<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News - The LA You May Not Know]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/localen-usThu, 20 Sep 2018 23:31:53 -0700Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:31:53 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Oil in Los Angeles]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:30:24 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/180914-the-la-you-may-not-know.JPG

It's ironic that Jed Clampett and the rest of the Beverly Hillbillies discovered oil back east and then moved to Southern California. because there's plenty of oil here right under our feet -- even in Beverly Hills. 

In fact, the Los Angeles area sits on the largest urban oil field in the country. Oil prospectors from Pennsylvania arrived in the late 19th century and started drilling, but the Chumash Indian tribe found uses for the thick oil seepage long before then. They would coat their canoes with the natural sticky asphalt they found oozing out of the ground. When Spanish explorers sailed up the west coast, they saw the Chumash doing this and named the area Carpenteria (the carpentry shop). Seeing how well it worked, it wasn't long before the Spaniards adopted the practice.

The early days of oil drilling in Southern California had its share of colorful characters. Ed Doheny and his business partner Charles Canfield were gold prospectors but not finding much success in the Los Angeles area. The story goes that Doheny spotted a wagon wheel stained black from rolling through an oil drenched area. Doheny realized the black muck might have value. He had the driver show him the spot and decided that would be a good place to drill LA's first oil well (not far from Dodger Stadium).

And then there was Emma Summers. Nicknamed the "Oil Queen of California," Emma was a piano teacher with a keen eye for a good business opportunity. She risked her life savings to become part owner of a well and when it didn't pay off, she doubled down, borrowing money to reinvest. Her faith was rewarded when her well hit pay dirt. Summers learned every aspect of the oil business, was know to treat employees and customers respectfully and was a major player in the oil industry of Los Angeles for decades.

Our oil industry has also created man made drilling islands off the coast of Long Beach. Built in 1965 and originally called the THUMS Islands, an anogram for:


  • Texaco
  • Humble (now Exxon Mobile)
  • Union oil
  • Mobil
  • Shell

In 1967 the islands were renamed "The Astronaut Islands", with each one given the name of a NASA Astronaut who died serving in the space program. Ed White, Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom all died in a 1967 capsule fire while conducting an Apollo 1 pre-launch test exercise. The 4th island is named after Ted Freeman, who perished in a T-38 jet plane crash in 1964.

Click on the video above and join our host, Jaysha Patel with more about Oil in LA.

Our thanks to The California Oil Museum. The California Oil Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Learn more about Santa Paula here

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza]]>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:45:10 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Fanfare-Fountains-San-Pedro.png

Los Angeles, like many big cities, has lots of hidden gems. In this edition of "The LA You May Not Know," we explore one of the best: the Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza.

Located in San Pedro, between the Battleship Iowa and the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the Fanfare Fountains are a delightful combination of music and aquatic choreography.

They were created by WET, a Sun Valley company that has built and designed amazing fountains all over the world. In fact, your first reaction when watching the Fanfare Fountains might be of how they remind you of another WET creation, the Fountains of Bellagio. But one thing the Fanfare Fountains offer is the ability to get close, and even wet, if you like, with a walkway that cuts right through the fountains themselves.

So join our host, Nikki Hauser, as we explore what might the best way to beat the heat, at one of the coolest attractions in LA: The Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza.

WET has designed and built fountains all over LA and the world. Check out this incredible team of artists, technicians and scientists at - https://www.wetdesign.com/default.html

To get more info on the Fanfare Fountains go to - https://www.portoflosangeles.org/recreation/fountain.asp

Produced by Patrick Campbell

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Trees of LA]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 23:53:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/180629-palm-trees.JPG

What do you think is the official tree of Los Angeles? If you guess the palm tree, you’d be wrong but probably have lots of company.In fact Los Angeles streets feature many different kinds of trees (yes including the iconic palm) and some of those streets have special recognition. They’re called Cultural Heritage Locations and they’re part of LA’s Urban Forestry Division. These streets are lined with specific kinds of trees that show off their natural beauty and help the city preserve them. They’re featured in this edition of The LA You May Not Know.
And the official tree of Los Angeles? The Coral tree. And if you would like to know what it looks like, take a drive down San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. They fill the median all the way to Ocean Avenue.
Or you can check out our story, hosted by Zinnia Maldonado and produced by Patrick Campbell. And to find a list of these special Heritage Locations, go to: http://bss.lacity.org/UrbanForestry/index_cultural.htm

