Oct. 17, 1955: With the help of policemen, sheep are moved across Ventura Blvd., in Woodland Hills.
A short article in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times explains: Two policemen, three dogs, a shepherd, two goats and a few students from Pierce College combined their talents yesterday to help Nick Costa of Calabasas lead a band of 500 sheep across busy Ventura Blvd. to greener pastures in Woodland Hills. Costa appealed for police help to stem the tide of traffic while he moved his flock a mile and a half from Winnetka Ave. and Vanowen St., where they had eaten everything in sight. Cars were backed up for a half mile in each direction as the bleating parade of sheep ambled across the pavement in a five-minute procession. As the traffic flow was started again, Costa spotted one hesitant sheep and carried him across the traffic in his arms. This photo by former staff photographer Pete Grant was published in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times. (via Traffic held up as sheep cross street )
Things have changed a bit in the Valley since then…

Oct. 17, 1955: With the help of policemen, sheep are moved across Ventura Blvd., in Woodland Hills.

A short article in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times explains: Two policemen, three dogs, a shepherd, two goats and a few students from Pierce College combined their talents yesterday to help Nick Costa of Calabasas lead a band of 500 sheep across busy Ventura Blvd. to greener pastures in Woodland Hills. Costa appealed for police help to stem the tide of traffic while he moved his flock a mile and a half from Winnetka Ave. and Vanowen St., where they had eaten everything in sight. Cars were backed up for a half mile in each direction as the bleating parade of sheep ambled across the pavement in a five-minute procession. As the traffic flow was started again, Costa spotted one hesitant sheep and carried him across the traffic in his arms. This photo by former staff photographer Pete Grant was published in the Oct. 18, 1955, Los Angeles Times. (via Traffic held up as sheep cross street )

Things have changed a bit in the Valley since then…

Zenyatta tells the crowd how it shall be… on Flickr.
Feeling sad about Hollywood Park closing forever. This Sunday will be the last day of racing.  And it reminds me of the many happy days I spent there. My favorite was this day, Oct. 2, 2010, when the greatest racing mare in history, Zenyatta, won her 19th race in a row (!) there. It was the most glorious, heart-stopping race I’ve witnessed in person. Zenyatta was pumped for it, dancing with the desire to race, bigger than the other horses, and mightier too. We all gave her a standing ovation, and she stood there, cocky as hell, as we applauded, as if to say “You’re welcome.” Many greats raced at Hollywood Park - Seabiscuit, Affirmed, Citation, Lava Man, Ferdinand… Many famous people gambled there - Al Jolson, Jack Warner, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert… But the crowds got thin as the years went by. For Los Angeles, Hollywood Park is an historic place. But like many such places soon it will be bulldozed, replaced with bland housing and shops. Fare well, Hollywood Park. I’m so glad I got so many chances to enjoy you.

Zenyatta tells the crowd how it shall be… on Flickr.

Feeling sad about Hollywood Park closing forever. This Sunday will be the last day of racing.

And it reminds me of the many happy days I spent there. My favorite was this day, Oct. 2, 2010, when the greatest racing mare in history, Zenyatta, won her 19th race in a row (!) there. It was the most glorious, heart-stopping race I’ve witnessed in person. Zenyatta was pumped for it, dancing with the desire to race, bigger than the other horses, and mightier too. We all gave her a standing ovation, and she stood there, cocky as hell, as we applauded, as if to say “You’re welcome.”

Many greats raced at Hollywood Park - Seabiscuit, Affirmed, Citation, Lava Man, Ferdinand… Many famous people gambled there - Al Jolson, Jack Warner, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert… But the crowds got thin as the years went by. For Los Angeles, Hollywood Park is an historic place. But like many such places soon it will be bulldozed, replaced with bland housing and shops.

Fare well, Hollywood Park. I’m so glad I got so many chances to enjoy you.

(via Scientists track cougar’s wild nightlife above Hollywood - latimes.com) The lights of Hollywood glow behind P-22, a 125-pound mountain lion in Griffith Park. The photo was taken by Steve Winter with a remote trail camera and will be published in December’s National Geographic magazine. Winter’s work will appear in “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years” at the Annenberg Space for Photography, opening Oct. 26. (Steve Winter / National Geographic / March 2, 2013)

(via Scientists track cougar’s wild nightlife above Hollywood - latimes.com) The lights of Hollywood glow behind P-22, a 125-pound mountain lion in Griffith Park. The photo was taken by Steve Winter with a remote trail camera and will be published in December’s National Geographic magazine. Winter’s work will appear in “The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years” at the Annenberg Space for Photography, opening Oct. 26. (Steve Winter / National Geographic / March 2, 2013)