The OPEN Daily » Pacific Palisades Essential Guide to L.A. Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:27:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Surf summit teaches kids to ride the waves Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:56:44 +0000 A girl practices during a surfing class

A girl practices during a surfing class at Vina del Mar beach in Chile.; Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

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Kids across Los Angeles who don’t have easy access to the beach will hit the waves Sunday as part of the first Surf Summit.

At the Malibu event, underprivileged and homeless youth can take surfing lessons and learn more about the ocean.  

It’s the passion project of California Senator Henry Stern, who represents the 27th district, which includes L.A. and Ventura counties.

Stern grew up in surfing in Malibu. He hopes that kind of experience can help break down barriers.

"[It] doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you’re background is, every kid is the same in the ocean. And that’s why I came up with this idea to try to share the beach with kids from all over Los Angeles," he tells KPCC.
The kids come from the Boys and Girls Clubs in Boyle Heights, Canoga Park and the San Gabriel Valley, along with Children’s Life Saving Foundation, a group that works with homeless youth. 
Malibu’s mayor will be at the Surf Summit along with pro surfers Bobby Martinez and Jesse Billauer. Billauer is quadriplegic and teaches others with disabilities to surf.

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In Pacific Palisades, Rick Caruso will revive 1940s-era Bay Theatre as a fancy Cinépolis Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:00:59 +0000

The new theater will feature a marquee inspired by the old movie house

Shopping mall developer Rick Caruso announced Thursday that he has found an operator to bring a movie theater to Pacific Palisades for the first time since 1978, when the neighborhood’s strikingly-designed Bay Theatre shuttered.

The new Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas will hold five screens with reclining leather chairs, reserved seating, and in-seat call buttons for full food and bar service. The company has theaters in a handful of suburban neighborhoods across Southern California, including Laguna Niguel, Pico Rivera, and Westlake Village.

Courtesy of Santa Monica Public Library Digital Collections

The Bay Theatre on opening night in 1949.

“We are inspired by the nostalgia of our new location and the community that Palisades Village will create, and are honored to contribute to this valued connection between family and friends, ”Cinépolis USA CEO Adrian Mijares Elizondo says.

Caruso, who’s building a Grove-style open-air mall in downtown Pacific Palisades, had promised residents he’d bring back the Bay Theatre as part of his development. His Palisades Village is scheduled to open next summer.

The new theater will incorporate the Bay Theatre’s name, and its big marquee will look sort of like the old movie house’s.

Designed by prolific theater architect S. Charles Lee and opened in 1948, the Bay Theatre “was the only theater north of Santa Monica, so it was always very busy.” Shortly after it closed, it was converted into a hardware store.

Courtesy of Santa Monica Public Library Digital Collections

The Bay Theatre, photographed in 1953, with its marquee advertising John Wayne in "The Fighting Kentuckian"

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Caruso Announces Newest Signed Lease Agreement for Palisades Village! Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:06:21 +0000 Caruso has announced its newest lease agreement for the upcoming Palisades Village will be with Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas for Palisades Village’s Bay Theater! According to Cinépolis’s website, Cinépolis USA is a leading world-class cinema exhibitor that offers guests enhanced movie-going experiences through its “Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas” and “Cinépolis” theater concepts. The Dallas-based theater chain opened its first theater in Del […]

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Brentwood Newsstand Owner Says Whole Foods Will Not Renew His Lease Despite Being in Business for 28 Years Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:49:30 +0000

The owner of the Brentwood Newsstand, who has been in business for 28 years, is gathering signatures in support of helping save his livelihood after Whole Foods decided not to renew his lease on the store’s property. To learn more about the petition, click here.

Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on June 19, 2017.

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Hot at the beach? You bet, say forecasters, who warn temperatures are going to get hot and hotter Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:53:35 +0000

Dockweiler State Beach. Photo via LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors

The region’s heat wave entered its second week Monday, with highs again forecast to hit triple-digit territory in some L.A. County communities, and forecasters said the above-normal heat will extend into next week.

“Strong high pressure building across the southwestern states will cause temperatures to climb well above normal in many parts of interior southwest California today and through the middle of next week,” according to the National Weather Service.

The same upper ridge causing the above-average heat caused the marine layer to become very shallow, allowing dense fog to develop along the coast and linger into late morning.

The highest temperatures this week will be between 108 and 112 degrees in the Antelope Valley.

A heat advisory was in effect in the Los Angeles County portion of the San Gabriel Mountains until 11 a.m., when a more severe excessive heat warning kicked in, remaining in force until 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS.

In the Antelope Valley, an excessive heat warning will be in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Along the L.A. County coast, in beach cities, in metropolitan L.A., the downtown area and the Hollywood Hills, a heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Also scheduled to be in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday is a heat advisory in the Santa Monica Mountain Recreational Area and in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the NWS urged. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to ear morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

NWS forecasters said the high temperatures are creating a high risk of heat-related illnesses. And they warned that temperatures can quickly rise to lethal levels inside parked vehicles, even with windows cracked open, meaning that children, seniors and pets must never be left in parked vehicles in high temperatures.

Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert that will be in effect through Friday in the Antelope Valley and through Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley. The heat alert will be in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in Pomona and the Santa Clarita Valley.

Adding to the concern is the poor air quality. County health officials warned that air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive people in the San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys throughout the day. Health officials urged people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory conditions to minimize outdoor activity.

Schools were also urged to limit outdoor activity for children with sensitive health conditions.

The NWS forecast a mix of sunny and partly cloudy skies in Los Angeles County Monday and highs of 76 at LAX; 79 in Avalon; 85 in Long Beach; 92 in Burbank and San Gabriel; 93 on Mount Wilson; 94 in Pasadena; 100 in Woodland Hills; 101 in Saugus; and 109 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of  71 in Laguna Beach; 72 in San Clemente; 75 in Newport Beach; 87 in Anaheim and Irvine; 89 in Mission Viejo; 90 in Fullerton; and 92 in Yorba Linda.

Temperatures will remain high over the next several days, with small dips expected later in the week.

–City News Service

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Historic 1920s Spanish colonial by John Byers hits the market in Pacific Palisades Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:30:54 +0000

The landmarked residence is modeled after the El Greco Museum in Toledo

Now available for the first time in 35 years is Pacific Palisades’ Bradbury House. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as our local list of Historic-Cultural Monuments, the Spanish colonial-style home was designed in 1923 by Santa Monica architect (and high school teacher) John Byers for Louis Bradbury, whose real estate magnate father erected Downtown’s famed Bradbury Building.

Modeled after the El Greco Museum in Toledo, Spain, the two-story residence was constructed of adobe brick with a thick outer layer of stucco, and follows a U-shaped plan around a central courtyard.

Notable interior features include a two-story entry hall, stenciled-beam ceilings, lavish tilework, and ornately carved oak mantels, railings, and doors. There’s also an attached two-story garage/guest house that was added on in the 1970s by the illustrious Wallace Neff.

And if that’s not impressive enough, the historic property also comes with an inviting swimming pool and lush yard, two vacant parcels across the street, and Mills Act tax benefits.

Asking price is $12 million.

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Warning: Shark chumming changes animal’s behavior, puts people at risk, experts say Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:36:21 +0000 Long Beach lifeguards believe some film crews are throwing bait in the water in order to attract sharks and capture the creatures on camera, which experts say is a dangerous move.

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Man Seriously Injured While Hiking Santa Monica Mountains in Pacific Palisades Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:17:18 +0000 A man was injured after falling in remote terrain during a hike on the Santa Monica Mountains in Pacific Palisades, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Authorities were called to Trailer Canyon Fire Road near the Temescal Ridge Trail where they found the 35-year-old man suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries around 4:31 p.m.

