People Can See The
Beauty Of Balboa"
When Balboa Market owner Norby Ingla decided on a mural for the
market's back wall he called on his old friend Hector Ponce, a native of El
Hector Ponce At Work
On The New Balboa Mural
Hector, now 47, has been
painting murals and advertising since he was a boy. His work can be found all over Los
Angeles County. From restaurants to mini-marts, Hector leaves that unmistakable mark of
his style. Hector works at a hectic seven-days-a-week. pace, doing over 70 major jobs
Here Hector Is Painting A Mural Of The Late Singer Selena On A Wall Of A Photolab
In Westlake Village
Hector's son Levi, age 13, helps
Hector on weekends and when he's out of school.
Hector And His Son Levi
Levi At Work On The Mural
Norby decided the market's back wall
need a face lift especially because it faces the Fun Zone and visitors coming down the
back steps should have something to remind them about Balboa other then to see an ugly
Norby also wanted the mural to
complement the Balboa mural on the market's west wall. And you can see the cleaver
approach Hector took in wrapping around the basic sand design of the mural.
Norby feels, "We need to make a
change in Balboa." and puts his money where his mouth is by laying out over $3,500.00
for this mural.
Please help me find
photos of Peter Stewart and Digger Dean Dempsey. I need them for upcoming stories.
Then And Now
Three Pictures Taken At The Same 21st
Over a Period Of
Almost A Century
Just discovered your weather page. Thanks for your wonderful contribution.
Laurie and Jim
You have done a marvelous job with
your website - better than the City's, as far as I am concerned.
I used to live at 406 E Bay and remember the bungalows well.
Just to keep you informed. I have put together a web site for my old albums.
It's not functional at this time, but we are getting close.
It is www.timmorgon.com
Hey, thanks for all your help, if I can be of any assistance please get back to me.
have receive many good compliments about "Tales of Balboa". Keep up the
good work, Tim Morgon
Does anyone remember/know what became
of Glenn Martin? If that doesn't
ring a bell, he was the local psycho who bore a distinct resemblence to the comedian Sam
Total wacko, he used to attack trash cans when he was in a bad mood. He intimidated
the hell out of the tourists, wore black clothes and trenchcoat long before it became a
But we all kind of got used to him. His grip on reality came and went, sometimes he
was almost lucid. He never attacked anyone though, that always surprised me.
He was around for years and then just disappeared. My tactic when he
came into the arcade was to humor him and gently escort him out the
Speaking of psycho's, remember Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker?
He came in the Playland Arcade once. I'll see if I can find what I wrote about that
experience. Of course, at the time I had no idea who he was, but I knew something
was really bad there. I don't know if there is a place for that experience on your
web site but it is a little slice of Balboa history.
Alan Sandoval Playland Arcade
The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that
gets the cheese