In the bay area...any opinions or ideas?
Yes, and probably the nicest specimen I've seen (someone kept one of those hacks who call themselves gardeners from doing the "natural" thing and turning it into topiary - God, they ought to require a license to operate hedgers).
It is a beautifully grown specimen of Laurus nobilis. I would move the crape myrtle this winter when dormant to give it the space it needs. Al