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.


Palisadians are back to school and PPCC is back to work on behalf of the community!

I am pleased to announce that new 2nd Alternate Area Representatives were elected by the PPCC Board at our 8/27 Board meeting: Area 1 (Castellammare/Paseo Miramar) Linda Lefkowitz; Area 2 (the Highlands) Alan Goldsmith; Area 7 (SM & Rustic Canyons/Will Rogers) Veslemoey Zwart; and Area 8 (Riviera/Polo Fields)
Elizabeth Shavelson. Each comes with an exceptional resume of achievements and each is ready to work with their counterpart Area Reps and 1st Alternates on behalf of their particular communities!

Upcoming Board meetings/events (7pm, Palisades library):

September 10 Councilmember Mike Bonin will be our special guest to discuss his plans for Council District 11 and issues of concern with constituents; all community members are welcome to attend and bring your questions for the Councilmember!

September 24 Topics TBA.

October 8 Presentation/discussion regarding proposed new gas station/mini-mart/liquor sales at Village Shell Station (CUP hearing date TBD).

Recent past Board meetings:

August 27 In addition to electing new 2nd alternate representatives (Areas 1, 2, 7, 8), the PPCC Board heard the 1st reading of proposed bylaws amendments related to organizational structure (amendments previously directed by the Board). We also heard from applicants regarding (1) CUBs (beverage/liquor licenses) at a new restaurant and proposed gourmet grocery at the Highlands Plaza shopping center on Palisades Dr. and (2) a proposed permit to allow "onsite instructional tastings" of alcoholic beverages at Ralphs and Gelson's Markets (no position taken on any of these matters). Finally, we discussed a recent proposal in City Council to allow "sidewalk vending" throughout Los Angeles. Learning that the Chamber of Commerce is opposed and determining that there are numerous concerns, the Board voted unanimously to take the position that sidewalk vending should only be allowed on an "opt-in" basis to those particular communities that want this activity. A letter will be written to advise City officials of PPCC's position.

Update on ongoing PPCC discussion topics:

Local issues/projects: (1) La Cruz Parklet (PRIDE has withdrawn its application for this location based on lack of community support); (2) Archer School project (approved by City Council in August); (3) Village-Caruso project (land use application/plans now filed with the City; PPCC Village Project Land Use Committee to review and discuss on 10/29/15, 3-5:30pm in the Palisades library); (4) 17000 Sunset Blvd. apartment project (coastal permit appeal hearing continued to 12/2/15; developer to present revised plans to PPCC this fall, date TBD; PPCC position: a focused EIR is required before a permit is issued; see minutes of 1/8/15); (5) Homelessness (ongoing monthly public Task Force meetings; donations requested to fund important partnership with OPCC to find housing for and address needs of homeless individuals in our community; contact

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) Assembly Bill 57 limiting local government authority to regulate cell towers (passed as amended in Assembly and Senate, despite opposition by our Assemblymember Bloom, Senator Pavley, LA City, LA County and numerous other governmental entities Statewide; (3) Short Term Residential Rentals (motion by Councilmember Bonin to limit short term rentals to "primary residence" now in City Council committee; "listening sessions" being scheduled for September 2015); (4) Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (City Planning Dept. continuing work on proposed amendments); (5) RecodeLA project (ongoing rewrite of the entire Zoning Code; we will monitor); (6) Ordinance allowing Beekeeping as an Accessory Use in Residential Zones (approved in City Council committee; to be forwarded to full Council after review by City Attorney, date TBD).

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