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Place shines.

Occupying its own place on the last page of California History, our Spotlight feature is meant to evoke a lasting impression on readers. Material is abundant: The only criterion is that each selection be an iconic or otherwise memorable photograph of a significant California place. The image might be historic, recent, or contemporary and drawn from the work of a famous or unknown, professional or amateur photographer.

Michael Dawson is a super-natural to serve as our first Spotlight guest editor. Current owner and operator of Dawson's Book Shop/Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles, Michael has pushed out the boundaries of the bookshop business, creating a fine arts photography gallery within and founding the Los Angeles Salon, where the curious public meets for close encounters with artists, writers, and photographers. With his expertise in and devotion to historic and contemporary images connected to California places, Michael brings an exceptional glow to these pages. By connecting the Spotlight image to one of our articles, he sparks readers' own interpretation of a compelling California scene.

This issue's authors also direct the scholarly spotlight on place. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Cynthia L. Chamberlin, et al. have harnessed the magic of numbers through their path-breaking research and analysis of the size and civic participation of the state's Latino population. Reversing previous understanding, "Expansion, Empowerment, and Engagement: Las Juntas Patrioticas in California, 1848-1869" demonstrates that Latinos lived and worked in many more places and were far more broadly distributed than has been recognized.

Karen S. Langlois pairs previously unpublished photographs made by Andrew Forbes and the poetry of Mary Austin to document and enshrine the stunning pre-Los Angeles Aqueduct beauty of the Owens Valley and the distinctive, immaculate glory of Eastern Sierra vistas. In "Mary Austin and Andrew Forbes: Poetry, Photography, and the Eastern Sierra," she sheds new light on the beholders of these fated places from little-known, hundred-year-old sources.

In "The Land of Big Sur: Conservation on the California Coast," John Walton presents a case study for environmental protection that untangles a challenging web of politics, preservation, private interest, and public good. Through emotional and contentious struggles for the future of a beloved and emblematic California place--Big Sur's spectacular 100 miles of coastline and its inland mountain slopes-he illuminates a national example for collaboration and stewardship.

All over California, place shines.
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Title Annotation:FROM THE EDITOR
Author:Fireman, Janet
Publication:California History
Date:Dec 22, 2007
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