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Beach Bike Path, Parking Lot Reopen Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The beach bike path and Will Rogers State Beach parking lot marked some of the latest things to reopen in Pacific Palisades, following weeks of closure due to the novel coronavirus.

On Thursday, May 21, the county reopened its 22-mile bike path, which stretches from Pacific Palisades to Torrance, ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The path had remained closed—despite beaches opening the previous week for active use—to help combat large gatherings of people along the route.

“On this Memorial Day, as we join with those mourning the loss of their loved ones to COVID-19, including the families of the 1,100 veterans who recently passed away from COVID-19, we want to honor the memory of all the members of the armed forces who courageously gave of themselves to protect our country,” said Barbara Ferrer, county director of public health.

Ferrer addressed the “extraordinary effort” that will be required of LA residents to prevent outbreaks among workers and residents as the county prepares to reopen additional places and spaces.

“Please take care of each other by wearing a face covering, keeping your distance when around others not in your household, avoiding crowds, washing your hands often, and isolating when you are positive for COVID-19 or a close contact of someone who is positive,” Ferrer said.

LA County has reopened stores inside of enclosed shopping malls for curbside pickup, as well as some beach parking lots. The parking lot at Will Rogers State Beach reopened Friday, but only at partial capacity.

A representative from the Department of Beaches and Harbors shared that between 15 and 20 disaster service workers served as “Goodwill Ambassadors” at Will Rogers each day of the long weekend.

“These folks are government employees who volunteered their time to spend the day at the beach educating people on the new restrictions—stay active, no coolers or canopies, etc.” the representative explained.

Officials reminded beachgoers that face coverings were not mandatory when in the water.

Also approved on Friday, May 22, were car parades to allow for celebrations of graduations, birthdays or other occasions. The guidelines, however, require participants to be inside enclosed vehicles—no convertibles—and if windows are open, vehicle occupants must wear face coverings.

As the Post went to print Tuesday evening, a final decision whether Palisades Charter High School would be permitted to have a car parade as part of its end-of-the-year festivities was not confirmed.

The number of cases in LA County had reached 47,822 with 2,143 deaths on Tuesday evening. There were 50 positive cases in the Palisades, with three in the Highlands.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Officials Reveal Plan to End Use of Recreation Centers as Temporary Homeless Shelters

Palisades Recreation Center
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Los Angeles city and county officials have submitted plans to provide alternate housing for individuals living near freeways—eliminating the use of recreation centers as temporary homeless shelters.

On Friday, May 15, U.S. federal judge David Carter issued a preliminary injunction that required city, county and homelessness officials to provide alternate housing plans for individuals living near freeways by Friday, May 22.

“To protect those individuals experiencing homelessness currently living near freeway overpasses, underpasses and ramps, the court hereby issues a preliminary injunction requiring that they be relocated away from such areas,” according to the case filed on May 15.

The preliminary injunction was brought about because of a lawsuit between the LA Alliance for Human Rights against the city and county of LA. The lawsuit has raised “a focus on the public health issues facing the homeless community in the greater Los Angeles area,” according to the filing.

The order raised concerns in the Palisades and the ongoing question if the use of Palisades Recreation Center would be necessary to relocate homeless individuals after all.

At this time, that doesn’t seem likely.

LA officials from the city and county submitted preliminary plans to Judge Carter on Tuesday, May 19. The proposed plan will work in phases, beginning with identifying and activating exits for individuals currently in emergency shelter settings, including recreation centers.

“The city’s 26 recreation center emergency shelters will fully suspend new admissions and be prepared for return to their communities for recreation use by September 30,” according to Phase 1 of the city’s plan.

Admissions to a number of sites have already been suspended and will only be allowed on an emergency basis until June 1.

As part of the plan, officials hope to move people into supportive housing, reunite them with family, offer rental assistance and more.

Phase 2 of the city’s plan will focus on sheltering the individuals near freeways, who may also be relocated and housed during Phase 1.

“Subject to approval of the City Council, the city stands ready to commit the capital costs needed to implement Phase 1 and 2, in addition to its other ongoing efforts to create more shelter and housing opportunities for Angelenos experiencing homelessness,” the city plan states.

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office did not respond to requests for comment as the Post went to print Tuesday evening.

