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Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

This week L.A. Letters highlights the past, present and future of Artesia, one of the gateway cities on the southeastern border of Los Angeles County.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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