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Los Angeles County

The infos on this page and the following are few years old! There won’t be an update on the online infos - please do your own research.
I am talking on my webpage about my own travel experience. No updates intended!


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Los Angeles ist nicht gleich Los Angeles Stadt. Viele “Stadtviertel” ergeben für uns die sogenannte Stadt Los Angeles. Los Angeles Stadt ist nur ein kleiner Teil was sich im LA County befindet. Sie fängt eher östlich nach Beverly Hills an und erstreckt sich bis hin zu LA Downtown. “Drumherum” gibt es Beverly Hills, Westwood, West Hollywood, Hollywood etc.
Daher versuche ich alles was zu Los Angeles County gehört auch unter dieser Kategorie laufen zu lassen. Man verzeihe mir etwaige Fehler.
Los Angeles City is not equal to Los Angeles. Many "neighborhoods" make up for us the so-called city of Los Angeles. Los Angeles City is only a small part of LA County. It starts east of Beverly Hills and extends all the way to LA Downtown. "Beyond" are Beverly Hills, Westwood, West Hollywood, Hollywood etc.
Therefore, I try everything that belongs to Los Angeles County to run under this category. Forgive me any mistakes.

Das Inhaltsverzeichnis “AMERIKA Index A-Z” soll helfen, sich etwas auf der Webseite zurechtzufinden.
The “Amerika Index” should help finding you way around my homepage.
Weit über 80 Städte gehören dem L.A. County an. Ich nenne nur kurz die größten: More than 80 cities belong to L.A. County. I am just mentioning the biggest ones:
Date 2014:
Stadt /City Einwohnerzahl / residents
Los Angeles 4,045,873      Long Beach 492, 642
Glendale 207,157              Santa Clarita 177,045
Pomona 163,405               Torrance 148,965
Pasadena 148,126             Palmdale 147,897
Lancaster 145,243             El Monte 126,053
Inglewood 118,878           Downey 113,379
West Covina 112,666       Norwalk 109,695
Burbank 108,029

Los Angeles ist mit 3,8 Mio. Einwohnern und mit 1,290.6 km2, die größte Stadt Kaliforniens und die zweitgrößte in Amerika. Zusätzlich zählen fast 12.9 Mio. Menschen, kommend aus aller Welt und 224 verschiedene Sprachen sprechend, Großraum Los Angeles ihr Zuhause. Die Bewohner von Los Angeles werden auch “Angelenos” genannt. Los Angeles wurde gegründet am 4. September 1781 von dem spanischen Gouverneur Felipe de Neve als “The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola” und gehörte Mexiko in 1821 an gefolgt von ihrer Unabhängigkeit von Spanien.
In 1848, zum Ende des mexikanisch-amerikanischem Krieg, Los Angeles und Kalifornien wurden aufgekauft als Teil der “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo”, sodass sie ein Teil Amerika’s wurde und Mexiko behielt Baja Kalifornien. Los Angeles wurde zum Stadtbezirk ernannt am 4. April 1850 bevor der Staat Kalifornien seinen vollen Status als Bundesstaat erhielt.
Los Angeles has 3.8 Mio. residents and is with 1,290.6 km2 the biggest town in California and the second biggest in the US. Adding nearly 12,9 Mio. people immigrating from all over the world and 224 different languages spoken, call LA County their home.
Los Angeles residents are also called “Angelenos”. Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781 by the spanish Governor Felipe de Neve “The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola” and belonged to Mexico in 1821 till it got independent from Spain.
By the end of the mexican-american war in 1848, Los Angeles and California were bought of from the “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo” so that a part became America and Mexico kept Baja California. Los Angeles become a Municipality on April 4, 1850 just before the State California got his full status as a State.
Ein paar Fakten:
1542 Die ersten Europaer kommen, siedeln sich aber nicht an.
1769 Am 2. August kommen Gaspar de Portola, franziskanischer Missionaer und Juan Crespe nach LA. und sieht in ihr ein hohes potential.
1771 Junipero Serra baut die Mission San Gabriel Arcangel nahe Whittier Narrows, heutiges San Gabriel Valley.
1777 Der neue Gov. Felipe de Neve schlägt vor, den von Juan Crespe entwickelten Ort in “Pueblo” umzubenennen.
1781 Am 4. September gründete die unter dem Namen “los Pobladores” bekannte 44 großköpfige Gruppe, “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora
la Reina de los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula”.
1820 Die Stadt hat nun 650 Anwohner. Die Stadt ist nun ein Teil von dem historichen Distrikt “Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza” und Olvera Straße.
1821 Unabhängigkeit Neuspaniens vom spanischen Imperium.1847 13. Januar. Unterzeichnung der “Treaty of Cahuenga” nachdem die
         Amerikaner die Kontrolle durch den gewonnen “Mexican-American War” über die “Californios” gewonnen haben..
1876 Die Eisenbahn kam nach Los Angeles
1892 Oel wurde entdeckt.
1923 Los Angeles produziert Petroleum
1900 102 000 Anwohner belasten die Wasserversorgung.
1913 Beendigung der Wasserleitungen unter Aufsicht von William Mulholland.
1920 Die Filmindustrie und das Luftwesen “fallen” in Los Angeles ein.
1932 Die Anwohnerzahl überschreitet die Millionengrenze.
1932 Sommer Olympische Spiele werden ausgeführt.
1969 Eines der Geburtsorte des Internets.
1980s LA steht im Mittelpunkt des Heavy Metal Musik, speziell “Glam Metal”.
1984 Veranstaltungsort für die Sommer Olympischen Spiele zum zweiten Mal. Es wurde das finanziell erfolgreichste in der Geschichte der
         Olympiade.
1980s/ Grossarbeiten in LA Downtown. Die groessten Hochhäuser in LA werden gebaut.
1980s Erhöhte Gang-Gewalt, vermehrter Drogenhandel und Polizeikorruption.
1991 Rassenhass. Polizeigewalt gegen Rodney King führt zur großen Eskalation bei den Schwarzen.
1994 Erdbeben mit der Stärke von 6.7 in Northridge. US $ 12.5 Billion Schaden und 72 Todesopfer.

