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Southern California Close-Ups: Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island
Southern California Close-Ups: Long Beach, San Pedro and Catalina Island

  First published on July 3, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. The harbor area of southwest Los Angeles County is the closest thing we have to a blue-collar coast. It’s where cruise ships call, where ton upon ton of maritime machinery hums and looms, where the Queen Mary passes its awkward retirement. A little farther west, the Pacific pounds the bluffs and pebbles of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and 22 miles off the mainland, the island of Santa Catalina primps and sparkles for weekend admirers. This territory "to me, is like a secret," says Anthony Geich from behind the desk at Hostelling International's L.A./South Bay hostel in San Pedro....

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