The Local Sweeties and Public Safety.


Courtesy of a community minded neighbor, we folks gathered tonight in a computer lab inside Casa Loma College on Kester to hear Senior Lead Officer Erica Kirk, Gang Officer DeLeon and a man from the Los Angeles Department of Building Safety speak about property crimes, prostitution and gangs. The people were mostly older, largely white,…

June 24, 1960: Murder at 13944 Valerio St. Van Nuys, CA


Crime scene photos courtesy of the USC Digital Archives. Even in 1960, people in Van Nuys were getting gunned down and killed. As originally reported in the Los Angeles Examiner, on June 24, 1960 police discovered murder victim Shaik Dastagir, 49, dead in front of his home at 13944 Valerio St. Shaik Dastagir was the…

Neighborhood Watch Meeting: Wed. Nov 5, 2014


Stop, Thief!


Yesterday, around Noon, I went to meet my brother for lunch near his office at LaBrea and Wilshire. I was early. We weren’t meeting until 1pm so I took a walk along the south side of Wilshire heading west, passing Detroit, Cloverdale and S. Cochran. On the north side of Wilshire, I saw a middle-aged…

Some Morning Excitement.


Just some normal Saturday morning excitement of leaving to go to the gym at 8am and witnessing three Latinos running from a home they had just burglarized. LAPD showed up within minutes, along with helicopters. The suspect(s) were caught near Van Nuys Boulevard. After I took these photos, I was walking near a neighbor's home…

The Police, the People and the Prostitutes.


A few months back, April 17, 2013, to be exact, this community held a meeting at the Columbus Avenue School led by LAPD Officer Vince DiMauro. The topic on everyone’s mind was prostitution, its egregious and omnipresent existence a fact of life on our streets. The group was well attended and there was seeming agreement…