Persönlicher Hinweis: / Personal recommendation:
Fahrten durch South Central wie u.a. Compton, Watts und Inglewood bitte vermeiden bzw. auf eigene Gefahr besuchen..
Diese Stadtviertel gehören zu den unsichersten. Es kann passieren, dass Unwissende z.B. bei Ankunft am LAX mit Ziel Hollywood, durch diese Gegend fahren würden.
Wenn ihr am LAX landet, seit ihr praktisch am Rande von Inglewood und die meisten Hotels, die dann in Flughafennähe gebucht werden, sind teilweise in Inglewood. Hier sollte man keine Motels buchen, sondern die guten Hotels um die Ecke vom LAX. Sicher ist SICHER.
Fahrten nach “Los Angeles” rein, können über die normalen Strassen wie ab LAX über Sepulveda Blvd. erfolgen oder auch durch Inglewood über Freeway 105 und 405, 110.
Please think twice before you are driving through Compton, Watts and Inglewood. If you really wanna go there, please be careful. I would not go there in the early morning or after sunset. Sometimes tourists who arrive at LAX just drive through these towns to get to their hotel not knowing that those towns are considered dangerous. There are not really interesting sights in South Central (have a look at WATTS in my Amerika Index which is an exception).
If you arrive at LAX you are also quite at the “edge” of Inglewood and such as the most hotels in the LAX area. Be careful in considering a hotel or motel around LAX. If you wanna book a room in that area, consider chosing one next to the airport.
You can drive up north from LAX taking the streets such as Sepulveda Blvd., Lincoln Blvd. or the Freeways 105, 405 and 110.