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Beverly Hills 8]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:43:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Beverly+Hills+Statue.JPG

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<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Great Views]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:41:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/laymnk+best+views.jpg

You’ve seen them in the postcard racks at the souvenir store - great pictures of LA views! Maybe you’ve wondered, 'where was that picture taken?' Well, come along with The LA You May Not Know and check out some great spots to get fabulous views of our beautiful city (and maybe a few you didn’t think of). Zinnia Maldonado hosts Great Views of LA.

Produced by Patrick Campbell.

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Mariachi Plaza]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:19:14 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/LAYMNK+mariachi+plaza.jpg

Tucked into the Boyle Heights area is a place rich in culture, music and art that brings together the community of mariachi lovers. Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza has been offering an environment for mariachi musicians and fans since the 1930s. Mariachi derived from western Mexico in the 18th century and has been a strong staple of Mexican culture. The state of Jalisco even donated the plaza's iconic kiosk and several benches. To add appreciation for renowned musicians, the plaza displays a statue of singer Lucha Reyes. Locals and longtime fans are concerned that a recently-added Metro light rail has done more harm than good, however. Residents have protested the new addition and claim that the easier access to Downtown has increased rent prices. In response, Metro has been brainstorming ways they can ease the worries of the community. Hosted by Karen Alvarez and produced by Patrick Campbell.

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Hollywood Christmas Parade]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:32:51 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171211-garfield-hollywood-christmas-parade.JPG

The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has been a timeless celebration families enjoy in Tinseltown. It’s been a Hollywood tradition since the days of silent pictures.


Started by a future Los Angeles City Council Supervisor, the Hollywood Christmas Parade showcases Hollywood history, local schools, and TV celebrities (not to mention Saint Nick himself) as it kicks off the gift giving season. After all, the parade was created to attract Christmas shoppers to Hollywood.


The parade has had an impact in other areas, too. The first year, fir trees were brought in from Big Bear to decorate Hollywood Boulevard. Afterwards, the trees were transplanted onto the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. It also gave legendary singer-songwriter and actor Gene Autry a hit Christmas song that is still popular today.


Although it has had some rough sledding, the annual Christmas Parade has rebounded big time in the last 10 years and is once again a popular tradition for families to either attend or watch on TV via a delayed broadcast.

<br><br>Join Kelcey Henderson as we look at the pageantry and history of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

<br><br>More information on the parade can be found <a href="http://thehollywoodchristmasparade.org/" target="_blank">here</a>.

Produced by Patrick Campbell.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV ]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: LA's Neon Signs]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:35:26 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/171106-city-walk.JPG

Neon signs have been Illuminating Los Angeles nights since the late 1920s. In many ways LA and neon are made for each other. Our car culture and seasonable evenings have us enjoying nighttime LA, making the neon sign an eye-catching way for businesses to get our attention. But LA and neon have not necessarily had the easiest relationship. World War II shut down many rooftop neon signs, some never to be relit. As America grew post-war, LA's neon came to be associated with the city's film noir side of life, inexpensive motels, liquor stores and bars. The relationship sweetened in the late 20th century as neon's colors and artistic potential was embraced by artists and designers. Neon wasn't just for advertising, it was a means of creative expression found in private homes and public spaces. But technology marches on and now neon is faced with a new challenge, the rise in popularity of LED lighting. So don't take these beautiful, historic, pieces of LA history for granted. They are all around us, all we have to do is look, while we still can. Our story showcases where to find great neon as well as the incredible signs that are all still lighting up the LA night. Join Savannah Sinfield as she hosts "LA's Neon Signs." Produced by Patrick Campbell.

