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Metro Feature Writer — LA Times
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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.

Malibu firm's Failure Wall lets workers earn from their mistakes — Jeff Stibel, head of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. in Malibu, believes that you have to be willing to fail to succeed - so he has all of his employees write on a Failure Wall. What if you were asked to write your failures on a wall, in indelible ink, for everyone to see?

Relocated marker in Echo Park salutes Mack Sennett's first film studio — Searching out key locations in Los Angeles' history often requires a vivid imagination. You have to squint to try to mute the modern-day reality, to conjure buildings that once stood but now are gone.

Record heat, record snow: The coasts are clearly weather-beaten — In the never-ending cross-country rivalry, winter is the West Coast's prime time to win. We hold up our sand to the East Coast's snow, and wiggle our pedicured, flip-flopped toes at clunky, thick-socked boots. On social media, we send out photos of surfers catching sun-spangled waves and smile as we start our postcard-inspired captions with apologies.

On Ash Wednesday, two deacons deliver on the streets of Beverly Hills — Others who noticed the sign that said, "Hey Beverly Hills, Lent Begins Today!" or saw the deacons' blackened right thumbs or heard Taylor cheerily call out "Ashes for Ash Wednesday" realized that, right there on the sidewalk, church was coming to them.

At Hollyhock House, thousands celebrate an architectural treasure — Something happened on a Hollywood hilltop as Friday the 13th turned into Valentine's Day. In the middle of the night, as many as a thousand people at a time stood patiently in a line that snaked up and down pathways and under tall trees, inching along in fits and starts and sometimes barely moving at all.

Thousands turn out for 24-hour reopening of Hollyhock House — Some people brought picnics. Others furtively passed around flasks. Couples snuggled under big blankets as they stood for hours, waiting their turn. In the middle of the night, as Friday the 13th turned into Valentine's Day, as many as a thousand people at a time lined up on a Hollywood hillside for a chance to get inside the newly restored Hollyhock House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

At Echo Park center, only the length of screenings is predictable — Kurt Comstock stood in the small movie theater, about to debut his latest film to an audience of friends and strangers. The 53-year-old inventor, who likes to experiment with eco-friendly film processing, started by saying that he'd recently made a film about horses and then developed it - successfully - in horse manure.

When home is a bus called the All Night Diner — Nick Siemion, 28, likes to be in control of his life. He doesn't want to show up at a job every day. He wants to be his own boss. He lives on a school bus, parked for now in downtown L.A. He calls it the All Night Diner and has turned it into a mobile recording studio.

Traveling busker invites fellow dreamers along on his YouTube journey — Last spring, Siemion was busing tables at a Seattle restaurant and living in his truck. While playing guitar in a city park one day, he got into an argument with a guy who refused to put his pit bull on a leash - even after the dog had lunged at Jimi.

Change hits hard in an old Hollywood building — Real-estate developers bought the Villa Carlotta last summer. They say they plan to open a luxury hotel. They've told the tenants to pack up. One of them, Sam Fuller, is 83. He has lived in the buiilding and loved it for nearly four decades.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @Atkins_Dave: Joined by Russian veteran of WWII using a walker. He turned out for his adopted (and defended) country...#mydayinla

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