The hiker injured his wrist and ankle during a long fall, officials said.

A Department helicopter is hoisting the man and transporting him to a local hospital for treatment.

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Clean Up the Beach for World Oceans Day Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:38:35 +0000 Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day and to celebrate General Admission are hosting a beach clean up and Fiji contest viewing party in Venice at 5:30 pm this afternoon.
Clean up the beach, eat tacos, watch the World Surf League’s Livestream of the #okfijipro and raise some support for @oceanconservancy‘s efforts to protect the ocean.
There will be prizes for those who pick up the most trash off the beach.
Meet on the Beach at the end of Brooks Ave., in Venice.
Bring the family and everyone is invited!
General Admission is at 52 Brooks Ave.

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Sale of Tom Hanks’ homes in Pacific Palisades is a wrap at $17.5 million Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:40:21 +0000 Tom Hanks, producer, director and box-office star, and his wife, actress-producer Rita Wilson, have cast away a pair of homes in Pacific Palisades for a combined sum of about $17.5 million.

Located in the Palisades Riviera area, the side-by-side homes had been listed for $9.25 million and $8.75…

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Mayor’s Message Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:00:39 +0000 Mayor Eric Garcetti today led a coalition of mayors across the United States in denouncing President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement. “Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day. It is a grave threat to our health, […]

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Los Angeles vows to undermine Trump over Paris climate agreement: ‘LA will not be dissuaded’ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:11:25 +0000

Downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory. Photo by John Schreiber.

Faced with the possibility of President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, Los Angeles leaders announced plans Wednesday for the city to adopt the accord’s stipulations.

Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a motion that would direct the city’s departments to adhere to the Paris agreement as official policy.

“Today’s latest news, that we are pulling out of the Paris climate accords — I think we are one of three countries, joining Syria. Someone even pointed out that North Korea signed it. We’re pulling out of it today,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said during remarks at the City Council meeting recognizing LGBT Heritage Month.

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, Mike and I have talked about it, and we are going to adopt those standards right here in Los Angeles because we have the power to do so,” Garcetti said.

The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries in 2015 and set a goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, along with keeping a global rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Under the agreement, every country submitted a plan to lower greenhouse emissions and agreed to meet regularly and share progress. The agreement is nonbinding and countries are allowed to adjust their plans depending on their domestic situation, with peer pressure from other countries being the primary motivating factor.

Former President Barack Obama promised to cut greenhouse gasses 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit $3 billion in aid to poorer countries. If the United States withdraws, it will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement.

During his campaign for the presidency, Trump promised to withdraw the from the agreement. He has called global warming a hoax aimed at hurting the U.S. economy. He also said the agreement would cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars with little in return.

Trump has not yet made an official decision to withdraw from the pact, telling reporters Wednesday they will find out soon.

The motion introduced by Bonin does not explain how Los Angeles will hold to the Paris Agreement, but the city’s has already pledged to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and for the Department of Power and Water to be coal-free by 2025.

“In the face of backwards and dangerous decisions by the Trump administration, Los Angeles must lead the way toward a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future,” Bonin said.

“Climate change is literally an existential threat, and even if the federal government decides to back out of the Paris climate agreement, L.A. will not be dissuaded or distracted from our responsibility to reduce our climate pollution and show that we can thrive as a city by investing in sustainability,” he said.

–City News Service

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L.A. City Council Wants Answers To Why LAFD Battle 2 Brush Fires With Only Half Its Helicopter Fleet Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:08:03 +0000

LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles city firefighters were forced to battle two brush fires in Brentwood and Sylmar last Sunday with only half their helicopter fleet.  Now, the city council wants to know how and why this happened and makes sure it does not happen again.

Of the six choppers, four dropped water, but two of the four were out for maintenance, forcing the L.A. County Fire Department to step and help.

“Mutual aid was able to help us out. But mutual aid is supposed to be something that supplements what we’re doing and not replaces what we’re doing,” said City Councilman Mike Bonin.

