Author Archive


The personal and the political

The personal and the political

As we get older we get different adjectives and nouns added to our identifiers.  We start out life with certain words, during our teen age we have words removed and added, and as we age the words are modified yet again.  At weeks shy of 60 words like compact, Nana, and researcher are words that […]

Sneaking a peak behind the Echo Park Lake green screen

Sneaking a peak behind the Echo Park Lake green screen

It will soon be nearly a year since Echo Park Lake was closed, drained and hidden from view by a nearly mile-long green screen. But the screen, designed to cut down on construction dust during a $65 million clean up,  has been torn open in places, providing windows from which passersby can sneak a peak […]

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Arthur Bandini, Santa Clara College

Part of the reason for my trip over the last couple of weeks was going to institutions to do research in preparation for a talk that I’ll be giving on June 26.  The talk will be a part of series that is presented by the Pasadena Museum of History.   I’ll be talking about some […]

Bob Baker puts puppet palace up for sale

Bob Baker puts puppet palace up for sale

Photo from LoopNet It appears that the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater  on the southern edge of Echo Park is once again in trouble, with the building and surrounding property at First Street and Glendale Boulevard up for sale at $2.05 million, according to LoopNet.  “We just cannot keep the theater open on ticket sales […]

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Election Day, June 5th, 2012 – Measure A

Elections can make for difficult times.  People become passionate in expressing their views.  An election is one of the few places where there you either win or loose.  It’s hard not to take things personally.  All that. So here I am sticking my neck out on a very local election matter. I was one of […]

LAPD officer fired upon on 5 Freeway near Atwater

LAPD officer fired upon on 5 Freeway near Atwater

An LAPD gang officer driving home early this morning on the 5 Freeway near Atwater Village came under fire from a passing vehicle. The officer was not injured but bullets fired from a sedan struck the side of the officer’s vehicle as it headed northbound on the freeway between Los Feliz Boulevard and Colorado Street, […]

Equal parts of this and that

Equal parts of this and that

My mini sabbatical had several different parts to it: I’ll be writing more about it at some point.  One of the parts was focused on the scholarly part of my life.  Like McCoy in Star Trek, I often want to say something to the effect of…”Jim, I’m a historian, not an organizer”.  I’m happier at […]

Sponsored Post: Glassell Park hillside bungalow blends vintage and modern style

Sponsored Post: Glassell Park hillside bungalow blends vintage and modern style

Do not miss seeing this beautifully renovated bungalow in the hills of Glassell Park at 3136 Carlyle Street.  The Geoffrey & Lee Real Estate team will be hosting an open house this Sunday, June 3, with food and refreshments from 2 p.m. –  6 p.m. Dossier Capital has completed another amazing home with their signature style […]

Doors, doors, doors

Doors, doors, doors

Over the past ten days I have gone past all sorts of doors.  Some more photogenic than others.   This first door led to the Scholar’s Retreat at Berkeley.  A couple of treasure filled days – surrounded by all sorts of academic wonders.  Gloves necessary, information flowing from primary sources, pencil only places.   Letters […]

Car vs Echo Park fire hydrant

Car vs Echo Park fire hydrant

Photo by Robin Nixon It is hard to tell which suffered more damage: The fire hydrant at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue next to Echo Park Lake or the  car that hit the hydrant this morning?  Robin Nixon of Echo Park  snapped the photo above as water was still gushing at the […]

Fiore

Lyd and Mo Photography

Less Clutter, More Life

a

a

a

Camelot and Vine

Search