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…

Squandered Opportunities


Nearing completion, now, is a one-story mini-mall on the north end of the LA Fitness parking lot near Sepulveda and Erwin. Pleasantly innocuous, in a beige/brown way, the mall (with circa 1999 cornice) is being landscaped, pretty extensively, all around, with various trees and shrubs to decorate the sea of asphalt. Zoned commercial,  this is…

The Snack Pit.


  There were plenty of pizzas and sodas at last night’s meeting of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. Exasperation was the theme of the meeting. Ten tables long, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council has now grown, along with waistlines, to encompass twenty people; and the length of the officials with made-up titles now almost pours…

Yes We Can Grow It Here in Los Angeles


From the website of Ron Finley: "FASHION INNOVATOR. MANIC COLLECTOR. RENEGADE GARDENER. VISIONARY. COMMUNITY ACTIVIST. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Ron showed an early passion and talent for fashion, and started his innovative clothing company, The DROPDEAD Collexion, in his family garage. The DROPDEAD Collexion featured Ron's unique design vision expressed through top quality…

Los Angeles, Oregon.


Los Angeles is not, by nature, an introverted, bundled up, snuggly, gray, rainy city. But this year, the rains came early. And we have had several weeks of storms, cold nights, blustery evenings. And sparkling days with intermittent showers and drizzles, puddles and frost. Nearby, up in the mountains, the nights are much colder and…

The Empty Spaces


Large expanses of asphalt and black tar bake in sun day after day. These are the parking lots behind retail stores, many untenanted, forgotten and forlorn on the west side of Halbrent,north of Erwin, east of Sepulveda. This area is chiefly known for two businesses: The Barn, a six-decade-old, red-sided furniture store and Star Restaurant…