Work From Home, Help the Homeless


Sofa by Kardiel They live in trash camps beside the freeways, under bridges, or along the train tracks. You know they are around when fire trucks speed down the street to put out their fires. Perhaps you’ve seen their gardening, the charred acres of blackened trees in Woodley Park? But you are happy because you…

Option A: That First Email.


  Some six weeks ago, I went to MacLeod Ale and learned about an impending “slum clearance” in Van Nuys. I was shown a sheet of paper in the owners’ office, laying out the destruction of the industrial neighborhood, just to the south of the brewery. “Option A”, by Metro, planned to demolish 33 acres,…

Option A: International Affairs, A Back Story.


Perhaps the quintessential Option A story grows out of the life of Ivan Gomez (b. 1972) the owner of Pashupatina, a fine custom decorative metal shop on Aetna. He was born in Mexico, by chance. His other four siblings (one sister and three brothers) were all born in the USA. They were raised in Pacoima…

The Sun Came Up Slowly Above Sepulveda.


Under dark, glassy, reflective, translucent, stormy, gray, inky blue clouds Van Nuys awoke today. The hot sun and its aggression were held back. And the light came up slowly. The workers sat in their cars along Victory waiting for the red light to turn green. Humidity, and the hint of rain, the blessed promise of…

Lovely 24 Hours in the San Fernando Valley…


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Haven't you heard the great news? Crime is way down in Los Angeles. We are all living in a very safe city: L.A. shootings leave 3 dead, 4 wounded - latimes.com.