the Rodney King/'92 riots began here in La La Land. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/la-riots I was only 5 1/2 years old at the time, and only remember seeing the news coverage of all of that, not being able to comprehend what was going on. Asked my mother earlier this morning how it was like during this chaos (as he worked at the time in Koreatown), and she told me she vividly remembers the shop keepers around here old American Red Cross building (which is now based in Pomona) standing atop their businesses with shotguns. I suppose if I were my age now at that time I'd be completely either freaked out or just filled with anger/shame with what was going on... nevertheless I wasn't, and what time it was then to be a kid here in La La Land (with the fires, big quake & O.J. to follow after the riots).