Los Angeles Times

Nita Lelyveld

Writer

Nita Lelyveld writes City Beat stories about moments in the life of Los Angeles. She was born in New York and grew up around the world, but has now lived in L.A. longer than she’s lived anywhere else. Before joining The Times in 2001, she wrote for the Tuscaloosa News, the Associated Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which sent her to L.A. as a national writer in 1997.  She went reluctantly, but fell for the place.

Recent Articles

  • Transit buff came all the way from Canada to ride Expo Line

    Live updates: Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20, 2016, 3:16 p.m. It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside. Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Metro passengers are...

  • Big crowds expected tomorrow, but plenty of riders hit the beach today

    Live updates: Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20, 2016, 3:16 p.m. It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside. Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Metro passengers are...

  • Westbound Expo Line train gets crowded at Culver City station

    Live updates: Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20, 2016, 3:16 p.m. It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside. Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Metro passengers are...

  • Santa Monica officials seek to seize the Expo Line moment

    Santa Monica officials seek to seize the Expo Line moment

    Live updates: Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20, 2016, 3:16 p.m. It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside. Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Metro passengers are...

  • Uber offering discounts for rides to or from Expo Line stations

    Live updates: Metro Expo Line to Santa Monica opens May 20, 2016, 3:16 p.m. It has been more than six decades, but passenger rail is finally returning to the gridlocked Westside. Metro's Expo Line extension opened today and will run from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Metro passengers are...

  • Film tells the story of ‘Queen Mimi,’ who lived in a Santa Monica laundromat

    Film tells the story of ‘Queen Mimi,’ who lived in a Santa Monica laundromat

    Marie Elizabeth Haist was born in Los Angeles in 1925. Her life started out pretty conventionally. But when she divorced in her fifties, the suburban housewife lost her home, began living in her van and wound up on the streets.  She slept outside Bullock's Westwood. She ate food thrown out by restaurants....

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