I’m Cindy Cotter. That’s me on the elephant with my daughter Tina.
My neighborhood is in a bit of unincorporated L.A. variously called Whittier, East Whittier, or East La Mirada. I’ve lived here for 20 years. Since the place has no clear identity of its own, I’ve created my own imaginary boundaries around West Coyote Hills, including the south end of La Habra, the eastern portion of La Mirada, a bit of northeastern Buena Park, and a chunk of northern Fullerton as well as my own bit of L.A. County. West Coyote Hills is roughly centered around the intersection of Imperial Highway and Beach Blvd., with the wild, undeveloped portion of Coyote Hills at its heart.
This blog is a stubborn attempt to create a place I can call home, something with more character and sense of place than “an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County with a Whittier mailing address,” which is what I usually say when people ask me where I live. It’s also a hyperlocal blog. That’s jargon I picked up when I returned to college (at the age of 60) to study journalism. It refers to a news blog focused on a small locale.
Writing here makes me feel like I’m following in my father’s footsteps. He was the only reporter on the Middleboro Gazette (Massachusetts) for a while when I was a kid.
Email me: CindyCotter@gmailcom