Option A: An Open Letter to Ms. Sheila Kuehl


"Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941) is an American politician and former child actor, currently the member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 3rd District. In 1994, she became the first openly gay California legislator and in 1997, she was the first woman to be named Speaker pro Tempore in…

Dormant Beauty


  On a Sunday evening in July, on foot, after a few beers, the old town of Van Nuys, carried a note of Tribeca 1985, in its summoning of potential, laid out, for dreamers and developers. There were empty storefronts and shabby alleys, but there were also women in chairs, attending children on bicycles, who…

Tom Cluster’s Van Nuys (1955-62) Part 2


Tom Cluster (b. 1947) lived at 6944 Columbus with his sister and brother and parents from 1955-1962. The family then moved to Pacific Palisades. He now lives in Northern California and has been sending me his recollections of life in Van Nuys in the 1950s. Here are some excerpts from his emails to me: “Everyone…

Trade For Print-a new short story


  "Trade For Print" is a new short story I wrote concerning an unscrupulous photographer who lures a postal worker into fraud by offering young love for sale. The piece, entirely fictional, of course, takes place in North Hollywood and moves around on local boulevards and avenues: Chandler, Colfax, Bakman, Lemp and Lankershim.  And includes such…

LAPD: Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Residential Burglaries


Van Nuys Burglary Detectives are reporting serveral residential burgalries took place over the weekend in the area of RD991 (Mullholland Drive to Beverly Glen to Valley Vista Blvd. to the 405 Freeway.) All of these took place during daytime hours. Several other burgalaries also occured in RD966 (Woodwan Ave to the 101 Freeway to Fulton…

Conversation at the Dentist’s Office


I got to the dentist’s office today, and was greeted at the front desk, not by the usual person, but by a visitor, a friend of the doctor. He was a friendly, chatty man; a Filipino born immigrant. He said he was disgusted with the state of California and how much taxes were going to…