WLA Crime Report Sept. 10th – Oct. 6th 2014

ROBBERY:    0

ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):     1

Sunset Blvd & Church Lane

On 9/14/14, at approximately 4:30 pm, the suspect and victim became involved in a road rage incident.  Stopped at a tri-light, the suspect exited his vehicle, struck the victim’s vehicle door with his fist, and returned to his vehicle.  When the victim exited his vehicle to look at possible damage, the suspect drove at victim and ran over victim’s foot.

BURGLARY: 5

12000 San Vicente (Commercial)

Between 09/13/14 at 9:00 pm and 09/14/14 at 3:56 am, unknown suspect(s) smashed glass front door and attempted to open the pharmacy box.  No property loss.

11300 Waterford

On 09/17/14, between 11:00 am and 9:15 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered residence via unlocked rear window and removed cash and jewelry.

200 Bowling Green Way

On 09/22/14 at approximately 8:20 pm, the victim returned to his residence and confronted a suspect inside.  Suspect fled location.  The rear door had been forced.  No identified property loss.  Suspect described as a Male, Black, 6’2″, dark clothing,

11700 Montana

Between 09/25/14, at 5:30 am and 10/01/14 at 8:30 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment by unknown means and removed jewelry.

16500 Park Lane Cr,

On 10/02/14, between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered residence via unlocked rear door and removed jewelry.

GRAND THEFT AUTO:      3

San Vicente/Avondale

Between 9/17/14 at 7:20 and 9/18/14 at 9:30 am, while parked on the street, a 2008 Volvo was stolen

11300 Montana

On 09/24/14, unknown time period, while parked on the street a 2007 Cadillac Escalade was stolen

100 Medio Dr

Between 10/03/14 at 8:00 pm and 10/04/14 at 8:00 am, while parked on the street, a 1986 Toyota pick-up truck was stolen

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):                  13

11700 Chenault Ave

Between 9/15/14 at 10:00 pm and 9/16/14 at 8:00 am, while parked in a garage, vehicle was unlocked, a check was stolen

200 N. Bristol

Between 9/16/14 at 5:00 pm and 9/17/14 at 7:00 am, while parked on the street, vehicle was unlocked, a purse and laptop were stolen

11700 Montana

On 09/20/14, between 2:00 pm and 11:00 pm, while parked in an apartment garage, window smashed, bags were stolen

12400 Mountaingate

On 09/20/14, between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm, while parked in a parking lot, window smashed and a bag was stolen

11600 Chenault

Between 09/21/14 at 11:00 pm and 09/22/14 at 5:00 am, while parked on the street, window smashed and a bag stolen

11700 Montana

Between 09/23/14, at 5:00pm and 09/24/14 at 8:00 am, while parked in a subterranean gagarage, unknown means, laptops were stolen

11900 Mayfield

Between 09/26/14 at 6:00 pm and 9/27/14 at 10:00 am, while parked on the street, tools were stolen

1100 Barrington

Between 9/26/14 at 4:30 pm and 9/27/14 at 9:40 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, an I-pod and Bluetooth were stolen

400 Homewood

Between 09/27/14, at 2:45 am and 9/28/14 at 2:45 am, while parked on the street, a nebulizer was stole

121 Leven

Between 09/29/14       at 9:00 pm and 9/30/14 at 8:00 am, while parked on the street, an I-PAD was stolen

12000 Rosemarie

Between 09/29/14 at 10:00 pm and 9/30/14 at 8:30 am, while parked on the street, a GPS was stolen

100 Bowling Green Way

Between 09/29/14 at 10:20 pm and 9/30/14 at 9:30 am, while parked on the street, window smashed and a dog carrier was stolen

11300 Isleta

Between 9/30/14 at 8:30 pm and 10/01/14 at 11:00 am, while parked on the street, window smashed and a brief case and gym bag were stolen

GRAND THEFT & PETTY THEFT:          6

500 S. Barrington Ave (residential)

Between 9/15/14 at 5:00 pm and 9/16/14 at 6:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered a subterranean garage and removed an unsecured mountain bicycle valued at $2,000.00

11600 San Vicente Blvd (commercial)

On 9/17/14, at 2:30 pm the named suspect stated she had to get purse from her car to pay for a cosmetic procedure. She never returned.           Loss was $570.00

500 S Burlingame (commercial)

On 09/20/14 between 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm, the suspect, who was hired to do photography for an event, stole the camera belonging to the establishment.  Camera and total loss valued at $4,000.00

900 Grandville # (residential)

Between 09/21/14 at 6:00 pm and 09/23/14 at 8:00 am, unknown suspect removed victim’s Oxycodon from his bathroom sink.  Victim had numerous workers in his home at the time.

1100 S. Barrington Ave (residential)

On 09/26/14 at approximately 6:30 pm, unknown suspect entered victim’s garage area and took victim’s locked bike valued at $500.00.

