I grew up in Sylmar
Mike Jara

Stockton, CA

#166 May 30, 2013
I remember Danny Dogs. you can't find any history on it.
LeadFarmer

Los Angeles, CA

#167 Jul 30, 2013
Vic A wrote:
well!
A Sylmar thread, very nice.
i lived at 13042 Bradwell st, in Sylmar.
went to Herrick Elm, and olive vista, And Sylmar High (though i thought i was to cool for school and dropped out in 82, would have been class of 83)
i have such great memory's of my home town, but yeah its gone. anyways thought i would say high for old times sake.
vic..
Hello Vic, I live down the street from your old house. Grew up at top of Polk 71-77. Moved back a few years ago from Santa Clarita. It's definitely not the Sylmar I knew and loved. Trash fills the streets and sidewalks, matresses, furniture, construction materials etc. No help from Alarcon or Garcetti. Mostly Section 8, illegals, boarding houses, garage conversions, tweakers and early release.No pride of ownership. Overcrowded with multiple families inhabiting single family homes. Banda music all the time, stray dogs, stray babies wander the streets. Some of the fattest kids I've ever seen.
However, there are some hardworking families trying to make life better, respectful kids, a skate ramp keeping good kids out of trouble. The Nethercutt Museum is a must see if you have never been.
It's not the Sylmar I remember, but there are still a few nice areas, but nothing compared to the 70s - early 80s. I'm resigned to the reality it's not going to get better and planning my exit.
This blog is a nice trip down memory lane.
LeadFarmer

Downey, CA

#168 Jul 30, 2013
flagmania2005 wrote:
<quoted text>
I remember "View Point" as it was called in the late '60s and '70s.....it was also called "The Terraces" later. And they used to launch the hang gliders from up on the hill near the fire station. What were your parent's handles?? my e-mail is [email protected] if you want to talk....I might even be able to get a pic of your old house for you as I still have connections in Sylmar.
I remember ViewPoint at the top of Polk by the Hanglider training hill. I skated straight down on a dare from a kid named Ralph. Aluminium Banzai board circa 1976(Sylmar elementary) Speedwobbles before the bottom turn and bailed hard, neighbors thought I got hit by a car.
We called that area Big Terraces and the dirt area at top of Polk Little Terraces. Little Terraces is where the hangliding competitions were on the weekends. We used to ride dirt bikes (75 YZ80) and bicycles all over both areas. skated the wash from the mountain all the way to the little league field. Still think of the wash every time I golf ElCariso.

squeezers

“Deport them all deport Now”

Since: Aug 13

The Woods

#169 Aug 1, 2013
Sylmar looks more like Mexico than America. What is our country turning into?
LeadFarmer

Los Angeles, CA

#170 Aug 5, 2013
squeezers wrote:
Sylmar looks more like Mexico than America. What is our country turning into?
My sentiments exactly, but didn't want to invite all the hate mail. The situation is not getting better.
One of the skater kids has 5 refrigerators supporting multiple families in a single family home, family with babies living in the garage. One neighbor was renting out a backyard shed to drunken illegals till the house was destroyed and they were evicted. Trash is being made into BMX jumps as it continues to pile up, mattresses, old furniture, broken appliances where grass should be. Broken down cars, wrecked cars, drunks in the street.
There are better places to live. This was a nice place once upon a time.

squeezers

“Deport them all deport Now”

Since: Aug 13

The Woods

#171 Aug 7, 2013
LeadFarmer wrote:
<quoted text>
My sentiments exactly, but didn't want to invite all the hate mail. The situation is not getting better.
One of the skater kids has 5 refrigerators supporting multiple families in a single family home, family with babies living in the garage. One neighbor was renting out a backyard shed to drunken illegals till the house was destroyed and they were evicted. Trash is being made into BMX jumps as it continues to pile up, mattresses, old furniture, broken appliances where grass should be. Broken down cars, wrecked cars, drunks in the street.
There are better places to live. This was a nice place once upon a time.
The truth usually does invite hate mail, But I don't really care.

