My disgust for that impossible village, Los Angeles, grows daily. To think that Mexico had to abandon the fair country of California to such a fate. I ask every Mexican “Do you wish like conditions here? If not, then fight American influence in Mexico!” But being an American, I like to believe that only in Los Angeles could such a situation exist. Give me Mexico, revolutions, small pox, poverty, anything but the plague spot of America-Los Angeles. All sensitive, self-respecting persons should leave there. Abandon the city of the uplifters.
From The Daybooks of Edward Weston.
Being a native of Los Angeles I find this quote truly amusing, and some days I agree wholeheartedly.