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Public Health Restricts Dining In Throughout County Amid COVID-19 Surge

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Palisadian dining establishments are once again pivoting operations following an updated Los Angeles County Health Officer Order that restricts dining in at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars throughout the county as the five-day average of new cases of COVID-19 increased to more than 4,000.

Public Health reported in a statement released Sunday, November 22, that COVID-19 cases remain at “alarming levels” and “the number of people hospitalized” continues to increase.

Modifications to the health order, which had previously allowed for outdoor dining, were slated to take effect Wednesday, November 25, at 10 p.m.

Efforts to block the measure both in the courts and at the county Board of Supervisors failed on Tuesday, November 24.

“I don’t think we have the data to prove that outdoor dining is driving the recent surge in cases, nor do we have the data to assure us that this action will turn our case numbers around,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement following the decision. “I am also very worried that it will drive more people to indoor gathering.”

City Council voted the same day 11-3 in favor of  asking Public Health to rescind the decision to end in-person outdoor dining, but the matter ultimately is decided at the county level.

“To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru and delivery services,” Public Health reported. “In-person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next three weeks.”

The updated order follows thresholds that were established last week calling for additional actions throughout LA County if the five-day average of cases was at 4,000 or more or hospitalizations were more than 1,750 per day.

“If the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, a Targeted Safer at Home Order will be issued for three weeks,” according to information provided by Public Health.

On Monday, November 23, Public Health reported 6,124 new COVID-19 cases—its highest to date—though 1,500 cases were deemed backlog after weekend delays.

“The county is experiencing a steeper increase in daily cases of COVID-19 than seen during the summer surge in June and July,” Public Health reported in the statement. “From June 20 through July 3, average daily cases increased 43%. From October 31 through November 13, the average daily cases have increased 108%. Public Health is not confident these numbers will decrease this week since new case numbers reflect actions people were taking a couple of weeks ago.”

The number of COVID-19 workplace outbreaks across multiple sectors were increasing at “alarming levels,” according to Public Health.

“The data emphasizes some of the ripple effects we are seeing as COVID-19 cases across the county are surging,” Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer shared in the statement. “At the end of the day, more people are becoming infected at their jobs and this results in more transmission back in the community.”

Public Health reported that it is closely tracking the number of positive cases among healthcare workers to be sure “we have sufficient healthcare workers to staff our facilities and care for patients.”

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had reached 374,134 throughout the county when factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena with 7,497 deaths as the Palisadian-Post went to print Tuesday. There were 213 cases in Pacific Palisades, with an additional 45 in Palisades Highlands.

“These are the most dangerous moments since the first days of this pandemic,” Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote in a tweet on Monday, November 23. “It’s not too late to turn things around, but time is running out.”

PPTFH Hosts Mental Health Discussion at Recent Meeting

Sharon Browning
Photo courtesy of PPTFH

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter 

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness hosted an online community meeting Monday, November 16, to discuss an uptick of mentally ill homeless individuals across Los Angeles.

Sharon Browning, co-chair of PPTFH, spearheaded the meeting and humanized the issues the task force has dealt with when performing outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness. She did this by sharing anecdotes of those who camp among the streets of the Palisades or at Will Rogers State Beach—highlighting the fact that there are some individuals unable to communicate with the outreach team, or who they find covered in dirt and sores.

“We have other individuals on our streets in similar conditions who we are helplessly watching deteriorate, it’s hard on all of us to stand by and watch,” Browning said. “It’s hard to explain to others who don’t understand why this is allowed, and are frightened and disturbed by what they see.”

Browning said since the task force began in 2016, seven severely mentally ill individuals living unsheltered have died. She said PPTFH feels strongly about making progress in the area of mental health and is seeking tools, treatment, facilities and legislation to facilitate this.

“We need a way to start to look at this issue and how we can make a difference,” she said.

PPTFH invited LaTina Jackson, deputy director at LA County Department of Mental Health, as a guest speaker. She said the degree of unsheltered homelessness in LA County is the largest in the country, largely due to economics, such as the cost of housing.

“This is certainly the most pressing issue of our time,” Jackson said.

Jackson works with Homeless Outreach Mobile Engagement teams and spoke about the new Department of Mental Health pilot program, which is meant to help gravely disabled homeless individuals who refuse mental health services.

She explained generalist teams provide support for immediate needs such as clothing and medical treatment, while specialty mental health teams provide specialized care for individuals with severe mental illness, street-based psychiatric assessment, housing placement and support, and more.

