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Minutes of Board Meeting – January 12, 2006

Members in attendance:

Voting Members at This Meeting (including voting alternates): Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, William Niemann, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Jean Gold Friedman, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, June Payne, Gilbert Dembo, Alice Beagles, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grindon.

Non-Voting Members at This Meeting:
Wally Miller, Steve Lantz, Karyn Weber, Richard Cohen, Cathy Russel, Morgan Schwartz.

1. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Morgan Schwartz read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

2. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

3. Adoption of Minutes

Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved that the minutes of December 8, 2005 be approved as corrected (names were added to the attendance list), Steve Boyers seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.

4. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

4.1 Consideration of the Agenda:

The Chair reviewed the Agenda.

4.2 Treasurer’s Report:

As of January 12, 2006, there is $8,336 in the checking account, $4,796 in the savings account, and $10,250 @ 4.6% in the CD at Smith Barney for a total of $23,382. Donations as result of the newsletter distribution continue to arrive.

4.3 Announcements from the Chair:
4.3.1 Briefing on Post Office procedures and problems

In response to an article in the Los Angeles Times on reported Post Office problems, Channel 11 and 13 were present during this presentation. (reports on the issue were aired at the 10 and 11 o’clock news respectively). The Chair read a prepared speech (see Attachment "A"). Members of the Board and the audience gave accounts of late or incorrect mail deliveries they had experienced. The inability of PPCC to contact postal management for a presentation, or to receive answers or resolutions was discussed.

4.3.2 Announcement of next meeting date. (January 26, 2006 )

4.3.3 CD 11 Community Council Summit:

The Chair announced that the next Summit will be held on February 11, 2006.
4.4 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
4.4.1 Council District 11: (Andrea Epstein)

The 20% Rule

Andrea Epstein distributed a PowerPoint presentation that details the changes as result of the January 2005 implementation of the LA City Ordinance 176321 (aka “The 20% Rule). It describes the role of the City Planning Department’s Division of Land, aka Deputy Advisory Agency (DAA). Listed below are excerpt from the presentation that address some of the questions asked in past:

What does the new law change?

The DAA is only allowed to make decisions on cases where the deviation from code is 20% or less of the requirement.

The new law allows the DAA to waive hearings in certain situations:

The project must be small, non-controversial, and all abutting neighbors must submit a support letter describing the project in detail.

If one abutting neighbor does not submit a letter for any reason, the hearing will not be waived.

What are the new requests the DAA can judge?

Smaller than required side, rear, and front yard setbacks

Taller than required building height

Substandard lot size

Coastal Development Permits

Specific Plan Permits

Answers to frequently asked questions:

This law only affects multifamily housing

Any project of substantial size will require a hearing, small projects require a hearing if one abutting neighbor does not submit a support letter.

Nothing the DAA can approve amounts to a variance, only adjustments.

The DAA has public hearings for almost all of the projects that come before it.

The DAA has waived less than 5 hearings last year.

Red Flag Day

Andrea Epstein distributed a handout and discussed the rules and implications of the City’s Red Flag Day recently implemented by the Mayor and the Fire Department. (Frequently Asked Questions at: www.lafd.org/redflag/faq.htm)

The Los Angeles Fire Department has designated hillside areas where the danger of a brush fire is greatest as the City’s Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. The lack of adequate off-street parking for many of the residents of these hillside areas has resulted in vehicles parked, both legally and illegally, on the steep, narrow, winding streets of these hillside areas creating potential delay to the responding emergency vehicles, and hindering evacuations. The time it takes fire crews to respond to a brush fire is critical because experience has shown that the quicker the firefighting crews can arrive on the scene the lower the amount of damage form the fire will be. Delays caused by parked vehicles on marrow, hillside streets can lead to a catastrophe like the Oakland/Berkeley Hills fire of October 20, 1991.

Selected street have been marked with permanent Red Flag Day “Tow Away” signs. On Red Flag Day, vehicles found parked in violation of the posted signs will be cited and towed. A map of the streets in Pacific Palisades will be available at the next meeting on January 26.

The Mayor or Firechief will declare a Red Flag Day when winds are 25 m.p.h. or higher and humidity is 15% or less. On those days, the City’s fire stations will fly red flags, and the City’s toll free information 311 hot line will be notified and will have instructions for the affected residents. Further, the local news media will broadcast the information at least three times a day.

Street Sweepers

Margaret Perkins Mautner asked if the City could address the problem of street sweepers scheduled on the same day as the trash can pickup. Trash cans along the curb in addition to parked cars hinder the sweepers. They are forced to proceed mostly through the middle of the street, leaving behind the intended curbside debris. It was commented that the City is mandated to sweep the streets such that runoff from toxic pollutants into the storm drains and the ocean is minimized.

Ms. Epstein noted that streets in the Palisades are cleaned on a 5-6 weeks cycle. She stated that she will look into the possibility of rescheduling the street sweepers by posting temporary “street cleaning no parking” signs on the day that streets are scheduled for cleaning. This signage will be designed such that street cleaning and trash pickup happen on separate days. This will also affect parked cars and will thus assure that streets are indeed cleaned as intended. She reiterated that such “no parking” signs will be temporary and only posted on the day of the 5-6 week cleaning cycle.

4.4.2 Los Angeles Police Department: (LAPD Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale)

Officer Ragsdale reported that due to increased activities of theft by several juveniles, crime has increased by 6 % in Pacific Palisades. Arrests have been make and the crime activity is back to normal. One juvenile was local, the others where from outside the area.

Answering a question if a closed campus at Palihi would help reduce juvenile crime in the area, Officer Ragsdale stated that these crimes were conducted after school hours and that a closed campus will have no affect. He further stated that he is monitoring truancy and students found in town during school hours are reported and processed.

Officer Ragsdale further reported that a shrub removal and tree cleanup process was under way to address homeless encampments along the bluffs and in Palisades Park.

4.5 Announcements from Board Members
4.5.1 Briefing on City contract with Viacom for Street Furniture (bus shelters/ benches, kiosks, etc.)

Wally Miller gave an overview of the City’s contract with Viacom for the placement of street furniture containing advertising. The contract is available from the City Clerk’s Office #C-102477.

While is it unknown at this time how many units will be placed in Pacific Palisades, throughout the City there will be 2.500 bus shelters (1,285 of which will be new), 100 pillar kiosks, 500 3-sided PAK (2 sides for advertising, 1 side for community announcements), as well as 100 news stands and possibly 150 self cleaning pay toilettes (at Councilman’s request).

The Community will be given 60 days to review the placement of such street furniture. Should a placement be rejected, the community is required to provide three alternate locations within 500 ft. and Viacom can pick one per rejected proposed location. The previously installed “Norman benches” will remain until the contract runs out in 2010. A maximum of two units are allowed at any given bus stop i.e. one Norman bench and one Viacom shelter or two Norman benches. Viacom will not be able to remove community PRIDE benches or add another unit where there are two PRIDE benches installed.

According to Aaron Gross of Bill Rosendahl’s Office, the City Attorney has taken the position that the City does not violate the Specific Plan with this contract (to place advertising on bus benches in the Palisades) because the street furniture units are to be placed on the public right of way. Harry Sondheim asked Andrea Epstein to obtain the written City Attorney’s Opinion on this issue. If none exist, he asked that one be prepared.

5. Old Business:

5.1 Guiding Principle for Planning and Zoning Variances, Variations, Exceptions

Three versions of the proposed Guiding Principles had been previously submitted for Board review and comment. Richard Cohen read the three versions and a discussion followed. Reference was made to the Los Angeles Municipal Code #12.27A (variance) and its five findings which must be met. (see Attachment "B" below)

Richard Cohen made a motion to accept Version 2 of the proposal, Gil Dembo seconded. The motion passed unanimously with one abstention.

Version 2:

The PPCC maintains that planning and zoning regulations, building codes, rules, restrictions, and ordinances have been established for the good of the community. They should be applied, upheld and enforced by the Zoning Administrator, Building and Safety, and other governing bodies with jurisdiction over the approval, execution, and enforcement processes.

When variances, variations, or exceptions are considered by governmental entities, PPCC's position is to support strict scrutiny and adherence to all legal measures which govern land use, structures, and vegetation. On a case-by-case basis the PPCC may support such requests if the proposed project positively affects health and safety, or is in the best interest of the neighborhood or the community in general. PPCC may take a formal position on an individual issue pertaining to variances, variations, or exceptions when requested to do so.

PPCC expects governing bodies to notify all affected parties of any proposed developments or requests for variances from codes and regulations as well as proposed, approved or pending changes to such regulations.

6. New Business:

7. General Public Comment:

8. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m..

Attachment A, Kurt Toppel’s introductory comments on the postal problems experienced in Pacific Palisades, Agenda item 4.3.1.

We are privileged tonight to have our Council meeting covered by TV Channels 11 and 13. Specifically, we will address the problems relating to postal deliveries in our Palisades Community.

For over 3 months now, we have tried unsuccessfully to have Post Office management address our Council, and thus our community, to respond to specific problems with mail delivery. These problems started with the closure of the “Marina” facility, serving some 12 postal areas. This happened about 8 months ago. Since that time we have had three different Postmasters. The latest of them starting in Monday. Our local paper, the “Palisadian Post” was very much aware of the situation and they did manage an interview with the acting Postmaster about 6 weeks ago and reported the details. Meanwhile I had done a lot of research on my own and was amazed about some of the statements made during that interview, knowing that they were partially or totally incorrect. In a letter to the editor I pointed that out. After publication both the paper and myself got inundated with calls and comments. Mr. Bruns, Editor of the Palisadian Post is here tonight, he might want to comment. Here are some of the key problems encountered:

Mail deliveries occur later and later sometimes extending to 9 or even 10pm

Magazines and periodicals arrive 2 to 4 weeks late if printed and sent out somewhere in the Los Angeles area. If shipped in from out of State delivery can take 6 to 9 weeks

Advertising materials, election data and other time sensitive data, arrives after sales have occurred or elections completed.

Newsletters produced in our community for our community have to be sent out to a downtown Los Angeles processing facility and will not appear in mailboxes of Palisadians for 10 days or later. The most prominent example is that of a Pacific Palisades Residents Association newsletter.

Credit card bills often arrive after due dates for payment, resulting in penalties.

The results are obvious and to be expected. We have people here tonight that will gladly share their experiences.

Mail Carriers, often “part time temps”, are unfamiliar with their routes. Because of deliveries after sun-down they have trouble reading and finding addresses, they do not have proper uniforms. In a few cases they have been injured stumbling over obstacles they couldn’t see, mail ends up at the wrong address, dogs guarding their owners property have bitten carrier. Ssome have been challenged as prowlers by the police called by alarmed citizens.

Commercial enterprises are losing sales because their advertising didn’t get there in time.

Political candidates running for election missed votes they might have received

Those counting on mailed information are dealing with badly outdated “news”

Other than the lack of effective management, which is definitely sorely missing, I could identify:

Tthe closure of the Marina Processing Center as the reason. This facility had been leased from the City of Inglewood on a 99 year lease. When the lease expired, attempts by the Post Office to extend it failed. Private developers easily outbid the Post Office. Loss of that facility and shifting of operations to downtown Los Angeles adds 10 to 20 miles in distance to deliveries for each and every one of the 12 or so post offices served. Heavy traffic is an additional factor causing delays that make it virtually impossible to provide mail to carriers on time to get it to their customers at a reasonable time.

There is a chronic shortage of personnel that could not be remedied because of a hiring freeze in effect.

There are significant problems caused by outdated and ill maintained equipment.

There is no functioning management that I could identify. It is grossly unfair to try to shift responsibility for problems to the “worker bees” who do an amazing job considering the lack of management and other critical resources. If anything, these workers deserve praise for their performance.

I have communicated with the offices of Henry Waxman, Congressional representative of our area. I have been told, that so many complaints about postal services have been received, that he has started an official inquiry in the matter in Washington and has written a letter. And of course I have been gratified, that the Media have become aware of the problem and are getting involved.

After these remarks I will give members of the Board and the audience the opportunity to comment, starting with Mr. Bruns, Editor of the Palisadian Post. (Note: This was followed by PPCC Board members Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller and members of the audience Wayne Markus and Isabel Kayser.)

Attachment B, Los Angeles Muncipal Code #12.27A (variance), Agenda Item 5.1 – Guiding Principles)


In Los Angeles, if a use is neither permitted by right nor by CUP, an applicant must seek a variance from the Planning Department. Los Angeles is different from other large California cities in terms of entitlements because it uses the variance process more than the conditional use process for granting uses not allowed by right. A diagram and explanation of the Los Angeles variance process prepared by the Planning Department is provided at Appendix A-16. A variance allows a property owner to use his or her property in a manner that is basically consistent with zoning regulations with minor variations so that he or she has “an equity with other owners in the same zone.” State law indicates that a variance may be issued upon a showing that the property owner would otherwise suffer a unique hardship because his particular parcel is different from the others to which the regulation applies due to its size, shape, topography, location or surroundings. Examples of typical variances include allowing a deviation from regulations on the physical standards such as lot size, floor area ratios of buildings and parking requirements. A variance cannot, however, be granted to authorize a use that is not otherwise allowed under the zoning code. Under the Code, the Zoning Administrator, as the initial decision-maker, must make the following five findings for granting a variance:

1. strict application of the provisions of the Code would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships inconsistent with the general purposes and intent of the zoning regulations;

2. there are special circumstances applicable to the subject property such as size, shape, topography, location or surroundings that do not apply generally to other property in the same zone and vicinity;

3. the variance is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of a substantial property right or use generally possessed by other property in the same zone and vicinity but which, because of such special circumstances and practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships, is denied to the property in question;

4. granting of a variance will not be materially detrimental to the public welfare, or injurious to the property or improvements in the same zone or vicinity in which the property is located; and

5. granting of the variance will not adversely affect any element of the General Plan.
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Minutes of Board Meeting – January 26, 2006

Members in Attendance

Voting Members in Attendance: (17) Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, George Wolfberg, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgal, Bill Niemann, Stuart Muller, Jean Gold Griedman, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, June Payne, Alice Beagles, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grinon, Mary Cole, Patti Post, Robert Baker
Non-Voting Members in Attendance: Jack Allen, Gil Dembo, Richard Cohen

1. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:10 pm. Mary Cole read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council (“PPCC”) and audience introduced themselves.

2. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of 17 voting members was present.

3. Adoption of Minutes

Bill Neimann moved that the minutes of January 12, 2006 be approved as submitted [see attached], Joe Almaraz seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

4. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

4.1 Consideration of the Agenda: The Chair reviewed the Agenda. 4.2 Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer reported that as of January 26, 2006 there is $7,464 in the checking account, $4,796 in the savings account, and $10,263 in the CD at Smith Barney. From the recent Newsletter mailing, so far 308 contributions have been received, totaling $5,750, which exceed the costs of the mailing by $1,216. 4.3 Announcements from the Chair:
4.3.1 PPCC Newsletter. The Chair reported that he has learned that some Palisades residents did not receive the Newsletter, particularly those who reside in Santa Monica Canyon outside of the 90272 area code (approximately 200 homes). The Chair intends to send a supplemental mailing to those residents.

4.3.2 Update on Post Office Developments Senator Waxman has sent a letter of inquiry to the Postmaster. As of January 16th there is a new postmaster in the Palisades. The Chair has not heard any recent complaints.

4.3.3 Landslide Remnants at PCH and Chautauqua The Councilman’s office has been informed of the presence of large items of landslide debris that threaten to slide into the roadway; the Councilman’s office will follow-up.

4.3.4 909 Greentree The City has sent a letter to the owners ordering them to vacate the addition, demolish the addition, expose all work and submit to a further inspection.

4.3.5 Announcement of next meeting date. The Chair will be absent for the next meeting on February 9, 2006. The April 13, 2006 meeting date is being moved to April 6, 2006.

4.3.6 CD 11 Community Summit. The summit will occur on February 11, from 12 -3 at Councilman Rosendahl’s West LA Office.
4.4 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
4.4.1 Council District 11: Andrea Epstein answered several questions from the community regarding the Greuel-Garcetti Business Tax Reform Package. All business with less than $50,000 gross income are exempt from paying City business tax. Creative businesses, such as writer, actors, producers, with $300,000 gross income are exempt. She noted that all must file for a license by February 28, 2006.

4.4.2 Los Angeles Police Department: No report was given.
4.5 Announcements from Board Members
4.5.1 Palisades High School Lights. George Wolfberg reported that on January 10, 2006, the Board of Education approved a project to install lights on the Palisades High School baseball field.

5. Old Business

5.1.1 Update: 15204 Friends Street over-height fence and gate. The City previously ordered the previous owners to remove an over-height fence, gate and vegetation at the subject property. Resident Chris Spitz reported that a portion of the offending structures and vegetation have been removed, but a portion still remains. The new owner of the property is requesting to leave it standing. Ms. Spitz will keep PPCC apprised of future developments.

5.1.2 Landmark Condominium Project The Coastal Commission will be holding a final hearing regarding the Landmark project at 17331 – 17333 Tramanto Drive on February 8, 2006 in Chula Vista. Coastal Commission Staff has recommended approval with special conditions to protect visual, biological and recreational resources. Pending the approval of the project from the Coastal Commission, the City of Los Angeles building permit process will follow.
The Chair read prepared opening remarks which included the background of the project. Barbara Kohn, the Area 1 Representative read a prepared speech which included the issues of concern from homeowners and associations. The PPCC was provided with several in-person and written comments both in favor and opposed to the project. Todd Shadow, one of five adjacent homeowners who had sued the developer, announced that the homeowners have reached a tentative settlement which they believe will resolve their concerns regarding geologic and traffic issues. The settlement, if approved, will require additional geotechnical review, including an expert chosen by the plaintiffs and a third expert, should there be a disagreement between the developer’s and the residents’ experts.
Andrew Martin, President of the Castellammare Homeowners Association, raised concerns regarding landslide potential, mentioning that the Coastal Commission report noted for the first time that the excavation could reactivate the slide, that could affect uphill and adjacent homeowners. Mr. Martin argued that the developer should post a bond for 10 years for the purpose of compensating any neighbors affected by future slides, and that the number of units should be reduced to 50 units.
Ken Kahan of the developer, Palisades Landmark, spoke to several issues, noting that his project will improve the stability of the hillside. Mr. Kahan stated that the project would have at least $10 million of liability insurance. Mr. Kahan stated that he is making a "firm commitment" to a maximum of 61 units without exception. He noted that an application for 50 units, as requested by Mr. Martin, would allow an additional 16 low cost housing units under the City’s affordable housing plan which would bring the total to 66 units.
Jack Allen noted that the PPCC originally appealed on the issue of absence of a temporary shoring plan, and that the developer still has not submitted a temporary shoring plan. Mr. Kahan stated that such shoring plan will be submitted as part of the City of Los Angeles building permit procedure. Jack Allen also noted that liability coverage should be required for any public agency such as the State or the City, (i.e. the taxpayer) since insurance companies are know to turn around and sue these agencies.
Alice Beagles, Historical Society Representative on the Board, and a neighbor in close proximity to the project spoke as a private individual. She reiterated the concern about the potential reactivation of the old slide, and stated that the proposed $10 million insurance only covers a limited numbers of neighbors directly adjacent to the project. She passed out historic pictures of the destructive slide near the current project where permits had been issued for large apartment building that can be seen demolished and spread over the hill side. Her point was that geologically unstable slopes can give away in the future.
The Council questioned the speakers and held discussion amongst its members. No motion was proposed, and PPCC moved on to the next agenda item.

5.1.3 Bienveneda Vineyard Update: Representation of Neighbors’ issues and solutions. Update was provided by Jules Tragart (a neighbor of the subject property) and Diane Abbitt (lawyer for the owner) regarding steps to mitigate issues on the property including retaining wall permits, noise, debris, etc. A City/Coastal Commission permit should be issued within 3-4 months, construction is targeted to be completed within six months.

5.1.4 PPCC Bylaws Amendments While amendments for substantial items have been adopted in recent months, a number of smaller items were also read but have not been adopted yet. The list was attached to the agenda. Bylaws chair George Wolfberg noted that although there was not time to discuss and vote on the changes, three new minor changes to Articles V and IX are included in the package and should be considered as having first reading with planned second reading at the next Board meeting. The entire list will be voted upon at the next meeting.

6. New Business:

7. General Public Comment:

8. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
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Minutes of Board Meeting – February 9, 2006

Members in attendance: Voting Members, including voting alternates: Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, George Wolfberg, Jean Gold Friedman, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, Gil Dembo, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grindon, Richard Cohen, Robert Baker, Mary Cole, Margaret Goff. Non-Voting Advisors: Jack Allen, Flo Elfant.

