LA HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
Initiated during the Haynes Foundation’s 90th anniversary year, the Haynes Foundation began sharing with Angelinos a series of real-world questions and answers on historic topics of interest, which we call “LA History Highlights.” By 2019, 18 highlights had been posted
For 2020, five new highlights (#1 - #5) have been added. These five highlights illustrate the connection between Dr. Haynes and the creation of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Dr. John Randolph Haynes, our founder and namesake, was a self-taught expert on water-related issues for Southern California. Not only was he a founding director of MWD, the builder of the Colorado River Aqueduct, he was also chosen to be a director of the City’s publicly owned water agency, the Department of Water and Power (DWP). There is an important distinction between MWD and DWP. MWD serves as the water “wholesaler” for Southern California while DWP serves as the water “retailer” for the City of Los Angeles.
The first new highlight (#1) explores the origins of one of the “Crown Jewels” of Los Angeles: the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. Created in 1928 (two years after the creation of the Haynes Foundation), the MWD service area includes the six Southern California counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura).
The other highlights (#2 – #5) are also connected to the Colorado River Aqueduct. You will recognize several famous Los Angeles Institutions, Issues and Names: Caltech (#2), Kaiser-Permanente (#3), General George Patton (#4), and Los Angeles’ Underground Water Storage Basins (#5).
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Haynes Foundation and Paul Landacre
What are the links between the Haynes Foundation and Paul Landacre, an outstanding print maker and resident of Echo Park?
This is a story about several important figures who left an enduring legacy on Los Angeles nearly a century ago: Dr. John Randolph Haynes, Mr. Paul Landacre and Mr. Robert Farquhar. And part of the shared legacy is one of the grand homes of Los Angeles in the early 1900’s. A key clue can be found on line 7 of the Haynes Foundation’s ledger for December 2, 1935.