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Netflix to Reopen Bay Theater in Palisades Village

Photo courtesy of Caruso
Netflix will reopen the Bay Theater at Palisades Village on October 22 for “special events, screenings of beloved classic films and theatrical releases of its films,” a representative from Caruso reported Friday morning.
“Netflix and Caruso announced today that the entertainment company will keep the legendary Bay Theatre in Palisades Village open in a first of its kind partnership,” according to a statement.
The Bay Theatre was previously operated by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and has remained closed since COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions first went into place in 2020.
For a full story about the partnership, check out the October 21 edition of the Post.

Recreation and Parks Task Force Provides Dog Park Updates During Meeting

The dog park space on Temescal
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Facility Repair and Maintenance Commission Task Force hosted a special meeting on Wednesday morning, October 6, where updates about the future of a dog park in Pacific Palisades were discussed.

“The department, a number of years ago, had prepared a couple of concepts for a new dog park in Temescal Canyon along with cost estimates for those,” RAP Superintendent of Planning, Maintenance and Construction Branch Darryl Ford explained. “In the intervening years, there’s been ongoing discussions about how best to fund that project and how to move that forward.”

Years in the making as an effort between the Pacific Palisades Dog Park Working Group and CD11 Councilmember Mike Bonin, the future home of the proposed dog park has been identified as a 35,000-square-foot area near the base of Temescal Canyon Road. Plans include a fenced and divided large and small dog area, as well as gating, water, benches, shade, and a donor wall.

During the meeting, Ford explained that the council office has directed the department to prepare an updated cost estimate and revise the original concepts in order to give the council office and stakeholders an idea of what the dog park would cost today, as Ford reported the original cost estimate was done in 2017.

Commissioner Joe Halper, a resident of Pacific Palisades, asked Ford for an overview of current construction and maintenance concerns associated with the dog park.

Ford explained that in all of the recent dog park projects Recreation and Parks has done, the department has moved toward the use of synthetic material for maintenance and upkeep purposes over turf, which tends to turn to dirt. He cited Glen Alla Dog Park in Marina del Rey as an example, where some parts of the park were synthetic material and others were landscaped, which turned to dirt quickly.

“Synthetic material, in the department’s opinion, is the preferred option,” Ford said. “It’ll obviously last longer and it’ll be much less maintenance for the department to do in order to keep it looking green.”

Halper then asked Ford if and when the project is approved and funded, how long he suspects construction will take, which Ford responded would be difficult to estimate at this point. Ford shared that since the park falls into the coastal zone, it will need to be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission, which he hoped would be an expedited process but is “not something that’s within our control.”

“Our hope is that we can come quickly to a decision about the option to move forward with and the identification of the funding, and those would be the first two big hurdles,” Ford said. “Then from there we can start to develop a better schedule because we do need to design the dog park.”

Ford explained that the department has concepts but that construction documents would need to be prepared.

“We will get clarity on the options that are preferred, get the funding secured and from there, we know we have the resources so that we can start to prepare those construction documents that are actually needed,” Ford concluded.

Members of the Pacific Palisades Dog Park Working group shared after the meeting with the Palisadian-Post they are looking forward to getting an updated cost estimate from RAP, so that they have an accurate fundraising target.

“We believe that the dog park can be fully funded by Measure A monies already collected,” according to the statement. “We look forward to working with CD11 to fund the total development for the Palisades dog park, but will likely still need donations from the community. Please let us know what you would be willing to contribute if fundraising becomes necessary so that we know what we can count on from the community at palisadesdogpark@gmail.com.”

Local Author Publishes Book on Palisades, Santa Monica History

Meeting the author
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Palisadians were invited to the launch of nonagenarian author and historian Ernest Marquez’s latest book on the history of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon, “Rancho Boca de Santa Monica: The 1839 California Land Grant—A History,” on Saturday, September 25, at the Pascual Marquez Family Cemetery.

