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PPTFH Hosts First Virtual Community Meeting

Heide Marston
Photos courtesy of PPTFH


After a few months of hiatus while getting adjusted to social distancing restrictions, the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness returned on July 27 with a well-attended Zoom meeting.

Sharon Browning, co-president of PPTFH, led the meeting and began by sharing that from May to June, PPTFH and The People Concern moved 12 individuals from the street, with six into permanent housing. To date, 128 individuals have been moved from the street and 84 individuals into permanent housing due to their joint efforts.

Guest speakers for the July meeting were Heidi Marston, executive director of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and John Maceri, CEO of The People Concern.

The task force selected its two feature speakers due to the rising number of people experiencing homelessness, Browning shared at the meeting.

“The LAHSA homeless count from January of this year showed 12.7% more Angelenos fell into homelessness this year than last, for a total of 66,433 people,” PPTFH shared in a flyer ahead of the meeting. “Add expected increases caused by COVID-19 and we have even greater numbers to take care of.”

Marston reported an overview of the homeless count and how this year, the annual count is unique because the world has changed so much since January when it took place.

She added that COVID-19 has inhibited some of their ability to respond: Project Roomkey was created to take the 15,000 identified people most vulnerable to the coronavirus off the street and help them to be housed indoors to prevent them from contracting the disease.

“There are 4,000 people in hotel rooms on any given night,” Marston shared. “No one sheltered by COVID-19 should be moved back to the street.”

John Maceri

In the Palisades, there have been zero cases of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, Browning reported.

Despite more people being on the streets, PPTFH and Marston explained that the collective effort to help the homeless is more effective than ever.

For the 217 people being rehoused every single day, 227 more are finding themselves on the streets—so even though they are doing better than ever, Marston explained that it’s not enough.

Later, she shared that 58% of people said they were homeless for the first time due to COVID-19. LAHSA is trying to use interventions that they know work, such as rapid rehousing.

The organization is trying to make pre-assembled move-in kits, so when people are housed, they have a bed, desk and items that make a home.

The county has already designated funding for this effort and they are waiting for the city to do the same, Marston said.

Maceri then spoke on behalf of The People Concern about the future and their partnership with PPTFH.

“We are housing and social service producers,” Maceri said. “It’s not just housing first, it’s housing always.”

In permanent supportive housing, the expectation is that people will need some continuing support, Maceri explained, sharing that 92% of people they have put into housing remain in housing and are never homeless again.

“We need to stop the inflow because if more people keep falling into homelessness, they will never get a handle on it,” Maceri said.

The People Concern is looking at housing solutions that are sustainable and scalable.

We are not ever going to get to scale in the current system, Maceri continued, so we need to look at creative ways.

“We’re limited in what we can do,” Maceri shared, touching on the added complication of needing to social distance at a time when people need to be housed. In addition, many of The People Concern volunteers are not able to be on-site because of social distancing.

The goal of the organization is to continue to deliver high-quality services with the current restraints, Maceri shared, as well as “continue to scale and sustain permanent supportive housing.”

He added that since many people are currently in temporary housing, they are easier to work with than if they were on the streets.

“We simply have to create and scale more housing,” Maceri said, with the concern being that there might be a lot more people on the streets when the moratorium on evictions across Los Angeles is lifted.

After the presentations, Browning concluded the meeting by sharing a slideshow of photos during COVID-19 closures and examples of PPTFH and The People Concern efforts, including a success story as well as how the organizations encourage the use of masks and meet-ups to give those in need brown bag lunches and help them keep track of their meetings.

2020 Pacific Palisades Teen Talent Contest Winners Revealed

Photo courtesy of Rose Sutton


With Safer at Home orders in place, the Palisadian-Post shifted the Pacific Palisades Teen Talent Contest from spring to summer with a virtual show in 2020—with 16 talented students in eighth through 12th grade vying for two winning spots.

After calculating a community vote and judge ballots filled out by Marissa Hermer, Ted McGinley and Bill Skinner, Palisades Charter High School students Jack Essner and Rose Sutton were announced the winners of this year’s contest, representing a long-honored tradition in the community.

This year, students who live or go to school in the Palisades between the ages of 15 and 18 submitted videos of their talents plus a completed application detailing their achievements and commitment to community service.

The contest, sponsored in part by the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club, is designed to seek motivated youth who are leaders, creators, artists, inventors and volunteers who are socially engaged in the community.

The two selected winners are awarded a cash prize, free food from Palisades Garden Cafe, a feature in the Post, and accolades from friends and the community all year long.

“It feels amazing,” Essner, 17, shared when he got the news he was selected as one of the two contest winners. “I was a little nervous because I had seen all the other contestants and I knew that everyone else was very, very talented.”

Essner believed he had an edge because he was able to show-off multiple talents in his video submission. He shared that he put a lot of work into his video—including filming with masks and social distance in mind during the pandemic.

His submission was a short film titled “The Necklace,” which allowed Essner to highlight his acting, singing and filmmaking.

Essner said he is looking forward to applying to performing arts programs for college, taking a look at schools on the East Coast in particular.

In order to keep up with his craft despite the pandemic, Essner participated in a summer intensive two-week performing arts program, Southeastern Summer Theater Institute run by Ben Wolfe, and has been taking Zoom acting classes online each week with his teacher, Amy Ruskin with the Ruskin School of Acting.

This year, Essner directed a varsity division scene for Pali High at the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California that won fifth place out of approximately 60 schools. He’s also been on the academic honor roll for the past three years.

“This feels honestly amazing,” Sutton, 18, shared when she received the news. “I’m honestly so happy.”

Sutton, a filmmaker who just finished her senior year at Pali High, said that winning feels like an honor to all of the hard work she put in during the course of high school. Her talent submission was a music video for the song “Hunger.”

She shared that she has grown in a lot of ways through programming at the school, which she described as unmatched. She attributed some of her growth to teacher Nancy Fracchiolla.

Sutton recently wrapped a project completed with social distancing measures, which included dancers sending her footage that was shot in their own homes. She said that she has been busy painting, taking photos and playing piano.

The Teen Contest has grown and changed over the years, beginning as Miss Palisades in 1959. In 1990, it evolved to add a both a young man and woman to represent the teens in the community as Mr. and Miss Palisades.

As of 2018, the tradition transformed again into a Teen Talent Contest by eliminating the gender selection to create a youth contest without gender boundaries.

And now, in 2020, to adapt to the pandemic, the contest went virtual for the first time in its history. The virtual talent show accepted entries until July 17, and voting took place until July 31.

Photo courtesy of Jack Essner

This year overflowed with talented individuals, including Barrett Eastman who was set to sing during the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association’s Opening Day in March until COVID-19 concerns indefinitely postponed the season.

The multi-talented Michael Francoeur showed he not only has piano and harmonica skills, but he sang along at the same time in a performance of “Piano Man.”

Savannah Scott, who attends Pacifica Christian High School, shared that she began dancing and singing at a very young age, and went on to perform in a plethora of school plays and musicals. She volunteers at her church’s youth group and leads religious discussions, as well as other volunteer pursuits to help the community.

Pali High rising sophomore Sierra Sugarman dazzled with a performance of “Prelude in C-Sharp Minor” by Rachmaninoff on the piano. She passed level 8 of the Certificate of Merit last February where she received branch and statewide honors, and has placed in prestigious competitions.

What is typically an in-person event, held on the Pali High campus for the past few years, these talented teenagers had to think outside of the box and showcase their skills without the support of an audience and describe the role they are playing to promote unity within our community in a virtual setting.

Each contestant rose to the occasion, creating a memorable and enthralling 2020 show.

For those who missed meeting the contestants and watching video submissions of their talents, visit palipost.com to catch up.

Palisadians Launch Local Environmental Organization

Pictured, from left: Karen Ephraim, Ryan Craig, Ingrid Steinberg, Aleksandar Pavlović and Shayna Samuels
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Resilient Palisades to Host Inaugural Virtual Event

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

In the works since November 2019, five Palisadians waited for an opportunity to launch their nonprofit Resilient Palisades—and now, they are ready to go, with the group’s inaugural virtual event scheduled for August 13.

Resilient Palisades is working to strengthen the community as it responds to the environmental and climate crisis, according to the group’s website, inviting Palisadians to partner in undertaking projects that support the health and well-being of the neighborhood, surrounding communities and planet.

