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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PCH and Chautauqua Intersection after Flood (1938)

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Looking down PCH at Santa Monica Canyon. “Despite heavy rainfall exceeding six inches that day there appears to have been a break in the rain when the photograph was taken.” 1938 [Photo via Los Angeles City Historical Society]

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New CA Bike Buffer Law Goes into Effect


A new law takes effect in California Tuesday: Drivers must give bicyclists three feet as they pass them on the road.

“Prior to this law, there was no clearly defined safe passing distance,” says Colin Bogart from the LA County Bicycle Coalition.

But most people don’t hold a yard stick out their passenger side window. So, what’s three feet anyway?

“I think people have a good sense of what three feet looks like without realizing it,” says Bogart.

One way to think about it is if a biker can reach out his or her arm and touch your vehicle, you’re probably closer than three feet.

Here’s how the law works:

  • The law applies to any place a vehicle passes a bicyclist, regardless of whether there’s a bike lane in the road.
  • A law enforcement officer must witness a violation to issue a fine. Bystanders’ accounts or video recordings made by the bicyclist — on a GoPro, for example — aren’t admissible.
  • Violators face at least a $35 fine, and a $220 fine if a collision occurs. Both can increase when court fees are added.
  • There is one exception to the new law: If there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet of space. In that case, they must first slow down before safely passing.

More at: Southern California Public Radio

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Wendell Brown, the homeless poet of Brentwood, dead at 69


Wendell Brown, everyone’s favorite homeless poet in Brentwood, has died.

Wendell was a Brentwood fixture for years, selling poems he wrote from the sidewalk just in front of Vicente Foods and Pharmaca.

Wendell was known for his positive demeanor and upbeat philosophy of life.

Read Jeff Hall’s full article at

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Big Blue Bus – Expo Planning Survey

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Expo Planning Survey

Big Blue Bus wants to hear from you on proposals for the integration of bus routes with the Expo Line. We have been studying ways to adapt the bus system when the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica opens in 2016. After examining existing Big Blue Bus performance and listening to public input, we have developed a series of recommended route changes to improve mobility for Big Blue Bus riders while taking advantage of the rapid regional service that will be provided by the Expo Line.

The survey, open through October 12, 2014, presents the proposed changes and asks for your comments. When the survey is closed, the project team will review all comments and develop a final set of Big Blue Bus recommendations to present at a Santa Monica City Council Public Hearing in February or March of 2015.

To complete the survey and learn more about the proposed changes, click the image below or visit


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WLA Crime Report August 20th – September 9th

ROBBERY:            0

ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):            0

BURGLARY:            12
2100 Kerwood

On 08/22/14, between 11:45 am and 12:30 pm unknown suspect(s) entered residence via unlocked rear window and removed computers and clothes.

3100 Elvido

Between 08/24/14 at 10:00 pm and 08/25/14 at 8:00 am, unknown suspect(s) smashed side door window and ransacked the house.  It’s an unknown loss at this time.

700 S Burlingame

On 08/25/14, between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear glass door and removed jewelry.

11800 Wilshire (commercial)

On 08/25/14 at 2:35 am, unknown suspect(s) pried business side door and removed a computer.

11600 San Vicente (commercial)

Between 08/27/14 and 08/28/14 at 5:30 am, unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked office and removed computers.  Computers were found on another floor and were recovered.

2600 Westridge

Between 08/28/14 at 6:30 pm and 08/29/14 at 8:00 am, unknown suspect(s) opened construction site rear window and removed tools.

500 Burlingame

On 08/29/14 between 4:00 pm and 10:45 pm, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear balcony door and removed cash and jewelry.

12700 Hanover

Between 08/29/14 at 10:45 pm and 08/31/14 at 5:55 pm, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear door window and removed costume jewelry

700 Moreno

On 08/30/14 between 1:45 pm and 4:30 pm, unknown suspect(s) cut rear window screen and removed computers and a camera.