1. Introduction of Board and Audience

Vice Chairman Steve Boyers chaired the meeting in Chairman Kurt Toppel’s absence. The Vice Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:10 pm. Vice Chair Boyers read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

2. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

3. Adoption of Minutes

George Wolfberg moved that the minutes of January 26, 2006 be approved as submitted [see attached], Gil Dembo seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

4. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

4.1 Consideration of the Agenga: The Vice Chair reviewed the Agenda./p> 4.2 Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer reported that as of January 26, 2006, there is $7,589 in the checking account, $4,796 in the savings account, and $10,263 in the CD at Smith Barney. From the recent Newsletter mailing, so far 315 contributions have been received, totaling $5,875 4.3 Announcements from the Vice Chair:
4.3.1 Announcement of next meeting date: February 23, 2006

4.3.2 Meeting date changed from April 13 to April 6 to accommodate Passover
4.4 Announcements from Governmental Representatives:
4.4.1 Council District 11: Andrea Epstein reported that there will be a District 11 Community Summit on February 11, from 12 -3 at Councilman Rosendahl’s West LA Office. This will be a neighborhood and community council summit for all councils throughout CD 11

4.4.2 Los Angeles Police Department: The LAPD representative provided an update regarding the Hillside Burglars that have recently hit Bel Air, Brentwood and the Riviera area. He also mentioned a recent rash of thefts from construction sites, and advised that work sites be secured at night. He also commented upon a cleanout of homeless encampments between Potrero and Temescal Canyons last week.
4.5 Announcements from Board Members
4.5.1 Insurance renewal: The Treasurer announced that Legal Advisor Ron Dean reviewed the proposed insurance renewal, found it to be in order, and the Treasurer has paid this year’s premium.

4.5.2 Disaster Preparedness: FloElfant reported that the latest folder on disaster preparedness is now available at the Library, Post Office and Chamber of Commerce. She also announced that she will be making a disaster preparedness program to the LAPD citizen advisory group on February 28, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.1663 Butler Avenue.

4.5.3 Golden Sparkplug Awards: George Wolfberg announced that the deadline for submissions for the 2006 Golden Sparkplug Award is March 10, 2006.

4.5.4 Potrero Canyon Locked Gate: The Regional Supervisor of the Department of Recreation & Parks advised George Wolfberg that the department will keep the gate to the canyon locked, because the City has liability and safety concerns about access to the Canyon, which it considers to be a construction site.

4.5.5 Viacom Street Furniture: Gil Dembo reported that Palisades PRIDE is considering the issue. 4.5.6 PAPA Meeting: Rob Weber reported that the first annual meeting of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association will be on Monday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Mort’s Oak Room. PAPA always welcomes new volunteers.
4.6 Old Business
4.6.1 Second Reading and vote of additional PPCC Bylaws Amendments: George Wolfberg reported that while amendments for substantial items have been adopted in recent months, a number of smaller items were also read but have not been adopted yet. This list will bring the Bylaws Amendments prepared under Norman Kulla to a close.
The Council read and discussed the various By-law amendments proposed by the Bylaws Amendment Committee.
As to the proposed amendments to Article VI, Section 4, Richard Cohen moved that the proposed additional words “located in Pacific Palisades,” be stricken from the proposed amendments. Gil Dembo seconded the amendment, which was approved unanimously. Subsequently, Steve Boyers moved for adoption of the amendments as revised, which motion was passed unanimously.
Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved, and Gil Dembo seconded, that the proposed amendments to Standing Rules SR-1 and SR-6 be approved. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Proposed Amendments to Article IX, Article IX Section 2 and Article V Section 3 were read for a second time. Following the reading, Gil Dembo moved, and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded, that the proposed amendments be approved. The motion was passed unanimously.

4.6.2 Palisades Landmark Project: It was reported that on February 8, 2006, the California Coastal Commission approved 61 units in four three-level buildings and four four-level buildings for the Palisades Landmark project at 17331-17333 Tramonto Drive, with the following special conditions: The highest point of each structure, the peak of the ridge line, shall vary from 176 feet above sea level to 202.81 feet above sea level;
Monitoring of the slope and ground water level shall continue during the rainy season prior to construction;
Changes in the design of the piling plan shall be reported to the Coastal Commission;
122 parking spaces shall be provided, not 205;
Two view corridors, on e30 feet wide and one 50 feet wide shall be provided for those above.

5. New Business

5.1 WineStyles,” a fine wine retail store: Thierry Pierre Oliva, owner and manager, appeared to discuss his proposed fine wine retail store at 970 Monument Street. He asked the Council to offer its support to his application for a Conditional Use Permit. The Council had discussion as to whether it may take a position on such an application in light of its recently adopted Guiding Principle regarding variances. The Vice Chair suggested that Chamber of Commerce representative Sandy Eddy collect more information regarding the type of information that is considered by the City when evaluating applications for such licenses, and will report back at a later time for further consideration. No further action was taken.

5.2 Proposed Traffic Light at 415 PCH and Palisades Beach Road: George Wolfberg reported on a proposed traffic light at the site of the public recreation center being built on the former Marion Davies estate at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. Gil Dembo moved that the Council take a position in opposition to the installation of a new traffic signal at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The motion was seconded by Steve Boyers and passed unanimously. The Vice Chair will send a latter notifying all applicable governmental authorities of this position.

6. General Public Comment:

7. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM. The next meeting is February 23, 2006 at 7:00 PM in Community Room, Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real.
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Minutes of Board Meeting – February 23, 2006

Members in attendance: Voting members, including voting alternates: Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, Paul Glasgall, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, Cathy Russell, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grindon, David Price, Patti Post, Richard Cohen, Margaret Goff, Norma Spak, June Payne Non-voting members and advisors: Flo Elfant, Mary Cole

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7: 10 pm. Stuart Muller read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved that the minutes of February 9, 2006 be approved as corrected [see attached], Stuart Muller seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer reported that as of February 23, 2006, there is $7,734.84 in the checking account, $4,796.93 in the savings account, and $10,273.94 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 Post Office credit.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Vice Chair:
7.1.1. Next meeting date, March 9, 2006 7.1.2. Deadline for Golden Sparkplug nominations: March 10, 2006
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1. Council District 11: Andrea Epstein presented a report regarding the neighborhood council summit. Each of the subcommittees discussed their various issues and developed useful ideas that eventually will be advanced to the CD 11 Empowerment Congress being formed by Councilman Rosendahl. The Empowerment Congress will be a representative body composed of the “best and brightest” of CD 11, that will serve multiple purposes: (1) “think tanks” for policy development on key issues facing the District and City; (2) “people’s lobby” on key isses; (3) leadership networking between neighborhoods and walks of life. She also gave a brief update regarding Asilomar. The street is unstable and the City currently is looking at ways to stabilize the street. The City geologists have done studies and submitted reports and a proposed remediation plan to FHWA, which the City is looking to for funding. The City has been in touch with several Congressional offices asking them to help push FHWA to approve the proposed project. Harry Sondheim proposed a motion that “PPCC send a letter to Councilman Rosendahl, federal elected officials and the owners of the mobile home parks below Alisomar to impress upon them the sense of urgency felt by the community regarding the public safety issues raised by this slope slippage, and to request immediate action. PPCC recommends a long-term solution to the problem.” The motion was seconded by Ted Mackie, and passed unanimously.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department: No representative attended.
7.3 Announcements from Board Members
7.3.1 Sandy Eddy reported that the Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter on behalf of Thierry Pierre Oliva’s attempts to obtain a Conditional Use Permit necessary to open his proposed Wine Styles retail store. No further action will be asked of PPCC at this time.

7.3.2 Sandy Eddy also announced that she has petitions in support of a proposed initiative for a Tobacco Tax.

7.3.3 Flo Elfant announced that she will be making a disaster preparedness presentation to the LAPD citizen advisory group on February 28, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at 1663 Butler Avenue. Paul Glasgall added that the Country Estates Homeowners Association in the Palisades Highlands recently adopted a disaster preparedness plan.

8. Committee Reports

8.1. PPCC Bylaws Amendments – The text of Article IV adopted on February 9th failed to reflect PPCC’s determination to exclude “employees” from the definition of Membership. Harry Sondheim moved that the corrected version of Article IV of the Bylaws be adopted as proposed, the motion was seconded by Stuart Muller and the motion passed unanimously.

9. New Business

10. General Public Comment:

11. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM.
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Minutes of Board Meeting – March 9, 2006

Members in attendance: Voting members, including voting alternates: Ted Mackie, Paul Glasgall, Stuart Muller, Gil Dembo, George Wolfberg, Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Sandy Eddy, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grindon, Jean Gold Friedman, Alice Beagles, Robert Baker, Norma Spak, June Payne Non-voting members and advisors: Peter Culhane

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7: 10 pm. Jean Gold Friedman read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

George Wolfberg moved that the minutes of February 23, 2006 be approved, Stuart Muller seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer reported that as of February 23, 2006, there is $7,690.84 in the checking account, $4,797.16 in the savings account, and $10,273.94 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 Post Office credit. 325 responses to the newsletter were received with donations of $6,060. The cost of the newsletter was $4,533.00 for a net gain of 1,527.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair:
7.1.1. Next meeting date, March 23, 2006

7.1.2. Deadline for Golden Sparkplug nominations close March 10, 2006, The Pacific Palisades American Legion has agreed to make their facility available for the event on May 11, 2006 for cost and provide a no-host bar and a steak/fish/vegetarian dinner for $25. Marguerite Perkins Mautner made a motion that the Golden Sparkplug Award be held on May 11, 2006 at the Palisades Post of the American Legion including dinner and no-host bar with ticket prices at $28 to defer additional costs. Steve Boyers seconded, the motion passed unanimously. Haldis Toppel has volunteered to help coordinate decorations and any other tasks needed for the event. Margaret Perkins Mautner, Stuart Muller, and Mary Cole have volunteered for the committee.

7.1.3. Announcement from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health: In November 2004, California voters passed the Mental Health Services Act Initiative (Prop. 63). After the initiative passed, thousands of residents built an ambitious three year plan to expand mental health services in our county. Earlier this month Los Angeles County was informed that the State Department of Mental Health had approved the first part of our plan and we are now ready to move forward with implementation of the plan which will include the proposed Westside Urgent Care Center and other projects. As we move into this next phase, I would like to invite you or an elected member of your Board to meet with us to hear about the plan and the opportunities that it presents for our communities. In addition we are very interested in hearing your ideas and concerns. Please join us for a Department of Mental Health – Neighborhood Council Networking Meeting on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. Stuart Muller agreed to attend the meeting and report back to the Council.

7.1.5 Announcement of a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Statement for the 1 million square foot high rise FBI Headquarters on the Federal Building Site. TUESDAY, MARCH 14 HEARING, 6:30 PM Doubletree Hotel, 10740 Wilshire (Selby). There will be two sessions with brief presentations by GSA at each: 4 - 6 pm and 6:30 - 8:30 pm Issues are security and traffic impact.

7.1.6 Announcement of the completion of the beautification project of the Sunset/Marquez traffic triangle with plants. Bob Jeffers presented pictures old/new and gave an account of the history and the process for this effort.

7.1.7 Steve Lantz had dropped off DOT flyers promoting the Express Route 430. This in in compliance with DOT’s long-term plan and commitment to continue to market the route. Haldis Toppel gave a brief account of the current ridership of 20 or more per morning bus, which is well over the minimum 15 to retain the bus service.
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1. Council District 11: Andrea Epstein announced that she had dropped off at the library a report from the City regarding the Asilomar project. This report is available for review by the public. Andrea Epstein presented a report regarding overnight parking restrictions: As many of you know, last July the City Council passed an ordinance allowing for the establishment of special parking districts that restrict on-street parking to residents and guests between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The overnight parking program was created largely in response to neighborhood complaints about campers and RVs parked on residential streets overnight. Despite some reservations, Councilman Rosendahl voted in favor of the ordinance so that affected neighborhoods would have the ability to make their own choices about whether to create the overnight permit parking restrictions.
By DOT's own admission, the rules governing the establishment of such districts are very vague and flexible. The benefit of that flexibility is that each community can craft its own guidelines for how or whether to implement a program to establish overnight parking districts.

Councilman Rosendahl would like to invite your neighborhood or community council to consider the issue of overnight parking districts in your community. He is interested in what your council feels about how (or even if) they should be established in your community.

I have provided two attachments. The first is a Word document containing the ordinance establishing the overnight parking program. The second Word document contains the step-by-step processes for the creation of a full-fledged preferential parking district, or a temporary preferential parking district. The councilman invites your council to review all of the different methods. Your council may choose one of the existing processes as your model, or your council may craft one entirely of its own design. Or your council can tell us you don't want these districts at all in your area.

We welcome your input and suggestions for how to make this work best for your own neighborhoods. And we would be happy to arrange for representatives of DOT to speak to your neighborhood council about the issues involved.

If you have any questions or feedback to share, please contact the council office field representative for your community: Andrea Epstein, Len Nguyen, Mark-Antonio Grant or Kathryn Frengs. Norman Kulla reported on Councilman Rosendahl’s opposition to the Westwood FBI building: [I wish] to register my opposition to the proposed expansion of the FBI Federal Building in West LA and to share my concerns regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the facility, dated February 24, 2006. The parcel of land at 11000 Wilshire Boulevard sits at the intersection of one of our region’s most congested thoroughfares and one of its busiest freeways. It is “Gridlock Central.” Any proposed future use of 11000 Wilshire must appreciate that dynamic and strive to avoid making that problem worse.

Option #1 in the DEIS clearly fails that test. Its traffic impacts would be long-term, significant and not mitigatable. It would ultimately create 10,000 more car trips per day and cause traffic to worsen at 30 different intersections in Los Angeles. The Westside and the City of Los Angeles cannot continue to suffer a constant and relentless increase in traffic.

Option #2, however, holds some promise. As I understand it, the long-term traffic impacts of Option #2 are actually beneficial, reducing the number of employees, visitors, and daily trips to 11000 Wilshire. A proposal that would reduce traffic is very encouraging indeed. There are, of course, many questions left unanswered about Option #2. Chief among them is the fate and eventual location of the agencies that could be displaced, such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, and the Veterans Administration. Ultimately, the federal government should vet Option 2 with the community and with relevant stakeholders through a thorough, public Master Plan process that examines traffic issues, security concerns, and the cumulative impacts of federal development in the area, including the Veterans Administration property. I encourage you most strongly to engage in such a process. I would be eager to cooperate with and help facilitate such a process.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department: Outgoing LAPD Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale was honored with a Certificate of Ownership for a tile with his name inscribed on the Pacific Palisades Walk of Fame. This tile was donated by P.R.I.D.E. Officer Ragsdale was further honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from PPCC. Incoming Officer Michael Moore introduced himself to the Council.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members
7.3.2 George Wolfberg presented his proposal for a request for Prop O funding: We have had a continuing interest in the project to stabilize and build out a park in Potrero Canyon and worked with our City Council office to create the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee. That committee has developed a creative and environmentally responsible option for irrigating the new park. It is project #18 in the first Proposition O Call for Projects and envisions a cistern to treat water runoff from the business district, park and housing areas near Potrero. This water now runs untreated to the popular beach.
The proposed project will provide a sensible option to the use of drinking water to feed the riparian habitat mandated by the Coastal Commission permit with the added benefit of irrigating the park. The cistern will be constructed in a portion of Potrero Canyon where grading was completed several year’s ago. Apparently, some confusion on the part of the review committee resulted in the project application being downgraded, in part, because of geologic concerns that do not apply in the graded pads adjacent to the ball fields.
George Wolfberg moved that: PPCC support the concept for the proposed project to intercept as much run-off water as is possible and treat it for the use in irrigation and riparian restoration. The motion was seconded by Steve Boyers and passes unanimously.

7.3.3 Gil Dembo gave a report on the Viacom street furniture. The City has been sued by Viacom for breach of contract by not allowing the agreed upon number of bus shelters to be installed in due time. Consequently three shelters are schedule for installation in the Palisades: one on southbound Temescal at Bowdoin, and two at Temescal and PCH. The contract for the Norman benches expires 2009 and they are expected to be replaced with P.R.I.D.E. benches.

8. Old Business

8.1 Santa Ynez Reservoir Water Quality Project: Anselmo Collins of DWP, along with Lilnh Phon and Bob Prendergast provided a briefing on the status of covering the Santa Ynez reservoir with plastic to preserve the water quality. The floating cover will be colored such that is blends into the landscape. The surrounding road and heliport will also be colored in a similar manner. Rocksand and plantings will make the slide behind the reservoir less obvious and more attractive. Construction will start in October 2007 and will last for about one year. The reservoir will be taken out of service during this time. DWP is working on a replacement regulation station located at Amalfi Drive and Romany. In case of fire in the area, air-crane helicopters will refill at the Chautauqua reservoir. At completion, cistern at Santa Ynez will provide water for smaller fire helicopters since the plastic cover over the reservoir will prevent the helicopters from reaching the water. The longevity of the cover is 15-20 years, it is kid-safe, can be walked upon. The facility is fenced and guarded. DWP agreed to return at some future date to provide more detail about the project and get community input.

8.2 Asilomar Slide Area: In response to a motion at the meeting on February 23, a letter was sent to Councilman Rosendahl’s Office with copies to the following: Norman Kulla, District Director/Senior Counsel, LA Council District 11
Henry Waxman, Congressman 30th District.
Fran Pavley, Assemblymember 41st District
Sheila Kuehl, State Senate District 23
Zev Yaroslavsky, LA County Supervisor, Third District
Palisades Bowl and Tahitian Terrace mobile homes parks.
The text reads: It has been brought to the attention of the Pacific Palisades Community Council that Asilomar Boulevard is experiencing visible signs of new damage and slippage at the west end of the street. The results are substantial fissures and unequal street levels on the bluff side of the street. We have been advised by your office that the City’s geologists have done studies and submitted reports and that a proposed remediation plan has been submitted to FHWA for funding. There is no disagreement as to the seriousness of the street condition. Immediate allocation of funds from FHWA is required in order to begin remediation. We urge your office to make the securing of these funds a priority.
This is a safety issue that concerns not only the residents who live on Asilomar, but also the residents of two mobile home parks, who live directly below the slippage. The Pacific Palisades Community Council, at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 23, 2006, unanimously passed a resolution asking for your assistance and the assistance of other elected public officials, to speed up funding for remediation of this potentially life-threatening slope slippage:
“[That] PPCC send a letter to Councilman Rosendahl, federal elected officials and the owners of the mobile home parks below Asilomar to impress upon them the sense of urgency felt by the community regarding the public safety issues raised by this slope slippage, and to request immediate action. PPCC recommends a long-term solution to the slippage problem.”
The President of the Asilomar Homeowner Association, Jason Sloan, stated that while funding is being requested from the State and work might be performed by the State and the City, the slide is on City property. Therefore, the City must continue to take responsibility for long-term remedial actions to assure that life and property below the slide remain secure. He stated that past and current remedial actions are insufficient to assure permanent stability of the hillside.

8.3 PPCC Bylaws Amendments: George Wolfberg reviewed the fact that the text in Article IV adopted on February 9th failed to reflect PPCC’s determination to exclude “employees” from the definition of Membership. George Wolfberg made the motion to amend the Bylaws accordingly. Steve Boyers seconded, the motion passed unanimously

9. New Business

9.1 Cingular Wireless briefing on cellular sites. Stephen Garcia, assisted by Stella Nguyen, provided a briefing on various options for wireless antennas in the Palisades. He stated that each antenna covers a ¼ radius (1/2 mile circle) and line of sight reach. The increasing number of cell phone users require a larger number of antennas with less reach to avoid overlap. Mr. Garcia stated that Cingular’s desire is to provide wireless service that is compatible with the community desires. The antennas are smaller and less obtrusive than the old models. Part of the equipment can be placed underground. He mentioned that Cingular is in negation with Pali High to place an antenna near the football field.

10. General Public Comment:

11. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.
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Minutes of Board Meeting –March 23, 2006

Members in attendance:
Voting Members, including voting alternates: Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, George Wolfberg, Alex Grindon, Joe Almaraz, Cathy Russell, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Stuart Muller, Robert Baker, David Price, Richard Cohen, Patti Post, June Payne, Sandy Eddy, Barbara Kohn, and Alice Beagles.
Non-Voting Members and Advisors: Morgan Schwartz, Mary Cole, Karyn Weber, Norma Spak and Gil Dembo.

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Stuart Muller read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council.

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

George Wolfberg moved that the minutes of March 9, 2006 be approved as corrected [see attached], Gil Dembo seconded and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of the Agenda: The Chair reviewed the Agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that as of March 23, 2006, there is $7,564.11 in the checking account, $4,797.16 in the savings account, and $10,294.23 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 post office credit.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair:
7.1.1 Announcement of next meeting date is April 6, 2006

7.1.2 The Chair appointed Kris Kelly as Advisor on Amimal Welfare issues to the Council. Kris will give a presentation on her activities and needs at the meeting on April 9.

7.1.3 Golden Sparkplug Awards In past years the Golden Sparkplug awards were celebrated along with the Citizen of the Year Award, an event hosted by the Palisadian Post. This year, no one met the criteria for the Citizen Award, therefore it is up to the Community Council to host the Sparkplug Award. The Awards Committee, chaired by Ted Mackie, selected four Golden Sparkplug Award winners for 2006. They are Marie Steckmest, for her work launching Palisades Volunteer Week, Steve Lantz, for his efforts to save Commuter Express Bus 430; John Wirth, for his efforts to create the Movies in the Park series; and Deborah Hafford, originator and organizer of the July 4th YMCA Youth Triathlon. Congratulations were extended to all of the worthy award winners. The event will be held at the American Legion on May 11, 2006 starting at 6:00p.m with a social hour, followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.. Cost is $30 per person, and there will be a no-host bar.

7.1.4 Miscellaneous: Library cleanup: The Palisades Library has requested that we stack chairs and fold up the tables at the conclusion of our meeting. The Board and the public have been requested to assist with that task.

