L.A. Stories from Woodbury University

This week L.A. Letters shares some of the observations, insights, and research generated by our students from the "L.A. Stories" class at Woodbury University.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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On Location: La Puente

On Location: La Puente

This week L.A. Letters spotlights the city's history and the new generation of game-changers invested in the city's revitalization.
Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

This week L.A. Letters highlights the past, present and future of Artesia, one of the gateway cities on the southeastern border of Los Angeles County.
Selections for Summer Reading: The Black Man of Happiness to Showtime

Selections for Summer Reading: The Black Man of Happiness to Showtime

From a meditation on what it means to be a happy Black man, the folklore of the freeway, to the glory days of the Lakers, these four books each equally present a new perspective on ...
Japanese Boyle Heights in the 21st Century

Japanese Boyle Heights in the 21st Century

This week L.A. Letters spotlights three spaces clustered within a block of each other on First Street in Boyle Heights, which have a longstanding history and intimate connection wi ...
Old Town San Diego and the New Children's Museum

Old Town San Diego and the New Children's Museum

This week L.A. Letters spotlights these two places in San Diego that epitomize both the city's storied past and the city's bright future.
The Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion: Surf Rock and the Righteous Brothers

The Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion: Surf Rock and the Righteous Brothers

This week LA Letters covers the history of the Rendezvous and also previews the upcoming reunion show that includes members of legendary Surf Rock groups like the Chantays, the Sur ...
Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

This week L.A. Letters highlights the vibrant spirit, historic architecture and emerging bike friendly programs that are revitalizing and redefining these two great Long Beach neig ...
Memories from the 1984 Olympics

Memories from the 1984 Olympics

This week L.A. Letters connects the dots between the World Cup in Brazil, celebration capitalism, and the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics.
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