Brentwood Advocacy
The Brentwood Residents Coalition serves as a powerful advocate for the residents of Brentwood on a broad spectrum of local land use issues, including:​

Barry Building Historic-Cultural Monument No. 887
The BRC supports preservation of the Barry Building on San Vicente Blvd., the former home of Dutton’s Bookstore, an Historic-Cultural Monument.
BRC Testimony before Cultural Heritage Commission, April 7, 2011
L.A. Conservancy Link re: Barry Building

Bar Toscana (formerly Stuzzichini)
The BRC successfully challenged the Applicant’s attempt to reduce its code-mandated parking by 25 parking spaces and also prevailed in contending that a “shared parking variance” was needed to assure adequate available parking, as required by code.
BRC Appeal to Area Planning Commission, Jan. 25, 2010
BRC Letter to Zoning Administrator, Aug. 25, 2010
Press Release

Bel Air Presbyterian Preschool
The BRC successfully advocated for an environmental impact report as a first step towards ensuring that the project incorporates mitigation measures necessary to protect the Santa Monica Mountains environment and surrounding residential neighbors.
BRC CEQA Letter, Aug. 18, 2010
BRC Scoping Letter, Feb. 1, 2011

Brentwood Country Club Fence
The BRC worked with local residents to achieve a compromise resolution that mitigates the adverse aesthetic impacts of an over-in-height driving-range fence without sacrificing safety protections.

Chenault Condominiums
The BRC supported neighbors in successfully opposing a condominium development project that would have unduly burdened public-street parking in a residential area already lacking adequate public parking, in violation of the Brentwood-Pacific Palisades Community Plan.
BRC Letter to PLUM, Aug. 9, 2010

Darlington & San Vicente Signal
The BRC is working to protect the Coral Tree Median, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 148, from the unnecessary degradation and other negative impacts likely to result from the installation of a signalized intersection at Darlington Ave. and San Vicente Blvd. 
E-mail to LADOT, September 8, 2011 
Public Records Act Request, September 13, 2011 

Fig & Olive Restaurant
The BRC, along with Brentwood Homeowners, Saltair Neighbors, and Gorham Condo Association, prevailed in an administrative challenge to an alcohol permit sought by a large restaurant lacking any onsite parking, which would have caused significant impacts on the community.
BRC Appeal, April 10, 2010
BRC/BHA/Saltair/Gorham Supplemental Letter, June 7, 2010
Press Release

Four Sided Litigation (Terra Cotta Building)
(1) The property owner filed a lawsuit against the City challenging its denial of Fig & Olive’s application for an alcohol permit. The BRC partnered with the Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA) and successfully intervened in support of the City’s determination. The BRC and BHA convinced the Court to refer the matter back to the City for environmental review.
BRC/BHA Brief Opposing Writ, March 25, 2011
BRC/BHA CEQA Brief, May 19, 2011

(2) The property owner filed a separate lawsuit against the City challenging the Area Planning Commission’s determination that the building must satisfy current code requirements for parking. The trial court denied the BRC/BHA motion to intervene in the lawsuit. The BRC and BHA are challenging that ruling before the California Court of Appeal.
BRC/BHA Appeal Brief, July 5, 2011

The BRC successfully contended that the restaurant and property owner were required to provide 13 additional parking spaces, ADA-compliant handicap access, and restrooms within the restaurant facility.
BRC Building & Safety Appeal, Dec. 29, 2010
BRC Letter to County Health Dept., Jan. 26, 2011
BRC Letter to State ABC listing new conditions, July 25, 2011

Grey Dog Tavern
The BRC worked with the Council Office to remedy Building & Safety’s error in calculating the mandated parking for a “change of use” from retail to restaurant, thereby requiring the restaurant to provide 25 additional code-mandated parking spaces.

Hotel Angeleno
​The BRC is working with community groups and the new owner of the Hotel Angeleno to finalize and document an amicable resolution of the outdoor lighting dispute caused by the prior owner.
Bird Marella Brief, May 29, 2009 
Photo exhibits of colored lighting system
The trial court’s opinion, June 22, 2009
New lighting system (test version), August 2011

San Vicente Parking Study
Council District 11 has engaged Mott Smith of Civic Enterprise Assoc. to work with local community and advocacy groups, including the BRC, in conducting a parking survey and analysis for a section of the San Vicente Corridor.

The BRC is opposing the issuance of an alcohol permit because the Applicant has failed to legalize the use of the premises as an on-site restaurant.
BRC Letter for ZA Hearing, Aug. 16, 2011

Tom Safran & Assoc. Project
The BRC supported the project and the property owner’s proposed code exceptions because those exceptions were needed to improve traffic flow and safety at the congested corner of San Vicente and Montana. 
BRC Submission to Area Planning Comm., April 20, 2011

Vintage Capital Group
​The BRC worked with the commercial property owner and supported the requested code exceptions because the project, as modified, would not adversely impact the community. 
BRC Letter, Jan. 7, 2011

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