LOS ANGELES / HOLLYWOOD PAGE

BY KIMBERLY K. WILSON

I LOVE LA AND I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY.   THE CITY OF LA HAS ALMOST 4 MILLION PEOPLE.   BUT DON'T FORGET THE WHOLE AREA WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES,  LOS ANGELES COUNTY, ORANGE COUNTY, VENTURA COUNTY, RIVERSIDE COUNTY, ALONG WITH PARTS OF SAN DIEGO, AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES.   TO ME IT IS ALL LA AND ONE BIG CITY CONNECTED.   IN OTHER WORDS ABOUT 30 MILLION PEOPLE GIVE OR TAKE A FEW MILLION.    I LIVE BY THE OCEAN SO I GUESS IT IS ONE REASON I CAN HANDLE IT OUT HERE.    I LIVED INLAND ONE TIME (ANAHEIM) AND IT SUCKED.   IN THE SUMMER OUT HERE  IT IS 78 BY THE OCEAN AND 20 MILES IN TO THE ANAHEIM AREA IT IS 98.    IT IS EVEN TO HOT FOR THE BUMS INLAND SO THEY DO THEIR HOMELESS GIG  BY THE OCEAN.   IT IS THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.   YOU NAME IT AND IT IS HERE.   THE AREA IS SURROUNDED BY HUGE MOUNTAINS - WHICH CAN ONLY BE SEEN FROM A DISTANCE SIX MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR BECAUSE OF THE SMOG.  DON'T LET THOSE JANUARY  ROSE BOWL PICTURES OF THE MOUNTAINS FOOL YOU.    IN THE WINTER YOU CAN SURF THE OCEAN IN THE MORNING AND SNOW SKI THE MOUNTAINS IN THE AFTERNOON.  THAT IS IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO SKI.    $48 FOR A LIFT TICKET- A JOKE-  KEEPS THE RIFT RAFT AWAY I GUESS.   CRIME, WELL NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE HEARD OF LA'S CRIME.    THEY SAY THAT 12-15 MURDERS HAPPEN ON A TYPICAL WEEKEND.    MOSTLY GANG MEMBERS KILLING GANG MEMBERS.   IT HAPPENS SO OFTEN IT DOESN'T EVEN MAKE THE PAPERS UNLESS A CHILD OR WOMEN GET HIT IN THE CROSSFIRE.   I HAVE TRAVELED IN EVERY CITY GOOD OR BAD IN LA.   BUT ONLY IN THE DAYTIME.   TO MY WILDEST IMAGINATION I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE LIKE AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN.    THE ONLY WAY I CAN DESCRIBED IT WOULD BE LIKE SWIMMING IN SHARK INFESTED WATERS WITH A BLEEDING CUT.   CAN'T BEAT THE WINTERS HERE THOUGH.  MAKES IT ALL BETTER.    A NICE JANUARY DAY IS SUNNY AND 70 DEGREES.   I WILL UPDATE YOU MORE ON LA AS I FIND THE TIME. 

 

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110 Freeway entering downtown LA.  In the Am.  Traffic is light

 

Mount Baldy.  In the Winter.  View from 10 Freeway.             

 

God Bless The USA

 

LA Links

Moving to LA

Craigs List

Roommates.com

Westside Rentals

 

Hiking Clubs

Outdoors club

 

Great Beach Cities

Redondo Beach    -----  Nice Pier - Grade B

Hermosa Beach ---- Nice shops, Bars, Beaches - Grade A    

Venice Beach --- Exotic Board Walk -- lots of bums -- Homeless -- Grade C

Huntington Beach -- Nice Restaurants- Shops- Beach - Grade A   

Malibu Beach -- Nice Beach - Parking bad - Grade B

Newport Beach --- Nice Shops-  Need $$$$$ here.  Grade B

Long Beach  --- surrounded by slums -  gangs - Port next door- Grade D

Laguna Beach --- Great Shops- Restaurants- Art Galleries-- Great Gay Bars - Grade A +        

 

Cities

Big Bear

Torrance  

Los Angeles            

Hollywood

 Compton

Santa Monica

Beverly Hills     

Crimes

 Phil Spector               pending 

 Robert Blake             NOT GUILTY - NOW COWBOYING IN ARIZONA - SHOOTING A LITTLE 9 BALL IN SOME BACK COUNTRY PUB WITH AN OLD HUNGARIAN WOMEN.

O.J. Simpson

Randy Kraft  

Richard Rameriz  

Chuck Manson

David Westerfield     

 

Good People

Bob Hope    

Ronald Reagan 

Events

LA county fair 

Disneyland

Knotts Berry Farm

Los Angeles Zoo   

Venice Beach  

Universal Studios  

Angeles National Forest 

Magic Mountain