Letter From a Neighbor to Councilwoman Nury Martinez


My neighbor, who has lived in Van Nuys since 1979, is aghast at its condition and appalled at the utter lack of leadership in correcting its continuing decline. She wrote a letter, intended for Nury Martinez our Councilwoman and now the President of the City Council. I agree with everything in it. Our community is…

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…

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…

We Have to Wait for What we Want.


Like most everything these days, we have to wait for what we want. So it is with the rains. They are only now showing up, in late January, three separate storms, arriving as they do in Los Angeles from the north, with a slow, steady buildup of gray clouds in the sky, perhaps the only…

Vanilla or Chocolate?


Today we went to get our first oral Covid-19 test at a free clinic set up near Van Nuys High School along Kittridge St. When we drove up the street, a little before 9am, there was already a parking lot in the high school set up with masked attendants, and tented booths marked #1, #2,…

Sunday Errands


Yesterday, Sunday, there were no evident calamities around us. Tragedy took a day off. The air was clear from fire smoke, some blue showed in the sky, and we went for an air-cooled drive around our San Fernando Valley behind tinted windows and masked faces. We passed Woodley Park, once a bird sanctuary, now just…