California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer

c This primer, you’ve by no doubt gathered from the title, is about San Diego County, one of the ten counties that make up Southern California. San Diego County is a county in Southern California’s Southern Border region. The region’s other county, Imperial County, has little in common with its more populous neighbor to the west. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer

No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle — another pub lost in the Southland… Somewhere I don’t want to be If in the bar of your dreams every centimeter of wall (and ceiling) space is covered with banks of televisions flashing seizure-inducing commercials unblinkingly stared at by backwards-capped man-children guzzling plastic pitchers of thin macrobrew … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

On this day in 1889, Orange County, California was born, making it 125 years young today. Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography‘s map of Orange County In early 1889, Pemberton Medicine Company (later Coca-Cola) incorporated in Atlanta, Colombia Phonograph (later Columbia Records) launched, Japan adopted the Meiji Constitution and the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris. Meanwhile in … Continue reading Happy quasquicentennial, Orange County!

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CULVER CITY Imagine for a moment that you are a contestant on the game show Jeopardy and you were presented with the answer, “This community’s slogans have included ‘The Motion Picture Capital of the World,’ ‘The Heart of Screenland,’ and ‘Where Hollywood Movies are Made?’” If you’re like me you’d probably ask, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

Pan-Asian Metropolis — East of the Eastside, the Far Eastside

All around the world large, multicultural cities often contain recognized, small, distinct ethnic enclaves. Los Angeles, by some measures the most diverse city in the universe, is no exception. These neighborhoods are often more ephemeral than others — coming and going in a reflection of changing patterns of immigration, marginalization, assimilation and development. In the … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — East of the Eastside, the Far Eastside