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.


With summer on the horizon, PPCC continues to discuss and monitor issues of concern to Palisadians.

On April 23, we had an informative public discussion about the proposed ordinance to allow beekeeping in R1 zones. The ordinance passed in the City Planning Commission on May 14 and will now be taken up by the City Council Planning & Land Use Management Committee (timing TBD). PPCC has taken no position on the ordinance to date but will continue to monitor its status.

Additional ongoing matters which PPCC is monitoring: (1) the proposed La Cruz Parklet (expected to be presented at a future meeting of the Huntington homeowners association); (2) the Archer School expansion project (approved by the City Planning Commission on April 23; appeal to the City Council expected; 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 on May 22 and now in Senate; timing TBD); (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 this summer, 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).

Presentations and discussion at our May 14 meeting: (1) Nominating Committee nominees for PPCC officer positions, 2015/2016: Chris Spitz, President; Maryam Zar, Vice-President; Richard Cohen, Treasurer; Jennifer Malaret, Secretary. (Board member nominations open until 8:45pm on 5/28/15.) Thanks to current Vice-President Andrew Wolfberg (who regrets that he is unable to return) for his support and hard work on behalf of PPCC! (2) Mansionization and Short Term Vacation Rentals: Valuable information was presented to a full house by Tricia Keane, Planning & Land Use Director for Councilmember Bonin, and Richard Blumenberg, AIA, Civic League President. All comments on proposed Baseline Mansionization Ordinance amendments should be directed to the following City officials: Tom Rothmann ( and Erick Lopez (

Our May 28 meeting will feature the following topics: (1) New LAFD Operational Structure and Fire Season Threat Update (Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Castro). Learn how LAFD has instituted changes and what we can do to help protect our homes and community during the coming fire season. (2) PP Task Force on Homelessness (Maryam Zar, Task Force Chair and Stephanie Cohen, Task Force Vice-Chair and Field Representative, Assemblymember Richard Bloom). Hear about what the Task Force has been doing and its important plans going forward. (3) Spotlight on Organizations (as time allows): Historical Society/Eric Dugdale.

June PPCC meeting topics: June 11 Candidates' Forum (if applicable) and Election of PPCC officers, 2015/2016. June 25 (1) Report from L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (presenting: Westside Field Deputy Rachel Zaiden); (2) Pedestrian Safety and Walkability on PCH (presenting: representatives of California Walks, a statewide public interest organization). Additional ongoing topic at PPCC meetings, as time allows: Spotlight on Organizations (presentations by members about what our important community organizations are all about).

We invite everyone to Like Us on Facebook at! Look for PPCC volunteers who will be available to answer your questions 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
May/June 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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