Larry Wilson, L.A. Daily News

Larry Wilson

L.A. Daily News

Pasadena, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Larry:

Why are there so few homeless people in Western Europe?

I recall one panhandler in Ireland. → Read More

When will the GOP open its eyes to the climate?

You can’t camouflage the danger by owning the libs. → Read More

RIP John Kennedy, who so loved Pasadena and its politics

He understood the city. → Read More

LAX: You can get to the world, but you can’t go home again – San Bernardino Sun

Rise up, suitcase schleppers. → Read More

Virtual City Council meetings are virtually no meetings at all

‘Ya catch that council meeting on the Zoom last night?’ → Read More

Resolved: Stop being a crackpot on China

You have to love being called a crackpot by Jerry Brown. I mean, I have to love it. To savor the irony. During his two terms, totaling 16 years, in office as California’s governor, it was Brown him… → Read More

Here in northern Spain, it’s a lot like home, tree-wise

That’s why the plein-air painters of old Laguna and Pasadena were known as the Eucalyptus School. → Read More

Catching a Sierra trout from prison

A week in the Manzanar jail. → Read More

Let’s build housing at the supermarket after all – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Couple of weeks ago, in this space, I commented on the superb SoCal housing-supply forensic work done by Josh Albrektson, MD of South Pasadena — radiologist by night, City Hall annoyer by day. The dashing doc was profiled in the excellent piece by staffer Jeff Collins about how many of our no doubt mostly beloved, mostly truth-telling city halls across the hundreds of municipalities among which… → Read More

The razing of Cal Poly Pomona’s great CLA into the dystopian sky – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A (formerly) soaring Mayan pyramid of our own. → Read More

Contrary to the Founders’ intentions, guns run the American game – Orange County Register

And yet here we are, living and then dying under a clearly sham version of what they truly meant. → Read More

Celebrating a century of Pasadena’s University Club

An entirely in-depth history of everything in Pasadena. → Read More

As reasons for optimism disappear

Over ceviche and margaritas at a family lunch last Saturday, the conversation turning, as conversations will, to the rise of authoritarian leaders around the world, and thus to to the rebirth of the Ferdinand Marcos dynasty in the Philippines, my cousin reminded me that Marcos’ lover Dovie Breams Villagran used to live across the street from her. “Wait — not the shoe one,” was my highly informed… → Read More

The legacy of Mary Donnelly-Crocker: So many Young & Healthy kids – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hard to figure, nevertheless true: It was 11 years ago last month that I had a lunch and a visit with Mary Donnelly-Crocker at her offices on the campus of my old alma mater, John Muir High School, and then referred to her in this space as “the longtime” executive director of Young & Healthy. If she was longtime in 2011, what does that make her in 2022? About to happily retire, that’s what,… → Read More

We are the problem in California’s housing shortage – San Bernardino Sun

Everything everyone — by which I mean the wrong ones, the NIMBYs — says about housing in Southern California is always wrong. A favorite trope, loved by letter-to-the-editor writers, who just make things up — sorry, letter-writers, whose gemlike prose I edit and publish every day — is that the coming of more and more multi-family housing to our megalopolis is nuts because we are in a drought and… → Read More

Cherishing on-fire memories of the late Rev. George Regas

A passion for living your most compassionate life. → Read More

A timeless pattern language to live in

I was reading a book review the other day — an essay on poetry, by Elisa Gabbert, as it happens — and came across the name of someone I once knew, a fabulously eccentric cult figure of the old school. She writes of him: “The architect Christopher Alexander thought big plate glass windows were a mistake, because ‘they alienate us from the view’: ‘The smaller the windows are, and the smaller the… → Read More

Pasadena’s shaky Central Library, plus: ‘Minx’ and the Crown City

Sweeping San Gabriel Valley views. → Read More

The news biz and the threat of the lies

The liars with a purpose, with ends, who don’t care about the means. → Read More

ASU eats UC’s lunch with new downtown LA campus – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The old college try. → Read More