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Voting Members in Attendance:  Barbara Kohn, Chris Spitz, Jennifer Malaret, Ted Mackie, Janet Turner, Sue Kohl, Mark Roosa, Richard Wulliger, Harry Sondheim Kelly Comras, Brenda Theveny, Stuart Muller, Gil Dembo, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, Andy Frew, Donna Vaccarino, Jim Rea, Andrew Wolfberg and Bill Snyder.

Voting Alternates:  Laura Mack and Richard Cohen.

Non-voting Advisors and Alternates:  Carol Bruch, Jennifer Zeller, Sash Ramaswami, Chris Hope and Eric Dugdale.

Start of Business Meeting

1.    Reading of Community Council’s Mission.  Barbara Kohn read the Mission Statement.

2.    Call to Order and Introduction of the Board and Audience.  Barbara Kohn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Introduction of the Board and audience.

3.    Certification of Quorum.  The President certified that a quorum was present at 7:04 pm.

4.    Adoption of Minutes.  The President adopted as corrected the January 9, 2014 minutes. Barbara read a statement regarding St. Matthew’s Parish’s request for clarification to the December 12, 2013 minutes previously adopted by the Board: (1) the Zoning Administrator indicated that he was inclined to approve an enrollment of 384 students (rather than 350 students), (2) to be phased in over time starting with 355 students immediately (instead of a two year phased in process for increased enrollment) and (3) ‘some’ afternoon carpooling would be ‘considered’ rather than ‘afternoon carpooling’ being ‘supported.’  Barbara stated that receipt of the ZA report would preempt and/or replace any and all previous statements relative to these issues. Next Meeting(s): February 13 and February 27, 2014.

5.    Consideration of Agenda.  The President considered the agenda.

6.    Treasurer’s Report.  Ted Mackie reported the financial status as of January 23, 2014.  The total account balances equal $18,480.04.

7.    Reports, Announcements and Concerns.

7.1.    Announcements from the President, Barbara Kohn.

7.1.1.    2014 Citizen of the Year and Dinner Event, April 24, 2014 at the Riviera Country Club.

Nominations for this coveted award are still open. Please forward your nomination letter to Janet Turner at or In addition to honoring the Citizen of the Year a special honor, “Pride of the Palisades” will be given to Bill Bruns. Dinner Committee Chair Janet Turner, Program Chair Jim Rea. Barbara asked for the Board to consider nominations from their areas and organizations for Citizen of the Year and the Sparkplug awards. ADDITIONS: Janet Turner reported that Randy Young is heading up the selection committee. Janet circulated a volunteer list for the board members to offer their support of the event. This year’s Pride of the Palisades Award will be given for a second time; the first award went last year to Roberta Donahue and this year it will be awarded to Bill Bruns. Jim Rea reported that there is a donor effort underway relative to the dinner event and the program. There will be a tribute book and various levels of sponsorships have been established. Jim expressed that he is seeking board member support for the Tribute Book either personally or in connection with their friends, family and business relationships. Janet encouraged organizational representatives to go back to their membership for participation. If they purchase an announcement in the Tribute book member organizations will also get a bonus of space for a short article.

7.1.2.    CD11 Planning Team, Chris Robertson.

Chris will be joining Debbie Dyner-Harris and Tricia Keane in working with the residents of Pacific Palisades on planning issues and concerns. or 213-473-2384. Chris comes to us from the L.A. County Department of Regional Planning where she worked in the Land Development and Divisions sections. She has extensive CEQA project experience and has prepared multiple MNDs for a variety of high profile Los Angeles projects, such as, the Figueroa and Olympic Signage Supplemental Use District; Hollywood Park Redevelopment Project; 8th and Grand Project (an 875-unit condo project) as well as 9th and Flower Mixed Use Development (this is what brought the Ralph’s Grocery Store to downtown LA). Early on in her career she worked as a Program Coordinator at the Sierra Club in Cincinnati, OH and has volunteered with that organization here in L.A. as well. She holds a Masters in Community Planning and a BA in English and French. Additionally, she holds credentials in AICP*, LEED AP BD+C.

7.1.3.    PPCC Support for PCH Taskforce Grant Application.

Barbara announced that Senator Fran Pavley’s office sought support from PPCC relative to their efforts to secure a Safety Corridor Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety. The Safety Corridor Grant will allow the taskforce partners to fund targeted education and enforcement a ctivities throughout the corridor – from the McClure Tunnel to the Ventura County line. Securing this grant will enhance the community education and outreach efforts already performed by the taskforce in your community. The grant’s primary focus is to improve safety, and the letters should reflect the need for increased education or enforcement activities that will encourage safer conditions for all users of the coast highway. The Executive Board unanimously approved the letter attached below.

