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Mike Bonin’s Sunset Traffic Community Workshop

Sunset_TrafficOn February 6, 2016, Councilmember Mike Bonin will convene a meeting of Brentwood residents and area stakeholders to collaborate on creative solutions that will alleviate traffic on Sunset Boulevard.

[From Mike Bonin]

As we all know, traffic congestion on Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood is maddening and infuriating. During rush hour, motorists can spend nearly an hour driving a single mile near the I-405. As a result of the tremendous gridlock, people are arriving late for appointments, parents are losing quality time with their children, and residents feel like they are locked into their neighborhoods for large chunks of the day.

The problem has been getting incrementally worse for decades – but I refuse to believe we can’t make it better.  That’s why I am launching a Sunset Traffic Initiativeand taking three big steps to address the problem.  We are going to focus on unprecedented collaboration, expert analysis, and community input, to come up with proposed solutions, big and small.

Formation of the Sunset Transportation Collaborative
There are many causes of traffic on Sunset Boulevard. One big cause is the number of people going to and leaving from the many wonderful institutions on and near Sunset Boulevard – world class schools, houses of worship, hotels, and museums and cultural centers. To truly make an impact on traffic, these institutions need to work together, share best practices, pool resources, and develop goals for actually reducing the number of Sunset Boulevard trips they generate. That is why I am convening a Sunset Transportation Collaborative, and inviting all the Sunset-area institutions to participate. Already, key institutions have accepted my invitation to participate in the collaborative, including: Paul Revere Middle School, the Getty Center, the Archer School for Girls, St Martin of Tours Catholic Church, the Brentwood Business Improvement District, University Synagogue, Brentwood School, and Mt. Saint Mary’s University. The Collaborative will host its first meeting in early 2016.

I want the collaborative to grow into a genuine Transportation Management Association, a non-profit collaborative that will provide and coordinate transportation services in and around the corridor.  We have seen successful trip reduction through such transportation management plans at Warner Center, UCLA, and more recently in Century City. Through ride-sharing, joint shuttles, coordinated scheduling and more, the number of trips on Sunset Boulevard can be reduced, easing the gridlock we encounter.

Getting Expert Analysis & Advice
In order to solve this problem, we first need to fully understand how two basic foundations of transportation  engineering – street design and traffic signal timing – contribute to traffic on Sunset. To accomplish this important first step, I have asked renowned transportation expert Allyn Rifkin in collaboration with former City of Santa Monica Traffic Engineer Sam Morrissey (now with the transportation systems firm Iteris), to prepare a strategic analysis of the Sunset corridor design and signal timing. This report will help us understand the technical challenges we are facing, including roadway construction, lane markings, and signal timing, and will additionally offer suggestions for improving the corridor. Bringing in fresh, expert eyes to take a look at Sunset Boulevard will be incredibly useful in guiding how we tackle this problem.

Community Charrette
Once the expert analysis is complete, we will share it with the public at a Sunset Traffic Solutions Charrette, to be held in February. This will be your opportunity to evaluate proposed solutions, and suggest your own. This is not going to be a bunch of folks with a PowerPoint presentation talking at you. This will be an interactive, solutions-focused workshop.

We will begin by hearing about proposed solutions from traffic engineers and transportation experts, but we will also workshop different ideas in small groups. I am open to any idea that could help — big and small, general or intersection-specific —  and nothing is off the table for discussion. The charrette will be February 6. Please save the date and CLICK HERE to sign up to receive an invitation.

Sunset Boulevard is not going to miraculously return to the traffic-free street that it might have been a half century or more ago. But it can get better — if we work together, are open to examining all ideas, and commit to finding ways to reducing the number of cars.  I look forward to working with you to make this happen.

Councilmember, 11th District

Bike-sharing program gets going in Santa Monica, Venice; more areas to follow


[From the LA Times] After years of false starts in bringing bike-sharing programs to Los Angeles County, supporters celebrated the launch Thursday of the region’s first fully functioning program serving Santa Monica and neighboring Venice.

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Sunset Lane Reductions This Coming Week

DWP is nearing its completion of a new power circuit for Brentwood This work has spanned almost two years, and involved replacing lines above ground, cables below ground, installing new poles throughout Mandeville Canyon and also three new vaults below ground on Bristol Court.  There are still a few key remaining pieces of work, which need to be completed before the holidays set in. With the cooler temperatures (lower demand for air conditiong) it’s an ideal time to perform the final upgrades. The sooner we get the additional power circuit for Brentwood, the more capacity and flexibility we will have, and the more reliable the power will be for all residents of 90049.
The remaining work will take place at the intersection of Sunset and Bundy, Nov. 12-21. Much of the work will take place after midnight, so as not to exacerbate the Sunset traffic problmes. The two exceptions to that are Saturday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 19.The work will take place from Nov. 12 through Nov. 21 at Kenter Ave and Sunset Blvd.  Specifically, Sunset will be reduced to one lane east and one lane west during the following periods:

Sat, Nov 14 – 8:00am to 3:30pm
Thurs, Nov 19 – 9:00am to 3:00pm

Thurs, Nov 12 – Midnight to 6:00am
Tues, Nov 17 – Midnight to 6:00am
Wed, Nov 18 – Midnight to 6:00am

WLA Crime Report for Oct. 7 – Oct. 26

ROBBERY:           0

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

Montana/San Vicente

On 10/08/15, at 1545, the suspect beat/kicked the victim and then threw a chair and silverware at her. Arrest made.