Completed at the age of 97, Marquez shared the long-researched story, in words and images, of the land where he was born, “a land bestowed upon his ancestors by the Mexican government, long before California became part of the United States of America,” according to the event poster. “A land which encompassed present day Santa Monica, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Topanga.”

“Self-trained, a one-man research library of an archivist and historian, Ernie assembled a breathtaking collection of 11,000 photographs,” William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, said about Marquez and his book. “That same kind of stewardship and regard for who came before us animates this book … It isn’t just the product of a single lifetime’s work. It’s all those other lifetimes woven into its pages, all those family members who lived across so much change.”

Locals were invited to meet the author, enjoy refreshments, and walk the grounds of the historic cemetery and Santuario San Lorenzo. In 2013, Marquez told the Palisadian-Post he spent 20 to 30 years fighting for his family cemetery, which is now a historic landmark. His efforts were documented in a film called “Saving the Sacred Ranchero in the Canyon.”

Ernest Marquez

Palisadian Sharon Kilbride, Marquez’s cousin, shared that the turnout of the September 25 event was “better than expected,” with approximately 300 individuals who showed up to support the author and the book—a mix of friends, family and neighbors.

“At some point … people were actually lined out onto the street waiting to buy a book,” Kilbride said to the Post. “He’s been working on this book for 30 years … and got it done, it was the last item on his bucket list. I’m very proud of the way it was written to finally tell the story of our family.

“It was a great event, Ernie was over the moon with the attendance and the outpouring of people there. He was elated.”

Marquez has written numerous books about local history and has previously spoken at community events. He also has a collection of documents, books, original photographs and memorabilia.

He shared that his great-great-great-grandfather, Francisco Marquez, arrived in Alta California in the 1770s to help establish Spanish missions. After Mexico won its independence, Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes were awarded a land grant from the Mexican government for Rancho Boca de Santa Monica in 1839. The area includes much of Pacific Palisades.

After learning more about his family’s role in settling the area, he believed California historians had largely ignored his family. When he retired in the 1990s, he became the family historian.

In 2013, he was honored with the 2013 Pacific Palisades Community Service Award.

“Ernie’s heart and soul have connected the past and present right here in Pacific Palisades,” Palisadian Barbara Kohn said at the time.

To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

City Council Approves Vaccine Proof Ordinance for Indoor Facilities

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 on Wednesday, October 6, to approve a new ordinance requiring proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to enter indoor facilities across the city.

The order requires patrons of indoor bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms and other establishments to show proof of full vaccination by Thursday, November 4. Prior to entering an indoor establishment, customers and employees must show proof of vaccination along with a photo ID.

The motion was introduced by Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and seconded by Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Nithya Raman. The ordinance was signed Wednesday afternoon, October 6, by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of this pandemic, and we must do everything in our power to keep pushing those numbers up,” Garcetti said in a statement. “These new rules will encourage more people to get the shot, and make businesses safer for workers and customers—so that we can save more lives, better protect the vulnerable and make our communities even safer as we fight this pandemic.”

Patrons may be exempt from the LA rules but they must provide written exemptions on the basis of religious beliefs or medical reasons, as well as a negative COVID-19 test. Customers without proof of vaccination or exemption can still enter briefly to pick up a takeout order or use the restroom, or use outdoor facilities.

Businesses that do not cooperate or violate the rules can face penalties under the ordinance, starting with a warning, eventually reaching a $5,000 penalty for a fourth and each subsequent violation. The fines will be enforced beginning Monday, November 29.

The requirements are slated to expire when the city lifts its emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ordinance.

Across LA County, an updated public health order requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for those who are eligible to enter indoor bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges. As of October 7, patrons and employees have needed to show they have had at least one vaccine dose, as well as be fully vaccinated by November 4.

As fall-time holidays approach, Los Angeles County Public Health urged Angelenos to celebrate safely and encouraged everyone unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated ahead of time to be fully protected for festivities.

