California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Monte, the End of the Santa Fe Trail (or at least some trails)

INTRODUCTION TO EL MONTE El Monte is a city in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley. As of the last census (in 2010), its population was 113,475. It contains the neighborhoods of Arden Village, the Auto District, Downtown, Five Points, theFlair Business District, Hayes, Maxson, Mountain View, the Northwest Industrial District, Norwood Village, and … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring El Monte, the End of the Santa Fe Trail (or at least some trails)

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California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

INTRODUCTION TO ALTADENA   When people hear the disyllabic sounds, “alta” and “dena,” I would wager that most of them think of the well-known City of Industry-based Alta Dena Dairy, which was started by the three, Missouri-born Stueve Brothers in Monrovia, California in 1945. Oddly, more than five minutes of internet research hadn’t helped me figure … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Altadena, the Community of the Deodars

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Gabriel, A City with a Mission

INTRODUCTION TO SAN GABRIEL For this blog entry, I ventured to the city of San Gabriel. Accompanying me were veteran three traveling companions. Cheryl Anne, a designer, hadn't appeared since her Season 4, episode 10 debut, "Gardena - The South Bay's city of opportunity." Artist Chris Urias made his debut appearance and regular audiences are … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring San Gabriel, A City with a Mission

California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Monica Mountains primer

WEST OF THE WESTSIDE -- THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS The Santa Monica Mountains are a traverse mountain range that stretches from the Pacific Ocean 64 kilometers east to the flood plain where the Los Angeles River is fed by the Verdugo Wash. The southern side of the eastern end of the range is almost always … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Santa Monica Mountains primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City

The following blog entry contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences   This edition of Eric's Blog is all about the CPT.  Where? Compton. That's right. INTRO Compton is an infamous city that is practically synonymous around the world with the South Los Angeles region in which it's located. Due in large part … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Compton, Los Angeles County’s Hub City

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 South Pasadena, Where the Past is the Present

SOUTH PASADENA Today's blog entry is about the city of South Pasadena. Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of South Pasadena INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH PASADENA South Pasadena is a small town of roughly 24,000 citizens located at the westernmost edge of the San Gabriel Valley. Situated north of the San Rafael Hills and east of the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring South Pasadena, Where the Past is the Present