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Los Angeles County Surpasses 900,000 Cases of COVID-19

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in California and Los Angeles County, Public Health is reminding businesses to operate as safely as possible.

LA County Department of Public Health reported that compliance teams continue to visit businesses to review protocols with business owners and issue citations for businesses out of compliance.

Photo by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

A total of 143 citations were issued to businesses including restaurants, gyms, salons, places of worship and shipping for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders from December 6, 2020, through January 3.

One citation was issued to Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village on Wednesday, December 16, for an unregulated facility, noncompliance to COVID-19 HOO.

A representative from Caruso did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

“Businesses that are not adhering to safety protocols to protect workers and customers contribute to increased risk for COVID-19 spread,” according to Public Health. “Because COVID-19 is spreading throughout LA County at an alarming acceleration, businesses are reminded they have a duty to protect employees, customers and residents from transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible and implement all safety measures in the business protocols that prevent COVID-19 transmission.”

Public Health reported that on average, 10 people in LA County test positive for COVID-19 every minute, at least 10 to 12% of infected people end up hospitalized, and more than 1% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 end up dying.

Two residents at Atria Park of Pacific Palisades, a senior living facility located on Sunset Boulevard, have died after previously testing positive for COVID-19, according to data from Public Health.

From its most recent full-community test on January 5, a representative from Atria Park reported all residents at the facility received negative results. One additional employee tested positive.

“On a weekly basis, we continue to test all residents and staff, under the guidance of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and as we continue the other rigorous infection control protocols we have undertaken since the pandemic began,” Jane Germaine, regional vice president of Atria Senior Living, said to the Palisadian-Post.

As the Post went to print Tuesday, January 12, Public Health had identified 944,319 positive cases of COVID-19 across the county when factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena, with a total of 12,674 deaths.

Public Health reminded the community that now, more than ever, is the time to avoid contact with others who aren’t in your household.

“The damaging impact to our families and our local hospitals from this surge is the worst disaster our county has experienced in decades,” according to Public Health. “The biggest single factor contributing to the surge comes down to the actions individuals are taking.

“We need everyone to do the right thing—to protect each other so we stop the transmission that is now occurring at epic proportions.”

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Pacific Palisades had reached 560, with 107 additional in the Palisades Highlands, as the Post went to print Tuesday evening.

Nine deaths have been reported in the Palisades.

Trash Littering Beaches and Surrounding Areas

Will Rogers State Beach
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Community members have expressed their concerns of trash found locally and on area beaches, leaving them with a lingering question: What can we do to help?

Palisadian Cheyne McClellan has recently taken action regarding the noticeable increase in trash and litter throughout Los Angeles’ city, hills and beaches by writing to various departments and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“I’ve noticed it more recently and I definitely think it’s progressively getting worse,” McClellan said to the Palisadian-Post. “I don’t know what has created the increase in the trash situation, but it appears to be worse all over. Trash is scattered everywhere, and now there are items that were not as common before COVID, such as masks and gloves, which has exacerbated the situation”

Locally founded environmental organization Resilient Palisades participated in Coastal Cleanup Day in September, coordinated by Santa Monica-based environmental organization Heal the Bay. Data reports show that single-use personal protective equipment made it on the top 10 items found by volunteers for the first time ever in 2020.

“Through our data, we can clearly see the effects of the pandemic on our waste stream,” according to Heal the Bay.

Nicole Mooradian, public information officer at the LA Department of Beaches and Harbors, told the Post excess trash at the beaches may be due to pandemic-related financial decisions.

LA County faced severe budget cuts at the wake of the novel coronavirus and at the start of the pandemic, leading to a hiring freeze. Beaches and Harbors was unable to hire seasonal ground maintenance workers and was left with a lower staffing level.

This doesn’t allot the current crew much time to pick up the tideline or parking lots.

“With all [the] restroom cleaning plus additional trash, it got to the point where we literally don’t have the resources, we don’t have the people and we don’t have the time to run an additional pick-up per day,” Mooradian said.

And without the resources for maintenance, trash begins to spread quickly.

“A lot of [people] aren’t leaving their trash out just to litter, people are putting [trash] in the bins, but the bins start overflowing and once the lids can’t shut, you’ll get seagulls and they’ll start pulling everything out,” Mooradian said. “It’s a whole lot of factors that have just made things difficult.”

