Marina del Rey, California
Marina del Rey is an unincorporated seaside community in Los Angeles County, with a marina, a major boating and water recreation destination of the greater Los Angeles area. The marina is North America's largest man-made small-craft harbor and is home to 5,000 boats; the area is a popular tourism destination for water activities such as paddle board and kayak rentals, dining cruises, yacht charters. This Westside locale is 4 miles south of Santa Monica, 4 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport; the harbor is owned by Los Angeles County and is operated by the County's Department of Beaches and Harbors. The population was 8,866 at the 2010 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Marina del Rey as a census-designated place; the census definition of the area may not correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The Los Angeles Times said in a 1997 editorial that the harbor is "perhaps the county's most valuable resource". Prior to its development as a small craft harbor, the land occupied by Marina del Rey was a salt marsh fed by fresh water from Ballona Creek, frequented by duck hunters and few others.
Burton W. Chace, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, referred to the area as mud flats, though today the area would more properly be referred to as wetlands. In the mid-19th century, Moye C. Wicks thought of turning this Playa del Rey estuary into a commercial port, he formed the Ballona Development Company in 1888 to develop the area, but three years the company went bankrupt. Port Ballona made by Louis Mesmer and Moye Wicks was sold to Moses Sherman. Sherman purchased 1,000 acres of land around the Ballona lagoon and Port Ballona in 1902 under the name the Beach Land Company. Sherman and Clark renamed the land "Del Rey". Port Ballona was renamed Playa Del Rey; the port was serviced by the California Central Railway opened in September 1887, this line became the Santa Fe Railway, that became the Atchison and Santa Fe Railroad. The rail line ran from the port to Redondo junction. A street car tram line was made to the Port by the Redondo and Hermosa Beach Railroad company, that had incorporated on February 21, 1901.
This company was part of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad owned by Sherman. The tram line opened December 1902 departed downtown at Broadway. In 1916, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers revisited the idea of a commercial harbor, but declared it economically impractical. In 1936 the U. S. Congress ordered a re-evaluation of that determination, the Army Corps of Engineers returned with a more favorable determination. In 1953, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $2 million loan to fund construction of the marina. Since the loan only covered about half the cost, the U. S. Congress passed and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 780 making construction possible. Ground breaking began shortly after. With construction complete, the marina was put in danger in 1962–1963 due to a winter storm; the storm caused millions of dollars in damage to both the marina and the few small boats anchored there. A plan was put into effect to build a breakwater at the mouth of the marina, the L.
A. County Board of Supervisors appropriated $2.1 million to build it. On April 10, 1965 Marina del Rey was formally dedicated; the total cost of the marina was $36.25 million for land and initial operation. Los Angeles County solicited bids for the marina's development, selling 60 year leaseholds to willing developers. Real estate developer Abraham M. Lurie was the single largest leaseholder responsible for the building of three hotels, two apartment complexes, 1,000 boat slips, several shopping centers, restaurants, he ran into cash flow problems and sold a 49.9% interest to Saudi Arabian Sheik Abdul Aziz al Ibrahim, a brother of Waleed bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim and a brother-in-law of King Fahd. Marina del Rey falls within unincorporated Los Angeles County and is southeast of the L. A. City community of Venice and north of the L. A. City community of Playa del Rey, near the mouth of Ballona Creek, it is located four miles north of Los Angeles International Airport. It is bounded on all sides by the City of Los Angeles.
The beach-style homes, the strip of land against the beach, the beach itself, west of the harbor, are within the City of Los Angeles limits, but share the same zip code as Marina del Rey. The name of this strip is the Marina Peninsula. Via Dolce and the southern portion of Via Marina are the boundaries between L. A. City and the unincorporated area. According to the United States Census Bureau, Marina del Rey has an area of 1.5 square miles. Nine-tenths of a square mile is land and 0.6 square miles is water. The marina itself, a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats, is surrounded by high-rise condos, apartments and restaurants; the area includes the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, the Loyola Marymount University boathouse. The community is served by the three-mile-long Marina Freeway, which links Marina del Rey directly to Interstate 405 and nearby Culver City; the area codes of Marina del
Interstate 5 in California
Interstate 5 is a major north–south route of the Interstate Highway System in the U. S. state of California. It begins at the Mexican border at the San Ysidro crossing, goes north across the length of California, crosses into Oregon south of the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area, it is the more important and most-used of the two major north–south routes on the Pacific Coast, the other being U. S. Route 101, coastal; this highway links the major California cities of San Diego, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Stockton and Redding. Among the major cities not directly linked by I-5, but which are connected by local highways to it, are San Francisco and San Jose, all of which are about 80 miles west of the highway. I-5 is referred to as "5" in Northern California, is called "the 5" in the Southern California area. I-5 has several named portions: the Montgomery Freeway, San Diego Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, Golden State Freeway, West Side Freeway. I-5 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.
