A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on your point of view). In that riot, 3,438 Anglenos were arrested, 1,032 were injured, and 34 died. This year (but not today) is also the 25th anniversary of another, less serious uprising, the Depeche Mode Riots, in which five to seven … Continue reading A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

No city on Earth is more closely associated with motion pictures than Los Angeles. 10% of all movie theaters in the entire country are located in California and Los Angeles County is home to over 100 of them. Although most of Los Angeles's theaters, like those throughout the country, showcase only the latest Hollywood product, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold’s Guide to Los Angeles’s Revival Cinemas

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

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. The city of West Hollywood recently launched a new nighttime shuttle service: the WeHo PickUp Line. Although the branding makes it clear that it's meant to be thought of … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring Along the WeHo PickUp Line

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CULVER CITY Imagine for a moment that you are a contestant on the game show Jeopardy and you were presented with the answer, "This community's slogans have included 'The Motion Picture Capital of the World,' 'The Heart of Screenland,' and 'Where Hollywood Movies are Made?'" If you're like me you'd probably ask, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Culver City, The Heart of Screenland

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Metro Expo Line: Phase 2

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. ***** Phase 1 of the Los Angeles Metro's Expo Line was completed in June 2012 after first opening most of the line in April. I rode it a couple … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Course of the Metro Expo Line: Phase 2

Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Expo Line and its Surroundings: Phase 1 (Minus 2)

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. ***** The first train to the Westside followed nearly the same path as the Expo Line of today. The steam-powered Los Angeles and Independence Railroad (LA&I) connected downtown Los … Continue reading Nobody Drives in LA — Exploring the Expo Line and its Surroundings: Phase 1 (Minus 2)

California Fool’s Gold — A Westside Primer

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN WEST SIDE LA -- THE WESTSIDE A view of the Westside from my dirigible Around the world, the mere mention of the word "Westside" prompts people to throw up a "W" hand sign, in imitation of many west coast and west coast-affiliated (Tupac was, after all, a native of East Harlem) pop-rappers … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Westside Primer

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Venice

SIDEWALK CROUCHES AT HER FEET -- VENICE Venice is a neighborhood in Los Angeles' Westside neighbored by Santa Monica to the north, Mar Vista to the east, Culver City and Del Rey to the southeast, Marina del Rey to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It's famous for its canals, Muscle Beach, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Venice

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Mar Vista

  Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of the Westside INTRODUCTION Mar Vista is a westside neighborhood surrounded by Santa Monica, Sawtelle, Rancho Park, Palms, Culver City, Westside Village and Venice. CHARACTER AND DISTRICTS      Pendersleigh & Sons' Official Map of Mar Vista   Within Mar Vista are several smaller neighborhoods, including Westdale (between National … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Mar Vista

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Osaka (小大阪)

This Los Angeles neighborhood blog entry is about Little Osaka. To vote for other Southern California communities to the subjects of future explorations, please leave a comment. Japanese-Americans have long been integral to the fabric of Los Angeles. J-Towns have sprung up around the Southland in Gardena, Torrance, Boyle Heights, Pasadena, San Pedro, Terminal Island, Compton, … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Little Osaka (小大阪)