“The generalist teams really approach the homeless dilemma in Los Angeles County as sort of a … wide approach,” Jackson said. “The HOME team’s focus is very narrow, for individuals who are experiencing serious mental illness unsheltered.”

The Board of Supervisors passed a motion for the HOME team to participate in a pilot program starting in June of this year, Jackson explained, which has allowed them to initiate outpatient conservatorship. A conservatorship appoints a court-ordered guardian or protector to manage the affairs and finances of someone who is experiencing mental illness. Jackson emphasized that conservatorship is not taken lightly.

The benefits to the outpatient process include the application of a much-needed avenue to initiate care for people who are chronically severely impaired by their mental illness and chronically homeless. There is a continuity of care, meaning that the team knows the people they are trying to assist.

The process also assumes that recovery is possible, Jackson said.

Nick Holt and Maureen Cyr, who oversee the HOME teams in the Palisades, offered some insight on plans moving forward: “One of the things that Nick and I have worked on in the last years has been to continually educate,” Cyr said.

The next PPTFH community meeting is planned for January 25, 2021.

Pali High Board of Trustees Discusses Academic Updates as eLearning Continues

Members of the board
Photo courtesy of Pali High

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

During the Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, November 17, members discussed updates regarding academics as distance learning continues in the 2020-21 school year.

Previous meetings covered the progress of the Academic Accountability Committee, which is a stakeholder board level committee that focuses on student achievement and examines academic data to ensure Pali High is complying with state and charter accountability measures, according to the school’s website. Since those discussions, teacher Brenda Clarke has been elected as chair and non-traveling parent board member Jewlz Fahn has been elected as vice-chair.

“We [would like to] immediately try and alleviate some of the stress on students and help everybody move forward together as a team with the intention of helping as many students as possible succeed to their best ability,” Clarke said during the meeting. “We are going to be sympathetic to any and all concerns of students and incorporate that into our thinking as teachers.”

After reviewing the policies across the school and hearing stakeholder input, the Academic Accountability Committee discussed its review of the eLearning grading policies and suggested to the board to pass them with a few conditions.

The committee compiled three main points: faculty should research the damaging effect of the zero in a traditional 100-point grading scale; continue revising category descriptions so they are explicit, consistent, and help students better understand how they are being graded; and discuss and plan recovery pathways for reteaching and reassessing students who are not meeting standards or targets for both the fall and spring semesters.

Departments were slated to meet Friday, November 20, and the administration directed that the items be placed on their agendas. After the department meeting, the Curriculum Council will confer the points and discuss any changes that need to be made to the grading policies.

If there are changes to make, the Academic Accountability Council will come back to the board for approval from UTLA and the Memorandum of Understanding would need to be discussed, according to Clarke.

A motion was unanimously passed during the meeting to approve the eLearning policies as submitted by the various departments, along with the recommendations from the Academic Accountability Committee.

Principal Dr. Pamela Magee praised the Academic Accountability Council for its efforts.

“They are bringing great energy to … focusing and looking at curriculum policies and practices, we are all at Pali dedicated to student learning,” Magee said. “And despite the challenges … we are truly focused on trying to do what we can to make improvement.”

Magee also discussed the prospects of returning to campus, with plans to send surveys out to better understand the conditions in which students would feel comfortable returning. Magee confirmed that an eLearning environment will always be an option for families who may not feel comfortable returning when the time comes.

“We have our fingers crossed that will be in the not-so-distant future,” Magee said. “Our campus is working very hard to make sure we know what the protocols would be.”

Russell Howard, assistant principal of athletics, said students are slated to return to campus for conditioning in small cohorts—following Los Angeles County guidelines—on Monday, November 30.

“We may have something from a Newsom, a Garcetti, even a Beutner may [say] something that changes this overnight,” Howard said. “On-campus conditioning is a concern … we are in a deep purple condition in LA County, and I don’t see it getting better.”

Board Member Adam Glazer expressed his concern: “The NFL can’t stop these outbreaks and they have the highest technology and equipment, our numbers are climbing like crazy right now … do we really think that with the virus going up that we can stop a breakout from occurring?”

“There are no guarantees,” Howard responded, assuring the board, however, that procedures will be in place, including health checks, face coverings and more.

Students are also responsible for getting to campus on their own, no transportation will be provided. Conditioning is completely voluntary for both coaches and athletes, and neither will be penalized for not participating.

A motion was approved to go forward with the plan.

The board’s next meeting will take place over Zoom on Tuesday, December 8.

