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I plan on moving too your great city,at least it's got to better then this cold midwest air the winters around here are very long and boring unless your an eskimo.I was born here in greenbay wi and as much as they talk about the packers they live for the packers,never been too a game in my 48 years but have shovled plenty of snow there.So i can't wait too head too sunny ca

— glenn beckx
November 23, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.

i think the 99 cents store is one of my favorite places to browse at in northridge. theys gots all sorts of sweet tea and salsa and you can get funny looks from the blacks from time to time. grandma always used to think they were cuttin eyes at her but i had to take her outside and calmly explain that she had tp hanging out her gertle.

— larry mchoffendale
November 16, 2011 at 2:37 a.m.

I like the part about the mall being paid for by tax dollars.

— Bob Jabronsky
November 16, 2011 at 2:34 a.m.

You are an idiot. Yes, you should be at your house. I do not care what you are doing there, as long as you do not do it in a place that I go. The whole point is that the mall is a place to shop, as mentioned, but we all know hardly any of those kids do any shopping there. If they do, it is a movie and then a whole bunch of drugs. How do you think that a bunch of drugs, annoying all the adults there, a soda, a movie and a fight or Two, is a good thing ? Parents, stop dropping off your kids at the mall for everyone else to take care of.

— Dave Hesper
November 16, 2011 at 2:20 a.m.

Where are kids supposed to go? Can't someone build a new place aside from the mall? they'd obviously get great business. LOL.

— qurll
September 22, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.

much love to all my low income ppl of roscoe blvd lindley ave and to all the homies who gave up there freeedom n lives to repersent us from the lindley ghetto free big lazy rest in pride lil lazy boy aug 11 2011 we miss u my boy bps 2 the grave

— brown pride
August 15, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.

A lot of the adults are just as ignorant as the teenagers... It's kind of sad.

If you don't like the people that go to the Northridge Mall, then don't go.

— Wei
July 21, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.

As a teenager who goes to the mall regularly, I would just like to apologize on the behalf of my bratty peers. However, we cannot help the fact that we have fun at the mall in a different way than those who dislike our fun and call it "annoying" or "bratty". I completely understand that there are some kids who really just don't give a care in the world and smoke weed/drink/etcetera all over the mall at night. But you can't just assume that it's all of us teenagers/tweens. Plus, where are we supposed to go? All of you adults always complain that we're at the mall. Would you rather have us doing body shots at some random neighborhood home, or running around some godforsaken place? There's NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. At least not one in which we can afford, nor travel to. Once again, I apologize for the teenagers/tweens/teenyboppers who DO actually cause trouble, with the fighting and rudeness. They shouldn't be allowed on the premises. But I will not allow anyone to badmouth those of us who actually want to have FUN at the mall. We go to school around the area. We LIVE around the area. Just be glad we aren't in your neighborhood.

— A. Teenager
May 7, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.

The misguided youth of Northridge are a result of their parenting generation! In the apartment renting communities with the gangs or the home owning communities with the drug addicts! But you know what else Northridge has that makes it different? A University. A prestigious one, in it's own right. and you gotta give it up for the dillegence of the Northridge Youth, 19-24 being the largest age group in the city. Maybe everyone who doesn't like us should just leave?

— Richie Reseda
March 24, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.

Northridge should be a stand alone city. It is a shame that we have to contribute to the crooks at City Hall along with the rest of the public sector unions that are sucking the blood of hard working people. Idea: I'm moving to Texas.

— Jill Bladson
January 5, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.

When you look at other cities falling apart---Northridge is paradise!

— Lisa F.
December 9, 2010 at 2:21 p.m.

It's funny, reading the comments , its all about the mall. Is it the only thing in Northridge? A mall? And we all have been annoying teens. These comments are more about the mall and the teens and not about the neighborhood.

— Robert
October 4, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.

I hate to break it to all of those who despise the teenagers and their invasion of the Northridge Mall, but malls are NOT "built for ADULTS." They're built for SHOPPERS. They're built for anyone and everyone with money to spend. If the kids aren't there spending money, then they should be tossed. If kids are fighting at the mall, they, too, should be thrown out, if not arrested or held for the police to take them away. But if kids are there, spending money, then they're fulfilling the purpose for which the mall was constructed. I've been going to that mall since the day it opened. I worked there, at the former Bullock's department store. Teenagers and adults went there regularly to spend money. Teenagers also worked (and continue to work) at that mall.

— Brett
April 28, 2010 at 4:29 p.m.

Mall are for adults. They are built for ADULTS to spend money. End of story.

— John Werther
April 15, 2010 at 1:32 a.m.

Stupid kids need to get a life.

— Mass Martovianyn
April 10, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.

The Northridge Mall is infested with annoying teenagers who are loud and disrespectful. Those type of people are what downgrade our city and scare the adults away from ever stepping foot in the mall or movie theatre. Something needs to be done about these kids. Night fights in dark allies at the Northridge Mall is not helping our society in any way. Where are these kids parents? Do they seriously have no idea what their children are doing?

-Sam R.

— Sam R.
February 27, 2010 at 11:29 p.m.

What? What taxes pay for the mall? In what way is it 'public.' It is privately owned.What part of the constitution covers Twelve year old Tweens gathering at the mall and 'playing' without their parents? Tweens can't vote, are not covered in the constitution directly and are the responsibility of the parents. No one wants you there. You do not support the mall in any way and are scaring off all the older people that have real money. The little money your parents give you is nothing compared to the cash older folks spend. As of yet, you are sort of the 'property' of your parents and have almost no rights until you are Eighteen. Go home. If you studied more and stopped hanging out at the mall, you would know this.

— Donald Feinstien
January 19, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.

Our taxes pay for the mall. The mall is public property and people have a constitutional right to assemble and stay at the mall as long as they want as long as they bought something. Even if they are 'Tweens.' The kids support the mall. The place would be bankrupt without them. It is cruel and against our citizens rights to kick people out for not being with their parents. Look it up, it is in the constitution.

— Tofer Goldberg
January 10, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.

I do not get it. What is so special about the mall? Get a life. If you are a Tween, be there with your parents. That is what they do at every other mall in this end of the Valley. Get a clue. Go to any other mall in the area and you will not see a bunch of little kids running around on Friday night. Get with the program and wake up.

— Dink Staccato
January 10, 2010 at 3:41 p.m.

Joey, spend the time waiting for the buss, later at night. You are too young to be out there waiting for the buss. Go home after school.

P. S.

It is not you that we are not so fond of- it's you parents. They really should be with you if you are a Tween or just get home early and stay near to your home.

— Paul
January 8, 2010 at 9:08 p.m.

I live a block away from the panorama mall but I love going to the northrigde mall. I take the 166 bus to get there. I am one of the so-called bratty "tweens" that you guys are not so fond of. It's a great place with lots of people. I go there very often and have probably bought movie tickets from that paul guy. Overall the place is well run, there is no stealing and it is easy to avoid confrontations. I also go to school in northridge.

— Joey
December 13, 2009 at 1:30 a.m.

For Brad, who thinks he knows the North-West San Fernando Valley because his parents bought a house in Northridge in 1964: The housing development known as Porter Ranch started at Tampa and Reseda Blvd. There was a time (from it's inception until the mid-80's) when there were two horse and rider statues with the big bold words PORTER RANCH (one at the north-west corner of Tampa and Reseda and the other at the north-east corner of Reseda and (I don't recall what street it is that borders that block). Porter Ranch was a housing development, not a city. I just wish people would stop spouting off things as fact when they certainly don't know what they are talking about

— Jay
December 2, 2009 at 8:22 p.m.

Idiot kids at Northridge mall irritate. Kick them all out.

— George Homlin
November 12, 2009 at 1:20 a.m.

Paul, funny. I also do not get all the Tweens at the mall either.

I moved to Northridge about Three years ago and never went to the mall until Two years ago. I saw a few gang members and a couple of people that looked like they were camping out for the day with their kids. All in all, not a big deal. I sort of did not understand why there were some people that were from Conoga Park Alabama, Bryant Street and as far as Pacoima, but they just stared at me and commented in Spanish. ( I know were they were from because their 'tats.' said were they were from. It is sort of a dead give away. Anybody with half a brain can figure them out. Some of them even had shirts on that 'claimed' their gang. Others called it out to each other or mentioned it about Ten times in their conversation. lol) No one really bothered me and I just went to Sears and bought my obligatory tool set for my brothers birthday party and was on my way.

Then, the next wk., I decided to go to a movie. My date loved movies and until then, I never really went to them more than about once every Two months. It was Friday night and as I pulled up to the parking lot I noticed a lot of what appeared to be suburban kids about Twelve Years old. I thought there was a special event. I parked and made my way to the Movie. About Ten little Tweens started insulting my date and I as we are over Forty. They asked if we were going to the 'retirement convention' or if we needed a wheelchair. We thought it was all in good fun and ignored them talking with each other as if they were not there until one of them just started cursing at us and telling us that we were "Not welcome here. This is for us kids!" Apparently he felt this was his place and we were 'Narks.' Wtvr. I thought it was weird and never went back. According to a lot of people on this, they had a similar experience.

