California Fool’s Gold — An Antelope Valley Primer

WHERE THE DEER AND THE ANTELOPE PLAY — THE ANTELOPE VALLEY The Antelope Valley is a large region located in the western edge of the Mojave Desert situated between the Tehachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains. It is neighbored by the regions of Kern County/The Central Valley to the north, Northwest Los Angeles County to … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Antelope Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley

INTRODUCTION    After focusing on eight Eastside neighborhoods whilst house-sitting in El Sereno, I’ve returned to the polls to determine where to explore. I’ve heard the vox populi and therefore visited North Hollywood — only my fourth piece on a San Fernando Valley community thus far. It was a hot, somewhat hazy, and thankfully breezy January … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring North Hollywood, The Gateway to the Valley

California Fool’s Gold — A San Fernando Valley Primer

WHERE THE WEST BEGINS AND THE SUNSET ENDS — THE VALLEY  There are numerous valleys in Los Angeles County: the Antelope, Crescenta, Hungry, Peace, Pomona, Puente, San Gabriel, Santa Clara River, and Santa Clarita, to name a few of the better known ones. However, when one hears mention of The Valley it is almost universally recognized as a … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Fernando Valley Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Arcadia, The San Gabriel Valley’s Community of Homes

ARCADIA   Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map of Arcadia Arcadia is a Los Angeles County community in the northern part of the San Gabriel Valley surrounded by Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Mayflower Village, Irwindale, El Monte, North El Monte, Temple City, East San Gabriel, East Pasadena and Pasadena. The city name comes from Arcadia, Greece, which … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Arcadia, The San Gabriel Valley’s Community of Homes

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown)

In this entry of the Los Angeles neighborhood blog, we will cover Elysian Valley.  Elysian Valley is a small working class neighborhood in LA’s Mideast Side, bordered by Fletcher to the north, the 5 freeway to the west and south, and the LA river to the east and south. It’s surrounded by Elysian Park, Silver … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown)

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Alhambra, the Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley

I had to go to Alhambra to see a man about a horse at the bidding of the always radiant Ngoc Nguyen. ALHAMBRA’S LOCATION Alhambra is on the western edge of the San Gabriel Valley between posh San Marino, trendy South Pasadena, historic San Gabriel, blue-collar Rosemead, and the most Chinese city in the US, Monterey … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Alhambra, the Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley

California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach

INTRODUCTION I finally got around to exploring Newport Beach. I say “finally” because that particular coastal city in South Orange County has held the top spot in the California Fool’s Gold poll for more than a year. You’d be wrong if you assumed that my procrastination has anything to do with unfortunate (but typical) Angeleño bias against Orange … Continue reading California Fools Gold — Exploring Newport Beach