Councilmember Bonin Hosts ‘Crime and Public Safety’ Town Hall

Councilmember Bonin
Photo courtesy of Zoom

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

More than 400 attendees virtually tuned into Councilmember Mike Bonin’s most recent Town Hall, which focused on the topic of crime and public safety for just under two hours on Monday evening, November 16.

Bonin was joined by Chief of Los Angeles Police Department Michel Moore and City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Jeff Gorell to provide brief overviews before responding to a series of questions from constituents and Angelenos.

“We’re living in very strange and uncertain and turbulent times right now,” Bonin shared at the start of the town hall. “We have a raging pandemic that continues to have increasing numbers that are killing our neighbors and loved ones.”

He then explained that at the same time, largely due to the pandemic and ensuing closures, Los Angeles is facing what he described as an “unprecedented financial crisis.”

“This year’s budget was unveiled in April—there was a best case scenario that we would be in a hole of $50 million, in a worst-case scenario, $400 million,” Bonin explained. “It turns out now that perhaps our best-case scenario is $500 or $600 million, and we are almost halfway through the fiscal year.”

He said the city of LA is in a “moment of deep pain and deep reckoning” when it comes to its budget, and that cuts will be felt throughout the entire city—including LAPD.

Moore began his address to the town hall by touching on his time as chief, which began two and a half years ago, explaining that “effective partnerships” and “shared responsibility” of public safety are paramount to LAPD’s success.

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore said the “city is still reeling,” that it is trying to come to terms with understanding the “fiscal disaster” caused by the pandemic. Part of that, he explained, has been cutting back in police staffing.

Largely through attrition, LAPD will reduce its number of personnel—but will continue to have a presence in all 21 of the designated areas within its jurisdiction.

“These staffing levels are challenging,” Moore shared. “These are staffing levels that we have not seen in more than a decade.”

Moore added that LAPD will continue to invest in its community and partnerships, including staying invested with senior leads, the Community Safety Partner bureau, and with outreach and engagement at the neighborhood level.

According to information provided by Moore, though crime in Los Angeles is down by about 9%, there have been increases in shooting violence and homicide throughout the city. The decreases are seen in areas that are impacted by COVID-19, such as thefts because retail establishments have been closed and burglaries where people are staying home.

Moore added LAPD needs additional volunteers—he began an endeavor a couple of years ago to build up a volunteer corps. He described volunteer positions as “COVID safe,” that volunteers assist at station houses and can help on citizen patrols.

A majority of the questions that were addressed during the Q&A portion of the town hall were related to crime and public safety in the Venice area, which is facing potential cuts to its beach detail program and has seen an increase in people experiencing homelessness.

“The way to make sure that we do not have tents on our sidewalks is to make sure that people don’t have to live in tents,” Bonin shared. “That’s the simple equation.”

Gorell joined the conversation to explain that “there’s not a day that goes by that [Mayor Eric Garcetti] is not focused on homelessness and on crime associated with homelessness.”

“We’re constantly learning,” Gorell said. “It’s not that we’re not taking the lessons and moving forward and trying to think outside of the box, every single day that’s happening.”

In order to achieve this, Bonin said, efforts to house individuals need to be ramped up, that the “city needs to break its addiction on slow and expensive solutions” and invest in more immediate ideas.

Moore was asked a series of questions about how LAPD will meet budget cuts: Bonin explained that one way is that officers will no longer respond to traffic collisions with no crime, which will free up additional resources to respond to 911 calls and patrol. Reports will be shifted to an online form.

“People are going to feel that pinch,” Moore said. “That’s not meant to be punishing, it’s meant to say, let’s think about that—an officer spends about two and a half hours on the traffic collision investigation that doesn’t result in any criminal prosecution, it’s a report that’s generated for insurance purposes or statistical computation.”

A bulk of the conversation was focused on the 4.5 million calls to 911 centers each year—most of which are not a police or fire matter. But because LAPD is on-call 24/7, they end up responding to a majority of the calls that come in—for example, responding to a vicious dog in the neighborhood call because Animal Control is not available at the time.

“These are tough times and these are tough issues and tough decisions to be made going forward,” Bonin shared at the conclusion of the town hall. “And there times there is not going to be universal agreement on everything, but what I heard tonight was a considerable amount of common ground between the panelists, which is that we need to be creating the alternative responses so that LAPD is not the agency that gets called for every single thing in the city of Los Angeles.”

Other town halls, which will be on topics such as mental health, are in the works for future dates.

