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Henderson Cooper July 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Sue, your note is indeed very touching. I agree. My wife and I frequent the Starbucks up there,Read Moreki nd of on a daily basis at lunch hour. Mike, if that is him, was the guy we affectionately called the "space man." Most days he would amble up Barrington. Stop at the corner in front of the Starbucks. Stand with each foot over one of the exaust vents on the cement, look up to the sky, and his hands would kind of quiver. We fondly presumed he was communicating with his space ship. Or, like ET, waiting to hear from his rescue ship to come get him. Thus "space man." He was calm, polite, non-confrontational and ever present. If it was in fact him, we will miss him. I would hope that his ship came and got him. RIP!
Sue Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT July 22, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Henderson, what a sobering and heartening reminder of how powerfully we can affect each other andRead Moreus ually never even know it.
Steve Goldberg July 24, 2014 at 01:20 PM
For seven years I lived in the apartments at Barrington and Sunset starting in 2000. MichaelRead Morealways sat at the corner next to the old Texaco. As time went by I got to know Michael. First a nod, then a hello and finally I introduced myself. Even with his disheveled look and babbling to himself, he had a sharp memory. When we would talk he would come out of the fog from wherever his mind was wondering. I learned about his childhood growing up in Oklahoma, his career at the G.M. auto plant in Van Nuys, Losing his job at the plant when it closed in 1992 and his CHOICE to be homeless. When he lost his job, he lost his insurance and his ability to pay for his schizophrenia medication. He found that living on the street made him not have to live up to any standard and actually found peace in being homeless. Michael had been offered help many times, help to get off the street. I hope that my "neighbor" is in a better place now, and has the peace he so enjoyed during his life.
Brentwood Resident # 49 July 21, 2014 at 06:25 PM
There are roundabouts on S. Bristol, how fast are these "speeders" going? The street has Read Morebeen the same way for as long as I have been driving, 30 years, and there aren't many if any accidents to speak of? The stop signs on Bundy/Mayfield and the newest on the corner of Gretna Green/Gorham serve no purpose but to further congest an already congested thoroughfare. Don't whine about problems that don't exist.
Henderson Cooper July 07, 2014 at 12:39 PM
The broader issue that comes up for me; If it is that costs and conservation result in cityRead Moreworkers not doing these jobs, what then are those workers doing. We should presume that grass is overgrown city wide, right! So are those grass cutters off the payroll? We can presume that Santa Monica has a better economy that L.A. Their grass is green and cut. What about the street pot holes. They multiply daily and are either being poorly filled, or worse yet not filled at all. What are those workers doing instead? What are the savings realized from letting the grass grow wild? Those designated grass cutters...where are they? What are they doing? This cities' services are poorly managed...unless you count parking ticket enforcement, plenty of those guys out there.
arianne July 07, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Are they going to mow? It's pretty bad. I usually run there every day and now it's too tall.
Abby Kohl July 08, 2014 at 06:31 PM
They started mowing today! There's hope, yet! Now...what to do about the trailers that parkRead Morearound the Brentwood Country Club an empty their toilets into the drains or worse onto the path! It's really pungent in the heat. Ick.
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