1200 Rimmer Ave, between September 29 at 6:30 p.m. and September 30 at 4:30 a.m. Unknown suspects removed victim’s property from victim’s unlocked vehicle and fled in unknown direction.
800 Chautauqua Blvd, between September 27 at 10 p.m. and September 28 at 7 a.m. Unknown suspects removed catalytic converter from victim’s vehicle and fled in unknown direction.
500 Los Liones Drive, September 30 between 4:15 and 7 p.m. Unknown suspects smashed victim’s vehicle windows, removed victim’s property and fled in unknown direction.
500 Los Liones Drive, September 30 between 6:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. Unknown suspect broke into victim’s locked vehicle via drilling lock. Suspects took property from victim’s vehicle and fled in unknown direction.
500 Los Liones Drive, September 28 between 2 and 4 p.m. Unknown suspect used unknown means to gain entry into victim’s locked vehicle, removed victim’s property and fled in unknown direction.
Los Liones & Tramonto, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. Two victims locked their vehicles. Victim 1 later observed vehicle had been ransacked. Victim 2’s dash cam showed suspects use tool to open vehicle and take property. Three suspects observed and arrested.
Temescal Canyon Road & Sunset Blvd, September 26 between 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Unknown suspects removed catalytic converter from victim’s vehicle and fled in unknown direction.
100 Temescal Canyon Road, September 30 between 5:55 and 6:55 p.m. Unknown suspects smashed victim’s vehicle window, removed victim’s property and fled in unknown direction.
17400 Castellammare Drive, October 2 at 3:45 p.m. Suspect entered victim’s residence while witness was inside. Suspect attempted to go upstairs but was confronted by witness. Suspect fled location. No property taken.
300 Aderno Way, September 30 between 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. Unknown suspects used unknown hard object and smashed rear glass door to residence, made entry, ransacked bedrooms, took victim’s property ($1,500 in jewelry and checkbook) and fled in unknown direction.
Provided by LAPD Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin. In case of emergency, call 911. To report a non-emergency, call 877-275-5273.
The Palisadian-Post has partnered with locally founded environmental organization Resilient Palisades to deliver a weekly “green tip” to readers. This week’s tip was written by Sheda Morshed.
Some of nature’s vital services rely on birds: They minimize harmful insects, control rodent populations, pollinate our plants, and disperse (and sometimes fertilize) wildflower and tree seeds.
And even though birds have persisted on our planet for millions of years, humans are the direct cause of their steep and alarming decline, as reported by The Cornell Lab. Since 1970, we have lost three billion breeding adult birds in North America alone, with devastating losses in all habitats.
A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services declared 23 wildlife and plant species extinct; 13 were birds, including the ivory-billed woodpecker and Bachman’s warbler.
The number one threat to the disappearance of birds is habitat loss. The number two threat: outdoor cats, both feral and family cats. Annually, outdoor cats kill an estimated 2.6 billion birds, according to The Cornell Lab.
The decline of birds has significant impacts on humans, including plant extinctions, the loss of agricultural pest control and the spread of disease, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America shared. But luckily, this is one big issue that we can tackle directly.
And we are now in the bird fall migration season—where birds fly from their summer grounds to their wintering grounds, using our backyards as their final destination or as a resting stop on their long migration. So this is an especially critical season to keep cats indoors. Here are some tips on how to responsibly make your cat happy:
Build or buy an outdoor enclosure instead.
Walk your cat on a leash.
Use the internet for DIY or store-bought mind exercise games.
Make sure your cat is spayed or neutered to reduce their roaming desire.
If bird extinction is not a strong enough argument for your doe-eyed cat who’s scratching to go outside, maybe “PetMD 5 Threats to Outdoor Cats” will inspire your tough love, including ingested toxins, attacks by coyotes and other predators, dogs, and of course, vehicles.
