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 Science Magnet Elementary: Kindergarten Info nights Apr. 29 | May 9 at 5 PM

Brentwood Science Magnet will hold Kindergarten Information nights on Monday, April 29th and Thursday May 9th at 5pm in the school’s auditorium. If you have any questions please call 310-826-5631. Or visit the school’s website


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

Open House: WLA Bridge Housing Proposal

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing to let you know about an important upcoming meeting in your neighborhood. LA County, along with the City of Los Angeles and state representatives, is beginning exploratory conversations about building “bridge housing” on a portion of the West LA Armory parking lot on Federal near Wilshire Boulevard. This conversation is in its very early stages and we’d like to involve you in the discussion.

Bridge Housing provides housing and services to men and women experiencing homelessness so they can get the help they need to find and keep a permanent home. The County is opening bridge housing in many communities in my district including Hollywood, Sylmar, Canoga Park, and Venice. It is a critical piece of the solution to ending homelessness.

Please join us to learn more about the proposal and contribute your thoughts to the conversation. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 29 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Felicia Mahood Senior Center near the West LA Library at 11338 Santa Monica Blvd. 90025. Please RSVP to Zaire Overton, or call her at (310) 231-1170.

Hope to see you there!

Supervisor Kuehl's signature

PS – If you can’t make the event on January 29, please check our website for updates on the event. In addition, you can submit comments and questions

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

West Los Angeles VA Campus Redevelopment Update September 20, 2018

US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
has published the latest developments of the WLA Campus.
The summary is here (21 pages).

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Tired of speeding on your street? SPEED HUMP APPLICATIONS Open September 12

From the Office of Mike Bonin, LA City Councilmember CD 11
I want to send a friendly reminder that the application window for Speed Humps is reopening on September 12th at 8 am. This process is available for residents to submit requests only twice a year. The next window will be in Spring 2019.

This 3-step process includes a review of roadway eligibility, collection of speed and volume data, and finally a neighborhood survey to see if your neighbors support installation of humps, if they are found to be needed.

Because this program is in high demand, please be aware that the system is only able to accept 30 proposals per council district. Once those slots are filled, the system will not accept more requests. For this reason we strongly encourage you to submit your requests as close to 8 am as you can.

Feel free to peruse the website prior to and in preparation for the submittal , but also if your street is eligible.
Here is what you need to know about speed humps.
Here are the evaluation guidelines for speed humps.
Alek Bartrosouf
Mobility Deputy
Councilmember Mike Bonin
City of Los Angeles
213-473-2382 |

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

4th Annual Veteran “Stand Down”: Coming October 26, 2018 – VOLUNTEERS & GOODS NEEDED

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Our most immediate need is financial support and nonperishable pop top foods: DONATE Here

The 4th Annual Veteran’s Stand Down is October 26, 2018 at the VAGLAHS in West L.A. This one day fair offers a wide variety of services for homeless Veterans – see information below!

We need Volunteers and Donations from the community. Say thank you to our most vulnerable Veterans, our homeless and struggling Veterans, with your donation. Take the hand of a homeless Veteran by volunteering at the Stand Down.

Each volunteer assignment is two hours in length. Serve food, volunteer at registration or information desks, help to style women Veterans in the AmVet clothing tent. Discover the fulfillment of extending a helping hand to our soldiers as they struggle to find housing and overcome hardship.

The Stand Down is Friday, October 26th, 2018 at the Welcome Center, Building 257, at the VAGLAHS campus in West L.A., 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073

Veteran Registration is at 7am. Showers available at 7am. Services begin at 8am.

Services include:

Classic Car Display
Community Resources
Counseling Services
Dental Services
DMV ID Cards
Education Services
Employment Services
Family Assistance
Flu Shots
Hair Cuts/Grooming
Hot Meals
Hot Showers
Housing Assistance
Hygiene Items
Legal Assistance
Metro – TAP Cards
Medical Services
Pet Services – Spay/Neuter
Rapid HIV Testing
Substance Abuse Counseling
VA Claims Assistance
Women’s Services…and much more!
Pre-registration for Veterans – FAX 310-268-4765
Vendors email:

Donate Shelf Stable Groceries and Dollars…
Village for Vets has partnered with the Westside Food Bank to provide up to 20 bags of dinner and breakfast snacks on a daily basis to Homeless Veterans safely parking overnight at the VA’s Safe Parking, L.A. parking lot. The program is moving to a new location and expanding from 10 cars to 20 cars. Your help will allow us to continue to provide this service on a daily basis.

Our program is in need of financial donations and nonperishable sealed snacks, pop top canned protein – tuna, Vienna sausages, chicken, sardines, even Spam. Bottled water and water bottles are needed. Volunteers are needed to assemble the bags and to deliver these bags of food to the VA. The Veterans eagerly await these food bags – for some it is their only food each day.

With more funding we can buy instant hot meals for our recipients. We have one vegan! Four Veterans have been housed since the program began!!!

Our most immediate need is finanacial support and nonperishable pop top foods including canned protein, utensils and napkins, vegetable cups, fruit cups, bottled water and more*.

Contact us to volunteer and/or to provide donated goods at

Click the DONATE button below and help us to continue to serve Homeless Veterans at the VA Campus!

*Note: Hot water is not available for Ramen or other instant food and drinks