Van Nuys at Dusk: July 2, 2018.


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1963: LAPD Warns Hitchhikers of Predatory Homosexuals.


  "Photograph article dated July 18, 1963 partially reads, "Valley police have been issuing citations in recent months to teen-agers who hitchhike up and down Van Nuys Blvd. The department is worried because several Valley youths have been the victims of homosexuals who pick them up and refuse to let them out of the car.…

July 28, 1962: Youth Shot to Death in Van Nuys Apartment


Clearly, there was crime and murder in Van Nuys in 1962. In great staccato shorthand a woman is described as "a 22-year-old divorcee and dime store manager" (doesn't that say it all). Divorced and managing a dime store. Things could be worse at 22. Miss Colleen K. Mitzel was alone, in her apartment, and called police from…

As the Turnmire Turns…..


He is 21, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt with a cotton bomber jacket and button front denim jeans. She is 19, holds a Boxer pup and wears a leopard print coat and appears somewhat sad and disturbed. They are Alvin and Beverly Turnmire, recently married. Their address is a home in Studio City at 4232…

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.…

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,…