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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Lou Kamer, Rick Mills, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Cathy Russell, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Rick Lemmo, Bruce Schwartz

Voting Alternates:  Leah Cox, Doug McCormick, Richard Blumenberg, Barbara Kohn, Jenny Hope Cote

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Carol Bruch, Brenda Theveny, David Peterson, Matthew Rodman, Steve Boyers

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Chair read the  Mission Statement.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Chair deemed the minutes of November 9, 2017 and December 14, 2017 approved as distributed. 2) Upcoming meetings: January 25, 2018 and February 8, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.     Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $40,910.18.  Based upon preliminary data the event has netted about $4,700 which is generally sufficient to cover operation of PPCC for a year.  Richard expressed relief that the wildfires that threatened neighboring areas did not worsen to threaten the Palisades and cause cancellation of the event.  Had that happened PPCC would nonetheless have been obligated to pay almost all of the expenses of the event.  In his view it is therefore necessary to maintain sufficient funds on hand to absorb such a loss and thereafter continue to fund PPCC’s activities for several years.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.  

Sheila Simmons spoke on behalf of Nancy Freedman from Brentwood Community Council in support of Bert Mutto, a formerly homeless man living in Pacific Palisades. Bert helped put together the holiday lights on San Vicente and has full-time employment. Doug McCormick and the Chair spoke on behalf of Burt and indicted that he is a great example of what can be done when we help our neighbors. Burt needs to occupy a small apartment with modest rent in West Los Angeles and a call was made to the community to help him find housing nearby.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair — Deferred.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

WRAC-LUPC update; SB 827 (Scott Wiener, 11th District/SF) – proposed state “housing” legislation (sponsored by the YIMBY movement) that would eviscerate local control over planning and land use in locations near so-called transit hubs (overriding height, density and infrastructure considerations or limitations, eliminating R1/single-family zone protections and community plans and preempting the Measure JJJ “Transit-Oriented Communities” ordinance to address affordable housing, enacted by 64% of Los Angeles voters).  See background information. Possible motion next meeting.

Chris reported that LADBS’s Deputy Chief of Enforcement, Frank Lara, spoke at WRAC-LUPC. Due to lack of resources, response times to complaints about Code violations continue to be slow, but Chief Lara emphasized that for swifter response residents should submit complaints online at rather than call 3-1-1. Regarding SB 827, Chris stated that it is a dangerous bill, WRAC-LUPC has recommended a motion to oppose, and the board will discuss in full at the next meeting on January 25.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps – Deferred.

8.4.   From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion).  David Card announced the American Legion is holding a HS oratorical contest on February 3rd (first round). HS students prepare speeches focusing on the US Constitution. There are four sub-topics. Deadline to apply is 1.23.18. Information is available on the Legion’s website:

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Sergeant Danny Eun, Captain II Gary William Walters, and Officers Ryan Basaker and Hansen of West Traffic were present.

Officer Basaker introduced Captain Walters as the new West Traffic Division Captain. The officers and Captain gave an update regarding traffic issues and motorcycle activity. They reported that motorcycle riding on Wednesday evenings has slowed down a bit during the winter months. They have cited motorists for infractions and impounded motorcycles for various non-compliance. They have been conducting an educational campaign for residents to understand the limits of enforcement and for riders to comprehend the expectations of the community and the demands of the law. LAPD has limited resources but will continue to monitor and to periodically station officers at the Shell station on Sunset & PCH to deter the activity.

Responding to a question about traffic speed surveys, Sergeant Eun explained that LADOT hires a third party to conduct traffic surveys. They prioritize surveys at high injury areas (high injury network). There is a back up of requests and the contractor will be conducting a traffic survey along Sunset in the future. LAPD abides by the concept of engineering, education and enforcement. The last resort is enforcement. Captain Walters spoke highly of his LAPD team. He stated that West LA is 10% down in traffic collisions. Hollywood and Korea Town have many more traffic collisions.

Regarding enforcement of Cannabis laws, the officers explained that LAPD will use a field sobriety test to enforce driving under the influence of marijuana. Pot is legal but it is not legal to drive under the influence. There are several new traffic laws addressing marijuana usage. They explained that any amount that you ingest causes you to drive impaired. The officers also explained that anyone smoking Cannabis outdoors, in parks, near schools and under the age of 21 is breaking the law. Residents should call LAPD (1-877-ASK-LAPD) if they witness such activity.

Paula Leonhauser (resident) stated that she wanted to thank the West LA Officers for doing a tremendous job taking care of traffic. Nina Madok (resident) and Paula Leonhauser are setting up a 501(c)(3) to collect donations for West LAPD Traffic unit to assist them in the work they do in the Palisades.

8.5.2.    Lisa Cahill, Field Deputy, Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11.

District Director Debbie Dyner Harris has left Mike Bonin’s office and he is looking for another director. Chris Spitz conveyed that Debbie Dyner Harris has been a tremendous asset to our community and the board, and that she, Maryam, past Chairs and the board all thank her. Lisa stated she would convey the message to Debbie. Lisa announced that the Bruin Research Institute is looking to build near the Getty. She commended PPCC members for all the community beautification projects. Lisa has been receiving much more concern regarding Monte Grigio area trespassing. She is also receiving many development questions. She explained that at the so-called “Top of the World” on Lachman Lane there is ongoing trespassing and smoking.

8.5.4.    Janet Turner, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Janet Turner reported that Ted Lieu is hosting Service Academy Day on February 10, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the LA Air Force Base Gordon Conference Center, 400 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. He introduced HR4706 to modernize the music licensing law to assist composers. Congressman Lieu has also received an award from animal rights activist groups.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    Introduction of new West Traffic Division Captain, traffic and motorcycle gang enforcement update(See Item 8.5.1.)

11.2.    New City and State Cannabis Regulations – Status of applicable laws; enforcement; impacts on youth and community.

  1. Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance (adopted) and Sign Ordinance (proposed). Summaries prepared by Chris Spitz are available at here and here. Chris reiterated the contents of her summaries and stated that the takeaway for the community is that Pacific Palisades is not likely to have commercial Cannabis businesses.
  2. Cat Packer, Executive Director, City Department of Cannabis Regulation. Commercial Cannabis Licensing and Operating Regulations Overview. Cat Packer (appointed Executive Director of the DCR on July 18, 2017) presented that her department is focused on preventing youth from purchasing Cannabis. The mission of the department is to protect community members and to protect consumers by recommending ordinances to regulate business operators. Over the course of the last three years the State of California has been attempting to regulate Cannabis. The CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture will regulate cultivation of marijuana and the Dept. of Health will regulate manufacturing. Products will be labeled to determine how much THC is within the product. There will be specific limits on dosage. Regulations are about medical and adult use. LA City created the Dept. of Cannabis Regulation. A five-member commission has been established to provide guidance regarding regulations. The Dept. has started to authorize Cannabis businesses. Businesses will receive temporary approval. Licensing will happen in three phases. Existing medical marijuana dispensaries (approximately 200) will receive a priority. The allowed density is one retail facility per 10,000 residents and one manufacturing facility per 7,500 residents. The Dept. of Cannabis regulation will enforce these limits. Businesses must pay taxes. The Dept.’s emphasis is on Health, Education, Regulation and Enforcement (‘HERE’). Ms. Packer emphasized that education regarding Cannabis is imperative.   There must be a strong enforcement effort from LAPD and City Attorneys.
  3. City and State Regulation/Enforcement; Recreational Use Laws; Impacts on Youth and Community. Neighborhood Prosecutor Veronica de la Cruz-Robles reported that Cannabis use is illegal for individuals under 21. Individuals are allowed up to one ounce for personal use; eight grams of concentrated Cannabis; and up to six plants and their harvest. Cannabis cannot be used publicly. (See also Item 8.5.1 for additional remarks on enforcement by LAPD officers in attendance.)

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:59 pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg (acting Chair), Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Rick Mills, Cathy Russell, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Peter Culhane

Voting Alternates:  Jenny Hope Cote, Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Carol Bruch, Brenda Theveny, David Peterson

1.    Certification of Quorum.  George Wolfberg (presiding officer in the absence of Chair Maryam Zar) called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Reza Akef read the Mission Statement.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Richard Cohen requested the following corrections to Item 6 of the minutes of January 11, 2018: “6. Treasurer’s reportRichard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $40,910.18. Based upon preliminary data the event has netted about $4,700 which is generally sufficient to cover operation of PPCC for a year. Richard expressed relief that the wildfires that threatened neighboring areas did not worsen to threaten the Palisades and cause cancellation of the event. Had that happened PPCC would nonetheless have been obligated to pay almost all of the expenses of the event. In his view it is therefore necessary to maintain sufficient funds on hand to absorb such a loss and thereafter continue to fund PPCC’s activities for several years.” There being no objection to the corrections, the Chair deemed the minutes of January 11, 2018 approved as corrected.  2) Upcoming meetings: February 8, 2018 and February 22, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that PPCC has a bank account balance of $42,081.18. We have received additional payments for tribute ads in the awards gala event program and are currently netting about $4,500, but more payments are expected to yield an eventual net profit for the event of about $4,700.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues – None

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    WRAC report: LA Innovation and Performance Commission (

Chair/President Emeritus Chris Spitz stated that she had attended the WRAC leadership meeting along with Chair Maryam Zar, where a presentation was made on behalf of the LA Innovation and Performance Commission. The Commission is actively seeking ideas from constituents to improve City government. Chris encouraged Palisadians to visit the Commission’s website and contribute ideas which may be put into action.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

PlanCheckNCLA report; Short Term Rentals Ordinance Update. Chris reported that Tom Rothmann of the Planning Dept. gave an update at the meeting about several proposed Planning-related ordinances, including three that are of interest to our community (Short Term Rentals, Farmers Markets in R Zones, and Over the Counter Alcohol Permits/CUBs). Regarding Short Term Rentals, Chris explained that she learned that the Planning Dept. has recently reported back to the City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee with responses to questions about possible further ordinance amendments, including elimination in some cases of the annual cap on the number of days that homes could be rented on a short term basis, and allowing for “self-certification” of residency by property owners (contrary to PPCC’s position); she provided further details at the LUC meeting held earlier in the evening; it is unknown when PLUM will be taking up the matter again (it had been scheduled for a 1/23 PLUM meeting but was continued for an indefinite time).

Regarding Farmers Markets in R Zones, Chris distributed a status report (see attachment below) and reminded the board that PPCC had taken a position in 2011 opposing by-right permits for this use in R zones and expressing concern about granting permission on a conditional use basis. Due to time constraints Chris did not provide further details but she encouraged members to review the attachment and indicated that this is a matter that the LUC or board may wish to take up at a future meeting.

Finally, Chris related that Mr. Rothmann advised that the Planning Dept. is now working on a new proposed ordinance, pursuant to a recent vote in City Council, to allow streamlined, “Over the Counter” CUBs (i.e., without notice or hearings but with agreement to abide by a list of conditions/performance standards) to be issued to certain specified small businesses such as restaurants and hotels. This matter was also discussed at the LUC meeting and the committee will monitor.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Reza Akef (Area 8) announced that the Genesis Open PGA golf tournament will take place from February 12-18 at the Riviera Country Club. The tournament is sponsored by the Tiger Woods Foundation and Tiger will be playing. Large crowds are expected. There is no parking in the Riviera or the Polo Fields. Parking will be in Santa Monica with shuttle service to the event.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps – None.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO Michael Moore and SLO and former Narcotics Officer Chris Baker.

Officer Moore introduced Officer Baker, who was present to address any questions about marijuana law enforcement. Officer Moore first reported that things are looking good for crime in the Palisades, with the exception of vehicle crimes. Many cars are being broken into, with daytime vehicle break-ins mostly involving hikers and those at night involving residents. Vehicle break-ins are occurring at least once a week, and sometimes three times a night. The nighttime crimes tend to occur between roughly 10pm and 3am. The suspects for the nighttime vehicle crimes are 3 white males driving a BMW who have not yet been identified; there are no suspects yet for the daytime crimes. LAPD requests the community’s help in identifying and locating suspects. These vehicle crimes are occurring everywhere in the Palisades except for the Highlands.

Officer Moore was asked about incidents involving the Asilomar bluffs. He stated that LAPD has received complaints about smoking, drinking, marijuana use and other activities on the Asilomar bluffs and also at the top of Lachman Lane. The police have responded and citations have been issued. Undercover narcotics officers are involved. Rick Mills stated that residents of the Asilomar bluffs are appreciative of the LAPD’s attention to this problem. He asked whether there has been coordination with Palisades High School. Officer Moore stated that this has not occurred because the narcotics officers do not want exposure or identification, as this may impede their efforts. Some of the youth involved with activities on the bluffs are known to the High School administration.

Officer Moore also explained his jurisdiction in Area 8 in response to a question by Reza Akef regarding SLO representation in the Riviera and the Polo Fields. Parts of the upper Riviera are within SLO Maria Gray’s jurisdiction (Brentwood) while the lower Riviera is within SLO Moore’s purview. He explained that the SLOs do not have the ability to change their jurisdiction.

There were no questions for Officer Baker.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    VPCLC (David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).

David stated that he and Sue had reached out to Michael Gazzano of Caruso to obtain a project update as to four issues. David relayed Mr. Gazzano’s responses as follows:

1) Crossing Guards – Caruso has received wonderful feedback from the community and will continue to provide crossing guards during construction at Sunset/Swarthmore and Sunset/Via de la Paz.

2) Security Guards – Caruso always has a security guard on site and has now expanded the security presence with additional guards to better cover the entire site 24 hours per day. The additional presence is primarily focused on Albright and Monument, which should also provide security for nearby residences.

3) Construction Update – The parking structure podium was completed in late December, which was a major milestone. Steel framing for the buildings is continuing, and Caruso will then start building out each building and turning over to tenants to begin their interior tenant improvement construction. Caruso appreciates the support and understanding of their neighbors and tries their best to minimize the impacts.

4) Alcohol – To date, the City has granted three (Vintage Grocers, FdeiM and Cinepolis) of the eight approved CUBs for the project. All eight were approved with the overall project in June 2016 and several public hearings were held at PPCC, with four additional public hearings with the City. The eight CUBs were always part of the project description and included in the City process and approvals.

Sue Kohl then reported that in response to a Nextdoor posting with comments about design changes made to the building at the SW corner of Swarthmore/Monument, Mr. Gazzano provided the following statement, which she has also posted on Nextdoor; Sue read the statement in its entirety to the board:

Statement Regarding Architectural Changes

“We appreciate the inquiries about modern/mid-century modern facades within our Palisades Village project.  First, we should provide some context, particularly concerning the tenant space at the corner of Swarthmore and Monument. That space was originally presented to the community as a two-story structure. The community expressed its concern with a two-story structure on that edge, so close to residential. As a result, we listened to the community and modified the space into a one-story restaurant use, using a mid-century modern treatment. That treatment with large expanses of glass along Monument worked well for a restaurant use.

“Just prior to our Planning Commission hearing, the community expressed its concern with having a restaurant on that edge, so we agreed to remove that use and again listened to the community.  We also received comments from the community that they wanted buildings along the Monument edge to serve as a transition from the residential neighborhood to the commercial village. We responded to the community’s input by hiring a residential architect to design that storefront with more of a residential look and feel to better transition from commercial to residential. There are still a number of modern/mid-century modern facades throughout the project.

“You will note this evolution in the current construction framing at the project site. We feel the current construction clearly shows the lengths to which we’ve gone, in response to community input.

“It’s important to keep in mind that during the entitlement process, a project is in a conceptual design phase. This is customary for projects at this stage. Once we receive zoning approvals, an executive architect is hired and, working with structural, civil and mechanical engineers, final plans are drawn up for actual permitting by a range of City departments and other agencies. There are always going to be some tweaks to the conceptual design drawings as they become finalized for permitting.”

Following a brief exchange of opinions involving questions about project design and construction, David stated that Mr. Gazzano (who was not present) will attend an upcoming PPCC meeting (tentatively on February 22) and can answer any questions at that time.

9.2.    LUC (Howard Robinson, Chair).

In Howard’s absence, committee member Rick Mills reported that the LUC had a successful meeting this afternoon prior to the board meeting.  The committee heard several presentations about LUC agenda items. With regard to the proposed WRAC motion concerning SB 827, Rick announced that following discussion, the LUC voted unanimously to recommend that the PPCC board approve the proposed WRAC motion as drafted with the additional language proposed by Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg (see Item 11.1 below).

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    WRAC-Recommended Motion Opposing SB 827 (sponsored in PPCC by Chris Spitz and George Wolfberg).

Background: content/uploads/2018/01/WRAC20LUPC20AGENDA20JAN202018.pdf. Chris explained that because George Wolfberg was chairing the meeting, she alone was now making the motion. She stated that the motion was as contained in the agenda, and that she was proposing additional language in subsection vii, set forth in bold font as follows:


  1. Whereas the City Charter-mandated Neighborhood Council system of Los Angeles, and the Community Councils of the City of Los Angeles, represent grass roots democracy,
  2. Whereas the newly introduced California State Senate Bill 827 [Scott Weiner] as written constitutes a top down pen stroke planning measure which completely removes land use and planning authority within one half mile of high quality transit from jurisdictions and charter cities,

iii. Whereas removal of said authority clearly abolishes local input into land use planning and therefore constitutes an attack upon local democracy, upon neighborhoods, and upon the Neighborhood Councils and Community Councils in the City of Los Angeles,

  1. Whereas SB 827 as written trashes the density bonus and wage provisions of the JJJ TOC ordinance which were recently enacted by the people of Los Angeles — in good faith — in order to guarantee transit close housing opportunities would actually be available to working and low-income persons and families in the City of Los Angeles,
  2. Whereas the lack of analysis of infrastructure and other costs associated with this pen stroke planning creates grave uncertainty that a local agency would be able to “levy enough service charges, fees or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code,”
  3. Whereas, given the aforementioned lack of fiscal analysis, Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution “No reimbursement” clause is cited inappropriately in this legislation,

vii. Therefore, Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) opposes SB 827 in its present form and requests that it be withdrawn. PPCC further calls upon the City of Los Angeles, through its official representatives, to vigorously oppose SB 827 and protect local authority and control over land use and planning.”

Richard Cohen seconded the motion as stated above. Chris then explained SB 827 as a bill that would completely override local land use control and undermine the City’s efforts to address the housing crisis. She distributed a report (see attachment below) and read from portions of the report, including the Los Angeles Times’ concluding paragraph in its recent editorial about the bill as set forth in the attachment. Chris also announced that Councilmember Bonin had advised her and Chair Maryam Zar that his position on the bill is the same as the Times’ concluding paragraph. Extensive discussion then ensued. Many board members expressed concern about the proposed preemption of local land use control, and indicated recognition that the bill would extinguish our local planning and zoning controls in large areas of the City and undermine the City’s own efforts to address the housing deficit with measures such as JJJ. Several members expressed appreciation for and agreement with an analysis that Jack Allen (a former board member) had distributed to various board members prior to the meeting. Strong opposition to the bill was expressed by all who spoke. There were no statements in support of SB 827. Following discussion, the board voted unanimously to adopt the motion as set forth above.

12.    Adjournment.  Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.


ITEM 8.2.1 – PlanCheckNCLA Report by C. Spitz; Status of Ordinance Allowing Farmers Markets in R Zones (CF 10-1832)[1]


Nov. 2010: CMs Wesson and Koretz propose allowing farmers markets by right in R and other zones (goal: to provide greater access to fresh, high quality produce to under-served communities).

April 2011: PPCC opposes by right permit process for farmers markets in R zones and expresses concern about weakening protections for R zones via a conditional use or public benefit process (see prior submittals attached and/or at

April – May 2011: Pursuant to Planning Dept. recommendations, PLUM and City Council direct creation of a conditional use process for Certified Farmers Markets (CFMs) in R zones, with “500 ft. notification” and public hearing required.

Nov. 2011: CPC recommends draft ordinance, PLUM approves and City Council directs City Attorney (CA) to complete final ordinance; almost 6 years then pass with nothing further done.

May 2017: PLUM (via Chair Huizar) revives the matter, requesting further amendments, such as allowing some CFMs by right in R zones (proposed in parking lots next to churches and schools).

Sept. 2017: CA submits revised ordinance (key provisions listed below); does not include a by right process as requested by PLUM for CFMs in R zones (discretionary permits required in all R zones); recommends adoption of ND (finding of no significant impacts under CEQA).[2]

Nov. 2017: PLUM directs further amendments, including removing annual review requirement and allowing Council Districts discretion to modify hours of operation; recommends adopting ND.

Dec. 2017: Item scheduled to be heard again in PLUM, but continued to a date to be determined.

Key Ordinance Provisions (as of Sept. 2017):

  • CFMs allowed in R zones via a streamlined discretionary permit process (i.e., procedures for adjustments: notice only to abutting owners, on-site posting and public hearing); but hearing not required if written approval submitted from 1) all abutting and across street owners; and 2) 60% of owners within 300 ft. radius.
  • Application to be provided to the relevant Councilmember.
  • Operating hours: 7am-7pm (with 1 hour before and after also allowed for set up/clean up); 2x week only (but PLUM has now directed possible modification of hours by Council Districts).
  • Other operating standards: any lights used are to be shielded from shining “directly or indirectly” on abutting properties or streets; trash containers must be provided; area used must be “cleaned;” noise levels must not exceed ambient levels in R zones under current Code requirements; all signage shall conform to Art. 4.4 of the Code.
  • Violations: the ZA “may consider” revoking the grant for failure to comply with requirements.
  • Annual review required (but PLUM has now directed removal of this requirement).
  • Not included: any parking or toilet requirements; provisions for traffic or vermin control; requirement of notification to local organizations or councils; enforcement mechanisms, including monetary or other penalties, other than possible (discretionary) ZA revocation.
  • By right process with performance standards: provided for CFMs in A, C. M and P zones only.

[1] Although not expressly indicated, it appears the ordinance was intended to apply to the use of private property, e.g., vacant lots and parking lots, rather than streets or other public property.

[2] Form language (signed by Planning Director Vince Bertoni) is included at the end, indicating disapproval of the ordinance on behalf of the CPC and a recommendation against approval (presumably because this latest iteration – 6 years later – was never presented to the CPC).

PPCC Letter of April 25, 2011 (attached to above report):

April 25, 2011

Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, Chair, Councilmember Jose Huizar,
Councilmember Paul Krekorian
Planning & Land Use Management Members
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                                                                  Via e-mail

Reference: Farmers Markets CF No.10-1832, PLUM Committee Hearing, April 26, 2011, 2:30 p.m., Public Works Royball Hearing Room 350, CH

Dear PLUM Committee Members:

The Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) strongly opposes creation of a by-right permit process for non-profit farmers’ markets in residential zones.

While we recognize the benefit of providing more outlets for fresh food in under-served communities, we are very concerned about weakening long-standing protections for residential neighborhoods city-wide. Substantial caution should be exercised before initiating new, streamlined procedures applicable to all residential zones for special uses not otherwise permitted, whether by means of a conditional use/public benefit process or otherwise. We request sufficient time to investigate and comment on any proposal for a draft ordinance in this regard.

Janet Turner, Chair
Pacific Palisades Community Council

cc: Alan Bell, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Whitney Blumenfeld, Norman Kulla, Joaquin Macias


1)  Los Angeles Times Editorial (published 1/22/18): Concluding paragraph:

“California clearly needs to make it easier to build housing. And it makes sense to concentrate new housing near mass transit to encourage people to get around without cars. Surely lawmakers can come up with legislation to push cities to approve taller, more dense housing near transit without completely overriding local control or undermining existing efforts to incentivize the building of affordable housing.”

2) C. Spitz Letter to the Editor/Special to Palisadian-Post (submitted 1/20/18; edited version published 1/25/18):

Following up on the Post’s reporting, I want to alert the community to a dangerous bill, SB 827 (Wiener – San Francisco), sponsored by a YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) lobbying group (, ostensibly to address the state’s housing deficit.

The stated goal of the YIMBY movement is to “reverse” long-standing zoning distinctions (particularly single-family/R1, which it regards as an exclusionary, antiquated relic) in order to achieve denser housing statewide.

SB 827 is the camel’s nose in the tent. It would completely override local land use controls in areas near major transit hubs in all California cities.

In large swaths of Los Angeles, new buildings 45 to 85 feet high would be exempt from local maximum height limits; density, design and parking requirements, R1 zoning and community and specific plans would be preempted within a quarter to half-mile radius of major transit corridors and rail/bus stops; and voter-supported initiatives to address affordable housing such as Measure JJJ would be made meaningless.

But don’t take my word for it. As a YIMBY supporter enthuses: “Yes, you read that right. SB-827 preempts a city’s restrictions on parking minimums, floor area ratio, and residential density” (

This radical bill is causing great concern regionally. The Westside Regional Alliance of Councils’ leadership has recommended a motion opposing SB 827 to its 13 member-councils (including PPCC); Brentwood Community Council and others have already voted to oppose. Paul Koretz (CD5) has called the bill “devastating” and “the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” As of this writing, Mike Bonin is still studying it but indicates he has concerns.

Why should Palisadians care? After all, the bill may not directly impact us since we don’t seem to have major transit hubs – yet (I’m told that the City has been influenced to increase bus trip frequency and add stops on streets elsewhere; it could happen here on Sunset). Even so, most of us regularly travel outside the Palisades and would certainly be affected by the bill’s impacts on Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and beyond.

Ultimately, the bill is a slippery slope towards an even greater “top down” takeover of local control – with potential extinguishment of community and specific plans and single-family zones. Reasonable citizens want to solve the affordable housing crisis, but SB 827 – an unprecedented power grab that would force statewide zoning control – is not the answer.

Christina Spitz; for identification only: PPCC Chair/President Emeritus

3) WRAC councils voting to date to oppose SB 827 (5 of 13): Brentwood CC, Westwood CC, Westside NC, Bel Air-Beverly Crest NC, South Robertson NC; remaining councils are agendizing at upcoming meetings.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Richard Cohen, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Bruce Schwartz, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner

Voting Alternates:  Susan Payne, Quentin Fleming, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Brenda Theveny, Jim Kirtley, Jody Margulies

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  The Council’s Mission was read.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes: Chair deemed the minutes of January 25, 2018 approved as distributed. 2) Upcoming meetings: February 22, 2018 (topics to be announced).

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $42,006.18 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

Marc Jackson spoke in opposition to the PPCC position with respect to the eldercare project on Palisades Dr. in the Highlands.  The Chair allowed him to complete his remarks, and after a few follow up questions, thanked him.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    The Chair reported on SB 946 — a new bill re state regulation of sidewalk vending/further encroachment on local control; a WRAC-LUPC recommended motion to oppose will tentatively be considered at PPCC’s 2/22/18 meeting. Eric Marshal (audience) remarked that the bill may be a necessary move by the State to prompt serious consideration of a legalizing ordinance on the part of LA City Council, which has dragged its feet on the issue. There was a brief back and forth about local control and the interest of the City, and organizations like PPCC, to retain the ability to have a say in how communities grow and shape over time.

8.1.2.    The Chair announced that PPCC’s motion in opposition to SB 827, the state mandate of increased density along transit corridors, has been sent to Mike Bonin as well as relevant public officials, including bill’s author and Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. [See both letters at, scroll down to Planning & Density.]

8.1.3.    The Chair gave a recap of the Bel Air Fire and Safety meeting held the week prior. She asked if members thought it would be a good idea for PPCC to hold a similar Community Safety Meeting, to talk about security in light of recent break-ins and fire safety, as well as other community safety or enforcement concerns. The Board overwhelmingly indicated they would. The Chair inquired whether they’d like to see a separate event or one that is held during our regular meeting time. The Chair pledged to work on it.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Allison Holdorff Polhill (Secretary) gave an update on LAUSD Board District 4 efforts.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Rick Mills (Area 4) stated that the sidewalk vending bill issue is:  people want to maintain local control.

8.3.2.    Reza Akef (Area 8) expressed concerns about the upcoming golf tournament and its impact on traffic; he urged people to be careful.  He observed that more people are sleeping in their cars and most are Uber drivers. He also reported that a Paul Revere parent got into a fight with a local resident.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jim Kirtley (YMCA) gave an update with two flyers:  The Y is partnering with the SMC Art Department Valentine’s Day Art Glass Sale to be held on the Village Green Sunday February 11, 10am-4pm. The Y will also be participating in the “Yarn Bomb” of the Village Green in support of Women’s History.

8.4.2.    David Card (American Legion) gave an update on the American Legion Post 283 High School Oratorical Contest. The students have done well so far.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.     LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore gave an update on crime. He was joined by Officer John Redican, who explained the situation on the ground and gave some details about how to protect property. Each remarked about the recent spate of crime, but did not see a trend. Officer Moore reported that vehicle burglaries have increased in the Palisades. He requested that individuals who have camera systems that have captured license plates, please report it to the police. Chair asked if the Board would like to have a dedicated safety forum meeting in the near future. The Board agreed they would. Tentative date March 6, 2018.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – Deferred.

11.    New Business – Deferred.

12.    Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 pm due to an exceptional library request to end early.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Gil Dembo, David Card, Reza Akef, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Margarita Pagliai

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras, Susan Payne, Richard Blumenberg

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Howard Robinson, Leah Cox, Alan Goldsmith, Carol Bruch, Barbara Kohn, Amir Ebtehadj, Howard Robinson

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:12pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Sarah Conner read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of February 8, 2018 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – 3/8/18: Scott Sale, Safe Parking LA; Deborah Hong, Community Affairs LADWP; Stephanie Cohen, Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl update. 3/22/18: Caruso update.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $41,952.18 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Linda Deacon, resident, read a statement regarding Cosimo Pizzulli’s claims, in a letter to City official, that two unnamed PPCC board members and Howard Robinson had given verbal support for the project he is developing.  Ms. Deacon noted that Howard Robinson has clarified that he made no such statements.  The Chair reiterated that PPCC has never taken a position on the matter.  She explained that seasoned City officials are unlikely to give much weight to the claimed verbal statements, but she will send an email to confirm that PPCC doesn’t have a position on the project.  Rick Mills, Area 4 rep (where the project is located) also confirmed that PPCC has not taken a position.  Audience question:  What is the Pizzulli project?   Rick Mills: Eight single family homes on eight lots near the west rim of Las Pulgas Canyon, below Sunset, plus a sewer extension.

8.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Community Safety Meeting.  This meeting will take place on March 6 from 6:30-8:30pm in Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. A flyer with more information will be sent out. Panelists will include LAFD Asst. Chief Armando Hogan; LAPD Officers Moore and Redican; Neighborhood Prosecutor Veronica de la Cruz-Robles; Carol Parks from City Emergency Management Dept.; LAFD Station 69 Captains Kitahata and Bates; and representatives of ACS and Palisades Patrol.

8.1.2.    LUC and Eldercare comments.  The LUC met immediately preceding this board meeting and a decision was made to look again at the Highlands eldercare project with a Coastal lens; the meeting will likely take place in March or April (date to be determined).

8.1.3.    Beach Access Restriction from midnight to 5 am in jeopardy.  The Coastal Commission had recently indicated they would like to see pathways on our beaches for the public to access the water overnight. We were told that it was likely they will not reaffirm continuation of the City of Los Angeles’ restriction on overnight use of the beaches. As a result, the Chair wrote a letter reiterating PPCC’s position in support of the curfew, which the Executive Committee approved. However, we have been advised by persons with knowledge of the situation that this alarm should be put on hold, so for now the letter is not being sent.

8.1.4.    David Card announcement as new EC member, representing Organizational category.  Chair announced that with the approval of the officers and Chair/President Emeritus, David Card has been appointed to the Executive Committee representing the Organizational category. Chair thanked Susan Payne, former EC member in that category.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus) gave an update on SB 827.  So far, ten (10) of the total thirteen (13) Neighborhood and Community Council members of WRAC have voted to oppose the bill; this is more than the required supermajority for WRAC positions. WRAC Chair Doug Fitzsimmons will soon be writing to the bill’s author and the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee, as did PPCC, to advise them of the Alliance’s position. Councilmember Bonin opposes the bill and has let Senator Ben Allen know this. Senator Allen also opposes the bill. He sits on the Housing and Transportation Committee with the bill’s author, Senator Wiener. The bill is not yet on an agenda for hearing in that Committee but is expected to be scheduled for sometime later in March. In Los Angeles, Councilmember Ryu has sponsored a resolution in City Council opposing SB 827. This is important because the Senate will want to know what the City’s official position is. The Ryu resolution is assigned to the Council Rules Committee but has not yet been agendized for hearing. We will monitor developments.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg (Vice Chair) announced that PCH Task Force kicks off new traffic safety program (which will extend from the Santa Monica tunnel all the way to Ventura) in the Temescal parking lot at 09:30 on Friday.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-Large) gave an update on the Pacific Palisades Dog Park Working Group.  They held a public presentation and comment meeting attended by over 125 people on Feb. 7th. After hearing the presentation, the public attendees voted unanimously for the dog park to be located on Temescal Canyon Road. See item 10.1 below.

8.3.2.    Sue Kohl (Area 5) gave an Area 5 security update. There is a movement in the Alphabet Streets to consider putting together a security package, including hiring a security patrol. This is still in the planning stage; there is so much crime in the area, and residents are trying to get organized. Information will be posted on social media and possibly the PPCC website. More details will be forthcoming.

8.3.3.    Peter Culhane (Area 2) reported for Lisa Cahill of CD11 who could not attend.  There was a fire last night at 6:30pm above Marquez that involved more than 60 firefighters and over 20 trucks at the top of the Enclave in the Highlands. There were no injuries and the fire was put out. The week before there was a townhouse fire on Michael Lane, which started in a garage from car. There were no injuries and the fire companies responded quickly.

Peter also reported on the concrete swales clean-out effort; this resulted in big pile of dirt on the on right hand side of Palisades Dr. He has been trying to get the City to remove the dirt. Two dumpsters are there now, both full. A third dumpster is full of cardboard, and there is concern that homeless persons might take the cardboard and built shelters. Peter also explained that on April 6, the last phase of asphalt renewal on Palisades Dr. will be completed.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion) reported as follows:

American Legion:  Sunday at 1:00pm the Legion’s Oratorical Contest 3rd round will be held at the American Legion Post 283 hall in Pacific Palisades (next to the Post Office). The very best high school orators from all over L.A. County will be vying for going on to the State finals in Clovis, and hopefully to the national finals in Indianapolis. The speeches are without notes or text, and they all focus on the U.S. Constitution. The 1st place speaker on Sunday will receive a $600 scholarship award.

Rustic Canyon Recreation Center:  Last Saturday and Sunday we had a big turnout of community volunteers to the Big Bad Ivy Pull in the historic Eucalyptus Grove. We filled a 20 foot x 8 foot trash bin of the invasive weed, German Ivy or Cape Ivy, along with other weeds. A big THANK YOU to all who participated. George congratulated David and the volunteers on the great job done.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore – Not present.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 Field Deputy, Lisa Cahill – Not present. [See Item 8.3.3 above.]

8.5.3.    Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner.

Janet announced that the Congressman is calling together the 3rd annual West LA VA Neighbors Community Roundtable on Monday, Feb 26th, 2018, from 7-8:30 pm, at the Belmont Village Sr. Living Center in Westwood, 10475 Wilshire Blvd. Open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP to There will be presentations and an update on the status of the Master Plan, and its EIR/EIS. Janet Anderson will represent PPCC at the Monday meeting.

Janet also passed out a flyer with information about the yearly Congressional Art Competition; the winner receives a scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C., and their artwork is hung in the Capitol for a year.   Submission deadline: April 6, 2018, 5pm. The judging will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center on April 28, from 1-3pm.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – Amir Eptehadj.

1) Following the Florida high school shooting event, the Pali High community was shaken and engaged in dialogue with counselors. Students have signed a large banner which they are sending to Parkland HS to show support. 2) A group of students is partnering with the Mayor’s Office with an initiative to bring a large voter pre-registration event for youth to the district in April. 3) Pali High ambassadors will be at the Pali Spelling Bee to partner with the Bee and the Palisadian-Post. Q: Will Pali High students participate in the gun control march on March 24th? A: They are working on logistics and haven’t decided on a date yet because there are different dates that different groups are using; Pali High students will participate in one of the marches.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.     LUC (Howard Robinson, Chair).

Howard explained that in the committee meeting preceding the board meeting, the LUC adopted a revision to the LUC’s internal policies and procedures document. The final wording will be made available soon.  During public comment many people asked the LUC to reopen the recommendation on the eldercare project.  By a narrow vote of 5-4 with PPCC Chair and ex-oficio LUC member casting the deciding vote, the LUC will reopen the committee’s recommendation at a future meeting, with the project use and related Coastal matters to be looked at again.  It will be up to the PPCC board to decide whether it will reopen the matter of the board’s position.

10.     Old Business.

10.1.    Pacific Palisades Dog Park – Report from the Working Group.

Presentations:  Lou Kamer is the PPCC Liaison to the PP Dog Park Working Group. He explained that the group was formed as a result of community interest, after CD11 encouraged the formation of the group and helped enable it to begin discussing plans for a Palisades Dog Park, following a motion Concilmember Bonin introduced at City Council. He went through a Power Point (available at the PPCC website under Resources/Presentation to PPCC) which described the members of the group, its mission, assessment of potential locations, identification of funding sources and outreach to the community to see if there’s interest and to take comments/concerns. They identified what makes a great dog park and looked at ten Rec. & Parks locations around the City. The location along Temescal Canyon matched all the criteria.

Leslie Campbell of the Working Group showed a petition signed by 3,000 plus residents who want to see a dog park in the Palisades. The proposed plan includes large and small dog areas, within 33,000 sq. ft., north of the playground on the east side of Temescal Canyon Road. The area will be fenced in, with sufficient parking, access to bathrooms, on-site drainage, irrigation lines, fountains that drain, and running water. The group thanks Rec. & Parks for offering the land. They worked with the Rec. & Parks architecture department on the designs. The groundcover will be mulch or woodchips initially. There will be benches and shade covers. They are now half-way through the steps in their plan; they will need to begin fundraising.

