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Brentwood Beat: BHA Annual Meeting, Fire Danger and the Homeless

Brentwood Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA) held its annual meeting recently at the Brentwood School’s middle school auditorium.

Before all the speeches, there was plenty of free food catered by Coral Tree Café. Nice.

BHA likes to do things first class. BHA used to hold its annual meetings up at The Getty, which was very nice, but the Brentwood School location is much better, logistically speaking.

There isn’t much of a drive to get there; the parking is easy, there’s no need to take the train to the top of the hill. The auditorium is comfortable – and of course, there was the free food.

If you haven’t been to a BHA meeting in its new location, I highly recommend it. Be on the lookout for announcements next year.

BHA has a lot of clout and once again drew a stellar group of speakers, including Mayor Bass, councilwoman Traci Park, and top officials from the Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments.

Caption: Mayor Karen Bass addresses the annual meeting of the Brentwood Homeowners Association

Mayor Bass reported progress on the homelessness front, saying several who had lived in sidewalk encampments were now living in older hotels and motels that are now renting rooms to the city for the purpose of providing shelter. This is an expensive approach, she acknowledged, saying the city was looking into several options, including providing slightly

A tiny home with a bathroom and a kitchenette is a much more attractive option, she said.  The tiny homes we have come to know are mostly in clusters, with a shared bathroom and food area. 

Much attention was given to fire prevention and suppression. Brentwood, Palisades, Bel Air, and other hillside communities face special dangers; once a fire gets started, winds can quickly whip through the canyons, spreading the flames.  

BHA was recognized at the annual meeting by MySafe: LA (see MySafeLA.org) for taking a proactive role in preparing Brentwood for the worst.  

Caption: CD11 City Councilwoman Traci Park (left) and David Barrett, Executive Director of MySafe: LA (right) present Thelma Waxman (center), BHA president, with a certificate recognizing BHA as a “California Fire Safe Council.”

MySafe: LA inspects homes for fire dangers, installs free smoke alarms, and provides training in CPR, evacuation, and resilience. MySafe: LA works closely with LAFD, homeowners, neighborhood councils, and others to “harden the target.”

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