Vol. 1, No. 22 • September 16, 2015 Uniting the Community with News, Features and Commentary Circulation: 14,500 • $1.00
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Can a Fix Slow the Asilomar Slide?
By SUE PASCOE
Stopping a landslide from moving is an
expensive proposition, and experts
acknowledge that there is no stopping
Mother Nature—but they believe movement
can be slowed significantly on Asilomar
The street, abutting El Medio and Almar
Avenues, is built on a hillside that has two
landslides. One starts 90 feet below the surface,
extends into the Pacific Ocean, and
is considered inactive. The other, 35 feet
down, is continually moving.
The City of Los Angeles installed inclinometers
to measure ground movement
on Asilomar in 2000.
Five years later the movement of the
hill had sheared off the top of one of the
inclinometers. A year later a measurement
showed that the ground had moved more
than a foot vertically.
The street below Asilomar, Puerto del
Mar, has disappeared, all but for the
cracked asphalt and dirt that marks where
it once existed.
A 2008 geotechnical report prepared by
Ninyo and Moore estimated that the cost to
remove the landslide and repair the hillside
would run about $26 million.
With the impending threat of an El Niño
and its heavy rains, there is worry about the
bluff and hillside above two mobile home
Pacific Palisades Community Council President Chris Spitz welcomes Councilman
Mike Bonin to last Thursday’s meeting.
Photo: Shelby Pascoe
Puerto del Mar, a street below Asilomar Boulevard, was destroyed by the movement of a landslide located in the hill.
parks, Tahitian Terrace (156 spaces) and
Palisades Bowl (176 spaces), that are located
on Pacific Coast Highway just north of
Temescal Canyon Road.
The problem is complicated because the
hillside is owned by three different entities:
L.A. City, Eddie Biggs (Palisades Bowl) and
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Bonin Addresses Concerns at
Community Council Meeting
By SUE PASCOE
Questions ranging from backyard
beekeeping and Archer School expansion
to a pedestrian overcrossing
that would connect Potrero Canyon
Park with Will Rogers Beach were presented
to City Councilman Mike Bonin at
the September 10 Pacific Palisades Community
In an opening statement to the packed
room, Bonin addressed four topics: homelessness,
hosting the Olympics, sidewalk repairs
and police/firefighter recruitment.
“For too long we have allowed the homeless
problem to fester,” Bonin said, noting
Photo: Shelby Pascoe
the City’s ongoing battle against lawsuits
and court rulings. “Our [the City’s] policy
has become ‘sidewalks first’ rather than
Bonin said there are 17,000 to 19,000
people who sleep outside every night in Los
Angeles and that he is fighting to get resources
so there is a “menu of resources between
sidewalks and permanent housing.”
He also praised the Pacific Palisades Homeless
Task Force for its civic leadership.
“A lot of folks are excited about hosting
the Olympics,” Bonin said. “[But] I’m concerned
that L.A. would be on the hook for
any overruns,” if indeed it is selected as the
host city for 2024. He noted that the City has
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Friends of Library Pop-Up Book Sale
Hundreds of nearly-new fiction and nonfiction,
art, cookbooks, coffee table books,
DVDs and CDs will be sold 8:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m., Saturday, September 19 at the Palisades
Branch Library parking lot, 861 Alma Real.
As an added convenience, credit cards,
as well as cash and checks, will now be accepted
for payment. In case of inclement
weather, book sale will be postponed until
the following Saturday.
Proceeds help purchase books, research
material and other items the branch would
not otherwise be able to offer.
Page 2 Palisades News September 16, 2015
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BRAND NEW CAPE COD IN ABC’S
5 bed, 5.5 bath
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PROJECT IN UPPER RIVIERA
6 Bed, 6.5
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5 Bed, 4 bath,
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September 16, 2015 Palisades News Page 3
California Incline Construction Update
Due to slope stabilization, the pedestrian overcrossing above the Incline may now be
replaced during Incline construction. Initially it was going to be place one to two years later
and require another Incline closure of four to six months. Photo courtesy of City of Santa Monica
By SUE PASCOE
Many people who have moved to
the Palisades in recent years
may not know about the 1978
October fire that destroyed 16 homes and
St. Matthew’s Church sanctuary as it roared
through the Santa Monica Mountains just
north of town.
According to Los Angeles firefighters, the
fire season, which typically begins in October,
is ahead of normal this year because of
the drought and persistent heat.
Hillside residents received notices asking
them to water plants and vegetation, while
still following water restrictions. L.A.
County Fire Chief Daryl Osby wrote in an
August 21 letter: “The four-year drought
has forced us all to cut back on water usage;
however, we would like to encourage those
residents in the wildland-urban interface
to continue to judiciously water plants and
ornamental vegetation in accordance with
your local water restriction ordinance.”
Additionally, all Palisades residents
should make sure brush clearance is properly
Observe Red Flag days. In 2006, LAFD
was asked to identify areas such as very narrow
roads, hairpin turns, tight curves and
key intersections that, if not cleared of vehicles,
would create a choke point during
a fire. People need to be able to evacuate
fire areas and firefighters need to be able to
access these areas. Vehicles illegally parked
will be ticketed and towed.
If a fire is close to your property, evacuate.
Leave early to avoid being caught in
fire, smoke or road congestion. Don’t wait
to be told by authorities. If it is an intense
wildfire, they may not have time to knock
on every door.
“When the wind comes up, all bets are
off,” retired Fire Station 69 Captain Mike
Ketailly told the News.
If you have an elderly neighbor, make
sure they get out, too. The evacuation center
for Pacific Palisades is Palisades High
School. For those who have large animals,
such as horses, the evacuation center is Paul
Revere Middle School.
Remember: You can replace property,
but not lives.
Be prepared. LAFD reminds residents to
keep a pair of shoes and a flashlight ready
in the event of a night evacuation and to
have the six “P’s” ready: 1.) people and pets;
2.) papers, phone numbers and important
documents; 3.) prescriptions, vitamins and
eyeglasses; 4.) pictures and irreplaceable
The California Incline bridge, which
closed in mid-April for reconstruction,
is on target for completion by
“It is 30 percent complete,” said Santa
Monica City Engineer Lee Swain at the
PCH Task Force meeting held in Malibu on
September 2. “All the piles have been completed
and 450 soil nails have been put into
Swain explained that the nails extend 20
to 75 feet into the bluffs and then are surrounded
by concrete, which stabilizes the
slope. One of the requirements of MCM
Construction, in addition to the bridge replacement,
was slope stabilization.
The Incline Replacement Project has
been in the planning stages since 2009,
when the 1930s-built bridge was deemed
“By December, two of the three bridge
decks will be laid,” Swain said.
Although there were dire predictions of
traffic problems along Pacific Coast High-
Be Prepared for a Possible Wildfire
Photo taken on October 23, 1978, above Temescal Canyon. The fire destroyed 16 homes
in Pacific Palisades and St. Matthew’s Church sanctuary.
Photo: Jim Kenney
memorabilia 5.) personal computers (information
on hard drive and disks) and
6.) plastic (credit and ATM cards) and cash.
Before leaving your house: close all windows
and doors to prevent sparks from blowing
inside; close all doors inside your house
to slow the spread of fire; turn on the lights
in every room, the porch and yard, to make
your house more visible through the smoke
or darkness; and move furniture away from
windows and sliding glass doors to avoid
ignition from the radiant heat of the fire.
Help firefighters by making sure all combustible
yard furniture is away from your
home; attach garden hoses to faucets and
place them so they are accessible; place a
ladder against the house on the opposite
side of the approaching fire for access to
the roof; and shut off butane/propane or
natural gas valves.
way because of the closure, traffic is flowing
smoothly, except for evening and weekend
traffic jams at the PCH/Pier exit.
The stoplight at the Incline, which is almost
permanently green, has led to complaints
about the short timing of the light
at Chautauqua and PCH, and the resulting
backup of cars turning onto PCH and West
Channel Road. At the meeting, Caltrans officials
said they would check the timing.
Additionally, Santa Monica police asked
if the light at the Incline could be programmed
to turn red, in order to allow cars
attempting to make a left into beach parking
just north of the McClure Tunnel the
opportunity to do so safely.
On September 9, Construction Manager
Curtis Castle reported on the pedestrian
overcrossing (POC) that goes directly above
“The City originally planned to replace
the POC one to two years after the Incline
project. This would have required another
closure of about four to six months of the
Incline,” Castle said. “However, due to condition
of the current POC and the desire to
take advantage of the current closure and
avoid a second closure of the Incline, the
City is planning to demolish and replace
the structure as part of a change order to
the Incline contract.”
The City of Santa Monica is working
with the contractor to determine cost before
Hosts Food Truck
The seventh annual back-to-school
Food Truck Festival will be held from
4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 20
at the Marquez Elementary School
A portion of the proceeds will benefit
Co-chairs Amanda Keston and
Laura Marie Salinas said, “Everyone is
welcome and we look forward to seeing
you there! It’s going to be a really
fun day of food and fun at Marquez.”
Food trucks will include Baby’s
Badass Burgers, Joe’s Pizza, The Green
Truck, Border Grill and Martin’s Ice
The Palisades High School awardwinning
marching band and the PaliHi
dance team will perform. Cheer
Mania will teach cheers and lead
Marquez spirit clothing will be on
sale. Parents working with Marquez
Adopt A Book will be on site to allow
parents and friends to purchase a book
to celebrate a child’s birthday or honor
a teacher (or make a cash donation).
Page 4 Palisades News September 16, 2015
Councilman’s Aide Has Roots Here
By LAUREL BUSBY
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Agreat-grandchild of the founder of
Pacific Palisades has returned to
the area to help residents with
Sharon Shapiro is the newest field dep -
uty for L.A. City Councilmember Mike
Bonin, who represents the 11th District,
which includes the Palisades, Brentwood,
Marina del Rey, West LA, Venice, Playa del
Rey, Mar Vista and Westchester. Shapiro
works with him in Brentwood and the Pal -
isades to address both broad issues like
homelessness and more personal issues,
such as helping with an individual resident’s
trash collection problems.
“Anything and everything,” said Shapiro,
29, who started working for Bonin in July.
“It ranges from day to day—that’s what
makes this job so interesting.”
Shapiro’s great-grandfather is Rev.
Charles Scott, who founded the Palisades
with the Southern California Episcopal
Methodist Church in 1922. She grew up
in Los Feliz, where she still lives, and for
the previous eight years, she worked with
Councilman Tom LaBonge as his Hollywood
area director. However, with LaBonge’s
term ending in June and former Bonin field
deputy Norm Kulla retiring, an opportu-
Sharon Shapiro is Councilman Mike
Bonin’s field deputy for Pacific Palisades.
nity emerged to join Bonin’s team.
“Working for him has been one of the
best things I’ve been able to do in my eightyear
career,” said Shapiro, who graduated
from Whittier College in 2007 with a degree
in political science. He’s “incredibly bright.
It’s amazing and humbling to work for
someone who is so smart.”
The job also came with the perk of
spending time in an area that holds a special
appeal due to her family history. “I
thought it would be a nice stepping stone
to a community that I felt personally connected
to.” Shapiro’s grandmother Martha
was Scott’s daughter.
Shapiro has found both similarities to
and differences from her previous Hollywood
post. Homelessness is also an issue
there, and she was one of the founding participants
in Hollywood 4wrd (four walls, a
roof and a door), which worked to address
homelessness in the area. Bonin also has
focused recently on homelessness, and in
July, his editorial advocating a continuum
of safe havens for the homeless was printed
in the L.A. Daily News.
She has also found that both quality of
life concerns and preservation of open
space are common interests of Hollywood
and the Palisades. However, Hollywood also
has its busy nightlife aspects and issues surrounding
the Hollywood sign, while the
Palisades has a different style, with an involved
citizenry and “small town neighborhood
feel to it.” She noted, “It’s great to have
a sense of community, and I feel that the
Palisades really has that.”
There are new issues too. Because the ocean
lies on one side of the Palisades, the Coastal
Commission has become part of her work.
Shapiro has also started attending Pacific
Palisades Community Council meet ings to
learn more about local concerns and report
back to Bonin. “I think he takes that to heart.”
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Her goal is to serve “as a bridge and a
conduit,” Shapiro said. “It’s difficult to navigate
city departments . . . Sometimes you
need a little bit of personal attention.”
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Blood Drive Will
Be Held Sept. 20
Dr. Mike Martini is organizing a community
blood drive, sponsored by Pacific
Palisades Optimist Club, from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. on Sunday, September 20, at the Amer -
ican Legion Hall at 15427 La Cruz Dr. For
an appointment, call (310) 454-0527 or
visit redcrossblood.org and mention sponsor
code Post 283. Walks-in are welcome.
Donors are reminded to eat a nutritious
meal beforehand, drink plenty of fluids
and bring a photo identification. Donors
will receive a coupon for free admission to
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September 16, 2015 Palisades News Page 5
PCH Is a Jurisdiction Nightmare;
Uber/Lyft Lowering DUI Arrests
By SUE PASCOE
In just 10 miles along Pacific Coast Highway,
from the McClure Tunnel to the
Malibu Pier, it would be possible to receive
a traffic ticket from four different law
enforcement entities: the California Highway
Patrol (CHP) West Valley; Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station;
Los Angeles Police Department West L.A.;
and Santa Monica Police Department.
At the PCH Taskforce meeting on September
2, each group reported on traffic
accidents on the portion of the road they
CHP’s Leland Tang, whose jurisdiction
is from Coastline to Malibu city limits, reported
that through August there had been
seven collisions: three involved injuries and
four had property damage. By comparison,
there were nine collisions in 2014. “The primary
factor [for the accidents] was speed,”
Lt. James Royal with the sheriff’s department,
whose jurisdiction extends from
Malibu (where CHP’s jurisdiction ends) to
Leo Carrillo Beach, said there were 191 accidents
this year compared to 200 in 2014,
through the end of July.
Last year there were four fatalities, compared
to five at the time of the PCH meeting.
In February, Bruce Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade
slammed into two other cars and a
woman was killed. According to Reuters, the
investigation showed speed was a factor—
considering the existing traffic conditions.
The second fatality was in March. Mela -
nie Quinonez, who had pulled over to the
side of the road, was hit while standing next
to her vehicle in the early morning hours.
The hit and run resulted in the arrest of a
Deputies say PCH can be dangerous for
pedestrians, joggers and even motorists who
pull over, and warn, “When you’re on PCH,
please be aware of your surroundings. Be
careful when you exit your car and when
you’re walking on PCH.”
The third victim was a hiker from Scotland
who attempted to cross PCH. Also in June,
Dwayne Coleman, known as MC Su preme,
died when a truck slammed into Coleman’s
vehicle, which was parked along PCH.
In August, a transient on a bike attempt -
ed to cross PCH, near Zuma, at 8:30 p.m.
“He didn’t have any lights,” Royal said. The
man was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA
Hospital, and died four hours later.
“Hit and runs are also up significantly,”
Royal said. There were 43 this year through
July as compared to 27 last year. Also DUIs
were up: 74 this year and 57 last year.
That DUI rise was different than the
other three law enforcement agencies,
which saw a decline.
“It is absolutely noticeable how many
“But in more affluent
areas people are taking
Uber and Lyft. It’s taking
more drunks off the road.”
— Nyamweci Samuel, LAPD
drunks are taking Uber,” said LAPD’s
Nyamweci Samuel, who said he observed at
the last DUI checkpoint that at one point—
of six cars, five were Uber drivers taking
inebriated people home.
Samuel’s area on PCH extends from
Chautauqua Boulevard to Coastline Drive.
“I cover such a small area,” he said, noting
that accidents were up slightly, but there
have been no fatalities in 2015.
“In less affluent areas, people drink and
then roll the dice and drive,” Samuel said.
“But in more affluent areas people are taking
Uber and Lyft. It’s taking more drunks
off the road.”
Other enforcement officials agreed that
DUIs were down and Tang added, “State -
wide DUI arrests are going down.”
Samuel said that more of the DUIs now
appear to be drug-related, rather than alcohol-related.
He also said that at DUI checkpoints, officers
look for unlicensed drivers because
“Those drivers are five times more likely
to get in a fatal accident.”
Santa Monica Police officials reported
there have been 21 collisions (10 involving
injuries) through August from McClure
Tunnel to Entrada. The highest frequency
of accidents is on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
and the major reason is speed.
Samuel, Tang and McDonnel said that
there is an attempt to do more education,
warnings and less ticketing. “If we give you
a ticket it’s for education, not because we’re
mean,” Samuel said.
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Upset by Jewelry Store Letter
We have received another letter addressed
simply to “Resident,” this time from
a Westwood jewelry store. They claim they
were most upset to hear about a wellknown
Palisades jeweler and his troubled
business and claim, “At Sarah Leonard Fine
Jewelers, we are known for quality and
ethics, something Pacific Palisades could
use right now.” Sarah Leonard is probably
not known for compassion, something else
the Palisades could use right now. No, owners
of Sarah Leonard, after receiving this
letter, I would rather go to a pawn shop or
flea market before I set foot in your store.
Alcohol Tasting in Stores
I read in the Community Council minutes
that Gelson’s and Ralphs are applying
to be able to have alcohol tasting tables in
their liquor aisles. This really doesn’t seem
appropriate in such family-oriented environments,
with kids walking past the
tables and observing. This also sounds
dangerous, sending people out the door
with a buzz as they try to remember
where they parked their car.
(Editor’s note: It is a tasting and the area
will be “fenced off” from children. Stores
are restricted to one vendor and one alcohol
choice per day. The most one person will
receive in a day is 8 oz. of beer or 3 oz. of
wine—half a cup is 4 oz.)
DWP Working on Sunset
DWP have been working Sunset between
Marquez and Temescal. We understand
from the workers that they are
laying more electrical lines from Brentwood.
Has the DWP given up on the controversial
new Distribution Station?
(Editor’s note: According to DWP spokes -
person Carol Tucker, there has been no
movement on a site selection for DS 104.
The project you observed is to upgrade the
existing electrical line that goes underground
from Kenter Canyon to the ocean.
The purpose is to provide greater power reliability
in this high-voltage transmission
line, and is not related to the new DS.)
Hot Days and Burned Paws
Our sidewalks are awfully hot during
these heat waves. Please be careful not to
walk your dog on any surface you wouldn’t
want to walk barefoot on yourself.
If you’d like to share something you’ve
“heard about town,” please email it to
In the “Stop Thief!! Residents Give
Chase” story in the September 2 issue,
Bentons Sports Shop was identified as
Benton’s. Bentons has been a staple on
the Westside and a retail mainstay on
North Swarthmore for the past 33
years and we apologize for the error.
The Beauty of Diversity
By RABBI ZUSHE CUNIN
Chabad Jewish Community Campus
The weekly Swarthmore farmers’ market is
a colorful and vibrant place with many
enticing and diverse fruits, vegetables
and products to buy.
Strolling through the open market, I also
enjoy bumping into old friends, and making
new ones. On a recent visit, I saw more than
30 friends and acquaintances of all ages,
backgrounds and occupations. I enjoyed
conversing with them all.
One sports coach shared with me his
philosophy about success, saying “The difference
between a successful person and an unsuccessful
one is the successful person tried just one time
more than the other.”
A real estate investor I encountered told me
his greatest life lesson: “No matter how much
you make, only what is shared with family,
friends and the needy really counts.”
These “chance” meetings at the farmers’ market
got me thinking about diversity and beauty.
What is beauty? Is there a theme or rule for
what is beautiful? Why does one person find
something beautiful while another finds it
unattractive or plain?
Psychologists say symmetry plays a role. We
tend to find symmetrical faces attractive as a
sign of health. Familiarity with something also
makes it beautiful in our eyes; while new and
unfamiliar views can take our breath away.
The Bible refers to the “etrog,” a citrus fruit used
during the upcoming Sukkot holiday or Feast of
Tabernacles, as beautiful or “hadar” in Hebrew.
Its beauty is explained from the fact it “lives”
(“dar”) on the tree for four seasons, therefore
uniting each unique season within this final
Jewish mystical teachings of Kabbalah explain
another word for beauty in Hebrew: “tiferet,”
which also means “to weave.” This implies that
beauty comes from weaving together various
elements into a unified whole, as in sewing
pieces of fabric into a garment.
We see this in nature, too. A rainbow has bands
of color, each beautiful in its own right. But the
unique combination creates magnificence greater
than the sum of its parts. Diversity is nature’s
secret to not only beauty, but also survival.
If we define beauty this way, then Pacific
Palisades would be a prime example. Our
hometown harmonizes various landscapes—
mountains, ocean, lowlands and highlands—
into one natural paradise. Each has its own
unique beauty, but viewed as a whole, its collective
beauty surpasses it all.
Nature and her creator are teaching us an
important lesson. Diversity is beauty; diversity
is a blessing. As a community leader, I interact
with people of varied ideological, educational
and social backgrounds. I have learned from
every one of them. I am not above anyone,
nor is anyone above me.
Together, we are a community of many colors
and variations. Each of us is important. No, it’s
more—each of us is crucial and irreplaceable.
You offer something to the world that cannot
be fulfilled by someone else.
