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 Bus Bench


“Despite a growing population and a booming economy, the number of trips taken on Los Angeles County's bus and rail network last year fell to the lowest level in more than a decade. Passengers on Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and trains took 397.5 million trips in 2017, a decline of 15% over five years. Metro's…

May 11, 2015: Nury Martinez and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck


Unsafe Intersection: Columbus and Victory.


The corner of Columbus and Victory, on the north side of Victory, is one which has a constant stream of both traffic and pedestrians. But at night, the unlit intersection is a dangerous place, where cars turning north onto Columbus often narrowly miss nighttime bicyclists and people walking in the dark. A few years ago,…

Reporting Housing Code Violations in Los Angeles


One great tool, that the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Building and Safety provide, is an online form that can be used to report housing code violations. Some of the quality of life problems that plague this city are actually reportable violations. These include those garage sales that go on 52 weekends…

Killer Texts


Mad Men's Don Draper and Suzanne Farrell Photo courtesy of AMC A story in the NY Times today reports that British courts sentenced a young woman to prison for texting while driving, an act that unintentionally caused the death of another young woman, whose car had broken down by the side of the road. Driving…