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…

Hot Prowl on Hamlin.


Sunday morning, I woke up with a text from a neighbor.  Someone had ransacked his converted garage, recently remodeled for reality TV. He wondered if I heard anything or thought who might be responsible. He later sent me a video from his next-door-neighbor showing a masked, gloved, backpack wearing prowler at 2am.   He said…

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…

In Singapore.


In Singapore, which I just visited for four days, I do not remember seeing any decorative streetlights, but I might have been looking, instead, at spotless plazas, copiously planted parks with enormous trees and bright flowers; or perhaps I was riding the air-conditioned MRT, easily navigating between scrupulously clean stations, labeled in easy-to-read signs, navigable by…

1956: Crazy Times


These are a selection of violent news stories from just a few months in 1956, mostly related to people in Van Nuys, but also in Canoga Park and Burbank. It is common to look back at the 1950s, especially in Los Angeles, as a less violent and less chaotic era. Old-time residents of the San…