11600 Montana (residential)

Between 09/17/14 and 10/03/14, an unknown suspect removed the victim’s bike from the parking garage. Bike valued at $2,500.00

Note:

First, the numbers…  Brentwood area is down over 8% in crime, year to date.  There were no ‘upticks’ in burglaries, neither in residential nor commercial properties.  West of us, in the Palisades, there was an especially upsetting burglary a few weeks back involving the killing of a dog during the commission of the crime.  A truly unfortunate event compounded by the loss of a beloved pet.  But at some point it was rumored to have occurred in the Brentwood Glen vicinity.  Thankfully, that was not the case.  Not to say that those things can’t ever happen in Brentwood, however, this was simply a rumor that spun out of control.

So in this episode of my ‘Note’ section I’m going to include a couple of phone numbers to call in the event that you can’t reach me and you need some answers to quell a growing concern (please keep in mind that we officers don’t have ‘smart phones’ that forward our e-mails to us when we are away from our desks– so unless we are physically sitting at our desks we cannot retrieve our messages and emails).  The direct line to our Community Relations Office is 310-444-0735.  The direct line to the LAPD West Los Angeles Area front desk is 310-444-0702 and the direct line to the West Los Angeles Area Detectives is 310-444-1580.  All of these are good numbers to keep handy.

On another ‘note’, twice now at different times during my 21+ years of service I been on duty talking to a transient in uniform (me, not the transientJ) and persons have approached us and handed the transient a one hundred dollar bill.  In both cases the person didn’t know if I was affecting an arrest or simply warning for panhandling or even talking to someone suspected of murder!  They just wanted to send me (not me personally, but me, as a representative of the LAPD) a message to ‘quit hassling this poor guy’.  I advised them that they could be arrested for interfering in an investigation and had better move on.  Of course, this method of ‘helping’ the homeless/transient population has its effects on our community.  There are better ways of helping the homeless/transient population that simply handing them money.

If you would like a really good perspective from an LAPD Senior Lead Officer and his suggestions on the ways and means to constructively help the homeless, please go to ‘Officer Deon Joseph Speaks About Public Feedings on Skid Row’ on www.youtube.com It is a great way to get the perspective of how police officers, some-not all, feel about what are the best ways to help the homeless and what help may actually be contributing to the problem.

And although Skid Row seems like it’s an entirely different planet from Brentwood, consider that it is only a 25 minute drive away (with no traffic that is…) and it DOES have an impact on our lives here in Brentwood.  In fact, many of the changes in policy and law regarding the homeless began in Skid Row.  It’s worth checking out.  On a safety note however, please don’t ever, ever, EVER bring strangers into your homes or even tell them where you live.  I’ve been involved with way too many kind hearted community members who wanted to help by opening up their homes to people and have been victimized by desperate and/or unscrupulous people. It’s hard not to say ‘I told you so…’ in those unfortunate circumstances.

All the best,

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray
310-444-0744
30469@lapd.lacity.org

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Archer Response to Bonin Letter from Yesterday

Archer Response Letter

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Councilmember Mike Bonin Letter re: Archer School Expansion

Bonin bannerDear Friends,

We have the most beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods in the city – and some of the most congested roads. Like you, I can’t drive down Sunset in the afternoon without planning for maddening traffic delays. That’s why traffic is my first and top concern with any development proposal. Looking at potential traffic impacts is the lens through which I have approached the Archer School for Girls’ application to expand and modernize its campus on Sunset Boulevard.

The Archer proposal is one of the more controversial developments I have dealt with since taking office last year. Archer is a world-class institution in a terribly complex location. A phenomenal school for bright, talented young women, surrounded by a residential neighborhood and one of the worst traffic choke points in the City. In considering support for this project, I need to weigh three major concerns: the regional impact on traffic; the quality of life impacts on neighbors; and the educational impact on the bright young women and girls who attend Archer.

Archer’s expansion plan laid out in its Draft EIR is ambitious – and it is immediately obvious that that plan would cause more traffic and congestion, and detrimental impacts to neighbors, making it a bad fit for Brentwood and the surrounding communities. As much as I love the school and admire its mission, that plan is clearly not right for our neighborhoods. I have told the applicant that I cannot support a proposal unless dramatic changes are made.

Hearing the concerns of neighbors, the Brentwood Homeowners Association, the Brentwood Community Council and many, many others, I am insisting that Archer make the following changes, big and small, impacting traffic concerns, neighborhood issues, and the physical footprint of the proposed project:

Traffic Issues:

Eliminate ALL significant traffic impacts from school operations.
Maintain or improve all of the traffic management practices that Archer currently has in place. Archer does a great job of managing its school-related traffic, including by mandating and achieving a high percentage of students who take the bus.
Increase the required percentage of students who must take the bus to get to school.
Continue to ensure that all student carpools (whether driven by a student or a parent) have at least three Archer students in the car.
Expedite the construction schedule.
Reduce the size of the subterranean parking garage to reduce the amount of traffic that can come to the school and to reduce the construction and excavation-related impacts.
Further reduce the size and number of events and carefully schedule the timing of the events to minimize traffic impacts on the neighborhood and the region.
Implement operational measures to reduce or eliminate all potentially significant and unavoidable impacts from outdoor athletic activity. Continue reading

