As executive director of the Pacific Palisades Land Owners Assn., I serve to protect the interests of our membership, which includes 7,000 of my neighbors.
The inland Palisades project is totally aligned with the association's purpose. Occidental will install, at its own expense, a dewatering system in the Palisades bluffs before oil drilling begins. This system will stabilize the bluffs and make the proposed drill site area safer than it currently is, according to the Los Angeles City engineer.
Protection of Santa Monica Bay is also important to the members of the association. The City Council ordinance creating the Palisades project supports the state and federal governments' moratorium on oil drilling in the bay.