Many people who live in the heart of Pacific Palisades and westside towards the Highlands tend to forget about an interesting cluster of restaurants in Santa Monica Canyon, off PCH.

One gem, Caffé Delfini, located at 147 W. Channel Rd., was proclaimed “My favorite!” by long-time canyon resident Sharon Kilbride who added, “Everything is delicious!”

Circling the News has been urging residents to try a new restaurant every week, and this could be a perfect choice for some. The eatery has delivery ($5 for a $20 minimum) that includes the Castellammare and Marquez areas. Take-out is available every day from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Kilbride said one of her favorite dishes is Delfini’s H.M. fettuccine bolognese ($24), which is homemade fettuccine with delicate lean ground natural veal in tomato sauce.

The restaurant has other popular items, including the petto di pollo piccate with boneless, skinless pounded breast of chicken sautéed in lemon and butter sauce, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables ($28) and the asparagi — chicken broth/non-dairy and fresh asparagus puree, with a little onions, garlic and potatoes ($13).

The insalta di Carciofini ($18) with shaved baby artichoke, fresh rugola, celery, parmesan cheese, lemon, and extra-virgin olive oil, and the crostino de prosciutto e buffalo mozzarella ($12) with baked sliced bread, fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto e Parmigiano, both caught my eye and sounded delicious.

Kilbride also recommends the rigatoni alla Norma ($22) that has eggplant, plum tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, onion and a touch of chili flakes.

The restaurant has a large selection of superb pasta dishes that include homemade ravioli, fusilli, tagliolini, penne spaghetti and linguine in the $18 to $25 range, depending on whether they are made with salmon, calamari or olive oil and garlic.

Additionally, zinguine, made with zucchini, is a great alternative for those who are cutting down on carbs or have problems with gluten. The shrimp diablo ($28) with garlic and a medium spicy tomato sauce sounds tasty. For the seafood lover, the zinguine mare ($27) includes Manila clams. P.E.I. black mussels, shrimp, calamari, blue-crab claw, garlic and parsley in a medium red sauce.

There are eight risottos, ranging from the risotto ai porchini ($26), an Italian arborio rice with porcini mushroom in Parmesan cheese sauce to the risotto al Rosmario ($25), beef demi-glass [a richly concentrated brown stock that is carefully reduced until it forms a deep meaty flavored glaze].

There are 10 main dishes that offer a choice of meat or poultry. The veal chop Milanese ($48) served with rosemary roasted potatoes, fresh chopped tomatoes and basil, sounds incredible, although I would be more likely to try the boneless, skinless, pounded breast of chicken sautéed in tomato with garlic, shallots, oregano and wine, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables ($28).

Seafood lovers can enjoy wild Alaskan salmon from mid-May to the end of October or Atlantic salmon from November to mid-May ($33), the Mediterranean striped bass with white wine ($38), the jumbo shrimp ($40) or the zuppa de pesce in guazzetto ($36), which has Manila clams, P.E.I. black mussels, calamari, shrimp snow crab claw and fresh fish in a lightly spicy tomato sauce, served with garlic bread.

Yum. Simply Yum.

Dear Neighbors,

Let’s come together to help our community. Can you spare a package of toilet paper, a bottle of hand sanitizer, crackers, granola bars, peanut butter, pasta sauce? Many people live on fixed incomes and can not afford to stock up. By the time they receive a paycheck or benefits they find the shelves at the markets empty. Beginning Monday morning we will be collecting donations of household necessities, cleaners and disinfectants, hand sanitizer, packaged ready to eat food like bread, boxed juice and milk, cereal, soup etc…as well as non-perishables such as canned food, rice, pasta, oatmeal, pasta sauce. There will be a donation box outside of Gallery 169 and Sunrise Brew daily from 8-2. We are calling local organizations to donate these to families and elderly in need.