7.1.4.    Action Relative to a Sponsorship by a Member Organization.

Barbara reported that, in consultation with the Executive Board, a decision was made not to send a second distribution of a flyer relative to an event sponsored by a member organization whereby that event was hosted, advertised and encompassed fundraising by an outside organization. Barbara stated that she would like to hear from member organizations and for guidelines that each member group would like relative to information, notices, sponsorships and fundraising requests. Barbara stated that upon receipt of this information and, if necessary, the PPCC will form a committee to determine a policy.

7.1.5.    PPCC Voting.  Barbara reminded that organizational representatives are here to vote on behalf of their organizations. Area Representatives are likewise here to vote on behalf of the residents, rather than a personal vote. Outreach by Board Members to members of their organizations and all residents of the Palisades were encouraged.

7.1.6.    Safety on Sunset.  Barbara announced that the Westwood Community Council enthusiastically endorsed the Safety on Sunset campaign and thanked Bruce Schwartz for his efforts. Stuart Muller stated that the Safety on Sunset banners are being hung past their ninety-day limit.

7.2.    Announcements from Governmental Representatives.

7.2.1.    Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) – SLO Officer Moore.

Officer Moore was not in attendance. By way of substitution, Paul Glasgall reported that: (1) this morning the LAPD Off-Road unit went to the homeless camp on the Via de Las Olas bluffs. LAPD cannot clear out the camps, however the homeless can be cited for camping on park property. If the Fire Marshal declares the camp a fire hazard it can be removed, (2) the rumor of a meth lab on Sunset turned out to be activity by the narcotics unit and WLA gang unit doing a warrant search in the 14000 blocks of Sunset following complaints by residents of narcotics activity. Two arrests were made and drugs were recovered but it was not an actual meth lab. (3) Chautauqua incident, the woman has been arrested. (4) Murphy Ranch – at the Police Commission meeting last week two individuals spoke about Nazi’s and skin heads activity at Murphy Ranch. Lead officers have done a survey (Maria Grey and Michael Moore) and have found nothing to substantiate this activity. The area is being patrolled and there is graffiti. The Boy Scouts want to purchase Murphy Ranch and are in private negotiations with the City through Norman Kulla and Mike Bonin. The Boy Scouts want to remove all the structures.

7.2.2.    Los Angeles City Council, District 11; Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office —   None in attendance.

7.2.3.    Office of Mayor Garcetti, Daniel Tamm (*attending on the 4th Thursday of each month).  See flyer attached below.

7.2.4.    California State Assembly, Office of Assembly member Richard Bloom’s Office — None in attendance.

7.3.    Announcements from Board Members and Advisors.

7.3.1.    Donna Vaccarino – Community Visioning Workshop, hosted by Community Planning Initiative for Pacific Palisades (CPIPP), sponsored by Palisades Beautiful. Sunday, January 26, 2014, 9:00 am – 6 pm at the Bank at 15245 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades next to the Farmer’s Market. Visit Keyword: CPIPP Community Visioning Workshop. Or go to or write Donna reported that the workshop is free to the public. UCLA students who are involved with the project will be in the Palisades and taking surveys. The workshop will have visual panels to review and images can be voted on. There will be a speaker program at the end of the event and wine will be served.

7.3.2.    Area Representatives – Report on Behalf of Areas.

(1) George Wolfberg, At-Large Representative: Asics LA Marathon, Sunday March 9, 2014. (2) Andrew Wolfberg, Area 8 (Riviera): Northern Trust Open golf event at the Riviera February 12 – February 16, 2014. Parking restrictions will be one day shorter. Parking will be at Paul Revere and additional parking will be provided at a location in Santa Monica. February 14, 2014 is also the date when the northbound 405 will be shut down and there will be secondary impacts on this event, particularly on Wilshire. (3) Harry Sondheim spoke about banners on Sunset Boulevard that has been designated a scenic highway. Harry contacted the KI Synagogue regarding a recent banner and the organization was extremely cooperative. (4) Stuart Muller reiterated the Area 6 concerns articulated at the January 9, 2014 meeting. Stuart praised David Card for his work to improve the aesthetics for the pump station at the Temescal Canyon & Sunset Blvd. intersection.