We can use this understanding to accept and
tolerate where we differ. We can also go a step
further—to see those different from us as
completing us. We can appreciate how the other
person’s differences serve our community, and
actually make us all better, more complete
Wishing you a healthy, sweet and beautiful
Thought to Ponder
“Life’s like a play: it’s not
the length, but the
excellence of the acting
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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September 16, 2015 A forum for open discussion of community issues
Kill the MRCA’s Stop-Sign Cameras
Astory in the Daily News (“WAZE App Blamed for
Traffic in Parks,” September 7) explained that
heavy traffic in local mountain parks, such as
Temescal Canyon, is the result of people using the trafficnavigating
“Traffic apps such as WAZE advertise routes through
parks like Franklin Canyon Park,” said Fernando Gomez,
chief ranger for the Mountains Recreation Conservatory
Authority (MRCA). “This has resulted in a substantial
increase in traffic and created a huge hazard for park users.”
Later in the story, Gomez concludes: “The park access
roads in most of our parks, such as Franklin Canyon
Park, or Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, were
never intended to support the kind of volume that they
Those of us who live in Pacific Palisades know the road
into Temescal soon deadends and that WAZE would not
send a driver there.
In the story, Gomez was not questioned about whether
the increase in people could be the result of hiking apps
or social media.
Palisades resident Warren Cereghino described a visit
to Temescal Gateway Park on August 27. “On the driveway
heading up into the park, about 20 yards north of the
marked crosswalk/entrance to the lower parking lot,
there are four traffic-counting cables stretched across the
Money May Not Be the Answer
I have been following the discussion of the homeless
in the Palisades and have personally communicated
with Officer Moore and written to Mayor Garcetti and
As a licensed psychologist, I worked in community
mental health for a number of years and am discouraged
that we seem a long way from effective solutions. Los
Angeles has a shameful and degrading problem with
homelessness, and our representatives need to learn from
other places that have been more successful.
Mr. Maceri presents a rather incomplete explanation of
the causes of and solutions to the problem of homeless
people living in public places (Palisades News, “Money
Sought for Homeless Solution,” September 2). His
advocacy that money would be well spent on hiring two
of his social workers is likely a poor investment.
The mantra “homelessness is not a crime” is off point
and leads to the failed conclusion that we all must accept
that people are free to live in very degraded conditions
and behave as they wish in the community. Mr. Maceri
would have us believe that the best we can do is cajole the
chronically homeless, who often have chronic substance
abuse and serious mental/behavior problems, into
accepting help of their choice.
A very important factor he did not mention is the
change in laws that coincided with the closing of mental
hospitals and other residential facilities.
Thanks to the misguided notion of “civil liberties,”
we are now very limited in getting anyone to accept
shelter and needed medical and psychiatric treatment.
roadway and anchored by some kind of nails and tape,
with the terminal part looped around a tree on the left
side. I thought to myself, ‘Oh, they’re counting traffic.
Hmm, I wonder why?’
“When I got up to the camera-enforced stop sign I
saw a metal pole extending about 15 to 20 feet into the
air with some kind of device on top. I surmise that it is a
signal receiver for the tire-counting cables I noted above.
The pole is connected to the stop-sign post and a metal
box is chained to the post and the pole at the bottom.”
A few days later, our editor visited the park and found
the devices gone.
Why? And why MRCA’s sudden interest in counting
cars? The Daily News story concluded: “The warning
comes as senators in Sacramento plan to discuss in
January if the nine cameras installed at stop signs
overseen by the conservation authority are justified.”
Ah ha! The Daily News story was not about WAZE or
increased car traffic, it was about stop-sign cameras.
MRCA operates photo-enforced stop sign cameras,
which generate $1.5 million annually in gross revenue.
Tickets ($100 for the first offense) are mailed to the
registered owner of the vehicle as identified from a
photo of the rear license plate. The tickets are
administrative citations, which don’t count against an
individual driving record, but are turned over to a
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
After the investment of considerable police and professional
time, a disturbed or disabled person can be
placed on a 72-hour hold if they are gravely disabled or
present an imminent danger to themselves or others.
After 72 hours a court hearing is required to hold
someone for up to two weeks.
This is very costly as well as ineffective with chronic
populations. Even two weeks is too short a time to begin
to help someone with multiple problems, so people are
back on the street in the same condition. As a result, the
trend has been to virtually give up on taking even the
most grievously disabled or disruptive people in for an
evaluation. What’s the point?
Another factor has been the loss of will to enforce laws
and regulations pertaining to public behavior and the
use of public facilities. Not all cities tolerate skid row,
encampments on hillsides, public intoxication, disturbing
the peace, etc. Right now Los Angeles turns a blind eye
to what used to be and should be unacceptable.
Case in point is the man who appears to be both
physically and psychiatrically gravely disabled who spends
his whole day lying on the concrete sidewalks of the
Palisades. He appears in very compromised physical
health, is often barely clothed, and almost always surrounded
by trash. He is easily agitated, rants, and
I find his condition as well as his impact on the
community to be dreadful. Officer Moore told me that
when asked, this man says he doesn’t want help, and
therefore nothing can be done. After recently threatening
a resident, he was finally taken in for what I assume was
collection agency if not paid.
When the cameras first appeared in Temescal in 2007,
former Beverly Hills attorney, local activist and resident
Jack Allen contended that the park deliberately ignored
state law and national standards to raise revenue: The
state Vehicle Code authorizes using automated traffic
enforcement at stop signals, not stop signs.
Many agree with his analysis, and last May Senate
Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) introduced
a bill to kill the cameras.
Pacific Palisades Community Council reached out to
State Senators Fran Pavley, Huff and Ben Allen, asking
them to support SB 218 to end stop-sign photo enforcement.
The PPCC wrote: “The two photo enforcement
machines MRCA placed in Pacific Palisades’ Temescal
Canyon Gateway Park are at intersections with no history
of accidents or injury and very little traffic. As a result,
PPCC has received numerous complaints about erroneous
enforcement by these machines.”
Senate Natural Resources Committee Chair Pavley
blocked the bill in May in order to curb speeding in the
parks and save stop-sign revenue. In January 2016, SB
218 will return to the committee for a second time.
The News agrees with Huff, Allen and the PPCC, and
thinks it is time for MRCA to retire stop-sign cameras.
a 72-hour evaluation and then released with absolutely
no improvement in either his condition or behavior.
In sum, three things need to be changed. First, commitment
laws need to be such that people in need of
intervention can be held for a longer period so evaluation
and meaningful treatment become possible.
Can anyone really argue that our current approach
is compassionate to let chronically psychotic people lie
on the sidewalk all day, because they are able to say,
“I’m fine and can take of myself?”
Second, some of our taxes should be directed to provide
sufficient low-cost facilities that will house people quickly.
This will entail simplifying the many regulations associated
with putting a roof over someone’s head.
Finally, our representatives need to be serious about
not letting people live in public spaces, disturb the rest
of the community, and break laws. I suggest we spend
our money on a campaign to get Mayor Garcetti and
other representatives to very actively get going on
changing the paradigm and making this a priority.
Linda R. Friar, Ph.D.
Caruso’s Liquor License Plans
Thank you so much for the article on the Caruso plan
for liquor licenses (September 2). It sounds like he wants
to open a movie theater and surround it with a food
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court full of bars, and he won’t guarantee
reasonable closing and delivery hours as
evidenced with his fight over the liquor
license at the Oak Room.
I live in the Alphabet Streets, the
neighborhood most affected by Caruso
traffic. I don’t want 10 venues with liquor
licenses. I don’t want restaurants that
stay open until 2 a.m. so that Caruso can
make some more money off the bars. I
don’t want a one-way street that will
drive traffic into the Alphabet Streets.
Our neighborhood is already overrun
with cars from the village. Our streets
are less than 24 feet wide. It’s already a
dangerous situation because of the
crowded conditions. Our local fire station
wants us to have parking on one side of
the street because they can’t get their
truck through the street, but the city
won’t grant it. Now we have to deal with
drunks and workers going home after 2
a.m.? It’s not safe.
I went through Jonathan Gold’s list of
101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles.
Only one stayed open until 2 a.m. The
rest closed at 10 or 10:30 p.m. and stayed
open a little later on weekends. It doesn’t
sound like Caruso is looking for quality,
just quantity. We have to fight this. We
don’t need 10 venues with liquor licenses
and we have to restrict the house of
operation and delivery.
Neighbors, please write to our City
Council represen tative Mike Bonin
Debbie Dyner-Harris (Debbie.dynerharris
@lacity. org) in Bonin’s office. Tell them
not to approve this plan. Also write to
Mustafa Blorfroshan (zaki.mustafa
@lacity. org) at DOT and Nazario Sauceda
(email@example.com), Director-City of
L.A. Bureau of Street Services, about the
one-way street. If we can’t use Swarthmore
from the Alphabet Streets, this will force
more cars onto Monument and Via de la
Paz. Thank you.
Women’s Self-Defense Class
Our Women’s Self-Defense Course was
a smashing success. We had five women
sign up. The first hour we spent going
over a PowerPoint Presentation and
discussed how to recognize and avoid
potentially dangerous situations. The ladies
learned about anatomy and physiology,
how to use pressure points, how to
punch and kick, escape from a hold, etc.
Then we spent three hours at the park,
where we practiced various techniques.
Everyone had a good time and learned
a lot. We’re going to set up another class
on September 19. Hopefully, we can get
more people interested. Thanks for putting
a story in the paper (August 19).
Sweet Rose Creamery, an artisanal ice
cream shop owned by Palisadians Josh Loeb
and Zoe Nathan, opened in August. Located
next to Palisades Hi-Tech on Monument
Street (at Sunset). Visit: sweetrosecreamery.com
or call: (310) 260-2663.
Roast: The deli-style eatery, which opened
its first location in Brentwood in 2012,
opened in the Highlands Village (former site
of Chez Mimi restaurant) over Labor Day.
Chef Whitney Werner describes Roast as a
new-style deli that includes organic meats
and roasted vegetables ($12.95 to $16.95
for sandwiches and entrées with sides) that
can be eaten in the restaurant or delivered
for a home-cooked-style meal. Call (310)
230-6000 or visit: roastdelimarket.com.
The QT Fitness studio, which opened in
2013 in the Highlands Village by the Beach,
as a woman’s-only fitness center offering
spin, barre and yoga classes, closed in August.
Owner was Danielle Robinson.
The heavily utilized Goodwill Center
closed September 1.
ATAM (Academy of Technology, Art
and Music) celebrated its third anniversary
in August. Founded by Anthony Wamble
in 2012, this is a center for students, young
and old, to learn coding, create computer
games and stay abreast of the most modern
technology. Located at 881 Alma Real Dr.
Visit: atampalisades.com or call (310)
573-0012 or e-mail techandmusicteacher
Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce
has a new website that includes a
member directory, an event calendar listing
of community resources and event photos.
Retail store-front space available at 835,
843 and 859 Via de la Paz.
(Editor’s note: For business announcements,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Blvd. (across from Gelson’s), offers its programs
free to Palisades residents. Please
RSVP to (310) 573-9545.
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been told that security costs would be covered
by the national government—but wants
assurance that this will still be true in 2024.