Mooradian said Beaches and Harbors appreciates any help the public offers.

“Right now, due to current Public Health orders, you can’t grab a few friends and go … but if you’re taking a walk on the beach, pick up a few pieces of trash while you’re there,” she said.

Resilient Palisades is currently working on initiatives to reduce plastic and other waste items in Pacific Palisades. Its Zero Waste Team is one of four teams working on ways to reduce humanity’s ecological footprint as a community.

Resilient Palisades encouraged Palisadians to remember that much of the trash on the streets and beaches is a result of single-use items, often plastics, and to reject single use items as much as possible.

“This includes remembering to bring reusable bags to the grocery store, advocating that coffee shops start to allow reusable cups again, and rejecting plastic cutlery and paper napkins from restaurant take-out,” Co-Founder and Board President Ingrid Steinberg said to the Post.

McClellan shared hope to see change soon.

“If you look anywhere …  you see trash, and that affects everybody, it truly does,” McClellan said. “I have three young children and it breaks my heart to think if the trash is this bad now, what will it be like for them 20 years from now when they’re all adults?”

For additional resources or to help with these efforts, visit resilientpalisades.org.

New California Laws Go Into Effect

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed 372 new laws in 2020, ranging from COVID-19, minimum wage, diversification in the workplace and more. A number of new laws went into effect Friday, January 1, and will continue to go into effect throughout the year, bringing some day-to-day changes for Palisadians.

Here are a few of the new laws taking effect in California this year:

Coronavirus Exposure

One of the most significant changes is the introduction of laws pertaining to COVID-19.

Under Assembly Bill 685, employers are required to provide written notice within 24 hours to workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Employers can face fines for violations.

A second law is expanding employees’ compensation if they contract the virus at work.

The two laws will be in effect until 2023.

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage continues to rise incrementally as part of a plan to make the state’s minimum wage $15.

The $14.25 minimum wage established on July 1, 2020, for Los Angeles will go up to $15 an hour on July 1.

Fire Hazard

Introduced by California State Senator Henry Stern, CA SB 63 hopes to enact fire prevention—an issue prevalent in Pacific Palisades.

The law requires homeowners with homes in identified areas of the state as very high fire hazard severity zones to create an “ember-resistant zone” within five feet of the structure, eliminating materials that would likely be ignited by embers.

The very high fire hazard severity zone, “comprises most of the hilly and mountainous regions of the city of Los Angeles,” according to the LA Fire Department.

This includes the Palisades, the Palisades Highlands, Castellammare and portions of surrounding communities.


A law that went into effect 2019, which required all publicly owned California-based companies to have at least one woman director on the board, will now require a board with at least five members to have at least two women, and a board with six members to have three women.

Assembly Bill 97 will also require companies to hire directors from underrepresented communities, meaning individuals who self-identify as, “Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native, or who self-[identify] as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.”

The law is “designed to increase representation of women and minorities in job positions in which they are historically underrepresented,” according to the bill.


Assembly Bill 3121 establishes a task force comprised of Regents of the University of California to study, research and develop reparation proposals for African Americans, with special consideration for African Americans who are descendants of persons enslaved in the United States.

This would require the task force to “recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation,” according to the bill.

Distracted Driving

Although existing law already prohibits individuals from driving with a phone in-hand, the consequences are getting stricter.

Existing law under Assembly Bill 47 offers exemption for telephone use as described from being counted as points against a driver’s record for purposes of suspension or revocation of driving privilege.

Beginning July 1, the bill will make violations that occur within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense subject to a violation point against a driver’s record.

Palisadian Teens Create All-Purpose Handyman Service for Local Residents

Hunter Hammarberg and Sam Pass
Photo courtesy of Hunter Hammarberg


Hunter Hammarberg and Sam Pass, two 17-year-old Palisadians and Palisades Charter High School seniors, recently embarked on a business endeavor that not only gives them the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience, but one that also benefits the Palisades community.

Hammarberg and Pass created their business, Hunter and Sam’s Odd Jobs, in January 2020 at the age of 16, and it has only continued to grow since then. The services Hammarberg and Pass offer include, but are not limited to, moving, shopping, furniture assembly and basic technological support for Palisadians.

