The Studio City Story


The other day, I drove past the gray ranch with white casement windows at 4336 Teesdale, a house I briefly lived in for 4 months when I arrived in Studio City in May 1994. There was a for sale sign in front, so I stopped my car, got out and started to take photos for…

Up on White Oak Place


san fernando valley, originally uploaded by dugm2. Up on White Oak Place last night: a party for a magazine launch. The winds were blowing. Buzzing flocks of valet parkers ran to grab cars as partygoers arrived. A for-sale mansion had been rented, an ornate and preposterously rococo place, elaborate and overdone; sunk under the weight…

“Walkville” Opens in North Hollywood


One of the most exciting developments in San Fernando Valley urban planning is nearing completion in North Hollywood near the Red Line Terminus. Walkville is a 5,000 unit housing development which is entirely green. Landscaped bike and walking trails wend their way alongside apartment buildings where children, seniors and families live.  The goal is to…

“Honest” Movie Posters.


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“Gosh Darn it, I Know How to Solve Our Problems”


Gosh Darn it, I Know How to Solve Our Problems by Thomas Friedman “If nobody in government does something than somebody else will” My buddy, Jay Rock, who works in the Pentagon, and knows folks at the IMF, is frustrated. Because our country is oil dependent. Because our nation is increasingly worried about President Obama…

The New Immigrants.


Photo credits : Shannon Cottrell/LA Weekly.  Mosaic: by HIVN. The other day, emerging into the sunlight, at the LA Fitness parking lot, in Universal City, I was confronted with the painful sight of five cars with out-of-state license plates: Ohio, Wyoming, Virginia, Tennessee and Iowa. These are the new immigrants to California. They are mostly…