Some fascinating stories about Los Angeles and its history are circulating. The picture is of Lake Cachuma, a lake most of us have seen and enjoyed in better years. This photo appeared in the Los Angeles Times in late January (months ago. Is anything left now?)
Here are some articles you may enjoy:
The LADowntown blog tracks the oddly curved wall of Senor Fish to its historic roots with the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Water Use: KPCC and the Milken Institute hosted a panel of experts on water use in California, and you can either watch excerpts from the session or read about the nine top suggestions for saving water here. (number 1 was rip out all our lawns. Which I'm all for, since I live in a condo and have no lawn to sacrifice.)
Related to water use, LA Observed presented a history of the state and how Indians, Californios, and everyone else dealt with its water shortages over the years.
A NASA page on satellite data about the drought.
Disneyland lovers: Even though it's now inactive, the SamsLand Blog about all things Disney and amusement parkish makes for pretty good anecdotal reading. Author Sam Gennawey put out the featured book at right.
OK, this one isn't really about history, but David Hochman has an article in Los Angeles Magazine called "Sound Check: A Study of LA Noise Pollution." I found it enthralling.
As for events that might actually get you out of the apartment:
The California Beer Festival is coming to San Dimas on September 6.
Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley 1970-1990 has opened and runs through October 11, 2014. There's a reception on Sept. 7, a Curator's Talk on Sept. 15 (at 10 am) and a panel discussion on Sept. 27. All this takes place at the art galleries of of Cal State Northridge.
I may have mentioned this before. Zocalo Los Angeles hosts thought-provoking discussions, like the upcoming "Is theDigital Age Killing Public Space?" on Sept 3, and "Can Science Fiction Revolutionize Science?" on Sept. 15. (I kinda think SciFi did that already, but this promises to go far beyond what I kinda think.)
Of course, there is the Made In America Music festival at Grand Park and City Hall this weekend, if you feel like gathering with 50,000 of your neighbors in the heat. To hear great music, of course, from Kanye West and Kings of Leon. I mention those two because they are the only ones on a roster of nearly 50 acts that I have heard of. That doesn't mean the acts are obscure; it means that I am old and out of it. Seriously. I'll be at the Pompeii exhibit.