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Brentwood is a suburban neighborhood in the
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Modern development began after the establishment of the 600-acre (2.4 km2)
Local traditions include a
Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone designation
The State Cal-Fire Authority officially designated Brentwood, from Mulholland down to Sunset Boulevard, a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, due to the long, uninterrupted border of urban-wildlife interface in the hillsides that has resulted in multiple fires over many years, destroying entire neighborhoods and requiring numerous evacuations. For this reason, the Brentwood community has been strongly in favor of halting all further development in the hillside and canyon areas.
On November 6, 1961, a construction crew working in
More than 300 police officers helped evacuate 3,500 residents during the 12-hour fire, and some 2,500 firefighters battled the blaze, pumping water from neighborhood swimming pools to douse flames. Pockets of the fire smoldered for several days. Even as firefighters battled what was to become a Bel Air disaster, another fire erupted in Santa Ynez Canyon to the west. That blaze was contained the next day after consuming nearly 10,000 acres (40 km2) and nine structures and burning to within a mile of Bel Air and Brentwood. The fires were the fifth-worst conflagration in the nation's history at the time, burning 16,090 acres (65 km2), destroying more than 484 homes and 190 other structures and causing an estimated $30 million in damage.
O. J. Simpson murder case
Brentwood was the site of the 1994 stabbing deaths of
The district is located at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, bounded by the San Diego Freeway on the east, Wilshire Boulevard on the south, the Santa Monica city limits on the southwest, Sullivan Canyon/Westridge Trail on the west and Mulholland Drive on the north.
Brentwood, like nearby Santa Monica, has a temperate climate influenced by marine breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Residents frequently wake to a "marine layer", a cover of clouds brought in at night which burns off by mid-morning. The topography is generally split into two characters, broadly divided by Sunset Boulevard: the area north of Sunset is defined by ridges and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains and is located in a Cal-Fire designated Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone; south of Sunset the area is mostly flat. The area South of San Vicente features an underground spring which bubbles up into a small creek along "the Gully" near the Brentwood Country Club.
|Climate data for Brentwood, Los Angeles|
|Average high °F (°C)||67
|Average low °F (°C)||47
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.76
The 2000 U.S. census counted 31,344 residents in the 15.22-square-mile Brentwood
The population was 84.2%
San Vicente Boulevard is divided by a wide median on which stand many large coral trees. This green belt replaced a Pacific Electric trolley track, and the trees have been named a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Brentwood features a number of residential sub-districts:
- Brentwood Circle: a gated communityeast of Barrington and north of Sunset that was created when the Getty Museum was built.
- Veterans Administration, it is an enclave of small lots and single family homes
- Bundy Canyon: home to Mount St. Mary's College and an emergency ingress entrance to Getty Center(though the latter is accessible only from Sepulveda for the public)
- Crestwood Hills: includes a cluster of protected, architecturally significant mid-century modernresidences located in the northern part of Kenter Canyon
- Mandeville Canyon: westernmost part of Brentwood, north of Sunset; extends about three miles to the north and is the longest dead end street in the City of Los Angeles.
- Sullivan Canyon: a mostly equestrian neighborhood with a private riding ring.
- The "Polo Field": situated at Will Rogers State Park near Paul Revere Middle School and the Riviera Golf Club
- Brentwood Park: large estates located in a zone bordered by Oakmont, San Vicente, Allenford and Cliffwood Drive.
- Brentwood Terrace: Located between the Brentwood Country Mart and Brentwood Country Club
Each sub-district is represented by a different
Brentwood's Barrington Recreation Center has an indoor gymnasium which converts into a small auditorium with a capacity of 250. Outdoors is a lighted baseball diamond, an unlighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, picnic tables and lighted tennis courts.
Economy and businesses
The vast majority of office space in Brentwood is rented to professional services firms: accountants, lawyers, medical care.
There are three upscale commercial areas: Brentwood Country Mart, Barrington Plaza and the San Vicente Business District, which include restaurants, clothing stores, and other high-end retailers.
A few long time businesses should be noted: Brent-Air Pharmacy, run by the founding Lassoff family from its inception until June 2007, served Brentwood for more than 50 years. The drug store has been the scene of many famous scandals and, like its defunct West Hollywood cousin Schwab's, is known as the pharmacy to the stars, where many now-notable actors and actresses worked as delivery boys or "candy counter" girls.
Vicente Foods is an independently owned and operated grocery market that has served Brentwood since 1948. Other local markets include Whole Foods and Ralphs.
