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…

Escaping the Haze

No Vaccine, Adelaide Dr.

Seeking to escape the haze and home confinement, we went where we used to go on Sunday in normal times: Santa Monica. We parked on one of the wide, flat streets north of Montana, away from crowds. And we walked in masks that we imagined shielded us from dangers visible and invisible. At Adelaide and…

People People Envy


In 1961, the Valley Times newspaper ran a contest to promote a new insert, Weekend.  The winners produced a clipping of Miss Weekend Weather and claimed a $10 prize if they were chosen.  A photo essay, with pictures of the winners, entitled, “People People Envy” ran on September 3, 1961 in the Valley Times. All the women…