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What can you do if you call and say you want a table for four on a Saturday night at 8:30 and are told that the only tables available that night are before six and after 10? There is one theory that you will find stars who have an early call at the studio the next morning dining in those Other Arcane Matters 43 ) TIP At a restaurant with a show-biz clientele, psychology is all-important. You must walk up to the maître d’s little podium with complete confidence that he/she will, of course, seat you as soon as something is available.

It is AL-ta VIS-ta Avenue in Hollywood. Sepulveda, the name of an old land-grant family and of a boulevard that runs about a hundred miles, is pronounced Se-PUL-ve-da because there was originally an accent over the u. Alvarado Avenue, named after another founding family, had no accent mark and is pronounced Al-va-RA-do. A double “ll,” as in Ocotillo, is pronounced like “y”: Oc-o-TEE-yo. Cañon Drive in Beverly Hills has the Spanish spelling, but is pronounced exactly the same as Canyon Drive in Hollywood, which has the English spelling.

State of California . . . . . . . . . . 9 million County of Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . 5 million City of Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . . 7 million * DID YOU KNOW? Twenty-six percent of California’s population is foreign-born. Los Angeles has the most diverse multiethnic population of any city. People from about 140 countries, speaking 86 different languages, call Los Angeles home. 8 million overnight visitors. In 2000, the number of arrivals via air, train and ship totaled approximately 90 million.

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