From COVID-19 and development to crime and politics as usual, 2021 was a busy year in the Brentwood news cycle. As the year comes to a close, here are the top stories from each month.
Dr. Dre’s Brentwood Mansion Targeted by Burglars While in ICU
January 6, 2021 – Dr. Dre reportedly had his Brentwood mansion targeted by burglars while the rapper/producer was in the hospital for treatment a reported brain aneurysm. Full article here.
Large Properties Drive-up Brentwood Home Sales Amid Pandemic
Interest in large properties with five-bedrooms or more helped drive-up single-family home sales in Brentwood amid the pandemic. So who is buying these properties? Full article here.
Unhoused Veteran Among Those Injured After SUV Slams Into Brentwood Homeless Encampment
March 8, 2021 – An unhoused Navy veteran was reportedly among those injured when an SUV slammed into a Brentwood homeless encampment last week. Full article here.
Brentwood’s Rabbi Morley Feinstein Passes Away
April 29, 2021 – Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein of Brentwood’s University Synagogue passed away after battling illness for several years. Full article here.
A 22-Point Plan to Deal With LA’s Homelessness Situation
May 2, 2021 – “People are freaking out about the homelessness issue – and with good reason. The sidewalk camps are everywhere, trash abounds, the public health risks are real. Many homeless individuals suffer huge mental health issues, are addicted to drugs or alcohol and have been known to become violent, harass pedestrians or start fires. Our homeless brothers and sisters are in a trap. Let’s help them escape.” Full article here.
Garrison Flag Stolen From VA Cemetery Over Memorial Day Weekend
June 1, 2021 – A 25 by 30 feet garrison flag was stolen from the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration over Memorial Day weekend. Full article here.
NYC Man Arrested in Kidnapping of Dementia Patient at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
July 22, 2021 – A New York man faces up to life in prison for his alleged abduction of a 68-year-old woman with dementia at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Full article here.
Report Advises Against Most Westside Homeless Shelter Locations Following Bonin’s Call for Feasibility Study
August 13, 2021 – Bringing homeless shelters to Will Rogers and Dockweiler beaches, Mar Vista and Westchester parks alongside other locations is infeasible, city officials concluded in a recent report. Full article here.
Veteran Killed in San Vicente Encampment Stabbing
September 15, 2021 – A homicide investigation is underway following a stabbing at a homeless encampment alongside the West Los Angeles VA. Full article here.
Firefighters Save Kitten Stowaway in Brentwood
October 26, 2021 – LAFD firefighters in Brentwood helped a man recover a hidden kitten–now up for adoption–from inside of the engine bay of his vehicle. Full article here.
Over 50 Homeless Veterans Transitioned Into Housing, Treatment From San Vicente Encampment
November 2, 2021 – Over 50 homeless veterans who were living at an encampment on San Vicente Boulevard have been transitioned into housing, treatment and other programs. Full article here.
LA City Clerk Confirms Bonin Recall Petition Headed to Verification Stage
December 6, 2021- The Los Angeles City Clerk has confirmed that the “raw number of signatures” on a recall petition against Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin is enough for it to proceed to the verification stage, which will occur over the next month. Full article here.