This is a labor of love. Since 1998, Los Angeles Almanac has been a unique online reference work focused on Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and the county's many other cities and communities. Our purpose is to help residents and visitors alike to better understand, comprehend and appreciate the people, places and history that make up the incredible panorama of Los Angeles County. We lay claim to not only being the first comprehensive almanac for Los Angeles and Los Angeles County,* but also the first online almanac focusing exclusively on any major metropolitan area in the world. We have packed this Almanac with more than 700 pages of information gathered from hundreds of public and private sources, including our own research.
We are referenced extensively across a wide variety of websites and online publications. Among sites that have referenced us are:
Los Angeles Almanac launched online in 1998 as LosAngelesAlmanac.com (renamed LAAlmanac.com in 2005). In September 2000, we found ourselves listed at the top of Los Angeles Magazine’s Short List of Essential L.A. Web Sites. We sheepishly admit, as the article writer pointed out, that, at the time, the "look of the site [was] shamelessly lifted from Yahoo."
In 2001, we published a print version titled The Los Angeles Almanac. We are grateful to Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena and Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore (a wonderful independent bookseller that sadly closed in 2008) for being the first booksellers to put our book on their shelves. We only published a print edition that one year, but, as with our website, it was first and only comprehensive almanac for Los Angeles County ever in print and remains so to this day.
In 2008, seeing an unmet need among maps of Los Angeles, we published our first wall map of the City of Los Angeles outlining its many neighborhoods. In fact, this was again a first, being the first wall map of City of Los Angeles neighborhoods ever published on paper (a year later, the Los Angeles Times put their own version online, but only online). Since then, we've published several new editions and other wall maps showing City of Los Angeles zip codes and the entire County of Los Angeles.
We continue to add new pages, illustrations, photos, maps and video links to video to our website. In 2018, we were grateful to acquire a collection of more than 500 vintage postcards about Los Angeles County and Southern California. We now have these permanently exhibited online at Greetings From Los Angeles - Vintage Postcard Views of Los Angeles County. We are unabashed lovers of all that is interesting and wonderful in Los Angeles County and this website will continue to reflect that.
* We emphasize "comprehensive almanac" because the Los Angeles County Republican Party once published the Los Angeles County Almanac (published 1961?-1998). That annual publication, however, focused primarily on government and politics in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Almanac, by contrast, covers almost all topics commonly addressed by general-purpose almanacs.
Gerhard "Gary" Thornton was formerly a research analyst for the federal government in Los Angeles. He is orginally from San Diego. Delia Thornton was an associate professor at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (her face is in front of a photo at History Timeline-Los Angeles County-1963 to 1979). Delia's family history in Los Angeles spanning several generations, along with a class she took at California State University, Dominguez Hills, titled "History of L.A. Peoples," served as an important inspiration for this almanac.