A $1.4 billion lawsuit, filed by disabled
residents, requires the City to spend $31
million a year for 30 years to repair business
and residential sidewalks. Once they are
fixed, maintenance will revert to property
owners. Bonin pointed out that in most
cities, sidewalks are the property owners’
responsibility. What has yet to be decided
is which streets will be fixed first.
Bonin is also pushing for more police
and firefighters. “The last 10 years LAFD
has been decimated,” he said, noting he
fought to get five recruiting classes this year,
but with the number of retirees, it won’t
mean an overall gain in firefighters. He also
promised he is fighting to restore Station
69’s Engine Company (Sunset at Carey).
“It’s high on the list for restoration.”
Council President Chris Spitz then allowed
audience members to ask questions,
but specified that once a question was asked
about a subject, a different topic had to be
One resident objected to the beekeeping
ordinance because he said it was not properly
vetted. Lawmakers tentatively approved
it on September 2 and asked City lawyers
to finalize the wording before giving it a
“Testimony in my district is nine to one
in favor of the ordinance,” Bonin said. “It
is modeled after other cities, including
A resident pressed Bonin about the 17000
Sunset apartment project (just west of Marquez
Avenue), which is scheduled to go before
the West L.A. Planning Commission on
December 2. Developer Arman Gabay initially
sought 49 units and some residents objected
to the size of the project. PPCC asked
that prior to an issuance of a Coastal Devel-
opment Permit, a Focused EIR be prepared.
“I am monitoring the 17000 Sunset project
closely, and I have heard the concerns
about slope instability and traffic impacts,”
Bonin said. “I understand the developer is
reworking the proposal, and will be reducing
by half the number of units, which
could reduce some of the traffic impacts.
I will be eager to hear what the community
things about the revised proposal.”
The developer is not expected to present
revised plans to the PPCC.
Another question concerned the possibility
of a pedestrian bridge over PCH at
Potrero Canyon, which would allow hikers,
bikers and beach-goers to access the beach
without detouring to Temescal Canyon
Road. Bonin said it was being considered,
but there’s currently no funding available.
A Riviera resident said, “I’m concerned
about overdevelopment, specifically the
Archer School and Caruso projects, and
the overlapping construction.”
Bonin said that a traffic impact study for
Caruso Affiliated’s Palisades Village project
had not yet been submitted to the City. He
praised Archer for its proposed traffic plan,
which will require 70 percent of all students
to use a carpool (three or more) or buses.
“There will be less traffic than there is now,”
Bonin said, noting that he wants collaboration
between all the schools along that stretch
of Sunset to see who could have the fewest
number of cars coming to campus daily.
“A lot of residents came to me and want -
ed a three-year window for [Archer] construction,”
said Bonin, who believes the
biggest traffic impact will be hauling, which
is scheduled to be done in the summer
when schools are closed.
“When will Palisades Drive be repaved?”
a Highlands resident asked.
“It is a really, really long road [more than
three miles],” Bonin said. “If I were to re -
pave the street, it would be my District’s entire
budget for a year.” But then he gave the
good news that it will be repaved in segments
over the next three to four years.
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John McDonald (Tahitian Terrace).
Although the City has reached out to
both owners, neither are obligated to work
with the City, because mobile home parks
are under the jurisdiction of the state.
Bureau of Engineering (BOE) geologist
Robert Hancock has spearheaded a plan
that includes dewatering wells and a massive
wall that will support vertically 65 feet
“It won’t stop the hillside from sliding,
but it will help,” Hancock said at a meeting
at the Palisades Library on September 2.
The meeting was held to discuss environmental
concerns before the project first
goes through the City departments and
then the Coastal Commission for approval.
BOE Environmental Specialist James
Tebbetts explained that three dewatering
wells will be added to the two that are already
located under Asilomar.
When the water reaches a certain point
in a well, it will trigger a pump that takes
the water to the Asilomar drain, then to Las
Pulgas Canyon stormwater drain and on to
Nearly all of the water on the El Medio
mesa drains downward to Asilomar.
Although this is considered an emergency
project and a safety issue, the earliest construction
will likely start on the dewatering
wells is February. After the environmental
review passes the City, the project must be
approved by the Coastal Commission. “We
can’t put a spade into the ground until we
have the state permit,” Tebbetts said.
Once construction starts, it will take
about six months.
“We’ve been watching [this landslide] for
years. It keeps moving slowly,” Hancock
said. “We’ve been trying to find the money.”
Three million dollars have been raised
through the City and will be used for the
wells and the design of the wall.
Page 10 Palisades News September 16, 2015
Investigation of Student Petition Addressed
By LAUREL BUSBY
The effects of last spring’s student petition
to oust Palisades Charter High
School Principal Pam Magee continued
to be addressed at the August 18 board
meeting with a new focus on whether any
teachers may have been involved.
Social studies teacher John Rauschuber
spoke during public comment about the
issue. He described first hearing about the
petition when student Isabel Kelly came to
his classroom during a break to ask for permission
to gather signatures. More than
1,200 students eventually signed the document.
Kelly, a senior, chose not to comment
on the issue to the Palisades News.
Rauschuber said he allowed her presentation,
and said she “began an impassioned
speech,” which he let extend into about a
minute of class time. He said she “personified
raw courage” and “should be celebrated
for what she saw as an injustice.” He also said
that as a social studies teacher, he felt that
this issue was not inappropriate to discuss
in class since the department “emphasizes
empowerment,” and last school year his class
discussed varied events, whether they occurred
at PaliHi or were of national interest.
During the 2014-15 school year, the administration
and the faculty had been involved
in an at-times contentious contract
negotiations and bell schedule discussions
that had eventually required mediation to
In the spring, the student petition was
presented to the board in the midst of the
evaluation process for Magee, who came
to PaliHi in 2011. The board consequently
hired an investigator to assess how much
weight to give the petition in Magee’s evaluation,
and this investigator more recently
began working to assess whether there was
any teacher misconduct involved. The results
of both investigations are confidential
due to their focus on personnel matters.
The portion of the board members who
are not faculty, staff or students, spent about
an hour in closed session discussing the
agenda item “Public Employee Discipline/
Dismissal/Release,” and the issue was also
addressed during the open meeting more
Spanish teacher and new board member
Alex Shuhgalter said he would like to discuss
ways to create a better climate on campus
by starting afresh after a difficult previous
school year. “Do we really want peace or a
cool climate on campus?” he said.
Magee, in a phone interview with the
News, said that she is seeking to create a new
positive focus for the school year. However,
both board members and parents had contacted
the administration with concerns
about potential “misuse of instructional
time or indoctrination of students.”
Last spring, the News also received two
letters from parents complaining about
Magee added that the investigation is
not restricted to the petition, but includes
broader concerns. The idea is to develop a
“better understanding” of what occurred
and to make sure that all instructional
“time is being used appropriately.”
She said the administration is “doing our
due diligence” to ensure “that kids are getting
an education and not getting involved
in adult issues—not becoming negotiators
for the adults.”
Currently, she said the investigation is
simply gathering information, and at this
point, she did not think that its findings
would end with any teacher dismissals.
Magee also said she is working to address
the petition’s complaints. During registration,
time was set aside to teach students
about existing school ways to handle issues
during a presentation that also included
members of the Student Diversity Task Force.
Another part of the effort includes creating
a student bill of rights. About 70 students
have thus far indicated an interest in
the project, which will include researching
their current rights and creating an action
plan that will also address changes they envision.
She said Kelly, a senior stopped by
her office to talk recently and indicated an
interest in working with the group.
“We are working hard to let all students
know that they matter and that their voices
are heard,” Magee said. “If there are a large
group of students that feel like their issues
aren’t being heard, then I want them to be
heard. I think it’s important that their issues
In a related issue, the L.A. District Attorney’s
office had contacted the board to address
whether a previous closed meeting to
discuss how the petition affected Magee’s
evaluation should have instead proceeded
in an open format. According to the board,
the DA’s office, after an inquiry, sent a letter
to the school stating, “After review of the
matter, we believe no violation occurred.”
Music Class For Children
Woman’s Club member Ingrid Vinje teaches a music class for children two to
four years old from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, at the Club, 901
Haverford Ave. A parent or caregiver is required and one adult per child, please.
The class is free for Club members and their guests.
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For Sept. 20
Awater-wise workshop will be held
from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September
20, at the Woman’s Club,
901 Haverford Ave.
The event is sponsored by Palisades
Beautiful, the Pacific Palisades Garden Club,
Mia Lehrer + Associates, Tree People, Rain
Barrels International, Surfrider Foundation,
Theodore Payne Foundation, World
Wide Exotics and LADWP. There will be
presentations, discussions and refreshments.
Admission is free, but RSVP to
Included in the presentation will be an
overview of the climatic microenvironment
and climate reality, a landscape overview
(including plant material and trees), lawn
removal and rainwater harvesting.
After presentations, there will be a Q&A
with the experts. Closing will include a raffle
drawing for a rain barrel and a gift card
from Anawalt Lumber.
For those who preorder rain barrels, pick
up will be from 3:30 to 5:30 at Regal Cleaners
(rebates are available). The barrel has a
grass spigot for garden-hose attachment, a
screen to prevent mosquitoes from accessing
water and a side brass overflow. Cost
is $85. To order: RainBarrelsIntl.com.
Chamber Hosts Annual Polo Tournament
If you do not know what a chukker is,
then head to the 23rd Annual Chamber
of Commerce Polo Tournament from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, at
Will Rogers State Historic Park.
Admission is free and there will be pony
rides for children. There is a $12 per-car
parking fee at the park.
Eight riders, atop galloping horses, hold
on with their left hand as they swing mallets
with the right hand at speeds of up to
35 miles per hour.
A chukker is a seven-and-half-minute
period of play, and there are six chukkers
in a match. Between matches enjoy divot
stomping: spectators come on the field
and stomp down torn-up turf.
Will Rogers was an avid polo player.
About the sport he wrote in his syndicated
column May 29, 1932: “After seeing kids
play polo against big guys, it only shows
that horses are the greatest equalizer in the
world. No matter what you weigh, the little
fellow is your equal on a horse.”
There will also be tours of the Will
Rogers’ home at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. Food
trucks will be available or bring a picnic.
This year’s major sponsor is Wells Fargo
The Private Bank. Sponsoring teams are
defending champion Amafi Estates; PerennialFinancial
Services; Pacific Palisades
Lions Club; RLB Architecture;Technology
for You!; and Wells Fargo.
Throwing in the ball before each match
will be Chamber President Adam Glazer;
Steve Ghysels (Wells Fargo); and Mr. and
Dealey to Speak September 24
Palisades Presbyterian Church will resume
its “Food for Thought” speaker series
on September 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Janes Hall,
off El Medio at Sunset. Reservations are
necessary. Call (310) 454-0366 to reserve
your seat and complimentary lunch (donation
The guest speaker will be Dave Dealey,
the son of Commander Samuel David
Dealey USN, who was the first and only
commanding officer of the submarine
USS Harder. He will speak about his father’s
naval career and the famous Harder.
