MacLeod Ale and Points East.


Yesterday, late afternoon, there were clouds in the sky and the temperature was notably cooler. On Calvert Street, outside MacLeod Ale, I was waiting outside for a friend when it began to rain. A few drops fell and then it moved on. My friend arrived and parked in one of the few spots reserved in…

Between the Rains


It was a perfect day to stay in, a rainy Sunday, windy and wet. Chicken Cacciatore with mashed potatoes would come later in the day, but sometime in the middle of the afternoon, I went outside, between the rains, and walked around the neighborhood. Gutterless Columbus streamed slow, dark rivers, past neglected houses and errant…

Speaking at the Van Nuys Planning Summit


On March 26, 2015, I was invited to address the opening of a new Van Nuys Planning Summit held at the Marvin Braude Center. The event was created and sponsored by Quirino De La Cuesta and the Van Nuys Community Council. Here I am in the beginning of the tape, delivering remarks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMErqnZKw8w&feature=youtu.be

Mostly Wholesome Van Nuys


Valley Times (1946-70) once published in the San Fernando Valley until it went bankrupt. 45,000 of its images are now being digitized and will be available online at the LA Public Library. To search for the images you must go here. Then enter "Valley Times and Van Nuys" in the "Keywords" box. Over 1,700┬áimages will…

Unstable Atmosphere/ Yesterday, a Strange Light


Yesterday, I went downtown. I took my camera. And I drove, in my meandering way, locally, hunting for light and shadow. I left Van Nuys and went through Griffith Park and picked up Glendale Blvd where it emerges in Silver Lake and runs down into Echo Park. Near Effie Street, I stopped. And I saw…

More of Old Van Nuys in Postcards


Courtesy of Valley Relics are some additional postcards of old Van Nuys: