Introduction:  PPCC has one standing committee (the Executive Committee), three committees required under the PPCC Bylaws for specific purposes, and several ad hoc committees.  Current committee names and membership are listed below.  All ad hoc committees dissolve as of June 30th of each year; on July 1st each year, the Executive Committee’s officer membership is automatically reconstituted and other committees are formed or reconstituted at the Chair’s/President’s discretion and/or as directed by the Bylaws. For further information about committee formation please see PPCC Bylaws & Procedures, or contact

PPCC’s liaisons to regional coalitions, committees and/or government, appointed by the Chair/President under his/her general administrative authority, are also listed below (following the PPCC committee listings).

Standing Committee

Executive Committee (2022-2023):
Function:  to act on behalf of the PPCC Board only when immediate action is required and the Board is unable to act, and to give advice and counsel from time to time as requested by the PPCC Chair/President; the officers and Chair Emeritus (automatic committee members) by majority vote appoint the two remaining members (one Organizational and one Area/At-large representative).
PPCC Bylaws (Art. V, Sec. 3)
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (Committee Chair)
Jenny Li, PPCC Vice-President
Randy Young, PPCC Treasurer
Beth Holden-Garland, PPCC Secretary
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Joanna Spak,  Area 1 Second Alternate Representative
John Padden, Organizational Representative (Palisades PRIDE)

Required “Specific Purpose” Committees

Nominating Committee (Officers Election, 2023):
Function:  to nominate officers who may be elected by the PPCC Board for each new term.
PPCC Bylaws (Art. VII, Sec. 1)
Membership pending (April 2023)

Election Committee (Elected Representatives Election, 2024):
Function:  to implement and supervise the public election of Area and At-large representatives.
PPCC Bylaws (Attachment A, Sec. 1)
Membership pending (June 2024)

Committee of the Three Chairs  (Alternates Nomination, 2022-23):
Function:  to nominate Alternate Area and At-large representatives who may be elected by the PPCC Board.
PPCC Bylaws (Art. VIII, Sec. 1.C & D)
Fall 2022 Membership:
Dave Card, Chair Emeritus, Committee Chair
Steve Boyers, former PPCC Chair
Barbara Kohn, Former PPCC Chair

Other Ad Hoc Committees (2022-23)

Awards Selection Committee (PPCC Citizen of the Year/Golden Sparkplug/discretionary Pride of the Palisades Awardees, 2022):
Function:  to review nominations and select the person(s) to receive the Citizen and Sparkplug Award(s) and under special circumstances to select a recipient of “Pride of the Palisades” recognition.
Awards Guidelines & Honoree Archive (Sec. 4.a)
Nancy Niles, Chair, PPCC 1st Alternate Representative for Area 3
Kevin Niles, Co-Chair, PPCC American Legion Representative
Daphne Gronich, Former COTY
Andy Frew, past member representing Theater Palisades (Culture & Aesthetics)
Barbara Kohn, former Chair and board member representing the Historical Society
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Awards Event Committee (PPCC Awards Event, 2022)
Function:  to coordinate all details and produce the annual event honoring the PPCC Awardees.
Awards Guidelines & Honoree Archive (Sec. 4.d)
Haldis Toppel, Chair, Area 3 Primary Representative
Karen Ridgley, Area 4 Primary Representative
Cindy Simon, Area 6 Primary Representative
Sue Kohl, Area 5 1st Alternate Representative
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Note:  The following ad hoc committees and liaisons have been appointed for the 2022-2023 term by the President on July 1, 2022.

Bylaws Committee: (term beginning July 1, 2022)
Function:  to consider, draft and recommend proposed Bylaws amendments for adoption by the PPCC Board.
PPCC Bylaws & Procedures
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus (Committee Chair)
Andrew Wolfberg, PPCC At-large 1st Alternate (Committee Vice-Chair)
Andy Frew, former PPCC board member representing Theatre Palisades
Haldis Toppel, Area 3 Primary Representative
Randy Young, PPCC Treasurer
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Community Plan Update Committee (CPU): (appointments pending confirmation)
Function:  to begin reviewing the Brentwood-Palisades Community Plan, working with a companion committee in Brentwood and making recommendations to the PPCC Board regarding possible Plan revisions in advance of the City’s update process (not expected to begin until 2022-23 at the earliest).
Randy Young, PPCC Treasurer (committee co-Chair)
Barbara Kohn, Historical Society Rep, PPCC (committee co-Chair)
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Joanna Spak, 2nd Alternate for Area 1, PPCC Executive Committee member
Richard Blumenberg, PPCC Board member, Civic Association
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Land Use Committee (LUC):
See PPCC Land Use Committee (LUC) information here.  
Function:  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.
LUC Policy & Procedures 
Committee email/requests to review projects:
Steve Cron, PPCC Area 2 Representative (Chair)
Howard Robinson, planning consultant, resident & past PPCC Area 3 2nd Alternate
Richard Blumenberg, PPCC Board member representing the Pacific Palisades Civic League
Michael Edlen, PPCC Area 3 2nd Alternate
Joanna Spak, PPCC Area 1 2nd Alternate Representative
Ryan Craig, Resilient Palisades Organizational Representative
Danielle Samulon, community member and past PPCC Board member
Dave Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Palisades Forestry Committee (PFC):
Function:  to conduct research and make recommendations to the PPCC Board about developing an Urban Forestry Policy (including street tree selection) for the Palisades.
PFC 9/1/19 Report
Resolution re Street Tree Selection Policy
Dave Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus (Committee Chair)
Cindy Kirven,  Palisades resident and urban forestry activist
Jo Ann Bright, resident, landscape designer
Bill Bruns, Friends of the Palisades Library, journalist
Nancy Niles, PPCC Area 3 1st Alternate
Mary Schulz, PPCC Board member and landscape consultant
Bruce Schwartz, PPCC Area 2 1st Alternate
Lisa V., Palisades tree activist
Marilyn Wexler, SMCCA President and past board member
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/nonvoting)

Advisors to the PFC (non-voting)
Kelly Comras, past board member and landscape architect/FASLA
Lisa Cahill, tree activist & former CD11 Palisades Field Deputy
Lisa Smith, registered Consulting Arborist
Nancy Freedman, former BCC Chair

Liaisons to the PFC (non-voting)
Stephen Du Prey, Urban Forestry DivisionCity of LA
Miguel Ornelas, Area Supervisor, Urban Forestry Division, City of LA

Liaisons to Regional Coalitions/Committees/Government (2022-23)

PCH Task Force
David Card, PPCC Chair, Lou Kamer, PPCC Transportation & Mobility Advisor

Ready LA & RYLAN:
K.C. Soll, Palisadian, CERT training professional and emergency preparedness & response advisor

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC)
Chris Spitz (Primary)

WRAC Committees:
LUPC:  Maryam Zar, Joanna Spak, PPCC Area 1 2nd Alternate
Homelessness:  Barbara Kohn, PPCC Board member representing Historical Society
Transportation & Mobility:  Steve Lantz, former PPCC Board member  & SBCCOG Transportation Director, Lou Kamer, former Board member and transportation advocate
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (PSEP): Krishna Thangavelu, Palisadian and public safety advocate

WLA Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB)
Maryam Zar, PPCC President