If the fate of birds isn’t convincing enough, then consider our native wildlife: Outdoor cats also injure or kill other beneficial local wildlife, including our Lyme-disease-preventing-western fence lizard and tick-killing skunks and opossums.
Our individual actions do add up. Unless we act as a collective whole in our daily lives, natural systems that help and support us will continue to break down.
Chamber Music Palisades will start its 25th season with a concert at St. Matthew’s Parish on Wednesday, October 20, at 8 p.m.
“Leading the artists will be harpist Cristina Montes who was called, ‘One among the very few individuals who have reached the top of their field,’ by Conductor Zubin Mehta,” Chamber Music Palisades shared in a press release. “Joining Ms. Montes will be violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller who recently appeared as guest soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; violist and composer Jonah Sirota, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Chiara Quartet and currently a member of the California String Quartet; and French cellist Juliette Herlin, winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Competition, who has performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia.”
The program will feature Fermo Bellini’s “Nocturne op. 12” for cello and harp, Arnold Bax’s “Sonata” for harp and viola, Allegro de Falla’s “Danza Española No. 1” for harp, Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Fantasy” for violin and harp, Handel-Halverson’s “Passacaglia” for violin and viola, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Trio in C Minor, op. 9, no. 3.”
Rich Capparela, a host at KUSC FM, will be on-hand to introduce the works on the program.
“Because our concern for the safety of our audience members, performers and staff members is of extreme importance to all of us, Chamber Music Palisades has established the following policies regarding attendance at our concerts, recognizing that changes to these guidelines may need to be reviewed depending upon changes in federal, state and local guidelines,” the organization shared.
Audience members, artists and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination prior to entering the venue. For those inside the auditorium, masks covering both nose and mouth are required.
Chamber Music Palisades will also require social distancing between groups, while children 12 years of age and under will not be admitted until this age group has been approved for and obtained full vaccination.
Tickets will be available for $35 at the door at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue. Full-time students will be admitted free of charge with an ID.
Tickets for the four-concert series are available for $120 at cmpalisades.org.
Author Matt Witten’s New Novel “The Necklace” Is Full of Suspense
By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
Matt Witten shared that he likes to tell people who aspire to be writers: “If you write, then you’re a writer.”
Lost in the phrase’s simplicity is a dearth of wisdom. He should know, for Witten has been putting pen to paper for almost as long as he can remember.
“I started writing poetry in first grade,” Witten recalled. “Mostly about how great the Baltimore Orioles baseball team was and how terrible the New York Yankees were. I had a crush on my 10th-grade drama teacher who suggested I write a play, so I did. Writing is central to who I am and I’ll never give it up. Even though I had some almost penniless years as a writer, I held tight to my dream.”
Witten’s latest creation, titled “The Necklace,” was released by Oceanview Publications last month. It is a fast-paced thriller starring an unlikely heroine: Susan Lentigo, a small-town waitress fighting to prove that the man who is about to be executed for killing her daughter is actually innocent—and the real killer is still free. As the clock ticks, she takes on the FBI in a heart-pounding crusade for justice.
“Nine years ago, I read an article in the Glens Falls Post-Star about a woman from a small town in upstate New York who was holding a fundraising event at a local bar,” elaborated Witten, who grew up on the East Coast but now resides in the Palisades. “She needed money to travel to the upcoming execution of the man who had raped and murdered her young daughter 22 years before. Everything about this story stuck with me: not only the tragic death, but also the woman’s dire circumstances, and her quest to find justice and closure two decades later.
“For years I wanted to write a novel about this, but I didn’t know what the story would be. Then one day I was having coffee with a writer friend John Henry Davis and he suggested: ‘What if the guy who’s being executed maybe didn’t do it?’”
Thus, “The Necklace” was born. It is not only the story of a courageous woman, it’s a story about life in the foothills of the Adirondacks, where Witten has spent a great deal of time for the past 35 years, including living there for 10.