It is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System. I-5 begins at the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Mexico in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego. After the border, I-805 splits off to the northeast and serves as a bypass of I-5 that avoids the downtown San Diego area. I-5 itself continues northwest and meets the western end of SR 905, a route that connects with the Otay Mesa border crossing. I-5 continues northward and joins the southern end of SR 75, a highway connecting to Coronado via the Silver Strand. I-5 enters Chula Vista leaving the San Diego city limits, it continues along the east side of San Diego Bay where it intersects with SR 54 and enters National City. From there, I-5 reenters the city limits of San Diego. I-5 subsequently intersects with four state routes: the southern end of SR 15, SR 75 and the Coronado Bay Bridge, the western end of SR 94, SR 163. In addition to serving downtown San Diego, I-5 provides access to Balboa Park from the Pershing Drive exit; the portion of I-5 from the Mexican border to downtown San Diego is named the Montgomery Freeway in honor of John J. Montgomery, a pioneer aviator who flew a glider from a location near Chula Vista in 1884.
I-5 continues northwest from downtown as the San Diego Freeway until it reaches its junction with I-8 turns to the north while passing SeaWorld and Mission Bay. Thereafter, I-5 intersections the western end of SR 52 near La Jolla before entering University City. At Nobel Drive, the San Diego LDS Temple towers over I-5. Shortly afterward, I-5 passes through the UC San Diego campus and intersects the northern terminus of I-805 before continuing north and intersecting the western end of SR 56. At this interchange, there is a local bypass that provides the only access to Carmel Mountain Road from both directions and provides the only direct access to SR 56 going northbound. North of the San Diego city limits, I-5 enters the city limits of Solana Beach, three incorporated cities to the north: Encinitas and Oceanside. In Oceanside, I-5 intersects the SR 78 freeway and the SR 76 expressway and continues through Camp Pendleton, it follows the Pacific Ocean coastline for the next 18 miles. Toward the northern end of its routing through Camp Pendleton, I-5 passes through San Onofre State Beach and near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
This is near the site of the once-proposed interchange with the SR 241 toll road near Trestles, a result of the planned Foothill Toll Road extension. I-5 enters Orange County at the Christianitos Road exit. Upon entering Orange County, I-5 goes through San Clemente. At Dana Point, I-5 turns inland. I-5 heads due north through San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo, intersecting the SR 73 toll road heading northwest. I-5 continues to the El Toro Y interchange in southeastern Irvine, splitting into lanes for regular traffic as well as for truck traffic. From that point, I-405 takes over the San Diego Freeway designation, while I-5 becomes the Santa Ana Freeway as it runs southeast to northwest. After the El Toro Y junction, I-5 intersects SR 133, a toll road that connects to SR 241. Just before the Tustin city limits, I-5 passes over SR 261, the final toll road of the Eastern Transportation Corridor, but traffic must use Jamboree Road to access the latter. I-5 intersects SR 55 and enters Santa Ana, the county seat of Orange County.
