Some Upcoming Ballot Initiatives


Here is a rundown of some upcoming ballot initiatives Los Angeles voters will decide in 2020. Red Light Running: Inconvenient but let's not shame red light runners. MEASURE RLR In recent years there has been an epidemic of red light running in Los Angeles.  To understand the problem, which is not solvable by law enforcement…

A Once Neat City.


Looking from Wall Street between 8th and 9th Streets. "Japanese and Negro District" The California Historical Society has a fine website with old photographs of Los Angeles. The Anton Wagner Collection is especially notable for its images of our city in the 1930s. The Great Depression was in full swing and Los Angeles was a…

I Don’t Care About Your Identity….


Woodley Park. Someone recently was very excited because there is a new slate of young, female, diverse people who are running for the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. She is one of the contestants and wanted some input on what I thought about the VNNC. I rolled my eyes. Nothing good has ever, ever come out…

The Armenian Directory: 1932.


Within the collections of the Los Angeles Public Library there are city, business and phone directories going back to 1873. Among the historic books can be found The Armenian Directory of The State of California, 1932, related to the Armenian community of Los Angeles, at that time, numbering a few thousands, many of whom were…

“Once on a High and Windy Hill….”


Over the weekend, I was invited to a wake held in a family home somewhere up high in the hills of Sherman Oaks.  The house was set at the end of an ascending private driveway. But it was not an exclusive house, the intimidating kind we imagine these days. I saw no cameras or threatening…

Garbage Shaming.


Calvert St. e. of Kester A few weeks ago I wrote about how my home in Van Nuys was cited by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) for “Loose, peeling or flaking paint along the fascia boards at gables and eaves.” Proactive Code Enforcement inspectors were sent out to walk around the neighborhood…