Sometimes I think back on that time and why the heck all those bratty kids are allowed to be there. As my date and I moved in together and went to other movies at other malls, including the Topanga mall, Fallbrook and many others and nowhere are there as many bratty Tweens in one place. Why is this? Who started this? Is there a caucus that meets and decides this sort of thing? Can I come?

— Lance Nevis
October 28, 2009 at 1:50 a.m.

In regards to the Northridge Mall I worked there in 1994 when the earthquake struck. To this day I think that I would of died because the area (store) where I worked was crushed...There were others that werent so lucky the apartment building across the street from 7-11 off reseda and wilbur had like 14 people die (crushed while sleeping)..It was some scary times back then. I am grateful to be alive and I enjoy seeing the newer Northridge Mall. I have no problem shopping there. My 11 yr old boy loves the "skater stores like Zumis and such"..I do wish they would bring back Malibu Grand Prix that was a great place for kids! If I win the lotto I might indulge and rebuild! :) Cheers Northridge!

— Sally Elbert
October 14, 2009 at 11:38 a.m.

California State University Northridge is AWESOME!!! I love the campus and all the people. US News rated the Northridge campus among the top 200 Business Schools in the World.


— Indrajith
September 10, 2009 at 3 p.m.

I agree, is there some way you can stop listing The Northridge Fashion Center as in Chatsworth? I am not sure what that will do as far as all those bratty kids at the mall, but it would maybe allow the people in Northridge to feel it is more their place and take a little pride in their city and the mall on Friday nights. It is a shame the way parents just let their 'tween' run around."

— John McVinder
August 28, 2009 at 1:46 a.m.

Brad Smith says that everything south of the 118 is Northridge. My gps and the postal zip code says South, almost to Devonshire, is Porter Ranch.

— irving leemon
August 25, 2009 at 1:52 p.m.

The Northridge Fashion Center is in NORTHRIDGE. You guys listed it as Chatsworth. Maybe that is why the place is so rife with Chapter 11 issues. No adult wants to claim it.

Its like this great big island were no adults from Northridge want to go. Adults from Receda will go there. Adults from C.P. will go there, but no adult from across the street will step foot in the place unless its Wed. farmers market and then only in the parking lot.

BUT they will let their kid go there on Friday night! You can't stop them. It is like an obsession. Every night, they pull up to the Red Zone, stop for Ten minutes or so, unload their kids and drive off to come back five hours later. I work there at the Theater box office and see this every Friday night. Its like watching lemmings. Red zone means no STOPPING. If you are STOPPED, you are in violation. Why? What is the deal? Is this place soo great to be that you need to stop in the Red Zone? Is it going to go away? You can't park in the PARKING lot like every other normal person. Do you really think it is a good idea to let your Thirteen year old run around in a place with hundreds of other Thirteen year old's at night with no adults present at all? Along with every other area on the hill, Valley parents from anywhere above Parthinia will not step foot in the mall but will drop off their kid every Friday like clockwork. The Sun goes down and its time to gather your children to run around the Northridge mall in front of the Theaters in the dark hallways and on the poorly lit grassy area. Does that seem backwards in any way? The entire mall is well lit and there are many nice places to shop. But, no, lets drop our children off in the darkest corner of the mall were there never is a single adult.

If it is such a great place for your kid, why don't you go there? Are there like Two different malls, one for kids and one for adults? I don't get it.

Maybe it's like the Red Zone, it does not apply to you. Red zone means, 'No Parking' for you. Not 'No Stopping.' As long as you are in the car, it's O.K. Right?

Oh, I get it now, the rules are different for you. All malls are not for shopping. Some of them are for babysitting your kids. Especially on Friday nights. I am glad we got that cleared up now.

Different malls, different rules....hmmm.....

— Paul Geradono
August 25, 2009 at 7:01 a.m.

In Northridge lives and works one of the most interesting Tatto artist in the wordl. Mike DeVrie. I'll cros the sea to join him and to have one of their pieces of art. I'm from Spain and I've not idea about how to arrive to Northridge from LA airoport. Could you help me?

— emma
June 24, 2009 at 1:54 a.m.

I'm disappointed that you haven't changed the Northridge border to reflect that southern bit between Roscoe/Saticoy and White Oak/Louise. According to all government sources (P.O., police...) it's Northridge. We get no representation in Van Nuys or Reseda. It's frustrating that this neighborhood has just fallen between the cracks.

— Dee
June 10, 2009 at 1:55 p.m.

My parents bought their home in Northridge in 1964, and I lived there for more than two decades; everything south of Rinaldi (just north of the 118) is Northridge, not Porter Ranch, and has been since the post office opened decades ago. The Times is wrong yet again.

— brad smith
June 3, 2009 at 12:17 p.m.


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