About Me

“Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”  – Mark Twain (not really, but way more interesting than Anonymous!)

Jersey Girl Julie & Benji & Bella 02-07-16loving southern California — loving our first grandchild, Benjamin Allen Butcher, born in November 2014 to Steven & Lidia Butcher! So very proud of Steven’s work in politics — the “family business.”

Matthew’s mom! #RIPMateo #JusticeforMateo #MBMF #POMC

I met Don when he called to fuss about what the “%€*#%ing Union” was doing. We celebrated 26 years this past September, loving & fighting all the way!

Vocation and avocation merged for me when I was hired as a union organizer in 1985. My bad attitude, trouble dealing with authority, propensity to root for whatever team is likely to lose — and my sincere love of people, especially workers — kept my work interesting.

I fell in love with city workers — trash men and traffic officers — and proudly helped lead the Union’s “Privatization Wars” through the 1990’s after Richard Riordan was elected Mayor.

Today I’m a proud union retiree! #UnionYRetired

I follow politics some, following our recent relocation back to the LA area, here in lovely La Crescenta, tending my little garden, enjoying the hell out of Benjamin — our first grandchild!

Writing occasionally for CityWatch LA and just starting as a freelance reporter for the Crescenta Valley Weekly News – loving retirement, gardening, yoga, seeking intrepidness!

“A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child had just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.”    – Mary Kay Blakely