7.3.3.    Organizational Representatives – Report on Behalf of Organizations.

(1) Mark Roosa, corrections to the December 12, 2013 minutes. (2) Dick Wulliger announced Mayor Garcetti, Congressman Waxman and Assembly member Bloom will speak at Woman’s Club this Sunday Jan 26 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be questions and answers for each. The public is invited and it’s free.

7.3.4.    PPCC Advisors – (1) Patrick Hart, Carol Bruch – Northridge 20 Symposium at UCLA.  See advisory report below. Carol Bruch expressed that the Palisades needs to have a traditional landline because cell phone support will die within 24 hours. Grading of concrete buildings (ala restaurants) was suggested so that occupants would have an idea of how dangerous the structure would be in an earthquake. Barbara reminded those in attendance to pick up one of Flo Elfant’s earthquake packets available in the room.

8.    Reports From Committees.

8.1.    Land Use Committee (“LUC”) – Chris Spitz, Chair.

The LUC is monitoring (1) Ongoing regulatory/legislative matters including: the murals ordinance (follow-up report by Planning re possible opt-in and opt-out procedures); the CCFO (new ad hoc Council committee which will consider possible new legislation, possible Sunset expiry April 2014); the AGF ordinance (cell tower regulation in the public right of way); the Citywide Sign Ordinance (i.e., billboards), Administrative Citation Enforcement and implementation; and ReCode LA (project to rewrite the zoning code). New information: the Mayor has directed that the formerly proposed consolidation of Planning and Building & Safety Depts. be postponed indefinitely (consultant’s report not yet completed and now on hold). (2) Ongoing projects: Coaloa and Gabay projects (proposed apartment buildings on Sunset Blvd.); anticipated sale and improvement of Village property by Caruso; we are awaiting word from CD11 as to the procedure for appointment of new members to the Design Review Board and possible development of design guidelines particular to our area pursuant to the Village Specific Plan. New information: the City has now adopted Commercial Citywide Design Guidelines applicable to all non-“by right” commercial projects for which a permit is sought in Los Angeles; the Village improvement will be subject not only to the Specific Plan but also to the Citywide Design Guidelines; see:; Next LUC Meeting: February 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Palisades Branch Library. All board members and public are welcome. A possible agenda item at that meeting may be a discussion of a Local Coastal Program for the Palisades following a recent LA Times article.

8.2.    Bylaws Committee – George Wolfberg, Chair.

First reading of the revised Bylaws. Discussion and voting to take place upon the second reading, i.e., PPCC’s February 13, 2014 meeting. Barbara re-referred Board members to the materials distributed. Stuart Muller circulated the updated Area Maps for review and comment. Discussion: Harry Sondheim asked if the vote would be taken on a topic-by-topic basis. Janet Turner stated she would like the vote to be topic by topic.

9.    Old Business — None.

10.    New Business.

10.1.    Palisadian Post.

Frances Sharpe, Editor-in-Chief – Guest Speaker (7:45 – 8 pm).  Please note the new office address: Palisadian-Post, 881 Alma Real, #213, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, Tel: 310-454-1321, Email: Presentation (City): Frances reported that the Post has increased its breaking news, Facebook likes and subscriptions. Advertising revenues have also increased from area real estate agents, hospitals and organizations. Frances gave her personal background and credentials. The primary goal at the Post is to make the Post “hyper local” such that it can provide the news residents will not get anywhere else. The staff of the Post is very small and the paper would like to work with PPCC and the Area Representatives for content that meets the needs of the community. Frances would like to have a very open dialogue such that everyone is working together to make the paper the best it can be. Letters to the Editor are “back” and will now be published along with the Street Talk column whereby the latter allows some of the 27,000 residents who are not activists to speak. The Post is starting new programs including a speaker and a junior reporter program. Discussion: (1) Chris Spitz asked how can content be accessed on-line? Frances said that the entire newspaper industry has been struggling with this and that the Post is evaluating its options. Stuart Muller expressed that subscriptions should include access to the archives. Patrick Hart agreed and asked for access to the historical information of the Palisades. Frances said that the Post has contracted with a firm to digitize the 85 years of archives. (2) Harry Sondheim asked how answers to the weekly questions are chosen. Frances said they are selected at random. (3) The current publication deadline is one week prior to the publication. For breaking news the deadline would be the Monday before the issue date. (4) Andrew Wolfberg asked about delivery delays to households not in the 90272 zip code. The Post is working on how to get non-90272 zip code delivery more efficient.

