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Officer Redican Says Farewell to Pacific Palisades

Rusty Redican
Photo courtesy of PPTFH

LAPD’s John “Rusty” Redican Will Begin a New Position in the Elysian Park Area

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter 

Officer John “Rusty” Redican, a familiar face in Pacific Palisades, recently announced his departure from West Los Angeles, effective Friday, September 24.

Redican said he will begin a new full-time position at the Los Angeles Police Academy, located in the Elysian Park area as a firearms instructor.

“This is a bittersweet transition for me,” Redican said in a statement. “I’ve been a working police officer in the field for almost a quarter century, in a variety of uniformed and undercover assignments. I hope to use that experience to help train, guide and mentor new officers to pick up the torch and run with it.”

Redican said he learned his policing style from his father, who was a policeman in his home state of Massachusetts.

“I watched how he interacted with the community”—he knew everyone in the neighborhood—“that’s what I try to do,” Redican said to the Palisadian-Post in 2016 .

At the age of 14, Redican told his mom he wanted to be a policeman just like his dad when he grew up. She wept with joy.

“You could say my dad was proud,” Redican said at the time.

After spending several years in the Marine Corps, Redican tried out for LAPD in ’94 but ended up in Hollywood. Through friends, he secured an apprenticeship as a camera assistant on the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and continued to work in film and TV.

On the set of “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” the last film he ever worked on, he met his wife, Kelly, who was an extra in the film. In 1998, Redican moved back to a small town in Massachusetts to work as a cop and fulfill his childhood dream. Kelly went with him.

In 2002, the couple returned to LA—and this time, Redican was accepted into LAPD.

In his years with LAPD, Redican went on to become a friend of many Palisadians and a longtime partner of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness as beach patrol.

“Officer Redican is a combination of the consummate professional and a genuine, caring, compassionate human being,” PPTFH Co-Founder Sharon Browning said to the Post. “He went above and beyond to serve our community, serve our homeless people, and put his broad shoulders behind PPTFH’s work and vision for a community-based, collaborative working relationship between law enforcement, professional homeless outreach workers and committed local volunteers. He was tireless in his devotion and work commitment. We learned so much from him, and respect and admire him … it is comforting to know that he will be training new LAPD officers, hopefully to become just like him.”

 “There will never be another Rusty and we all will miss him deeply,” Co-Founder Sharon Kilbride added.

Redican assured the community that he will be around, riding his bike through the Palisades, his “favorite part of the city.”

“It has been one of the most personally rewarding, sustained efforts to help people, that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of,” Redican said. “While doing so, many of you helped me strive to be a better person, every day.”

Redican will be thanked for his service at two upcoming community meetings: the September 23 Pacific Palisades Community Council board meeting, which begins at 5:45 p.m., and by PPTFH on Monday, September 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

St. Frank Closes Palisades Village Store

Bay Theatre with Cinépolis signage removed
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Removes Pacific Palisades Location from Website, Signage Taken Down

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Following this summer’s closure of SunLife Organics and opening of Qué Padre, there are a couple of additional changes to report at Palisades Village: the closure of St. Frank and removal of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas from Bay Theatre signage.

St. Frank, which was one of the original tenants to open in the development, offered a line of home luxuries from artisans around the world. The last day it was open was Sunday, September 12, according to a representative.

“We have loved being a part of the Palisades Village opening and the special community of the Pacific Palisades,” Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director Christina Bryant Herbert said to the Palisadian-Post of the store’s closing. “COVID-19 gave us the opportunity to focus on growing our online business as well as the breadth of our product assortment, and ultimately we have decided to close the Palisades store to direct more of our resources towards those activities.”

Bryant Herbert added that in the three years the store was open at Palisades Village, the brand has built “lasting relationships with many customers in the LA area” and they “look forward to continuing to serving those clients” at the St. Frank website, as well as in-store in San Francisco and Palm Beach.

The space formerly occupied by St. Frank.

St. Frank was located between Faherty and towne by elysewalker—two additional tenants that have been a part of Palisades Village since its opening.

The Bay Theatre, which has remained closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, had its signage amended to remove the inclusion of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. The Pacific Palisades location has also been removed from Cinépolis’ theater directory, which is listed on its website.

Neither Caruso nor Cinépolis confirmed with the Palisadian-Post by the time the paper went to print if this meant Cinépolis would no longer be involved with the Bay Theatre. Caruso did not have an update to share on what, if any, theater operator would take over.