7.1.5 FBI Building hearing: The Chair reported attending a hearing on March 14 on the environmental impact of the planned 1 million square feet Highrise office building on the site of the existing Federal Building in Westwood. Many individuals both from the private sector and the public sector spoke out against the project or against certain aspects of the plan. The issues were primarily traffic and security concerns. Further discussions on this matter by Norman Kulla and representatives of the Federal Building Coalition will follow later in the agenda.

7.1.6 Traffic jam at Sunset and El Medio, Alisomar: A traffic accident between a school bus and an automobile at Sunset and El Media at about 7:00 a.m. on March 22 created a grid lock that caused over an hour delay in getting from one side of the location to the other. The Chair He stated that he will ask the Patti Post, the chair of the transportation committee, to follow up on possible remedies. The Chair read a letter from a Palisades resident, submitted via e-mail from alfpc@netzero.net, that summarized the event and the concerns.

“This morning I was taking Sunset Blvd. west towards Temescal Cyn. and encountered an accident. The accident was a school bus vs. automobile which resulted in the entire east bound traffic being halted for an inordinate amount of time. The accident specifically occurred just east ofEl Medio on Sunset Blvd and traffic was backed up all the way to PCH. What occurred was a potential disaster in that the traffic was re routed by a passer by south on to El Medio entering the Paly High school grounds. and exiting through the school to Temescal. The vehicular traffic included trucks, buses, vans, and automobiles. This traffic traversednarrow streetsencountering numerous pedestrians including children. Needless to say, I witnessed many close encounters which could have resulted in injury or death.
My question to the PPCC is if there is some sort of a plan to address this type of situation. Specifically, do we have tow vehicles in town that can clear a path in an emergency? I am a healthcare executive and currently working with our regional healthcare agencies/association to develop a master plan to have resources available for a disaster (earthquake). The accident this morning crystallized the importance to me of having the appropriate resources and tools available for our community. For example, if the paramedics need to transport a cardiac patient to St. John's, UCLA Medical Center or Santa Monica Hospital that would have been impossible this morning…..”

7.1.7 Visit of the Asilomar Landslide: The Chair reported that he visited the active landslide on Asilomar above the mobile home park. He received information that this is one of the major landslides in our area and will require several million dollars to remedy. He suggested that we will have to address this issue from a long-term perspective rather than with short-term “bandaids” to prevent potential disasters.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1 Los Angeles Mayor’s Office John Brady, Mayor Villaraigosa’s Westside Community Organization Representative, presented a number of items. He invited all to sign up for the Mayor’s newsletter electronically. John can be reached at John.S.Brady@lacity.org. The airport modernization plan will be discussed and public input is encouraged: April 19, 2006 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Flightpath Museum on 6661 W. Imperial Highway. Gilbert Dembo raised the question if Viacom advertising can be mandated despite the Pacific Palisades’ Specific Plan that prevents advertising. John Brady stated that he would check into that and report back to the council. Marguerite Perkins Mautner voiced concern about increased traffic density as result of the Mayor’s plan to increase high-rise construction along transportation corridors. Mr. Brady stated that going high-rise was the only way to meet the demand for an increased number of housing units in Los Angeles.

7.2.2 Council District 11: Andrea Epstein distributed copies of a March 14, 2006 letter reflecting the Councilman’s position opposing the proposed expansion of the Federal Building in Westwood. She stated that the Councilman believes that Option 2 of the proposed plan holds promise, but he recognizes that a number of questions remain unanswered for a final determination on that option to be made.

Andrea also reported on the attention being given by the Councilman to recent DWP blackouts throughout the City, and specifically within Council District 11. Councilman Rosendahl has submitted a motion to the council requesting DWP to promptly prepare a reporting detailing how many localized blackouts have occurred in the City since September 2005, identifying whether there are certain neighborhoods that seem to experience blackouts with unusual frequency, identifying the major causes of the blackouts, identifying steps that could be taken to reduce the number of blackouts in the future, and to propose a method for ensuring that communities and their Council representatives are kept fully informed about blackouts and the status and schedule for repairs.

George Wolfberg requested the Council office to report back on the status of the proposed private development gate on the Mountaingate trail which would hamper public access to open parkland.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Police Department: Lead Officer Michael Moore was unable to appear.

7.2.4 Building & Safety Code Enforcement: Frank Bush, Chief Enforcement Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), spoke to the Council about the responsibilities and enforcement activities of the Building & Safety Department. He explained that LADBS is responsible for new buildings, maintenance, light and noise complaints, illegal bill boards, and code enforcement. . Residents may register complaints by calling 311 and they may do it anonymously. Mr. Bush can be reached by e-mail at Frank.Bush@lacity.org. Mr. Bush noted that the department website at www.ladbs.org is an excellent resource for information on specific properties, as it lists all permit and enforcement activity regarding specific addresses.

Mr. Bush answered numerous questions on various topics regarding Building & Safety related issues from the Council and audience. Mr. Bush stated that over-high fences are generally not enforced. He stated that the hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m are quiet time for construction. He also explained that any modification or repair over $500 requires a building permit including the replacement of doors or windows. Janet Turner thanked the speaker for the corrective actions taken by LADBS in response to an error that would have allowed the construction of a second story which will obstruct the views of several neighbors. Bill Bruns asked what to do about a dumpster that is parked for an extended period of time on a public street. Mr. Bush suggested to call Street Maintenance. Cathy Russell mentioned that if a house is built in violation of the code, it may not get resolved for years or perhaps never. Mr. Bush stated that LADBS code enforcement is limited to sending out notices of violations. If a violator is non-compliant, the issue will be turned over to the City Attorney for resolution. Several levels of appeal are available at that point. David Morenna from the audience asked what happens when a project extends over a long period of time. Mr. Bush explained that the owner can get a 2-year extension.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members
7.3.1 L.A. County Mental Health Services Act Initiative Prop 63: Stuart Muller reported upon a meeting he attended on March 14th regarding the plans to expand mental health services in Los Angeles County. In November 2004, California voters passed the Mental Health Services Act Initiative (Prop. 63). After the initiative passed, thousands of residents built an ambitious three year plan to expand mental health services in Los Angeles County. Earlier this month Los Angeles County was informed that the State Department of Mental Health had approved the first part of the plan which will include the proposed Westside Urgent Care Center.

8. Old Business

8.1 Westwood Federal Building Expansion: Laura Lake of the Federal Building Coalition (FBC) discussed her group’s opposition to the proposed expansion of the Westwood Federal Building site and request for a Federal Land Use Master Plan for the Federal Building site, Veteran’s Administration site and National Guard Armory sites. She also requested that the PPCC join the coalition, as has been done by numerous other local community organizations. Ms. Lake presented several facts regarding the impact of the project, and answered questions from the Council and audience members.

Barbara Kohn moved that “The PPCC permit the Federal Building Coalition to list the Pacific Palisades Community Council as being opposed to the GSA proposal to build a 1 million square foot expansion on the Westwood Federal Building site at Veteran and Wilshire.” Marguerite Mautner Perkins seconded, and following discussion, the motion was approved unanimously.

PPRA Request to Join PPCC as a Rotating Service Organization The Pacific Palisades Residents Association has requested to become a member of PPCC. This requires a Bylaws amendment. The Bylaws Committee recommended that the Board consider adding PPRA to the list of rotating organizations effective October 1, 2006, by including it in either the Civic Category or the Environmental Category as follows:
1. Move that PPCC take two simultaneous votes on placing PPRA into either the Civic or Environmental Category. A 2/3 majority vote is required for acceptance. If both options gain a 2/3rds vote, the option with the greatest number of affirmative votes will move forward. The vote will be silent and by ballot.

2. Ballots will be counted by the Bylaws Committee and pass/fail results will be announced by the Committee Chair at tonight’s meeting.

3. Upon a successful vote for a category a Bylaws amendment will be drafted by the Bylaws Committee to add PPRA as a rotating Organization.

4. Two readings of this amendment are required prior to the vote to amend the Bylaws and add PPRA to either the Civic or the Environmental Category of PPCC Groups and Organizations.

5. Should PPRA be added to a Category, it will alternate from year to year with the other organization in that category, one serving as voting (primary) Organizational Representative on the Board and the other serving as Alternate Organizational Representative and voting in the absence of the (primary) Organizational Representative.

After discussion regarding PPRA’s Mission, and discussion regarding the procedure being recommended by the Bylaws Committee, PPCC decided to proceed with the first to steps in the above procedure. Two simultaneous votes were taken, and a two-thirds majority voted to consider adding PPRA as a rotating member in the Civic Category. The Bylaws Committee will draft an amendment for reading and consideration at future meetings.

9. New Business

9.1 Marquez Canyon Low Flow Diversion Project: Suzanne Roberts of the Malibu Village Homeowners Association asked the Council to support the neighboring homeowners’ efforts to provide input regarding landscaping, safety and other issues to those governmental agencies responsible for implementing the Marquez Canyon Low Flow Diversion Project. The Chair indicated that PPCC would support any specific homeowners’ requests.

10. General Public Comment:

None

11. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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Minutes of Board Meeting – April 6, 2006

Members in attendance: Voting Members: Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Robert Weber, Harry Sondheim, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Stuart Muller, Joe Almaraz, Barbara Kohn, Richard Cohen, Patti Post, Sandy Eddy, Jean Gold Friedman and Alice Beagles
Non-Voting Area and Organizational Alternates, and Advisors: Kris Kelly, Norma Spak

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Stuart Muller read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

The minutes from the March 23, 2006 are still being revised and will be submitted for approval at the next meeting.

5. Consideration of Agenda

6. Treasurer’s Report: There has been no change in the account since the last report.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair:
7.1.1 Next meeting is on April 27, 2006.

7.1.2 The Chair announced that the necessary permit for remediation of the Bienvenida vineyard has been issued, and a contractor has been hired.

7.1.3 The Chair reported that there has been a request for a height variance to 45 feet in conjunction with an addition at 845 Radcliffe Ave. PPCC supported the zoning administrator’s denial of the request in accordance with the PPCC guiding principles and in the absence of special circumstances benefiting the community at large.

7.1.4 The Chair again mentioned that the Golden Sparkplug awards event will be held at the American Legion Post 283 on May 11, 2006 at 7 p.m. Price will be $30, and there will be a no-host bar. Sam Lagana will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1 Council District 11: There was no appearance from Councilman Rosendahl’s office.

7.2.2 Los Angeles Police Department: Lead Officer Michael Moore reported that the West Los Angeles Community Police Advisory Board is underrepresented by Palisadians. Persons who are interested in participating should contact Officer Moore. He also reminded citizens to lock their doors and windows, and set alarms when leaving home. Recent burglaries have taken advantage of persons who failed to do so. In reference to a recent incident involving a homeless person who confronted a group of Girl Scouts outside of Ralphs Market, Officer Moore advised citizens to use caution with anyone who appears to be carrying a weapon, and to call 911 if confronted with such a situation. Officer Moore advised citizens to be on the lookout for the suspect(s) who have engaged in a rash of vandalism breaking automobile windshields. Finally, he announced that the public is welcome to attend the Senior Lead Officer Summit, which will be held on April 11, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westwood Recreation Center (on Sepulveda between Wilshire and Santa Monica).
7.3 Announcements from Board Members
7.3.1 Alisomar Bluff Richard Cohen advised that the Alisomar Bluff slippage continues, with the appearance of a sinkhole across from 16569 Alisomar. This is creating a traffic hazard. Robert Weber moved that the Chair contact Chairman Rosendahl’s office, express PPCC’s concern about the situation, and request that we receive an updated report on this situation at our next meeting. After discussion, the motion was approved unanimously

8. Old Business

8.1 George Wolfberg made the first reading of the bylaws amendment to add PPRA as a rotating organization in the Civic Organizations category.

8.2 Marquez Canyon Low Flow Diversion Project –The City’s project manager, Larry Hsu, provided a status briefing, along with Edgar Macada. The focus of the project is to divert dry water season water flow from storm drain to the Hyperion Treatment Plant. Construction began in February 2005. Mr. Hsu briefly described the physical construction activities which are taking place just Southeast of the Malibu Village driveway. The Malibu Village Home Owners Association submitted eight suggested mitigation points for consideration by the project staff. Those points, and the project team’s responses ( in italics) are set forth below:
1. Urge project workers to observe the setback rules mandated by Cal Trans and not park vehicles within 65 feet of our private driveway's intersection with PCH. That is the plan. The contractor and City Inspector have been instructed to enforce that limit.

2. Urge Cal Trans to maintain the drainage ditch outside our retaining wall near PCH so that water flows freely into the drain and does not degrade the wall and obstruct hill drainage.
Cal Trans does sweep on occasion.

3. Arrange with the City to mitigate the impact of project pounding on our site by providing compensation for breakage to Angie Twarnowski, resident, and by mandating that landlords of two apartment buildings on Sunset Blvd. replace their aging sewer pipes that pass through our property on an easement. These pipes ruptured and spilled raw sewage on our property during project pounding.
Angie Twarnowski will be given a claim form to submit with the City Clerk’s office. Mr. Hsu stated that the sewer break was 350 feet from the project, and it appeared unlikely that the break was caused by the pounding. A Malibu Village resident expressed strong disagreement with that assessment. Mr. Hsu and Mr. Macada stated that the issue is really within the Code Enforcement division of the Department of Building and Safety. They have jurisdiction.

4. Arrange for DPW to alter its revegetation plan to conform to our former plants and shrubs that are in aesthetic harmony with our overall landscaping.
Yes, we absolutely can do that. We are ready to meet with the Malibu Village landscaper.

5. Allow Malibu Village Board to determine the color the replacement retaining wall is painted.
Will do.

6. Resurface our lower driveway after the project is completed and repairing minor damage to our decorative pillar and any other property damage incurred by the Village as a result of the project.
Yes, the department will absolutely put back everything as found. Will reseal and re-slurry.

7.. Assure MVHOA that any further slippage of the hill on which the work is being conducted or damage to our one access road will be repaired by the City.
Cannot offer that assurance due to many pre-existing conditions on the hill.

8. Take care in the future that any DPW project on private property legally and properly allows for permission and input via prior consultation with homeowners.
That is typically our practice. We apologize that that did not happen here.

9. New Business

9.1 Introduction of Animal Welfare Advisor The Chair has appointed Kris Kelly as Advisor to PPCC on issues regarding Animal Welfare. Kris Kelly’s goal is to help the residents of the Palisades with any animal related issue. She has mediated barking dog issues so that everyone involved is happy. Kris started a lost and found section on her website www.PalisadesPeople.com. Kris stated that she is a member of DAWs (Directors of Animal Welfare) and also Chair of the Animal Abuse Committee founded by DAWs. She will be working with the Shelters Abuse Task Force. DAWs is an organization of dedicated individuals who have been appointed (usually by a Neighborhood Council) to be the eyes and ears for the animals in their areas. She may be reached at (310) 699-5566.

10. General Public Comment: None

11. Adjournment:: The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM

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Minutes of Board Meeting – April 27, 2006

Members in attendance:
Voting Members: Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Robert Weber, Ted Mackie, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Patti Post, Stuart Muller, Paul Glasgall, Joe Almaraz, Barbara Kohn, Richard Cohen, Sandy Eddy, Carl Mellinger, and Alice Beagles
Non-Voting Area and Organizational Alternates, and Advisors:
Norma Spak, Mary Cole

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Stuart Muller read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Approved the minutes of the meeting of April 6. The minutes from April 13, 2006, are under review and will be submitted for approval at the next meeting.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair announced that 7.1.4 and 7.1.5 would normally handled under New Business. Considering the late hour of this meeting and in deference to the time limitation of the public officials as presenters, these items were scheduled under announcements.

6. Treasurer’s Report

Checking:$8,014.19
Savings:$4,797.37
CD: $10,326.20
Post Office Dep.: $628.75
Total: $23,766.51

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair: The Chair stated that two items were discussed at the Executive Board meeting last week:
Canyonback Trail: Approximately one year ago, the issue of trail closure was brought before the council.. A letter opposing the closing of the trail by private developers was submitted to the City Council Office. The Council continues to support unrestricted public access to the Santa Monica Mountain trail system. So does Councilman Rosendahl’s office. Further actions and information are pending, awaiting the resolution of current litigation on this matter.

Cellphone antennas: The council has received numerous requests for information, opposition, and requests for a pro/con position. Three basic issues emerged: noise, potential health issues, and esthetics. The council cannot get involved in health issues; they are preempted by Federal Agencies. PPCC might be able to address noise and looks despite a recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that “aesthetics can not be regulated.” The Chair announced that this would be scheduled as an agenda item when more information is available.

The Chair appointed the Nomination Committee for the election of the PPCC Officers for next year:
George Wolfberg, Chair
Stuart Muller
Marguerite Perkins Mautner
Mary Cole
7.1.2 The next business meeting is on May 25, where the Nominating Committee’s list of candidates will be formally announced.

7.1.3 The Golden Sparkplug Awards dinner is on May 11 6 p.m.. There will be no business meeting. To date, 26 reservations have been received.

7.1.4 City street paving/widening/left-turn-pocket project: The Chair received written communication from Vahik Vartanians, Street Program - Project Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Dept. of Public Works - City of Los Angeles. Contracts have been awarded and funding has been made available to begin the widening of Sunset Boulevard and the installation of left turn pockets at the intersection of Sunset and Mandeville Canyon. For details, see attached.

7.1.5 Proposed traffic light at 415 PCH, briefing by City of Santa Monica staff Karen Ginsberg, Kate Vernez and Lauren Freeman (introduction by Patti Post):

The presenters stated that the City of Santa Monica was in favor of the traffic light and that Caltrans was ultimately responsible for the approval and installation. The site in questions was described as the old Marion Davies estate. The project is driven by historic site recreation use. Some functions will be private; most will be public. After the remodel is completed, the estate will feature beach, spa, and pool facilities and it will be open to the public. Parking will be limited to 162 spaces. Increase in traffic is not expected.

7.1.6 Update on the street condition of Asilomar (Robert Hancock and Craig Kunesh, Geo-technical Specialists from LA City Bureau of Engineering (BOE):
Greg Kunesh was very responsive to neighborhood concerns and gave a detailed report on the history of what is considered an “old” landslide of the area. In the past slope movement inclinometers and ground water monitor were installed. The movement is slow and continuous, about 3 inches between December 2002 and December 2004. The vast majority of the slide area is on private property on Tahitian Terrace Mobile Home Park and the Bowl mobile home park. DMV has jurisdiction of mobile home parks. Asilomar was initially designed as a major highway and is under the jurisdiction of FHWA. The combination of the various jurisdictions complicates the coordination of areas of responsibility. To address the damage to the street, a bridge to span the slide is proposed at a cost of $5 million.

It was pointed out that this does not address the slide and its danger to life and property. The City does not have the money for a more comprehensive, all inclusive repair or control of the slide area. During the 2005 storms FEMA and FHWA funds were available but reimbursement for the repair of Asilomar was declined. Mr. Kunesh addressed a plan to “fix” the street by leveling and repaving it and by installing a new gutter and improved drainage. It was acknowledged that this does not address the slide but is considered a “band aid” and needs more effective stabilization of the entire slide area, including the portion located on private property. It was stated that there is no evidence of impending catastrophic slope failure, but rather continuous creeping movement.

Mr. Richard Wulliger, a resident on Asilomar, pointed out that the movement is more severe than stated, that drainage is inadequate, and that there is leakage of raw sewage due to broken sewer pipes. This is a health and safety issue.

Further discussion pointed out that there was a leaking sewer pipe from an apartment building that runs through the mobile home park on an easement. This pipe began to break and leak at a time which coincided with the drilling of pylons to stabilize the hill. The City was requested to assist in getting the pipe repaired in order to remove the health risk of raw sewage leakage.

Gorden Greenberg, a neighbor of Asilomar, stated that he had observed a much larger movement of 10 ft over a period of 9-12 months. He feared that people and property are at risk below and also above Asilomar.
Kurt Toppel asked what PPCC could do to help the funding situation along in order to achieve a long-term and comprehensive solution to the slide danger. Mr. Kunesh and Mr. Hancock stated that the City would consider that offer and get back with ideas.

7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.

7.2.1 Council District 11: (Andrea Epstein) no report

7.2.2 Capt. Carol J. Aborn Khoury of the West Los Angeles Police Department presented crime statistics for this area: down last year 13%, down this year 1% more. The Department is still strapped for resources. The new Senior Lead Officer for Pacific Palisades, Michael Moore, is well received.
Capt. Khoury stated that her task force is aggressively addressing the criminal homeless problem in the area by closely monitoring the individuals and arresting lawbreakers.
Graffiti in the area is becoming problematic and is at times gang-related. It is very important that graffiti is removed promptly to discourage its proliferation. It is a sign of accomplishment when it is visible and an extended visibility heightens the experience of the painter. Report all graffiti to LAPD. The City will remove graffiti from private property and encourages citizens to call 311 to report the damage.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Fire Department Station 69 (located in the Village) was represented by Capt. Kevin Kearns and several of his crewmembers. The Chair stated that the Fire Department was as important as the Police Department and that their contribution to the community was equally appreciated. Capt. Kearns stated that his life force (paramedics) have been longtime members for over 10 years. He also stated that it is important to call 911 in an emergency and not to drive to the fire station since the crew may be out on a call or on an area survey. A 911 call will dispatch an ambulance from any available fire station in the area. He suggested storing the direct dial number in cell phone, since a 911 call from a cell phone reaches the Highway Patrol. The direct dial number is 213 928-8206 or 213 928-8208.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members

7.3.1 Announce procedure for nominating next year’s Officers (George Wolfberg) The committee chairman announced that the committee would proceed as set forth in the bylaws and encouraged all to contact committee members with proposed nominations for Board officer positions. The committee will announce its nominations at the next board meeting and the floor will be open for further nominations until the vote is held on June 8.