Lou added that the dog park will be open sunrise to sunset with electronic gates; there will be no nighttime use. There will also be a regular maintenance shift to clean the park one morning each week.

Carol Ross of the Working Group presented information regarding the costs. Rec. & Parks has no money to pay for maintenance so this will require private funding.   If they keep costs under $399,000, they will not need a CDP. They don’t need to use Rec. & Parks contractors so this may help with expenses. They will try to add $100,000 in maintenance funds. The group is applying for 501(c)3 status. For now, pledges are being taken on the website. Next step: developing a maintenance plan and costs. They are seeking to partner with another Palisades group that is already doing landscaping. They are over half-way along in their process.

Lou explained why we should support the plan. We have no dog park anywhere near here. The plan has the support of Rec. & Parks and CD11, the PP-PAB and over 3,000 petitioners. This is the best location and the best opportunity in 35 years to do this. It will be a community facility to bring people together in the Palisades. At the February community meeting that was held to vote on the plan and location, 120 people unanimously voted in support.

Discussion:   George Wolfberg stated that he worked with Norman Kulla on the dog park issue in 2005; he commended the current group for their efforts. George was also involved in the Brentwood Dog Park. He suggested the working group might want to consider the possibility of CD11 forming a Brown-Acted Advisory Committee for the park. He also expressed concern about the park’s size; is it large enough? Lou explained that this is the largest they can do at the site because they don’t want to overwhelm the area, and that other dog parks in our environs (for example Brentwood) are the same size, and seem to work well. The idea is integrating what they can do with the space available. Other possible options involved purchasing land or unfeasible sites. This was the only area that was considered viable. Leslie Campbell added that the Barrington Dog Park has been cut in half and the new dog park in Westwood is about the same size as the proposed park on Temescal.

Richard Cohen said he was involved as Chair from 2008-2010 when there were efforts to place a dog park on the west side of Temescal, south of the continuation school. There was puzzling opposition raised by residents on the ridge above (Temescal west side, south of continuation), with talk of negative impacts such as flying feces. He suggested that before we take a position we ascertain whether residents on the rim were notified and whether they are supportive of the project. He asked for an explanation of the outreach that was conducted. Lou explained that they held numerous meetings, including the recent community meeting, have posted information on Nextdoor, and have a Pali Dog Park Facebook page plus a website. There were some concerns expressed from residents about waste and noise. They spoke with some neighbors on the ridge. They were told that one woman had concerns. They went out and did noise tests – what do dogs barking at the bottom sound like at the top? Lou said it was similar to noise from cars. It will sound like a dog is barking from 10 houses down.   They put a microphone in Barrington and he has data re the peak hours of barking, which he has shared with neighbors on ridge. David Kaplan (the Area rep) stated that no one had contacted him who was either for or against the dog park. He asked if the one neighbor’s concerns were alleviated? Lou replied that the dog park is beyond 150 ft. from homes (the Rec. & Parks rule). The Chair noted that experience has demonstrated when people are opposed to a community project, they tend to find out about it and make their opinions known. The fact that neither the PPCC, nor the dog park working group, nor the area rep had heard any complaints or misgivings indicates a comfortable measure of surety that there is not entrenched opposition to the possibility of a dog park in the contemplated area.

David Card remarked that the closest house by a Google Earth measurement is 218 ground ft. from the dog park.   A question arose about traffic and safety issues from people parking across street and walking across Temescal Canyon Road. Lou: when full the dog park would be about 45 dogs; LADOT says there is plenty of available parking and this isn’t an issue. David C.: this would also involve people making U-Turns. Cathy Russell: She is concerned about the park being overrun by too many people and dogs, such as dog walkers with 10 dogs each. Leslie Campbell: The nature of the design of this park will eliminate dog walkers because it wouldn’t be safe; you can’t just open the gate and let dogs go in this park, due to the design. Danielle Samulon: how will people know to leave at closing time? Lou: He hopes people will know to leave when it turns dark. Regarding administrative details that may come up in Phase 2 in the future: Peter Culhane will introduce Lou to head of the Palisades Highlands recreation group which has a dog park. Gil Dembo: How do you prevent dog owners from utilizing public park space outside of the dog park area? George Wolfberg: Barrington Dog Park has a special regulation; owners will be cited if they use other areas. Reza Akef: what about the rule of one owner one dog? Who will be the enforcer? He also has environmental concerns (e.g., plastic bags may end up in the ocean and dirty run-off). Lou: Rec. & Parks has jurisdiction and has rangers there to enforce the rules. They will try to have biodegradable bags available and run-off will go into the existing treatment system. David C: He is concerned about the size, the fact that beachgoers from all over the City and region may want to use the dog park, which may lead to a desire to expand the park further and then bump up next to playground; he is against encroachment on the playground and picnic area. He also asked, what about bathrooms? Where will they tie up dogs? Lou: Hopefully if someone has to go to bathroom someone will watch dogs. Susan P.: From her own experience, people using a dog park usually don’t have to go to the bathroom; they don’t stay long. David Kaplan: How will they prevent the park from being overrun when there are 60 dogs? Leslie Campbell: People are managing very well with other parks of about the same size. Carol Bruch: Did you actually put notices out to people on the rim, such as flyers at every door? Lou: We had people who knew residents on the ridge go out and talk to their neighbors. We didn’t specifically notify each resident.

Motion:  Lou made a motion for the PPCC to support the dog park proposed at this location so that we can move forward with all the steps needed to make the dog park happen.  No additional discussion.  Vote: Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Motions Proposed to WRAC Leadership by WRAC-LUPC.

Initial Remarks by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz.  These motions have been proposed by the Westside Regional Alliance of Council (WRAC) Land Use & Planning Committee to WRAC leadership; due to time constraints WRAC leadership has not yet considered the motions. Rather than wait for leadership to recommend, we are proposing the motions to the Board tonight because PPCC has already taken positions on these matters and the motions are consistent with PPCC’s position in each case.

1).   Resolution to oppose SB 946 [Lara] (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz; modifications in bold font):

Pacific Palisades Community Council opposes SB 946 [Lara], in which the State of California would establish sidewalk vending regulations for local municipalities. The bill would require local regulations to permit vending in parks and public spaces and would not allow location restrictions unless ‘directly related to objective health, safety or welfare concerns.’ The City of Los Angeles is currently analyzing sidewalk vending options. Local control and jurisdiction over sidewalk vending is strongly preferred, and should be preserved.”

Background:  Bill text; previous PPCC letter.

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by two voting board members.

Presentation by George and Chris:  This proposed bill would require cities, on a statewide basis, to allow sidewalk vending in parks and all public spaces, with basically no provision for either an opt-in or opt-out process. It is another attempted state encroachment on local control. PPCCs position on sidewalk vending is as expressed in its previous letter: We oppose legalization on a citywide basis but if legalization is to occur we insist on certain conditions, including a opt-in procedure for those neighborhoods that wish to have this activity. A proposal to legalize sidewalk vending has been pending in City Council Committee for some time, under which certain areas might be allowed to opt-out and disallow the activity. Should an opt-in or opt-out procedure be instituted, they would come back to the community to determine what the community wanted and we would hear from all sides. This proposed local solution would be entirely overridden by SB 946. Consistent with PPCC’s longstanding support for local control and the position already taken on sidewalk vending, we urge the board to pass this proposed resolution.

Discussion:   Eric Marshall (audience) urged the board to oppose this resolution.   He believes the resolution is burdensome and the bill doesn’t violate local control.

Vote:  Passed by a vote of more than 2/3 of voting board members.

2).   Resolution to support a Short-Term Rentals Ordinance IF the following specific conditions are included (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg and Chris Spitz; modifications in bold font):

Further to the letter of 2/5/18 submitted to CF 14-1635-S2 by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC), Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC), a member of WRAC, resolves as follows:

“Any City of Los Angeles Short-Term Rentals Ordinance shall include the following:

  1. A cap on the number of nights that a room can be rented each year, and with no provision for a CUP or other process for individual hosts to receive permission to exceed the annual cap
  2. Requirement of proof of primary residence and liability insurance for the specific use.
  3. No self-certification.
  4. Short-term rental tax revenues shall not go into the General Fund. The highest priority for use of revenues shall be enforcement of the ordinance, and after that, revenues shall go to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  5. Provision for a private right of action by adversely affected residents and all other conditions specified in the letter of 10/27/15 previously submitted to CF 14-1635-S2 by PPCC.

PPCC notes that many NCs/CCs, including PPCC, prefer a full prohibition on short-term rentals in R zones, for reasons that include tranquil neighborhoods, impossibility of enforcement, and loss of hotel revenue and jobs. However, many Councilmembers support short-term rentals in R zones, and full opposition may not be feasible.”

Background:  Previous WRAC letter; previous PPCC letters (scroll down to Short Term Rentals).

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by two voting board members.

Presentation by George and Chris:  This motion is a result of recent action in the City Council PLUM Committee, as previously reported by Chris, in which the Committee has directed the Planning Dept. to add certain provisions to the Home Sharing (STRs) ordinance which are not consistent with PPCC’s and WRAC’s positions. A letter has already been submitted by WRAC stating opposition to these proposed new provisions, which would include allowing individual property owners to apply for a CUP or other discretionary process to exceed the annual cap; self-certification of residency; and directing short term rental tax receipts into the City’s General Fund. WRAC LUPC members felt that it is important for WRAC members to pass this additional resolution for clarification and emphasis. You will note that we added Section 5 to re-emphasize PPCC’s position that the ordinance should provide for a private right of action.

Discussion:   Peter Culhane remarked that the Highlands has CC&Rs that don’t allow STRs.  Richard Cohen:  We have previously discussed the issue of STRs turning into party houses and hotels in our residential neighborhoods.  Rick McGeagh (audience) stated that he has an Airbnb next door to him, adjacent to Will Rogers State Park.  Every Fri. and Sat. night there’s a party in the home.  He is concerned about teenagers, partiers, wildfires, etc.

Vote:  Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

3).  Resolution to oppose the automatic renewal of the City’s Bus Shelter/Advertising 20-year contract with Decaux (motion sponsored in PPCC by George Wolfberg, Chris Spitz and Richard Cohen; modifications in bold font):

Regarding CF 00 1073-S1: Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) opposes the automatic renewal of the City’s Bus Shelter/Advertising 20-year contract with Decaux. PPCC further requests the City to withdraw the renegotiation of the sidewalk furniture contract with Decaux from the City Attorney’s office, and to allow a process of community input which can culminate in an open RFP, awarded based on parameters laid out by community impact and ridership needs. The City should solicit comments from the community about problems/issues, and then issue an open RFP that addresses these issues/problems to numerous advertising firms. Problems noted include lack of bus shelters at mass transit stations and major arterials, which harms the rider experience during rainstorms and windstorms, and which may further reduce the already declining use of transit. PPCC also strongly urges that local control and Specific Plan, Scenic Highway and Coastal Zone protections be respected in connection with any contract that is eventually negotiated.”

Background:  Numerous references to previous discussion and actions taken by the PPCC board regarding street furniture (2006-2012); see specifically: 1/12/06, Item 4.5.1; 2/9/06, Item 4.5.5; 6/9/06, Item 7.3.3; 6/22/06, Item 7.3.1; 7/13/06, Item 7.3.1); 2/28/08, Item 7.2.1; 3/13/08, Item 7.2.2; 3/27/08, Item 7.2.2; 6/12/08, Item 7.2.2; 6/26/08, Item 9.3; 7/10/08, Item 9.1; 8/14/08, Item 9.1); 1/8/09, Item 7.1.8; 1/11/09, Item 7.1.12; 7/8/10, Item 10.4; 10/27/11, Item 7.1.4; 2/23/12, Item 10.2.

The Chair stated the motion to the board; no additional second needed since the motion was made by more than two voting board members.

Presentation by Richard Cohen:  Richard related PPCC’s extensive past history involving street furniture.  The City wants the money that comes from advertising on the furniture. He explained that we are requesting by this resolution that there should be no automatic renewal of the Decaux contract and that it should be put out to bid with community input. The resolution also restates our additional concerns about local control with respect to the Specific Plan, scenic highways and coastal areas. This is completely consistent with a motion Richard made almost 10 years ago that passed unanimously.

Richard also explained that several years ago we joined with Brentwood CC, retained attorneys and threatened to bring the matter to the Coastal Commission if the City went forward with street furniture plans that were not acceptable to the Palisades. We argued at the time that this was a big enough project to require an EIR/CEQA review. Our firm pressure resulted in our then-Councilmember Bill Rosendahl supporting a carve out for the Palisades from the contract then being negotiated.

Discussion:  David Kaplan reminded the board of the “harmonizing” project going on, spearheaded by PRIDE, for the redesign of various Village public right-of-way areas contiguous to the Caruso project.  This will include areas with bus stops where street furniture might be placed.

Vote:  Passed by unanimous vote of voting board members.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:58 pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, David Card, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Gilbert Dembo

Voting Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Sandy Eddy, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  David Peterson, Brenda Theveny

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:­­­04pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Sue Kohl read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of February 22, 2018 were approved as corrected.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 3/22/18: Caruso update.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $40,899.98 and that there was a transaction in the amount of $525 for Directors & Officers Insurance since the last meeting. Richard Cohen discussed the $1M liability limit for our insurance policy. Maryam Zar asked whether members should contribute to PPCC to replenish monies. Richard acknowledged that we do have more than $40,000 in our account as a cushion, but donations from members would help cover ongoing expenses such as insurance so that we don’t have to use these funds.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Marge Gold reported that the Village Green is being “yarn bombed” on March 22, 2018 through April 1, 2018.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.     Community Safety Meeting update.  A successful meeting was held on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Palisades High School, Mercer Hall. About 200 people were present and all seats were filled. Mike Bonin opened the meeting with a recap of council district issues and accomplishments, as well as a thanks to Maryam Zar and PPCC for arranging this important forum for community discussion of safety issues. He made clear he opposed the lifting of the beach curfew and would work in tandem with the community to keep it in place. The event hosted a robust panel, including representatives from LAPD, Palisades Patrol, ACS, West Traffic officers, LAFD, Beach Patrol, City Dept. of Emergency Management, Beaches & Harbors, PPTFH, LAUSD PPCC Homelessness Advisor Sharon Kilbride and Pali High. Allison Holdorff Pohlhill reported on a School Board resolution calling for sensible gun laws on the state and federal level. Chair thanked all participants for the important information that was imparted. Chris Spitz thanked Chair Maryam Zar for her efforts in putting together this meeting.

8.1.2.    LUC and Eldercare comments and clarification.  Chair explained the upcoming process in which the LUC will review the project again from a coastal lens and will decide whether to make a revised recommendation to the board. If a decision is reached to make a new recommendation it will be placed on the agenda for the April 12, 2018 board meeting.

8.1.3.    Beach Access Restriction from midnight to 5 am update. The California Coastal Commission is a commission of the State. The City of LA has regulation over local beaches. The County is involved because they have a contract to operate the beach, literally the sand. Advocacy should be focused towards the Coastal Commission.

8.1.4.    (Add-on topic) Pursuant to the motion passed at the February 22nd meeting, a letter has been sent to Mike Bonin regarding street furniture.  It is on the PPCC website at

8.1.5.    (Add-on topic) Regarding cannabis regulation, after input from Brentwood CC and Mike Bonin, the City will be adding the VA as a sensitive use.

8.2.    From Officers – None.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer reported that volunteers are needed to assist with 4th of July parade preparations.  Matthew Rodman is the new PAPA president. The Chair thanked past PAPA president Daphne Gronich, who was in the audience, for her service.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion) reported that the American Legion Oratorical contest is underway.  Josh Doland and Daniella Wilson won at the local level and competed at the district level. The US Constitution was the topic – the right to be free from having soldiers enter your home. Two girls are able to go to the state tournament and two dozen boys are able to attend the state competition. In addition: the little fire near the top of Bienveneda recently was likely a “warming fire” starting by young person or homeless person messing around. March 31, 2018 will be the Rustic Canyon Spring Fair.

8.4.2.    Richard Blumenberg (Chamber of Commerce; reporting in the absence of Rick Lemmo and Susan Payne).  March 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm will be the ribbon cutting for Kay n Dave’s.  On April 21st there will be a Healthy Kids Fair at Simon Meadow at Temescal Canyon and Sunset Blvd.

8.4.3.    Maryam Zar (AYSO; reporting in the absence of Janet Anderson).  Janet attended the recent meeting about the VA and said they are building 140 new housing units, and will break ground on McArthur field in 2019 for planned female homeless veteran housing. A contractor has been awarded, though a service provider has not. A Safe Parking LA pilot program is also underway for designated West LA VA parking lots. Private money has been offered, and CM Bonin has also offered to help fund the program. They are also working on the Purple line.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore – Not present.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 Field Deputy, Lisa Cahill.

Lisa reported:  Bonin wrote an Op Ed about homelessness. Potrero Canyon plans are virtually finished. Urban Forestry issues: there is a master plan and Cahill is integrating plans with the Palisades park planting. Quimby Funds that were taken from the Palisades and Rustic Canyon Parks and diverted to the Venice Pier will be restored. Gil Dembo asked for the PPCC to remain informed about this. Sue Pascoe was thanked for writing the article that held the City responsible for diverting funds. David Card invited Lisa Cahill to visit Palisades Beautiful meetings. Lou Kamer has been working with Palisades Beautiful to re-plant trees. Palisades Beautiful is revising its tree list and plants trees. Urban Forestry’s tree list is also being revised. Tree People also has a list of trees.

8.5.3.    Office of County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Stephanie Cohen, District Director.

Stephanie reported:  Environment – storm water infrastructure and capture should be in front of the County Board of Supervisors by next Spring. Open Space – Measure A – 17 acres of mountain range were purchased. County 69 Bravo was purchased in the Topanga area to facilitate first responder assembly and coordination during emergencies. Cannabis is illegal in all unincorporated areas. Working on cannabis regulation. LGBT/Youth in the Foster Care system bill was passed. Measure H passed last year, funds have just been collected from July 2017 to the present. House LA – CD11 & CD5, incentives to participate in Section 8 development. There is money available to improve properties. Stephanie is in the process of hiring a new field deputy.

8.5.4.   Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner – Not present.

8.5.5.   Department of Water and Power Community Affairs, Deborah Hong – introduction.

Ms. Hong is the Westside territory representative. She noted that DWP is very large. No planned construction is planned at this time. For routine maintenance, please contact Ms. Hong. DWP will notify neighborhoods for street closures for planned construction; however, routine maintenance is not noticed in advance. Gilbert Dembo stated he does not want to see more temporary pole tops. Lou Kamer stated that 12 Pali High students want to do an art project on the bottom of the pole top at Pali High. Richard Cohen noted that PPCC has taken no position on this art project proposal.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Scott Sale, Safe Parking LA.

Safe Parking LA is an independent 501(c)(3).  The Green Street program makes it possible for homeless living in their cars not to be ticketed in certain designated areas. Safe Parking takes a humane approach in addressing homeless people living in their cars. Safe Parking uses parking lots for overnight parking and keeps the parking lot safe for patrons. Safe Parking provides a security guard; sanitation (locked portable); and case management. Safe Parking has been very successful in the Cities of Santa Barbara and San Diego with no incidents. Safe Parking is interested in church and commercial parking lots.

11.2.    Patrick Frank, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight – Not present; deferred.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz (acting Secretary), Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, Reza Akef, Cathy Russell, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Rick Lemmo (left seat during Item 10.1 below), Andy Frew, Bruce Schwartz

Voting Alternates:  Jody Margulies, Jim Kirtley, Susan Payne (took seat only during Item 10.1 below)

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Susan Payne (except as noted above), Amir Ebtehadj

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Rick Mills read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of March 8, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 4/12/18 and 4/26/18.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $41,095.98 and that there were no significant transactions since the last meeting. Chair asked if Richard could report with more detail on transactions. Richard replied that he could do that and would do so if instructed but most people find such level of detail boring. He regularly reports any significant transactions, such as the insurance premium payment reported at the last meeting. He also provides the annual detailed report on the Council’s finances at the end of June as required by the bylaws, but would report more frequently with greater detail if the Chair requests it. 

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Diane Bleak, resident:   She is concerned regarding what happened at the last LUC meeting (which she was unable to attend due to work demands), based on a report in the Palisadian Post. She believes, based upon the statements attributed to an LUC member in that article, that there are developers on the LUC who have conflicts of interest. Reza Akef stated that he is the developer on the LUC and was at the LUC meeting; that the Post’s reporting was incorrect; and that he disputed the characterization of what occurred. Chair stated that she would speak with the Executive Committee about these concerns and stressed that PPCC provides a forum and wants to hear from residents.

7.2.    Marge Gold, resident:  Yarn bombing will take place on the Village Green tomorrow starting on 8am.

7.3.    Public comment related to the Caruso Palisades Village update (comments heard after conclusion of Item 10.1 below; Michael Gazzano not present):

1) Ted Weitz, nearby resident, passed out different plans which he said showed that what is being built is different from what was originally depicted on plans provided by Caruso.  He stated that Caruso promised a 9 ft. landscaping barrier between the building and street on the north end; according to Ted this hasn’t occurred and he also expressed concern about the location of transformers. Chair asked if he has gone to the City with his concerns. Ted said he has gone to DWP who told him these were Caruso’s choices.

2) Richard Cohen (Treasurer) responded that Ted had raised these questions at the recent meeting with Caruso for supporters and nearby residents, and that Caruso had publicly responded that DWP had advised Caruso that the transformers had to be in this location.  Richard related that Caruso also had explained that they made changes over the months to take into account Ted’s concerns and that the area may look bare now but there will be landscaping and the planting will grow.

3) Jay Rosenthal, nearby resident, explained that he walks the area 2-4 times a day and it seems to him there is at least 9 ft. of landscaping barrier.

4) Donna Vaccarino, resident and architect, stated that the project has been permitted but as an architect she has reviewed renderings and has noticed that some of the buildings seem to have changes from what was on the plans, which she described.

5) Len Nguyen, CD11 Planning Deputy, stated that if there are concerns about exceeding or not following plans, the plans are on file and concerns can be submitted to Building & Safety.  There is a building inspector assigned to the project and the approved plans are on site.  If anyone needs to find out how to have concerns addressed Len will help them with the process so they can have the inspector verify whether plans are being followed.

6) Lou Kamer (At Large rep) stated that he has worked with both sides and welcomes the project, but it is a big transformation from a little village and there has been a struggle with communication.  He hopes the new website feature will allay fears and answer questions.

7) Sue Kohl (Area 5 rep) commented that she takes issue with the suggestion of any communication problems; she doesn’t know anyone who could name a developer who would do more outreach than Caruso has.  She stated that Michael Gazzano has given out his phone number and email for the last few years to anyone who wanted to speak to him. Caruso owns this development and there is some proprietary information that we are not privy to and we cannot obtain that.

8) Gil Dembo (TCA) commented that this is a dynamic project; it is not set in stone; there will be continual changes and tweaks to make it work.

9) Chair asked Sue Kohl about parking efforts.  Sue explained that preferential parking districts (PPD) are being established; they are well on the way.  Permit parking will not be on the streets that didn’t want it.  This had to be requested by residents.  8-10 blocks had residents who wanted preferential parking.  Most petitions were accepted but some are still being worked on.  It is a complicated, long process. Signatures from 80% of all addresses are required on those blocks and not all could get the required number  to sign petitions.  The streets getting permit parking status (i.e., located in the one approved PPD so far): Albright, Monument, Embury, Via de la Paz, and a couple of short nearby streets (Charm Acres).  Sue explained that parking was a problem in residential streets even before Caruso project because employees already would park there.  Caruso has said at PPCC meetings and other community meetings that he will provide parking for all his employees, but we don’t know what the impacts on residential streets will be at this point.  Sue is still working on the PPDs but this may take a while. She will try to put together a report with the Chair. Len Nguyen reported that residents interested in setting up a PPD can email  Emails will go to the preferential parking unit and an analyst will respond.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    The Nominating Committee for the upcoming officers election has been appointed.  The members are: Dick Wulliger, Committee Chair; Danielle Samulon; Sarah Conner, Rick Mills; Alan Goldsmith.  Dick Wulliger asked everyone to let the Committee know if anyone is interested or knows of someone else interested in an Officer position.

8.1.2.    Before her term is up, Chair will appoint the Election Committee for the Elected Representatives Election.  She wants to aggregate comments for election improvements and will refer the matter to the Bylaws Committee.

8.1.3.    Chair and George Wolfberg spoke at the recent memorial for Kurt Toppel.  There were several former PPCC Chairs in the room. A good showing was made for PPCC at the memorial.

8.1.4.    The Brentwood community will be doing something similar to our safety meeting.

8.1.5.    Regarding the LUC and the Eldercare Facility, Chair will be speaking with LUC Chair Howard Robinson regarding the nuances of our position and writing a possible additional letter.  She will also be addressing the issue of an even-numbered committee.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair).  George reported that he had accompanied Golden Sparkplug winner Debbie Warfel to a meeting at Senator Kamala Harris’ West LA Office regarding commercial aircraft noise issues in our community.  The Senator’s staff is aware of complaints from West Adams residents as well as residents in Lake Arrowhead, Benedict Canyon, Culver City and more.  It was discovered that Sen. Harris did not receive the emails regarding our aircraft noise nor the files from Senator Boxer.  George and Debbie spent about a day recreating the missing information to bring Senator Harris’ Southern California Deputy Director up to date.

8.2.2.    Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).  Chris reported that a supermajority of 11 WRAC member councils have passed motions opposing SB 827. Maryam Zar, WRAC Vice-Chair and Acting Chair in the WRAC Chair’s absence, has submitted a WRAC position letter to the Council Rules Committee, indicating WRAC’s strong opposition to the bill and support for a Council resolution in opposition to SB 827 proposed by Councilmember Ryu, which will be heard in committee tomorrow. The WRAC letter is on the PPCC website.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.   Lou Kamer (At Large).  Lou announced that the parade will have new website as of April 1. PAPA needs volunteers desperately.  They will be doing community floats from all areas. RING may be sponsoring. A special CERT training is being organized through the LAFD for the Palisades and Lou is looking at dates and venues. This will be for 7 weeks, 1 night a week. 30 people are interested so far. The most recent previous CERT training had taken place in Brentwood at Revere.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jody Margulies (Optimists Club).  Reporting in the absence of David Card (American Legion), Jody announced that there is a Spring Egg Hunt and Crafters Faire at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center on March 31, 10-2pm, admission free.

8.4.2.    Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce).  Rick reported that there will be a new event on April 21st, with the Chamber and the YMCA working together on Health and Family Fitness.  It will be held at Simon Meadow. Susan Payne:  RING will open a pop up store and is one of the safety sponsors of the Health and Fitness event. Rick also announced that the Chamber is being remodeled, with completion expected the 1st week of May.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore.  Officer Moore reported that Palisades crime as a whole is down 31%, but vehicle break-ins are up 6%. Lots of these break-ins involve people from outside the Palisades coming in for hiking and other activities and then being victimized. Please email Officer Moore with any questions.

8.5.2.    Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner – Not present.

8.5.3.    Councilmember Mike Bonin, Planning Deputy Len Nguyen.  Len reported that the Home Sharing (Short Term Rentals) Ordinance will be heard in PLUM on March 27.  The Chair thanked Len for attending the meeting and imparting valuable information during discussion of other items.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.    Amir Eptehadj (Youth Advisor).  Amir stated that Pali High had a march/walkout on March 14, with over 2000 students marching off campus, going up Bowdoin and going back to campus. He thanked everyone for their support. Councilmember Bonin, Allison Holdorff Pohlhill and Maryam Zar attended the event. They held voter registration, and over 200 students registered to vote. This past Tuesday, the Palisades Ambassadors were recognized by Mike Bonin at the LA City Council and received a commendation certificate from the City. “Footloose”, the Spring Musical, is playing at Pali High the weekend of April 6th, 8th and 13th-14th.   Rick Mills: Since Pali is raising funds to increase security, how can people contribute? Amir: There is a committee to address security concerns and there is a fundraising project on campus. Visit; information is on the main page of the website. Regarding the March 24 rally downtown: Pali High doesn’t have a group going but individuals will be attending. As to the status of college acceptances, the Valedictorian will be attending Yale and there were acceptances at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, UCLA and USC, among others. Many Pali seniors will be attending prestigious universities in the fall. Amir encouraged the board that if anyone has an event with volunteer opportunities, please contact Amir for volunteers.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    LUC (Sarah Conner, Vice-Chair, reporting in the absence of Howard Robinson, Chair).  Report and recap of meeting held on 3/13/18.  Sarah stated that coverage of the meeting was in the News and Post.  The LUC looked at the issue of the Eldercare Facility again, applying the Coastal Act and Regional Interpretive Guidelines.  A motion for the LUC to recommend that the PPCC board take up the matter of the building’s height violating Coastal requirements failed by a vote of 3 to 5. The appeal will be heard on April 18 at 4pm at the Henry Medina center in West LA.

9.2.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC Sue Kohl & David Kaplan, Co-Chairs).  Update and introduction by Sue Kohl (in David Kaplan’s absence) of the Caruso Palisades Village presentation.  Sue introduced Michael Gazzano, Vice President of Caruso.  He was invited in January to come to a meeting in the spring to give an update.  Last month Rick Caruso himself gave an update on the project to immediate neighbors and supporters. Michael is now here as promised. The Caruso team has received questions that were recently posted on Nextdoor and is gathering information in response to be put on the website. Residents will be able to visit, scroll down to project updates, and will get answers to most if not all of the questions posed. Interested persons can also ask further questions by hitting the contact button and someone from the Caruso team will reply. (See Item 10.1 below.)

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Caruso Palisades Village Update.  Chair announced that this will be an update only, not discussion or Q&A; she apologized for the agenda description. There will be an interactive feature online to address questions, which will be launched tomorrow.

Michael Gazzano then gave his update regarding three topics:

1) Grand opening date:  The Caruso team and tenants are very excited as we are today 6 months from the opening. The shops will be open for business on Saturday, September 22.

2) Construction updates:  Michael showed a Power Point and video depicting progress of construction throughout the project. The theater tenant is already onsite doing build-out of the interior of the movie theater. There will be 5 auditoriums, less than 300 seats total. These will be more like screening rooms, with 25-60 seats in each room, reclining chairs, food, drinks and first-run movies. The facility will be called the Bay Theater. Framing of all buildings is continuing; tenants will soon be coming on site to build out their spaces. Amazon Books will be on the corner of Sunset and Swarthmore. Michael also showed renderings depicting that the park space will be part of the project.

3) Tenant recap (to date):

Bay Theatre, Cinepolis, Vintage Grocers, Amazon Books

McConnell’s Ice Cream, Al Forte, SunLife Organics, General Porpoise, edo little bites, Sweet Laurel Bakery

Max-Bone, Zimmermann, Towne by Elyse Walker, Jennifer Meyer, Carbon38, Botanica Bazaar, The Little Market

Michael described the nature of the tenants’ businesses. He explained that many have connections to the Palisades and they are excited to be located here.

Regarding alcohol applications: Michael advised that there have been three so far; a number of restaurants are coming soon; eight in total were approved by the City.

Questions and answers will be on the website,, this weekend.  The new website will have an extended FAQ.  This is intended so that there are no misinterpretations. Residents can also submit additional questions directly on the website, or they can email questions to Michael at

Chair asked about security.  Michael responded that Caruso takes security very seriously and hires the best of the best; he said that the new head of security is phenomenal. The project will have many security cameras. Caruso will also have trained uniformed officers 24/7 and also plainclothes officers throughout.

Chair concluded by stating that we have the VPCLC to keep tabs on the construction phase.  This committee was to be in place through the construction. After September we will think about a possible new committee. The review period for the project is over and hearings were held, construction is underway. This body won’t undertake further review. Chair has conveyed her own concerns and had them addressed.  (Public Comment related to the update then took place after Michael left the meeting; see Item 7.3 above.)

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Patrick Frank, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight – Deferred to 4/26.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm.


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Minutes taken by George Wolfberg

Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg (acting Secretary), Richard Cohen, Reza Akef, Janet Anderson, Sarah Conner, Peter Culhane, Gil Dembo, Andy Frew, Lou Kamer, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Cathy Russell, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Leah Cox, Alan Goldsmith, Andrew Sacks, Andrew Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  The Chair read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of March 22, 2018 were deemed approved.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 4/26/18, 5/10/18.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported as follows:

“Our bank balance is $40,052 and since the last meeting we paid the premium for renewal of our general liability insurance which cost $965 vs. $799 last year.

“At the top is last year’s report to meet the Chair’s request for a review of the period of her incumbency. Since our reporting year per the Bylaws begins June 1st, last year’s number began at that date.

“As you can see, last year we increased our funds overall by $3,533. However we had an operating loss of $3,285. The difference was due to the unusually successful Holiday Gala which netted $6,818. Additionally, my employer made a gift of $2,000 to PPCC.

“Turning to this year…

“The first thing to note is that regular contributions are a pathetic $132

“Insurance cost has increased by about $300 vs. last year

“Our operating expenses so far are just over $4,000 and will go somewhat higher through year-end

“The Gala result is our one bright spot contributing almost $4,700.

“As a result of all of this our accumulated funds are up about $600 year to date.

“Note: this is just a partial year. Tax preparation fees and other expenses will likely be incurred.

“General thoughts:

“We used to raise about $2,000 with individual membership contributions from the community and this amount was sufficient to run the Council. Since we no longer send a newsletter with an envelope this revenue has disappeared. Also, expenses are about double now due to rising insurance and data costs. We need to discuss the revenue issue. We are now entirely reliant upon the Gala and associated tribute book.   I think that this is risky for several reasons among which are the tremendous amount of work involved and the possibility that it will become impractical due to a lack of venue or other unknown factors. These issues should be addressed in the coming year. Fortunately our accumulated funds give us some breathing room.”

Richard indicated that there will be some expense to initiate the “per person” voting scheme which replaces the old one-vote-per-household system. A robust discussion ensued regarding the source of funds and options available to an organization that does not charge dues. Alan Goldsmith suggested that shirts, caps and other paraphernalia be sold at the car show and 4th of July, for example, and maybe a table at Farmers Market.

(See attached report for the financial details.)

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Robert Flick complained PPCC Board member and Officer attendance of an event held at the Woman’s Club sponsored by Rony Shram for supporters of the proposed eldercare center at 1525 Palisades Dr. which was attended by two or three board members in their private capacity.  Diane Bleak added that persons were transported to the event from the Highlands and that she had been prevented from attending meetings of the Highlands Presidents Council.  Maryam explained that board members have a private voice, and in that capacity, are free to attend any public meeting.  She made clear that any PPCC policy is only approved by a vote of the Board members at a duly announced meeting.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    We are expecting a briefing from LA County Beaches and Harbors on both the bus turn-aorund planned for the County lot at the bottom of Sunset (and PCH) as well as beach access restriction concern that has been brought up before.

8.1.2.    Committee Announcements.

8.1.2.a.     Mobility & Safety Committee.  The Chair appointed Lou Kamer as a committee of one and requested he search out and recommend possible members for appointment to the new Committee.

8.1.2.b.    Committee of Elders.  The Chair has appointed former Chairs Janet Turner, Joan Graves and Barbara Kohn to be a resource to the Chair.

8.1.3.    Palisades Ambassadors Recognition.  These volunteers from Palisades High have been very helpful and they have been recognized by the City Councilman. Does the PPCC also want to recognize their volunteer service to the community with certificates of recognition? The Chair explained that she’s talked to Palisades High School Principal and CM Bonin, and they are happy to sign the certificates along with PPCC Chair and Vice-Chair, to recognize the graduating Seniors among the Ambassadors. The board indicated an eagerness to support this idea. Some board members raised their hands to vote for a motion, but the Treasurer suggested a “sense of the board” which the Chair affirmed she had gotten in the positive.

8.1.4.    1525 N. Palisades Drive Project.  See letter submitted to the West LA Area Planning Commission prior to the 4/18 hearing, attached.

8.1.5.    Issues being referred to the Bylaws Committee.  See letter from Chair, attached.  George Wolfberg encouraged all parties to submit suggestions for consideration by the Bylaws Committee.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair) gave a detailed report regarding yesterday’s PCH Task Force Meeting in Malibu:

Tim Harter is leaving Assemblyman Bloom’s office to take the position of Government Relations Director for the Byrd scooters.

PPCC Transportation Advisor Patti Post and George met last week in Calabasas with Senator Stern’s deputy Jeremy Wolf who will be the lead person going forward with Tim Harter’s moving on and Lila Kalaf of Senator Allen’s office on extended leave. Jeremy took many notes in our meeting and Patti and George were pleased to see that he had engaged an intern to take notes of yesterday’s task force meeting in Malibu.

The state legislature is looking at creating four pilot projects (two in Northern California and two in Southern California) to develop congestion pricing concepts. Also, there is preliminary consideration of legislation to penalize texting while walking in the street.

CHP. The Highway Patrol is making distracted driving a point of emphasis. A distracted driving handout was distributed.

Chautauqua at PCH.  Caltrans expects the new traffic directional signs to be delivered this month with installation probably sometime in May or June.

Malibu Signal Synchronization (12 signals between Topanga Canyon and John Tyler).  Project in preliminary design phase.

Santa Monica Pier Bridge.  EIR comment period is closed—many comments received. May delay project past current estimated completion date of 2020

Pier Parking Lot Stormwater project.  The spoils from the big dig are being spread along the beach with Coastal Commission approval.

Potrero Canyon Park.  Lisa Cahill reported that construction of the rough grading phase of the project is expected to start in the summer with an estimated 14 months of work.

Office of Traffic Safety Grant.  Project is moving along on many fronts led by consultant Pat Hines. On April 29 Pat will be present at the Palisades Farmers Market. Expect interactive maps of where accidents are happening, the opportunity to blend your own smoothie on a blender bike and more. Other issues: parents are teaching their children potentially fatal habits by not stopping at stop signs. People with little or no bike riding experience, are renting electric bicycles and riding at 30 miles per hour on the coast highway — another recipe for disaster.

