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Multi-Agency Task Force Surveys Hillsides for Fire Threats, Encampments

Members of the task force
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By MAGNOLIA LAFLEUR | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness—joined by different enforcement agencies—met at Will Rogers State Beach on Wednesday, May 18, to look for hillside encampments and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Among the agencies that joined PPTFH were Los Angeles Police Department, The People Concern, and LA and California State Park Rangers.

“This is our second hillside task force, last year was our first one,” Captain Jonathan Tom—commanding officer of LAPD’s West LA division—said at the event. “This is really about collaborating. The reality is we all put this together, all of us are really limited in our resources, so it’s ideal for us to come together, and to recommit that we are here to help and [are] here for each other.”

The PPTFH volunteer team was led by Co-President Sharon Kilbride, Bruce Schwartz, Lou Kamer, Cindi Young and Carmen Kallberg, alongside the outreach team from The People Concern that included Glanda Sherman, Jessi Cortez and Supervisor Jason Flores.

“Since 2016, we’ve been removing camps from hillsides and getting people housed,” Kilbride said. “There’s been over 160 camps. We did all the work, and now we’re just maintaining the hillside to make sure that nobody [is] living there … we have our task force with my volunteers, who are out daily engaging and looking for new encampments.

“Hopefully we won’t find anything today. Our partnership with LAPD is a fabulous thing and that’s why we’ve been so successful.”

Volunteers were dispersed into groups that canvased the Corona Del Mar and Via de las Olas bluffs, Temescal Gateway Park to the El Medio Trail, Marquez Canyon, Palisades Drive into The Highlands, Los Liones Trail, and Castellammare—all areas where encampments have previously been found.

The teams canvased hillsides, looking for encampments, homeless individuals and potential fire threats.

LA Deputy City Attorney Veronica de la Cruz was also on hand to assist the task force.

“I think it’s important to highlight the partnerships between the community and law enforcement,” de la Cruz shared with the Palisadian-Post. “This is an area they’ve had a long-standing relationship [with] due to the safety reasons. It’s important to enforce our hillsides and our fire safety zones. It’s nice to see people rallying around the cause of public safety and especially at a time when we are heading into fire season.”

Graffiti and debris were found behind the Pacific Coast Highway wall, indicative of recent activity. PPTFH cleared and removed items like shovels and trash.

Formed in October 2014, PPTFH has been leading the Palisades in addressing homelessness issues. Captain Tom praised PPTFH for its due diligence and accomplishments in furthering the safety of the community and the unhoused population.

This year, six abandoned camps were cleaned up, and no active camps were found.

“This is a good collaboration of all agencies to ensure the fire safety of our hillsides and the safety of our homeless population because they are also subjected to danger because of fire and because of rattlesnakes and wild animals,” Kilbride said to the Post. “We need more people to volunteer on the Volunteer Response Team that I lead, as we need more sets of eyes on the ground and the community. If they are hiking on trails and they see a camp, they need to let us know … if they see an actual camp, they need to call 911 and report it.

“The entire Palisades is surrounded by hillsides, so everyone needs to have that in the back of their head, that it’s not safe to live in the hillside. If you see something, say something.”

Theatre Palisades Unveils Mural in Honor of Molly Steinsapir

The mural
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The face of community member Molly Steinsapir is part of a mural now on display at Pierson Playhouse, completed on Friday, May 13, by artist Jules Muck.

The mural, located on the wall facing Temescal Canyon Boulevard and Palisades Charter High School, was painted in honor of Molly’s passing and involvement at Theatre Palisades.

Molly, the 12-year-old daughter of Palisadians Kaye and Jonathan Steinsapir, died after suffering brain trauma in a bike accident in February 2021.

Theatre Palisades Board of Directors President Philip Bartolf said getting the mural done involved a lengthy process that began last year. He said Muck was tasked with creating a design that everybody on the board approved, then the idea was presented to the Pacific Palisades Community Council for its input and support, as well as the city of Los Angeles and its mural commission.

“We got their approval about a month ago,” Bartolf said to the Palisadian-Post. “We gave the go-ahead, and Jules Muck jumped into action.”

The mural features all three shows that Molly starred in at Theatre Palisades: “Peter Pan” (2018), “Guys and Dolls” (2019) and “The Little Mermaid” (2019). The image of Molly is from a picture that was taken of her while she was performing on stage during “Guys and Dolls.”