7.3.2 George Wolfberg also reported on the Potrero Canyon progress and asked for anyone interested to attend the workshop being held on May 17, at 5 PM, near the tennis courts.

7.3.3 Sandy Eddy, Representative of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce announced that the Chamber is making efforts to schedule its events such that they do not conflict with the PPCC meetings. The Chamber seminars have been rescheduled to the third Thursday of the month. The Chamber’s efforts were applauded.

8. Old Business

8.1 The Administrator/Director of the new Pacific Palisades Waldorf School’s, Jeffrey Graham, gave a briefing on the status of the school’s relocation project at the site of the historic Santa Ynez Inn. The school is planning for a September opening. It is the goal of the school to preserve the historic character of the site. No additional square-footage or parking will be added to the existing facilities. In order to achieve this goal, some difficulties in meeting current building codes/requirements will have to be addressed. Mr. Graham has asked PPCC to assist him in this effort. The architectural/structural issues are collaborated with architect Melinda Gray.
The project has received unconditional approval from the Pacific Palisades Commercial Village and Neighborhood Design Review Board last fall. The site plan is approved by DOT and City Planning. The building plans have been submitted and returned from Building and Safety, Disabled Access, and the LAFD. The architects are in the final stages of the plan check corrections, and the building is being prepared for the construction phase. Waldorf school anticipates final building approval within 10 days following a meeting with the ADA Commission in early May.
The school is requesting approval from the ADA Commission, under the terms of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, to allow full accessibility for people with disabilities to about 45% of the facility, including main sanitary facilities and equivalent facilitation of functions, which is believed to be a reasonable accommodation in light of the historic properties of the buildings, which the school cares to preserve.
The Traffic Study, prepared by Linscott Law & Greenspan, concludes that there is no significant impact. The Getty Villa Community Relations Committee (GVCRC) has voted to approve the installation of the traffic signal at this challenging intersection (Los Liones/Sunset), and the Getty will provide the funding from the Neighborhood Mitigation fund as conditioned in the CUP. The anticipated completion date for the installation of the signal is September '06.
Mr. Graham asked PPCC for an endorsement of the project. The Council appreciated Waldorf School’s responsible communication with the community and its positive interactions with this Council. For lack of specific details, the Council was not able to take a position on the overall project at this time. Mr. Graham promised to return when the details are available, such as number of students, pick-up and drop-off traffic patterns and other issues that would affect the community as a whole.
Barbara Kohn moved to assist the school in its desire to preserve the historic character of the site and to support the request for 45% access for people with disabilities. Norma Spak seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with one abstention:
“The PPCC supports the adaptive re-use of the Santa Ynez Inn and supports the Waldorf School’s application to the ADA Commission for a waiver of the requirement, provided that the school agrees to make more than 40% of the building handicap accessible. “

8.2 George Wolfberg, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, introduced the second reading of the Bylaws amendments in preparation of the vote, asking if PPRA should be added to the PPCC member Organizations and Clubs in the “Civic Category.” PPRA would be sharing this category with the Civic League. This addition, if passed, would become effective October 1, 2006, making the Civic League the alternate voting organization at that date. The Civic League Representative, Carl Mellinger, requested that the vote be postponed in order to confer with his organization about the effect an alternating voting procedure might have on the Civic League. The vote was postponed to the next business meeting on May 25, 2006.

8.3 Update on “Red Flag Day:” Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s representative, Jim Horwitz introduced LAFD Battalion Chief Mark Stormes, who gave a briefing on the Red Flag Day rules and procedures. The written statements distributed by LAFD are included in the attachments. Chief Stormes explained the need for the no-parking requirements on designated, narrow streets during hot and windy days to allow for citizen evacuation and emergency vehicle access to fire hotspots in the most expeditious manner in order to save lives and property. Citizen and firefighter fatalities in the2003 Oakland fire were largely attributed to the inability to get out of the fire area in time. Chief Stormes explained that evacuation plans have been developed. He acknowledged that some streets might not require the Red Flag Day no-parking restrictions and encouraged citizens to contact the Fire Department for a review of a specific street if exemption can be justified. In response to suggestions from the audience, it was agreed that Arno Way be re-evaluated.

Red Flag Day notifications will be provided the day before the alert goes into affect via radio, TV, posters on cars, telephone, e-mail. Red flags will fly at all fire stations and other public flagpoles throughout the City. Cars must be moved by 10 a.m. on Red Flag Day. The Red Flag Day designated street will soon be available on the City’s Navigate LA website: http://navigatela.lacity.org . Chief Stormes can be reached at 213 485-6275.

9. New Business: none

10. General Public Comment:

11.Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – May 25, 2006

Members in attendance:
Voting members: Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, Danielle Rochlin, Mary Cole, Gilbert Dembo, Paul Glasgall, Jean Gold Friedman, George Wolfberg, Stuart Muller, Alice Beagles, Barbara Kohn, David Price, June Payne

Non-voting members and advisors: Flo Elfant, Ron Dean, Kris Kelly, Norma Spak

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Danielle Rochlin read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Gil Dembo moved that the minutes of March 23, April 13 and April 27, 2006 be approved as submitted, George Wolfberg seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair reviewed the night’s agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that as of May 25, 2006, there is $6,047.09 in the checking account, $4,797.63 in the savings account, and $10,359.50 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 post office credit.

The Treasurer also reported that for the Golden Sparkplug Awards Dinner, there were proceeds of $2,552.00 and expenses of $3,416.00.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair.
7.1.1 Next Meeting: The next business meeting is on June 8. The agenda will include:
Vote for next year’s PPCC Officers,
Appoint the Election Committee for the election of the At-Large and the Area Representatives,
Update on Disaster Preparedness,
Update on Waldorf School , and,
Update on Asilomar hillside slippage.
7.1.2 PPCC Elections: Area Representatives “Intent to run” statements are due June 8. Candidate Statements for all interested parties, including incumbents, are due July 13. Details for each may be found in the PPCC By-laws that are posted on the PPCC website. Currently, both Area 5 representative slots are open.

7.1.3 Golden Sparkplug Dinner: Golden Sparkplug Awards dinner on May 11, 2006 was a success with 110 guests present.

7.1.4 Tramonto Drive Bulkhead repair: The City of Los Angeles awarded a contract for construction of the Tramonto Dr at Coperto Dr Bulkhead The City is processing to execute the construction contract and issue Notice to Proceed to Contractor by next week. The City is expecting to have the Contractor mobilize and start construction in about a month or so. Prior to start of construction, the Contractor will give notice to the site residents to inform them of the construction start date. Mr. Curtis Gee, (213) 847-0485, GEE.CURTIS@LACITY.ORG, of Bureau of Engineering - Geotechnical Group will be at the front line and manage this construction. Curtis will have up to date information and will be able to take and respond to your questions regarding this construction.

7.1.5 Speed Bumps will be installed on Swarthmore Avenue between Carthage and De Pauw Street scheduled for June/July 2006. For more information contact Lorena Avila, City of LA, 213 928-9703.

7.1.6 The Brentwood Centennial Parade will be held on Sunday, May 28th.

7.1.7 “Raw Inspiration” Raw Inspiration, the non-profit organization that sponsors & operates the Brentwood & PP Farmers Market, annually awards grants from $500-$3500 to community groups and/or schools who promote a conscientiousness of healthy eating habits either through an education program or through organization and building of organic gardens. They are currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in the Fall. If you know of any groups or schools who would be interested, please contact Nefertiti Flores, President Raw Inspiration, Inc. or Jennifer McColm, President CCFM, Inc., 23501 Park Sorrento Dr. Calabasas, CA 91302 (818)591-8161.

7.1.8 Grant Writing Classes: Cal State Dominguez Hills offers classes on Grant Writing. For further information: 877-GO-HILLS, 310-243-3741.
7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1 Council District 11:
View Protection Ordinance: Andrea Epstein reported that Councilman Rosendahl has called for a law that would protect neighborhood views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and other natural resources. City planners are expected to draft a proposed law within 60 days.

Tree Protection Ordinance: Ron Lorenzen reported that on April 23, 2006 a new native tree protection ordinance took effect. Protected trees include all native Oak species, Black Walnut, California Bay and California Sycamore. A tree removal permit is required from the Planning Division for protected trees on any size lot that are 4 inches in diameter or greater.

In response to a question from a Board Member, Mr. Lorenzen reported that tree trimming in the Huntington Palisades, which he reported in December would be completed during the spring, has been delayed. The contract has been sent out for re-bid, and he anticipates that the work will be done during the summer.

7.2.2 Los Angeles Police Department:
LAPD Officer Mark Dundree reported that on Monday several persons were robbed and assaulted near Palisades High School. Police are searching for several suspects. Also, the West L.A. Division is giving increased attention to graffiti. Community members who spot graffiti are encouraged to contact the West L.A. Division front desk (telephone 444-0701), and/or e-mail pictures of the graffiti to Lead Officer Moore at 27995@lapd.lacity.org.
7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1 Announcement of nomination of next year’s Officers. George Wolfberg announced that the nominating committee has chosen its nominees for next year’s executive positions as follows: Chairman – Steve Boyers; Vice-Chairman – Richard Cohen; Treasurer – Ted Mackie; and, Secretary – Susan Nash.

7.3.2 Briefing on the Westside Cities Council of Governments (COG) Transportation Symposium. The Chair reported on the May 5, 2006 Symposium, that was attended by PPCC members Kurt Toppel, Patti Post and Steve Lantz. Although most other sub-regions in Los Angeles County have had such organizations in place for years, the Westside Cities COG is relatively new. It was formed by the Cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica and West Hollywood to work together and with the City of Los Angeles on common transportation issues.

Many believe that scarce funding and transportation projects have gone to other areas because the Westside was not working together to bring projects here. The Westside Cities COG plans to push for Westside transportation projects including Phase II of the Exposition Light Rail Line to Santa Monica and the extension of the Red Line Subway to the beach. The main purpose of the symposium was to bring people together and garner support for those two projects. By focusing on a few projects and working together, the Westside Cities COG hopes to make it harder for other areas to get their projects, with lower projected ridership, funded ahead of Westside projects.
The symposium speakers covered the regional, state and national perspectives on transportation issues, particularly funding. Since the symposium took place the day after the Legislature agreed on a bond package, there was much talk about the proposed bond for transportation. The Cities will be making a strong effort to get community organizations involved in support for the entire bond package as well as supporting individual projects. The Westside Cities COG hopes to make the Transportation Symposium an annual event.

7.3.3 Dangerous change of Bus stop at Paul Revere Middle School -- Steve Lantz reported that the MTA has sent a letter to Paul Revere stating that starting in September, MTA will no longer pick up children in front of the school on Allenford. Instead, children will be required to cross Sunset Boulevard and pick up the busses on the west side of Sunset. MTA claims that a federal regulation prevents it from detouring from a scheduled route. Mr. Lantz will investigate the situation further and will report back at a later meeting.

8. Old Business

8.1 Canyonback Trail. Concerns have been raised by community members regarding recent developments affecting the Canyonback trail near the Mountaingate development. Tom Freeman of Canyonback Alliance asked the Board to take a position akin to the position it has taken in the past.

The Chair noted that PPCC previously took a position regarding the Canyonback trail on May 27, 2005. Specifically, “the Board unanimously authorized the Chair to write a letter to appropriate parties urging that Kenter Fire Road’s historic alignment to Canyonback Road be preserved to mitigate public access to parkland, that a supplemental EIR be prepared to allow public input to propose specific mitigation thereto, and appropriate conditions to such effect should be included in any resulting approved tentative tract map.”
At the request of the Chair, Canyonback Alliance will provide us with a written proposed motion, which will be considered at the June 8 PPCC meeting.

8.2 Request from PPRA to join PPCC. David Price moved for postponement until June 8th on the proposed bylaws amendment to approve PPRA as a rotating member of the PPCC. The motion was seconded by Robert Weber. After discussion, the motion was approved by a simple majority.

9. New Business: None.

10. General Public Comment: None.

11. Adjournment:The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Minutes of Board Meeting – June 8, 2006

Members in attendance:

Voting members: Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, Paul Glasgall, Carl Mellinger, Gilbert Dembo, Marguerite Mautner Perkins, George Wolfberg, Stuart Muller, Barbara Kohn, Richard Cohen, Alice Beagles, Sandy Eddy, Matthew Rodman, June Payne, Joe Almaraz, Alex Grindon.

Non-voting members and advisors: Flo Elfant, Mary Cole, Kris Kelly, Jack Allen, Patti Post.

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Alex Grindon read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

The Chair moved that the minutes of May 25, 2006 be approved as submitted, and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair reviewed the night’s agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that as of June 8, 2006, there is $5,967.09 in the checking account, $4,797.63 in the savings account, and $10,359.50 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 post office credit.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair.
7.1.1 Next Meeting: The next business meeting is on June 22

7.1.2 Area 5 Representative: The nominating committee nominated Matthew Rodman to serve as Area 5 alternate representative for the remainder of the present term. The board unanimously approved his appointment.

7.1.3 Announcement of the Area Representative incumbents who will run again: The Chair announced that the following individuals have expressed their intention to run for an additional term in office: Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Richard Cohen, Harry Sondheim, Matthew Rodman, Stuart Muller, Jean Gold Friedman, Marguerite Perkins Mautner.

7.1.4 Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks Call : The Palisades Americanism Parade Committee has issued a call for additional help on parade day. Interested volunteers should contact Hoppy Mehterian at 310 459-7963

7.1.5 Santa Ynez Water Quality Improvement Project: Bob Pendergast, Water Quality Planning Supervisor, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, sent an e-mail report: Yesterday, June 1, our landscape architect had the abandoned irrigation tank removed from the hill overlooking the reservoir. That was our first step in landscaping the area in accordance with the plan developed by Pamela Burton & Company, Landscape Architects. The LAFD helped us out by sending one of their large Bell 412 helicopters to airlift out the dilapidated tank (photo). After the tank was removed, the tank area was cleaned and the only thing left at the tank site is a little bit of gravel. I’ll continue to keep you updated on the project and always feel free to send me questions or comments about the Project. My telephone number is 213-367-2188.

7.1.6 Update on View Protection Ordinance Committee: The Chair will provide an additional report at a future meeting.

7.1.7 Update on the slope repair on Sunset and El Medio: The City of Los Angeles awarded a contract for construction of the Sunset Bl at El Medio Ave Slope Repair project The City is processing to execute the construction contract and issue Notice to Proceed to Contractor by next week. The City is expecting to have the Contractor mobilize and start construction in about a month or so. Prior to start of construction, the Contractor will give notice to the site residents to inform them of the construction start date. Mr. Manuel Aguliar, (213) 847-0486, MANUEL.AGUILAR@LACITY.ORG, of Bureau of Engineering - Geotechnical Group will be at the front line and manage this construction. Curtis will have up to date information and will be able to take and respond to your questions regarding this construction.

7.1.8 Update on Canyonback Trail: At the last meeting, the Canyonback Alliance asked PPCC to provide additional support to its efforts. To provide that support, George Wolfberg moved as follows: “That PPCC support the Santa Monica Conservancy proposal to maintain the Canyonback Trail along its historic ridgeline alignment and outside the planned (but not yet built) private residential enclave and authorize and direct the chair to notify all appropriate parties including Canyonback Alliance, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, PLUM Committee and Councilman Bill Rosendahl.” Ted Mackie second the motion, which was approved unanimously.

7.1.9 The Chair appointed the Nominating/Election Committee for the election of the At-Large and the Area Representatives: Mary Cole, Joe Almaraz and Alex Grindon

7.1.10 Chamber of Commerce Announcements: Sandy Eddy). Next Thursday, June 15, will be the installation of the new President and Honorary Mayor at Riviera Country Club.

7.1.11 Construction-related noise abatement, parking – enforcement The Chair read an e-mail sent by Doug Aarniokoski, 747 Ocampo Drive, regarding construction noise, using heavy equipment during hours which are not allowed by the City’s noise abatement ordinance. Officer Michael Moore reported that he is aware of the situation. He stated that he intends to adjust his schedule so that he can cite any workmen doing construction at the time when the noise abatement ordinance is in effect.

7.1.12 Update on Asilomar slippage – Ted Mackie reported that the City has made some minor improvements to eliminate traffic hazards, but no action has been taken to stabilize the hillside.

7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1 Council District 11: Andrea Epstein reported on the Home Shade Tree program. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is hosting a residential tree planting workshop at the Brentwood Kaufman Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd. Saturday, June 17th from 11am until 1pm. At the workshop you will learn about proper tree selection and citing and planting techniques. You will also receive a free 5 gallon size shade tree, there will be 30 different species to select from. Please call 1-800-GreenLA or visit www.ladwp.com/trees for more information.

7.2.2 Los Angeles Police Department: Lead Officer Michael Moore repeated emphasis about reporting graffiti to LAPD for rapid removal. The Westside LAPD is focusing not only on gang-related graffiti but also on non-gang graffiti as a precautionary measure. His e-mail address is 27995@lapd.lacity.org.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Fire Department: (Capt. Kevin Kearns, Station 69) – no representative appeared.

Special Order Agenda Items (these items were moved from the Old Business and New Business Categories on the Agenda due to time constraints of the presenters.)

9.1 The City of Santa Monica is proposing a reconstruction project on the California Incline that will lead to closure of the incline for approximately 10 months. Santa Monica city employees Jim Creager and Vicky Zale appeared to explain the project to the PPCC.

The project is currently in the EIR process. The City of Santa Monica welcomes public input during this period regarding the scope and content of environmental information that must be included in the draft EIR. Comments may be submitted in writing by June 30, 2006, and addressed to James Creager, Civil Engineering Division, 1918 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Fax: (310) 393-4425. E-mail: Jim.Creager@SMGOV.Net.

Following the presentation, Steve Boyers proposed the following resolution:

Whereas, the impact on the Pacific Palisades and particularly Santa Monica Canyon, of the proposed 10-month closure of the California Incline is potentially very detrimental to the local residents and could exacerbate existing traffic congestion and traffic safety issues; and

Whereas the PPCC understands that traffic will be routed via PCH to Entrada and West Channel Road where both intersections are already rated at the worst category( “F” ) for traffic congestion; and,

Whereas, the PPCC believes there are steps in the design and construction of this important project that can provide relief from the significant, anticipated, negative impacts of this project. These include design parameters, configuration of detour routes and expedited construction,

Now, therefore, the PPCC resolves that the following matters should be considered in mitigation of the negative aspects of this project and that Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office be requested to make the amelioration of the negative impacts of this project a high priority of the City of Los Angeles in its dealings with the City of Santa Monica with respect to this project:

1. The PPCC recommends that the following be included in the design and implementation of this project:
• Require around-the-clock construction effort [24/7] by the contractor with bonus for early completion and substantial penalties for preventable delays, such as was done with the Santa Monica Freeway reconstruction after the earthquake damage in the vicinity of La Cienega Blvd.

• Provide enhanced signage to direct traffic away from Santa Monica Canyon, including signs in Santa Monica, at a minimum on the following Streets at Ocean Ave, and elsewhere, as appropriate:

• California,

• Wilshire Blvd.,

• Santa Monica Blvd.,(SR-2)

• Colorado,

• Broadway, and

• Arizona

directing traffic with arrows toward the pier/ramp to PCH with text: "All Beach Traffic" and "Construction Detour / California Incline Closed." Signs on Eastbound PCH should similarly direct traffic towards the pier/ramp/Lincoln Blvd. off-ramp, and NOT Santa Monica Canyon.

• Develop a contingency plan to be implemented should Entrada Drive traffic back up to San Vicente Blvd. to divert traffic at 26th Street and other alternatives as identified by a thorough traffic study and implemented using programmable message boards, temporary signals, manual traffic control personnel or other necessary and appropriate measures.

• Design the new incline to permit Right turns to reduce U-turns by tourists and visitors who realize they have passed the last opportunity to turn toward the City of Santa Monica.
2. RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Chairman of the PPCC is hereby authorized and instructed to write a letter to Councilman Rosendahl enclosing a copy of this duly adopted Resolution of the PPCC and to take whatever additional steps the Chairman may believe are necessary or appropriate to further the intent of this resolution.

George Wolfberg seconded the resolution, which was approved unanimously.

8.4 Request from PPRA to join PPCC as a rotating organization . Discussion was held regarding the proposed Bylaws amendment that would add PPRA as a rotating member organization in the “Civic” category. Following discussion, a confidential vote was conducted on the proposal. The proposed Bylaw amendment failed to receive the necessary 2/3 majority vote.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors Next year’s Officers. The board elected the following officers for the 2206-07 Term: Chairman – Steve Boyers; Vice-Chairman – Richard Cohen; Treasurer – Ted Mackie; and, Secretary – Susan Nash.

