A highlight for me this year was moderating a panel at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on the evolving cultural identity of Los Angeles in the 21st century, an inevitable change as the region's image has given way from that of a sleepy sun-kissed paradise set to a Beach Boys soundtrack to that of the vibrant, polyglot metropolis it is today.
The inspiration for the panel came from the work of one of my guests, local author D.J. Waldie, who last January wrote a lovely essay for KCET on the lost "Ã±" of "AngeleÃ±o." While denizens of our fair city are now referred to as Angelenos (pronounced "Angelinos"), they weren't always.
Waldie has written another essay on language and Los Angeles this week for KCET, this time moving beyond the Ã± to how we pronounce other vestiges of our Spanish-language past, including the name of the city ("Loce ANNE-ju-less"). From the piece: