Around the Palisades: Active Shooter Discussion; Patrick Healy Speaks to Optimists; Real Estate

Active Shooter Discussion:

Jim Cragg (right) received a Community Council Sparkplug award, presented by Kevin Niles.

Unfortunately, an active shooter discussion, is a topic that everyone in the country should familiarize themselves, to be aware of potential action.

Ronald Reagan American Legion Post 283 Commander Jim Cragg has arranged for Sergeant Mike Harding to speak on the topic. Harding, who has now retired from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, created LASD’s active shooter training program for that department.

Harding will explain how to react to an active shooter. Cragg is inviting community members and local educators to the presentation that will be held on July 19 at the Legion Hall, 15247 La Cruz Drive. “All are welcome,” Cragg said, but asked people to R.S.V.P., by emailing going to the link. Dinner is served at the Legion Hall starting at 6 p.m. but people will have to pay for the dinner ($10). (To RSVP to the event: click here.)

Many may remember that Cragg was awarded a Sparkplug in 2022 for his efforts in aiding public safety in Pacific Palisades.

A 1988 grad of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Cragg served his entire career in an Army Special Operations including deployment to Afghanistan. He returned home in 1997 and opened a sewing company called S.O. Tech — Special Operations Technologies — to make protective military gear.

He joined the American Legion Ronald Reagan Post 283 in 2014 and became commander in 2020. In November 2021, he was honored as the Veteran of the Year during the UCLA Football Military Appreciation Game at the Rose Bowl.

Patrick Healy to Address Optimists:

The featured speaker at the July 18 Pacific Palisades Club Optimist meeting will be Patrick Healy. His topic will be “Palisades Then and Now.”  Members of the community are invited to attend at the Palisades Presbyterian Church in Janes Hall. Food will be served at 9:45 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 am.

Healy, who began working at NBC4 in 1984, has covered high-profile stories and cases over the years, including the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in October 2017.

He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and it was in college that he developed a passion for reporting, holding a series of positions at the Daily Bruin newspaper, working at KLAC-AM radio and interning for the Los Angeles Times. He began his career in broadcasting at KTTV as a writer/producer.

Since retiring in December 2021, Healy has been going through Pacific Palisades Historical Society’s archives, pulling a lot of the old favorites, and also some shots he does not recall having seen before. He also would like his talk on Tuesday to be interactive, with some quizzes to identify photos, and also opportunity for members to share recollections.

Healy has won several honors for his exceptional reporting. He was honored by the Radio and Television News Reporting Association (RTNA) with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was part of an NBC4 team that won a Los Angeles Area Emmy for “50 Watts,” a special about the historic riots of 1965. He was also part of an NBC4 team that won the 2012 Golden Mike Award from RTNA for best spot news reporting.

Local Real Estate:

Anna Faris with her ex-Chris Pratt and the couple’s son when Pratt received his walk-of-fame Hollywood star in 2017.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have put their almost 13,000-square-foot Pacific Palisades house up for sale.

They’re asking $32 million for the ocean-view home which sits on just under an acre on a gated street in the Marquez area.

Pratt bought the house in 2018 while it was still under construction.

He and Schwarzenegger married in June 2019. They now have two daughters.

Pratt’s former wife, Anna Faris, who’s the mother of his son, lives in a different Palisades neighborhood. She remarried two years ago.



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