“We considered several different options, we wanted to tie it into something Molly had done at the theater,” Kaye said about the mural. “The design was inspired by ‘Peter Pan,’ one of Molly’s favorite plays that she performed in. We liked the idea of Molly being featured as Wendy with her two younger brothers because Molly was an older sister to two younger brothers, and this theme of ‘Neverland.’

“Molly passed away at the age of 12. She didn’t get to become a teenager, she didn’t get to grow up, and she has that child-like innocence and playfulness and joyfulness forever, so we wanted to reflect that in the mural. Not just for Molly, but for all the children in the Palisades and all the children who love the performing arts like Molly did.”

Kaye said different images of “Peter Pan” are incorporated into the mural, while the windowscape emanated from the shape of the wall and the space Muck was working in.

One side of the mural features a blue butterfly—Kaye said this was a nod to Head of Theatre Palisades Youth Lara Ganz.

“The blue butterfly is for Lara, that’s Lara’s special sign, and the mural was originally Lara’s idea and she had to go out on a limb to push for it,” Kaye said. “It wasn’t easy to get everyone on board with this idea because it was something very different than what we have traditionally seen in the Palisades, and Lara was willing to push and not give up on it, even when I was. She never gave up, she’s the one who found Jules and she deserved some specific recognition there on that wall.”

In addition to Ganz’ efforts, Kaye said her friend Nicole Kuklok-Waldman also deserves credit for the completion of the mural. She said Kuklok-Waldman spearheaded the process with the city, making sure everything was properly filed.

“It was definitely a lengthy process and one that I wasn’t always sure was going to be successful, but there was a lot of desire from the community,” Kaye said. “A lot of stars had to align for it to come together … and I feel like that’s Molly bringing everyone together in that way.

“I know Molly just loves it, I can feel it.”

Palisades Village to Welcome Byredo

Signs for Byredo are up at Palisades Village
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By MAGNOLIA LAFLEUR | Reporter

Palisades Village will soon welcome Byredo to the development—with signs on its forthcoming space reporting that the storefront is slated to open sometime this summer.

“Byredo is a modern European luxury house founded in 2006 with an ambition to translate memories and emotions into products and experiences,” according to the Palisades Village website. “Manifested through a variety of objects, the Byredo universe began with fragrance and has since evolved into a full range of makeup, home, leather goods and accessories.”

Based in Stockholm, Byredo was founded by former fine artist Ben Gorham. The brand is described as an “avant-garde collection” that “offers an array of beguiling notes, from fresh floral and warm musk to spicy sandalwood and smoky wood of the highest quality” on its website.

Byredo is a sister company to diptyque, which opened a store in Palisades Village April 2021, replacing a former storefront occupied by Cynthia Rowley. Diptyque is a French luxury fragrance brand that produces eau de parfum, eau de toilette, scented candles and perfume oil diffusers.

Byredo is slated to occupy a space on Swarthmore that has been vacant since the development first opened in September 2018. It will be located next to Reformation, across the street from Angelini Ristorante & Bar.

Two additional stores that are reported to be joining Palisades Village are luxury skincare Aesop and French clothing brand Officine Générale, according to real estate news outlet The Real Deal.

Founded in 1987 by hairdresser Dennis Paphitis, Aesop features fragrance, hair and home products alongside its skincare.

“Our objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality; we investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy,” according to the Aesop website. “In each of our unique stores, informed consultants are pleased to introduce the Aesop range and to guide your selections.”

The store is currently hiring to fill several positions, according to its website, including a store manager, full-time retail consultant and part-time retail consultant.

Officine Générale is a Parisian-based men and women’s clothing brand founded by Pierre Mahéo that uses French, British and Italian fabrics.

“Every detail, every pocket, every stitch has been thought out to ensure the item lasts longer, and improves the comfort of its wearer,” according to the Officine Générale website. The brand aims to blend high quality and minimalist high-end aesthetics with affordable costs.

As the Palisadian-Post went to print on Tuesday, it was unclear where Aesop and Officine Générale would be located, though spaces previously occupied by Amazon Books, William B + Friends and Madewell remained unoccupied.

Requests for comment about the reported forthcoming brands went unanswered by Caruso as the Post went to print.

