Tom Kalette Memorial Oct. 30th at 6:30pm

Tom Kalette lost his fight with cancer Oct 22, 2014.
A community memorial will be held for him at University Synagogue at 11960 Sunset Blvd. on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 PM. Parking is available in the parking lot just south of Sunset on Saltair.
Tom was a respected businessman who was revered in the Brentwood Village where he managed properties and the overall Village activity.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and selfless quality that made him a wonderful person to work with in his business and community activities.  He will be sorely missed.
Thomas Michael Kalette was born June 4, 1951 in Syracuse, NY.
He attended Syracuse University.
Tom served 3 years in Vietnam with the Marine attachment aboard the USS Enterprise.
He practiced real estate beginning in 1987,  servicing the Los Angeles area.
Tom came to Brentwood Village in the late 90’s to help in the establishment of the Brentwood Village Chamber of Commerce, the Brentwood Village Business Improvement District. He worked hand-in-hand with the City of Los Angeles in a revitalization of Brentwood Village, a project which began in 2000.
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WLA Crime Report Oct. 7th – Oct. 27th

ROBBERY:    1

500 Green Craig (Attempt-Robbery/Bodily Force)

On 10/13/14, at approximately 9:30 pm, the victim let a female into his residence who stated that she needed help. In her attempt to use her cell phone she opened the front door. Two males were at a front window going to enter.  The victim fled upstairs and armed himself with a handgun. As the suspects approached the victim and saw that he was armed they turned and fled the location. Suspect 1: Male, Hispanic, dark hair, 150 lbs., age 20-25
Suspect 2: Male, White, dark hair, 140 lbs., age 20-25
Suspect 3: Female, White, brown hair, 115 lbs., age 20

ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):     0

BURGLARY: 0

GRAND THEFT AUTO:      3

11700 Mayfield

Between 10/13/14 at 4:00 pm and 10/14/14 at 5:30 am, while parked in an apartment carport, a 2012 Nissan Altima was stolen

11800 Goshen

Between 10/14/14 at 10:00 pm and 10/15/14 at 8:30 am, while parked on the street, a 2013 Ford Fusion was stolen

800 Westgate

Between 10/18/14 at 10:30 pm and 10/19/14 at 8:00 am, while parked in a carport, a 2014 Infiniti Q50 was stolen

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):                  22

11700 Dorothy

Between 10/05/14 at 12:00 pm and 10/06/14 at 10:00 am, while parked in an apt carport (unlocked) a laptop was stolen

1200 Norman

Between 10/09/14 at 3:30 pm and 10/10/14 at 11:00 am, while parked on the street, a headrest and first aid kit were stolen

11300 Homedale

Between 10/09/14 at 8:00 pm and 10/10/14   at 6:00 am, while parked in a driveway, sunglasses and insurance card were stolen

11800 Goshen

Between 10/09/14 at 10:00 pm and 10/10/14 and 10:45 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, $60 and a credit card were stolen

11600 Darlington

Between 10/09/14 at 12:00 pm and 10/11/14 at 8:00 am, while parked on the street, window smashed, purse and jewelry were stolen

600 S Barrington

Between 10/10/14 at 5:00 pm and 10/11/14 and 8:30 am, while parked in a subterranean, window smashed, makeup bag stolen

11600 Chenault

On 10/12/14, between 9:45 am and 11:00 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, clothing and jewelry were stolen

11900 Darlington

Between 10/12/14 at 8:00 pm and 10/13/14 at 7:30 am, while parked in a parking lot, window smashed, car stereo stolen

Barrington/Sunset

On 10/14/14, between 9:30 am and 9:35 am, while parked in a parking lot, purse, cash and ID were stolen

900 Granville

Between 10/13/14 at 8:00 pm and 10/14/14 at 6:50 am, while parked in a carport, window smashed and a glass breaker was stolen

11900 Kiowa

Between 10/13/14 at 8:00 pm and 10/14/14 at 9:00 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, clothing stolen

11900 Mayfield

Between 10/17/14 at 4:00 pm and 10/18/14 at 9:30 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, window smashed, GPS and CDs were stolen

11700 Goshen

Between 10/17/14 at 5:00 pm and 10/18/14 at 8:00 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, window smashed, backpack stolen

11700 Goshen

On 10/19/14, between 1:30 am and 10:30 am, while parked in a carport, window smashed, a microphone was stolen

11600 Kiowa

On 10/19/14, between 4:00 am and 5:00 am, while parked in a carport, window smashed, a laptop was stolen

Montana/Gretna Green

On 10/19/14, between 2:35 pm and 4:30 pm, while parked on the street, window smashed and a wallet and cash was stolen

11800 Gorham

Between 10/18/14 at 6:00 pm and 10/19/14 at 9:00 am, while parked in a carport, window smashed and an MP3 player and a knife was stolen

11900 Darlington

Between 10/20/14 at 3:30 pm and 10/21/14 at 7:15 am, while parked in a subterranean garage, a garage remote was stolen

11900 Gorham

On 10/23/14, between 12:30 am and 10:30 am, while parked in a parking garage, garage remote stolen

11600 Chenault

On 10/23/14, between 4:30 am and 10:00 am, while parked in an apartment garage, a wallet and bag were stolen

100 Church

Between 10/23/14 and 8:00 pm and 10/24/14 at 11:30 am, while parked on the street, sunglasses and make-up were stolen

200 Saltair

Between 10/23/14 at 10:20 pm and 10/24/14 at 12:00 noon, while parked on the street, football equipment and keys were stolen Continue reading

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Council District 11 Business Services

From Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Office:

Just wanted to share the free consulting services that are available to start-up and existing for-profit businesses in LA Council District 11. Counseling through this program is strictly confidential. For more information contact Moises Cisneros at 213.324.7774 or moises.cisneros@lacity.org

Here are the services available:

* Business Start-up Requirements
* Business Planning
* Marketing and Sales
* Financing & Loan Guidance
* Web Designing & SEO
* Legal Assistance
* City Permitting & Licensing; Fictitious Business Name Registration
* Business Accounting
* Green Business/Sustainability
* Customer and Employee Relations
* Budgeting and Financial Management
* Human Resources
* Import/Export

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Clarification on School Bus Safety Laws

LAPD Senior Lead Officer Mary Gray clarifies the laws surrounding school bus stopping and flashing lights.

From Maria Gray:
Some clarification is in order. My perspective in discussing the school bus safety laws stemmed from the canyon communities and the two lane highways from which we’ve received several complaints of blatant violators. But here is an excerpt from the DMV which best sums up what is legal and what is not when it comes to school bus safety law, for all situations. Thank you for your concern and patience!!

‘Some school buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn you to slow down and prepare to stop. When the bus flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), you must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing (CVC §22454). If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to $1,000 and your driving privilege could be suspended for one year. If the school bus is on the other side of a divided or multi-lane highway (two or more lanes in each direction), you do not need to stop’

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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

PACT WLA Night Ltr 9-11-14_2

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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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