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I went to Urban M.A. '43>'45 with K - 12 sons of 3 Stooges, Dana Andrews and the Hollywood "Elite". Boys, 12+ trained with WWI rifles ("Dry Fire") to defend against "Probable Invasion". Most were "On-Campus" Sat & Sun due to WWII and indifferent parents!

We also snuck off-campus to buy Coke & candy and throw Ice-Plant at cars on Sunset Blvd at late night. The Spanish "look" was beautiful, but our dorms were "sparse". The "education" served to help us skip-a-grade upon escape to local public schools and I excelled in AF basic training & OCS due to Urban!

— Lt Col Dave Wells, ret
June 13, 2013 at 6:04 a.m.

this is probably one of the safest area in LA. I remember walking to pharmacy 4 am without hesitation

— sahi
February 22, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.

Living as a single woman in Brentwood has made me feel safe and happy for the past nine years. I walk everywhere I go... it's convenient to anywhere you want to run out to, the streets are generally flat which makes for a physically easy walk, and it's simply just so pretty! I lived in different parts of LA County in the late 90's, but don't ever want to live anywhere other than Brentwood.

Whenever a friend is looking to move, I suggest Brentwood for the said reasons, and because affordabe housing can be found.

I do have minor complaints, which don't take away from my happiness here. But I noticed a long time ago, that many of the 'young mom' Mercedes-driving types, have a very ME FIRST mentality; either while they're walking through the market, or at a stop sign. I'm an extremely polite and considerate person, and don't find that many other Brentwood women are. They give off the vibe that they're more important. Typical LA maybe, but definitely typical Brentwood.

You can't talk about a good life in LA without talking about the weather. Brentwood has the luxury of not having the chilly marine layer of the beach communities, nor the heat of inland areas. It's right in the middle of that, and it's perfect!

September 30, 2010 at 8:38 a.m.

What Brentwood means to me is a place where I can be at peace. It is a place that is convenient to the beach, schools, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and other amenities. The weather rarely gets to the extremes. The houses are always well maintained. Public transportation is readily available and the shops on San Vicente are always lively. It may be a little more expensive to live here, but it is definitely worth it.

— Archie
April 27, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.

I went to military school in Brentwood (54'55), Urban Military Academy. It was a wonderful school; I lived there 5 days a week, Sun night through Fri afternoon. There were well known movie star's kids that were there at that time; Craig Martin, Dean Martin’s son, had the bunk next to mine, next to him was Chris Crawford, Joan Crawford’s son, so we got to be buddies even though they were a grade ahead of me, then there was Red Skeleton’s son, which was in the 3rd grade, he was in a different dorm. So the rich & famous as well as ordinary kids like me went to school there, my Father was a well known doctor.

I remember the spooky stories being told when I first got there. Our school backed up to the Veterans Administration and Hospital, which led to wondering minds and scary stories; just kids stuff, but seemed real at the time.

I received a well grounded, good start in my mid-school education. The sports were great, including tackle football, not in public schools at that time, and we had fencing classes, boxing, the Drum and Bugle Corp and more. The kicker was I had a horse to ride, and the barn was right below the sun deck, downstairs from our dorm, where I could brush and feed them.

Some nights a few of us would sneak out, down across the Drill Field, and climb up the hill to the Brentwood Center, get some ice cream, a soda, walk around a little, and then sneak back.

I remember the old Spanish architecture with the beautiful tree lined grounds, the antique cannon on the path down to the drill field, the . Great memories, I would love to connect with any of the student of the day.

Larry Sturchio

— Larry Sturchio
March 3, 2010 at 11:35 a.m.

I don't see how the southern end of this area can be considered Brentwood. A lot of the southern area is included in the Sawtelle neighborhood as well.

I consider Brentwood to be north, past Wilshire. In both neighborhood fabric and City signage, this is the case.

— L. Keller
February 14, 2010 at 9:33 p.m.

I went to a military school in Brentwood (54'55'56') . It was Urban Military School. It was a wonderful school. The famous and not so famous and the ordinary (me) went to school there. Dean Martins son, Red Skeletons, Joan Crawfords. I recieved a wonderful start in my education. I can still smell the trees. I remember the old spanish architecture. Good memories,

— Richard Dixon
September 6, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.

I grew up in Crestwood Hills in the 60's and 70's. Growing up in the hills meant no front lawns to play on or streets to ride your bike on. Getting around as a kid was more of adventure than a walk. I went to Kenter Elementary and the walk to school was about 40 minutes in the morning and about 1 hour going home, down hill in the morning and back up again in the afternoon. There were short-cuts - Schotts trail was one. You would cut through backyards and up steep hills...the best part was nobody minded, it was part of the neighborhood, and part of being a kid. At that time, as a kid you were growing up in one of the few last remaining rural/city places left in LA. As an adult I eventually moved to Orange County, my folks kept the house off Tigertail for many years and sold it in 2001, I believe. The changes to the neighborhood and the areas in general were sad. The older families would sell and move or the parents would pass and the kids would make a quick buck and sell off. The most notiable and sad thing is the 'neighborhood' changed to McMansions and a bunch of 'Insta-millionares' who moved in, torn down, built up, sold...and the process repeated it self from the late 80's to now. No one speaks to anyone, no one cares to know their neighbor. Everyone wants to put on the 'Aire' that 'I' am important or influencial or a Movie Star...well folks, when I was a kid growning up in this area it was a great, safe and fun place. The schools were great, Kenter, Paul Revere and Pacific Palisades High School. Few went to private schools...and those that did were usually gifted, not only financially but intellectually - Boy's went to Harvard and girls went to Westlake. All the rest of us went to Public Schools and received a pretty good education. Vincente Foods, Brentwood Country Market, Regular Johns Pizza, John's Hobby Shop, Love's Ribs, Westward Ho Market and as I got older, the Jumping Frog Saloon...good times....fond memories...long gone...too bad.

— Al Laddin
September 1, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.

Emergency Sullivan Canyon Alert: Major Tree Cutting, Road Grading and Pipeline Work Starting September 1 --

Immediate action needed --

Pleasecirculate to your action networks!


Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:00:58 -0700

Many of us in the community who hike, ride horses, and bike in Sullivan

Canyon in Brentwood know that this canyon is a unique natural resource,

with its huge oak and sycamore trees, pretty stream and wildlife.

Because of its beauty, shady paths and easy access, Sullivan Canyon

gets regular and constant use by kids, adults and senior citizens from

all over West Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and beyond.

Yet, without any meaningful CEQA review or public notice to the

community, the Southern California Gas Company plans a major five year

long pipeline project starting September 1, 2009. This project will

have the following irreversible environmental impacts:

Cut, prune and otherwise impact 185 protected trees, including the

removal of 31 sycamore trees "up to 50 inches in diameter and 95 feet

in height";

Grade a 12 foot wide road with wider turn-outs all the way up Sullivan

Canyon from Queensferry to Mulholland;

Import 3100 cubic yards of fill and use 2100 cubic yards of in-situ cut

material for the road bed;

Use articulated concrete mats and ungrouted rip-rap on 22 pipeline

exposures and "backfill" 15 eroded sections on the road where it =0


intersects the main stream and intermittent side streams;

Involve at least three excavations of 40 feet long by 15 feet wide at

various depths;

Involve extensive brush cutting and vegetation removal, including the

application of herbicides, all along the road construction and


The road construction, brush clearance and tree cutting will be done

first, starting September 1, 2009.

There was no meaningful review of this project under the California

Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Gas Company claims it is

entitled to a categorical exemption from CEQA review because the

— Bill Birrell
August 25, 2009 at 2:07 p.m.

Brentwood is a very safe, cozy neighborhood in LA. It feels more remote and isolated from the rest of the city than it actually is. Brentwood's proximity to the 405 freeway makes it a great hub for wealthy commuters and students.

— Christian Alder
August 15, 2009 at 5:27 p.m.

When I was born in Santa Monica hospital in 1939, I was brought home to a house near the intersection of Sunset and Sepulveda. Poinsettias were grown in the fields on the east side of that intersection. Our address was LA 24, as we were still part of West LA.

Our home was not far from the north side of the Veterans hospital property at Sawtell. During the blackouts of WWII, the hospital was lit up as they had their own generators. My dad didn't like that! We did our grocery shopping in Westwood. Sunset and Barrington had two gas stations, a Flying Horse and (perhaps) a Shell. When we went for a 'drive' along Barrington, there were sheep grazing in a field on the right hand side.

Urban Military Academy was near our home and we could hear the bugle in the morning and evening.

When my grandmother and I went for walks, we would note the homes of Movie Stars . Going to those homes on Halloween was always an adventure.

There were gullies full of undergrowth to play in, hills to coast our bikes down, and endless summers.

"Brentwood' got it's own post office and number in 1949. There was a big celebration with speeches and searchlights. We were now, LA 49.

I have many more memories of those times in the 40's. Brentwood was a wonderful place to grow up.

— Mara Lambert
June 5, 2009 at 3:42 p.m.

Density analysis is off, since much of the land considered part of the area is in the mountains. That means, the flat areas are especially dense, and the mountains very sparse. Also the mansions take up more space than the apartments. Two dramatically different housing areas. Apartments and condos south of San Vicente (near Bundy) and along Barrington, and expensive single family homes and mansions.

Good things about Brentwood, nice sea breeze, good place for walks. Nicely kept yards and homes. Feels safe. Downside, dense traffic, noise from sirens, helicopters, and leaf blowers.

— Lori Apthorp
June 3, 2009 at 9:53 a.m.


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