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 info@pacpalicc.org.

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 (2023-2024: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
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)
Sue Kohl, PPCC Vice-President
Jenny Li, PPCC Treasurer
Beth Holden-Garland, PPCC Secretary
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Joanna Spak, PPCC Area One 2nd Alternate Representative – Elected Representative seat
John Padden, Palisades PRIDE Representative (primary, Business & Commerce) – Organizational seat

Required “Specific Purpose” Committees

Nominating Committee (Officers Election, 2024):
Function:  to nominate PPCC officers who may be elected by the PPCC Board for each new term.
PPCC Bylaws (Art. VII, Sec. 1)
Membership pending (April 2024)

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

Committee of Three Chairs  (Alternates Nomination, through June 30, 2024):
Function:  to nominate Alternate Area and At-large Representatives who may be elected by the PPCC Board when vacancies arise during the current term.
PPCC Bylaws (Art. VIII, Sec. 1.C & D)
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative and past Chair/President
Maryam Zar, PPCC President

Other Ad Hoc Committees (2023-2024 term: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

Awards Selection Committee (PPCC Citizen of the Year/Golden Sparkplug/discretionary Pride of the Palisades Awardees, 2024):
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)
Membership pending (Fall 2024)

Awards Event Committee (PPCC Awards Event, 2024):
Function:  to coordinate all details and produce the annual event honoring the PPCC Awardees.
Awards Guidelines & Honoree Archive (Sec. 4.d)
Membership pending (Fall 2024)

Bylaws Committee:
Function:  to consider, draft and recommend proposed Bylaws amendments for adoption by the PPCC Board.
PPCC Bylaws & Procedures
Andrew Wolfberg, PPCC Area Eight 2nd Alternate (Committee Chair)
Haldis Toppel, PPCC Area Three Representative (Committee Vice-Chair)
Ryan Craig, Resilient Palisades Representative (primary, Environment)
Andy Frew, Theatre Palisades Representative (alternate, Culture & Aesthetics)
Betsy Handler, PPCC Area Five 2nd Alternate
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: info@pacpalicc.org.
Chris Spitz, PPCC At-Large Representative (Committee Chair)
James Alexakis, TCA Representative (alternate, Environment)
Richard Blumenberg, PP Civic League Representative (alternate, Civic Organizations)
Steve Cron, PPCC Area Two Representative
Michael Edlen, PPCC Area Three 2nd Alternate
Howard Robinson, Palisades resident, planning consultant & past PPCC Area Three Alternate
Joanna Spak, PPCC Area One 2nd Alternate
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

Outreach Committee: 
Function:  to strategize ways to reach out to the community and inform people of our work at PPCC, our value to the community and the ways in which we volunteer our time, as a collective, to preserve and protect what is most important and unique about the Palisades. This committee will concern itself with communication, outreach, social media and the development of other tools with which the PPCC can interface effectively with the community. The committee will consider a community app, possible surveys, events, PSA’s, media outreach as well as local PR to craft a community engagement strategy that will help inform the community of our work, and help raise awareness and funds for PPCC. The committee also worked on the 50th anniversary celebration ( a community-wide event which took place on September 30, 2023).
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (interim Committee Chair; ex officio/non-voting)
Haldis Toppel, PPCC Area Three Representative
Kimberly Bloom, PPCC Area Five Representative
Diana Daniele, PPCC Area Two 2nd Alternate
Michael Edlen, PPCC Area Three 2nd Alternate
Nina Kidd, Palisades resident & past PPCC member (Friends of the Library)
Murray Levy, PPCC Area One Representative
Courtney Macker, PPRA Representative (Residents Association)
Cindi Young, PPCC Area One 1st Alternate
Randy Young, past PPCC Treasurer (Committee Advisor)

Potrero Canyon Oversight Committee (PCOC): 
Function:  to monitor, communicate and make recommendations to the PPCC Board about conditions at George Wolfberg Park at Potrero Canyon; see PPCC  website Potrero Canyon tab.
Committee email/reports of conditions & concerns: potrero@pacpalicc.org
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (interim Committee Chair; ex officio/non-voting)
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Sue Kohl, PPCC Vice-President
Jenny Li, PPCC Treasurer
Rick McGeagh, PPBA Representative (primary, Recreation) & Area 7 1st Alternate
John Padden, Palisades PRIDE Representative (primary, Business & Commerce)
Julie Silliman, PPCC Area Seven Representative
Cindy Simon, PPCC Area Six Representative
Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative

Wildland Interface & Fire Hazard Mitigation Committee
Function: To collaborate with an effort begun by the Council Office in September 2023, to address wildfire and other natural disaster threats in our community. this committee will assist in helping develop strategies (and to work with the agencies CD11 brings to our committee) in a collaborative effort to address emergency information communication, evacuation preparation, Fire Councils creation, and to help educate the community with respect home hardening and other mitigation measures. We will also discuss using existing assets or implementing cameras, drones or other visual aids to monitor the threat of fire and attempt to keep the community informed and proactive, particularly during fire season.
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (interim Committee Chair; ex officio/non-voting)
Lou Kamer, PPCC Transportation Advisor
Sue Kohl, PPCC Vice-President
Steve Cron, PPCC Area Two Representative
Dave Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Michael Edlen, PPCC Area Three 2nd Alternate
Rick McGeagh, PPCC Area Seven 1st Alternate & PPBA Representative (primary, Recreation)
Bruce Schwartz, PPCC Area Two 1st Alternate & Palisades PRIDE Alternate (Business & Commerce)
Julie Silliman, PPCC Area Seven Representative
Cindi Young, PPCC Area One 1st Alternate

Liaisons to Regional Coalitions/Committees/Government (2023-24 term: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

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

Ready LA & RYLAN:
K.C. Soll, Palisades resident, CERT training professional & PPCC Emergency Preparedness Advisor

Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC)
www.westsidecouncils.com
WRAC Board representatives:
Primary – Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative & WRAC Vice-Chair;
Alternate – Maryam Zar, PPCC President
WRAC Committee representatives:
Land Use & Planning (LUPC):  Primary – Maryam Zar, PPCC President & LUPC Chair; Alternate – Joanna Spak, PPCC Area One 2nd Alternate; LUPC Co-Chair (non-voting):  Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative & WRAC Vice-Chair
Homelessness (HOC):  Primary – Cindi Young, PPCC Area One 1st Alternate & PPTFH Co-President; Alternate – Maryam Zar, PPCC President; HOC Co-Chair – Chris Spitz (non-voting), WRAC Vice-Chair & PPCC At-large Representative
Mobility & Transportation (MTC):  Primary – Steve Lantz, Palisades resident, SBCCOG Transportation Director & past PPCC member; Alternate – Lou Kamer, Palisades resident, PPCC Transportation Advisor & past PPCC Board member

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