Neighborhood News

Rain Record Broken | Pacific Palisades

On May 16, downtown Los Angeles received .48 inches of rain, shattering its previous record of .04 inches on the same date in 1994. This may seem impressive until you see the figures for Pacific Palisades.

“On May 16, the Palisades received a whopping 1.03 inches of rain, blowing past downtown,” resident rain expert Craig Weston told the Palisadian-Post.

“May is usually a month where things dry out and the sun shines bright. However, this year in the Palisades we’ve received 1.38 inches of rain with more to come. The last time Pacific Palisades saw this much rain in May was in 2015 when 1.01 inches fell. A rainy May continues our robust rainfall totals this year, which now stand at 24.93 inches.”

The average rainfall yearly in Los Angeles is 14.72 inches (yearly totals go from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019).

—JAMES GAGE


Pali High Scholarship Drive | Pacific Palisades

The Palisades Optimist Club is seeking donations for its Optimist Foundation Scholarship fund, which provides Palisades Charter High School graduating seniors with financial support as they start their college studies.

“We hope, with your support, to once again be able to award another five or more scholarships this year,” Rich Wilken shared in a press release.

The club is accepting tax-deductible donations to support this year’s winning students at palisadesoptimistfoundation.org.

—SARAH SHMERLING


Madewell Celebrates Grand Opening | Palisades village

Madewell is slated to be the next Palisades Village store to open shop with a grand opening celebration on June 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The party will feature sips and sweets from Sweet Laurel, and shoppers will receive a complimentary Bien Fait Tote with any purchase and a mini bouquet from Fiore Designs with a purchase of $50 or more.

On Saturday, Cast of Stones will host an essential oils and wellness pop-up and artist Stephanie DeAngelis will be on hand for live portraits.

Madewell is located on Swarthmore Avenue between Village Optic and Alo Yoga.            

—SARAH SHMERLING


Supervisor Kuehl Honored by Heal the Bay | Pacific Palisades

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will be honored by environmental group Heal the Bay at its annual Bring Back the Beach Awards Gala on Thursday, May 23, at the Jonathan Beach Club for her long history of collaboration with the organization.

“Under her fearless leadership in public office, she has made the LA region more environmentally healthy and sustainable,” a press release reported ahead of the gala. “She protected the long-term health of the local coastline by co-authoring legislation that created the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission in 2002.”

Kuehl will be honored alongside KROQ, which has given a “steady stream of support to Heal the Bay over nearly three decades.”

—SARAH SHMERLING