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Admiration for Historic Business Block Building Underlies a Cooperative DRB Hearing

In the second Pacific Palisades Design Review Board meeting regarding a “refresh” of the 1924 Business Block Building, located on Sunset Boulevard, admiration for the building and cooperation between Gensler (a global and design and architecture firm) and the DRB … Continue reading

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Palisades Native and TV Reporter Jacob Soboroff Examines Plight of Immigrants in a New Book

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to CTN With the craziness of 2020—the coronavirus, the protests, the fires, and the upcoming election—the painful border separations of children from their parents has fallen out of the news. However, MSNBC/NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff, … Continue reading

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Obituary: Duke Ostendorf, Palisades-Malibu YMCA Board Member

With great sadness, the family announces Duke Ostendorf’s passing on September 14. He was 72. Duke was born and raised in Toluca Lake and North Hollywood. He is the grandson of the ubiquitous character actor, Henry O’Neill. He graduated from … Continue reading

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New Book Offers Parents a Road Map for Coping with High-Pressure Youth Sports 

  An excellent new book, “What Size Balls Do I Need?” aims to help parents (and grandparents) navigate the world of competitive sports with young athletes who hope to play in high school and college. The author is Steve Morris, … Continue reading

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Ground Squirrels: How to Remove Them from Your Property

(Editor’s note: After I wrote about the rats/vermin in Pacific Palisades, a CTN reader wrote that she was having problems with ground squirrels and when she called the county, someone recommended a gun. In response to this posting, I received this … Continue reading

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Wins Big at the Emmys; New Binge Options

  By BERNICE FOX The “Schitt’s Creek” team has a pile of shiny Emmys.  And “Schitt’s Creek” fans now have more ways to binge-watch the beloved show. More below about the binge opportunities. Sunday night at the Emmy Awards was … Continue reading

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Civic League to Review Residential Construction Plans Via ZOOM on Sept. 28

The Pacific Palisades Civic League will meet electronically, via ZOOM, on Monday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. because of the current stay-at-home, social distancing edicts. (The meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of each month.) This is the perfect opportunity … Continue reading

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Another Look at the Home: Palisadian Alan Eisenstock’s Playlist

(Editor’s note: When Palisadian Alan Eisenstock is not researching and writing one of his nonfiction books (18 thus far!), he pursues what he calls “a crazy labor of love side project” that he started in mid-March: sending a weekly Covid-themed … Continue reading

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Business Block Building Plans Will Be Heard by Design Review Board This Wednesday

Revised exterior remodeling plans for the historic Business Block Building will be reviewed by the Pacific Palisades Design Review Board at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, September 23. The updated plan includes a warm cream color for the current “pink” building … Continue reading

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Two Pacific Palisades Residents Die in Plane Crash

Pacific Palisades residents Jill Young and Jim deVarennes died on September 11 in a single-engine plane crash, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, deVarennes, 62, was piloting a Ryan Navion B … Continue reading

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