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Thelma Todd’s Cafe “Far From Demolition,” Says Owner

The former Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe building at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway sold on Jan. 13, 2015 to Hayman Properties, LLC for $6,000,000.

Robert Hayman told the Palisadian-Post on Thursday, Nov. 19 that he has no plans to demolish the property, aside from “certain small aspects of the interior of the space in accordance with city requirements” – quelling speculation that the building is slated for demolition in January.



Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

“It’s far from a demolition. It’s basically removing certain worn-out flooring, obsolete environmental systems, etc. The exterior will remain intact,” Hayman said, adding that “even most of the interior will stay the same.”

“We still have the vision of returning this property to its days of glory, albeit using newer/better materials and methods/processes. In my heart of hearts, I believe it will be even better than it ever has been – something that not only we, but also the community will be proud of,” Hayman told the Post.

Look for the full story in an upcoming issue and check out some photos of the historic – and mysterious – property from the Post’s exclusive inside tour in May of 2015.

Breaking News: Vuongs Guilty in Pregerson Hit-and-Run

Marguerite Vuong entering the Airport Courthouse this morning.  Photo by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Marguerite Vuong entering the Airport Courthouse on the morning of Feb. 6. Photo by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

In a barely audible voice Marguerite Vuong, a 28-year employee of the Pacific Palisades post office, pleaded “no contest” on Friday, Feb. 6 in the hit-and-run that killed 23-year-old Palisadian David Pregerson.

In Judge Kathryn Solorzano’s courtroom at the Airport Courthouse, Vuong admitted to one count of felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Vuong’s husband Michael Vuong pleaded “no contest” to one count of felony accessory to hit-and-run causing death.

“I accept the pleas and find you both guilty,” Judge Solorzano said.

A no contest plea is viewed as a guilty plea by the court.

Marguerite faces a maximum penalty of four years in state prison; Michael could get up to three years in county jail.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Friday, March 6.

After the plea, David Pregerson’s father federal judge Dean Pregerson told the Palisadian-Post, “I think it’s just one of those days that are filled with sadness but also great satisfaction knowing the perpetrators pled guilty. You never stop being a parent even when your son isn’t with you and we’re doing the best we can. We are thankful to the community, the proscecutor, LAPD and the Palisadian-Post for helping us get to this day.”

David Murphy, the attorney for Marguerite Vuong, told the Post his client is “very pleased things are wrapping up and to have this process be over.”

Pregerson, a budding filmmaker, was struck by a car while walking on Chautauqua Blvd. in Pacific Palisades around 3 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2013 and later succumbed to his injuries.

BREAKING NEWS: LAFD Helicopter Lands at Palisades High School Field After Rescuing Lost Hikers


An LAFD helicopter landed on the baseball field at Palisades Charter High School after rescuing two lost hikers on Thanksgiving Day.

The two hikers – one male, one female – were reported lost in Topanga State Park shortly after 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, according to LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey.

The two hikers were found uninjured according to LAFD reports.

Ground units, including Fire Station 69, assisted with the rescue, according to witnesses.

The helicopter took off from the Pali High field at approximately 6:30 p.m.


Over 1,000 Start Thanksgiving Day at Banc of California Turkey Trot 5K in Pacific Palisades

Scenes from the 2nd Annual Banc of California Turkey Trot Pacific Palisades

Free Street Trees Offered Again by Palisades Beautiful

Palisades Beautiful is launching its annual drive to sign up residents who would like to have a street tree planted in front of their house – in the parkway area between curb and sidewalk. This past spring, working with Los Angeles City Environmental Services and the L.A. Conservation Corps, the local nonprofit organization arranged to have two dozen trees planted at no cost to homeowners. Trees planted are of species “designated” for different neighborhood streets, to give them a desirable uniform appearance.

Download a sign-up form for the upcoming Spring 2015 planting at or pick one up at the Palisades Branch Library, Chamber of Commerce, BOCA Man clothing store on Swarthmore and some local real estate offices.

If you already have a parkway tree but would like to enhance your own street or neighborhood further, you—and maybe your neighbors too—could look for additional spaces on your block and in nearby streets to identify spaces where more street trees could be accommodated. (Not long ago, residents on Miami Way did this.) If this kind of effort appeals to you, contact Palisades Beautiful, and you’ll be encouraged to proceed in soliciting tree requests. The organization will start processing them after they’re turned in.

Residents who participate in this cost-free planting program promise to take special care of their new trees for five years; after that, they should be well established. The most important responsibility is to water the trees consistently, following written instructions handed out at planting time. The tree planters create a basin free of turf and weeds, which enables irrigation water to sink downward to the new trees’ roots. This basin should be expanded as the tree grows and then maintained throughout its life. Also, when new trees are planted, two stakes and ties surround the trunk to help keep them erect as they grow and to hinder their falling over in strong winds. Usually when a tree has been in the ground for two years, or its trunk has reached a diameter of two to three inches, it no longer needs this staking. Releasing the ties and removing the stakes prevents trunk constriction, which interferes with a tree’s growth and detracts from its appearance.