“The safest activities will be those that are outside, including outdoor costume parties, pumpkin patch visits, outdoor ghost tours, hayrides and trick-or-treating—when done safely,” Public Health said in a statement. “It is best to set up trick-or-treat events outdoors, limit treats to commercially packaged, non-perishable items, set up stations with individually packaged bags so trick-or-treaters can grab and go at each stop, and keep a distance from other trick-or-treaters.”

As of Wednesday, October 3, over 12.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered to people across LA County. To date, 84.7% of Pacific Palisades and 83.1% of Palisades Highlands residents have gotten at least one shot, according to data from Public Health.

As the Palisadian-Post went to print Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had reached 1,472,419 across the county when factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena, with 26,336 deaths.

Pacific Palisades had reached 1,151 confirmed cases and 15 deaths Tuesday, with an additional 206 in Palisades Highlands and one death.

‘Cultivating Color 2021’

The Winding Way display
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

This Year’s Winding Way Display is Now Open at the Simon Meadow Pumpkin Patch

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

A Palisades tradition created five years ago in what was previously an unused and overgrown section, Winding Way returned to the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Pumpkin Patch at Simon Meadow with the theme “Cultivating Color 2021.”

This year’s display was crafted by Tracey Price of American Growers, a local landscape company, and Cindy Simon, with hundreds of crocheted strands contributed by Dorothy Miyake, one of the founders of the tradition.

“Each year, we take a fresh look at the space in October and add a few enhancements to the area,” according to a statement provided by the creators. “This year, we added a dry rock river bed filled with boulders and native grasses under the large walking bridge. We planted additional Arbutus marina trees along the edge of the paths, and extended the stacked stone wall, providing more seating. We also planted Acacia covenyi shrubs in the large pots in the seating area.”

The Winding Way display is created by upcycling: the process of taking an item that would typically be considered trash and transforming it into something of enjoyment or beauty.

“The past year, the COVID pandemic has consumed us,” the statement continued. “We were hunkered down in our houses, and then when allowed outside, we were tentative and cautious. Now, in the autumn of 2021, with vaccinations available, there is a ‘re-entering the world’ feeling among us.”

“Cultivating Color 2021” is designed to remind visitors to Winding Way to “embrace positivity, celebrate diversity and welcome the creative process that evolves when humans connect with one another.” They shared that their motto is, “If you exit Winding Way with a smile on your face, we have done our job.”

This year, Winding Way was filled with colorful and decorative upcycled art. Price and Simon worked to create hanging chains filled with colorful plastic bottle caps, toys, bottles and small bells, which delight young visitors.

“We hung hundreds of strands of crocheted yarn from hoops tied to limbs of the large coast live oak tree in the center of Winding Way,” they explained. “We repurposed tall, circular cardboard towers, donated by fabric and drapery stores, with colorful duct tape, and sealed them at the top with large plastic bottle caps. We wrapped branches with yarn, creating elaborate spider webs, which now hang on the tree trunks.”

The two shared that the reaction from the community to this year’s display has been delightful, with them overhearing visitors describe it as “lovely.”

“Even those who have visited several of the big pumpkin patches throughout Los Angeles that are filled with activities and energy found our pumpkin patch, with its manageable size and homespun atmosphere, welcoming and peaceful,” Price and Simon shared. “Winding Way is a bonus of Simon Meadow, a place to slow down the pace of life and wander aimlessly along colorful art-filled paths under the shade of coast live oak trees.”

Winding Way will be visible as part of this year’s pumpkin patch through October 30, or until pumpkins sell out. Patch hours are Monday to Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. and weekends between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Join the Club

Palisades Baking Group at its first in-person event.
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

One of the myriad ways Pacific Palisades grows its sense of community is through clubs and organizations where those who participate have the chance to meet new people and also dive into an interest—ranging from philanthropy to art to enjoying baked goods with friends.

At the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Palisadian-Post highlighted four clubs at Palisades Charter High School. In part two of “Join the Club” on September 23, the paper featured groups and organizations outside of the school environment and open to the community at large.

This is the third installment of the series, featuring additional clubs and groups community members are invited to join.