Towards the northern side of Santa Ana, I-5 intersects both SR 57 and SR 22 in what is known as the Orange Crush interchange. Following this, I-5 enters the city of Orange and traverses Anaheim, passing along the north side of Disneyland. I-5 intersects SR 91, passes through Buena Park and crosses into Los Angeles County. After crossing the county line, I-5 goes through several cities southeast of Los Angeles, including La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk. In Downey, I-5 intersects I-605, which serves as a north-south connector route between the cities east of Los Angeles, including those in the San Gabriel Valley. I-5 passes through Commerce and intersects I-710 before entering the large unincorporated community of East Los Angeles and the city proper of Los Angeles; when the freeway reaches the East Los Angeles Interchange one mile east
Pico Rivera, California
Pico Rivera is a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County, United States. The city is situated 11 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin, on the southern edge of the area known as the San Gabriel Valley; the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as Los Angeles International Airport, are in close proximity. The 2010 census reported that the city has a population of 62,942. Pico Rivera was founded in 1958, from the merger of the long-standing unincorporated communities of Pico and Rivera. Situated on a rich alluvial plain between the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River, the area was once predominantly agricultural. Since the 1950s, it has been both residential as well as industrial, it had a Ford Motor Company plant for many years: Los Angeles Assembly. Pico Rivera lies below the Whittier Narrows, making it one of the “Gateway Cities”. In January 1958, 56 percent of the electorate voted for incorporation, they approved a Council-Manager form of government, the name “Pico Rivera” was established for the new city.
Five citizens were chosen from a slate of 24 candidates to serve as members of the first City Council. The north side of the city is home to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, where concerts and other events are held. There are nine parks and playgrounds throughout the city, including Smith Park on Rosemead Boulevard, Rivera Park on Shade Lane, Pico Park on Beverly Boulevard, Rio Vista Park, Stream Land Park at the north end of Durfee Road; the community enjoys more than 120 acres committed to public recreational facilities. There are 18 athletic fields, two gymnasiums and four community centers, a nine-hole executive golf course and aquatic centers. In 1965, the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Course was built for the communal enjoyment of not only its residents and golfers, but for those in the surrounding communities; the executive nine-hole course plays to measures 1,504 yards. The practice facilities include two putting a covered driving range. Lighting throughout the golf course and driving range enables practice until 10:00 p.m..
Pico Rivera’s Congressional Representative, Grace Napolitano, helped with the funding, city officials launched a newly renovated senior center that includes a high-tech computer lab with 16 computers and a modern dance room. Funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city’s general fund, the US$350,000 renovation of the over 20-year-old center “is an example of your tax dollars at work,” Napolitano told a crowd of local officials and residents, who toured the new facility. Napolitano secured a $198,000 federal grant for the project and the city contributed $157,000 in federal stimulus funds; the fitness room has a set of free weights and two 40-inch flat screen TVs. The activity room has a mirrored wall with a state-of-the-art sound system; the billiard room, a popular part of the senior center, was relocated to larger quarters within the center. It now houses four new pool tables; the Pico Rivera Center, 9200 Mines Avenue, opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Pico Rivera is located at 33°59′20″N 118°5′21″W. It is bordered by Downey on the southwest, Santa Fe Springs on the southeast, Whittier on the east, City of Industry on the northeast, Montebello on the northwest, Commerce on the west. Rosemead/Lakewood Boulevard, CA 19 runs through the center of the city, the San Gabriel River Freeway runs along its southeastern edge. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.003 square kilometers. 21.485 square kilometers of it is land and 1.518 kilometers of it is water. Pico Rivera was the epicenter of a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on March 16, 2010, which occurred at 4:04 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. During 2009–2013, Pico Rivera had a median household income of $57,550, with 13.0% of the population living below the federal poverty line. The 2010 United States Census reported that Pico Rivera had a population of 62,942; the population density was 7,086.8 people per square mile. The Racial makeup of Pico Rivera was 5.2% Non-Hispanic White, 1.0% Black or African American, 1.4% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander.
Hispanic or Latino of any race is 91.2% of the population. The Census reported that 62,488 people lived in households, 39 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 415 were institutionalized. There were 16,566 households, out of which 8,073 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 8,843 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,334 had a female householder with no husband present, 1,470 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,041 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 91 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,276 households were made up of individuals and 1,154 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77. There were 13,647 families; the population was spread out with 16,792 people under the age of 18, 6,971 people aged 18 to 24, 17,225 people aged 25 to 44, 14,323 people aged 45 to 64, 7,631 people who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.0 years. For ever
Culver City, California
Culver City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The city was named after Harry Culver; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 38,883. It is surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Over the years, it has annexed more than 40 pieces of adjoining land and now comprises about five square miles. Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a center for motion picture and television production, best known as the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. From 1932 to 1986, it was the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment have headquarters in the city; the NFL Network studio is based in Culver City. Archaeological evidence suggests a human presence in the area of present-day Culver City since at least 8,000 BC; the region was the homeland of the Tongva-Gabrieliño Native Americans. The city was founded on the lands of the former Rancho La Ballona, Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes, Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera.
