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One of the Strangest Westside Stories…Ever

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Dead Man Found With 1,200 Guns Claimed To Have Been Secret Alien Agent

[Excerpt from LAist.com]

In an X-Files-worthy twist, the man found dead last week with a massive hoard of weaponsclaimed to be an alien/human hybrid working with a secret government agency.

The decomposing body of Jeffery Lash was found along with a stash of over 1,200 guns in his Pacific Palisades home on July 17. And now it’s been discovered that Lash’s fiancée, Catherine Nebron, and Nebron’s employee Dawn VadBunker, reportedly believed Lash to be an alien savior working an unnamed government agencies, according to KTLA. Vadbunker was also reported missing until last week when she was located in Oregon.

Nebron and VadBunker reportedly left Lash’s body in the SUV after he collapsed in the parking lot of a Bristol Farms in Santa Monica on July 4. Nebron didn’t report the death to authorities because she believed that the secret agencies he worked for would come to collect him. She then left for Oregon with VadBunker. VadBunker’s mother tells KTLA that her daughter, who has still not returned from Oregon, was convinced that Lash was not entirely human: “He [said he] was part alien and part human and was out to save the world.”

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L.A.’s Most Famous Streets When They Were Still Dirt

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Sunset and Gower – 1907

KCET.Org has a wonderful photo post on Los Angeles at the turn of the century when all the roads in our city were still dirt.  There are some fantastic action photos of the automobile races in Santa Monica in 1910.  Current landmarks can be identified in the 100 year old landscapes.  Fascinating.  Check out the post here.  L.A. Most Famous Streets When They Were Dirt  Most of the images are courtesy of the USC Digital Library, which has a website to browse. USC Digital Library

WLA Crime Report for July 3rd – July 15th

ROBBERY: 0
ASSAULT OR ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon): 2

11900 Wilshire (clothing store parking lot)
On 07/07/15, at 1030, the suspect pushed the victim to the elevator floor and put a box cutter to her throat and attempted to remove her pants. Victim was able to escape and fled. The suspect was immediately located and taken into custody without incident

12000 Benmore Terrace
On 7/11/15, at 1310, the victims and the suspect, who all know one another and have had an ongoing dispute, became involved in an argument. The suspect and victim 1 argued and during the course of the argument the suspect armed herself with a machete. Victim 1 retreated. Victim 2, hearing the commotion, exited the residence and began to videotape the confrontation. The suspect then turned towards victim 2 and pointed the machete at him. Both victims fled inside the residence and called the police. The police responded and arrested the suspect.

BURGLARY: 2

12200 Shetland Ln (construction)
Between 07/03/15, at 1630, to 07/06/15, at 0730, unknown suspect(s) entered the location by breaking the lock box on the front door and using the key to enter through the same door to the construction site and took power tools and a T.V valued at $1,700.00

11700 Gorham Ave
On 07/03/15, between 0400 and 0500, two unknown suspects entered the underground apartment garage by prying the rear door and removed a bicycle that appears to have been unsecured. Suspects also cut the locks of other bicycles at the location but did not take them because they were double locked. Suspects appear to be in their late teens, early 20’s.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: 0
BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle): 8

11600 Chenault
On 06/30/15, between 1800 and 0630 the next day, while parked in an apartment parking garage, a GPS, vehicle registration and clothing were stolen.

11600 Chenault
On 07/04/15, between 2340 and 1230 the next day, while parked in a parking lot, the window was smashed and an I-phone was stolen.

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The Day The Beatles came to Brentwood Park

1.-Bonnie-Cowan-with-the-Bealtles-850x640[Excerpt from Los Angeles Magazine]

The garden party was planned for August 24, 1964, the day after the Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in front of thousands of screaming fans. Alan Livingston was president of Capitol Records and had signed the Beatles that same year. Livingston was married to Sunset Boulevard actress Nancy Olson, and Nancy’s mother offered to host a fund-raiser for a hemophilia charity at her home. All Warren Cowan had to do was invite his roster of clients and the event would be crawling with celebrities and their offspring.

On the day of the event, guests paid $100 each to bring their kids to see the Beatles; kids got in for $25 a head.

– Read more at: http://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/how-the-beatles-really-ended-up-at-a-garden-party-in-brentwood/

Archer Forward City Council Meeting This Tuesday

The Archer School expansion project is set to go before another City Planning committee for approval this Tuesday. The BPPOA Board of Directors supports the position taken by many of the Brentwood neighborhood associations, who have appealed the previous decision, believing it was too concessionary and not in line with the realities of potential impacts on our community.

The Board requests that you lend your voice in support of a more reasonable project. The compromise includes most of the facility and event upgrades the school requested and is supported by Councilman Bonin and the neighbors. Please click the link below to send an email and don’t forget to add your name and address to the newly created email.

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Last time, there was a historic response and helped support the Councilman’s efforts to restrict traffic and construction impacts. This is Round 2 of 3 and without you, our voice will not be heard. Please feel free to forward this email to neighbors.  Everyone counts!

SoCal Gas to Upgrade Your Gas Meters

Southern California Gas Company is upgrading its system by adding an Advanced Meter communication device (Advanced Meter) to all of Brentwood Park. The Advanced Meter will read and transmit your natural gas usage to SoCal Gas’s customer service and billing center without the need of a meter reader.

With this upgrade, you will have access to more frequent and detailed information about your gas consumption at socalgas.com, enabling you with better control of your energy usage and the potential to save money.

