This is a labor of love. Since 1998, Los Angeles Almanac has been a unique online reference work devoted to providing facts and statistics for 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 and appreciate the people, places and history that make up the incredible panorama of Los Angeles County. We 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 are referenced extensively across a wide variety of websites and online publications, including:
Los Angeles Almanac 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 (and we sheepishly admit, as pointed out, that, at the time, the "look of the site [was] shamelessly lifted from Yahoo").
In 2001, we published a print version of the Los Angeles Almanac that was first stocked by Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena and Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore (a wonderful independent bookseller that sadly closed in 2008). We published a print version only that one year.
In 2008, we published our first wall map of the City of Los Angeles outlining its many neighborhoods. As far as we can determine, this was the first wall map of City of Los Angeles neighborhoods published (a year later, the Los Angeles Times put out their own version, but only online). Since then, we've published several editions and added a wall map showing City of Los Angeles zip codes and a wall map of the entire County of Los Angeles.
We continue to add new pages, illustrations, photos, maps and video links to our website. In 2018, we acquired 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 emphasize "comprehensive almanac" because the Los Angeles County Republican Party once published the Los Angeles County Almanac (published 1961?-1998). That annual publication focused, however, on government and politics in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Almanac, by contrast, covers almost all topics commonly addressed by general-interest 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, and a class she once attended at California State University, Dominguez Hills (titled "History of L.A. Peoples") served as important inspirations for this almanac.