In California, Hillsiders and Flatlanders Live in Close Proximity but Different Worlds

The Bordering Neighborhoods of Encino and Reseda Exemplify a Class Divide in the Golden State

These are times for choosing, Californians, so pick a side: Do you prefer to elevate with Encino or roll with Reseda?

You may not know anything about these two neighborhoods, which border each other in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. But if you’re a Californian, you should be familiar with the divide they represent—between those of us who live in the hills (or aspire to) and those of us who occupy the flatter precincts (and love them).

You don’t hear that much about this hillsiders-vs-flatlanders dynamic. Our media, elected officials, and intellectuals …

The Pain of Surviving the San Fernando Valley Can Make You Powerful

In Two Memoirs, Activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Comedian-Actress Tiffany Haddish Reveal How ’90s L.A. Shaped Them

How can Californians rise from horrific local circumstances to national influence?

Two recent books offer one answer: It may help to have grown up amid the racism and institutional failures of …

Becoming a Valley Girl

I’ve Found a Great Arts Scene in the San Fernando Valley. Now I’m Helping Build a New Space for Artists to Come Together.

I live in the San Fernando Valley.

I never dreamed I would ever say these words. I grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles in the 1970s, and the part …

The Daily Dose

Inspiration in L.A.’s Arts District

In L.A., I am known as a Valley guy. I represented the San Fernando Valley when I served in the State Legislature and when I was speaker of the Assembly. …

My Clockwork Orange

Finding Cohesion on Metro

They say that nobody rides public transportation In Los Angeles. If that’s true, then every week I ride with a few more than 20,000 “nobodies” traveling through the deep recesses …