Crossing Ventura.


Sometime in late 2018, early 2019, I’m not sure exactly when, they created a pedestrian crosswalk, with flashing lights, across Ventura Boulevard. at Ventura Canyon Avenue.  The crossing is about a block east of Woodman and a few doors down from Yok Ramen at 13608 Ventura where I go about once a week. This is in…

The Fire Last Time


March 30, 2007 ______________________________________________________________________________ On March 30, 2007 there was a fire burning in Griffith Park. And I was walking in Studio City when a red-haired woman drove up and parked on Ventura Bl. in an odd little purple car, a Nash Rambler. Her license plate read "Kissmet." I'm sure she is someone, or was…

The Perfect House


Kay, Me and Larry, Woodland Hills, CA/ Feb 1993. In early 1993, I was visiting Larry and Kay, who lived in a beautiful home in Woodland Hills, south of Ventura, of course. They were around the corner from the last large orange grove in the San Fernando Valley. They were Hollywood people, who had moved out…

1949: A $72 Million Dollar Flood Control Plan to Waterproof SFV


After March 1938 Flood: Lankershim Bl. looking north near Universal City. Photo: by Herman Schultheis After the disastrous 1938 floods, the City of Los Angeles worked with the State of California and the Federal Government, specifically The Army Corps of Engineers, to encase the rivers of Los Angeles in a waterproof lined concrete sewer to…

As the Turnmire Turns…..


He is 21, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt with a cotton bomber jacket and button front denim jeans. She is 19, holds a Boxer pup and wears a leopard print coat and appears somewhat sad and disturbed. They are Alvin and Beverly Turnmire, recently married. Their address is a home in Studio City at 4232…

Unsecured Networks.


Yesterday afternoon, for an hour or so, I was perched, up high on a wooden chair, in the back of my favorite coffee shop in Studio City. I was writing a short story and concentrating on a character who suffers a nervous breakdown. Across from me, diagonally, and seated at a lower table, a middle-aged…