13000 Sunset Dr

On 10/11/15, at 1200, the suspect was at the victim’s place of employment in violation of a restraining order. The victim confronted the suspect who picked up a brick and threw it at the victim but missed.

BURGLARY:         5

100 N. Church Ln

Between 10/05/15 at 1900, at 10/06/15 at 1500, unknown suspect(s) entered the hotel room by possible key card through the front door and removed passport and clothes, a $250. loss.

11900 Mayfield Ave

Between 10/05/15, at 0600 and 10/06/15, at 2100, unknown suspect(s) entered the apartment parking garage by prying the lock to the front door and removed a bicycle valued at $540.

11900 Mayfield

Between 10/06/15 at 1700 and 10/07/15 at 1000, unknown suspect(s) entered the apartment parking garage by prying the lock to the front door and removed an I-Pad and cash, valued at $425.

2600 Cordelia Rd

On 10/12/15 at 1830 and 10/13/15 and 0830, unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by unknown means. No property taken.

200 26th St. (commercial)

Between 10/14/15 at 1815, and 10/15/15 at 0630, unknown suspect(s) smashed the window of the front door, entered the location, attempted to pry open the locked storage room.  No loss.

GRAND THEFT AUTO:           0

BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle):         4

11600 Sunset Blvd

On 10/07/15, between 1900 and 0700, while parked in an apartment lot, a laptop was stolen.

12300 Montana Ave

On 10/07/15, between 2000 and 0800 the next day, while parked on the street, a MBZ mirrors and speakers were stolen.

11800 Mayfield Ave

On 10/14/15, between 1500 and 0855 the next day, while parked in an apartment garage, a tool valued at $20.00 was stolen.

11900 Montana

On 10/17/15, between 1900 and 0900 the next day, while parked on the street, a laptop was stolen. Read more

Patty Anawalt Passes at 91 years old

Patty Anawalt PhotoIt is with sadness that we must inform our Park residents about the passing of Patty Anawalt. Patty passed at her home after a short illness.

Here is the text from the LA Times Obit:

Patricia Rieff Anawalt, a UCLA anthropologist who later became the chairman of Anawalt Lumber Co., died Oct. 2 at her Brentwood home after a short illness, her family said. She was 91.

Anawalt was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. An authority on Mesoamerican ritual and attire, she wrote several books, including “The Worldwide History of Dress” (2007), which examined the costumes of a wide range of peoples, including Neolithic plant-fiber skirts, ancient Egyptian linen shifts and Mongolian shamanic robes.

A graduate of UCLA, where she received a PhD in anthropology in 1975, she began her career as an Aztec specialist. Once described as “an ethnological Sherlock Holmes” in Archaeology magazine, she analyzed pre-Columbian sources and systematic studies conducted by Spanish missionaries to find out what local people wore and why.

Her studies provided clues about what happened when the Spanish and Aztec cultures collided in the 1500s in what is now Mexico. She found some changes resulted from the Spaniards’ introduction of technology such as the treadle loom, which produced wider pieces of fabric that could be cut and shaped to fit the body and was operated by men instead of women.

“As an anthropologist, I’ve always been interested in this thing that happens when two different cultures come together and something new comes out of that,” she told The Times in 1993, when the Center for the Study of Regional Dress opened.

Before founding the center, Anawalt was curator of costumes and textiles at UCLA’s Museum of Cultural History.

She was married for 55 years to Richard Anawalt. When he died in 2000, she succeeded him as chairman of the family-owned lumber company founded in Los Angeles in 1923.

Anawalt was born in Ripon, Calif., on March 10, 1924. Her survivors include a daughter, Katie; two sons, David and Fred; and four grandchildren.

The link to the obit can be found here:


WLA Crime Report: Sept 21st to Oct. 6th


100 S. Saltair Ave (Home Invasion Robbery)
On 10/02/2015, at 2305, the victim (70+ years old) observed the suspect standing right outside her bathroom door. The suspect immediately pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. The victim demanded he leave her residence. The suspect left the location without taking any of the victim’s property.
Suspect #1: Male, No further description. Weapon: Handgun

ASSAULT OR ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon): 3

1200 Getty Center Drive
On 10/1/15, at 1340, the suspect was leaving the parking lot without paying. Parking lot attendants attempted to stop suspect who struck one victim’s foot and struck the other victims hand.