“Hunter and I have always been very hard workers with a strong passion and drive for business,” Pass explained. “We decided to create Hunter and Sam’s Odd Jobs because we were both in need of a job, and wanted to be of use to our community.”

The pair first began their business venture by posting an advertisement on Nextdoor.

“The response we got was amazing,” Hammarberg said. Since then, the business “has simply spread through word-of-mouth and positive referrals.”

Although the job requests Hammarberg and Pass receive tend to vary depending on the clients and their needs, moving has clearly been their most popular service.

“The first weeks of the pandemic were surprisingly our busiest as people scrambled to move,” Hammerberg said.

“When we first started, we had basically infinite jobs and were working almost every day,” Hammarberg continued. However, after their fast start, their business experienced “a lull over the summer.” Fortunately, the duo received more job requests in recent months, and their business is back in full swing.

“Hunter and I are both hard working, and we always wanted to make a business,” Pass said. “I got this idea one day: ‘What if we just do every kind of job for people in the Palisades?’”

With that thought, Hunter and Sam’s Odd Jobs was born.

Although the company originally started with “two hard-working friends doing all types of jobs in their local neighborhood,” Pass and Hammarberg discovered some unintended benefits from communicating with their clients.

“We get to network with different people from all over Los Angeles and hear stories about how they got where they are, and learn about their business tactics and skills,” Pass said. “I think that’s the coolest part—networking and building relationships with other businesspeople that we get to learn from.”

When starting their business, Hammarberg and Pass did not need to purchase and spend money on appliances; together, the duo already possessed all the equipment required to complete jobs.

“This isn’t a company in the typical sense where we could sell it or its assets,” Hammarberg said. “The only assets are our trucks, our tools and ourselves.”

Set to graduate from Pali High in June 2021, Hammarberg and Pass have already started to plan how they will use their business profits. Pass shared plans to “pay for college and make investments with the money [he’s] made.” Pass also shared hopes to have a future as an entrepreneur and use the tactics and skills he has “learned from clientele to continue with future business ventures.”

Similarly, Hammerberg has already accomplished what he wanted from the business, “which was to gain valuable experience and save money for the future.”

Although their business and some of the jobs have gotten more complex over time, Hunter and Sam’s Odd Jobs has preserved its original foundation.

“Two 16-year-old boys were able to create a company with a stable income and build connections with all these people—that’s what it’s all about,” Pass said.

The two high school students plan to continue Hunter and Sam’s Odd Jobs for as long as possible. Pass said that he firmly believes his work, and the experiences it comes with, have been critical to his growth as a person. Additionally, Hammerberg values his time “helping out the community, and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done.”

For any business inquiries, call 310-384-0108 or email huntersamoddjobs@gmail.com.

Captain Robert Bates Retiring from Fire Station 69

Station 69 Captain Robert Bates
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

After 33 years as a City of Los Angeles firefighter—the last four and a half at Fire Station 69 in the Palisades—Robert Bates will be retiring January 31 to begin a new and exciting chapter in his life.

“I started [in the Palisades] when they brought our fire engine back,” Bates said. “They took it away for budget cuts but I came in June 2016 because they brought it back and I had the seniority to be assigned there to work. I’ve never worked in an area that’s been as nice as the Palisades. The guys there have the most seniority and that’s because it’s highly desirable. You put in for a transfer and if you’re lucky you get assigned there.”      

Some of Bates’ fondest memories of his time in the Palisades are from the Fourth of July Parade.  

Captain Bates gives local realtor Alexandra Pfeifer and her two daughters an inside look of the fire engine at Station 69 on Sunse
Photo courtesy of Alexandra Pfeifer

“I’ve been in the truck on the parade route numerous times and I’m very blessed to have been at the parade a few times,” Bates recalled. “The Palisades is a real community-based neighborhood. The people here love the fire department and they do anything they can to support us. We have such a great relationship with the public. That’s one of the things I like most about it.”

A third-generation fireman, Bates remembers going to the fire house to visit his grandfather (long since retired) or his uncle and sliding down the pole. Once he got to high school (he graduated from Crescenta Valley High in La Crescenta in 1978), he entered the Explorer program and was well on his way to embarking on what would become his career. 

