Beware of Big Promises: 1963


Community leaders, developers, planners, business people, and boosters are forever promising a brighter day tomorrow. So it was in Van Nuys nearly 60 years ago. The new police station, a striking piece of $5 million dollar architecture, whose inspiration appears to be many vertically positioned Philco televisions, was nearing completion on March 29, 1963. The…

Exploding Bomb in Encino Mailbox.


     Photograph article dated March 9, 1961 "Exploding mailboxes in an exclusive Encino residential neighborhood are arousing a vigilante-type reaction in some homeowners. The latest victim, Frank A. Fuller of 4495 Libbit Ave., whose mailbox was blown from its curbside mounting Friday by some kind of explosive, said: “I own this place, I pay taxes…

El Crappo


Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys, CA. Running along the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard, from Haynes to Lemay Streets, is a traffic median, allegedly planted with trees, but mostly serving as a local dump for household refuse, a refuge for old couches, toys, luggage, mattresses, beer bottles, etc. Nearby are new, gleaming, white paneled developments, including…

Bruce Smith: Police Reformer/ The New Yorker/ February 27, 1954


Bruce Smith (1892-1955) was the director of the Institute of Public Administration, a New York City based non-profit. He was a longtime and respected expert on American policing, and his statistical and behavioral studies of how cops work, lead to reforms in many cities and states. In this profile from the February 27, 1954 issue…

Reunion


Beer: Deal With the DevilPizzas: MacLeod AleCharlie McCreadyCharlie McCready and Colt OlinAndreas' dog.Katie, me and ColtAndreas Samson, Katie McLaughlin, Colt Olin MacLeod AleKatie McLaughlin Last night was a reunion at MacLeod Ale, the first time all of us had gathered since last March 2020. Times have changed. There was a large area outside under tents…

Middle of June


It is only mid-June but already the extreme heat has landed in Southern California. Every week there is another "record breaking" temperature in thousands of places, not only here but around the world. To an older Angeleno, June once meant days of haze, overcast and cloudy. The Pacific Ocean was cooler, even cold. The truly…