Witten said he is thrilled that the novel has also been optioned for the movies by Appian Way and Cartel Pictures. Since he wrote the book himself, he cut what he felt needed to be cut for the screenplay, and several revisions later, the project was complete.
Witten was recently interviewed by Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Naomi Hirahara in Larchmont. The Los Angles book launch for “The Necklace” took place at Barnes & Noble in The Grove, where he read excerpts from the book, signed copies and answered questions.
“The two writers who have inspired me most are Dr. Seuss and Elmore Leonard,” he said. “Dr. Seuss wrote with such freedom and wealth of imagination, and I believe he’s had a tremendous impact on so many writers who came after him. Elmore Leonard wrote with such economy of language and such wonderful realistic dialogue that I still marvel when I reread his work today.”
Coincidentally, the real-life woman on whom the book is based showed up at an interview Witten gave in Lake Luzerne where he spends his summers.
“It turns out she’d lived there since the age of 12,” Witten shared. “She came to a reading I did, and I was nervous that she wouldn’t like it but as it turned out, she did and she even gave me a big hug.”
Over the last 20 years, Witten has written for TV shows like “House,” “Law & Order,” “JAG,” “Judging Amy,” “CSI: Miami” and “Pretty Little Liars”; the Jacob Burns mystery series; the movie “Drones”; and stage plays like “Washington Square Moves” and “The Deal.”
How Witten ended up in Pacific Palisades is a compelling adventure story in and of itself.
“I was living in New York as a playwright and novelist, and I got asked to write an episode for ‘Law & Order,’ so I was invited to come out to LA and be on staff,” he recalled. “My wife Nancy had to give up her job as a professor at Adirondack Community College, where she’d just been selected head of the English Department east. Our sons were 8 and 6 at the time.
“When we were researching where to live, we looked for the part of LA with the best air quality because one of our sons had lung issues. We liked the Palisades because of that, and it was fairly close to Universal Studios where I’d be working. First we could only afford a small apartment but two years later we bought a house in the El Medio Bluffs and we’ve been there ever since. I’ve now lived longer in the Palisades than anywhere else.”
His wife Nancy taught for several years at Marquez Charter Elementary School and now she teaches sixth grade at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. Their older son, Zack, just got married and works at Facebook in San Francisco. Their younger son, Jacob, lives in Boston, where his wife Lisa just had a baby boy—Matt’s first grandchild.
“We go to the farmers market every Sunday, we’ll have dinner at Café Vida or the Italian place next to Starbucks, we go hiking in Temescal Gateway Park every three weeks, we walk at sunset in the bluffs and I ride my bike down to Santa Monica four or five times a week to stay busy,” Witten said. “I just finished this novel about a woman who does a true crime podcast that I think will make a good TV show. My dream is to write a novel a year until I’m 80, and then take it from there.”
For more information or to purchase “The Necklace,” visit mattwittenwriter.com.
Following the success of “Luca,” former student of the Pacific Palisades iteration of The Adderley School and Paul Revere Charter Middle School Jack Dylan Grazer is set to star in another animated adventure, “Ron’s Gone Wrong.”
“Ron’s Gone Wrong” features the voice of Grazer as 12-year-old Barney, an awkward kid struggling to make friends, and Zach Galifianakis as his faulty robot friend, Ron—together they set out to learn what friendship means.
“The B-bot, there’s something wrong with him,” Barney said in a trailer for the film, sharing that some of Ron’s code is missing. “You’re supposed to know everything about me.”
The trailer foreshadows a manhunt for the rogue B-bot, while Barney learns to appreciate him, despite his flaws.
“‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ is about the cause of the most heated debates in their homes on a daily basis: screen time,” Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Locksmith Animation Sarah Smith said in an interview with Animation UK. “The film was inspired by watching our kids disappearing into the online world—a playground to which we can’t accompany them—and observing its effects on their relationships and self-esteem.
“Then I saw a screener of Spike Jonze’ ‘Her’, and thought, ‘We have to make that film for kids, to help them evaluate those experiences.’”