Our thanks to Kim Koga, director of the Museum of Neon Art. Eric Lynxwiler, author of: "Signs of Life: Los Angeles Is the City of Neon"

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV ]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Reinvented Banks]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:36:40 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/10-12-2017-bank-la-know.JPG

In a city where new is always the most talked about, it’s sometimes surprising to find something old reinvented. These buildings, many of which used to be banks, allow visitors to get a glimpse of the past. Take a look at former bank buildings in Los Angeles that turned into something modern with a timeless twist. Walk inside and you'll find reminder of what used to be, including the vaults. It can be easy to forget what some buildings in Los Angeles once were, so allow us to take you back.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Camera Obscura]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:45:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/camera-obscura.PNG

Up on the bluff of Santa Monica’s Palisades Park is one of the area’s great hidden gems -- a Camera Obscura. Over 100 years old, it is one of the earliest forms of photographic technology. It resides as part of the Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean Ave. The lab is a hidden gem too, offering classes in workshops in all sorts of creative fields. Addison Stafford is our host to a wonderful place of science and art. (Produced by Patrick Campbell) For more info check out the Camera Obscura Art Lab at – www.smgov.net/Camera]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Sidewalks of Fame]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:31:25 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/sidewalks+of+fame.PNG

There’s no question that getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or being commemorated in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a huge honor. But they're not the only sidewalks in town that pay tribute to those who have the right stuff. Join Carolina Quixano as we search the Southland for sidewalks that salute the best in a variety of domains. Produced by Patrick Campbell. (Published Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017)

For more information on the "walks of fame" around Los Angeles:

- Grauman's Chinese Theatre
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Guitar Center Rock Walk
- Burbank Animal Shelter
- Westchester Flight Path

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Chandelier Tree]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:40:06 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/tlaymnk-chandeliertree.PNG

Although it has been lighting up Silver Lake for over 10 years, Adam Tenenbaum’s Chandelier Tree is still unknown to many. Located on the corner of West Silver Lake Drive and Shadowlawn Avenue, the tree lights up the sky, as well as people’s hearts practically every night. Join Layla Raad as she gives you a look at a true hidden gem in Los Angeles. (Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017)

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Beatles Tour]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:43:16 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/beatles-tour.PNG

When you think of LA, you think of the stars. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Beatles, arguably the biggest headliners in rock history, have left their mark on Los Angeles. Each member has lived here at one time or another. They performed here as a group, as well as individually -- and it was in LA where George drew his last breath. Join host Lexi Campbell on a quick tour with Gillian Lomax of some of Tinseltown’s fab four landmarks on this edition of the LA You May Not Know. (Published Saturday, June 17, 2017)

Check out Gillian's tour at http://amagicalhistorytour.com/drupal/.

<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Santa Anita Park]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:59:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/for_web_LA_You_May_Not_Know_Santa_Anita_Park_1200x675_937045571765.jpg

It’s known as "The Great Race Place." Santa Anita Park might be the most beautiful sports venue in all of Southern California. Saddle up with our host Shirah Matsuzawa and discover its connections to Hollywood, WWII, the LA Arboretum and a popular TV show from the 1970s. To learn more, visit the LA Arboretum or Santa Anita Park websites.]]>
<![CDATA[LA You May Not Know: Venice Canals]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:02:26 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/Venice+Canals+LA+You+May+not+know+thumbnail.JPG

Different from every other neighborhood in LA, the Venice Canals are a charming hideaway near the beach. But it hasn't always been so. Join our host, Cai Cramer as we look back and see how the Canals were created, almost destroyed, and eventually renovated to their current condition. For more information about the canals, visit: www.venicehistoricalsociety.org or voiceofthecanals.org]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Citadel Outlets]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:01:40 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/citadel-outlets.PNG

If you shop at the Citadel Outlets, you probably know that:

- It's the only outlet mall in Los Angeles County,
- It has two cool murals depicting Los Angeles and Orange counties in 1955
- and every year it boasts the world's tallest Christmas tree.

