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LOS ANGELES AREA
Los Angeles Weather and Climate
Los Angeles has aSubtropical-Mediterranean climate(Kppen climate classificationCsbon the coast,Csainland), and receives just enough annual precipitation to avoid Kppen'sBSh(semi-arid climate) classification. Los Angeles enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of only 35 days with measurable precipitation annually.
Los Angeles is the home of theLos Angeles DodgersofMajor League Baseball, theLos Angeles Kingsof theNational Hockey League, theLos Angeles ClippersandLos Angeles Lakersof theNational Basketball Association, theLos Angeles D-Fenders, an NBA Development team owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, and theLos Angeles Sparksof theWomen's National Basketball Association.Los Angeles also boasts a number of sports venues, includingDodger Stadium,Los Angeles Coliseum,The Forum,Staples Center, a sports and entertainment complex that also hosts concerts and awards shows such as the Grammys. Staples Center also serves as the home arena for the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL.
Staples Centeris a multi-purposesports arenainDowntownLos Angeles. Opening on October 17, 1999, it is one of the major sporting facilities in theGreater Los Angeles Area.It is owned and operated by the L.A. Arena Company andAnschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is home to theLos Angeles Lakersand theLos Angeles Clippersof theNational Basketball Association(NBA), theLos Angeles Kingsof theNational Hockey League(NHL), and theLos Angeles Sparksof theWomen's National Basketball Association(WNBA). Staples Center is also host to over 250 events and nearly 4,000,000 visitors a year.
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
TheLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arenais a multi-purposearena, in theUniversity Parkneighborhood, ofLos Angeles, California, atExposition Park. It is located next to theLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, just south of the campus of theUniversity of Southern California.HistoryThe Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was opened on July 4, 1959 by then U.S. Vice PresidentRichard M. Nixon. Its first event followed four days later, a Bantamweight title fight betweenJose BecerraandAlphonse Halimion July 8, 1959. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena became a companion facility to the adjacentLos Angeles Memorial Coliseumand home court to theLos Angeles Lakersof theNBAfrom October 1960 to December 1967, theLos Angeles Clippersalso of theNBAfrom 19841999.
Since its opening day, the arena has hosted the1960 Democratic National Convention, the 1968 and 1972NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, the 1992NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, the1963 NBA All-Star Game, and theboxingcompetitions during the1984 Summer Olympics.In addition to hosting the final portion ofWrestleMania 2in 1986, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena has also hostedWrestleMania VIIin 1991 as well as otherWWEevents. The arena also hostedWhen Worlds Collide, a 1994 joint card between the Mexicanlucha librepromotionAAAandWorld Championship Wrestlingthat is credited with introducing the lucha style to English-speaking audiences in the U.S.NBC's renewed version ofAmerican Gladiatorswas filmed from the arena.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
TheLos Angeles Memorial Coliseumis a large outdoor sportsstadiumin theUniversity Parkneighborhood ofLos Angeles, California, atExposition Park, that is home to thePacific-12 Conference'sUniversity of Southern California Trojans footballteam. It is the largest football stadium in the Pac-12.It is located next to theLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arenaadjacent to the campus of theUniversity of Southern California(USC). The stadium is jointly owned bythe State of California,Los Angeles County, andthe City of Los Angeles; it is currently managed by the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, which has board members drawn from the three ownership interests.
CultureMotion picturesThe greater Los Angeles area is the most important site in the United States for movie and television production. This has drawn not only actors, but also writers, composers, artists, and other creative individuals to the area.Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World", due to the fact that one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry.According to the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, "there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any time in the history of civilization."
Museums and galleriesThere are 841 museums and art galleries inLos Angeles County.In fact, Los Angeles has more museums per capita than any other city in the world.Some of the notable museums are theLos Angeles County Museum of Art(the largest art museum in the Western United States), theGetty Center(part of the largerJ. Paul Getty Trust, the world's wealthiest art institution), and theMuseum of Contemporary Art. A significant number of art galleries are located onGallery Row, and tens of thousands attend the monthly Downtown Art Walk there.
DemographicsDemographicsThe2010 United States Censusreported that Los Angeles had a population of 3,792,621. The population density was 7,544.6 people per square mile (2,913.0/km). Thedemonymfor the city's inhabitants is "Angelenos". The racial makeup of Los Angeles was 1,888,158 (49.8%)White, 365,118 (9.6%) African American, 28,215 (0.7%) Native American, 426,959 (11.3%)Asian(3.2%Filipino, 2.9%Korean, 1.8%Chinese, 0.9%Indian, 0.9%Japanese, 0.5%Vietnamese, 0.3%Thai, 0.1%Cambodian), 5,577 (0.1%)Pacific Islander, 902,959 (23.8%) fromother races, and 175,635 (4.6%) fromtwo or more races.Hispanics or Latinosof any race were 1,838,822 persons (48.5%). Among the Hispanic population, 31.9% areMexican, 6.0%Salvadoran, 3.6%Guatemalan, 0.6%Honduran, 0.4%Nicaraguan, 0.4%Puerto Rican, 0.4%Peruvian, 0.4%Cuban, 0.3%Colombian, 0.2% Argentinean, and 0.2% Ecuadorian.
A view of Los Angeles covered in smogThe name given by theChumashtribe of Native Americans for the area now known as Los Angeles translates to "the valley of smoke."Owing to geography, heavy reliance on automobiles, and the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, Los Angeles suffers from air pollution in the form of smog. TheLos Angeles Basinand the San Fernando Valley are susceptible toatmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from road vehicles, airplanes, locomotives, shipping, manufacturing, and other sources.The smog season lasts from May to October.Unlike other large cities that rely on rain to clear smog, Los Angeles gets only 15 inches (380mm) of rain each year: pollution accumulates over many consecutive days.
CrimeLikemost American cities, Los Angeles has been experiencing significant decline in crime since the mid-1990s, and reached a 50-year low in 2009 with 314 homicides.Antonio Villaraigosa is a member of theMayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition.In 2009, Los Angeles reported 314 homicides, which corresponds to a rate of 7.85 (per 100,000 population)a major decrease from 1993, when the all time homicide rate of over 21.1 (per 100,000 population) was reported for the year.This included 15 officer-involved shootings. One shooting led to the death of aSWATteam member, Randal Simmons, the first in LAPD's history.