PPDC Hosts Virtual House Party

Bonin addresses the online gathering
Photo courtesy of PPDC

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club hosted its first-ever virtual public event on the evening of Tuesday, May 19.

Members and non-members alike were invited to attend the virtual House Party, which featured speakers Councilmember Mike Bonin, Chair of the LA County Democratic Party Mark Gonzalez and Chair of the Westside Democratic HQ Jane Wishon.

“A crisis reveals character … a crisis also reveals flaws,” Bonin said before diving into a number of topics and taking questions from attendees.

Bonin explained how Angelenos have become immune to LA’s fundamental flaws, including the issue of homelessness, the housing crisis and income inequality. But the “tidal wave of economic and social trauma” created by the pandemic has demanded that things be done differently, and he has been actively pushing new ideas at City Hall to address them.

Bonin also talked in-depth about a proposed budget Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled roughly a month ago and described it as “inevitably … a work of fiction.”

“This budget anticipates that everything goes back to normal July 1 …  that ain’t gonna happen,” Bonin said.

The budget proposal suggests cutting employee hours by 10% and boosting the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget.

“I don’t know that any of my colleagues have ever gotten more than a handful of people suggesting we should spend less on LAPD and just having the conversation, putting it on the table, is going to be challenging,” Bonin said. “If we grow that, we are going to be cutting other things and that is a conversation the entire city has to be having.”

Bonin added that the budget will be assessed and the budget committee will continue amending and rewriting it throughout the year.

Gonzalez used his time during the virtual meeting to discuss updates about the election year.

“Everyone is adjusting to this new reality, including campaigns and how we fundraise,” Gonzalez said. “I know fundraising is going to be very hard for all of us, we’ll find creative ways to do that, I’ll raffle off a Lysol can if I have to.”

PPDC Vice President of Communications Adam Wolman said this was the first event of many to come.

“Going forward, there will be all kinds of virtual events designed to keep people informed about the latest get-out-the-vote strategies and get them signed up to participate,” Wolman said to the Palisadian-Post. “Getting as many volunteers participating as possible is the key to turning out voters in November.”

Wolman said House Parties are powerful in getting people motivated and informed, discussing ways to get involved.

“This new virtual environment is opening opportunities to work collaboratively in a meaningful and important way with other like-minded progressives across the country,” said Jane Wishon, chair of the Westside Democratic HQ, to the Post.

PPDC is gearing up for its next event, a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden on Saturday, July 4.

The club is on the host committee for the “Making Waves for Democracy” fundraiser, with a current lineup featuring U.S. Representative Karen Bass, Mayor Garcetti, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, Michelle Kwan and more.

Pali High Board of Trustees Assesses Implications of Social Distancing on Bus Ridership

Palisades Recreation Center
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

The Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees discussed potential impacts of social distancing guidelines on bus transportation for students in the upcoming 2020-21 school year during a May 19 virtual meeting.

Currently, the school has budgeted for a typical school year and ridership appears to be shaping up similarly to the 2019-20 school year, according to Don Parcell, director of operations, who led the conversation. Student bus ridership tends to be in the range of 400 students.

Down payments for families choosing bus transportation are due at the end of June with deadlines being pushed back due to COVID-19.

“Once we hit the end of June and we will see who has made the proper and full down payments—that’s when we know our real ridership,” Parcell shared at the board meeting.

Depending on what model Pali High uses to implement social distancing guidelines should they be required to, the bus transportation budget could be affected in multiple ways for the 2020-21 school year.

“It could change the number of buses required,” Parcell said.

If bus transportation is required to implement social distancing guidelines, which results in fewer students on board per bus ride in the upcoming school year, the bus company will still expect to be paid the same price for that bus ride, Parcell explained.

“They don’t get paid on a per-student basis,” Parcell added. “They get paid on a per bus basis, so we would still have to pay for the whole thing.”

Bus scholarships for Pali High students may also be impacted if social distancing requirements are implemented for bus transportation in the upcoming year.

A slightly higher number than last year—roughly 46% of the ridership—applied for a bus scholarship. This doesn’t mean they are going to get it, Parcell shared.

Although money for bus scholarships has been allocated, bus scholarships have not been distributed yet for the 2020-21 school year, due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, future LAUSD guidelines for student bus transportation and potential increased costs for the overall Pali High transportation budget.

