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Friday, March 10, 2006

Open Thread for Friday

Continuing our theme of California's Missions, today, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.

The fourth of the California missions, San Gabriel Arcángel, had three sites. The place proposed originally was well inland from the ocean on the river now called Santa Ana. After arriving there, the founders decided to look for a better location. Moving overland, they crossed the San Gabriel River, and on September 8, 1771, founded the mission near the present city of Montebello. Five years later they had found an even better site five miles closer to the mountains, and moved the mission to its present location in 1776. On that fertile plain San Gabriel became the wealthiest of all the early missions. Construction of the buildings seen today began in 1796.

An event of great importance occurred in 1781, when a little party of two padres, several Indian acolytes, and eleven families marched nine miles westward to found El Pueblo de Nuestra la Reina de Los Angeles (the City of our Lady Queen of the Angels) Los Angeles, magic city of the Southland.

San Gabriel suffered through the usual problems with greedy politicians and land-hungry colonists in this most favored of all southern California locations. With the Mexican decrees of secularization, the civilians had won. Mission San Gabriel was turned over to a civil administrator in 1834. Within ten years everything of any value had been removed. As usual, the ubiquitous Pio Pico was involved, but his sale of mission property to a friend was halted by the arrival of U. S. troops.

The church at old Mission San Gabriel was heavily damaged by the Whittier earthquake. Now the damage has been repaired and the entire structure strengthened. Other areas are continually being restored. The church is open to the public, and the ancient cemetery, the cactus garden, and much of historical interest may be seen on the grounds. Today San Gabriel possesses perhaps the finest collection of mission relics in existence. Its hammered copper baptismal font was the gift of King Carlos III of Spain in 1771. The six priceless altar statues were brought around the Horn from Spain in 1791.

California Mission History

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
Mission Santa Cruz
Mission San Francisco de Solano
Mission San Luis Rey
Mission San Buenaventura
Mission San Rafael


Anonymous Anonymous said:

What I wanna know is Where's Waldo?
Where's infamous Villaraigosa ex council staffers? What tax paid jobs did nincumpoops get? Pay to Play Politics 4 job?

who did who favors and place av ex staffers in HIGH places?

places of influence
conflict of interest

March 09, 2006 10:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How is it that Tony the Liar gets a free pass for a maligend personal history much worse than Arellano and Chris gets dumped for shoplifting. Regarding his Master's, yeah that was adumb move. But was it as dumb as Tony the Liar failing the bar five times? Tony the Liar slashed aguy with a box cutter! What hypocrisy! A hypocrisy with Skelton's name all over it.

March 10, 2006 8:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If UTLA pulls it support of Arellano and Arellano withdraws from the race, it looks like Monica could be facing a much more formidable candidate: Enrique Gasca.

Monica, you better hope Chris stays in because Enrique will make mince meat of you and the UTLA will back him since he's been quite public about his position against Mayoral takeover of the District.

Mayor Sam: I think this deserves a separte thread.

March 10, 2006 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam do a thread on illegal immigration. I can see at least 100 posts on that.
CBS) CHICAGO Crowds marched through the city on Friday to rally against HR 4437 – The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005.

Supporters of the bill before Congress say it beefs up border protection. But thousands of people in Chicago's Latino community call the pending bill a blatant violation of rights.

But as CBS 2’s Rafael Romo reports, at the end of the day, organizers say it was more than half a million protesters. Police estimated the crowd at 300,000.

“I'm definitely surprised to see this many people,” said protester Cesar Garza. “I expected a small amount of crowd, but this is… wow! I'm really surprised.”

Many of the protesters were immigrants who took the day off work to attend a rally in opposition to HR 4437, a federal bill that -- in part -- makes it a criminal act to help illegal immigrants.

March 10, 2006 4:59 PM  

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