What's going on with you're neighbors is illegal, Have you been reporting their crime to the police and ICE? Only so many people can live in a single family home. It goes by the number of bedrooms, This needs to be reported to the city and maybe the health department. Keep reporting and sending letters.
California is a good place to move away from.
Mike-T aka DocFranknstien

San Jose, CA

#172 Sep 18, 2013
I punched up a search for Tlu Tlu's and found this great blog, I grew up in Sylmar, went to Sylmar elementary, Olive Vista JH, and Sylmar High class of 81, My Mom would shop at Boys Market, I remember sitting in gas lines during odd and even at coin power station across from Boys, by the old Howard and Phils western wear, Valley Pizza near Country Cousin jr market had the best Pizza, One time My wife called in for Pizza and gave Her name, Angela, I went and picked it up and after that They thought My name was Angelo, I would show up and They would say "Angelo how Ya doin?", one time at Tlu Tlu's a guy had a tiger in His car, said " that's My alarm system" nobody ever took His car I'm sure. At the Happy Steak restourant You could watch t.v. at the table, 25 cents bought like 15 minutes the Veterans cematary had gravity hill, that always blew people's minds, and the street races on San Fernando Rd was always the best, I drove a primer grey 55 Chevy with 327 4 speed, and also had a v8 Vega, with a 350 with a stall convertor and a 9 inch rear with low gears and a locker it was fast, My freind "Bone's " and I would pretend to be under cover cops, I had a flashing light with a magnet that I would plug in to the lighter socket and stick the light to the roof of My 55, We would pull over cute girls and get there phone #'s, fun fun fun, I miss that town.
Melanie

Los Angeles, CA

#173 Sep 19, 2013
Sylmar is mostly a bad area now,sorry but there are still a lot of good people.
I lived there five years and there were 3 murders in my neighborhood!(Foothill
and Polk) SUCKS!!!

squeezers

“Deport them all deport Now”

Since: Aug 13

The Woods

#174 Sep 21, 2013
Melanie wrote:
Sylmar is mostly a bad area now,sorry but there are still a lot of good people.
I lived there five years and there were 3 murders in my neighborhood!(Foothill
and Polk) SUCKS!!!
This is what happens when blacks and mexicans move in.
julala

Sutherlin, OR

#175 Sep 23, 2013
Mike Jara wrote:
I remember Danny Dogs. you can't find any history on it.
BEST fries EVER !
julala03

Sutherlin, OR

#176 Sep 24, 2013
i lived on Herron st '68-'75. I remember Sam the bread man. He drove the bakery truck and it was a good day if I could get a nickle from Mom for a doughnut. I would go to Fred's meat market after school ( Hubbard Elementary ) to get a giant dill pickle for 14 cents. Went to O.V. and we used to hang out after school at the sh*% shacks on Roxford. We had a couch tree in the olive grove there, we thought we were the coolest ! When I was 4 we lived on Lyle st. and on the weekend they would have a cotton candy machine outside of Country cousins then we'd go to Sylmar Park and spin on the spinner 'til we couldn't walk straight. I still remember going to the well in San Fernando to get fresh well water.
julala03

Sutherlin, OR

#177 Sep 24, 2013
Webjunkie wrote:
Hey hi! I was checking out the comments of you guys that lived near Slymar High, I mean Sylmar. Yeah same here I used to live on Beaver St on the 2nd Corner house with the huge palms trees are at. We did not have the palms back then though in 2000.
Anyways just wanted to put this up, anyone interested in dropping me an email would be cool, catch me at: [email protected]
Lates,
Webjunkie
Is your last neme Tuttle ?
LeadFarmer

West Covina, CA

#178 Oct 15, 2013
Melanie wrote:
Sylmar is mostly a bad area now,sorry but there are still a lot of good people.
I lived there five years and there were 3 murders in my neighborhood!(Foothill
and Polk) SUCKS!!!
I've taken a long hard look lately and Sylmar really does suck. Ralph's market is being replaced by Food 4 Less in November, so that should give you an idea of current demographic. Mostly illegal, and legal Hispanic. Sadly the majority are low income, uneducated, overpopulated, unclean. Drug addicts, drunks, pregnant welfare queens pushing strollers with a pack of filthy kids in tow. Trash is everywhere as this culture has no pride in self or neighborhood. They just dump garbage in front of their own homes as if they lived in a dump before and just recreate what their village looked like. If you ever spent any time in a poor border town (ElPaso, Tx) Sylmar will feel like home. Unfortunately it's not getting better. I don't understand how someone could risk their lives to get here (United States)only to recreate the shithole they left.
I know this is a cultural issue, but how do you change such ingrained behavior? To be comfortable living in filth is your own business, but to degrade an area and drive down property values, overpopulate, overwhelm the schools, hospitals and public services while contributing nothing in return is criminal. It's a sad state of affairs. Those that speak of rights for illegals, should try living with them. I used to sympathize for their plight when I lived in a better area. Now I see the real effects. Sylmar is lost. I have good memories, but that was a different era.
Alex

