Middle of June


It is only mid-June but already the extreme heat has landed in Southern California. Every week there is another "record breaking" temperature in thousands of places, not only here but around the world. To an older Angeleno, June once meant days of haze, overcast and cloudy. The Pacific Ocean was cooler, even cold. The truly…

Around the Neighborhood.


Since the pandemic began, in earnest, last March, one of our routines is the morning walk around our neighborhood. The fact that most of us live and work at home, self-incarcerated by choice or duty, has produced a strange life. Beside the societal disasters that befell our nation in 2020, the ordinary existence of the…

Neighborhood Safety Meeting.


Last night, I attended a small neighborhood safety meeting with a group of perhaps seven neighbors and our LAPD Senior Lead Officer. It was held at a home of the new liason between the cops and the community, a woman who speaks up and speaks often on issues affecting her street such as lighting, crime…

The Parking Police


  A few years ago, informally, someone named our section of Van Nuys, “Kester Ridge” even though there is no elevation here, only a continuation of the same elevation that runs from Victory to Vanowen and from Kester west to Sepulveda. But everyone believes and uses the imaginary name, invoking it to conjure up community…

A Community Meeting.


Not often is Van Nuys convinced it is a community, but last night, about 40 of us pretended it was, and gathered in the Columbus Avenue School to hear LAPD’s Senior Lead Office Vince DiMauro talk about the crimes that are a trademark of our district: prostitution, gangs, tagging, noise, and vacant properties. Two political…

Van Nuys Prostitution Meeting with the LAPD