Other starring voices include Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Marcus Scribner, Thomas Barbusca and Liam Payne. Payne’s new single, “Sunshine,” is featured in the trailer of the film.
The film was produced by 20th Century Studios and London-based Locksmith Animation, marking the U.K. CG animation studio’s first theatrical release. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is directed by Pixar story veteran Jean-Philippe Vine (“Cars 3,” “The Good Dinosaur”) and Smith, with Octavio Rodriguez (story artist on “Coco” and “The Incredibles 2”) co-directing.
Smith shared in an interview with Animation Magazine that work for the film was done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the most intense phase of production of our first animated movie, ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ … we found ourselves having to have 260 Locksmith and DNeg artists work from home,” Smith said. “But when the going got tough, our team got going. Not only are they continuing to make our movie to a fantastic standard producing beautiful work in a pipeline that now connects their attics, living rooms and kitchens, they have risen to the frustrations and challenges of Zoom calls and dial-ins with brilliant humor and creativity.
“They have proven themselves to be the absolute best, smart, kind, witty and resilient. We can’t imagine a better group of people with whom to hunker down in a crisis.”
The release of “Ron’s Gone Wrong” was originally slated for November 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic. In January 2021, the film was delayed to an October release—“Ron’s Gone Wrong” will now be released in theaters worldwide Friday, October 22.
The film is rated PG for some rude material, thematic elements and language, according to IMDb. It has a run time of one hour and 46 minutes.
The following pieces were submitted by poets with ties to Pacific Palisades. If you have a poem about any topic that you would like to submit for consideration, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love is by Ginny Winn
Love is like a great big heart
That desires to give out every part
Which gives it so much satisfaction
It does not contemplate reaction
An Inspirational Shout by Ginny Winn
Let all the love you can create
Radiate to every cell.
Breathe in one breath,
Then breathe it out
A wave, an inspirational shout –
To surf on the wings of air
That all human kind can share
The love we feel
And make it real.
L o v eP e a c e S p i r i t
To everyone here and gone –
In love’s house we all belong.
On Trees by Marianne Sweel
It gives me so much glee
Just to see a tree
Something so stately
I appreciate them greatly
Reaching to the sky
Ever growing so high
All those leaves that sway
Please don’t ever go away
One hug will renew
My hungry spirit anew
Etco HOMES, developer of One Coast in the Castellammare neighborhood, and Mauricio Umansky of luxury brokerage The Agency hosted “One Night at One Coast”—a philanthropic event benefiting the Los Angeles chapter of nonprofit organization Surfrider Foundation on Thursday evening, September 30.
Attendees were invited to a sunset cocktail reception and live auction, and to learn more about ocean education and preservation through Surfrider. Funds raised will be used to benefit the clean ocean lifestyle Surfrider promotes, as well as future beach cleanups at local Sunset Beach.
Bree Long, senior vice president of etco HOMES sales and marketing, said the collaboration with Surfrider happened organically, as the coast plays an important role in the Palisades.
“We’re in the business of selling condos but equally important is having a good foothold on our understanding of the neighborhood,” Long said to the Palisadian-Post. “We’re endeavoring to do that so … we extended ourselves to Surfrider Foundation because of our footprint in the community and where we happen to reside. We recognized how important the ocean is just as the backdrop to our sales offering.”
Long said the night marked One Coast’s first event after closing its escrow approximately one year ago and reported a great turnout.
“It was really exciting to finally have some critical mass of friends and family and supporters of the community all congregate and celebrate,” Long said. “The evening itself was a testament to people’s desire and need to have connectivity with one another again, and that’s very much what One Coast is about—it’s about communal living and a lock-and-leave lifestyle … all in all, it was a fantastic event.
“It was very exciting to see how enthusiastic people were to participate in the fundraising event and commit their dollars to such an important cause.”
