Memories of Whittier

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Meeting the Cowboys of "Rawhide"

Meeting the Cowboys of "Rawhide"

It was a bright sunny day. We drove to my grandparents’ home and walked over from there. I was 5 or 6 years old. I remember holding my father’s hand as we made our way over to the Quad. We were standing directly against the stage and I was looking up at Fleming and Eastwood as they spoke. When they finished, my father talked to each of them and then they leaned down and each shook my hand.

William Henry Harrison Part 2: Elementary Schools of Whittier

William Henry Harrison Part 2: Elementary Schools of Whittier

Named by the LAUSD Assistant Superintendent one of the six best-designed schools in America, Hoover stands at the east end of Camilla Street at 6302 Alta Avenue. Built in 1938, and now called the Lou Henry Hoover School of Fine Arts, it was named after the Whittier-raised wife of the 31st president of the United States. “The severity of this Regency Moderne building is lightened by the concave central bay with a handsome Wedgewood-like curved relief panel depicting the Pageant of Education.”

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A Call for Civility at City Hall

A Call for Civility at City Hall

Tolerating hate speech, yelling, and clapping at Whittier City Council meetings is uncivil and invites lawlessness. The editor of Sustainable City News calls on City Council to make Public Comment safe by standing firm for civility.

A Journalist's Welcome to Sustainable City News

A Journalist's Welcome to Sustainable City News

I salute the founders of this paper on their mission to spread the gospel of Whittier, at a time when we need to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable more than ever before — and at a time where too many want to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.

Farewell FAQ From First Christian Pastor Layne Beamer

Farewell FAQ From First Christian Pastor Layne Beamer

First Christian Church of Whittier officially closed its doors on December 31, 2019. This message from Pastor Layne Beamer, originally posted on Facebook, answers questions asked frequently about the future of the church and its buildings.

Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather

Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather

I rarely trimmed the tangerine tree and never trimmed the Meyer lemon except to remove all the suckers. My grandfather defined suckers as fast growing branches, usually green and smooth, which produced no fruit but “sucked” energy from the trees. The sucker usually had larger and darker leaves. They nearly always grew straight upward in the tree.

SCOTUS Says Cities Must Provide Housing

SCOTUS Says Cities Must Provide Housing

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined unanimously to hear an appeal by cities (including Whittier) of Martin v. Boise, a key part of the case law which says that removal of unhoused persons from public land without offering shelter is unconstitutional. This sets a mandate for cities like Whittier to provide housing.