Guest Post: Growing up in the Foothills – Sunland’s Lancaster Lake, (part 1 of 4)

SUNLAND, CA: Lancaster Lake is a name that conjures up fond memories in the minds of many old-time Sunland-Tujunga residents. My own boyhood memories of the lake are no exception. Carved out of a swampy area in the lower Foothills just below Sunland Park by Edgar “Grandpa” Lancaster, the lake opened to … Continue reading

Seen in L.A.: Spooky and Colorful Festiveness

Overly done and “composed” Halloween decorations are just not my thing . . . I can appreciate other folks’ expense and hard work, but my eyes are always drawn to the more “perfectly imperfect.” So while out and about in the days leading up to tonight’s All Hallow’s Eve festivities and … Continue reading

Guest Post: Rescuing Rockhaven, Gem of the Foothills

This is a peaceful place. There is serenity in the breeze blowing through the many native oaks and waving palm trees. There is beauty in the brick pathways, the colorful tiles, wrought iron railings, rock walls, and ivy-covered fences. This is Rockhaven. Once upon a time, the Foothills and the … Continue reading

Literary LA: So Why is it Called “Tarzana?”

Personal bookplate of ERB, featuring Tarzan holding the planet Mars.  “Tarzana”—it’s one of L.A.’s true burbs. Drive down Ventura Boulevard (or up the 101 toward Topanga) and you are there. Nearly nine miles square, it is pure San Fernando Valley with a ranch flair! Ever wondered how the town got … Continue reading