The Bay Theatre was not the first partnership between Caruso and Cinépolis: There is also a Cinépolis location at Caruso’s The Promenade at Westlake, which was closed at the start of the pandemic, but has since reopened.

As of March, Cinépolis did not have a reopening date in place for the Bay Theatre, but a representative at the time confirmed it was in the works.

“We are excited to reopen Cinépolis Pacific Palisades; however, we are still waiting on a definitive timeline centered around the ability to operate at occupancy levels above 25%,” the representative explained. “The safety of our team and guests is our top priority as we reopen.”

The Promenade iteration of the theater falls into Ventura County, which has had similar pandemic-related restrictions, but a different timeline of when things were able to reopen and at what capacity.

At this time, there was also no word from Caruso on what store would be taking over the space formerly occupied by St. Frank.

Local Elected Officials Speak at Democratic Club Garden Party

Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Photos courtesy of PPDC

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club hosted a virtual garden party—featuring several local elected officials speaking via Zoom—on Sunday, September 19.

The meeting began with a musical performance by Buffalo Romeo, a singing duo comprised of former Palisadian and 1972 Palisades Charter High School alumni Sheldon Jones and his step-grandson Keenan Dorn, followed by the recognition of longtime Palisadian Joe Halper.

Halper was gifted the PPDC Lifetime Service Award, a new award that was created to honor Halper, who served as PPDC president from 1992 to 1998.

“There’s somebody in our club who we are going to honor today … somebody who has been a mentor of mine for a long time,” PPDC president Steve Cron said. “Somebody who I think of as ‘the godfather’ of the Palisades Democratic Club. He was president a long time ago and has mentored every president since, including me … we have decided to create the PPDC Lifetime Service Award in honor of our friend, our mentor, our colleague Joe Halper.”

Halper thanked the club for the award and reminded members to “stay active and stay involved.”

Elected officials were invited to speak at the event, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Congressmember from the 33rd District Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen and Councilmember Mike Bonin, offering updates and general remarks to the club.

LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin

Assemblymember Richard Bloom also joined the conversation and noted PPDC’s efforts in the recent 2021 California gubernatorial recall election, reporting a high number of “no” votes out of the Palisades area.

Bloom said a number of proposed bills are under review, including a bill that would create a permanent commission to address hate crimes and hate speech, and a bill on animal welfare to create a structure for canine blood banks.

The meeting ended with remarks from LA Unified School District Board Member Nick Melvoin, who provided district updates and a look at the recent reopening of schools. He said 98% of students are back in-person.

“Every one of our thousands of schools remains open because of our best in the class safety standards, whether that’s weekly testing … masks, air filtration, use of outdoor classrooms … and vaccination mandate for all the students who are eligible” Melvoin said. “I’m proud of all the work we’re doing to ensure schools stay open.”

Melvoin also said the district is still seeking a new superintendent following the retirement of Palisadian Austin Beutner, who served as superintendent for the last three years.

Biden Appoints Palisadian to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Farar at the United Nations General Assembly
Photo courtesy of Sim Farar

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Palisadian Sim Farar was among four people appointed by President Joe Biden to be United States representatives to the United Nations on Monday, September 13.

New York born and Southern California raised, Farar said he has been an investment banker all his life. He is a managing member of JDF Investments Company, LLC, specializing in corporate development and financing merger transactions, and a “key figure” in Los Angeles, serving on the board of directors of different companies.

But Farar said he has always maintained an interest in politics and has been involved a long time.

In 1994, Farar received a presidential appointment to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and he has been appointed by four U.S. Presidents—Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Biden—to serve as the chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

“It just so happened these things fell in my direction: I love policy, I love public diplomacy and I love politics,” he said to the Palisadian-Post.

This year, he is returning to the United Nations General Assembly for a second time: Originally appointed by former President Clinton to serve as the United States Representative to the 54th General Assembly in 1999, Farar is the second individual to be appointed to this position twice.

The Highlands resident said accepting the news has been exciting and he looks forward to representing the United States and working with Biden.

“It’s fascinating … I was here for the 54th General Assembly, it was a big honor to be asked twice,” Farar said. “My job is to meet with … several of the ambassadors of [193] countries to try to work out some issues and resolve some stuff together. I look forward to working with my colleagues, engaging with the United Nations to reaffirm our commitment to peace and security.”