Neighborhood News

PCH Fatality | Castellammare

A vehicle in Pacific Palisades left the roadway and crashed into two parked vehicles, leaving one man dead and three individuals critically injured early Saturday morning, November 21.

The vehicle was headed southbound on Pacific Coast Highway when it steered off the road and struck the two vehicles, according to Officer Jeffrey Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.

The crash was reported at 3:38 a.m. in the 17800 block of Pacific Coast Highway, and forced a closure of the northbound and southbound lanes from Sunset Boulevard to Coastline Drive, according to Caltrans.

Paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 3:42 a.m. and reported that three people were critically injured, and another suffered minor injuries. All were transported to area hospitals, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The deceased was later identified as David Martinez, 28. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez was sitting inside one of the parked vehicles, according to Lee.

City News Service contributed to this report.

—LILY TINOCO


LAFD Extinguishes Condominium Fire | The Highlands

Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a fire Saturday night, November 21, inside a three-story condominium in the Highlands neighborhood that was first reported at 8:40 p.m.

Thirty-one firefighters were sent to the scene, which was reported to be in the 17000 block of Palisades Circle, according to LAFD Spokesperson Brian Humphrey.

The fire began in the fireplace/chimney area, Humphrey wrote, and extended into the attic. The flames were knocked down in about 31 minutes.

No victims were reported and the cause of the fire remained under investigation, according to Humphrey.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Hiker Rescue | Santa Monica Mountains

A ground and air response by Los Angeles Fire Department was launched at dusk on Saturday, November 21, to find and assist two uninjured but lost hikers east of the Temescal Canyon Fire Road, according to LAFD Spokesperson Brian Humphrey. The incident was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The LAFD helicopter crew located the hikers and were reported to hoist them into the hovering copter before transporting them to or nearby the trailhead where their vehicle was parked.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Cliff Rescue | Via Bluffs

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported person trapped on the cliffside near 15500 W Via De Las Olas, according to LAFD’s Margaret Stewart.

“Firefighters located an approximately 30 [year-old] female with non-life-threatening injuries stuck in a location (in brush on a steep hillside with no footing) in which a hoist operation is the preferred approach,” Stewart reported.

Due to minimal visibility caused by fog, an alternate plan was developed and firefighters were able to safely bring the “patient back up to ground level and transported her to the hospital.”

—SARAH SHMERLING

Sharing Gratitude

Ahead of Thanksgiving, we asked our Junior Reporters what they are most thankful for in 2020.


Payton Whalen

Photo courtesy of Payton Whalen

During this time of year, everyone is thinking about what they are thankful for. There are many things I am grateful for.

I am thankful for my family. We have been able to spend more time with each other this year. They always have my back. Even if some of my family are farther away, they still are always there for me, comforting me and making me laugh.

I am also thankful for all of my friends. I have so many memories of my friends from near and far. I know I can count on them whenever.

Another thing I am thankful for is my school. Although we can’t all be on campus right now, my school has done an amazing job with everything. I love the teachers and kids.

Furthermore, I’m thankful for my town. I love the Palisades; there are so many things to do and places to go. I love the events they have for everyone. It has been incredibly helpful throughout this tough year. Most of the businesses and restaurants have tried to stay open, so everyone can stay connected.

This year might be a little different from most, but I am still so thankful for all that I have.


Reagan Whalen

There are a lot of things to be grateful for in life. Some of these things we take for granted, like school. Some kids may think that school is a waste of time, and that those who don’t go to school or have homework are lucky. But that could not be further from the truth.

Photo courtesy of Reagan Whalen

This Thanksgiving I have a totally different perspective on things because of COVID. I used to take regular school for granted, but now I miss it more than ever. I miss learning in class with my teachers. I miss goofing around with my friends and sitting with ALL of them during lunch instead of just in my cohort. And most of all, I miss seeing my friends smile without a mask.

Not going to school is hard. But having my family with me has made it easier. I am so grateful to have my brother, my sister, my mom, my dad and my dog with me. Even if something totally unexpected happens, we are a family and we will figure it out together.

So, this Thanksgiving I am going to be grateful for my family and I hope we return to school soon.


Audrey Smith

Photo courtesy of Sara Klenoff

October 17, 2020. A day to remember in a year to forget.

On that day, I became a bat mitzvah—an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community. I chanted my Torah portion, not in a synagogue, but in a picturesque clearing surrounded by a ring of verdant towering oak trees and vermillion flowers that looked like vibrant butterflies dotting the brush.

More importantly, I was surrounded by love. I am grateful that even in the middle of these dire times, there are opportunities to create treasured memories.

 


Riley Keston

I am most grateful for my dog Tiki and my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Farrell.

I am grateful for Tiki because on my sad days he is always there to cheer me up. He is my favorite doggie in the whole world! I couldn’t ask for a fluffier, cuter and more dangerous partner in crime.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Keston

I am also grateful for Mrs. Farrell because she taught me so much and challenged me to get better at math, especially multiplications tables.

Without her, and my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Fein, I would not be able to crush it on word problems.

Now that I am in 4th grade with Ms. Chaides, I am grateful for the Language Arts challenges that she gives me. I am actually really grateful for all of my Marquez teachers! They are what makes Riley Keston, Riley Keston.

FYI, I am NOT grateful for global warming or soft bacon, even though I know that what I am not grateful for is not the assignment.


Hanna Shin

Now more than ever I’m thankful for good health and my family. Indeed, family’s everything and health is wealth. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Photo courtesy of Maggie Shin

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Changes at Chautauqua

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Improvements have been made at a crosswalk that lies at the intersection of Chautauqua Boulevard and Corona del Mar/Vance Street, following a decision in March 2020 by Los Angeles Department of Transportation that the crosswalk would not be removed and instead improved.

“Improvements included a new pedestrian refuge painted island, which includes yellow K-71s bollards, additional [pedestrian] signs and realignment of the approaching striping and new pavement markings,” according to LADOT Director of Public Information Colin Sweeney.

The hedge has also been trimmed, which allows traffic headed southbound to see a person standing in the painted island.

“An edge line with raised pavement markings was added on the east side for added safety,” Sweeney concluded.

The fate of the crosswalk was uncertain earlier this year after a public notice was placed by LADOT stating that “this marked crosswalk at this location is proposed to be removed.”

Members of the community wrote to LADOT to express concerns over the potential removal of the crosswalk, citing restaurants that are situated on West Channel Road are accessed by Huntington residents on foot by way of the crosswalk and many people walk their dogs, jog or stroll in the area.

“We have been working in identifying ways to improve the crosswalk on Chautauqua,” LADOT’s Rudy Guevara shared in an email in March as the notice of pending removal was taken down. “We visited the crosswalk recently again and were able to identify enough short-term improvements that would allow us to keep it in service.”

—SARAH SHMERLING

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Faith

Thank you for providing the notice of the Interfaith Thanksgiving service and for the article explaining the Jewish feast of Sukkot. The local churches are working hard to serve their community during this difficult time and it would be great to see more coverage of their effort.


Coastal Commission

Absurd that Coastal Commission is fining the LADWP because of endangered plants. They would rather have endangered plants than power poles, which would save houses from burning down.


Rats

The best thing we can do to cut down on the rat population is to keep our trash bin lids fully closed, and replace them if they are damaged. A rat can nose through even a crack, let alone a hole in a bin. The good news is that replacing all types of bins is free! Get your bin’s serial number, which is in white text on the front of the bin, and call 311, or (800) 773-2489 or on your phone, or use the MyLA311 app.


Donations

I recommend that people looking to donate this year consider doing so to the Vittorios toy drive, to One Voice or Westside Food Bank. Those are the groups that I usually donate to.


Masks

I took a drive through the village area Friday night and saw several groups of teenagers, some masked but a majority not. Please encourage teens to grab a mask on their way out the door and to wear it if they see their friends.


Thanksgiving

I know the holidays look a little different this year and I can’t wait for the day we can all enjoy each other’s company again, but I’d love to wish all of the Palisades a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Try to step away from all the noise and soak in the day with your loved ones.


Shop Small

Things are changing everyday but one thing I’d like to ask the community is to support small businesses when you can. They have suffered too much, have barely survived and are continuously facing these challenges. Consider that these are people’s livelihoods.


Break-Ins

There’s been quite a few reports of car break-ins in the Palisades lately. Don’t forget to lock your car doors and not leave any valuables in plain sight or in your car at all.


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.

Palisadian Teens Make a Difference Through Second Soles4Good Drive

Soles4Good drive
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, many people had to shift their operations to adjust—including a couple of young Palisadians still looking to make a difference.

Palisadians Layla and Leena Adeli recently collaborated with their schools for the second time to collect shoe donations and contribute to Soles4Good, an organization led by Harvard-Westlake sophomore Rowan Jen, the Adelis’ next-door neighbor.

Soles4Good is a student-founded and student-run organization that collects shoes and ships them abroad to women in developing countries to sell themselves. Doing so “create[s] sustainable, lifelong business that generates consistent sources of income,” according to the organization’s mission statement.

The Adeli sisters, Leena, an eighth-grader at Paul Revere Charter Middle School, and Layla, a sophomore at Palisades Charter High School, worked diligently to spread the word of the second annual Soles4Good shoe drive to their peers.

Last year, the two sisters were able to spread the message with posters on campus and through their friend groups. This year, because students are not allowed on campus due to the pandemic, they had to think of new ways to get the message out.

Leena was able to get some help from Paul Revere: She said the school sent messages through Schoology, text messages to parents and included the information in a phone call to parents and students. She also made posters with her friends that her teachers would post on Schoology, and one of her teachers let her to speak to her classmates about the event during a distance learning class.

Layla said she had a contact list of Paul Revere and Pali High parents, as well as people who live in the Palisades, and emailed asking them for shoe donations. With the help of her mom, Fati, she would either go pick up the shoes or people would drop them off at her home.

“I was worried that we weren’t going to be able to get as many shoes because I wasn’t sure how many students would see that [the shoe drive] was happening,” Leena said to the Palisadian-Post. “But we ended up getting about the same amount of shoes we got the first time.”

The shoe drive ran from November 9 to 13, and the sisters are considering another in the spring.

“It’s been awesome to see Layla and Leena take this initiative … I think it’s definitely something we thought initially wasn’t possible,” Jen said to the Post. “It’s a really great sign, it’s really encouraging for us to see something like this happen.”

Jen said the organization has kept in contact with the cohort of women they previously worked with in El Salvador and will send them another shipment of shoes in December.

In addition to this, Jen said the amount of shoes Leena and Layla collected will help provide Soles4Good the potential to expand and reach out to more places. Soles4Good is currently in communication with new people to partner with in different countries, one of them being Nigeria.

“There’s a lot of things coming up in the near future and it’s really because we’ve been able to collect all these shoes,” Jen said. “Something like this will allow us to find another place to go and broaden the scope of our impact, we always want to grow and expand.”

Jen said other West Los Angeles schools have also organized shoe drives in support of Soles4Good, and he encouraged anybody interested to reach out via the organization’s website or social media.

“That’s really what makes Soles4Good great,” Jen concluded. “We’re all student-run and it’s all about people and their own goodwill.”

For more information, visit soles4good.org or find the organization on Instagram at @Soles4Good. 

CRIME REPORT

Robbery

14700 Pacific Coast Hwy, November 21 at 4:35 p.m. A 39-year-old male was arrested for robbery after shoplifting at victim’s business and punching a security guard that tried to stop him.


Stolen Vehicle

600 Via De La Paz, between November 15 at 6:30 p.m. and November 17 at 6 p.m. The suspect took victim’s vehicle from a driveway.


Burglary

900 Iliff St, November 14 between 1:30 and 8:55 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s home through an unlocked door,
and took jewelry and a laptop computer.

900 Lachman Ln, between November 19 at 4:30 p.m. and November 20 at 7 a.m. The suspect entered an unlocked vacant home and took victim’s tools.

500 Spoleto, between November 19 at 12 p.m. and November 20 at 7 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s home and took watches.

16600 Merivale, between August 25 at 3 a.m. and November 19 at 10:30 a.m. The suspect forced open a door to victim’s home and took a handbag.

100 West Channel Rd, between November 18 at 6 p.m. and November 19 at 8 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s business and took money.

700 Latimer, November 7 between 12 and 8 a.m. The suspect attempted to pry open a door to victim’s home but was unable to gain entry.


Burglary/Theft from Vehicle

1800 Chastain Parkway, between November 17 at 6 p.m. and November 18 at 8:30 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took money and checks.

16800 Calle Montecito, between November 15 at 10 p.m. and November 16 at 7:15 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took a wallet and credit cards.

600 Bienveneda, between November 16 at 2 p.m. and November 17 at 8:40 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took golf clubs and a tennis racket.

800 Alma Real, November 22 between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle, and took a purse, wallet and money.

16500 Akron St, November 16 between 11 and 11:35 a.m. The suspect entered victim’s vehicle and took a square reader.


Theft

15500 Via De Las Olas, November 18 at 3:53 a.m. The suspects pulled up to victim’s driveway in a white SUV. Suspect #1 ran up to victim’s front door and took ice skates.


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