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.


As June gloom lifts and we celebrate summer, PPCC continues to monitor issues of concern to Palisadians!

Our May 28 Board meeting featured informative updates by City and State officials on a range of issues and by LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Castro on the new LAFD operational structure and the coming fire season threat. Questions: Contact Chief Castro at The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness Chair Maryam Zar and Vice-Chair Stephanie Cohen thanked PPCC for the launch and announced that going forward the Task Force will become autonomous in order to engage in necessary fundraising and outreach. Stay tuned for exciting information about plans to engage a professional homeless services provider! Contact for more information.

On June 11, the PPCC Board elected its officers for 2015/2016. Beginning July 1, 2015, the PPCC officers will be: Chris Spitz, President; Maryam Zar, Vice-President; Richard Cohen, Treasurer; and Jennifer Malaret, Secretary. Our June 11 Board meeting also featured (1) presentations by PPCC, Temescal Canyon Association and Palisades Beautiful thanking and honoring Norman Kulla, retiring longtime CD11 senior counsel and Councilmember Bonin's liaison to the Palisades; and (2) our ongoing Spotlight on PPCC Member Organizations segment, with informative presentations by Janet Anderson/AYSO and Eric Dugdale/Historical Society!

Upcoming PPCC Board meetings: July 23, August 27 and September 10. Tentative presentation on 7/23: plans for CUPs (beverage/liquor licenses) at restaurant and proposed gourmet grocery at the Highlands Plaza shopping center on Palisades Dr. Confirmed for September 10: Councilmember Mike Bonin will attend and discuss issues of concern with constituents. Stay tuned for more details!

Update on ongoing PPCC discussion topics: (1) the La Cruz Parklet (proposed safety improvements recently presented to the Huntington homeowners association; awaiting survey of residents' opinion and data on homeless use of parklets); (2) the Archer School expansion project (appeal of City Planning Commission decision to the City Council PLUM Committee 6/30/15; Councilmember Mike Bonin supports additional modifications to reduce traffic and other impacts); (3) Senate Bill 218 ending photo enforcement of stop signs in MRCA parklands (failed in committee chaired by Sen. Pavley but expected to be reconsidered in early 2016); (4) Assembly Bill 57 limiting local government authority to regulate cell towers (passed in Assembly and now in Senate; opposed by LA County Board of Supervisors and San Francisco City/County Supervisors; LA City to consider resolution in opposition on 6/19); (5) the 17000 Sunset Blvd. apartment project (appeal hearing continued to 9/2/15; developer expected to present plans for a reduced project to PPCC, date TBD); (6) the Village-Caruso project (ongoing environmental remediation; PPCC Village Project Land Use Committee to review project plans as and when publicly available, date TBD); (7) Short Term Residential Rentals (motion by Councilmember Bonin to limit short term rentals to "primary residence" now in City Council committee); (8) Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (City Planning Dept. continuing work on proposed amendments); (9) proposed new station/mini-mart/liquor sales at Village Shell Station (presentation of plans by new owner at community meeting on June 24, 6:30pm in the Palisades library).

Look for the traditional PPCC car with Vice-President Elect Maryam Zar at the Palisades 4th of July Parade and don't forget to support PAPA (the Palisades Americanism Parade Association)!

We invite everyone to Like Us on Facebook at! Look for PPCC volunteers at the Palisades Farmers Market on occasional Sundays throughout the summer (dates TBA) from 9am-12n. I hope to see you at the Market and at PPCC upcoming meetings. And don't forget to email if you'd like to be added to PPCC's email list for meeting agendas and other notices. Your questions/concerns and suggestions for improvement are also welcome!

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
PPCC President
June/July 2015

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

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.

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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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