LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Blues guitarist Bernie Pearl at hie Long Beach, Calif., home on January 26, 2012. Pearl played with all the greats, including BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Etta James.
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Brothers Brandan Soltes, left, Ryan Soltes, right, and Robert Soltes, center, listen to stories about their father, Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., during a ceremony marking the dedication of Project 402 at the VA Long Beach on January 25, 2012. Project 402 is a 30-month, seven-building project that includes a blind rehabilitation center named for Maj. Charles Robert Soltes, Jr. Soltes was an Army optometrist, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. See more pictures>>
CERRITOS, CAILF., USA — Water Superintendent Charles Emig heads towards solar membranes atop one of the two six-million gallon water tanks at the Cerritos, Calif. corporate yard on January 10, 2012. Cerritos has installed two solar panel systems on top of the water reservoirs over the past two years. The systems generate more than 150,000 kws per year. See more pictures>>
WILMINGTON, CALIF. USA — Firefighters work to put out a blaze in the administration building of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington, Calif. on January 16, 2012. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Long Beach councilman Robert Garcia gives fellow councilperson Suja Lowenthal a ride before a a ceremony for new banners along the length of Broadway and Third Street from the Long Beach (710) Freeway to Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach, Calif. on January 12, 2012. The banners celebrate the dedicated bike lanes along Broadway and Third Street. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Millikan’s Steven Barrera (1) fails to stop a shot from Cabrillo’s Jose Vaca (10) during their Moore League game in Long Beach, Calif. on January 11, 2012. Millikan and Cabrillo tied, 2-2. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Charlie Josephbeck, front, and Christian Johnson walk through a maze of dried Mustard plant during a class about bugs and fungus at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, Calif. on January 5, 2011. The nature center offers classes for children in Kindergarten through 4th grader throughout Winter and Spring break. See more pictures>>
NORWALK, CAILF., USA — The northwest corner of Front Street and Clarkdale Ave. in Norwalk, Calif. on in 1948. Norwalk was founded in the late 19th century but not incorporated as a city unitll 1957.
By 1873, railroads were being built in the area and the Sprouls deeded 23 acres (93,000 m) stipulating a “passenger stop” clause in the deed. Three days after the Anaheim Branch Railroad crossed the “North-walk” for the first time, Gilbert Sproul surveyed a town site. In 1874, the name was recorded officially as Norwalk. While a majority of the Norwalk countryside remained undeveloped during the 1880s, the Norwalk Station allowed potential residents the opportunity to visit the “country” from across the nation.
At the turn of the 19th century, Norwalk had become established as a dairy center. Of the 50 local families reported in the 1900 census, most were associated with farming or with the dairy industry. Norwalk was also the home of some of the largest sugar beet farms in all of Southern California during this era. Many of the dairy farmers who settled in Norwalk during the early part of the 20th century were Dutch. See more Then and Nows>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — A worker welds steel at the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif. on January 5, 2011. Construction on the $490 million, 31-courtroom courthouse in Downtown began this spring and to be finished by 2013.
The courthouse is being built in the city’s West Gateway area on six acres bounded by West Broadway, Maine Avenue, West Third Street and Magnolia Avenue. It will replace the more than 50-year-old building at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., which the state has identified as one of the worst courthouses in California in terms of security, overcrowding and physical condition. See more pictures>>
LENNOX, CALIF. USA — Lennox Little League President Roberto Aguirre hangs his head as he listens to Jerry Flory, administrator for Little League District 37, talk about new fees imposed by the Lennox School District for use of their fields during a coaches meeting in Lennox, an unincorporated area of Los angeles County, on January 7, 2011. The school district is double the fees for the league’s use of three fields and charging them for security and storage. See more pictures>>
IRVINE, CAILF., USA — Long Beach State’s Michael Caffey (5) controls the ball against UC Irvine’s Derick Flowers (0) during their Big West game in Irvine, Calif. on January 2, 2012. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Two Harbors Elementary School on Catalina Island on December 14, 2011. The western side of the island is home to the only one-room schoolhouse west of the Mississippi River. See the pictures: click here