“My first three stations during my one-year probation were 81, 75 and 98—all low income neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley (Tacoma, Mission Hills and Arleta),” Bates said. “When you start they move you around a lot to get experience working in different areas and with different crews.”

Captain Robert Bates (far right) with the Station 69 crew at the Rotary Club
Salute to the Firemen at Vittorio Pizzeria in February.

Bates spent the next six years at McArthur Park, then at a station in Hollywood for one year, then in Silverlake for three a half years before returning to Station 98 in Pacoima. For three and a half years he also served as a special duty safety officer at LAFD headquarters in downtown LA.

The most challenging incidents he has faced since arriving at Station 69 are the brush fires.

“Because of them being out on the bluffs and cliffs you have to hike in just to get to the fire,” Bates explained. “I haven’t had any fatalities here in the Palisades, but the big challenge is trying to get everyone to evacuate early. I understand these are expensive homes and that you want to stay and try to save your house, but it’s not worth it to put your life at risk.”   

Bates hails from the San Fernando Valley and moved constantly growing up. That prepared him well for the life he would lead as a firefighter, where you are relocating frequently. Shifts are typically three days on, four days off, but Bates has been gone as many as 16 days at a time.

For the last 22 years, Bates, now 60, has lived in Yorba Linda—a location he chose because of the blue ribbon schools and proximity to the beach.

“I like the beach and I love to surf,” he said. “My favorite beach is San Onofre but I’ve surfed Will Rogers Beach after work many times. It’s fun!”

Bates and his beloved wife Patricia have been married 31 years. He has four children—two boys and two girls—although despite his efforts none of them have followed in their father’s footsteps.

Captain Bates and his wife Patty at the 2018 Friends of griefHaven Heart-to-Heart Gala in Marina del Rey.

“I was hoping we’d get another generation out of it,” Bates said, chuckling. “I tried to get them into firefighting…   but it was not their cup of tea.

His oldest son Bobby, 33, drives heavy equipment for an asphalt company in Nampa, Idaho (around 20 miles west of Boise) and has a 5-year-old son David whom Robert hopes to visit more when he retires; his second son Brian, 31, is a manager at Trader Joe’s in Huntington Beach; his older daughter Emily, 30, handles social media for PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and is a diver herself. She also enjoys surfing with her dad; and 19-year-old Alexandria is a student at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.   

As one of two captains per shift, Bates is in charge of supervising 10 other individuals, driving the fire engine and is responsible when someone gets hurt in the line of duty.

“After you do it day in and day out, you get used to being in emergency situations,” he said. “I’ve seen elderly people in distress, decapitations, you name it. You try to learn how to deal with it by talking about the incident. Especially when you get a young child pass away or a bad fire or a drive-by shooting. Here, medical calls are the most common for sure. Probably 90 percent of calls are medical. Fortunately there aren’t as many fires in the Palisades.”

Faith is a huge part of Bates’ life (he and his wife have attended Calvary Community Church in Brea for seven years) and will continue to be as he transitions into life as a retiree.   

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the Lord,” Bates said. “I’m blessed to have the career I do and to be able to help people. In the next chapter the Lord has another plan, but I’ll continue to volunteer cooking at my church. Also, I plan to do a lot of traveling and, of course, surfing. I love to cook. I enjoy making lunch or dinner for the guys at the station, but you have to be prepared to drop everything and go.”

What will he remember most about being captain at Station 69?

“The thing I’ll remember most is how well the support from the community has been,” Bates said. “I’ve never experienced that at any other district. It takes my breath away. That’s what I’m going to take away from this experience. Everyone is so supportive and so kind.


‘Trash Problem’

This letter was sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and has been printed here with permission from the author.

I hope this email finds you well. I know you have your hands full at the moment and thank you for all that you are doing to navigate us through COVID. I appreciate your efforts and can’t imagine the immense responsibility you must feel. While I know you are consumed with so much, I have reached out to various departments regarding the massive increase in trash and litter scattered throughout Los Angeles and have been ignored, so now I am reaching out to you! I am wondering what has changed and how we can find ways to decrease the trash scattered all throughout the city, beaches, hills. It is a real problem and if it is not addressed soon, it will become the norm. Yesterday, I was driving on PCH and trash was blowing throughout the lanes and I thought to myself, when did this become normal? It can’t be. So here I am emailing you to make an effort to see change, as we cannot let this become the new norm. The oceans are being contaminated with trash, the drains are clogged with trash (need new grills to protect), wildlife is eating plastics and things that can kill them, and our children deserve better for their future. We are going backwards, not forwards.

