Palisades Pedestrian Report and Petition

The Palisades community shared their experiences about safety in the Village.

Here’s a report on the situation and solutions we can take.  PALI PEDESTRIAN SAFETY REPORT

We also have a petition that you should sign to let our leaders know how serious the problem is. Please forward to your friends so they can sign.  The more residents we get, the more likely we are to get things fixed.

Once we have enough, I will forward to our government representatives.

Click here for the link:   CROSSWALK PETITION

The Pali Wave Shuttle Concept

As you may have noticed, we have a parking and traffic problem in the Palisades that is only going to get worse as more projects are built.  So what can we do to make it better?

There’s a town in Colorado called Telluride.  You may or may not know about it.  It is isolated at the end of a box canyon surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks.  Pollution from cars or trucks gets stuck at the end of the canyon worse than the San Fernando Valley.  So Telluride needed to think of radical ways to reduce traffic and pollution.

In the 1930’s, the Rio Grande Railroad started using a motor train built on a 1931 Buick frame to get mail, freight, and passengers to Telluride.  They called it the “Galloping Goose.”  The train stopped service in the 50’s when the car became popular, but the town adopted the name for the current free community bus service which is funded by the county and city.  (They also have a free gondola connecting two villages).

Unfortunately, we don’t have county or city support for a shuttle service; besides, it would take too long to get the City of LA to approve it.


We have to do our own.

The Pali Wave is an idea for a safe, reliable, and courteous Town transit service for Palisades residents, offered for free, with priority for seniors and students. It is a way for us to quickly and easily get to the places we need to go in our Town while at the same time reducing our traffic and parking.  The service would be underwritten by local and corporate donors.

I have $200,000 in initial commitments if we can build the idea and get it off the ground.

But I need your help in defining it.

The first step is to get everyone’s opinions, so please visit the link below to take a survey and define things further. THE PASSWORD IS dolphins.  If you would like to help build this, there’s an option in the survey to join.  I certainly can’t do it alone!

This service will help further define our community as the most unique and forward-looking section of L.A.

Let’s do it.

password: dolphins

Electric Bus


Proposed Palisades Crosswalks

Our crosswalks are in disrepair and unsafe.  Per a 2014 directive from the LA Department of Transportation, all crosswalks should be upgraded to the “continental” design (think Abbey Road) from the existing parallel line, and must be within a certain radius of schools.

In looking at the crosswalks both on the ground and from Google Earth, we see many are faded and should be Continental, especially in areas where many people and children cross Sunset or Temescal.

I have spoken to our Councilman’s Office about this and the LADOT.  Before I submit this drawing to all officials, I would like your input on where you think we need better crosswalks.  The Village development will change and improve some in and around Swarthmore, but we need to take a look at the rest of the village, especially around schools, condos, and senior homes.

Click on the link below.  It is a PDF with the current conditions and added suggestions.  Let me know if I have left anything out.



Photos Of Great Streets, Centers, and Buildings

I was thinking of my favorite great street/town/shopping centers in the US.   Here’s a collection of some of the places I consider unique or inviting.  Do you have any to add?

Ferry Building, San Francisco



Pike Street, Seattle



Santa Barbara Paseo

Santa Barbara 1




Brentwood Country Mart






East Hampton


Marin Country Mart



East Hampton







Bel Air Bay Club



Back Bay, Mass.




Listening to meeting remotely

Here’s updated info on how to listen via computer or phone.  Please remember it is a simulcast only.  If you would like to make comments or suggestions, you can through the CHAT icon online only.


PHONE: 1-213-226-1066

EVENT ID: 100-524-509


Agenda for Tonight’s Meeting

Tonight is an experiment. Our goal is to raise our common concerns and, more importantly, to start the process of coming to consensus on solutions that work for our community and Caruso.

If this works, at the end of the meeting, I suggest we divvy up the issues to interested residents who can continue the work in “living room” meetings and share ideas on the website with the rest of the group and community. We can then all meet again, and if we feel we are ready, take the conversation to Caruso and our leaders, where the true work of consensus begins.

This meeting is not a place for grandstanding or expressing hardline support or opposition. There are lots of other places to do that. This is about working together.

We will start with the most important subjects you listed in the survey. Some issues might get lumped together as they are interrelated. I will make a short introduction, step back, and then it’s off to the races. We will cover as much as we can in the time period.

I am also opening up the survey to anyone who wants to take it, not just attendees. If you’ve already taken it, don’t try again as the system can tell. The link is: and the password is dolphin.

Some basic rules to keep us on track:

No complaining or attacking
Raise facts and real concerns only
Keep things simple and short
Consider all positions (yours, neighbors, Businesses, Caruso)
Offer solutions, even wild ones
Respect everyone.

As a reminder, the audio from the meeting will be live streamed so we can get chat input from people who cannot make it. It’s your choice if you want to say your name or not.

This town is our town
What do we want it to be?