The Streets Were Spotless


On Sunday I went to Burbank to take photos of a 25-year-old actor.  We met at Chili John’s, a “World Famous” landmark, now out-of-business, a spot of streamline slickness with a neon sign, all of its recent Covid signs still intact. Somewhere I had read that preservationists were fighting developers on this site but could…

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…

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…

Vine St. From Hollywood to Melrose.


Today I went down to Hollywood for a meeting at Paramount Studios. I parked at the Orange Line lot, near Sepulveda and Erwin (2/3 of which is now leased by Keyes to store unsold new cars), bought a $7 Metro pass, and took the bus, which connected to the Red Line subway at North Hollywood.…

Dinner With the Hollywood Advisor.


The other night I went to dinner at the home of The Hollywood Advisor, “Jason” who owns a little cabin (“Worst home in Malibu” his wife calls it) nestled into a canyon, mockingly rustic, but worth millions. They had just returned, from their yearly six-week jaunt across several continents. The family skied in Switzerland for…

Option A: High Level Cabinet Meeting


Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, but aspects of it can seem almost small town. A sprawl built of people who came from somewhere else, infamous for its superficiality and temporality, it sometimes, surprisingly, produces individuals, deeply rooted in its soil, who live and work here their whole lives, sometimes…