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Mountain Lion Sighting In Pacific Palisades Highlands

by Craig Whitlock


 This is a community alert bulletin issued by the Brentwood Community Council:

Brentwood Community Council


Mountain Lion Sighting

Hello All,

While preparing to go off-duty on Sunday night at approximately 2146 hours at our shift change location at 1200 Palisades Drive, Officer Lovo and myself observed a large adult mountain lion, approximately 130-140 lbs., with a 3-3 1/2 foot tail, run down the common area hillside (from the rear yards off of Calle de Sevilla) clear the five foot cinder block wall with ease and trot across all lanes of Palisades Drive, clear a second five foot wall and into the brush just south of the access road to the Santa Yenz Canyon Park. The cat emerged once again on top of the flood basin and walked down the embankment and out of sight into the brush headed West into the flood channel toward the hillside.

As someone who has worked in the Highlands for nearly 10 years now at all times of the day and night, I have never observed this type of activity or actually witnessed a mountain lion first hand. I believe this behavior in such a well lit and noisy area is quite uncommon for this type of cat. I will be notifying the State Park Rangers this afternoon and seeking guidance on who else would be notified. I will put together a bulletin for distribution to the homes around the area where the cat was sighted and post the same information at the entrance to the Santa Yenz Canyon Park.

Please get this information out to as many residents in the area as possible as I know that particular trail is highly traveled by many of our residents, and often times with dogs. I will include safety tips in the bulle tin and try to get it out this evening as well as having the Officers distribute verbal warnings to any hikers or dog walkers entering the area. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any suggestions or want more information.

Have a Great Day,  

Sgt. Aaron Sias

Team Manager

Palisdades Highlands

ADT/Bel Air Patrol

Tel:  310-619-2311


Magnet School Registration Deadline Approaching

by Craig Whitlock

The magnet school program (now totaling 173) of the Los Angeles Unified School District has moved up their application deadline this year by three weeks to December 18th.  Last year, the deadline was January 9th and the advanced deadline means parents can find out as soon as April whether their applicaton for a particular magnet school has been accepted.

Current enrollment stands at nearly 57,000 students and only 1 in 4 applications are accepted each year from the 65,000 applications submitted.  Thus, right now is a great time to take action if this program is one you might be considering.  For more information, you can log on to:

St. Patrick's Day Hike and Beach Party

by Craig Whitlock

On Sunday, March 15th the Los Angeles Police Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hike & Beach Party to benefit the Juvenile Impact Program. Around 300 LAPF supporters will gather at Gladstone’s of Malibu for a beautiful day of hiking and St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Wendy Burch of KTLA’s Morning News will emcee a brief program including word from Chief Jim McDonnell, Mayor Riordan, Councilman Tom LaBonge and LAPF board member and Hike Chair, Eddie Kislinger.  Drop by and join in the fun!

Walk To Stop Hunger

by Craig Whitlock

The St. Matthew's Parish School Fourth Grade Class is hosting the 34th Annual Palisades Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 22nd.  Registration is at 12:30PM at the Palisades Library - 861 Alma Real Drive and the 5K Hunger Walk starts at 1PM. 

The entire community is invited to join in with the school along with other area schools, churches and organizations and unite under the theme 'Vote To End Hunger'.  Get healthy and beat-down hunger - a winning combo if I ever saw one!

The Barrington Recreation Center Has Something For The Whole Family

by Craig Whitlock

Many know it just as 'The Tennis Courts on Barrington' - an apt description considering the limited view from the street when driving by.  If you were to park and look a little closer, you'd find that the Barrington Recreation Center (located at 333 South Barrington Avenue just below Sunset Blvd.) in Brentwood is a full-spectrum recreational resource for all ages.  It's operated by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and offers a well-rounded menu of sports and events including:

Tennis (4 Courts free of charge) - from Beginner to Advanced

Youth Classes - from Soccer Clinics to Skateboarding to Basketball

Girls Baseball and Flag Football

Co-ed Baseball and Flag Football

Dog and Puppy Training Classes (plus Companion Dog Training)

Basketball Camp (ages 9-16)

Parent and Me Classes

Senior/Adult Classes - from Bridge to Yoga to Physical Firtness

It's been there ever since I can remember (and that's a long time) and has slowly evolved over the years.  There is however, an effort underway by the Friends of Barrington Recreation Center to further elevate it to a 'state-of-the-art recreational facility that will serve the community for generations to come'.  They could use your support and those interested should check out the site for more details about this and all of the team/event sign-up information.  Even if you reside in Westwood or Pacific Palisades, this is a family-fun resource that's worth the time to drive over and explore.

Take a Hike!

by Craig Whitlock

 . . . . . in Pacific Palisades that is.  The Temescal Canyon Association founded in 1972 dedicates itself to many interests and activities in the Santa Monica Mountains and Temescal Gateway Park in particular.  For over 30 years, they've conducted hikes into these beautiful mountain areas and everyone is invited.  Membership is not required and even children when accompanied by adults are welcome as well.

Hikes are are conducted one Sunday a month during the winter months and every week on Tuesday evenings during Summer.  For more information on their activities, initiatives and current hike schedule, visit them at

Hillside Reminder: Deer Season is Back!

by Craig Whitlock

Every year, there are thousands of deer-related accidents involving cars in the western U.S.  According to a recent posting by the Brentwood Homeowners Association, there are relatively few within the hillside areas of Brentwood and the Santa Monica Mountains.  Nonetheless, November and December is the peak mating season for the Mule Deer and maintaining an elevated awareness while driving the roads through our beautiful canyons can help keep these tragedies at a minimum.

Deer often roam into unfamiliar areas and panic when they see or hear cars.  This causes them to bound onto the road without warning and/or 'freeze' in the beams of oncoming headlights.  They're often killed by the car's impact or are critically injured.  The collisions can cause considerable damage to a car as well as creating serious injury potential to its occupants.

Here's some safety tips to keep in mind when driving the hillside communities:

  1. Be particularly alert at dawn, dusk and very late hours when there is little or no traffic.
  2. Use caution when driving on two lane roads.
  3. If you see a deer on the side of the road, stop and look for others then proceed slowly.
  4. If a deer 'freezes', stop and turn your headlights off and on to give a warning.
  5. Deer are naturally skittish and prone to panic, so try to avoid swerving (to avoid contact) and instead stop as quickly as possible, for they tend to follow headlights.

Driving with caution these months while in any of the Santa Monica Mountain communities will help to preserve nearby wildlife and minimize your risk of a collision.

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