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January 13, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
As the souped-up muscle cars, restored classics and lowriders cruise through the old Rydell Chevrolet lot on Van Nuys Boulevard, Reid Stolz takes stock of a scene that was familiar to anyone growing up in the San Fernando Valley a generation ago. "Remember when we were young and the cops were old?" said Stolz, 51, watching an LAPD patrol car glide by. "Now the cops are young and we're old." After a 28-year break, Stolz and other car lovers have brought cruising back to "The Boulevard," though the drivers are now more likely to be middle-aged guys with graying hair and grandkids, driven by nostalgia rather than teenage vanity.
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March 8, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
A middle-aged man was struck and killed by a freight train in Pacoima early Saturday morning, police said. The incident happened about 2 a.m. at Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road, police said. The man, whose identity has not been released, was hit in the pedestrian walkway by a Union Pacific train headed to Portland, Ore. “It's still under investigation,” said Lt. David Ferry of the Los Angeles Police Department. “But right now it's looking like a pedestrian violation because the person wasn't supposed to be on the tracks.” Union Pacific officials were also investigating the incident.
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May 19, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to residents' complaints about safety and image, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to rename a short segment of Van Nuys Boulevard as Terra Vista Way. Homeowners requested the change in July 1997, saying emergency and business vehicles had trouble finding the 4,500-foot strip, which is detached from the main portion of Van Nuys Boulevard. They also cited concerns about negative images associated with the Van Nuys name. The renaming drive was led by Northridge resident J.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, The Times Architecture Critic
Twenty years ago, nobody would have included Lankershim Boulevard on a list of the most significant streets in the San Fernando Valley. Passing the front gates of Universal Studios was pretty much its high point; beyond that, as it ran north for seven miles toward Sun Valley and Interstate 5, Lankershim was a grim parade of gas stations, windowless storage warehouses and rundown motels. Today, the boulevard is emphatically on the rise, energized by a pair of Red Line subway stops, a rapid-bus route packed with riders and the flourishing North Hollywood Arts District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001
Citing a series of traffic accidents, the Los Angeles City Council ordered transportation experts Tuesday to study ways to reduce speeds and improve safety along Van Nuys Boulevard from Foothill Boulevard to the Golden State Freeway. Council President Alex Padilla sought the review after a mother and her 3-year-old son were seriously injured by a motorist July 6 in front of nearly 40 children at Pacoima Elementary School.
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March 5, 1991
Uniformed RTD transit police officers began foot patrols on Van Nuys Boulevard between Oxnard Street and Sherman Way Monday in response to complaints by merchants about minor crime in the business district, RTD Board President Nikolas Patsaouras said.
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September 24, 1985
A 3-year-old girl was killed when she was struck by a motorcycle, and the motorcyclist was in critical condition Monday evening, after the girl and her baby sitter tried to cross Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City in the middle of a block at rush hour, Los Angeles police said. The girl, who was not identified, died at the scene in the 8900 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, police said.
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August 1, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys Boulevard is getting spruced up. Or at least cleaned up, in an effort that Los Angeles officials hope will enhance the area's businesses and attract more customers. Until November, Department of Public Works crews will battle traffic from Victory Boulevard to Calvert Street along Van Nuys Boulevard to replace about 43 old, unhealthy and unattractive trees with new ones, said Sandy Kievman, field deputy for L.A. City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, who represents the area.
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April 21, 1995 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a lack of support from local merchants, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon has rejected a request by street vendors to create the city's first sidewalk vending zone in Pacoima under an ordinance Alarcon himself championed last year. The councilman said Thursday that the Street Vendors Assn.
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January 27, 1991 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deuk Perrin remembers Van Nuys Boulevard the way it was in 1945: a tree-lined promenade of shops and department stores with Red Car tracks running down the middle. It was downtown San Fernando Valley, suburbia's Main Street. But shopping malls lured away the department stores in the 1960s and '70s. Shoppers followed and the aging commercial strip around the Van Nuys Civic Center fell into disrepair.
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January 13, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
As the souped-up muscle cars, restored classics and lowriders cruise through the old Rydell Chevrolet lot on Van Nuys Boulevard, Reid Stolz takes stock of a scene that was familiar to anyone growing up in the San Fernando Valley a generation ago. "Remember when we were young and the cops were old?" said Stolz, 51, watching an LAPD patrol car glide by. "Now the cops are young and we're old." After a 28-year break, Stolz and other car lovers have brought cruising back to "The Boulevard," though the drivers are now more likely to be middle-aged guys with graying hair and grandkids, driven by nostalgia rather than teenage vanity.
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November 25, 2009 | Steve Lopez
When the doors open at Loaves & Fishes in Van Nuys these days, director Barbara Ausburn sees a big change in the kind of people asking for help. A college student living in a car. An unemployed grip from the movie industry. Families tumbling out of the ranks of the middle class. It was no different last Friday, when at times the lobby was jammed with so many people asking for help that there was barely room to move. "Look at this," said Ausburn as she rushed to the registration counter to help out with the rush.
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July 15, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to redraw neighborhood boundaries to allow an area of about 1,800 homes in Van Nuys to join the more upscale community of Sherman Oaks. The 10-2 vote, which was met with the boisterous cheers of proponents, was the latest in a series of name changes in the San Fernando Valley over the last few decades.
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April 27, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
A 15-year-old girl was shot in the leg Sunday in an apparent gang-related incident, police said. The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. in the 9800 block of Vesper Avenue, near Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Rayner. One suspect, a juvenile who was not identified because of his age, was in custody and two others, also juveniles, were being sought, she said. Police believe the girl knew her attackers, said Lt. Darryl Grayson. The girl was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, police said.
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July 27, 2008 | Joel Rubin
A would-be bank robber was shot with his own gun Saturday afternoon during a botched heist attempt, police said. The gun-toting man walked into a branch of Wells Fargo bank in the 6800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard around 12:30 p.m., said Officer Kate Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. A security guard confronted the man, and "a struggle ensued," Lopez said. The robber, whose identity has not been released, was shot as the two wrestled for control of the weapon.
OPINION
January 3, 2006
Re "Orange Line Eases A.M. Rush on 101," Dec. 30 The Times soft-pedals its own study's results; 7% less traffic and 14% less congestion on the Ventura are remarkable. Not mentioned is how much better it is for regular bus riders going in either direction. The Orange Line is comfortable, the stops are nice and it's fast. It is also on time and frequent -- you don't worry about connecting to it or from it. Next, it's time for a busway down Van Nuys Boulevard and the San Diego Freeway to LAX. KEVIN CROZIER Sun Valley
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October 22, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van Nuys resident Choon Ja Kim used to drive half an hour to Koreatown in Los Angeles to rent videotapes of such South Korean soap operas as "History Flows" or "Life Is a Merry-Go-Round." But now a small version of Koreatown, with video shops and other stores that carry imported products, has sprung up in Van Nuys, saving Kim and many of the San Fernando Valley's about 50,000 Koreans a trip downtown.
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June 17, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police swept through a Pacoima neighborhood Tuesday, arresting suspected drug dealers and prostitutes and supervising the collection of tons of trash and the removal of graffiti in a new program aimed at revitalizing a run-down portion of Van Nuys Boulevard. Nine people were arrested and 17 tons of garbage collected in the four-hour operation by about a dozen officers along Van Nuys near San Fernando Road. Capt.
NEWS
January 8, 2005 | Burt Prelutsky, Burt Prelutsky, author of "Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From Heaven," lives in North Hills.
Even in the midst of a mayoral race, I tend to focus on important world events. But it occurred to me that I had come to take the virtues of my beloved San Fernando Valley for granted. For instance, so long as you're able to stay off the 101 and the 405 freeways, traffic is a dream compared with the jams that plague the poor souls doomed to live on the wrong side of the hill.
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September 7, 2003 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A day after two people were wounded in a daytime drive-by shooting in the northeast San Fernando Valley, scores of Pacoima residents, activists and local leaders marched Saturday morning along Van Nuys Boulevard to denounce gang violence and promote community unity. Billed as the second annual "Hands Across Pacoima," the rally was part of a grass-roots effort to quell what some in the area view as rising friction between young blacks and Latinos.
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