Home Sharing Ordinance Public Hearing on May 21st at 10am

Here is some information about the upcoming public hearing on the Home Sharing Ordinance proposal that the City Planning Department is working on. The ordinance will have a direct effect on services such as AirBNB, allowing homeowners to provide their homes, short-term, to others for a fee.

**The Brentwood Community Council has NOT yet commented on this ordinance and the attached documents.

Attached is a FAQ of the ordinance and the Notice of Public Hearing document.

Additional information can be found at the City Planning Department website

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Expo Line Opens May 20th – Free Rides on the 20th and 21st

The Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20! Metro, Los Angeles has created this cool video to get us ready. Check it out.

The Los Angeles Metro system is set to offer free rides on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, as part of the grand opening of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica, informally known as “Expo 2.”

The free rides will be available on the entire Expo Line, not just the new extension, Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo told KPCC. The free rides begin at noon May 20 and last until close of service each day.

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WLA Crime Report for April 13th – 26th


None reported

Burglary From Motor Vehicle

04-13-16 0130 Hrs- 1130 Hrs Beloit/Ohio street. Property taken was a backpack.

04-13-16 1740 Hrs- 1840 Hrs 1900 Bundy Dr. Property taken was credit cards.

04-13-16 0940 Hrs- 1545 Hrs 11900 La Grange Ave. Property taken was a computer.

04-17-16 1500 Hrs- 04-18-16 0730 Hrs 1300 Amherst Ave. Property taken was Bluetooth adaptor and cable.

04-20-16 0700 Hrs- 1600 Hrs 1800 Colby ave. Property taken was U.S. currency.

04-21-16 1305 Hrs- 1315 Hrs 11500 Ohio Ave. Property taken was plumbing tools.

04-22-16 1615 Hrs- 04-23-16 0630 Hrs 1700 Barry Ave. Property taken was vehicle registration.

04-24-16 1200 Hrs- 1630 Hrs 2400 Sawtelle Blvd. Property taken was painters equipment.

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Anawalt Circle Starting Construction This Week

Construction is set to start this Wednesday on the landscaped traffic circle at the intersection of Avondale Avenue and Hanover Street after three years of design and permit processing.   The circle, first envisioned by the late Barbara Goldenberg, was then sponsored by the late Patty Anawalt and her family.  Patty Anawalt PhotoThe new Anawalt Circle will be dedicated in memory of Richard and Patricia Anawalt.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by early May, and then the circle will be landscaped.  The dedication of the Anawalt Circle is expected in late June.




Video from the BPPOA 2016 Annual Meeting

For those who missed our annual meeting this year, it was quite informative and educational.  We had Maria Gray, Senior Lead Officer from the LAPD discuss security and safety in the Park.  Mike Harriel from SoCal Gas Co. explained why our recent gas bills have been so high.  The bulk of the meeting focussed on westside traffic issues. Specifically, Sunset Blvd and San Vicente Blvd gridlock during rush hour times.  Ray Klein, head of the Brentwood Homeowners Association and former head of the Brentwood Community Council, led the panel discussion.  I am including Ray’s presentation for review.

Ray Klein’s slides

Video for the meeting has been separated into three parts. First is the official BPPOA business. This is quite brief.  The second part covers Maria Gray and Mike Harriel.  The third video covers the panel discussion on transportation, and subsequent Q&A.


Martin Cadillac Project – Public Hearing on March 2

From Councilmember Mike Bonin:

Last month, the City Planning Department hosted the first public hearing on a proposed mixed-use development project at the Martin Cadillac site on the corner of Olympic and Bundy in West LA. This project is proposing to build residential units, office space, and retail stores near the soon to be opened Expo station at Olympic and Bundy. This is a significant project for Westside communities, and it could have a major impact on the future of our neighborhoods.

I feel strongly that transparency and public input are crucial components of the planning process – especially for a project of this size, so I have insisted that the Planning Department host additional public hearings to allow you to offer input on the project. Another hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the West Los Angeles Municipal Building’s Second Floor Hearing Room (1645 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025).

An auto showroom is not the best use of a property adjacent to the only Expo Line stop in Council District 11, and a genuine transit-oriented project makes a lot of sense, but I am insisting it be the best transit-oriented project in the City. I need your help to shape this kind of project. Will you attend the March 2 hearing to offer your input on how to change and improve the current proposal? You can find out more about the meeting by clicking here.

Martin Cadillac Meeting

Travel Down the Pacific Electric Air Line, the Expo Line Predecessor That Ran From 1908 to 1953 | Curbed LA

Circa 1953. Courtesy of the Metro Transportation Library.

Circa 1953. Courtesy of the Metro Transportation Library.

With the new Expo Line about to begin service from Culver City to Santa Monica, it’s interesting to learn more about the train line that ran more than 60 years ago on the Westside.


