a native's eye on
and North Hollywood
•Sunland Tujunga History
•FILMING in the FOOTHILLS
•ST HOME BUILD
• The ODD L.A.
• DOWNTOWN NOHO TIMES...
• STill waiting on FOOTHILL
THIS NEW ENTERPRIZE(S) is/are
going up next to the BK take-out in Sunland;
the cement slab is done, steel framing and
now actual wood... we are excited and waiting
• The ODD L.A.
ODD in L.A.
( you can always see the 'odd in l.a.' clic ∆ here )
Ummm a P.E.T.A. QUILT maybe?
in Van Nuys.
• DRIVING WITH THE BEST
in Tujunga L.A.F.D. EMT 74's
• ST SIDEWALK SUNDAE
It's like BASKIN ROBBINS on our ST Streets
31 types of discarded COUCHES...
A "SUNDAE" of COUCHES in our town views.
• Sunland Tujunga Sunset
Taken on Foothill in Tujunga
facing West, of course.
• ST SECRET shhhh!!!
• PINEWOOD & FOOTHILL
Foothill & Pinewood in Tujunga
GREAT GAS NEW PARKING LOT
The new VALERO gas station has the best
prices this side of Los Angeles County,
and the small shopping center with donut shop,
restaurant and other shops boasts a fresh newly
paved parking lot. Across the street is a plant store
and various ethnic bakery, produce and other merchants.
• ST EARLY SOCAL
Years ago living up here, the first thing I noticed
was the CLEAN AIR up in SUNLAND TUJUNGA.
If you drive towards La Crescenta on the 210 you
could see a WALL OF SMOG starting just a you leave ST.
I remember my daughter Jessica's Grandmother, Zella
Memory Tutshulte, saying she was sent up into the ST area
as a young girl to recover from TB ( probably the 1920\30's ).
TODAY the ST area is bound in quasi-medical establishments,
from convalescent to half-way homes. In 2000 I was a
US CENSUS TAKER, and as you do this you are working in your
neighborhoods. I went to one fancy house on a hill to see the
front room with not much in it and fax machines at the kitchen
counter. A nice young person in white came out to answer the
census questions at that address. He was the caretaker for about
5 people who needed certain care. ST HEALTH RETREATS.
While I find Valley water bland, to say the least, ,
ST water comes mostly from mountain wells and has
always been good.
ST is up there about 1500 to way above
2000 above sea level, it gets very hot, and very cold,
even giving some snow here and then.
• A POEM BY ABOUT ST FROM 1904
Mrs. Eliza A. Otis
- a writer for the LA Times in the 1880's( written just before her passing in 1904 )
November in Sunland
In the far East the Autumn’s fires are burning,
The forests burst into a crimson glow,
The air is full of whispers of the snow,
The winds awake, the river’s tides are turning
To meet the frosts that will enchain them soon
And weld their icy feathers till the noon
Of the glad springtime. But here the summer’s breath
Still lingers, the many blossoms wake,
And color, sweetness from the sunshine take.
They show no signs of fading or of death,
The summer trails her lovely garments still
And smiles at us from ev’ry vale and hill.
The leaves are green, the waters ripple by,
And bird song floats upon the sunny air.
The butterflies are flying everywhere
On their wings, like blossoms in the sky.
November comes with heart of sunny June,
With Summer’s loveliness ’tis all atune.
• SFV NEARBY RACEWAY
the Encino VELODROME
While I was trying to be a CARBON NEUTRAL
as all those "all knowers" by driving around for
absolutely no reason at all I followed the signs
saying Encino Velodrome. I knew there was
one that was built for the 1984 Olympics, and
that is in Domingez Hills yet did not know our
Valley had one. Even though it was locked up
this late afternoon, I took some shots as I could.
• ST - NoHo HALFWAY
Movie Ware in SUN VALLEY
On one of my "avoid traffic routes" on the way
between the SFV & Crescenta Valleys, I pass
this interesting warehouse. It was once used
by Disney, and still is a prop house. There's
a breaking apart Trojan Horse and as shown
here, a large FIST and HORSEHEAD.
• SUNLAND TUJUNGA
waits for ?
...well, we just have to wait
COMMERCE & FOOTHILL
" Foothill Commerce
Town Center " reads
the sign of the upcoming
newest addition to ST
businesses, and NO ONE
IS PROTESTING now, is
not this a welcome site !
ACROSS FROM THE CARWASH
Up on Foothill next to the Burger King
is this small lot where there seeems to
be much building activity yet no sign
of what this business may be. clic2∆enlarge
• OUT in NOHO
Noho Arts Gallery L.A.
