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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

Decision of the City Planning Commission re Archer

Enclosed is the LA City Planning Commission decision on the Archer Forward project. Appeals are due by May 28th. Our Councilmember, Mike Bonin, is generally in favor of the project with some significant restrictions in place.

Here is the article that Brentwood News released this week:

“At a recent Planning Commission hearing held in Van Nuys, the Archer School’s expansion plans were approved – with many limitations – by a unanimous vote.

The next step in the approval process is the Planning and Land Use Management committee. From there, assuming it is approved, the expansion plans will be voted on by the full City Council. Councilman Mike Bonin is expected to give his blessing to the project.

After years of negotiations between Archer, the Councilman, Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA), local residents who live close to the school, and the Brentwood Community Council (BCC), it appears only a few minor issues remain to be pinned down, and nobody expects any issues to get in the way.

As a result of discussions, Archer will be able to expand its all-girls campus on Sunset, but not to the extent originally requested. It is possible school related traffic will actually go down somewhat, based on concessions made by the school.

Most agree the school already set a very high standard for traffic management; Bonin says he wants to use the Archer example and set similarly high standards for traffic to other schools in the area. School construction work will now take place over three years instead of the originally planned five years.”CITY PLANNING COMMISSION Determination_05_13_2015_sm

WLA Crime Report for Apr. 22nd – May 4th

ROBBERY:            0            

ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon):            0

BURGLARY:            13

100 N Carmelina, RD 0812 (Construction site)

Between 04/21/15 at 4:00 pm and 04/22/15 at 7:00 am, unknown suspect(s) entered via unlocked door and removed power tools.

400 Cliffwood, RD 0825

Between 04/22/15 at 5:00 pm and 04/24/15 at 8:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) entered via side doggy door and removed jewelry.

11900 Goshen #, RD 0831

On 04/22/15 at 1345 suspect entered apartment via unlocked balcony slider. Suspect fled when victim screamed. Suspect not observed.

1100 Iliff, RD 0802 (Construction site)

Between 04/24/15 at 6:00 pm and 04/27/15 at 12:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) pried rear wall plywood cover and removed jewelry.

12400 Sunset, RD 0825

Between 04/25/15 at 6:30 pm and 04/26/15 at 2:30 am, unknown suspect(s) smashed rear door window, opened door from inside and removed jewelry

11800 Mayfield, RD 0832

On 04/25/15 at 2:40 am, the below suspect(s) pried apartment building front door and burglarized a condo (also committed (2) car break ins and (2) stolen vehicles).

  • Male Hispanic, 5’08” 170 lbs, 25/35 years old
  • Female White, blond hair, 5’06”, 130 lbs, 25/35 years old

100 Anita, RD 0825 (Construction site)

On 04/26/15, between 0910 and 1630 suspect(s) unzipped exterior tarp and kicked rear interior door and removed jewelry

12400 San Vicente RD 0825

On 04/28/15 between 0800 and 2245 unknown suspect(s) smashed rear glass door and removed high-end watches.

900 Bundy RD 0831

MO: Bet 04/29/15 at 1600 and 04/30/15 at 0615 suspect(s) removed two bicycles from unlocked rear guest house.

1300 San Remo RD 803

On 04/29/15 bet 1830 and 1950 suspect(s) smashed side window and removed jewelry.

12700 Bristol RD 0812

On 04/30/15 between 1515 and 1745 unknown suspect(s) forced rear door and removed unknown property.

300 Gretna Green RD 0826

On 05/01/15 between 1340 and 1415 unknown suspect(s) entered via unlocked rear bedroom window and removed watch.

500 Avondale # RD 0831

On 05/03/15 between 1130 and 1200 suspect(s) forced bedroom side window and removed a knife. Suspect not observed. Read more

National Public Gardens Day at the Getty Museum

THE GETTY CELEBRATES NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY ON MAY 8

Day includes special tours and a gift with purchase at the Getty Center

LOS ANGELES-The Getty joins the annual celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 8. Sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Day helps raise awareness of the botanic gardens, arboreta, conservatories and public gardens across the country. 

At the Getty Center, special National Public Gardens Day Tours will be led by Getty Gardens Supervisor Michael DeHart, who will give a tour of the Getty Center’s Central Garden at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m.

The Museum Store at the Getty Center will offer a gift with a purchase of $50 or more. The gift will be the popular souvenir boxed set of two Seeing the Getty books, containing photographs of the architecture and gardens at the Getty Center.

Help celebrate public gardens and get a jump on Mothers’ Day at National Public Gardens Day at the Getty on Friday, May 8. Admission and tours are free. Parking is $15 per car. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.

Julie Newmar to give public a look at her Brentwood garden

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[Excerpt] In a career that has stretched lithely across seven decades, Julie Newmar, the early blooming classical pianist and dancer who grew up to be TV’s first feloniously feline Catwoman, has earned a Tony Award for her first speaking role on Broadway and received two U.S. patents for pantyhose and brassiere designs. But on Sunday, as guests prowl through her florid Brentwood grounds during the Garden Conservancy’s Los Angeles Open Day tour, Newmar will receive accolades that are much closer to her heart.

“Being part of this tour is the Oscar of all garden shows,” she says. “I live in paradise, and everyday I get to experience the ecstasy and choreography of nature. It is nonstop art, and I am happy to share it.”

It is an encore for Newmar, who opened her garden to visitors in 2011 for the nationwide program, which includes tours of four other Los Angeles properties.

“I’ve been told that my garden is one of the most popular because it’s the most personal,” says Newmar, who has spent the last 30 years cultivating the grounds that surround her 2,000-square-foot bungalow. Shrouded by fruit trees and towering Australian ferns — a soft and feathery alternative to palms — the garden is a touchstone that connects the men in her life.

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