Michael Lara

Reading Interests: 
Local History
What I'm Reading Now: 
Chinese History to 1900

Blogs by this Author

View of Sodality Park location from San Carlos Street
As a kid, my father told me that Babe Ruth referred to my hometown as “the little burg in the orchards.” This elusive quote has sent me chasing a Ruthian myth; the most sensational variety of stories in the baseball universe. Upon searching for this quote, waves of San Jose’s local history have washed up along the long tables of the California Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. By delicately handling clipping files and spinning reels of microfilm, the story of San Jose is told at the California Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library...Read more...
Traffic congested highway 280
Bay Area commuters know; you can't always depend on the freeways. With traffic congestion consistently increasing to record highs , commuters face the choice of sitting in freeway traffic or driving longer distances with less traffic via the backstreets. As commuters wish for improved traffic solutions today, so did Thelma Miller in 1946 when she expressed the need for a county highway system to relieve the drive from town to town through crowded city streets. Upon my trip to San Juan Bautista from San Jose last weekend, Google Maps suggested we avoid the 20 mile-long parking lot known as U.S...Read more...