Beware of Big Promises: 1963


Community leaders, developers, planners, business people, and boosters are forever promising a brighter day tomorrow. So it was in Van Nuys nearly 60 years ago. The new police station, a striking piece of $5 million dollar architecture, whose inspiration appears to be many vertically positioned Philco televisions, was nearing completion on March 29, 1963. The…

Reunion


Beer: Deal With the DevilPizzas: MacLeod AleCharlie McCreadyCharlie McCready and Colt OlinAndreas' dog.Katie, me and ColtAndreas Samson, Katie McLaughlin, Colt Olin MacLeod AleKatie McLaughlin Last night was a reunion at MacLeod Ale, the first time all of us had gathered since last March 2020. Times have changed. There was a large area outside under tents…

Middle of June


It is only mid-June but already the extreme heat has landed in Southern California. Every week there is another "record breaking" temperature in thousands of places, not only here but around the world. To an older Angeleno, June once meant days of haze, overcast and cloudy. The Pacific Ocean was cooler, even cold. The truly…

Around the Neighborhood.


Since the pandemic began, in earnest, last March, one of our routines is the morning walk around our neighborhood. The fact that most of us live and work at home, self-incarcerated by choice or duty, has produced a strange life. Beside the societal disasters that befell our nation in 2020, the ordinary existence of the…

Beauty, Everywhere


Columbus at Hamlin Even at the darkest time of the year, when the light echoes the mood, Van Nuys soldiers on. Along unpaved Columbus Avenue, where old large properties await their transformation into many boxed houses, the blithe disregard for the larger good, for neighborly niceties, is evident. For isn't this the representation of freedom…

“He cracked open a space where the light could shine through.”


"As the country waited for ballots to be counted, it was Biden — not the occupant of the Oval Office — who was reassuring people that this democracy was intact, that the system was working and that the center would hold. He was the voice of calm optimism in the midst of tumultuous times. When…