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.


PPCC looks forward to Thanksgiving and the holiday season as we continue to work on behalf of the community!

Citizen of the Year: Sharon Kilbride
Golden Sparkplugs: Laurel Garver, Laurie Sale, Doug Suisman
Pride of the Palisades: The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness

PAY HERE for the PPCC a Holiday Dinner and Awards Gala: If you have already RSVP'd to the PPCC Holiday Dinner and Awards Gala, click on the Donate button below to pay for your tickets. Our event will be at Gladstones this year and tickets are $85 per person. Please note 'Holiday Event' in the comment section.

Recent past meetings:

November 18 PPCC special Board meeting at the Palisades Recreation Center. The Village Project Land Use Committee (VPLUCP) delivered a report on the Caruso Affiliated land use application. See: VPLUC Preliminary Report. Rick Caruso was present, answered questions and provided additional information about his plans for the Project. Public comment was received from an audience of several hundred community members. The VPLUC will continue its review and analysis as more facts become available; PPCC Board discussion will be ongoing

November 12 An overflow audience at the library heard a presentation by City Attorney Mike Feuer about the work his office has been engaged in. He addressed numerous questions from Board members and the public on a range of topics, particularly with respect to recent fires and enforcement action in regard to homeless encampments in our bluffs areas. The Board also engaged in a discussion about proposed amendments to the Baseline Mansionization and Baseline Hillside Ordinance to address what some say is "out of scale" development in low density residential zones. Varying opinions were expressed and no position was taken at this time.

Upcoming meetings and events:

December 10, 2015 PPCC Holiday Dinner/Awards Event, 6:30pm, Gladstone's Restaurant.

January 14, 2016 PPCC Board meeting, 7pm, Palisades branch library. Topics: Briefing by FAA officials on proposed new flight path over the Palisades (Metroplex plan); (tentative) ongoing Board discussion of the Village Project.

Update on ongoing PPCC discussion topics:

Local issues/projects: (1) Caruso Affiliated Village Project (VPLUC review and PPCC Board discussion ongoing); (2) 17000 Sunset Blvd. apartment project (Coastal Permit appeal hearing continued to 12/2/15; PPCC position: a focused EIR is required before a permit is issued; see minutes of 1/8/15); (3) Homelessness (ongoing monthly public PPTFH meetings; contact; (4) Village Shell Station plans for 24 hour mini mart and beer and wine sales (PPCC position: owner should revise his application in consultation with the neighbors; a letter has been submitted to City officials expressing opposition to the application as written; see minutes of 10/8/15). (5) FAA proposal for a new flight path over Pacific Palisades (see minutes of 9/24/15; briefing by FAA officials on 1/14/15).

Ordinances/Legislation: (1) Senate Bill 218 ending photo enforcement of stop signs in MRCA parklands (failed in committee but expected to be reconsidered in early 2016); (2) Above Ground Facilities Ordinance revision (regulation of cell towers and other facilities in the public right of way; PPCC has long supported needed revisions; City Attorney's review is ongoing but according to C.A. Feuer is expected soon); (3) Baseline Mansionization and Baseline Hillside Ordinance amendments to address "out of scale development" (now being circulated for public comment; public listening session 12/3/15; to be heard by the City Planning Commission, date TBD; PPCC has not taken a position; see minutes of 5/14/15 and 11/12/15); (4) RecodeLA project (ongoing rewrite of the entire Zoning Code; we will monitor); (5) Ordinance allowing Beekeeping as an Accessory Use in Residential Zones (approved in City Council and to become law in Jan. 2016); (6) Sidewalk Vending (PPCC position: sidewalk vending should only be allowed on an "opt-in" basis; see minutes of 9/10/15; Councilmember Bonin position: in favor of sidewalk vending but against blanket Citywide legalization, i.e., should be a matter for local community determination; the Council Economic Development Committee on 10/27/15 approved legalizing sidewalk vending but also called for "non-vending" zones; matter now in Public Works Committee); (7) Citywide Sign Ordinance (PPCC expressed numerous concerns in 2011-2013; see minutes of 9/10/15 and 9/24/15; on 10/22/15 the City Planning Commission rejected more lenient regulations proposed by the City Planning Dept. and unanimously approved stricter rules, including "takedown measures" and denial of amnesty for unpermitted billboards; matter to be considered in City Council, date TBD); (8) Short Term Vacation Rentals (PPCC opposes legalization but also proposes strong regulatory measures since it appears that an ordinance is already being drafted by the Planning Dept.; see minutes of 9/24/15 and 10/22/15; matter now pending in Council Housing and PLUM Committees, CF 14-1635-S2).

We invite everyone to Like Us on Facebook at! Look for PPCC volunteers at the Palisades Farmers Market on occasional Sundays (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
November 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

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