Dealey will speak about the many coincidental
events and ironies which led up to
the tragic loss of the Harder, with all servicemen
aboard, on its sixth and final patrol
in August 1944.
A graduate of Santa Monica High School
and UC Berkeley, Dealey is a retired attorney.
He is a longtime active member of the
Pacific Palisades Optimist Club, American
Legion Post 283 and served on the Community
Miss Palisades Daniel Gottesman and
Al Epstein will be the play-by-play announcer.
Members of the Chamber organizing
committee are Ramis Sadrieh,
Technology for You!; Felice Densa of the Will
Rogers Polo Club and Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Arnie Wishnick.
Call (310) 459-7963 or visit: palisadeschamber.com.
Art Association Speaker
To Discuss Buddhist Art
The Palisades Art Association will feature
Jason Hopper, who will lead a discussion
on the influences of Buddhism on
contemporary artists in the Himalaya region.
He will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,
September 22, at the Palisades Woman’s
Club, 901 Haverford Ave.
Starting 2,500 years ago with the advent
of Buddhism in India, the sophisticated
symbolism of Buddhist art will be
explored. Then the discussion will skip
forward to look at how and why contemporary
artists in the Himalayas are using
Buddhist imagery in their artworks.
Throughout the conversation, participants
will examine images of some of the
most beautiful and exotic art from the
roof of the world.
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* Based on information total sales volume from California Real Estate Te echnology Services, Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS,
SANDICOR, Inc. for the period 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2013 in Los Angeles, Orange,
Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego,
Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Due to MLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy,
this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage does not guarantee the data accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS’s may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.
September 16, 2015 Page 13
By SUE PASCOE
In September 2013, PH Village Partners,
LLC purchased the former Highlands
Plaza (located at Sunset and Palisades
Drive) and renamed it Highlands Village by
According to Christian Irwin, VP, Commercial
Property, the locally-based owners
vowed to make the mini-mall “more neighborhood
friendly and become a center for
residents where they could have their dayto-day
Two years later, the transformation from
a strip-mall look and feel to a vibrant business
center is well underway.
The Village is about 25,000 sq. ft. and has
15 storefronts that offer a wide variety of
services: pharmacy, dry cleaner, nail salon,
bank, pet store, dance studio, mailbox store,
clothing store (happy L.A.), Starbucks and
three restaurants (Taste, Moku and Roast).
The original stark white frontage was repainted
in muted multi-tones. “We wanted
to make it look more ‘beach chic,’” said
Irwin, noting that new landscaping includ -
ed planting 19 palm trees. Teak benches
were added along several storefronts to
make the center more pedestrian-friendly.
Parking issues were also addressed. Although
there were 109 spaces, many were
used by store employees, and “we also had
a lot of carpools of golfers, hikers and bike
riders,” said Irwin, who grew up in Pacific
Palisades. “People would park for the entire
day, which left fewer spaces for shoppers.”
Now employees park on the street and
people are reminded if they are not shopping
or dining in the center, to park elsewhere.
One of the first store additions was a
Starbucks, which anchors the southernmost
space. A small playground and an
outside patio with shaded tables were
built so parents could enjoy a cup of coffee
while visiting with friends or watching
their children play.
Two tenants, QT Fitness and Goodwill
Industries, have recently left, but Irwin
emphasized that it was not the landlord’s
“Danielle Robinson [owner of QT] was
a valued tenant and we were sorry to see her
go,” Irwin said, noting she left to deal with
personal issues. Since PH Village Partners
believes a fitness studio is important to the
center, they are seeking a similar business
in that space.
“We’re still talking with Goodwill,”
Irwin, the father of a two-year-old boy,
pointed to Ballet Conservatory West. “This
is one of my favorite places,” he said. “There
are 130 ballerinas who come here. Now
while their moms wait they can walk to
PH Village Partners’ Christian Irwin (right) welcomes new tenant Whitney Werner,
who owns Roast, to the Highlands Village by the Beach.
Photo: Wendy Price Anderson
Starbucks and have coffee.”
Moku, which specializes in sushi and
Thai food, opened recently and Roast debuted
over Labor Day weekend. A delistyle
eatery, Roast has organic meats and
Key Factors in Evaluating Palisades Properties
By MICHAEL EDLEN
Special to the Palisades News
Home sellers need to determine an
asking price, and buyers need to
assess how much to offer and ultimately
what to pay for their new home.
Many rely on a professional realtor to help
with their decision, while others prefer to
do research online, and then rely on sites
such as Zillow for guidance.
It may help to understand some of the
nuances that an experienced realtor takes
into consideration when doing a comprehensive
evaluation of a Palisades home.
For example, certain neighborhoods are
generally more desirable than others, such
as the Huntington and others close to the
Village area. Similarly, homes on a heavily
trafficked street will logically be less desirable
than those on quieter locations.
Value is affected by whether a house has
a view or not, and how unobstructed and
from which rooms the view can be enjoyed.
Lots impacted by geological challenges or
other environmental issues will be of a
lesser value. How much of the property is
relatively useful, as compared with hillside
locations that may substantially limit the
usable yard, is another factor.
The legal tract a property is in can make
a significant difference in value, depending
on restrictions that may exist regarding the
height or size of a house. For example,
more than a third of the Palisades is located
in Tract 9300, which has a unique set of
conditions, covenants, and restrictions
(CC&R’s) enforced by the Civic League.
Many of the tracts in Marquez Knolls,
much of the area between El Medio and
Bien veneda, Castellammare, Pacific View
Estates and Sunset Mesa have restrictions
protecting views. CC&R’s obviously help to
preserve property values in some ways,
while imposing some limitations that to a
degree also may limit a site’s potential value.
Reliance on online evaluations systems
may be useful in many other communities
where far fewer variations exist between
and even within neighborhoods like the
As has been noted, Zillow and other similar
systems do not take into consideration
whether a house is on a 5,200 or 6,500
square foot lot in the Alphabet Streets.
They also have no way to factor in the
presence or quality of views that may exist,
nor anything about the condition of the
home or property. Moreover, those online
systems can vary as much as 10 to 20 percent
from each other on the same property.
Michael Edlen has been ranked in the top
1 percent of all agents in the country with
nearly $2 billion in sales. He has tracked
Pacific Palisades sales since 1987. Michael
can be reached at (310) 230-7373 or
roasted vegetables that can be eaten at the
restaurant or as takeout.
Taste, which recently received a full-liq -
uor license, will undergo renovations short -
ly as one of the conditions of lease renewal.
“This whole center is a project of passion,”
said Irwin, who recently appeared before
the Palisades Community Council to
seek support for an upscale convenience
store that would carry wine, cheese and
other small groceries in the 950-sq.-ft. space
next to Roast. “It would be a high-end market
and hours would follow those at the site,
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.”
Irwin, whose mother Michelle operates
the Michelle International beauty salon on
Swarthmore and whose uncle, Martin
McCrory, runs the beauty supply store on
the same street, said he has 15 relatives that
live or work in the Palisades. Even his wife
Alexana’s sister now lives near them.
“When my company bought the center,
my eyes lit up,” said the Syracuse University
graduate. “The partners who own the
property are local and care about the
The last Family Fun Day of the summer
will be held this Saturday, September 19
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to
residents and includes music, pony rides,
a petting zoo, face painter and magician.
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Hosting Jimmy Carter’s Book Tour
By BOB VICKREY
Palisades News Contributor
While watching former President
Jimmy Carter describe the details
of his recent cancer diagnosis
during a televised news conference, it
occurred to me that anyone who had ever
met him in person was not surprised by the
gracious manner in which he was now confronting
his own mortality. That congenial
style has long been his trademark.
His tireless energy has been on display
since he left the White House 35 years ago—
even now at the age of 90. His commitment
to international humanitarian work has
been well documented, particularly for his
beloved project, Habitat for Humanity.
The familiar smile he flashed often during
the press conference took me back to March
1985, when I stood on the steps of the Beverly
Wilshire Hotel anxiously awaiting his arrival.
I was to escort him during his Southern
California stop on his national book tour.
The publishing house for which I worked
had just released his most recent book, The
Blood of Abraham, a history of the ongoing
Middle East conflict in which he had become
deeply involved during his presidency.
Our company’s publicity depart ment
had planned a national tour for the book,
including major media appearances, as well
as bookstore events, which is where I came
into the picture.
As the local company rep, my job was to
select bookstores which would host events
and to accompany authors while they were
in town on their promotional tours. This
particular occasion seemed to have taken
on an even greater significance and created
quite a buzz for those in the bookselling
community. Hosting a former President
was considered quite an honor for most
Palisades resident Bob Vickrey and President Jimmy Carter during a 1985 book tour.
booksellers, no matter what their political
persuasion happened to be.
When Jimmy Carter’s limo arrived in the
Beverly Wilshire driveway under the breezeway
awning, I was almost certain that I
heard the faint sound of my knees knocking,
but remained adamant that I could
conceal my imploding anxiety.
Sure enough, when he stepped out of the
car flashing that famous grin, he said, “You
must be Bob. Are you ready to have a little
fun tomorrow?” I quickly relaxed and regained
steady footing as we retreated to
make our plans for the following day.
What I immediately observed about the
man with the well-known laid-back image,
was the noticeable urgency in his walk, as
well as his spirited manner—not exactly the
passive, sweater-wearing figure we’d seen
portrayed in his fireside chats during the
energy crisis in the late 1970s. I tried to keep
up with his pace as we approached his room
in the Presidential Suite, but I couldn’t help
but wonder why he had been unsuccessful
in conveying this contagious energy to the
nation while he was in office.
Despite the criticism he has received regarding
his perceived shortcomings during
his one-term administration, I’ve noticed
that even his harshest critics are usually
quick to acknowledge his charitable work
at home and abroad after he left office, a
concession ex-presidents rarely receive
from their adversaries.
I sat across from him in the luxurious
living room of the hotel suite and he asked,
“So, what’s on the docket for tomorrow,
and what do you need me to do?” I explained
the morning format I’d planned
with an informal breakfast for various local
booksellers that I’d invited to the downstairs
Carter revealed his admiration for those
who work in bookstores. He got quite a
chuckle when I told him of author Pat Conroy’s
opening line when once addressing a
breakfast gathering of booksellers, “Good
morning to all of you in the book business
who have taken the sacred vow of poverty.”
As we convened for our breakfast meeting
the following morning, he leaned toward
me and asked if I had brought my camera
along. He whispered, “People love to have
their picture taken with the President.”
By the time I returned with the camera,
he had already met every bookseller in the
room and was busily engaging each with
stories that would likely last a lifetime for
most of them. After breakfast, I took a snapshot
of each bookseller—every one of them
in virtually the same pose—with the President’s
arm draped around their shoulder.
When I took the last picture, he winked and
said, “I told you so.”
