L.A.’s Dread Winds of Autumn

The Santa Anas Keep Blowing Our Minds

You know them when you feel them, or when you hear them blowing through the trees. They’ve cut out your power or even threatened your home. And you can quote Los Angeles writers Raymond Chandler and Joan Didion on their power to inspire murderous thoughts and unease. But what exactly are the Santa Ana winds? How do they wreak destruction on Southern California? And why have their legends persisted?

At a Zócalo event on a warm Friday evening at downtown’s Grand Park, UCLA meteorologist Robert Fovell, L.A. County Fire Captain Drew …

Does L.A. History Include Humans?

The New “Becoming L.A.” Exhibit Shows How Much This City Lacks a Coherent Story About Itself

We Angelenos were never supposed to be here.

In an 1868 essay considered so powerful it was taught to schoolchildren for a century, writer and economist Henry George predicted that California …

When Santa Monica Was Still Oshkosh By the Sea

In 1973, Real Estate and Business Interests Ran the City. My Fellow Activists and I Helped Change That.

I can’t think of a song about an apartment. Nor can I recall a single poem or novel about one. (I do remember a great little movie many years ago …

The Angeleno Behind Proposition 13

Thirty-Five Years Ago, Howard Jarvis Changed the Golden State Forever

In the mid-1970s, when I was a law student at Pepperdine and California state chairman of a conservative volunteer group, the Young Americans for Freedom, we began to get visits …

Privatized Leisure

L.A. as Ode to Perfect Climate, for Some

In the early twenty-first century, Americans are concerned about the prospect of global climate change. But climate itself is not a new national preoccupation. Americans have long focused on climate …