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.

COMBAT TRASH-HAULING ISSUES IN BRENTWOOD

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN GARBAGE-RELATED HEALTH CODE VIOLATIONS IN BRENTWOOD – HELPFUL INFORMATION TO COMBAT TRASH-HAULING ISSUES IN BRENTWOOD

There has been a 71% Increase since 2015 in the number of garbage-related Health Department violations in Brentwood. The properties most affected are the multi-family residential buildings in South Brentwood which are serviced by Athens Services pursuant to a City contract entered into in June 2016.

  1. In order to complain to Athens about the service it is providing to a multi-family building in Brentwood, please contact Athens Field Supervisor Gerardo Garcia at 626-739-8351, gerardogardia@athenservices.com.
  2. In order to complain to the City about the services Athens is providing to your multi-family building in Brentwood, please contact Lisa Cahill in LA City Councilmen Mike Bonin’s office (CD11) at 310-575-8461 or lisa.cahill@lacity.org.
  3. In order to have the City pick-up large, bulky items that cannot be place in garbage or recycle bins (e.g., furniture, electronic waste or appliances), please contact MyLA311 by dialing 3-1-1 or 213- 473-3231, sending an e-mail to 311@lacity.org or submitting a service request online at https://www.lacity.org/myla311-service-request.
  4. In order to report a garbage-related Health Code violation, please contact Udo Nwachuka at the LA County Department Health at 213-351-7896 or “report-a-problem” online at https://admin.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/complaints/phcomp.cfm.

How To Help Victims Of California Wildfires

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PATCH Beverly Hills provides a list of service providers to help those in need:
How To Help Victims Of California Wildfires

From LAPD Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray: Modern Day Neighborhood Watch

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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
30469@LAPD.ONLINE,
www.crimemapping.com
September 27, 2018
Modern Day Neighborhood Watch

What’s your version of ‘watching’ your neighborhood? People sometimes ask me what does Neighborhood Watch really mean? What does the program involve?

When I first achieved the rank of Senior Lead Officer 16 years ago, Neighborhood Watch involved a core group of neighbors, meeting regularly (typically once a month) in someone’s living room and we would discuss what’s been happening in their immediate community at virtually every level, not just about crime. There were positions of ‘Block Captain’ and ‘Secretary,’ etc. People freely exchanged home phone numbers and watched out for their neighbors when they went on vacation by collecting their mail and newspapers. They met face to face and talked and shared and pointed out suspicious things happening in their neighborhood. It was sometimes described as a sanctioned way of being… nosy.

Now, Neighborhood Watch has evolved into what can be described as mostly a dialogue on various social medias and ‘apps’ like ‘Nextdoor’ and ‘WhatsApp’ –all of which has pros and cons. Part of what is discussed is accurate. Part, is not. There is bravado occurring in the anonymity of hiding behind a keyboard. There is ‘testimony’ and stories and experiences that are shared as gospel but you don’t have the credibility benefit of looking the person in the eye, or even knowing who they are or what kind of person they are. We are now talking, reading, and responding, without… knowing.

But more importantly, I ask you, are we still “watching”. And if so, how? Being nosy is not such a terrible thing, if it’s reasonable and warranted. We need to take our Neighborhood Watch principles back to the street level, rather than the cyber level. Here are a few tips to consider when ‘watching’ your neighborhood. Especially, when the factors don’t yet rise to the level of calling the police.

If you leave your house and see a person sitting suspiciously in a vehicle nearby, call back to your home and yell something back at the house about your dogs (even if no one is home, even if you don’t have dogs). An example could be, “Honey, please let the dogs back in the house. I don’t want the landscaper bitten.” This not only brings unwanted attention by the yelling, but also lets that person know that your home is occupied, and that there are dogs. It’s ok to fib. I give you permission.
If you see something not right, feel free to go out and water your lawn. And then… watch. Make eye contact. Let them know you’re watching. Good guys will just think you’re nosy. Bad guys will leave.
You can step out and make a call. Talk on the phone while staring at the suspicious person. They don’t know who you’re talking to and they may suspect that you’re calling the police. Again, the point is to make them know they’re being watched, make them uncomfortable, make them leave.
Depending on what you’re comfortable with, you can ask if they need help, if they’re lost, introduce yourself as the neighborhood block captain (even if you’re not, it’s ok).
Take note of the plate, or take a pic, contact neighbors to see if they are home and/or aware of what you see, and if need be, call the police.
Go and door knock your neighbor for a chat out front. Or if you see something outside, call your neighbor and have them meet you out front for a chat. And then… watch.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning to keep in mind that many of the people that we see taking pictures in the neighborhood are actual realtors, or hired by realtors, looking to prepare ‘comps’ in a neighborhood affecting the purchase or sale of the house. But regardless, anyone who comes into YOUR neighborhood should feel like they’re in a neighborhood that is cohesive and cared for and most importantly, being watched.

