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,  PPCC Area 1 2nd Alternate Representative
John Padden, PPCC 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:
David Card, PPCC 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, 2023):
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 (November 2023)

Awards Event Committee (PPCC Awards Event, 2023)
Function:  to coordinate all details and produce the annual event honoring the PPCC Awardees.
Awards Guidelines & Honoree Archive (Sec. 4.d)
Membership pending (November 2023)

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

Bylaws Committee:
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, Palisades resident and past PPCC Board member (Theatre Palisades representative)
Haldis Toppel, PPCC Area 3 Representative
Randy Young, PPCC Treasurer
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 (Committee Chair)
Richard Blumenberg, PPCC Organizational Representative (PP Civic League)
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Ryan Craig, PPCC Organizational Representative (Resilient Palisades)
Michael Edlen, PPCC Area 3 2nd Alternate
Howard Robinson, Palisades resident, planning consultant and past PPCC Board member (Area 3 2nd Alternate)
Danielle Samulon, Palisades resident and past PPCC Board member (Area 3 Representative)
Joanna Spak, PPCC Area 1 2nd Alternate
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (ex officio/non-voting)

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.
Committee email/reports of conditions & concerns:
Maryam Zar, PPCC President (Committee Chair; ex officio/non-voting)
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus
Sue Kohl, PPCC Area 5 1st Alternate
Jenny Li, PPCC Vice-President
Rick McGeagh, PPCC Organizational Representative (PPBA) and Area 7 1st Alternate
John Padden, PPCC Organizational Representative (Palisades PRIDE)
Julie Silliman, PPCC Area 7 Representative
Cindy Simon, PPCC Area 6 Representative
Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative
Rob Weber, PPCC Legal Advisor
Caroline Wittcoff,  Palisades resident (Potrero Canyon west rim)

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

PCH Task Force
David Card, PPCC Chair Emeritus; 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)
WRAC Board:
Primary – Chris Spitz, PPCC At-large Representative and WRAC Vice-Chair; Alternate vacant
WRAC Committees:
Land Use & Planning (LUPC):  Primary – Maryam Zar, PPCC President and LUPC Co-Chair; Alternate – Joanna Spak, PPCC Area 1 2nd Alternate
Homelessness (HOC):  Primary – Barbara Kohn, PPCC Organizational Representative (PP Historical Society); Alternate vacant
Mobility & Transportation (MTC):  Primary – Steve Lantz, resident & SBCCOG Transportation Director; Alternate – Lou Kamer, resident & PPCC Transportation Advisor

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