On September 4 Canyon Elementary School students where immersed in the wonder and history of the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica and the Franciso Marquez and Ysidro Reyes family who were the original settlers of the land. First stop was a walk from the school to Hacienda Monica, the site of La Senora Research Institute which is owned and run by Patricia Nettleship.
They met Pascual Marqeuz’ son Ernie Marquez, his son Ernesto and cousin Sharon Kilbride (our Homeless Task- force hero). From them they were enthralled by stories ofhow life was back in the day and how it has evolved.
Just in time for Halloween they heard the story of how, in the 1930’s a flood washed away many headstones in the Marquez family cemetery as well as many corpses. With the help of radar and forensic canines they searched to locate the missing corpses. Later many remaining headstones were vandalized. Ernest Marquez spent many years in court fighting for the historic cemetery and fashioning new headstones for his ancestors and, this year, he was able to finally fully honor his ancestors by erecting a beautiful memorial monument commemorating their history and the lives that have affected all of us in one way or another.
Ernesto, a horticultural ex- pert, walked the grounds with the kids teaching them about all the native plants that thrive in the area. He not only point- ed out each species but en- lightened them on their significance and how they were used, from broom making to a spice for cooking.
The children then wrote letters to their hosts. As Pippa wrote “I am glad and lucky we got this field trip course.” She also wrote how she loved learning about the Rancho history, native plants the history of the Marquez cemetery and the safety talk. At the end the children received snacks, a hat and bags.
This is one field trip that these fourth graders will surely never forget.

On September 15 Rustic Canyon Park was boogying all night long when about 130 people rocked the scene at the annual Rustic Night party/ fundraiser. It was fun to see so many people out in their 50’s outfits, jiving and swinging to the music and mingling around. There was plenty of food including an Airstream milkshake van!

As the wine flowed, the guests danced to the mu- sic of the Johnny Hatton trio and vocalist Rosann Limeres. They laughed checking out the vintage cars brought in to create an authentic 1950’s mood.
The plentiful food was thanks to Angel City Food, Pono Burger and Sweet Rose Creamery.
The tally isn’t complete but it is estimated that about $80,000 was raised to help continue the restoration work at the park and recreational center.

In addition, the City has matched the $40,000 paint budget with in-kind work and pushing through work orders and shepherding the projects through city departments.
They are hard at work now to finish the window restoration project and painting the historical facility.
The goal is to have the Uplifters fully restored by May 2023 when the build- ing turns 100 years old. Can you imagine what that party will look like?

There is so much apathy in the country and around the world. People seem to walk around with emotional blinders on so as not to acknowledge the pain and suffering of those around them. But, that is far from the case inthecanyon. Just consider what some of our amazing neighbors are doing.

Jorga Leap, a warrior who has worked with Father Gregory Boyle for years to help gang members turn their lives around and more recently with Project Fatherhood. An organization that works with former gang members to help guide them to becoming good fathers to their children so that their children don’t fall into the same trap that they did.
Greg Willis, a one man crusader who spends his time and money cleaning up the beaches around the area.

Marilyn Wexler, when she is not marching for women’s rights she is holding city, state, and government officials to account for issues that impact the lives of inthecanyon neighbors.

Valerie Van Galder. After being personally touched by someone suffering with depression, Valerie joined forces with Depressed Cake Shop and opened a chapter here. The Cake “Shop” is actually a roving bake sale where all the proceeds go to local charities to raise awareness about depression and mental health.
Sharon Kilbride, a past Pacific Palisades Citizen of the Year recipient, spearheaded the efforts to clean up the tunnel to the beach and worked to make those in authority accountable for keeping it clean. She is also a volunteer working to help ease the homeless population in the area by finding them housing.

Patricia Nettleship, the Keeper of the Gate at La Senora is preserving the rich history of early California. The La Senora Research Institute works to hold tours, lectures and screen classic films made by former residents of the Hacienda.

Debbie Warfel, the red baroness of airport noise nuisances. Debbie works tirelessly to get people involved petitioning for a reduction in the noise over the Canyon.

George Wolfberg, another past Citizen of the Year. If there is a cause George is there full throttle. In addition to his continuing work the SMCCA he speaks to officials of all stripes to promote and make clear causes important to inthecanyon neighbors.