June 2007 Opening
• TUJUNGA RESIDENT JOHN FREE
Little Tokyo Photo Presentation
John Free, Tujunga Resident
and Teacher of Photography
opened a show of his photos
at Boyd St. Cafe in Little Tokyo
DownTown Los Angeles, Ca.
John's Grand Daughter Addie
"arrives" to view her Grandad's
works, along with her father
Scott's photos, to friends and
past and present students
of John Free.
• NoHo Landmark FIXED
See my story how the
NoHo Arts District fixed
this sphere which,
as you see,
was missing something
• D-DAY the end of WWII
Sixty years ago our world celebrated the end
of the Socialist Nazi's filth, killing and hatred.
Sunland Tujunga's permanent memorial to all
our nation's HEROS of the FREEDOM we all enjoy.
...our every day tribute.
• STILL WONDERING
ABOUT the "MONOLITH" ?
It is that white square in the far middle of this
scenic view of Lankershim looking south.
THE STORY COMING UP...
( all pics clic to enlarge )
My vid shows the skeleton of our new "MONOLITH"
We are near the truition of this project.
The Hughes Family,
yes those markets a while back,
own the new HOW'S Market at
Lankershim and Chandler in the
NOHO COMMONS project.
Seen here the new bank with a
for a fallen L.A. Firefighter killed
fighting an arson fire at a restaurant
at this location.
Mayor Sam says the "MONOLITH" as I call it will
probably announce the NOHO COMMONS.
By the By...
How's Market has WINE TASTINGS which had a little
political stifling that local resident Mike Higby
helped provide positive actions that allow
the events now to occur.
NOHO COMMONS GREETS US !
RAPID TRANSIT CENTER
...what about those fair hikes ?
It seems the
BUS RIDER'S UNION
is concerned !
NoHo is a commuter hub.
Will the gross increases
in transit fees hurt our community ?
IN DEPTH FEATURE
ON THIS IMPORTANT
higher transit fair increases
STEAM TRAIN • Fire! • Drive to Park • Dutch LOT
• ST PROgolf • ST in USA ? • LAPD HELPS
• HollywoodXmas1959 • FriedChicken
& VeganCar • ROADTRAIN
ALL THESE STORIES and more BELOW...
• PAN PACIFIC AUDITORIUM
AUTO SHOW 1939
The Pan Pacific Auditorium stood on the Gilmore
Oil Land occupied also by the CBS Fairfax Studios
and the Grove. Gilmore Stadium was part of this
vast area with AA baseball and midget car races.
The main element was the
Auditorium with its
art deco spans rising
in the front of its center.
Tragically ended in a fire in 1989.
It is now a park.
• SAN PEDRO
STEAM TRAIN & RED CAR
Rail Exposition earlier this month in San Pedro.
• FIRE! in Griffith Park,
(ST psychic below, Smoke above)
• TRYING TO DRIVE TO THE PARK
SUMMERTYIME GAS PRICES UP,
clic∆here TO READ STORY
• Dutch (Netherlands)
PARKING LOT? NO! see below...
just an advertisement.
• ST PRO GOLF in Tujunga Cyn
Angeles National Golf Club
on Foothill in Sunland is shining
with players, sun & fun.
But this was not always the case.
Local environmentalists complained,
as with the 210 Fwy, that construction
would hurt the natural surroundings,
the fwy it was little fishies in a pond
off Foothill, and small
indigenous plants where the golf course
would be, plus thought of disasters after
any mass rain storm. I think the fishies,
plants and golf course are doing well
now together with the freeway, and tons
of avid golfers. ∆clic4vid∆
• WHY ANYWHERE
but why in SUNLAND TUJUNGA-
What is this, or should I say,
WHY IS THIS?
I suppose it is "PROTECTED"
by our Constitution...
are "WE" super haters
or super patriots? OR, are
they JUST OBLIVIOUS
• FOOTHILL DIVISION HELPS
-L.A.P.D. in Sunland Tujunga
This was the scene on Tuesday evening
right at the border of Sunland - Tujunga
at Foothill & Mt. Gleason.
It seems this young family is getting a jump
from our Boys in Blue right during the rush hour.
• HOLLYWOOD & VINE
With the supposed END of the Hollywood Christmas Parade
here in the future L.A., let's look back at the boulevard in
1959 with the marching bands, the Broadway Department
store on the corner, the Pantages Theater down a block
and those FAMOUS Metal Xmas Trees that adorned every
light pole on the Street of the Stars.
• NoHo Fried Chicken
Miss Peaches north of
Burbank on Lankershim
has THE best Fried Chicken
freshly served in a quaint home
kitchen atmosphere with seating outdoors surrounded
by a white picket fence. ∆clic4info∆
• VEGAN CAR - Los Feliz
Saw this VEGAN CAR
off Hillhurst on my way
the DOLLHOUSE SALON
for drummer Tony Torney's
Art Photos of FATSO JETSON
who played the RICHIE HASS
benefit gig @ Safari Sam's.