SoCal Gas Meter Upgrade Overview

Advanced Meter Overview

 

Help Us Celebrate Norman Kulla on 6/26/15

Norman Kulla has been a great friend to Brentwood Park for many years.  For those who don’t know, Norman is Councilmember Mike Bonin’s main Lieutenant.  Norman is our “go-to” guy for every issue in the Park, from traffic to crime.  We are sad to see him leave his position, but wish him well for his future endeavors.

Celebrate Norman Kulla

Article: The Lost Canals of Venice of America

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[Excerpt from KCET.org Socal Focus] Secreted away from the hustle and bustle of the famous boardwalk, the picturesque canals of Venice, California, are one of the seaside community’s hidden charms. But in Venice’s early years, the canals that survive today were only a sideshow. The main attraction — the original canals of Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America — are lost to history, long ago filled in and now disguised as residential streets.

In planning Venice of America, Kinney incorporated several references to the community’s Mediterranean namesake, from the Italianate architecture to his fanciful notion of launching a cultural renaissance there. But Venice of America would not have lived up to its name were it not for its canals.

When it opened on July 4, 1905, Venice of America boasted seven distinct canals arranged in an irregular grid pattern, as seen below in Kinney’s master plan for the community. Totaling nearly two miles and dredged out of former saltwater marshlands, the canals encircled four islands, including the tiny triangular United States Island. The widest of them, appropriately named Grand Canal, terminated at a large saltwater lagoon. Three of the smaller canals referred to celestial bodies: Aldebaran, Venus, and Altair.

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The Age of Every Building in LA (and specifically Santa Monica)

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[Excerpt from LAist.com]

If you’ve ever wanted to see how Los Angeles County grew, a new and colorful interactive map gives you an amazing bird’s eye view of how the region has developed.

The open source project—known as built:LA— allows you to progressively see where and when buildings were built across the county over each decade from 1890 to 2008. By clicking on each decade on the map’s timeline, you’ll add the structures built in that decade to the map with a distinct, corresponding color. (Just a warning: the site itself can be slow to load on older computers.) The colorful layers begin with a light turquoise representing pre-1910 construction, followed by increasingly darker blues showing development for successive decades. The color shifts to purple for construction during the 1950s, and then transitions to increasingly lighter pinks for the following decades until orange comes to represent post-2000 construction.

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Development of Santa Monica in the 1950s

Development of Santa Monica in the 1950s

WLA Crime Report for May 5th to 15th

ROBBERY:    0

ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):     0

BURGLARY: 2

100 El Medio (Construction site) RD 0825

Between 05/07/15 at 1800 and 05/08/15 at 0700, unknown suspect(s) pried tool shed door and removed power tools.

12200 Paisley RD 0825

On 05/08/15, between 1135 and 1615, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear glass door and removed computers and a watch.

GRAND THEFT AUTO:      0

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):                  2

12000 Goshen Ave RD 0831

Between 05/03/15 at 1700 and 1100 the next day, while parked in a subterranean garage, a purse and glasses were stolen.

1000 Bundy Ave RD 0831

On 05/04/15, between 0330 and 0530, while parked on the street, door forced open and cash, a laptop and phone were stolen

GRAND THEFT & PETTY THEFT:          5

1300 Capri Dr. (residence, late report) RD 0803

On 04/29/15, at 0100 hours, an unknown suspect entered the victim’s backyard and removed the victim’s mounted TV valued at $5,000.00

11900 San Vicente (commercial) RD 0831

Between 05/06/15 and 05/07/15, an unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s office and broke the lock on the victim’s desk to remove victim’s property.  Computers and cash valued at $3,600.00

11600 Mayfield Ave (multi-unit parking garage) RD 0832

On 05/11/15, between 0726 and 0748, a male, 6′ tall, approx. 28 years old, entered the storage unit and removed a tool and tent valued at $280.00 from an unlocked storage unit in the parking garage.

12000 Goshen (apartment) RD 0831

On 05/12/15 at 0700, the suspect, who was hired by the victim to care for victim’s dog while victim was out of town, refused to return the dog to the victim when the victim returned from her trip. Yorkshire Terrier dog valued at $700.00

12000 Wilshire Blvd (commercial) RD 0831

On 05/12/15, at 1815, a male, black, 5’06” tall, 150 lbs, in his 30’s, concealed a dental guard valued at $69.48  in his waistband and exited store without paying.

Note:

Auto key fobs-those neat little devices that are becoming the standard for vehicle door locks allow drivers to walk up to their car and have it automatically unlock just by being in its proximity. Very cool– the problem is, that thieves have discovered that they can use power amplifiers which increase the range for which the car searches for its compatible fob.  So in a nutshell, you can be in your home, with your fob on your bureau, and the bad guy can use a power amplifier to increase the radius of the search (to within your residence) and when it recognizes it, it unlocks the car for the thief.  No broken windows, no suspicious noises, nothing unusual going on that would make someone suspect a car is being broken into or stolen.  The suspect simply walks up to your car and the lock unlocks.  It’s been suggested that the best way to prevent this from happening is to conceal your vehicle’s fob within a metal container of some sort which would block the power amplifier from connecting with it. The refrigerator or freezer seems to do the trick.  Just something to keep in mind.

Auto Detectives asked me to pass along a message regarding a recent crime trend in West LA.  Within the last few weeks, Grand Theft Auto suspects have taken advantage of folks, particularly those who live in multiunit residential complexes, who leave their own keys or the keys of roommates, inside their vehicles to make it easier to juggle the parking situation amongst multiple tenants.  Suspects sometimes are now sometimes taking two cars from one parking lot.  Please send out this information to your families, friends, tenants, neighbors, HOA boards, etc., advising them to immediately discontinue this risky practice.

All the best,

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray
LAPD West Los Angeles Division
310-444-0744
30469@lapd.lacity.org

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