An array of items available at the potluck

Palisades Baking Group

Launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by El Medio Bluffs resident Bianca Gomez, Palisades Baking Group has been connecting community members via baked goods since December 2020.

Since its inception, more than 100 Palisadians have joined the online group, sharing recipes, tips and tricks with one another.

“A lot of people think when you bake, that means cupcakes and cakes,” Gomez shared. “No, people bake all sorts of things like ciabatta, Italian pizzas—it’s all baking.”

The group gathered at Palisades Recreation Center on Saturday, August 21, for its first in-person meeting where about 20 members took part in a potluck picnic, including the sharing of what Gomez described as “intricate” homemade baked goods. Though the group is fairly new, Gomez said that members are free to organize future events.

One of the potluck attendees, Palisadian Danielle Bujnak, shared that the event was “fabulous” with “so much delicious food.”

“I’m brand new in the neighborhood … and I felt excited to meet some of my new neighbors,” Bujnak said following the event. “It turns out that several of us speak French, and we enjoyed connecting en français as well and exchanged contact info to get together again. We are all already looking forward to the next Palisades Baking Group potluck event.”

Gomez shared that some of the benefits of joining the group include “meeting great neighbors” in the Palisades—all of who share a common interest in baking and enjoy eating delicious baked goods.

“Mostly we communicate through social media and on Nextdoor,” Gomez added, “but we are considering organizing an in-person event, a Holiday Party and Cookie Swap.”

Members are welcome to join year-round via Nextdoor: “They can search for our group on Nextdoor and easily join our group. They can read the group’s description, and read through members’ posts and comments to learn more about the group and its activities.”

Gomez added that people who are interested in joining do not need to know how to bake—or even want to bake.

“Many prospective members ask about that,” she shared. “My love of baking is what inspired me to form the group, but a primary purpose of the group is to allow group members to meet other people in their community, make long-lasting friendships and have fun at group events.”

PPAA members during a March 2019 event

Pacific Palisades Art Association

For those looking for a group that will help expand their creative side, Pacific Palisades Art Association offers just that, with a selection of art demonstrations, lectures, membership presentations and art shows.

With a history dating back to 1947, PPAA has a mission of “creating a safe environment for artists to share and explore their journey through group discussions, critiques, guest speakers and events.”

“Members participate in the Village Green Art Show and Sale,” PPAA President since 2008 Annette Alexakis shared with the Palisadian-Post. “Members attend our lectures and live demonstrations, and they participate by coming to our art shows and receptions at Palisades Branch Library.”

Alexakis is a watercolor multi-media painter, according to the PPAA website, after studying art and child psychology at Santa Monica College. Her pieces work to illustrate the natural world.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club is currently meeting once per month via Zoom. During each meeting, a live art demonstration is featured.

When it comes to the Village Green Art Show and Sale, members show and sell their work at the Village Green after paying a $50 fee for a space.

Once the library reopens following the pandemic and a fire in October 2020, members of PPAA will, once again, have the option to have an art show and reception in the community room.

The association also works to give back to the community.

“We donate money and art supplies to the Palisades Charter High School Art Department and deserving Pali High students,” Alexakis shared. “We are also recipients of the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club grant and would like to thank them for their support.”

New memberships, which are open to Palisades residents and those who live outside of the community as well, are accepted year-round.

“Members may attend special guest lectures and demonstrations from renowned artists, gallery chairs and museum curators from all over Los Angeles,” according to the PPAA website, “along with the opportunity of showcasing their art in collaborative shows at a discounted price for one whole year.”

For more information, visit paliart.org or email palisadesart@gmail.com.

Optimists in the Palisades Fourth of July parade

Optimist Club of Pacific Palisades

With a history dating back to its chartering in March 1956, the Optimist Club of Pacific Palisades is a community service club with a motto of “bringing out the best in youth.”

“By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves,” is the Optimist International mission, according to its website.