In 1861, during the American Civil War, Camp Latham was established by the 1st California Infantry under Col. James H. Carleton and the 1st California Cavalry under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis. Named for California Senator Milton S. Latham, the camp was the first staging area for the training of Union troops and their operations in Southern California, it was located on land of the Rancho La Ballona, on the South side of Ballona Creek, near what is now the intersection of Jefferson and Overland Boulevards. The post was moved to Camp Drum, which became the Drum Barracks. Harry Culver first attempted to establish Culver City in 1913; the first film studio in Culver City was built by Thomas Ince in 1918. Silent film comedy producer Hal Roach built his studios there in 1919, Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the'20s. During Prohibition and nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard. Culver Center, one of Southern California's first shopping malls, was completed in 1950 on Venice Boulevard near the Overland Avenue intersection.
Many other retail stores, including a Rite Aid and several banks and restaurants, have occupied the center since then. Hughes Aircraft opened its Culver City plant in July 1941. There the company built the H-4 Hercules transport. Hughes was an active subcontractor in World War II, it developed and patented a flexible feed chute for faster loading of machine guns on B-17 bombers, manufactured electric booster drives for machine guns. Hughes produced more ammunition belts than any other American manufacturer, built 5,576 wings and 6,370 rear fuselage sections for Vultee BT-13 trainers. Hughes grew after the war, in 1953 Howard Hughes donated all his stock in the company to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After he died in 1976, the institute sold the company, which made it the second-best-endowed medical research foundation in the world; the Hal Roach Studios were demolished in 1963. In the late 1960s, much of the MGM backlot acreage, the nearby 28.5-acre of the RKO Forty Acres, once owned by RKO Pictures and Desilu Productions, were sold by their owners.
In 1976 the sets were razed to make way for redevelopment. Today the RKO site is the southern expansion of the Hayden Industrial Tract, while the MGM property has been converted to a subdivision and a shopping center known as Raintree Plaza. In the 1990s, Culver City launched a successful revitalization program in which it renovated its downtown as well as several shopping centers in the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor near Westfield Culver City. Around the same time, Sony's motion picture subsidiary, Columbia Pictures, moved into the old MGM lot; the influx of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city, formally designated the Culver City Art District, prompted The New York Times in 2007 to praise the new art scene and call Culver City a "nascent Chelsea."In 2012 Roger Vincent of the Los Angeles Times said that, according to local observers, the city's "reputation as a pedestrian-friendly destination with upscale restaurants, gastropubs and a thriving art scene is less than a decade old."
Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios: Sony Pictures Studios, Culver Studios, the former Hal Roach Studios. These include The Wizard of Oz, The Thin Man, Gone with the Wind, the Tarzan series, the original King Kong. More recent films made in Culver City include Grease, Raging Bull, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, City Slickers, Air Force One, Wag the Dog and Contact. Television series made on Culver City sets have included Las Vegas, Cougar Town, Mad About You, Hogan's Heroes, The Green Hornet, Arrested Development, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. Jeopardy!, The Nanny, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune and Tosh. O; the television series The Green Hornet featured Bruce Lee as Kato. John Travolta's "Stranded at the Drive-In" sequence in Grease was filmed at the Studio Drive-In on the corner of Jefferson and Sepulveda, it served as a set including Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The theatre was closed in 1993 and demolished in 1998.
Culver City's streets have been featured in television series. Since much of the
La Cienega Boulevard
La Cienega Boulevard is a major north–south arterial road that runs between El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne, California on the south and the Sunset Strip/Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood to the north. It was named for Rancho Las Cienegas "The Ranch Of The Swamps," an area of marshland south of Rancho La Brea. From south of Fairview and from north of Rodeo Road, La Cienega Boulevard is a regular surface street and one of Hollywood's major thoroughfares. Offices for A&E Network, The History Channel and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are located on La Cienega as are the studios of Citadel Broadcasting flagships KABC and KLOS, two of Los Angeles' biggest radio stations. A portion of La Cienega in and adjacent to Beverly Hills is known as "Restaurant Row" for its large number of upscale restaurants. South of Olympic, La Cienega runs through the Pico-Robertson and Crestview neighborhoods in West Los Angeles into Culver City and is known for its large number of automotive-related business including several used car dealerships and many body shops and auto mechanics.
