Voting Underway for Pacific Palisades Community Council Area Representatives

The Pacific Palisades Community Council strives “to be an advocate for Pacific Palisades to government and private agencies upon those issues where there is broad community agreement.”

When the PPCC interacts with city officials and Councilman Mike Bonin, it often states that the PPCC represents all Palisadians. Thus, it’s important for residents to communicate with their respective area representative, of which there are eight.

Elections are now underway for these representatives, plus an at-large representative, and it ends on Sept. 1.

Each household has one vote for its area representative and one vote for an at-large candidate. One address, one vote. Mailed ballots (available in the August 3 Palisades News) must be postmarked by Sept. 1 and online voting ends at midnight. Ballots are available online at

Candidates will speak at the PPCC meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Palisades Library community room at 7 p.m.

Running unopposed in Area 1 (Castellammare) is Katie Braude. Area 2 (Highlands) incumbent Peter Culhane is also unopposed.

In Area 3 (Marquez Knolls and south of Sunset), Danielle Samulon and Peter Zomber are vying for the seat. Incumbent Rick Mills is unopposed in Area 4 (north and south of Sunset, Bienveneda to Temescal Canyon).

In Area 5 (the Alphabet Streets), Sandra Eddy is challenging incumbent Sue Kohl. In Area 6 (Temescal Canyon to Chautauqua, Sunset to Via de las Olas), alternate representative David Kaplin faces Eric Marshall.

Incumbent Cathy Russell is unopposed in Area 7 (Santa Monica and Rustic Canyons), as is incumbent Reza Akef in Area 8 (the Riviera).

(For exact area boundaries and to read candidate statements, visit Every household can also vote for the at-large candidate. This year Quentin Fleming and Lou Kamer are running for that position. People who do not live in Pacific Palisades, but own or run a business or a property, may vote for the at-large candidate.

According to PPCC bylaws, the ballots shall be opened in the presence of the Elections Committee within two weeks of the final ballot deadline.

A ballot will be disqualified if the voter votes for more than one candidate in his/her area; a ballot is incomplete or contains false information. Write-ins are not counted. Should two candidates tie, the winner shall be determined by a coin toss.

The names of the winners will be an- nounced no later than the PPCC meeting on September 8.

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