700 Bundy

On 08/30/14 between 8:40 am and 6:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear window and removed jewelry, cash, and a safe.

12400 Promontory Rd

Between 09/05/14 at 9:30 pm and 09/07/14 at 4:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered via unlocked rear window and removed jewelry.

300 Saltair

On 09/08/14 at 3:20 pm, victim returned home causing suspects to flee.  Suspects had pried side casement window and removed jewelry and a computer.

Suspect: Male, White, 20/25 years old, blue shirt and jeans. A possible lookout was observed outside location. No further description

GRAND THEFT AUTO:            1
1000 Granville

Between 9/05/14 at 6:00 pm and 09/06/14 at 7:00 am, while parked in a carport, a 2010 Honda motorcycle was stolen.

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):                        8

12000 Coyne St

During the night of 8/17/14, while parked on the street, sunglasses and cash was stolen

11900 Kiowa

During the night of 8/19/14, while parked in a carport and by unknown means, sunglasses, medical instruments and a bag were stolen.

1300 Saltair

During the night of 8/22/14, while parked in a subterranean garage, window was smashed and a projector was stolen

11300 Cashmere St

During the night of 8/24/14, while parked in a driveway, a DMV registration tab was stolen

200 Barrington

During the night of 8/31/14, while parked in a carport, door pried and a wallet and cash were stolen

1100 Wellesley

During the night of 8/31/14, while parked in a subterranean garage, window was smashed and a purse, cash and ID were stolen

11400 Waterford

During the night of 9/02/14, while parked in a driveway, a purse, cash and credit cards were stolen

800 Westgate

During the night of 9/07/14, while parked on the street, a side view mirror of a ’96 Porsche was stolen Continue reading

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Walk to School Day in October

It’s 4 weeks til kick-off of the 2nd Annual Citywide Walk to School Day (Wed, Oct 8, 2014) — we are now in high-gear to identify schools and recruit volunteer organizers! Your partnering and engagement last year made all the difference in getting 50+ schools to host Walk to School Day 2013 events.  This year, let’s shoot for 100!  The Mayor, Superintendent Deasy, LAPD and LADOT executives will be partnering to celebrate a truly memorable Walk-tober!

We ENCOURAGE you, school staff and potential organizers to visit for:

  • Excellent video –inspire schools and organizers to get involved!
  • Easy registration– as soon as organizers register, our team will reach out to help them promote, plan and host their event.
  • Step-by-Step organizer materials(in English and Spanish) to get an event up and running.
  • WTSD 2014 4-color postcard file– to print and distribute

Don’t Delay — Start Today! Continue reading

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5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness Workshops

5 Step Neighborhood Workshops

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Meet the Candidates Event – Oct. 12th

Last April, the Brentwood News and University Synagogue co-hosted a “Meet the Candidates” forum at which all 17 candidates running to replace Henry Waxman appeared.
We had a great turnout and it was all very interesting, I do believe.
We are going to host a “triple header” on Sunday, October 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at University Synagogue:
– Elan Carr and Ted Lieu (running for Congress, to replace Henry Waxman);
– Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen (State Senate); and
– Bobby Shriver (in person) and Sheila Kuehl (via video).
You must RSVP for up to two tickets to:
Cut off for tickets will be October 1 but we will likely “sell out” well before that.
Please note: At the last event, all seats were claimed and many who wanted to attend were turned away.  But there were maybe 50 empty seats during the event itself — a real shame.  Some who said they were coming obviously didn’t come.
Please sign up for tickets ONLY if you know you will be there (barring a last-minute emergency, of course).  If you decide you CAN’T come — even up until the last minute — please let us know so we can give your seat away.
Also: Oct. 12 is part of a 3-day weekend (Columbus Day), so if you will be out of town, you shouldn’t RSVP.
Remember: RSVP to
Hope to see you October 12!
Jeff Hall
Editor & Publisher
Brentwood News
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