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Gratitude in the City of Angels

Across Los Angeles and Southern California there are many groups working together to keep the faith and make things better. This week L.A. Letters celebrates these people and expresses gratitude for all they do to improve the future of Southern California.

About the Author

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