Camping Vehicles along the Highway.  These are prohibited in Malibu and (overnight) in Los Angeles. Enterprising entrepreneurs are fixing up old campers for homeless people and others. Some vendors are renting RVs in a manner similar to Airbnb rentals. Coastal Commission, so far, thinks this is a splendid idea. By the way, Sharon Kilbride and George requested replacement of the defaced “No Overnight Parking” signs near Gladstones and police are again enforcing these restrictions.

Bus turnaround.  Speaking of Gladstones, Patti Post called out the County to be mindful of the provision in the RFP for a new restaurant to allow a “turnaround” for buses and the message was acknowledged by Supervisor Kuehl’s representative. Patti and Maryam Zar will continue to press the County to put the turnaround in place as soon as possible, but implementation is likely many years away.

Highway Service Patrol initiative.   LA Metro has operated a very successful Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) for many years. The City of Malibu and Supervisor’s Kuehl’s approached Metro to see if such a service could be tried on PCH. Since PCH is a highway, not a freeway, some adjustments to the program would be necessary. Also, the FSP has been capped for years, but SB1 could provide additional funding to add another corridor.   Under SB1, Metro would fund 80% of the program costs, with the remaining 20% provided by local sources.

The Task Force was given a PowerPoint presentation by a Metro consultant on the possibility of extending the service to PCH to scoop up vehicles in distress, change a tire, and provide a jumpstart or a free gallon of gasoline. Providing those services could reduce the time that disabled vehicles block lanes and thereby reduce congestion and frustration.

After many slides, the presenter concluded that, although not a freeway, PCH would meet minimum criteria of traffic levels to qualify for this service at selected hours. Issues included where to haul off nonoperable vehicles, how to coordinate among all the law enforcement agencies, long distances to cover and, of course, where to get the 20% balance of the cost. Senator Kuehl’s office was amenable to provide any funding not coming from Malibu or SB1. Stand by! Even with all agencies cooperating, it is likely to take at least a year to get a demonstration started.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg also reported that he and David Card along with Lisa Cahill from Councilman Bonin’s office attended the Rec and Parks Commission meeting last week to observe Joe Halper in action (he had to run a subcommittee without the absent chair and did a fine job). George and David also wanted to see the Potrero project actually take some baby steps. David gave an excellent presentation advocating for the City to let the second contract for landscaping as soon as possible so the many plants, especially in one gallon containers, can be purchased now and have at least a year’s growth before planting. This first contract is only for rough grading with a second finishing contract to come later. David also cautioned that the plant list needs to be carefully reviewed to avoid any possibility of monoculture mistakes because of limited diversity and to reflect possible global warming impact of some of the selected plantings.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Peter Culhane (Area 2 Representative) attended Planning 101 (noticed by the Chair since Peter Culhane had to leave at 8pm.  Alan Goldsmith served the remainder of the meeting in his stead).

8.3.2.    Kelly Comras (Area 1 Second Alternate) stressed the importance of the Bus turnaround at the Gladstones location.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Gil Dembo (TCA) stated that he had inspected Potrero Canyon last week with Lisa Cahill along with George Wolfberg and David Card.

8.4.2.    Dick Wulliger (Historical Society) reported that applications for Chief of Police have come in from throughout the world and the plan is to identify the top three contenders for consideration by the Mayor.

8.4.3.    Sarah Conner (PPRA) reported that her organization had sent a letter to the West LA Area Planning Commission in opposition to the 1525 Palisades Drive proposed development of an eldercare center.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD SLO, Michael Moore — Not present, no report.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11.

Field Deputy Lisa Cahill stated that they are investigating two houses under construction on Will Rogers Park Rd. to determine whether it is possible to save trees on the sites.  Porto Marina Way is being repaved. Residents are urged to report issues with Via De Las Olas to 3-1-1.  Finally, residents in Brentwood are forming a homeless task force modeled after the successful organization in Pacific Palisades.

8.5.3.  Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner.

Janet reported that the current VA Master Plan implementation through an incremental process of separate RFPs is not working and the VA will be advertising for a master developer for the entire VA campus with a hearing scheduled for April 26 at the VA Hospital.  See announcement and letter of support from Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Lieu, at

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.     The Riviera Country Club.

The Riviera Country Club (RCC).  Andrew Wolfberg, Area 8 Second Alternate, indicated that RCC has a service/maintenance entrance at the end of Longworth Avenue which is seeing possible construction/improvements, causing great concern to nearby Polo Field residents. Laurie Kraus [resident] lives on Longworth near the gate and is concerned that RCC may be converting the gate to an entrance for club patrons/tennis players who now drive in at the main entrance on Capri. She has gathered 90 signatures from neighbors in three days. She is concerned about traffic safety and especially lack of outreach from RCC. She believes there should be a study of traffic impacts and requests notice of environmental and traffic studies. 

Reza Akef, Area 8 Representative, expressed concern about serial or incremental permits which may avoid environmental study; vague security booth with circular driveway, a possible complete remodel via Title 24 permits and a 2017 grading pre-inspection, expansion of multipurpose room and basement and removal of a tennis court for a possible parking lot. (See permits obtained by Len Nguyen at

Kelly Comras wondered about notice to neighbors and whether such piecemeal permitting was legal.  An audience member stated that the tennis courts were being accessed from Longworth 100% of the time.

Donald Emery, the RCC general manager, responded.  The Riviera used to own the polo fields. There are several issues with the Longworth Gate area including pavement, an aging sewer line and a bridge that need strengthening. There is no expansion in this area, in fact a reduction of one tennis court and a new part time security hut so there will be safer access for patrons walking to the courts or who live in the polo fields area and would like to avoid driving up to Capri. The gate will be used by staff at tournaments and Revere students coming to play tennis. He denied the gate is for new access. He did not know if there would be an increase in traffic on Longworth.

Richard Cohen asserted that there should be no increase in traffic.  Lisa Cahill stated that the entire CD11 planning team is looking into the issue. Another neighbor complained that Big Rigs arrive at 4 AM in the morning with no advance notice disrupting the tranquility of the neighborhood. Sarah Conner requested a copy of the CUP. David Kaplan asked what steps would be taken to keep gate usage as it has been historically. Lou Kamer stated that Longworth is on the “Safe Routes to School” map and safety is a matter of concern.

Mr. Emery stated that he would bring the stated concerns to his management. He was asked to return and urged to open a dialog with the community. He pledged that he would.

See PPCC Letter re Riviera (sent to the Council District, prior to the meeting), attached.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:10 pm.

(Attachments begin on next page.)


ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer’s Report – Richard G. Cohen as of April 12, 2018
Report June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017
Balance 6/1/2016 35,944
Balance 5/31/2017 39,477
Increase in Funds 3,533$ <
Regular Contributions (includes $2,000 from MS) 2,536
Operating Expenses
Rent 1,026
Insurance 1,315
Data and Election Related 2,399
Tax Prep 275
Misc 806
Total Operating Expenses 5,821
Operating Loss * -3,285
Dinner & Tribute Revenue 15,706
Event Costs 8,888
Event Profit * 6,818
Increase in Funds Last Year 3,533$ <
Report June 1, 2017 – April 10, 2018 Fiscal Year-to-Date (1)
Balance 6/1/2017 39,447
Balance 4/12/2018 40,052
Increase in Funds This Term 605$ <
Regular Contributions 132
PAPA Donation 1,150
Rent 810
Insurance 1,593
Mailchimp 255
Chamber Event Tickets 300
Safety Event 97
Misc 0
Total Operating Expenses 4,205
Operating Loss * -4,073
Dinner & Tribute Revenue 13,320
Event Costs 8,642
Event Profit * 4,678
Increase in Funds Fiscal Y-T-D 605$ <
Total increase in funds since June 1, 2016 4,138
(1) – Partial year. Tax prep and other expenses will be incurred through end of year.
* – PPCC is a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 corporation and as such does not have “profit” or “loss”.
These terms are used as substitutes for “revenues in excess of expenses” or the reverse.

ITEM 8.1.4 — Letter to West LA Area Planning Commission regarding 1525 Palisades Drive

April 10, 2018

Esther Margulies, President
West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
Henry Medina WLA Parking Enforcement Facility
11214 W. Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Re:       1525 Palisades Drive, Proposed Eldercare Facility

Case No. ZA-2017-2170-ELD-CDP-SPR and ENV-2017-2171-CE

On November 2, 2017, I wrote to inform the Zoning Administrator (ZA) of the PPCC Board’s motion regarding the eldercare facility proposed for 1525 Palisades Drive, Pacific Palisades (Property) pursuant to the above-referenced Case (Eldercare Project).

As a recap, on October 26, 2017, the Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) Land Use Committee considered the Eldercare Project and produced an advisory opinion to the PPCC Board that the Eldercare Project was an appropriate use for the Property. The full board of the PPCC then discussed the matter and passed the motion below, after hearing presentation from both sides and listening to testimony from residents.

PPCC finds that the proposed eldercare facility is an appropriate use. We note community concerns about height, safety, access, noise, disruption and proximity to zoned open space. The developer assures us that the Palisades Dr. driveway will be modified to exit only. Further, the developer assures us that he will be responsive to complaints about outdoor light.

Since that time, questions have been raised as to the breadth of the PPCC’s finding and the extent of the affirmation the finding conveyed with respect to the Eldercare Project. In the interest of full and complete communication, I now offer the following additional comments, which are intended to clarify and contextualize the PPCC Board’s action.

  • With its motion, the Board intended to say only that we thought an eldercare facility was an appropriate land use at the Property. The finding was limited to the appropriateness of the use. The motion was not intended either to imply support for the design of the proposed building or to address the question of whether the Eldercare Project was in conformity with the California Coastal Act or applicable City of Los Angeles regulations including the required findings for approval of a Coastal Development Permit (LAMC 20.2) or Site Plan Review (LAMC 15.05).
  • The Board declined to consider, or make any determination, about the Eldercare Project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and whether or not the City acted properly in June, 2017 when it determined the project was categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. The Board made this decision after making clear that we lacked the requisite knowledge and expertise to engage in a well-informed debate on this aspect of the project.
  • The Board and its Land Use Committee, in aggregate, spent approximately three hours on October 26, 2017 hearing from local residents and deliberating the Board’s position on the Eldercare Project. In its adopted motion, the Board noted “community concerns about height, safety, access, noise, disruption and proximity to zoned open space.” A large number of residents attended these meetings to express their support or opposition, indicating an extreme level of community engagement in this issue. Our intent in noting the areas of concern in our motion was to communicate the types of concerns expressed by many residents, to City decision makers.
  • In our letter to the ZA, we noted that the developer acknowledged community concerns with respect to the height and scale of the building at the October 26, 2017 meeting, and made a verbal commitment to be mindful of those concerns. Our intent in making these statements was to bring the primary scope of community feedback to the attention of the City decision-makers, in case they had relevance in the ZA crafting of conditions or requirements for the Eldercare Project, should it be approved.
  • The PPCC Guiding Principles state in part, that “the PPCC maintains that planning and zoning regulations, building codes, rules, restrictions, and ordinances have been established for the good of the community. They should be applied, upheld and enforced by the Zoning Administrator, Building and Safety, and other governing bodies with jurisdiction over the approval, execution, and enforcement processes.” These principals were drafted purposefully, and are found in our Bylaws. Without expressly stating this in each of our positions, we incorporate them by inference and insist that all laws be scrupulously applied. The Guiding Principles also include, by inference, all applicable State and local laws and regulations affecting development in the Coastal Zone.

It is my hope that this letter helps clarify the limited scope of the finding adopted by PPCC, i.e., that the Eldercare Project would be an appropriate use, and that it assists the West LA Area Planning Commission in its evaluation of appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s January 26, 2018 decision regarding the Case.


Maryam Zar,
Chair, Pacific Palisades Community Council

ITEM 8.1.5 – Bylaws Suggestion from Chair

PPCC Bylaws referral issues; April 12, 2018; Submitted by the Chair

For consideration by Bylaws Committee, and findings advised to the board by May 24, 2018.

Election related issues:

Independent oversight/administration of elections
In NC elections, ballot counting and certification is done by an independent office (The City Clerk), not the individual councils. It can be perceptually damaging when our elections are administered by board members and individuals who at times have been very vocal about their preferences for people and issues that have impacted the board. Perceptions can be just as important as conduct when it comes to maintaining the public trust. When candidates have clearly been preferred by the counters, there is a perception of impartiality and a question of conflict that must be addressed. The election Committee can be made of board members – preferably those whose positions on issues and candidates are not obvious – but those tasked with tallying the vote must be independent and unconnected to the outcome of the vote.

Suggestion for Consideration: to appoint the non-voting legal advisor as the Chairman of the election committee, with the final authority over the appearance of the ballot, which ballots are disqualified, and the final certification/count.

PPCC Logo on Campaign Materials
Just as using the city seal on campaign materials is a disqualifying offense in NC elections, using the PPCC logo on campaign materials should be expressly prohibited in the Bylaws. This could be interpreted as a Council’s endorsement of the candidate.

Multi-modal Voting
Paper ballots must be preserved for those who do not feel comfortable with digital ballots. Voters should not be dissuaded from voting one way or another by members of the EC. Voters should not, for example, approach the Farmers Market table ready to vote and then be told it is preferable that they vote online.

Release of Results
Full results of the election, including vote totals should released publicly, all at once, when available.

Alternates Process
The same people (or substantially the same people) may not administer the elections and also be the ones who nominate the Alternates. This creates a tension whereby a candidate cannot challenge the EC’s conduct during the campaign, or the results of the election, without fearing retaliation during the Alternate selection process.

Suggestion 1: Having the newly elected Rep nominate their alternates, and then have them confirmed by the council voting members at a subsequent meeting.

Suggestion 1: Having a second place finisher (within a certain vote differential) automatically qualified as the 2nd Alternate.

Non election related matters:

Recording or live broadcast of Proceedings
All PPCC meetings or committee meetings shall be audio recorded and made available to the public via the PPCC website.

Justification: The majority of Palisades residents do not choose to attend meetings unless there is an issue that interests them. There are other residents who do not want to attend full meetings but would be interested in what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf.

The minutes of the board meetings are broad and do not represent the complete discussions or supporting material that makes up board votes.  Additionally, there have been multiple instances where both board members and participants have said things that are later contested or argued. This amendment would eliminate this unnecessary conflict and make everyone accountable.

Most modern public organizations and representative bodies make their proceedings available live or via online archive. The PPCC is no different and should be accessible to the public it serves in as many venues as possible, in keeping with the times, to fulfill its mission and remain relevant to the Palisades constituency.

The technical requirements to fulfill this responsibility is simple and free.

Statements of Conflict of Interest
The PPCC board consists of residents with broad professional experience and, in some cases, influential connections. These resources are invaluable when discussing particular subjects or motions before the board, but they can also give rise to conflicts, or the impression thereof.

Both the Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order outline procedures for conflicts of interest, but do not include a method for board members or the public to systematically and defensibly ask about those conflicts, or a codified manner of addressing them.

A simple form or questionnaire distributed to members at the start of their service outlining their potential and real conflicts of interest through professional or social circles will ensure that the community can review and discover these potential conflicts, and the EC should have a tolerance for community or board members to question those conflicts and the appropriateness of members to serve on committees or vote on matters that may benefit them directly or indirectly. The Chair should be able to be required and able defend his/her appointees frankly and openly.

Term Limits
Consider whether Term Limits should be set for all officer roles. Consider whether term limits should be set for Area representatives. Please advise the pros and cons that were considered.


  1. Obvious interest: Should someone with an obvious interest that is of a controversial nature in our community be allowed on the board, as an organizational member (case currently worthy of highlighting: Rick Lemmo of Caruso Affiliated as well as representing our local Chamber).
  2. Private enrichment: If a Board member accepts an offer to become privately enriched (directly or indirectly) by an entity that has a matter before the board, should that be announced, and that person be prohibited from acting as a board member on that matter (advocating or voting).
  3. Newspaper interface: Letters to the Editor from Board members or Executive Committee members in the PPCC capacity should or should not be affirmed by the Chair? Can the Chair write without affirmation from the EC or a Communications Committee (to be appointed by each Chair)?
  4. Polling: In the modern day, when digital polling is so easy to do, should Area reps be required to show that they’ve reached out to their constituents before voting on a controversial matter.

ITEM 11.1 — Letter Re Riviera Country Club

April 5, 2018

Honorable City Councilman
Mike Bonin
200 N. Spring Street, Suite #475
Los Angeles, CA 90012

RE: Expansion at Riviera Country Club (1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)

Dear Councilmember Bonin,

The Executive Committee of the PPCC expresses our concern regarding the activities of the Riviera Country Club, located adjacent to the Palisades residential neighborhood known as “The Polo Fields”, along the eastern edge of our community (bordering Brentwood).

It has come to our attention that the Riviera Country Club (Riviera) has applied for a string of building permits with the City of Los Angeles which aggregate to represent an apparent expansion of its facilities in Pacific Palisades which may be unlawful. Among them is the expanded use of a gate on Longworth Avenue that has historically been prohibited, we believe pursuant to an agreement made many years ago, for the Riviera to coexist in harmony within the community and with its residential neighbors.

The Riviera has made these applications apparently without alerting the community or surrounding residences. The applications, submitted separately, have eluded scrutiny at the West Los Angeles Planning Department “planning counter” and permits have been granted without the necessary review that the full scope of the plans may merit. We also note that the shift in use will introduce an unknown number of vehicles onto Longworth Drive, which feeds into Allenford Avenue where Paul Revere Middle School lies. This move comes at a time when this community has focused on safety along the Paul Revere corridor, impacting students and residents on a daily basis.

For these reasons, and more, PPCC respectfully asks that your planning staff place a hold on this project until the PPCC Board can take up the matter, and until such a time that Riviera informs us of the full scope of their plans, and its impact on the community.

Thank you and your staff for your assistance with this matter.


Maryam Zar
Pacific Palisades Community Council

*This letter is being submitted by the PPCC Executive Committee pursuant to its authority under the PPCC bylaws to act for the board under emergency circumstances when the full board cannot act.  In this case the full board cannot take up the matter until its next regularly scheduled meeting on April 12 and it is imperative that a hold be placed on any activities that may continue or commence before that time.

CC: Len NguyenKrista KlineMichelle Bisnoff


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Cathy Russell, Lou Kamer, David Card, Bruce Schwartz, Margarita Pagliai

Voting Alternates:  Jim Kirtley, Andrew Wolfberg, Brenda Theveny, Doug McCormick, David Peterson, Barbara Kohn, Susan Payne

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Richard Blumenberg, Matthew Rodman, Howard Robinson, Andrew Sacks

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Chris Spitz read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of April 12, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 5/10/18; announcement of Nominating Committee nominees for officer positions. 5/24/18; Chair announced that Stephanie Cohen of Supervisor Kuehl’s office and a representative of Beaches & Harbors will present at the 5/10 meeting, with information as to the beach access and Gladstone’s restaurant replacement matters.  Additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $39,235.88 and that there were two significant transactions: the PO Box renewal and data processing charges. During reconciliation of our bank statement (done monthly) he discovered an outstanding check in payment of our general liability insurance premium. He contacted the agent and was assured that the policy is paid up and in-force and that the problem was due to late deposit by the agent. The treasurer has completed the accounting for this year’s tax reporting which is due 5/15/18. Returns will be signed and filed shortly.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Mr. Flick thanked more than 1500 people who signed an online petition opposing development of the Highlands eldercare facility.  He indicated displeasure with PPCC’s position and testimony individually made by certain Board members at the recent WLA APC appeal hearing.  A discussion ensued regarding what was expressed at the hearing regarding PPCC’s position and testimony by individual Board members.  It was clarified that the PPCC position had been properly and solely presented by LUC Chair Howard Robinson (as delegated by the Chair), and that our bylaws permit Board members to express individual opinions and to identify their PPCC and other affiliations, as long as it is clear they are not speaking for PPCC or misstating the PPCC position. The Chair suggested that the Board may wish to have a discussion in the future as to whether there should be any changes in the rules regarding speech by Board members.

8.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair – None.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.     Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).  Updates on SB 827, Short Term Rentals (Home Sharing) Ordinance and Sidewalk Vending Ordinance. Chris reported:

SB 827:  This is the dangerous “transit oriented density bill” which would eliminate local planning control and is opposed by LA City Council. The bill was killed in the Senate Transportation Committee recently, with Senator Allen voting No; however, it is subject to reconsideration in committee on a date to be determined; we will continue to monitor.

Short Term Rentals (Home-Sharing) Ordinance:  The City Council Housing Committee took this matter up yesterday on a referral from the PLUM Committee with a proposal for a process to allow hosts to exceed the annual cap, but with very limited notice requirements. This was opposed by a supermajority of WRAC members, including PPCC; Chris sent a letter to the Housing Committee on her own behalf indicating this opposition. The Committee yesterday voted to approve the ordinance with the proposed revisions, including the process for so-called “extended use permits.” Right now, the annual cap is proposed for 120 days, but under the revisions hosts can apply after six months for either an administrative permit or a CUP to allow them to exceed the cap. It appears that the only notice requirement for these permits would be to “abutting homeowners” and there doesn’t appear to be a ceiling on the possible extended use.

The Chair noted that PPCC’s position is against legalization of short term rentals, but that if legalization is to occur we insist on stringent rules, including no more than a 90 day annual cap, a provision to take impacted neighbors complaints into account, an a tougher mechanism to permissibly exceed the cap. She asked for the sense of the Board in order to clarify PPCC’s position as it relates to the proposed extended use permits. Board members indicated that consistent with PPCC’s position we should insist that the rules be more stringent; there was general agreement that if the City Council is intent on going forward with a process for extended use permits (as it appears to be), a broader notice requirement (250-500 ft.) should be imposed.

Sidewalk Vending Ordinance:  This draft ordinance had been pending for more than two years and recently went to the full City Council for approval. Previous recommendations had been to allow for an “opt out” process or other procedure whereby the Council offices would receive input from local neighborhoods and/or brick and mortar businesses as to where sidewalk vending should be permitted. At the last minute, a motion was introduced in Council that removed the opt out process; Councilmember Bonin was one of four councilmembers to vote No on this motion, but the motion did pass. The City Attorney has been instructed to draft the ordinance language and we are told that the public will be given thirty days to comment after the draft is finalized. Just a reminder: PPCC’s position is that special vending districts should be created with opt-in procedures for local neighborhoods. Our own BID and Chamber have indicated support either for an opt-in or opt-out process. The vast majority of organizations citywide that have submitted positions to the Council File indicate that they are either opposed to legalization of this activity or favor either an opt-in or opt-out approach. Under the current proposed version, sidewalk vending would be disallowed only under very narrow circumstances such as evidence of public health impacts or the like. Chris noted that the City Council appears to be moving in the direction of SB 946, a bill pending in the State Senate (which PPCC also opposes, by a resolution passed in February 2018; see here). We will monitor developments. The Chair announced that depending on how much time PPCC has in the future, we may revisit this issue again and bring in sidewalk vendors’ point of view.

8.2.2.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair).  Recreation & Parks has put out a notice that grading bids for Potrero Canyon are due on May 10, 2018.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At Large Rep).  LADWP is behind on the number of power poles they were supposed to replace. Large metal poles with electrical lines related to the Caruso project (located on Albright) are permanent. Lou asked what is being done in terms of “harmonizing” the south of Sunset Blvd. with the Caruso project. Members of the PRIDE-sponsored committee working on this issue (including Sue Kohl, David Peterson, Chris Spitz and Marge Gold) explained that the committee is discussing a long-term design plan for public areas of the entire Village, including the area south of Sunset. Caruso is underwriting the design team. Chris noted that the effort is consistent with the prior Board discussion and motion passed in 2016. The PRIDE-sponsored committee’s discussions are ongoing; at the appropriate time proposed plans will be presented to PPCC and other Palisades organizations for community input. Major fundraising will be required. Marge reported that the vision is very large and expensive and the entire project is not going to happen in the near future. Board members indicated that harmonizing of the south of Sunset should be a priority; the Chair asked if members of the committee, who are also PPCC Board members would report the status of the committee’s efforts to the PPCC soon. Chris stated she would report this to the committee.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Jim Kirtley (YMCA); YMCA/Optimist Club Track Meet. The 46th Annual Youth Track Meet sponsored by the YMCA and Optimist Club will occur on June 6th at the Pali High track from 11am-2:30pm. The event is for kids ages 3-15. Entrance fee $20.

8.4.2.    Richard Wulliger (Historical Society). The inaugural lecture of the Lorraine Oshins Speaker Series will take place on May 2nd at 6:00 pm at Theatre Palisades. The lecture topic will be “Domesticity and Resistance: Women and Activism in Early Cold War Palisades,” with guest speaker Janet Farrell, Palisades resident and Professor of History at Claremont Graduate University.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore – Not in attendance.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, Planning Deputy Len Nguyen. (See Item 10.1 below.)

8.5.3.    Office of Senator Ben Allen, Allison Towle, District Representative.

Allison reported on several bills sponsored by the Senator:  SB 933: bill supporting expanded funding for arts education; SB 936: bill supporting how we allow autonomous vehicles on the road; funds used from greenhouse gas charges to fund money into the conservancies to adapt to climate change; SB 961: bill aimed at financing major transportation projects; SB 934: bill creating violence intervention and prevention grant program. She invited members to contact her with any questions; Mellisa’s contact information is on the PPCC website under Resources/Government Contacts

8.5.4.    Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Melissa Kaufler, Senior Field Representative.

The Assemblymember is sponsoring a bill for the West LA Courthouse to be sold to the City to be a regional homeless center. Melissa reported on the Assemblymember’s other bills:  AB 3124, extending bike racks on articulated buses; AB 2998, removing toxic products from juvenile products; a bill for Arts Council Peer Review – allows peers to review the applications for arts programs; AB 2684, updating the Uniform Parentage Act. The Ellis Act allows residential landlords to go out of business; this is a legal way for landlords to take rent-controlled apartments off the markets.  Contact information for Melissa is on the PPCC website under Resources/Government contacts.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.     Nominating Committee Update (Richard Wulliger, Chair).  The Committee is continuing to consider candidates and will announce its list at the first meeting in May.

9.2.    LUC Update (Howard Robinson, Chair).  (1) The LUC’s next meeting will be on May 7, 2018; (2) Howard presented the PPCC position, as expressed in its letters of November 2, 2017, and April 13, 2018, at the WLA APC hearing of the Highlands eldercare project appeal; he explained what occurred at the hearing and the express basis for the decision to deny the appeal, based on the required standard of review:  the appellants had not presented sufficient evidence of error by the Zoning Administrator.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Riviera Country Club Plans regarding Longworth Gate.  Update, further discussion, possible motion. See Building & Safety Permits for the RCC here.

Don Emery, Riviera Country Club (RCC) General Manager, and Megan Watanabe, Executive Vice-President, were present.  Andrew Wolfberg (Area 8 Alternate) asked for clarification regarding the Longworth Gate. Mr. Emery reported that the RCC is not changing its footprint despite pulling permits. They are replacing an old sewage line, rebuilding a small guard shack and doing electrical work. The security shack will be rebuilt to secure the lower entrance of the Club. Having a guard at the entrance will not materially change the use of the entrance. RCC will control noise and speed of their staff members late at night.

Mr. Embury acknowledged that the RCC’s original CUP dates from the 1920s. Len Nguyen, CD 11 Planning Deputy, stated that his office has been researching the matter and is working with the Planning Dept. and LADBS to obtain information about all relevant permits. Mr. Embury stated that RCC is willing to create a traffic study that the City undertakes. Len Nguyen explained that LADOT will review appropriate traffic implications in the event there is something new. RCC does not have written policies regarding the gate. Neighbors are concerned regarding the use of the gate. Richard Cohen asked if there would be a policy established and published, limiting use of the gate. Mr. Emery relayed that there wouldn’t be. The Chair clarified that there would then be unfettered access to the Longworth gate. Mr. Emery said Riviera will comply with the law and the City’s analysis. Ms. Watanabe suggested that only the tennis members would be inclined to use the Longworth Gate. It was made clear that others could also use the gate. Mr. Emery repeated that RCC will undertake a traffic study and they will make the entrance more secure.

Mr. Emery maintained that he has not received requests from residents on the north (Capri entrance) side to open an additional access at Longworth. He stated that the Longworth Gate is not actively used. David Peterson stated that he felt that RCC should be more forthcoming. Nearby residents Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus, along with other Longworth residents, spoke about their concerns that the project will result in more traffic on their street. Matthew Rodman, a parent leader at Paul Revere who was honored by PPCC for his work to reduce traffic impacts in the area, also expressed concern with possible additional traffic and negative safety impacts in terms of the school.

Andrew Wolfberg made a motion to ask the RCC to (1) provide architectural plans to the neighborhood reps ; (2) allow the community leaders to include neighbor reps on tour of the premises; and 3) work on a policy that could limit the use of the Longworth Gate and communicate and negotiate with the neighbors. Richard Wulliger and Sue Kohl seconded the motion. Howard Robinson made a friendly amendment concerning negotiating in good faith and setting a time deadline which was accepted by Andrew Wolfberg and the Board. The Board asked that these steps be taken within two weeks, understanding that negotiations will begin to take place during that period. It was suggested that Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus be the neighborhood liaisons, and they agreed. Mr. Emery and Ms. Watanabe both indicated that they were supportive of the motion.

The motion was drafted and read by the Chair as follows:

“PPCC notes the legitimate concerns of the neighbors pertaining to the improvements proposed by Riviera Country Club.

“We urge the Riviera Country Club to contact the two neighborhood liaisons, Richard Moss and Lorie Kraus, within the next two weeks, to begin open lines of communication and engage with the neighbors in the following ways:

  1. Provide architectural plans for the contemplated improvements at the Riviera Country Club;
  2. Schedule a tour of the site, aimed at explaining the contemplated improvements, for the neighborhood liaisons and PPCC area representatives; and
  3. Begin to negotiate in good faith, within the same two-week time span, on all aspects of the contemplated improvements.”

A vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

10.2.    Citywide Sign Ordinance.   Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight ( — Deferred due to lack of time.

11.    New Business – None.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:11pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg (acting Chair), Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz [acting Secretary], Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Gil Dembo, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, David Card, Bruce Schwartz, Rick Lemmo, Janet Anderson

Voting Alternates:  Sandra Eddy, Doug McCormick

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Barbara Kohn, Alan Goldsmith, Quentin Fleming, Patti Post, Sharon Kilbride

1.    Certification of Quorum.  George Wolfberg (presiding officer in the absence of Chair Maryam Zar) called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Rick Mills read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of April 26, 2018 were approved as distributed.  2) Upcoming Meetings – 5/24/18 (officer nominations from board members accepted until 15 mins. before scheduled close of meeting; other topics to be announced). 6/14/18 (candidates forum, if needed, and election of officers, 2018-2019 term). 6/28/18 (thanks to outgoing Chair, other officers and Chair/President Emeritus). Additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The acting Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed. However, deference will be given to invited guest presenters/briefers so exact order may not be followed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $38,973.65. He further reported the timely filing of several forms necessary to maintain our status as a compliant not-for-profit (990-N; 199-N; RRF-1). Additionally, the filing of form SI-100 is due by July 31 this year. Since this form names the agent for service of process for PPCC the name and address of the Chair must be provided. Richard will wait until after officer elections and the new Chair’s name is known before filing this form.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.     Marge Gold (resident) announced that there is a movement to spruce up the Palisades in time for the Caruso opening.  There is much work to be done and she suggested people might want to hop on board and help.

7.2.   Diane Bleak (resident) stated that she has two issues: (1) A motorcycle officer hides in blind spots along Palisades Dr. She believes this is safety issue because speeding motorists can’t see the officer.  Officer Rusty Redican replied that drivers are flying down Palisades Dr. and the speed limit is ignored by many people. He explained that motorcycle officers are hiding in order to keep people safe and to catch drivers who are speeding.  (2) She is concerned with the continued use of Roundup in the Highlands.

7.3.    Sue Pascoe (Palisades News) reported about a resident’s concern about the poor conditions in the area of the bathroom at the trailhead at the top of the Highlands.  Peter Culhane, Area 2 Representative, explained that there has been a big mystery with that property, which was previously auctioned off illegally; the matter has been brought to the attention of CD 11; and we are attempting to get to the bottom of it with the appropriate authorities.

7.4.    Leslie Hope (resident) spoke in favor of short term rentals.   She stated that hosts are not responsible for fires or other activity, that not everyone is against short term rentals, and that she limits her guests to one or two people.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair (acting Chair George Wolfberg, presiding).

8.1.1.    Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2018.  Incumbent elected representatives must notify the Chair in writing prior to 6/14/18 (first Board meeting in June) whether or not they will run for re-election to PPCC’s Board. (Bylaws, Attachment A, Sec. 3.D.2). Additional elected representative election information will be forthcoming.

8.1.2.    Riviera CC/Longworth Gate Update.

A tour was scheduled today at Riviera CC for the two neighborhood liaisons and the Area reps. Also, CD11 has informed the Riviera CC, pursuant to the revelations at our last meeting as well as advice from the Department of City Planning, that any work that seems to be aimed at impacting the use of the Longworth Gate will be stopped, and a discretionary permit will be required. Three permits that were deemed to have been aimed at improvements to the Longworth Gate, in order to be able to augment its use, have been halted.

8.1.3.    PP-Park Advisory Board Update.

Quimby money:  This is an eponymous state law.  These are fees collected from developers in lieu of the developers dedicating land and building parks to serve their developments. This money is supposed to be used in the area close to the respective developments. The Quimby funds throughout CD 11 were swooped up by the Rec and Parks Commission to a total of about $1.5 M for needed repairs of the Venice Pier.   This included the Quimby funds for Palisades and Rustic Canyon. A huge outcry when discovered. The City budget now includes the funds to repair the pier and the Commission has returned the funds, less 3% as we just learned from Sue Pascoe. The Palisades PAB (as well as the BCC) has requested that Rec and Parks update them regularly on Quimby income and anticipated expenditures so that local monitoring can help ensure errors like this do not occur again.   PPCC can visit this issue at a later date, if needed. The 3% is effectively a “tax” on our Quimby money and we should push back on this.

8.1.4.    Homeless Housing in Palisades.

CD11 has asked all the neighborhoods in the district, including Pacific Palisades, to start looking for and thinking about appropriate locations or buildings for homeless housing in the neighborhood. This is in keeping with the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative. Vice Chair, George Wolfberg, has sent a few ideas to Lisa and we can put this on the agenda or maybe create a committee to refine our options going forward.

8.1.5.    Area 4 Alternate Representative. Carol Bruch has retired from the board and Doria Anselmo is now the first alternate. We thank Carol for her years of dedicated service.

8.1.6.    Nominating Committee Resignation.  Chair Maryam Zar has accepted the resignation of Rick Mills from the Nominating Committee (effective May 4, 2018).

8.1.7.    LUC meetings have been irregular because of Library meeting room availability. Our next meeting will be on June 26th, at 6pm.  Guest: Krista Kline, Planning Director, CD11.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.     Chris Spitz (Chair/President Emeritus).

1) Update on Short Term Rentals (Home Sharing) Ordinance; see PPCC letter of April 30, 2018:  The City Council last week approved the ordinance but also passed several amending motions, some good and some bad, or at least with serious discrepancies. Chris is in contact with the Planning Dept. about some of these matters. It’s too complicated to go into now but if anyone wants more information please contact Chris. The proposed ordinance as amended will next go to the City Planning Commission (date TBA); there will be opportunities for further comment and Chris will attempt to keep the board apprised.

2) Happy 45th Birthday to PPCC.  PPCC was founded 45 years ago, in the spring of 1973, by dedicated and prescient community leaders. As most of you know, we were a model for the current Neighborhood Council system. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2003 and our 40th in 2013, both with special events at meetings in the spring of each year, including congratulatory remarks by invited past Chairs, board members and elected officials. We look forward to celebrating our 50th in 2023!

8.3.   From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Area 2 Representative, Peter Culhane; update on Palisades Dr. asphalt work.  Lisa Cahill of CD11 and Peter have worked together and have finally gotten most of the work done; although the work is now stopped at the medians at the south end, the final phase will eventually be continued to Sunset Blvd. Lines on the surface are only temporary and will be replaced soon with permanent striping. Thanks to Lisa for her hard work.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Friends of the Library, Sandra Eddy. The next parking lot Book Sale will take place on May 19 from 9am-3pm. There will be an abundance of children’s books. Everyone is invited. George Wolfberg: What is the bookstore’s status? Sandra: It is still in limbo but is moving forward in the Planning process; it will probably be completed in about a year.

8.4.2.    PPRA, Sarah Conner.  PPRA was established 60 years ago. Its annual meeting will take place on June 12 from 6-8pm at the Pacific Palisades Women’s Club.  There will be an educational panel discussion on the Coastal Act.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore — Not in attendance. Officer John “Rusty” Redican was present but did not have a crime report.

8.5.2.    Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin, Lisa Cahill, Palisades-Brentwood Deputy.

(1) Riviera CC/Longworth Gate:  This has been put on hold and CD11 is working on the issue. (2) Quimby funds: The PP-PAB and BCC have had the same ask of Rec and Parks:  Where’s our money, when can we spend it, what can we spend it on, and can we tell you what matters most to us?  Rec and Park has said Yes to receiving input from the communities as to how the funds should be spent. CD11 is setting up meetings with the groups to facilitate ongoing communications. (3) Palisades Dr. asphalt work: the lines now on the street are temporary markers; LADOT engineers will measure the correct place for the permanent lines. The asphalt work was supposed to have gone to Sunset in this round but due to budget constraints the funds were reduced so the work couldn’t be completed. Lisa has worked at Mike Bonin’s direction to get this fixed and now the work is on a list to be completed by the end of this fiscal year, although there is a big asterisk by this. CD11 is doing everything it can to facilitate the completion of the work. (4) Chabad issue: This is in process. Chabad has a history of violations in the PROW – sign issues, removal of possibly protected trees, replacement with astro-turf in the PROW. CD11 called for an investigation and the process is ongoing with the City Attorney’s office. (5) Trailhead matter (top of the Highlands): This is not City property so it is not under City jurisdiction, but is under Coastal Commission jurisdiction. There is a complicated history; CD11 is trying to get the property back to City jurisdiction but it’s still a work in process. There are legal issues. If the property doesn’t go to the City it will probably go to the MRCA. This trailhead is at the top of Highlands at Chastain and is commonly referred to as the June’s Gate Trailhead.

