Nobody Drives In LA — Celebrating Ten Years Since Kicking My Car Habit

Today marks the tenth anniversary of my not owning a car. On 18 July 2011, my 1990 Suburu Loyale nicknamed the C.A.R.D.I.S. (Car And Relative Dimensions In Space) blew a head gasket or two somewhere around Niland. It sputtered its last just past North Palm Springs, near the windmills. I had it towed to Desert … Continue reading Nobody Drives In LA — Celebrating Ten Years Since Kicking My Car Habit

Eric Brightwell for Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Region 6 Representative

ABOUT ME My name is Eric Brightwell. I was born in Iowa City but mostly grew up in the country, outside of Columbia, Missouri. I first visited Los Angeles in 1998, during a road trip across Western US. At the time "knowing" Los Angeles only through distorted media representations and tired stereotypes, I had almost … Continue reading Eric Brightwell for Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Region 6 Representative

No Enclave — Irish Los Angeles

INTRODUCTION I have Ireland on the brain today. Oh right, it's Saint Patrick's Day. I wondered whether or not I, like so many observant Christians, should temporarily set aside my abstinence from alcohol but then I'm not even Christian so I wouldn't feel so much like I was pulling one over on the Creator as … Continue reading No Enclave — Irish Los Angeles

Los Angeles’s Neighborhood Councils

In 1999, the City of Los Angeles established DONE (which stands for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment -- municipal types love an acronym). DONE, in turn, established the neighborhood council system "to promote more citizen participation in government and thus, ideally, make government more responsive to local needs." This year I'm running in the Silver … Continue reading Los Angeles’s Neighborhood Councils

California Fool’s Gold — The Los Angeles Community Directory

As most of my readers know, I've been trying for years to wrap my head around Los Angeles by exploring and mapping the metropolis. My first maps were hand drawn on paper, starting with a map of Elysian Park's trails that I drew around 2001. I also have made quite a few Google Maps. The … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — The Los Angeles Community Directory

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It's almost Halloween. Surely one of the greatest holidays, Halloween is up there, in my estimation, with Burns Supper, Nowruz, Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving II. I keep reading and hearing, though, that Halloween is cancelled this year, thanks to the mismanagement at nearly every level of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surely you can't cancel a holiday, though, … Continue reading π•·π–”π–˜ π•¬π–“π–Œπ–Šπ–‘π–Šπ–˜ π•²π–”π–™π–π–Žπ–ˆ, 𝖆 π•³π–†π–‘π–‘π–”π–œπ–Šπ–Šπ–“ 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕯í𝖆 π–‰π–Š π–‘π–”π–˜ π•Έπ–šπ–Šπ–—π–™π–”π–˜ π•±π–†π–“π–™π–†π–˜π–Žπ–†

3 March 2020 Los Angeles County Election Endorsements

Hello Angelenos! Are you generally happy with the direction Los Angeles is going? Do you like the thrill of living paycheck-to-paycheck, juggling part-time work with side gig hustles, and watching rent climb faster than your wages? Are you content with the growing number of unhoused Angelenos and the criminalization of poverty? Are you pleased by … Continue reading 3 March 2020 Los Angeles County Election Endorsements

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — The Google Maps

INTRODUCTION Over the years I've drawn maps, painted maps, and created digital maps. For the latter, I've most often used Google's My Maps program for several reasons. It's relatively easy, looks relatively good, has pretty good functionality (e.g. links to websites and decent customization) and because Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent company) is the fourth-largest company … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — The Google Maps

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — Map Merchandise

In recent years, I've had a lot of requests for printable version of "my map." I've made hundreds of maps but since the digital map I made of Los Angeles County has been viewed over a million times, I have to assume that that's the one most people are talking about. Of course, people who … Continue reading Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography — Map Merchandise

Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles

Los Angeles was at one time home to the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan and contributions of Japanese-Angelenos to history and culture are many. It was in Los Angeles that Hollywood created the first Asian-American film star. It was also in Los Angeles that a legal challenge in the Supreme Court re-shaped immigration … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Japanese Los Angeles