Pali High Board of Trustees Meets as End of Academic Year Approaches

Members of the board
Photo courtesy of Pali High

By MAGNOLIA LAFLEUR | Reporter

The Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees conducted a meeting on May 17 where school updates were discussed—including the upcoming graduation of the board’s student representative and a faculty report with information concerning a shortage of coverage when substitutes are needed—as the academic year comes to a close.

Due to COVID-19 cases being reportedly up and the school being back to indoor masking, the board voted to continue Zoom conferencing versus in-person meetings for the next 30 days.

The Pali High student report was given by student representative Christopher Clausen, who discussed that after two weeks of exams, the students were happy to make it through. The seniors at Pali High had Grad Night at Disneyland from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. where they were able to celebrate the end of their time at the school.

“It was great to bring back a lot of the events that we missed the past two years,” Clausen shared.

The seniors will have a picnic on May 27, where they are encouraged to wear college merchandise, with games and food trucks being offered until the end of the year and yearbook signing.

“It’s a great book, unlike the past years it’s super full, it’s not shortened due to COVID,” Clausen said. “So buy the yearbook.”

Clausen thanked the board for “this incredible opportunity” as a student representative and member of the board, reminiscing from his first days being too nervous to speak to where he is today, an active member who’s had the “pleasure” of working besides the BOT staff as a representative of the student body at Pali High.

Members of the board congratulated Clausen, who was admitted into USC, and thanked him for his service as a student member of the board.

Board Member Jewlz Fahn discussed the number of parents that contacted her in regard to there not being a known deadline for when to return an administration and student experience survey at school.

During public comment, an anonymous parent expressed their disdain for the survey, which was given to assess the administration. They expressed it contained no neutral or negative ratings, but merely a variety of ratings that ranged inside a positive spectrum.

“Regarding the parent survey, how can the administration possibly send out a multiple-choice survey where the only options for rating the administration are different shades of positive?” the parent shared. “I don’t agree with any of these self-serving congratulatory descriptions of the administration.”

There was not an option for “none of the above,” Fahn explained, so parents expressed they felt like their choices were being relegated to votes that favored the administration and their kids’ experiences.

The faculty report was later given by Lisa Saxon, Maggie Nance and Brenda Clarke with the issue of a substitute teacher shortage being on the forefront.

“There’s a lot going on in terms of the shortage of substitutes, myself included,” Nance shared.
“I was out two weeks with COVID. [The school is] going and asking us daily to cover other classes, and that’s time that we’re supposed to be planning and grading. Under the best of circumstances, you’re covering a class of 30 to 40 students, and what they’re doing and where they’re going. Even if you’re not instructing, it’s impossible to get things done.”

In the report, the faculty shared that this is “unsustainable” and that teachers are “being asked to do this, whether [they] want to or not,” Nance reported.

“Also the classroom teacher, we make more hourly than substitute teachers, so it has a budgetary effect also,” Nance said. “That’s a problem that needs to be solved.”

Nance reported that faculty morale was low, with the concern of teachers feeling that they are being “asked to do more and more, and are being pulled in many different directions, without the promise of budgets keeping up with inflation.”

Saxon reported that student absenteeism is at an all-time high, affecting the budgeting process as well as impacting student learning. They requested that the school reinstate an attendance policy that “emphasizes” the importance of attendance.

During the meeting it was also reported that a former student contributed $25,000 to the transportation endowment, which aids students from afar to be able to afford to attend Pali High.

With the goal of the board to ensure that students have everything they need, Board Chair Dara Williams commented that this was the most important function of the meeting, telling the Palisadian-Post: “The most significant thing at the meeting is that we are trying to ensure that the students have access to up-to-date educational materials.”

The next board meeting will take place Tuesday, June 7, at 5 p.m.

Father Knows Best

The jacket of the book, published by Penguin Random House

Palisadian Kimberly Wolf Writes First Book, Inspired by Her Dad

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

There are numerous books published about the bond between fathers and sons and mothers and daughters, but for her first tome, Kimberly Wolf chose to write about another important—and often undervalued—relationship: that between father and daughter.

The youngest daughter of longtime Palisades Charter High School Life Experience Coach Joe Spector, Wolf combined personal experiences with years and years of study to offer critical insights in her forthcoming “Talk with Her: A Dad’s Essential Guide to Raising Healthy, Confident, and Capable Daughters,” which hits bookstore shelves May 31.