Costa Mesa, CA

#179 May 2, 2014
Gosh Sylmar sucks ass guess it's just gotten worse by the years. I lived in Glendale before & it had everything in it and everything was really close you could practically walk and in Sylmar nothing is close not even a mall you have to drive at least 20mins to go anywhere. I feel like i'm living in a 3rd world country here. Worst city ever.
Alex

Costa Mesa, CA

#180 May 2, 2014
LeadFarmer wrote:
<quoted text>
I've taken a long hard look lately and Sylmar really does suck. Ralph's market is being replaced by Food 4 Less in November, so that should give you an idea of current demographic. Mostly illegal, and legal Hispanic. Sadly the majority are low income, uneducated, overpopulated, unclean. Drug addicts, drunks, pregnant welfare queens pushing strollers with a pack of filthy kids in tow. Trash is everywhere as this culture has no pride in self or neighborhood. They just dump garbage in front of their own homes as if they lived in a dump before and just recreate what their village looked like. If you ever spent any time in a poor border town (ElPaso, Tx) Sylmar will feel like home. Unfortunately it's not getting better. I don't understand how someone could risk their lives to get here (United States)only to recreate the shithole they left.
I know this is a cultural issue, but how do you change such ingrained behavior? To be comfortable living in filth is your own business, but to degrade an area and drive down property values, overpopulate, overwhelm the schools, hospitals and public services while contributing nothing in return is criminal. It's a sad state of affairs. Those that speak of rights for illegals, should try living with them. I used to sympathize for their plight when I lived in a better area. Now I see the real effects. Sylmar is lost. I have good memories, but that was a different era.
I completely agree with you on the situation of this city. I'm hispanic myself but I was never raised to be like that and it's really a shame that those are the people that are representing my culture and it's no wonder that we get stereotyped because of uneducated dirty people like that. Trust me that's why I can't even stand them myself. It's really sad because Sylmar seems like it has the potential to be a really nice city but the people ruin any chances it may have. What amazes me is that there are really nice neighborhoods in some parts and it kind of gives you some hope and then a block over you see some really run down houses with the people to go with them. I think the best solution would be for the city of LA to raise the rent enough to force them out and MAYBE just MAYBE this city can recover. That probably won't be happening anytime soon though.
Mike Bradley

Dayton, NV

#182 Jul 24, 2014
angel wrote:
I remember als drugstore on foothill by vons danny's dogs by the san franando mall kmart & pioneer chicken on laura canyon and how about that go kart place behind san fernando swap meet on foothill & the silver fox bar by red vest pizza on glen oaks
My self and Bobby Rocca built the Silver Fox in 1976. It was a great place for live music drinks and dancing. I sure do miss all of the great people that danced the nights away. We always had great bands ! I miss the good old days !
Tsks

Boonville, NY

#183 Jul 29, 2014
Gosh it has been a while that I have been on the post I started in 2008. People still talk about the good times (as I will always remember those). The only really bad things that I can remember were the earthquake and the little boy down the street was abducted by the boys in my neighborhood (the Wards) and he was found in the wash and the story was he had a certain part cut off. Does anyone remember that story? Most of my childhood in Sylmar was good and I really missed those good days. Sylmar was a good place once upon a time.
Tsks

Boonville, NY

#184 Jul 29, 2014
Sylmar girl wrote:
<quoted text>Is your name Ginger?

She is my sister and my moms named was Cat Balou and dad' was cookie crumb. That was their handles on the CB radio. lol
Mike Bradley

Dayton, NV

#185 Aug 8, 2014
angel wrote:
I remember als drugstore on foothill by vons danny's dogs by the san franando mall kmart & pioneer chicken on laura canyon and how about that go kart place behind san fernando swap meet on foothill & the silver fox bar by red vest pizza on glen oaks
You mention the Silver Fox next to Red Vest. Bobby Rocca and myself built the Fox in 1976. We had some awesome live music there. Sure brings back wonderful memories. I was only 30 years old and Bobby was 27. Sure do miss the people and the good times. Best Regards, Mike Bradley
herrick grad

Anaheim, CA

#186 Aug 29, 2014
pretty sure the kid that was killed back in the mid 70's was named eugene. he was a few grades behind us. i had heard they found his body up in the olive view area. how you been tsk?

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