2 Important Documents for Residents Living Along Kenter Creek – Both may be downloaded by scrolling over the document, then clicking on the “download” icon (the center icon on the upper right above the file)
Official SBRA Kenter Creek letter to Kenter Creek residents, with a note from Mike Bonin, Councilmember, Council of the City of Los Angeles, 11th District
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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.
Kenter Creek Committee thanks Councilmember Mike Bonin, Council of the City of Los Angeles, 11th District, for 5 year revocation of building permits granted real estate developer. This action by Councilmember Bonin will support Kenter Creek Committee efforts to save the mature urban forest of Kenter Creek.
Kenter Creek is a rare natural urban watercourse, a perennial “Blue Line” stream that runs above and below ground from the Santa Monica Mountains through Brentwood and Santa Monica into Santa Monica Bay.
A group of homeowners along Kenter Creek has organized the Kenter Creek Committee, under the sponsorship of the South Brentwood Residents Association (SBRA). Their goals are to inform the public, to bring all existing construction into compliance, prevent future illegal construction or blockage of its flow to Santa Monica Bay, and restore Kenter Creek, working closely with neighbors and local and state officials.
This video taken by Ron Grant in 1990 shows the multitude of butterflies which used to populate the creek area. Today there are very few butterflies and the property has become dry and barren. What a terrible loss!
A group of homeowners along Kenter Creek have organized a Committee under the sponsorship of SBRA to protect and restore Kenter Creek. Kenter Creek is a “Blue Line” stream that runs above and below ground from the Santa Monica Mountains, through Brentwood and Santa Monica, into Santa Monica Bay. In South Brentwood, it flows through Wellesley, Centinela, and South Carmelina.
The mission of the group is to bring all existing construction into compliance and prevent future illegal construction or blockage of its flow to Santa Monica Bay by working closely with neighbors and local and state officials to preserve and restore Kenter Creek to a viable ecosystem for generations to come.
The committee has met with LA Dept. of Building and Safety officials, the West LA Bureau of Engineering, Councilman Bonin’s and Assemblyman Bloom’s office, the SBRA board, and local realtors. They have sought the advice of the Resource Conservation District of Santa Monica Mountains, Save the Bay, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, and California Fish and Wildlife Department about how to rehabilitate Kenter into a healthy creek.
The creek is fragile and there are laws to protect it. Its channel, banks and trees are under the protection of Federal, State and City agencies. Any development, building or site work which incorporate or are adjacent to the creek are subject to these regulations.
The committee has created a Guide for Kenter Creek Owners which provides important information regarding the creek.