Finding Those He Thought Were Lost

Finding Those He Thought Were Lost

  It is a sad story, but it has a happy ending. Paul Gross was born and raised in New York in the 1960’s and 70’s.  It’s his story now to tell, but it is actually his father’s story.  One of survival, fighting back, keeping others safe, saving the life of a small... Read more
Where Else Can They Go?

Where Else Can They Go?

With Judge Carter’s ruling this week that the nearly 5,000 residents of Skid Row must be relocated from the area by October, tensions are running high among anti-homeless  advocates who fear that they will flood their neighborhood, though the skid row clearance should... Read more
Is Street Racing Out of Control?

Is Street Racing Out of Control?

A woman driver in a Prius – last Friday.  Two children in a cross walk – 2020.  Truck driver killed by 17-year-old – 2019.  Fatal crash, Ventura at Del Moreno – 2017. Three dead at Ventura and Desoto – 2016. Those are just the ones we’ve... Read more
Urban Coyote Attacks Valley Homeowner

Urban Coyote Attacks Valley Homeowner

It was Sparky’s nighttime  constitutional. My friend Sandra Mariscal carried him out the front door to the walkway, being extra cautious as there had been coyote attacks on her other dog in the last few months. Just 10 feet from the  front door of her Vista de Oro... Read more
Going Hungry in the Valley

Going Hungry in the Valley

Call it rationing.  Call it money management. Call it food insecurity.  I don’t know who put the fancy label on it, but trust me, when you’re hungry you don’t say you’re “food insecure.” You’re just hungry. How is it that in such a prosperous country, we have... Read more
Back to School – Or Not?

Back to School – Or Not?

This week, the County of Los Angeles announced that schools that had TK to sixth grades could open back up once they passed a safety plan. It is all well and good that the county has decided it is safe enough for small children to return to school.  But the children... Read more
For One Car Chase Suspect, It’s All Downhill

For One Car Chase Suspect, It’s All Downhill

A car chase that ended in Woodland Hills left the car and driver stuck on a fence just above Ventura Blvd. near Woodlake Bowl. The suspect, wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, took off on the wrong  side of Ventura after exiting the freeway. He made a left onto... Read more
Tiny Homes for Homeless Coming to West Valley

Tiny Homes for Homeless Coming to West Valley

“It’s a tiny solution to a huge problem,” says Ken Craft. He can state that with authority. Craft, CEO of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, has made it his life’s work to feed, clothe and house the homeless. He is overseeing the installation of a row of cabins or... Read more
Restaurants Scramble to Set Up…Again!

Restaurants Scramble to Set Up…Again!

The State of California and the County of Los Angeles have given approval for restaurants to once again offer limited outdoor dining as of Friday, January 29.  Good news?  Maybe. Can local restaurants gear up for outdoor dining in just three days, especially with a... Read more
Congressman Brad Sherman:  Inside the Siege

Congressman Brad Sherman: Inside the Siege

Congressman Brad Sherman started the day, January 6, as the guest speaker at a West Valley Warner Center Chamber Zoom meeting. He then left his office to check on the electoral vote counting. “It was a big day,” he recounted. “I needed to get to the House floor to see... Read more
City Approves Westfield’s “Mini City”

City Approves Westfield’s “Mini City”

The Los Angeles City Council last week unanimously approved Westfield’s Promenade 2035 Plan. The “mini city” will include a sports arena, two hotels, over 1,400 apartments and a 28-story office building, along with a grocery store and over 10 acres of green space. The... Read more
New Vaccine Rollout Explained

New Vaccine Rollout Explained

Front-line health care workers and essential workers putting their lives on the line to keep the economy and society going are now eligible to step up to the plate for their first vaccine injection. This will be followed by the second vaccine to be administered three... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the January Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the January Sky

The highlight of January is the meteor shower named the “Quadrantids” that occurs on Saturday, January 2.  Go out after 6 pm and see how many you can spot in an hour.   The meteors will pop out anywhere in the whole night sky.  If you get away from the city lights,... Read more
West Valley Hotels to Become Homeless Housing

West Valley Hotels to Become Homeless Housing

Joined by LA Family Housing at a small celebration under COVID-19 protocols, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield has announced that the City of Los Angeles has purchased two hotels for unhoused Angelenos in his district.  These are the first two hotels in Los Angeles that... Read more
Local Hospitals Get First  Doses of Vaccine