Before we adjourned, the President said,
“I think we need one more. I’d like one
taken of me with our host.”
Not surprisingly, that particular picture
still prominently resides on my bookshelf
to this very day. And I can almost hear him
say, “I told you so.”
Bob Vickrey is longtime Palisadian. His
columns appear in several Southwestern
newspapers including the Houston Chronicle.
This article was reprinted by permission
of the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Jong at Diesel
Erica Jong, who revolutionized the way
we look at love, marriage and sex in her
1973 bestseller Fear of Flying, will appear at
6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25 at Diesel
Bookstore in the Brentwood Country Mart
to discuss her latest novel, Fear of Dying.
In the book, main character Vanessa
Wonderman watches her parents age, attends
doctor appointments with her pregnant
daughter, and sits by the hospital bed
of her husband, Asher, 15 years her senior.
With her best years as an actress behind
her, she’s discovering that beginnings are
easy, but endings can be hard.
Jong is also the author of seven awardwinning
collections of poetry and has written
several nonfiction books. She lives in
New York City and Connecticut.
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Republican Speaker Series
Features Pete Peterson
Pete Peterson will lead a discussion
in the Pacific Palisades Republican
Club’s 2015 Speaker Series at 7:30
p.m. on Thursday, October 1, in the meeting
room at the Palisades Lutheran Church,
15905 Sunset Blvd. Residents are invited
and there is free parking off El Medio.
He will speak and lead a discussion titled
“‘Too Bad You’re a Republican’: Lessons
from the Trail and a Look at 2016.”
Peterson is Pepperdine’s School of Public
Policy interim dean and executive director
for the Davenport Institute. The Republican
candidate for California Secretary of State
in 2014, Peterson writes widely on public
engagement for a variety of major news
outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Los
Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Peterson is a leading national speaker on
issues related to civic participation and the
use of technology to make government
more responsive and transparent. He has
been a public affairs fellow at The Hoover
Institute, and he serves on the Leadership
Councils of the Public Policy Institute of
California and California Forward.
Call (310) 454-4345 or visit Pali sades
(Disclaimer: Palisades Lutheran Church
gives space for community groups to meet,
which does not imply an affiliation.)
Student Success Conference Oct. 17
Prominent L.A. independent school educators
will address “What Are the Proven
Keys to Student Success, Both in the School
and the Future?” from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Saturday, October 17, at the Luxe
Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd.
The fee is $179 per person and space is
limited. Call (818) 864-6725.
“This is going to be an extraordinary event
for parents,” said Sue Slotnick, the CEO and
co-founder of Educational Test Prep and
director of advancement at Village School.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Rob Evans, the
author of three books, including Family
Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the
Crisis in Childrearing. He will outline key
dilemmas in raising children and adolescents
today and offer concrete suggestions
for successful coping at home and school.
Following his presentation, parents can
attend different workshops, hosted by 10
experts on various topics.
Donny ‘Conn’ Claps;
Donny Conn Claps, 85, passed
away September 2. He was a musician,
comedian, speaker and
creative spirit who entertained and enriched
the lives of family and friends.
He was born on January 3, 1930 in Waterbury,
Connecticut, where he attended
school and learned to play drums.
Claps graduated from the University of
Connecticut and was one of the founders
of Beta Sigma Gamma, the first intercultural
fraternity in New England.
After college in 1952, he toured the Unit -
ed States and Canada, with The Playmates,
pianist Chic Hetti and vocalist Morey Carr,
who were also from Waterbury.
The group’s song “Beep Beep,” the story
of a Nash Rambler and a Cadillac, was on
the Billboard Top 40 charts for 12 weeks. It
sold over one million copies and was award -
ed a gold disc. At the height of the song’s
popularity, the Playmates appeared on the
Milton Berle Show, December 3, 1958.
That same year, the group signed with
Roulette Records as the label’s first vocal
The Playmates followed up with a
chart-listing single in 1959, “What Is
Love,” and then again in 1960 with “Wait
for Me.” They recorded four albums for
Roulette before the group, which was
known for its between-song comedy and
banter, broke up in 1965.
Claps reinvented himself first as a
stand-up comedian, then as a professional
speaker. He later turned to comedy writing,
which opened his eyes to a career in
Donny “Conn” Claps
When that career took off in 1980,
Claps delivered more than 100 speeches a
year to all types of groups.
After he spoke, clients would ask him to
recommend keynote speakers for upcoming
conventions. Claps built a roster of qualified
speakers and shortly after founded Convention
Connection Speakers Bureau, one
of the first speaker bureaus to book lecturers
for conventions and business meetings.
Claps moved to Pacific Palisades in 1972.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years,
Joanne, and his children Kiela, Steven and
Koby and grandchildren Amanda and Kelly.
A memorial service will be held in October.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to: HOLA (Hearts of Los Angeles
Youth), 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los
Angeles, CA 90057 or visit: heartofla.org/
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Girls Volleyball Wants a Shot at State
By LOGAN TAYLOR
Under the guidance of head coach
Carlos Gray, the Palisades High
School girls volleyball team opened
its season on September 10 by defeating
defending Division II City champion Taft
The Dolphins opened Western League
play by hosting LACES yesterday, and will
remain home to play perennial City rival
Granada Hills today at 4 p.m.
Returning for his third season at PaliHi,
Gray is optimistic after having won his first
City title last year, and the 29th title overall
for the girls volleyball program.
“The expectation for this season is to
reach our full potential,” Gray told the Pali -
sades News. “This team’s ceiling is higher
than last year’s team. I really think that this
group could be special, but it will take a
long time and it is a long road to get there.”
Last year the Dophins beat Granada Hills
in four sets in the Division I City Championships,
but lost its first-round game in
the State playoffs.
The team began practicing the second
week of August, focusing on hitting drills,
passing and ball control, as well as holding
Gray is joined by assistant coach Anthony
Elizondo, who owns his own club team,
the Santa Monica Volleyball Club, and has
coached the Dolphins in previous years.
Key players to watch this season are returning
opposite Isabel Kelly, outside hitter
Sadie Gray, middle blocker Angel Echipue,
Setting ball for a teammate is co-captain Lucky Drageset.
outside hitter Bella Edwards, and the “glue”
of the team, libero Olivia Zelon.
Zelon, only a junior, has already committed
to play at the University of Texas in
Golf Tournament Winners
The L.A. Golf Academy hosted a
youth tournament on August 23 at
the Heroes Golf Course, a 9-hole,
3-par course locate on the grounds of the
West Los Angeles VA north campus.
Winners in the 5-to-7-year-old category
were Justin Tun, first, and Misha Zutler,
second. In the 8-to-10-year old category,
Peter Jen took first and Charlie Hayton
took second. In the 11-to-14-year-old
group, Gavin Loughran took first and
Rowan Jen was second.
For those who want to learn to play, a
golf development program is held for juniors,
ages 7 to 16, Monday through Thursday
from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and on Friday from
4 to 5:30 p.m. The co-ed program allows
students to come on a daily basis.
A special day of golf is planned for
Wednesday, September 23. Youth can
choose half day (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
or 1 to 3:30 p.m.) or full day (9:30 a.m. to
Private lessons are available for youth
and adult, and all levels are welcome.
The Academy caters to Brentwood, Santa
Monica, Pacific Palisades, Westwood and
All lessons are taught by PGA Teaching
Professional Carlos Rodriquez, who has
more than 20 years of experience. He previously
worked as an assistant golf pro at
Indian Spring County Club in Silver
Rodriquez’s philosophy centers on harmony
between the mental and physical
aspects of the golf game. He also insists all
youth learn proper golfing etiquette. A
U.S. Marine, Rodriquez is also a highlyrespected
Email: email@example.com or call
(310) 230-2052 or visit: lagolfacademy.com.
Photo: Logan Taylor
2017. She will be coached by previous Pali -
sades High star volleyballer Jerritt Elliott.
“Olivia is the best defensive player that
I have ever coached in all of my 26 years
of coaching,” Gray said.
With these key players as well as returning
co-captains and setters Lucky Drageset
and Delaney Arth, the Dolphins look as
though they will be competing at an even
Co-captain Isabel Kelly prepares to spike against an opponent.
Photo: Logan Taylor
higher level of play than last year’s team.
When asked how this season will compare
to last season, Gray replied, “I hope
similar. Last year we were City champions.
We lost some key pieces, but for the most
part all of the main people are here. It is primarily
realizing our potential and understanding
that regardless of how good we
are on paper, we have to work.”
Y Fall Sports and Events
Early bird pricing is still available
through Friday, September 18 for the
Palisades-Malibu YMCA’s fall sports
at Simon Meadow that run through Saturday,
A Punt, Pass and Kick competition for
boys and girls ages 6-13 will take place at
Simon Meadow on Saturday, September
19 from 9 a.m. to noon and will include
prizes and scrimmage games.
An 8-week cross-country clinic will have
youth ages 6 to 12 running through Tem -
escal Canyon and improving their endur -
ance on Sundays from September 27 to
On October 3, the Palisades-Malibu
YMCA’s Simon Meadow will be filled with
the sounds of children playing flag football
and soccer as well as the bright orange colors
of the annual pumpkin patch.
Flag football is offered for ages 6 to 8 and
ages 9 to 11. The co-ed league practices
weekly and has games on Saturdays.
YMCA soccer has three co-ed divisions—ages
1.5 to almost 3, 3-4 and 5-6.
All the age groups play on Saturdays and
the 5-6 year olds have an additional practice
during the week.
Contact YMCA Sports Coordinator
Rashad Rhodes (310) 454-5591 or rashad -
September 16, 2015 Palisades News Page 19
Kelly ‘Malibu’ Hayes Doesn’t Miss a Play
Former Palisades High School wide receiver
Kelly “Malibu” Hayes was sitting
next to announcer Al Michaels during
NBC’s coverage of the NFL’s season opener
between the New England Patriots and the
Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10.
Hayes, who has been Michaels’ spotter for
every football game since 1978, listened as
Michaels reported that Steeler coaches were
hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast in their
headsets, but Hayes’ eyes were focused on
the field. The “eargate” problem persisted
most of the first half before it was fixed
(and the Patriots came out on top, 28-21).
According to a feature by L.A. Times
columnist Chris Erskine, Hayes has been
working behind the scenes for 30 NFL seasons
(and 11 Super Bowls) with Michaels.
He has been responsible for making sure
that Michaels has the right name and number
for the players making the play.
It was reported that during the football
season, Hayes spends about 10 hours a week
on his board, organizing stats and notes. He
serves as a second set of eyes in a darkened
booth, where Michaels is bombarded with
Watch Palisades NFL Players
If you follow the NFL Giants, Browns,
Buccaneers or Redskins this season,
chances are you’ll see a player from
Pacific Palisades in action.