“We are involved, support and give money to most of the activities of youth in our community, including but not limited to the Optimist Youth Home, Marquez Robotics Team, Better Angels, Optimist Foundation college scholarships for senior students at Pali High, Pali High Wrestling Team, Pali High Ambassadors [and others],” Optimist Rick DeWeese shared.

The Palisades Optimists have established a program and procedure to award annual grants to assist community organizations, schools and groups serving Palisades youth and promoting worthwhile youth activities. Despite having to cancel and shift fundraising in response to the pandemic, like the Palisades Will Rogers 5 & 10K run, the club gifted $15,000 worth of grants to local organizations earlier this year—funded from its own money.

This year, altering the process slightly, the club looked at the previous year’s requests and adjusted accordingly, partially based on what groups remained active through COVID-19, DeWeese shared.

Each year, the club also supports The Optimist Oratorical Contest and Optimist Essay Contest.

Due to the pandemic, the club has had to shift its operations online.

“All but one meeting in the last one and a half years have been on Zoom,” DeWeese shared. “Normally, we have meetings the first and third Tuesday mornings at the Palisades Presbyterian Church for a light breakfast and an interesting speaker.”

Recent virtual meetings have included guest speakers like Brian Ulf and Heidi Roberts, who spoke on issues and programs related to homelessness, and Julie Hanson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Monica.

“Our upbeat outlook, and our commitment to creating a more optimist future for kids, is what differentiates Optimist Clubs from any other volunteer opportunity,” according to a membership brochure. “Communities in the United States, Canada, and the nations of the Caribbean and other counties throughout the world have been touched by the powerful, positive force of Optimist Club Members. From sponsoring youth athletic leagues to weathering the homes of the elderly to conducting oratorical contests for young people—Optimist Clubs are responding to the special needs of our local communities.”

DeWeese said that the club is “always interested in new members” all year-round.

For more information, visit palisadesoptimists.com or call DeWeese directly at 310-454-7850.

Garden Club Hosts Virtual Talk by Yvonne Savio

Yvonne Savio
Photo courtesy of PPGC

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Pacific Palisades Garden Club invited community members to learn about cultivating their fall plantings to “create a beautiful spring garden color palette” with Yvonne Savio during its latest virtual meeting on Monday evening, October 4.

“Why plant bulbs now for spring color? They’re easy to plant, require little maintenance and provide years of increasing color. What’s not to love?” the event program read. “You can choose among several characteristics—early bloomers, critter-resistant, fragrant, shade-tolerant, cut flowers or forcing indoors.”

Savio, a garden consultant and coach, discussed what a healthy bulb looks like, when to plant it, how to plant and how to care for it after it blooms. Savio also discussed the “hows” and “whys” of planting for fall, sharing different types of bulbs and supply resources.

Savio said she turns to bulbs for all parts of the year because she has found that during the time of drought, they tend to last years and are incredibly low maintenance.

Early bloomers—bulbs that will bloom early in the season—include anemone, chasmanthe, crocus and hyacinth. A couple critter-resistant bulbs are paperwhite and snowflake.

And those who would like fragrant bulbs should snag allium, daffodil, freesia, grape hyacinth, hyacinth, narcissus, paperwhite and tulip. A number of bulbs can also be “forced” indoors for additional enjoyment, including crocus, daffodil, tulip, grape hyacinth and hyacinth.

Savio said a healthy bulb is large, firm and dry, and it’s best to avoid bulbs with any type of mold or squishy spots. She also recommended purchasing and planting bulbs as soon as possible to ensure the highest quality and a long growing season.

Bulbs should be planted two or three times as deep as the bulb is tall, with the pointy side of the bulb facing upward or with any visible roots facing down.

“The deeper they are, the cooler the soil is and consequently the longer that the bloom … has to be supported by the soil in order to come up and put on the bloom,” Savio said.

When the bulbs bloom, Savio said to let the flower stalk and foliage dry back naturally—this allows the bulb to reabsorb the nutrients for the following season. Cutting off the foliage too early will lessen the energy available for next year’s bloom.

Savio said bulbs that flower in the spring are planted in the fall, so Palisadians should start to consider the bulbs they would like to incorporate into their gardens.

