Brentwood Bicycle Race on August 3rd

LaGrangeDear Brentwood Neighbor –

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 simnsez8@aol.com
Marco Fantone –Race Coordinator E- Mail mfantone @rpa.com

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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Traffic: Presidential Visit and Wilshire Bus Lane News

Presidential Visit

The president is set to visit Los Angeles Wednesday July 23 through Thursday. While the major portion of his visit will be concentrated from Beverly Hills to Hancock Park, he will visit a home in Mandeville Canyon on Thursday morning before heading to LAX in the afternoon.

Please avoid driving Thursday morning as closures can cause you to be stalled until the route is cleared.

Check http://here.com/traffic/usa/los-angeles-ca for local traffic before hitting the road.

Of course, all of this information is subject to change for security reasons.

More traffic news: Wilshire Bus Lane Construction beginning

Here are revised dates and periods regarding the Wilshire Bus Lane Construction.***

***Reported by SBRA Board member Lauren Cole 7/22/14: Work is beginning: At lunchtime they had a lane closed eastbound between Barry and Federal which was tying up traffic back to Bundy.

Project Construction is expected to begin in September 2014 on Wilshire Boulevard between Bonsall and Federal Avenues. Construction will take approximately 7 months to complete the full project and will be divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1 – North side of Wilshire Boulevard between Bonsall Avenue to Federal Avenue (approximately 2 1/2 months)
  • Phase 2 – South side of Wilshire Boulevard between Bonsall Avenue to Federal Avenue (approximately 2 1/2 months)
  • Phase 3 – Center median work (approximately 2 months)

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The community will be notified with more details prior to construction via email. For those located immediately adjacent to a construction area, a door to door notice will be distributed.

Visit www.wilshirebrt.com for the latest information and updates.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Wilshire BRT Construction Project Team

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Century & Aviation Blvd Intersection Closed this Weekend

A cellphone- and Web-based traffic information service will offer a special feature this weekend to help steer motorists around a bridge-demolition project that will close a stretch of Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced today.

Crews will be demolishing a defunct railroad bridge at Century and Aviation boulevards, clearing the site for a Crenshaw/LAX light rail line station. To accommodate the work, Century will be closed at the intersection, with airport traffic re-routed between La Cienega and Airport boulevards — a detour that has been dubbed “Century Crunch,” due to the anticipated traffic headaches.

The Southern California 511 service, which offers traffic updates on users’ cell phones or over the Internet, will offer information specific to the closure. Motorists can call 511 on their cell phones and, after an automated greeting, say “Century Crunch.” The service will then provide information on detour routes and updates on the closure.

Callers can also say “traffic” to receive updated traffic information for roads leading to the airport.

Real-time traffic maps and public-transit alternatives will also be available at the www.Go511.com website. Smartphone users can also download a Go511 app from the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Metro officials said they will also deploy a new $1.2 million mobile command center during Century Crunch to help monitor traffic and better deploy resources to affected areas during construction.

The high-tech command center, purchased in December with funding from the Department of Homeland Security, will provide officials with real-time operational information, according to Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project Director Charles Beauvoir.

“The idea is to keep things moving well and adapting very quickly to each situation. … We want the overall experience to be a very well-run machine,” Beauvoir told Video News West. “Having it on site and real-time is immeasurable.”

Century Crunch will begin at 9 p.m. Friday and continue until 6 a.m. Monday. Metro officials said an estimated 92,800 motorists travel through the Century/Aviation intersection on a daily basis.

Metro and airport officials have been advising residents to plan ahead if they must travel to the airport that weekend and allow extra travel time, or avoid traveling the Century route altogether.

With Century Boulevard blocked, motorists heading toward LAX that weekend will be diverted north on La Cienega Boulevard, west on Manchester Avenue, then south on Airport Boulevard, back to Century. Motorists leaving LAX will take the same detour in reverse.

Lanes will also be reduced on Aviation Boulevard during the demolition.

Metro officials also noted that once the bridge is demolished, Century Boulevard will remain reduced by one lane in each direction for the next 16 months, leaving three lanes each way.

The 8.5-mile, $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX line will run from the Metro Expo line at Exposition and Crenshaw boulevards and connect with the Green line near the airport. The line has an anticipated opening date in 2019.

–City News Service

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Brentwood Park Musicians Needed for Cocktail Party


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BPPOA is having a cocktail party on September 20th for our members.  Brentwood Park is a special neighborhood with many artistic and talented residents.  The cocktail party is about enhancing our sense of community.  It is therefore our hope that part of  event can be an exploration of the various musical talents that our residents have.

We would love to have some of our Park members who play musical instruments perform at the cocktail party.  We are not asking for a commitment for the entire event, but merely participation for whatever length of time is desired.  We also would be delighted if residents could play together.   Please contact us via this website’s Contact Page if you are interested in performing.

 

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BPPOA Cocktail Party

Cocktail Party Save the Date

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Assembly Member Richard Bloom’s July District Report

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Richard Bloom posts monthly updates on his legislative agenda.  Please check out this month’s report at: Bloom Report

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WLA Crime Report: June 29 – July 5

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Westside Today article on SV grass situation

Westside Today has received several inquiries about the grass in the middle of San Vicente’s median strip – where the Coral Trees are. Green grass became quite heavy in some parts of the median strip in recent weeks; other parts of the median strip have been parched and quite barren.

Full Article Here

 

 

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Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Begins Monday

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The Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is intended to further improve bus passenger travel times, service reliability, ridership of the existing Wilshire BRT system, and encourage a shift from automobile use to public transit. When implemented, bus passenger travel times are expected to improve by an average of 24%. Up to a 10% mode shift from mixed flow to bus use is projected. Based on the bus travel time improvements and associated ridership increases experienced with the Metro Rapid Program to-date, transit ridership along the Wilshire corridor is anticipated to increase between 15% and 20%. The project is being constructed in collaboration with the City and County of Los Angeles. The majority of the project funding is being provided through a federal Very Small Starts grant.

As announced, construction is expected to start in July 2014, as early as July 14th. Construction will take approximately 7 months to complete the full project and will be divided into three phases:

Phase 1 – North side of Wilshire Boulevard between Bonsall Avenue to Federal Avenue (approximately 2 1/2 months)

Phase 2 – South side of Wilshire Boulevard between Bonsall Avenue to Federal Avenue (approximately 2 1/2 months)

Phase 3 – Center median work (approximately 2 months)

At least two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained during peak hours, some night construction will also occur at which time traffic could be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The community will be notified with more details prior to construction via email. For those who live immediately adjacent to the construction area, a door to door notice will be distributed.

Don’t forget to visit www.wilshirebrt.com for the latest information and updates.

Thank You,

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Wilshire BRT Construction Project Team

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