Time Capsule Tuesday: Stanford Research Institute Study on the City of Industry, 1957-1970, Part Eight

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In its important study on the early history and development of the City of Industry as a basis for future planning, Stanford Research Institute's 1970 report looked at fiscal policies and practices from incorporation in June 1957 through mid-year 1963 noting that a local sales and use tax of 1% was... Continue Reading →

Asking for Admission: California’s Representatives and Their Memorial to Congress, 18 March 1850

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Impatient while awaiting action from Congress, California residents, most of them recent arrivals for the Gold Rush and seeing that military rule of the new American possession was woefully inadequate, wrote and passed their own constitution at the end of 1849.  In the spring, elections were held for elected offices, which... Continue Reading →

On This [St. Patrick’s] Day: David W. Alexander, 1810-1886

by Paul R. Spitzzeri The earliest known photograph of Homestead patriarch William Workman was taken about 1851 or 1852, allegedly by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady in New York, and shows the 50-something Workman with David Watt Alexander, a friend of long standing with whom he traveled to and/or from England during Workman's only... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Tent Cabin in the San Gabriel Mountains, March 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From about the late 1880s, when a massive growth boom engulfed greater Los Angeles, and for decades afterward, our local mountains, including the San Gabriel range, were heavily used for hiking, hunting, fishing and camping during what is often called "The Great Hiking Era," when outdoor activity flourished in America broadly.... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule Tuesday: Stanford Research Institute Study on the City of Industry, 1957-1970, Part Seven

by Paul R. Spitzzeri In its seminal report on the early years of the City of Industry, the Stanford Research Institute devoted significant attention to "Economic Characteristics and Trends" in the city.  The first area of discussion concerned land area in Industry, using data provided by the city engineer and the city's auditing firm, Frazer... Continue Reading →

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