Join us this week as we talk with Ken Bernstein, Manager of the Office of Historic Resources of the City of Los Angeles, about that organization and its creation and oversight of the city’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zones. We’ll also visit with Tom Sitton, Curator Emeritus of the Natural History Museum, to discuss his new book, “The Courthouse Crowd: Los Angeles County and Its Government, 1850-1950,” which traces the origins of our regional governance, some influential
politicians, and the issues which continue to steer public policy in Southern California.

We’ll also discus the 50th anniversary of John Rechy’s groundbreaking novel “City of Night,” the restoration of Walker & Eisen’s Hotel Normandie, a mixed use development proposed for the former site of the Union Rescue Mission at Second and Main, SB 416 calls for Caltrans to sell off the landmark South Pasadena houses in the path of the proposed 710 extension and the Southwest Museum has its first exhibition since 2006. Also this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of October 28th, 2013.

Photo: Los Angeles County Courthouse (left), architects: Curlett, Eisen and Cuthbertson. 1891

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

The Office of Historic Resources website.

Tom Sitton’s new book, The Courthouse Crowd: Los Angeles County and Its Government, 1850-1950, published by The Historical Society of Southern California.

John Rechy’s City of Night turns 50.

The Hotel Normandie reopens.

Mixed-use development proposed for historic site of the Union Rescue Mission.

SB 416 set to return Caltrans-owned houses in South Pasadena to private hands.

The Southwest Museum hosts its first exhibition since 2006.

LAVA’s November Monthly Sunday Salon

Broadway On My Mind Walking Tour #5, right after Salon.