PARKEN / Parking:
Bitte stets alle Hinweisschilder (Parkzeiten, Street cleaning, Parkverbot, residence parking und Ausnahmen) genau studieren. Parken in den Nebenstraßen könnte nur mit einem Residence Permit erlaubt sein oder nur zu bestimmten Zeiten. Innerhalb von sehr wenigen Minuten kann man sich einen Strafzettel einfangen. An den Parkuhren ist ausgeschrieben wie lange geparkt werden darf. Generell sollte das Parken sonntags kostenlos sein. Aber bitte vorher checken!
Please read the parking signs carefully. I know that they are quite confusing, but it will make sense after a little while. Sometimes parking in a residential area is restricted (street cleaning days and often a permit required). At the meters it will say how long parking is permitted. Generally, it does not cost anything on sundays, but make sure of it! The parking enforcement is quite quick and mostly they check the area every hour and are also quick in writing a ticket (depending on what you did wrong, but mostly it costs about $ 40 when you did not feed the meter). It will cost a fortune if they tow your car (minimum $ 160).
In Los Angeles kommt man am Besten mit einem Auto voran. Ansonsten gibt es noch die Metro (Bus), www.metro.net. Aber die führt auch nicht überall lang.
Ich fahre lieber Auto, sodass ich nie die Öffentlichen in LA genutzt habe.
The best way to travel around Los Angeles is by car. It all depends on where you stay and where you want to go. You could also consider taking a bus or the metro www.metro.net. I personally do not like to take the bus. Do not get me wrong, but the so called customers are mostly a different kind of people... If people have money, they dont take a bus in LA. Always by car!

 

INDEX  (best is to go to Amerika Index to look up specific spots)
- Things to do in LA free of charge
- Angeleno Heights
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Angel Flights, Los Angeles Downtown, CA
- Beverly Hills
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Beverly Hills Sign
- Beverly Hills Regent Wilshire Hotel   - Pretty Woman movie location
- Blade Runnter   movie location
- Bona Vista Bar    Clint Eastwood movie location
- Bradbury Building - historical, great archhitecture, movie location as well
- Bronson Cave
- Writer Bukowski
- Carney’s Burger
- Charmed TV Show House
- City Hall
- Comedy Store
- Crossroads of the World
- Culver City
- Day of the Death   celebration
- Disneyland
- Disney Studio
- Dodger Stadium   View of LA Downtown Skyline - Fast & Furious movie scene as well

  Film Studios:
- Disney Studios (no tours available)
- Jim Henson Studios  (not open to public)

- Paramount Studios
- Sony Studios
- Universal Studios   Theme Park and Studio Tour
- Warner Bros. Studios


- Getty Center
- Gettty Villa
- Gone with the wind movie location
- Grand Central Market
- Graumann Theatre
- Greystone Mansion
- Griffith Park
- Griffith Observatory and hike from here possible
- Guitar Center
- Hacienda Heights  Hsi Lai Temple
- Hollywood
- Hollywood Sign and Hikes
- Janice Hahn Park (LA Downtown View with Mountains in the background)
- Jim Morrison Mural
- La Jolla
- Long Beach
- Long Beach Lighthouse
- Los Angeles Downtown
- Malibu
- Marilyn Monroe Grave
- Marina del Rey
- Michael Jackson
- Michael Jackson Thriller House
- Mulholland Drive
- Muscle Beach
- Queen Mary incl. Sunday Brunch
- Rancho Los Alamitos
- Santa Monica
- Sunset Blvd.
- Venice
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Watts Towers   - not a tourist place as it is considered to be dangerous. 
- Wende Museum
- Witch House

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Things to do in LA for free (list with the help of the internet and some I did on my own already)

View over Los Angeles (there are so many)
- Drive on Mulholland Drive (look up in the index) and enjoy free view points.
- Griffith Observatory does not only offer great views (hike up the hill as well to see the Observatory with LA skyline), you can actually go inside for free. Check out their webpage   
   for free events.
- City Hall Tower  check it out on my webpage

Be part of a TV Show taping
Check out way ahead your visit to LA this webpage and secure yourself a ticket for your favorite show taping. Be aware that the ticket does not guarantee a seat! You should be at the studio earlier to be one of the like first 100 visitors. There is a limitation - mostly 100 person can enter.

Be in a movie
If you are lucky, someone will reach out to you on the Hollywood Blvd. and invite you to a film taping. Be sure that all is real. This really happens as they are sometimes in need of having a big crowed in the movie. They wont really pay for it, but probably give you some free food.

Visit some historical sites for free
- The Grey Mansion is the biggest private estate in LA. You can visit it for free, but cannot enter the house itself if you did not arrange a private tour for a small group.It is really worth a visit - mostly walking around the house and in the garden. Lots of movie scene where done here.

