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Join us this month as we get an education from two devoted parks interpreters: LuAnn Thompson shares her favorite things about the landscape and creatures found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and Andy Fitzpatrick introduces us to the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, including the Route 66 roadside attraction turned State Parks resource, the astonishing Mitchell Caverns.


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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Recommended Reading:

Anza Borrego Desert Region: Your Complete Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert by Lowell & Diana Lindsay

Keepers of the Caves: A True Account of Twenty Years of Modern Pioneering by Jack Mitchell

  • Hollenbeck Park Lake in Boyle Heights slated for a major makeover.
  • In rent control news, Costa-Hawkins repeal supporters say they will qualify for November ballot.
  • Landmarking makes all the difference: Crossroads of the World mega-project now plans to incorporate historic Hollywood Reporter building (no word on the gorgeous 1930s garden apartment buildings that are also under landmark consideration).
  • The huge development surrounding Capitol Records returns from the grave.
  • Church of the Angels moves forward after vandalism.
  • Developer in Dispute with Community Stakeholders Warns, ‘I’ll Use My AR-15.’ The parcel was subsequently landmarked.
  • The L.A. Times might move to… El Segundo? We made the trek so you don’t have to!
  • City of Los Angeles following the lead of AIDS Healthcare Foundation in turning old motels into permanent supportive housing. This is good for people experiencing homelessness and for the preservation of the historic built environment.
  • Pasadena plans new anti-suicide barriers for the National Register Colorado Street Bridge, with design recommendations to come. They can’t be uglier than the current chain link solution. . .we hope!