California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

LONG BEACH Long Beach is the largest city in The Harbor region and the second largest in LA County. Its old nicknames, “Iowa by the Sea” and “Iowa under Palm Trees” came from the large numbers of white middlewesterners who moved there in the middle of the 20th century. Depending on opinions, it’s also nicknamed “Wrong … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Long Beach, The International City

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this entry is about the Long Beach neighborhood of Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ). To vote for other Los Angeles neighborhoods to be covered on the blog, click here. To vote for Los Angeles County communities, click here. To vote for Orange County neighborhoods, vote here. Pendersleigh & Sons‘ Official Map … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ), Long Beach’s Little Phnom Penh

Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. ***** Although spring has officially just begun, thanks to our chaparral climate even Los Angeles winters have more than their fair share of warm days, perfect for taking trips … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Taking Public Transit to the Beach

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

With bicycles, buses, ferries, planes, rideshares, sidewalks, subways, taxis, and trains at Angelenos’ disposal, why would any sane person choose car-dependency? Nobody Drives in LA celebrates sense and sensibility in transportation. ***** The city of West Hollywood recently launched a new nighttime shuttle service: the WeHo PickUp Line. Although the branding makes it clear that it’s meant to be thought … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

A WEARY ROVER’S DREAM INTRODUCTION  Laguna Beach is an quirky, affluent community in South Orange County. The city is the third oldest inOrange County, after San Juan Capistrano and Anaheim. It is widely known for its vibrant arts scene and environmental treasures. It’s long seemed to me that dated and inaccurate stereotypes of Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Laguna Beach

Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach

    Den Harrow, the Italo disco star famous for such timeless ’80s classics as “Bad boy,” “Charleston,” “Future brain,” “Mad desire” is coming to perform for his first time ever in California… sort of. Actually, Den Harrow was an invented character but the sources of the voice and music behind him, Tom Hooker and Miki Chieregato, … Continue reading Italo sensation Den Harrow returns (sort of) for New Wave 80’s Memorial Weekend in Huntington Beach

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Huntington Beach

SHOOTING THE PIER — HUNTINGTON BEACH This blog entry is about Huntington Beach, a beach city in North Orange County. To Huntington Beach’s southwestern edge is the Pacific Ocean. To its north are Seal Beach and Westminster. To the east isFountain Valley. North and east is the Little Saigon area. To the southeast are the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Huntington Beach

Highrising — Solitary Skyscrapers of Suburbia

Fast-fashion company Bestseller recently announced their intention to build a 320-meter tall skyscraper as their headquarters in Brande — a tiny Danish town of roughly 7,000 inhabitants. Few buildings there have more than three stories and the mostly flat skyline is punctuated with the occasional windmill or church steeple. It won’t be the first such … Continue reading Highrising — Solitary Skyscrapers of Suburbia

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core

INTRODUCTION I recently explored Downtown‘s Historic Core neighborhood. The exploration was undertaken in two parts. I first began exploring the district a few days before Christmas. Thus the days were short and the sun set when I was only halfway done. The distractions of the holidays caused me to forget about finishing the task for … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring the Historic Core