Long reported $30,000 was raised, exceeding a goal of $25,000, after auctioning a number of donations, including luxury getaways to destinations like La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria destination in the Coachella Valley, ocean-inspired artwork by partners of Surfrider, including ocean photo photography by Bo Bridges, a dining experience at The Draycott in Palisades Village and more.
Long also said attendees were invited to tour new ocean-view model homes, and some new faces might be joining the Palisades soon.
“We had a number of prospects that had already been working with us for a while to consider various purchasing options … they got to see the property alive and full of activity, which was nice,” Long said to the Post. “Ultimately, we’re working with several prospects this week that came as a result of the great event we held the other night, and we hope to make those people new homebuyers with us very soon.”
Neighbors can keep an eye out for more celebrations at One Coast in the near future.
“I think we have such a beautiful, magnificent location, it would be unfair to our neighbors and potential homeowners not to host events in this beautiful community,” Long said. “We’ll definitely have more things to celebrate in the month ahead.”
Actor and model Brooke Shields has her Upper Riviera home listed for sale for $7,995,000 million.
Spread out over 5,345 square feet, the residence includes five bedrooms and six bathrooms. A gated private driveway with motor court and “charming” front porch lead to a two-story foyer.
The living room is designed with a fireplace, as well as walls of windows and doors that open to a wrap-around patio that surrounds the main level.
“Open to the dining room, the fabulous chef’s kitchen features professional appliances, an island and breakfast room with fireplace,” according to the listing. “Overlooking beautiful views to the Getty, the tremendous primary suite boasts a fireplace, an office/sitting room, balcony, walk-in closet, and spa-like bathroom with fireplace and sauna.”
The lower level of the home features four additional bedrooms, as well as a media lounge with a kitchenette and bar, laundry room, and storage space.
The property is “lushly landscaped,” with a “great space” for entertaining, complete with multiple decks and patios, a dining and barbecue area, pool, and spa.
The listing is held by Jane Mills with Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills.
“Nestled in a secluded canyon in the Upper Riviera, this enchanting home offers a private and tranquil retreat with stunning canyon and mountain views,” Mills said to the Palisadian-Post. “It’s ideal for sophisticated country living in its prime Pacific Palisades neighborhood while minutes away from the bustle of the city.”
The home was originally listed for $8.195 million at the start of August but saw a price cut of $200,000 near the end of September. According to Redfin, the property was last sold for $2,477,500 in May 1989—though it was briefly listed on the market in 1997.
Shields initially gained critical acclaim at the age of 12 when she had a leading role in “Pretty Baby.” Since then, the Princeton graduate grew her fame with roles in “The Blue Lagoon,” “Endless Love” and, most recently, the Adult Swim animated sitcom “Momma Named Me Sheriff.”
Hidden behind a discreet hedge at the top of the Palisades Riviera, this Napa Valley-inspired trophy estate features unparalleled city, ocean, and Catalina views. Completely re-envisioned in 2010 by renowned architect Steve Giannetti, the nearly 7,000-square-foot residence has been redesigned to the highest levels of taste and finish. The home is set on an expansive, mostly flat, half-acre that exemplifies the California indoor-outdoor lifestyle with an expansive lawn, exceptional swimmer’s pool, spa, outdoor loggia with fireplace, and breathtaking gardens – all flowing out to the dramatic dead-on views. Amenities include a chef’s kitchen with island, gym, library, office, Crestron home automation system, and a two-car garage with gated parking for an additional five cars that doubles as a sport court. This offering represents a rare opportunity to enjoy a view estate of extraordinary quality and character on a spectacular lot.
One of every four to five escrows fall out. Real estate agents who are most effective keeping escrow intact are those who have developed a long-term perspective and are able to assist the various parties involved to also take a long-term view of situations and problems.
The skills agents must have to really accomplish this consistently and successfully include being clear and honest thinkers, resourceful problem solvers, emotional buffers, and supportive therapists. Communication skills required include being detailed, focused on all issues, patient and keeping a healthy sense of humor.