10.2.    Proposed Coastal Commission Permit for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (“BOS”) to Build Phase II of the Temescal Canyon Park Best Management Practices Project.

Presenting (Oppose): Patrick Hart, PPCC Liaison to the LADPW and Deborah Blossom. Statement: the Temescal Canyon Park Best Management Practice (TCPBMP) project’s Phase I and Phase II are now collectively known to comprise the first-of-its-kind, so-called “pilot” coastal California storm-water diversion project. However, Mr. Hart and Ms. Blossom contend that the project was represented otherwise in seven presentations given to Pacific Palisades by the BOS. Presenting (In Favor): City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering, Project Engineers Ahmed Iftekhar,, and Kendrick Okuda, ‘ See Below: recommended PPCC motion in support of Appeals that challenge issuance of a California Coastal commission permit for this phase of the project [NO ACTION TAKEN ON MOTION].

City Presentation: Kendrick Okuda and Staff. Phase 1 consisted of construction of an underground storm water tank. Construction went well and all inspections have been passed with the final step being the grass growing on top of the tank. An ADA compliant restroom was built and new trees were planted such that the project will be operational for test purposes last month. Historically stream water flowed through Temescal Canyon grove. When Phase 1 becomes operational it will capture that flow such that it no longer spills onto the beach. Phase 2 will allow this flow to be re-used for local use such as treated water going to maintain parkland rather than potable water. Chemicals used are similar to household bleach and the treated water will be distributed for irrigation. Benefits include water conservation and cleaner ocean water (note that benefits pursuant to Proposition O have been measured). Phase 1 is construction of the tank and Phase 2 is disinfection of the water. Discussion: Bill Snyder asked about what Phase 1 is really draining. The drainage area is 1,600 acres and includes the Santa Monica Mountains above the Palisades. The bacteria sources are coming from areas north of the park, i.e., deer and rain and local runoff sources including heavy metals that will be included in the sediment removal systems already in place. The primary problem for the Palisades is the bacteria, which closes the beaches. When it rains the water collects in the tank and then after three days it is flushed into the system and sent to Hyperion so that the tank is available; any excess is sent off into the ocean. Calibration, monitoring and operating will determine how and when water is retained for re-use. Jack Allen said that this drainage takes place all year long and that the water coming into the system can be pretty polluted by the time it gets down from the canyons. Presentation (Residents): Patrick stated that there are no measurements asked for in this project; the only way to measure benefits is to ask Heal the Bay. At the time of Proposition O the City was sued and lost such that remedial efforts are currently underway. The sources of contamination in California are only 3% storm water however the State Water Board claims that contamination in the Santa Monica Bay is caused by runoff. Patrick presented a map of the septic tanks in the area that are next to streams. The sewers in Los Angeles are built next to streams. There is a Coastal Interceptor Sewer underneath PCH. During the Northridge earthquake there was uplifting at the intersection of Temescal and PCH and there have been hundreds of shakes at a 3.0 level or above since 1930. Fecal layers operate such that the heavy part goes underwater and the pollution of the bottom of the ocean has never been measured (difficult due to ocean currents). Additional concerns are a potential terrorist bomb target with no real measurable benefit. Deborah Blossom expressed concerns about fire threats that could be elicited from the adjacent homeless camp and questioned what type of explosion or hazard may occur. Kendrick responded that chlorine bleach is not combustible and within Phase 2 it will be mixed with water such that it is in not flammable. All City and LAFD fire safety requirements will be met. Deborah is concerned with added buildings taking away from the beauty of the park. Kendrick responded that the bathrooms were a substantial upgrade of what was there before and the 13 foot by 31 foot disinfectant building is right behind the restroom, tucked behind that area and in no way obstruct views. Response (City): Kendrick reported that the environmental community has been very supportive of this project including Heal the Bay and Francine Diamond who both sit on the City’s oversight board and support Phase 2. Updated maps of sewer systems have determined that they are sound and repairs needed were done as part of the Phase 1 project. The matter before the council is the local coastal commission approval that includes public access to the beach, recreational uses of the beach, parking, views of the beach, etc. The BOE has concluded that the project satisfies local coastal approval and does merit issuance of the project such that the City is asking the PPCC to support the coastal permit so the project can move forward. Discussion: Chris Spitz asked about how the project is going to be fully funded particularly with regard to maintenance. Proposition O will pay for the first two years and then annual budget submissions will be made. Barbara Kohn asked about other comparable projects. Mar Vista and Penmar will be using recycled water to treat their parkland starting this summer; the Palisades will be the second within Los Angeles. Malibu, the County of LA and northern CA districts are ahead of Los Angeles in this regard. In Sunland Tijunga the water is being used for infiltration to re-charge the ground that is different than what is proposed here. Richard Cohen asked about the safety of chemicals involved. Kendrick said the chemical is household grade and is all within pipes without atmospheric release and there will be monitoring and safety features. The equipment will be locked and secured. Gil Dembo supported the issuance of a coastal permit and completion of the project. Carol Bruch questioned the lack of measuring whether or not the fecal matter is taken out. Kendrick said that the City, Heal the Bay and the County’s Public Health Department test the ocean water now. Once the project is operational water at the park will be tested. Part of Proposition O’s obligation is to test and measure performance of the project using standard measures. LA County measures during the summer months and daily after rains. Kelly asked if the chlorine would be applied to plants. Kendrick stated that by the time it reaches the plants the residual will be zero and not harmful to plants. Laura Mack asked if the project planning accounted for sea level changes and the potential flooding to PCH. Kendrick stated that if hydrostatic changes in the soil took place the plumbing system is designed to account for that and ultimately shut down whereby the tank has been constructed higher than sea level. Sash Ramaswami asked if the ocean bottom would be tested. Kendrick said that the surf zones are being tested and will research further if that testing zone is any different. Richard Cohen said that during the passage of time seawater kills bacteria and that the project is designed to help lower the levels to start with. Trash, solids and heavy fecal matter will be removed before the water is treated. Other intervals will be evaluated. Stuart Muller asked if another line would be dug up in Temescal Canyon. Kendrick said no. Stuart Muller objected to stainless cabinets, pipes and other large equipment situated in front of the new playground and is concerned about the infrastructure to be installed during the new phase of the project. Response (Residents): Patrick stated that the fecal matter at the bottom of the ocean will not be measured. Photographs taken of bottom ocean fecal matter were taken 13 years after the Northridge earthquake and problems and damage from that event have not been fixed.

