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Remembering Highland Park

Highland Park is one of the oldest communities in the city of Los Angeles.

Highland Park CA - corner of North Figueroa and Avenue 57

Highland Park developed from the Great Southern California Land Boom of the 1880s, from land purchased in 1869 at a sheriff's sale that ended years of litigation over a defaulted $3,500.00 loan that had been placed against the Rancho San Rafael in 1861.

The Great Southern California Land Boom collapsed in 1888.  Many speculators went bankrupt as sales in new subdivisions slowed to a halt.  Real estate people take note:  This is a good example of the cyclical nature of our real estate market.

But this article is NOT about the History of Highland Park.

When I wrote out the title "Remembering Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles" I was simply pondering how I managed to leave Highland Park off the list of communities in Northeast Los Angeles that I compiled and posted on FaceBook.  Thank goodness, Mabel Jung Taylor noticed the oversight.

To my local friends:  Do you notice any any communities or districts I have inadvertently omitted?  Any that don't belong?

Historical information from the book:  Highland Park by local historian Charles J. Fisher

Los Angeles Marathon Sunday March 21

I do like this year's course:

From Dodger Stadium, through Downtown L A, to Echo Park and Silverlake through Hollywood, Westwood and Beverly Hills, and then on to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.

However, I think us folks on the Real Eastside need our own marathon ... Highland Park Avenues, Boyle Heights, East L A, City Terrace ...... I'm gonna think up a Real Eastside Marathon Route and post a map.

(NO, I am not a Marathon runner, but I do like to watch it on TV!)

4.4 Earthquake: Just another day in L A

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred this morning in Los Angeles at 4:04 AM.  No serious damage or injury has been reported.  For L A residents, this is relatively minor event.

I do want to comment on a couple things, though:

First, how quickly most of the regular locals jumped on Twitter and FaceBook to begin talking about the quake.  And the quality of the information reported.

@HLP90042 and @militantangelino had the magnitude and epicenter maps posted on Twitter before KNX Radio.

L A Earthquake on Twitter

And secondly, this came up in my conversation with @HLP90042, and I am intriqued enough to research further.

My 90-something year old house has a two story tall arroyo stone chimney.  That chimney has survived numerous earthquakes without a scratch.  (Knocking on wood as I type that!!)

Arroyo Stone Chimney

@HLP90042 commented that stone chimneys seem to withstand quakes around here better than their brick counterparts.

Yeah, that fits with the empirical evidence.

So, why is that?  I am not an engineer, but my theory is that because the stones are different sizes and irregular shapes, the load/weight of the chimney is distributed in a random manner ... and the resultant object is sturdier than an object built of completely uniform components.

Any engineers here?  Am I on the right track?

Opening at Avenue 50 Studio/The Annex March 13 A Prayer For Juarez, A Curse On The Killers

Opening at Avenue 50 Studio/The Annex March 13: A Prayer For Juarez, A Curse On The Killers
Opening Night Reception:  Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 7-10 pm

March 13 through April 4, 2010


Participating artists:

Alfonso Aceves
Laura Blanco
Angela Briggs
Ismael de Anda
Antonio Escalante
Judithe Hernandez
Cindy Suriyani

The Avenue 50 Studio is participating in A Prayer for Juarez a world-wide call to attention dedicated to uplift and raise awareness about violence against humanity around the world, beginning in Juárez. The main approach is to no longer come from a place of anger, hate or protest, but from a place of love and prayer towards this city and its people.

Anyone is invited to come pray as they do for the sole purpose of casting a light on Juárez: the city and the women there. When police, guns, armies, militias, government and money have not made an impact in saving the lives of the residents in Juárez living amongst violence, hate towards women, and drug wars every day, A Prayer for Juárez acknowledges that the tragedies in Juárez are a spiritual battle, and it will make a stand to tackle this war with the biggest army we as humans have behind us….the power of love and prayer.

As part of A Prayer for Juarez, a network of companion exhibits will take place in March.  Below is the update on places that will be part of this art protest dialogue.

A Sculptural Installation, Albuquerque, NM Contact

Honoring the Women of Juarez and the West Mesa Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
Contact: Renata Luna E-mail:

Fort Worth, Texas Producing group: Sound Culture
Contact: Tammy M. Gomez Email:
Phone: 817.924.9188

Juarez City No More Femicide
At the International Women's Day Rally at the Sydney Town Hall
Sydney, Australia (March 13, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm
Sydney Action for Juarez Concert Contact: Liliana E Correa Email:

Priéres de femmes pour Juarez
Biblioteque du mile-end,
l'exposition dÌmages de femmes
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Montréal Longueuil, Québec, Canada
dans le dadre de Contact: Claudia Cortés Email:

A Prayer for Juarez
Casa 0101-  Los Angeles, California
Contact: Josefina Lopez & Victoria Delgadillo

March 12th –  April 10th  2010 – Opening March 12th 7:00 – 10:00pm
Contact: Mia Roman, curator (
Abrazo Interno Gallery:  Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street , New York , NY 10002

Citizan Divas:  Women, Art and Social Justice
A Panel in celebration of International Women's Day
MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Auditorium
250 So. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
Free of Charge, open to the public
Organized by Nancy Buchanan, Christine Wertheim and students from CalArts ID 517
This symposium focuses on social, geographical and conceptual arenas where the power of women to speak on behalf of themselves and their peers is strongly, radically asserted through works of art and activism.
12.00-12.30 - Introduction by artist Andrea Bowers
12.30- 2.30 - Lourdes Portillo will discuss the making of her film, Senorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman, a documentary examining the mystery of the hundreds of young women murdered in Juarez, Mexico. For further information:,

Barcelona, España
Contact: Susana García Medrano Email:

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact: Sandra Román

Mexico City, DF Contact: Pilar Aranda Email: