Beth Spotswood

Beth Spotswood is Alta's digital editor, podcast host, events manager, and a contributing writer. In addition to her work for Alta, Beth writes a Thursday column for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son (who is lovingly referred to as Baby Alta by her coworkers.)

Changing the Course of LGBTQ History

In this week's newsletter, we discover LGBTQ leaders who changed (and are changing) the course of history in California—and the world. 

Close-up of Peru’s beloved ají chiles—grown in California.

Desperately Seeking Peruvian Peppers (in California)

In this week's newsletter, meet the Orange County lawyer who grows ajis amarillos—and then gives them away.

San Francisco native Danny Glover (right) costars in The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Fails (left) and Majors (center).

Don’t Cry For Me San Francisco

San Francisco has become the nation's punching bag — and those that love the city are starting to punch back. Could a new film unite us all? 

Built in 1908, the Gamble House was designed by architects Greene & Greene, for use by David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble fame) as a winter residence.

10 Oscar-Worthy Landmarks

Some of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes aren’t stolen by actors—but by the scenery itself. In this week's newsletter, we count down our favorite picks for California landmarks that helped make a movie. 

How to Avoid the DMV

Our latest newsletter looks at the ways the California Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to improve and the ways the state's residents are attempting to avoid it. 

The Call of the Open Road

David Thomson's dispatch is nicely timed with summer on the horizon and the beckoning of the open road. A road trip around California sounds pretty great right now.

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