Join us this week as we talk with Myllie Taylor, longtime La Mirada resident and historian, about Bill Neff, whose sale of his grandfather’s 2,000+ acre citrus and olive farms in the early 1950s led to the community’s development. We’ll also visit with Claudia Heller, President of the Duarte Historical Society, to hear about the legendary Trails Restaurant, a staple of old Route 66 from 1952 to its abrupt closure in 2001.

We’ll also discuss the preservation crisis surrounding the flagship Norms coffee shop on La Cienega, a makeover for the El Dorado lobby with its problematic Batchelder “tiles,” demolition danger for Taco Bell #1 and architect Thom Mayne’s demolition of Ray Bradbury’s home in Cheviot Hills. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of January 19th, 2015.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Duarte Historical Society’s Museum info.

Claudia Heller’s book, Life on Route 66: Personal Accounts Along the Mother Road to California.

Norms La Cienega preservation alert.

A new look for the El Dorado hotel lobby. (And the destroyed tile tale is here.)

Taco Bell #1 in peril.

Thom Mayne demolishes Ray Bradbury’s house.

Starchitect Thom Mayne is Tearing Down Ray Bradbury’s Cheviot Hills House Right Now

Kim’s free Pasadena Public Library talk on Raymond Chandler and The Kept Girl. 

Monthly Sunday LAVA Salon February 2015

LAVA Forensic Science Seminar: Hot Lead and Hot Leads: Forensic Firearm / Gang Communication Analysis