Questions/Comments:  David Card: Did CD11 get access to the Riviera CC’s actual plans? A: Len Nguyen has that information; as far as Lisa knows the committee was satisfied with what they received. David C.: Can we use Quimby funds for Rustic Canyon? A: Yes. Bruce Schwartz: The LA Conservation Corps should be a candidate to clean up bathrooms at the Chastain trailhead. Gil Dembo: Has heard rumors that Riviera CC would like to split off the tennis operation into a separate entity with access on Longworth, i.e., segregate the two operations (long range goal). A: We have heard that as well, but they will have to comply with a traffic study and run all of this through the community. Diane Bleak (resident): Santa Inez Canyon Park is City park and as such is it available for Quimby funds? A: Diane should contact the PAB as they will be the community’s representative. Daphne Gronich (resident): The wood dumping along Temescal has been bad again; has anyone ever been ticketed? A: This dangerous and illegal dumping is still ongoing. It’s very hard to enforce and to get the wood picked up; many steps have to be taken in advance of a pick-up. More signs are coming which Street Services will install; they will face at more of a 45 degree angle. Officer Redican: If you see someone illegally dumping then get a picture of their license plate and send it to him; he will go out and speak with the offender and let them know it is not ok to dump on the sidewalk. David C.: The dumping of wood also spreads fungus and insects. Robert Flick (resident): He has questions about the quality of the repaving on Palisades Dr. A: Send all comments to Lisa and she will forward them to Street Services.

8.5.3.    LA County Representatives. Dept. of Beaches & Harbors, Kerry Silverstrom, Chief Deputy Director; Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Stephanie Cohen, District Director.

Gladstones Bus Turnaround.  Patti Post, PPCC Transportation Advisor, provided a summary about this issue, noting that the community has asked the County for a bus turnaround in the Gladstones’ parking lot for a very long time. Stephanie Cohen explained the current status with Gladstones. The County has entered into negotiations with a proposed new site concessionaire. Kerry Silverstrom is in charge of all beach operations for the County from the Ventura County Line all the way to San Pedro (excluding Santa Monica, which controls its own beaches). Kerry has been there 24 years. Gladstones is located on Will Rogers State Beach. Concession agreements ordinarily can only be for 20 years. The current facility has long outlived useful life. The County began contemplating legislation to allow for an extended lease at the site. They now have state authority to enter into a 50 year concession at the site. The matter went to the Board of Supervisors as part of a competitive solicitation process. The Supervisors approved allowing an exclusive negotiating agreement with the proposed concessionaire. They have 90 days plus two additional six-week periods to negotiate the negotiating agreement, then they will begin negotiating a proposed concession agreement. They will have three years to do that. They must go through all required CEQA documentation and secure regulatory approvals during the three-year period. There will be public hearings along the way. The Coastal Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers and Water Resources Control Board all must approve. It will be a long time before anyone sees anything approved. The County has delegated authority for Gladstones to continue operating during this time. Permission has been secured to allow the existing Gladstones to operate. The bus turnaround was included in the RFP; unless it is “infeasible,” the new operator must do the bus turnaround. Supervisor Kuehl was very clear about wanting the bus turnaround. Regarding the “infeasibility” factor: The Coastal Commission wants to turn the entire operation into a parking lot; this is a public access issue, and the Commission doesn’t want to lose access. The County has to contend with that. We don’t know yet what the Commission will require in order to obtain the CDP. The bus turnaround will happen unless it can’t happen because of the Coastal Commission (that is what is meant by “infeasibility”).

Questions/Comments:  David Card: Are there County building envelope, height and footprint requirements for the new building at this location? Kerry: She does not know if these are in existence but will try to find out. The regulatory agencies will become involved and this will all be determined during the public hearing process. This will be an extraordinarily complicated and expensive project. Stephanie: The Coastal Commission will have the ultimate say. Kerry: The proposal anticipates increased sq. footage but this is still a process. It was a competitive solicitation process. David C.: He is concerned about height and massing to preserve the viewshed. A: The Commission and Supervisor Kuehl are both concerned about the viewshed. This is a destination for people to come to the beach. Many people will be weighing in. There is also the consideration of economic viability. Gil Dembo: If Frank Gehry is a part of the team, the community will benefit because it would be a work of art that will attract people from all over the world and will enhance the community. A: Supervisor Kuehl is thrilled and excited to make this work for everyone. In her words, “This is really cool.”

Beach Access Restriction (see remarks in Item 10.2 below).

Additional Remarks (Stephanie Cohen).  Stephanie introduced Sharon [sic: correct name is Shannon] Louis, the Supervisor’s new field deputy, who will be attending PPCC meetings in the future. Regarding Measure H: They have spent $72 million on affordable housing so far.  The 2nd year of funding will be allocated for Measure H – there will be an increase of 3200 shelter beds and they will also be expanding outreach services.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.  Patti Post, Transportation (see Item 8.5.3, Gladstones Bus Turnaround, above).

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.   Nominating Committee (Richard Wulliger, Chair).  Announcement of Committee Nominations for Officers, 2017-2018 Term.  Richard announced that the election of officers is a 3-step process. First, the Chair appoints the committee; next, the committee announces its nominees and there are nominations from floor; then the election is held. The Nominating Committee heard from 50 people who expressed interest in becoming an officer or recommending an officer. The community is fortunate to have so many interested and qualified individuals. The committee discussed everyone and eventually picked four people to be their recommended nominees:

Treasurer: Richard Cohen

Secretary: Chris Spitz

Vice-Chair: Rick Mills

Chair: Lou Kamer

The acting Chair George Wolfberg then stated that nominations from Board members, if any, are now in order.

David Card:  Nominated George Wolfberg for Chair. David described George as an experienced and highly effective leader; he listed many of the leadership positions that George has held over the years, as well as George’s Citizen of the Year award. Although a “second” is not necessary for nominations, there was a second by David Kaplan.

Bruce Schwartz:  Nominated Peter Culhane for Vice-Chair.

Chris Spitz:  Chris stated that she appreciated the Nominating Committee’s confidence in her and Richard with these nominations. She wished the board to know that she, George, Peter and Richard had advised the Committee prior to the decision that they wanted to be nominated and to serve as a unified team. She had also let the Committee know that she was only offering to serve in order to assist George, who in turn must approve of the entire nominated officer team, as has been the custom with all past Chair nominees. She advised that she has spent thousands of hours on the Council’s administration and hoped everyone will understand that she is unwilling to undertake this again unless it is to assist George. Chris also stated that she and the others did not receive notice from the Committee, as is customary, whether they would or would not be nominated, but that she, George, Peter and Richard are now running together for these respective offices. She stated that they believe they are a highly qualified and experienced team who will best lead the Council, continue its ongoing, effective administration, and preserve its excellent reputation and beneficial working relationships with City, County and State officials as well as community leaders citywide. She also quoted from Vice Chair George Wolfberg: “This is not Little League.  We need to have our most experienced and knowledgeable players up to bat in this challenging time.”

Sarah Conner (committee member):  The committee’s philosophy was that it seems as if PPCC has been run and controlled by the same group of people for a long time who shared the same point of view. They felt it would be good to keep some experienced members but add leaders who share a different perspective, as PPCC is to be voice of the community.

Chris Spitz:  The entire purpose of the nominating committee — in fact, its clear duty to the Board — is to vet and then nominate the best qualified candidates to ensure the ongoing management and operation of the Council and effective advocacy of the adopted positions of the Board. She explained that the committee’s job is not to make subjective judgments about whether “new faces” or “new perspectives” are somehow more desirable, for policy reasons or otherwise. We have an election process for the public to weigh in on whether they want to see a new policy direction for the Council (via the elected area and at-large reps). PPCC policy is set by the Board, not by the officers – although the officers, in particular the Chair, play a critical role in advocating the Board’s adopted positions. Nor should the officer nomination and election process be a personality contest. Again, the reason the bylaws include a provision for a nominating committee in the first place (as opposed to simply allowing nominations from the floor) is to ensure that subjective preferences do not enter into the process and that the best qualified nominees will be presented for consideration. The Board then votes, in the end exercising its judgment as to what is best for the Council.

Sue Kohl:  She was shocked to read the Post today. Sue was chair of the nominating committee in a previous year. She was told very clearly that the information the committee was discussing was private and was not to be leaked. She was curious as to why this information was now in the Post and who thought it was a good idea to name names before the board knew the information.

Richard Wulliger (committee chair):  We had no responsibility for what the Post printed. He doesn’t know where the author got that information, but it had nothing to do with this nominating committee, which did not give out information prior to today.

Danielle Samulon (committee member):  She explained that the committee process was a thoughtful one, and that individuals were nominated because the committee believes they would be the best person for each position for which they were selected. While some of those nominated by the committee may not have quite as much PPCC related experience as others nominated, they each have a substantial amount of experience working with PPCC nonetheless. They also have other experience working with the community on a variety of issues of local concern. In addition, they have professional and educational backgrounds that would be beneficial to them were they to be voted in by the PPCC Board. Bios of those nominated can be provided to Board members. One of the factors the nominating committee considered was the ability to mediate and unite people within the community on issues of local concern. She added that she was surprised that Sue Kohl brought up potentially leaded information, when Sue Kohl herself had reached out by email earlier in the day asking for information about the nominees the committee had selected. Danielle did not provide Sue with the information requested.

Rick Lemmo:  Speaking as the Chamber of Commerce representative, he and the Chamber know what makes an organization run well. The most important factor is consistency; in that regard, the Vice Chair stepping into the role of the Chair is very important. Wholesale changes don’t pan out, especially when you have to deal with the City. About 1-2 years ago the current Chair Maryam Zar told Rick that George Wolfberg was the single most qualified person for the position; speaking personally, Rick supports that opinion.

Alan Goldsmith (committee member):  He never heard the term “termed out,” which was used in the Post article, on this committee and he did not leak information.

Edith Kinloch (resident):  She asked to comment about the process. The acting Chair indicated that his is an administrative matter, that the board votes for officers, that the public will have an opportunity later in the summer to weigh in and vote for elected reps, and that there is no provision for input by non-board members on the officer election process. He asked the board as to whether they wanted to allow further comments nonetheless. David Kaplan: This is unusual event and it would seem appropriate to allow 1 min. each for comments by residents. The acting Chair proceeded to do so.

Edith K.:  Is it legal to put forth a slate and will the ballot be marked with slates of candidates or with individual names? The acting Chair explained the process and stated that members could indicate that they are running as a team or slate, but that the ballot would be marked with individual names for each office, which the board will then vote on individually. Edith K: Asked about Chris Spitz’s earlier statement about running as a team and whether or not she would agree to serve if a member of her team were not elected.

Chris Spitz:  She, George, Peter and Richard are running as a unified team which they strongly feel will best lead the Council going forward. They hope the Board will agree. Chris stated that she can’t state now that she’ll serve under any circumstances, but she will give serious consideration to the issue as we go forward. She emphasized again that she has spent thousands of hours in the past four years managing the Council’s administration. As she informed the Committee from the outset, she offered to undertake this again only in order to assist George, who is clearly the most experienced person for the position of Chair. It would be an even greater burden if she were required to do so with an inexperienced team of officers – something that she frankly is not prepared to undertake. She also noted that we are all volunteers, and nothing in the bylaws requires candidates to promise to serve no matter who else is elected. In fact, in connection with a prior contested election, our former legal advisor Ron Dean gave an opinion in 2012 that imposing such a requirement would necessitate a bylaws amendment, because it otherwise “changes the rules for qualification for office, in that it adds another condition in order to be qualified.” [from the PPCC Minutes of May 10, 2012]

Diane Bleak (resident):  Asked a question about area reps and switching the calendar. She believes she will be without representation for 120 days after the new officers are elected and before the new area reps take their seats. She believes the rules need to be changed so that area reps are elected first, before officers’ elections.

Marge Gold (resident):  There are a number of people running for office, not in a slate, and board members can choose to vote for one for each office.

Daphne Gronich (resident):  She thinks it’s helpful for the executive team to have people who have worked together before.

Peter Culhane:  If he is elected by this body to be the PPCC Vice Chair, Alan Goldsmith, the alternate rep for Area 2, will then represent the Highlands during period between the new officers taking their seats and the elected reps taking their new seats (July 1 – Oct. 1). Peter is also not “going on vacation” during that period. He is president of his large HOA, the Summit Club, is a member of the Presidents Council, and will continue to work on cleaning the swales, making sure the asphalt work is completed, and on the other matters he has always worked on – Highlands residents will be well-represented.

Robert Flick (resident):  The election process for area reps needs to be more transparent. Computer voting puts off a lot of people. He thinks the organization is broken and does not act as an NC. There are ex parte communications and conflicts of interest. He disagrees with the Chamber.

Rick Lemmo:  When he first became involved he had no idea how this organization was run. Barbara Kohn, then Chair, told him that PPCC chose not to become an NC so we could be independent and if we choose we can sue City, which NCs cannot, and in addition personal financials were required to be disclosed and no one on the board at the time was willing to do that. Regarding a Highlands resident not agreeing with the Chamber:  The Chamber is made up of business owners and its decisions are based on the support of a majority of business owners; the organization needs to pay attention to the majority of its paying members.

Danielle Samulon:  The area reps vote plus all the organizational reps vote for the officers.

Marc Jackson (resident):  Would like the benefit of an NC and does not see the advantage of being able to sue the City. The benefit of an NC is far greater transparency.

Barbara Kohn:  Concurs with Danielle’s comments regarding the capability of people sitting around table. Regarding the NC issue, she acknowledged that the ability to sue the City is a concern and also explained that in the past, many people didn’t want to divulge their financial records, which used to be a requirement for NC members. Regarding the “slate” issue: When she ran for Chair she was running with candidates who all wanted to serve together. There were some questions about running in this manner, but they “sort of” did so anyway, which started the forum process. She also indicated that before becoming Chair Maryam Zar had very little leadership experience.

Chris Spitz:  Regarding the NC issue, another important factor as to why we’ve chosen not to become an NC is that NCs are not allowed to discuss or negotiate with County and State officials; due to the Palisades’ unique location with County and State resources such as the beaches, state parks and mountains, PPCC often needs to communicate with such officials as we are doing tonight. Regarding Maryam Zar’s experience, Chris explained that before becoming Chair Maryam was PPCC educational rep for a year, PPTFH Chair for two years and PPCC Vice-Chair for one year.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Citywide Sign Ordinance.  Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight (  See additional Background re PPCC Positions at].

Chair Maryam Zar has continued this item until May 24 because of an anticipated time crunch.  Chair/President Emeritus Chris Spitz gave a brief update: She and Vice-Chair George Wolfberg met with Patrick Frank yesterday. Patrick reported that the new proposed ordinance does provide protection for Specific Plan zones and Scenic Highways, where billboards will be prohibited within 200 ft. of the median. He believes that billboards will not be prohibited in City parks (one of our biggest concerns), but he is reviewing the complicated provisions in order to confirm for us. Another issue is the fact that the Mayor has allocated funds to the City budget based on anticipated revenues from digital billboards. George was able to provide helpful information to Patrick about the City budget process. Patrick remarked that we were by far the most knowledgeable and helpful of anyone at all 55+ Neighborhood Councils he has visited in connection with this issue.

10.2.   Beach Access Restriction. Presentations by Kerry Silverstrom, Chief Deputy Director, Beaches & Harbors; Stephan Cohen, District Director, Supervisor Kuehl. Additional remarks by Lucy Han, President, Friends of the Jungle (Playa del Rey).

The acting Chair (Vice-Chair George Wolfberg) began by explaining that the City has had an ordinance from the 1970’s prohibiting people from being on beaches between midnight and 5 AM. Some people complained that this infringed on their right to visit the beach during this period and the Coastal Commission stepped in. The City applied for a Coastal Permit to continue enforcement of the ordinance and in what the acting Chair terms an historic moment, three former Citizens of the Year attended a hearing in Westchester to support the permit (Sharon Kilbride, Bruce Schwartz and George Wolfberg). There is an unusual option being floated to create 10’ wide access ways on our beaches, including Temescal Canyon, for nighttime beach access. By the way, LAPD has no assigned staffing for this time of night and also supports the curfew, as does PPCC. Our position letter is posted on the PPCC website: .

Lucy Han of Friends of the Jungle (Playa del Rey) is here along with County representatives Kerry Silverstrom (Beaches & Harbors) and Stephanie Cohen (Supervisor Kuehl).

Kerry Silverstrom explained that the 10 foot wide walkways were not in the City’s CDP application. This idea was floated by the City Attorney without Supervisor Kuehl or CM Bonin knowing about it. The walkways would take people down to the water’s edge. Beaches & Harbors wasn’t consulted about it. The proposal was withdrawn but had already been submitted by the City Attorney as a possible option to the Coastal Commission. The Commission is aware of this option. The County has heard from the Commission about people who want to surf or stargaze or fish at nighttime. Kerry explained that it is not unreasonable to have time, place and manner restrictions on beach access. Stephanie Cohen reported that Supervisor Kuehl’s office at present is coordinating a meeting with Supervisor Hahn’s office and with Beaches & Harbors, County Counsel, the relevant City Councilmembers, Parks & Rec and LAPD – they will all strategize in order to have a united front for the anticipated August Coastal Commission hearing. They have heard that the meeting was moved from San Diego to Redondo Beach. They will try to get a date for us. The Coastal Commission has approved appropriate hours of operation before. The County and City are trying to reframe the issue to discuss reasonable hours of operation. The County has an existing beach ordinance, including anti-loitering provisions, which was enacted long ago, before the Coastal Act was approved. They are trying to strategize and will enlist our support.

Questions/Comments:  David Card: We need a curfew, giving the example of his son, who went moonlight surfing as a teenager and had to be told repeatedly by the sheriff to come in. Lucy Han: Will the LA City Attorney be at the strategizing meeting? A: Yes, they received an invitation. Kerry explained the background of the City Attorney’s proposal regarding the walkways: There is a lawsuit against enforcement of the beach curfew brought by plaintiffs who are homeless advocates in Venice. The City Attorney’s proposal came up in the context of the lawsuit. The lawsuit is about not using scarce law enforcement dollars to roust people off the beach. Doug McCormick: PPTFH hasn’t taken a position because it isn’t just about the homeless. He understands the decision by the Coastal Commission is by unelected commissioners whose primary mission to provide beach access. Stephanie: Kerry’s comments about homelessness were about the lawsuit filed (a civil rights issue associated with homeless issue in Venice). It is now a beach access issue only. The Coastal Commission is only concerned with beach access issues. Beaches & Harbors wrote a letter as an operator emphasizing safety. Lucy Han: The City Attorney was pushing the MND. A: It got confused because they were trying to settle the lawsuit. Mike Bonin was unhappy with this. Lucy Han: Believes that if they have a strategy meeting to keep the curfew it’s not a good idea to include the City Attorney, who may have a conflict. Kerry: She doesn’t think there’s a conflict; the City Attorney’s office has come to realize that their solution to the lawsuit was not advisable. The goal of the meeting is to talk about a strategy regarding the Coastal Development Permits, not the lawsuit. Sharon Kilbride: Is there a beach curfew in Malibu? Kerry: Yes, there’s a County beach curfew on the beaches per Beaches & Harbors.

11.    New Business – None.

12.    Adjournment.  The acting Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, Allison Holdorff Polhill, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Peter Culhane, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Danielle Samulon, Richard Wulliger, Lou Kamer, David Card, Janet Anderson, Gilbert Dembo, David Kaplan

Voting Alternates:  Barbara Kohn, Richard Blumenberg, Kelly Comras

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Brenda Theveny, Lindsay Conner, Lilliana Zar & Eli Safaie-Kia (standing in for Youth Advisor, Amir Ebtehadj)

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  David Kaplan read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – May 10, 2017 [approved].   2) Upcoming Meetings – 6/14/18:  Candidates forum and election of officers for 2018-2019 term.  The Chair announced that Incumbent Elected Representatives must notice their intention to run for reelection, to the Chair, before the start of the 1st June meeting, in writing.  6/28/18:  Presentations and thanks to outgoing Chair and other officers, as applicable; Measure A update from RAP supervisor in charge of the project, Bill Jones. Additional topics may be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.   Treasurer’s Report.  Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported that our bank balance is $38,894.65 and that there were no significant transactions.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues.

7.1.    Marge Gold:  plans are moving forward for the spruce up of the village. Lou Kamer advocated getting the crosswalks and curbs painted, and pushed to get things done.

[7.2.]   Daphne Gronich:  suggested individuals who want to be a sponsor for the parade, or take part in the parade, to go online at, and apply by June 4th.  Kathleen Jensen asked for the community to build more floats.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Nominations for Officer elections are open until 15 minutes prior to the end of the meeting.  [See Item 11 below.]

8.1.2.    Incumbent elected representatives must inform the PPCC Chair in writing prior to first Board meeting in June (6/14/18) if they plan to run for re-election as elected Area reps to the PPCC Board (Bylaws, Attachment A, Sec. 3.D.2). Failure to notify the Chair will result in the inability to stand for re-election.

8.1.3.   Conflict of Interest Policy (comparison to City Boards and other NCs; the need for us to develop guidelines at PPCC).  Richard Cohen said the Bylaws Committee had considered this in years past and declined to pursue it.  Barbara Kohn affirmed that people did not wish to disclose their interests. Chair raised the idea of a conflict of interest form or policy that would be simple enough to be suitable for our board (of volunteers and otherwise professionals in life) yet dissuade conflict. She asked Lindsay Conner, Legal Advisor, to weigh in on the issue. Lindsay said he recognizes the countervailing concerns but believes a policy could be crafted to suit the board, and is within the Bylaws to do.

8.1.3.    LUC Meeting on June 26th, at 6pm.  Guest: Krista Kline, Planning Deputy, CD11.

8.1.4.    Appointment of five-member Election Committee (per Bylaws Attachment A):  Andy Frew, David Card, Barbara Kohn, Richard Blumenberg & Kelly Comras.

8.1.5.    Upcoming Summer meeting dates: July 26 and August 9.  The August meeting will include a public Candidates Forum featuring all candidates running for Elected Representative positions at PPCC, as prescribed by the Bylaws.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg, Vice Chair, reported he had just come from an LAUSD-sponsored meeting regarding the Canyon Charter Elementary School Bungalow Removal and Replacement project.  The meeting was well attended and the community is engaged. Allison Holdorff Polhill added that she would reach out to LAUSD facilities people to come to a PPCC meeting and report on the plans.

8.2.2.    Allison Holdorff Polhill, Secretary, reported that the photographs hanging in the library community room (where we are gathered) are the work of Pali High photography students.  Rick Steil, photography teacher, told her the head librarian from downtown LA would be coming to attend the show on May 25th, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, along with the Pali High Jazz Band.

She further reported that:

  • Kenter construction continues.
  • Revere is installing two hydration stations.
  • Canyon will be removing and replacing bungalows, but not increasing capacity.
  • Paul Revere culmination is at Pali High on June 8th
  • Pali High Graduation is June 7th  5:30 pm – Board Member Nick Melvoin will be attending and speaking.

8.3.    From At-Large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer, At Large representative, reported that he is working with a group of residents to organize a community-based “spruce up” of the non-Caruso owned areas of the Palisades business district to make the area more attractive and inviting in time for the “Palisades Village” Grand Opening.

Traffic in the Palisades: For the past 2.5 years, the Palisades Chapter of The Waze Connected Citizen’s Partner Program has been exchanging traffic data with WAZE and LADOT.  This data shows an increase in overall travel time and in ”cut-through” traffic in the residential neighborhoods. Lou will work with LADOT and other departments to suggest changes to mitigate these trends.  He is also working with Safe Routes to Schools to redraw the maps in light of the Caruso Development.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.    Janet Anderson, AYSO (Recreation Category), reported they now are 50%/50% with boys and girls.

8.4.2.    Sandra Eddy, Friends of the Library (Culture & Aesthetics Category).  Announced a patio bookstore pop-up sale on Friday June 8th.

8.4.3.    David Card, American Legion Pacific Palisades Post (Service Clubs), reported that the Rotary Club of Pacific Palisades gave 11 students received scholarships totaling $5,000, some to students at PCHS and Revere;  the American Legion Post 283 Pacific Palisades also gave $2,000 scholarships (each) to students in area schools.

To commemorate Memorial Day there will be a Ceremony at the Westwood Veterans Cemetery; 10,000 scouts will place 90K flags.

8.4.4.    Gilbert Dembo, Temescal Canyon Association (TCA), reported that there was secret meeting from the County of LA to put up a microwave antenna in the State park.  The Chair suggested he contact Stephanie Cohen at the County to see what happened that the community was not informed. Gil said he would do so.

The National Park Service is doing a count on the use of park services and they are looking for volunteers.

8.4.5.    Barbara Kohn, Pacific Palisades Residents Association (PPRA), reported that the PPRA Annual meeting will be held on June 12th, from 6-8 pm at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club and will focus on CA Coastal Act. Guests will hear from planning and coastal experts to discuss local coastal laws and planning issues. Dinner will be served.

Kohn announced that PPRA is joining the legal battle to appeal the approval of the eldercare project in the Highlands.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that has been an increase in thefts of Prius Catalytic converters.

8.5.2.     Office of Congressman Ted Lieu, Janet Turner, Field Supervisor.  Janet reported that Congressman Ted Lieu’s HR 5573 Robo Call Act attempts to resolve inaccurate caller information and the problem of calls from scammers who “spoof” real phone numbers in an attempt to get unsuspecting residents to pick up the phone.

The FAA authorization (budget) includes a provision to reduce noise pollution.

Three bills passed in the house: The Music Modernization Act, VA Mission Act, and the Hack Your State Dept. Act.

8.6.     From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.     Youth Advisor – Eli Safaie-Kia and Lilliana Zar [in the absence of Amir Ebtehadj] gave a thorough report detailing schools events, including Paul Revere and Palisades High School Graduations, and more.

9.     Reports from Committees [– None].

10.     Old Business.

10.1.     Citywide Sign Ordinance.  Update by Patrick Frank of Ban Billboard Blight.

A coalition to ban billboard blight of sign companies filed a lawsuit against the new regulations. Sign ordinance should have an environmental review. $13M for income from digital signs has already been included in the budget, without an ordinance yet. Chair noted that this means we can assume there will be a Sign Ordinance forthcoming this year, and we should contemplate how that may impact us here in the Palisades, especially through our parks and recreation centers. Frank explained that Digital signs can be located in various places. New ordinance is respectful of community plans and specific plans. No specific law regarding billboards in city parks. Individuals are forbidden to relocate billboards. Signs can be 20% higher or larger in the PLUM Committee version. Mr. Frank complimented PPCC and its members’ knowledge on this issue, and our engagement.

10.2.    Crown Castle – Michael Cintron from SureSite Consulting presented plans for Small Cell towers in the public right of way.

Several locations have been identified for AT&T and SureSite wants to get community feedback. Crown Castle is a Telecommunications infrastructure company which is now the 2nd largest fiber company in the country. Facts; 50% of all people use their cell phones exclusively. Teleconferences are increasingly popular. Data must be transmitted; need to increase capacity; small cells are being deployed throughout the community. Issue: What is the right infrastructure for this community.

Crown Castle plans to install new fiber and eight small cellular transmitters (see table below). Michael Cintron gave a PowerPoint presentation which showed existing fiberoptic lines and proposed routes for new lines which need to be placed. The PowerPoint included a map with of proposed sites in the Huntington area of the Palisades, as well as two in the Alphabets and one at Entrada/PCH. Three will be on existing utility poles, five new poles are planned. Richard Cohen expressed concern that the proposed sites were just the beginning – that there would be a proliferation of new cell sites. Mr. Cintron acknowledged that a full 5G upgrade would involve many more sites throughout the Palisades. Richard expressed concern and suggested a viewpoint shared by the board: that all new cell sites be designed to accommodate co-location with other carriers so as to minimize the overall impact of the impending system upgrade. Reza Akef asked if Crown Castle can assure PPCC that they will allow others to co-locate, or if AT&T held an exclusive right to the towers. David Kaplan asked for assurances from Crown Castle that they would be open to co-location.

Cintron invited the community to view the locations. Zar suggested Area Reps take the time to see the locations in their area, and said she’d put Cintron in touch with all Area Reps for that purpose. David Card requested a map with street names. Daphne Gronich (audience) asked if Cintron will take into account community concerns about proliferation. Zar restated the spoken concerns anchored in the inevitable proliferation of interest for access to the Palisades and asked Cintron to get back to us with respect to collocation and outreach to other service providers. She pledged to inform our Council office about this exchange and gained an assurance from Cintron that any progress/plans would not take place without PPCC input.  See Crown Castle’s presentation, and catalogue of small cell designs.

11.    New Business.   Catherine Ruddy was nominated for secretary by Kelly Comras and Joann Barry was nominated for Treasurer by Maryam Zar.

[12.]    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:11pm.

ATTACHMENT:   ITEM 10.2 — Table of Proposed Cell Site Locations

Proposed current locations (undecipherable from the PowerPoint presentation):

Jurisdiction CROWN ID Type of Pole Structure Owner Current Address CITY AREA
Los Angeles ATTSMW03 New Pole Crown 14959 Camarosa Dr. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW04 New Pole Crown 741 Ocampo Drive Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW06 New Pole Crown 14901 Ramos Pl. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW07m1 New Pole Crown 600 N. Toyopa Dr. Pacific Palisades 6
Los Angeles ATTSMW08 New pole Crown 14801 Pacific Coast Hwy Pacific Palisades 7
Los Angeles ATTSMW05m1 Utility wood pole DWP 14721 Bestor Boulevard Pacific Palisades 5
Los Angeles ATTSMW02m1 Utility wood pole DWP 1290 Monument St. Pacific Palisades 5
Los Angeles ATTSMW01m1 Utility wood pole DWP 15321 West Friend Street Pacific Palisades 6


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Chris Spitz, Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, Reza Akef, Rick Mills, Lou Kamer, Gil Dembo, David Card, Bruce Schwartz, Rick Lemmo, Janet Anderson, Margarita Pagliai, Richard Wulliger, Sarah Conner

Voting Alternates:  Doug McCormick, Brian Deming, Sandra Eddy

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Steve Boyers, Brenda Theveny, Lindsay Conner, Richard Blumenberg, Kelly Comras, Barbara Kohn

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Chair read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of May 24, 2018 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – 6/28/18 (thanks to Chair and outgoing officers, as applicable; presentation on Measure A & K and Prop 68 by RAP supervisors); 7/26/18 (area and at-large representative candidates announced); 8/9/18 (possible candidates forum). Additional topics to be announced.  Note: there is one PPCC meeting only in the months of July and August.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report – Deferred due to time constraints.

7.    General Public Comment on local issues – Deferred due to time constraints.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Elected Representatives Election, Summer 2018.

A Notice of Election has been distributed and posted as of June 9, 2018 (60 days before commencement of the election). See:  Candidates for area and at-large representative seats are encouraged to submit applications prior to or at the July 26, 2018 PPCC meeting. All candidates will be announced at that time. The election will commence after the meeting on August 9. Look for further details in the coming weeks.

8.1.2.    There may be a discussion about bridge housing at an upcoming PPCC meeting.

8.1.3.    A letter has been written and posted clarifying PPCC’s position on the Marquette project (none taken).  See:

8.1.4.    The next LUC meeting will be on June 26th, at 6pm in the library meeting room. Special Guest: Krista Kline, Planning Director, CD11.

8.2.    From Officers – Deferred due to time constraints.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Reps – Deferred due to time constraints.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps – Deferred due to time constraints (except for TCA announcement below).

8.4.1.    Gilbert Dembo (TCA) briefly reported on the microwave antenna in the State park.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives – Deferred due to time constraints.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.     Legal Advisor Lindsay Conner – No announcement.

9.    Reports from Committees – Deferred due to time constraints.

10.    Old Business – Deferred due to time constraints.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Election of Officers for the 2018-2019 Term.

Chair explained the procedures for the Candidates Forum and Election.  Moderator: Ron Dean. Candidates: Chair – Lou Kamer, George Wolfberg. Vice-Chair – Peter Culhane, Rick Mills. Treasurer – Joann Barry, Richard Cohen. Secretary – Catherine Ruddy, Chris Spitz.   The Moderator would read the candidates’ bios; candidates for each office would give opening statements; the Moderator would conduct Q&A with questions submitted in advance by board members via email or question cards filled out at the forum; the candidates would then give closing statements. The election would follow, with voting members filling out written (secret) ballots to be collected and then counted by two non-voting board members appointed by the Chair: Steve Boyers and Brenda Theveny. PPCC’s outside accountant Jay Foster would be present during the vote count and the results would then be announced.

11.1.1.   Candidates Forum.

Moderator Ron Dean read bios previously submitted by all the candidates.  See attached. Each candidate gave an opening statement. Following opening statements for each office, Q&A ensued, which was conducted by the Moderator as per the procedure outlined by the Chair. Following Q&A, each candidate gave a closing statement. The forum concluded.

11.1.2.   Election by the Board.

Written (secret) ballots were distributed to all voting board members and the vote was taken. The two counters, Steve Boyers and Brenda Theveny, collected the ballots, left the room and counted the votes. PPCC’s outside accountant Jay Foster was present during the vote count. The results were first announced privately to the Chair, who then asked Jay Foster to announce the results publicly. Results: Chair – Wolfberg 15 votes, Kamer 8 votes; Vice-Chair – Culhane 14 votes, Mills 9 votes; Treasurer – Cohen 14 votes, Barry 9 votes; Secretary – Spitz 13 votes, Ruddy 10 votes. 23 voting members were present and voted; election was by more than the required majority vote in each case. Wolfberg, Culhane, Cohen and Spitz were elected to their respective offices.

12.    Adjournment.  Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:50 pm.

ATTACHMENT:   ITEM 11.1.1 – Candidates’ Bios

Chair Candidates:

Lou Kamer – Lou is passionate about bringing together our community and acting to effectively bridge our rich heritage with change. He has worked extensively with residents, Businesses, LA City, County and State Personnel. He is the current PPCC At-Large Representative, Founder of PaliWorks; PPDPWG (dog park) and PPRA Board Member; Founder of the local WAZE Connected Citizens Program; Member of the Alphabet Streets/Caruso Liaison team, former PAPA Secretary (and float builder); and volunteer to numerous community organizations and causes. An Alphabet Streets resident since 2003, he attended Sarah Lawrence College and owns a global technology and cybersecurity firm.

George Wolfberg – Wolfberg has lived in Pacific Palisades since 1972. George worked in LA city government for 37 years. He prepared the city’s 1984 Olympics bid, administered the City’s anti-apartheid program, co-authored its administrative code and served as City Charter Commission Research Director. He helped devise our Community Plan and its implementation. He is SMCCA president-emeritus and chairs the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee. Since 2002, he has served as PPCC Chair, Chair Emeritus, and Vice Chair and received numerous awards for his volunteer work including 2011 Citizen of the Year. He is an AYSO National Referee.

Vice Chair Candidates:

Peter Culhane – Peter Culhane was born in Waterbury, CT. After college, he worked in the NYC office of Taylor/Woodrow General Contractors for several years before opening his privately owned real estate development firm. Culhane has volunteered with a few ventures including the board chair of Heritage Bank, which he founded, currently a member of the LA chapter of the American Ireland Fund & the No One Dies Alone Foundation. Upon retiring & moving to Pacific Palisades in 1999, Culhane has been involved in and currently serves as President of the Summit at Palisades Highlands HOA, he is the treasurer of the PDRA & member of the Highlands Presidents Council. In March of 2012, he became the PPCC Area #2 alternate and is the sitting PPCC rep for the past 3 years.

Rick Mills – Mills is a Stanford economics/urban studies graduate who earned a master’s degree in city planning at UC Berkeley. He spent 10 years working in the planning departments in Simi Valley, Pasadena and Santa Monica. In the Palisades he served as chair of the DRB for 8 years. He has been employed at a local real estate law firm for 30 years as a land use and condominium specialist, and has been a licensed Realtor for 18 years. His wife, Ruth, teaches at Palisades Charter High School. Mills is a 2-term Area Rep for the extended El Medio Bluffs neighborhood. He wants to increase the PPCC‘s focus on truly local needs and hold more locally-relevant community events such as the recent safety meeting at Pali High.

Treasurer candidates:

Joann Barry – I moved to Pacific Palisades in 2010 and felt at home immediately. This community has the same charms as the Midwestern town in which I was raised, where neighbors become friends and evolve into a broad support system. I want to join the committed volunteers working to ensure thoughtful advocacy for issues that matter to us all. In running for Treasurer, I offer 25 years of investment management experience. I hold BA & MBA degrees, and am a CFA. I am currently an equity market specialist at Bloomberg-LP. I pledge diligence and prudence in all financial matters relating to PPCC. I also promise to listen, learn and consider all sides of issues before the Council.

Richard Cohen – As a licensed California CPA since 1979 and former CFO/Treasurer of a $2 billion not-for-profit I am highly qualified for the position. During the past four years as PPCC treasurer I have accomplished a great deal. I have been responsible for compliance with tax and regulatory laws and managed our insurance program. I managed the financial aspects of the holiday gala each year as well as the tracking of RSVPs. I served on the LAPD CPAB for 10 years and successfully advocated for guaranteeing LAPD resources for the Palisades. I am Senior Vice-President and portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley. 

