History/Geography

Brentwood was founded in the 1880s after the establishment of the large 600-acre Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors. The Branch helped stimulate the growth of the agricultural district into a full and vibrant community.  Today, Brentwood is home to nearly 42,000 residents and is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  In addition to its residential areas, Brentwood has a number of commercial districts located along its major thoroughfares of Wilshire, San Vicente, and Sunset Boulevards.    This, combined with the area’s natural beauty – ranging from its scenic trails above Madeville Canyon, to its famous coral tree median on San Vicente Boulevard – helps  Brentwood continue its long tradition of being a wonderful place to work, live, and play.

Mike’s Work in Brentwood

Public Safety

  • Mike successfully led the fight for redeployment of hundreds of LAPD officers to neighborhoods patrols — including dozens to Westside neighborhoods — so they can better protect neighborhoods and build relationships with communities.
  • Mike pushed for hiring more firefighters, and has delivered more than $60 million in additional LAFD resources for the Westside.
  • Mike worked with LAFD to purchase a new fire fighting helicopter that will help save lives and property in the event of a brush fire in the hillsides and canyons of Brentwood.
  • Mike restored Engine 69 to Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades – fulfilling a 2013 campaign promise and making the community safer.
  • Mike pushed for hiring more firefighters, and has delivered more than $60 million in additional LAFD resources for the Westside.
  • Mike worked with the Bureau of Engineering to ensure monitoring of hillside areas after the Mandeville Fire, helping prevent landslide issues before they happened along upper Mandeville Canyon Road.
  • Mike helped neighbors coordinate a brush fire evacuation drill to make sure everyone in the community is prepared in the event of an emergency.
  • Mike added more “No Smoking” signage in Mandeville Canyon, helping to prevent brush fires.
  • Mike championed a program to equip first responders with tablet technology like iPads to improve efficiency when responding to emergencies.

Transportation

  • Mike instituted “The Sunset Standard,” requiring that any institution along Sunset Boulevard looking to remodel or modernize their facilities find ways to reduce its traffic impact.  
    • In 2016, the Brentwood School agreed to immediately reduce traffic by 12.5% and to reduce traffic from the school by 40% over the next several years.
  • Mike launched a Sunset Traffic Solutions Initiative to battle gridlock. So far, the  initiative has:
    • Deployed traffic control officers to key intersections.
    • Restriped eastbound Sunset to the 405 north and southbound on-ramps to improve traffic flow.
    • Improved lane assignment signage on Sunset near the 405 to reduce. traffic causing last-minute lane changes.
    • Explored turn restrictions along Sunset Boulevard to keep traffic moving
    • Adjusted signal timing.
    • Launched a Transportation Collaborative with local institutions to find ways they can help each other reduce traffic.
    • Made physical improvements to the roadway.
    • Required better construction management programs.
    • Encouraged trip reduction strategies at existing businesses.
    • Secured funding for technology to sync 405 freeway onramp signals with Sunset Boulevard traffic signals to improve traffic flow on the congested corridor.
  • Mike forced city agencies to crack down on illegal lane closures on Sunset Boulevard.
  • Mike worked with Brentwood School and Paul Revere Middle School to coordinate bus schedules to improve traffic on Sunset
  • Mike worked with neighbors to get a new left-turn signal installed at Sunset Boulevard and Kenter Avenue.

Sensible Development

  • Mike is working with the non-profit group Vets Advocacy and neighbors, Mike called for the VA to work with a principal developer to shape and guide the VA campus’ development, instead of using a sluggish, piecemeal, building-by-building approach that could take decades.
  • Mike successfully pushed legislation to impose new fees on developers to pay for traffic relief projects, for affordable housing, and for park improvements.

Homelessness

  • Mike launched the first “safe parking program” on the Westside at the VA, offering homeless veterans a safe place to sleep in their vehicles, and a place to be connected with services and housing.
  • Mike provided funding for and directed city agencies to construct the Westside’s first bridge housing location, at the VA campus, offering veterans who an alternative to living in sidewalk homeless encampments and getting them connected with services at the VA.
  • Mike led the effort to allocate funding from Proposition HHH for supportive housing at the VA. The HHH funding will help create more than 100 units of supportive housing for veterans who are currently living on the street.
  • Mike supports the work of the Brentwood-based nonprofit organization The Giving Spirit

Community Building and Neighborhood Improvements

  • Mike worked with neighbors to support the creation of the People’s Path on Mandeville Canyon Road – an inviting walking trail that brings neighbors together.
  • Mike pushed to strengthen the Urban forestry master plan and protected tree ordinance to save protected trees in the neighborhood – improving our urban canopy.
  • Mike stood with neighbors to defeat proposals for a 180-foot communications tower on San Vicente Peak.
  • Mike worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks to install a fence to protect neighbors and property from incoming baseballs coming from the park – a win/ win  for residents and players
  • Mike worked with Bureau of Street Services to repave neighbrohood roads, including Mandeville Canyon Road and Westridge Road.

 

For more information or if we can help, please contact:
Lisa Cahill, Field Deputy
(310) 575-8461
lisa.cahill@lacity.org