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Veterans Park – December 11, 2008

One of the most valuable pieces of land in the nation, on a per acre basis, is the 16-acre parcel of VA property at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire in west Los Angeles. The property, worth untold millions, has been the battleground between the Veterans Park Conservancy and […]

Atomic Tombstones – November 22, 2009

Nearly two years after first found these soldiers’ tombstones sticking out of the ground in a nuclear and chemical toxic site, nothing has changed. The grave markers are disappearing back into the brush. Senator Feinstein’s staff failed to follow up on our January 2008 tip about this illegal dumping […]

Atomic Tombstones – November 19, 2009

The brush-choked biomedical nuclear and chemical dump remains the same. The gravestones remain untouched. Soccer players practice on Brentwood School’s lower field where a 2006 VA-funded report says tests high in radiation. “The average readings for the East Arroyo, West Arroyo, and the Brentwood School lower soccer fields were notably […]

Atomic Tombstones – July 30, 2008

The biomedical nuclear and chemical dump at the West LA VA in Brentwood is supposed to be a closed site. Repeatedly, over the years, has seen people access this dump usually chasing errant soccer balls. In this case, a man was walking through the dump with a child on […]

Atomic Tombstones – February 24, 2009

At first this later winter trip to the dump produced no surprises – the soldiers’ gravestones still lay jutting out of the hillside of the West LA VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump. The surprise came when realized it wasn’t alone. A site inspection was taking place with someone […]

Atomic Tombstones – January 13, 2008

These disconcerting photographs clearly show soldiers’ tombstones in the West Los Angeles VA’s biomedical nuclear and chemical dump. It is a surreal and sad scene. Three days later,‘s Michael Collins told Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) and her district director, Trevor Daley, about the situation and offered to show the […]

Atomic Tombstones – January 9, 2008

The white marble slabs of the tombstones stood out, contrasting with the dirt, plants, concrete rubble and rebar in this part of the dump. The VA operates a huge Veterans’ cemetery on the other side of the property where VA supervisors and workers should know that it is against federal […]


Simi Valley residents unite to fight ‘hot’ KB Home development in Runkle Canyon By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – September 28, 2006 “I am not a tree hugger, an environmental activist, or an Erin Brockovich wannabe,” said Patricia Coryell before an August 21 meeting of the Simi Valley City […]


A popular Brentwood dog park on Veterans Administration property is built over an old radioactive waste dump that may soon be unearthed by proposed development By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat – May 25, 2006 SUVs and luxury sedans glide into the Barrington Dog Park just south of Sunset Boulevard […]


Brentwood dump contains radioactive remains from decades of animal and human tests By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat – May 25, 2006 During the 1950s and ’60s, both UCLA and the Veterans Administration were deeply engaged in the Atomic Age, doing their part for the Cold War by performing radiation […]

Darkness Over the Land

Darkness Over the Land

A rowdy romp with a cast of characters whose devotion to their earthly paradise is devilishly delightful. Their sizzling tales shed light on the hottest, lowest land in North America.


A Love Story By Michael Collins – November 18, 2009 The October moon rose over the Funeral Mountains and shed its ghostly light upon Darkness. She was perched on a sun burnt spit of land above the salt pan, a dark angel ready for flight. Her black wings cast […]

Career Day

Career Day

Recruiting men and women for aerospace and experimental nuclear reactor work in the 1950s for Rocketdyne was art, literally. The company used fascinating brochures.


By Michael Collins Los Angeles magazine’s “LA to Z” issue – December 1996 (1958- ) Atom smasher. As regional leader of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Parfrey has taken his battle against nuclear power around the Pacific Rim. Born in Manhattan, Parfrey attended Santa Monica High and UC Berkeley. After a […]

There Lies the Fault

There Lies the Fault

After extensive investigation, may have discovered the source of Runkle Canyon’s heavy metal nightmare which has stalled KB Home’s development plans for two years.

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

6,400 fireworks at Santa Monica Pier’s 100th birthday fail to ignite much excitement. Pyrotechnics get lost in toxic smoke which descends on thousands with perchlorate, heavy metals.

Riley’s Revenge

Riley’s Revenge

Former Rocketdyne DTSC chief, Norman E. Riley admits to misleading community on Runkle Canyon and that no public comments about cleanup plan were used.