|Getting Out of Town During Campaign Season
October 17, 2010
It’s particularly nice to get out of Richmond for a few days during the final nasty weeks of our local campaign season.
We flew down to LA yesterday to participate in an awards ceremony. It was the first time we had been to Santa Monica and Venice in 37 years where we lived for two years when I was in graduate school at UCLA. Out of curiosity, we went by the two places we had lived to see if they had changed. The little garden apartment building where we were in 1971-72 in Santa Monica, just a block off Palisades Park and two blocks north of Wilshire hadn’t changed a bit.
Then we drove a couple of miles down to Venice were we lived a half block from the beach in 1972-73. We had always heard that Venice had gone upscale and had become gentrified, but we were shocked to see that the area where we lived had really gone downhill. It looked like a third world country. Frankly, that’s about what most of Los Angeles looks like. We were glad to get back to northern California.
Last night the entire Civic Center project team was in Malibu at the Getty Villa to receive a 2010 award from the California Preservation Foundation for the Civic Center Rehabilitation. Steve Duran and I represented the City of Richmond to receive this prestigious award.