Columus Day.


There is new construction fencing and green tarps in front of 6505 Columbus. A building permit has been created for a new single-family house on the one-acre site of the former Rancho Perfecto which I wrote about in 2019.  The idea that the land will be graced with just one single house is ludicrous. Every property in…

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…

Work From Home, Help the Homeless


Sofa by Kardiel They live in trash camps beside the freeways, under bridges, or along the train tracks. You know they are around when fire trucks speed down the street to put out their fires. Perhaps you’ve seen their gardening, the charred acres of blackened trees in Woodley Park? But you are happy because you…

Around the Neighborhood.


Since the pandemic began, in earnest, last March, one of our routines is the morning walk around our neighborhood. The fact that most of us live and work at home, self-incarcerated by choice or duty, has produced a strange life. Beside the societal disasters that befell our nation in 2020, the ordinary existence of the…

Letter From a Homeless Man


Hollywood Freeway Offramp, Western Av., Homeless, 2020Old Post Office, Van Nuys. From the LA Times article, "Garcetti's A Bridge Home Homeless Problem Has Mixed Results." A formerly homeless addict refutes all the tolerant and feel-good ideas that are bandied about by Garcetti and other enablers. Here is what WEHO LIBERAL said in a letter to…

Mike Mandel, Photographer, San Fernando Valley, 1970s


Mike Mandel ________________________________________________________________________ The New Yorker has a photo essay about Mike Mandel, who was born in 1950, studied at CSUN, and made a large body of photography here in the 1970s. His work reminds me of the people who grew up here during that time, kids who were lucky to live a good life…