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Friday, December 31, 2004

Sad To See It Go

Billingsley's Restaurant in Van Nuys is closing after 36 years in service, next to the golf course at Van Nuys Airport.

This legendary Valley establishment served all kinds of people over the years. I even had some poached eggs there in 1973. Many of the regulars knew the place was owned and operated by the sons of "June Cleaver," actress Barbara Billingsley.

The last few years this place has been harrassed by the city including almost going under due to that damn living wage ordinance. Further batterment by all the damn onerous regulations government puts on honest businesspeople and you just can't make it work if you're a mom and pop business.

What the socialists that run this city don't understand is the best way to get a "living wage" is to get a job, work hard and continue to educate/improve yourself so you become more and more valuable to employers. As well, the surest way out of poverty is to allow people to start small businesses and work their way up. As the owner of Billingsley's - Drew Billingsley - noted in the Daily News article, only the large corporations can afford to run individual restaurants with all the restrictions these days. Imagine a Larry Cano of El Torito trying to start his chain in this environment - you just can't do it. I guess if you want to start some Melrose, crap, small portion, shi shi restaurant where half a twig costs $45, you can afford to do that - but if you want to feed middle class families - forget it!

It's a real shame how things are going in this country these days.


Blogger CD14Lover said:

I do not know of the place but it is sad that all these businesses are closing in the city. It is even sadder that not more small businesses are opening up. I put the blame on Hahn. I am not a big fan of Riordans but he did create a successful business team and helped with economic growth. The Mayor's Office has no real sense of business that is why his team is in shambles. I tried to get help from the Mayor's so called business team and got no help at all. Even more, they have done nothing in CD14. Name some businesses they have helped come into the district? Which candidate will be the best for business? What are their plans? Which candidate will do the best to help improve the business environment in the city and help more small businesses stay open and in the city? Oh....that damn sales tax idea is no good for business either.

December 31, 2004 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a coincidence. It was at Billingsley's Restaurant that the idea of recalling Antonio Villaraigosa was first discussed.

December 31, 2004 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Parks is probably the best "pro-business" candidate.

December 31, 2004 10:54 AM  

Blogger CD14Lover said:

What is Parks record with business? He was with LAPD for most of his life so how does this make him the best pro-business?? When I say pro-business I do not mean put business before the community or people. I mean who has the greatest potential to attract the most businesses, small or large and the ability to econmically turn this city around as much as possible. How can we bring a plan for more businesses to CD14. I guess Parks is looking better and better to me.

December 31, 2004 12:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know what Parks personal experience in business is/was (a lot of cops have businesses on the side) but his voting record is remarkably pro-business for an LA City Councilman.

Wendy Greuel is also somewhat pro-business and I would suspect that comes from growing up in her grandfather's construction supply business (which her mother still runs) and she would have some sympathy for business owners. However, she is wrong on the Studio City Golf issue.

December 31, 2004 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check out this L.A. Business Journal article on Parks' stand on business at http://bernardparks.com/pdf/10-04-04_ANTI-HAHN.pdf

December 31, 2004 4:05 PM  

Blogger Porchsteps said:

Good article. Is "June Cleaver" still living? Cheers from Canada.

December 31, 2004 7:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's what will happen. Some alleged person with alleged connections to Councilman Tony Cardenas will allegedely get the contract to the run the restaraunt, but of course as a "Hispanic" eatery to "reflect the community." To get the contract, they will have to of course agree to all the living wage and other job/busines killing nonsense that gets inflicted on business in the area. As such, the economics of such make it impossible for the new restaurant as well to survive. BUT DON'T WORRY...Cardenas will allegedly get alleged government money - CRA, Airport money, etc. to keep the place afloat - everyone makes out - except the taxpayers of course.

January 01, 2005 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Back to the real topic on this thread, the closing of the old famous restaurant. Blame it on the LAWA and it's Airport Commission. They own and run the Van Nuys golf course and the land the restaurant is on.

Check and see that they have done nothing to maintain that facility or the facilities for the attached par three golf course or any of their facilities, except increase the rental and demand more improvements. The department (LAWA)is like a fat scavenger pig, that eats everything around it and leaves nothing but waste in it's wake.

Where MAYOR HAHN is your business team to try to save this old landmark restaurant? Where Mayor Hahn are you ?

January 02, 2005 8:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What do they do other than design logo's for the Valley(like the City's logo isn't enough)? What do they do other than 'studies' for which they are paid lots of dollars by foundations and plan one big party each year.

How much does their CEO get paid ? What does he do for it..and what are they going to do trying to help save this restaurant ?

January 02, 2005 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Living Wage Ordinance insures less people work. What a pile of (steaming hot) poop. Another great gift from Jackie Goldberg and the Unions. Someday LA will be pro-business again. Until then, all the start ups and mom and pop places will suffer. Unless they go elsewhere.

January 03, 2005 2:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is sad to this landmark go away. I knew a great deal of people who spent a lot of time there and at the golf course. Hopefully, LAWA won't let the course go anywhere either. For us golf hacks, its the best place 9 hole around other than waiting forever at Rancho Park. It's a real shame to see it go.

January 04, 2005 8:23 PM  

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