Los Angeles.


Los Angeles, it seems, is often in a housing crisis. UCLA has a collection of historic photos of our city, and from their extensive archives, I pulled out a few to show that poverty, sub-standard housing, and homelessness, are life conditions that ebb and flow in both good times and bad. In the 1930s, during…

Vine St. From Hollywood to Melrose.


Today I went down to Hollywood for a meeting at Paramount Studios. I parked at the Orange Line lot, near Sepulveda and Erwin (2/3 of which is now leased by Keyes to store unsold new cars), bought a $7 Metro pass, and took the bus, which connected to the Red Line subway at North Hollywood.…

Imperiled


We are hosting, for the next few weeks, a family gathering. There are guests from Malaysia, Singapore and Switzerland, women all, except for the family patriarch, 83-years-old, who, despite his recent health setbacks, flew 19 hours to see his granddaughter graduate from business school and join the festivities. The house is crowded and people are…

Silent Split.


She had come and lived here, in our house, ten years ago, a shy, thin, smart and curious girl of 20. She lived in the front bedroom and seemed to spend her days studying, sitting on the bed, hunched over her laptop, emerging at night to sit down and eat dinner with us, and then…

The Virtual World


Yesterday was a beautiful day up on the sixth floor of UCLA’s Santa Monica Oncology Center as we brought my mom up into a sun-filled room with dozens of reclining leather chairs and she was connected by vein into chemo. The wall of glass windows looked west to the shimmering ocean as the 80-degree sun…

UCLA Freshman Named Miss California | NBC Los Angeles


UCLA Freshman Named Miss California | NBC Los Angeles.