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L.A. County: One of America's Largest Sources of Income Taxes
Uncle Sam and the California Bear

L.A. County taxpayers alone pay more in combined income taxes than do any of 44 U.S. states.

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Now is the Time to Prepare For "the Big One"
Earthquake, Damage, Home

Recent earthquakes in Taiwan, Japan and even in the New York area are reminders that L.A. faces a high probability of a big, violent earthquake. The time to prepare for it is now - before it actually happens.

Our Story in Pictures
Chavez Ravine, Evictions, Mexican Americans, Los Angeles, 1959

Photo from the L.A. Times Photographic Collection at UCLA Library.

1959. A Mexican American Family is forcibly evicted by sheriff's deputies from one of the last remaining homes in what was one of L.A.'s Chavez Ravine neighborhoods. The rural neighborhoods had once been home to more than 1,800 mostly Mexican American households, ending there largely due to housing discrimination elsewhere in the city. Initially, in 1951, the city saw the mostly poor community as blighted and offered residents new public housing as part of redevelopment. From 1951 through 1953, most residents voluntarily sold their homes to the city or were forced to do through imminent domain. Some hoped to return to the proposed new public housing development dubbed "Elysian Park Heights." A few residents, however, continued to hold out, refusing to leave. In 1953, a new mayor, Norris Poulson, entered City Hall, much less supportive of public housing. By 1957, all public housing plans for Chavez Ravine had been abandoned and the city mulled over other "public use" proposals. When Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley then expressed interest in Chavez Ravine for a baseball stadium, momentum built for just that purpose, overwhelming any opposition from those who did not equate "public use" with "baseball stadium." Meanwhile, a dwindling handful of Chavez Ravine resident holdouts continued to resist efforts to force them from their homes. On May 8, 1959, the Arechigas family, the last remaining Chavez Ravine household (family member Victoria Augustian shown in the photo above), was forcibly evicted by sheriff's deputies, as bulldozers stood nearby. The famiy eventually accepted $10,500 ($111,000 in 2024 dollars) from the city for what was once their property. O'Malley got his stadium.

See The Ugly, Violent Clearing of Chavez Ravine Before It Was Home to the Dodgers
and Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine...

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Did You Know?
Felix Chevrolet, Felix the Cat, Auto Dealership, 2023

The Felix Chevrolet showroom and sign at Figuero and Jefferson in Los Angeles in 2023. The story behind the Felix the Cat sign, one of L.A.'s iconic landmarks, goes back more than a hundred years.

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