“Resilient Palisades is a brand-new organization that aims to bring Palisadians together to work to address the climate crisis,” Co-founder Ingrid Steinberg explained to the Palisadian-Post. “We’re aiming to be the local environmental group that brings together all kinds of different interests in environmental work and we hope that, with a broad enough interest, we can develop grass roots efforts to make real change.”

Steinberg, a philosopher by training, first was inspired to create the group after running a series of workshops on environmental ethics. She shared that some of the readings she was doing showed her that “effective change has to start locally,” so she began to think about what that would mean for her community.

“For a while, if you came over for a dinner party—in the wonderful pre-COVID days—that would be the conversation because I was obsessing about it,” Steinberg shared.

After talking with friends, neighbors, and fellow Palisadian and co-founding member Ryan Craig, she saw a need for a local venue that was easy to access.

“I think the point of the organization is that everyone has an important part to play in combating climate change,” Craig said. “Even though the effects for many appear to be years, if not decades, down the road, addressing climate change means taking action starting now for everyone, and we want to make that accessible and as easy as possible for every member of our community.”

The group originally intended to launch with a communitywide event on Earth Day, April 30, but due to the pandemic, that plan was placed on hold indefinitely.

“We’ve been meeting and planning ever since, and waiting for the right time to really launch to the community,” Steinberg said. “We’re hopeful that right now, people do have a little bit more mental space to accommodate something new and we’re hoping that we can get a lot of community interest in this work.”

The goal, Steinberg shared, is for Palisadians to assist the board members to tackle the big ambitions they have in mind.

Steinberg resides in Marquez Knolls and Craig in El Medio Bluffs. Other board members are Shayna Samuels in the Highlands, as well as Karen Ephraim and Aleksandar Pavlović in the Alphabet Streets.

“I’ve been in the community for 10 years,” Craig explained. “I recognize that the climate crisis is the single defining issue of our generation—we will pass or fail from our children and grandchildren’s standpoint, depending on how we address this issue.”

Craig and Steinberg explained that, aided by a bit of extra free time recently, Resilient Palisades’ website is meant to not only share information about the nonprofit, but to become a central resource with information linking back to other groups and information about what’s going on inside the Palisades but also the surrounding communities.

“We recognize the privilege we have living in this community and we recognize the resources that most of us have,” Craig shared. “Therefore if anywhere can make the kind of changes we need to make in how we live at home, how we live in our communities, how we travel, it’s here, so we’d like very much to demonstrate that we can be a model here in the Palisades for the kind of change we’re going to need to address the climate crisis.”

For the foreseeable future, Resilient Palisades will be sticking to virtual events, with hopes to host speakers on a regular basis.

Community members are invited to sign up for the inaugural event—a Zoom conversation with California State Senator and Chair of the Environmental Quality Committee Ben Allen—which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13.

For more information about the event and Resilient Palisades, visit resilientpalisades.org.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the inaugural event with Ben Allen as beginning at 7 p.m., which has been updated to a 7:30 p.m. start time.

Three Getty Villa Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

The Getty Villa
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

The Number of Positive Cases Reaches Over 100 in Pacific Palisades

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

The Getty Villa, which has been indefinitely closed to the public since March, reported that three members of its staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Last week, we had three workers at the Getty Villa report that they had tested positive for COVID-19,” Lisa Lapin, Vice President, Communications, explained to the Palisadian-Post. “We filed a report to the county, which is required of any workplace [that] has three cases reported among workers in a 14-day period. Our protocol is to do an immediate investigation and our own contact tracing.”

Lapin reported that none of the individuals contracted COVID-19 in the workplace and none had come to work with a fever. She explained that the Getty Villa follows and, in many cases, exceeds state and county workplace safety protocols to keep those working on site safe.

“Any ill worker remains home and quarantines,” Lapin continued. “We practice social distancing and workers wear masks on our sites. If there is an individual who tests positive, we immediately inform any employee who may have possibly been within a distance. Our cleaning protocols are extensive, we have temperature monitoring stations and employees are physically distanced from each other.”

Though the museum has been closed since before Safer at Home orders went into place across the county and state, employees have been on site throughout the closure to protect and maintain the Getty Villa’s collections and grounds.