He and other council members filed a motion Tuesday to find out how and why this happened, saying the reduced number of helicopters affected the response to the fires.

“I’m asking for the Department of General Services and LAFD to report to us about what the problem is and how the hell we can solve it as quickly as possible,” Bonin said.

He added that the choppers require routine maintence and were due for service, but the city’s General Services Department in charge of taking care of them had not gotten around to it yet.

“The Department of General Services is working with the Los Angeles Fire Department to return as many helicopters as possible back to service as quickly as possible,” Angela Sherick-Bright, assistant general manager of fleet and fuel management for the department, said in a statement.

Bonin said the LAFD and LAPD are a priority, and service to equipment must be done with urgency.

Fortunately, the weather cooperated Sunday, and the fires did not burn out of control.

“We know we will have worse fires. We know the risk is there. So we need to be able to do better,” Bonin added.

The councilman said nevertheless firefighters did a great job, given the limited resources they had to work with.

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Pacific Palisades home tied to the mysterious death of Thelma Todd seeks $6 million Tue, 30 May 2017 21:32:49 +0000 In the Castellammare section of Pacific Palisades, the scene of one of L.A.’s most infamous mysteries has come to market for the first time in decades.

Perched high on a hillside and overlooking the ocean, the Spanish Revival-style estate where Thelma Todd, the blond actress-comedian known as “Hot…

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VIDEO: Dolphins keep lifeguards company off Malibu coast Tue, 30 May 2017 07:59:38 +0000

A school of dolphins was seen keeping lifeguards company off the coast of Malibu this holiday weekend.

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More than 150 firefighters battling 30-acre brush fire above Brentwood Mon, 29 May 2017 00:59:59 +0000 More than 150 firefighters were battling a "major emergency" brush fire that charred at least 30 acres in the Brentwood area Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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John McNally of ECR and Jeff Stuart of Palisades are co-MVPs in City Section volleyball Tue, 23 May 2017 08:09:22 +0000

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Surfers think twice as more great white sharks swim near Southern California shores Tue, 23 May 2017 08:08:22 +0000 Surfers throughout Southern California have a decision to make Memorial Day weekend – enjoy some waves (a small swell is coming) and warming weather, or sit on the sand.

But the presence of so many sharks at Long Beach and Orange County beaches is making that usually easy question more difficult.

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Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Ocean Until At Least Wednesday Morning Wed, 10 May 2017 06:59:49 +0000 Los Angeles County health officials Tuesday urged residents to avoid swimming, surfing or playing in ocean waters around flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers until at least Wednesday morning.

Due to recent rainfall, bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets, canyons and mountains are likely to flow to the ocean through those outlets, health officials said.

The health advisory will be in effect until at least 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county’s beach closure hotline, (800) 525-5662, or at

Santa Monica Pier Fifth Most Polluted Beach in State

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Just 3 of 4 LAUSD school board candidates are expected to participate in Saturday’s forum Wed, 03 May 2017 02:25:23 +0000

District 4’s Steve Zimmer and Nick Melvoin

It was going to be one of the only opportunities to see all four candidates for two LA Unified school board seats appear together ahead of the May 16 runoff election.

But organizers of Saturday’s forum on college readiness hosted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles only expect board President Steve Zimmer and challenger Nick Melvoin who are running for the District 4 seat to attend. Kelly Gonez, who is running in District 6, will participate via Skype, and Imelda Padilla said she is a “maybe.” Organizers are moving ahead as though she will not attend.

Elmer G. Roldan, the United Way’s Director of Education Policy and Programs, said the District 6 candidates raised concerns about the event being held on a Saturday afternoon in downtown LA, which would require time away from campaigning in the district with just over a week left in the race. Because of that, Gonez decided to participate via Skype.

About 100 students have confirmed their attendance and Roldan said he expects about 150 to 200 people will attend.

