How to Co-Exist with Coyotes

Recently we’ve heard about a few coyote sightings:
12/18/15 running north toward the golf course along Wellesley;
1/2/16 “about 2 am on Darlington ave and Amherst when I was walking my dog. He followed us home.”
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How to Coexist with Coyotes
For more information call LA Animal Services NON EMERGENCY Wildlife phone line 323.225.WILD (9453).
For urgent animal related EMERGENCY calls (injured, orphaned (alone>24 hours), distressed, or sick animals) call your local shelter at 888.452.7381 and follow the prompts.

A note from… OFFICER Maria Gray Senior Lead Officer

A note from…OFFICER Maria Gray Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car 8A13, Brentwood Area Los Angeles Police Department West Los Angeles Division
(310) 444-0744

December 6, 2017 Skirball Fire Advisement

Hello Brentwood Community,
If you reside or work within the Brentwood vicinity WEST of the 405 freeway, South of Mullholland, North of Sunset, and East of Old Ranch Road, including all residents of the Westridge and Mandeville Canyons, we are asking you to be prepared for evacuation in the very likely event that the winds change direction this afternoon/evening. We are receiving information from the Fire Department that it is very likely that the winds will shift tonight, sending embers westward.

Please take all measures to be ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice if Emergency Personnel/First Responders come knocking on your door to evacuate. That means that your important papers and photos and medicines are packed and ready to go. It means that your car(s) are gassed and ready to go. Your animals are ready and crated and you have food for them. It means that your family has a plan. It is important to keep in mind that cell phone service may become inoperable if things get bad and it may be impossible to coordinate with loved ones. So please talk and plan NOW. Please check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. And please help disseminate this flyer and information to your neighbors.

Westwood Recreation Center (1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd.) and Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (2551 Motor Ave.) serve as evacuation sites. The Red Cross is already there providing support and services.

We are deploying squads in all the above-mentioned vicinities to monitor and provide high visibility extra patrol. Lastly, if we ask you to leave, LEAVE. There is no property worth the safety of you or your family.

Best of luck, Maria

CA Senator Ben Allen: Contacts for Emergency Fire Incident – TODAY its #SkirballFire

California State Senator Ben Allen – District 26
has compiled the attached list of emergency fire preparedness contacts including hyperlinks.
BE ALERT…STAY CONNECTED either by radio/social media/websites
Save this for the “next” incident (there will be one!)

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Friday, December 1, 2017
LAFD Spokesperson: Margaret StewartMobile users in Los Angeles County now have the ability to send text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a potentially life-saving option.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) urges the public, “To call if they can — text if they can’t.”

“Text-to-911 is an exciting technological step forward for the LAFD and the people of Los Angeles,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “It provides the public with a new way to activate the 911 system if making a voice call is not an option and it provides a valuable service to deaf and hearing impaired individuals.”

Officials from the LAFD, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced the debut of the Text-to-911 service at a press conference on Friday in Long Beach.

“This technology can save lives and meets the needs of a growing population that relies on text messaging as a key form of communication,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Cal OES.

The LAFD began accepting 911 texts in early October to allow our dispatch personnel to become familiar with the system. Since then, the LAFD has received two Text-to-911 messages, both resulting in positive outcomes. One call involved a domestic violence assault in progress and the second was a medical emergency at a bus stop that was observed by a hearing impaired individual who texted 911 for assistance.

Most Los Angeles County dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-911 messages. Below are Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines for how to contact 911 via text in an emergency:
• If you can, always contact 911 by making a voice call, “Call if you can…text if you can’t.”
• If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled, and Text-to-911 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.
• If you text 911 and text is not available in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising “text is not available please make a voice call to 911.”
• Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.
• Text-to-911 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.
• Text-to-911 is not available if you are roaming.
• A text or data plan is required to place a text to 911.
• Photos and videos cannot be sent to 911. They cannot be received at the 911 call center at this time.

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Maria Gray Senior Lead Officer shares HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

OFFICER Maria Gray
Senior Lead Officer for Basic Car 8A13, Brentwood Area
Los Angeles Police Department
West Los Angeles Division
(310) 444-0744
wants all residents to be SAFE this holiday. The first step is to make sure you’re doing what you can to make yourself/home/family safe:

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LAPD Senior Lead Officer recommendation: Download the 3-1-1 App

Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray’s Badge Note cites several enforcement options available through the APP. The APP also offers numerous other safety and quality of life services such as library info, homeless support services, where to find city offices.

Down load the “MY LA 311” app from either the Apple or Google app store. Here’s how:

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Burglary reports in the neighborhood

Reports about many suspicious people in our neighborhood have been received. Photos of them have been shared. As Judie Hulett of neighborsnetwork advises:
It is a good idea to get to know your neighbors. Collecting contact info for your block helps everyone in an emergency or crisis.
Of course contact LAPD when you see suspicious activity.
NON-EMERGENCY: 1-877-275-5273
All other City Services : 311

If you are interested in participating in Neighborhood Watch or becoming a block captain, please contact Neighborhood Watch chair Jason at Please include your name, email and home address and phone number.

If you are interested in ACS patrol service, contact our ACS neighborhood rep, Eino Hill. He can be reached by phone 310-903-8649 or by email at

Brentwood Community Council ALERT

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Serial Burglar

The man pictured below is responsible for seven residential and auto burglaries to south of San Vicente. Los Angeles police said the suspect is responsible for at least seven residential and car break-ins in Brentwood since September. The suspect is described as between 40 and 50 years old with a graying beard, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing more than 200 pounds. Several buildings in the neighborhood have been hit recently. The link is for an ABC news story about this.  Please make your neighbors are aware.

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Homeless? Harmless? Or not?? Man on Gretna Green – for hours
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 9:18 pm
Judie Hulett (
This is just a heads up. There is a man on Gretna Green that has been walking up and down the street for the last 9 hours hours. He is walking between the 100 to 600 block of Gretna Green Way. He may be going North or South. He looks like he is homeless but there is no guarantee that he is. He has been stopping and standing in front of houses. Neighbors have reported that they are very uncomfortable with his presence since we don’t know what he is up to. He is pushing a shopping cart. I would say just take some precaution. We do not know that he is harmless.
Remember, he can go to any street so I am including everyone in the email. If you see him do anything suspicious, please call the police. As always, let me know too.
Here is a photo:

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Suspicious canvasser:

I was leaving my home on Amherst and saw a man going door to door and acting suspicious.  He was peaking in windows of homes, after knocking, when the occupant did not answer the door.  I drove around and watched him for a few minutes going house to house. I then took photos appearing annoyed, he then ran to my car.  We had a short interaction. I saw his “paperwork”. He is taking notes on each house.

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A Note from LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray on Burglaries and solicitors

Officer Gray urges that while things are improving, stay vigilant!

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Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray returns to Brentwood!

A big welcome back to Sr. Lead Officer Maria Gray! She spoke at the BCC meeting last night and gave us some good info:
– We now have a dedicated LAPD patrol car in Brentwood!
– Leave your purse out of sight on the floor when driving…criminals are taking purses from the passenger
– Always lock your car door when you leave the car, even for a minute…and when you are driving.

Officer Gray’s message is attached along with two LAPD events.

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