Out of the 189 students that have applied for scholarships so far, 34 are seniors and 155 are underclassmen, including incoming ninth graders, Parcell shared. Current 11th and 12th graders make up 77 of the 189 students.

“30% of the incoming freshmen have requested a scholarship and 22% of the seniors,” Parcell explained.

Executive Director Dr. Pamela Magee shelved the decision-making on the bus transportation scholarship discussion, per advice from their Legal Council to hold off until the next meeting.

The next Board of Trustees meeting is set for June 9.

Palisades Ambassadors Welcome Co-Presidents for 2020-21 Academic Year

Palisades Ambassadors before the Pali High campus closed to students
Photo courtesy of Palisades Ambassadors

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter 

As the 2019-20 school year comes to a close, the Palisades Ambassadors reveal a change of leadership for the upcoming academic year.

Eli Safaie-Kia, who served as president of the Palisades Charter High School organization for the past two years, will be graduating and passing the torch to incoming co-presidents Laila Tehrani and Keanu Nahmi Natan.

“Eli is definitely leaving an impressive legacy for upcoming Ambassador leaders to uphold,” Principal Dr. Pamela Magee shared with the Palisadian-Post.

Safaie-Kia replaced former president Amir Ebtehadj in 2018 when he graduated.

“Due to his vision, work ethic and interpersonal skills, the program has far surpassed the original purpose of leading prospective family campus tours,” Magee, the direct advisor to the program, said, “and it’s become a training group for those who want to refine their leadership skills through serving their community.”

Magee is confident the cabinet members who will be serving in 2020-21 are more than up to the task. The presidency is a position appointed by Magee and the departing president.

Tehrani and Natan are committed to continuing the excellence of the Ambassador’s family, sharing the positivity of the Palisades more than ever, Safaie-Kia said in an outgoing letter to the community.

“They have already begun planning outreach programs for those impacted by COVID-19 and are looking forward to building lasting relationships with local civic organizations, businesses and residents,” Magee continued.

The Palisades Ambassadors have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service this school year. With the continued support of the community, they hope to double that number next year, according to Safaie-Kia’s letter.

He shared that the Ambassadors are fortunate to have Magee as the primary person overseeing the student leadership transition.

“Dr. Magee not only oversees the on-campus day-to-day operations of the program, but also plays a huge role behind the scenes approving our participation in events, helping us plan events and ensuring the outstanding quality of every student Ambassador,” Safaie-Kia wrote.

Safaie-Kia ended the semester by ensuring a smooth transition, as well as responding to the needs of the community and its organizations.

Safaie-Kia fondly remembered the annual Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho! as one of his favorite projects in 2019 because of how many community members were involved, he told the Post. He added that the Ambassadors program taught him the power of unity and the importance of teamwork between Palisadians of all ages.

Safaie-Kia became an ambassador in the middle of his sophomore year at Pali High.

“I was sitting in science class my sophomore year and I was in a pretty heated political debate with a kid sitting across from me,” Safaie-Kia told the Post, when Ebtehadj approached him and asked him to apply for the program.

Safaie-Kia was a little surprised since he didn’t consider himself a typical applicant.

“I got very involved and went to every event,” Safaie-Kia shared. “Amir took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of how to run the program. And before I knew it, I was president of the program myself my sophomore year.”

He regards Ebtehadj as a close friend and mentor, and called him an “awesome support” ever since.

Now finishing up his senior year, Safaie-Kia plans to attend the USC Marshall School of Business.  He’s hopeful that in the future, he will be able to foster a working relationship between the Pali Ambassadors and the USC Ambassadors.

“The Ambassadors are trying to do what they can to stay helpful to the community,” Safaie-Kia explained about the current environment during COVID-19. Ambassadors are offering Zoom or Google Meet training sessions, as well as one-on-one support.

To reach out to program members or enlist the help of Pali Ambassadors, email info@paliambassadors.org or pmagee@palihigh.org. 

Travel Tales

 

 

Each year, the Palisadian-Post runs a selection of Travel Tales composed by Palisadians who have journeyed both near and far, writing about their experience to share with the community. Though travel is currently on pause, we are running a selection of tales to take us around the world from the comfort of our homes.


Photos courtesy of Ezio Piaggi

Ezio Piaggi

One of my most memorable trips was in 1971 when I traveled with my new wife by car from Los Angeles to the Panama Canal zone in a period of a few weeks.

Two days before departing, I purchased a used 1969 Chevrolet Malibu with four recapped tires, since we were going to sell the car in Panama. We were joined by two friends: Franco Roselli-Lorenzini and his girlfriend Rennie. We met at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The first day when we were going through the Gran Desierto in Mexico, we saw a beautiful saguaro cactus, at least 30 feet high, off the side of the road. We stopped and walked over to take some pictures.

When we returned to the car, it would not start. We were really at a loss as to what to do. Franco decided that he should hitch a ride to the nearest town to seek help.

In the meantime, Rennie had a good idea to stop a car and try to jump start the car. We stopped another vehicle and asked them for some jumper cables, and lo and behold, the automobile started.

Now the problem arose as to how do we communicate with Franco. We did not dare stop the car. We drove ahead, slowly, until we spotted Franco in a vehicle coming our way. We picked up Franco and we were on our way again.

We saw many beautiful sites, including some Mayan, Aztec and Toltec ruins. We stopped and bought local fruits from the stores and then pulled off the side of the road to have a picnic.

We drove altogether to Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, but since we had not made any reservations for anywhere along the trip, we had some difficulty finding a hotel, as it was the Christmas holiday season.

It is interesting to note that the later civilization of Central America took advantage of the pyramids already built by the earlier civilization. The various pyramids built by the Mayan and Toltec civilizations were built with very short runs (the ratio of run to rise is different depending on the civilization).

A low ratio was used to force the people going up to the top to go up sideways in order not to affront the gods at the top of the pyramid. Each civilization was not against the idea of using the previous civilization’s pyramid as a base to build their own pyramid.

The most beautiful Mayan ruin was probably Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula. Going up and down the pyramids of some of these wonderful archaeological sites was very difficult. The gods did not want the people to affront them as they climbed up to the top and consequently the rise to run ratio in the steps was very difficult to negotiate because you could not do it other than side step to the top of the pyramid.

Franco and Rennie left us in the Yucatan Peninsula. Another very beautiful archaeological site was Palenque. This site, lower in the Yucatan Peninsula, is in a more densely forested area.

We actually got to go down inside one of the pyramids to see how the burials were done by the Maya. Another beautiful archeological site was Monte Alban near Oaxaca.

We got back to the Pan-American Highway and stopped to sleep in Guatemala City, at which point there was a choice whether to go inland or along the coast.

Guatemala is a very beautiful country and we took lots of pictures. We did go down to the Lake Atitlan, which was off the main route but still a very worthwhile sight to see.

On the shores of Lake Atitlan, out of our hotel window, we could see four dormant volcanoes. We did not have the luxury of time to take a boat ride across Lake Atitlan, so we proceeded to go down the Pan-American Highway.

We did have time, however, to go visit a local market in a little village a little bit outside of the main the Pan-American Highway route. We bought several things at this market, including some very nice handmade blankets.

The next country, of course, en route was Costa Rica. Here the Pan-American Highway really deteriorated. Up to the capital of San Jose, the road was indeed asphalted but it had major potholes on it.

The ride after San Jose was really interesting because there is the highest pass of the whole route we had to go over. It seemed like we were climbing forever.

Just like when we went down, it seemed like we were going down forever. Here we did another one of the many things that we were told not to do and that was to drive at night.

Where San Jose is located, the landscape was really a much thicker jungle. The road at this point was no longer asphalted, but it was a good dirt road.

After we passed the Costa Rican/Panamanian border, I felt that we had to go on a little side trip up a valley known for its orange groves. We picked up a bag of 100 pounds for just a few dollars.

We then drove on to the Canal Zone where my sister, Bianca, and her family were living. My brother-in-law, Romolo, was a pilot for the Panama Canal, and he took me on one of his trips across the canal. This was a very interesting experience.

At this point in my life, I had an extended experience driving an automobile. I had driven across the United States from Washington, D.C., all the way to Los Angeles on the famous Route 66.

There is a certain principle of physics called momentum, which is basically mass times velocity. An automobile approximately weighs one or 1.5 tons but the ship that Romolo was guiding across the canal was several hundreds of thousands of tons. Consequently, the momentum of the ship was very large.

