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.


Those who read the Palisadian Post on October 16 saw two letters concerning PPCC. PPCC had no notice that these letters would appear nor was it provided with any opportunity to comment. We will therefore do so briefly here:

1) Regarding the letter concerning the selection of alternate representatives, unfortunately Kurt Toppel, a former PPCC chair, seriously misunderstands the bylaws which govern PPCC's conduct and to which it must adhere. While he suggests that the elected representative has the absolute right to choose his or her alternate, this assertion is contrary to the bylaws, which provide for an alternate selection process that includes not only nomination by a committee of three past chairs, but also election by the full board. The board is of course free to reject the committee's nominations. Thus, the suggestion that alternates are selected by the "personal preference" of a select few is simply false. Notwithstanding these shortcomings, PPCC appreciates Toppel's acknowledgement that the current board obtained "unprecedented voter participation" in the recent election. As a board we are thrilled with the turnout and we hope all community members will continue to participate by attending PPCC's public meetings, volunteering and engaging in the discussion!

2) Regarding the letter concerning the parklet, Elizabeth Tower assumes incorrectly that PPCC was somehow involved with an effort to force the removal of picnic tables from Palisades Garden Café. She also suggests that PPCC purports to have the right to "decide" what projects may be pursued by community organizations. In fact, PPCC had no involvement whatsoever regarding the picnic tables and has never held itself out as an organization with the power to make decisions on any projects. Rather, PPCC provides a forum, a voice and a vehicle for advocacy with government officials on matters of community concern; it acted entirely in keeping with its principles and its obligation to the community in this matter.

On a more positive note, we remind the community that PPCC is accepting nominations for the Community Service Award. The deadline for submission is October 25. This award honors Palisadians for steady, continuing, long-time volunteer service to the community. For further details or to submit a nomination, contact

We invite all interested to our upcoming public board meetings: October 23, 2014 and November 13, 2014 (when there will be a valuable presentation on disaster preparedness – "5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness"), from 7pm-9pm in the Palisades branch public library.

Chris Spitz
October 2014

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

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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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