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Is Los Angeles Experiencing One of Its Record Driest Rain Seasons?
Evening Rain Clouds Over Los Angeles

From July 1, 2020, through this March, so far, Downtown Los Angeles has recorded only 4.55 inches of rainfall. This is barely 40 percent of L.A.'s seasonal normal through this point in the rain season. Unless the remainder of this season (through June) brings sufficiently more rainfall, we face the possibility of recording the driest season in 14 years and the third driest season since Los Angeles began keeping records in 1877.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

COVID-19 Coronavirus, Los Angeles County

Tracking COVID-19 in Los Angeles County.

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Let's Feed L.A.

Let's Feed L.A.

Do you need food or have food (or time) to donate? This portal connects those in need in Los Angeles County to those who can help.

Our Story in Pictures
Dollar Day, Retail, Broadway Department Store, Los Angeles, 1935

Photo from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA Library

1935. A crowd of shoppers wait to be let into Broadway department store in Downtown Los Angeles during the semi-annual Merchants’ Dollar Day. Long before the introduction of suburban shopping malls, Downtown Los Angeles was billed as “the West’s Biggest Shopping Center.” Even then, downtown merchants collaborated (possibly as early as 1917, according to L.A. Herald newspaper ads) to hold two huge sales events, one in the spring and one in the fall, to draw large numbers of bargain hunters. The event, in its heyday, involved more than 100 stores, attracted as many as 200,000 shoppers, and racked up single-day sales equivalent to almost $300 million in 2021 dollars. Merchants prepared for the event with extra staff and the city scheduled extra streetcars and police officers. Although Dollar Days continued annually until the 1970s, their popularity began diminishing after World War II, with the introduction of shopping malls and shoppers moving to the suburbs.
See “Long before Black Friday, downtown L.A. created shopping frenzy and hype with Dollar Days,” L.A. Times.

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Did You Know?
The Original Saugus Cafe, Santa Clarita

It is the oldest operating restaurant in Los Angeles County and appears to be surviving this pandemic (as it apparently did the last one).

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No One Knows How To Pronounce L.A. Places Correctly
Pronouncing L.A. Places Correctly

So, you think you know how to pronounce Spanish place names in Los Angeles correctly?

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