The Parking Police


  A few years ago, informally, someone named our section of Van Nuys, “Kester Ridge” even though there is no elevation here, only a continuation of the same elevation that runs from Victory to Vanowen and from Kester west to Sepulveda. But everyone believes and uses the imaginary name, invoking it to conjure up community…

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…

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,…

The House on Kittridge and Other Matters


Last night, one of our periodic public safety meetings was held at the Columbus Avenue School. For once, the walking prostitute was not Topic A. Instead, a sitting house represented the newest threat.   Seems 14926 Kittridge, a pleasant and recently remodeled single-family home, west of Kester, was sold to a group (The Village Family Services)…

Is This Your Hood?


The Kesteridge Neighborhood Page on Facebook is a group of citizens who are actively monitoring issues affecting Van Nuys. We are located in the area between Victory on the south, 405 on the west, Sherman Way north, and Van Nuys Blvd. west. We regularly post and keep an eye on crime , traffic, properties, as…

Neighborhood Watch Meeting: Wed. April 11th