This is a worldwide issue obviously, but every city needs to do its part, and Los Angeles is doing an embarrassing job. The freeways need to be cleaned up and debris needs to be removed (perhaps CalTrans?), as at times they are now dangerous to drive on. The hillsides need to be cleaned up, as trash is just nestled everywhere and potentially could be a fire hazard. Trash bins with proper lids that close should replace bins all along the beach cities because of the intense winds blowing trash out of the bins (i.e. Temescal Canyon). Homeless camps need to be regulated better—they should not be allowed to live under the freeways and start fires (I had to call 911 recently to report one) and literally trash the city. I know you referenced a while back that the trash increase was due to illegal dumping, and that may be part of it, but there are multiple issues and they all need to be addressed. If we do not take care of this planet, we have no back up plan. We need to get this disgusting trash issue under control and stop poisoning beautiful Los Angeles.

Perhaps a task force can be put together to address this dire situation. It’s for all of us and the future of our children.

Cheyne McClellan, Pacific Palisades Resident

Your Two Cents’ Worth


Agreed Erewhon does not social distance. I’ve walked out several times. I suggested a chalkboard to list items at the hot food counter when they told me they couldn’t put up a menu because the items change constantly. It’s impossible to see what they have unless you go up close and that’s where the cluster is really terrible.


I am sure you have all heard it but I personally don’t think you have heard it enough. Neighbors please continue to be careful and cautious with this virus. You do not want to end up on a ventilator, the situation is horrific in our county unfortunately. Focus on protecting yourself, your loved ones and on getting out of this thing safely.


I’m a resident of the Palisades and I recently had some mail stolen in the village – several times. I used the drive-thru mailbox across from Noah’s. Others are experiencing this too, according to Nextdoor. I can’t put a note on the mailbox, because that’s illegal but I want to help residents. This is a warning – the thieves stole checks, it was super stressful. Thank you and stay healthy.


I was all set to debunk the “Green Tip” Leaf Blower article that said a 25 to 30cc two stroke leaf blower was as polluting as a 1100 mile trip in a car, assuming an average 2 litre (2000cc) 4 cylinder gas engine. But! Before digging myself into a hole, I thought I’d research it and, I WAS WRONG! Turns out the leaf blowers really are “dirty” machines and one study said “If you look at the unburnt hydrocarbons you find that this leaf blower in 30 minutes of operation…is, in fact, emitting more hydrocarbons than driving an Ford F- 150 or any light-duty pick up from New York City to Los Angeles”! A Ford F-150 has a 2.7 litre econo V-6 option to a stomping 5.7 litre V-8 and I assume they were using the smaller engine to compare, but still! Time to go electric or battery, eh! Also, Ford should start an as campaign: The F-150, less polluting than a leaf blower!

Green II

Thank you so much for partnering with Resilient and giving your Green Tip last week! Palisadians are usually so community and health conscious, but regularly forget (or ignore) how harmful, disgusting, and disrespectful gas blowers are. They are banned for good reason. There is no excuse for any resident of the Palisades to have a gardener who still uses a gas blower!


Huntington Palisades is the bougiest neighborhood but the sign looks like you’re entering a campground!

Got something to say? Call (310) 454-1321 or email 2cents@palipost.com and get those kudos or concerns off your chest. Names will not be used.

Neighborhood News

Dr. Dre’s Home Targeted in Burglary Suspects Arrested in the Palisades | Pacific Palisades

Hip hop artist and music producer Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Tuesday, January 5, after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Shortly after the news was reported, four individuals were seen on Dre’s Brentwood property. Security reportedly confronted the individuals and called the police.

LAPD confirmed with the Palisadian-Post that three men and one woman were arrested for attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools at Capri and Pavia in Pacific Palisades, and an arrest report has been completed.

The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration.

Dre shared in an Instagram post that he was doing well and is expected to return home soon.

“Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team,” he wrote on Instagram. “I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”


Topanga Canyon Gallery Invites Community to New Show | Topanga

Topanga Canyon Gallery’s “New Year, New Dreams” opened to the public Saturday, January 9, and will be open to visitors weekends through January 31, and virtually for the remainder of the month.

