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  • Selena Rivera, held by mom Bertha, looks out the window before Bertha and husband Manuel cover it with the blanket above to spend the night here. Manual has to work in the morning at his security guard job, and the family sleeps in their car in the parking lot of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.
    CHARLIE NEUMAN
    HOMELESS

    People Who Live in Cars

    - About 150 people living in their cars in San Diego have found a safe place to park for the night — more than 1,100 others have not.
Jeff Chavez and his girlfriend have made their home in a makeshift tent on Skid Row for the past five years. Every two weeks, the couple decamp to make way for street cleaning.
KEVIN WEINSTEIN
HOMELESS

L.A.’s Skid Row: Life Goes On

Approved ballot measures and billions of dollars promise help for California’s 134,000 homeless people -- again

Publisher Stewart Brand, 50 years later.
JUSTIN KANEPS
SILICON VALLEY

Access to Success

Fifty years after the debut of the Whole Earth Catalog, the story of how Stewart Brand created the legendary book because his mentor had allowed him to fail, presaging the philosophy of Silicon Valley.

“California Crazy” chronicles the history of some of the state’s more unusual structures, including The Brown Derby in Los Angeles (circa 1930).
JIM HEIMANN PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
PORTFOLIO

L.A.’s Playful Architecture

Cultural anthropologist Jim Heimann has collected scores of (mostly bygone) examples of "programmatic architecture" into his book “California Crazy: American Pop Architecture.”

Muslim customers line up and chow down at a Taco Trucks at Every Mosque event at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, illustrating the increasing ethnic diversity and mix in Orange County.
DUSTIN SNIPES
POLITICS

Orange Blossoms

In the formerly white bastion of Orange County, where minorities are now the majority, brown is the new Orange. The impact on the county’s politics, culture and economics is enormous.

Musician, music producer and investor Jerry Harrison at his home in Marin County.
CHRIS HARDY
ALTA Q&A

Not Just Another Talking Head

In a conversation with Alta Publisher and Editor Will Hearst – his former Harvard roommate – Talking Heads mainstay Jerry Harrison expounds on music, business and life.

Composer John Adams outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
VERN EVANS
OPERA

Opera Provocateur

Who composes opera these days? John Adams, famed for “Doctor Atomic,” “Nixon in China” and “The Death of Klinghoffer” does. A profile of the avant garde composer.

Monroe posing for photos by the swimming pool at Harold Lloyd’s Greenacres estate in 1953.
© 2011 THE HAROLD LLOYD TRUST
HOLLYWOOD

Atomic Blonde

Why was Marilyn Monroe lounging around a pool owned by a silent film star, saying the same cryptic phrase over and over? In the interest of nuclear-era propaganda, naturally. A Hollywood mystery finally is solved.