California Fool’s Gold — A Pomona Valley Primer

BETWIXT THE BLOSSOM AND THE BOUGH — THE POMONA VALLEY The Pomona Valley is located on the far eastern edge of Los Angeles County — actually straddling it andSan Bernadino County. The towns of Montclair, Ontario, San Antonio Heights and Upland are all located across the San Antonio River, on the San Bernardino side, in the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Pomona Valley Primer

Greater Streets — Exploring Valley Boulevard

INTRODUCTION Normally when I write an account of one of my explorations, it’s after I’ve concluded it. Sometimes I work on them for months and when I can’t stand thinking about it anymore, I just publish it and figure I’ll correct the typos later. However, I began exploring and writing about Valley Boulevard more than a … Continue reading Greater Streets — Exploring Valley Boulevard

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 — 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 — A San Gabriel Valley Primer

GABRIEL’S HORN DOES SOUND — THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Invariably when one speaks or hears of “The Valley,” the valley in question is the San Fernando (despite the fact that there are at least six major and loads of minor valleys in Los Angeles County). For the same reasons that I’m mildly annoyed when people refer … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Gabriel 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)