Making the San Fernando Valley

Author: Laura R. Barraclough
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820335622
Format: PDF
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In the first book-length scholarly study of the San Fernando Valley—home to one-third of the population of Los Angeles—Laura R. Barraclough combines ambitious historical sweep with an on-theground investigation of contemporary life in this iconic western suburb. She is particularly intrigued by the Valley's many rural elements, such as dirt roads, tack-and-feed stores, horse-keeping districts, citrus groves, and movie ranches. Far from natural or undeveloped spaces, these rural characteristics are, she shows, the result of deliberate urbanplanning decisions that have shaped the Valley over the course of more than a hundred years. The Valley's entwined history of urban development and rural preservation has real ramifications today for patterns of racial and class inequality and especially for the evolving meaning of whiteness. Immersing herself in meetings of homeowners' associations, equestrian organizations, and redistricting committees, Barraclough uncovers the racial biases embedded in rhetoric about “open space” and “western heritage.” The Valley's urban cowboys enjoy exclusive, semirural landscapes alongside the opportunities afforded by one of the world's largest cities. Despite this enviable position, they have at their disposal powerful articulations of both white victimization and, with little contradiction, color-blind politics.

Making the San Fernando Valley

Author: Laura R. Barraclough
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820337579
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In the first book-length scholarly study of the San Fernando Valley--home to one-third of the population of Los Angeles--Laura R. Barraclough combines ambitious historical sweep with an on-theground investigation of contemporary life in this iconic western suburb. She is particularly intrigued by the Valley's many rural elements, such as dirt roads, tack-and-feed stores, horse-keeping districts, citrus groves, and movie ranches. Far from natural or undeveloped spaces, these rural characteristics are, she shows, the result of deliberate urbanplanning decisions that have shaped the Valley over the course of more than a hundred years. The Valley's entwined history of urban development and rural preservation has real ramifications today for patterns of racial and class inequality and especially for the evolving meaning of whiteness. Immersing herself in meetings of homeowners' associations, equestrian organizations, and redistricting committees, Barraclough uncovers the racial biases embedded in rhetoric about "open space" and "western heritage." The Valley's urban cowboys enjoy exclusive, semirural landscapes alongside the opportunities afforded by one of the world's largest cities. Despite this enviable position, they have at their disposal powerful articulations of both white victimization and, with little contradiction, color-blind politics.

Then Now

Author: Jake Klein
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 9781586852290
Format: PDF, ePub
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$14.95 gatefold paper * 1-58685-229-9 * March11 x 8-1/2 in, 96 pp, 40 Color Photographs, 40 Black & White Photographs,Rights: W, Regional/HistoryLaunching our new "Then & Now" series, Then & Now: San Fernando Valley showcases photographs of buildings and locales from decades past, contrasted with recent photographs of the same locations and today's inhabitants. Reminisce about the famous buildings that still stand, and visit the newer architectural and cultural contributions to California's beautiful San Fernando Valley in this visually rich documentation of memories and inevitable change.Jake Klein is a writer, photographer, editor, and creative director who has contributed to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, and British GQ. He was the West Coast contributing editor to Wallpaper Magazine, and is currently an editor with Wink Media, Wallpaper's marketing and branding arm. He lives in Los Angeles.

Six Devils in the San Fernando Valley

Author: Ernie Mannix
Publisher: Opus Coast Publishing
ISBN: 9780991406708
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When Truman Morrow decides that he's had enough of the movie business, a near-death encounter with a mysterious stranger reveals that this former Hollywood insider has been chosen for a dangerous mission, one far more important than fame and fortune. "Six Devils In The San Fernando Valley," is a novel about the mysterious land behind the Hollywood sign. From the historic mission of its patron saint, to the soul-crushing chief executive of a movie studio, Truman Morrow romances and fights his way through the dark shadows of the valley, weaving danger, love, mystery and history into a romantic thriller that will leave you questioning the very foundations of the entertainment business. ""Six Devils In The San Fernando Valley" is one of the best books ever written about Hollywood simply because it does what others haven't. It shows us that the road to hell is paved with gold and lined with movie studios and talent agencies. Ernie Mannix's novel belongs on my bookshelf right between Budd Schulberg's "The Disenchanted," and C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters." It's that good!" - Michael McGruther, screenwriter of "Tigerland" "If F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith had a child, it would've been an author just like Ernie Mannix. His novel "Six Devils In The San Fernando Valley" is the singular combination of both styles and will forever change your perception of life in Hollywood." - Rick Tumlinson, writer, "The Huffington Post" A word from the author: What would you do if one day you were chosen to help clean up a dirty town, a town infamous for destroying souls and robbing countless young dreamers of their better years? I'm talking about Hollywood, California and this is where Truman Morrow, the hero in my debut novel, Six Devils In The San Fernando Valley, begins his incredible journey into the depths of the entertainment business. Hollywood is filled with tales of bad behavior, ruined careers, suicides, and overdoses-but these are all just the ugly dividends of a much deeper problem, a problem both terrifying and fascinating at the same time-a problem that makes one hell of a good setting for a romantic thriller. What if show business is in fact an evil enterprise? What if evil spirits are thriving on human misery like vampires thrives on blood? Is it then too hard to imagine that they've built an entire industry around keeping themselves fed? This is the world Truman encounters and what he discovers will startle you. - Ernie Mannix

A People s Guide to Los Angeles

Author: Laura Pulido
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520270819
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book documents 115 little-known sites in Los Angeles where struggles related to race, class, gender, sexuality, and the environment have occurred. They introduce us to people and events usually ignored by mainstream media and, in the process, create a fresh history of Los Angeles.

Thrown Among Strangers

Author: Douglas Monroy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520082753
Format: PDF, ePub
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Every California schoolchild's first interaction with history begins with the missions and Indians. It is the pastoralist image, of course, and it is a lasting one. Children in elementary school hear how Father Serra and the priests brought civilization to the groveling, lizard- and acorn-eating Indians of such communities as Yang-na, now Los Angeles. So edified by history, many of those children drag their parents to as many missions as they can. Then there is the other side of the missions, one that a mural decorating a savings and loan office in the San Fernando Valley first showed to me as a child. On it a kindly priest holds a large cross over a kneeling Indian. For some reason, though, the padre apparently aims not to bless the Indian but rather to bludgeon him with the emblem of Christianity. This portrait, too, clings to the memory, capturing the critical view of the missionization of California's indigenous inhabitants. I carried the two childhood images with me both when I went to libraries as I researched the missions and when I revisited several missions thirty years after those family trips. In this work I proceed neither to dubunk nor to reconcile these contrary notions of the missions and Indians but to present a new and, I hope, deeper understanding of the complex interaction of the two antithetical cultures.

Rivers in the Desert

Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497613779
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Rivers in the Desert is the quintessential American story. It follows the remarkable career of William Mulholland, the visionary who engineered the rise of Los Angeles as the greatest American city west of the Mississippi. He sought to transform the sparse and barren desert into an inhabitable environment by designing the longest aqueduct in the Western Hemisphere, bringing water from the mountains to support a large city. Davis chronicles Mulholland’s dramatic ascension to wealth and fame, followed by his tragic downfall after the sudden collapse of the dam he had constructed to safeguard the water supply. The disaster, which killed at least five hundred people, caused his repudiation by allies, friends, and a previously adoring community. Epic in scope, Rivers in the Desert chronicles the history of Los Angeles and examines the tragic fate of the man who rescued it.

A Year in Van Nuys

Author: Sandra Tsing Loh
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780609809518
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Shares the anti-Hollywood life of Sandra Tsing Loh, self-described neurotic and public radio commentator.