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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.

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

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

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

STEM Academy students envision green space built atop 101 Freeway — 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.

Focusing on photography becomes a labor of love — 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.

A restaurant closes, a neighborhood mourns — Victor's Square Restaurant in Hollywood was for many years a neighborhood gathering place in Hollywood. Owner Bill Gotti made everyone feel at home. Gotti closed the restaurant recently. Business had been slow. (Moral: Do your part to support old-time restaurants you don't want to lose!)

Hollywood bids a tearful farewell to Victor's Square Restaurant — Supplies were running low on a weekday night at Victor's Square Restaurant in Hollywood. They were out of roast chicken and baked potatoes, and it was getting hard to keep up with all the orders for matzo ball soup.

Manny Pacquiao fights are a Philippine holiday — Order $60 worth of Filipino favorites to go at Max's of Manila in Glendale on Saturday and you get to take home a special "knockout treat:" a free, family-size, deep-fried pork leg called a crispy pata. But make plans to sit down at Max's that night for sisig or kare kare and you're likely to find the lights off and the front door locked.

A heady new leaf for these budding pot entrepreneurs — The shimmery organza gift bags contained samples of face cream, salves and scrubs, a green marijuana-leaf label on each dainty jar. Pot was the theme of the recent West Hollywood ladies' meet-and-greet, advertised as a monthly "cannabis networking event." It was held under the auspices of Women Grow, a national group created to empower women in the fast-flowering marijuana business.

The Stop Senior Scams actors are out to save their peers — The members of the Stop Senior Scams Acting Program are no spring chickens. The youngest is 65. The oldest is 96. Still, they take their show on the road to L.A.
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Jul 03, 2015

For those of you who missed it, I am in my cabin in Maine. No phone, wifi. Just beauty and peace. I'll catch up here and there. #mydayinla

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