Councilmember Bonin: Concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program

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Dear Friends,

You deserve better than this.

A few weeks ago, I emailed you asking if you were having problems with the new trash service in Los Angeles, and hundreds of business and apartment owners like you responded with helpful feedback. Today, thanks to your help and the invaluable information you provided, I took action to address some of the most glaring and concerning issues with the city’s “recycLA” program.

As you know, earlier this year, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation launched an ambitious new program, recycLA, designed to dramatically increase recycling, move Los Angeles toward its zero waste goals, ensure fair pricing, improve service, and enhance working conditions. Since the initial rollout of recycLA program, however, I have heard from small business owners, landlords, and homeowner association leaders who have serious concerns regarding sudden and sharply increased costs, confusing new fees and surcharges and inaccurate bills. Your concerns also include frequent and repeated lack of service, lack of notice and widespread poor customer service from the waste haulers.

The issues causing these concerns are unacceptable, and today, my colleague Mitch O’Farrell and I proposed legislation to address the failings of the recycLA roll-out. Our legislation instructs the Bureau of Sanitation to immediately provide a report to the City Council with recommendations to reduce or eliminate extra service charges being levied on small businesses and apartment owners, and to allow apartment owners to share collection bins to help reduce the cost of service. Our legislation additionally demands a plan for further outreach to customers to inform them about the new waste hauling system and of the options available to reduce costs by increasing recycling, and asks for the City Attorney and Board of Public Works to prepare options that allow the city to assess penalties on waste haulers that fail to provide a reasonable level of service to customers. A full copy of the legislation can be found at

The goals of the recycLA program – reaching zero waste in Los Angeles and protecting the workers we rely on for this essential service – are imperative, but the poor rollout and implementation of this program is simply unacceptable. The City needs to take immediate steps to fix it or we’ll never achieve the worthy goals of the program.

I am sincerely grateful for those of you who shared your experiences and frustrations with me and my team, so we could craft legislation that directly addresses the issues you have seen since the program began.

Thank you very much for your participation and for all that you do to make neighborhoods on the Westside great places to live, work and enjoy. It is an honor to serve you and I greatly appreciate your partnership.


Councilmember, 11th District

Brentwood Green at Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School: Now open weekends, holidays

Brentwood Green is a school/community park, created by Brentwood residents to improve the playground and to provide a much needed park for the community. This park is used by the students during school and by the community after school, weekends & holidays.

Brentwood Green at Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School will now be open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Previously, there were issues that have kept the gates closed, but we have resolved all issues and are ready to welcome you and your families. We have hired Beyond the Bell to supervise the yard (Brentwood Green).

If you have any questions or issues, please send me an email through SBRA’s Contact Us page.

Please share this with all your constituents.


Jackie Raymond
President, Brentwood Green

Brentwood Science Magnet School: Your home school

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Brentwood Community,

We are now offering a fantastic Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten experience. complete with a rigorous academic foundation along with a strong science focus. This is a free education because Brentwood is your home school. TK must be 5 years old between September 2 and December 2, 2018. Please come take a look or tell friends and relatives to call the school for more information.

Thank you,
Reginald Brunson, Principal

Join Barrington Recreation Center Advisory Board – $1 million upgrade planned

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Barrington Park is long overdue for upgrades and is seeking community input on spending $1m in upgrades. The Park is seeking representatives to do 1 of 2 things:

A. Serve as the Barrington Park Rep for your HOA or multifamily building or as a resident of Brentwood by attending Barrington Park Advisory Board meetings 1x per quarter at the Barrington Rec Center. The meetings are usually held in the evening on a weeknight.

B. Submit an application to be a Barrington Park Advisory Board voting member; this involves a short application process which includes fingerprinting.

Please reach out to one of the following members of the Brentwood Community Council if you would like to participate: Michelle Bisnoff (; Matt Kohler (; Alisa Morgenthaler (; or Carolyn Jordan ( Thanks.

CLICK to learn more about the current Barrington Recreation Center

Brentwood Community Council: About HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS

You can report homeless encampments through your mobile device with the MyLA311 app, or by calling 311. (Download the City of Los Angeles MYLA311 App from iTunes or Android/Playstore) They will coordinate with LA County to send outreach services.

You can also go to the LAHSA portal to report an encampment or any homeless person you see:

Any dangerous activity or potentially criminal conduct that you personally witness among the homeless population should be immediately reported to:

WLA Transient Unit
Sgt. Anthony Bonner

If you witness illegal activity you can also report to 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

If an emergency, call 911.

Finally, there is a Brentwood Homeless Task Force that is working with all the various agencies to ensure outreach is provided in a safe manner.


For more info about the creek go to:

We received this notice from a Carmelina creek dweller this morning:

“The great horned owl has returned to our neighborhood. It was “who who who- ing” in the Sycamore that overhangs my bedroom this morning at about 5:30 am.

I did not hear the screech owl last night, although I was out to dinner and could have missed it. It has been around lately early in the evening. It is interesting that both owls have us on their circuit.

We have a lot of rats. I hope double duty owls can diminish the rodent problem.

Tell your neighbors not to use poison. Snap traps are better. Poisoned rats still run around for a while and will poison the hawks and owls and crows if they eat them.[to say nothing of accidental poisoning of pets and other important animals in the ecosystem such as fish, frogs – poison is indiscriminate.”

The Great Horned Owl’s territory covers the length of our section of the creek because we have heard the same call in early morning hours for the last month up at the Montana boundary for the first time in 30 years. We have not heard the screech owl, though neighbors somewhat south of us have.

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COMING SOON: New all-way stop sign at Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue

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Our Department has completed the traffic engineering study for installation of all-way stop sign control at the intersection Amherst Avenue and Gorham Avenue. The installation should take 10 to 12 weeks depending on our field crew’s schedule.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Rudy Guevara, P.E.
Transportation Engineer
LADOT Western District Office

LADOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire

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For the many neighbors who asked for this:
Although the DOT approved a left turn signal at Barrington and Wilshire, they needed to find funding for it….and now they have it. Thank you, Mo!

Happy Holidays!

For your information, the proposed mix-used project at 11660 W. Santa Monica Blvd will fund the installation of left-turn signals at Barrington Av and Wilshire Blvd.


Mohammad H. Blorfroshan
Senior Transportation Engineer
Southern and Western Districts

Volunteers and Donations needed for Veterans requiring ride sharing for surgery

Veterans who are undergoing procedures which require anesthesia need rides. They can use Lyft or Uber but need a companion. They also need financial assistance to pay for this transportation need. Can you help?

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