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

Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

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 Pan-Asian Metropolis — An Introduction to the Asian Pacific Islander Communities of the Southland

California Fool’s Gold — An Imperial County Primer

INTRODUCTION TO IMPERIAL COUNTY Imperial County, along with San Diego County, comprises California's Southern Border Region but their similarities pretty much end there. Whereas the presidio at San Diego was established by the Spanish in 1769 and is the oldest European settlement in the state. On the other hand, Imperial County, created in 1907, is California's newest. Whereas … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — An Imperial County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — A Riverside County Primer

In 2007, California Fool's Gold began exploring Los Angeles County one community at a time. In 2010 I expanded my adventures into Orange County. It's now 2015 and I would like to turn my sites to Riverside County. ***** Riverside County is one of the ten counties of which Southern California is comprised. At 146,366 … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Riverside County Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Victor Heights

FOREWORD Most of the communities that I explore and feature in California Fool’s Gold were chosen by popular vote but I explored Victor Heights for different reasons. Firstly, as one of the more obscure corners of Mideast Los Angeles (MELA), it’s long-held for me a certain appeal. Secondly, Big Red’s check engine light went on and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Victor Heights

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim

FOREWORD For over a year now, Anaheim has topped the polls of communities to be the subject of an episode of California Fool's Gold. Until now I postponed my exploration for several reasons. For one, Anaheim is huge and contains so many points of interest that I suspected (quite rightly) that exploring it to my own satisfaction … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Anaheim

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Franklin Hills

FOREWORD Usually, I determine what communities to explore for California Fool’s Gold based upon results of a poll. However, I explored the small neighborhood of Franklin Hills in August of 2014 not based upon the vox populi but in preparation for an art show of my maps which I called, Taste of the Mideast Side. … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Franklin Hills

California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Outside of the high mountains and high desert, we don't typically get a lot of ice and snow in the Chaparral-dominated landscape of Southern California. For some this is all the necessary proof that there are no seasons in California -- and most certainly no winter. In reality, all climates have their own sorts of seasons … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Diego’s Little Italy

In Los Angeles, nearly all of the city’s officially-designated ethnic enclaves are for Asian ethnicities. Eurasia’s Armenian community has Little Armenia and Russians in eastern West Hollywood have earned it the nickname “Little Russia” but French Town, Greek Town, and Little Italy have all faded into assimilation and obscurity albeit acknowledged with the odd street … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Diego’s Little Italy

Nobody Drives in LA — Visiting the Pasadena Model Railroad Club

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. There are numerous model railroading clubs in Southern California, all devoted to various scale standards, and spread throughout a region not especially well-served by actual passenger rail. I recently … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Visiting the Pasadena Model Railroad Club