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 we enjoy our spectacular summer in the Palisades, PPCC continues to work on behalf of the community.

NOTICE TO THE PALISADES COMMUNITY: PPCC invites interested residents to apply for open 2nd Alternate Area Representative positions, in Areas 1 (Castellammare/Paseo Miramar), 2 (the Highlands), 7 (SM & Rustic Canyons/Will Rogers) and 8 (Riviera/Polo Fields). 2nd Alternate representatives participate fully in meeting discussions and on committees, but vote only when the Primary and 1st Alternate Representative are both absent. Submit statements of any length to by August 23 (deadline for applications); include information about your residence and background.

Upcoming Board meetings/events:

August 23: Deadline to submit applications (statements) for 2nd Alternate Area Representative positions, Areas 1, 2, 7 and 8 (send to

August 27 -- PPCC Board meeting, 7pm Palisades library: (1) presentation of plans for CUPs (beverage/liquor licenses) at a new restaurant and proposed gourmet grocery at the Highlands Plaza shopping center on Palisades Dr.; (2) presentation re proposed permits to allow "onsite instructional tastings" of alcoholic beverages at Ralph's and Gelsons Markets.

September 10 PPCC Board meeting, 7pm Palisades library: Councilmember Mike Bonin to discuss his plans for Council District 11 and issues of concern with constituents; more details to come!

The community is welcome to attend all PPCC Board meetings!

Recent past Board meetings/events:

July 23: The PPCC Board meeting featured an informative presentation and Q&A with representatives of the WLA VA Master Plan project, including plans to provide housing for homeless vets and other changes in the use of the property. Vince Kane, special assistant to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, was a featured speaker. If you would like more information about what this group is trying to accomplish, please visit There is also a "Weekly Design Open House" meeting each Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30, through the end of August, on the VA property in Building #257 - the Welcome Center. First August meeting will be Aug. 4; meetings continue until the last Tuesday of the month. The public is encouraged to attend and express comments. RSVP at the above website (note: if you can't attend one of the design meetings, you can also take a survey and/or submit comments on the website).

Update on ongoing PPCC discussion topics:

(1) La Cruz Parklet (Huntington association passed a resolution declining to support the parklet in this location; awaiting results of residents' survey and decision by LADOT as to whether project will go forward in this location); (2) Archer School expansion project (agreement reached with Brentwood Homeowners Association and Archer Neighbors, approved by the City Council PLUM Committee in June and expected to go to full Council in early Sept.); (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 as amended in Assembly and two Senate committees, despite opposition by Sen. Pavley, LA City and County, and numerous other California governmental entities); (5) Village-Caruso project (land use application and project plans expected to be made public soon; PPCC Village Project Land Use Committee to review plans as and when available, meeting date TBD); (6) Short Term Residential Rentals (motion by Councilmember Bonin to limit short term rentals to "primary residence" now in City Council committee); (7) Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (City Planning Dept. continuing work on proposed amendments); (8) RecodeLA -- rewrite of the entire Zoning Code (ongoing; we will monitor); 9) proposed new gas station/mini-mart/liquor sales at Village Shell Station (MND hearing date TBD; may be discussed at PPCC in future); (10) 17000 Sunset Blvd. apt. project (coastal permit appeal hearing continued to 12/2/15; developer expected to present revised plans at PPCC prior to hearing, date TBD; PPCC's position re current plans: a focused EIR is required before a permit is issued; see minutes of 1/8/15).

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
August 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.

For more about your Council's activities visit the Community Council on FACEBOOK.
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For a list of PPCC positions on projects and land use matters, see Land Use Positions

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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