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Randy's Donuts on 805 West Manchester Avenue in Inglewood is near the eastern border of Westchster. The Donut location is in Randy Newman's "I Love LA" music video. They often play the song "I Love LA" at Laker games.

Randy Newman

The Best of Randy Newman CD has the "I Love LA" song. Click on the link below for pricing/shipping info on the CD
The Best of Randy Newman

Randy Newman's Songbook 1 CD has other good songs. Click on the link below for pricing/shipping info on the CD
Songbook 1 Randy Newman

Songbook 1 CD review by Amazon.com reprinted with permission
Although heís now best known as the curly haired Prince of Pixar (heís written hit songs for a number of animated blockbusters, including Toy Story 2 and A Bugís Life, Randy Newman began his career as a misanthropic satirist and thwarted romantic. Itís this version of Newman who shows up for Songbook Vol. 1, revisiting 18 of his compositions, most written in the '60s or '70s, and all stripped down to just voice and piano. The idea is borrowed from vintage tributes to the masters, the "songbooks" of Jerome Kern or Cole Porter, usually interpreted by a great vocalist such as Ella Fitzgerald. In Newmanís case, itís hard to imagine anyone else singing a slave traderís smooth sales pitch ("Sa! il Away"), a deityís bemused take on mankind ("Godís Song"), or a child murdererís creepy meditation ("In Germany Before the War"). Stripped of rock backbeats or orchestral sweetening, Newmanís songs reveal their stark beauty and classic craftsmanship even more keenly. What may be most remarkable, however, is how prescient me of the songs seem now ("Lonely at the Top" predates the rise of People magazine and a revolving cast of whining superstars by half-a-decade) and how timely some of its humor is. "Political Science" may have been written during the Vietnam War, but its clueless narrator ("No one likes us I donít know why/We may not be perfect but heaven knows we try") sounds a lot like a Bush Jr. cabinet member or this seasonís hottest Fox News pundit. Since the early Ď80s, Newman has focused the lionís share of his attention on soundtrack scores and sly but cuddly buddy songs. Songbook Vol. 1 makes one wish! Newman would devote more of his energies to writing new songs as topical, vibrant, and biting as his old ones. --Keith Moerer

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Westchester Golf Course Hole 10

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Westchester Golf Course Hole 10 Angle

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Westchester Golf Course Holes 9 and 10

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