Action: no action was taken. Residents have filed legal appeals.

11.    General Public Comment.

11.1.    David Card said that he visited a Los Angeles County Park whereby recycled water was being used and is certain that such use would be supported.

11.2.    Sue Pascoe supported the use of recycled water to fight drought and questioned how much more impactful this is aside from swimming pools.

11.3.    Gil Dembo commented that Pepperdine University has watered its lawns for more than 15 years with re-cycled water.

12.    Adjournment.  Barbara Kohn adjourned the meeting at 9:00 PM.



January 31, 2014

Russia Chavis, Acting Director
California Office of Traffic Safety
2208 Kausen Drive, Suite 300
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Dear Acting Director Chavis,

Support: Safety Corridor Grant Application from PCH Taskforce

In addition to serving on the PCH Taskforce, I serve as President of the Pacific Palisades Community Council and write on behalf of my Council. My interest in improving safety along the PCH Taskforce corridor is critical to me not only as a resident who drives PCH daily to and from my home but also on behalf of the many thousands of daily drivers on the road – too many fatalities and accidents have occurred to which I have been witness in my years of living adjacent to PCH.

As a member of the PCH Taskforce, I am writing to express my strong support of the Safety Corridor Grant application from the PCH Taskforce as submitted by the California Highway Patrol – West Valley Office. The Safety Corridor Grant aims to enhance education efforts and enforcement along the corridor to increase safety for multi-modal users of California State Route 1/Pacific Coast Highway.

The PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor Grant has the opportunity to compliment education and enforcement groundwork established by the taskforce partnerships. The grant programs and activities tailor outreach to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians with an aim to engage community members and visitors to reduce overall collisions, encourage safe use of the highway and promote access for all users.

I urge your strong consideration of the PCH Taskforce Safety Corridor Grant. For further information or if you have questions my contact information is below.


Barbara Kohn
Pacific Palisades Community Council



Carol Bruch, PhD. contributed to this article

The Northridge 20 Symposium coincided with the twenty-year anniversary of the January 17, 1994 6.7 Northridge earthquake. The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) sponsored the symposium, utilities such as the Southern California Gas Company, and a broad range of organizations and companies that are engaged in preventing earthquake damage and providing disaster relief. Almost 650 people, primarily engineers and other scientists participated, more than organizers had anticipated.

