Founded in 1973, the Pacific Palisades Community Council has as its purpose:

  • To be a forum for the discussion of community issues.
  • To be an advocate for the Pacific Palisades to government and private agencies upon those issues where there is broad community agreement.
  • To assist other organizations in the Pacific Palisades which request help in accomplishing their objectives or purposes, and which the Council chooses to support.

I am excited to announce the formation of the new PPCC-sponsored Task Force on Homelessness. Over 30 concerned residents and business owners attended the first organizational meeting on October 23 and are eager to roll up their sleeves and begin tackling this serious and complicated issue.The new Task Force Chair is PPCC Board Member Maryam Zar; Co-Chair is Stephanie Cohen, Field Representative for Assemblymember Richard Bloom. For more information contact Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come!

I cordially invite all interested community members to PPCC's public board meeting on November 13, 2014, 7-9pm, when the following presentations will take place: "5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness" (valuable disaster preparedness information and Q&A); Il Piccolo Ritrovo restaurant (potential) application for a full liquor license; proposed Palisades Highlands condo project.

Some community members may be aware that Jim Rea, long-time Area 3 representative, has withdrawn as a nominee for the 1st alternate position in that area. PPCC thanks Jim for his dedicated service to the organization and the community. The following is an excerpt of my remarks at the October 23 board meeting concerning PPCC and its process:
"Like all organizations, PPCC is guided by its bylaws, which are posted on our website,, and available for all to see. The procedures for the election of area and at-large representatives and alternates are not secret. They have been in place for a long time without protest or incident. I categorically reject and deny any allegations of wrongdoing in this instance. The procedures required by our bylaws were followed every step of the way. The Three Chairs Committee was appointed by me in accordance with the bylaws, they did their work in good faith in accordance with the bylaws, and they made decisions on nominations in accordance with the bylaws. Let me be clear: despite the inaccurate information that has been spread in emails, on social media and in the press, the committee did not and does not select ANY alternate representatives. Indeed, the controversy over alleged conflicts obscures the actual facts: Pursuant to our bylaws, the committee, using its best judgment, nominates, then the board votes on whether to accept the nominations and makes the ultimate decision on who the alternates will be; the board did so in all cases up to this point and will do so again at such time as the committee may make another nomination for the Area 3 1st alternate. It is my responsibility as President to make sure the bylaws are followed. I will continue to fulfill that responsibility as long as I serve in this capacity.
PPCC was founded in 1973 and over the years has focused on issues raised by our community members. There are many voices on PPCC and I believe all place the best interests of our community first and foremost in their actions. We continue to be guided by the Council's mission statement, which was read at the start of this meeting and is read at every meeting. My role as President is to help PPCC fulfill its mission statement. This is turning out to be a full-time job and the pay is not particularly good. I am confident that we will continue to fight for the community in accordance with our mission statement.
Unfortunately, some appear to have misunderstood what PPCC can and cannot do. PPCC cannot make laws and cannot require anyone to do anything. PPCC is the mirror of this community for those who have come forward to be heard. PPCC merely represents the community, as our mission statement provides, "where there is broad community agreement, as reflected by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board Members present…."
I appreciate and am flattered that so many people are so passionate about PPCC. I initially got involved because of issues taking place in my immediate neighborhood. Through the years I have remained involved to work on issues that impact the community as a whole. It is my hope that many of you who have gotten more directly involved with PPCC because of a specific issue will continue long after that issue has been resolved.
The Council and its volunteers have made a significant effort to get more community participation. I believe that we as a Council have been successful based on the record election turnout, with or without the incredible turnout in Area 3. I am excited to move forward together as Palisadians."

Chris Spitz
PPCC President
October-November, 2014

You are encouraged to attend the Council's Board meetings and make your voice heard in our discussion of community issues. The meetings are held in the meeting room of the Palisades Branch Library, 861 Alma Real and start promptly at 7:00 p.m. To view the agenda for the next Board meeting see - Upcoming Agenda.

And you are invited to bring your community concerns to the attention of individual members of the Council's Board. The name, title, and a means to contact each member may be found on the Board Members page of this site.

The Council may also be reached -

  • By U.S. Mail - Post Office Box 1131, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
  • By e-mail at -
  • By Phone - 310-721-0532

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Although not a Council project, we would like to call your attention to the wonderfully complete disaster preparedness and survival guide prepared by our former Chair, Flo Elfant. The guide may be viewed by selecting Emergency Preparedness

Your Community Council receives no public funding and is entirely dependent on contributions from the Palisades community. A family membership is but $25.00 a year which may be mailed to PO Box 1131, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 or if you prefer you may contribute via the PayPal link below.

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