April 2014

Early editions of the Homestead Headlines often included articles submitted by concerned citizens. These samples from the sixties, admittedly taken out of context, reveal concern about issues as well as heartfelt admiration for the community.

“ Let’s fill the bay and be like L.A.” pretty much sums up the facts.
Marin Friedman, April 1968

On a winding walk through the rain in Homestead Valley I feel no yearning to live elsewhere on this planet.
Huey Johnson, January 1968

Last month, the District spent several thousand dollars to replace a sewer above C’s Drive-In. We are sorry that we had to spend your money.
Jim Mac Nichols, December 1967

All the fields full of nothing are going to be full of people unless community action is taken soon.
Willa Gritter, March 1966

HOMESTEAD WELCOMES their first gypsies — a herd of goats. Currently tethered along Hawthorne Avenue… grazing along weedy parkways.
Anon, April 1966

I truly love Homestead and want to do what I can to preserve its character and help meet the needs of its people.
Martin J. Rosen, October 1965

Complaints have been received that Brown’s Hall was rented to the Peace Marchers when people in the Valley have relatives in Vietnam.
Molly Mallouf, May 1967

Presently, the resources of the Improvement Club are almost totally absorbed by taxes and mortgage payments on Brown’s Hall.
Morris Finisy, May 1967

“Slow Dance on the Killing Ground” an award-winning play by William Hanley, will have its West Coast premier at Brown’s Hall on Friday, December 1. A wine-tasting party will precede the opening at the Hall. Virginia Radenzel, December 1967

On Saturday April 15, I hiked with perhaps 60,000 conservationists from Second and Market to Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. We were peace marchers at the same time we were conservationists.
Martin Friedman, May, 1967

In April 1969, the Homestead Valley Improvement Club became the Homestead Valley Community Association.

If you have comments or questions about this article
or other topics pertaining to the history of Homestead Valley,
please feel free to e-mail Chuck Oldenburg.