Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pictures in Time: The Old S-T and the New S-T

Sunland Park, 1983, Biker Show

Sunland Park, 2013, Homeless Resource Fair

Getting tired of it?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The City Council's Export the Homeless to Sunland-Tujunga Program

If you ever wonder why there are so many homeless in Sunland-Tujunga, there is one very good reason why.

Photo from Sunland-Tujunga Memes
We are a net importer of these unfortunate individuals.

There are many reasons without doing anything that our community is attractive to the homeless. For many, it's the same allure that brought many of us are here. It's a great place - a semi-rural, small town type burg set against spectacular mountains.

More so, homeless are lured here by a rapidly growing set of social services, a beautiful park with lax enforcement, resources to earn some income and a wash to hide in. And we have an upcoming homeless festival, complete with illegally posted flyers.

For years, other communities locally and out of town have given the homeless one way tickets to our town. But now, the LA City Council itself is intently looking at S-T to absorb the homeless from Downtown and Hollywood.

Want proof? None other than our former Council Member, Richard Alarcon (yes, THAT Richard Alarcon) said so. And here's the video to prove it.

It comes from the live broadcast of the LA City Council and is un-edited. This is just prior to when Richard Alarcon, Jan Perry and the outgoing Council members were leaving office. Anyway, here they are saluting Jan Perry for her years in office. The first part is former Council Member Bill Rosendahl cheering Jan. The next speaker is Richard Alarcon who talks about the work she has done to bring in Staples Center, LA Live, all the downtown development etc and how they have had to deal with the homeless. Alarcon goes on to say how he tried to help her by building homeless projects in the NE Valley. Thus, they want to bring homeless here and get them out of downtown where billions is being spent on hipster development.

Special thanks to Wally Wharton for getting us the clip.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I'm On The Radio Again!

Back behind the mic again as I take the reins of "Frank and Tai Talk" on LATalkRadio on Sunday, September 8th at 4:00 p.m. PDT. Frank Sheftel and Tai Babalonia are "on assignment."

I will be talking about the news of the day. And I will be interviewing local writer, Joseph Mailander, about his new book, Days Change at Night: Notes on LA's Decade of Decline, 2003-2013 and other topics of note.

We'll also take your calls at 1-323-203-0815.
Joseph Mailander

You can listen at or download the Android LATalkRadio app at the Google Play Store or the iPhone App Store or use TuneInRadio for BlackBerry users.

See you on the radio!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Have You Seen Brandon the Tortoise?

Brandon the Tortoise, who has been part of the same Sunland-Tujunga family for 40 years, has been missing for some time and his owners are desperate to find him.

There is belief that Brandon may have been found by another individual who is keeping him, but there is little information as to who this individual may be and no way at present to contact them

Local resident Grace Kastraniec Taylor posted the following additional details at Facebook. If you have any information relating to Brandon, please call the owners at 818-352-5508

Hello everyone! I have posted this on the Animal pages but have had no luck, so thought I would try this one since it has so many followers. Brandon the Tortoise is still LOST and I am trying to advocate here on FB for his owners, because they are an elderly couple that do not have computer access. I mainly need help trying to locate a woman who has in her possession a tortoise that was FOUND on Silverton last month, but although I was told that she was given the information to be able to get in touch with these people, she has not attempted to yet, and it's been weeks already. At this point, I have no idea how to find her. All I know is that she also used to have a tortoise, which she also lost and that is how she ended up with the one that was found, but is not making any attempt to find the owner. The person who originally found the turtle could not keep it, so gave it to her for safekeeping, while trying to locate the true owner. She also has children and they have named the new tortoise Miles. If anyone out there has ANY information as to who this person might be, PLEASE call Brandon's owners at 818-352-5508. They just want to have an opportunity to see if the tortoise that she now has is theirs, but if it is not, they will not take it from her. Brandon's humans and mate really miss him. Please help if you can. Thank you so much!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Garcetti to Hold Office Hours at Van Nuys City Hall

Mayor Garcetti wants to hear from you. RSVP for the Mayor's Office Hours at Van Nuys City Hall at