“In line with the Los Angeles and California Safer at Home emergency order, Getty has transitioned to telecommuting (work from home) for all staff but those in critical facilities and security operations,” according to the Getty website.

Getty reports on the website that it will continue to pay all employees, salaried and hourly, in full during the closure.

“Their safety and well-being has been our highest priority,” Lapin concluded.

As the Post went to print Tuesday, the number of positive cases in Pacific Palisades was 99 with an additional 18 in Palisades Highlands. There have been 185,236 positive cases across Los Angeles County, not factoring in Long Beach and Pasadena, with 4,471 deaths.

Though County of Los Angeles Public Health reported on Monday, August 3, that it was “cautiously optimistic that the county is on the right path to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” a statement on Tuesday reported that “data is incomplete due to delays in the state electronic lab reporting system.”

“The state has determined under reporting of COVID-19 cases due to technology issues with the electronic laboratory system,” the statement explained. “The issue has undercounted the county’s positive cases and affects the number of COVID-19 cases reported each day and our contact tracing efforts.”

Public Health shared that is has implemented an independent strategy to obtain accurate data and a team is working to reach out to at least 81 labs to obtain all COVID-19 test results from July 26 to present to determine the accurate number of positive case count in LA County.

“While the missing data is troubling and hinders efforts to monitor and reduce the spread of COVID-19, data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations, are not affected by this reporting issue,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in the statement. “Hospitalization data for Los Angeles County still shows a decrease, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic that our efforts over the past few weeks may be starting to slow the spread.”

Marie Steckmest Says Goodbye to the Palisades

Steckmest in 2009
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

The Longtime Community Member Seeks Help to Continue Palisades Cares

By LILY TINOCO | Reporter

Longtime Palisadian Marie Steckmest and her husband have left their Marquez Knolls abode to join their daughter and her family in Marin County after 37 years in Pacific Palisades.

Steckmest has been a light in the community: an educator, leader and Citizen of the Year in 2008 for spearheading a greener community.

Her contributions have connected neighbors through volunteer work and donations, with a focus on the environment and working with children.

In 2006 she founded nonprofit Palisades Cares with the mission to encourage people to volunteer. The organization networks with groups like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, Westside Food Book, Heal the Bay and more.

Palisades Cares has organized holiday toy drives, school supplies drives and more, including the installation of recycling bins and bike racks in the Palisades, as well as the installation of a Little Free Library at Marquez and Jacon with the help of a few Girl Scouts.

Steckmest shared there has always been an outpouring of support from members of the community—from the local businesses that have allowed donation drop-off bins to the neighbors who have generously contributed donations, time and efforts.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with people in the community,” Steckmest said to the Palisadian-Post. “It’s a great community, and whatever project I teamed up with or worked on, there were always people who wanted to help.”

Steckmest in 2009
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

For the last eight years, Steckmest has also volunteered her time as a garden teacher at Marquez Charter Elementary School, teaching children and their families how to eat healthy, grow their own vegetables and cook with them.

“I’ve really enjoyed being a volunteer, but now I get to teach my 3-year-old grandson how to garden and how to cook,” Steckmest said. “There are just so many opportunities and different phases of life … When I created Palisades Cares, I was looking for something to do after my kids went to college and I’ve worked with lots of members of the community doing projects …

“This is a wonderful place to live and there are so many great people and it will be fun to see what the next phase holds.”

As Steckmest leaves the Palisades, she is hoping members of the community offer help to Palisades Cares and its annual projects. For more information on how to get involved, email info@palisadescares.org.

“We’ll miss the Palisades, where we’ve lived since 1983,” Steckmest said. “But family calls … I’ll still come back and visit Marquez.”

Teen Palisadian Isolde Fair Garners Award Nomination for Song

Isolde Fair
Photo by Gina Conte

“Rise” is Intended to be About Using One’s Voice for Positive Change


Palisadian Isolde Fair is making strides with her music: Her new song, “Rise,” has been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award—with the show slated to take place in early 2021.

The 17-year-old explained that the song is about using one’s voice for positive change and the power that each person possesses to allow their voice to be heard against injustice, as well as the unstoppable drive to never give up.

“‘Rise’ came to me on a grey day,” Isolde shared in a statement. “I started to wonder what the world would be like with no anticipation of any injustice. I was thinking about a world with no flaws.”