Best to you all,

Maria

Brentwood Break-In Survey: from SBRA Neighborhood Watch Chair

From SBRA Neighborhood Watch Chair Max Mednik:
Brentwood Break-In Survey

*** Fill this out if you’ve had a break-in: ***
https://goo.gl/forms/IbTl2hh8MyVSpbSg1

Our home had a break-in last year, and it seems like break-ins are again on the rise.

I’d like to get some data on recent break-ins in order to spot patterns and best practices to protect our homes and families. For example, does having a gate or a dog or cameras really help?

I made a simple survey (should take only 1 minute) for people to be able to fill out. Then, I plan to analyze the data and report back any patterns I spot.

The data people report will be anonymous and will be kept private.

Currently, I’m targeting households that meet all these requirements:
a) Had a break-in (attempted or actual) in the last 12 months
b) Live in a single family home
c) Live in Brentwood

Here is the survey form:
https://goo.gl/forms/IbTl2hh8MyVSpbSg1

Thanks!

Have you had USPS Mail Thefts? Get answers Oct. 2 Brentwood Community Council Meeting

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Representatives from USPS Mail Theft Prevention will be at our October 2 BCC meeting. In order to help them address issues particular to our area, we ask that you please write a brief description of specific issues you or your constituents have experienced.

Please email those to me directly by noon on Friday, September 28, so that I may forward them to the USPS representatives.
Marylin Krell

Brentwood Community Council Task Force on Homelessness: SAT., OCT. 6, 11AM at Brentwood Gardens, 1st Floor (11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood)

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The Brentwood Community Council Task Force on Homelessness invites you to attend the next public comment meeting on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11AM at Brentwood Gardens, First Floor (11677 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood).

Learn more about how the BCC Task Force will engage the community regarding outreach, safety and public health issues related to homelessness, including the establishment of a separate operations organization and outreach program in Brentwood — similar to peer communities.

While we get up to speed, please continue to:
1. Respect & Refer: Contact homeless outreach services through the County portal at LA-HOME.ORG to send County outreach teams to homeless encampments or individuals in Brentwood.
2. Request removal of hazardous waste and bulky items from public property by uploading a photo and emailing through MYLA311.ORG or calling LA Sanitation at 800 773-2489.
3. Report violent behavior to 911; report non-emergency unlawful behavior to both LAPD SLO Maria Gray and West LAPD LT Justin Scott at: 30469@lapd.online, 33586@lapd.online
4. Refuse to allow loitering on private property, including blocking entrances to businesses.

**Download the MyLA311 mobile app so you can immediately photograph an issue and send the request for services to the City **

Thank you,
Michelle Bisnoff & Carolyn Jordan
Co-Chairs
Brentwood Community Council Task Force on Homelessness

Free email alerts for crime and safety

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Max Mednik, SBRA Advisory Board Member:
From Max Mednik, SBRA Advisory Board Member

Free email alerts for crime and safety near us
FYI in case it could be helpful to anyone: CrimeMapping and CrimeReports both have free email alerts of crime activity near us. Signing up is pretty fast, and you can choose what area and types of crimes you want to hear about. I just signed up on both myself to stay on top of what’s going on around us.
https://www.crimemapping.com/Alerts

https://www.crimereports.com

NeighborsNetwork Tips

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Note from Judie:
We are getting increasing reports of people wanting access to property under false pretenses – rat check, water leakage, wire access.
Might be a good idea to let everyone in the household know what to do when someone comes knocking at your door – staff, visiting relatives and friends, etc.
First rule, always let them know that you are home, but do not open the door.
Video doorbells are very useful tools.
It goes without saying–Don’t open your door to any stranger.

Stay in touch with me and your neighbors,
Judie
judie@neighborsnetwork.net
Sign Up for Alerts HERE