After several days spent with my sister and her family, we flew home to Los Angeles. I left the car in Romolo’s care and he subsequently sold it to someone within the Canal Zone at a very nice price—enough to pay for our trip home by air.


Jeanine Wolfenden Meunier

It is my duty, as the wife of a New Englander, to expose my husband to wonderful places west of the Mississippi. That means Yellowstone National Park.

A few years ago, we traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, then buzzed over to the border to see Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah. It was amazing!

Ages ago, there was a river with a tight bend that trapped dinos and dried out. We took a shuttle up the windy road to the display building and walked in. It was the Disneyland of Dinosaurs!

Photos courtesy of Jeanine Wolfenden Meunier

Along and in a 500’ cliff, leg bones, spines and other pieces of dinos were closely packed together. It was nothing we had ever seen before. They were huge!

Then we zig-zagged through the northwest to Fossil Butte National Monument in Kemmerer, Wyoming. It was a museum way, way out in the prairie. It had many small fossils of every type of animal in the area, including trilobites.

Then onto Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It poured rain the entire time we were there. But we did get to pose under the arch of deer antlers and explore the bars.

We then drove through the Grand Tetons and into Yellowstone.

The first thing we discovered was that there was no internet. None. Nada. Then we started touring and discovered the geysers. Amazing again! There were geysers that were a hole in the ground, such as Old Faithful. There were glistening, slick geysers such as the limestone cliffs in the north with the “Orange Peel.” There were geyser spouts attached to rivers along the road. There were steaming mud holes on the side of a hill. There were geysers that were actually on edges of the lakes in the park.

One day that we were there, we saw herds of bison. Bison came so close to our car that they brushed the side mirror almost off. We also saw bear, elk and coyotes.

During our trip, there was a brown bear on the side of the road. We asked the ranger there if he was protecting the big group of people watching. Folks were trying to get close to take the huge animal’s photo. He said, “No, I’m protecting the bear.”

We continued across the state to the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis. It was a basic warehouse at the edge of a town. But what a sight inside! There were four or five gigantic posed dinosaur skeletons, a whole variety of fossils and a labyrinth of informational displays. I was really interested in the proto-mammal story.

We drove further to Devil’s Tower, an example of a “pushed-up” mountain. One of my friend’s husbands did not want to see it on a past visit and told her it was three hours from the main road. No. It was 20 minutes away.

We finished at the Rapid City, South Dakota, area. We saw Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and another fabulous museum. But the best was yet to come.

We stopped at the Mammoth Center, right in the middle of a town. We entered the building and saw a nice gift shop. Ho-hum. Then the tour guide took us through another door.

Wow! Back in the day, young male mammoths came to the edge of a lake to drink. It was slippery shale and they fell in and were trapped. As the years passed, the water dried up and the land was ignored.

Later, a developer came with a backhoe to dig out a plat for houses. He lifted the hoe to find a mammoth bone. The authorities were called, the acres purchased and it became the museum.

It was a football field-sized area, with openings down to 20 feet in the hard dirt. All around the room, researchers were digging, categorizing and sweeping with tiny brushes. Remains had been carved out. They had found complete heads, backbones and more. One of the rare skulls was called “Beauty.”

In all, an incredible trip. We encourage anyone to take this journey!


If you have an experience you would like to write about—whether it is recent or the distant past—please send 400-600 words plus a few high-res photos to mypost@palipost.com for consideration in a future installment.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Insight

Mark Cuban had a great insight today. Mark said the virus fosters openings to live a different lifestyle. Like we all will in the future, we will reserve our event times, such as sport games, dinners, any get together of more than two people.

Also simple things become a big deal, like yesterday when I went to HiHo in Santa Monica to get a key lime pie recommended by a friend as the most outstanding key lime in LA. It was.

Or when a neighbor dropped off some homemade scones. Sure, just simple scones, but they were super.

Our Palisades taste of things past will change … no more 4th of July Parade, but a fly by at 2 p.m. and Home Decorating Contest will help fill the void.

Not everything can be online and social distancing. I talked to a gal running a preschool, she said it’s real hard to use online learning and distancing in preschool.

Even our grandkids, some in college, are restless with big questions: what will fall bring or will fall sports happen?

I think it’s a time, like Mark said, to live a different lifestyle and a time to concentrate on things like outstanding key lime pie and wait for your scone delivery and we will all get through. We are Palisades tough.

Kent Sather


Palisades Drive and Traffic Scofflaws

I thank Robert Ratcliffe for his detailed comments, observations and suggestions concerning Palisades Drive in a May 14 letter to the editor. An underlying issue, however, is a state law (regulation?) that rewards traffic scofflaws while punishing law abiders.

Recall that several years ago there was a 45 mile an hour speed limit on Palisades Drive. The residents justifiably and formally complained that speeding cars were the cause of many accidents, some of them lethal.

A governmental traffic organization found that so many drivers exceeded the speed limit that the limit was raised to 50 miles per hour. Thus, fewer people would be breaking the law.

Ratcliffe reported that 55% of the drivers he observed exceeded the speed limit. Will the scofflaws be rewarded again? Since the coronavirus there has been much less traffic. We do not know if the number of accidents or deaths increased or not.

Scofflaws exist throughout the world, especially so in the Palisades. For example, there are four lanes going toward the ocean on Temescal Canyon. The posted signs portray two lanes are for left turns on to Pacific Coast Highway, a third lane to go straight or take a right turn, and the fourth, to take a right turn on to PCH.

The light to take a left or go straight is about four minutes long. When traffic is heavy, every weekday morning, the number of cars taking left turns is huge; frequently having cars wait for two lights—about eight minutes. Scofflaws take the third lane and most make a left turn, violating the posted sign.

Thus, scofflaws save themselves up to eight minutes and increase the wait time and frustration for the law abiders. Those, seeing the scofflaws and waiting in the left turn lanes ask, “Should they break the law by using third lane?”

Is it dangerous when scofflaws take that left turn? Yes, since it is not expected. The scofflaws force the long-waiting, law-abiding drivers to watch for unexpected cars on their right. Further the aggravation of law abiders surge when the scofflaws save their own time and increase wasted time for the law abiders.

I do not know how many accidents occur because of the many scofflaws. I do know of the extreme frustration of the law abiders. Perhaps the same traffic organization that made the scofflaws legal on Palisades Drive could do the same on the Temescal and PCH with positive effects.

Perhaps the traffic organizations are waiting for more frustration, road rage and accidents to occur before acting. Or, more cynically, are they encouraging scofflaws?

George Wolkon


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Walk With Love Garners $85,000

2020 Walk With Love participants
Photos courtesy of Walk With Love

For Palisadians Who Still Wish to Participate, Fundraising Will Continue Through June 15

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Each spring, Palisadians Walk With Love to support the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, which usually starts and finishes at Palisades Recreation Center.

In 2020, due to COVID-19, the walk went virtual, with more than 500 walkers in 34 states and seven countries participating in the May 17 event.

Those who participated in the 12th annual walk received a welcome speech from Dr. Susan Love in their inboxes before festivities kicked off at 10:30 a.m.

“We are excited to say we raised over $85,000—and counting!” a spokesperson for the organization shared.

The foundation received hundreds of photos of participants in their LOVE shirts and WWL2020 bibs. There was also a photo challenge for the most creative individual and team photos, with submissions ranging from walkers in pink tutus, dogs wearing LOVE shirts, walk teams on Zoom and social distance walks with masks.

“In this time of uncertainty, we remain committed to our mission, to end breast cancer,” Dr. Susan Love, founder and chief visionary officer, shared in a statement. “Breast cancer doesn’t stop because the world seemingly stops.”

For those who missed the virtual walk but still would like to support the cause, fundraising will continue through June 15.

“We cannot thank our supporters and sponsors enough for making Walk With Love Virtual 2020 a huge success and opening the door for future, virtual global events for the foundation,” the spokesperson shared.

Fundraisers for Walk With Love who raise $150 or more will receive a survivor-made signature LOVE candle, while the top fundraising teams and individuals will win a Zoom call with Love.

“Going virtual this year, we’re able to engage more walkers and supporters than ever before,” Love shared with the Palisadian-Post. “It’s an unprecedented time with medical research more important than ever before.”

One of the event sponsors, Saucony, will award the top individual fundraiser with a pair of shoes as well as a code for 20% off given to the top fundraising team.

