LA Public Library Photo Exhibit on September 11th

LAPL Los Angeles ExhibitHerman Schultheis was many things; engineer, photographer, archaeologist, piano prodigy. A German immigrant who came to Los Angeles in 1937 with his New Jersey-born wife, Ethel, Herman embraced Los Angeles as his hometown, shooting over 6,000 photos of the city in the late 1930s. a period when he was briefly employed as an effects engineer for the Walt Disney Studio.

John Canemaker, author of The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic and Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the LAPL Photo Collection and editor of How We Worked, How We Played – Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s will read a chapter from their respective books and engage in conversation about the work of Herman Schultheis, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

WHEN: September 11th; 6:00pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: Photo Collection Dept – LAPL; 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California 90071

Check out the LAPL Photo Collection Facebook Page

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LA’s Demand-Based Parking Program Moves into Westwood Village


IMG_5403From KCET Website: “Two years into downtown Los Angeles’ demand-based parking program seeking to reduce traffic congestion, lower air pollution, and boost transit efficiency, parking officials say the project is improving parking availability while bolstering the city’s revenue.


Launched in May 2012 as part of a $210 million demonstration initiative, the LA Express Park program tracks downtown street parking through wireless sensors in a 4.5-square-mile area. Parking meter rates are adjusted using data from the sensor — rates increase when demand is highest, while rates are lowered in areas with less demand.”

Read More at KCET Website…


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Hypodermic Needles and Syringes Found in Park

Please be aware that neighbors have discovered needles and syringes around the corners of Bentel and Charbourne near Evanston.  The LAPD is aware of the situation.  They will be increasing their monitoring of the area in the coming days and weeks.

Call 877 2755273(ASKLAPD) if you notice anything suspicious.

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WLA Crime Report for August 1 – August 19th


August 1, 2014 through August 19, 2014


ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):     3

11900 San Vicente

8/2/14, 2:30 am

Transient-Related/Acquaintance, Weapon=  Bodily Force

Victim / Suspect are transients who met one day earlier on Skid-Row. The couple returned to an abandoned home in West Los Angeles area where they got into an argument. During the course of the argument, the suspect struck victim repeatedly in the face, and “stomped” on her head. The suspect was arrested and booked for 273.5 PC.

11600 Montana Ave

8/3/14, 4:00 pm

Domestic-Related, Weapon=  Bodily Force

The listed parties are in a dating relationship.  They were engaged in a fight with each other in which one party sustained a head injury and a possible loss of consciousness and bleeding on her brain (was admitted to ICU). The other party had his front tooth knocked out.

Both were arrested on 7/17/14 for 273.5 against each other.


8/3/14, 10:45 am

Traffic-Related, Weapon= Bodily Force?The victim and the suspect were involved in an accident. Both exited their vehicles and argued. During course of the argument the suspect became upset and beat the victim slamming his head into the victim’s vehicle several times. The suspect then took the victim’s keys. The suspect then fought with the victim a second time punching him about the face and head and tearing his clothing. The suspect then fled the location with the victim’s keys.


11900 Mayfield (apartment)

On 08/03/14 between1:30 am and 10:00 am, unknown suspect(s) pried apartment front window and removed backpack, wallet, surfboard, laptop.

700 Tigertail

Between 08/04/14 at 6:00 pm and 08/05/14 at 6:20 am, unknown suspect(s) door-kicked construction site and removed tools.

11900 San Vicente (business)

On 08/05/14 at 8:00 pm, suspect entered open store with a trash bag and placed cosmetics in the bag and exited without paying.

Suspect: Male/Hispanic, 5’10″, 190 lbs, 30/35 years old

3300 Mandeville Cyn

Between 08/05/14 at 5:00 pm and 08/06/14 at 6:45 am, unknown suspect(s) entered construction site via open framing and forced interior closet door open and removed tools.

12600 Montana (residence)

On 08/06/14 between 1:00 pm and 2:20 pm, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear door window and removed laptop and watch.

16300 Sloan (residence)

On 08/14/14 between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) cut side window screen and removed jewelry.

100 Layton (residence)

On 08/14/14 between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) forced open side bathroom window and removed jewelry.


2200 Mandeville Canyon

On 07/31/14, at approx. 1:40 pm, while parked in the driveway, a 2001 Dodge Ram truck was stolen and later recovered.  Suspect arrested.

1000 Hanley

On 8/7/14, at approx. 7:45 am, a 1993 Ford F150 truck was stolen.  It was later recovered in Torrance.


On 8/15/14, between 2:20 pm and 3:30 pm, while parked on the street, a 1991 Nissan Altima was stolen.