After you have picked up or been given one of the organization’s “Get Your Free Tree!” flyers, or downloaded it from the website, please mail your completed permission slip to Palisades Beautiful, P.O. Box 1072, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. Or you could scan the form and send it by email to  If you have questions, please call Barbara Marinacci at 310-459-0190 or Marjorie Friedlander at 310-459-7145.


‘Open House’ Burglar May Be Associated with Real Estate Field, say Police

West LA police detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of burglarizing homes during open house events, according to the police department.

Police Tuesday described the man as a male Asian who stands 5 feet and 10 inches tall, and weighs about 170 pounds, with short hair and eye glasses.

Authorities said that all three crimes occurred during or shortly after “open houses.” Detective believe he may be associated or have knowledge of  the real estate field, according to the news release.


The first incident took place on Sept. 7, about 3 p.m. in the 12000 block of Promontory Road.

A second burglary occurred on Sept. 16, about 11:00 am in the 9000 block of Liebe Drive and the most recent was in the 2800 block of Hutton Drive on Oct. 7 about 2:30 p.m.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to call West Los Angeles Burglary Detective Chavarria at (310) 444-1538 or (310) 444-1568. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or via text to  274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”


Is this Beach Clean? Find Out Here

Most Southland beaches passed with flying colors but a few, such as Escondido Beach in Malibu, did not make the grade in Heal the Bay’s  report card ending Oct. 8.

Dozens of surfers hit the water in early September on a day when waves reached up to 15 feet. Photo: Steve Galluzzo

Dozens of surfers hit the water in early September on a day when waves reached up to 15 feet.
Photo: Steve Galluzzo

The grades are  based on 30 days of monitoring  data to the date of the report.

Click here to find out which beaches are clean and which ones to avoid. 



L.A. Residents Heed Call of Water Conservation, say LADWP Officials

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers conserved more water  during the excessive heat of July and August of this year than they did during the same time in 2013, according to the LADWP.

LADWP customers, which total nearly 680,000, reduced water usage by 8.8 percent in  August and 4.4 percent in July compared to the same two month periods last year, department officials announced Friday.

“Seeing these savings in the middle of summer during a drought is telling of L.A. residents’ commitment to water conservation, and we are grateful to all who continue to do their part,” LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards said in a news release.

In 2014, the weather was four degrees hotter than the long-term average for the city, and May alone was seven degrees above normal, according to the LADWP.

Photo by Carissa Rogers. Wikimedia Commons 2.0 License

Photo by Carissa Rogers.
Wikimedia Commons 2.0 License

“Every drop of water we have been saving is valuable, especially until we see what relief this winter brings to the State’s dwindling water supplies,” said Martin Adams, senior assistant general manager at LADWP.

LADWP began enforcement of  wasteful water practices after the passage of the Water Conservation Ordinance in 2007, is now its second phase, restricting outdoor watering to three times a week among other regulations.

Led by the department’s Water Conservation Response Unit, which has received an increase of  staffing, LADWP has initiated 4,600 investigations into water waste so far this year.

LADWP  also launched a  public awareness campaign aimed at increasing water conservation, spending nearly $500,000 in  advertising via  newspapers,  movie theaters  and other outlets from January to July of this year, according to the news release.

But as California heads into another winter season,  LADWP officials say water enforcement efforts need  to continue.

LADWP authorities are  encouraging people to report water waste by e-mailing inspectors at, calling 1-800-dial-DWP or using LA’s phone app, MyLA311.


LA Sheriff’s Helicopter Lands on Via de Las Olas Bluffs to Help Despondent Teen, say Deputies

By Reza Gostar

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s helicopter landed on the edge of Via de Las Olas Bluffs on Friends Street tonight, Oct. 9, to help a despondent teen, according to authorities.

The incident occurred on the south side of the bluffs at about 5 p.m.

By Steve Galluzzo

By Steve Galluzzo

Deputy James Wolfhope, who was one of the two deputies inside the aircraft, said they received the call out of the City of Industry and had been following the teen’s blue Volkswagen Beetle.

He said the teen may have been upset over a recent breakup. No crime was committed, Wolfhope added.

Wolfhope said the two deputies exited the helicopter after landing to secure the location until Los Angeles Police units, who were busy with the President’s visit, arrived on the scene.

No injuries were reported.

“We just wanted to ensure the teen’s safety,” Wolfhope said. “It’s not often landings like this happen.”

The helicopter landed in an area less than a third of the size of a tennis court right on the edge of the bluff.

“We noticed it at about 5:30 p.m.,” said Shana Svendsen, a Friend Street resident. “The deputies were very cordial with the teen.”

They were in the air for about four to five minutes asking the teen to shows his hands from the car window before asking him to exit the vehicle, Svendsen said.

The Results Are In! The Santa Monica Canyon Survey

Thank you to the more than 90 residents who took the time to participate in our Santa Monica Canyon neighborhood survey!


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We appreciate your time and feedback.  Look for our next neighborhood survey Friday.

We could be asking your neighborhood to participate!


Click here to see what neighbors answered: THE RESULTS ARE IN! CLICK HERE

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