San Vicente Coral Tree’s Under Threat

A sick tree at the corner of Bundy and San Vicente was removed just last week.

Nancy Freedman, 40 year resident of Brentwood, and former chair of the BCC shares the history of the coral trees on San Vicente.

You can help by donating to the Brentwood Community Council’s Coral Tree Endowment Fund. Thank you.

Meals on Wheels “Food for Thought” Summer 2018

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Members in the news:
Hats off to South Brentwood neighbor Marie Lewis for her contribution to Meals on Wheels. This article appeared in their summer issue of “Food for Thought”.
Thank you, Marie.

Councilmember Mike Bonin: June 2017 Neighborhoods First Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE: Mike makes a series of efforts to protect the environment, a community rallies to save a beloved newsstand, safe street projects continue, fun neighborhood gatherings happen throughout the district, the city completes street resurfacing, and a whole lot more


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Friend of South Brentwood Residents Association Jack Godwin: Publishes first novel

Congratulations to Jack Godwin.
LAVENDER…FOR YOU is Available on Amazon
Amazon Kindle $4.95 | Paperback $12.95
After a career in commercial satellite telecommunications the author is pursuing a number of avocations including writing fiction and non-fiction. His first book, Lavender … For You, dove-tails with his work as a docent at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. The ancient Greco-Roman civilization is amazingly rich and complex. “The Greeks invented Western science and philosophy. . . . The Romans invented engineers and lawyers.”
Jack describes his novel as ” an adventure & travel story embedded in carefully researched history”
Amazon Reviews:
– “Jack Godwin’s Lavender threads a fascinating story of love and adventure through the complex Greco-Roman world”
– “Readable, Interesting, Educational, and Fun!”
– “I was totally involved with the characters and the time period”

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Congratulations, Jackie Raymond, named Brentwood Neighborhood Hero by Council Member Mike Bonin

Westside News reported
Twice a year, 11th Council District Representative Mike Bonin honors neighborhood heroes and highlights them in his online newsletter.
The heroes are usually unsung and are people who quietly work hard in their communities, and Bonin’s latest hero is Brentwood’s very own Jackie Raymond.

Jackie Raymond is SBRA President Emeritus ABOUT SBRA Board Members

Read Mike Bonin’s Newsletter Mike Bonin’s Neighborhoods First July Newsletter (Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary alum): We Need to Invest in Education

ATTN: sat down with to discuss how he hopes the song will spark conversation about what’s happening in society today — especially when it comes to education. was bused to Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary: If I wasn’t bussed out across town to Brentwood Science Magnet School, I would still be in the projects. More importantly, the projects — not physically, but here. I wouldn’t have known the difference. Poor is poor in the hood. You don’t know what rich is until you go outside. When I say rich, I’m not talking rich, like money. I’m talking rich here. So education is — it’s a broad — it’s not just what they’re teaching you to learn. School teaches you how to learn. Learn about yourself, learn about how you contribute, learn about what you mean in the world.

Thank God there was a magnet program when I was growing up. But guess what? The neighborhood that I came from? Those schools are still messed up. And guess what? Where I was able to go to school in Brentwood? That neighborhood is still awesome.

“First Dog of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave” by Ron Grant

First Dog of 1600 Pooch’lvania Avenue

My First Year in Arf! Arf! Office!

…is now on Internet bookshelves everywhere.

Critics herald new book as “Best in Show” among First Dog books!

First Dog of 1600 Pooch’lvania Avenue: My First Year in Arf Arf Office! a book about the First Family’s dog, Bo, is now on Internet bookshelves everywhere. Written by the team of Ron Grant and Ron Ovadia with illustrations by Dave Garbot, First Dog contains hilarious and heartwarming illustrations and text that will have readers, young (6 to 10) and old, howling with joy. It shows that education and imagination go hand in paw.

The book follows the adventures of Bo from the kennel to the White House, where he discovers a magical relationship with the First Family’s two daughters, complete with super-slurpy doggy kisses he gives them and the love they give him in return. The story reveals that Bo, beyond sniffing his way around the White House, also has a nose for politics. He uses his (nonpartisan) political insights to rekindle animal rights and rescue, create doggy health and job programs, and thwart puppy mills across the nation. Bo holds a press conference, recites his own doggy version of the Gettysburg Address, and even pens his own Animal Bill of Rights. The story of a less fortunate kennel pup that becomes First Dog symbolizes the spirit of hope that can encourage young readers to follow their own dreams.

First Dog of 1600 Pooch’lvania Avenue: My First Year in Arf Arf Office! is now available at, Amazon’s Kindle, the iPad with a Kindle App, and

10% of the book’s net profits will be donated to animal rights and rescue organizations.



Award winning poet Judith Pacht

jpacht summer-hungerPEN Texas, a chapter of the writers association PEN USA, announced the other day that Judith Pacht has won the 2011 PEN Southwest Book Award for her collection Summer Hunger from Tebot Bach. The winners in the poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories each win a $500 prize. This is a great victory for Judith and also for the press, which publishes multiple books each year and does charity work with the homeless, battered women’s shelters and other disadvantaged groups around the Southland.

Judith Pacht’s book of collected poems, Summer Hunger, was published in October, 2010, and her chapbooks, User’s Guide and St. Louis Suite were published in 2009 and 2010. Her manuscript Vectors was a finalist for the 2008 Philip Levine Prize, and her poem, Waterville, Maine won Honorable Mention in the 2007 Robert Frost Award and the 2007 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry competitions. Pacht was first place winner in the Georgia Poetry Society, Edgar Bowers competition.

A three-time Pushcart nominee, Judith Pacht’s work includes poems published in Ploughshares, Runes, Phoebe, Cider Press Review and Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (Lost Hills Press. 2007), The Poetry of Relationships (Canadian Federation of Poets, 2009), The Gastronomic Reader (University of California Press) and Tebot Bach’s Anthology of California Poets, 2003 and 2006. Writers at Work featured her poem, Surface, as their January, 2009 selection. Her chapbook, also her first poetry collection, Falcon (Conflux Press), was published in 2004. Visit her website: