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Friendship in the Face of Injustice

Young People at Manzanar Relocation Camp, California, 1943

It is one thing to speak out against injustice. It is another to accept it as your own.

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Average Federal Tax Paid in Los Angeles County

Average Federal Tax Bill, Los Angeles County, 2018

Federal tax returns from Los Angeles County in 2018 showed this amount, on average, for personal income taxes owed.

COVID-19 Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

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Los Angeles County Wildfires

Los Angeles County Wildfires, 2020

Significant wildfires currently burning in Los Angeles County

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Our Story in Pictures
Padrón, Painting, James Walker, Circa 1885

Painting in the collection of The Brancroft Library at University of California, Berkeley.

“Padrón” by James Walker (1818-1889), circa 1885. A man on horseback in colorful Spanish-style attire. He portrays a wealthy California ranch owner from the Spanish/Mexican period. By the mid-19th century, nostalgic and romanticize images of early California became the rage among Americans and Europeans. Walker, an English-born American painter who had lived in Mexico and California, painted for that market. He was fascinated by vaqueros (cowboys), who were vital to California’s early cattle-ranching culture (also see Roping Wild Horses and Charros at the Round-Up). By the time Walker painted these images, however, most of the great Spanish/Mexican ranches (among them, recognizable names such as Los Cerritos, San Pedro, Sausal Redondo, La Puente, Santa Anita, La Cañada, Boca de Santa Monica, Los Palos Verdes, Las Virgenes, Los Feliz, El Encino, Las Cienegas, La Brea, Los Alamitos, Topanga, and Tujunga) had either been purchased or wrested away in court from the original Mexican family owners. The ranches were then carved up for agriculture and development.

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Did You Know?

The Namesake of Olvera Street

Agustin Olvera

So, who was Olvera and why is L.A.'s iconic street named for him?

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Honk If You Loved the Dance
Ballet Folklorico Los Angeles, Dancers, 2020

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, the nation's premier Mexican dance company, not be defeated by the pandemic, featured their first drive-in performance.

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