Option A: That First Email.


  Some six weeks ago, I went to MacLeod Ale and learned about an impending “slum clearance” in Van Nuys. I was shown a sheet of paper in the owners’ office, laying out the destruction of the industrial neighborhood, just to the south of the brewery. “Option A”, by Metro, planned to demolish 33 acres,…

Sunday Morning Victory


On a Sunday morning along Victory, east of Kester, the wide street is mostly empty. It is also empty on Van Nuys Boulevard. And the only person on Friar Street pushes a shopping cart with her belongings.   Under the dull fog, Van Nuys might be sleeping late. Sleeping off Cervezas. Many work on Sundays,…