Although Farar will spend some time in New York for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, when he returns to Pacific Palisades, he knows he has plenty to look forward to.

“We moved to the Palisades in 2004 and we love the community,” Farar said to the Post. “My two sons are both lawyers, and I have four grandchildren who all live in the Palisades. When I’m here I go to the beach everyday, and swim at the beach or ride my bike on the path. It’s a beautiful place, there’s wonderful people.”

‘Jimmy Dunne Says’

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Dunne/Shutterstock

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.”

If you’re blessed with kids, when you go in their rooms tonight to kiss them goodnight, smell the top of the heads.

And in that quiet moment, may it take you back to when they were born.

And tomorrow, when your partner in life least expects it, kiss them on the lips like you haven’t kissed them in a long time—and hope they kiss you back.

And call up your best buddies and take them out for dinner. Make toasts all night. Everyone’s toast should be about how great everyone else is. And if anybody left out any aspect about how spectacular you are, make an extra toast to yourself.

And tonight, after everyone’s asleep, go out to your Palisades backyard.

Just stand there. Look around. Look up in the sky.

And think about how it’s not your backyard. How you’re just standing on this planet. This planet busting with life. Busting with energy. How gravity is the only thing that’s keeping you from floating away.

How your brain cells on the top of your head are literally completing a quadrillion actions per second. How only 2% of the seven billion billion billion atoms that make up you were even in you a year ago.

And, in the quiet, listen to the music the wind plays. And to the soothing clock and rhythm of the crickets.

And then look up. To the wonder. To everything you’ll never know.

And may you imagine the stars are other roads you could have taken. Other careers. Other places you could have lived. Other relationships. Other kids you could have had.

And, with your feet on the ground, spread your arms in the air and feel it all. The ground you’re so firmly on. Your heart perfectly beating in your body. Feel the light breeze hitting your face, your ears, your eyes and your mouth.

And feel how extraordinary it is to be you.

To have what you have. To dream of what you still have time to be.

And, then, close your eyes.

And, in that moment, may you feel a bit closer to knowing who you are, where you are—and where you’re going.

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Dunne

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. For an audio/musical version of this story, visit tinyurl.com/76vrxmdk.

Your Two Cents’ Worth

Aldersgate

I’m thrilled that Seven Arrows has a home at Aldersgate. We live across the street and watched this magical school handle everything so elegantly since they have been there last year and this school year. They are respectful of us neighbors and I have yet to see any traffic issues. I’m glad this property was not purchased by a hostel, Italian restaurant or being torn down by a developer.


Addams Family

I enjoyed the piece about members of the Palisades Family involved in the animated movie “The Addams Family 2.” BTW the producer, Gail Berman, is also a Palisadian for 30 years.


U-Turns

The city has just put up a slew of “No U-Turn” signs around Pali High and the El Medio Bluffs. I can’t turn around now without seeing one of these signs. (But apparently I can’t turn around.)


Housing

Where will Pacific Palisades house the homeless now that WRSB has been ruled out? We must do our part.


Library

Just received request for money from the Palisades Library Association. The library is not open. We have a town of 28,000 people and we have no library. The fire was in October 2020. I would like to know when they think they might get their act together?

(Editor’s note: Pacific Palisades Library Association, also known as the Friends of the Palisades Library, raises money to support ongoing programming that has continued virtually through the pandemic, including the annual summer creative writing contest. The Post reached out to the Los Angeles Public Library PIO for updated information about when the Palisades branch will reopen and will publish the response when we receive it.)


Garlic Knots

Okay I am almost ashamed to admit this after reading the Post’s social media and last week’s article on Vittorio: I have worked in the Palisades for over 5 years and have not had their garlic knots. It appears I’m missing out and this must be amended immediately. I will report back after I try them.


Dolphins

I love reading about Pali High football’s wins. What an exciting season the team is having. Go Dolphins!


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

Town Hall on Emergency Preparedness  | Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades Community Council invites community members to attend a virtual Town Hall on Emergency Preparedness Thursday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m.

“You’ll hear from experts on Southern California wildfires, LAFD disaster preparedness, Emergency Management Division preparedness, and LAFD’s early warning system and drone program,” according to a flyer.

The meeting will immediately follow PPCC’s meeting, which will run from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Palisadians can join the Town Hall by visiting us02web.zoom.us/j/8763898439.

