Coming Into Los Angeles (12 photos)


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LAX, Marina Del Rey, Venice
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Harbor Freeway, one of the arteries that feed the city.
Harbor Freeway northbound, one of the arteries that feed the city.
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Harbor Freeway heading south. Note the L.A. Coliseum in the right foreground and the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the horizon.
Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park.
Los Angeles Coliseum, Exposition Park.
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“This is the city: Los Angeles, California.”
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Crenshaw Christian Center parking lot and the Faith Dome.
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That faint diagonal slash running from LAX to bottom left corner is the appropriately named La Tijera Blvd. Note the sandy La Cienega oil fields, bottom right quadrant.
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Closeup of the oil fields.
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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Culver City. Interred here are Ray Bolger and Jack Haley (The Scarecrow and the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz), Daws Butler (the voice of Huckleberry Hound and countless other cartoon characters), John Candy, Jackie Coogan, Darby Crash, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, John Ford, Mary Frann (I didn’t realize she had died!), Rita Hayworth, Chick Hearn, Conrad Hilton Jr., Spike Jones, Bela Lugosi, Fred MacMurray, Audrey Meadows, Ricardo Montalban, the great sportswriter Jim Murray, Evelyn Nesbit (for anyone who read the novel or saw the film “Ragtime” she was not a fictional character), Walter O’Malley, Chris Penn and his father Leo Penn, Hayden Rorke aka Dr. Bellows, Mack Sennett (the man who built the first L.A. movie studio), Sharon Tate as well as her sister and mother, and Lawrence Welk


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Nearby is the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish graveyard housing the earthly remains of Army Archerd, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, musician Mike Bloomfield, Sorrell Booke aka Boss Hogg, superagent Bernie Brillstein, Nell Carter, Percy Faith, Friz Freling, Eydie Gorme, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, Lorne Greene, Barbie Doll inventor Ruth Handler, Alpha Stooge Moe Howard, Al Jolson whose mausoleum is visible from the 405 Freeway, Michael Landon, Vic Morrow, Jan Murray, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Jerry Rubin, Sherwood Schwartz, Aaron Spelling, and Shelley Winters.


Crossing Sepulveda
Crossing Sepulveda

Oakland to LAX. April 2014 (5 photos)

Usually when I fly south, I sit on the left side of the aircraft. This time I chose the right. Instead of the sweeping views of San Francisco and the Peninsula, I got a nice glimpse of Alameda and some offshore clouds as we banked south.

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The two sections of the city of Alameda. In the foreground, Bay Farm Island, which isn’t really an island, and across the channel Alameda Island, which is an island but didn’t used to be.
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The mid-section of Alameda. Note Coast Guard Island in the middle of the photo.
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An offshore spring weather system.
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And before you know it, the Channel Islands come into view and you’re entering SoCal.
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Crossing the Santa Monica Mountains. Note Lake Sherwood in the bottom of the screen, an exclusive community whose residents include Tom Petty and Britney Spears.