“It’s about the roles fathers play in their girls’ lives, the communication strategies that build father-daughter bonds and how fathers can prepare for key conversations on 19 topics, including body image, love and sexual health, social media, mental health, and career,” she explained. “The briefs I include highlight cutting-edge research and perspectives from leading scholars, experts and organizations serving young people. They’re designed to help readers get a handle on issues like social media and mental health that can be overwhelming and hard to master. The briefs also guide parents on what they need to know concerning key topics, where they can go for additional information, who to talk to and what questions to ask so they can best help their daughters.”

Kimberly Spector Wolf
Photos courtesy of Kimberly Wolf

An educator, public speaker and educational consultant with an undergraduate degree in gender studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wolf has championed the health and wellbeing of teenagers since she was 18, talking with her friends and classmates in the quad at Marymount High School. She is proud to have been raised in the Palisades (first on El Hito Circle, then in The Highlands), where she went to St. Matthew’s from Mommy & Me through eighth grade.

“Compared to the body of research that exists about mothers and their daughters, there’s only a fraction of that amount about father-daughter relationships, but the findings are unequivocal—that fathers can have broad-ranging positive effects on their daughters’ wellbeing and achievement, and it’s not just about being a ‘good man,’” Wolf elaborated. “Having a positive influence isn’t about being the ‘perfect father.’ What’s been so striking to me writing the book is that so many men I encounter have no idea how much they’re already doing right (though there’s nothing like a teenager to make you feel like you’re doing and saying everything wrong). I hope men recognize the strengths in their parenting prior to reading my book. Fathers are great at telling their girls to believe in themselves and when it comes to raising teenage girls, I’d say the same to dads.”

There were many motivations for her writing the book, not the least of which was making her own dad proud. Spector, now 78, is a beloved and respected figure in the community, and in 1987 he started the Pali High football program’s tradition of pre-game meals at Gladstones. Every year he presents the “Joe Spector Award” to the varsity’s Most Valuable Player. His favorite saying is: “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

Joe and Kimberly on vacation in Yosemite (2016)

“Growing up in the Palisades and coming from a family of doctors, I’ve always been interested in health and wellness,” Wolf shared. “In high school, my friends and I were riding the waves of the adolescent years. It was clear to me that we needed guidance and resources. We certainly had some, but not enough. I remember sitting at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica with my family one night for dinner. Sitting all by herself at a table while waiting for the rest of her party was Tyra Banks. She was eating chips and I remember thinking ‘Wait, super models eat chips?’ For young women, especially at that time, there was just a major disconnect between media representations and reality. The media I was consuming was focused on diet culture and not on balanced, healthy living, so the fact that this awesome, glowing super model was eating chips came as a surprise to me. That was one of those experiences, among many, that made me think we could do more. I knew then that I wanted to educate and produce media for girls, to help them learn the secrets of health and wellness and the true building blocks of happiness and achievement. So, that’s what I started working on, and spent nearly two decades learning about and doing before my career took an unexpected turn. At Brown I wrote my honors thesis on sexual health content in SEVENTEEN Magazine. I never expected men to be at the center of my work, but I was launching a digital health platform for young women and after a fundraising meeting I was standing outside the Coffee Bean on Sunset in the Palisades with one of the angel investors who’d gotten divorced and he asked if could he start dating again without it damaging his teenage daughter. As I fielded more questions about this, it became clear to me that there was a widespread need for the type of information in my book.”

Not surprisingly, Wolf initially contacted Spector for some perspective: “My own dad was my first ‘research’ call. I asked him if it was really that much harder for him to raise me and my sister than it was to parent my brother and he replied without hesitation ‘absolutely!’ It hadn’t occurred to me that he was struggling, but even though he was a great ‘girl dad,’ he found those pre-teen and teenage years to be very challenging. Eventually, once I’d done the research review for the book, I called him back and apologized for taking so much of what he did for granted all those years. I think he appreciated that.”

A mother of two boys, Wolf met her husband Alex in the library at Harvard during grad school. They moved to Texas almost a decade ago so he could do a one-year law clerkship with a federal judge and they have been there ever since.

