California Fool’s Gold Nights — Revisiting Granada Hills

Years ago a reader asked me why I never conducted my California Fool’s Gold explorations at night. I told her that it was due, in part, to the difficulty in getting good pictures in the dark but also because many of the places which interest me (churches, historic homes, model train clubs, museums, parks, temples, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Nights — Revisiting Granada Hills

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Palms

Palms is a neighborhood that founded as an agricultural and vacation community in 1886. Today it’s mostly comprised of apartment buildings, crisscrossed with commercial corridors, and the most densely populated community on the Westside. It’s also home to many of my favorite Westside establishments so the reality that I found exploring the actual neighborhood somewhat unpleasant … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Palms

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Yorba Linda, the Land of Gracious Living

INTRODUCTION If Yorba Linda is known for one thing, it’s as the birthplace of disgraced Republican president Richard Nixon. 22 years after his death, the memory of Yorba Linda’s most famous resident continues to loom over the suburb, the main attraction of which is the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, built on the site of … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Yorba Linda, the Land of Gracious Living

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 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 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