PPGC invited Palisadians to its next meeting on Monday, November 1, via Zoom to learn about “The Serious and Funny Business of Plants” with John Schoustra of Greenwood Daylily Gardens & Nursery in Fillmore, California.

For more information about bulbs, visit gardeninginLA.net or reach Savio directly at  gardeninginLA@gmail.com.

‘Jimmy Dunne Says’

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Dunne

The Palisadian-Post presents an homage to Will Rogers’ column, “Will Rogers Says,” with a column by Palisadian Jimmy Dunne—on life in the “greatest town in America.”

I took a walk this morning into town.

I don’t know if I’d call it a walk; I was multi-tasking on my phone, yacking away through the mic in my earbuds while, at the same time, knocking down as many emails as I could on that iPhone screen.

I don’t even know if I knew where I was walking. How I got through crosswalks without even looking up was a miracle.

I walked by the Palisades Barber Shop on Antioch. I was overdue for a haircut on my phone’s nagging to-do list.

I stepped inside. One of the town’s favorite Palisadians, owner Joe Almaraz, invited me to put my phone away and hop in his too-comfy chair.

I took a breath as I sunk in that chair and he wrapped me in a haircut bib.

Joe’s been the barber there for 59 years. He walks to work every day from his home in the Palisades. It’s a “family-business,” where next chairs over are for his daughter-in-law Lucy, Lucy’s husband JR and Joe’s son Tony.

I’d describe the interior design style of the barber shop as “late ’60s.” Lots of wood paneling. A flatscreen TV on the wall (that only plays Dodgers games) is the only “tell” that Hoss Cartwright from “Bonanza” isn’t likely to walk in.

While you get a cut in Joe’s chair, you can’t help noticing that every single person that walks by the storefront window smiles and waves to their favorite barber.

You don’t have to tell Joe what kind of cut you want. He knows. And you’re not going to see what your head looks like until he’s done and he spins you around to look in his hand mirror.

But when you do look, you always feel a little cleaner. A little better. About your head and about your heart.

We covered a lot of ground while Joe snipped away. I don’t have a lot to cut. I think he pretends he’s snipping half the time just so we can have a nice chat.

And don’t let his “awe-shucks” air fool you. He’s had everyone in that chair from Elon Musk, to Tom Hanks, to Buzz Aldrin, to Vin Scully, to Billy Bob Thornton, and every politician and celebrity and big shot in-between.

A theme Joe likes to talk about is that he’s drawn to the “good old days.” Of the Palisades. Of America. Of life. Days of family-owned, “mom and pops” in town. Days when phones plugged in the wall and when you couldn’t leave a message. Days when “streaming” had to do with catching a good fish.

And the more Joe talks in that calm, relaxed voice—the deeper you drift back into that bottomless chair and into a hypnotized daze of “way back when.”

And then Joe takes off your bib, and up and out you go. It’s not just the bright lights that smack you when you walk outside—it’s the buzz of the street that snaps you back.

Here’s my take-away.

The world’s moving fast, and you gotta keep up. You gotta pay attention. If you don’t, you spin right off the merry-go-round—and there’s nobody there to catch you.

But let’s call it what it is. The merry-go-round is fun. It’s exciting. And I really do love it. And lots of days, I really don’t want to get off.

But, from now on, when I do get off, I’m going to look for a chair.

Maybe on a friend’s front porch who I haven’t seen in a while. Maybe a stump on a walk up in the canyon. Maybe in a chair I never knew was even there in my own home.

And when I get up from that chair, I’m gonna look in a mirror. It might be in the eyes of a friend.  Or in the river on the creek along the trail. Or in the laughter of my wife.

And who knows who I’ll see in that mirror. But I’m going to guess I’m gonna feel a little cleaner. A little better.

About my head—and about my heart.

Jimmy Dunne is modern-day Renaissance Man; a hit songwriter (28 million hit records), screenwriter/producer of hit television series, award-winning author, an entrepreneur—and a Palisadian “Citizen of the Year.” You can reach him at j@jimmydunne.com.