And then there are all our neighbors who come together time and time again. When the call went out to work on beautifying the Recreational Center you came in droves; Cleaning dead foliage, planting trees and installing benches.

The past year or so has been a very interesting real estate environment. While interest rates have remained incredibly low inventory has also remained incredibly low and because prices continue to rise it has been more and more difficult for new, especially younger buyers, to purchase a home. Let’s break this down. Why are there so few houses on the market? One explanation is that people are remaining in their homes longer. Unless you have to sell because you are relocating, divorcing and must divide assets or there has been a death, most people find it makes more financial sense to stay put. Rising prices make the prospect of a huge capital gains penalty unpalatable and looking at what you might pay in property taxes for a new, more expensive house, compared to what you are paying now also prevents many from selling. This is because property taxes are reassessed, for the most part, only when a house has been sold.

As for buyers. For those that can afford to buy a house the competition is fierce. More and more homes sell over asking in multi-offer scenarios. Many get discouraged and just give up putting in offers. Or, the offered price is within their means but by the time the bidding ends they are over their max.

But, people do want to buy now because it is certain that the interest rates will be going up soon. The Federal Reserve has been very cautious about raising them and has closely monitored and analyzed all the factors that figure into the decision to raise interest rates. Most measures (employment, GNP, manufacturing, etc.) are showing signs of sustained strength so it is pretty much a sure thing that interest rates will start to tick up. Unless the housing market loosens up, even more buyers will have to sit on the sidelines.

Drilling down to our little inthecanyon paradise we are actually seeing an increase of homes on the market. There was a 31.5% increase, from 22 to 29, homes for sale from 2015 to 2016, with a 2% decrease in sales price. Comparing the first 7 months of 2015, 2016 and 2017 we are also seeing increases in homes on the market. 33% in 2016 over 2015 and 18% from 2016 to 2017. Prices increased by 21% from 2015 to 2016 but, so far the average price is down slightly from 2016 figures. Like we said… an interesting market.


Including Huckleberry! Caffe Luxxe! RustiCoffee!  and…

Bake & Gather


We are a community group of bakers- amateur & professionals, business owners, parents and caring residents dedicated to inspiring people to do good through their own passions.  Our goal is to be a resource and inspiration to anyone who wants to make a difference through simple actions within their communities.

Bake & Gather is the first of many grassroots ideas to inspire people to host bake sale events, encourage community building and then donate all proceeds to their charity of choice. We believe when we get communities together, hold space, and bond over a common passion, we can slowly start to connect with each other again. While baking is our current focus, we hope to spark this into whatever passion you may have. Who knows, maybe one day there can also be—BBQ & Gather. Surf & Gather. Jewelry Making & Gather!

Whatever the focus, the goal of these events are to have fun, foster relationships in your communities and give back. We have confidence that great things happen when we spread love and create a forum for people to come together because in the end, we are truly #bettertogether

Hello Rustic Canyon Patrons!

One week from today, we will have our Preservation Masterplan for the Rustic Canyon Club House Restoration presentation!

Please join us as we inform the community of the exciting research and what is planned as we move forward to restore this precious gem of a park.

Feel free to email if you have any questions!

Live Rustic! Play Rustic!

May 17th at 6 pm at the Clubhouse!





Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Rustic Canyon Recreation Center
601 Latimer Road
7:00 P.M. – Refreshments–Meet Speakers and Board

7:30 P.M.–8:45 P.M. — Program:
Business Meeting – Board member election – term ending June 30, 2018

Featured Speakers:

  • Honorable Councilman Mike Bonin reports on City of Los Angeles issues
  • Maryam Zar, Chair of Pacific Palisades Homeless Task Force


  • Senior Lead Officer Michael Moore
  • Your Board members

Table Top Displays:

  • Rustic Canyon Clubhouse restoration
  • Park activities
  • September 24th Rustic Nights Gala
  • Historic Photos and more!


Experts have long advised homeowners not to water coastal live oak trees because that would encourage fungus which could weaken and kill the trees.  However, after a brutal three years of drought the trees are now facing another danger – beetles.

