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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.

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.

When Manny Pacquiao fights, it's 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.

Seniors get in the act to stop scams — So she's 96 and her eyesight's half gone. Peggy Mollin doesn't want to sit home alone. Alone, she says, often leads to trouble, especially for people her age. Calls. Knocks on the door. Emails. Flattering sales pitches from strangers.

Oh, goodies! At this products convention, they're left holding the swag — What is it about a corporate freebie that makes it irresistible? Why do we, given the chance, grab up the T-shirts and the pens and the ball caps? A big industry revolves around putting such swag in our hands.

Burbank Airport emergency drill puts rescuers, makeup artists to the test — Staging a major airport disaster drill takes months of planning. You need volunteers. You need emergency teams primed to converge on the scene. So if the timing of a simulated crash at Burbank Bob Hope Airport seemed unfortunate Tuesday given the news of a real plane going down in the French Alps, there was nothing organizers could do about it - except to point out that such tragedies underline why drills are crucial.

Clog guru, in L.A. for biannual fittings, keeps devotees at her feet — L.A.'s clog devotees know the strict code by heart, even if they can't always live up to it. Sneakers are not shoes. Flip-flops ruin your feet. The last real footwear American women embraced was the saddle shoe. So says Cecilia Tidlund, the sharp-tongued guru of the simple Swedish shoe.
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May 25, 2015

RT @BanJazzHands: @CassieTownsend @LATimescitybeat It's always so odd to see the word "Happy" before the words "Memorial Day". It's a day to honor our dead.

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