Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Etiwanda Fire

A spring day interrupted by a wind driven fire in Rancho Cucamonga.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Where there's smoke...

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Captain.

Saw Kareem "The Captain" Abdul Jabbar yesterday supporting the Clippers team.
He spoke at LA City Hall yesterday about racism, and how he and several Laker players are supporting the Clippers.
Good to see him living up to his nickname.

Ted Soqui © 2014
The Captain of LA.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar statue at Staples Center.

Monday, April 28, 2014

22 Years Later

Once again Los Angeles finds itself ground zero over race issues with the owner of the LA Clippers lighting the spark.
It's been 22 years to the day since the City of Los Angeles exploded in to a riot over race.
Tonight at the Staples Center, not far from LAPD Parker Center where the rioting began in downtown back on April 29, 1992,  the Clippers will play against the Warriors.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1992 2014
California National Guardsman in LA circa 1992 (Lt), and Chris Paul LA Clipper Guard circa 2014 (Rt).

Friday, April 25, 2014

Harpist Phillip King

I heard Phillip King before I actually saw him. 
He was beat boxing and playing the harp simultaneously on a sidewalk. 
Definitely a rare human being in the City of Angels.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Phillip King, LA Angel.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LAPD Funeral Procession for Officer Cortijo

A funeral procession for fallen LAPD motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo.
Officer Cortijo, a 26 year veteran of LAPD, worked out of Valley Traffic and was a DUI specialist with over 3000 DUI arrest credited to him. He was also named Officer of the Year twice.
Officer Cortijo was killed while waiting for a traffic light by a vehicle driven by an alleged intoxicated driver, at Lankershim and Saticoy on April 5, 2014.
Hundreds of police motorcycles, from agencies all over the state, led the procession through downtown LA and up the Hollywood freeway to Forest Lawn.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Hollywood Freeway.

Front of the procession.

Riderless Bike and hearse.

Police motorcycles.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Murphy Ranch

Visited Murphy Ranch in the hills directly above Los Angeles today.
The ranch was originally built to be the home and new US capitol of nazi power for Adolph Hitler, if WW2 was won by nazi Germany.
US nazi sympathizers living in Hollywood built the ranch which had 22 bedrooms, a vegetable garden, diesel power plant, a giant water tank, and bomb shelter.
The ranch was raided by US federal authorities shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed, the 50 residents were arrested.
Murphy Ranch was briefly turned in to a artist colony and once home to novelist Henry Miller.
Most of the abandoned ranch is rusting away and falling apart. The buildings are covered with graffiti and the grounds are littered with trash. The State Parks system has plans to bulldoze the remaining structures and make the area in to a picnic space.
April 20, 2014 also marks the 125 birthdate of Adolph Hitler.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
Gates to the ranch.

Old Oak trees and the power station.

Rusting away.

Student film makers inside the power plant.

501 steps down to the ranch.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LA Weekly

Have this week's cover image of the LA Weekly.
The story, "Gimme Shelter," is written by the amazing Gendy Alimurung.

Photo by Ted Soqui/LAWeekly © 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Street Music

The hands and Guild guitar of musician Peter Demian on the Venice Beach boardwalk. You can see Peter play daily in front of the Sidewalk cafe on the boardwalk.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Hands of time.

Blood Moon Over L.A.

The first of four "Blood Moons" that will be spread out over 6 month intervals, appeared over Los Angeles this evening.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Red Moon, Spica, and Mars.

The Moon and Spica.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Venice Beach Character

Photographed this guy at the Venice Beach drum circle last Sunday. He was definitely marching to the beat of his own drummer.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
Sunset orange.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Shooting at LAPD West Traffic Division Building.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was shot in the lobby of the West Traffic Division, which shares a building at the LAPD's Wilshire Station, and the suspect was also wounded.
The desk officer who was shot seven times and is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was shot four times and is in critical condition at a local area hospital undergoing surgery.
The shooting was the second at the station in 11 months.
Two detectives were shot and slightly wounded in a ambush outside the station on June 25.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
LAPD officers in front of West Traffic Division's door.

LAPD officers in front of West Traffic Division's door.

Venice Blvd. shut down.

Venice Blvd. shut down.

LAPD officer with binoculars atop the West Traffic Building.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Omega Man on Wilshire Blvd.

Went out for a quick spin on my bicycle before the official opening of CicLAvia on Wilshire Blvd. Didn't see one soul for miles in the early morning hours, felt just like "The Omega Man."
It was actually really awesome to have the Blvd. all to myself for a bit.
Later in the day it was a bicycle traffic jamzilla from Fairfax to Grand.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2014
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LA Blue

A wonderful blue and cloudy day in Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2014
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