But do you know what the Citadel was before becoming an outlet mall? Victoria Berggren hosts this story of metamorphosis in the City of Commerce. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

For more information, visit:
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Celebrity Streets Edition]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:55:34 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/vin-scully-reveal.PNG

Movie stars have found their way from our DVD shelf to our address book. Their names have become part of the fabric that makes up a map of the greater LA area. Join Arielle McAlpin as she tells some of the more interesting stories behind our celebrity streets. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Randy's Donuts]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:58:13 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/01-05-2017-randy-donuts-1.JPG

Randy's Donuts is a Los Angeles icon, but the building's "unique" look might not be so unique. Discover more with latest edition of The LA You May Not Know Friday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: JFK Fountain in Torrance]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:53:31 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/layoumaynotknow-jfk.PNG

In Torrance, there is a memorial to the late President, John F. Kennedy. Although its shape is unusual (to say the least), the real story might be the woman who donated it. Discover more with latest edition of The LA You May Not Know Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. For more information, check out these links: Torrance Historical Society, Temple Israel of Hollywood, and Providence Health & Services .

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[Where Was the End of Route 66?]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:51:44 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/layoumaynotknow-route66.PNG

There's a lot of debate over where Route 66 officially ends. Multiple spots claim to be the end, some official and some unofficial -- and we're showing you all of them. Here's another episode of The LA You May Not Know, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Get more information at 66 To Cali, city of Santa Monica, Route 66, and AAA.]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Bradbury Building]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:59:13 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bradbury+Building.jpgThe Bradbury Building might be the most popular "hidden gem" in LA. Indistinct on the outside, but breathtakingly beautiful on the inside. It is a favorite shooting location of movie and TV producers. Come check out one of LA's oldest buildings, which you've probably seen, even if you've never been there. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: Scott Ebright]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Take Me Out To The Ball Game]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:50:18 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/la+you+may+not+know+160906.JPG

Our national pastime's anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" has a few Southern California connections. It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Lexi Campbell. Learn more about the Laguna Beach Indy, the Laguna Beach Little League and the Melrose Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery here. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: The Battle For the Port of LA]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:49:23 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The_Battle_For_The_Port_Of_LA_1200x675_738537539679.jpg

The Port of Los Angeles was almost built in the wrong spot! Take a journey into The LA You May Not Know to hear how the popular tourist destination, the Santa Monica Pier, almost never existed. Special thanks to the Santa Monica History Museum and San Pedro Historical Society.]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Why the 101 Goes in Four Directions]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:57:27 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The_LA_You_May_Not_Know_Why_the_101_Goes_in_Four_Directions_1200x675_720825411509.jpg

How can the 101 Freeway run north, south, east and west? It's all part of the LA You May Not Know. (Published July 7, 2016)]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Iconic Statues of LA]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:48:06 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/06.01.16_Venice-Ballerina-Statue.JPG

Some of the city's iconic statues have an unusual look. How did they come to be? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Shira Matsuzawa. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Al Jolson's Tomb Takes Center Stage]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:47:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/04.29.16_Al-Jolson-Memorial.JPG

Legendary singer and entertainer Al Jolson was larger than life. When he died in 1950, he was supposed to be buried at Hollywood's Beth Olam Cemetery. So how did he come to be interred in a majestic tomb fronting Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Chelsea Cutler. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[LA You May Not Know: Athletes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:47:00 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/04.01.16_Hollywood-Star-Magic-Johnson.JPG

The Hollywood Walk of Fame honors stars of television, stage, film, radio and music. So how did two athletes end up with a star? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Hosted by Shirah Matsuzawa amd produced by Patrick Campbell.]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Mystery of the Bates Motel]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:39:38 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Bates+Motel.JPG

The Bates Motel famously sits on the Universal Studios backlot and is a highlight of the famed studio tour. But how did the set location of a Paramount film come to be part of the Universal lore? It's part of the LA You May Not Know. Richard Washington reports for NBC4. (Produced by Patrick Campbell)]]>
<![CDATA[The LA You May Not Know: Oil Fields of LA]]>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:29:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/180914-the-la-you-may-not-know.JPG

When you think of Los Angeles, you probably don't think of drilling oil. But a century ago -- like the movies -- it was a growing industry all over LA. In fact, the LA area sits on the largest urban oil field in the country. Find out how it all began in historic Santa Paula. Story hosted by Jaysha Patel and produced by Patrick Campbell.

Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell]]>