Posts Tagged ‘Southern California’

May Gray, June Gloom: Where is the Summer Sun?

June 13, 2011

I’m sure most of you who live in Southern California have heard of June Gloom as well as May Gray.  The former refers to the first couple weeks of June, where weather conditions interfere with summer plans made earlier in the month.  The gray clouds that cover the sun and coolness in the air have a name and it’s called June Gloom.  It seems pretty fitting considering, for some, it’s an unwelcome pause before the sunny, clear skies that we come to expect in the summer.  Others may like it because it’s a nice, cool break before the scorching heat that comes in the second half of June and July.  You may be asking yourself why exactly it is called June Gloom.

May Gray, June Gloom - whatever you want to call it - lingers around Southern California just before the sunny days of summer. How does the gloomy weather pattern work?The answer to this question is quite simple; June Gloom represents the weather that comes at the beginning of June.  Cloudy, cool, perhaps with a bit of humidity but it certainly contrasts with ordinary sunny weather, resulting in gloomy weather.  June Gloom (sometimes May Gray) is a Southern California term for the weather pattern that results in overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer in the mornings and afternoons.  For example, June is the cloudiest month of the year in San Diego.  In the early 20th century, this phenomenon was sometimes known as “high fog”.  So for everyone who lives in Southern California, enjoy the nice, cool break before the summer heat takes over!

The video, below, shows what June Gloom looks like high above the coast-hugging clouds from aboard a passenger jet just after takeoff at LAX:

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Joie Montoya

Top Ten Prom Locations in Los Angeles

April 28, 2011

Prom night can mean a lot to people in high school.  It is a big part of your high school career, the one night many look forward to in their senior or junior year.  Finding the right tuxedo, dress, limo, corsage, boutonniere, and date is all up to you.  Finding a great location is up to the school.  With a little research, I found out the top ten prom locations near Los Angeles, California.  Here is a list of the top locations:

1. The Athenaeum in Pasadena (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

2. The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

3. Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

4. Autry National Center in Griffith Park (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

5. The Key Club in West Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

6. The Music Box in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

7. The Hollywood Palladium (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

8. The Bluebird Café in Culver City (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

9. The Castaway in Burbank (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

10. California Science Center in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

These ten places have gotten the best reviews in the Los Angeles area.  Most of these places also have concerts and shows so they are made to have fun parties for prom.  With decorations and music, these places become part of the prom night dream.

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Taylor P.

Why I love Kogi BBQ

March 15, 2010

While Kogi BBQ of Southern California is a social media marketing darling, the real reason I love Kogi BBQ is simple: the FOOD!On a rainy Friday in February 2010, I received word on Twitter about the arrival of Kogi BBQ, a fleet of taco trucks that serves Korean Mexican food throughout Southern California, in my community of Santa Clarita.  I was glad I kept up with Kogi’s Tweets; Azul (one of the four primary taco trucks named after a Spanish color, with one on standby) was arriving an hour early.  I was done with the day’s work, so I made my way to the car wash across the street from Westfield Valencia and arrived at 8:15PM.  I did not see a line of people, but I wasn’t surprised; it was raining all day that day and had just started to clear up in the evening.  Needless to say, it was freezing outside.  Furthermore, Kogi’s early arrival was not Tweeted until about 6PM, so that probably threw off peoples’ plans.  Nonetheless, I braved the cold weather and, upon Kogi’s arrival, was rewarded by being served first.

Why do I love Kogi BBQ?  Being served first helped slightly.  Kogi’s successful (read: enviable) social media marketing plan certainly caught my eye, which was recently copied in some form by JetBlue in New York City to distribute about a thousand free round-trip tickets as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.  However, the reason why I love Kogi BBQ is very simple: the FOOD!

Simply, you haven’t had Kogi BBQ until you’ve had short rib, spicy pork, chicken, or tofu, wrapped in a soft taco or burrito flour tortilla.  If you want a real taste of Korean, you must try the Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla, a Kogi Favorite.  Furthermore, if you ever needed a reason to come early, the Chef’s Specials such as Calamari Tacos and desserts like Tres Leches always sell out.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Kogi BBQ’s fleet of taco trucks roam Southern California from Tuesday-Saturday.  Go to their website and find out when Kogi will be serving up Korean Mexican food at the parking lot of a shopping center, hotel, or car wash near you.

Finally, if you live in or near Culver City, California, drop by the Alibi Room from 6PM – midnight, Monday-Saturday for your Kogi fix (21+).

Kogi BBQhttp://www.kogibbq.com/

Follow them on Twitter! @KogiBBQ

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Francis M. Unson

Santa Clarita, 1986

February 16, 2010

There are many, many ways that Santa Clarita has changed since my family moved here at the end of 1986. The following list illustrates just how much things have changed in the last 26 years, and these are just a handful of the changes:

Magic Mountain - Santa Clarita, CaliforniaSix Flags Magic Mountain

  • There were only two rollercoasters that went upside-down: Shockwave, a stand-up rollercoaster, and Revolution.  The latter is still around, yet quite modest compared to Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, which opened to the public on July 7, 2012.
  • Six Flags divided the park into “areas”: Area 1 (Revolution), Area 2 (Bugs Bunny World), etc..
  • They hosted hip hop and R&B concerts there briefly with acts such as Paperboy and TLC.
  • Hurricane Harbor would arrive nine years later.

Around town

  • The west terminus of Newhall Ranch Road connected to Avenue Scott, next to the old Daily News building.
  • Rye Canyon Road was a cul-de-sac, ending in front of HR Textron (now Woodward HRT).
  • Copper Hill Drive ended at McBean Parkway.
  • The Old Road was discontinuous at its south end, turning into Valencia Blvd. and restarting at Pico Canyon Road.
  • Stevenson Ranch did not exist and the land to the west of the freeway was mostly farmland.  I would see the cows grazing next to the southbound 5 freeway between Valencia Blvd. and McBean Parkway on my way to church.
  • At the intersection of McBean Parkway and Bouquet Canyon Road, the sole commercial area was Bouquet Center in the northeast corner across the street from the present-day Burger King and Best Buy.
  • By the way, Newhall Ranch Road ended just after that shopping center.
  • K-Mart was the sole department store.  Target arrived a year later in 1987.
  • The southbound Lyons Ave. exit was to the left of Carl’s Jr., not to the right as it is now, and it was without a traffic light.
  • If you stood at where Target would be built on Magic Mountain Parkway, you could see clear across the undeveloped land where the Westfield Valencia is now.
  • There were no Starbucks(!).
  • The computer monitors at Valencia Public Library displayed information in orange.
  • The traffic lights at the intersection of Soledad Canyon and Rainbow Glen Drives were not yet turned on.
  • People going to the swap meet at Saugus Speedway used to park on Soledad Canyon.
  • The south terminus of Whites Canyon Road was next to Ralph’s.  Yes, another cul-de-sac.
  • The father of my elementary school classmate owned a lot of the land around Newhall Ranch Road, McBean Parkway, and Decoro Drive.  Chesebrough County Park is named after him.
  • The bowling alley, Newhall Bowl, occupied what is now Valencia Lanes.  The theater next door used to show movies weeks into their run.  50’s Cafe occupied what is now Lily’s Cafe.

What other changes have you seen around Santa Clarita? Post them in the comments below.

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Francis M. Unson