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Message from LAPD WLA Area Captain Evangelyn Nathan

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Archer Forward Project Update by BCC President

Archer Forward is the term used by Archer School for its proposed new construction plan which has been pending for several years. Although the BCC through its Land Use and Traffic Committees has been following this project from the outset, primarily seeking the elimination of significant adverse traffic impacts, many of you have not participated in those meetings. The purpose of this message is to bring BCC Members and Alternates up to speed on Archer Forward

Archer Forward, like any large project, has been a source of controversy, rumors and confusion in the Brentwood Community. Most of the attention Archer Forward has received so far has focused on potentially negative impacts. That has certainly what has received the attention of the BCC LUC and Traffic Committees. But we must also remember to weigh any benefits Archer Forward would bring to Brentwood. The benefits, unless one is a student or parent, are necessarily rather subjective. This doesn’t mean they are not real. 

When the Archer Forward Draft EIR became public in February this year many people became legitimately alarmed by the traffic and other impacts it identified, including the size of new construction, the construction schedule, operational details and proposed uses. The Archer DEIR was frankly outdated by the time it was released and did not identify many changes Archer was prepared to make in response to concerns expressed by the LUC and Traffic Committees and others in the community, including Councilman Bonin and the school’s immediate neighbors. The DEIR also did not describe the traffic mitigation options Archer had discussed with Councilman Bonin’s office and with the BCC Land Use and Traffic Committees. Not until last week did Archer for the first time announce publically the project changes it has been discussing with Councilman Bonin, the BCC LUC and Traffic Committees, BHA and the neighbors to eliminate significant adverse traffic impacts and other concerns of the community. Continue reading

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Mailbox Tampering Warning

Dear Brentwood residents, sorry to report this, but recently a theft from the  drive-by collection box at the Barrington Post Office has been reported by a neighbor. He placed mail, which included checks, into the box on a weekday 9/15 or 9/16 at 10 am when the Post Office was open. Fraudulent checks were written against his checking account 9/19.  It is now a federal case of mail and identity theft.

The Post Office has this advice for us:

Postal Inspectors encourage the public to report mail theft on our website http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov or by calling toll free 877-876-2455, or filing a report at their local post office.

Postal Inspectors advise the public to deposit mail in collection boxes before the last collection time so the mail will be collected by the Postal Service and safely on its way to its destination.**

**Note: This theft is an exception to this rule. Be sure that your mail cannot be removed from a full mailbox!

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The Best Coffee Bars in Los Angeles

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LAist Blog (http://laist.com/2014/03/12/the_best_coffee_bars_in_la.php) has chosen their favorite coffee bars in Los Angeles.  Somehow they forgot to mention Caffe Luxxe on 26th Street, but there are some other great choices.  Intelligentsia On Abbot Kinney in Venice is fantastic.

Check out the article HERE

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DWP Update – Sunset Blvd Cable Upgrade Project

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Dear Friends,

Please be advised that on next Wednesday, October 1, there will be additional traffic on Sunset Blvd., from Barrington to Westgate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. so the Department of Water and Power can complete an important electrical upgrade project in Brentwood’s Sunset traffic corridor.

The project, which was undertaken to fix the power grid and end ongoing brownouts in Brentwood, required digging trenches on Sunset Blvd. that caused serious traffic impacts in our neighborhoods. DWP leadership sought to avoid additional traffic impacts after trenching was completed by seeking and obtaining a night permit to do the “cable pulling” phase of the project at night. The permit for night work was granted and all the cable pulling was done at night thereby reducing daytime traffic impacts.

We recently learned that DWP has scheduled next Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to repave Sunset from Barrington to Westgate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to finish the job. Concerned about adding traffic to the area on a weekday, I asked DWP to take a look at doing the repaving work during a weekend or any time other than business hours during the week. Unfortunately, after DWP evaluated other options they reported that while alternative times did not reduce traffic impacts significantly, the other times would significantly increase the cost of the project.

We understand that projects which add any traffic to already-congested streets are not ideal, but ask for your help and patience as this important work is completed. Please plan to avoid Sunset from Barrington to Westgate between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during repaving next Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to allow completion of the project, and please share this message with your neighbors to encourage them to do the same.

Thank you very much.
Regards,
MIKE BONIN

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Brentwood Park Resident, Jean Nunes, Art Show

Announcement Card 2014_2

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Westwood (1928-1929)

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Mule-drawn watering carriage wets down Hilgard in Westwood; 1928. [Photo via Los Angeles City Historical Society].  A newly built UCLA campus in the background.

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Wilshire Boulevard to Veteran Avenue; 1929. [Photo via Los Angeles City Historical Society]

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