Brothers Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz
are former PaliHi standouts. Geoff graduated
in 2004, before going to the University
of Oregon. The 6-6, 340-pound offensive
guard was drafted in 2008 and played for
the Panthers, Vikings and Chiefs before he
was traded to the Giants in 2014.
Mitchell graduated in 2007 and attended
UC Berkeley. The 6-5, 320-pound offensive
tackle was first-team All-Pac 12 his senior
year. He was drafted in the second round in
2012 by the Cleveland Browns.
Fellow Berkeley Bear Chris Conte, who
grew up in the El Medio Bluffs area, graduated
from Loyola High in 2007. The 6-2,
203-pound safety was drafted in the third
round in 2011 by the Chicago Bears. He
signed a one-year contract with Tampa
Bay last March.
Kai Forbath, who grew up in the Highlands,
played for Notre Dame High before
attending UCLA. Although he was projected
as the second-best kicker in the 2011
draft, the 5-9, 197-pound kicker was not
selected. He later signed with the Dallas
Cowboys as a rookie free agent. He played
for Tampa Bay and then joined the Washington
Redskins in 2012.
television distractions: reading promotions
and hearing countdown to ads. Within seconds,
for example, Hayes gives Michaels
the name of the intended receiver and the
defender who knocked the ball away.
Hayes grew up in Malibu and played Pop
Warner in Venice before playing at PaliHi
against future NFL stars like Warren Moon
and Wendell Tyler. After graduating PaliHi
in 1974, he attended Boston University.
During his senior year there in 1978 he went
to golf’s U.S. Open to research his thesis on
how networks covered the event. This led to
a position as a “gofer” for ABC, which is how
he heard Michaels was looking for a spotter.
Hayes called him and said he could do it.
In Erskine’s story (September 10), Hayes remembers:
“I showed up in Lincoln. Game
was Penn State versus Nebraska . . . I remember
being scared to death.”
At the beginning of his career, Hayes had
other jobs, including selling ads for magazines
(Penthouse) and then starting his own sports
production company. But on weekends, he
traveled to join Michaels in the booth.
Hayes acquired his “Malibu” nickname
from Michaels, but has since traded his
surfboard for skis and swapped the beach
lifestyle for Aspen, Colorado.
According to the Times, Hayes jogs every
day, including pregame runs around stadiums,
and pens a wine column for the Aspen
Times. Not a bad life for a PaliHi Dolphin.
Copa De Dillon Tourney This Sunday
The second annual soccer tournament, Copa de Dillon, will be held at Palisades
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per team is sought and will be used to raise money for scholarships for the Dillon
Henry, who played AYSO, high school and club soccer, died in a car accident
in June 2007. The idea for the tourney came from Dillon’s good friends David
Lau, Gabe Lister and Elliot Wainman to honor his birthday on September 24.
Last year’s event had eight teams and raised almost $10,000. This year there
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Page 20 Palisades News September 16, 2015
Medea: A Tale of Displacement
By LIBBY MOTIKA
Palisades News Contributor
The flight from persecution propels
immigrants to take extraordinary
risks. The successful ones celebrate
the end of unspeakable hardships and
fear. But this is only the beginning chapter
for refugees; what follow are the challenges
of starting a new life in a foreign
place, away from family and isolated in
Playwright Luis Alfaro takes up this second
chapter in Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,
a re-imagining of Euripides’ tragedy
that focuses on a Mexican family who have
fled Michoacán to the barrio of East L.A.
Staged at the Getty Villa, the 90-minute
drama artfully and sensitively demonstrates
how the family copes with displacement
leaving Mexico with no sign, no welcome
in that “other America.”
Medea and Hason (Jason for those more
familiar with Medea), their son Acan and
Tita, a servant with healing powers, are
finding their footing. Medea, a brilliant
seamstress in Mexico, now sews men’s collars
for humiliating wages.
Hason has found promising work in
construction in the employ of Armida, a
successful Mexican developer, who intends
to make Hason part of her business. Acan
Sabina Zuniga Varela portrays Medea in
Luis Alfaro’s adaptation. Photo: Craig Schwartz
is a boy, eagerly molting into an American,
ditching his huaraches for tennies, Papa
Subtly, director Jessica Kubzansky
guides us toward the widening chasm between
Medea and Hason: Medea clings to
the traditions and values of Mexico;
Hason sees his path to success in America
by allying himself with Armida, compromising
his relationship to Medea. “For
me, she is a door, she’s given us a chance,
I want more,” he says.
The triangle tightens as Armida gnaws
at the nontraditional bond between Hason
and Medea by sealing her “business” pact
with Hason in marriage, and mocking
Medea for “thinking like an immigrant.”
Being childless, Armida convulses Medea
with the deepest cut a mother can imagine.
She will adopt Acan, promising that he will
inherit all she has.
“Yes, she has me by the balls,” Hason
says in pleading with Medea to accept his
alliance with Armida. “Let her flirt, let her
fall in love, it’s a small price to pay. We’ve
worked too hard for this.”
This being Medea, the inevitable tragedy
that Euripides set in motion in the 5th century
winds its way to the inexorable end.
In looking for a way to bring this classical
drama to a contemporary audience,
Alfaro says he is just a chronicler and lets
the classics talk to us. Choosing to frame
this Medea within an immigrant story, Alfaro
is turning this into a family story, a
story about love.
“Luis’ Medea lets me understand all the
participants,” says Kubzansky, who is codirector
of The Theatre @ Boston Court
“This is a painful, familiar love story
about people navigating a new world when
they don’t understand the rules.”
The Getty production beautifully comprehends
what is Mexican. “Underneath
us is Azlan, our spiritual land,” Alfaro says,
adding that the cast is an all-professional
Tita invites us into this deep, rich history
as she enters the stage at the outset holding
two large palm fronds. Waving them like
bird wings, she invokes the past—the calls
of the Michoacán bird—and the present—the
helicopters patrolling overhead.
In the end, Alfaro’s Medea is intimate,
not grand, which brings its tragic end
even closer to us.
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles continues
at the Getty Villa at 8 p.m. Thursdays
through Saturdays through October 3.
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The Object Lesson Chronicles Our Past
By LIBBY MOTIKA
Palisades News Contributor
There used to be a popular fundraiser
at my brother’s school. For a dollar,
you could pick a shipping box, contents
unknown. You’d hope to hit the jackpot,
but were willing to part with a buck
just to see what was inside.
Curiosity, the very human drive to discover,
is at the heart of Geoff Sobelle’s latest
work, The Object Lesson, directed by David
Neumann and at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
through October 4.
Sobelle, who grew up in the Palisades,
has pursued his curiosity through performance,
which he thinks of as a metaphor for
This experiment explodes to the full in
The Object Lesson. The Douglas auditorium
is overwhelmed with boxes, stacked to the
rafters all around. Over 3,000 shipping boxes
contain treasures from Everyman’s attic,
lovingly wrapped in paper and labeled. As
the doors open to the performance space,
audience members are free to roam, open
boxes, examine the contents and find a
perch on a box to watch the drama unfold.
Sobelle walks in and around the boxes,
mingling with the crowd as they satisfy
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In past performances, Sobelle amped the
proceedings with his own magic and clowning
(he studied physical theatre, such as buffoonery
and Commedia dell’arte clowning
at the L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre
Jacques Lecoq), but this piece is paced in
reverie. As he inventories the contents of
various boxes, he, and we, resurrect our own
memories. Many are familiar—the Christmas
decorations, the stuffed animals, love
letters, rotary phone, birthday party decorations.
But Sobelle is not content with the
expected, pulling out sublimely ridiculous
items: a toothbrush and toothpaste, which
he proceeds to use; miles and miles of electric
cord or tree roots; a head of lettuce, carrots
and tomatoes, which he chops into a
salad—while tap dancing on ice skates!
“I choose the stuff, I’ve collected all of it,”
Sobelle told the Palisades News in an interview.
And while some of it is personal to
him, Sobelle says it’s up to the audience to
draw their own conclusions. “I am not here
to help with the meaning. Some things are
valuable, some are crap. I was laughing about
the idea of an archeological excavation. We
go to Pompeii trying to find antiquities, but
what we’re really doing is rooting around
in somebody’s garbage, 2000 years old.”
As Sobelle moves around the space, uncovering
fragments of his past, he is uncovering
our past. “I see the piece as more about
the audience than about me,” he says. “I
think the project works empathetically and
While the pace is deliberately slow, meditative
even, Sobelle feels the point of it is to
quiet everything. “Some people can’t handle
it and they walk out.” But these moments
of pause and reflection, he says, are for us.
We keep our eye on Sobelle, remembering
that he is an entertainer, who believes comedy
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to discover a new plane of experience.”
And he doesn’t disappoint us. The bits
with audience participation are killing. In
choosing his “victims,” he says he looks for
several things, gauging chemistry and how
much fun they’re having. Certainly the 10-
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Sobelle credits his first Cirque du Soleil for
his life’s passion. “I loved that first cirque
under the tent on the Santa Monica Pier. My
dream as a boy was to join the Cirque, so later
when I found the Lecoq School, I was still
bitten. I was excited by all those clowns. I was
interested in this inventive spectacle, really
live. It made me laugh and made me think.”
The Object Lesson makes us laugh and
makes us think too.
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Soboroff Collects Famous Typewriters
Story and photos by LAURIE ROSENTHAL
Steve Soboroff’s entry into collecting typewriters
occurred solely by happenstance. In 2005, with
five kids in private school, the longtime Palisadian
decided to sell his Sandy Koufax glove at a Sotheby’s
auction in New York. The next item up at the auction
was columnist Jim Murray’s typewriter.
“The Dodgers were bidding on it. The Los Angeles
Times was bidding on it,” Soboroff said. “Murray won
the Sportswriter of the Year Award 14 times. Nobody
else has won it twice.”
Soboroff paid $18,000 for the typewrit er—a Remington
Model J—and an expensive new hobby was born.
Since that time, the Soboroff Typewriter Collection
has grown to 33 typewriters, all owned by prominent
people from a variety of fields, including entertainment,
literature and science.
Currently, the collection can be seen at the Paley
Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Each typewriter is
surrounded by ephem era, including magazines, letters,
books, photographs and even a Plastic Ono Band 45
(“Give Peace a Chance”).
Soboroff wrote all the text that is featured in the
exhibit on the old Royal typewriter that sits on his
desk, which is two serial numbers off from the Ernest
Hemingway typewriter that Soboroff owns. His
Jerry Siegel created Superman on this Royal Portable Quiet
Photo: Michael Bulbenko
Steve Soboroff’s Royal typewriter, similar to Ernest Hemingway’s, has a place of prominence in his memorabilia-filled office.
typewriter can be found for $250, while he was offered
$250,000 for Hemingway’s. It is one of seven that the
author owned (Soboroff owns another one), and is
the last one he wrote on before killing himself in
1961. Soboroff doesn’t let anyone touch it.
“My populist rule of thumb is if they were on
the cover of Time, Newsweek or Sports Illustrated,
I’m generally interested,” Soboroff said. This
includes a diverse group, from Dr. Maya Angelou to
Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber.
