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Bruce Lash
 My thanks to Councilman Ed Reyes and his staff for their work last year in having the City install new street signs marking our historic neighborhood, Angeleno Heights (with, of course, the correct spelling)!
And, my thanks to those of you who have supported this correction.
Gavin Glynn
Angeleno is not Spanish, it is Italian as most of the names are in California.  The Catholic calendar is in Italian which pre-determined the namesakes of each of the mission according to the day it was christened.  There are "cognitivos" ie; Angeles, Paloma, etc.  If the Mission were in Spanish they would Be Santo Jaime not San Diego, Santo Vicento not San Vicente  etc..

Angeleno is the correct Italian spelling and original name.

Gavin Glynn
West Adams

What mission?  Los Angeles was a Pueblo founded to grow food for the Presidio at San Diego.  The full original name was El Pueblo de la Reina Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Porcíuncula; however, as a practical matter, it was rarely said with both "la Reina" and "Nuestra Señora" at the same time... people usually said one or the other.  Porcíuncula was the original name of what we now call the Los Angeles River.

Italians had not one bit to do with the founding, or naming, of Los Angeles.  of the 11 families (44 pobladores, or founders, total) who originally set out to establish the pueblo, 10 were primarily of native or African ancestry.  The one family which was of predominantly European ancestry washed out and headed up to the more established mission at Santa Barbara instead.

My father spent the better part of his 35-year career as a historian (most of that as a curator of California History at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History) dispelling the myth that Europeans had much of anything to do with founding California in general, and Los Angeles in particular.  His "The 1790 Census: A Demographic History of California" is a fascinating breakdown of the ancestry of everyone who was living in California in 1790, which took him and a colleague about 12 years to reconstruct from baptismal and marriage records.  Give it a read if you're still thinking that us white people were anything more than a blip in the pre-gold rush history of this state.

BTW, I'm pretty sure he would have supported the "e" spelling.  ;-)

San Vicente, San Diego etc. are all Spanish. Firstly, Vicente and Diego are both Spanish, not Italina names and the San, i.e. masculine saint, is San in both Spanish and Italian.

You would only say 'Santo' if it's a non-specific saint. For example, 'eres un santo' - you're a saint.

I used to live in Madrid and lots of the streets are San-. San Bernardo, San Vicente Ferrer, San Andrés, San Lorenzo, San Ildefonso etc.

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