Any experienced agent knows that marketing or locating properties is probably less than 25% of the work. The majority of effort during the transaction is making sure it closes.
It is the agent’s responsibility to ensure this by coordinating a complex series of events. This involves working with many service providers: escrow officers, title company people, pest control inspectors, retrofitters, building inspectors, supplemental inspectors of sewer lines or chimneys, and so forth. Of course, the agent also coordinates numerous disclosures, plus many other required documents.
Incorrect handling of any aspect of the transaction can cost the client both time and thousands of dollars in the process, or far worse, in any later court action. Agents who use detailed checklists of all the steps required to close the escrow are best able to prevent problems or to assist more effectively in resolving any that arise.
Here are some examples of the variety of issues I have seen arise unexpectedly during escrow:
Non-disclosed, non-permitted additions to a home.
Boundary lines not being where seller claimed (it is far too easy to assume that a fence or wall is on the property line).
Seller’s decision to remove window treatments or chandeliers without previous disclosure.
Seller’s insurance claim a few years ago for water damage (such as from an overflowing toilet) is revealed.
Seller camouflaged musty smell with candles and air fresheners, and buyer subsequently discovered mold.
Seller not mentioning that the house next door is soon-to-be a new home construction site.
Seller reacts defensively to some opinions of the buyer’s inspector.
Seller unwilling to allow access for family members, friends or decorators to view the property.
Discovery that a deceased spouse is still on title.
A change of marital status during escrow, which can create title transfer problems.
Seller discovers they need several weeks more time before they move, and buyer is unable or unwilling to agree to the change in schedule.
The seller or listing agent delays access to property for inspection or appraisal.
The seller underestimates the difficulty in obtaining a co-owner’s signatures.
Seller leaves town without establishing a power of attorney in their absence.
Seller decides not to complete the repairs agreed to in the contract.
Buyer’s expectation that certain items would be included with the property (one escrow nearly fell apart over an English dart board!).
Buyer discovers that far more termite and dry rot work is required than expected.
Buyer discovers that the lot size is significantly less than represented.
Buyer hears unpleasant reports of a neighborhood nuisance.
Buyer becomes aware that street or park lights shine in the windows.
Buyer’s resentment after seller’s denial of access to the property during requested times.
Buyer or seller reactions to incomplete or inaccurately communicated information by one of the agents.
Unstated assumption by buyer that termite removal is seller’s responsibility.
Buyers expecting access to the property frequently and with little notice.
Buyer does not properly document “gift money” used as part of a down payment.
Buyer falsifies information on loan application or neglects to report child support information.
Gift donor changes mind and revokes payment.
Income verification is lower than stated on loan application.
The buyer or loan broker does not submit mandatory completed paperwork to the lender in time.
Buyer’s children fight over who gets which bedroom.
Well-meaning relatives cannot believe the price tag.
Buyer no longer qualifies for a home loan due to rise in interest rates.
Buyer and seller meet during escrow and have a major disagreement.
Agent does not explain existence and potential significance of CC&Rs, which may prevent an addition to the house that buyer intended.
Title company discovers that there is an encroachment on a neighboring property.
One of the agents unexpectedly becomes unreachable during the escrow.
Agent fails to obtain all required signatures in a timely manner.
Escrow does not obtain original signatures before one of the parties leaves the country.
Escrow fails to notify agents of unreturned signed documents.
Escrow and agents fail to notice that the buyer’s full deposit is not received.
The list of possible reasons for an escrow falling apart is endless. The loss of an escrow after two or more weeks may be very disappointing to a seller. There is also a significant loss of marketing momentum during the escrow period. And even if the issue or situation does not become a “deal breaker,” the result almost always includes an increase in stress levels for all concerned.
If you have any concerns about possible sale issues, please contact Michael at 310-600-7422 or email@example.com. He has been involved in 1,800-plus escrows.