Rustic Canyon Trail

This sounds like a fun hike/expedition.  Maybe I’ll go check it out the next time I’m in Los Angeles.

Information from

“Next to Will Rogers State Historic Park there is a shady canyon with a shady past. The ruins of Murphy Ranch, a compound built by Nazi sympathizers in the 1930s have been left behind to decay in Rustic Canyon. For adventuresome hikers, there is a trail entering Rustic Canyon from the east side of Will Rogers SHP. Beyond the end of the trail, there is a long unmaintained path up an overgrown canyon to the ruins. Murphy Ranch can be visited as a 4-mile out and back hike with 200 feet of elevation gain, or as a 5-mile loop with 850 feet of elevation gain that circles back to Will Rogers State Historic Park on the Backbone Trail. An alternate route, and the easiest way to the ruins, is to hike to Murphy Ranch from Sullivan Ridge Fire Road on the east side of Rustic Canyon.”

More information on Rustic Canyon’s Murphy Ranch by Atlas Obscura.

Rustic Canyon's Murphy Ranch | Atlas Obscura

Volunteer Police Departments

Reason.TV video about volunteer police departments.  This video focuses on Redlands, CA, but there are similar programs around the nation.

Important points about the way the Redlands program works:

  • All volunteers go through the same police training program that regular police do.
  • All volunteers provide their own equipment, including cars.  They usually fundraise to pay for everything.  No money comes from the general fund.
  • The Redlands program includes a new aviation program, also funded through donations.
  • More information at:


How to Fix California

Very interesting and good interview with Art Laffer on how to fix California by

“right to work states far out perform non-right to work states”

California State teachers are the highest paid in the nation, but second lowest in testing for 4th and 8th grade math and english.  But it’s not the teachers fault specifically – it’s the system that causes the problem.

“It’s not liberal, it’ not conservative… it’s economics.”

Laffer had praise for the economic policy of politicians on both sides as well as criticism for some on both sides.

He’s published a book called “Eureka! How to Fix California” which I’ll have to read… Sounds like it will have some great insight.