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We got serious in Here's an excerpt from our announcement in Things don't get less serious in Our Word of the Year was exposure , which highlighted the year's Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. Here's what we had to say about exposure in From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year.

Fluidity of identity was a huge theme in Racial identity also held a lot of debate in , after Rachel Dolezal, a white woman presenting herself as a black woman, said she identified as biracial or transracial.

Our Word of the Year in reflected the many facets of identity that surfaced that year. In , we selected xenophobia as our Word of the Year. Fear of the "other" was a huge theme in , from Brexit to President Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric.

Despite being chosen as the Word of the Year, xenophobia is not to be celebrated. It was a year of real awakening to complicity in various sectors of society, from politics to pop culture. From our Word of the Year announcement:.

Our choice for Word of the Year is as much about what is visible as it is about what is not. The first half of the book deals with Tony Cornero, certainly the most interesting character and the most honorable of these "entrepreneurs.

However, because of the book's structure, it's not clear why the authorities are so hellbent on going after him; this only becomes clear after reading the 2nd half, which deals with the truly despicable racketeers who would beat up and kill people if they won too much, thus demonstrating to the public that the ships really were dangerous. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it wholeheartedly.

Absolutely everything you could ever want to know about this interesting period of California history. I can't imagine anyone covering the subject in more detail than Mr. See all 6 reviews.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Jones and Baker subdivided part of their joint holdings in and created the town of Santa Monica. The town site fronted on the ocean and was bounded on the northwest by Montana Avenue, on the southeast by Colorado Avenue and on the northeast by 26th Street. The avenues were all named after the states of the West, the streets being simply numbered.

The first lots in Santa Monica were sold on July 15, The first town hall was a modest brick building, later a beer hall, and now part of the Santa Monica Hostel.

It is Santa Monica's oldest extant structure. The southwestern section of the city originally belonged to the Rancho La Ballona of the Machado and Talamantes families. Lucas purchased acres 3. The property was farmed by her sons, and a parcel of acres 0. Business started springing up. The town's new business district was initially centered around the current Third Street Promenade. Early street names consisted of both numbers and the names of western states; however Utah eventually became Broadway and Oregon became Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Hotel burned in The room " Arcadia Hotel " opened on January 25, Named for Arcadia Bandini, it was one of the great hotels on the Pacific Coast of its era. The hotel was the site where Colonel Griffith J. Griffith shot his wife in , which led to their divorce and his short imprisonment. The residents voted to incorporate November 30, , and chose the first board of trustees.

Senator Jones built a mansion, Miramar , and his wife Georgina planted a Moreton Bay Fig tree in its front yard in The tree is now in the courtyard of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and is the second-largest such tree in California, the largest being the tree in Santa Barbara.

When the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived at Los Angeles , a controversy erupted over where to locate the seaport. At the time it was constructed, it was the longest pier in the world at feet, and accommodated a train. The plan did not last: Still, the Long Wharf acted as the major port of call for Los Angeles until Though the final decision disappointed Jones and other property owners, the selection allowed Santa Monica to maintain its scenic charm.

The rail line down to Santa Monica Canyon was sold to the Pacific Electric Railway , and was in use from to Meanwhile, Abbot Kinney acquired deed to the coastal strip previously purchased by W. Vawter and named the area Ocean Park in It became his first amusement park and residential project. A race track and golf course were built on the Ocean Park Casino.

After a falling out with his partners he focused on the south end of the property, which he made into Venice of America. Amusement piers became enormously popular in the first decades of the 20th century. Competing pier owners commissioned ever larger roller coaster rides.

Wooden piers turned out to be readily flammable, but even destroyed piers were soon replaced. There were five piers in Santa Monica alone, with several more down the coast. The earliest part of the current Santa Monica Pier , which is now the last remaining amusement pier, was built in on what was referred to as the North Bay.

The second half, an amusement park pier, was built later and the two rival piers were merged. Among the South Bay piers, the most notable in this period was Abbot Kinney's Venice of America pier, started in and built to rival his former partner's Ocean Park Pier. A new charter was adopted in that converted the city government to a Mayor — Council form of government.

Under the new charter, the City Council was composed of one Mayor with veto power, and one Councilmember from each of its seven wards. Around the start of the 20th century, a growing population of Asian Americans lived in or near Santa Monica and Venice.

A Japanese fishing village was located near the Long Wharf while small numbers of Chinese lived or worked in both Santa Monica and Venice. The two ethnic minorities were often viewed differently by White Americans who were often well-disposed towards the Japanese but condescending towards the Chinese. The Japanese village fishermen were an integral economic part of the Santa Monica Bay community.

The Ocean Park Pier burned down in In its place was Fraser's Million Dollar amusement pier, which claimed to be the largest in the world at feet long and feet wide. It too burned within the year. A new charter was adopted in that converted the city government to a commission form. This proved to be very weak, especially since the police commissioner was poorly paid and had no accountability. Auto racing became popular. Drivers would race an 8.

The Free-For-All Race was conducted between and By , the events were attracting , people, at which point the city halted them. Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. In , four Douglas-built planes took off from Clover Field to attempt the first aerial circumnavigation of the world. Two planes made it back, after having covered 27, miles in days, and were greeted on their return September 23, , by a crowd of , generously estimated. The entire facility was demolished and removed by In , a local newspaper, discussing African Americans, stated "We don't want you here; now and forever, this is to be a white man's town".

The nationwide prosperity of the s was felt in Santa Monica. The population increased from 15, to 32, at the end of the decade. Downtown saw a construction boom with many important buildings going up such as Henshey's Department Store destroyed and the Criterion Theater.

Beach volleyball is believed to have been developed in Santa Monica during this time. Duke Kahanamoku brought a form of the game with him from Hawaii when he took a job as athletic director at the Beach Club. Competition began in with six-person teams, and by the first game with two-person teams took place. A major storm in almost destroyed the pier and the ballroom, necessitating major repairs.

La Monica hosted many national radio and television broadcasts in the early days of networks, before it was finally torn down in From to the ballroom became one of the largest roller-skating rinks in the western U. Among his improvements was a polo field where he played with friends Spencer Tracy , Walt Disney and Robert Montgomery. The southern rim of the canyon is the oldest residential part of Santa Monica, while most of the canyon is in the City of Los Angeles.

In , Will Rogers sold a parcel with two large houses on the beach at the base of the bluffs to William Randolph Hearst , who then gave it to Marion Davies. Davies was a vivacious and popular hostess and Ocean House saw many grand parties of Hollywood celebrities.

Most of the property was torn down in , leaving only the North House with a marble pool and tennis courts. The remaining property was sold to the State of California and leased as the private Sand and Sea Club. Following the expiration of the year lease in , management of the property was turned over to the City of Santa Monica.

For a short period of time until the Northridge earthquake, the City operated the site as a public beach facility. Redevelopment of the property has been a political issue in the city since the s. In , the City Council approved plans for the first ever public beach club, which included the rehabilitation of the property and construction of new facilities.

The project, now under construction, is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Local residents succeeded in forcing the city to significantly limit its hours of operation. The area around the Davies mansion became known as the Gold Coast.

Stretching along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica Canyon and the Santa Monica Pier it became fashionable in the s for beach homes of discrete celebrities. Douglas Fairbanks spent his last years living there. Peter Lawford had a house there in the s. Later it moved to its current location in where it began serving the many Hollywood celebrities living nearby. Part of the attraction were the famous pipes handmade by Kolpin himself.

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