A popular area for dining and coffee for local residents is located in Brentwood Village at the intersection of Barrington and Sunset. More than a dozen restaurants and coffee shops are located within a two-block stretch offering a wide variety of cuisine.
Dutton's Brentwood Books, a local landmark called by Sunset magazine "the last of the truly independent bookstores", closed its doors in April 2008.
Government and infrastructure
Brentwood leadership and city services
Brentwood and Pacific Palisades both chose to form community councils in order to have an independent voice with regard to issues that impact their communities, such as their joint Community Plan, which is a City approved document that governs the aesthetics of zoning and design for the neighborhoods. The Brentwood Community Council holds monthly public meetings, as does its Land Use Committee, and has been a powerful and effective voice for the community since the 1990s. The BCC Board includes members from all local HOA's, plus members representing schools, business, environment, transportation, civic affairs and a group dedicated only to residents under 40, called Brentwood '49. City Services are provided by the
West LA VA and VA Master Plan Redevelopment
While the annual County of Los Angeles homeless count rarely attributes more than 50 persons as homeless in Brentwood, the majority of the homeless persons are Veterans. While the VA does have available beds and treatment programs, many Veterans find it hard to take the first step to accept VA assistance for a variety of reasons, including deep mistrust of the VA, dishonorable discharges that prevent them from receiving services, the mandatory sober living environment on the VA campus. The Brentwood Community Council took the lead in 2013 to help establish Veteran safe parking and safe camping programs, which allow Veterans to take an 'intermediate step" between homelessness and accepting full VA assistance and these programs have been successful and have grown over time. Some Veterans believed the VA was derelict in its duty to provide housing and successfully sued the VA, proving that multiple leases of VA property had been used for fraudulent means. Several individuals went to prison, including a former VA executive. As a result of the settlement in the Veterans civil suit against the VA, the $1B VA Master Plan Redevelopment of the West LA VA property, including 2000+ units of housing, was approved by Congress in 2019 and was completed in late 2020.
Seventy percent of Brentwood residents aged 25 and older had earned a
Primary and secondary education
Schools within the Brentwood borders are as follows:
The public elementary schools in the area are Kenter Canyon Elementary School (an LAUSD
The following private schools are located in the Brentwood area:
- Westland School, elementary
- The Mirman School
- Berkeley Hall School, elementary
- Milken Community High School
- Brentwood School, K–12
- Archer School for Girls
- Saint Martin of Tours School, elementary
- James Arness – Actor (1923–2011)
- Bea Arthur – Actress (1922–2009)
- David Baerwald – Musician
- Tom Brady – National Football League quarterback
- Andrew Breitbart – Author, commentator and website publisher (1969–2012)
- Eli Broad – Businessman, investor and philanthropist (1933–2021)
- Gisele Bündchen – Model and entrepreneur
- Dee Caruso – Screenwriter and producer
- Mickey Cohen – Gangster (1913–1976)
- Dabney Coleman – Actor
- Bert Convy – Actor, game show host, singer and panelist (1933–1991)
- Joan Crawford – Actress
- Stephen W. Cunningham – UCLA graduate manager and Los Angeles City Council member
- Don DeFore – Actor (1913–1993)
- Dr. Dre – Rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
- Dane Elkins (born 1999) – Professional racquetball player
- Glenn Frey – Musician, co-founder of the rock band Eagles (1948–2016)
- James Garner – Actor, star of Maverick and The Rockford Files
- Ronald Goldman– Murder victim and restaurant waiter
- Mark Harmon – Actor
- Leland Hayward – Entertainment industry agent and producer
- Bob Iger – CEO of The Walt Disney Company
- LeBron James – National Basketball Association player
- Monica Lewinsky – Activist, television personality, fashion designer, and former White House intern
- Robert Loggia – Actor (1930–2015)
- Lea Michele – Actress
- Marilyn Monroe – Actress
- Alanis Morissette – Musician
- Former President and First Lady Richard Nixon and Pat Nixon
- Conan O'Brien – Television talk show host, comedian
- Gwyneth Paltrow – Actress, entrepreneur
- Wolfgang Petersen – German film director, producer and screenwriter (1941–2022)
- Gregor Piatigorsky – Cellist (1903–1976)
- Faye Resnick – Reality TV personality
- Jill St. John – Actress
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- Maria Shriver – Journalist, author and former first lady of California
- Oliver Stone – Director and screenwriter
- Margaret Sullavan – Actress
- Robert Taylor – Actor
- Robert Wagner – Actor
- Reese Witherspoon – Actress
- Betty White – Actress (1922–2021)
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