Candidates for Secretary:

Chris Spitz – An 11-year PPCC board member, Chris has been honored to serve in numerous capacities, including LUC Chair, Vice-Chair, Chair and Chair Emeritus. She has spent thousands of hours and extensively assisted with PPCC’s administration for several years, serving as acting secretary for 1/3+ of all meetings during 2016-18, managing most website postings and regularly undertaking numerous tasks to keep the organization running effectively. As a business litigation attorney, Chris uses her research and analytical skills to assist with complex legislation and policy initiatives, and has drafted many reports and summaries about diverse topics affecting the board and community (see

Cathi Ruddy – A resident of the Palisades since 2004, Catherine Ruddy is the immediate past President of the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club. She is responsible for organizing the annual PPWC Home Tour on multiple occasions, and has raised over $200,000 for community grants. She served one year as PPWC Rep to PPCC. She has practiced law for 35+ years, focusing on commercial litigation. In 1990 she was certified by L.A. County Bar Association as a mediator. She has served as volunteer arbitrator for the L.A. County Bar and judge pro-tempore for L.A. Superior Court. She is eager to use her skills in collaboration/mediation to promote respectful communication on important community issues.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  Maryam Zar, George Wolfberg, Allison Holdorff Polhill, Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, Rick Mills, Reza Akef, Danielle Samulon, Lou Kamer, David Card, Richard Wulliger

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  None.

1.   Certification of Quorum.  Chair Maryam Zar called the meeting to order at 7:09 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.     Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Allison Holdorff read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – Approval of 6/14/18 minutes was deferred. 2) Upcoming Meetings – 7/26/18 (area and at-large representative candidates announced); 8/9/18 (possible candidates forum). Additional topics to be announced. Note: there is one PPCC meeting only in the months of July and August.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Chair reported that the Treasurer had submitted his Treasurer’s Report for the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 (with significant transactions since June 1 indicated) and that this would be attached to the minutes. See attached report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.   Marge Gold (resident) announced there is a new organization named Spruce Up the Neighborhood. The goal is to help spruce up the area adjacent to the Caruso “Palisades Village” project in time for the planned opening in September. She announced that Lou Kamer had taken a leading role in helping interested stakeholders come together and make a plan to get things done in time for a congruent unveiling.

7.2.  Erich Haas, Palisades Recreation Center Park Director, reported that both of the gyms are undergoing renovations and will re-open in July and August 2018. He also announced that the Pacific Palisades Park Board meeting would be held at the Library on July 18 at 6pm, since the small gym at the Palisades Recreation Center (the usual location) would be closed.

8.     Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair.

8.1.1.    Candidates for area and at-large representative seats in the upcoming PPCC elected representatives election are encouraged to submit applications prior to or at the July 26, 2018 PPCC meeting, when all candidates will be announced. The incumbents running are Rick Mills, Area 4; Sue Kohl, Area 5; David Kaplan, Area 6; Reza Akef, Area 8 and Lou Kamer, At-large. She also announced that the decision to have a candidate’s forum would be made at the July 26th meeting, by the Board.

8.1.2.   The Chair announced the formation of a Pacific Palisades Housing working Group, with the intention of starting the conversation about housing in Pacific Palisades, and convening community meetings to see how Palisadians want to tackle the issue. Councilmember Mike Bonin, who was on hand to present the outgoing Chair with a City certificate of appreciation, supported the idea. The Chair announced that she had discussed forming the working group on housing with incoming Chair George Wolfberg and PPTFH President Doug McCormick, and both had indicated interest in joining the group. The working group was being formed in the same way as the task force on homelessness had been formed by the previous PPCC Chair, as an independent committee to seek best practices and solutions to the issue at hand.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    George Wolfberg (Vice-Chair) reported that the PPCC board unanimously supported funding for the Ocean Front boardwalk extension years ago. The walk will be extended to provide safety for pedestrians. He also thanked the outgoing Chair with his own words of praise and read a statement from Chris Spitz thanking Chair Maryam Zar for her service. The statement applauded her efforts as Chair and thanked her for admirable work on behalf of the community.

8.2.2.    Alison Holdorff Polhill (Secretary) reported that LAUSD Board member Nick Melvoin and Supt. Austin Beutner will be in the Pacific Palisades 4th of July parade. Canyon Charter Elementary School in Santa Monica Canyon will undergo renovations to provide handicap access and replace bungalows that are not approved for school use.

8.3.     From At-large and Area Reps.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-large) reported that Norris Hardware would be going out of business, and that he and some community minded people were trying to set up a fund or a program whereby caring community members could chip in to help the employees land on their feet as they transition away from stable jobs at Norris.

8.4.    From Organizational Reps.

8.4.1.   David Card (American Legion) wished everyone a safe and sane 4th of July and announced that there would be an Open House for the community at the American Legion Post from 3:30-5:30pm on the 4th with BBQ chicken and drinks (no-host bar).

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that there are more car break-ins at the trail heads. LAPD is working on hanging signs up warning hikers not to leave valuables in their cars. There is an increase in robberies. A guard was sprayed with pepper sprayed at Elyse Walker. At the top of Lachman Lane, three kids had their valuables stolen from five other individuals.

8.5.2.    Deputy City Attorney Veronica de la Cruz Robles, Neighborhood Prosecutor, reported she is here to support crime prevention. Kelly Comras asked about building code violation prosecutions.

8.5.3.    Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD11. See Item 11.2 below.

8.5.4.   Daniel Tamm, Westside Area Representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti, reported about A Bridge Home, to provide emergency temporary housing. Tamm also announced that Chief Michael Moore is the new Chief of Police for LAPD. Chief Moore desires to bring LAPD into the 21st Century with improvements in technology. He has worked in every area of LAPD.

8.5.5.    Shannon Louis, West/Metro Field Deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, presented a County Certificate of Appreciation to outgoing Chair Maryam Zar on behalf of Supervisor Kuehl, for her role as PPCC Chair.

8.5.6.    Janet Turner, Field Supervisor for U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, thanked Chair Maryam Zar on behalf of the Congressman for her leadership.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees – None.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1. Recreation & Parks Discussion.

Guest presenters: Cathie Santo Domingo, Dept. of Rec & Parks (RAP) Superintendent of Planning and Construction; Bill Jones, RAP Chief Management Analyst; Neil Drucker, Bureau of Engineering, Dept. of Public Works; and Darryl Ford, Management Analyst, RAP Planning and Development Division. They reported:

Measure A

  • Measure A expected to receive $19.35M.
  • Measure A appears on annual property tax bill.
  • Measure A passed by 75% of the voters in 2016.
  • Measure A has 5 categories, along with funds available for maintenance and other specified projects awarded by the County.

Prop 68

  • Guidelines are still in process.
  • SMMC has requested comments on proposed guidelines.
  • Prop K – LA for Kids Program
    It’s an assessment. On property tax bills.
  • Prop K funds must be spent equitably.
  • Potrero Canyon received $5M from Prop K funds; sold lots for $30M; Second phase (Grading) was approved for $13.7 M with work on this 14 month project to begin in few weeks. Third phase will be the final development and landscaping of the park.
  • Use school property.
  • Monies remain for Youth School Recreation Projects $10M.

QUIMBY – Darryl Ford

  • Anyone developing a project must pay a fee that goes to RAP.
  • Fees can only be used for parks under the control of the City. 2 mile radius, 5 mile radius or 10 mile radius. Funds paid for RAP. There is an expiration date. City must commit funds to a project within five years.

Chair asked whether a dog park would qualify for Measure A funds. Jones confirmed that a dog park would qualify. Jones also confirmed that 30% of the funds provided must be applied to high-need areas. Jones cautioned that while the dog park is a priority, there are not a lot of funds to cover all of the park.

11.2.    Housing Discussion with Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Mike Bonin addressed the board regarding the issue of homelessness. He reported there is a growing movement to get each community to address homelessness. Mel Tillekeratne started a grassroots effort on behalf of women who are homeless called She Does. There is a need to shelter women immediately. Mayor Garcetti has proposed a Bridge Home initiative. We need immediate solutions so that people are not living on the streets. Bridge housing is a pathway to permanent residency. There are proposed housing units in Venice with 1000 homeless. Because of changes in the federal budget, the City has been forced to fund housing for homeless women. Harvest Home in Venice – houses nine pregnant women. Bonin supports a new working group, formed by Maryam Zar, to address women and housing.

Chelsea Byers of United Way reported that there is a movement called Every One In, which is bringing communities together to find housing for the homeless. They are creating big and small events to address homelessness.

Mel Tillekeratne reported that he started She Does to help women get off the streets and prevent physical abuse. Domestic violence and increasing housing costs are the root cause of homelessness.

12.    Adjournment. Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:07 pm.

ATTACHMENT:   ITEM 6 – Treasurer’s Report

PPCC Treasurer’s Report June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Balance 6/1/2017 39,447
Balance 5/31/2018 – 6/1/2018 38,825
Decrease in Funds -622
Regular Contributions 253
PAPA Donation 1,150
Rent 972
Insurance 1,593
Mailchimp 255
Chamber Event Tickets 300
Safety Event 97
Misc (data services, copies, P.O. Box, etc.) 1,186
Total Operating Expenses 5,553
Operating Loss -5,300
Dinner & Tribute Revenue 13,320
Event Costs 8,642
Event Profit 4,678
Decrease in Funds -622

Balance as of June 28, 2018                                      $37,592

Significant transaction since 6/1/2018:

Payment to P.A.P.A. for Parade Costs of $1,000 plus $125 of Gala auction proceeds


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Card, David Kaplan, Cathy Russell, Rick Mills, Alan Goldsmith, Lou Kamer, Sarah Conner, Andy Frew, Gil Dembo

Voting Alternates:  Robin MeyersDoug McCormick, Eric Dugdale

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Brenda Theveny, Rob Weber (seated upon approval by the board)

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Richard Cohen read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 6/14/18 and 6/28/18 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – August 9, 2018 (one meeting only in August); topics: 1) Area and At-large Representative election information and introduction of candidates. September 13, 2018: topics: 1) Election results report. 2) presentation/update on aircraft noise in the Palisades. 3) presentation regarding new California REAL ID Driver License/ID cards. Additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed and that agenda items may be taken out of order during the meeting.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $37,391.42 and that there were no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.    Marge Gold (resident) reported that restriping of crosswalks was taking place, other work requests have been submitted to the City and flyers are being distributed to businesses regarding the Spruce Up the Neighborhood (SUN)/Village clean up effort, to take place before the Caruso Village opening in September. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the clean up. See Marge for details.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

8.1.1.    Beginning-of-term remarks.  The Chair began by reminding the board that the agenda for this meeting was distributed early, on the Friday before the meeting, in order to give board members an opportunity over the weekend to review the items to be considered. Although PPCC is not subject to the Brown Act, PPCC strives to distribute agendas by 7pm on the Monday before each Thursday meeting, or at least 72 hours before each board meeting. He announced that he and Chris Spitz (Secretary) have a new goal of distributing agendas even earlier, whenever possible on the Friday before each meeting, to provide more time for review by board members. He also announced a new goal of setting agenda items and conducting expeditious discussion in order to end meetings earlier than 9pm whenever possible.

The Chair made additional announcements about several matters:

1).  We have learned from CD11 that the terms of 6 of the 7 Pacific Palisades Design Review Board (DRB) members have expired.  Under applicable rules these members are allowed to continue as members until replacements can be found; CD11 is seeking replacements and will reach out to the community for volunteers. Some but not all DRB members are required to have expertise in certain areas, such as architecture and/or planning & land use. Anyone interested should contact Krista Kline, CD11 Planning Direct, at The Chair had heard that DRB meetings are not being held and applications are being processed by City Planning Department staff. This is false. A meeting will be scheduled whenever an application is received and the “termed out” members continue to serve.

2).  The Chair regularly attends quarterly PCH Task Force meetings along with PPCC Transportation Advisor Patti Post.  The Task Force is made up of representatives of City, State and County government agencies with jurisdiction over PCH, including Caltrans, as well as community stakeholders. He will be attending the Task Force meeting tomorrow. In response to community requests, Caltrans has now installed more substantial signage as a safety measure at or near the intersection of PCH and Entrada, directing pedestrians to use the tunnel to cross the coast highway to and from the beach. Additional signage is expected to alert motorists coming down Chautauqua that the left lane must turn onto West Channel Road.

3). The Chair provided information about the annual Congress of Neighborhoods, which will take place this year on September 22.  This is an important gathering of City officials, agency representatives and Neighborhood Council members who exchange information and attend workshops on a wide range of topics relevant to policy and governance. Community Council members are also invited to attend. The Chair has regularly attended for many years, and he encouraged other board members to attend. Much can be learned and achieved from the opportunity to interact informally with representatives of City agencies and to attend workshops on a variety of interesting topics. The Congress is held at City Hall and free parking is provided to registered attendees. It begins in the morning with free breakfast and a general session with elected officials, continues with workshops and visits with government reps, free lunch and ongoing sessions in the afternoon. We will provide more information about registration when available. The Chair noted that the Caruso Village opening is also scheduled to take place on September 22, but the time has not yet been announced.

4).  The Chair reported that the City’s “small asphalt repair truck” will be coming to the Palisades on October 5 to repair potholes, street cracks and other paving anomalies.  Send suggestions for repairs before August 9 so that they can be aggregated in terms of priorities.

5).  The Chair also gave updates on the recent Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) leadership meeting (see Item 8.1.3 below), the Highlands eldercare facility (see Item 8.1.4 below), and the status of Potrero Canyon Park (see Item 8.1.5 below).

8.1.2.    Appointment of Committees and Advisors, 2018-19 Term. See attached list.

a).   Executive Committee – additional two members.  The Chair advised that the officers and Chair Emeritus have elected the two additional new members of the Executive Committee as required by the Bylaws (Art. V.3.A): David Card as the organizational member representing the American Legion, and David Kaplan as the elected representative member representing Area 6.

b).   Other appointed Committees.  The Chair announced the additional Committee appointments. See attached list.

c).   Advisors (other than Legal).  The Chair announced the Advisor appointments. See attached list.

d).   Legal Advisor.  The Chair introduced Rob Weber as his appointee for Legal Advisor, subject to board confirmation. Rob is an experienced attorney and partner in the Business Trial Practice Group at the law firm of Sheppard Mullin; a past President of PAPA; a past Citizen of the Year and Community Service Award winner for his extensive volunteer service and leadership of the 4th of July parade and fireworks/concert event; a member and vice chair of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee; and a past PPCC board member and Secretary. The board approved Rob’s appointment as legal advisor.

8.1.3.    WRAC leadership meeting (7/18/18) update.  The Chair stated that he attended his first leadership meeting last week. Representatives of all 13 (soon to be 14) Neighborhood and Community Councils on the Westside participate in WRAC. There was an interesting presentation by the Planning Dept. on the community plan update process. Brentwood and Pacific Palisades will be in the next round of updates, which will not take place at the earliest until 2020. It is likely that a committee of interested community members will be formed to give input in the process.

8.1.4.    Highlands Eldercare project (1525 N. Palisades Dr.) update.  The Chair reported that the Coastal Commission ruled against the appeal of an earlier holding of the West LA APC and that as a result the City’s decision to grant a coastal development permit stands.

8.1.5.    Potrero Canyon Park update.  See PCCAC grading contract support letter here. The Chair gave a detailed report and answered questions from the board and audience on the park status. See attached report.

8.1.6.    LUC Update: meeting schedule and former Jack in the Box site project (17346 W. Sunset Blvd.) (“JIB Site Project”).  Project documents available at Community Council website (scroll down to Jack in the Box Site – Mixed Use Project).  The Chair announced that the next LUC meeting will be on August 23, 2018 at 6pm in the library. At its last meeting on June 26th, the LUC heard an initial presentation by representatives of the JIB Site Project applicant and engaged in initial discussion. An update by the applicant and further committee discussion is expected to take place at the LUC meeting on August 23rd.  Questions about LUC matters should be directed to LUC Chair Howard Robinson,

8.1.7.    Announcement of Candidates, Area and At-large Representatives Election.  See Bylaws, Attachment A.

The Chair announced the names of all candidates, as follows:

Area 1: Joanna Spak

Area 2: Steve Cron, Adam Handler

Area 3: Haldis Toppel

Area 4: Rick Mills

Area 5: Sue Kohl

Area 6: David Kaplan

Area 7: Steve Boyers

Area 8: Reza Akef

At-large: John Padden, Alan Goldsmith

8.1.8.    Promotion of Area Two Representative and First Alternate.  The Chair announced that because the former Area Two Representative Peter Culhane is now Vice-Chair, Alan Goldsmith, the former First Alternate, is promoted to the Area Two Representative position and Leah Cox, the former Second Alternate, is promoted to the First Alternate position, according to the Bylaws, Art. VIII.1.C.2, and Standing Rule 7.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Richard Cohen (Treasurer) reported on the West LA CPAB meeting which he attended as representative of PPCC.  He and other attendees heard from a representative of the City Attorney’s office who acts as the Victim Assistance Program representative in West L.A.  She reported that state funding allows them to compensate or reimburse victims of violent or traumatic crime for a variety of financial losses related to their victimhood such as medical costs, relocation, protective services. Often qualified victims have suffered domestic abuse or otherwise suffered great violence. The benefits can be up to $70,000 per victim.

Richard stated that Bird and Lime scooters were also discussed. West Traffic officers reported that legal use of such scooters requires valid driver licenses, use of helmets for all ages, forbid use on sidewalks and use of the scooters is prohibited on any road where the speed limit is greater than 25 mph unless there is a designated bike lane. West Hollywood and Beverly Hills have now banned motorized scooters.

Homelessness was also addressed at CPAB by the various senior lead officers.  Tents and more elaborate encampments have proliferated on the Westside. There are two court orders which restrict that ability of law enforcement to displace homeless persons on public property or remove their possessions. The officers and Captain reported that while drugs, alcohol and mental illness are often involved that the public should remember that many people are homeless for having missed just one or two paychecks and that empathy is appropriate.

Crime is reportedly down across our area with the exception of aggravated assaults.  It’s unclear why this is. In answer to a question the SLOs reported that there is no threat of serious crime from local gangs. Our local Westside “gangs” are really just delinquent youth and do not pose a significant threat. LAPD is on guard against more serious gang members who come from other areas of the city to commit crimes in our area.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-large) reported on SUN’s clean up and improvement efforts involving the Village, including new and replacement crosswalk markings, other requested improvements to public right of way areas and the planned clean up.  He described a meeting he had with City officials concerning the ATSAC system and traffic patterns in the Palisades. He also announced he was not running for re-election for At-large Representative because he was very busy with his other work.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    David Card (American Legion) reported that Labor Day Weekend (from Fri.-Sun.) is Fleet Week.  Everyone can visit naval ships that will be in the harbor in San Pedro.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    LAPD West Traffic Officer John Perez reported that six “motors” have been assigned on a regular basis to monitor motorcycle activity along Sunset Blvd. on Wednesday nights in an effort to reduce noise impacts.  This monitoring effort involves all of Sunset Blvd. on the Westside and is expected to continue. Officer Perez also provided data on traffic incidents on the Westside.

8.5.2.    Shannon Louis, Westside Field Deputy, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, reported on the Safe, Clean Water measure which is supported by the County Board of Supervisors and will be voted on by the public in the November election.  For information about the measure, visit Ms. Louis will reach out to county engineers for a possible briefing to PPCC on the measure. She also reported on the Supervisors’ support for efforts to reunite children separated from families at the border, and she provided an update on Measure H funding.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Election Committee (David Card, Chair).  David Card gave a report on the status of the election and voting.  See attached report. The board approved the deadline for online voting (August 30th at 9pm). In response to audience input, David stated that the Committee would reconsider whether candidates in contested races should answer questions at the August 9 board meeting. The Committees’ decision will be reflected in public announcements.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    WRAC-recommended Motions.

a).  Request Audit of Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE) Pilot Program.  The Chair explained the program, which began as a pilot in Animal Control and Police Departments as well as Recreation and Parks Rangers and has been expanded to Street Services. PPCC was one of the original supporters for establishing the program. See PPCC minutes of 3/14/11, item 10.1. The Chair learned recently that the City Attorney reviews all ACE citations in addition to providing periodic reports to the City Council. With the thousands of citations under review, the City has authorized two additional attorneys to this work. At the Chair’s request, the City Attorney will provide an update at the next WRAC leadership meeting. The motion was therefore deferred pending further information.

b).    Support Koretz/Bonin Motion to Strengthen Protected Tree Ordinance.  David Card (American Legion Representative) moved and the Chair read the motion as follows:

“Referring to City Council File 03-1459-S3, Pacific Palisades Community Council supports the initiative of Councilmembers Paul Koretz (CD5) and Mike Bonin (CD11) in their November 22, 2017 Motion to City Council to strengthen the City’s Protected Tree Ordinance #177404.”

Second:  Gil Dembo.  David Card (motion sponsor) gave a detailed explanation of the motion and ordinance. Discussion occurred and vote taken.  Vote: Passed unanimously.

c).    Oppose SB 831 (bill that substantially reduces local regulatory control of ADUs).  The Chair explained that motion sponsor Chris Spitz (Secretary) has done research and learned that the bill is now being “held without recommendation” in the Assembly Committee on Local Government (on which Assemblymember Bloom sits) and is dead for all intents and purposes.  Chris therefore withdrew the motion.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:37pm.


ITEM 8.1.2 – List of Committee and Advisor Appointments, 2018-2019 Term.

Executive Committee:
George Wolfberg (Chair)
Peter F. Culhane (Vice-Chair)
Richard G. Cohen (Treasurer)
Chris Spitz (Secretary)
Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus)
Two additional members elected by the Officers and Chair Emeritus:
David Card, Organizational Representative, Member (American Legion Rep)
David Kaplan, Elected Representative, Member (Area 6 Rep)

Note: Chair George Wolfberg is an ex officio member of all other committees.

Election Committee:
David Card, Committee Chair (American Legion Rep)
Richard Blumenberg (Civic League Rep)
Bill Bruns (Community member)
Richard G. Cohen (Treasurer)
Andy Frew (Theatre Palisades Rep)
Chris Spitz, non-voting advisor (Secretary)

Land Use Committee:
Howard Robinson, Committee Chair (Area 3 1st Alternate Rep)
Sarah Conner, Committee Vice Chair (PPRA Rep)
Reza Akef (Area 8 Rep)
Richard Blumenberg (Civic League Rep)
Gibert Dembo (TCA Rep)
Rick Mills (Area 4 Rep)
Chris Spitz (Secretary)

Village Project Community Liaison Committee:
David Kaplan, Committee Co-Chair (Area 6 Rep)
Sue Kohl, Committee Co-Chair (Area 5 Rep)
Rick Lemmo (Caruso representative on the Committee; Chamber of Commerce Rep)
Susan Payne (Chamber of Commerce Alternate Rep)
David Peterson (PRIDE representative on the Committee; Area 6 1st Alternate Rep)
Patti Post (PPCC Transportation Advisor)
Chris Spitz (Secretary)
Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus)

Legal Counsel: Rob Weber (subject to Board confirmation/approval; new appointment)
Education: Allison Holdorff Polhill (new appointment; will initially seek out students to serve as Youth Advisors)
Homelessness: Sharon Kilbride (reappointment)
Transportation: Patti Post (reappointment)

ITEM 8.1.5 – Potrero Canyon Park Update


  • Contract to contractor on 7/16
  • Expected return to City = tomorrow
  • Goes to Board President for signature: best case, next Wednesday the contract will be signed, and
  • Subject to approval by City Attorney.


  • City is in process of drafting a notice to canyon-adjacent residents informing them of the upcoming construction activities
  • City is surveying boundaries. So far it appears several property owners have encroached on the park. These owners will be informed and must remove the railroad ties and other encroachments.
  • Survey work is ongoing
  • Survey unit has a drone which you may see flying over the canyon—purpose is to measure topographic changes and calculate cubic yards of soil moved, presumably this info will be used to determine progress payments to contractor. The notice to canyon-adjacent residents will inform them of the drone activities

ITEM 9.1 – Election Committee Report

Election Committee Report to PPCC – July 26, 2018

  1. DATES: The committee has recommended dates for the election of Area and At-large Representatives, as well as certain events associated with it. And we have decided upon a format for the voting.
  2. ONLINE VOTING: All voting will be on-line. The ballots will be accessible from the PPCC website home page: Online voting will commence at 9:00pm on August 9 (our PPCC meeting is at 7:00pm). Voting will end at 9:00pm on August 30 (with Board concurrence).
  3. VOTING ASSISTANCE: Voting assistance will be available for those who don’t have access to a computer or need help. On August 18, from 10am to 1pm, at the Palisades Branch Library, members of the committee and other volunteers will bring their portable computers to the community meeting room to help anyone who needs help voting.
  4. CANDIDATES INTRODUCED: On August 9 at our 7:00pm PPCC meeting, all candidates for Area Representative and At-large Representative will have the opportunity to introduce themselves in person and make a 2-minute statement. We will not have a Q&A with the candidates or a Forum. Candidates are welcome to meet and greet the attendees before and after the PPCC meeting. During the election period, the public will be able to directly ask each of the candidates questions by email. Candidate email addresses will be provided on the PPCC website link to the Candidates Statements.
  5. VOTING & ELECTION INFORMATION (Notice of Ballot Availability): The Notice of Ballot Availability will be published as soon as possible after this July 26th PPCC meeting, along with the candidate statements. They will be able to be seen by hitting a link on the PPCC home page. The Notice will be entitled “Voting & Election Information.” Efforts are being made to have the Notice and the Candidate Statements (with photo) published in our local news media.
  6. ELIGIBILITY: Voting eligibility is set forth in Attachment A to the PPCC Bylaws. It is also set forth in the Notice. Residents at least 18 years old by August 30 are eligible to vote for the candidate running for At-large Representative and the Area Representative in the Area in which the voter resides. Areas are defined and mapped at the PPCC website, and that info is also available on the online ballot for voters in the process of voting.   Voters who are at least 18 by August 30 who reside in, own real property in, or operate a business located in the Palisades are eligible to vote for the At-large Representative.
  7. CANDIDATE CONDUCT: All candidates shall abide by PPCC Standing Rule 9 in Bylaws Appendix C: Code of Conduct.   Candidates will be held to those standards of conduct. All candidates are expected to read and comply with the PPCC Bylaws, which are linked at the PPCC website.

Best of luck to all the candidates.

David Card, Chair
Richard Blumenberg
Bill Bruns
Richard Cohen
Andrew Frew
George Wolfberg, ex officio, as PPCC Chair
Chris Spitz, advisor, 2016 Chair of the committee


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Card, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Alan Goldsmith, Gil Dembo, Danielle Samulon, Dick Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Maryam Zar (attended latter part of meeting)

Voting Alternates:  Doug McCormick, Richard Blumenberg, Andrew Wolfberg, Quentin Fleming

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Steve Boyers, Brenda Theveny, Leah Cox

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Gil Dembo read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 7/26/18 were approved. 2) Upcoming Meetings – September 13, 2018: topics: 1) Election results report. 2) presentation/update on aircraft noise in the Palisades. 3) presentation regarding new California REAL ID Driver License/ID cards. September 27, 2018: topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $36,053.84 and that there were no significant transactions since the last report. The Treasurer also timely filed the California form SI-100 reflecting the new officer names.

7.     General Public Comment – None.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

8.1.1.    Appointment of Three Chairs Committee (Bylaws, Art. VIII.3.C and D). This is the committee that reviews alternate area and at-large representative applications and recommends alternates to the board for election. The alternate application process will begin in early September, after the election of area and at-large representatives ends, and the committee members will be announced, as required by the bylaws, at the first board meeting in September.

8.1.2.    Congress of Neighborhoods update.  This is a valuable annual event at LA City Hall in which Neighborhood Councils, elected officials and representatives of City agencies all participate. PPCC has participated for many years. It is a day well spent. This year, as you know, the event will take place on September 22. The Congress website is being constructed and we will send out an announcement when it is fully functional and registration begins. Contact the Chair if you have any questions or want to carpool.

8.1.3.    Short Term Rentals/Home Sharing Ordinance update.  The City Council has proposed various amendments to this ordinance, which will be heard in the City Planning Commission on September 13. Some of the amendments include an annual cap on short term rentals of 120 days, with the possibility for an indefinite extension based on notice to abutting properties only. PPCC and WRAC oppose any extension of the cap. Moreover, PPCC has advocated for a cap of no more than 30-90 days. Further, any new process for an extension of rental days should require notice to all property owners within a minimum of 250 ft. We are monitoring the process and may submit an additional position letter.

8.1.4.    PPCC Support for Motion to Strengthen the Protected Tree Ordinance.  PPCC has written a position letter, based on the motion passed at the last board meeting, which can be read on the Community Council website at Documents/Motions & Postions

8.1.5.    LUC meeting schedule.  Next meeting will be August 23 at 6pm. The topics will include the former Jack in the Box site project (17346 W. Sunset Blvd.). Project documents at Community Council website (scroll down to Jack in the Box Site – Mixed Use Project). Fall meeting dates will be: September 27, 5-6pm; October 25, 5-6:30pm. All LUC meetings are public and held in the Palisades branch library.

8.1.6.   New Street Tree Removal Notification.  The information on tree removals in the public right of way is available now on the Street Services web site. The Chair looked and there are no such removals on public property presently in Pacific Palisades. There is a plan to push this information to various stakeholders through City Council offices. We expect this information to be posted to our Nextdoor page. There are procedures for objection or public comment depending on the number of trees to be removed. We will provide more information as we obtain it from CD11.

8.1.7.    Porta Via Café. The owner of Porta Via, Peter Garland, will be coming to our next board meeting on September 13 for an introduction and to present a “Taste of Porta Via.”

8.1.8.    WRAC Land Use Committee Motions.  Maryam Zar, Chris Spitz and the Chair attended the WRAC Land Use Committee meeting Sunday. The committee unanimously adopted two motions relating to the upcoming Planning Department re-write of community plans for Westside neighborhoods. (The Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Plan would be part of phase two, beginning in maybe three years.) The motions are being prepared and deal with the recent trend of reducing meaningful community input to these types of plans and we will be bringing them to the board for approval at our next board meeting.  Contact the Chair if you would like more details in the interim.

8.1.9.   Cancellation of Big Blue Bus Service to Palisades Village.  The manager of planning and performance reached out to the Chair today regarding bus service from the Expo Line to Palisades Village (and beyond). The bus company has worked with Palisades High School and, as you probably know, Paul Revere, to successfully increase student ridership. There will be a hearing next month to approve the elimination beginning next Spring of bus service between 7pm and 10pm to Pacific Palisades because of low ridership. This cannot be good with all the new employees coming on board with the new Village Project. The Chair is happy to announce that Michael Gazzano has forwarded this information to Caruso’s Operations team for follow up. This is something to keep on our radar.

8.2.    From Officers – None.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Steve Boyers (Area 7 Alternate).  A notice was received from the Planning Dept. about a property located at 12 Latimer Road in Rustic Canyon. There was a concern about whether the owner was seeking a permit for a gated private street. The requested permit is for remodeling of an existing structure, not to establish a private street.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives – None.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.     SLO Michael Moore.  Officer Moore’s recent crime report included three weeks’ worth of crime. His most important message to the public is: “Do not park on Los Liones between 1pm and 6:30pm.” There is a vehicle break-in problem on Los Liones Dr., particularly near the location of the Mormon Church, but break-ins can happen anywhere along that stretch. This is a common occurrence in the Palisades during the daytime because so many people go hiking and leave their cars parked, sometimes unlocked. The types of break-ins vary, with everything from smashed windows to entering an unlocked car door. According to Officer Moore, 90% of the time break-ins occur because there is something visible in the vehicle.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.    Allison Polhill (Education).  The Chair received a message from Allison Polhill, who was unable to attend tonight, advising that she will have a comprehensive report at the next PPCC board meeting. She also reported that LAUSD School Board Vice-President Nick Melvoin will be visiting local schools on August 17 on the following schedule: 8am, Palisades Elementary; 10am, Palisades Charter High School; 5:30pm, Kenter Canyon Elementary.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).  Sue Kohl had an opportunity to go through the entire project recently. She believes it is aesthetically very beautiful and the community will be pleased. Caruso is still working on leasing, tenants are making improvements to their spaces, and they are all attempting to get as much work done as possible for the September 22 opening. Caruso is now working on curbs, gutters, sidewalks and street trees, and are close to wrapping up utility work with DWP. There have been some problems involving subcontractors starting work too early on Saturday mornings. When this happened two weeks ago, Michael Gazzano instructed supervisors for the subcontractors involved that they cannot start early on Saturday mornings; unfortunately this happened again and they are still working to get all the subcontractors to begin work at the proper time. Board members raised questions about a few matters: 1) concrete was poured at the project on a Saturday night; it was observed that this may have been necessitated by circumstances and was likely not a regular occurrence; 2) the right lane of Sunset westbound in the Village is closed during working hours, causing traffic to back up even when no one is working against the K rails; Sue Kohl will ask if there’s a way to close the lane only when needed so that traffic can flow freely more often; 3) workers are parking where they shouldn’t be; Sue Kohl will also talk to Caruso about this; 4) the left turn lane onto Swarthmore going eastbound on Sunset will need traffic control; Sue will again ask about this; 5) numerous old sand bags have been left in the area on PCH at the Potrero Canyon entrance, where the Caruso dirt hauling previously took place; this is probably a Caltrans issue and the Chair will make a note of it.

9.2.    Election Committee (David Card, Chair).  David Card reported on the status of the election and voting and gave the ground rules for the candidates’ introductory statements and Q&A (see Item 11 below). Heather Cohen, the Committee’s IT specialist, was also acknowledged. See attached Committee Report.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    Candidates’ Introductory Statements, 2018 Area and At-large Representative Election (2 minutes each).  Moderator for Items 11.1 and 11.2:  Election Committee Chair David Card.  Candidates in attendance:  Area Two: Steve Cron, Adam Handler; Area Three: Haldis Toppel; Area Four: Rick Mills; Area Five: Sue Kohl; Area Six: David Kaplan; Area Seven: Steve Boyers; At-large: Alan Goldsmith, John Padden.  All candidates in attendance gave introductory statements. The Moderator read the statement of Area One candidate Joanna Spak, who was unable to attend.  Area Eight candidate Reza Akef, not in attendance, did not provide a statement.

11.2.    Q&A with Candidates in Contested Races – Area 2 and At-large (and if time allows in contested races).  See attached Committee Report. Meeting attendees were asked to fill out question cards. Q&A then ensued. The Moderator first asked questions that had been submitted for the candidates in contested races, who answered the questions. Additional Q&A then took place with candidates in both contested and uncontested races answering questions directed to all candidates. The candidates were then given 1 minute each to give concluding remarks.

12.    Adjournment. The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:45pm. 

ATTACHMENT: Items 9.2, 11.1 and 11.2 – Election Committee Report

Election Committee Report to PPCC

August 9, 2018

  1. ONLINE VOTING: All voting will be online, starting at 9p.m. tonight (after our 7p.m. PPCC meeting). The ballots will be accessible by clicking on the “VOTE HERE” button on the PPCC website home page: Voting will end in 3 weeks at 9 p.m. on August 30.
  2. VOTING ASSISTANCE: Voting assistance will be available for those who don’t have access to a computer or need help. On August 18, from 10a.m. to 1p.m., at the Palisades Branch Library, members of the committee and other volunteers will bring their portable computers to the community meeting room to help anyone who needs help voting. All Election Committee members should be there to help out those voters.
  3. CANDIDATE FORUM: Tonight at our 7p.m. PPCC meeting all candidates for Area Representative and At-large Representative will have the opportunity to introduce themselves in person and make a 2-minute statement. We will also have a minimum 3-question Q&A with the candidates for Area 2 and At-large Representatives, since they are contested seats. The time limit for answers is 1½ minutes. If time allows, the other candidates will have an opportunity to answer questions. We intend to make time. During the election period, the public will be able to directly ask each of the candidates questions by email. Candidate email addresses are provided on the PPCC website home page link to the Candidate Statements.
  4. VOTING 7 ELECTION INFORMATION (Notice of Ballot Availability): The “VOTE HERE” (the link to the ballot, 9p.m. tonight), the “Voting & Election Information (Notice of Ballot Availability”) and the “Candidate Statements” are on the PPCC website home page at
  5. TELL EVERYONE: All Council Officers, Area Representatives, the At-large Representative, and Organizational Representatives should get the word out to their constituents and organizations that the Election is on. Let’s get out the vote.
  6. PUBLICITY: The Palisadian-Post published our election information and Candidate Statements in a full-page public service announcement last week. Haldis Toppel has offered to publish on her blog and email list any additional information that the candidates wish to share. “Circling the News” (Sue Pascoe’s blog) has run pieces about the election. We have posted posting and election information on our PPCC pages on Facebook and Nextdoor. We have also sent voting and election information emails from PPCC to everyone on our mailing list, and we’ll send reminders. The Committee created a banner for the Pali High fence at Temescal & Sunset, which went up Tuesday, August 7, and will stay up until after the voting has closed. Chris Spitz has spoken to the Senior Alliance and will speak again at their meeting on Monday.
  7. ELIGIBILITY: Voting eligibility is set forth in Attachment A to the PPCC Bylaws.   It is also set forth in the Notice. Residents at least 18 years old by August 30 are eligibility to vote for the candidate running for At-large Representative and the Area Representative in the Area in which the voter resides. Areas are defined and mapped at the PPCC website, and that info is also available on the online ballot for voters in the process of voting. Voters who are at least 18 by August 30 who reside in, own property in, or operate a business located in the Palisades are eligible to vote for the At-large Representative.
  8. CANDIDATE CONDUCT: All candidates shall abide by PPCC Standing Rule 9 in Bylaws Appendix C: Code of Conduct. Candidates will be held to those standards of conduct. All candidates are expected to read and comply with the PPCC Bylaws, which are linked at the PPCC website.

Best of luck to all the candidates.