It continues south passing Interstate 10, the Metro Expo Line. It is unusual among Southern California roadways to be built to freeway standards. South of Interstate 10, La Cienega was built to freeway standards in the late 1940s as part of the proposed Laurel Canyon Freeway, part of State Route 170; the SR 170 freeway was never completed south of U. S. Route 101, the stretch of La Cienega from just north of Fairview Blvd in Inglewood, through Baldwin Hills and along the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area to Rodeo Road in Los Angeles is a divided, limited access highway with few traffic signals; as such, emergency call boxes like those found along the area's freeways were installed along that stretch in the early 1970s. South of Fairview Blvd, La Cienega runs parallel to the 405 freeway and terminates at El Segundo Boulevard in Del Aire along the west side of the freeway. A non-contiguous segment named La Cienega Blvd runs along the East side of the 405 freeway between El Segundo Blvd and Rosecrans Avenue in Wiseburn, another unincorporated area adjacent to Del Aire.
The area of La Cienega Boulevard, from Beverly Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, its satellite streets is known as the La Cienega Design Quarter. Its shops and galleries house many antiques, rugs and art. Art dealer Felix Landau operated his trend-setting gallery there in the 1960s. La Cienega in Beverly Hills, north of Wilshire Boulevard, is known as Restaurant Row because it features many upscale restaurants. From Wilshire in Beverly Hills traveling north the best known establishments include Benihana, The Stinking Rose, the original Lawry's the Prime Rib, Tokyo Table - Tokyo City Cuisine, Fogo de Chão, Gyu-Kaku, Woo Lae Oak, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Morton's. La Cienega Boulevard is named after Rancho Las Cienegas Mexican land grant in the region now called "West Los Angeles." The Spanish phrase la ciénaga translates into English as "the swamp" and the area named "Las Ciénegas" was a continual marshland due to the course of the Los Angeles River through that area prior to a massive southerly shift in 1825 to its present course.
The difference in spelling in Los Angeles between the Castilian Spanish word ciénaga and the name of the thoroughfare, common in other Iberian languages like Extremaduran, originated with the name of the rancho. Metro Local lines 105 and 217, Metro Rapid line 705 run on La Cienega Boulevard. An elevated light rail station for the Metro Expo Line is located at Jefferson Boulevard. An underground station for the Metro Purple Line at Wilshire Boulevard is under construction and is due to open in 2023; the entire route is in Los Angeles County. Southern California Unsigned Freeways – La Cienega Boulevard La Cienega Design Quarter
Whittier Boulevard is an arterial street that runs from the Los Angeles River to Brea, California. The street is one of the main thoroughfares in both East Los Angeles. At various times, portions of Whittier Boulevard carried the designation of U. S. Route 101. Whittier Boulevard carries a portion of El Camino Real, its west section leading from the Sixth Street Viaduct was demolished in 2016. Whittier Boulevard carries two Caltrans controlled highways; the portion between Rosemead Boulevard and Beach Boulevard carries State Route 72 and the portion between Beach and Harbor Boulevards carries California State Route 39. The portion of State Route 72 up to State Route 19 was relinquished back to Pico Rivera in the early 2000s and the portion of State Route 72 between State Route 19 and Downey Road was deleted from SR 72 in 1992. During World War II, Whittier Boulevard and neighboring East LA streets went through the neighborhoods of many Pachucos. A few Zoot Suits fights happened in East Los Angeles' streets like Whittier Blvd.
When the Zoot Suit Riots occurred in Los Angeles it was difficult to be a Latino in that area for those who wore a Zoot Suit. One memorable and still alive trend along Whittier Boulevard is the usage and showings of lowriders, it has been said that East Los Angeles on Whittier Boulevard was one of the few first places that low riders began to appear around World War II and up until now, there are still low-rider showings along Whittier Boulevard, or anywhere in East Los Angeles. Drivers would compete against each other and hope to win the other driver’s car, known as "hopping for pink slips.” The street itself became popular because it became a place for low riders to come together and the locals would cruise up and down the streets. To this day lowriders are still being driven and meet ups occur, where those who still have cars and want to showcase them come together at parks, parking lots, etc. anywhere they find place and come in groups. Whittier Blvd located in The East Los Angeles community consists of Latino descent, but as well as other culture groups, which provides the diversity of East L.