His typewriter was taken by the FBI when he was
captured, and eventually sold via a government auction,
where Soboroff picked it up.
When he met fellow Palisadian Tom Hanks, who
is also a typewriter collector and represented in
the collection with a Hermes 3000, Soboroff
told him, “I’d take your typewriter.” It was
delivered the next day, along with two Time
magazine covers featuring the actor.
There is a major difference between the two men’s
collections. “He collects typewriters for the typewriter.
I collect typewriters for who used them,” Soboroff said.
Each typewriter in Soboroff’s collection has its own
tale. Some of the greatest art and historical documents
of the 20th century were created on them.
Scientist Samuel T. Cohen’s typewriter was used
when he worked on the Manhattan Project, the
famed atom-bomb program of the 1940s.
Orson Welles’ typewriter was his constant
companion when he visited Paris. “He would lie on
his back and he’d put the typewriter on his stomach
and type,” Soboroff said.
Jerry Siegel created Superman on his Royal Portable
Quiet DeLuxe typewriter. His daughter, Laura Siegel
Larson, sold it to Soboroff because she wanted to
celebrate what would have been her father’s
100th birthday in 2014.
Other typewriters he has bought from family
members and/or estates include those owned by
John Cheever, Marlene Diet rich, Joe DiMaggio
and Harold Robbins. The heirs are “entrusting me to
celebrate the legacy of who owned the typewriter,”
Other featured typewriters include the one that
George Bernard Shaw wrote Pygmalion on, the one that
Andy Rooney had for 60 years and was featured on
a segment on 60 Minutes and the one that John
Len non wrote songs on before Beatlemania.
The Smithsonian contacted Soboroff about
donating one of his two Shirley Temple
typewriters. “If I can donate to the Smithsonian, the
finest museum in the world, it validates my collection.
I gave them one.”
He enthusiastically explains the history of the screen
legend’s typewriter that is on view at the Paley Center.
“That typewriter is 80 years old and prob ably used
for about an hour. That’s like getting a Corvette
from 1953 that somebody sealed hermetically.
Her typewriter is in incredible condition.”
Unlike today’s computers, which offer endless
distractions, typewriters encouraged users to be
extremely focused when they sat down to write.
“Like an athlete, people got in a zone with these
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September 16, 2015 Palisades News Page 23
Palisadian Tom Hanks is represented with his Hermes
3000 and personally typed letter to Steve Soboroff.
(Continued from Page 22)
things, and these machines were their partners in those
zones,” said Soboroff, who relishes the fact that so
many masterpieces were created on typewriters in his
He spends a lot of effort hiring people to prove that
the typewriters’ lineage is correct. “No two typewriters
type exactly alike,” Soboroff said, and he uses forensics
and copies of original manuscripts to confirm that all
his typewriters are authentic. It usually takes around
six months for the entire process.
Always looking to add to his collection, Soboroff would
love to get a typewriter that was owned by a president.
Thanks to the Paley exhibit, the Soboroff Typewriter
Collection has grown, and now includes typewriters
that belonged to Bing Crosby and Rudolph Valentino.
This is the last typewriter Ernest Hemingway used before
“People would come and say, ‘This is the right place for
me to put this typewriter instead of keeping it at home.’”
Soboroff originally envisioned that the exhibit would
be up for about two months— it’s now been nine. Unlike
most museum exhibits, nothing is protected, or placed
behind glass. Everything is close enough to touch, but
there are polite signs throughout the room reminding
people to look only.
The collection was previously shown at Northeastern
University’s new museum in Boston.
Soboroff loans out his typewriters to different
organizations, donating all of that income to the Jim
Murray Memorial Foun dation’s journalism scholarship
Every other year, he helps out the John Updike Society
by lending the organization the author’s typewriter.
And Siegel’s typewriter, on which Superman came to
life, will travel to New York where it will be on view for
five months at the “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit
Andrea Bocelli has written poems and more on his Standard
Photo courtesy Steve Soboroff
starting October 9 at the New York Historical Society.
Soboroff has lived in the Palisades with his wife,
Patti, since they married in 1983. Their five children—
Jacob, Miles, Molly, Hannah and Leah—range in age
from 22 to 32. He has been president of the Los Angeles
Police Commission for two years, helped guide the Playa
Vista development, ran for mayor in 2001 and is involved
in many civic and business activities throughout Los
Angeles and beyond.
When asked which typewriter is his favorite, Soboroff
explains: “We have five kids. I tell every kid every time
we’re alone that they’re my favorite. Every one of those
typewriters is my favorite, for a different reason.
“The typewriters tell a story. Provenance and other
things tell a beautiful story. That’s what I wanted to tell
about each one, because they’re really important pieces
of American history.”
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Broadway Bound Opens at Pierson
By SUE PASCOE
Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, which
opened on September 4 at Pierson
Playhouse and runs through October
11, is good, but with a few adjustments
could be a truly memorable evening.
This play, which debuted on Broadway
in late 1986 and ran for almost two years, is
the final chapter of Simon’s “Eugene Trilogy.”
The first two, Brighton Beach Memoirs
and Biloxi Blues, dealt with the adolescent
Eugene Jerome growing up in Brooklyn
and then his stint in the Army during
World War II.
The final play, which was nominated for
a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is set in 1949.
Eugene and his older brother Stanley still
live at home and are trying to break into
comedy writing. Their grandfather, a socialist,
lives with them and refuses to move
south to Florida with his wife. Even as the
two brothers’ careers take off, their father
and mother’s marriage is crumbling—and
the tension is palpable.
When critic Frank Rich reviewed the play
for the New York Times, he wrote: “Broadway
Bound contains some of its author’s
most accomplished writing to date—passages
that dramatize the timeless, unresolvable
bloodlettings of familial existence as
Brothers Eugene (DL Corrigan) and Stanley (David Tracq) are excited after hearing
their comedy sketch on the radio.
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well as the humorous conflicts one expects.
But the seamless merging of laughter, character
and emotion that ignited Biloxi Blues
is only intermittently achieved here. There
are stretches, especially in Act I, when
Broadway Bound isn’t funny or moving but
just reportorial and expository.”
This is drama, and the attempt to force
laughs in a story that needs to be told simply,
is strained. This play doesn’t need
opening and closing doors like a bawdy
English farce. The play doesn’t need actors
mugging. The play doesn’t need the constant
shuffling of a chair just to create
busywork for actors. Occasional silence or
absence of motion can be just as powerful
on stage as constant movement.
Having seen the show on Broadway with
Linda Lavin, who played the mother (and
won the 1987 Tony Award for her performance),
I remember sitting in the audience
trying not to cry as it became apparent she
would soon be alone in the house: a place
where she had devoted her life to her family.
It was a nuanced, magical performance.
As much as Broadway Bound is a semiautobiographical
play about Neil Simon
(Eugene) and his home in Brighton Beach,
Brooklyn, the fulcrum in this show is the
mother. The audience has to feel sorry for
her: it is crucial.
One would urge another examination
from the actress Georgan George (mother)
and director Sherry Coon about that role.
As the mother’s sister, Caroline Westheimer
(Blanche) is lovely. Kenneth Steven
Bernfield (Jack), who plays the dad, is nicely
restrained and the audience feels sorry for
him, even though he is blamed for breaking
up the home. The two brothers, DL Corrigan
(Eugene) and David Tracq (Stanley),
are fine in their excitement of landing a
career in radio/television. As the play progresses,
Tracq seems to find his rhythm—
and the asides, done for comedy and play
progression, start to flow smoothly.
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Coronet Debutante Ball President Candy Beaver, Catherine Ann Bigelow, Jacqueline
Ann Bigelow, Nile Ruth Pierre and Lily Fae Pierre.
Photo courtesy Candy Beaver
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Names 2015 Debs
By LAURIE ROSENTHAL
The Coronet Debutante Ball board
announced its newest debutantes at
an August luncheon at the Bel-Air
Amy Lynn Bailey, Catherine Ann Bige -
low, Nile Ruth Pierre and Kayla Anne
Temple will be presented at the 66th Ball,
which will be held at The Beverly Hilton
on November 28.
The four women were invited to debut
based on their community service involvement.
They have all worked as volunteers
in the community for at least six years.
“The girls are all accomplished high
school seniors busy with a full fall schedule,
who find the time to pursue philanthropic
activities to better the community,” said
Candy Beaver, current Coronet Debutante
Ball president. “I am confident they will
continue to inspire through their volunteer
work for the rest of their lives.”
Bailey and Pierre attend Palisades Charter,
while Temple attends New Roads School.
Bigelow lives in Northern California.
The three local women all volunteer at
Timeless Treasure Thrift Shop in Culver
City and St. Anne’s in Santa Monica. In addition,
Temple cooks for and feeds homeless
women at OPCC in Santa Monica.
Bigelow volunteers up north.
Volunteerism is a basic tenet of the
Coronet Debutante organization, and the
women who spend time helping in the
community are known as Ticktockers.
Fifteen hundred and nine women were
presented as Coronet Debutantes between
1949 and 2014.
Bigelow is a second-generation Coronet
Debutante, whose mother, former Palisadian
Jacqueline Ann Bigelow, was presented
in 1976, and served as a Ball president.Her
grandmother, Juanita Kamm, is a 70-year
resident of Pacific Palisades and a former
National Charity League (NCL) president.
Bailey is also a legacy Coronet Debutante.
Her mother, Madelyn Koll Bailey, debuted
in 1975, and is also a past president of the
NCL’s Los Angeles chapter. Amy’s sisters,
Laura Bailey Mossler (2008) and Kristin Ann
Bailey (2012), were also presented, along
with her grandmother and great-aunt.
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after-dinner drinks includes Irish coffee ($9), Cognac
($12), special bourbons, rye and scotch. Also listed are
a quintet of loose teas.
Hours are from 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily except on Friday
and Saturday when they remain open until 10:30 p.m.
The bar’s Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday
Parking in the Plaza West lot is free. As I said, Nook
is a “find.”
— GRACE HINEY
PREVIEWS ESTATES DIRECTOR
Whether you are buying or selling a home,
condominium or income property, I will produce
the results you are looking for and have the
right to expect.
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Early Bird Menu
Trish Bowe CLU, Agent
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. ®
CALL ME TODAY.
170 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica Canyon
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Over 1,200 homes sold and $1.5 BILLION in home sales
TIMELESS MEDITERRANEAN VILLA
HUGE YARD + VIEWS
Offered at $4,195,000 5.5
Offered at $2,425,000 3
Offered at $2,640,000
HIGHLANDS VIEW HOME
WALK TO VILLAGE
Offered at $2,598,000
Offered at $1,475,000
Offered at $995,000
You pick the charity, we donate 10% of
net commission in your name
A Team of licensed agents with
more than 90 years
of combined real estate experience
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