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BRENTWOOD NEWS

ET Coming to Brentwood!
Brentwood will be expecting ET this summer, with Movie On The Green, a free event sponsored by the Brentwood News-Westside Today and Brentwood 90049. Everyone is invited to enjoy a screening of ET, The Extra Terrestial, at Brentwood Magnet School on the corner of San Vicente and Bundy. Bring picnic baskets, a blanket and lawn chairs to stake out your spot at 6pm, and meet firefighters from Station 19. The movie begins at 7:30.

Other sponsors include: Elyse Arbour, Valerie Fitzgerald, Beth and Rodney Freeman Family, Pam and Bob Kahan, Brenda and Budge Offer, Mary Ann and Bryce Perry, Team Pinckert-Gibson International, Ellen and Richard Sandler Family, Mary Lu and Kathleen Tuthill and Anonymous.

Please check with area restaurants, some of which are preparing boxed dinners for this event.

For more information please call 310-476-1000.

Great Tastes Called Off
“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to take a one year hiatus from this wonderful event,†said Betty Graham, President, Coldwell Banker Greater Los Angeles Company. Graham was referring to Great Tastes in Brentwood, a local fundraising event for public schools. Coldwell Banker has sponsored the event for twenty years. Graham blamed the soft economy for the decision.

“We have already begun working on next year,†she said, “which we know will be bigger and better than ever.â€

“We look forward to seeing everyone next year at Great Tastes in Brentwood 2009,†said Carole Schiffer, producer and director of Great Tastes in Brentwood.

For more information email ceschiffer@aol.com or call her at 310-442-1384.

Brentwood Grand Prix
The Grand Prix is coming to Brentwood.

The Brentwood Grand Prix is coming in the wake of a Fourth of July road-rage incident that left two cyclists injured. Photo Credit Victoria Talbot

Bicycle enthusiasts of all levels will be competing for cash prizes in Brentwood on August 17. Over 2,000 spectators are expected to watch the race between 7 AM and 4 PM on San Vicente Boulevard. The 2.3–mile course will begin in front of the Kaufman Library and circle the median from Burlingame to Gorham in Brentwood.  

There will be booths featuring food and merchandise around the course.

The $10,000 purse, one of the top five in California, is expected to draw more than 400 amateur and professional cyclists from across the western United States. The race will also include two events just for children.

The Velo Club La Grange, one of California’s oldest and largest cycling clubs, is producing the event. With over 400 members, the Grand Prix is in its 40th year at locations throughout Los Angeles. The race is making its Brentwood debut this year.

To find out about Velo Club La Grange visit www.lagrange.org

For more information on the race or to enter the competition, visit www.brentwoodgrandprix.com

Fourth of July Road Rage
Two cyclists were injured on Mandeville Canyon Road in what police are describing as a “road-rage†incident.

On July 4, two experienced cyclists were injured in an incident that has become ground zero for the Mandeville Canyon community and cyclists, and the turning point in a relationship between bicyclists and motorists in the Los Angeles area.

Cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr were injured when Christopher T. Thompson slammed on his brakes only a few feet ahead of them. With no space to turn away from the vehicle, Peterson crashed head first through the rear windshield of Thompson’s car, breaking his nose and teeth, and nearly severing his nose in the crash. Stoehr will require surgery to repair a separated shoulder.

Thompson has been charged with two counts of felony reckless driving.
A closed meeting followed the incident between the Mandeville Canyon Homeowners Association, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and members of the cycling community, DOT and other public officials to investigate solutions to sharing the road successfully.  Councilman Rosendahl has introduced the Cyclists Bill of Rights that has been affirmed by the Los Angeles City Council, to promote safer conditions for cyclists.

A Mandeville-Bicycling Task Force has been formed as a result. The task force will begin an education campaign to mitigate road rage incidents by creating successful communication between motorists and cyclists.

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