A. Whittier Boulevard is the heart of the community in East Los Angeles. In particular, taco trucks appear on Whittier Boulevard. Other establishments include liquor stores, bread shops, clothing stores and furniture warehouses, 99 cent stores, as well as a supermarket, but with the change in times, places are being shut down and remodeled or new shops pop up frequently; the tacos are not the only thing popular along these strips, but the occasional, but a more growing popular snack rising is the Hot Dog created on the streets of Whittier. Hot dogs served along Whittier are served with grilled onions and jalapeños; when prepared this way, it is known as an East L. A. Ditch Dog. Both hot dogs and tacos can be served with the esquites; every year there is a Christmas parade, called the East Los Angeles Parade that takes place on Whittier Boulevard and starts on Eastern and ends at Whittier Blvd. and Atlantic. This parade consists of high school cheer squad, the elementary and middle school cheer squad as well, they bring in elephants, television reporters, broadcasters come from local stations to cover the parade, sometimes some TV.
Celebrities come. In 2008 they brought. Another trend that became part of the popular culture of Whittier Boulevard are Thee Midniters. Thee Midniters were a Chicano rock band, their song "Whittier Boulevard" gained popularity. They named their song after the most popular street in East Los Angeles: Whittier Boulevard. Scenes of Whittier Blvd appeared in the beginning of the Man TV show. Which was based on East Los Angeles and showed much of the neighborhood and streets. Scenes of Whittier Blvd. appeared in the 1979 film Boulevard Nights, which concerned gangbanging and lowriding on the streets of East L. A. Along the Whittier Boulevard strip there is Salazar Park, named after Ruben Salazar, it was renamed after the LA Times reporter who got shot by the sheriff’s deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs while investigating the Vietnam War protests of the Chicano Community. His death made national news and he became immortalized not just after having a park named after him, but by Lalo Guerrero, who wrote a corrido about him and in the Sonoma University.
The Ruben Salazar Park represents not only a landmark of the Chicano struggle, but the legacy of Salazar and his endeavor for giving Mexican Americans a voice. This Park today hosts baseball games, senior activities in their gym, offers a public swimming pool in the summer and classes for non swimmers, allowing community members to have recreational activities. Bus service on Whittier Boulevard is provided by Metro Local line 18, Metro Rapid Line 720, Montebello Transit Line 10. Metro Lines 18 and 720 run on Whittier Boulevard between Downtown and East Los Angeles, Montebello Line 10 runs east of East Los Angeles
Venice Boulevard is a major east–west thoroughfare in Los Angeles, running from the ocean in the Venice district, past the I-10 intersection, into downtown Los Angeles. It was known as West 16th Street under the Los Angeles numbered street system; the western terminus of Venice Boulevard is Ocean Front Walk in Venice. Proceeding easterly, it assumes the designation California State Route 187 crossing Lincoln Boulevard; the route passes through the Mar Vista neighborhood. Further east, it forms the boundary between Palms and Culver City and passes near Sony Pictures Studios. Continuing northeast into the Crestview neighborhood in West Los Angeles, the SR 187 designation terminates at the intersection with Cadillac Avenue and the ramp carrying traffic from westbound I-10. Continuing to parallel Washington Boulevard directly to its south, as it does for much of its length, the route proceeds between the Pico-Robertson neighborhood in West Los Angeles and Lafayette Square in Mid-City, through the Mid-Wilshire district, through Arlington Heights and Harvard Heights, dips under the Harbor Freeway, continues into the heart of downtown Los Angeles, where it turns into East 16th Street at Main Street.
Metro Local line 33 and Metro Rapid line 733 operate on Venice Boulevard. The Metro Expo Line serves a rail station at its intersection with Robertson Boulevard. Prior to 1932, West 16th Street ended at Crenshaw Boulevard. In that year part of the Pacific Electric Railway right of way was taken and Venice Boulevard was cut through from La Brea Avenue to Crenshaw. At that time West 16th Street was renamed Venice Boulevard. Venice High School is located near the intersection with Walgrove Avenue. Loyola High School is located by Vermont Avenue; the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery lies on Venice