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New Preschool Irks Pacific Palisades Residents

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A sticky situation going on over in Pacific Palisades: The Palisades Jewish Early Childhood Center's plans to open a preschool in the Castellammare section of Pacific Palisades--near the back entrance of the Getty Villa property--has a host of area residents up in arms, reports the Los Angeles Times. While one of the main issues has been what road will be used to access the new center (the Getty has denied the center the use of its service road), but "the controversy is shining a light on the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, a controversial branch of Orthodox, Hasidic Judaism." More via the paper: "Chabad is also known for zoning conflicts with neighbors as rabbis seek to establish gathering spots -- known as Chabad houses -- in residential areas. Over the years, zoning battles have raged in Florida, New York and New Jersey." For now, Chabad is asking the Mormon Church if their Los Liones church parking lot can be used to access the center, and going through the process of getting a coastal development permit.
· Chabad preschool plan has Pacific Palisades in an uproar [LA Times]