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. 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. The Almanac is packed with more than 600 pages of information culled from hundreds of public and private sources, most of which are referenced with hyperlinks.
We are referenced extensively across a wide variety of websites and online publications. Among the many sites that have referenced us are:
Los Angeles Almanac was launched online in 1998 as LosAngelesAlmanac.com (renamed LAAlmanac.com in 2005). In September 2000, we were 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 offer our book for sale. This was the only year we published a print edition, but, as with our website, it was first and only comprehensive almanac for Los Angeles County ever issued in print.
In 2008, seeing a hole among maps of Los Angeles, we published our first wall map of the City of Los Angeles outlining its many neighborhoods. In fact, we again achieved a first as this was the first wall map of City of Los Angeles neighborhoods published on paper (a year later, the Los Angeles Times issued their own version, but only online). Since then, we've published newer editions and wall maps showing City of Los Angeles zip codes and the entire County of Los Angeles.
We continue to add to and improve our website with new pages, illustrations and maps. Since the beginning of 2017, we began adding many more photographs and are especially exciting about those reflecting Los Angeles' past (visit our Los Angeles History Section). We will be adding many more. We are unabashed lovers of all that is interesting and wonderful in Los Angeles County and this website will evolve to reflect that.
Gerhard "Gary" Thornton is a former research analyst for the federal government in Los Angeles. He is orginally from San Diego. Delia Thornton is a former associate professor for Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Her family's history in Los Angeles and the class "History of L.A. Peoples" she took at California State University, Dominguez Hills served as important inspirations for this almanac.
* We emphasize comprehensive almanac because the Los Angeles County Republican Party once published the Los Angeles County Almanac (published 1961?-1998). The annual publication focused on government and politics information rather than broadly covering a wide range of different topics about Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Almanac, by contrast, covers almost all topics commonly addressed by general-purpose almanacs.