“We are so grateful for the outpour of support for the foundation across the world,” the spokesperson shared. “We were joined by our research teams in Guadalajara and Madrid, as well as supporters on a U.S. Military base in Iraq.”

For more information, visit walkwithlove.org.

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Masks

Lots of anger about masks, let’s get clarity and calm down: They aren’t required at every moment you are outside your home, but rather “when you leave your home and will be near other people.” (See https://corona-virus.la/faq.) So, please stop shaming folks who stroll along the other side of the street from you mask-free.


Masks II

The medical and scientific evidence is quite clear about the transmission of the virus, so as I walk my dog in the neighborhood without a mask, I no longer kiss my neighbors or give them big hugs. As for the bureaucrats, being one of the lemmings, if the chief lemming tells me to follow the others over the cliff I just say “nope, I’m not gonna do it.”


Thank You

A big thank-you to Bruce Schwartz for continuing the great US flag display on the Sunset and Chautauqua median for Memorial Day. Hopefully, everyone continues to appreciate his great efforts making our community special and honoring our country and those who paid the freight for all of us!


Kayndaves

How about a shot out to local business Kayndaves since you gave five paragraphs to Gracias Señor?


Crossword

Hey, palipost, what happened to the top row of answers to the crossword solution for the May 21st edition? Somebody goofed…

(Editor’s note: We apologize and have triple-checked this week to make sure the solution key is printed in its entirety.)


Students

Thank you so much for the opportunity to feature our graduates in the paper. It warms my heart to see the community celebrate and support the students.

(Editor’s note: It’s not too late to submit a message for a graduate or student to mypost@palipost.com. See Neighborhood News for more information.)


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

Celebrate 2020 StudentsPacific Palisades

The Palisadian-Post is assembling a special section for 2020 students to end their year. Whether your student is graduating high school, middle school or elementary school, or simply moving on to the next grade level, let us help you share your message.

Send in a high-res photo and personal message to mypost@palipost.com by Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. The first 50 words are free—for longer messages, call 310-454-1321 or email for pricing.

—POST STAFF


Hiker Rescue | Pacific Palisades

The Los Angeles Fire Department Air Ops conducted a hoist operation to rescue a hiker near Temescal Canyon Road on Saturday, May 23, around 9:30 a.m. The hiker, a 38-year-old with non-life-threatening injuries, was transported to an area hospital, according to LAFD spokesperson Margaret Stewart.

—SARAH SHMERLING


United We Cook | Palisades Village

Courtesy of Nadia Mashar

Palisades restaurants The Draycott and Porta Via are participating in a new initiative, “United We Cook,” launched by Brentwood resident and business-owner Nadia Mashar to help struggling restaurants and local food banks in response to COVID-19.

“I have been collaborating with 100 independent restaurants for the past few weeks and have created a digital book, which includes their recipes,” said Mashar, a first-time writer who wanted to help after hearing heartbreaking news for so many restaurant owners.

The book features recipes from restaurants in 37 U.S. cities and representing 24 states. All proceeds will go to participating restaurants and local food banks.

For more information, go to unitedwecook.org.

—JENNIKA INGRAM


2020 July 4th Theme Contest | Pacific Palisades

The Palisades Americanism Parade Association is currently accepting theme ideas for the 2020 July 4th Celebration, which, due to the race, parade, fireworks and concert being canceled, will look different this year.

“Best themes are short, five words or less,” according to the website. A maximum of two entries, up to six words each, will be accepted per resident.

Ideas should be submitted no later than June 3 at 12 p.m. using a form at palisades4th.com/parade/theme or by email to parade@palisades4th.com. The person who submits the winning theme will be featured in the 4th of July Program.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Retail Reopening | Palisades Village

At the start of Memorial Day weekend, Palisades Village announced several retailers who reopened for curbside pickups.

“Your favorite food, fashion and more are now just a short drive away with our safe and contactless pickup option,” a post on social media explained. “Please contact each store or restaurant directly for more information.”

A.L.C., Anine Bing, Bonjour Fête, Brunello Cucinelli, Faherty, Paige, Tamara Mellon, towne by elysewalker, Veronica Beard and Zimmerman are now offering the service.

—SARAH SHMERLING