History/Geography

Located in the northwest portion of Council District 11, the community of Pacific Palisades was founded in 1922 by Methodist residents.  The community they created spawned into what is today a primarily residential area – containing single-family homes, and condominiums and apartments – with a small business district at its core, known to residents as “the Village”.  Pacific Palisades is home to some 27,000 residents, and is one of Los Angeles’ safest and most affluent communities, with some of its best public schools.  However, the area is perhaps best known for its natural beauty, ranging from its parkland and hiking trails, to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Mike’s Work in Pacific Palisades

Public Safety

  • Mike restored Engine 69 to Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades – fulfilling a 2013 campaign promise and making the community safer.
  • Mike successfully led the fight for redeployment of hundreds of LAPD officers to neighborhoods patrols — including dozens to Westside neighborhoods — so they can better protect neighborhoods and build relationships with communities.
  • Mike pushed for hiring more firefighters, and has delivered more than $60 million in additional LAFD resources for the Westside.
  • Mike worked with neighbors to get “No Trespassing” and “No Smoking in High Fire Hazard Zones” signs added to canyons to give law enforcement the ability to keep the canyons safe from campers and fire risks.
  • Mike stood with Pacific Palisades neighbors to oppose state legislation that would have undermined local control over the placement of cell towers.
  • Mike secured funding so LAPD officers could begin a dedicated patrol Will Rogers State Beach, including bicycle patrol officers.
  • Mike worked with LAFD to purchase a new fire-fighting helicopter that will help save lives and property in the event of a brush fire in the hillsides and canyons of Pacific Palisades.

Transportation

  • Mike delivered safety improvements and crosswalks near Paul Revere school to keep kids safe
  • Mike instituted “The Sunset Standard,” requiring that any institution along Sunset Boulevard looking to remodel or modernize their facilities find ways to reduce its traffic impact.  
    • In 2016, the Brentwood School agreed to immediately reduce traffic by 12.5% and to reduce traffic from the school by 40% over the next several years.
  • Mike launched a Sunset Traffic Solutions Initiative to battle gridlock. So far, the  initiative has:
    • Deployed traffic control officers to key intersections.
    • Restriped eastbound Sunset to the 405 north and southbound on-ramps to improve traffic flow.
    • Improved lane assignment signage on Sunset near the 405 to reduce. traffic causing last-minute lane changes.
    • Explored turn restrictions along Sunset Boulevard to keep traffic moving
    • Adjusted signal timing.
    • Launched a Transportation Collaborative with local institutions to find ways they can help each other reduce traffic.
    • Made physical improvements to the roadway.
    • Required better construction management programs.
    • Encouraged trip reduction strategies at existing businesses.
  • Mike launched Westside Fast Forward – an initiative focused on giving people options to get around LA without being forced to sit in traffic.
    • Westside Fast Forward includes a wide range of exciting progress, including the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project – rail that will connect the San Fernando Valley with the Westside and then LAX. The project will be a game-changer for alleviating traffic on the Westside.
    • Westside Fast Forward also includes bringing the Wilshire subway to the Westside. The Metro subway that starts downtown is heading west and will have a station at the VA campus.  

Development

  • Mike supported the popular Palisades Village project, revitalizing downtown Pacific Palisades.
  • Mike supported an elder care assisted living development which would help local families age in place and be closer to loved ones.
  • Mike won approval of legislation to ensure neighborhoods in Pacific Palisades – including Marquez Knolls – could have a say in mansionization rules as they were considered by the City Council.
  • Mike successfully pushed legislation to impose new fees on developers to pay for traffic relief projects, for affordable housing, and for park improvements.

Community Building

  • Mike championed revitalization efforts in “downtown Palisades” that included the cleaning, painting and other local business improvements to be done in conjunction with the opening of Palisades Village.
  • Mike supported the Pali PRIDE median adoption and other beautification and greening projects.
  • Mike allocated funding for improvements at Palisades Recreation Center, including a new Bocce ball court and basketball court resurfacing.
  • Mile formed a citizen committee to help create a new dog park in Pacific Palisades.
  • Mike supported approval for the Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District, completing years of work by neighbors and local business leaders.
  • Mike provided funding and support for the annual Palisades Fourth of July Parade and other community-building events.

Neighborhood Improvements

  • Mike pushed the city to finally break ground on Potrero Canyon park, a 46-acre passive park that will connect the Palisades Recreation Center and Palisades neighborhoods with the PCH overlook near the beach via an ADA-accessible pathway through a beautiful riparian area.
  • Mike got the city to clean out stormwater basins on Palisades Drive.
  • Mike worked with city departments to trim trees on the “Alphabet Streets.”
  • Mike helped expedite a permit parking district near the Palisades Village project to ensure neighbors have a place to park on local roads.
  • Mike delivered on a series of street improvements including the resurfacing of Palisades Drive, Porto Marino, Chatauqua, and more.

Environment

  • Mike proposed legislation to protect our coast from oil drilling, to sue oil companies for the damage their climate pollution has wreaked on our neighborhoods.
  • Mike lead the charge to make LA a leader in the creation of clean energy and to create a pathway to 100% clean energy in LA.
  • Mike took action to protect the Santa Monica Bay from pollution and debris, leading efforts to clean and treat stormwater runoff by creating green streets that capture and treat wastewater before it reaches the bay.
  • Mike worked with Palisades neighbors to end Recreation & Parks use of Monsanto’s “Roundup” insecticide near playgrounds and recreation fields in public parks.

Homelessness

  • Mike worked with neighbors to support the creation of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (which has raised more than 200k to help homeless neighbors and has connected dozens of people living on the street with housing opportunities)

 

For more information or if we can help, please contact:
Lisa Cahill, Field Deputy
(310) 575-8461
lisa.cahill@lacity.org