“I joke with him that if someone had told me I was going to marry a lawyer, I would’ve thought he’d do something ‘normal’ like entertainment law in LA, but instead he became a Texas trial attorney with a national practice in litigation and white collar criminal defense,” she said. “We get back to the Palisades about four times a year.”

She and her family were LA Lakers season ticket holders throughout her childhood, so Wolf spent a lot of school nights at the Forum and Staples Center watching her favorite team (something she talked about in the book). One hard thing, she said, was deciding what to leave in and what to take out.

Rooting for the home team

“Of course I wanted to include some of my favorite stories about my dad,” Wolf said. “He was ahead of his time in the ways he intuitively knew how to parent girls and a lot of what he did is reflected in the scholarly research I reviewed for the book. He was mindful about the ways he engaged in my emotional development and has always been deliberate about many of the memories he’s created for us together. These are two of the core themes of the book. Beyond that, it was difficult to narrow down which stories to include. I hit the maximum page count for my manuscript trying to pack everything in. There are ways in which he’s never stopped being the dad he was when I was little and that’s something I talk about a lot in the book because it’s one of the secrets to lasting father-daughter bonds. Our relationship hasn’t always been perfect. We’ve weathered some tough moments, but he’s never run out of energy to tell me and everyone he meets how proud he is of me. If ‘Talk with Her’ hits the bestseller list it’ll be in great part because my father has personally had thousands of conversations, many of them with people he meets for the first time while walking on the beach or at the pharmacy, about how amazing this book is.”

“Talk with Her” has been a nearly five-year process from proposal to publishing.

“I was at times working time and a half, went through multiple rounds of fertility, and gave birth to two baby boys (yes, two boys just in time to release my groundbreaking book on raising girls) … during the pandemic,” she said. “My advice for anyone who has a book project they’re working on would be to engage a book coach or join a writing group so you have support and a system of accountability.”

As for a sequel, a lot of people have told Wolf her next book should be about mothers and sons, given that she has two little boys. To that she replies: “It took me a few decades to gather the wisdom for this one about fathers and daughters, so I have a few other books in me before I get to that one.”

Wolf will be at DIESEL, A Bookstore (225 26th Street, Suite 33) in the Brentwood Country Mart Tuesday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. to sign copies of “Talk with Her”—a heartfelt gift for Father’s Day.

Palisades Recreation Center Director Sees ‘Big Picture’

Ernesto Diaz and Jasmine Dowlatshahi
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

It has been a busy first two months for Jasmine Dowlatshahi, senior facility director at Palisades Recreation Center. She brought 22 years of full-time experience to the job when hired, having worked at eight different parks around the city of Los Angeles.

“I really want to get our pre-K room remodeled and start up an Early Learners program at the center,” she said. “The room is currently outdated and needs some repairs. It also needs furniture and a lot of supplies. I recently put in for a grant from the LA Parks Foundation and asked for $25,000 to remodel the room, and purchase all the supplies and equipment. I’m waiting to see the outcome.”

A San Fernando Valley native and mother of two boys (ages 6 and 8), Dowlatshahi has a master’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and her hobbies include making jewelry. In keeping with her vision to expand programming, she is hoping to start a youth volleyball league at the Rec Center.

“I currently have a quote to purchase equipment, and $2,400 funding toward this program is coming from a family from the Palisades who lost their daughter who was an avid volleyball player, and it will be in her memory,” she said. “Lastly, I want to have a big successful summer camp program at the park starting this summer. Camp is how I started my career with the park, and I love having all of the campers utilizing all parts of the center and coming up with creative ways to keep kids entertained. I love the good old-fashioned nature of summer camp and watching the kids become like family over time.”

New Recreation Coordinator Ernesto Diaz has worked for the city of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks department since he was 18, serving as recreation assistant for 12 years at Barrington Recreation Center; full-time in 2016 as a coordinator for Mar Vista Recreation Center; then three years at Balboa Sports Center in Encino before transferring to the Palisades.

“My first job was actually working at the Palisades Tennis Center,” he said. “My uncle, Scott Wilson, was the head tennis pro and got me a job helping out in the summer camp and working the Pro Shop with Heidi Wessels. We’d often have staff from the park come in to buy snacks and drinks, and they’re the ones who actually got me a job interview at Barrington. So I’ve come back full circle.”

A graduate of Santa Monica High School and California State University, Long Beach, Diaz said he is glad to be working with Dowlatshahi.

