Mementos From a 1950s Girlhood in Van Nuys


Anne Clark Seidel (1936-2018) was born in Ft. Smith, AR and moved with her parents to Los Angeles in 1942.  The family owned a house at 14936 Camarillo in Sherman Oaks where Anne grew up.  An obituary from 2018 summarized her life. Her son, Dave Cox, is a vintage dealer of antiques, cameras, and thrift store items and now lives…

One Story Town, Again


Earlier in the year, the Salvation Army store at 6300 Sepulveda went out of business. The lot it occupied, building and parking lot, is some 45,000 square feet. It sits along a row of Sepulveda that is seemingly zoned for only commercial use, even though it runs along a heavily traveled bus route and is…

6500 Sepulveda Bl.


6500 Sepulveda Bl., a 160-unit rental apartment complex, built and managed by IMT Residential, is nearing completion. Located about a block north of Victory Bl. it’s right next to the 99 Ranch Market. This one-acre lot once held the notorious Voyager Motel (1965-2016), a working laboratory of prostitution. It also, incongruously, was where we went to…

A Twelve-Acre Parking Lot


Erwin at Sepulveda, Metro Orange Line Parking Lot. When the Metro Orange Line opened in October 2005, it was a stunningly different type of transport system which combined a bus only road with a landscaped bike path that ran alongside. It cost about $325 million. It connected North Hollywood with Woodland Hills, and eventually carried…

Six Decades Ago Along Sepulveda Bl. in Van Nuys.


Automobiles travel in both directions on Sepulveda Boulevard where it crosses Saticoy Street in Van Nuys; direction shown is unknown. A billboard advertises Signal Gas, pumped next door at the service station (left). Six decades or more along Sepulveda Bl in Van Nuys, life was very different than today. People conducted all their daily activities,…

Sepulveda Fantasy


It’s a futile fantasy exercise to go the website Architizer and see what they are building in other wealthy cities around the world where 100,000 homeless people do not sleep on the street and it is isn’t considered normal to have shopping baskets full of trash polluting parks alongside $2.5 million dollar homes. Here is…