The forum at United Way’s downtown offices at 1150 S. Olive St. will start at 2 p.m. by giving students opportunities to share their experiences involving access to college and graduating high school. Roldan said they want to hear from students who are on-track to go to college and from students who aren’t and what challenges they face.

The United Way has advocated for graduation requirements to be raised so that students must earn at least a C in all A-G courses, which is the minimum eligibility for entrance into a state public university. Two years ago the district decided to roll back the requirements so that students who earned a D could still graduate. Graduation rates have improved, but district data show only 47 percent of the graduating class of 2016 earned a C or better in all A-G courses. That means more than half of all 2016 graduates were not eligible for the state’s public universities.

The candidates have been invited to join the discussion at 3:30 p.m. Student moderators involved in the United Way’s Young Civic Leaders program will ask questions prepared by students and will take questions posed by audience members.

The students led candidate forums in all three districts ahead of the primary election in March. There were at least a half-dozen candidate forums for the candidates in the District 4 race ahead of the primary.  There were just two candidate forums in the District 6 race before the primary.

Saturday’s event is one of just a few candidate forums being held ahead of the runoff. Melvoin and Zimmer met in their first — and it appears only — one-on-one forum last week at University High School hosted by Westside Regional Alliance of Councils. Gonez and Padilla will meet at a forum tonight at PUC Triumph Charter High School in Sylmar.

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Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Felt in Santa Monica and Across Westside Tue, 02 May 2017 06:54:38 +0000 An earthquake was felt Monday evening in Santa Monica and across Western Los Angeles County. Residents felt a sharp jolt just after 10:28 pm. The US Geological Survey says that the minor quake registered a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, and was centered 1.5 miles North West of Santa Monica, California. The obvious question is,…

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Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Felt in Santa Monica and Across Westside Tue, 02 May 2017 06:41:43 +0000 An earthquake was felt Monday evening in Santa Monica and across Western Los Angeles County. Residents felt a sharp jolt just after 10:28 pm. The US Geological Survey says that the minor quake registered a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, and was centered 1.5 miles North West of Santa Monica, California. The obvious question is,…

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Swimmers, surfers warned as high surf pounds California Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:25:49 +0000 California Storm

File: Fierce winds trailing a daylong storm churn the Pacific Ocean off the Los Angeles community of Playa del Rey on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/John Antczak); Credit: John Antczak/AP

Large surf is expected along much of the Southern California coast and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves and rip currents.

The National Weather Service says waves along the Central Coast could hit 12 feet, while sets topping 8 feet are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Swimmers and surfers are urged to stay near lifeguards and never turn their backs on the ocean.

Meanwhile Southern California’s spring heat wave continues. Forecasters say temperatures could hit the mid-80s this week across greater Los Angeles.

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Shooting in parking lot of Santa Ana bar leaves 1 dead Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:57:39 +0000 photo.

A man was found shot to death early Tuesday in the parking lot of a Santa Ana bar.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was found outside the Casa Del Rey Bar at 230 W. Warner Ave. just after midnight, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Hewas pronounced dead at the scene at 12:24 a.m.

Investigators suspect an argument among patrons erupted in the parking lot, culminating in gunfire, Bertagna said. Investigators were working to establish a motive, he said.

A white SUV was seen fleeing the area, but a description of the shooter was not immediately available, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Matt Sorenson.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call detectives at (714) 245-8390.

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Multiple motorcyclists collide on Sunset Blvd., 1 dead, 3 injured Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:07:50 +0000 Wikimedia commons
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One biker was killed and three others were hurt in a crash involving multiple motorcycles Sunday in Pacific Palisades.

The collision occurred about 2 p.m. at 14710 W. Sunset Blvd., at the intersection with Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Three riders were hurt and taken to a hospital for treatment, Stewart said.

There was no word yet on the genders or ages of the deceased or injured riders.

The name of the deceased rider was withheld pending notification of kin.

A desk officer at the West Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators were still at the scene.

–City News Service

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