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The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will vote on the designation of the Barry Building as an Historic Cultural Monument at a final hearing on Thursday. July 12.

The Barry Building at 11975 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood is an architectural landmark that has been home to a cultural landmark and icon, Dutton’s Brentwood Books, for nearly three decades.

The graceful two-story building and its distinguished tenant are as integral to Brentwood as the Case Study houses on Hanley and the Archer School for Girls’ historic Main building on Sunset.

Dutton’s is arguably the best bookstore in Los Angeles, and one of the best bookstores in America. In the last several decades, virtually every writer of note has appeared at Dutton’s to read and sign books. It’s also noted for its children’s programs.

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Fourth of July Parade Steps Out

The Fourth of July celebration will get off to a fast start in Santa Monica Wednesday morning with the inaugural Santa Monica 4th of July Parade on Main Street.

Reviving a century-old tradition, the Ocean Park Association, in
conjunction with the North of Montana Association (NOMA), will stage a parade down Main Street on the morning of July 4th at 9:30 am.

The Main Street Merchants, Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition and various businesses and organizations are all pitching in to help to underwrite the costs of the parade, which is also being aided and abetted by a City Council grant,

The parade will take off from Pico Boulevard and march south on Main Street to Marine Street. 55 groups will take part.

Parade Grand Marshall will be Jerry Harris, the retiring principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.

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