Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

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Pacific Palisades
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades
Location within Los Angeles County
Coordinates: 34°02′53″N 118°31′32″W / 34.04806°N 118.52556°W / 34.04806; -118.52556
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
 
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Pacific Palisades
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades
Location within Los Angeles County
Coordinates: 34°02′53″N 118°31′32″W / 34.04806°N 118.52556°W / 34.04806; -118.52556
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles

Pacific Palisades is an affluent neighborhood and district in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California, located among Brentwood to the east, Malibu and Topanga to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. The area currently has about 27,000 residents. It is primarily a residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small (usually older) houses, condominiums, and apartments. Every Fourth of July, the community's Chamber of Commerce sponsors day-long events which include 5K and 10K runs, a parade down Sunset Boulevard, and a fireworks display at Palisades High School football field. The district also includes some large parklands and many hiking trails.

History[edit]

In 1911, film director Thomas Ince created his Western film factory, "Inceville," which at its peak employed nearly 600 people. A decade later, the Rev. Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church bought the land; in 1922, Scott founded Pacific Palisades, envisioning an elaborate religious-intellectual commune.[1] Believers snapped up choice lots and lived in tents during construction. By 1925, the Palisades had 100 homes. In one subdivision, streets were named for Methodist missionaries. The tents eventually were replaced by cabins, then by bungalows, and ultimately by multimillion-dollar homes.

During their exile from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s, many German and Austrian intellectuals and artists settled in Pacific Palisades, including Thomas Mann (1550 San Remo Drive),[2] Lion Feuchtwanger, Vicki Baum, Oskar Homolka and Emil Ludwig.[3] Villa Aurora on Paseo Miramar, the Spanish colonial home of Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta, became the focal point of the expatriate community, which was nicknamed "Weimar by the Sea".[4]

For many decades there was a virtual ban on drinking alcohol in the district, and a Chinese restaurant, House of Lee, held the only liquor license. The Methodist Church created a Chautauqua Conference Grounds in Temescal Canyon, before it was sold to become Temescal Gateway Park.

Areas or Neighborhoods[edit]

Finishing hole at Riviera Country Club

Demographics[edit]

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Pacific Palisades statistics: population: 23,940; median household income: $168,008.[6]

Ethnic composition


Median family income

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The most important civic group within the Palisades is the Pacific Palisades Community Council. The Pacific Palisades council usually meets twice each month to discuss a wide range of issues that affect its residents. The council has rejected city offers to become an official part of the city, preferring its independent, non-aligned status. Among the main reasons that Council members cite is that the Council would not have the power to appeal decisions of City officials, commissions, and boards and the Council could not appear before Federal, State, and County authorities regarding local issues.[citation needed]

Local government[edit]

The community is within District 11 of the Los Angeles City Council, represented by Mike Bonin.[8]

Los Angeles Fire Department operates two fire stations serving Pacific Palisades. Station 69 at 15045 West Sunset Boulevard serves Pacific Palisades and the Pacific Coast.[9] Station 23 at 17281 West Sunset Boulevard serves the Palisades Highlands, Castellammare, and the Pacific Coast.[10]

Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[11]

County, state, and federal representation[edit]

Pacific Palisades is within Los Angeles County's 3rd District. As of 2008, Zev Yaroslavsky represents the district.[12]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Pacific Palisades.[13] The department operates the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica, serving Pacific Palisades.[14]

Pacific Palisades is within District 41 of the California State Assembly. As of 2008, Julia Brownley represents the district.[15] Pacific Palisades is within District 23 of the California Senate; as of 2008, Sheila Kuehl represents the district.[16] The community is a part of the State Board of Equalization District 4, represented by Judy Chu as of 2008.[17]

The community is within California's 30th congressional district. As of 2008, Henry Waxman represents the district.[18][19][20] The United States Postal Service operates the Pacific Palisades Post Office at 15243 La Cruz Drive and at 15209 West Sunset Boulevard.[21][22]

Palisades Highlands[edit]

Entrance to the Palisades Highlands at Sunset Boulevard and Palisades Drive

The Pacific Palisades Highlands is a housing development in Los Angeles, California's Pacific Palisades northern region, located in the upper Santa Ynez Canyon. The Highlands has its own shopping center and access to several Topanga State Park trailheads.

Controversy[edit]

The development was originally protested by area residents and evironmentalists because it cut through the heart of Topanga Park.

Areas[edit]

Country Estates[edit]

A guard gated community of 80 estates ranging from $2–18 million located on the farthest west part of the Palisades. The houses range from about 4,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet and are situated on large lots ranging from half an acre to over four acres. All of the homes have mountain views, and are revered for their privacy and spaciousness. Many celebrities have had homes in this neighborhood, such as James Worthy, Chevy Chase, Steve Guttenberg, and Jeffrey Tambor among others.

Palisades Hills[edit]

Piedra Morada (with its few branching streets) make up the Palisades Hills. Prices range from $2–10 million, with views of the Pacific. This is the oldest part of the highlands and the highest part at around 1,600 feet above sea level

The Summit[edit]

The newest construction in the Highlands that has been completed since the early 2000s, homes range from $2–12 million, which include views of the Pacific. This area includes The Summit Club which is a recreation center with numerous tennis courts, a pool and multiple children's play structures.