If your trees are going from green to brown or you notice oozing or staining on the trunk or numerous twigs that are turning brown and falling off you may have beetles.

You can mimic late-spring rainfall by using a 100 foot soaker hose set on a slow drip for 24 hours once a week.  Don’t place the hose at or near the base of the tree however, or allow water to soak the trunk.  Place it along or just inside the drip line.  Even though we are well into the summer months, you can still use this method to save your trees.

If you are concerned about your oak trees contact an

arborist to check them out and advise you on how to save these signature trees.

Or, you can contact the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains at

Or call them at 818-597-8627 or call Isabelle for a recommendation for an Arborist.

By Kenneth R. Harney
April 20, 2014, 5:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON — It’s common knowledge verging on holy writ in real estate: Spring is the absolute best time of the year to sell a house.


But is there hard statistical evidence that listing your house in April, May or June — flowers blooming, birds chirping, lawns greened up after a tough winter — actually nets you a higher price or a shorter time from listing to sale?

Yes, but it’s not as clear cut as you might imagine. There are important nuances in the data. Reviews of realty industry and academic studies suggest that although sales totals generally are highest in May and June, they are actually reflecting listings, contracts and buyer searches that occur earlier in the year.

A study of 1.1 million home listings between 2011 and 2013 in 19 major markets by the national realty brokerage firm Redfin found that, contrary to popular impressions, houses put on the market in winter — defined as Dec. 21 through March 21 — had a 9-percentage-point greater probability of selling within 180 days and at a smaller discount to the initial list price than houses put on the market during the spring months (March 22 to June 21). The advantage jumped to 10 percentage points over summer listings (June 22 to Sept. 20). Winter listers ultimately sold for prices slightly higher than homes listed during any other season.
Though there were geographic differences, researchers found that even in areas with harsh winters, there were statistical advantages for listers. In Chicago there was a 13-percentage-point advantage in selling time for listings initiated in the late December through mid-March period compared with listings in the summer.

In Boston, the advantage was 14 percentage points. In Los Angeles and San Diego, even with their relatively mild winters, the advantage was still evident — 9 points and 11 points, respectively. In Seattle, it was 12 points.

Ellen Haberle, a Redfin economist, said sales agents in Boston and Chicago reported that the greatest effect of winter weather this year was not on buyers — they were scoping out available listings early on. Instead it was the owners who lagged — they were reluctant to list their homes because they didn’t want to shovel snow or start the interior spiffing up needed to properly market their property.

A study conducted by real estate site Trulia in 2012 found that although prices on closed sales peak in May and total sales peak in June, there are significant differences geographically. Prices tend to peak in the Southern states in March and April, according to Trulia, with the exception of Florida, where the high point comes in May. California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts prices also hit their statistical peak in May. But it’s later — June to August — in Oregon, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington and West Virginia.

A scholarly study published in the Appraisal Journal, a professional quarterly, covering valuations and sales in 138 large and small metropolitan areas found that local “seasonality factors” subtly affect what buyers pay. Using a statistical analysis technique to control for differences based on size, age and other property characteristics, researchers found that time of year definitely affects price.

By how much? It depends on location, but it’s probably more than you’d guess. The researchers created “adjustment” factors that can be used by appraisers to eliminate seasonal variations from their reports.

In the Los Angeles area, for example, the seasonal negative adjustment in February, the local low price point, is a minus 2.5%. In June, on the other hand, the seasonal factor is a plus 1.7%. In Miami, the adjustment is a negative 2.4% in January, a plus 1.3% in July. In Boston, minus 4.4% in February, positive 4.5% in June.
Should the season influence whether — and precisely when — you list your house for sale? Sure. But other, more personal factors should get higher priority: Is your house ready to list and show? Have you interviewed multiple agents to get comparative market analyses on your home’s probable selling price range? Are you prepared to do what’s necessary to sell at maximum price, which may include staging the interior and completing fix-ups and improvements?

Answer those questions, and price realistically based on the market analyses you’ve received from professionals — which may include advice on timing — and you should have a good shot at a successful sale.