It’s intended to be a message for people of all ages, especially young people, the statement continued.

Isolde was assisted by her parents, who joined for the project, which debuted through streaming services on June 12. Her mother, pianist and composer Starr Parodi, co-wrote “Rise” and Isolde, Parodi and her father, Jeff Eden Fair, produced it together.

Photo by Milly Hopkins

An accompanying music video for the song was released on YouTube on June 19, directed by Sara Nesson, an Oscar-nominated director and editor, and Emmy-winner Bonnie Story.

“When I first heard this song, I was so inspired,” Story shared in the statement. “I loved creating to it and I loved what it was about: to know that we can rise and get through tough times. This song says it all, and Isolde Fair is beyond her years.”

Isolde explained that she wanted to make sure the music video contained the element of dance—so they recruited Palisadian Suzie Lonergan and Bayli Baker to be the choreographers. Nesson suggested the location the team filmed at.

“[The music video] was shot in a small, quaint, cottage-like house on a ranch in La Tuna Canyon,” Isolde said to the Palisadian-Post—the site of a tragic love story.

“The reason why the house looked so rundown and unapproachable was because of a fire,” Isolde continued. “A beautiful couple from the family who lived in it built a life in there as well.”

Isolde said that a few weeks before the fire occurred, the couple had watched “The Notebook” together, which prompted thoughts of dying together. And when the fire took place, that came true.

“Knowing that this place came from someone’s feelings of love and unity really allowed the story of ‘Rise’ for me to unfold,” Isolde said in the statement. “It was more real than any set we could have ever built. We really could feel the intensity while we were filming there.”

Isolde explained that visually, the dancers represent a suppressed society that was longing for change but was trapped within themselves metaphorically, by walls that were surrounding them.

Isolde wanted to express the anxiety in the song, show an oppressed state, and then lift it up and bring it into a great world to live in at the end, she explained.

“I feel like dance released that energy and brought something new,” Isolde said.

Starr and Isolde
Photo courtesy of Isolde Fair

“I shared this idea with the super-talented and amazing choreographers Lonergan and Baker,” Isolde continued, “and they came up with a perfect choreography that completely represented the visual I had in my mind of how the dancers would be dancing in the story playing in my head.”

Rising senior at Palisades Charter High School Milly Hopkins completed the cover picture for the video.

Isolde, who has a background performing, has played the piano and violin all of her life. In September 2019, Isolde had an opportunity to premiere a piece with her mother at the Orchestra Modern NYC, conducted by Amy Andersson, at Lincoln Center.

“That was insane, so unbelievable [to be] at Lincoln Center in general,” Isolde recounted. “I was surrounded by empowered women who were composers who were showing their music.”

Isolde shared that Andersson made everything happier and the whole room lit up.

“It’s really so brilliant and beautiful,” she recalled.

Another performance that Isolde shared was playing solo on violin with members of Cirque du Soleil.

“The violin is practically the love of my life,” Isolde said, adding that she really likes to incorporate the violin into the songs she creates.

Isolde studies music at the Colburn School, which she has attended for two years. She also studies violin with a teacher who lives in Korea through Zoom.

Isolde grew up in the Palisades and Santa Monica—attending Seven Arrows Elementary School from kindergarten to fourth grade and Marquez Charter Elementary School for fifth grade. Then she attended Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica.

When she was only 13 years old, Isolde gained recognition for her composition and recording “To All The Little Girls”—a song that came about from a class music assignment her teacher recognized had merit.

The lyrics focus on a portion of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 concession speech, which was dedicated to young women.

“I’ve grown a lot since writing that song,” Isolde said in the statement, “and although both songs have messages of encouragement, ‘Rise’ is about empowering yourself and pulling through any dark situation, especially with what is going on in the world right now.”

Isolde referred to her mother as her biggest inspiration, and said she is making the world a better place.

Photo courtesy of Isolde Fair

“I don’t know what I’d do without her,” Isolde shared.

Isolde added that she wants to keep writing with political themes in mind, and have a say for injustices and about feminism, although not all her music is about that.

Isolde attended the LA County for the Arts in the music program in 2018-19 for her freshman year of high school. She then completed her sophomore year in the Virtual Academy at Pali High and is now a rising junior.