8 Old Business

8.1 Update on Waldorf School: Jeffrey Graham, Administrator/Director and project architect Richard Hofmeister presented a status update regarding the Waldorf School’s efforts to open for next fall. The presentation included a discussion of traffic mitigation issues. Mr. Graham asked the PPCC to provide a statement of support for the School’s efforts which could be used in presentations to government agencies. Richard Cohen moved “that the PPCC issue a resolution of non-opposition to the Waldorf School project, and that the Executive Committee shall have authority to finalize the language of the resolution in the coming days.” The motion was seconded by Stuart Muller and approved unanimously.

8.2 Federal Building Coalition: Lake and Jackie Freedman gave a brief update on the Federal Building Coalition’s progress to date regarding the proposed new FBI Building and the National Guard Armory site.

8.3 Disaster Preparedness update (Flo Elfant) NEW DISASTER FOLDERS ARE BEING PRINTED. JUNE 17th, SHE’LL be attending a disaster preparedness meeting at the Convention Center. A cert class will be held in October.

(see item 8.4 above under Special Order Agenda Items.

9. New Business: (See item 9.1 above under Special Order Agenda Items.)

10. General Public Comment: None.

11. Adjournment:The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

Minutes of Board Meeting – June 22, 2006


Members in attendance:

Voting members: Kurt Toppel, Steve Boyers, Ted Mackie, Robert Weber, George Wolfberg Paul Glasgall, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Cathy Russell, Carl Mellinger, Gilbert Dembo, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Alice Beagles, Sandy Eddy, June Payne, Joe Almaraz,

Non-voting members and advisors: Ron Dean, Mary Cole, Kris Kelly, Jack Allen, Sam Stiegler, Norma Spak, Steve Lantz.

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws

2. Introduction of Board and Audience

The Chair called the Board meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Norma Spak read the purposes of the Pacific Palisades Community Council. Members of the Pacific Palisades Community Council ("PPCC") and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certify Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum of voting members was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

The Chair moved that the minutes of June 8, 2006 be approved as submitted, and the motion was passed unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair reviewed the night’s agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that the financial report remained unchanged from the prior meeting. As of June 22, 2006, there is $5,967.09 in the checking account, $4,797.63 in the savings account, and $10,359.50 in the CD at Smith Barney. There also is a $628.75 post office credit.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1 Announcements from the Chair:

7.1.1 The next business meeting is on July 13

7.1.2 July 13 is the deadline for filing candidate statements for the At-Large Representative and all incumbent and new Area Representatives. All individuals wishing to run for Area Representatives, including the incumbents must send a Candidate Statement to the Chair, preferably via e-mail to PacPaliCC@aol.com.

7.1.3 Appreciation of Members of the Board; The Chair announced that this was his last meeting presented Certificates of Appreciation to outgoing Board members George Wolfberg and Robert Weber, and thanked them for their dedication to the PPCC.

7.2 Announcements from Governmental Representatives.

7.2.1 Councilman Rosendahl’s Office

Councilman Rosendahl presented Certificates of Appreciation to Kurt and Haldis Toppel and thanked them both for their community services and their support of his office. (see attached)

The Councilman’s representative, Andrea Epstein, invited the community to the upcoming Department of Sanitation picnic at the West LA “Stoner” yard. Paul Glasgall voiced concern over the announcement of the steep increase in the sanitation fees and stated that the Highlands are considering private saniation contracts. The Chair thanked Andrea and the Council office for printing the Minutes and the Agenda for the meeting. She agreed to print this material in the future.

7.2.2 Los Angeles Police Department: (Lead Officer Michael Moore) not present

7.2.3 Los Angeles Fire Department: Community Briefing (Capt. Kevin Kearns, Station 69) not present

7.2.4 United States Post Office

The Pacific Palisades Postmaster, Jason Miles, reported that the improved service by the post office is in part a result of the buy-in by the employees and in part the open door management style he has introduced. He is hoping to be able to hire more employees in the near future and he is seeking replacements for employees on long-term leave. In response to a question from Steve Lantz what the community can do to help the post office, Mr. Miles asked for open communication , drop by his office at the old post office site, call, or write.

7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Report on the Viacom Street Furniture (bus benches)

Gil Dembo reported that the City is obligated to allow Viacom to install about 50 bus benches and kiosks with advertisement in each of the Cities Council Districts. 30 of them are planned in Pacific Palisades between Allenford and the Beach., two of them scheduled for immediate installation on Temescal Canyon Blvd. The Pacific Palisades Specific Plan prevents advertising, however these items are on public property and apparently not covered under that rule. The Chair mentioned that P.R.I.D.E. is working on the continued installation of the Palisades Bus Benches which will prevent the installation of the Viacom benches.

7.3.2 Report on Brentwood Dog Park and Nuclear Waste contamination

Kris Kelly reported that she attended a meeting of the proponents of the Brentwood Dog Park. The fact that medical research and nuclear waste is buried under the park and elsewhere on VA land was discussed at that meeting but no actions were taken.

8. Old Business

8.1 Update on California Incline Hillside Bridge closure for 10 months – no report

8.2 Request from PPRA to join PPCC .

On June 8, 2006, a secret vote by ballot was taken to adopt proposed Bylaws amendments to add PPRA to the list of PPCC member organizations. This vote has since been determined to be invalid because it was by secret ballot rather than a standing vote as required by the Roberts Rules of Order. The issue of PPRA membership was brought before the Board again at this meeting. Kurt Toppel read a prepared statement (see attached) and then turned the meeting over to the Chair of the Bylaws Committee, George Wolfberg,.

George Wolfberg explained the reason for the need to take the vote on the PPRA admission over again. He also explained that the vote at this meeting is to instruct the Bylaws Committee to draft the necessary amendments to accept PPRA, and not the actual admission of PPRA. Admission requires the Bylaws amendment to be read twice and then passed by a 2/3 majority vote.

Harry Sondheim stated that before a motion is made to place PPRA into a given Category, it should be decided if the Board agrees to admit PPRA regardless of the method by which it is admitted. He moved that:

“PPCC agrees in principle to admit PPRA as a PPCC member organization.”

George Wolfberg seconded the motion and it passed unanimously with one abstention.

George Wolfberg explained that PPRA could be added in one of three ways: in the existing Civic Organization category, in the existing Environmental Organization category, or in a new category.

Jack Allen explained the various issues to consider when proposing that PPRA be added to a new Category. One concern was the imbalance between Area and Organizational voting positions, another was the resultant even number of votes on the Board. Harry Sondheim pointed out that balancing the votes might set a precedence to add more and more voting members until the Board becomes unwieldy. Robert Weber pointed out that by adding PPRA as a sole occupant in a new Category, this might cause other organizations to request the same.


After some further discussion Stuart Muller moved to instruct the Bylaws Committee to draft an amendment to add PPRA to a new Category. The motion was seconded by Ted Mackie. The motion passed with a 2/3 majority. The Board then instructed the Bylaws Committee to bring recommendations before the Board on Category management issues, such as the balancing of voting positions, the definition/naming of the new category, and any other emerging issue that might need review.

8.3 Failing Eucalyptus trees in the Huntington Palisades,

Several very large branches have fallen off the mature Eucalyptus trees in the Huntington Palisades presenting a great danger to live and property (one of the them destroyed an SUV). Robert Weber reported that he is in contact with Ron Lorenzo of the City’s Street Maintenance. An earlier promise to trim the failing Eucalyptus trees early this Spring did not materialize. However, the current contract with a provider firm makes the schedule imminent. Carl Mellinger suggested to wait two weeks before taking any further steps to assure a timely trimming schedule, as he is certain that the scheduling issue has been resolved.

8.4 Update on Asilomar slippage. (no report)

9. New Business

9.1 Introduction of neighborhood problem with potential slide/street closure:

Harry Froehlich stated that the route to his house and that of his neighbors on Marinette is via Chautauqua and Paskenta. The concern is the planned construction/bulldozing of a driveway up a steep hillside to a recently purchased lot on Paskenta and the associated risk of a slope failure which would close Paskenta and all access to Marinette. A building permit has been issued. The neighbors are up in arms. Mr. Froehlich asked the PPCC for advice on how to prevent the dangerous driveway to be carved into the hillside. The Board advised that the neighbors contact the Building Department and write a letter detailing the risks. Andrea Epstein stated that the CD 11 office will look into the matter.

9.2 Stuart Muller discussed the nuisance of noisy catering trucks blowing their horns at all hours. As this item was not on the agenda, a motion could not be made to write a letter to the Councilman’s office asking for a restriction of the blowing of horns.

10. General Public Comment:

10.1 Stuart Muller discussed the handling of Library’s public meeting room furniture and the adequacy of the maintenance of the facilities in general.

11. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.



Attachment - Supplemental Information

Item 7.2.1 Rosendahl Commendations

Kurt Toppel:

AS CHAIR OF THE PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL, KURT TOPPEL CONTINUES TO ADD TO HIS DISTINGUISHED VOLUNTEER SERVICES TO PACIFIC PALISADES. ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, WE CONGRATULATE KURT FOR EXEMPLIFYING DEVOTION AND COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY.

Haldis Toppel:

HER DEVOTION TO THE EXECUTION OF THE PACIFIC PALISADES COMMUNITY COUNCIL CHAIR’S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE YEAR 2005-2006 WAS INVALUABLE. THE COMMUNITY AND THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES THANK HALDIS FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE.



Item 8.2 PPRA request to join PPCC.

Prepared Statement by the Chairman, Kurt Toppel:

Robert’s Rules have been in existence close to 100 years. It turns out they are somewhat more complex than most of us had anticipated. As a result I find myself mired in some unfinished business, that will eventually have to be completed by the Chair elect, Steve Boyers.

Roberts Rules Of Order state that unless specifically stated to the contrary in the PPCC Bylaws, the “normal method” of voting is the public or “rising vote”. In other words, before a vote by secret ballot can be taken on a motion, there must first be a motion on the floor ordering a secret ballot, which is approved by a majority of the Board. This vote can not be secret. No such vote was taken on March 23 or on June 8 when a secret ballot was taken on the Bylaws amendment issues to admit PPRA as a member organization. Therefore these votes are invalid, meaning that they never happened and they have to be taken again. The unfortunate sequence of events will now allow us to revisit this matter and to give it additional consideration.

There always are matters that tend to influence our decision making. In the case of the PPRA membership consideration they might include a history perhaps not always as cordial as it could have been. Maybe there were personal issues that were involved. Maybe there were procedural alternatives that were not explained properly. In any event, I am counting on all of us sharing the same goal which is “to keep Pacific Palisades the special kind of community envied by everyone else” and to keep our Council a role model for other entities patterned after us. If we want to make a difference in this world so often dominated by selfishness and greed, we have to show, that we are instead guided by care and compassion. And if we want to be strong and meaningful we want our Council to be a truly representative assembly of all our community’s organizations and citizens through our area representatives and adhere to the guidelines we have established for ourselves.

We are expected to provide a forum for those who might otherwise never be heard. We want to be the focus of all information affecting our community. Often we must be the arbiter between competing interests and we always must represent our constituencies to the best of our ability. This of course means that we have to communicate effectively between ourselves, within our community and with the outside world. If we indeed share these common goals, it is in our best self-interest to include every resource we consider significant and important. I ask you tonight to please add your goodwill, your experience, your creativeness and your personal spirit of cooperation to accomplish an even more rewarding future for our Council!

Finally, if you vote for a change in the Bylaws, which would be the case if you want to add PPRA as a member, please let the Bylaws Committee know what you would expect them to come up with to meet your expectations.

Minutes of Board Meeting – July 13, 2006

Members in attendance:

Voting members: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Kurt Toppel, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Paul Glasgall, Harry Sondheim, Matthew Rodman, Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, David Price, June Payne, Gilbert Dembo, Alice Beagles, Joe Almarez
Non-voting members and advisors: Jack Allen, Flo Elfant, Norma Spak, Karyn Weber

1. Reading of Community Council’s Mission from the Bylaws:

David Price read the mission
statement.

2. Introduction of Board and Audience:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05.
Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum:

The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes:

Richard Cohen moved that the minutes from the June 22, 2006, meeting be approved as submitted. Harry Sondheim seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a vote of 14 to 1.

5. Consideration of Agenda:

The Chair reviewed the night’s agenda.

6. Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer reported that as of July 13, 2006, there is $5,880.54 in the checking account, $4,798.09 in the savings account, and $10,495.89 in the Smith Barney CD. The annual financial summary required by the Bylaws will be posted on the website. On motion by Marguerite Perkins Mautner, seconded by Kurt Toppel, the report was accepted and unanimously approved.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair:
7.1.1. The next business meeting will be held on August 10.

7.1.2. Candidate Statements – Today was the deadline for statements from all candidates for Area Representatives and the At-Large Representative. Statements from all incumbents have been filed. The Election Committee will meet soon to get the ballots out and facilitate the election.

7.1.3. Cultural Affairs Peer Panelists – The City of Los Angeles Dep’t of Cultural Affairs (Eric Ferguson, Getty Intern, L.A. Dep’t of Cultural Affairs, Grants Division, 213-202-5566) has sent out an invitation to the Chairs of Community and Neighborhood Councils regarding their nominations as potential peer panelists as follows:
"Dear Sir or Madam,
You have been nominated as a potential peer panelist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Please print the attached form. Handwrite your responses and mail the completed questionnaire to us with your full resume. We would like to consider you for payment and participation this Fall, so please return the materials to us by September 1, 2006."

7.1.4. Street Lights - The City of L.A. has awarded a contract for street light installation/conversion in the amount of $851,366.61 to Dynalectric for the Amalfi/Sunset/Corsica area. The Department of Public Works provided further information as follows:
Series circuits will be converted to low voltage multiple circuits and 90 luminaires will be replaced with energy efficient induction and high-pressure sodium lamps. Technology will be added to provide real-time reporting of light outages/failures. Construction, which will begin in July or August, is scheduled on Amalfi Drive between Toulon Drive and Pavia Place, Sunset Blvd. between Amalfi Drive and Pavia Place, Corsica Drive between Amalfi Drive and Capri Drive, and Toulon Drive between Amalfi Drive and Napoli Drive. Napoli Drive between Spezia Place and Amalfi Drive, Pavia Place between Amalfi Drive and Capri Drive, Capri Drive between Pavia Place and Corsica Drive, Minorca Drive between Amalfi Drive and Napoli Drive, Spezia and Place between Sunset Blvd. and Napoli Drive, are locations where construction also will occur. Replacements should be completed by February 2007.
For more on the Department of Public Works, call the Public Affairs Office at (213) 978-0333, or email: pao2bpw.lacity.org. The website address is:.
Contact: Richard E. Lee, (213) 978-0324, (213) 978-0333, rlee@bpw.lacity.org
Andrea Epstein will invite the principals to the next meeting to address potential concerns from area residents and provide more information.

7.1.5. Theater in the Park – Actors Without Borders will be presenting As You Like It for three nights (August 18, 19 and 20) in Palisades Park. Admission will be free and seating and refreshments will be provided. The show will feature live music from the Elizabethan period. Children and picnics are encouraged. For more information contact Adam McCrory,Actors Without Borders, 732 El Medio Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272, (310) 403-3205, or e-mail asyoulikeit06@gmail.com. We need to check to see if these dates/location conflict with the park conflict with movie nights.

7.1.6. Westwood Veterans’ Administration land – State Senator Sheila Kuehl has written a letter to Attorney General Bill Lockyer asking him to take action to enforce the charitable trust governing 10 acres of VA land currently being considered for exchange with a private company and urging that the land be permanently maintained for Veterans’ purposes.

7.1.7. Chair’s enforcement of attendance rules – The Chair notified everyone that the attendance rules set forth in the Bylaws will be enforced. Those who cannot attend should send an alternate. The Bylaws provide as follows:
[Article X, Section 3] If a Board Member fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the Council then the Chair or Presiding Officer may at his or her discretion temporarily suspend that Member for purposes of voting or constituting a Quorum until he or she next attends a Regular Meeting. If a Board Member fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings of the Council without a compelling reason the Chair or Presiding Officer may declare that seat vacant.

7.1.8. Chair’s Announcement of Appointments – The Chair proposed the following appointments which require board approval: Ron Dean, Legal Advisor; Alex Grindon, Youth Representative (alternates: Danielle Rochlin and Moran Schwarz). Harry Sondheim moved that these appointments be approved, seconded by Stuart Muller. The motion was approved unanimously. The Chair also announced the appointment of the following Advisors and Committees:
Advisors
Jack Allen, PPCC History (Chronicler)
Flo Elfant, Disaster Preparedness
Patti Post, Transportation
George Wolfberg, Bylaws

Nomination & Election Comm.
Mary Cole, Co-Chair
Sandy Eddy, Co-Chair
Alex Grindon
Joe Almaraz
Susan Nash
Ted Mackie

Bylaws Committee
George Wolfberg, Chair
Jack Allen
Harry Sondheim
Haldis Toppel

Traffic & Parking Comm.
Patti Post, Chair
Steve Lantz
Carol Hurley

Jack Allen will check on whether the Bylaws require the other advisors
to be approved by the Board.

7.1.9. Golden Sparkplug Replacement – The Chair issued a replacement Golden Sparkplug award to Bobbie Farberow because her original award, received in 1981, broke.

7.1.10.Town Halls – The Chair passed around information on Town Halls to be hosted by the Mayor soliciting advice from the community .
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives.
7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office (Andrea Epstein):
(a) The City will again be offering a 50/50 sidewalk repair program, as follows:
-City crews will perform the work
-Only the damaged portion of the sidewalk will be repaired
-Cost per square foot $12, resident portion $6
-average cost $1300.00 for the resident
-no permit fees
-no inspection fees
-workmanship guaranteed for 5 years
-work performed according to latest specifications
-includes concrete sidewalk reconstruction, tree trimming, tree root
-pruning & repair of affected sprinkler system if required
(b) Councilman Rosendahl and six other council members have submitted a motion calling for the City of L.A. to demonstrate leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

(c) City Beautification Grants - Starting in July, the City will once again offer applications for Community Beautification Grants of up to $10,000 in a match for money, materials, or labor. The paperwork is due in October. All communities – whether blighted or not - are eligible to apply. Workshops to find out more about the Community Beautification Grants and how to complete the applications will be held starting July 18th. Andrea Epstein will check on whether there is a limit on the time in which the grant money must be spent.

(d) Cingular’s Field Meeting on 7/20 – Cingular will hold a meeting with
abutting homeowners neighbors re the pending Chautauqua and Almoloya Drive cell installation. Stuart Muller requested that he receive notice of the meeting. He or Karyn Weber will report back. A discussion was had of the installation done at Capri & Sunset. Andrea Epstein will ask the Bureau of Engineering to report to the Board on the Capri pole.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department: (Lead Officer Michael Moore) – There has been a slight increase in vehicle-related crimes, especially break-ins, mainly because people leave property in their cars. He will bring the issue of increased homeless people in the Palisades to the Department’s attention and will do another walk-through in the bluffs areas to try to convince people to move on. Regarding eggs being thrown at parked cars on Bienvenida, people should contact him if there are further problems. He will also report if there is any pattern of hot prowl burglaries. Regarding an incident with hooded teenagers on Lachman Lane, Officer Moore suggested that residents calling police to report such incidents say that they want to meet with the responding officers, in order to find out the result.

7.2.3 Los Angeles Fire Department: Community Briefing (Capt. Kevin Kearns, Station 69) – not present.
7.3 Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1. Report on the Viacom Street bus benches - The City is obligated to allow Viacom to install about 50 bus benches and kiosks with advertisements in each Council District. Thirty of them are planned for Pacific Palisades between Allenford and the beach. Two are scheduled for immediate installation on Temescal Canyon Blvd. Gil Dembo will report back on the status of these benches at the next meeting. Jack Allen noted that city should follow its own specific plans regarding ads even if zoning laws don’t apply, and asked PPCC to urge the city to comply with the specific plans.

7.3.2. Disaster Preparedness Course from LAFD - A new 3-1/2 hour course is now available. Contact LAFD Captain Robert Aragon at 818/756-9674 for more information. A new edition of the Red Cross Family & Business Disaster Plan is available at the post office and the library. Thanks to Bill Branch who will offer ham radio classes at the Methodist Church, which will be a communications station for Palisades in the event of a disaster.

7.3.3. Marvin Braude Bike Path – June Payne moved that the PPCC Community Council support the concept of naming the Beach Bike Path in honor of Marvin Braude. Gil Dembo seconded the motion. The motion was amended without objection to include that the Chair will write a letter to the appropriate person/entity attaching the motion and asking that it be given due consideration. The motion passed unanimously.

7.3.4. Stuart Muller passed around a survey asking whether the current level of cleanliness at the library is acceptable.

7.3.5. Paul Glasgall expressed his concern regarding the closure of Sunset for 3 months
and asked that someone come talk to the Council about it.

8. Old Business

8.1. Request from PPRA to join PPCC - The proposed amendments to the Bylaws, attached to the minutes, were deemed read today by the Chair and will be read and voted on at the next meeting. The discussion at the next meeting will be limited to issues raised by e-mail so that due consideration can be given. Board members to be advised of future Bylaws committee meetings.

8.2. Falling Eucalyptus trees in the Huntington Palisades -The trees are still not trimmed. Andrea Epstein will call the appropriate people to urge action.

8.3. Update on Asilomar slippage. This issue will not be on future agendas because the concerns have been addressed.

8.4. Councilman Rosendahl’s View Ordinance - Janet Turner reported that research money was approved for a study in order to write a view ordinance. Andrea Epstein will provide updates on the process.