Local Hospitals Get First Doses of Vaccine

On Wednesday, Los Angeles marked the deadliest day of the pandemic, yet hope arrived as vaccines were delivered to local valley hospitals.  With 22,422 new cases reported, and 138 deaths in just one day, the need for the vaccine was never more apparent. The mechanics... Read more
Nighttrek: What to See in the December Sky

Nighttrek: What to See in the December Sky

The highlight of December is the “Great Conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter on Monday, December 21.  These two giant planets will be the closest to each other since 1623!  Watch in the southwest as these two naked-eye planets move toward each other every night in... Read more
Restaurants Feel Burned by Shut Down

Restaurants Feel Burned by Shut Down

Both the City and County of Los Angeles have mandated that all restaurants eliminate outdoor dining for three weeks starting the day before Thanksgiving. They can offer delivery, take out and drive-thru pick up, but no in-person consumption of meals on site.  This is... Read more
Contact Tracing: Who Does the Detective Work?

Contact Tracing: Who Does the Detective Work?

How do you track a disease when so many of its carriers can be asymptomatic? How do you find out when someone was infected? Where? And by whom? The COVID-19 pandemic created an immediate need for a large number of contract tracers – those who would start with a sick... Read more
Is Private Firefighting Just for the Rich?

Is Private Firefighting Just for the Rich?

Kim Kardashian brought in a private crew during the Woolsey Fire. Insurance companies pay for fire specialists for those homeowners on the Forbes 400 Rich List. The City of Hidden Hills has its own fire engine. But are private firefighters just for the rich? “Not at... Read more
Boo! Hoo… Has Halloween Been Cancelled?

Boo! Hoo… Has Halloween Been Cancelled?

On September 8 the  Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued guidelines for Halloween.  No trick or treating (since revised to a recommendation).  No trunk or treating.  No parties or festivals. No gathering other than immediate family.  Basically, they... Read more
Commercial Real Estate After COVID 19

Commercial Real Estate After COVID 19

With COVID-19, more and more people are working from home and not returning to the office environment.  Buildings appear half-empty, and many companies have announced they are not bringing back their employees anytime soon. With small firms requiring employees to work... Read more
Ahhh 2020… And Now Come the Snakes!

Ahhh 2020… And Now Come the Snakes!

Pandemic, protests, murder hornets. 2020 has hardly been tame.  And now snake season has started with the hot weather, and “Rattlesnake Wrangler” Bo Slyapich is warning west valley residents he’s seeing a lot of rattlers already. “We’ve got more people home so there... Read more
Getting Your PPP Loan Forgiven

Getting Your PPP Loan Forgiven

Congratulations, you received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan!  If you are like most businesses, you applied for the loan because it can be forgivable.  But approval and funding are only half the story, until you apply for loan forgiveness, you owe this money... Read more
“Cinema in Cars” to Roll Out July 12

“Cinema in Cars” to Roll Out July 12

Valley Cultural Foundation has found a way, even during a pandemic, to make it “a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”  VCF, the leading art organization in the  San Fernando Valley, has found a way to save a little bit of summer with “Drive-Up Movies” beginning... Read more
Protests Amid a Pandemic

Protests Amid a Pandemic

In the midst of fighting a pandemic, the valley – and the nation as a whole – quickly found itself inundated with the aftermath of the senseless death of George Flloyd. “Black Lives Matter” protests in the west valley were held in various locations, and contrary... Read more
Mountain Lion Gives Birth to Three Kittens

Mountain Lion Gives Birth to Three Kittens

It’s kitten season and mountain lions are no exception! P-54, who lives in the Santa Monica Mountains, just gave birth to a litter of three kittens. While adorable, biologists are thrilled that this litter may be bringing much needed genetic diversity thanks to the... Read more
Westfield Suspends Reopening

Westfield Suspends Reopening

UPDATE: While initially scheduled to reopen on June 3, Westfield Fashion Square and Westfield Topanga & The Village have suspended opening their doors in an abundance of caution given the recent looting taking place in the San Fernando Valley. While no new date... Read more
Drive-In Movies Coming to West Valley

Drive-In Movies Coming to West Valley

They’re nostalgic, they’re fun, and these days, they’re the way we’re going to watch movies on a big screen. Drive-in movies are making a comeback all over the nation, and we can look forward to seeing them soon in the West Valley. Valley Cultural Foundation  will be... Read more
Westfield Promenade Hearing Postponed

Westfield Promenade Hearing Postponed

The hearing on Westfield Promenade, originally scheduled for March 25, was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis. Westfield has been working with the City of Los Angeles Planning Department on a new date, and May 28 is the targeted date for a hearing, which will... Read more