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.
The first few months of 2015 were a busy time for PPCC!
March 2015 was Public Safety Month at PPCC. We held forums and heard presentations on hillside fire safety and prevention (LAFD officials and the California Fire Safe Council); on public safety and disaster preparedness (American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter CEO Julie Thomas); and on crime and related legal issues involving the Palisades (Westside Neighborhood Prosecutor Veronica de la Cruz-Robles and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore).
After organizing and conducting the successful, first-ever Homeless Count in January, the Pacific Palisades Homeless Task Force continues its effort to work towards finding constructive solutions for the problem of homelessness in our community.
PPCC discussed and continues to monitor issues of interest to the community, including the Village Project ongoing remediation work and plans for construction, the proposed 17000 Sunset Blvd. apartment project, and a proposed 24 hour mini-mart with beer and wine sales at the Shell Station in the Village area.
At our April 23 meeting, PPCC will hear from LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Castro, who will provide information about the new LAFD operational structure and the upcoming fire threat season. We will also institute a new "Spotlight on Organizations" segment, in which member organizations will tell us about their mission, activities, structure, membership and opportunities for involvement. First up: AYSO, Historical Society and Temescal Canyon Association. And on May 14, we will hear important presentations on proposed amendments to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance and the status of Short Term Vacation Rentals. Additionally, we will be discussing a proposed new residential beekeeping ordinance.
Check out our new link below to Government Contacts – contact information for local, county and state officials is provided to assist Palisades community members.
We also continue to invite constructive suggestions from the public as well as board members for changes in our bylaws, policies or procedures. There is always room for improvement, and we are committed to continuing the open conversation by all who are interested! To view a letter to the editor of the Palisadian Post from the PPCC Executive Committee addressing allegations in recent Post articles about PPCC meetings and supposed actions by the PPCC board, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Our outreach efforts continue. We invite everyone to Like Us on Facebook at facebook.com/pacpalicc.org! Look for PPCC volunteers who will be available to answer your questions at the Palisades Farmers Market on Sunday mornings beginning in mid-April. I hope to see many of you at the Market and at PPCC meetings in 2015! And don't forget to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be added to PPCC's email list for meeting agendas and other notices.
PPCC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization working diligently to preserve and protect the quality of life in Pacific Palisades. We invite all who are genuinely interested to attend our meetings, participate in the discussion and get involved!
Chris Spitz, President
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 - email@example.com
- By Phone - 310-721-0532
And for information on how to contact LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore, LAFD Stations 69 and 23, and our elected representatives please see Government Contacts.
For more about your Council's activities visit the Community Council on FACEBOOK.
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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.
Please refer comments concerning this site to - PacPalTed@earthlink.net
March 30, 2015
Letter to the Editor, Palisadian Post:
PPCC's Executive Committee is disappointed by the inflammatory allegations raised in two recent Post articles. Specifically the articles included unsubstantiated claims by named and unnamed individuals that the PPCC Board is supposedly trying to silence the public, suppressing speech and engaging in other alleged improprieties. People making anonymous claims are often seeking to push personal agendas. It is unfortunate that the Post did not seek to interview any of the signatories to this letter in order to verify the accuracy of these charges. This Executive Committee has made a concerted effort to solicit comment and hold discussions on significant issues in our community and for the organization itself. We are proud of PPCC's record and these vague, unsubstantiated claims are absolutely false and simply unfair.
Nevertheless, we appreciate the Post's focus on PPCC and invite more discussion on all issues of concern to stakeholders. Area Representatives can (and many regularly do) communicate with constituents on matters of concern and give area reports at our meetings; unfortunately the one source named by the Post (Area 6 Representative Stuart Muller) does not regularly engage with a notable number of Area 6 constituents (including the Huntington HOA), and accordingly cannot and does not report on Area 6 concerns.
All points of view are given an opportunity to be heard at PPCC meetings. During public discussion regarding Neighborhood Councils, at two meetings, the Board was overwhelmingly against having a Neighborhood Council in Pacific Palisades. In an advisory opinion the full Board voted against further investigating the issue. Any Board member is welcome to agendize this matter again (or any matter) in accordance with the bylaws for public discussion at a future meeting; there is a big difference between not being heard and being heard and disagreed with.
PPCC's Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit community member organization working diligently to preserve and protect the quality of life in Pacific Palisades. We hope that everyone can become constructively involved with the numerous fantastic Palisades volunteer organizations, including PPCC.
The PPCC Executive Committee:
Christina Spitz, President
Barbara Kohn, President Emeritus
Janet Anderson, Recreation Representative
Jennifer Malaret, Secretary
Richard G. Cohen, Treasurer
Andrew Wolfberg, Vice-President
David Kaplan, Area 6 First Alternate Representative