Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Weingart Stadium, Monterey Park

Weingart Stadium, on the campus of East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, hosted the 1984 Olympic Games field hockey competition. But the big annual event is the Garfield-Roosevelt high school football game, known as the East Los Angeles Classic.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

View of L.A. Skyline, City Terrace

It was one of those beautiful, clear days after last night's rain. This view of the downtown L.A. skyline is from Rowan Ave. in City Terrace, looking west.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Three Oaks Project, Walnut

An irrigation system is being installed along the hillside of the Three Oaks Project in Walnut. There will be 268 new single family homes built, but over 70% of the 550 acre site above Amar Road will be preserved as open space or natural habitat.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Calvary Chapel, Diamond Bar

It doesn't look like a place of worship from the outside, but Calvary Chapel Golden Springs is a non-denominational Christian church in Diamond Bar. Led by Pastor Raul Ries, 12,000 to 14,000 faithful attend services every week.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Billiards, Maywood

This pool hall on Atlantic Blvd. in Maywood is called Eight Ball Billiards, and recently hosted the $20,000 USBA National Championship Tournament.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Morris Reservoir, Angeles National Forest

The Morris Reservoir was used as a naval weapons testing site for decades, beginning during World War II. Located in the San Gabriel Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest, it's only a few miles north of Azusa.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Monterey Pass, Hermon

The Monterey Pass walls were constructed in 1930, completing a connecting road between Hermon and El Sereno. Hermon, named after Mount Hermon of the Bible, was established in 1903 and has recently been in the news for the preservation of its historic trailer park (see info under Special Notes at this link).

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Drive-In Theatre, Bassett

The Vineland Drive-In and Swap Meet is a dying breed in the movie industry. Owned by Pacific Theatres, it has 4 screens, room for 1500 vehicles and is the only drive-in theatre operating in Los Angeles County. The swap meet is open every day. Bassett is a small unincorporated area within the City of Industry.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fishing Pier, Venice

This is an archived image from 1994 of the Venice Fishing Pier, located at the end of Washington Blvd. in Venice. The pier was closed at that time due to severe storm damage from El Nino in 1983. It was later rebuilt and opened in the mid-1990s, then part of it was washed away by strong waves from a 2005 winter storm. It has since reopened.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Ferguson Music, La Crescenta

Ferguson Music specializes in custom brass instrument sales. Located on Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta, the shop is staffed with a friendly and knowledgable crew to help musicians select the best instrument for their needs. I've always admired small, independent businesses like this that manage to carve out a niche in highly specialized fields.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Soccer, Los Feliz

I'm not really a soccer fan, but the fact is that you can't pass a park or athletic field in Southern California without seeing someone playing or practicing soccer. The field at the Griffith Park Recreation Center in the Los Feliz district of L.A. is well-maintained and always kicking with action.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Law Library, Los Angeles

The Leigh H. Taylor Law Library at Southwestern Law School is nearly empty on a Saturday night. Located in the Bullocks Wilshire Building, an Art Deco structure that operated as a high-end department store for over 60 years before its conversion, the library is a major resource to the legal community of Los Angeles.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Di Pilla's, Rosemead

Di Pilla's Italian Restaurant has been serving delicious Italian meals in Rosemead since 1967. This family owned and operated business has maintained an Old World charm and hospitality that keeps customers devoted for generations. My wife and I love the Angel Hair Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes. Buon appetito!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mural, Culver City

This colorful mural is painted along the side of a building on Washington Blvd. at Hughes Ave., just above the storefronts. Culver City is an important hub of the entertainment industry, producing major motion pictures and television shows in the area's studios.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day, Long Beach

A couple walks with their bulldog along Bluff Park in Long Beach on Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

See's Candies, Pasadena

See's Famous Old Time Candies has been a tradition for chocolate lovers since 1921. Courteous employees dressed in their signature clean black & white uniforms will pack your candy selections into gift boxes, and set aside a sample for you to taste while you wait.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Old House, Claremont

The city of Claremont is known for its colleges and tree-lined streets with beautiful old homes. The historic downtown area, known as The Village, is filled with shops and restaurants and has ongoing events throughout the year.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

L.A. State Historic Park, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles State Historic Park is a 32-acre cultural landmark just north of downtown L.A. A strong community effort has saved this plot of land from industrial development and it will be preserved as a public park. It was once a railroad yard for Southern Pacific, and more recently has been known as The Cornfield.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Ports O' Call Village, San Pedro

The shops at Ports O' Call Village in San Pedro were patterned after the Cape Cod style homes of the New England seaboard. Though many of the shops here are vacant, the seafood restaurants and fish markets appeared to be pretty busy.

Friday, February 09, 2007

City Hall & Library, Westlake Village

The city hall and library complex in Westlake Village was designed by David L. Goodale, AIA of Gonzalez Goodale Architects.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Clearman's Galley, San Gabriel

Also known as "The Boat", this interesting restaurant is going through some major renovation, along with the rest of Clearman's Village in San Gabriel. The actual boat was once sea-worthy, serving as a mail service vessel between San Francisco and Alaska beginning in 1913. It was converted into the kitchen of Clearman's Galley in 1968 and has been a popular hamburger joint for nearly 40 years.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Beach Scene, Santa Monica

There's no doubt that the beaches of Southern California are beautiful, especially on a clear & sunny summer day. But there's also something very cool and moody about a foggy winter day at the beach. This location is just north of the pier in Santa Monica.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Boats, Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey is currently the largest man-made small boat harbor in the world, with space for up to 7,000 vessels. From this vantage point, it looks like there's no vacancy.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Huron Substation, Cypress Park

Built in 1906, the Huron Substation originally housed equipment to convert high-voltage electricity for use by the local railway system. It is now L.A. Historic Cultural Landmark #404 and serves as a home and business - rented out for events, screenings and photo shoots. This cool old building in Cypress Park stands as a testament to the unique architecture of a bygone era and is being treated respectfully by its current owner.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Pro Football, Los Angeles(?)

It's Super Bowl Sunday, and the last time we had a pro football team in the area, there were two - the Rams and the Raiders. This image is from my archives. It's a shot of the surging Rams offensive line during their final season here in 1994. Technically, the image was made in Anaheim where the team played. But they were still the Los Angeles Rams and were part of the sports scene in Southern California for nearly 50 years before fleeing to St. Louis. This motion-blur photograph represents the fading memory many of us have of the NFL in Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Morning Workout, Arcadia

With a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, this feisty thoroughbred gives a rider all he can handle during the morning workouts at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The race track opened on Christmas Day in 1934 and hosted the equestrian events of the 1984 Olympic Games.

Friday, February 02, 2007

On Location, Silver Lake

A common site in the Los Angeles area, this production crew prepares for action at a filming location in Silver Lake.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tiki-Ti, Hollywood

The Tiki-Ti is a small tropical drink bar on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Opened in 1961 by legendary bartender Ray Buhen, the tradition of mixing exotic cocktails has been passed on to his son Michael and grandson Mike. Be sure to check their online calendar before visiting.