—LILY TINOCO


Palisades Alliance for Seniors to Address Health and Social Connectivity  |  Pacific Palisades

Palisades Alliance for Seniors will host a virtual program, “Healthy Aging and Social Connectivity in the Time of COVID: A Geriatrician’s Perspective,” on Monday, September 27, via Zoom.

Scott A. Kaiser, M.D, a board-certified family physician and geriatrician, will be speaking at the meeting. Kaiser currently serves as the director of Geriatric Cognitive Health at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will run for approximately one hour. To register to attend, contact Palisades Alliance for Seniors at palisadesalliance@gmail.com. The Zoom link will be sent at 9 a.m. the morning of the meeting.

—LILY TINOCO


Qué Padre Supports Preparedness Month, LAFD Station 69  |  Palisades Village

Qué Padre, Palisades Village’s surf-inspired taco joint, is supporting the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Foundation Fired Up for Preparedness campaign for the month of September in partnership with Caruso, offering a special menu with proceeds that will directly benefit LAFD Station 69.

Qué Padre will be offering specials, including an extra spicy margarita, specialty tacos and flaming hot street corn, with all proceeds going to Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. Guests and diners can also donate directly to the LAFD via counter cards or purchase LAFD merchandise at the concierge.

—LILY TINOCO


Civic League to Discuss Changes to New and Old Business  |  Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades Civic League will be meeting on Monday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss a number of items, including new and old business on Via De La Paz, Asilomar, Monument, De Pauw and more.

For more information, including a link to attend, contact PPCL at office.ppcl@gmail.com.  

—LILY TINOCO

Pixel’s Tale

LAFD assists Sammy with getting Pixel down from a balcony.
Photo by Sarah Shmerling

Pixel the cockatiel left her Palisades home on Thursday, September 16, at 11 a.m. and flew around the Village until she was rescued, with assistance from Los Angeles Fire Department Station 69, just before 2:30 p.m. near Starbucks. The following story was submitted by the Saslow family.


All bird owners must, at one time or another, have the fear that given an opportunity, their bird would fly away, never to return.

That seemed to be what happened at the Saslow home on Thursday, September 16, at 11 a.m. when their beloved cockatiel, Pixel, who flies freely about their high-ceiling condo on the corner of Antioch and Haverford, slipped out of a sliding door and flew away.

The two boys in the family, Parker, 14, and Sammy, 17, were heartbroken. Was Pixel lost? Would she ever return? Could she survive?

The boys stood on chairs on the roof-top deck, singing and whistling, hoping that familiar sounds would draw Pixel back. They played cockatiel sounds on a Bluetooth speaker, hoping that might be a magnet for her attention.

They ran outside, barefoot, in the direction they last saw Pixel flying and … there she was. Flying in circles and chirping loudly above the baseball field at Palisades Charter High School.

Pixel flew closer, above Theatre Palisades on Haverford, then toward the 76 gas station on Sunset.

The boys ran to follow but Pixel was out of sight, her loud chirps no longer heard. They headed east on Sunset, going on roof-tops and searching with their binoculars. They inspected the trees and kept shouting, “Where’s birdie?” Hours passed.

Sammy made a “missing bird” notice for Nextdoor on his phone and planned to tack copies to telephone poles. He posted on Instagram.

As they approached Amazon Books, Parker heard Pixel’s chirp and saw her circling above the Village Green. They shouted and sang even louder, trying to get her attention. Pixel landed on a phone wire above elysewalker, then flew down to the faux balcony above Starbucks.

A crowd gathered. Sammy ran to Anawalt’s Palisades Hardware to get a ladder, which turned out to be too short. A friend persuaded nearby Los Angeles Fire Department Station 69 to bring a longer ladder, which Sammy climbed, enticing Pixel with millet and pasta in his outstretched hand, while Parker sang and whistled.

“Got her!”

And Pixel was taken back home, acting like nothing happened.

It was a moment of joy for the Saslows. And just maybe for Pixel, too.

Driving on Sunshine

The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally founded environmental nonprofit Resilient Palisades to deliver a weekly “green tip” to our readers. This week’s tip was written by Doug Macmillan.


A combustion engine vehicle is a big source of pollution. We can do so much better. It is 2021, after all.

But don’t stop there: Upgrade to an electric car and integrate it with your home solar for the easiest and least polluting way to own a car in Los Angeles.

