City Beat: Hollywood tourists come and go with no sun

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Tourists expect California sunshine when they come to Los Angeles -- especially if it’s cold at home when they leave. But some visitors to L.A. found their timing off his week, both arriving here and then departing in the rain.

For my latest City Beat, I headed to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday morning, when the rain was coming down hard. I talked to a lot of tourists wearing ponchos, under umbrellas.

They had wonderful ways of describing the weather.

‘Rain played a spoilsport today,’ said Narjeet Beda of New Delhi.

Read my story in Saturday’s newspaper here.


Tourists under umbrellas, soggy characters in costume -- here’s what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:

-- Nita Lelyveld

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‘Why so serious?’ Joker impersonator Mitchell Schonberner asks tourists who pass him in the rain on Hollywood Boulevard next to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times / November 30, 2012)