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Home Decorating

Thank you for sponsoring another decorating contest. Perhaps you can request people not use the faux spider webs. They look great but are very damaging to birds and wildlife. Suggestion: next year you can include a “green” category and people can win that category and other categories as well.

Avenue Q

Pali High’s fall production of “Avenue Q” is an absolute delight to watch—uplifting, funny, and professionally presented—the music, staging, choreography and puppetry performed by the students was astonishing, and of Broadway caliber. Everyone worked so hard to bring musical theater back to Pali’s Mercer Hall so don’t miss it! It plays for one more weekend and is such a fun and great way to support the school and our talented students, teachers, families and support crew! To quote the play, “It’s only for now!”

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft noise is only one of our local noise pollution problems. Wednesday night motorcycle riders have increased their numbers and noise levels. It’s past time for the LAPD to show up and do some enforcement. Palisades High School is broadcasting its passing bells and daily announcements onto the football field. Neighbors for blocks around are getting a very intrusive earful. Is there no sound engineer talent at the school to remedy this?


The Post reached out to the LA Public Library Public Information Office (323)8893261 several months ago. It’s concerning that they have still not responded. I went to the website and took their 3-minute patron survey. The last question allows you to comment/make a request. You can also call the PIO and leave a message.

(Editor’s note: The Post has reached out to the LA Public Library PIO twice and received a response both times—though one response came in past deadline. The most recent update from PIO Peter Persic regarding Palisades Branch Library is: “We’re still looking at the end of the year for the opening. I’ll let you know when we have a date.)


Mobile phone use while driving. There is a security officer from a local company that is always using his cell phone with one hand while driving. Every time I see this officer over the course of 10+ years he is on his phone. I feel less safe as a pedestrian and bike rider because of him.


As an animal lover, it warmed my heart to see that family reunited with their cat after such a long time away. I hope it gives hope to other families who I see posting on Nextdoor and social media about their missing fur babies. There is hope yet!

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

Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar Update | The Highlands

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Longtime Malibu eatery Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar, owned and operated by Ray and his son Ryan Gowhari, was slated to join Pacific Palisades this summer in The Highlands in the space that formerly housed Taste at the Palisades, located at 538 Palisades Drive.

Ryan shared that the restaurant was delayed by the city in the permitting process, pushing back the original construction schedule a few months.

“We’ve got all our permits now though so we’re working away on the project,” he said to the Palisadian-Post. “Expecting to open by mid-November and we’re very excited for it.”


Girl Scout Troop Hosts Coat Drive  |  Pacific Palisades

Girl Scout Troop 12805 is hosting this year’s “One Warm Coat” drive to benefit Salvation Army’s Westwood Transitional Village, a nonprofit organization helping families transition from homelessness to independent living by providing basic needs and services such as food, clothing and more on a daily basis.

“Have an extra coat (or two) in your closet?”—the Troop is collecting coats of all sizes, in clean and good condition, for people of all ages in need beginning Monday, October 18, through Friday, November 5.

Collection bins will be located at Marquez Charter Elementary School, Palisades Charter Elementary School and Los Angeles Fire Department Station 69.            


Upcoming 90th Birthday Celebration  |  Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club announced it will host its annual 90th Birthday Celebration, canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, in the second week of November in an all new format.

PPWC member and event organizer Fay Vahdani said anybody 90 years of age or older can reach her at 310-699-5885 or send an email to info@theppwc.org for more information or to request to join the festivities.              


Palisadian Artists Participate in Show  |  Calabasas

Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore return to the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center for its eighth annual Art Show on Sunday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The group will present an art exhibit and sale featuring 15 local artists displaying representational landscape and seascape paintings of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” according to the event flyer. “A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Western National Park Association, National Park Service, National Wildlife Fund and Save LA Cougars.”

A number of Palisadians will be participating, and the group collaborates with national and local agencies such as Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Contact the Allied Artists at allied-artists.com for more information.