The Los Angeles Almanac™ is a unique online reference work focusing strictly on Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and the county's many other communities. It lays claim to being the first comprehensive almanac* for Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. To date, it also has the distinction of being the first online almanac to focus exclusively on any major metropolitan area in the world. The Almanac is packed with 600 pages of information culled from hundreds of public and private sources, most of which are referenced with hyperlinks.
Los Angeles Almanac was launched online in 1998 as LosAngelesAlmanac.com (renamed LAAlmanac.com in 2005). In September 2000, the website was listed at the top of Los Angeles Magazine’s Short List of Essential L.A. Web Sites. We confess that, at the time, as the article writer pointed out, the "look of the site [was] shamelessly lifted from Yahoo!"
In 2001, our print version titled The Los Angeles Almanac was published. We are grateful to Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena and Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore (a great local independent bookseller that sadly closed in 2008) for being the first booksellers to offer this edition when first released. We only published a print edition once, in 2001, but we proudly take claim that, like our website, our print edition was the first and only comprehensive almanac for Los Angeles County ever published.
In 2008, seeing a hole among Los Angeles maps, we published our first wall map of the City of Los Angeles showing its neighborhoods. In fact, this was the first wall map of City of Los Angeles neighborhoods ever published on paper. Since then, we've published newer editions and wall maps showing City of Los Angeles zip codes and the entire County of Los Angeles.
Gerhard "Gary" Thornton is a former research analyst for the federal government in Los Angeles. Delia Thornton is a former associate professor for Los Angeles Trade Technical College.