“I’m in charge of the sports programs but also help plan and run all the programs, permits, special events and camps,” he said. “Jasmine and I oversee all the programming at the park. I also oversee, manage and help hire staff. I’m on the West Region Sports Board, where I represent the Palisades’ various all-star teams. I’m eager to get back to programming that focuses on the physical and mental health of the community.”

‘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.”


‘Far Away in Our Milky Way’

With new flooring being installed in our home last week, my wife and I took a mini vacation in the Santa Barbara area for a few days.

We were staying at a cottage on a golf course.

It was about 11 o’clock at night, and I was about to go to bed. I took a walk down the middle of the fairway of the golf hole right out the back of our cottage.

I did something I hadn’t done in a long time.

I looked up.

I just stood there.

With the lack of lights, the sky lit up with stars. At first, I could see a couple dozen. The longer I looked, the more of them I could see.

Over a hundred against the pitch-black sky came into focus.

I was standing there looking up at our next-door neighbors in the sky, many, many trillions of miles away—thinking how they’re just a handful of the 200 billion suns in our own Milky Way alone.

I was trying to put my arms around how our Milky Way is one of 100 billion galaxies—and how everything in the universe is moving farther and farther away from us at unfathomable speeds.

Walking down the fairway, I was thinking about how the only thing keeping me from floating away into the sky was this magical, mystical, invisible force of gravity, pinning me down to my hometown turf.

I focused on one sun. It’s like it was calling out to me.

I imagined one of its planets circling around it, just like our earth.

I wondered if there’s some kind of life force, with some version of a brain, doing the exact same thing as me on its planet, looking out at its neighbors in its sky—and wondering if there’s a me out there.

I’d bet we’d like each other.

It was quiet. So wonderfully quiet.

And, at that moment, the fears, the worries and the challenges of the day—were suns away.

The sky has a way of pulling you out of the when and into the now.

It’s astounding how when you can’t hear a single thing, you can hear and feel every thing.

I could feel the cool mist in the night air on my face.

I heard a lonely, distant owl softly hooting its yearning for companionship.

I heard the tree branches ever so gently bending to the calming rhythm of the winds.

I was swept away revisiting childhood days, trying to focus on distant memories of who I was and what mattered then to me.

Walking along, I thought of my mom and dad, who both passed away in recent years. I could see their beautiful faces—remembering how they looked at me and felt about me.

I can feel that those moments of clarity of my parents are fading. With each passing month, their voices seem to be quieter—and moving farther and farther away.

Away.

The minute I turned around and headed back to our cottage, gravity began pulling me back into the hurry and detail of the day.

It’s funny. I don’t remember what I did before that walk, or after. But I remember the walk.

I have to find a way to take the time to look up.

To find that sky, no matter where I am.

A sky that reminds us all how fragile and precious this place and time we have truly is.


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

Karen Bass

I supported and raised money for Republican (and current police commissioner) Steve Soboroff in the 2001 L.A. mayoral race. L.A. could have had a great mayor but he lost. I am now happy to see that the Post published his well reasoned and thoughtful endorsement of Karen Bass. One of his closing statements stuck with me. “Bass shares credit and takes responsibility. She does not exaggerate her accomplishments nor denigrate others.” (I wonder who he might be referring to?)


Dog Barking

Years ago I had that same issue. I found the address of the barking dog and found the phone number of the home. I put the number on auto-dial and when the dog would bark at 3 am, I would hit the speed dial and say “your dog is barking” and hang up. 2 weeks later after numerous calls—problem solved.


Spruzzo

I am surprised no one has written in to rave about Spruzzo in the Highlands Center yet! It is an absolute delight. So accommodating whether you are lunching with kids (their kids menu is surprisingly great) or dropping in for happy hour, and everything we have tried—from salads to pizzas to pastas—has been reliably delicious week to week. The service is friendly and familiar and it really feels like a local gem. A great addition to our other wonderful Palisadian eateries—bravo Spruzzo!


Storefronts

Why so many empty storefronts at Caruso Village?


Marquez

The new principal at Marquez Elementary has been such a breath of fresh air after our return to campus. She has been so receptive and open to the students’ needs as we navigate the new normal. She has great ideas and fabulous engagement with the school community! We are lucky to have her in the Palisades!


Gift Shop

Wow! I love that we have a Palisades gift shop now! It’s great that all the adults will have the opportunity to sport our Palisades spirit everywhere we go. It’s a special thing to be able to show your appreciation for where you come from.


Revival Roots

It’s so important what Revival Roots is doing for the community. “Providing people with the ability to connect with the food they consume,” is one of the most important factors to a healthy society. Complete transparency and educating individuals on the importance of becoming more self-sufficient in the skills of gardening should be something every Palisadian gets involved with.


Scoutmaster

A very happy birthday to Mike Lanning on his 90th birthday! A scoutmaster since 1953, such service and dedication to the community ought to be commended.


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

Class of 2022 Special Section  |  Pacific Palisades

The Palisadian-Post is collecting graduation messages for local students who live or go to school in Pacific Palisades and are graduating elementary, middle or high school, as well as college, for its third annual special section.

Send in messages and high-res photos to mypost@palipost.com by Wednesday, June 1, for consideration.

—POST STAFF


DRB Volunteers Needed  |  Pacific Palisades

At the latest Pacific Palisades Design Review Board meeting on Wednesday, May 11, members called for individuals with any kind of design or landscaping background to fill positions on the board.

Palisadians who are interested in getting involved can reach CD 11 Deputy District Director Noah Fleishman at noah.fleishman@lacity.org and Board Chair Donna Vaccarino at dvacc@aol.com.  

—LILY TINOCO


Outer Range Photo Op  |  Palisades Village

An “Outer Range” photo op is on display at Palisades Village in The Park through May 31. Guests are encouraged to “visit the 3D chalk painting of ‘The Void’ and capture [themselves] standing at the edge of the unknown.”

The show, which is up for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, stars Josh Brolin and Imogen Poots. It follows the story of a “ranger fighting for his land and family” who “discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness,” according to information shared by Palisades Village. It is now streaming on Prime Video.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Refillery LA Visit  |  Pacific Palisades

The Refillery LA truck will be present at the Temescal Canyon Road farmers market on Thursday, May 26, between 2 and 4 p.m. The truck is a “mobile refill station offering eco-friendly soaps, detergents, personal care products and more,” according to its website.

Those who wish to visit the truck can either bring their own container or purchase one at the mobile refill station. Refills are sold by the ounce.

The market is located on Temescal Canyon Road, across from Palisades Charter High School and about one-quarter of a mile toward Pacific Coast Highway.

—SARAH SHMERLING

Walk With Love Raises $90,000 to Support Breast Cancer Research

Walk With Love 2022
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Returning to an in-person component for the first time since 2019, walkers, runners and yogis participated in the 2022 Walk With Love at Palisades Recreation Center on Sunday, May 15—hosted by the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research to raise funds and awareness.

A total of 401 participants joined this year’s event, according to organizers: 182 were in person and 219 virtual. There were 30 teams.

“Over the past 13 years, together we have raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research through our annual Walk With Love,” according to a statement from Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Dr. Susan Love. “This year, as the No. 1 breast cancer research organization in the U.S., we can achieve even more.”

Those who joined Walk With Love were able to either register as an individual or a team, where they could walk or run the 5K course. Another option was to partake in yoga on the lawn.

“I am so excited to bring the walk back home to the Palisades again,” Love shared with the Palisadian-Post ahead of the event. “It’s been too long since we could be together, and what better way to come together than for a cause that matters—finding an end to breast cancer.”

Funds raised through this year’s walk will go directly to supporting the foundation’s Exploring the Ductal Anatomy project—which has a goal of utilizing “speed of sound 3D ultrasounds to visualize the distribution of ducts within a particular breast as well as to locate early lesions within a duct.” This enables sampling the fluid in the duct and the installation of intraductal therapy, which will “better treat the disease right where it starts.”

“We’ve raised $90,000 with a goal of $150,000,” Michelle Woodhill, senior director of development for the foundation, shared on May 19.

Those who missed the walk but still wish to donate may do so, as fundraising will remain open through June 30.

In 2021, the event—temporarily renamed Move With Love—raised more than $127,000. Over 500 movers from around the globe participated from 42 states and eight countries. Those who participated were encouraged to move whatever way they preferred, whether it was walking, running, spinning, golfing or dancing.

For more information or to donate, visit walkwithlove.org.