Ribbon Cutting Held for Caruso’s Palisades Village
Caruso’s Palisades Village had its grand opening on Saturday, September 22, with Councilman Mike Bonin and co-honorary mayors Janice and Billy Crystal participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Also on the dais was L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made a special effort to be in Pacific Palisades for his friend Rick Caruso.
On September 21, Garcetti, who is exploring a presidential run, traveled to Colorado Springs to deliver the keynote address for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly Awards Dinner. He returned to L.A. the same night so that he could attend Caruso’s mid-morning opening.
Later Saturday, Garcetti flew to Charleston, South Carolina to give a speech on Sunday to the Charleston County Democratic Party’s annual Blue Jamboree and attend church services and an event in support of Congressman Joe Cunningham.
The Caruso ribbon cutting took place on the little park next to Monument. Fancy Feet dancers and the Palisades High School marching band provided entertainment. People lined up for McConnell’s Ice Cream, Edo Little Bites, General Porpoise, See’s Candy, The Draycott and Blue Ribbon Sushi, which “circle” the lawn where the ceremonies were held.
People were generally thrilled that stores had opened, and they could finally tour the premises. Perhaps the only negative heard from those attending was dealing with the traffic and the parking costs of the new parking lot.
Nextdoor was rife with information or misinformation. Supposedly, the concierge will only validate with a $250 purchase and McConnell’s doesn’t validate.
Rick Caruso signed a written agreement with neighbors on April 27, 2016 that two hours free parking would be offered and could be obtained from a tenant or concierge. Movie theater patrons would receive validation for three hours.
That agreement came about because as the project progressed, neighbors north of Sunset in the Alphabet Streets were worried about traffic impacts and parking issues. Neither L.A. City, nor the Pacific Palisades Community Council seemed to be addressing those concerns. About 120 residents formed a working group, Protect Our Village (POV), to have a voice.
In exchange for not objecting to any portion of the project at the L.A. City Planning Commission hearing on April 28, 2016, Caruso signed the agreement, as did two POV representatives.
The agreement addressed hours of operation, parking, on-site advertising, change in use, construction worker parking, shopping carts, service and loading, traffic/roadway improvements, resident complaints, outdoor performances, the community room, the movie theater CUB/liquor licenses and street closures.
The entire portion of the parking agreement is below:
(a) All tenant leases shall require tenants and employees to park in the underground on-site parking structure. CA (Caruso) will make reasonable efforts to make tenant vendors and contractors to also park in the underground on-site parking structure. All CA employees are to be required to park in the lot, free of charge to the employee. CA agrees that lease provisions regarding required parking shall be clearly set forth and there will be no penalty or cost imposed on employees who burden their employer-tenants with the costs of on-site parking. CA shall oversee compliance and enforce leases regarding any breaches of parking clauses. CA shall cause internal security staff to monitor any tenant-employee parking violators, who shall bring violations to the attention of CA management. Violations of the no-parking on residential streets by employees will be reported to the oversight committee and CA management for enforcement.
(b) Parking Validation Policies: two hours free parking will be offered and can be obtained from a tenant or concierge. Movie theater patrons will receive validation for three hours.
(c) For Sunday farmers’ market vendors and guests, free parking will be offered from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. If vendor trucks are unable to fit under the overhead clearance for the underground lot, they will not park in the neighborhood. CA will take reasonable steps to assure that promoters of the Sunday farmer’ market adhere to farmers’ market parking conditions.
(d) All valet services must park cars on-site in the underground lot. Valet employees to park on-site in the underground lot. There shall be no off-site stashing or staging of vehicles. CA to provide adequate signage directing how to reach valet and drop-off zones.
(e) CA shall support permit parking efforts of any block within 1,000 feet of the Project electing to seek permit/restricted parking; CA shall make permits and passes for any permit parking program available locally through its on-site management offices, if allowed by the City.
(f) Signage shall be maintained to discourage parking on residential streets; wayfinding signs shall clearly direct traffic into the underground parking lot.
(g) Illegally parked vehicles at or about the project property shall be towed.