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…

West Side of Sepulveda Between Haynes and Lemay, Van Nuys, CA.


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The Nervous Hour


7101 Sepulveda Bl. Later in the year, if we are feeling better, or if we are alive, we may look back on March 11, 2020 as one of a number of dark days in a time of never-ending calamities. Today, as the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic, and the stock market crashed yet again, and…

Progress Report.


On a brief walk, after dropping off a package at the UPS on Van Nuys Bl. I walked west on Sylvan, south on Vesper, ending this set of photos at the new fire station on Oxnard. There is a small but significant amount of new apartments going up. They are pleasant additions to the neighborhood…

One Story Town, Again


Earlier in the year, the Salvation Army store at 6300 Sepulveda went out of business. The lot it occupied, building and parking lot, is some 45,000 square feet. It sits along a row of Sepulveda that is seemingly zoned for only commercial use, even though it runs along a heavily traveled bus route and is…

Our Lost Vitality


Sepulveda and Erwin, Van Nuys, CA. Housing, it seems, is everything these days, the foremost topic on the minds of Angelenos.  Those who can afford it fear those who cannot. Fearsome, it seems, is our ragtag army of many thousands of un-housed vagrants who have established anti-communities out of shopping carts and tents, and made…