Pacific Palisades is a district within the U.S. city of Los Angeles, California, located between Brentwood to the east, Malibu to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. The area currently has about 27,000 residents. It is a very affluent and primarily residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small (usually older) houses, condominiums, and apartments. It has a small central business district on Sunset Boulevard, consisting of restaurants, stores, banks, and offices, known as "the village." It also includes some large parklands and many hiking trails. Palisades Charter High School serves the neighborhood. It is known as "Where The Mountains Meet the Sea." Notable shops in the village include Norris Hardware (which originally was the Bay Theater), Cathay Palisades (formerly Fein's Deli), Black Ink, PaliSkate, Benton's Sporting Goods, and Village Books.
In 1911, film director Thomas Ince created his Western film factory Inceville, which at its peak employed nearly 600 people. A decade later, the Rev. Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church bought the land; in 1922, Scott founded Pacific Palisades, envisioning an elaborate religious-intellectual commune. Believers snapped up choice lots and lived in tents during construction. By 1925, the Palisades had 100 homes. In one subdivision, streets were named for Methodist missionaries. The tents eventually were replaced by cabins, then by bungalows, and ultimately by multimillion-dollar homes with priceless views.
For many decades there was a virtual ban on drinking in the district, a Chinese restaurant called House of Lee's conspicuously holding the only liquor license. The Presbyterian Church originally owned a conference center in Temescal Canyon before it was sold to become Temescal Gateway Park. Will Rogers owned a large ranch adjoining the Palisades in Rustic Canyon, now also a state park, and helped to attract movie stars to the area. It has been home to a number of intellectuals and actors, including Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, Emil Ludwig, Oskar Homolka, Grete Mosheim and Vicki Baum. Others such as Bertolt Brecht lived in the area's outskirts. Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester were known for their hospitality. Steven Spielberg currently has a home there, Tom Hanks is a famous resident, as is Anthony Hopkins and two California governors, Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, lived in the district for many years, although at different times. Music producer and song writer Jerry Goldstein also lives in Pacific Palisades. Author Henry Miller and poet Maya Angelou also lived in Pacific Palisades.
Every 4th of July, the Chamber of Commerce sponsors day-long events which include a 5K and 10 K Run, a parade down Sunset Boulevard, and a fireworks display at Pali High football field.
The most well-known landmark in the Palisades is J. Paul Getty's Getty Villa. The museum erroneously claims that it is the Getty Villa f Malibu; however, it is a part of the Palisades, which is in the city of Los Angeles.
The only newspaper directly serving the Palisades is the Palisadian-Post. The community was served by two papers until they merged in the 1970s. The papers, The Palisades Post and the Palisadian, became the Palisadian-Post. Unlike most weeklies on the westside of Los Angeles, the Post is subscription-based. The paper's Web site is www.palisadespost.com. The paper is owned by the Small Newspaper Group, a midwestern media chain. The Small family purchased the Post from longtime owner/operators the Browns in the early 1980s. Roberta Donahue is the publisher and Bill Bruns is the paper's managing editor.
The most important civic group within the Palisades is the Pacific Palisades Community Council. That council was the model upon which the city of Los Angeles modeled its Neighborhood Council system. The council usually meets twice each month to discuss a wide range of issues that affect its residents. The council has rejected city offers to become an official part of the city, preferring its independent, non-aligned status. Among the main reasons that Council members cite is the fear that it will lose the power to sue the city.
The community is within District 11 of the City Council. As of 2008 Bill Rosendahl represents the district.
Los Angeles Fire Department operates two fire stations serving Pacific Palisades. Station 69 at 15045 West Sunset Boulevard is in serves Pacific Palisades and the Pacific Coast. Station 23 at 17281 West Sunset Boulevard serves the Palisades Highlands, Castellammare, and the Pacific Coast.
County, state, and federal representation
Pacific Palisades is within Los Angeles County's 3rd District. As of 2008 Zev Yaroslavsky represents the district.
Pacific Palisades is within District 41 of the California State Assembly. As of 2008 Julia Brownley represents the district. Pacific Palisades is within District 23 of the California Senate; as of 2008 Sheila Kuehl represents the district. The community is a part of the State Board of Equalization District 4, represented by Judy Chu as of 2008.
The community is within California's 30th congressional district. As of 2008 Henry Waxman represents the district. The United States Postal Service operates the Pacific Palisades Post Office at 15243 La Cruz Drive and at 15209 West Sunset Boulevard.
Residents are zoned to Los Angeles Unified School District schools. The area is within Board District 4. As of 2008 Marlene Canter represents the district. Canter announced that she will not seek re-election after her term expires in June 2009.
Some residents are assigned to Pacific Palisades Elementary School, some residents are assigned to Canyon Elementary School, and some are assigned to Marquez Elementary School. All residents are zoned to Revere Charter Middle School and Palisades Charter High School
Canyon Elementary School opened in 1910. Pacific Palisades Elementary opened in 1922. Marquez opened in 1955. Revere first opened as Palisades-Brentwood Junior High School on September 12, 1955; it chose its current name during its first year of operation. Palisades High School opened in 1961. Revere became an internal charter in 1994. During the same year Palisades received a charter.
Los Angeles Times is the citywide newspaper.
Palisadian-Post is a local community newspaper.
Parks and recreation
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks operates several recreational facilities in Pacific Palisades at 851 Alma Real Drive. Palisades Park, at that address, has 117 acres of land. The Palisades Recreation Center, also at that address, has barbecue pits, two baseball diamonds (one lighted, one unlighted), lighted basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), a children's play area, an American football field, an indoor gymnasium (no weights are offered), picnic tables, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts. The facility also has a kitchen, a stage, a television area, and various scheduled athletic and non-athletic activities. The Pacific Palisades Tennis Court, also at that address, has eight courts.
Rustic Canyon Park is located along Rustic Canyon Road. The Rustic Canyon Pool is located at 601 Latimer Road. The Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, located at the same address, has a multipurpose with a capacity of 150 people that can be used as an auditorium, a gymnasium, or a volleyball court. The center also has barbecue pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, basketball courts lighted indoor and unlighted outdoor), a children's play area, an indoor gymnasium (no weights are offered), picnic tables, and volleyball courts (lighted and unlighted).
Temescal Canyon Park is an non-staffed "pocket park" located at 15900 Pacific Coast Highway. The park has barbecue pits, a children's play area, picnic tables, hiking trails, a native garden, and toilets. Santa Ynez Canyon Park is located at Palisades Drive and Avenida de Santa Ynez. Rivas Canyon Park is located at the east terminus of Oracle Pl.
Will Rogers State Historic Park and Polo Club.  While Will Rogers made Beverly Hills his home in late twenties, in 1922, he bought a large plot of almost 200 acres of land above Sunset to build a weekend cottage. He built a polo field on the property in 1926 and in 1928, he and his family made it their home. In 1944, after Will Rogers passed away, the ranch became a state park. In the interest of historical preservation, the home is maintained as it was including the furniture and fixtures. It is open to the public most days with the exception of major holidays although admission is required. The top of the property's trail includes incredible vistas of the ocean and city.