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…

The Fire Last Time


March 30, 2007 ______________________________________________________________________________ On March 30, 2007 there was a fire burning in Griffith Park. And I was walking in Studio City when a red-haired woman drove up and parked on Ventura Bl. in an odd little purple car, a Nash Rambler. Her license plate read "Kissmet." I'm sure she is someone, or was…

Speaking of Ruins: The Hollywood Advisor


"The remains of burnt down homes and vechicles resulting from the Woolsey Fire are seen on Busch Drive in Malibu, California on November 13, 2018. - At least 44 deaths have been reported so far from the late-season wildfires and with hundreds of people unaccounted for the toll is likely to rise, as thousands of…

1960: Cigarette Caused Fatal Fire.


4/29/1960: Harry Brandt, 53 (with cigar) stands in the ruins of his gutted Living Room in Van Nuys where his wife Charline, 46, died after a cigarette ignited a house fire. (Photo courtesy of Valley Times Collection at LAPL)

La Tuna Canyon Fire


The sky was exceptionally sublime last night with distant plumes of smoke climbing up into the clouds. The air was smoky and humid. The city seemed exhausted, ready to take a cold shower, drink ice water, and crawl into a bed without a blanket in an air-conditioned room. But firefighters were racing to multiple scenes,…

Fire Party


The enormous Valentine‚Äôs Day conflagration that consumed the former home of prostitutes and drugs called the Voyager Motel brought out hundreds of firefighters. And hundreds of spectators, photographers, cars and neighbors who eagerly and gleefully watched smoke and flames from safe vantage points near the fire site at Sepulveda and Hamlin Streets. Children were hoisted…