New Feature: A California Mayor Wants His Beach Town to Retreat From the Shore by Bear Guerra

“At the start of each year, Southern California gets a glimpse into a future of rising seas, through an annual event called the king tide. On that day, the sun, moon, and Earth align to create a heavy gravitational pull, leading to the highest tides of the year. If “king tide” sounds ominous, that’s because it is, particularly for a city like Imperial Beach, a small coastal town near the Mexican border surrounded by water on three sides: San Diego Bay to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Tijuana River Delta to the south.”

Read the full feature in The Atlantic here.

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Join Us at the Bowtie Tour by Bear Guerra

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Join us at the Bowtie Parcel in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 14th, from 3-6 pm (2780 W Casitas Avenue) for a live tour of the Bowtie, where we will explore some of the historical and present-day uses of this dynamic site. 

Bowtie artist Beatriz Cortez will talk about the construction and installation of her site-responsive sculpture, Tzolk’in (currently on view); CA State Parks interpretive specialist Luis Rincon will describe the flora and fauna that pass through the Bowtie; and former Southern Pacific Railroad employee Bob Ramírez will share stories about his time working at the site when it was a bustling train maintenance yard. We will round out the afternoon with a fireside reception. More info available here.

Harvest Season Is Here by Bear Guerra


The sun sets on one of the hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley and Sonoma wine producing region. Since the 1850s, this area has been valued by winemakers due to its unique climate and soil diversity, allowing for the production of many varieties of grapes in a concentrated geographic area. Photo by Bear Guerra for Bernardo Ruiz’s latest documentary film, “Harvest Season.” Bear’s images were made in conjunction with the film, offering a glimpse of life for the vineyard workers and small producers who are integral to the industry, but whose stories are rarely heard.

Find out more about “Harvest Season” here..

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Chatting About Science & the Implications of Migration by Bear Guerra

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This Fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will join the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to produce a three-night conversation between the people of Los Angeles and the leading experts on migration. Looking across species and time, we strip away politics and nation-state boundaries to discover the causes and outcomes of migration for all life forms.

Join us October 18 (A New Home, The Effects of Migration) and November 1 (Los Angeles, A Migration Haven) for these live conversations, moderated by Ruxandra Guidi.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.