David Card, Chair
Richard Cohen
Richard Blumenberg
Andrew Frew
Bill Bruns
George Wolfberg, ex officio, as PPCC Chair
Chris Spitz, advisor, 2016 Chair of the committee.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, David Card, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Alan Goldsmith, Janet Anderson, Rick Lemmo, Bruce Schwartz, Reza Akef

Voting Alternates:  Kelly Comras, Brenda Theveny, Barbara Kohn, Eric Dugdale

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Leah Cox, Richard Blumenberg, David Peterson

1.    Certification of Quorum. Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission. Peter Culhane read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience. The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings. 1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 8/09/18 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – September 27, 2018: topics: 1) presentation on the Safe, Clean Water ballot initiative (Measure W parcel tax); 2) PPCC Awards information; 3) report on REAL CA Driver License/ID card (deferred from tonight’s meeting due to inability of the presenter to attend).

5.    Consideration of Agenda. The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed, with one exception: the Porta Via presentation (new business) would be heard early, before remaining announcements. See Item 11.1 below.

6.    Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $32,198.00. Significant transactions this period include the following: reimbursement of the deposit for the holiday gala at Gladstones of $3,364; and payment to the tech advisor for online ballot and election analysis work of $420.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.    Marge Gold (resident). An ad hoc volunteer group is trying to spruce up the Village (areas outside of the Caruso Village project); they will meet at the Village Green at 10:30am this weekend.  Many hands are needed.

7.2.    Diane Bleak (resident) inquired about how to apply for grant money for Santa Inez Canyon park.  She was directed to the office of Councilmember Bonin (CD11).

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

8.1.1.    Appointment of Three Chairs Committee (Bylaws, Art. VIII.3.C and D).  This is the Committee that reviews alternate Area and At-large representative applications and recommends alternates to the board for election. The Committee members are Maryam Zar, Chair Emeritus (Committee Chair), Chris Spitz and Richard Cohen (past Chairs). The alternate application process began on August 31 and is ongoing; alternate applications must be received by 9pm on September 30. To view the requirements click on the green “Alternates Application” button on the PPCC website.  See attached press release.

8.1.2.    Congress of Neighborhoods update. This valuable annual event will take place on September 22 at LA City Hall. Neighborhood Councils, elected officials and representatives of City agencies all participate and PPCC has also participated for many years. For more info or to sign up visit Congress website.

8.1.3.    Officers’ Meeting with Councilmember Bonin.  The elected officers recently met with Councilman Bonin. We stressed there is no change in items of interest to PPCC and there would be continuity. High priority items: adding a left turn protected signal on Sunset at Chautauqua and repaving Chautauqua.

8.1.4.    2018 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards.  The annual PPCC Awards Gala will take place on December 13, 2018. The Selection Committee will be announced on 9/27/18. Nominations from the public will be accepted from 9/27/18-10/27/18. See current Awards Guidelines here..

8.1.5.    “Pumpkin Patch” on West Channel Rd.  The Bureau of Street Services recently ripped out pumpkins that had been planted by residents in a median. This action was taken without notice to anyone and was technically due to lack of a permit. This result was not satisfactory. Councilman Bonin is supporting the community to assure this never happens again.

8.1.6.    Board Members’ Identification of PPCC Affiliations in Statements.  See summary approved by PPCC’s Legal Advisor here.  The goal is to ensure that correspondence and communications from board members do not inadvertently confuse people regarding the PPCC’s adopted position on any matter.

8.1.7.    Police Commission Meeting. The Commission met last Tuesday night in West LA. There were well-received remarks from our Homelessness Advisor Sharon Kilbride (a past PPCC Citizen of the Year). The Chair also testified, stressing the need for LAPD to combine two long-term PPCC advocacy issues: ending the scourge of gas-powered leaf blowers through judicious use of ACE citations. The majority of meeting attendees exhibited disgusting deportment and behavior that you would not want your 4th Grade class on a civics field trip to ever hear. The Chair will follow up to ascertain what can be done to prevent this at future meetings.

8.1.8.    Potrero Canyon Park Update. The Chair reported with great anger and sadness that the contract documents continue to be stuck in the RAP commission office.

8.1.9.    New Library PA System.  We have a new, effective PA system, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Library.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Secretary).  The Home-Sharing (Short Term Rentals/STRs) Ordinance was heard by the City Planning Commission (CPC) this afternoon. The CPC approved the ordinance with several major changes, including: no cap on extended home-sharing (allow STRs year round); allow STRs in ADUs if permitted before 1/1/17; allow STRs in RSO units with a 120-day annual cap. The ordinance will return at some point to the City Council. For more information, visit: a 9/12/18 Summary prepared by Chris Spitz as well as PPCC’s position letter submitted to the CPC on 9/10/18 (and approved by the PPCC Executive Committee)

8.2.2.    Richard Cohen (Treasurer).  The Treasurer also attended the recent Police Commission meeting.  Numerous “activists” who attend every Police Commission meeting made outrageous comments throughout. Because of this, he did not have opportunity to testify, but was able to give his prepared remarks to Chief Michael Moore’s lieutenant, who was present. Richard has now passed along the same message to former Chiefs Bratton and Beck and now current Chief Moore: While PPCC appreciates their promises to keep a police car 24/7 in the Palisades, due to our location and unique situation our community needs this car regardless of the crime statistics. We must keep pressing this point. Sharon Kilbride also spoke effectively at the meeting about the effectiveness and importance of our beach patrol.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At large).  Announcements:  1) Volunteers will be doing clean up work in the Village (areas outside of the Caruso Village project) this Saturday. PRIDE will also be helping with clean up. 2) The community raised $5,500 for Norris Hardware employees to tide them over; all have now obtained new jobs. 3) Regarding traffic conditions, Lou suggested that PPCC should push the City and LADOT for a traffic management plan.

8.3.2.     Sue Kohl (Area 5).  New “small cell sites” will be installed on utility poles in Area 5. This is pursuant to information from Michael Cintron of SureSite. Two installations are planned: one on Bestor and the other at the top of Monument. They are to be completed in October or November. Sue distributed renderings of what these installations will look like; they appear to be unobtrusive single antennas installed on DWP poles. She does not believe the neighborhood will complain, and there will be better cell service.

8.3.3.    David Kaplan (Area 6).  There has been no activity on planned cell sites in the Huntington since a meeting that he attended this summer with Michael Cintron and HPPOC president Song Oh, who has not heard back from the installer. There is no clarity yet on the proposed installations.

8.3.4.    Rick Mills (Area 4).  There will be a public hearing on October 1 at WLA City Hall, concerning a Mitigated Negative Declaration and Coastal Permits for eight new homes on Marquette, near the west rim of Las Pulgas Canyon. The proposed homes range in size from approximately 5,300 to 8,000 sq. ft. each with a height of up to 33 ft. The developer is Cosimo Pizzulli. The neighbors and CD11 are aware of this project, which has been approved by the Civic League. Rick provided details and answered questions about the proposal, which include lot line adjustments and possible impacts from grading, export of dirt and sewer line construction. He has copies of the hearing notice for those interested.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    Eric Dugdale (Historical Society).  On October 2 at 7pm at Theatre Palisades, the Historical Society will host a talk on the history of our parks. The event is free and open to the public.

8.4.2.    Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce).  The Chamber’s new remodeled offices are completed. Bob Benton is the new President and CEO of the Chamber. Upcoming Chamber events: Saturday, September. 22, 8:45am, Vintage Grocers’ Opening and ribbon-cutting; 9:45am, the Village Grand Opening & ribbon-cutting; Tuesday, October 30, Bob Benton Bash at Mastro’s restaurant (30-40 seats total available); Friday, November 30: Holiday Kick-Off with Christmas Stroll (details to come); Thursday, January 17, 2019: Chamber Installation Gala, featuring “Dancing with the Chamber Stars.”

8.4.3.    Brenda Theveny (TCA). TCA’s annual meeting will be on the evening of December 3 at Stewart Hall in Temescal Canyon. G uest speaker will be Joe Edmiston, MRCA Executive Director. All are invited.

8.4.4.    David Card (American Legion).  This Saturday night the annual Rockabilly Night event will take place at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center at 6pm. Tickets are available at LA Parks The event is a benefit for the Recreation Center.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    Melissa Kaufler, Field Representative, Assemblymember Richard Bloom – Not in attendance; briefing on the new REAL California Driver License/ID card deferred to 9/27/18.

8.5.2.    SLO Michael Moore and Officer Ryan Basaker, West Traffic – LAPD.

Officer Moore:  Crime is down in the Palisades.  Q&A ensued with questions about incidents in several areas of the Palisades involving traffic, home intruders, a knife attack and wild animals. Richard Cohen (Treasurer) noted that he recently found a rattlesnake on his property on Bienveneda; after several calls he was able to find a “snake wrangler” who came out from the WLA Animal Shelter and took care of the problem.  Officer Basaker:  West Traffic has put together a “Special Problems” (SP) unit, with 4 officers covering the entire West area. They are continuing to work on the ongoing Wednesday night problem involving noisy and unsafe behavior of motorcycles on Sunset.

8.5.3.    Janet Turner, District Representative, Congressman Ted Lieu.

The Congressman sends congratulations to the newly elected officers and expresses his appreciation to all departing board members.  Announcements: 1) Applications are being accepted from high school students for the “App Challenge” (to create an app). Submission deadline: October 15. For details visit Challenge site.. 2) Deadline for applications by high school students for military academy nominations: October 19.   For details visit 3) The Congressman will host a Veterans Town Hall on Veterans Day, November 11, at 11:30am at the LA National Cemetery. Palisades veterans are invited to contact Janet about being selected as one of the speakers. Janet Turner contact information: (310) 652-3095,

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).

A few issues have been raised as to whether Caruso has permission to work 24/7, and whether some neighbors on Monument are getting special treatment.  As to work permits, Sue Pascoe has written in her blog that Caruso has a permit to work at night and in the morning as long as the work is inside and quiet. As to whether some residents are getting special treatment, water was entirely cut off to some homes on Monument due to utility work in the area; since these residents were unable to live in their homes, Caruso provided hotels and meals for those affected until the water was resumed.

The good news is that most restaurants and retail stores will be opening on time. The grand opening open to the public will be on Saturday, September 22 at 9:45am, with a public ceremony on Swarthmore. Mayor Garcetti, Honorary Mayors Billy Crystal and his wife, Councilman Bonin and other City dignitaries will be there. Vintage Grocers will be open at 7am with a ribbon cutting at 8:45am.

There are beautiful large trees and landscaping throughout the project. There will be a concierge service and valet parking. Upstairs from the concierge desk will be a community room. There will also be a “mother’s room” if anyone wants privacy for changing diapers or breastfeeding. Public bathrooms will be upstairs, including one bathroom with smaller toilets for younger children.

The park area will host free community events and will be a place to relax, read a book or have a picnic. There will be a number of events over opening weekend with the tenants. The free bike share program will be up and running as of 9/22 as well. More information will be at the concierge desk.

The Farmers Market will return to Swarthmore once the initial excitement has died down. For the last two weekends, Caruso and the tenants have conducted a job fair at the Farmers Market looking for local employees; they have said it was quite successful.

Regarding the Amazon sign: The sign is based on measurement of building frontage. The sign could have been 100 sq. ft., but it is only 21 sq. ft. Regarding the closure of the lane on Sunset: For the last two weekends Caruso has funded extra LADOT traffic control officers to assist with traffic flow. This work was required for new asphalt and base, new curb and gutter, streetlights, traffic signals, etc. The work required consecutive 72-hour periods.

The project will feature many restaurants, retail stores and the Cinepolis movie theater. All restaurants will have outdoor dining. The announced tenants can be found on Palisades Village website. Please note that the Chanel store is not for clothing; it is strictly for make up and beauty products.

9.2.    Land Use Committee (LUC; Howard Robinson, Chair — not in attendance). Report on 8/23/18 meeting and JIB site project.

The Chair noted that details are available at the written LUC report

Reza Akef (Area 8 rep and LUC member) noted that as an observer, he attended a recent HOA meeting with Edgewater Tower residents and the developer; they are moving forward with discussions, as per the LUC’s motion (set forth in the LUC Report).  Chris Spitz (Secretary and LUC member) then read the LUC motion, which called upon the developer to meet with Edgewater Tower and Castellammare residents and report back to the LUC.

9.3.    Election Committee (David Card, Chair).

David Card, Committee Chair, gave the final Election Report and related the election results (vote count).  See reports attached. See also: final report posted online.   David Card, Committee member Richard Cohen and advisor Chris Spitz answered questions about the voting and counting process, the online ballot and the recommendations for future improvements.  The Committee members (David Card, Richard Cohen, Richard Blumenberg, Andrew Frew and Bill Bruns) were thanked for their hard work, with special recognition for David Card’s leadership and the indispensable work of Richard Cohen and technical advisor Heather Cohen in developing the successful online ballot.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Commercial Aircraft Noise in the Palisades Update. Guest presenter: Debbie Warfel, 2017 PPCC Golden Sparkplug Awardee.

Debbie thanked the board for awarding her with Golden Sparkplug honors in 2017.  She last gave a presentation to PPCC in 2016. Since 2015, residents had been noticing increased and significant levels of noise from low flying commercial aircraft, and she and others in Santa Monica Canyon and regionally engaged in an ongoing effort to obtain relief for residents. The noise is a result of a change in the flight path for flights coming into LAX, which in turn occurred because the FAA is requiring aircraft to move from radar to a new GPS navigational system (known as the “NextGen” air transportation system); the Southern California “Metroplex” program was designed to accommodate the changed flight paths. This has created a superhighway in the sky. Some other problems with the system are that only 3% of planes have GPS, some pilots are not trained or are not properly using the system or the instruments. In order to put the new flight paths in place, the FAA was required to go through an environmental assessment process, and ultimately issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) on people on the ground. Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA) has challenged the FONSI and filed a lawsuit along with Culver City and other area residents in federal district court. The City of Los Angeles has filed an amicus brief. There is a hearing in October. Many of our elected officials, on the federal, state and local level, are also attempting to get relief from the FAA for their constituents. They have asked for planes to be redirected to fly over the desert and ocean, a bit farther from the coastline. They are also trying to raise the minimum altitude for aircraft. Debbie stressed that it is important for residents to lodge complaints with the authorities. A “button” can be obtained to click for noise complaints; visit for information on how to obtain the button. Residents can also download an LAX app to register complaints per each noise incident at LAX noise reporting app; or they can call LAX’s noise complaint hotline at 424-64-NOISE.  Contributions toward the legal fund are also requested; visit for information on how to donate.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Introduction of new Porta Via Café / “Taste of Porta Via.”

Guest presenter:  Ryan Hill, General Manager, Porta Via Café in Pacific Palisades.  Ryan introduced himself and the restaurant, which has been located in Beverly Hills for almost 25 years. The Palisades is the first new location for Porta Via outside of Beverly Hills. Ryan invited the community to visit the new location, which will be near the Bay Theater in the Palisades Village project. Meeting attendees enjoyed delicious sandwiches and house-made chips provided by Porta Via.

11.2.    WRAC-recommended Motions – deferred to 9/27 meeting due to lack of time.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:50pm.


Item 8.1.1 – Alternates Application Press Release

Pacific Palisades Community Council

Pacific Palisades Community Council Now Taking Applications
For Area and At-large Alternate Representative Positions

(Pacific Palisades, CA)—The Pacific Palisades Community Council is pleased to announce the opportunity for residents and other eligible persons to apply to become an Area or At-large alternate representative in 2018-2020.

There are eight primary Area representatives and one At-large representative on the PPCC Board of Directors. The primary representatives are elected by the community, while the alternate representatives must apply and are elected by the Board. Up to two alternate representatives (1st and 2nd alternates) will be chosen for each seat. The alternates as well as the primary representatives serve a two-year term, beginning in October 2018. Alternate representatives are encouraged to attend meetings and to participate in the discussion of issues, but do not vote unless the primary is absent.

Applicants for alternate Area representative must live within the specified boundaries of the area for which they are applying; the areas are detailed on the PPCC website, (Area Maps tab). Applicants for alternate At-large representative must either live, own property or run a business within Pacific Palisades.

All interested parties must submit a Statement of any length indicating which position they are applying for (Area or At-large, 1st or 2nd alternate, or both; and you may apply for both Area and At-large alternate positions). The Statement of each Area alternate applicant shall include the number of years residing in Pacific Palisades, the number of years as a resident of the Area and the number of years at the current address and that address. The Statement of each At-large alternate applicant shall include the number of years residing in Pacific Palisades or running a business or owning property in Pacific Palisades and the applicant’s current residence, business or property address. All applicants’ Statements shall include the position on issues the applicant believes are of importance to the community or the applicant’s Area. The Statement may also include a few biographical facts including any skills that the applicant would bring to PPCC.

Applications for all alternate positions (Area or At-large) must be received by 9pm on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (preferred method)

Mail: PPCC Candidate Statement
P.O. Box 1131
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, or

Personal Delivery: Applications may be handed to the Chair (presiding officer) at a September PPCC Board meeting

Please direct questions to 

Item 9.3 – 1) Election Committee Report & 2) Results Data Sheet

1) PPCC Election Committee Report – 2018
     September 13, 2018

The Committee is pleased to announce that the following are the newly elected Area and At-large Representatives to the PPCC board, beginning October 1, 2018:

Area 1: Joanna Spak                                                              Area 6: David Kaplan

Area 2: Steve Cron                                                                  Area 7: Steve Boyers

Area 3: Haldis Toppel                                                           Area 8: Reza Akef

Area 4: Rick Mills                                                                   At-large: Alan Goldsmith

Area 5: Sue Kohl

We had the second largest voter turnout in PPCC history, with 1034 total valid ballots. This is only 203 votes less than in the 2016 election, but still hundreds more than in the 2014 election, and many hundreds of votes more than scores of other Westside council that held elections in 2016 (except for Venice, Sunland Tujunga and Central San Pedro, all more populated than Pacific Palisades). We attribute the fewer votes cast this year to there being two contested offices (instead of four in 2016), and to the absence of the Palisades News (that would have provided election info and reporting to every home).

We commend all the candidates and thank the Palisades community for participating in this election.

With this report we are also distributing a Results data sheet, which includes the vote counts. A few words about the Committee’s vote-counting process are in order: 3 of the 5 Committee members were present (Committee Chair David Card could not attend due to illness; Andy Frew could not attend due to a prior volunteer commitment at the opening of a Theatre Palisades show). In attendance were Bill Bruns, Richard Cohen, and Richard Blumenberg (a majority of Committee voting members). Non-voting attendees were PPCC Chair George Wolfberg, Committee advisor Chris Spitz, and technical advisor Heather Cohen. Each questionable ballot was inspected by every member of the Committee and discussed by the group. Every decision concerning each ballot was unanimous and decisions were based strictly on the Bylaws. After initial ballot qualification determinations were made, the entire group reviewed all decisions at least once (or more) again.  The Bylaws were scrupulously followed and all decisions were entirely impartial and unanimous.

It is important to recognize that the disqualification of votes narrowed the margin of victory in all but one race, but did not change the outcomeThis result was fortuitous, but the Committee was fully prepared to follow the Bylaws to whatever outcome the rules dictate. The grounds for disqualification were duplication of votes (that is, a voter voting more than once), omission of required information such as full name or a valid address, and voting in the wrong Area.

Based on the experience of this election and having received several constructive suggestions for improvement, the Committee recommends for future board consideration the following possible bylaws changes or other actions:

  • Conduct & Misconduct: Establish reasonable guidelines for the conduct of election campaigns by the candidates, and for dealing with misconduct.
  • Online Voting:

— Keeping online voting as the only voting method, eliminating a 3-hour in-person “help session” at the Library (no one came to ask for help). An individual voter may still request assistance voting online from a Committee member, if the voter’s friends and family can’t help.

— Allow voters to decline to vote for Area Rep, but vote for At-Large Rep, and vice versa.

— Strengthen voter education and instructions to put greater stress on the consequences of failure to follow those instructions, especially regarding double voting (disqualification of those double votes).

— Shorten the online voting to 2 weeks (vs. 3) and start the voting 8 days after the Candidate Forum, to give media time to publish reports of the Forum.

  • More Candidate Info for the Voter:  Expand the Candidate Statements to 200-300 words, including a link to the candidate’s campaign website (if any). In addition, consider publishing separate written questions from the Committee and written answers from the candidates, to give the voters more focused answers to current issues. Encourage the continuation of a Candidate Forum, and allow a more free-flowing exchange with hand-raised questions from the audience, so long as civil and appropriate exchanges can be maintained.

Congratulations to the newly elected representatives!

David Card, Chair; Bill Bruns; Richard Blumenberg; Richard Cohen; and Andrew Frew.

George Wolfberg, Chair of the PPCC Board, ex officio
Christina Spitz, 2016 Chair of the Election Committee, advisor

2)  PPCC 2018 Election of Representatives – Results

Total voters (valid ballots): 1034

Votes per candidate: Final Valid Vote* and (raw vote)


Alan Goldsmith: 565 (588)

John Padden:    469 (495)

Area 1

Joanna Spak:      40 (42)

Area 2

Steve Cron:       335 (345)

Adam Handler:  103 (137)

Area 3

Haldis Toppel:    112 (117)

Area 4

Rick Mills:            71 (72)

Area 5

Sue Kohl:          124 (135)

Area 6

David Kaplan:    109 (115)

Area 7

Steve Boyers:      49 (55)

Area 8

Reza Akef:          30 (30)

*Duplicate votes were the primary reason for invalidating votes.

Exclusion of invalid votes did not change the outcome of any election.

PPCC Election Committee; David Card, Chair

September 13, 2018


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Sue Kohl, Cathy Russell, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Dick Wulliger, Janet Anderson, Sarah Conner, Lou Kamer, Danielle Samulon

Voting Alternates:  Doug McCormick, Leah Cox, Susan Payne, Brenda Theveny

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  David Peterson, Allison Polhill. Sandra Eddy present but stated she had resigned as Friends of the Library representative.

1.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:02pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Dick Wulliger read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 9/27/18 were deemed approved. 2) Upcoming Meetings – October 11, 2018: topics: 1) board election of Alternate Area and At-large representatives; 2) welcome to incoming board members; 3) report from Melissa Kaufler on CA REAL ID Card (deferred due to Ms. Kaufler’s inability to attend tonight’s meeting); additional topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $32,119. There were no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.     Sandra Eddy (resident) stated that she did not receive notice of permits regarding the Caruso project.

7.2.     Marge Gold (resident) stated that a large amount of trash is being left at the Village Green, which she believes is due to the many visitors to the Palisades Village project.  She would like Caruso to be responsible for trash removal.  See also Item 9.1 below.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

The Chair first announced that leadership has been working hard to get the meeting package to the board the Friday before the Thursday meeting.  This permits board members to schedule a few minutes to become familiar with the agenda and maybe even ask a question or two in advance. This is a two-way bargain.  We get information to the board in plenty of time and the board reviews it to be prepared for the meeting. The board’s respect for leadership’s efforts is appreciated.

8.1.1.    Alternate Area and At-large Representatives Application Process.  Deadline for receipt of applications: 9pm on September 30, 2018. Alternates application information: click on the green “Alternates Application” button on the PPCC website.

8.1.2.    2018 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards.  PPCC’s Awards Gala will be hold on December 13 – Save the date!  Pursuant to PPCC procedures, the Chair is appointing an Awards Selection Committee to vet any nominations received. The Awards Selection Committee members are: Sue Kohl (Chair), Daphne Gronich (past Citizen of the Year), Bill Bruns (past Community Service Awardee), Richard Blumenberg and Chris Spitz. Nominations from the public are invited and welcome. Deadline for receipt of nominations: 9pm on October 27, 2018. More details are on the PPCC website. See attached Awards Nominations Press Release.The all-important Awards Event Committee, to be chaired by Peter Culhane, will be announced next month.

8.1.3.    Congress of Neighborhoods Update.  The Congress was held last Saturday at City Hall. Over 900 persons attended and there were 40 workshops, free parking and two delicious meals. The Chair attended and spent considerable time with one of the Street Services Forestry managers. He was very familiar with Palisades tree issues, including dying and missing trees. The Chair invited him to share information with and brief us at a future meeting.

8.1.4.   WRAC Leadership Meeting Update.  PPCC participates on two Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC) groups: the Land Use & Planning Committee (LUPC), where the Chair and Secretary Chris Spitz have been attending monthly meetings for many years; and the leadership group, composed of leaders of the 13 Councils in our region. The leadership group met this Wednesday and here are a few highlights:

The leaders unanimously elected Maryam Zar as WRAC Chair for the coming year.   This will be a good outcome for WRAC and PPCC.

The Protected Tree Ordinance support motion (previously approved by the PPCC board) has now received the necessary nine council sign-offs to become a WRAC position.

Regarding the bus shelter advertising issue, Debbie Dyner Harris (now a district director for Councilmember Koretz) informed the assembled that the City Attorney and Decaux failed to reach an agreement to continue the contract and the City Attorney now supports a new RFP to be issued. With the concurrence of our Executive Committee, the Chair sent a note to Mike Bonin reiterating our position that there be a transparent RFP process for selection of a new contractor.

We also learned that RAP is subsidizing sports activities for girls.

Finally, two interesting notes from DWP. They have an emergency program to replace deteriorating wooden poles with steel poles and will be implementing “shared solar” where the department rents your roof to install solar panels to charge the grid.

8.1.5.    Thanks to Outgoing Representatives.  We thank the 30 volunteers whose terms expire with this meeting.  See attached list.  As appropriate, several alternate area reps have reapplied so we hope to see many of them back starting next month. Not returning is 30- year veteran Gilbert Dembo, who has been a long-time representative of TCA and is a member of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee. He will be missed around this table, but the Chair noted that we will see his continued community activity.

8.1.6.    New Organizational Representatives.  These new representatives will take office next week (on October 1, 2018).  See attached list.

8.1.7.    Caruso Palisades Village.  Believe it or not, your officers do not live under a rock. We all have seen the grand opening of the Palisades Village. We have also heard from neighbors and personally expressed concerns about some of the implementation issues. Only the Caruso people can answer these questions. The Chair is sure that we will all hear something soon.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Secretary) provided information about the Processes and Procedures Ordinance proposed by the City Planning Dept.  This is a companion ordinance to the substantive revision of the Zoning Code that is still ongoing in the RecodeLA process.  It is a complicated and highly technical ordinance. Among other things, it includes changes in hearing notice requirements and also new procedures for a few streamlined permit approvals. The Secretary had previously provided information about this ordinance to LUC members. There have been prior public hearings and comment periods; the City Planning Commission will now hear the ordinance on Oct. 11. Information can be found at the Planning website, or in Council File No. 12-0460. Comments may be submitted to Check the Planning website for information on deadlines for submission of comments. Contact the Secretary for more information.

8.2.2.    Peter Culhane (Vice Chair) thanked Lisa Cahill for the street sweepers that came down Sunset Blvd. on Saturday.  It was noted that this was probably clean-up for recent utility work.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives

8.3.1.    Lou Kamer (At-large) indicated concern that items thrown in trash cans in the Village are not being recycled.  Chrysalis was hired by the BID to handle the trash but they have ended recycling. He hopes that the BID will take this up.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    Dick Wulliger (Historical Society).  On Tuesday Oct. 2 at 7pm in the Theatre Palisades, the Historical Society will sponsor a talk on the history of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Park Ranger Mike Malone is the guest speaker.  All are invited.  No RSVP is required and the event is free.

8.4.2.    Brenda Theveny (TCA) stated that she has observed many cars idling in the Palisades and expressed concern about air pollution as a result.

8.4.3.    Sarah Conner (PPRA) announced that PPRA has filed a lawsuit against the City and Coastal Commission regarding the eldercare project.  There will be a settlement hearing on October 11 at 9:30am.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    Melissa Kaufler, Field Representative, Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Briefing on the new CA REAL Driver License/ID – not in attendance; deferred to 10/11.

8.5.2.    Ron C. Kato, Commissioner, Los Angeles City Health Commission.

The Commission is preparing its annual report with recommendations to the City Council.  The report addresses: 1) homelessness; 2) health & wellness; and 3) emergency medical services. He has participated with PPTFH on homelessness issues in our area. Other areas of the City are holding senior health fairs. In the next year, he would like to raise awareness of the use of chemical herbicides at parks.

8.5.3.    Lisa Cahill, Palisades Deputy, Councilmember Mike Bonin.

She has been working on Potrero Canyon Park.  A great deal is going on even though it may seem as if nothing is happening.  The Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has subdivided the remaining work into two phases – grading and landscaping. A contract was awarded to the construction company to begin grading; this phase will last 14 months. The landscaping contract is to be awarded soon. That phase will take 16 more months. Real timelines have been established for completion. The Notice to Proceed will be issued soon; groundbreaking is likely in the next few weeks. There will be sensitivity to encroaching on adjacent private property. Public safety is important. This will be a passive park with hiking trails. David Peterson asked for information on the future relationship between Palisades Recreation Center and the new passive park. He was directed to the Pali Rec Park Advisory Board Meeting to be held on October 17 at 7:00pm.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors.

8.6.1.    Allison Polhill, Education.  LAUSD Vice President Nick Melvoin has visited eight of the nine schools in our complex. He is visiting Palisades Elementary and Kenter Canyon Elementary tomorrow. There is an impending teacher strike. He has prepared a “year in review” flyer, which was distributed to the board. Vice President Melvoin wants to spend more per pupil, which requires more funding, and he also wants to spend monies wisely. In the future, he wants to have an “Oscars” for teachers as some other schools are doing. He would like the involvement of volunteers from the Palisades. Unlike any other LAUSD board member, he has now visited all 150 schools in the district.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.   Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).  Project update.

Report on operational issues (David Kaplan):  David stressed that the VPCLC is not a monitoring or enforcement committee.  It is a liaison committee.  Its purpose is to bring issues to Caruso’s attention, obtain their response, and then relate that information to the board. David, Sue Kohl and VPCLC member Chris Spitz met with Caruso Vice-President Michael Gazzano (MG) to discuss operational issues that had come to their attention involving parking, the Bay Theatre, PRIDE bricks, the Farmers Market, noise and construction. MG indicated that because they were less than a week into operations he could provide initial responses at this point and would continue to respond as operations were ongoing. His initial responses were as follows:

  1.  Parking

As a reminder, Code-required parking was approximately 390 stalls. Caruso made the decision to voluntarily add an additional level of parking and provide 560 stalls in response to the community.

Parking Rate

Palisades Village: 1st 30 minutes free, $2 each 30 minutes thereafter.


Tenants have the opportunity to purchase discounted validations for their customers. The list of tenants that have decided to participate in the validation program is still growing and once the property operations are fully in place, Caruso can share the list. If the tenants that Caruso’s guests patronize do not offer validation, an all-day parking validation can be obtained from the concierge if the guest spends $250 or more at any of Caruso’s tenants, regardless if they offer validations or not.

Employee Parking

In Caruso’s tenant leases, all employees are required to park in the Caruso parking structure and are not allowed to park in the residential area. The surrounding neighbors are important to Caruso and its tenants. Caruso appreciates the neighbors’ support and acknowledges that they are already some of Caruso’s best and most frequent guests. Caruso has been notified that there are reports of employees parking in the residential neighborhood. It has sent a warning to all tenants that employee parking in the residential areas is prohibited and Caruso is rigorously enforcing the lease provisions. Caruso asks for everyone’s patience as it deals with this directly with the tenants.

MG reported that the rate for employee monthly parking is more affordable than all of the monthly parking lots in the area. Other buildings are charging $150 or more per stall. Caruso is charging its tenants $115 per stall.

2)  PRIDE Bricks

Caruso has been working very closely with John Padden of PRIDE and he has spent countless hours on the PRIDE bricks. There are approximately 1,200 bricks to be installed on the Sunset Blvd sidewalk and Caruso has installed approximately 600 of the engraved bricks with the remaining bricks to be installed in the coming weeks. In addition, Caruso has provided additional bricks to PRIDE so they could fundraise several more thousand dollars, to support beautification projects in the area. PRIDE has been great to work with and Caruso thanks them for their teamwork. Additionally, Caruso is continuing to work with PRIDE on the Village beautification master plan.

3)  Farmers Market

Caruso is working with the Farmers Market team and welcomes their return to Swarthmore Avenue, once its operations are fully in place. Caruso hopes to hear from them soon on their decision to return.

In regard to concerns and suggestions from nearby residents that it might be good for the Farmers Market to remain where it is so that the neighbors won’t have noise and disruption in the morning at least one day a week, MG stated that Caruso has no problem with that if that’s what the Farmers Market operators and Palisadians want. PPCC may schedule an informational meeting for discussion of this issue.

4)  Bay Theatre timing

Caruso is excited for the return of the iconic Bay Theatre as is the rest of the community. Cinepolis is planning to obtain temporary permits to open by the end of October, pending appeals that were filed by local residents on the alcohol license application.

A brief discussion ensued, with speculation as to the parties’ obligations under a private agreement between Caruso and certain POV members as related to the filing of appeals by these residents. It was noted that this is not a matter for PPCC as it was not a party to this private contract.

5)   Trash

MG will discuss trash concerns involving the Village Green with Caruso’s operations staff. A question was asked as to what happens when people go to Starbucks and drop trash in the Village Green. Marge Gold replied that the amount of trash deposited since the Palisades Village opening is more than experienced before. It was noted that any resolution of this issue must be between the Village Green and Caruso.

6)  Future events/noise

Lou Kamer had inquired of David Kaplan right after the opening about Caruso’s plans for future events that might produce the same level of noise and disruption as the Thurs. evening event. MG responded that there are no plans for any similar events that would produce the same level of impact. There will be a Christmas tree lighting that will be family event and will end earlier in the evening.

7)   Construction/parking issues

There is additional work to be done on the project. Vendors and workmen will park in the garage, and are permitted to work outside from 7am-10am only; inside work will be in the normal permitted hours. The workers should not be parking on nearby streets. Caruso is monitoring the situation and has informed their teams that they must park in the Caruso parking structure. David will bring to Caruso’s attention that they should more carefully monitor workers’ parking in the mornings.

Permit parking update (Sue Kohl):  Sue has been working on permit parking for almost three years.  Problems with employees parking in the Alphabet Streets started before Caruso came to the Palisades. Residents on several streets have told Sue for the past several years that they want permit parking. The neighborhoods have been canvassed and a high percentage of residents on certain streets want it, especially those on streets closer to the commercial Village. Sue has spent two years working with residents getting signatures required for permit parking and has done the work to establish a Preferential Parking District (PPD). They reached the required 80% of residents on those selected blocks and turned in signed petitions. The City determined that the petitions were verified, but then did a site visit and decided that the streets didn’t qualify and a PPD supposedly wasn’t needed. Councilmember Bonin was able to get City staff to come out again and at that point they passed. Caruso was also very helpful in the process. The next step involves required hearings in City Council which are expected to take place in October: First, the Transportation Committee chaired by Mike Bonin, and then on to a full City Council meeting. If the PPD is approved, then the City must manufacture and install signage. Lisa Cahill stated that her office has asked LADOT to expedite the signage. The goal is to try and make this happen before the holiday shopping season.

If all goes well, the specific streets/blocks getting permit parking will be:

Embury from Carey to Bestor

Monument from Bashford to Bestor

Charm Acres Place

Via de la Paz from Albright to Bestor

Albright from Embury to the end of the dead end cul de sac west of Via

Carey from Embury to Fiske

Bashford from Monument to Embury

How will permit parking work? No one can park during the night except for those with permits. During the day (8am-6pm) people without permits can park for two hours. Information about how to register for permits will be provided to residents in due course. As a result of all the work done up to now, a PPD will be established which goes from Rimmer/Albright/Monument/Embury on the west, all the way east to Iliff; and from Whitfield and McKendree on the north to Carey on the south.  If people on streets within the PPD who did not initially submit petitions for permit parking (such as Hartzell, Galloway or Iliff) later on decide they would like permit parking on their streets or blocks, the process will be more streamlined: they will only need to obtain signatures and submit required petitions; other steps in the process such as hearings in City Council won’t be required.

Sue hopes to be able to give a final status report before the end of the year.

10.     Old Business.

10.1.    WRAC-recommended Motions.

a.    Request to Extend Community Plan Timeline.  Chris Spitz moved and read the motion as follows:

“[Pacific Palisades Community Council] finds the Community Plans Update Outreach Plan timeline of 3 years to be ambitious (consider that the West-Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert and Granada Hills Plans required 7 years, and the Expo Station Neighborhood Transit Plan required 4.5 years), potentially limiting adequate public input and feedback.

“Therefore, we request that the Planning Department be funded to extend the timeline if and as needed to accommodate achievement-anchored benchmarks.”

Second:  Maryam Zar seconded.  Chris Spitz explained the motion. It was noted that we have been told by City Planning that the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan is among the Plans that are scheduled to be updated in 2-3 years, and that the City may also propose a Local Coastal Plan (LCP) for the Palisades, to be considered in conjunction with our Community Plan update and after adoption of an LCP for Venice. Board members stressed that Pacific Palisades is very different from Venice and that it will be important for us to monitor these developments carefully and to become significantly engaged in the process of updating or drafting our Plans. After further discussion a vote followed. Vote: the motion passed unanimously.

b.     Request for Planning Data Prior to Start of Community Plan Update. Chris  Spitz moved and read the motion as follows:

“[Pacific Palisades Community Council] requests the Planning Department provide all information (below), prior to commencing any work on the Community Plan Update process.

“These data are prerequisite for meaningful asset-based grassroots planning input to any Community Plan, whether it is for the Westside’s first cycle (Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey, Westchester-Playa del Rey, West Los Angeles, Venice) or the second cycle (Westwood, Bel Air-Beverly Crest, Brentwood-Pacific Palisades):

  1. What is the current aggregate population in the Community Plan area?
  2. What is the projected population in the build-out year?
  3. How is it calculated? Who calculates it? Is the U.S. Census used?
  4. What is the population capacity in the current zoning, including R zones and C zones with density bonuses (Transit Oriented Communities, Expo Station Transit Neighborhood Plan) and Accessory Dwelling Units?
  5. What is the population capacity in the proposed zoning, including R zones and C zones with density bonuses (TOC, Expo Station TNP) and ADUs?
  6. Capacity of jobs or count of jobs currently.
  7. Change in jobs as a result of proposed zoning, either by increase in C or M zones or reduction in jobs if C or M zones are decreased.”