Oh, I don't know what flavor vegetable oil they fire-up,
and I'M SURE NO DAIRY WAS USED.
• NoHo 76 BALL 2007
victory & lankershim
• NoHo 2 Vegas 1962
1962 Pontiac Station Wagon, sort of an SUV.
We finally had A/C in the sixties when we ALWAYS
drove from Noho to Vegas. Previous years we died
as we cried the scorching way to and fro on our
3-5 day vacation to the gambling wonderland. We
didn't have air conditioning at home in the SFV and
you know the summers are 100 and smoggy. I
suppose that was the reason we went 600 miles
across 120 degree desert to a town in that desert,
to enjoy air conditioned comfort. We always stayed
at the Stardust, but we were too young to go to the
girley show, but did see extravaganzas like Flower
Drum Song, with Prime Rib, of course. Swimming
pools, sunburns and piling your buffet plate skyhigh
and maybe a trip to Hoover Dam, then back home.
THANK YOU MAYOR SAM for your inspiration...
• CONVOY ...
I mean ROAD -TRAIN
Imagine driving to Vegas passing car after car
in your new hydrogen-powered Corvette,
coming up to a trailer truck , so you put your l
eft signal on and look back in your side
mirror and start your pass, then finding out there
are 5 trailers and the truck cab you
must pass safely.
That's the Outback of Australia where long desert
roads across desolate countryside are the rule.
It is common to have 3 plus trailers zooming down a highway.
There are no freeways just single
lane roads crisscrossing the Continent.
Of course safety is upmost to the drivers,
being the RAIL-TRAIN itself or those coming up
to one of these convoys.
Kingsley Foreman (outbacktowing.tripod.com)
says the truck drivers must control these
beasts and others have to realize this.
They are from 150 feet long with 3 trailers
and 250 feet long with 5 trailers. He says, about
confronting one of these ' trains ',
" If you are at all nervous about the situation, pull over,
make a cup of tea and proceed when the road is clear."
and lastly proclaiming ...
" Keep an eye open for the super Road-Train it has 7 trailers ."
That's 350 feet long, WOW I can hardly wait for that
Rush Hour drive on the 101.
• 66% L.A. TRANSIT
compared to the rest of the world
L.A. METRO, well no, this is old
P.E. California Car in the 1920's L.A.
We do have new buses and rails but
look at CHINA & BRAZIL...
OUR METRO ORANGELINE
is 66% of China or Brazil,
we have 2 part articulated
they have 3 part bi-articulated buses...
BRAZIL has had their buses holding 250 since 1999.
CHINA says their 3 part articulated buses are
the largest holding up to 300 passengers
CHINA NEWS SAYS-
Determined to have the "world's largest"
everything by 2010, China recently unveiled
the "world's largest" bus, the Youth Daily
reported earlier this week. The Chinese
manufacturer, named Zhejiang
Young Man Vehicle Group, introduced
the 25-meter-long "Superliner"
at Shanghai's Busworld Asia 2007 convention .
The bus has five doors, 40 seats,
carries up to 300 passengers
Well, it seems we are off a third when it comes
to transit buses. Yes. we have the new Metro buses
that are modern and articulated, but CHINA says they
have the largest bi-articulated buses holding 300.
Brazil says they have had bi-articulated buses since
1999 that hold 250 passengers. Who's modern?
• Los Angeles "1933"
...from FRANKLIN AVE.
" Imagine, had this 1933 proposal for the
Civic Center been implemented, what a
difference the area would be today.
A Civic Center with tons of green space,
a gathering circle, and a lot more.
It's just one of several L.A. plans that never
made it past the development stage.
Pic found inside the Los Angeles Public Library collection. "
art story video ...
• NoHo ART Gallery L.A.
Join NoHo Gallery LA in celebrating
Women's History Month
with an impressive collection of artists
Daniel Coronado DeBevoise
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•East Valley High
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
ancient AIR RAID SIREN
•February 2007 views
of Balboa Lake
-"The Good Life "
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• HOME oilchange DEPOT [no!]
• NOHO RAILROAD STATION, yes.
57 (fifty-seven) YEARS AGO !
Sunland Tujunga & North Hollywood
are the City of Los Angeles,
California in the U.S.A.
We also live in the County of Los Angeles
this is the evil maybe x-logo that has that
G-d reference, and other stuff of the devils.
The County has used for it decades, WHO KNEW?
We can always make fun of ourselves
as with the fake-logo for Kalifoana.
With this neighborhood blog about
these cities with unique
historys and lifestyles,
we will shed some humor
and truths concerning our