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Metro Feature Writer — LA Times

Nita Lelyveld, an @latimes metro writer, writes City Beat snapshots of L.A. life. I also RT #mydayinla. DM story ideas/feedback. RTs are not endorsements.

An eccentric millionaire, competing wills and a cache of cars on the auction block

latimes.com — lt;p>When Gerald Willits died last August at 76, the eccentric former Buena Park contractor did not have a clear, valid will.<br /><br />But even before that gets settled by the courts, Willits' automobile collection -- classic cars that mostly don't run, some that now are little more than rust, a tiny experimental plane -- is being auctioned off to the highest bidders.</p>

To connect with the Beatles, all they needed was imagination - and a helicopter

latimes.com — If only, even for one day, you could blink yourself back in time - to when you felt freest, when you felt boldest, when the sheer power of youth made you certain you'd succeed. More than half a century ago, as the Beatles took the world by storm, a group of teenage girls made a pact.

Exhibit's treasure trove illustrates history of Los Angeles

latimes.com — What can we learn about Los Angeles history from an object that looks like a metal plunger, or maybe a large cooking pot, with a pipe rising out of its lid? "It's a great conversation starter," says David Boulé. "If you stand next to it, half the people say, 'What is this?'
Aug 15, 2015

Would you recognize a smudge pot if you saw one? My latest City Beat, on an exhibit of LA artifacts: lat.ms/1ISGT0P

Historian travels through time to detail the first adventures by car

latimes.com — It took Peter Blodgett just under an hour and a half one recent afternoon to drive from San Marino to Corona del Mar. It's a fact worth noting, given that he'd come to talk about car travel in the West.
Aug 07, 2015

Splattered with mud, pinged by pebbles -- my latest City Beat, on the road trip circa 1900: lat.ms/1W6NLPc

For volunteer cheerleaders at Special Olympics, their job is a serious labor of love

latimes.com — Joseph Fernandez and Cole Kaden sat in packed bleachers at the Los Angeles Convention Center, watching two teams in uniform &mdash; Denmark in red, India in blue &mdash; move a ball up and down a court using only their hands.
Aug 01, 2015

RT @latimes: For volunteer cheerleaders at Special Olympics, their job is a serious labor of love lat.ms/1LXnxtF pic.twitter.com/aHGBTHmz9x

Aug 01, 2015

RT @latimes: For volunteer cheerleaders at Special Olympics, their job is a serious labor of love lat.ms/1LXnxtF pic.twitter.com/aHGBTHmz9x

Jon Stewart on Jerry Brown: 'Still good old Gov. Moonbeam'

latimes.com — On Tuesday night, California Gov. Jerry Brown sat down to talk drought with L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner. On Wednesday night, some of Brown's loftier words at that USC talk made it onto "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "He's still good old Gov. Moonbeam putting the water scarcity in terms...
Jun 11, 2015

Jon Stewart had some fun with Jerry Brown last night, calling him "still good old Gov. Moonbeam." latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jun 11, 2015

RT @ChrisMegerian: Jon Stewart had some fun with Jerry Brown last night, calling him "still good old Gov. Moonbeam." latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jun 11, 2015

Jon Stewart says Jerry Brown described California's drought "in terms that anyone on shrooms can understand." latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jun 11, 2015

RT @latimes: Jon Stewart on Jerry Brown: 'Still good old Gov. Moonbeam' lat.ms/1KG2ZFM

Author sends mailbox enthusiasts and Art Deco lovers back to the past

latimes.com — Who even thinks about mailboxes anymore, when so few people send the kind of messages that require envelopes and postage stamps? That a small crowd turned out recently to learn about mailbox history may speak to the zeal of L.A.'s urban explorers.
Jun 08, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the history of the mailbox? @latimescitybeat meets some who have: lat.ms/1F4kict

Jun 08, 2015

Some mailboxes look like all other mailboxes. Some are things of beauty. My latest City Beat: lat.ms/1F4kict

Tom LaBonge's Mickey Rooney fete helps turn the big city small-town

latimes.com — What could be more fitting, on the first day of his last month in office, than for City Councilman Tom LaBonge to be doing what he loves, standing in the cacophony of Los Angeles' present, taking a moment to commemorate its past? The L.A.
Jun 02, 2015

With 30 days to go in officde, @tomlabonge does what he loves to do -- my latest City Beat: lat.ms/1GUqrOq

Jun 02, 2015

With 30 days to go in office, @tomlabonge does what he loves to do -- my latest City Beat: lat.ms/1GUqrOq

Jun 02, 2015

RT @LATimescitybeat: With 30 days to go in office, @tomlabonge does what he loves to do -- my latest City Beat: lat.ms/1GUqrOq

Jun 02, 2015

In my latest City Beat, I try to capture @tomlabonge's unique style of speaking: lat.ms/1GUqrOq

Jun 02, 2015

"I'm graduating in 30 days from the City Council and I can't go back." @TomLaBonge on the scene with @LATimescitybeat latimes.com/local/californ…

STEM Academy students envision green space built atop 101 Freeway

latimes.com — The STEM Academy of Hollywood is perched above eight lanes of traffic on the 101 Freeway. Its classroom windows offer the high school engineers a bird's-eye view of some of Los Angeles' most enduring woes. Too many cars. Too much cement. A freeway system that slices through neighborhoods, leaving them uninviting to crisscross on foot.
May 29, 2015

STEM Academy students envision green space built atop 101 Fwy latimes.com/local/californ… / We need this on parts of 580. cc @brockwinstead

May 29, 2015

High school students in Hollywood dream up designs for a park over the 101 -- my latest City Beat: lat.ms/1LOMqpM

Focusing on photography becomes a labor of love

latimes.com — Some people travel through life on straight, clearly marked paths. Rafael Cardenas has zigged and zagged. Born in Mexico and raised in East L.A., he has tried his hand at many kinds of labor in the course of his 43 years. In the summertime, as a boy, he worked in the fields, pulling onions.
May 25, 2015

RT @casacks: .@LATimescitybeat on self-taught photographer @rafa_LAphotos lat.ms/1JR60To Modest beginnings+a focus on learning. Inspiring read.

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Sep 01, 2015

In Santa Ana, at a most unusual car auction. I'll tell you more later. #mydayinla pic.twitter.com/W6rhCA5NY2

Sep 01, 2015

RT @Atkins_Dave: This should put to rest the urban legend that Ballona Creek's water is unpallet-able. #mydayinla pic.twitter.com/cinsfWHntH

Sep 01, 2015

RT @matacristos: I bought this awhile ago at the Pasadena City College flea market. #mydayinla I have a new phone so I… instagram.com/p/7FQLYQyklV/


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