Problem in Pacific Palisades? Try Your Community Council
I was contacted by a person who lives in the condos next to the alley off Swarthmore (across from the Caruso development). They told me that construction in “Carusoville” had been starting too early on Saturdays.
I walked by on July 28, around 7:20 a.m., and workers were already hammering away on buildings. I could also hear the “beep-beep” of construction trucks backing up.
Allowable construction hours in the City of Los Angeles are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and national holidays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. No work is permitted on Sundays.
I suggested to the person that they call the City and leave a complaint. The person said they had considered posting it on Nextdoor, but they were worried that either way they might suffer reprisals or bullying.
Rather than a news story, this seemed like a task that the Pacific Palisades Community Council could handle easily.
I contacted George Wolfberg, the current president, and Sue Kohl, who is the Area 5 representative where the project is situated (the Alphabet Streets, north of Sunset from east of Temescal Canyon to and including upper Rivas Canyon).
Kohl contacted Caruso Vice President of Development Michael Gazzano, who wrote in an email to Kohl: “Thanks for your email and sharing a concern from a nearby resident. As we’ve always said, we strive to be good neighbors and we are fortunate to have such a great relationship with them. I spoke to our head of construction and superintendents this morning about this issue and it has been addressed. I think there are some contractors that are getting a little excited that we are almost 50 calendar days to finishing and trying to get as much done as possible. Our team is speaking with every contractor and reminding them of the rules.”
If you have a concern in your neighborhood, consider taking it to your PPCC Area representative. Emails for members of the council can be found at pacpalicc.org under leadership.