El Crappo


Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys, CA. Running along the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard, from Haynes to Lemay Streets, is a traffic median, allegedly planted with trees, but mostly serving as a local dump for household refuse, a refuge for old couches, toys, luggage, mattresses, beer bottles, etc. Nearby are new, gleaming, white paneled developments, including…

Hot Prowl on Hamlin.


Sunday morning, I woke up with a text from a neighbor.  Someone had ransacked his converted garage, recently remodeled for reality TV. He wondered if I heard anything or thought who might be responsible. He later sent me a video from his next-door-neighbor showing a masked, gloved, backpack wearing prowler at 2am.   He said…

Vanilla or Chocolate?


Today we went to get our first oral Covid-19 test at a free clinic set up near Van Nuys High School along Kittridge St. When we drove up the street, a little before 9am, there was already a parking lot in the high school set up with masked attendants, and tented booths marked #1, #2,…

Woodley Park, R.I.P.


A man rides his mini bike down a bike path at Lake Balboa in the Sepulveda Basin as a wall of flames approaches Saturday, July 18, 2020. The fire put up a huge cloud of smoke and burned for well over an hour near a model airplane park and along Woodley Avenue. The blaze charred…

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…

A Cleared Lot


They have almost completely cleared the 27, 762 SF lot that is 6505 Columbus. The property once held a single family house, constructed in 1937. One of the owners was a production manager and second unit director, Cliff Broughton, Sr. On November 14, 1949, Mr. Broughton's son, Cliff Jr. was piloting the 136- foot-long schooner…