“With an eclectic array of fine art ‘New Year, New Dreams’ showcases the work of 16 local professional artists, each bringing their unique style and vision to their art,” according to the gallery. “That vision, they all agree, is based on looking forward; not to deny the continued challenge today, but with knowledge and faith that an end is in sight and that’s where the artists have chosen to focus.”

Topanga Canyon Gallery is located at the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Road at 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 109.

To view or purchase from the collection “New Year, New Dreams,” visit topangacanyongallery.com.


Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Run for LA County Supervisor | Pacific Palisades

State legislator Richard Bloom, who represents Assembly District 50, which comprises Pacific Palisades, announced Wednesday, January 6, that he would run to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who decided she will not seek a third term.

“I am running for LA County supervisor because I want to build on Supervisor Kuehl’s progressive legacy and tackle the many critical issues that we face,” Bloom said in a statement. “I will fight for humane solutions to our housing and homelessness crisis. Along with investment in affordable housing, that will mean doubling down on improving our public health, mental health and justice systems.

“I believe my background and experience are ideally suited to helping address the many issues that face the residents of Los Angeles County.”

By August, an independent redistricting commission will determine new Board of Supervisor district boundaries. Although redistricting is expected to offer uncertainty, Bloom is reportedly determined to move ahead with his campaign.



Stolen Vehicle

1200 Rimmer, January 6 between 6:15 and 8 a.m. The suspect took victim’s vehicle from a garage using keys left in the vehicle.


16100 Sunset, January 9 between 5 and 7 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s apartment through a patio door and took jewelry.

Burglary/Theft from Vehicle

Will Rogers State Park Rd/Villa Woods Dr, January 4 between 1:45 and 11 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took a purse and credit cards.

15900 Temescal St, January 8 between 2 and 3 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took money and credit cards.

1500 Will Rogers State Park Rd, January 8 between 2:30 and 4 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took money, clothing and headphones.

500 Los Liones, January 6 between 10:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took money and a wallet.

15900 Pacific Coast Hwy, January 7 between 12:30 and 3 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took a purse and car key.


15100 Sunset, January 9 at 1 p.m. The suspects tricked victim into giving them $5,000 to fix dents on a vehicle bumper.

Provided by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore. In case of emergency, call 911. To report a non-emergency, call 877-275-5273.

A Green New Year

Photo courtesy of Greg & Lois Nunes

The Palisadian-Post has teamed up with locally founded environmental nonprofit Resilient Palisades to deliver a weekly “green tip” to readers.

Resilient Palisades hopes your new year is off to a good start! If you’re looking to get a fresh start on a more resilient future, here a few things you and your family can do to help address some of our most pressing environmental (and social) issues. Together, Palisadians can build a safer, cleaner and plain better community and country.

Energy: Sign up for clean energy through your utility provider. Fifty percent of California’s energy is still sourced from coal.

Water: We live in a Mediterranean climate, and our water is shipped from northern California and the Colorado River. Rethink your lawns, landscape with low-water plants and mulch to help retain moisture in your soil.

Air: Although they continue to be the norm, one of the most passé and archaic behaviors we partake in on a daily basis is the use gas-powered gardening equipment. You can reduce your family’s output of thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde and other noxious chemicals into your home and backyard.

Speak with your gardener about making the shift to zero-emission equipment (rebates of up to 75% off through the South Coast Air Quality Management District on commercial-grade alternatives).

Waste: There is no “away.” Landfill space is actually shrinking with valuable materials that can be composted, recycled or downcycled. If you’re not ready to compost at home, services like Compost Carriers and Compostable LA will pick up your food waste and compost it for you. Visit LA Public Works website for free electronic and HHW drop-off locations.

Transportation: Have you ever considered that we are never “stuck” in traffic but that we “are” traffic? Before leaving home, group your errands together to reduce your driving footprint.

Toxins: Clever marketing has us thinking we need harsh chemicals to clean everything from our hair to our floors. Spend one day with your family and look up the ingredients of products from your bathroom to your broom cabinet. Then visit EWG.org to find out how these chemicals are affecting your household—your two- as well as your four-legged family members—and make the switch to safer alternatives.