he’s been working on for Council District 11 and the Palisades and participate in Q&A on matters of community concern. Mark your calendars and be sure to bring your questions for the Councilmember!
The PPCC Board meets once a month only during July and August. This summer, the meeting dates will be July 25 (topics: 1) LAX Landside Modernization Plan update – deferred from 6/13; 2) Gladstones Redevelopment Project briefing), and August 25 (topics to be announced).
Note: there will also be a town hall presentation to the community about the Gladstones Redevelopment Project on June 18, 5-7pm, in the Swarthmore Room of Palisades Village. For more information and to RSVP, see Gladstones Open House Flyer.
Don’t forget to visit the PPCC Calendar for information about upcoming events of interest to Palisadians! And please click on the Meeting Recaps link above for recaps of our recent past meetings.
As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and at a future meeting.