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):                  6

300 Skyway Rd

Between 07/28/14 at 5:00 pm and 07/29/14 at 0600, vehicle was unlocked, make-up valued at $17,250.00 stolen.

300 Skyway Rd

Between 07/28/14 at 6:30 pm and 07/29/14 at 1:00 pm, vehicle was unlocked while parked on the street, golf clubs stolen.

600 Barrington

Between 08/02/14 at 11:00 pm and 08/03/14 at 7:30 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, window smashed, shoes stolen.

1000 Gretna Green Way

On 08/04/14, between midnight and 4:15 pm, while parked on the street, a laptop, backpack, and tools were stolen.


Between 08/06/14, between 11:30 pm and 08/07/14 at 7:45 am, while parked on the street, a catalytic converter was stolen.

12200 Gorham

Between 08/17/14 at 4:30 pm and 08/18/14 at 9:30 am, while parked in an apartment garage, window smashed, CD’s stolen.


11700 Chenault (residence)

Between 08/1/2014 to 08/3/2014, unknown suspect(s) gained access to the victim’s rear yard area and removed an unsecured ATT phone that was left outside along with a 5 gallon plant.

20 Oakmont Dr (residence)

On 08/06/14, unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and removed the victim’s property from her safe.  Reportedly, only three people have the combination.  There were also independent contractors working in the home.  Jewelry valued at $1,000.000.00

11700 Kiowa (apartment complex)

Between 08/7/14 to 8/9/14 unknown suspect(s) removed a UPS package from an unsecure area of the apt complex. Dress valued at $268.00

1400 Barrington Ave. (business)

On 08/10/14, unknown suspect removed louvers from the front window.  The suspect couldn’t get all of them due to the interior security gate being secured.  Suspect fled with several slats of window louvers valued at $40.00

100 S. Barrington Ave. (business)

On 08/11/14, at approximately 6:30 am, the suspect argued with the store employee and stole a box of cookies before he left the store. Suspect described as a Male/White, in his 60′s.  Cookies valued at $5.00

11700 San Vicente (business)

On 8/18/14, at approximately 5:00 am, an arrest was made after the suspect stole a sandwich, juice and yogurt valued at $30.00

13000 San Vicente (business)

On 08/18/14, between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, unknown suspects called the victim & posed as DWP workers.  Suspects told victim that his check had bounced and his electricity would be shut off unless he bought a “Green Dot” pre-paid card and provided them with the numbers. Currency of $807.00 was stolen. Continue reading

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West LA Crime Stats for July 29th – August 4th

Latest Week Crime Incidents

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Community Open House and School Supplies Drive


Community Open House & School Supplies Drive

As we approach the school year and make plans to take our children back to school, we must remember that there are many families who are unable to have the things that we often take for granted such as access to school supplies.

My office will be hosting an Open House and School Supplies Drive on August 14th at my Santa Monica District Office. This open house and school supply drive is a great opportunity to donate school supplies for organizations in need and meet me to share your thoughts and concerns on the issues facing our community and state.

School supplies collected will be donated to the Youth Policy Institute, the After-School All-Stars Program, and L.A.C.E.R Afterschool Program. Of particular note, these organizations are in need of items such as backpacks, notebooks, rulers, crayons, pens, pencils, reading books, and calculators.

Details of the event are listed below. I hope to see you on Thursday, August 14th. Please visit my website for more information.

End Of Summer Bash 2014:

August 14, 2014
5-8 p.m.

District Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
2800 28th Street, Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA

Richard Bloom
Assemblymember, 50th District

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Barrington Ave Closure This Weekend

Traffic advisory for this weekend: Barrington Ave., between Olympic Blvd. and Tennessee Ave. will be closed from 9pm on Friday until 6am on Monday in order to install tracks for the Expo line. Find out more about the closure and see maps for detours at the link below.

Build Expo

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LAPD Advisory Notes on Keeping Your Home Safe from Burglaries

LAPD Advisory - Notes from a burglar….
what they don’t want you to know!

  • Thanks for the ladder!

Call me a social climber if you will, but I did discover a ladder in your back yard. Thank you for leaving it where I could lean it against your home and easily reach a second-story window. I really love it when upper story openings aren’t wired to a home security system!

So, if you want to keep me out, store your ladder in the basement or a locked garage. And call your security company to wire upper-story windows into your alarm system.

  • Loved your trash

Can’t tell you how much fun I have driving around neighborhoods on trash day (especially after big gift holidays) when the empty boxes on the curb reveal what wonderful new toys you have. Your thoughtfulness made it possible for me to land a new laptop and a flat-screen television in one easy trip to your home! Next time, break down the boxes and conceal them in the recycling or trash bins.