“The teachers [at Pali] are great … they really understand the students, and they really care and let you feel like you’re independent so they give you time to plan,” Isolde said to the Post.

Although Isolde shared that she considers her life focused on music—she is currently working on a new song and an EP—she still makes time to exercise, dance, and get take-out at her favorite Palisades restaurant Cafe Vida, as well as Cathay Palisades and Moku Sushi.

She hangs out at the bluffs and hikes at Will Rogers and Temescal. Isolde added that she has really enjoyed Chloe Ting’s workouts online throughout the pandemic.

“I love dancing,” Isolde said. “It really brings a different eye and perspective. When I have anxiety, it lets me go into a different world that’s active and takes me out of what I was thinking before.”

Isolde shared that she wants to keep performing and communicating.

“I like being around people,” she concluded. “I’m a people person and with COVID-19, it’s hard for that. If it wasn’t happening, I would like to go around the world and perform for people.”



When I was in law school in the 1980s, antitrust was still a thing. Then we surrendered to the giants. I hope our representatives take action to limit the power of the big four corporations that are monopolizing their markets.

An example of the harm is the Amazon bookstore in the Palisades Village. Our very special independent bookstore, Village Books, could not compete with Amazon’s online sales. After Village Books died, Amazon opened a store on the very same street in the Caruso village.

Jeff Bezos earned $13 billion in just one day, personally. If Amazon can dominate the market, how about creating a fund for independent bookstores to survive?

The Amazon store is not a bookstore. The employees are not readers who can recommend books. There are no readings.

Village Books was magical. The store had midnight book parties for each Harry Potter book as it came out with costumes and poster contests. They made books thrilling for my kids. I made friends with the employees who knew the books and knew what I liked.

I miss having a real bookstore in my community so much. Amazon is generic and soulless. It’s like McDonald’s taking over health food stores.

If you buy books online, please do so through an independent bookstore. There are a few still holding on and they need our support!

Lisa Kaas Boyle

Arts Education

During this uncertain and destabilizing time, I have watched with growing alarm as school districts across LA County propose drastic cuts to arts education programs. While there is no doubt that the economic devastation caused by COVID-19 is forcing leaders to make difficult decisions, I take this opportunity to remind our school board members that California education code legally requires every student to have access to arts education.

Additionally, multiple studies show that arts education increases student engagement, their sense of connection, average daily attendance rates, and thus graduation rates. This cannot be overlooked as distance learning fuels an “engagement crisis” and drop-out rates spike across the state. Evidence shows that students with arts ed are:

  • 5x less likely to drop out of school,
  • 4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and
  • 3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.

This is an issue of basic equity. We know low-income students and students of color face the greatest barriers to the high-quality arts instruction they deserve. And, because the creative sector generates 1 in 10 jobs in the SoCal region, cutting funding for these essential programs will negatively impact an entire generation of students preparing to enter California’s workforce.

If we fail to recognize the importance of arts education, we fail our children. We must invest in the arts programs that will ensure students have the tools they need to thrive. Do not cut arts education funding when our children need it most.

Fatima Khan

Neighborhood News

LAFD Hoists Hiker  |  Temescal Gateway Park

A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter hoisted an ailing hiker to safety in Pacific Palisades on a Saturday that was reported as “uncharacteristically hot.”

The call was reported at 6:41 p.m. on August 1 near 901 Temescal Canyon Road, LAFD’s Margaret Stewart said.

The patient, whose gender and age were not available, was suffering from heat exhaustion, according to Stewart.

City News Service contributed to this report.


Teen Council  |  Palisades Branch Library

High school students between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to join the Palisades Branch Library Teen Council, which meets virtually on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

“This Thursday, August 6, we’re going to start brainstorming ideas for our next project,” YA Librarian Jessica Levy shared in a statement.

Those who participate in the council can earn community service hours.

Also coming up at the library is the return of Career Day on Wednesday, August 12, at 4:30 p.m., which will feature a panel of recent college grads who have studied or worked abroad. August 19 will be about TV production and August 26 will cover optometry.

For more information about upcoming teen-centric events or the council, email jlevy@lapl.org.            


Baseball Giveaway  |  Palisades Village

Palisades Village has partnered up with Fuelster to give guests a chance to win four tickets to a Dodgers home game in the 2021 season.

