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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Open Thread for Wednesday

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

The Franciscan missionaries had long hoped to establish a "chain" of missions in which each link of the chain would be a day's ride apart on horseback. By 1796 there were thirteen missions along the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco. El Camino Real had become a well-traveled road joining north and south, yet there were numerous lonely stretches where hostile, or at least unpredictable, Indians made travel dangerous except for the brave and well-armed. Father Lasuen and a new governor thought the time had come to complete the chain, and quickly agreed that five more missions were needed. A joint request went to the Viceroy. Founded June 1, 1797, Mission San José became first of the five.

Located at the western approach to the Central Valley, with its many war-like Indians, San José proved at first more strategic militarily than a fertile field for mission endeavor. At the end of the first year there were only 33 neophytes, yet success came eventually. By 1830 there were nearly 2,000 Indians at the mission, making it one of the largest in the north.

Unfortunately, the Spanish soldiers were inclined to be as ruthless sin pursuit of a runaway neophyte as of marauding pagans. The padres fought their own battles to offer forgiveness rather than cruel punishment.

Father Narcisco Duran came to Mission San Jose in 1806. He was an accomplished musician. He organized and trained an orchestra of 30 Indian musicians, playing flute, violin, trumpet, and drums, which was the wonder of the area. The orchestra played for fiestas and weddings. On feast days Indians came all the way from Santa Clara and Dolores to hear the Indian orchestra.
During gold rush days "Mission San Joe" was an important trading place for the miners, but by then it wasn't a real mission any longer.

With secularization, San Jose apparently had been plundered by the administrator, Jess Vallejo, and his brother, Mariano. Pio Pico arrived too late, finding little more than a few adobe buildings and an olive orchard to sell to his brother and a friend. Then an earthquake destroyed the church, leaving just a segment of the monastery intact.

In 1868 a white frame church and rectory were erected on the foundation of the mission. Great plans to rebuild the mission church on its original site finally bore fruit in 1982. The frame buildings were sold and moved. By 1985 the church had been rededicated, appearing much as it had when first completed in 1809. The beautiful interior of the church is again decorated as it was in the prosperous times of the early 1830s, just before secularization.

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
Mission San Gabriel Arcángel
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
Mission San Francisco de Asís
Mission San Juan Capistrano


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Told you, Ludlow is going to do time. Check out today's Times.

Antonio is shitting his pants right about now. And Huizar is wiping Tony's ass.

March 29, 2006 1:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa, who had both supported and encouraged Monday’s student walk-outs from their classes, said that [the] political objectives had been accomplished and "Now, our students belong back in school, in their classrooms, where they can have further discussions about this issue." In regards to Villaraigosa’s own protest march leadership, in 1968, Villaraigosa commented: "Yes, I was involved in protests and I paid a price. It was one of the reasons I was forced to leave school."


March 29, 2006 9:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He got that opportunity Monday afternoon, when he told students he shared their opposition to an immigration bill pending in Congress but wanted them to go back to school; they booed, refused to leave and chanted in defiance. "Hell no, we won't go," they called out, yelling over the mayor's attempts to speak.

March 29, 2006 9:12 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, and the Times today said Villawhatever "emerged ...with an image of resolve" for telling kids to return to school. Wow, what courage (and reporting). Really went out on a limb on that one. No wonder why LAUSD is a model for what not to be.

March 29, 2006 11:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


can you tell us where you got the infor from , would like to see it.

March 29, 2006 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam is quitting the blog.

March 29, 2006 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


He's lying again. He once told a crowd in South Central that he helped form the Organization of Black Unity at Cathedral High - guess what, no such organization ever existed.

He didn't get kicked out for protesting, that is a big lie. He told the Times he got kicked out because he didn't tell on some friends who were involved in a racially motivated fight with the white students from St. Francis High. Another lie, no such fight occurred. He got kicked out because he was dealing dope. Just ask any of his classmates.

March 29, 2006 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Director Rob Reiner resigns from Calif. commission"

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Actor-director Rob Reiner, accused of abusing his role as head of a California commission by spending state funds to promote a campaign to fund preschool, resigned from the job on Wednesday.
Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:05 PM ET

MEAT, MEAT, where for art thou?

This fiasco is going to be tied into the Ludlow fiasco, and of course, Chief Parker's blogging. Just look at all the player, they are the same.

March 29, 2006 6:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



March 29, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

6:21 Pete Navarro?

March 29, 2006 10:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why would Mayor consider takeover of LAUSD if he can't control kids on Monday?

March 29, 2006 10:22 PM  

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