  • Dear Can’t-Get-Around-to-It - Recently, I noticed you hadn’t trimmed trees and shrubs around your home, so I knew I’d have a wonderful place to hide while I worked to break into your home. I really can’t thank you enough for all the great new things I grabbed.

Next time, trim back bushes and trees near windows and doors. Make sure entry points to your home are easily visible from the street as I much prefer to work in private!

  • While you’re at it, install motion-sensor lighting. I’m scared of bright lights!
  • Su casa es mi casa! I was sincerely relieved to find your back door was a plain wood-panel door. 

I had no trouble kicking it in (my knees appreciate how easy that was!) Imagine how silly I felt when I discovered that your windows weren’t locked anyway.You may want to take a cue from your neighbor and install steel-wrapped exterior doors with deadbolts on all your entries.

  • And be sure your windows are locked when you’re away.
  • Bad reflection on you.  You’d be surprised how many home owners position a mirror in their entry hall so I can see from a window if the alarm system is armed. (Yours wasn’t, but I’m guessing you know that by now!)

Thanks for taking a lot of pressure off of me. A little free advice: Relocate the mirror so your alarm system isn’t visible if someone else would peer through a window.

  • The telltale grass - Wow, isn’t it amazing how fast the grass grows these days?

I swung by now and then and noticed your lawn was uncut, newspapers were piling up on the front steps, and your shades were always closed. To me, that’s an open invitation. Next time, hire someone you trust to mow regularly, pick up around the doorstep, open and close various window shades, and turn different lights on and off (or put a few on timers).

  • One more thing: Lock any car you leave in the driveway, or I can use your garage door opener to get in quickly.
  • Getting carried away - Many thanks for putting your valuables into an easy-to-carry safe that I could carry right out your back door. (Nice jewelry, and thank you for the cash!)

You may want to invest in a wall safe, which I rarely attempt to open. Or, rent a lock box at your bank.

  • Dear BFF - Thanks for alerting a professional acquaintance of mine via your social network that you were away for the week in Puerto Vallarta, having the time of your life. 

Me? I enjoyed a very relaxing visit to your home with no pressure of being caught. If only you had known that posting comments and photos of your trip on social networks is fine, but do that after you return so you won’t broadcast your absence!

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Brentwood Bicycle Race on August 3rd

LaGrangeDear Brentwood Neighbor –

August 1st Update: Here is the Brentwood Grand Prix 2014 Website:

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Velo Club La Grange, the Westside’s largest cycling club, will once again bring the high speed excitement of bicycle racing to Brentwood. The racing will be faster and more exciting than ever. We will once again draw the best amateur and professional racers from California and Nevada.

As we have for the past 6 years, we have done everything we can to minimize disruption to our neighbors by trying to anticipate where we might cause inconvenience to you.

The races will begin at 7:00 am and continue until approximately 4:30 pm. During that time San Vicente will be closed to traffic from Wilshire on the East to Gorham on the West. Cross streets at Barrington, Darlington, Kiowa, Barry and Goshen will also be closed at San Vicente. Alleys that run behind retail stores and restaurants will have access to parking through their alleys.

We will have LADOT Traffic Control Officers at all the major intersections and along with our volunteers we will keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.

Last year we were very successful in having our volunteers ready to escort cars in and out of garages and parking structures as quickly as possible with minimal wait times while the races were in progress.

We will also be using extensive signage on the side streets and those streets that cross or border San Vicente in order to better inform motorists of street closures and the best way to make their way around the area.

In addition, we have taken out a permit with the Veterans Administration so that cars can get into the VA from Wilshire Blvd and use the parking lots in the VA and not need to park on the streets around San Vicente.

Attached to this note is a Race Flyer that will give you more information on the races and the events of the day. We hope you will come over to the main area of the course and experience the EXPO area and have the best viewing of the races.

If you have further questions please contact us:

Jay Slater –President – E:mail
Marco Fantone –Race Coordinator E- Mail mfantone

Thank you again for the great support we get from the Brentwood community.

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Letter From BCC Board President

I attended today the third of three town hall meetings about proposed changes in the Big Blue Bus system.  The Big Blue Bus does not get any money from the City of Santa Monica, but it does get money from Angelenos in the form of a cut of various taxes and allocations.

One of the proposals to go into effect, possibly as soon as next year, is the elimination of the Number 3 line.  The Number 3 line connects Brentwood to Santa Monica and beyond, South, all the way to the Airport.  It runs, except for certain truncated times when it begins in Brentwood, from UCLA to LAX.  Right now, I can carry a shoulder bag, and roll a good size carry-on two blocks to Montana and Westgate and get to LAX (and back) in one hop for $.50 (Senior rate).  That will end.  There will be no way to get to the airport without transferring at least one time.  Continue reading

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