Week 2 (Day 7): LOS ANGELES (USA)
Our Powerhouse Journey Around the World continues. We have travelled 2,217 miles from our starting point, Atlanta, to our new destination, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is the most populated city in the State of California, and the second most populated in the United States of America, after New York. Los Angeles covers an area of 469.1 sq miles.
Just like any largely populated city, Los Angeles can be a fabulous place in which to be, but can also be an extremely dangerous one. The safest places in Los Angeles are the fairly unpopulated ones by the edge of the greater metropolitan area. Some of the affluent beach cities, like Malibu, are relatively safe, with the population being so low. However, just like most Los Angeles cities, Malibu also has its gang problems.
Always exercise the Powerhouse Self-Defense rules of PROI: PREDICTION of misplaced situations, that is being aware of anything that appears out of context. RECOGNITION of potentially harmful behavior. OBSERVATION of your surroundings. Look for street signs and landmarks. Know exactly where you are at ALL times. INTUITION: Trust your gut and when in doubt, both feet out!
One of the other relatively safe places in Los Angeles is Burbank. Burbank is home to the Warner Brother’s Studios, NBC and the Disney Headquarters. Its neighborhoods are well kept, with residents in well-paid jobs.
Unfortunately, the city of Los Angeles is under policed, with just one officer for every 426 residents. Remember that there is gang activity in almost every neighborhood in Los Angeles. In the most dangerous of neighborhoods you will see graffiti, empty buildings, closed businesses and abandoned cars along the roads. Never be in these areas during the day. At night avoid them completely.
2012 Los Angeles Crime Statistics (According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)
- Homicide: 147
- Rape: 476
- Robbery: 4,435
- Aggravated Assault: 4,155
- Property Crimes: 43,388
- TOTAL CRIMES: 52,601
EMERGENCY SERVICES NUMBER: 911
Los Angeles Fun Facts
1. When Los Angeles was first founded, it was named “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the River Porciuncula”.
2. Los Angeles ranks Number 1 in the USA in Energy Efficient Buildings.
3. Los Angeles was the birthplace of the Internet.
4. The average citizen of Los Angeles eats 28 pounds of fried chicken, 50 pounds of French fries, and drinks 325 bottles of beer every year.
5. Los Angeles has the largest number of women-owned businesses in the nation.
CONTINUE WITH US ON OUR POWERHOUSE JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD. WHERE WILL OUR NEXT DESTINATION BE?
Jennifer Riis-Poulsen is the Founder & CEO and also a 2nd degree black belt, who formed Powerhouse Self-Defense as a response to the ever-increasing statistics on emotional and physical attacks on females each year. She made reducing these statistics a mission and personal goal and has set out to develop a comprehensive, HOLISTIC personal safety and empowerment program focused on awareness and powerful techniques to build courage and confidence. For more information visit http://powerhouseselfdefense.com