9. New Business

9.1. Airhorns – Stuart Muller passed around an e-mail he sent to the city regarding catering trucks honking horns in residential neighborhoods. Whether the Board should take action on this issue will be put on the next agenda.

10. General Public Comment

11. Adjournment:

The meeting adjourned at 8:45.

Minutes of Board Meeting – August 10, 2006

Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Barbara Kohn, Carl Mellinger, Joe Almarez, Alex Grindon, June Payne, Sandy Eddy, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Stuart Muller, Kris Kelly, Norma Spak, Alice Beagles, Matthew Rodman, Mary Cole, Cathy Russel, Gil Dembo

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws: Stuart Muller read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience: The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum: The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes: Richard Cohen moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the minutes from the July 13, 2006, meeting be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda: The Chair asked that Board Members and Advisors bring their own copies of the night’s agenda, and the last meeting’s minutes, to the meetings, in order to avoid copying large quantities of paper.

6. Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer reported that as of August 10, 2006, there is $5,720.54 in the checking account, $4,798.09 in the savings account, $10,495.89 in the Smith Barney CD, and $628.75 in the Post Office account, for total assets of $21,643.77.The PPCC website has been down for a week but is under repair.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next business meeting is on September 14.

7.1.2. Beach Bike Path – The Chair has written a letter to State Senator Sheila Kuehl in support of naming the beach bike path after Marvin Braude.

7.1.3. Mayor’s Education Town Hall – Mayor Villaraigosa has started a program of town halls and other reforms aimed at improving LAUSD. Further information is available at www.ExcellenceInLASchools.com.

7.1.4. Palisades Lighting - A representative from the Bureau of Public Works will attend the next meeting to address questions and concerns regarding new street lighting in the Palisades.

7.1.5. Laura Chick’s report – City Controller Laura Chick has released an audit of the Building and Safety Department’s use of funds. Further information is available at www.lacity.org/ctr.

7.1.6. Appointments – The Chair reappointed Kris Kelly as PPCC Animal Rights Advisor.

7.1.7. Canyon Back Trail – Councilman Rosendahl’s office has worked out a solution leaving the Canyon Back and Mt. St. Mary’s Trails intact, thanks to the efforts of Norm Kulla. More information is available at www.canyonback.org.

7.1.8. Enforcement of Leaf Blower Ordinance – Palisades resident Maureen Cruise has written a letter asking the PPCC to support better enforcement of the leafblower ordinance.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl's Office (Andrea Epstein) – Palisades tree trimming is underway pursuant to a contract calling for completion by September 11. Charles Leone is now working for Councilman Rosendahl as a Constituent Advocate and encouraged anyone with concerns relating to Council District 11 to contact him.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department (Lead Officer Michael Moore) – not available.

7.2.3. Los Angeles Fire Department (Captain Kevin Kearns, Station 69) – not present.

7.2.4 Officer John Keers, GSP Acting Senior Lead Officer – The Los Angeles General Services Police/Office of Public Safety (“GSP”) has taken over the functions of park rangers in the west LA area. Problems or concerns regarding any parks or libraries in the city, should be reported to Officer Keers or the GSP office at 213-978-4600 (desk), 213-978-4670 (dispatch) or john.keers@lacity.org. (Note that 911 should still be called in the case of life-threatening emergencies.)

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1 Election Committee (Sandy Eddy and Mary Cole) – The first draft of the PPCC newsletter with the ballot is done and will be in the mail by the end of August. Tonight is the last night to withdraw as a candidate. Ballots must be received by Sept. 28 to be counted. Results will be announced at the PPCC meeting that night.

8. Old Business

8.1. PPRA request to join PPCC – Richard Cohen moved that the proposed Bylaw Amendment adding the PPRA as a PPCC member be deemed to have had a second reading. Carl Mellinger seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Richard Cohen moved that the PPCC adopted the proposed Bylaw Amendment. Alice Beagles seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

8.2. West LA Veterans Land – A meeting with the Attorney for the Heirs Lawsuit, John Mackel, will be held on August 17 from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Multi-Purpose room, 10750 Ohio Avenue (at Selby).

8.3. Update on Cingular Cell field meeting at Chautauqua and Almoloya– deferred to next meeting.

9. New Business

9.1. Catering Truck Airhorns – Stuart Muller reported that his informal survey showed approximately 10,500 airhorn blasts in his neighborhood over a 4- year period. He moved that the following be adopted: “The Pacific Palisades Community Council supports efforts to curtail the sounding of horns by catering trucks in residential neighborhoods. We ask Councilman Rosendahl to work with city agencies to both enforce existing laws (I.e., Cal. Vehicle Code § 27001(a)) and the L.A. City Disturbing the Peace ordinance) and to create new policies, procedures and/or ordinances that might better control these ongoing disturbances.”
Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded the motion. It was suggested that decibel levels be measured to see if noise ordinances are also being violated, that the PPCC draft a letter to be included in the packets given to Civic League applicants informing them of potential violations due to airhorns, and that bi-lingual letters be send to catering truck companies.
The Chair called the question and the motion passed unanimously.

9.2. Southwest Museum – Various neighborhood councils are working to save the Southwest Museum. Interested parties should contact Dr. Richard Dyke, First Vice President, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council,323-256-3157, or by e-mail addressed: to_dr_dyke@hotmail.com

9.3. Asimolar slippage – no new problems reported.

9.4. Community Center restart – Stuart Muller presented the history of the effort to develop a Community Center at the Old Gym at the park. The issue will be discussed further at the next meeting.

10. General Public Comment: Raymond Wyu announced that the 66th Annual Nisei Parade will be held this Sunday, August 13, from 4 – 6 p.m. this Sunday at Central Avenue and 3rd Street in downtown LA. Further information on Nisei Week activities is available by calling 213-687-7193 or visiting www.Niseiweek.com.

11. Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – September 14, 2006

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Matthew Rodman, Sandy Eddy, Harry Sondheim, Thomas Farnham (for Carl Mellinger), Stuart Muller, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Gilbert Dembo, Alice Beagles, Joe Alvarez

Advisors and Alternates: George Wolfberg, Patti Post, Norma Spak, Karyn Weber, Jack Allen, Mary Cole, Susan Orenstein

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws

Matthew Rodman read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Kurt Toppel moved and Richard Cohen seconded that the minutes from the August 10, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair reviewed the agenda and noted that some items would need to be taken out of order.

6. Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer reported that 11,164 newsletters have been sent out, and 282 contributions, totaling $5290.00, have been received as of 9/13/06. The cost of the newsletters ($4,311.29) has therefore been recouped. Current assets: $7,944.58 in checking account; $4,798.57 in savings account; and $10,542.04 in Smith Barney CD, for a total of $23,285.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1. The next business meeting is on September 28, 2006.

7.1.2. Zoning Matters: (a) the West L.A. Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 4:30 p.m. on 9/20/06 on the vineyard property located at 1176 N. Tellem Drive; and (b) the L.A. Office of Zoning Administration will hold a hearing on the construction requests for the property located at 17433 West Tramonto Drive. Further information is available in handouts passed out at the meeting.

7.1.3. Neighborhood Councils meeting – The Chair reported that he attended the September 6 meeting of neighborhood council representatives, of which the PPCC was the only non-certified council. The city of L.A. has indicated a desire to see the PPCC become a certified council and the issue needs to be considered. The pending performance audit report on the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (“DONE”), which oversees certified councils, is likely to be critical.
Issues to be researched or resolved prior to any decision by the Board on whether to seek certification include the operational experience of other certified councils in dealing with DONE (e.g., any difficulties encountered in collecting mail, writing checks, obtaining expense reimbursements or the like); whether and to what extent the PPCC would lose its political independence; whether and to what extent council members would have to disclose personal financial information; the definition of “conflicts of interest” as applied to council members; how the Brown Act requirements would affect the PPCC’s operations; the conditions attached to receiving money from the city as a certified council; whether certified councils can communicate independently with city agencies and non-city entities such as other cities; and whether a “shadow council” that became certified while the PPCC remained non-certified is a viable option.
Gil Dembo moved that the PPCC continue to maintain its independence until the Board is satisfied with the certification requirements. Harry Sondheim seconded the motion. After discussion it was concluded that the motion was premature and it was withdrawn.

7.1.4. Library Announcement - The Los Angeles Public Library is holding regional community meetings to discuss draft recommendations to the Branch Library Facilities Plan. The draft plan and other information are available at www.lapl.org (click on About the Library, then on Planning for Libraries). Comments and suggestions may be made on the website. In a recent e-mail to Tom Ponton, the city librarian also stated that “the Mayor and City Council are supporting improved access to our libraries with funds to increase library service hours so that all 71 branch libraries will be open four nights a week and 8-10 hours a day beginning in March, as well as all day Friday and all day Saturday.”
Dick Littlestone encouraged everyone to put pressure on the city librarian and others in charge of planning library facilities to pay more attention to input from people in the community in which the facility will be built.

7.1.5. Invitation to Grieg Asher (Councilman Rosendahl’s planning deputy) – He has been asked to attend the 9/28/06 Board meeting, or a subsequent meeting when he has something concrete to report.

7.1.6. New Alternate for Historical Society – The Chair introduced Susan Orenstein and thanked her for agreeing to serve as an alternate.
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office – Andrea Epstein had no report but responded to questions on the following issues:
(a) Status of Mandeville Canyon left turn lane – She will check. Signs re the upcoming construction are to be posted two weeks in advance of the starting date.
(b) Traffic light at Las Liones and Sunset – There is currently no agreement to use Getty neighborhood mitigation funds for putting a traffic light at this intersection. The Waldorf School may be required to put in a light as part of its conditional use permit. Barbara Kohn will report back on the status of discussions.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department (Lead Officer Michael Moore) – not present.

7.2.3. Los Angeles Fire Department (Captain Kevin Kearns, Station 69) – not present.

7.2.4 Bureau of Street Lighting, Department of Public Works,– Hagop Tujian, Program Manager, System Conversion Division, reported that the street lighting projects for Pampas Ricas and the Amalfi area will not result in any outward changes to the existing poles or lanterns, any changes in the light color -- which will remain white -- or any new assessment charges. No new lights will be added in areas where there are not currently light poles, although residents seeking lights can initiate an assessment process. The projects will be about 90% complete by November or December of this year. Residents with questions or concerns about these projects or other Palisades lighting issues can reach him by calling 213-847-1573 or e-mailing hagop.tujian@lacity.org. He will look into the operation of the lights on Temescal Canyon between Sunset and PCH.

7.2.5. Street Service Issues - Ivan Campbell, Investigator, L.A. Bureau of StreetServices, Investigation & Enforcement Division – Residents with complaints about improperly parked cars, dumpsters, gas-powered leafblowers, tables and racks on sidewalks, and similar issues should call 311 to generate a city service request, supplying the address and date and time of the violation(s). Service requests are picked up on Wednesdays.
Re leafblowers, he will allocate a one-half hour window of time in which to spot violators. Flyers about the leafblower law and nuisance notices will be given to the user, company and homeowner; homeowners who are repeat offenders will be required to attend an administrative hearing; and the city attorney will be contacted if the problem is not resolved. He is the only street use investigator for the Palisades and Brentwood and is not involved in enforcing overnight parking restrictions. He can be reached by calling 213-485-3711 or e-mailing icampbel@bss.lacity.org.

7.2.6. Tom Ponton – Neighborhood Councils (Rosendahl 912 commission)- not present.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1. Report from Election Committee – Sandy Eddy reported that many ballots have come in. Duplicate ballots were available at the meeting and can also be picked up at Steve Boyers’ office, 15135 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 220. Although this year’s newsletter did state that ballots were enclosed, the election process may need to be revised to provide additional notice to residents that ballots are forthcoming. Sometime prior to the next election the Election Committee needs to meet with the Palisades Postmaster regarding the requirements for mailing the newsletters.

7.3.2. Report/update on Cingular cellsite located at Chautauqua/Almoloya – Karyn Weber reported that she met with Doug Meyer, of BMS Communications (a company hired by Cingular to help find cellular sites), Dale Williams of the L.A. Bureau of Engineering , Andrea Epstein of Bill Rosendahl’s office, and neighbors adjacent to the proposed site regarding a possible new Cingular cell site at Chautauqua and Almoloya. Cingular wants the site because as part of the AT&T merger deal, some of the sites previously owned by AT&T are being sold to other companies. Many issues have to be resolved before the proposal can go forward, include a site distance survey on safety, whether the existing light pole can be used, and whether the neighbors would prefer a new, fake tree, with additional new real trees, instead. If the Bureau of Street Lighting determines that the existing pole can be used, a new pole cannot be constructed. Doug Meyers advised that Cingular is in negotiations with the Bureau of Street Lighting and that if the negotiations do not result in a contract, Cingular will not be able to use the existing pole even if it is technically feasible. Karyn Weber advised the neighbors to request that the existing pole be used, even if they in fact preferred the aesthetics of a new fake tree, if the goal is to delay negotiation of a new contract. Hagop Tujian of the Bureau of Street Lighting advised that the reason the negotiations were taking so long is that Cingular has so far refused to agree to replace existing poles if they will be required to share them. Resolution of these issues may take years. Cingular is listening to the neighbors’ concerns and investigating other options, including placing the cell equipment lower on the pole and using a site near Corpus Christi. 7.3.3. Report on Viacom bus stops and signage - Gil Dembo reported that Viacom will not be seeking additional bus stop signs in the Palisades (other than the existing ones at Temescal Canyon and Bowdoin and Temescal Canyon and PCH).

7.3.4. “McMansions” – Richard Cohen reported that Councilman Tom LaBonge has asked the City Council to look into adopting a citywide ordinance limiting home size. (See L.A. Times article, August 27, 2006 - latimes.com/classified/realestate/news/la-re-mansion27aug27,0,6250412.story?coll=la-home-headlines.) Pasadena, Malibu, Beverly Hills and possibly Dallas have such ordinances. This issue was addressed by the Board a few years ago but no consensus was reached. Although the idea is still in the preliminary stages, Councilman Rosendahl’s office is supporting the effort in general and the issues to consider -- e.g., effects on Palisades property values as compared to other parts of L.A. -- will be different than with earlier proposals because any ordinance would be citywide. The Board agreed to put this item on the agenda as necessary and to communicate to Councilman Rosendahl that the PPCC would like input on any proposed rule changes.

7.3.5. Report on Palisades Bowl - Harry Sondheim reported that residents of Palisades Bowl have contacted him regarding the possible intent by the new owner to convert rental units to units for sale. The issue will be put on the 9/28/06 agenda if a response is received from the owner.

7.3.6. Recreation Center Director – George Wolfberg announced that there is a new Recreation Center Director.

7.3.7. Extension of Beach Bike Path to Coastline Drive – George Wolfberg announced that the MTA will be issuing a call for projects in October, so it may be possible to revive the bike path extension proposal. George is meeting with Barry Kurtz next week. Any revised proposal should set out the extent to which the bike path is used by commuters.

8. Old Business

8.1. Community Center Resolution – Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the Board adopt the following resolution, which it did unanimously:
COMMUNITY CENTER RESOLUTION RESOLVED, That the PPCC Board of Directors supports the idea of exploring the specific ways in which the Multi-use Community Building (the “Old Gym”) at the Palisades Recreation Center can be re-dedicated to function as a community center to serve multi-generational social and recreational needs of the community that are not currently being met by existing Recreation and Parks programs. RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Chairman is hereby authorized and directed to appoint a committee of up to five members to explore, identify and prioritize these specific multi-generational social and recreational needs. RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Committee’s scope is to include addressing such issues as the needs of the community’s seniors (including review of successful Senior projects at other locations), parking at the Recreation Center, specific additional programs that would enhance the quality of community life, and an assessment of the nature of any community opposition. RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Committee is to report back to the full PPCC Board its preliminary findings and recommendations.

9. New Business

9.1. Leaf Blower Presentation - Postponed until October 12th meeting

9.2. Proposal to terminate commuter bus line 430 - Steve Lantz reported that this bus route is still experiencing financial problems although the Loyola ridership (approximately 25 kids every morning and 5-6 in the evening) has helped. The city of L.A. is in discussions with the MTA about increasing the amount received in regional subsidies and is seeking other options for funding local routes, including getting more money from state and local gas tax revenues and/or using Prop C funds. Terminating or shortening the Bus 430 route is just one of a list of possible options at this point; if it becomes an imminent he will seek community support for retaining the line.

9.3. Lachman Lane Construction – Janet Turner requested the PPCC to help obtain information on how the L.A. Building & Safety Department conducted the height measurements of the construction of a third story at 642 Lachman Lane. B&S has historically had problems with hillside measurements. Councilman Rosendahl’s office has been asked to seek a new measurement. The Board will await word on any further actions taken by the Councilman’s office or residents.

10. General Public Comment

A resident reported that the Hideout Bar on West Channel road is generating a lot of loud noise and is a great disturbance to neighbors.

11. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – September 28, 2006

Voting Members in attendance:

Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, David Price, Matthew Rodman, Paul Glasgall, Sandy Eddy, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, Gilbert Dembo, Susan Orenstein

Advisors and Alternates: George Wolfberg, Norma Spak, Jack Allen, Mary Cole, Patti Post, Flo Elfant

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws

Susan Nash read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience

Vice-Chair Richard Cohen, acting Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum

The Vice Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Kurt Toppel moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the September 14, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Vice Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer reported that as of Sept. 27, 2006, there is $9,139.67 in the checking account; $4,798.57 in the savings account; and $10,542.04 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $24,480.28. We have received 347 contributions from the newsletter mailing, with the dues received exceeding the costs of the mailing by $2,238.71.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Vice Chair

7.1.1. The next business meeting is on October 12, 2006.

7.1.2. Reaffirmation of PPCC Guiding Principles re Variances – The Vice Chair reaffirmed the Council’s Guiding Principles regarding Variances as set forth in a resolution adopted on January 12, 2006, as follows:

“The PPCC maintains that planning and zoning regulations, building codes, rules, restrictions, and ordinances have been established for the good of the community. They should be applied, upheld and enforced by the Zoning Administrator, Building and Safety, and other governing bodies with jurisdiction over the approval, execution, and enforcement processes. When variances, variations, or exceptions are considered by governmental entities, PPCC’s position is to support strict scrutiny and adherence to all legal measures which govern land use, structures, and vegetation. On a case-by-case basis the PPCC may support such requests if the proposed project positively affects health and safety, or is in the best interest of the neighborhood or the community in general. PPCC may take a formal position on an individual issue pertaining to variances, variations, or exceptions when requested to do so.

PPCC expects governing bodies to notify all affected parties of any proposed developments or requests for variances from codes and regulations as well as proposed, approved or pending changes to such regulations.”


7.1.3. Procedure for placing items on agenda - The Vice Chair announced that Chairman Boyers would like the Council and other interested persons to follow the customary procedure for placing items on the agenda, i.e., the requestor should submit a 100-word summary of the issue to the Chair, including a statement of who will present the item and who that person represents. The summary will be included on the agenda if the item is accepted. In addition, if a Council resolution is sought, the requestor should submit a draft of the proposed resolution. Where the issue is a contested matter, the Council will provide an opportunity for both sides to speak about the agenda item. Discussion of this procedure was deferred until a meeting at which Chairman Boyers is present.

7.1.4. PPCC liaison for bike path extension – George Wolfberg graciously accepted the appointment by the Council as its liaison to work with other agencies regarding extension of the beach bike path.

7.1.5 New Representatives - October 1 is the date for service organizations and clubs with rotating Council memberships to select their representatives and alternates. For the upcoming fiscal year, representatives need to be selected from the Friends of the Library (alternate: Garden Club); Palisades Elementary (alternate: Corpus Christi Home and School Association); AYSO (alternate: Club Soccer); Masonic Lodge (alternate: Optimists Club); and the PPRA. These groups should e-mail or otherwise communicate with the Chair regarding who their new representative/alternate will be.

7.1.6. West Los Angeles LAPD Open House – The West L.A. Division of the LAPD will be holding an Open House and BBQ on October 14, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1663 Butler Avenue in Los Angeles.

7.1.7. Area Representative and At- Large Alternates – A committee of former Council Chairs will select the alternates and will consider people who volunteer or are suggested by their elected representatives, so anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply, especially for the At-Large position.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office - Andrea Epstein reported as follows:
(1) Left turn lane at Mandeville – The start of construction was delayed due to preliminary work that had to be done by the DWP on the water laterals. Construction should start in about one month.
(2) Proposed city ordinance re size of houses – No draft motion or other recommendations have been submitted to the City Council yet. Building & Safety and the other groups looking at the issue are to report back by the beginning of November.
(3) Brush clearance at Temescal Park – The L.A. Dep’t of Recreation & Parks has completed the brush clearance in Temescal Park. The next area that needs work is at the bottom of Temescal and PCH. The Rotary Club may help out. Andrea will report back on her meeting with Rotary and Rec & Parks, as well as on the various ownership interests in the former Sunspot property and surrounding areas where dumping appears to be going on.