Second:  Maryam Zar.  Chris Spitz explained the motion.  Discussion occurred and a vote followed.   Vote: the motion passed unanimously.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    Safe, Clean Water Ballot Initiative (Measure W Parcel Tax).  Guest speaker: Pamela Manning, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Works.  Discussion only.

Ms. Manning explained the background facts and issues involving this initiative.  The County flood control district mitigates flooding but was not built to capture and clean water.  Measure W is a program to increase our water supply and improve water quality. There will be a parcel tax of 2.5 cents imposed on every sq. ft. of impermeable area. She discussed further details about the Measure’s goals and impacts and answered questions from the board and audience. For further information visit:

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:59pm.


ITEM 8.1.2 – Awards Nominations Press Release

Pacific Palisades Community Council

Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards Nominations

(Pacific Palisades, CA – September 20, 2018) Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted from the community for the 2018 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards, to be presented at the PPCC annual holiday party on December 13, 2018 (event details to follow). Nominations should be submitted to (email preferred) or to P.O. Box 1131, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 9pm on October 27, 2018.

The Citizen of the Year Award honors long term, steady, reliable and continuing outstanding volunteer service as well as a recent extraordinary accomplishment by an individual that resulted in a substantial benefit to the Palisades community at large. The recipient must be an adult resident of the Palisades at the time the accomplishment and long term services were rendered.

The Golden Sparkplug Award honors those citizens who ignite original ideas and projects into community action that benefit Palisadians throughout the community. The project must have been initiated, in progress or completed during the current or prior calendar year. Adults and youth are both eligible, and must either reside in, own real property in, or operate a business in the Palisades at the time the services were rendered.

In the case of both Awards, the services, accomplishment or project must have been voluntary and not related to the nominee’s business or occupation. Neither Award can be given to PPCC board members based on services directly related to their responsibilities as board members, although such services may be considered as a qualifying factor in the case of nominees for the Citizen Award. The Award recipients are based on the quality of work and benefits achieved, not the quantity of nominations.

For further information about Award requirements, email, or visit

George Wolfberg
Chair, PPCC

ITEM 8.1.5 – List of Outgoing Board Members

Outgoing board members:

Lou Kamer, At-large representative
Quentin Fleming, At-large – 1st Alternate
Matthew Rodman, At-large – 2nd Alternate
Katie Braude, Area 1 representative
Doug McCormick, Area 1 – 1st Alternate
Kelly Comras, Area 1 – 2nd  Alternate
Leah Cox, Area 2 – 1st Alternate
Danielle Samulon, Area 3 representative
Howard Robinson, Area 3 – 1st Alternate
Brian Deming, Area 3 – 2nd Alternate
Doria Anselmo, Area 4 – 1st Alternate
Robin Meyers, Area 5 – 1st Alternate
Abhilash Patel, Area 5 – 2nd Alternate
David Peterson, Area 6 – 1st Alternate
Mary Mortenson, Area 6 – 2nd Alternate
Cathy Russell, Area 7 representative
Marilyn Wexler, Area 7 – 2nd Alternate
Andrew Sacks, Area 8 – 1st Alternate
Andrew Wolfberg, Area 8 – 2nd Alternate
Susan Payne, Chamber of Commerce
Andy Frew, Theatre Palisades
Sandra Eddy, Friends of the Library
Janet Anderson, AYSO
Jim Kirtley, YMCA
Bruce Schwartz, PRIDE
Margarita Pagliai, Seven Arrows Elementary School
Jenny Hope Cote, Marquez Charter School Alternate
David Card, American Legion
Jody Margulies, Optimists Club
Gil Dembo, Temescal Canyon Association

ITEM 8.1.6 – List of New Organizational Reps, 2018-2019

2018-2019 PPCC Organizational Representatives – Board Membership

(term beginning Oct. 1, 2018)

Rotating Organizations

Cultural, Ethics and Aesthetics

Primary: Friends of the Library, Bill Bruns
Alt.: PP Garden Club, Barbara Marinacci


Primary: Westside Waldorf School, Ellie Jenkins
Alt.: Palisades Elementary Charter School, Amy Baker


Primary: PP Civic League, Richard Blumenberg
Alt.: PRIDE, John Padden


Primary: YMCA, Duke Ostendorf
Alt.: PPBA, Rick McGeagh

Service Clubs

Primary: Optimists of Pacific Palisades, Jean Sharp
Alt.: PP Woman’s Club, Cathi Ruddy

Standing Organizations

Business & Commerce

PP Chamber of Commerce
Primary: Rick Lemmo
Alt.: Rena Alekperova


PP Historical Society
Primary: Dick Wulliger
Alt.: Eric Dugdale

Residents Association

Primary: Sarah Conner
Alt.: Barbara Kohn


Temescal Canyon Association
Primary: Brenda Theveny
Alt.: Susan Orenstein


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Joanna Spak, Steve Boyers, Reza Akef, Haldis Toppel, Steve Cron, Alan Goldsmith, Dick Wulliger, Brenda Theveny, Bill Bruns, Ellie Jenkins, Jean Spark, Duke Ostendorf, Richard Blumenberg

Voting Alternates:  Barbara Kohn

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  John Padden, Barbara Marinacci, Amy Baker, Cathi Ruddy

1.    Certification of Quorum.  The Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.   Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  David Kaplan read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 9/27/18 were deemed approved. 2) Upcoming Meetings – October 25, 2018; topic: briefing from Coalition to Preserve LA on Tree Canopy Protection; the Farmers Market will not be a topic. November 8, 2018; topics: 1) announcement of Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplugs awardees; 2) proposed beach walk path. December 13, 2018; Holiday Meeting and Awards Gala. Note: There is only one meeting in November and December.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  The Chair explained that Treasurer Richard Cohen is out of town celebrating his anniversary and has informed the Chair that PPCC’s bank balance is $32,022 and there were no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.    Linda Deacon (resident) requested that a proposed development on Marquette be placed on the LUC meeting agenda for October 25.  The Chair: The LUC agenda has not yet been set. Rick Mills (Area 4 Rep and LUC member): The developer has been invited to attend the LUC meeting with his support staff and the LUC will have a meeting if the developer is willing to attend. The meeting has not yet been confirmed.

7.2.    Marge Gold (resident) reiterated concerns about trash in the Village Green.  She asked whether Village Green trash pick-up will be addressed by Caruso and requested PPCC support. See item 9.2 below.

7.3.    Terri Simpson (resident) asked about the date for the City Council Transportation Committee hearing regarding the Preferential Parking District for the Alphabet Streets. Lisa Cahill (CD11 Palisades Deputy): October 24, 1pm, City Hall, Rm. 1010. Call Lisa for parking passes.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

PPCC uses many acronyms at meetings, which are not meant to confuse people or leave them out of the conversation. New board members will be receiving a cheat list as well as information regarding resources on our website. These will be a part of the new member orientation session in this room next Thursday at 6pm. All board members as well as the public are welcome to attend. See Item 8.1.4 below. The Chair encouraged board members to feel free to speak up if they hear an acronym or phrase they do not understand.

Regarding Palisades Village, the Caruso people have responded to a letter sent by the PPCC Executive Committee stressing the complaints from neighbors regarding employees parking in adjacent neighborhoods as well as confusion regarding parking validation practices. The response stated that default notices will be issued to lessees not parking their employees in the garage and that visitors will now receive one hour free parking without validation. After the first hour the rate is $1 per half hour with validation and $2 per half hour without. See these letters at PPCC Executive Committee letter to Caruso and Caruso response letter

8.1.1.    2018 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards.  Awards are presented at PPCC’s big, annual not-to-be-missed Holiday Awards Gala to be held in lieu of our regular December 13 meeting. An Awards Selection Committee chaired by Sue Kohl has been appointed. In addition, the Awards Event Committee is now appointed as follows: Chair Peter Culhane; members: Richard Cohen, Sue Kohl, Mary Mueller, Duke Ostendorf, Bruce Schwartz, Chris Spitz, Haldis Toppel, Maryam Zar. See Item 9.1 below. Nominations from the community are being accepted until the deadline for receipt: 9pm on October 27, 2018. See Awards Nominations Press Release .

8.1.2.    [Land Use Committee.]  The PPCC Land Use Committee (LUC) tentatively will meet at 5pm on Oct. 25 in the library community room prior to next PPCC board meeting.  There are two or three items in the hopper and an agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting if confirmed.

8.1.3.    [New Representatives.]   The Chair welcomed all newly elected representatives and the organizational representatives.  Names and contact information for all representatives may be found on the PPCC website, (click on the Leadership tab).

8.1.4.    Orientation Session for new representatives:  October 18, 2018 at 6pm in the Palisades branch library.  All are invited, including veteran board members and interested community members.

8.1.5.    Appointment of new organizational member of the Executive Committee (Bylaws, Art. 5.3.A).  The officers and the Chair Emeritus have unanimously appointed John Padden to join the Committee as the representative of organizational members.

8.1.6.    Appointment of PPCC Bylaws Committee.  The Committee will be chaired by Richard Cohen and members will be: Reza Akef, David Card, Peter Culhane, David Kaplan, Chris Spitz and Andrew Wolfberg. See Item 9.1, below.

8.1.7.    Forest Management along Palisades Dr.  The Chair drove to Queen Anne Recreation Center last week to hear the Recreation and Parks (RAP) report. Unfortunately, the report was not ready; they are promising it will be ready for next Wednesday’s RAP board meeting. Peter Culhane has been working hard to get to the bottom of who is in charge. The Chair asked everyone to stand by.

8.1.8.    Potrero Canyon Contract.   As previously announced, the bid for the 14-month grading contract was awarded in June. After bureaucratic processes the now-executed contract is expected to get the green light in the next few weeks. The City has surveyed the park boundaries and found several neighbors have encroached on park property with fences, gazebos and decks. These neighbors have been told to remove these encroachments — this has delayed the process. See Item 8.5.1, below.

8.1.9.    Forestry Issues in General.  On Saturday, September 15, the Chair attended a sold-out briefing in North Hollywood by a group that is advocating for a healthy Los Angeles Tree Canopy. Among the attendees were David Card, Nancy Freedman (the former Brentwood Community Council Chair), Ileana Wachtel, Jill Stewart and Barbara Broide. It was an invigorating meeting and underscored the pathetic City tree program and the virtually toothless enforcement against scofflaws illegally chopping down trees. Things are happening. Last week the Chair and others met with retired LA City Council Budget Committee Chair Bernie Parks to investigate options for increasing the meager City budget for trees; last Sunday, the WRAC Land Use Committee approved a series of motions dealing with this issue which the Chair expects to be on the next agenda; he is setting up a meeting with the brand new manager of Street Services in the next few days, and Tuesday night the SMCCA Board approved a strongly worded letter to the Mayor pushing for more City resources for tree-related activities. The Chair is happy to share the letter with anyone who is interested. Finally, there will be a briefing from Ileana Wachtel of the Coalition to Preserve LA at our next meeting.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Peter Culhane (Vice-Chair) provided information about property tax assessments.  He has attended Palisades Alliance for Seniors meetings about this subject and distributed a flyer with important information that could affect your property taxes. He also received an invitation from Santa Monica College Associates regarding a discussion about the homeless situation in this general area, to take place on October 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at SMC. Contact the Vice-Chair for more information.

8.2.3.    Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus) announced that a new film, “The Advocates,” premiered at the LA Film Festival.  This is a documentary about homelessness in the City which arose from an earlier film that the director had done about the work of PPTFH in the Palisades. There will be screenings at the Laemmle in Santa Monica, October 19-25.

8.2.2.    Chris Spitz (Secretary) reported on the City Planning Commission (CPC) hearing earlier this morning.  1) Processes & Procedures Ordinance: the Secretary had briefly explained this ordinance at the September 27, 2018 board meeting (see minutes of that date). The CPC approved the ordinance today and it will now return to PLUM before going to the City Council for an eventual vote. According to the Planning Dept., “the draft ordinance will improve the way applications and requests are reviewed and acted upon by the City, making those processes and procedures clearer and more accessible for all stakeholders.” 2) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Ordinance: the CPC decided to continue the hearing until October 25 in order to consider whether to open up hillside areas to ADUs. PPCC has not taken a position on the ordinance but we will continue to monitor.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Steve Cron (Area 2) reported that a resident has raised the issue of trash and graffiti at a trailhead bathroom in the Highlands.  It was noted that this has previously been reported at PPCC meetings and in news media. CD11 is aware and has explained that it is a complicated situation involving private property and questions about the propriety of the property transfer and about which government agency now has jurisdiction of the matter. Steve will follow-up.

8.3.2.    Alan Goldsmith (At-large) announced that a resident has advised that a group of people driving Lamborghinis and other sports cars meet periodically and race up and down Palisades Drive.  This has been reported to SLO Michael Moore.

8.3.3.    Haldis Toppel (Area 3) informed the board that Marquez merchants recently sponsored a wonderful block party for the Marquez neighborhood.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    John Padden (PRIDE).  Update on PRIDE projects.

John Padden announced that at the last PRIDE board meeting there was changing of the guard.  Bruce Schwartz, past PRIDE President, did a fine job, and John is now the new PRIDE president. PRIDE’s mission is to listen to the community and consider projects to help the Palisades. Contact John with any questions or suggestions. Projects that PRIDE has either recently completed or is working on:

  • The “Mini Green” at the intersection of Monument and Sunset (north side of Sunset). Maintaining the Mini Green was originally a Garden Club project. PRIDE met with the Garden Club and they agreed on PRIDE taking over the project. PRIDE cleared out the electrical box (removed old wooden enclosure that had rotted and replaced old electrical conduit, wires and lighting that were obsolete and no longer working). They replanted the circular brick planter with succulents, cleaned up the larger planter and put in nice new flowers in four small locations. They also installed two new iron PRIDE benches and added a new iron trash can. PRIDE is proud of the refurbished Mini Green as a high profile entry to the community.
  • Seven people who had previously donated benches (3 stone and 4 iron) had their benches and plaques displaced due to the Palisades Village project. PRIDE advised the donors that they would be happy to replace the benches and plaques, and they are in the process of doing so.
  • PRIDE also has other assets in the community, such as benches and iron trash bins, which they are reviewing and will refurbish or replace as needed.
  • PRIDE is also looking at possible “median planting” projects. One is a median at Temescal Canyon & Sunset; PRIDE has been working with El Medio homeowners and is awaiting a permit from the City. They are also waiting on a permit for the Sunset & Chautauqua median (South of Sunset along Chautauqua).
  • The “Donor Bricks”: There were over 1000 previous donor tiles on Swathmore that were demolished during construction and that Caruso agreed to replace. PRIDE and Caruso came up with the idea to install bricks commemorating all the donors, which are being installed on the north side of Sunset at the east end of Palisades Village. This is an ongoing project and more will be installed. Caruso and PRIDE will take care of any misspellings or typos and John is personally committing that everyone’s brick is there. When all the prior donor bricks have been installed PRIDE will consider the possibility of reopening the opportunity to purchase bricks. The previous price was $500 per tile (before the Palisades Village construction). Prices to adopt a bench or trash bin are on the PRIDE website,
  • John invited everyone with ideas for other reasonable projects to let PRIDE know.

Regarding the trash issue:  Some trash cans in town are PRIDE bins and some are not. He understands that a lot of trash may not be picked up as it used to be by Chrysalis or others, and suggests that the leading community groups may wish to get together to see if a solution can be found.

8.4.2.    Dick Wulliger (Historical Society).  The annual LA History Bazaar will take place on October 20 at 9am at the USC Library. There will be over 70 different displays, including one from PPHS. This is a wonderful, free event and everyone is encouraged to attend.

8.4.3.    Cathi Ruddy (Woman’s Club).  The annual PPWC Home Tour & Holiday Boutique will take place on November 11 from 11am-4pm. There will be two homes on tour and a boutique at the Clubhouse on Haverford. This is the important fundraiser for the PPWC’s annual grants to worthy individuals and groups in the community. Everyone is encouraged to support the events. If you don’t wish to attend the tour, come and shop the boutique.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    Lisa Cahill, Councilmember Bonin.

Lisa Cahill advised that Potrero Canyon is moving forward. She participated in a recent meeting with BOE and RAP.  All property owners on the Canyon rim who are encroaching on City land have been sent notices to comply and to remove all encroachments. If compliance isn’t met then it will be a matter for the City Attorney to enforce. Most have replied that they will remove the encroaching items. The City is waiting to hear from 13 owners. There will eventually be a galvanized chain link fence around the park. Construction (grading phase) will begin the first week or two of November. Lisa will try and find the plans for us.

Regarding the Preferential Parking District for the Alphabet Streets, Lisa reported that there will be a chance for public comment at the Transportation Committee meeting on October 24.  She thanked Sue Kohl for doing this for the Village. She also explained that she and Councilmember Bonin had met with the Caruso team regarding the parking issues that PPCC had brought to their attention.

8.5.2.    SLO Michael Moore, LAPD.

Officer Moore reported that crime activity in the Palisades is low. Regarding holiday crime protection, he reminded everyone that packages that are delivered and then left on the porch if no one is home are likely to get stolen. LAPD strongly suggests that homeowners make arrangements for delivery elsewhere in the event they cannot be home to receive packages. The LAPD annual Haunted House event will take place on October 27 and 28 at the WLA Civic Center. The event is free. Officer Moore will participate.

8.5.3.    Janet Turner (Congressman Ted Lieu).

Janet Turner relayed the Congressman’s congratulations to all new PPCC representatives.  She announced that there will be a Veteran’s Town Hall sponsored by the Congressman on Sunday, November 11, 11:30am at LA National Cemetery. Ten vets will be on stage, with one or two from the Palisades, telling stories about their experiences in the service.

She also gave a brief legislative update: Congressman Lieu is happy about the President’s signing of the Music Modernization Act as well as passage of the FAA reauthorization bill – which incudes his amendment regarding airplane noise pollution. Janet also described various other bills that the Congressman is working on.

8.5.1. Melissa Kaufler, Field Representative, Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Briefing on the new CA REAL Driver License/ID.

Melissa Kaufler explained that Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, requiring all states to provide for more secure IDs. California is complying with the Act by requiring a REAL ID for certain purposes. Beginning on October 1, 2010, if you are flying on domestic flights you must either have a REAL ID or show a valid passport. You must also have either a REAL ID or a passport to enter a secure federal facility (such as a military base) or to purchase firearms. You do not need a REAL ID to enter non-secure federal facilities such as a post office, a VA hospital or a Social Security office. Minors under the age of 18 who are accompanied by an adult do not need a REAL ID. If anyone needs assistance in obtaining appointments with the DMV to obtain a REAL ID, contact Melissa and her office will attempt to help. Information about REAL ID requirements can be found on the DMV website at .

Melissa also gave a brief legislative update:  Assemblymember Bloom introduced 25 bills this session; 15 passed successfully; only one was not signed by Governor Brown.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Three Chairs Committee (Maryam Zar, Chair; Chris Spitz and Richard Cohen).  Introduction of Nominees for Alternate Area and At-large Representatives on the PPCC board; election of Alternates.

The Committee Chair Maryam Zar introduced each of the nominees for 1st position Alternates and read their background statements.  She asked if any board member wished to discuss any nominee. No one asked for discussion. Secretary Chris Spitz then moved on behalf of the Committee for the board to approve and elect all nominees for 1st position (no second required because the motion was made by a committee of multiple voting members); vote taken. Vote: unanimous. All 1st position nominees were approved and elected as 1st Alternate representatives for their respective Areas.

The same process was repeated for all 2nd position Alternate nominees. No discussion; motion for approval and election made; vote taken. Vote: unanimous. All 2nd position nominees were approved and elected as 2nd Alternate representatives for their respective Areas. See attached lists of all nominees.

The Chair thanked the Three Chairs for their dedicated hard work in completing this task.  He also announced that having now been elected as Alternates, David Card and Andrew Wolfberg are appointed to the Bylaws Committee (see Item 8.1.6) and Mary Mueller and Bruce Schwartz are appointed to the Awards Event Committee (see Item 8.1.2).

9.2.   Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).  Project update.

David Kaplan reiterated that the previously-described letters from the Executive Committee and Caruso are on the PPCC website.  Progress has been made on the various concerns. He explained that he and Sue Kohl met with the Caruso management team on numerous occasions during the 20 days that the project had been open to discuss concerns and problems. The Executive Committee letter and the response from Caruso were partly a result of the information that he and Sue and had already brought to the Caruso team. He and Sue also brought the Village Green trash issue to them, including the request that Caruso pick up this trash. The Caruso management team advises that they have declined to pick up trash from the Village Green.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.     New Business.

11.1.    Uber/JUMP Bikes (Dockless Electric Bike-Sharing).

Kaajal Laungani of Uber/JUMP explained that the company started in 2010. They operate dockless electric bikes with integrated “U-locks.”  Their e-bikes are now in over 50 cities, including San Francisco, Washington DC, Denver, New York and now Santa Monica. They are doing public outreach as they did before launching in Santa Monica. These are bright orange e-bikes that operate with “pedal assist.” The top speed is 20 MPH. There are also JUMP scooters. The Uber app can be used to reserve and pay for JUMP bikes and scooters. Safety is a major focus of the company, including providing rider education, free helmets and incentives for good behavior, and imposing penalties for non-compliance. They are prioritizing deployment in underserved neighborhoods and they focus on local hiring. Uber/JUMP now has a temporary permit with the City of Los Angeles and is applying for a permanent permit to operate their e-bikes and scooters.

Q&A ensued, with concerns expressed about nuisance and public safety issues posed by riders not properly following rules about riding in the street, exceeding speed limits and leaving bikes and scooters parked or thrown down in the middle of sidewalks, thereby blocking pedestrian access.  Kaajal stated that Uber/JUMP is working with the City and will work with NCs and CCs to address those issues. The unique topography of the Palisades was noted, including the fact that we have hills and the long uphill drive to the Highlands. Regarding bikes blocking sidewalks, she stated that riders are able to stand the bikes up but that installing bike racks may be a possibility. It was stressed that the company needs to work with PPCC and PRIDE on the location of any bike racks as we have worked on bike rack location in the past and it has been an important issue. She will bring these comments and concerns back to her team.

12.    Adjournment. The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:45pm


ITEM 9.1 – Area & At-large Alternate Representative Nominees: 1) List of All Nominees; 2) Nominees for 1st Position; 3) Nominees for 2nd Position

1)   List of All Nominees:

2018 Alternate Area & At-large Representative Nominees

Area 1

Doug McCormick 1st

Kelly Comras 2nd

Area 2

Melanie Bouer 1st

Bruce Schwartz 2nd

Area 3

Danielle Samulon 1st

Howard Robinson 2nd

Area 4

Steve Lantz 1st

Jan Ostendorf 2nd

Area 5

Robin Meyers 1st

Robert Glassman 2nd

Area 6

David Peterson 1st

Jason Sklar 2nd

Area 7

Cathy Russell 1st

Marilyn Wexler 2nd

Area 8

Andrew Wolfberg 1st

Niloo Kia 2nd


David Card 1st

Mary Mueller 2nd

2) Nominees for 1st Position:

1st Position Alternate Nominees – 2018

Area One:  Doug McCormick

Doug has ably served as Area One 1st Alternate since 2014.  He is a 30+ year resident with an MBA and a background in information technology. Doug has been the respected President of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness for the past two years and is interested in the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. He is fully familiar with PPCC’s Mission and process. 

Area Two:  Melanie Bouer

Melanie is a 30-year resident of the Highlands, has an MBA, has worked for many years in all aspects of the information services industry and is semi-retired.  She has served as Treasurer of the Michael Lane Villas Homeowners Association for seven years; is a volunteer at the Getty Center where she is Shift Coordinator; and is Vice-President of Newcomers and Friends of Pacific Palisades. Melanie is very interested in serving the Highlands community as PPCC Area Two 1st Alternate and in continuing to make the Palisades a wonderful place to live, with a focus on issues such as large scale development, increased crime and traffic congestion, and protection of coastal resources and parks.

Area Three:  Danielle Samulon

Danielle served for the past two years as the elected Area Three primary representative.  She is a third generation Palisadian, mom, lawyer and volunteer with deep roots in the community. She grew up in the Palisades, has lived in Area Three for seven years, and is a past board member of the Marquez Knolls Homeowners Association. Danielle understands the concerns of her fellow residents and wishes to continue working on the many issues of concern to constituents as Area Three 1st Alternate.

Area Four:  Steve Lantz

Steve has resided in Area Four for more than two decades. He is a transportation consultant with a degree in journalism and serves currently as Transportation Director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. He is also a consultant to the city of Inglewood and a member of the Policy and Steering Committee of the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University Long Beach.  He has been an active community volunteer for many years, was a past PPCC board member and recipient of a Golden Sparkplug award, and is a founding and current board member of the Palisades Alliance for Seniors. Steve believes that through his work experience and volunteer focus, he will bring valuable expertise and perspectives to PPCC as Area Four 1st Alternate.

Area Five:  Robin Meyers

Robin has been the dependable Area Five 1st Alternate for the past two years and served as 2nd Alternate for two years before that.  She is a 35-year resident of Area Five, has been a Palisades business owner and volunteer, and is an active member of Community United Methodist Church. She is excited about Palisades Village and hopes it will be a success without too much impact on the charm of our small town. She is concerned about other development and potential impacts on traffic and crime. Robin is grateful to live in the Palisades, and wishes to serve again as Area Five 1st Alternate. 

Area Six:  David Peterson

David has been the reliable Area Six 1st Alternate for the past two years and wishes to continue in that role. He is a 40-year resident of the Huntington Palisades and a retired attorney who conducts a mediation practice. He has an extensive record of volunteer service and leadership in local organizations, including our public schools, PPBA, AYSO, the Boy Scouts, the American Legion and St. Matthews Church. He served as President of the Huntington Palisades Property Owners Corporation, and is a current board member of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness and PRIDE, as well as PRIDE’s representative on the BID. David believes it’s particularly important that we encourage community dialogue that is open and respectful of differing opinions.

Area Seven:  Cathy Russell

Cathy is a 40-year Area Seven resident who has served on the PPCC Board for over 10 years, mainly as the respected Area Seven primary representative. As Area Seven 1st Alternate, she wishes to continue working hard on the many issues that present themselves, including the impact of the Caruso project, traffic, homelessness and open space and parks. Cathy has great respect for PPCC and its dedication to issues and the intellectual approach that is used to problem solving.

Area Eight:  Andrew Wolfberg

Andrew has been the Area Eight 2nd Alternate for the last two years. He has also served as primary representative and 1st Alternate for Area Eight, as well as PPCC Vice-President for one term. He is an estate planning attorney who grew up in the Palisades and has lived in his home in the Polo Fields for eight years. Andrew is particularly interested in the effects that Paul Revere and other public schools have on their surrounding neighborhoods.

At-large:  David Card

David has served admirably on the PPCC board as representative of the Rotary and the American Legion for several years. He chaired the Election Committee this summer and would like to see PPCC revise its election rules. He was raised in the Palisades, was a graduate of the first Pali High class, and has lived here for 50 years. David was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a lawyer, then became a landscape designer for several years before retiring. He has contributed his expertise and service to local organizations too numerous to mention. He worked on several important landscaping projects, including Potrero Canyon, Rustic Canyon, Simon Meadow and the Pump Station at PCH & Temescal Canyon. He received a Golden Sparkplug Award for his work on Potrero and the Pump Station. David sees many issues facing the Palisades, including completion of Potrero Canyon Park, park maintenance and urban tree protection, and solving traffic and parking problems in the Palisades Village, along Sunset and in the greater business district. He wishes to continue serving the community as At-large 1st Alternate.

3) Nominees for 2nd Position:

2nd Position Alternate Nominees — 2018

Area One:  Kelly Comras

Kelly has served as Area One 2nd Alternate for the last two years; for four years before that, she was the elected primary representative. She is very familiar with PPCC’s Mission and process as well as her area’s concerns, and wishes to continue serving constituents so that they have a clear understanding of how to participate in local planning, building and safety, coastal development and other issues.

Area Two:  Bruce Schwartz

Bruce is a long-time Highlands resident and realtor with Palisades Realty. He received a Golden Sparkplug Award in 2013 and was honored as PPCC’s 2018 Citizen of the Year for his extraordinary record of volunteer service to the community. As President of Palisades PRIDE, he served on the PPCC board as PRIDE’s representative for several years. He is also an active board member of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness. His many substantial contributions to the safety and beauty of the Highlands and the entire Palisades community are widely-known and appreciated. Bruce wishes to continue serving the community as Area Two 2nd Alternate.

Area Three:  Howard Robinson

Howard has been the Area Three 1st Alternate for the last four years. He is a 23-year resident of the area, loves the Palisades, and as a land use consultant brings professional expertise to the board. Howard has been the respected Chair of the PPCC Land Use Committee for more than a year. Under his leadership the LUC has held thorough, fair and professional meetings while at times tackling controversial issues such as the Highlands eldercare facility and the proposed project for the Jack-in-the Box site. He wishes to continue serving as LUC Chair and Area Three 2nd Alternate.

Area Four:  Jan Ostendorf

Jan is an almost 30-year resident of Area Four. With an MA in kinesiology and dance, she worked in the dance, exercise, and health & wellness industry for several years before becoming President of Todd Rutkin, Inc., an apparel fabric company in Los Angeles, where she held that position for 35 years before retiring. She has volunteered in many capacities over the years with her children’s activities in the Palisades. She is currently on the board of the YMCA, where her husband Duke serves as board Chair. Jan is particularly interested in land use, development and protection of the environment and coastal resources. She wishes to learn more about the issues facing our community by serving as Area Four 2nd Alternate to PPCC.

Area Five:  Robert Glassman

Robert is an attorney who has lived with his young family in Area Five since August 2017, having moved to the Palisades from Brentwood, where he served on the Brentwood Community Council and worked on land use issues. He has held several leadership positions in the L.A. legal community, including most recently serving as president of the L.A. County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Robert loves the sense of community in the Palisades, its proud history and enthusiasm for the future. He would like to work on public safety and keeping our neighborhoods safe, as well as on community outreach. He would be honored to serve as Area Five 2nd Alternate.

Area Six:  Jason Sklar

Jason has lived with his family in Area Six for eleven years. He is a finance professional with at a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. His children attend Palisades Elementary and participate in numerous local sports and enrichment activities, and he is a strong supporter of our local businesses and public charter schools. He cares about businesses thriving in our neighborhood as well as environmental protection and preservation of our coastline and natural resources. He wishes to be proactive on combatting crime and wants to band together for better communication to prevent criminals from targeting homes. Jason cares deeply about the future of the Palisades and believes he will bring a unique combination of skills and expertise to PPCC as Area Six 2nd Alternate.

Area Seven:  Marilyn Wexler

Marilyn has been the PPCC Area Seven 2nd Alternate for the past two years. She is a 26-year resident, has served on the board of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association (SMCCA) for 18 years, and for the past five years has served as the respected President of SMCCA. Marilyn feels she has much to offer PPCC and wishes to continue to serve as Area Seven 2nd Alternate.

Area Eight:  Niloo Kia

Niloo has lived in the Polo Fields neighborhood of Area Eight for ten years. Issues of importance to the Area include interactions with Riviera Country Club and Paul Revere, as well as traffic concerns, safety on Sunset and privacy and security within the community. While receiving an MBA in 1995, she resided in Area Four, which gave her exposure to issues within the Palisades community that residents of Area Eight may not be concerned about, but are still important to PPCC and Area Eight constituents as a whole. Niloo believes the skills learned from the exposure to issues that are important to the wider community will help her serve not only as a better Area Eight Alternate, but overall as a representative within the PPCC.

At-large: Mary Mueller

Mary is a 23-year Palisades resident and a Marketing Partnership executive in the entertainment and sports industry.  She operates a business, Madison2Sunset, located in Pacific Palisades. Her two grown children were raised in the Palisades and still work here. With the new Palisades Village she sees many opportunities for our “seaside village” to grow yet stay relevant as a local community. Mary is concerned about traffic but notes that she likes to problem-solve and hopes to add a fresh perspective and new ideas to address issues. She is thankful for the opportunity and wishes to learn more about ways to help the community as At-large 2nd Alternate.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz [recused and left during Item 11.3 below], Maryam Zar, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, Joanna Spak, Steve Cron, Alan Goldsmith, Dick Wulliger, Brenda Theveny, Sarah Conner, Bill Bruns, Duke Ostendorf, Richard Blumenberg, Jean Sharp

Voting Alternates:  Amy Baker, Howard Robinson, Andrew Wolfberg, David Peterson, Cathy Russell

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Mary Mueller, Melanie Bouer, David Card, Jason Sklar, Barbara Marinacci, Jan Ostendorf

1.    Certification of Quorum.  The Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Howard Robinson read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 10/11/18 were approved as corrected. 2) Upcoming Meetings – November 8, 2018; topics: 1) announcement of Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug awardees; 2) proposed beach walk path; 3) City and regional policies/regulation of dockless electric scooters and bikes. December 13, 2018; Holiday Meeting and Awards Gala.  Note: There is only one meeting in November and December.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  The Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $31,735.58 and there were no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.    Marge Gold (resident).  The Village Green has hired someone to pick up trash for a monthly fee of $150.  She thanked Vintage Grocers for putting the Village Green trash in their dumpster.  The Village Green is raising money for the trash service.  Visit and donate online.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

8.1.1.    2018 Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards.  Citizen of the Year and Golden Sparkplug Awards: Deadline for receipt of nominations: 9pm on October 27.  The committee will be sending to all board members for possible comment a confidential list of nominees.  Pay careful attention to the deadline, which will be sometime next week.  The selected honorees will be announced by the Awards Selection Committee on November 8.   The Awards Gala will be on December 13 at Gladstones Restaurant.  Peter Culhane and his Event committee already are hard at work.  Details to come.

8.1.2.    Orientation Session update.  A well-attended session focusing on new board members and other interested parties was held last Thursday.  Secretary Chris Spitz assisted in running through many of the nuances of the PPCC.  Another, make-up session will take place a week from tomorrow morning at 8am — meaning it will have to be at a coffee place.  If you missed out, contact the Secretary.

8.1.3.    WRAC Meeting update.  WRAC Leadership met on November 17 in WLA City Hall.  There were no specific motions passed although WRAC has released a letter supporting strengthening of the Protected Tree Ordinance and advocating for more comprehensive notice prior to removal of protected or street trees as well as an increase in the Urban Forestry budget.  This letter will be posted on the PPCC website. [See Letter here. ]

8.1.4.    Potrero Canyon update.  The City surveyed the boundaries of the park, finding that there were encroachments by some of the neighbors onto park property. You cannot gain possession of government land by adverse possession and the property owners with these encroachments were given extra time by the City to comply.  Some are pushing back and challenging the accuracy of the survey and City people are meeting with them.  There also are questions about the fencing of the park, which has sparked an ongoing discussion. Lisa Cahill is ably dealing with these issues.  The Chair learned yesterday that Caltrans will be installing deceleration and acceleration lanes along PCH for trucks entering/leaving the canyon.  Since all the needed soil is now on-site, he expects these lanes will be rarely used.

8.1.5.    New Brush Clearance Ordinance.  The City Council recently passed a new law to protect properties in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) from the occurrence of brush fires.  The law establishes specific safety measures for engaging in brush clearance activities.  Among other things, it prohibits the use of certain cutting blades to clear grass or brush in this zone; it requires the presence of safety equipment, such as specific fire extinguishers and safety straps; it prevents brush clearing operations on red flag days; and it imposes strong penalties for violation of the law ($250 for first violation; thereafter, prosecution as a misdemeanor with fines up to $1000, or imprisonment in County Jail up to six months, or both).  You are probably asking if this ordinance applies to you — the answer is “Yes,” if you live in Pacific Palisades.  Here is a link to the Brush Clearance Ordinance.

8.1.6.    PCH Task Force.  The Task Force met yesterday in Malibu.  A few quick notes: Santa Monica is having to re-do the environmental documents for the replacement bridge to the pier, delaying the project to 2022.  Completion of the water storage project near the pier has resulted in 111 more parking places.  Passage of Proposition 6 is not anticipated to impact any of the projects we have been following as they are already funded.  There was a robust discussion of the RVs parked on PCH between Coastline Dr. and Topanga Canyon Rd.  CHP, which has jurisdiction in that area, marks the tires and the RVs are moved before the 72-hour limit is reached.  The campers are made up of vacationers avoiding fees, homeless persons as well as people with jobs and nowhere else to live. There was even somebody living in a tent on the highway.  New regulations are pending an appeal on December 2.  Sunset Mesa residents above the highway are concerned with possible fire danger and there are 3-4 complaints a day.  The $7 million project to install warning signs on the Santa Monica Freeway prior to the McClure Tunnel along with improved lighting and painting of the tunnel is now expected to start in December 2019.  There is a new District 7 Caltrans Director (LA-Ventura Counties) who has stressed better communications by staff.  The Chair distributed handouts prepared as part of the Task Force Safety Grant, which ended Sept. 30; he noted the child-oriented game inside.

8.2.    From Officers.

8.2.1.    Chris Spitz (Secretary) gave an update on a recent City Council resolution and three ordinances that PPCC has been monitoring.  First, a resolution was introduced yesterday in Council by Councilmember Koretz.  It proposes opposing a recent ruing of the FCC that preempts local control of small cell facilities in the public right of way, particularly those that are expected to be deployed for 5G installations.  If the resolution passes, the City would also join a coalition of other CA cities that are organizing to oppose the FCC and to retain local control.  PPCC strongly supports local control in these matters and we, along with our WRAC colleagues and the City of Los Angeles, were a part of the effort this past year to defeat a state bill that would have similarly preempted local control for these purposes.  You may recall that that bill, SB 649, was appropriately vetoed by Governor Brown.  The fight was nonetheless expected to continue and it has now moved to the federal level.  We will continue to monitor.

