Podcast Preview: How L.A. County Put Itself On the Map

In this exclusive clip, Tom Sitton gives a preview of his new book, “The Courthouse Crowd: Los Angeles County and Its Government, 1850-1950″

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week,  Richard and Kim talk to Ken Bernstein, Manager of the Office of Historic Resources of the City of Los Angeles, about the unique factors that go into preservation planning. For instance, some neighborhoods need to adhere to a specific color palette when painting, while in other areas, that is not an issue.  The pair also chats with Tom Sitton, the Curator Emeritus of the Natural History Museum, who recently published a new book: The Courthouse Crowd: Los Angeles County and Its Government, 1850-1950

In this exclusive clip, Sitton discusses how Los Angeles County has been a pioneer in local government, making waves as the first county in the country to create a home rule charter. Plus, in a preview of his book, he reveals his investigation of certain corruption charges made against the LAPD (when officers took bribes from gamblers in the ’40s, for example) and how issues like these have affected the Sheriff’s Department of present.

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.