The first day consisted of short presentations from CEA, FEMA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the California Insurance Commissioner, the LADWP, Caltrans, academics and public officials from all levels of government. Pete Wilson who was governor when the quake hit gave the keynote. Wilson stated that were he governor advising Los Angeles’ mayor today he would recommend we should prepare to safeguard all our utilities and infrastructure systems with water first from;

A terrorist attack

The “Big One” meaning an earthquake 7.5 or greater, and

From fire

Wilson’s most important admonition to Angelinos was, “Water is more important than the internet. There is a need for Neighborhood Watch groups. Not enough are doing this.”

The second day of the symposium was broken up into six separate seminar tracks ranging from business and insurance matters to earth science and seismology. We heard some startling statistics: Only 11% of California households statewide now carry earthquake insurance. In Los Angeles County it’s higher but not by much, only 16%. Although CEA now has $4.5 Billion in cash reserves, enough to cover two Northridges, the vast majority of homeowners will be uninsured and on their own after the next earthquake.

Fully 40% of households had earthquake policies at the time of Northridge, and insurance covered half of their losses. Indeed, payout for residential damage made up 40% of the total of all earthquake damage at the time.

A million policyholders dropped earthquake cover after Northridge, however, when insurance company’s rates skyrocketed. And CEA is still trying to fill that gap.

Speakers reported that today uninsured homeowners believe that the federal government will bail them out in the event of an earthquake. This just isn’t so. Although the federal government put $14 Billion dollars into rebuilding Los Angeles after Northridge, none of the money went to homeowners. It instead went to rebuilding infrastructure like freeway overpasses and failed water pipes. That will be the same next time.

Insurance companies that had long underpriced their earthquake policies took a bath after Northridge. When they dropped out of the market, Pete Wilson and other public officials spoke about the devastation and challenges they faced post-Northridge. Wilson and the legislature, for example, stepped up to create the California Earthquake Authority, a private, nonprofit corporation that offers earthquake insurance to every homeowner who carries property insurance.

Wilson and many other speakers mentioned how much worse the impact will be on homeowners and communities after the next large earthquake, drawing an analogy to the blighted neighborhoods Hurricane Katrina caused, when homeowners could not afford to pay their mortgages or repair their homes.

The second day of the symposium was broken into six separate seminar tracks ranging from business and insurance matters to earth science and seismology. The gists of the seismology presentations as they pertain to Pacific Palisades are contained in the four captioned pictures. My recommendation to get in on the ground floor of the earthquake early warning system now being put in place countywide is that the PPCC lobby for more seismic stations strategically located throughout the Palisades.

Slide captions:

Northridge 20 Symposium, Day 1: LADWP’s Dr. Craig A. Davis shows Power Point slide, “Point of Impacts – Lifelines and Utilities”. In order, Dr. Davis’s primary damage concern is to 1) freshwater pipelines, 2) wastewater pipelines, 3) gas pipelines. Seismologists in Day 2 session confirmed damage to structures in Santa Monica during Northridge was to structures below or south of the Malibu-Potrero Canyon-Santa Monica fault (orange line). Triangles represent seismic stations. Pacific Palisades appears to have too few sensors to quickly, accurately best utilize the earthquake early warning system currently in development.

Northridge 1994 simulation of quake strength by area. Note small red area in downtown Santa Monica experienced same shaking strength as in Northridge; Pacific Palisades just slightly less.

Model of an earthquake fault’s slip plane. Starred area represents up-thrusting fault such as was experienced south of Potrero Canyon fault during Northridge.

This is how most earthquake sensors are hidden underground.


1. WHEREAS PPCC is concerned with public safety and health issues should the TCPBMP become fully operational specifically related to: (a) earthquake risk given that current fault mapping efforts have not yet been completed, (b) hillside fires, (c) the on-site gathering of storm-water, (d) future exhaust fumes from ground-level and Phase II bunker vents, and (e) the handling of Sodium Hypochlorite (as required by post-January 2013 California Department of Public Health & Safety laws) near residential properties, public open spaces, and within limited and heavily trafficked transportation corridors;

2. WHEREAS current metrics may be insufficient to measure the before and after public health gains relative to the Santa Monica Bay; and

3. WHEREAS PPCC has not been presented with information as to how operations of the TCPBMP will be fully funded by Prop. O funds or otherwise.


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