7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department – Report by Lt. Jose Santome, supervisor for the West Bureau of the L.A. Unified School District Police Department (LASPD) – Lt. Santome spoke about the pepper spray incident on Tuesday, Sept.19, at the Sav-on loading dock. Sergeant Duane Smith, who along with Sergeant Stevens was one of the two first responders to Sav-on’s complaint about skateboarders, and Sergeant Glenn Besunder, area supervisor, also attended the Council meeting.
Because the LASPD Internal Affairs (“IA”) division is investigating the incident, Lt. Santome has not yet reached a conclusion about what happened or what action should be taken. The IA investigation is being conducted in accordance with state law and will take about 5 – 9 weeks to complete. The subject officer is still working the same beat because the incident did not meet state law criteria for removing him from duty. The officer has been the subject of a prior IA investigation. Anyone who witnessed the pepper spray incident should call Lt. Santome at 310-445-4700 or e-mail him at jsantome@laspd.com. When the investigation is completed, he will determine if the officer was at fault. If so, the consequences could range from additional training to termination to criminal charges. Lt. Santome stated that the LASPD tries to hire officers who understand teenage behavior. LASPD jurisdiction extends to anywhere the officers’ employment takes them. Although the focus is Pali High, after school the kids congregate in the Village, and there have been numerous robberies via “pocket checks,” where 3 or more kids surround the victim and search his pockets. Either LASPD or LAPD can be called in to deal with these disturbances.
The Vice Chair thanked Lt. Santome and asked him to report back at the end of the investigation. Officer Michael Moore will also be asked to report on the status of investigation at the next meeting.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Report from Election Committee (Sandy Eddy and Mary Cole, Co-Chairs) – The Election Committee announced the results of the election as follows:
Area 1 – Barbara Kohn
Area 2 – Paul Glasgall
Area 3 – Janet Turner
Area 4 – Harry Sondheim
Area 5 – Jack Allen
Area 6 – Stuart Muller
Area 7 – Jean Gold Friedman
Area 8 – Marguerite Perkins Mautner
At-Large Representative – George Wolfberg
The Election Committee members all agreed that ballots were properly counted, and noted that initial problems concerning whether people knew about the election appeared to have been partly resolved by making the ballots available at the Chair’s office because many people picked up new ballots. Of the approximately 12,000 ballots mailed out, about 400 were returned. The Bylaws Committee needs to look at the question of how to deal with people with post office boxes in one area of town and residence addresses in another.
The winners were asked to recommend alternates for their positions and have the alternate candidates prepare a 100-word statement. The winners will report back on the status of the alternate appointment process at the next meeting.
The Election Committee was commended for doing a fine job.

7.3.2. Palisades Drive debris - Paul Glasgall reported that the debris is gone, thanks to Andrea Epstein and Jim Horowitz. He is now working on getting 10 fences for the water abatement ditches. It took 2-3 years to get one and there are 9 to go.

7.3.3. Status of traffic signal at Waldorf School - Barbara Kohn reported that the Getty Villa Committee met to discuss the traffic light issue and agreed (1) to send a letter to the Waldorf School urging a zero tolerance policy for violations of the interim traffic plan that the school either has established or will create; and (2) to get a copy of the interim traffic plan. Financing for a traffic signal is still unresolved. The school permit requires installation of a light at some point but not prior to opening, as long as there is an interim traffic plan. Andrea Epstein will try to get a copy of the interim traffic plan for the next meeting. Barbara will try to report back as well.

7.3.4. New Fisher House at Brentwood VA Facility - Kurt Toppel introduced Lou Cozolino, Commander, American Legion Post 283, Pacific Palisades, who introduced Charles Dorman, CEO of the VA health care system. Mr. Dorman urged the Council to support the construction of a Fisher Home on VA property. Fisher Homes provide a free place for family members to stay while visiting hospitalized vets. The VA health care system includes 14 sites in southern California and the VA hospital is the primary cancer care center for many parts of the southwestern states. Although people travel hundreds of miles for care at the Westwood facility, the VA is not authorized to provide any accommodation for the families of these patients. A Fisher Home was supposed to be built on VA property in 2003 but the deal fell apart. Now, Tim Byk of Benchmark Mortgage has created a nonprofit corporation to build the home, which is planned as a 21-suite, 2-story building close to the Westwood side of the VA property. Mr. Dorman stated that he understood the need expressed by some for a full land use plan for the VA facility before committing to a Fisher Home, but that such a plan could take years and the Fisher Home is needed now. Use of the VA property for a Fisher home is consistent with the deed specifying that the property be used for veterans, and the subject parcel, 1.7 acres, would be dedicated to the use of vets and their families in perpetuity. He urged the Council and audience to support the project politically and financially.

7.3.5. Temescal Beach Project Concerns - Stuart Muller reported that the beach parking lot improvement project is stalled, as described in today’s Palisadian Post. Costs have gone from $6 million to $12 million and are still rising. It’s time to contact our political representatives and get this project moving.

7.3.6. Disaster Preparation – Flo Elfant and Clifford Nelson announced that the L.A. Fire Department will be putting on a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Program beginning on Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Summit Club, 1501 Chastain Parkway, 310-573-1951. The program consists of 7 weekly 2-1/2 hour classes and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. For further information about the CERT program, call 818-756-9674 or e-mail lafdcert@lafd.lacity.org. Flo also announced that copies of the new American Red Cross Family & Business Disaster Plan are available at the library and post office. Flo is available to speak to service clubs, homeowners’ associations and other groups about this issue.

8. Old Business

9. New Business

9.1. Resolution re Hake home – Stuart Muller moved and David Price seconded that the Council adopt the following resolution regarding the Hake home at 515 Mt. Holyoke:

Resolution

Whereas the PPCC does not, as a matter of policy, take positions in support of private development unless there is significant community benefit from such action; and Whereas, the PPCC’s strongest statement of support for a private development not affecting the community’s general welfare is to state that the PPCC does not object to the proposed private development; and
Whereas, the development under consideration has been approved unanimously by the Civic League, does not require a variance, and has a roof line lower than the existing house; and
Whereas, Councilman Rosendahl’s office has indicated that a positive PPCC statement would assist the Councilman in obtaining approval of the home from the Coastal Commission,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the PPCC, for the reasons set forth above, does not object to the proposed construction of the private home at 515 Mount Holyoke Avenue.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Chairman is hereby authorized to communicate to Councilman Rosendahl by letter, including a copy of this resolution, the position taken by the PPCC on this matter.
Jim Hake explained that construction on his home has been delayed since July because of the need for PPCC input. A discussion was had as to whether Councilman Rosendahl will be seeking PPCC input on the hundreds of homes in the coastal zone. The question was deferred to a future meeting at which the Councilman’s planning deputy will be present. The question was called and the resolution was approved by a vote of 9 for, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.

10. General Public Comment

Jay Handler, incoming co-chair of the Community Police Advisory Board (“CPAB”) for the West L.A. Division of the LAPD and President of the Greater West L.A. Chamber of Commerce, reported that $35,000 has been raised to date for renovations to the Division office and new equipment, including fireproof tents, improved phone systems, computers, and chairs. He asked for help in raising the remaining $15,000 and also for volunteers who would like to serve on the CPAB. To make a contribution or for further information, call him at 310-481-0600 or e-mail chamberpresident@aol.com.
Tom Ponton, Past Chair of the Mar Vista Community Council, reported that he has been appointed to the City of L.A.’s 912 Commission, the purpose of which is to review the three years in which certified neighborhood councils have been operating and come up with recommendations that will encourage non-certified councils to become certified. Anyone with input on this issue can contact him at ponton@marvista.org. He will also contact the Chair to discuss this issue.

Ellen Shanahan, a resident of Palisades Bowl, would like to be on a future agenda to discuss the new owner’s efforts to end rent control. She will e-mail the Chair with this request. Harry Sondheim is still trying to find a date on which the owner can attend, possibly Oct. 26.

George Wolfberg announced that free trees will be given away from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mar Vista Recreation Center.

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – October 12, 2006

Voting Members in attendance:

Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, Chris Spitz, Thomas Farnham, Joe Almarez, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Janet Turner
Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Flo Elfant

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws:

George Wolfberg read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum - The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –

George Wolfberg moved and Barbara Kohn seconded that the minutes from the September 28, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda - The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer's Report -

The Treasurer reported that as of October 12, 2006, there is $9959.67 in the checking account; $4798.83 in the savings account; and $10,590.78 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,349.38. Out of 11,500 newsletters, 389 families contributed. Dues exceeded the costs of mailing by $3058.71.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next business meeting is on October 26, 2006.

7.1.2. Procedure for placing items on agenda is referred to Bylaws Committee

7.1.3. Rotating Service Organizations and Service Clubs – Groups that have not yet provided their representatives and alternates for this year need to be contacted.

7.1.4. Procedure for selection of Area Alternates and At-Large Alternate – A committee to determine how Area Alternates and At-Large Alternates will be selected will be appointed in the next week; recommendations for these positions should be turned into the Chair.

7.1.5. Dept of Public Works Information Fair on 10/18/06 at 6:00 p.m. - See flyer

7.1.6. Request for clarification of councilman’s views on properties before the PPCC – The executive committee will consider this issue and report back to board. Harry Sondheim and Jack Allen will participate in the EC meeting.

7.1.7. Community Service Award Procedure - These awards will be presented at the Potluck Holiday Party (for which people should sign up and volunteer to bring a dish). A committee will be appointed to make recommendations.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office (Andrea Epstein)
a. Brush clearance at bottom of Temescal and PCH – Rec & Parks will do some more clearance. The Rotary Club has submitted plans for landscaping the area.

b. Sunspot Property area dumping and ownership interests- Andrea Epstein is still waiting for Bureau of Engineering maps.

c. Waldorf School – Andrea Epstein passed out the interim traffic mitigation plan for the Waldorf School which requires, among other things, that: (i) three people monitor traffic during peak entry/exit; (ii) cars be allowed only to turn right out of the school: and (iii) cars wanting to get to PCH will have to go up to Temescal and turn right to do so. After a second violation of these requirements drivers will be fined. Andrea will report back regularly on the status of a traffic light installation and other traffic issues that may come up, e.g., whether parents start picking up their kids on the other side of the street, and will send PPCC copies of all correspondence with the school. The Chair will ask Patti Post to act as intermediary between the school, the PPCC and Councilman Rosendahl’s office.

d. Lights on Temescal Canyon – Hagop Tujian of the Bureau of Street Lighting has looked into it and Andrea will give us the report. 7.2.2. Los Angeles Police Department – report by LAPD Sergeant David Podesta – Community policing re homeless has not worked because transients just go back to the streets. The LAPD is planning to try a community governance approach that will involve talking to stakeholders re how to take care of people living in hills and what to do about potential arson problems, because a more long-term solution is needed. Michael Moore will report back on progress in this area. Sergeant Podesta volunteered to come back to a PPCC Board meeting and do a "white board" exercise to determinee the community's law enforcement priorities.

7.2.3. Los Angeles School Police Department – LASPD Sergeant Besunder provided an update on the September 19th pepper spray incident as follows: The LASPD is aware that the use of force on 9/19 caused great concern in community and has received comments of both outrage and support for the officer’s (Officer Taylor’s) actions. All names and contact information of any potential witnesses has been given to IA detectives. After all relevant information is compiled the matter will be reviewed by the LASPD Chief of Police who will determine what consequence, if any, the officer’s conduct should have. The Chief reports to the Chief Operating Officer of the District who in turn answers to the Board of Education. The officer stationed at Pali High has received good reviews.

In response to audience questions, Sergeant Besunder stated that the officers go to the village area because that is where students are after school, that pepper spray is an option for officers to use to protect themselves when reasonably necessary, and that skateboarders in the village will not be maced for saying bad words to the officers. Officers will cite skateboarders for not wearing helmets and pads if they have time. If Officer Taylor is ultimately removed, he would be replaced. Anyone disagreeing with the Chief’s decision not to reassign Officer Taylor at present should contact the superintendent at laspd.com. PPCC Secretary was given contact sheets for anyone who has information to report to the LASPD on the incident.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Status of traffic signal at Waldorf School (Barbara Kohn) – There is nothing new to report until the funding issue is resolved.

7.3.2. 1115 Via de la Paz (PPRA and Civic League) – The Civic League will determine whether or not they have jurisdiction over this property and report back. An April 10, 2006, letter to the homeowner from the Civic League suggests that there is jurisdiction, as does the fact that tract 13340 reverted to tract 9300 in 1991, making it subject to CC&Rs enforced by the Civic League. It does not appear that the homeowner ever responded to the April 10 letter. If it is determined that the homeowner is in fact subject to Civic League requirements and is not complying, the PPCC can then determine whether it wishes to take any action.

7.3.3. Traffic signal at intersection of Palisades Circle/Drive - Flo Elfant raised the issue of the timing cycle of thetraffic light at Palisades Circle. Paul Glasgall reported that the issue of the light has been fully aired at his homeowners' association and that Mo Blorfroshan, our traffic engineer, has recommended that the light should stay set as it is.

7.3.4. Status of work on Temescal Beach Canyon lot - Stuart Muller has made numerous calls to various parties regarding the problems in completing this project and asked that the issue be carried over for future follow-up.

7.3.5. Mansionization - Janet Turner, new Area 3 Rep, asked when Greig Asher will be coming to the council to address mansionization, view and related issues. Chairman Boyers responds that he willbe invitedwhen we have a list of issues for him to discuss. Janet will prepare a list of her issues and forward it to the chair.

8. Old Business

Leaf Blower issues – George Wolfberg introduced a video presentation by ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) L.A. (For more information on the organization see www.zapla.org.) The video depicted the problems that leafblowers cause by scattering particulate matter into the air. George Wolfberg moved and Jack Allen seconded adoption of the following leafblower resolution:

PPCC LEAF BLOWER RESOLUTION The negative impact of Leaf Blowers on public health and quality of life are well known. In 1997, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a citywide ban on the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers within 500-feet of any residence. A one-year moratorium of enforcement was granted to phase in the law. Despite the passage of nearly ten years, many landscapers claim the moratorium is still in effect, often confusing their employers, and the general public. Calls from the general public to local police precincts have been known to result in inaccurate information. Sometimes a superceded code section is quoted or worse, a reading of Section 112.05, which appears to allow backpack blowers. The actual ban is established in paragraph (c) of Section 112.04. Unfortunately, rampant and blatant violation of the ban continues.

The leaf blower law is enforced by Street Use Inspectors and also by the Police Department only upon receiving a complaint. In order to cite a violator, the Officer must personally witness the violation. The user and the employer may each be cited. The fine alone is $100 per citation. Unfortunately, because of the requirement for personal observation of each complained violation, the process is time-consuming and cumbersome.

Experience has demonstrated that citations result in a significant increase in compliance. Unfortunately, Officers usually have more important tasks than to stake out violators. The PPCC believes the Bureau of Street Services and the Police Department should adopt a proactive enforcement policy. By citing violators when they are observed during an officer’s typical workday, compliance will increase. As a result, individual citizen complaints, and the time-consuming process of following up on those complaints, will be reduced. Therefore, the Chairman is authorized and directed to request:
  1. That the Bureau of Street Services (Bureau) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) immediately adopt a policy of authorizing and directing the enforcement of the Leaf Blower Ban [LAMC §112.04 (c)] as time permits, whenever violations are observed.
  2. That the LAPD provide roll call training on the ordinance stressing the specific code reference and encouraging proactive enforcement.
  3. That the Bureau and the LAPD report back in 60 days on steps taken to implement this policy and results obtained, and
Further, that the Chairman notify the Board of Public Works, the Director of Street Services, The West Los Angeles LAPD Commanding Officer, The Chief of Police and Councilman Bill Rosendahl of this request. The motion passed unanimously. Sergeant Podesta stated that he will enforce the law against leafblowers consistent with the balancing of community priorities.

9. New Business

10. General Public Comment

11. Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – October 26, 2006

Voting Members in attendance:

Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Kurt Toppel, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Jack Allen, Paul Glasgall, Chris Spitz, David Price, David Schneiderman, Sandy Eddy, Alice Beagles, Joe Almarez, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Janet Turner, Gil Dembo

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Flo Elfant, Karyn Weber

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws

Janet Turner read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum

The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes

Kurt Toppel moved and Stuart Muller seconded that the minutes from the October 12, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda

The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer reported that as of October 26, 2006, there is $10,024.74 in the checking account; $4,798.83 in the savings account; and $10,590.78 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,414.35.

7. Announcements

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next business meeting is on November 9, 2006.

7.1.2. Announcement of Organizational Representatives and Alternates/ Announcement of Rotating Organizations – The Chair made the following announcement:
In compliance with our Bylaws, at the beginning of each fiscal year, some organizations represented on the PPCC rotate with other organizations in their Category, other organizations remain the same. All organizations are requested to appoint or re-appoint (as the case may be) the organization’s Representative and/or Alternate. A Bylaw change, effective this fiscal year, has been implemented that asked the organizations serving during the current year to appoint the representatives, and for the organizations in line for next year to appoint the alternates. Of course, the non-rotating organizations (re)appoint both their representative and alternate. I will be contacting the various organizations over the period of next week and will ask for the appointments. The representatives and alternates stay in place until December or until the new organizations appoint their representatives. Here is this year’s slate of organizations:
Chamber of Commerce - does not rotate
Civic League - does not rotate
Friends of Library - replaces AARP
Paul Revere Middle School - replaces Village School
Temescal Canyon Association - does not rotate
Historical Society - does not rotate
AYSO - replaces YMCA
Masonic Lodge - replaces Lions’ Club
7.1.3. Announcement of Committee to select Area and At Large Alternates – Three former PPCC chairs -- Joan Graves, Flo Elfant and Kurt Toppel -- have agreed to serve on the Committee, with Flo Elfant as Chair.Interested persons should contact the Committee or Board within the next two weeks or as soon as possible.

7.1.4. Announcement of Nominating Committee (Community Service Award Recipients) – Marguerite Perkins Mautner, George Wolfberg, Sandra Eddy, Janet Turner and Kurt Toppel have agreed to serve on the Committee, with Kurt Toppel as chair. The Committee’s purpose is to choose an honoree for long-term, continuing volunteer service to the community. The award will be given out at the December 14 holiday party/potluck. Nominations should be submitted to the Committee or the PPCC Chair as soon as possible.

7.1.5. Appointment of Special Advisor to the Chair – The Chair announced the appointment of Haldis Toppel as Special Advisor to the Chair.

7.1.6. Postmaster position – The selection process for a new postmaster will end within the next 2-3 weeks. George Wolfberg moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded a motion that the Chair write a letter in support of Jason Miles, interim postmaster, for the permanent position. Kurt Toppel pointed out that Mr. Miles has agreed to address any problems bought to his attention. The motion was approved by a vote of 18 in favor and 2 abstentions. (A copy of the proposed letter is attached.)

7.1.7. Other awards – At the Chair’s request Kurt Toppel announced that the City of L.A. Certificate of Appreciation has been awarded to PRIDE, and presented a picture of an award given to Andrea Epstein for special services to Councilman Rosendahl.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.1. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office (Andrea Epstein) – no report.

7.2.2. Grieg Asher, Planning Deputy, Councilman Rosendahl’s office - (a) The Planning Department is still working on a proposal regarding mansionizing within the City of Los Angeles, but there is no draft yet. No interim control ordinance has been asked for or is in the works; (b) Regarding a view ordinance, Councilman Rosendahl submitted a motion that will be taken up after the mansionization issue; (c) Regarding the Greentree house, there are conflicting orders as to whether or not it can be occupied; (d) Re 642 Lachman Lane, Janet Turner advised that house was ready for measurement.

7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. 1115 Via de la Paz status report (Civic League) – David Price reported that there is no update on this issue yet and that the Civic League is trying to determine if the property falls within Tract 9300.

7.3.2. PPRA announcement of Annual Meeting- Chris Spitz announced the 48th Annual Meeting of the PPRA, to be held on Monday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. (refreshments)/7:30 p.m. (business) at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park. See www.pprainc.org for more information.

7.3.3. Holiday Party – Marguerite Perkins Mautner reminded people to sign up to bring a dish to the Holiday Party on December 14 at 6:00 pm. at Temescal Canyon.

8. Old Business

8.1. Palisades Bowl (Harry Sondheim) and representatives of owner and resident:
At the request of Palisades Bowl residents, Harry Sondheim invited residents and representatives of the owner to inform the Board of the various issues relating to the proposed conversion from rental to ownership of the mobile home lots in the Bowl.

On behalf of the owner, Susy Forbath of the law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter reported that, upon conversion, residents will be able to choose whether to stay and pay rent or to purchase their lots; they will not be evicted. The average lot for a double-wide trailer is 24’ by 40’. Local rent control will be replaced by state rent control, which will mean smaller rent increases for low income residents, as defined by each county’s median income levels. Rent for such residents can never increase more than the CPI for their lifetime. The state provides funding for low income residents who want to purchase, including 3% interest loans with no payments due until the time of sale. The conversion process itself consists of three phases: city approval (phase 1); setting and locking-in of sale prices by an appraiser at fair market value (phase 2); and state approval (phase 3). When the final report is issued in connection with phase 3, residents will have 90 days in which to decide whether to purchase. For non-low income residents, rent will be increased incrementally over a 4-year period until it reaches market value by the fifth year. Fair market value rents are set and locked-in during phase 2.

Regarding the hillslide, Ms. Forbath reported that the owner has a separate law firm representing him and that the owner, the city of L.A. and Tahitian Terrace are working together to determine responsibility and a solution; to date they have agreed to pay for a study of the issue. Residents who purchase the lots will not have responsibility for repairing the hillslide problem.

