In the June 17 edition of the paper, the article “Pali High Honors Seniors During Annual Awards Program” stated that “Palisades Charter High School … recognizing the academic, artistic, philanthropic, musical and athletic achievements of hundreds of students one day before graduation.”
There were four full pages in the Sports section recognizing the enormous achievements of the very talented athletes at Pali High. The students who demonstrated their achievements in the academic, artistic, philanthropic and musical arenas were completely missing.
If we want to send a message of pride to these students then an important opportunity was missed by the Post. I hope in future editions, you show an equal amount of pride for students who don’t fit on the sports pages.
Follow-Up CAO Letter
The Pacific Palisades Community Council Executive Committee sent a version of this letter to Richard H. Lewellyn, Jr., city administrative officer, and Matt Szabo, CAO appointee (effective July 4)/current deputy chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti. It has been reprinted here with permission.
Pacific Palisades Community Council brings to your attention a news video, which aired on KCAL 9 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on CBS 2 at 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening, June 16.
This reports on a dangerous fire at the Palisades Bowl mobile homes complex, which sits across PCH from the Will Rogers State Beach parking lot. The residents believe that a couple experiencing homelessness walked into the complex and deliberately started the fire. As we noted in our letter of June 10, the entrance to Palisades Bowl is easily accessed from PCH; with good reason, residents of that complex are very concerned about their safety.
As we also noted in our June 10 letter, the Palisades area currently experiences fires caused by homeless individuals on the beach and in our nearby bluffs. Whether on the beach, in bluffs or in the Palisades Bowl, these fires are extremely dangerous. As LAFD can attest, fires can easily cause embers to fly into surrounding brush areas and threaten the entire community—including the many homeless individuals who camp in the bluffs and are hidden in the brush. Such fires can even spread into the wider region, as we have seen with the recent Palisades fire. That is the reason why, as explained in our June 10 letter, the multi-jurisdictional encampment task force initiative took place on June 1 in Pacific Palisades, using the WRSB parking lot for their command post.
The risk to public safety caused by the proposal to place homeless housing at the WRSB parking lot is completely unacceptable. Under no circumstances should homeless housing be sanctioned for any location in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone.
Executive Committee, Pacific Palisades Community Council
David Card, Chair
Christina Spitz, Secretary
David Kaplan, Vice-Chair
John Padden, Organization Representative (P.R.I.D.E.)
Richard G. Cohen, Treasurer
Joanna Spak, Elected Representative
(Area 1; Castellammare, Paseo Miramar)
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