The story is that the area of Los Angeles just east of Hollywood and west of Interstate 5 known as Los Feliz was originally part of an early California land grant to one Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz. Later on (in case you missed benjamin’s Dead Angeleno bio of Griffith J. Griffith) the land was willed to the city of Los Angeles by the aforementioned philanthropist and wife-shooter. Once a home to the proud, seafaring Gabrielino Indians, Los Feliz is now known for its celebrity, hipster, and celebrity hipster inhabitants.
But how do you really pronounce Los Feliz?
I don’t know. I say Los Fe-LEEZ like everybody else (edit: Whoops, I meant FEE-liz.). If it was meant to be pronounced properly, FEE-liz would be felices because of the los, right? Shouldn’t it be El Feliz then? I looked all over for an official answer, but came up dry…
Until a few weeks ago when I was taking the bus from Hollywood to Glendale. It was one of those buses with the electronic voice that lets you know what streets are coming up. It pronounces the name Los Fe-LEEZ.
This must be the answer. It’s got to be the right one. I mean, city buses are pretty official, right?
UPDATE: In my haste to get the post up, I forgot to add a picture credit. Image courtesy of HoldThatTiger.