Lower Highlands[edit]

The Low Highlands includes homes and condominiums as well as a shopping center.

History[edit]

The mouth of Santa Ynez Canyon at the Pacific Ocean was once home of Inceville, an early 1900s film studio. Filming ceased at the property around 1922, and the buildings burned to the ground in 1924. In 1921, the land that is now known as Pacific Palisades was purchased by Methodists. Over time, roads that were named after Methodist missionaries were developed, and land was settled.

The Highlands development began in the early 1970s. Housing development in the Highlands is now reaching its final stage as residences are being built at the highest point at the northeast border between Pacific Palisades and Topanga State Park. The Highlands are the most recent large-scale development in Pacific Palisades.

Fire service[edit]

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 23 and Station 69 serve the area.

Law enforcement and security[edit]

The Pacific Palisades is served by the Los Angeles Police Department.[23] However as a result of the area's geographic isolation the community heavily relies on private security patrols.

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to Los Angeles Unified School District schools. The area is within Board District 4.[24] As of 2008 Marlene Canter represents the district.[25][26]

Some residents are assigned to Pacific Palisades Elementary School, some residents are assigned to Canyon Elementary School, and some are assigned to Marquez Elementary School. All residents are zoned to Revere Charter Middle School and Palisades Charter High School.[27][28]

Pacific Palisades Charter Elementary School front tower.
Marquez Elementary School. Pacific Palisades, CA

Private schools in the area include:

Public libraries[edit]

Palisades branch

Los Angeles Public Library operates the Palisades Branch at 861 Alma Real Drive.[38]

Media[edit]

The only newspaper directly serving the Palisades is the Palisadian-Post. The newspaper was founded in 1928. Unlike most weeklies on the westside of Los Angeles, the Post is subscription-based. The paper is owned by Alan Smolinisky, a born and raised Palisadian who purchased the newspaper from the Small Newspaper Group, a midwestern media chain. Frances Sharpe is the paper's editor-in-chief.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Notable places[edit]

Filming location[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

Notable residents (past and present)[edit]

See List of people from Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loomis, Jan (2009). Pacific Palisades. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738569482. 
  2. ^ David Laskin (October 3, 2008), When Weimar Luminaries Went West Coast New York Times.
  3. ^ Feuchtwanger Memorial Library - Researching German Exiles
  4. ^ a b Finn-Olaf Jonas (November 25, 2007), A Scenic Los Angeles Enclave, Without Glitter New York Times.
  5. ^ Will Rogers State Park
  6. ^ "Pacific Palisades" entry on the Los Angeles Times "Mapping L.A." website
  7. ^ [1] "White," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  8. ^ "Council District 11." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on August 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Fire Station 69." Los Angeles Fire Department. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "Fire Station 23." Los Angeles Fire Department. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  11. ^ "West LA Community Police Station." Los Angeles Police Department. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  12. ^ "Map of 3rd Supervisorial District." Los Angeles County, California. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  13. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  14. ^ "Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.
  15. ^ "41st District." California State Assembly. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  16. ^ "About the 23rd Senate District." California Senate. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  17. ^ District Map District 4." California State Board of Equalization. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  18. ^ [http://www.house.gov/waxman/zips.htm Rep. Henry Waxman - The 33rd District - Cities and Zip Codes in the 33
  19. ^ http://waxman.house.gov
  20. ^ U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  21. ^ "Post Office Location - PACIFIC PALISADES." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  22. ^ "Post Office Location - PACIFIC PALISADES." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  23. ^ http://www.lapdonline.org/west_la_community_police_station lapdonline.org
  24. ^ Board District 4 Map. Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  25. ^ "Board Members." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  26. ^ Two LAUSD board members retire, Friedlander wins Shoah scholarship prize." The Jewish Journal. November 12, 2008.
  27. ^ Gillespie, Danielle. "Revere, PaliHi Show Best API Gains." Palisadian Post. September 11, 2008.
  28. ^ "Palisades Charter High School Attendance Zone." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  29. ^ "Canyon EL." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  30. ^ "Pacific Palisades EL." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  31. ^ "Marquez EL." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  32. ^ "Welcome." Revere Charter Middle School. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  33. ^ "Palisades CHTR HS." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  34. ^ "School Profile." Palisades Charter High School. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  35. ^ http://www.calvarychristian.org
  36. ^ http://www.village-school.org
  37. ^ http://www.sevenarrows.org
  38. ^ "Palisades Branch Library." Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  39. ^ "Palisades Park." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  40. ^ "Palisades Recreation Center." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  41. ^ "Pacific Palisades Tennis Court." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  42. ^ "Rustic Canyon Park." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  43. ^ "Rustic Canyon Pool." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  44. ^ "Rustic Canyon Recreation Center." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  45. ^ "Temescal Canyon Park." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  46. ^ "Santa Ynez Canyon Park." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  47. ^ "Rivas Canyon Park." Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  48. ^ "[2]."
  49. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088526/trivia Accessed 6/15/2009
  50. ^ SIMROSS, LYNN (June 30, 1985). "Script Has Changed-What Really Happened to That Golden Class of '65". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. 
  51. ^ Avengers West Coast vol. 1 # 1, cover date September 1984

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Coordinates: 34°02′53″N 118°31′32″W / 34.04806°N 118.52556°W / 34.04806; -118.52556