12400 Mountain Gate Dr.
On 10/02/15, at 1030, the victim approached the suspect and asked him why he was making fun of him. The suspect became angry and hit the victim over the head with a glass cocktail glass, causing two, 1” lacerations, to the left side of the victim’s head. Weapon: Glass cup

Sunset Blvd / Barrington Ave
On 10/02/15, at 1050, the victim and suspect became involved in a traffic accident. When the victim approached the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect sped off, hitting the victim’s leg. The victim fell down striking his forehead on the suspect’s left side door. The victim sustained a 2” laceration on his forehead. Suspect: Male, White, 20-25 years old. Weapon: Vehicle: 2010 – 2015, Chevy Malibu, 4Dr, White.


12000 Coyne Street
On 09/18/15, between 1415 and 1635, unk suspect(s) entered opened rear door of residence and fled with victim’s property.

700 Teakwood Rd
On 09/28/15, between 0720 and 1450, unknown suspect(s) entered the residence through the side window after removing the screen and removed cash and jewelry valued at $7,000.00

3000 Corda Dr.
On 09/30/15, between 1200 and 1630, unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by cutting the screen on the open window and removed jewelry, a $100,000 loss.

11600 Terryhill Place
On 09/28/15, between 1300 and 1630, unknown suspect(s) entered the garage of the residence by opening the unlocked front door and removed a bicycle, a $400 loss.

11900 Kearsarge St
On 10/05/15, between 0930 and 1500 hours, unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by cutting the screen on the open window and removed jewelry, a $15,000 loss.


BFMV (Burglary and/or Theft from Motor Vehicle): 7

On 09/21/15, between 1250 and 1055, while parked on the street, the plates off of a Mercedes vehicle were stolen.

600 Gretna Green
On 09/23/15, between 1800 and 0600 the next day, while parked in a driveway, credit card and receipts were stolen.

11800 Darlington
On 09/25/15, between 2300 and 0930 the next day, while parked in an apartment garage, a laptop was stolen.

12000 Goshen
On 09/26/15, between 0700 and 0915, while parked in a subterranean garage, window was smashed and a tool box and knife were stolen.

11600 Gorham
On 09/26/15, between 1100 and 1230, while parked in an apartment parking lot, window was smashed and electronics were stolen.

12200 Dunoon
On 09/29/15, between 0001 and 1200, while parked in a driveway, an I-phone was stolen.

11900 Foxboro Dr
On 09/29/15, between 2005 and 2015, while parked in a driveway, a laptop was stolen.


11700 Chenault (residence)
Between 09/23/15 at 0800 and 10/01/15 at 1600, victim hosted a parties where numerous guests had access to area where her jewelry was kept. Victim discovered her jewelry valued at $50,000.00 had been taken.

600 S Barrington Ave # (apartment complex)
On 9/24/15, between 1000 to 1530 hours, unknown suspect(s) used a cutting tool to cut bike lock. Bike valued at $1,710.00

400 Barrington (condominium complex)
Between 09/25/15 at 1500 and 09/28/15 at 0830, unknown suspect(s) damaged a lock in attempt to gain entry. There was no evidence the suspect gained entry, but the lock was taken. Lock valued at $5.00


Regarding the above posted Home Invasion Robbery… investigators are actively pursuing all leads and tips and will advise me as to any outcomes, updates or information that can be shared with the community. Until then, I unfortunately have no further information.

On 9/30/15, at approximately 11:00 pm, a woman driving in the area of Sunset Blvd and Capri noticed a white sedan with two males inside, one possibly wearing a bandana (no further description), driving behind her as she drove up the neighborhood to her residence. Although not initially concerned, she became more alarmed when they followed her onto her residential street of Sorento Drive. Her entrance gate opened and they followed her onto her property. They exited their vehicle and started walking towards her. Frightened, she started honking her horn at which time family exited her house and triggered motion lights. The suspects then fled out the gate.

Sadly, this is not an uncommon ‘MO’. So this particular note is especially directed to you ladies. Always, always, ALWAYS, drive with your doors locked and pay attention to your surroundings, especially if coming home later in the evening. There are bad guys out there that specifically look for lone females, often attracted by a glittering wedding rings or other jewelry seen from the cab of your car (tip: drive with your rings turned inward toward your palm to attract less attention). If you make random turns and they are still behind you, call 911 (in this case it would be more than OK to use your cell phone while driving). If you suspect you’re being followed, go to a well-lit public location (ideally, the police station if possible). Don’t let yourself get boxed into a cul-de-sac. If you do find yourself boxed in, start honking. Try to get as much attention as possible in the hopes that it will frighten them away– as it did in this case. If, however, they’ve already approached you and they are armed or threaten you, then please keep in mind that property can always be replaced, lives cannot be. I can’t tell you what to do, since every incident is different, but trust your instincts. A general suggestion is that you should comply with their demands if they are interested in stealing your property. But if they’re interested in stealing you, then fight and scream with all your might. But only you can decide at that moment, given the circumstances, what your instincts tell you to do. But give it some thought, and have a plan, and make sure the lovely ladies in your lives are aware of this possible crime method.

All the best,

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray
LAPD West Los Angeles Division

Brentwood Park Property Owners Association

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