“Simply download the Fuelster app on your smartphone and register for an account to be automatically entered for your chance to win,” a flyer read.

To enter, download the app, an on-demand fuel delivery program that brings gas to guests while they shop or dine, before arriving at Palisades Village, The Grove or The Americana at Brand.


First West Nile Cases in 2020 Reported  |  Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported the first two cases of human West Nile virus infection in the county for the 2020 season. Both were residents of the San Fernando Valley region.

“An older adult with no underlying illness was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease in early July and is recovering,” according to a statement from the department. “The second case was detected in late July in a healthy blood donor. The positive blood units were discarded.”

Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis encouraged residents to cover, clean or get rid of items that have the potential to hold water and breed mosquitoes both inside and outside the home in a press release.

Humans get West Nile virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, though most mosquitoes do not carry the virus. Those who do contract the virus may experience mild symptoms, including fever, muscle aches or tiredness. In same cases, especially for those over 50 years old or with chronic medical conditions like cancer and diabetes, severe infection can occur.               


Your Two Cents’ Worth


Kudos to the high school student, Serena Broome, who wrote about voter suppression problems. When we see something that is not right, we have to stand up and say something even though it’s hard. So thank you.


Can the Post do a weekly COVID update section? As the local paper, your subscribers would love to get updates on COVID cases, testing, etc.


COVID-19 may not be over, but the traffic in the Palisades is back! Please drive safely and at a reasonable speed.


I have worked/lived in the Palisades for 28 years and my only pet peeve is dealing with rude instacart shoppers in our local markets.


Not to be that person, but I went out and about for one of the first times in months and saw way more people than I’d like without a mask on. I ask again, please don’t be selfish. It doesn’t cost anything, or hurt to wear a mask especially if it means it could potentially save lives and make others feel more comfortable.


If you’ve been making use of any type of delivery service, don’t forget to tip your driver! They’re up here still serving our community during these tough times and making our lives a whole lot easier, I personally think they deserve it.


I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about learning pods on Nextdoor, I hope everyone considers hosting these outdoors if possible, it’s supposed to be most safe.

Golden Bull

The Golden Bull Restaurant has built a new beautiful outdoor dining deck and it’s so nice! It has a new superb early bird menu, from 3 to 5 pm, I just love it!

National Guard

I wonder if Caruso would have received the same support and protection from the National Guard to protect the Palisades Village, had the Village been populated by more mom and pop shops and family businesses such as Mort’s Deli and Village Books?

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Palisadians Earn 2020 Emmy Nominations

“Schitt’s Creek” amasses several nominations.
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By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Everything looks a little different in 2020—and the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are no different.

The ceremony, originally slated to be held at Microsoft Theater, was changed to virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show will now be filmed from the actors’ homes across the United States.

Nominations were announced July 28, with “Watchmen,” “Succession” and “Ozark” leading with the most nominations.

Looking at local nominations, four shows featuring Palisadians—“Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David, “Schitt’s Creek” with Eugene Levy, “The Kominsky Method” produced by Chuck Lorre and “The Good Place” with Ted Danson—are up for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series are Don Cheadle as Mo Monroe in “Black Monday,” Levy as Johnny Rose in “Schitt’s Creek” and Danson as Michael in “The Good Place.”

Two episodes of “Schitt’s Creek” (Happy Ending and The Presidential Suite) and one episode of “The Good Place” (Whenever You’re Ready) are up for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Former Honorary Mayor of the Palisades Martin Short is nominated as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series for his role of Dick Lundy in “The Morning Show.”

Annastasia Cucullo and Ana Sorys of “Schitt’s Creek” are also nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for the Happy Ending episode.

Alphabets Streets resident Lesli Linka Glatter is nominated for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series for the Prisoners Of War episode of “Homeland.”

J. J. Abrams’ “Westworld” is also up for a number of awards, including Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.

One of the most notable snubs this year is Palisadian Reese Witherspoon: Though several shows she is a part of, including “The Morning Show” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” are up for awards, the actress herself has not been nominated.

Another Emmy favorite in years past “Barry,” featuring Bill Hader, did not make the cut, as  the show fell outside of the airing period, which honors shows that aired between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020.

The winners will be announced September 20 at 5 p.m. on ABC.