The rails the Air Line ran on had been used early in LA’s history by a more traditional rail line, the kind traveled by steam engines, and linked the waterfront at SaMo to Downtown LA. In 1908, that railroad was overtaken by Pacific Electric’s passenger trolley cars, says KCET. As with the Expo now, the idea of the Air Line then was to service the Westside, including Culver City, Palms, and Santa Monica.

Because of its roots as a railway for big steam engines, the Air Line’s path was different than other trolley cars, with the luxury of not having to share the road quite as much (many old photos show the route passing behind houses and through fields). It also made fewer stops than other lines and passed through through less busy, more empty-field parts of town. The effect was a shorter trip, like an express bus between Downtown and Santa Monica.
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Solicitors: A Message from Maria Gray at the LAPD

I use door to door solicitors as the perfect example of when to call the LAPD non-emergency dispatch number, 1-877-ASK-LAPD (or 1-877-275-5273).  This number is ideal for occasions that you need the police to check something out, but whatever that something is, it doesn’t rise to the level of an emergency (which of course is 911).

As we all should know by now, the ‘Knock, Knock’ burglary MO is to knock on a door to see if anyone is at home.  If they don’t hear anything in response, they may assume it’s an empty home and a good opportunity to burglarize it.  Then they slither to the back and either break a window or door to get inside or, unfortunately in too many cases, simply enter through an unsecured door or window. So again, you don’t have to answer the door, but make sure they know someone is home by yelling through the door, in plural– ‘We can’t come to the door right now’.  Then call the non-emergency dispatch number to have the police come check them out.  If you are able to, watch them as they traverse the neighborhood.  If you see them looking in windows or walking to the sides of your neighbor’s home, then call 911 immediately.

If the solicitor is aggressive in any manner, refuses to leave, seems to be under the influence, bullies you or anything similar, call 911.  Also be aware that if you are dealing with someone like that at your door, he or she may have a partner that is going around to the back or your house while you are distracted. Read more

Regarding burglaries… from LAPD Senior Lead Officer, Maria Gray

Again, this reminder… Please keep in mind that if there was ever a time to evaluate your home and modernize it in terms of security and lighting, it’s now. I don’t have to tell you that crime is up in Los Angeles. And for areas like Brentwood, property crime is our Achilles’ heel. This is particularly true if your home has an alley running behind it and/or your home is in relative close proximity to a major thoroughfare – such as Sunset Blvd, Bundy, Wilshire, the 405 freeway, etc.

So take the time to give your home a hard ‘once over’ through the eyes of a bad guy (or gal). Would you find it relatively easy to access your side yards or gates? How easy is it to get to the back of your home or to a window where no one can see what’s going on? Are those privacy bushes/fences actually affording a hiding place for burglars to break into your windows? Is their signage letting people know they are under surveillance? (even if they actually aren’t, it serves as a deterrent).

And look at it during different times of the day and night. Does it have sufficient lighting? Sensor lights should click on the moment someone steps onto your property and stay on for a sufficient amount of time. They should also be situated in such a way that does not allow for any dark areas for criminals to hide.

I would also want to know the minute anyone steps onto my property. There are simple and affordable camera systems nowadays that can do just that and alert your Smart phone immediately whenever anyone is on your lawn, walkway, porch, etc. It will also give you surveillance footage of whoever triggered the camera. Ring.com is an example of one. If they actually ring your doorbell in an attempt to use the ‘knock knock’ method of burglary, you can answer immediately, even if you’re not at home. And FYI, it also helps in finding out who in the neighborhood is letting their dog poop on your lawn!

When you’re gone, can they hear anything that would indicate someone is home? I’ll say it again and again, I never had an issue living in a relatively high crime area when I left a stereo or TV on in my home each and every time I left.

Look at the cars parked on your street every time you step out. Are you familiar with them as your neighbor’s cars? Or is one perhaps a rental car (as evidenced by the license plate frame and/or bar code stickers in the windows?) Rental cars are commonly used by burglars to ‘fit in’ to a neighborhood and attract less suspicion. Jot down a license plate number and description. Pay attention.

When you leave your home, do you look to see if anyone is sitting in a parked car near your home? If you see a stranger in your neighborhood watching you as you’re leaving, feel free to wave back at the house, or holler a goodbye along with a “Don’t forget to feed the dogs’ even if no one is home. If you do see someone suspicious in the neighborhood that may be a good time to get the hose and water your lawn and simply watch (abiding by restrictions, of course). Feel free to stare, to look, TO WATCH!

Have you taught your children and home staff what to do? What not to do? Is there a regular routine of going around the house closing and locking windows and doors each and every time before leaving—even if it’s just a quick trip to the market?

Do you know your neighbors and vice versa? You don’t necessarily have to like them. But since we’re all in this together it helps to have some sort of relationship with your neighbors in order to look out for each other. It benefits us all to be cohesive and connected. Let’s buckle down.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

All the best,

Maria Gray
Senior Lead Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station 1663 Butler Ave
Los Angeles, Ca. 90025
Office: 310-444-0744
Email: [email protected]

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