On behalf of the residents, Ivan Pochalt, a homeowner at the Bowl, stated that the proposed conversion differs from an apartment-to-condominium conversion because the residents already have equity built up in their units. His group opposed the conversion because (1) the purpose is to avoid the rent control requirements of the city of L.A., as seen by the fact that the owner is now only offering 3-year long-term leases which are not subject to rent control, rather than the short-term 1-year leases that used to be available. Rents under these long-term leases have already increased from $750 to $1500 for two of the smaller units; (2) the owner has refused requests to meet with the residents personally and the residents do not know what the purchase or rental prices will be. Fair market value rents are out of reach for many. Potential sale prices for the mobile homes will have to be reduced because of the rental increase, meaning that current residents will lose their equity; and (3) the proposal is an attempt to pass on potential liability for the hillslide to the residents, which could include liability to the residents of Asilomar.

Dore Jenkins, another resident, stated that she was submitting a progress report by a consulting geologist recommending a thorough study of the hillslide problem and that there be no common trenches on the base of the slope. Jeff Stillman, another resident, stated that the purpose of the conversion law was to empower people to buy land. Here, the owner already made a good deal when he bought the property for $15 million. The Bowl residents have relied on 50 years of rent control in making their investment decisions. Local rent control is more favorable than the state rules because increases are limited to 3-4 percent per year. The residents have retained counsel to fight the conversion. Colleen Kane, another resident, reported that 25 percent of the residents are of moderate income and will be very stretched by the choice either to buy to protect their investments or to continue to rent at higher rates. She estimated that sale prices for the mobile homes will decline by about $100,000 each due to the conversion.

Bill Bruns and Mike Montgomery noted that the hillslide is a major problem that needs to be fixed and that the extent of the repairs required is not yet known. Ms. Forbath responded that no application for subdivision approval has been made yet. The owner will be willing to commit to the residents that they don’t have to pay for the hillside repairs once responsibility for the problem is determined.

The Chair thanked everyone for their views and stated that the Board will seek updates as appropriate.

8.2. Beach parking lot/construction project:
Stuart Muller introduced the Gregory Woodell, Planning Specialist, County of L.A. Department of Beaches & Harbors (310-305-9537, gwoodell@dbh.co.la.ca.us), Gilberto Garcia, Principal Engineer, County of L.A. Department of Public Works (626-300-2310, ggarcia@ladpw.org) and Mario Chong Castillo (213-974-3333, mccastillo@lacbos.org) and Flora Gil Krisoloff from County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s office.

Muller asked the community be informed of the specific details of the project; that a firm, public commitment to a completion schedule be made; and that there be an accountability and consequences for further completion delays and, if needed, any problems with the quality of construction.

Ms. Castillo reported that the project ending date (except for facilities south of Chautauqua and north of Sunset) is May, 2007, and passed out information packets describing the project (copy attached hereto). Gil Garcia reported that the contractor will finish the renovations to the lifeguard headquarters and the new restrooms in Lot 2 by the end of the year. The Lot 5 improvements are also underway. When these two lots are completed, work will begin on Lot 1. The total number of beach parking spaces will remain the same.

Regarding the costs of and time spent on the project, Mr. Garcia reported that construction began in December of 2005. The contractor’s bid of $8.5 – 9 million remains unchanged. The total cost of the project will be about $12 million. The contractor’s crews work from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. If the contractor does not meet the completion date, he will be subject to liquidated damages.

Mr. Garcia further reported that the discovery of a City sewer line at a shallower than normal depth has required work-arounds by the contractor, including the use of smaller equipment and reinforcement of crossing points, as well as the purchase of additional liability insurance. County representatives indicated that any additional cost is expected to come out of budgeted project contingency funds. No sewer line problems are anticipated for the construction in Lot 3.

Regarding the underground natural gas line, the county decided to add the line to the project in Lot 2 and it is now complete. A compressed natural gas filling station will be put in to serve Beaches & Harbors maintenance vehicles, as well as the public. No EIR was done or required.

Regarding a long-standing proposal to add a third left-hand turn lane from Temescal Canyon to PCH, Mr. Garcia stated that he was unaware of any effort to include such a lane in the project. Jack Allen and Steve Boyers will follow up with Marie Castillo and others to see whether the lane can be added as part of the current project.

9. New Business

9.1. Motion re LASPD pepper spray incident – Janet Turner moved and Jack Allen seconded the adoption of the following motion:

Motion re LASPD Pepper Spray Incident (Janet Turner)
It is hereby moved that the Pacific Palisades Community Council send letters to the Chief of the School Police and the Superintendent of Schools asking that in light of the current atmosphere of tension, upset and concern by parents and students in Pacific Palisades, they reassign this officer during the investigation in order to diffuse a potentially contentious situation; but that this reassignment not be considered any indication of the officer’s guilt or innocence, and that, as soon as it seems appropriate, there be a scheduled dialog between parents, students and school police in a public forum so that all may attend for the purpose of educating students, parents and the community about the role of the school police and also about what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior in the community by students.

Harry Sondheim moved and Marguerite Perkins Mautner seconded that the motion be amended as follows:

Amended Motion re LASPD Pepper Spray Incident
It is hereby moved that the Pacific Palisades Community Council send letters to the Chief of the School Police and the Superintendent of Schools asking that the current atmosphere of tension, upset and concern by parents and students in Pacific Palisades be given due consideration in determining whether Officer Taylor should be reassigned during the investigation in order to diffuse a potentially contentious situation, and that, as soon as it seems appropriate, there be a scheduled dialog between parents, students and school police in a public forum so that all may attend for the purpose of educating students, parents and the community about the role of the school police and also about what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior in the community by students.

Janet Turner accepted the proposed amendment. After discussion, the motion as amended was approved by a vote of 18 in favor and 2 abstentions. Janet Turner announced that there will be a meeting of parents, students, LASPD and other interested persons on November 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the library at Palisades Charter High School.

10. General Public Comment

11. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – November 9, 2006

Voting Members in attendance:

Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Barbara Kohn, Jack Allen, Joe Almarez, Chris Spitz, Carl Mellinger, Ellen Pfahler, Patti Post, Sandy Eddy, Alice Beagles, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Mike Stryer, Gil Dembo

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Flo Elfant, Karyn Weber, Cathy Russell, Reza Akef, Quentin Fleming

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws –

Stuart Muller read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience –

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum -

The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –

Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and George Wolfberg seconded that the minutes from the October 26, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted by a vote of 11 in favor.

5. Consideration of Agenda -

The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer's Report -

The Treasurer reported that as of November 8, 2006, there is

$10,159.74 in the checking account; $4,799.05 in the savings account; and $10,590.78 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,549.57. We have received 409 donations from the newsletter mailing. Dues received to date exceed the costs of the mailing by $3,393.71.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns

7.1. Announcements from the Chair

7.1.1. The next meeting, on December 14, 2006, is the Annual Community Service Award And Holiday Potluck Dinner.

7.1.2. The next regular business meeting is on January 11, 2007.

7.1.3. Announcement of appointment of Representatives and Alternates for PPCC member Organizations and Clubs – The list will be finalized by the next business meeting.

7.1.4. Community Service Award Selection – The selection process is underway,

7.1.5. Additional Member of the Executive Committee – The Executive Committee has elected George Wolfberg as the additional member for this term.

7.1.6. Announcements re PPCC policies – (1) The attendance policy previously announced will be enforced; (2) Speaking of Behalf of Council – Concerns over when and whether Board Members may speak on behalf of the Council are being referred to the Bylaws Committee. Members who introduce themselves at public meetings as Council members should indicate that they are not speaking on behalf of the Council.

7.1.7. Hyperion Treatment Plant Inspection: From Nov. 28-30, the City of LA Hyperion Treatment Plant will send divers inside the plant’s 5-mile outfall to assess its structural condition. Beaches will be closed during this period. More information is available at a briefing to be held on Wed., Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, 12000 Vista Del Mar, Play Del Rey, Pregerson Building, Room 116, or by calling Vikki Zale, Hyperion Community Outreach, at 310-822-2010.

7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives

7.2.0. Report from the Mayor’s Office – John Brady, Mayor’s Area Director, Neighborhood & Community Services, 310/410-1749, john.s.brady@lacity.org.:

(1) Neighborhood council members and other interested citizens are urged to respond to a city budget survey available at www.lacityneighborhoods.com/budgetday_survey.htm;
(2) Day of Service – The Mayor’s annual Day of Service will be held in Watts on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the 109th Street Park. For more information, call the Office of the Mayor at 310-410-1749.

7.2.1. LAPD – Officer Moore reported no unusual crime spike and asked to hear any community concerns. Karyn Weber has received a report of large groups of kids congregating in Haverford area near Pali High. Mike Stryer reported concern over the high number of “pocket check” crimes between Pali High and the Village. Officer Moore recommended that students not bring phones, Ipods, etc., to school. These items are being stolen both in and out of school. School police are actively seeking to prevent these crimes.

Regarding leafblower enforcement, Officer Moore is aware of the PPCC resolution passed on October 12, 2006. The problem with enforcement is the limited number of patrol officers and the fact that violations are usually seen en route to calls for service. The LAPD is trying to reduce its response time to emergency calls and cannot stop in such situations for leafblower violations. It may be possible to put together a task force of senior lead officers for a day of enforcement. The community can help by narrowing down times, days, and locations of violators. Information on violators is forwarded to City Attorney’s Office.

Regarding enforcement of the skateboard helmet requirement, whether to issue a citation or warning is up to the officer’s discretion. Officer Moore has not seen any citations for violations but that may be because he does not receive this type of report. Harry Sondheim encouraged adoption of a policy requiring enforcement. Policies on what patrol officers do in this neighborhood would have to be set by the Police Commission.

7.2.2. LAPD Police Recruiting (Conroy Gibson) – not present.

7.2.3. LA County Beaches and Harbors – Barry Kurtz, Transportation Engineer, Consultant to LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors, reported on the following projects affecting Pacific Palisades:
(1) ) signal modification at PCH and Gladstone’s – Project is funded and underway. The signal will control traffic in and out of the parking lot (which is for the public as well as Gladstone’s patrons). He will recommend that right turns on red light out of the lot be prohibited;
(2) PCH Shoulder Restoration – This project, which will add a shoulder for bicyclists and pedestrians at the pinch point on the ocean side of PCH near the Bel Air Bay Club, has funding and construction is targeted for mid-2008;
(3) Pedestrian path adjacent to bike path from Will Rogers parking lot to Santa Monica – He is working on getting funding and would welcome PPCC support; (4) 3-lane left turn from Temescal – This area is subject to Caltrans’ jurisdiction, which can make design exceptions where, as here, the roadway is too narrow. He will try to get Caltrans to approve the addition of a third lane.

Gil Dembo moved that the PPCC write letters supporting the pedestrian path and 3-lane left-turn proposals. George Wolfberg seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously. Mr. Kurtz will provide the Chair with the appropriate entities and language for the letters.

7.2.4. New Director of the Palisades Recreation Center - David Johnson, the new Director, was introduced. He previously worked at the Penmar Recreation Center and has a background in sports clinics and boys’ camps. Mr. Johnson responded to questions from the Board as follows: (1) concerns regarding off-leash dogs should be reported to him; (2) he is open to suggestions for classes and activities for seniors, but it is difficult to create a senior center without a separate building for that purpose; and (3) the community can help the Recreation Center by donating money earmarked for particular programs. Donation forms are available at park office. Barbara Kohn suggested that as a future agenda item the Board consider making a donation to the park.

7.2.5. Councilman Rosendahl’s Office: (Andrea Epstein)
1. Briefing on Electronic Waste recycling, Neil M. Guglielmo, Division Manager, Solid Resources Citywide Recycling PW/Bureau of Sanitation, passed out materials and information on the appropriate use of the blue, green and black bins. Recent additions to items that can go in the blue bins include wire hangers, aerosol and paint cans, and plastic bags. Electronic waste, e.g., printers and cables, should be taken to the Safe Collection Centers at UCLA or Hyperion or dropped off at mobile collection events. The city is also setting up partnerships with merchants who sell hazardous materials to provide for recycling of their products, e.g., Walgreen’s and Home Depot.

2. Department of Planning Mansionization Workshops - The Department of City Planning will be holding four public workshops to discuss the Neighborhood Character Study (also called the Mansionization Study) – a citywide proposal to address mansionization - on November 9, 14, 15, and 16, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Thursday, November 9, 2006 City Hall, Room 1010 200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90061

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 Valley Region Marvin Braude Building 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 1A Van Nuys, CA 90012

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 West Region Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

Thursday, November 16, 2006 South/Harbor Region Locke High School - Hobbs Hall 325 E. 111th St. Los Angeles, CA 90061

For more information, contact: Erick Lopez, (213) 978-1243, erick.lopez@lacity.org or Anita Cerna, (818) 374-5042, anita.cerna@lacity.org.

3. DWP Water Rate Action - On Wednesday, October 11, 2006, the City Council adopted the Energy and Environment Committee Report and Ordinance relative to LADWP’s proposed water rate action as previously presented to the Neighborhood Councils and other LADWP stakeholders. The proposed water rate action was approved by the LADWP Board of Commissioners at its meeting on July 25, 2006. For more information, please contact LADWP NC Liaison Greg Bartz at (213) 367-2800.

4. The Department of Recreation & Parks will host its Board of Commissioners meeting at Rustic Canyon Park on Wednesday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m.

5. Status of Tree Trimming in the Huntington Palisades – no report

6. Los Angeles City Crisis Response Team – Training for new members will be offered from January 23-March 15, 2007. Volunteers respond when requested by the LAPD and LAFD to major traffic accidents, fires, homicides and other crises. Interested individuals should contact the Crisis Response Team, Office of the Mayor, Homeland Security & Public Safety Dep’t, 200 N. Spring St., Room 303, L.A. 90012, Jeff Zimerman, CRT Manager, 213-978-0697, lacrt@lacityorg.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors

7.3.1. Nomination of and Vote on Area and At-Large Alternate Representatives – Flo Elfant reported that the Committee has nominated the following alternates: Area 1 – Norma Spak; Area 2 - Peter Culhane; Area 3 – Mike Stryer; Area 4 – Bob Baker; Area 5 – Nancy Marsden; Area 6 – Karyn Weber; Area 7 – Cathy Russell; Area 8 - Reza Akef; At-Large – Quentin Fleming. The nominations were approved by acclamation and the committee was thanked for its hard work.

7.3.2. Update on the plans for the Potluck Dinner - Marguerite Perkins Mautner took a head count and requested contributions for the potluck dinner on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the Temescal Canyon Dining Hall. The Council approved her purchase of tablecloths as a gift for use of the hall.

7.3.3. Update on 1115 Via de la Paz status report by the Civic League - Carl Mellinger reported that the Civic League has no information suggesting that the project is within its purview, so it will take no action at this time.

7.3.4. Temescal Canyon Rescue -George Wolfberg reported that in light of the recent problems encountered in rescuing a hiker in Temescal Canyon, the Temescal Canyon Association is going to look into improving trail markings. TCA has also provided trail maps to Fire Station 69.

7.3.5. Temescal Canyon Association – The TCA Annual Meeting will be held on Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Temescal Canyon Dining Hall. Assemblywoman Fran Pavley will speak.

7.3.6. Palisades Holiday events, free parking, and food and toy drives - Sandy Eddy announced the following Chamber events: (1) Thanksgiving Food drive, coordinated by Chamber member Palisades Cares, now through 11/20. Food donations are being collected at Mogans, Ralphs and First Federal; (2) Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa arrives in the Village on Friday, December 8,at 5 p.m. This is a free event. Santa will be available until 8 p.m.; (3) Free parking will be available in the Village and Marquez business district on Saturday, December 9, courtesy of Mogans, Dr. Musto, the Chamber, DOT and Councilman Rosendahl to encourage residents to “Shop the Palisades”; (4) Details of the annual toy drive will be announced.

7.3.7. ITN - Mary Cole reported that Carol Hurley has suggested that the Council donate $1,000 to ITN, the new transportation system trying to get off the ground in Santa Monica. There are many seniors in the Palisades who would benefit from this new program.

7.3.8. Gourmet shop/deli – Jack Allen reported that a mitigated negative declaration is pending in connection with the application for a conditional use permit by a gourmet shop/deli to be located at 1013-1018 N. Swarthmore and open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Documents are available for review at City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Room 750, LA 90012, by calling 213-978-1332 a day in advance. Comments can also be faxed to 213-978-1343. Review/comment period ends November 29, 2006.

8. Old Business -

None

9. New Business -

None

10. General Public Comment –

June Payne announced via written communication to the Chair that the League of Women Voters has published an updated version of Los Angeles: Structure of a City Government. New and ongoing members of the Board are encouraged to read this valuable publication on how the city works. The copy can be checked out from the PPCC Secretary, Susan Nash, snash1@earthlink.net (310-459-2021).

11. Adjournment –

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Minutes of Board Meeting – December 14, 2006

Voting Members in attendance: Steve Boyers, Richard Cohen, Ted Mackie, Susan Nash, Marguerite Perkins Mautner, Kurt Toppel, Barbara Kohn, Janet Turner, Patti Post, Sandy Eddy, Harry Sondheim, Stuart Muller, George Wolfberg, Gil Dembo, Alice Beagles, Paul Glasgall, Lorraine Oshins, Wendy Suhr

Advisors and Alternates: Norma Spak, Mary Cole, Haldis Toppel, Flo Elfant, Karyn Weber, Nancy Marsden, Kris Kelley, Ron Dean, Mike Stryer

1. Reading of Community Council's Mission from the Bylaws –

Steve Boyers read the mission statement.

2. Introduction of the Board and Audience –

The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Members of the Board and audience introduced themselves.

3. Certification of Quorum -

The Chair certified that a quorum was present.

4. Adoption of Minutes –

Marguerite Perkins Mautner moved and Harry Sondheim seconded that the minutes from the November 9, 2006, be adopted without change. The motion was adopted unanimously.

5. Consideration of Agenda -

The Chair reviewed the agenda.

6. Treasurer's Report -

The Treasurer reported that as of December 14, 2006, there is $10,183.35 in the checking account; $4,799.05 in the savings account; and $10,640.47 in the Smith Barney CD, for a total of $25,622.87.

7. Reports, Announcements and Concerns -

7.1. Announcements from the Chair
7.1.1. The next meeting is on January 11, 2007.

7.1.2. PPCC Member Organizations and Clubs – Representatives and Alternates were introduced.

7.1.3. Marquez Traffic Meeting – Phil Hollis, Principal of Marquez Charter School, will be hosting a meeting at the school, 16821 Marquez Ave, (310) 454-4019, on Friday, December 15th at 10:30 am to discuss a traffic plan and to brainstorm about ideas to improve traffic and parking in the area.

7.1.4. State of the Council Address – The Chair reiterated the views expressed in his recent article in the Palisadian-Post and encouraged everyone in the community to participate. Jack Allen’s quick work in getting the Council’s position regarding the proposed operation of Picnic (see 7.3.1. below) communicated and the resulting agreement resolving the Council’s concerns is an example of how effective the Council can be in helping preserve and improve the quality of life in the community.
7.2. Announcements from Governmental Representatives
7.2.1. Report from the Mayor’s Office (John Brady) – not present.

7.2.2. LAPD – report by Sgt, Podesta or Officer Moore – not present.

7.2.3 LAFD – report by Fire Captain – not present.
7.3. Announcements from Board Members and Advisors
7.3.1. Picnic – Jack Allen announced the results of the hearing on the conditional use permit and variance proposed by Picnic, a new store to open on Swarthmore. Picnic’s owners have dropped their original request to sell beer and wine until 2 a.m. and have agreed to restrict such sales to the hours between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Picnic has also agreed to provide the necessary parking for its employees.

7.3.2. Disaster Preparedness – Flo Elfant announced that the Palisades Post of the American Legion has installed a complete communications center and will be purchasing a van and offering lessons on ham radio operation, putting it in the forefront of a national agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and 15,000 American Legion posts to introduce disaster preparedness measures in their communities. The National Commander will be visiting this post on Dec. 21.

7.3.3. CVS Store –Stuart Muller announced that the Design Review Board has concluded that the CVS signs are not in compliance with the Village Specific Plan. He will be heading up a community effort to end sign abuse.

8. Old Business

9. New Business

9.1 Palisades PRIDE Benches -

Bob Jeffers, Chairman of Palisades PRIDE, has requested that the Council sign on in support of the letter attached to the agenda asking the City of L.A. to issue a “blanket” permit authorizing the installation of PRIDE benches and trash receptacles. Gil Dembo moved and Kurt Toppel seconded a motion that the Council sign on, with the correction that the letter be addressed to the Bureau of Engineering. The motion passed unanimously.

9.2 Certificates of Appreciation –

The Chair issued Certificates of Appreciation to Milt Weiner, Wally Miller, Joe Almarez, Jean Gold Friedman, Jody Rachmil, Sam Stigler, Steve Lantz and Bill Neimann for their service on the Council. A plaque was presented to Chair Emeritus Kurt Toppel with much appreciation for his many contributions.

9.3 Holiday Party Appreciation -

On behalf of the Council, Margerite Perkins Mautner presented a gift of tablecloths to Joyce Whitehead the Temescal Gateway Park manager in appreciation for the use of the dining room and other assistance provided for the Holiday Potluck.

10. General Public Comment –

Harry Sondheim expressed appreciation to Marguerite Perkins Mautner and Mary Cole for a great job on organizing the Holiday Potluck.

11. Adjournment -

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.