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California Trip • Dennis Stock • Magnum Photos
"Dennis Stock’s remarkable 99 black-and-white photographs are the result of the author’s travels through the unique state of California during the1960s. Traversing the state from Sacramento to San Diego, Stock says of this collection, “Even though I found the sun and fog, sand and Sierras which conveyed a firm image of stark reality, the mother vision of life, the state seemed unreal. The people were conducting layers and dimensions of life that unsettled me. Surrealism was everywhere, the juxtapositions of relative levels of reality projected chaos. For the young man with traditional concerns for a spiritual and aesthetic order, California seemed too unreal. I ran.”

This classic photo essay on California captures the contrasts of the state and its people, from the mountains of the Sierras to the sands of the coast, from the people on a spiritual quest to those doing research at the cutting-edge of technology, all during time of intense political, cultural and social exploration in America’s history."
california  1968  photography  dennisstock  sacramento  sandiego  losangeles  venicebeach  novato  santamonica  coronadelmar  monterey 
january 2017 by robertogreco
The California Incline — The California Sunday Magazine
"I first learned about the California Incline in Carolyn See’s novel Making History, which I read not long after moving to Southern California in 1991. It wasn’t the portrayal that struck me. See describes the road in the most pragmatic terms: an abbreviated slope of blacktop, a quarter of a mile in length, tacked onto the Santa Monica palisades, slipping downward to the Pacific Coast Highway. What I found compelling was that name. The California Incline. The very phrase suggested possibility, gateway to the Pacific, dividing line between the ocean and the coast. As a newcomer, I wanted a piece of history, a story in which I might fit. This is what we do in Los Angeles: make myth out of landmarks that might otherwise seem banal, even dreary, and invest them with gravity. The desire was driven further by a second novel, Dorothy B. Hughes’s 1947 noir In a Lonely Place, which opens with a psychopath trailing a woman down the Incline on a fog-drenched night. The scene dripped with atmosphere, so much atmosphere that I could not help but be disappointed by the Incline in real life. Built in 1930, it was already a relic by the time I saw it, the hillside underneath eroding, concrete deco railing crumbling and pocked with age.

This, of course, was as it should be, although I did not understand that until later on. It took having children, setting down roots, to shake off the myths of Southern California and immerse myself in its enduring daily life. When my kids were young, we used to drive the Incline every time we found ourselves in Santa Monica, delighting at the stomach-dropping churn when I would turn left off Ocean Avenue and accelerate, the Pacific glinting blue-white through the windshield, across the slanted surface of the road. The experience brought back a whisper of my childhood, a hill not far from where my grandparents lived in Connecticut that my father liked to take at equivalent speed. Driving the Incline, I would recall sitting in the back seat, the anticipation of the rise and then the sharp descent, and smile at the way the generations had eclipsed. The roads may have been different, one bounded by pine woods and the other not especially bounded at all, but the Incline left me with the sense that I was now a part of a place.

Transplants have to stay somewhere for a while to make it theirs. For me, the Incline has become a shabby-chic monument to this idea. Now it is closed for reconstruction, and I worry about what will be left when work is done. Will it still resemble the landmark I invested with weight, the road I drove with my children? Will I recognize it, recognize my memories, or will all that be erased? Southern California, its critics like to insist, is a landscape of forgetting, but I no longer believe this to be the case. Rather, like the Incline, it is a landscape of association, in which the connections we make, our attachments, are what render us native."
california  davidulin  2015  californiaincline  socal  losangeles  santamonica  pacificcoasthighway 
december 2015 by robertogreco
New Visions Foundation
"NEW VISIONS WAS FOUNDED IN 1994 AS A SOCIAL JUSTICE NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO SPREADING PAUL CUMMINS ENGAGED EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICES TO DIVERSE POPULATIONS OF YOUTH.

Cummins’ first successful implementation of Engaged Education began when he co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica in 1971. This is where he developed his pedagogy that children need to be proficient in all forms of education: not just the traditional “solids” of history, literature, language, math, and science, but also arts, environmental studies, human development, athletics and community service.  He recognized the need for students to develop a passion, connect to nurturing adults and create a life plan that allowed them to live their life’s purpose.

New Visions originated out of Crossroads and its first project was the creation of New Roads School, which took the Crossroads educational model and brought it to a more diverse student body.  50% of New Roads students receive some form of financial aid, and the school is committed to all forms of diversity.

From there, New Visions expanded to co-launch three charter schools [Hyperlink to the schools page]. It also launched programs for the most under-resourced youth in Los Angeles County: juvenile offenders, foster children, and children in exceptionally impoverished neighborhoods.

There are three core elements that unite all of New Visions’ programs:

• CONNECT CHILDREN WITH A PASSION
• HELP THEM VISUALIZE A NEW PATH AND DESIGN A LONG-TERM EDUCATIONAL AND LIFE PLAN
• A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH A CARING ADULT

Our model of engagement, mentoring, and long-term involvement has transformed the lives of thousands of youth.  It is our goal at New Visions to spread these principles to programs and schools nationwide."
newroads  newvisons  crossroads  paulcummins  losangeles  lennox  santamonica 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Documenting Exodus: Hit Man Gurung and Nepal's Departing Youth | Los Angeles | Artbound | KCET
"Much of our Southern California culture is defined by the continuous influx of new residents from far-flung parts of the world. At the receiving end of migrations of people fleeing economic hardship, ethnic or religious persecution or civil unrest, we may at times worry about the effect immigration on jobs, schools, and our resources, but we rarely consider the effects that emigration has on the countries left behind. Artist Hit Man Gurung has traveled from Nepal for two month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. While here, he is creating a series of photo collages illustrating the recent exodus of Nepalese youth who are leaving the country to find work. Rows of passport-style photos of young Nepalese faces glued onto sheets of handmade paper, these works read like missing persons posters. Gurung is depicting the unraveling of a country, one person at a time."
hitmangurung  california  ummigration  art  artists  2013  nepal  losangeles  santamonica  emigration  migration  youth  braindrain 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Falcons, hawks ward off gulls at Santa Monica's Water Garden - Los Angeles Times
"After birds became a nuisance by littering the office campus with droppings and bones, a company brought in its avian predators. But it's their fierce appearance, not their talons, that keeps the site gull-free."
wildlife  2011  santamonica  pests  seagulls  hawks  birds 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Santa Monica library lets public check out walking, talking sources | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
"On Saturday, the Santa Monica Public Library's Living Library Project will feature "a Mormon, an animal rights activist, a police detective, a fat activist, a feminist, a married Jewish lesbian mom, a little person and an ex-gang member," among others. Members of the public will be able to "check out" the sources for 30-minute conversations."
libraries  art  people  performance  urbanism  communication  santamonica  experience  conversation  loaning  lending  learning  lcproject  tcsnmy  unschooling  glvo 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Backyards could become community gardens in Santa Monica - Los Angeles Times
"Program would match willing homeowners with would-be gardeners, reducing the years-long waiting list for a plot of soil."
food  gardens  gardening  agriculture  urbanagriculture  santamonica  losangeles  community  urbangardening  permaculture  california  yards  faming 
april 2009 by robertogreco

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