A typical SUV drives 15,000 miles per year at 20 mpg. At $4 per gallon, this costs $3,000 per year. Add another $1,000 for annual maintenance and over a typical eight years of ownership, your vehicle is burning 6,000 gallons of gas at around $24,000 and another $8,000 in maintenance. Not to mention it’s creating 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, a global warming gas.

Our 1,300-square-foot home’s Tesla solar tiles provide us with over 50,000 free miles every year. (See the September 16 green tip.)

Photo courtesy of Doug Macmillan

After almost three years and 40,000 miles, my Tesla Model 3 has required zero maintenance. No fluids to change, and the brake pads will last until after I retire. Other than tires and cabin filters, my electric car has cost me nothing since purchase.

A typical September day of sunshine gives me 150 miles driving range, fully charges my two 5 kW Tesla Powerwalls and provides all of my family’s electrical needs, including air conditioning.

I can even get charge off the batteries at night, but charging a battery from a battery is inefficient. If I am at home, I set my car to charge at 10 a.m., and by the end of the day, my car is fully charged.

Or, charge after 8 p.m. using the lower rates LADWP offers and the credits from the power you have fed into the grid. Wake up every morning with a fully charged car. You will laugh as the gas prices increase, knowing you never have to stop by the pump again.

Invest in enough solar and an electric car, and you can drive on sunshine and eliminate your vehicle contribution to CO2, smog and waste vehicle fluids (oil and radiator coolant).

We have no gas or power bills and have practically eliminated any costs associated with running my Tesla.

My family does not need to be connected to the grid but we choose to feed the grid the extra power we are producing. Find out why on my upcoming green tip, “Virtual Power Plant.”

Questions? Contact me at dougmacmillan1@me.com. Or, for the first three Sundays in October, stop by the Resilient Palisades’ farmers market table, just outside of Starbucks.


Resilient Palisades’ Clean Energy Resilience team is launching a Pali microgrid in our community. Working with a UC Berkeley energy consultant, we will soon be providing Palisadians the best vendors to install solar and/or storage batteries at the lowest possible prices. Tell us about your family’s needs by completing the survey at resilientpalisades.org/survey.

Douglas Johnston Scruton

March 28, 1986 – August 27, 2021

Our precious son Doug left us on Friday, August 27. A bright light went out in the universe with his passing.

He died after suffering from a severe allergic reaction to the COVID vaccine, according to the family.

Douglas (Dougo, Dougie, Dugger, McGruffs) had the most caring, loving, adventuresome spirit, and he lived his life at full throttle. He cherished his family, and was such a loving son, brother, nephew, friend, boyfriend and uncle to his niece and nephews whom he adored. He just lit up the room with his infectious laughter, especially at all our family celebrations, and we will all miss his hugs, his smile, his beautiful blue eyes and his hilarious sense of humor.

He loved being out in nature hiking his favorite trails in the Palisades up in The Highlands, Los Liones and Will Rogers, and blasting up the coast on his Ducati motorcycle along the ocean. His very favorite place was the north shore of Maui where we spent so many family vacations throughout his life.

He had one last adventure there this summer and went out on the ocean fishing. He was excited to catch two Dorados. Doug was also a fabulous cook, and he was able to prepare some great meals from his catch while he was there. He was enjoying his life doing what he loved in a place that he loved so much.

Doug grew up in the Palisades attending Methodist Preschool, Corpus Christi Elementary School and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism. Doug was a talented and successful VFX (visual effects) producer, worked tirelessly, and was committed to delivering the very best finished project to his clients and agencies, while also always advocating for his co-workers. He cared deeply about his family, friends and co-workers.

We could not be more proud of the wonderful person that we were privileged to call our son and have had in our lives for these 35 years. We are forever grateful for the many moments of joy that he brought into all our lives, and he will be missed so very much.

He leaves behind his heartbroken family, his parents, Jan (aka Janner) and Jeff, sister Sarah, brother Greg, brother-in-law Jeff, sister-in-law Nicole, niece Avery, nephews Cole, Ryder, and Everett, his loving girlfriend Nikki, aunts, uncles, cousins, countless life-long friends and co-workers, and his beloved pups Maizie and Reggie.

Sail on sweet boy. Spread your wonderful energy into the universe and surround yourself with God’s infinite love. You will always be in our hearts.

A celebration of Doug’s life is being planned and will be held in the upcoming weeks.


Editor’s note: The case status and cause of death as per the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner for Douglas Scruton have been deferred pending additional investigation.