Esotouric presents... Save the Parrot Tree at Santa Ana Main Library


Gentle reader,

Thanks for subscribing to our video newsletter, which mostly serves as a subscription channel for viewing the long form Los Angeles history webinars that kept us sane through the pandemic lock down.

This video vignette introduces our latest historic tree preservation campaign in collaboration with environmental horticulturist Dr. Donald R. Hodel. Since he retired from his university position, Don has dedicated himself to planting small trees and advocating with cities, politicians and private land owners to find ways of saving inconvenient big trees like this one.

We were excited to come together on this campaign, as it features four of our favorite things: highly intelligent urban wildlife, architecturally distinguished libraries, old cemeteries under new buildings, and local government sneaking around to do something citizens would oppose, if they only knew it was happening.

You can learn more about the threats to The Parrot Tree and Santa Ana’s sneakiness on our blog or main Substack newsletter, and how you can send an email to help save this wonderful tree.

Next Saturday’s Pasadena Confidential is a return of one of our original crime bus tours, newly rerouted to include more time off the bus and a couple of wild new stories. If you dig rocket science, black magic, monkeys, robots and infrastructure, you’ll dig this tour. Join us, do!

yours for Los Angeles,

Kim & Richard


Psst… If you’d like to support our efforts to be the voice of places worth preserving, we have a tip jar and a subscriber edition of our main newsletter, vintage Los Angeles webinars available to stream, in-person tours and a souvenir shop you can browse in. We’ve also got recommended reading bookshelves on Amazon and the Bookshop indie bookstore site. And did you know we offer private versions of our walking and bus tours for groups big or small? Or just share this link with other people who care.

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Pasadena Confidential Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 9/9) • Franklin Village Old Hollywood Walking Tour (Sat. 9/16) • University Park Walking Tour (Sat. 9/23) • Weird West Adams Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 9/30) • Eastside Babylon Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 10/14) • The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain’s Southern California Nightmare Bus Tour (Sat. 10/21) • The Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour (Sat. 10/28) • Evergreen Cemetery, 1877 Walking Tour (Sun. 10/29) • The Run: Gay Downtown History Walking Tour (Sat. 11/4)

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