Visit the “Old Zoo”
This Zoo is abandoned and you can visit it. Check it out as long as you can. Check out some background info

It’s your birthday?
- Mostly you can get a free desert when your friends are telling the waiter it is your birthday! It might also include a birthday song as well.
- If you wanna go to Catalina Island on your birthday, check out ahead the birthday promotion of one of the many catalina expresses.
- Check out this webpage for more freebies on your birthdaaaaaay!!!!!

Check out some LA Areas online
Especially in summer time Santa Monica and Venice area also offer free concerts at the beach as well as movie nights and parties. Go to the official pages of those areas.

Museums
Check out the museum of your interested online before going to LA. Many do offer free entrance also on special days of the month. Dont forget also to check out the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena! Look it also up on my webpage.

Free music
There are summer festivals going on in most of the LA parks.
Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd. is offering also some great gigs of big artists; the Hollywood Bowl, the fantastic “The Grove” which is connected with “Farmers Market”, offers some events especially in summer - you can even see big artists in concert there for free!

Check out the hiking pages - sure hiking is for free right?

Want to see the Hollywood sign close by or from behind without doing it illegal?
Check out my webpage    Click here for hiking up the sign to see it from behind (make sure to get a good camera with wideangel or one with panorama options).

Check out the events for
- Gay Parade and Halloween Parade on Santa Monica Blvd. You can also dress up and enjoy the party on the streets and in the bars/clubs.
- “The Day of the Dead” at the Hollywood Cemetery. Check it out on my webpage.
- Movie Premieres in Tinseltown. The Disney Movie Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. as well as the “Graumanns” are having movie premiers where you can actually catch some movie
   actors on the streets giving autographs or even taking a selfie with you.
- Seeing a star getting a star on the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
- seeing stars also at the Grove and Farmers Market at Fairfax Village.

Randyland Glass Park in Echo Park   click here

Old Castle in Highland Park    click here

Got Metro
A free tour of the metro art  click here

And also get a tour of the renovated Wall of LA   click here

Walk Los Angeles Downtown and visit some historical sites
Best to do in the week due to opening hours of office buildings. Check also out online some offered walking tours such as for architecture (not really free)

City Hall in LA Downtown
As already mentioned above in “free views over LA”. You can enter the City Hall for free and do a tour by yourself.
check it out on my webpage
Be aware that they will check your bags at the entrance.

And if you are still in LA Downtown
Check out a free tour of the famous and historical Olvera Street by a volunteer Check out the webpage as you have to sign up beforehand. Here is an official link
The tour is tuesdays thru saturdays at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Music Center offers an hour long audio and guided tour. But if you are holding a LA Phil concert ticket you can get a free insiders tour on that day of the concert. Check out their webpage to get the dates.

Take a tour of a winery and wine tasting in LA Downtown
The San Antonio Winery in LA Visit their webpage to schedule an appointment. for a group of minimum of 8 people. Tour is daily on monday to friday 12pm to 4pm, on the hour and saturday and sunday 11am to 5pm, on the hour.

Check out an university!
In Westwood you can enjoy a nice stroll through the streets enjoying this great student area. Go on to UCLA - you can just go on the campus and check it out. They also have a store there where you can shop some UCLA goodies as well. Westwood is a nice area with lots of restaurants, shops, cinemas...

For art and beer fans
The brewery art walk opens their gates twice a year - in spring and fall. Many artists show their work and you can enjoy it in this former brewery. If you get hungry, just go to their restaurant and enjoy some food and beer. Admission and parking is for free!  This is their webpage link

Books read by their writers
Some famous and maybe infamous authors will read to you for free. Go and have a look if you are interested in an event on the day you are in LA. Link to webpage of Hammer

Readings and book signings
Check out the webpage of Barnes and Nobel book store at the Grove/Farmers Market. If you buy the book of the author he will sign it for free.

At the beaches
Free air gym with ropes etc. Also great for kids. Check out this page

Long Beach - some history
You can take a free tour of the Rancho Los Alamitos and get also into history of this old Adobe house with a nice garden - you will learn there also about the family tie to the Huntington Library. I took that tour and loved it. Here is the link to my pics

Also check out this great page about free stuff in LA

If you want to skip the below index just start with the first page of Los Angeles City and County by clicking here