California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

SEASON 10, EPISODE 1: "MONTECITO HEIGHTS" Yesterday, compelled by voters like you, I explored the Los Angeles neighborhood of Montecito Heights in Northeast Los Angeles. It was unseasonably hot -- especially considering Angelenos had been told to brace for a "Godzilla El Niño." Instead, we have a record-breaking heatwave and Santa Ana winds carrying a brown … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Montecito Heights, the Wilderness of the City

California Fool’s Gold’s Introduction to Southern California

There is no official definition of what comprises Southern California but there’s certainly something like a general consensus that the region includes the ten southern-most counties in the state: Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. By this definition, its northern border neatly formed by the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold’s Introduction to Southern California

California Fool’s Gold — A Ventura County Primer

This California Fool’s Gold is an introduction designed to provoke interest in the communities of Ventura County. And, armed with a little information, please vote for as many communities of Ventura County as you’d like to see featured in forthcoming episodes of this series by clicking here. ***** Ventura County is located on the Central … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Ventura County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Barbara County Primer

This is an introduction to Santa Barbara County, designed to pique the reader’s interest so that they’ll vote for communities to be explored in future episodes of Santa Barbara County. To vote for as many Santa Barbara Counties as interest you, click on this link. Santa Barbara County is located along the Central Coast, a … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Barbara County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer

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. For … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Diego County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A San Luis Obispo County Primer

San Luis Obispo County is a county in the northwest corner of Southern California, located along the Central Coast. The Central Coast refers to the roughly 600 kilometer coastal region between Point Mugu in the south and Monterey Bay in the north. In Southern California, only Imperial County has a smaller population and no community presently … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Luis Obispo County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A Kern County Primer

California's Kern County is located at the southern end of the Central Valley -- a flat, expansive region that dominates the geography of central part of the state. At its widest point, the titular valley is about 100 kilometers wide. It's roughly 720 kilometers long from south to north. In the northern portion are the cities of Fresno, Redding, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Kern County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Bunker Hill

BUNKER HILL The story of Bunker Hill is the story of at least three neighborhoods -- maybe more. There's the posh, Victorian neighborhood of the late 19th Century. There's also the diverse, working-class neighborhood celebrated in noir fictions of the early 20th Century. Today, there's the contemporary neighborhood, a collection of corporate high-rises and high culture. As an explorer … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Bunker Hill

California Fool’s Gold — A San Bernardino County Primer

San Bernardino County, along with Riverside County, comprise the Southern California region known as the Inland Empire. Before 1914 (the earliest recorded use of the term "Inland Empire") the region was known as "The Orange Empire." Both San Bernardino and Riverside counties are inland -- the nearest point in San Bernardino County to the sea is … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A San Bernardino County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hancock Park

This edition of California Fool’s Gold, currently in its ninth year, is about Hancock Park, an affluent, quiet, and mostly residential neighborhood in Midtown Los Angeles that was mostly developed in the 1920s. On this exploration I was accompanied by Hancock Park resident, Gonzi, and (at the very beginning) the good folks of Walking LA.  INTRODUCTION TO HANCOCK … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Hancock Park