Regarding the three ordinances:  1) Sidewalk Vending.  The Secretary has prepared a summary of PPCC’s positions and the status of the matter.  See summary here.  The ordinance was heard by a joint session of three Council Committees on October 17, which directed the City Attorney to draft a revised version of the ordinance consistent with new state law that allows the City to prohibit vending only on specific public safety, health or welfare grounds.  2) Home-sharing/Short-Term Rentals (STRs).  This was scheduled to be heard by the Council PLUM Committee on October 23 but was continued to a date to be determined.  3) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  This had been postponed by the City Planning Commission (CPC) to today’s meeting, but was continued again to November 29.  The Secretary has previously reported on all of these ordinances and will be happy to answer any questions offline.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Sue Kohl (Area 5 representative).  See VPCLC report, item 9.1 below.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    Rick Lemmo (Chanber of Commerce) passed out the brand new Chamber informational pamphlet for membership.  The Chamber’s Bob Benton Bash will take place on Oct. 30 at Mastro’s.  Seating is limited so get tickets now on the Chamber website,  The Chamber’s first annual Christmas Stroll in the commercial Village will take place on Friday, November 30.

8.4.2.    Duke Ostendorf (YMCA) reported that the YMCA membership asked him to let everyone know about the ongoing issues with parking along Via de la Paz.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    Lisa Cahill, Palisades Field Deputy, Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Lisa gave an update and answered questions about the status of the Potrero Canyon Park project.  A City survey found that some properties along the Canyon rim were encroaching onto dedicated City Park land.  Notices to comply have been sent to these property owners with a deadline of November 11.  Forty-five notices were sent out, and property owners were given extra time to remove encroachments at Councilmember Bonin’s insistence.  Some owners have already removed the encroachments or have plans to comply by the deadline.  Neighbors cannot obtain a prescriptive easement over government land.  There were challenges to the accuracy of the City survey and Councilmember Bonin has directed the engineers to repeat the survey.  At the end of the process, any noncompliance will be referred to the City Attorney.  The grading contractor will begin staging equipment in the canyon within the next few weeks to begin the 14-month grading contract.  More details will come about a proposed fence around the property and whether trees in the Park near residences can be saved.

On other subjects:  The matter of the Preferential Parking District (permit parking) for the Alphabet Streets will be heard soon by the City Council.  Councilmember Bonin is working hard to expedite installation of permit parking signs as quickly as possible after the City Council’s expected approval.  There are motions dealing with trees in Council and the Final Report on the Urban Forestry Master Plan will be out on December 4.  Email Lisa with any questions.  Questions about the Marquette sewer matter should be directed to Len Nguyen, CD11 Planning Deputy. Plans for the proposed bocce ball court at the Palisades Recreation Center are ongoing. Lisa is working with Joe Halper and the CCC on the Santa Inez Canyon trailhead bathroom issues. A special PAB meeting will take place on October 30 at 7pm. The agenda includes the proposed Veterans’ Gardens and bocce ball court as well as public comment (no voting) on the topic of moving trash bins to the Frontera entrance at the tennis parking lot; there will be no decision on this latter issue until January.

8.5.2.    Zach Gaidzik, West LA-Metro Field Deputy, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.  There is good news regarding homelessness.  The Supervisors voted to allocate $2.5M in capital funds for temporary housing at the WLA VA.  This will open in early 2019. The Supervisors also passed several motions: provision of vocational training and guidance for incarcerated women; expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program in order to reduce arrests and homelessness; development of a county-wide guiding document for all County Bike Paths; and restriction of plastic straws in unincorporated areas of the County.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs).

Sue Kohl reported that the City Council Transportation Committee has approved the application for a Preferential Parking District (permit parking) for the Alphabet Streets; the matter will soon go to the City Council for final approval.  She gave further details of the permit parking program, reiterating some of the information she had provided at the PPCC board meeting on September 27.  Lisa Cahill stated that Councilmember Bonin is attempting to get the process expedited so that signage can be in place as soon as possible.

Sue also explained that while Caruso’s decision to increase complimentary parking to one hour (in response to the VPCLC’s earlier messages and the PPCC letter) is a step in the right direction, employee and visitor parking on the neighboring residential streets continues to be an issue; the VPCLC has brought this to Caruso’s attention.  This is an ongoing problem and there is still work to be done.

10.    Old Business – None.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    New Landscaping Plan for Fire Station 69.  Presentation by Tracey Price of American Growers and LAFD Capt. Robert Bates of Station 69.

Tracey and Capt. Bates presented information about the beautiful new landscaping plan for the Station.  They showed a plan and renderings, which can also be seen on at Resources/Presentations to PPCC.  Tracey explained that all plantings will be low maintenance and there will be a drip irrigation system.  They have raised half of the $55K-$60K budget in the last few weeks.  All donations are tax deductible.  There will be a fun pancake breakfast/brunch fundraiser for the project and the Station on November 3 at Porta Via Restaurant; for more information, to donate, or signup for the event visit the fundraiser website here.

Capt. Bates also reminded everyone to make sure all emergency contact numbers are current and updated with your alarm company.

11.2.    Protection of the Urban Tree Canopy.  Briefing by Ileana Wachtel of the Coalition to Preserve LA.

Ileana presented a Power Point presentation.  She described the various City officials who are working on urban forestry issues and sustainability. She also explained the history of the City’s efforts regarding urban tree forestry. Currently there is very little interdepartmental action, which is detrimental to maintaining the tree canopy. Many trees are being randomly removed to fix sidewalks. There is no consideration for alternatives. Pacific Palisades is fortunate to have so many trees, but many areas of the City are barren of trees. Trees clean the air, improve soil, improve the value of homes, are good for wildlife, good for views, and reduce the heat island effect. The City spends ¼ of one percent of budget on trees; ideally the Coalition would like the budget for trees to be one percent or at least as a first step ½ of one percent of the budget. Other cities like San Francisco, Seattle and many others are far ahead of Los Angeles in best practices for growing the tree canopy. Ileana described the heat island effect and stressed the importance of trees in fighting climate change. San Francisco bans tree topping but Los Angeles does not. Developers can pay an in-lieu fee and take down trees at will. The City currently only protects four species; the list should be expanded. Development and equipment staging are big problems with tree removal. We need to exert pressure on City Hall. Ileana concluded by answering questions from the board and audience.

11.3.    Proposed Residential Project for Eight Homes on Marquette St.

Secretary Chris Spitz stated that she was recusing herself from participation in this agenda item for personal reasons involving a possible perception of bias; she left the board table and Treasurer Richard Cohen took her place as acting Secretary for this item.

The Chair stated that public hearing for this project has already occurred and the public comment period will close next week.  Following that, there are options for appeal to the West LA Area Planning Commission and the Coastal Commission. Normally this type of discussion would be heard before our Land Use Committee (LUC). The committee chair has recused himself as has one of the members and the developer did not reply to an invitation to attend a committee meeting. So this is an unusual situation for the board to hear this and even more unusual that the developer has not appeared. The Chair asked one of the LUC members, Richard Blumenberg, to brief the attendees on the process of the Civic League (CL), which heard the project five times. Richard can explain what aspects of the project the CL may consider and let us know some things that are beyond the CL’s purview. Then, we should hear comments from the Area 4 Rep, Rick Mills, another LUC member, who has spent an extraordinary about of time digging into the project (no pun intended).

Richard Blumenberg (CL President and representative to PPCC) explained that the project was addressed at five CL meetings from 4/24/17 until 8/28/17.  At four of the meetings the CL asked for corrections to comply with the CL guidelines. The corrections mostly involved massing, height, stepping of height on sides, and also articulation and setbacks, area, envelope, landscaping, tree planting and removal and size issues. Geotechnical or sewer connection issues were not involved. The CL also required a landscape plan. It heard from neighbors and the applicant at the meetings. The project was approved at the last meeting on 8/28/17.

Rick Mills (Area 4 representative) next spoke.  He recognized that there were a number of neighbors present but the developer Cosimo Pizzulli was not there, although he had been invited. An audience member stated that the developer was seen before the meeting began but left and did not attend the meeting. Rick explained that there was a hearing on October 1 and we are now nearly at the end of the comment period. He suggested that PPCC may want to make a comment for the hearing officer to consider. This project involves lot line adjustments as between the eight lots, demolition of two houses, and construction of eight houses with garages and pools, from 5300 to 8000 sq. feet and up to 33 feet of height. It also involves construction of a sewer and sewer connection and retaining wall as well as excavation to accomplish grading and to construct the wall. Rick presented a technical issue: The City should not allow the developer to use a lot line adjustment on all eight lots in this case instead of a full subdivision process. The City of Los Angeles allows sequential lot line adjustments in order to circumvent the state law that would require the subdivision route, but the City is not required to be so accommodating to allow these lot line changes.

Linda Deacon (Marquette St. resident) then spoke.  She is asking PPCC to write a letter to the hearing officer and CD 11, to ask for adequate oversight to prevent another landslide. She is concerned about the deep digging necessary for the sewer. She asked for attention to be paid to a thorough geotechnical assessment of the surrounding area, not just the three lots that have been done. Effective groundwater management requirements are needed, which is very important to prevent slippage. The plans for the sewer line and pumping have not yet been shared but need to be presented. It is an unsafe street, with one substandard lane and no sidewalks. The size and/or number of houses to be built need to be reduced because of the surrounding density. The plans should be revised to comply with Coastal Regional Interpretive Guidelines; she maintains that the proposed houses, especially the pools, would violate the Guidelines. The proposed pools are heavy and sited near the edge of an unstable cliff. Linda wants the comment deadline extended past October 29 in order for the neighbors to comment. They have not yet seen the plans for the sewer line and if the plans are provided now they need sufficient time to consider and respond.

Lisa Locker (neighboring resident) stated that a geology report for the sewer system was received on Monday, but the plans are old and from other houses’ plans for the septic systems of houses across the street.

Kenny Scherr (neighboring resident) explained that he has studied architecture and believes Marquette St. is too small for eight houses. He read from a letter he wrote and cited the unstable terrain and the impact of more cars on the narrow street with no sidewalks or street lights.

Additional discussion by board and audience members ensued. Points mentioned included the fact that Marquette St. was withdrawn from public use in 1937; the CL did not consider geotechnical issues; construction close to the edge of a steep slope; problems with the sewer (path of the pumping and changing plans for the sewer); removal of trees over time and workers already working on the property.

Rick Mills then made the following motion:

“1) The PPCC requests that the City look seriously and carefully at the detailed concerns presented in the “Recommendations Regarding Marquette street 8-House Development and Sewer Extension” from the projects’ neighbors.

“2) The PPCC urges the City to disallow use of “Sequential Lot Line Adjustments” and require a subdivision map process for the proposed reconfiguration and development of these eight lots. Historically, this property has never been used for more than two homes (a much more appropriate density). The proposed increase in density from two homes to eight homes would, under normal circumstances, warrant use of a standard, discretionary subdivision process.  Unless the City has clear guidelines on when sequential lot line adjustments may be used, the City should exercise its discretion and follow state law (Subdivision Map Act Section 99412(d) as it is written and intended, to limits lot line adjustments to four parcels. The City has the discretion to disallow a sequential lot line adjustment process in unwarranted circumstances and should do so in this case.

“3) Finally, the PPCC asks that the City determine if Marquette Street has been withdrawn from public use and [if so] determine the ramifications on this project.”

Sarah Conner seconded.  She stated that PPRA has received comment from residents. There is concern with fact that there are sewer and geotechnical problems and with the safety of the development. They believe an EIR should be required.

Howard Robinson (Area 3 second alternate and LUC Chair) explained that he had recused himself as LUC Chair due to a relationship with the developer but feels he can speak at this meeting. He stated it is bad form to consider a motion without hearing from both sides. This matter has been pending for about a year and the hearing has already occurred, yet only now has this come to PPCC without the benefit of the LUC being able to consider the technical issues. This is an unfair process as it is currently being considered.

Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce representative) then raised a point of order and requested postponement of a vote on the motion to the next meeting in order to consult with the Chamber board, pursuant to PPCC Bylaws, Art. X.2.B.  The Chair announced that the vote therefore must be postponed.  Further discussion ensued, with some members expressing displeasure with this action and lack of understanding of the PPCC bylaws. The Chair recognized that the bylaws provide for the right of organizational members to make such a request and do not permit a vote once the postponement request is made for an organizational member to consult with his or her board. It was also acknowledged that the Executive Committee may act for the Board under these circumstances. Further discussion ensued about what action the Executive Committee might take, including requesting a 30-day extension of the comment deadline, insisting upon adherence to all applicable laws as per the PPCC Guiding Principles and acknowledging the neighbors’ concerns. Treasurer and Acting Secretary Richard Cohen stated that letter should make no unsubstantiated assertions; based on the discussion he summarized that an Executive Committee letter may request an extension of 30 days and cite the reason being the importance of respecting the legitimate concerns of the neighbors.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:15pm.


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Richard Cohen (acting Secretary), Maryam Zar, Sue Kohl, Rick Mills, David Kaplan, Joanna Spak, Steve Cron, Reza Akef, Haldis Toppel, Brenda Theveny, Bill Bruns, Duke Ostendorf, Richard Blumenberg, Ellie Jenkins, Steve Boyers

Voting Alternates:  Barbara Kohn, Eric Dugdale, Mary Mueller, Cathi Ruddy

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Howard Robinson, Steve Lantz,David Peterson,  Barbara Marinacci, Jan Ostendorf, Patti Post, Rob Weber

1.    Certification of Quorum.  The Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:00pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Patti Post read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  The board and audience were introduced.

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – The minutes of 10/25/18 were deemed approved as corrected.  2) Upcoming Meetings – December 13, 2018:  Holiday Dinner Meeting and Awards Gala.  January 10, 2019 and January 24, 2019:  topics to be announced.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed with the exception that item 11.1 will be heard earlier as the presenters from LA County Public Works have a long commute.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  The Treasurer Richard Cohen reported that PPCC’s bank balance is $31,681.58 and there were no significant transactions since the last report.

7.    General Public Comment.

7.1.    Marge Gold (resident).  The Village Green holiday tree will be lit at a mystery time; guess the time and win a prize from Vintage Market.

7.2.    Jay Handal (Co-Chair, NC Budget Advocates and WLA-Sawtelle Neighborhood Council board member).   Jay reported on the City Budget oversight process.  He explained that City expenditures have exceeded the budget by about $100 million and this will lead to spending cuts later in the year.  Much money is wasted, in Jay’s view.  There will be an online survey for the public to provide feedback on spending priorities.  The Chair lamented that DONE prohibited him from becoming a Budget Advocate a few years ago.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

8.1.    From the Chair George Wolfberg.

8.1.1.    Thanks to Richard Cohen for stepping up to take the minutes.  News of Chris’ mother is not well.

8.1.2.    Thanks to the Awards Selection Committee, which will report later tonight.  The Committee did great work.

8.1.3.    It looks like two large pine trees may have to be removed to re-landscape Station 69.  The trees appear to be healthy.  Further comments from Lisa Cahill (CD11) below.

8.1.4.    There will be a Veterans Town Hall on November 11 at Los Angeles National Cemetery in West L.A.

8.1.5.    The Chair presented a plaque to thank Gil Dembo for his years of service to the PPCC.

8.2.    From Officers– None.

8.3.    From At-large and Area Representatives.

8.3.1.    Steve Boyers (Area 7 Representative) thanked Assemblymember Bloom’s office for their help in dealing with the DMV.

8.3.2.    David Peterson (Area 6 Alternate) reported that Steve Balmer of the LA Clippers has granted money for the Recreation Center gym floors refurbishing.  The floors look great and the work is being done in both gyms. Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus) noted that the Clippers logo has been painted on each redone floor.  David asked that PPCC send a thank you to the Clippers.

8.4.    From Organizational Representatives.

8.4.1.    Bill Bruns (Friends of Library) announced that the Friends will have a Holiday parking lot book sale this Saturday from 8:30am-1:30pm.

8.4.2.    Cathi Ruddy (Woman’s Club) encouraged everyone to attend the PPWC Home Tour this Sunday.

8.4.3.    Eric Dugdale (Historical Society) announced that December 6 is the Historical Society’s holiday party at Aldersgate.  Randy Young will be telling the story of what it was like to grow up in the Palisades.  6pm for socializing, 7pm for program and dinner.  Open to all with fee for dinner.

8.4.4.    Brenda Theveny (TCA) reported that Sunday hikes are starting.  The first one is the Venice Canals on December 9; check the TCA website,  TCA’s annual meeting will be on December 3 at the Temescal Canyon dining hall. Joe Edmiston of  SMMC will be speaking.  Liberty Canyon overpass plans also will be presented.

8.5.    From Government Offices/Representatives.

8.5.1.    Lisa Cahill, Palisades Field Deputy, Councilmember Mike Bonin.

Lisa reported on urban forestry matters:  She announced that there are three motions at the Council.  One motion would eliminate forgiveness for removal of trees.  The second motion would switch the required removal replacement ratio to 4 to 1 if protected (2 to 1 if not protected), plus there would be an ecological value to be assigned and charged to developers.  The third motion would create a Director of Urban Forestry in charge of all issues for better coordination.

Lisa also reported on matters specific to the Palisades:  She has checked out the Station 69 tree situation and she will make sure that the trees are properly handled. The deadline for Potrero Canyon encroachment removals is the end of this month.  More than one-half of encroachments have already been removed.  The grading phase has begun.  Questions about drainage are being addressed.  Regarding the Alphabet Streets restricted parking district:  Lisa hopes that the signs will go in by the beginning of December.

8.5.2.    Officer Ryan Basaker (LAPD West Traffic Division).

Officer Basaker reported that collisions and injuries are down YTD.  Motorcycles are being handled by the special problems group.  Sgt. Tameo is the new head of this group (, which deals with motorcycles, racing, etc.  Scooters are a problem in W.L.A. and Westwood.  LAPD is doing some enforcement against scooters, especially riding on the sidewalk or without helmets. Cathi Ruddy (PP Woman’s Club Representative) noted that there is illegal theft of electricity by persons doing unauthorized charging of scooters from outside outlets at the PPWC clubhouse.  Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus) inquired about accident numbers at Chautauqua and Sunset.  Eric Bruins of CD11 stated that installation of a protected left turn signal is a very high priority and funding is being sought by the Council office. Sue Kohl (Area 5 Representative) asked whether speed surveys have been done. Eric Bruins (CD11 Transportation Deputy): Sunset is done; the Palisades Drive survey has been completed and does not support the existing speed limit so the Council needs to decide whether to increase the Palisades Drive speed limit, likely by 5 mph, to allow radar enforcement.  A website,, has information on regulations and scooter safety.

8.6.    From PPCC Advisors – None.

9.    Reports from Committees.

9.1.    Awards Selection Committee (Sue Kohl, Chair; Richard Blumenberg, Bill Bruns, Daphne Gronich, Chris Spitz).  Sue reported that the Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards Honorees:  Co-Citizens of the Year:  Jimmy Dunne and Bob Harter; Golden Sparkplugs:  John Steadman and Dede Vlietstra; Pride of the Pallisades: Arnie Wishnick.  Sue read information about each of the Honorees’ accomplishments.  See attached Awards Honorees Information.  Sue advised that the Honorees are all thrilled and proud to be selected for these Awards and have thanked the PPCC for recognizing them with these honors. The website detailing the work of Dunne and Harter is

9.2.    Awards Event Committee (Peter F. Culhane, Chair).  In Peter’s absence, Richard Cohen (Treasurer and Committee member) reported that the Event Committee is hard at work planning for the Gala, which will take place on December 13 at Gladstones.  The event host will again be Sam Lagana, who did such a great job at our 2017 Gala. The event will begin with a reception and cocktails at 6:30pm, and then dinner and awards presentations beginning at 7pm. There will also be silent and live auctions with unique items up for bid. Coming soon: invitations and information about how to RSVP and to submit tribute ads for the program book.  It will be a festive and fun evening and we hope to see everyone there to celebrate with our Honorees and the Palisades community.

9.3.    Village Project Community Liaison Committee (VPCLC; David Kaplan and Sue Kohl, Co-Chairs) – None.

10.    Old Business.

10.1.    Motion Regarding Marquette St. Residential Project (motion made and seconded on 10/25; postponed to 11/8 board meeting pursuant to Bylaws Art. X.2.B).

The Chair read a letter from Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce Representative) to the board explaining why he had missed the meeting tonight and the background on his request for postponement of the motion at the last meeting.  See attached Rick Lemmo letter of November 8, 2018.

The Chair also reported that after the last board meeting the Executive Committee wrote a letter to the City requesting a 30-day extension of time to comment.  The City declined the request for an extension of time.  See attached EC Letter of October 26, 2018.

Cosimo Pizzulli (the developer) was present and requested to speak for a few minutes.  The Chair permitted him to do so.  Mr. Pizzulli stated that he was out of town at our last meeting and wants to set the record straight.  He explained that there are eight lots existing on the property.  All proposed houses are smaller than Code limits.  The setbacks are larger than Code in the front and sides.  The rear yards also exceed minimum size.  New street improvements will include sidewalks, curbs and parkways.  Mr. Pizzulli will fund a new sewer line.  He added that he had received many letters of support from neighbors.  There will be a new emergency vehicle turn-around at the end of lot #1. He received Civic League approval.  The MND process was completed with responses.

Following Mr. Pizzulli’s remarks, board members had numerous questions and made comments regarding several aspects of the project, including the sewer line, the extent of claimed support from neighbors, street repaving, disruption during construction, export of dirt, assumption of the risk regarding retaining walls, extent of required grading bond and lot line adjustments.  Mr. Pizzulli provided responses.

After the Q&A with Mr. Pizzulli, the board considered the motion that had been postponed from the last meeting.  Before voting commenced on the motion, Rick Mills (Area 4 Representative) moved to amend paragraph 2 of the motion by replacing the original language with the following new paragraph:

2) The PPCC notes that neighbors have questioned the use of sequential lot line adjustments for this development. We ask that the City consider the neighbors’ concerns about the appropriateness of the use of multiple lot line adjustments for the development of eight homes on three Assessor’s parcels, including a parcel which appears to have an existing Coastal Commission deed restriction related to future development. 

Second:  Steve Cron (Area 2 Representative).  Vote on the Mills motion to amend paragraph 2:  Passed.

Maryam Zar (Chair Emeritus) then proposed to add to paragraph #1 a request that the developer address the sewer needs of the neighbors.  Howard Robinson (Area Three Alternate) explained that each house will have a sump pump to take the sewage from each house up to the street and tie into the city sewer line.  The sewage plan is not public until the approved plans are done.

Reza Akef (Area Eight Representative) next moved to amend paragraph #1 of the motion by replacing the original language with the following new sentence:

PPCC requests that the developer provide all plans to the neighbors and to the community including sewer and sewer ejector plans.  

Second:  Maryam Zar. Vote on the Akef motion to amend paragraph #1:  Passed.

Rick Mills then moved to retain the original language of paragraph #1 and to add the new sentence proposed by Akef, instead of replacing paragraph #1 with the new sentence. Second:  Brenda Theveny.  Vote on the Mills motion:  Passed.

There were no amendments to Paragraph #3 of the original motion.

The question was called on the amended motion as follows:

  • The PPCC requests that the City look seriously and carefully at the detailed concerns presented in the “Recommendations Regarding Marquette Street 8-House Development and Sewer Extension” from the projects’ neighbors. PPCC also requests that the developer provide all plans to the neighbors and to the community including sewer and sewer ejector plans
  • The PPCC notes that neighbors have questioned the use of sequential lot line adjustments for this development. We ask that the City consider the neighbors’ concerns about the appropriateness of the use of multiple lot line adjustments for the development of eight homes on three Assessor’s parcels, including a parcel which appears to have an existing Coastal Commission deed restriction related to future development.
  • Finally, the PPCC asks that the City determine if Marquette Street has been withdrawn from public use and if so determine the ramifications on this project.

Vote:  Passed by a vote of more than 2/3 of members voting.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    Proposed New Beach Walk Path.  Presentation by Yggy Ruiz, Project Manager for the Marvin Braude Beach Trail Gap Closure Project, and Mateusz Suska, Bikeway Coordinator, LA County Department of Public Works.  See Power Point presentation at

Santa Monica will be constructing a beach walk path next year and the County the following year.  Funding has been secured.  The bike path is 22 miles long from our area south to Torrance.  After Santa Monica’s portion is completed there will be a 0.6 mile gap.  The County will close this gap.  Yggy Ruiz is the project manager.  The gap is from the north part of the Will Rogers Entrada parking lot to the Temescal Canyon parking lot.  It’s the skinny part of the path south of the Lifeguard Station, past West Channel to the parking lot.  There will be separate paths for pedestrians and bikes.  It will be much safer.  A berm will separate the bikes and pedestrians.  There will be a new bridge crossing the Santa Monica Canyon storm drain channel at West Channel Rd.  Construction will start in early 2020.  The paths will be mostly usable during construction.  The work will be done on short sections at a time.  Maintenance will be by the City of Los Angeles.  Configuration is designed to continue the alignment in Santa Monica.  The old path will become the pedestrian path and the new one will be for bikes so that the bike path can comply with current design specs for bike paths.  Work may be finished by the summer of 2020, in about six months.  Eric Bruins, CD 11:  Electric scooters are banned on certain parts of the Venice path.  Perhaps this will also happen for the new path.

11.2.    Los Angeles and Regional Policies/Regulation of Dockless Electric Scooters & Bikes.  Presentations by Eric Bruins (CD11 Transportation Deputy) and Steve Lantz (Area Four Alternate and Transportation Director, South Bay Cities Coalition of Governments).

Eric Bruins stated that these devices are useful but create problems.  The City is trying to regulate the devices in the ways detailed in a handout that was distributed.  The City has set limits on the number of devices and operators will only be given permission to grow after they prove compliance. There are fees to the companies and that money will be used to regulate, enforce, educate, etc.  The operators must consult with local neighborhoods prior to permits being issued.  Steve Lantz explained that there are 15 different solutions in 17 cities.  He favors geo-fencing that allows tighter control. Is geo-fencing part of the City policy? Eric replied that that they will use geo-fencing to deal with certain specific issues.  Venice canals, the beach, some other areas are off limits to parking of the devices.  Patti Post (Transportation Advisor) inquired as to how the money will be used from fees and the process to evaluate the pilot.  This will be a one-year pilot program in the City starting January 1, 2019. Eric:  There is no formula for evaluation; it will be subjective.  Patti:  Will there be a community impact evaluation?  Eric:  Yes, but he isn’t sure how.  It is not clear how revenue will be used and allocated or what the costs will be for regulation.

12.    Adjournment.  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:21 pm.


Item 9.1 – Awards Honorees Information

2018 Awards Honorees

Five dedicated Palisadians will be honored at the PPCC annual Holiday Dinner and Awards Gala on December 13 at Gladstones Restaurant.

Jimmy Dunne and Bob Harter have received the distinct honor of being named Co-Citizens of the Year, following in the tradition of other Citizens over the past 71 years. Their vision, inspired leadership and hard work in advocating for the Veterans’ Gardens at the Palisades Recreation Center for over four years has been nothing short of amazing.  The story began in early 2014, when Jimmy brought the idea of renovating the dilapidated Upper Picnic area to the Park Advisory Board. The Board was enthusiastic, none more so than Bob, and Jimmy was asked initially to spearhead the creation of an inviting new Park venue that would feature a rejuvenated picnic area and bocce ball courts. Bob then stepped in to work side by side with Jimmy in the laborious process needed to turn the concept into reality.  The two put in endless hours in meetings and discussions with the City, Rec and Parks and the Park Board, working on the project plan and the funding needed to keep the project moving toward the final Park Board recommendation.  Working closely with American Legion Post 283, Jimmy and Bob secured the Post’s commitment to donate up to $400,000 as part of an $800,000 fund still growing.  Along the way, each of them demonstrated a passionate desire to serve our community through the creation of a place at the Park that would provide everyone – especially our senior citizens – an opportunity to gather together with friends and family. The entire story is told on a website Jimmy created for the project, Now called Veterans’ Gardens, the project is slated to break ground soon, with completion scheduled for mid-2019.

In addition to this extraordinary effort on behalf of the community, Jimmy and Bob have each contributed volunteer service to the Palisades for many years.  Bob has served a long stint as a member and leader of the Park Board and received Golden Sparkplug honors in 2014 for his work; he is also a long-time member of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee.  Jimmy has been an active supporter of all things Palisades for several years, including creating and MC’ing many charitable fundraising events, especially those involving kids in Pacific Palisades.  As an award-winning, multi-platinum songwriter, Jimmy recently composed a song dedicated to the community he loves, which we expect to feature at the December 13 Awards Gala!  Citizen of the Year recognition in 2018 could not have been given to more deserving honorees than Jimmy and Bob.

John Steadman will receive a Golden Sparkplug Award for his ongoing, reliable and commendable voluntary work to clean and maintain numerous public areas of the community.  John is a fifty-year resident and true unsung hero of the Via Mesa/Bluffs neighborhood. Many neighbors know him as the guy who is always outside working on his own and others’ gardens; most don’t know just how extensive his work is.  Early in the morning, before most Palisadians have awakened, he brings his own tools and supplies – including an edger, electric blower, trash bags and other implements — to clean and tidy up portions of the neighborhood that can use loving care. He takes it upon himself to clean out trash and dead or overgrown shrubs from neighborhood street islands; he picks up palm fronds that fall onto Swarthmore during windstorms, neatly stacks and places them out of the way in the parkway, and calls the City for pick-up; he does the same on a regular basis on the landscaped slope on the Swarthmore side of Palisades Elementary, where he also installed a keyed hose outlet to assist with watering the area.  He recently used his skills to build a tool shed and to install the new sign on the Village Green.  He also regularly maintains the beloved park on the bluffs at the end of Via de las Olas, heading out early at least once a month to rake leaves, trim bushes, pick up trash, maintain the pathways and as necessary remove graffiti and repair and paint the fence.  John is indeed an angel of the extended Via Mesa/Bluffs community and a worthy Golden Sparkplug honoree.

Dede Vlietstra has been selected as a Golden Sparkplug Honoree for her exceptional work in devising and following through with a plan to monitor, clean out and keep the dense park areas and bluffs along Temescal Canyon Road free of homeless encampments, trash and combustibles.  Dede is a thirty-year resident who serves on the PP Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) Enforcement Coordination and Volunteer Recruiting Committees.  She was part of the original team that cleaned up thirty camps that lined both sides of Temescal in 2017.  She is responsible for overseeing that area and when she saw camps returning in 2018, she actively engaged with homeless individuals, offered services, and cleaned out each new camp.  She coordinates with PPTFH outreach workers as well as the LAPD beach patrol, and she also monitors Will Rogers Beach from Temescal north to the Bel Air Bay Club. Her strategy of finding camps, offering services and cleaning out encampments has greatly benefitted the community, in particular the residential neighborhoods on the bluffs above Temescal, by keeping the area safe and free of fire and litter.  She has been described as a warm, vibrant, energetic and inspirational member of the community, with an unparalleled dedication to protecting our quality of life.  Dede truly deserves Golden Sparkplug honors for her service as guardian of the parkland and bluffs along Temescal Canyon Road.

Last but not least, beloved community icon Arnie Wishnick will receive well-deserved Pride of the Palisades honors.  Arnie has been a true Pride of the Palisades for over four  decades, serving as Vice-President of two former Palisades Savings & Loan Associations for several years and then as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years; receiving a Golden Sparkplug award in 1980 and a Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year award in 1984; and giving thousands of hours of his time as an active member and/or officer of numerous Palisades organizations, including the Village Green Committee, the Teen Contest Committee, PAPA, PRIDE and the Optimists Club.  Arnie cares deeply about our community and has made many valuable contributions large and small – ranging from recruiting so many Honorary Mayors and 4thof July Parade Grand Marshals, to reviewing movies for the Palisadian Post for 12 years, recently co-producing the hit show “Bark! The Musical” at Theatre Palisades, and even taking responsibility year in and year out for the 4th of July porta potties!  His knowledge of, enthusiasm for and commitment to the Palisades are second to none.  We are very proud to bestow this special recognition upon Arnie this year.

Item 10.1 – 11/8/18 Rick Lemmo (Chamber of Commerce) Letter

November 8, 2018

Dear President Wolfberg, Pacific Palisades Community Council and PPCC Board Members,

I apologize for being unable to attend this evening’s meeting as due to the tragedy in my town of Thousand Oaks last evening and the fact that it has impacted students at California Lutheran University, where I am a member of the Board of Regents, it is important I attend our community vigil this evening.

However, after our discussion two weeks ago, regarding the Marquette properties and my request to exercise our by-law provision that allows an organization representative to delay a formal vote until after their board meeting reviewing the item, I thought it would be important to explain my request, the result of our Pacific Palisades Chamber board meeting and the rationale of our previously mentioned by-law provision.

With all due respect to our area representatives, you are elected to represent your district with your judgement.  If your district disagrees with you enough, they voice their displeasure at the ballot box. This by law provision exists because organizational representatives are appointed and our responsibility, unlike yours is to bring an issue to our board and confer by our vote, their decision as a board. It is not always possible to do so with our calendars and the timing of items on our PPCC agendas. So for that reason, I exercised that by-law provision as has been done before.

At our recent Board meeting, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted to abstain from casting a vote on the Marquette development option.

In conclusion, I was disappointed to have been personally attacked and had my ethics and integrity challenged by some of our PPCC colleagues. Please take the time to know the history and intent of our by-laws, which will no doubt allow ALL of us volunteers to work together at the highest level.

Again, please accept my apologies for my necessary absence.


Rick Lemmo
Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce
Organizational Representative   

Item 10.1 – 10/26/18 PPCC Executive Committee Letter

October 26, 2018

Kenton Trinh, City Planning Associate                 via email:
Department of City Planning
City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, #720
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re:  Case Nos. DIR-2017-264, -268, -334, -336, -361, -366, -445 and -449 -CDP-MEL, and CEQA No. ENV-2017-1259-MND (project site 560 through 620 North Marquette St., Pacific Palisades –“the Marquette Project”) – Request for 30-Day Extension of Comment Deadline.

Dear Mr. Trinh:

Pacific Palisades Community Council (PPCC) is the most broad-based community organization and the voice of the Palisades since 1973.  On October 25, 2018, PPCC held a well-attended public board meeting during which the Marquette Project was discussed. The developer Cosimo Pizzulli was invited to attend but was not present. A robust discussion ensued, including public comment that reflected community questions, input and concerns.

Concerns cited by neighbors during the meeting included geology, environmental impacts, sewer connection, public safety, building sizes and lot line adjustments.  Following discussion, a motion was proposed, but for procedural reasons as required by PPCC’s bylaws a board vote could not be taken on the motion. The motion was therefore postponed to PPCC’s next board meeting on November 8.

PPCC, acting by its Executive Committee,[1]now requests that the current comment deadline of October 29 be extended for 30-days, in order to allow the PPCC board sufficient time to consider the matter and vote on the motion referenced above at its 11/08 board meeting.

In any case, PPCC requests that the Department of City Planning apply, uphold and enforce all applicable City zoning regulations and provisions of the Coastal Act.  We further request that the concerns cited by neighbors described above be considered seriously in the determination of this matter.

Thank you for your consideration.


George Wolfberg
Pacific Palisades Community Council

Hon. Mike Bonin, Councilmember, CD11      via email:
Krista Kline, Planning Director, CD11            via email:

Len Nguyen, Planning Deputy, CD11             via email:

[1] Acting pursuant to PPCC’s Bylaws, Art. V, Sec. 3(B).


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Voting Members in Attendance:  George Wolfberg, Peter Culhane, Richard Cohen, Chris Spitz, Maryam Zar, Sue Kohl, David Kaplan, Rick Mills, Joanna Spak, Haldis Toppel, Steve Cron, Reza Akef, Rick Lemmo, Richard Blumenberg, Dick Wulliger, Bill Bruns, Duke Ostendorf

Voting Alternates:  Mary Mueller, Marilyn Wexler

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  John Padden, Bruce Schwartz, Howard Robinson, Jan Ostendorf, Andrew Wolfberg, Doug McCormick, Rena Alekperova, Cathi Ruddy, Barbara Marinacci, Sharon Kilbride, Rob Weber, Allison Polhill

1a.    Certification of Quorum.  Chair George Wolfberg called the meeting to order at 7:05pm and certified that a quorum was present.

2.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Andrew Wolfberg read the Council’s Mission.

3.    Introduction of the Board and Audience.  Past awardees and past PPCC chairs in attendance were introduced (see Item 11 below).

4.    Approval of Minutes & Upcoming Meetings.  1) Approval of Minutes – approval of 11/08/18 minutes deferred to 1/10/19.  2) Upcoming Meetings – January 10, 2019: topics:  1) briefing by USPS representatives on postal issues; 2) presentation & Q&A with CD11 District Director Krista Phipps; 3) presentation by Cathi Ruddy on the Map Your Neighborhood program.  January 24, 2019:  topics:  1) presentation by LAFD Deputy Chief Armando Hogan; 2) update by John Padden on Village harmonization plans.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The Chair announced that the agenda was as distributed.

6.    Treasurer’s Report– deferred to 1/10/19.

7.    General Public Comment– deferred to 1/10/19.

8.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns – deferred to 1/10/19.

9.    Reports from Committees – deferred to 1/10/19

10.    Old Business – none.

11.    New Business.

11.1.    2018 PPCC Awards Presentations.   The Chair thanked the Event Committee and welcomed all attendees.  Past Honorees and past Chairs in attendance were introduced.  Vice-Chair Peter Culhane introduced host Sam Lagana, who gave opening remarks.  Awards were then presented to Co-Citizens of the Year – Jimmy Dunne and Bob Harter; Golden Sparkplugs – John Steadman and Dede Vlietstra; and Pride of the Palisades – Arnie Wishnick.  Silent and live auctions were concluded and auction winners announced.

12.    Adjournment.   The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:30pm.


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