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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morning Report: Boyle Heights mariachi-themed 5k runs into trouble; freeway crash and fire near Elysian Park

News & Notes: A mariachi-themed 5k run through Boyle Heights has generated opposition from some neighborhood mariachis and elected officials, reports ABC7. One person was injured during a freeway collision and fire near Elysian Park, reports City News/Daily News. Bloggers don’t live on comments alone! Support ... Read More »

Boyle Heights vs. Highland Park: A tale of two Starbucks

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BOYLE HEIGHTS –  If the new Highland Park Starbucks is a depressing letdown, then perhaps the disappointed latte-lovers in search of more ambiance should visit the equally new Boyle Heights Starbucks. The two new stores, both of which opened last month, share a lot in common: ... Read More »

A weekend of music, art and tragedy in Echo Park

Dante Elephante winding things down on Sunday | Nathan Solis

ECHO PARK -- Neighborhood festivals come in all shapes and sizes and this past weekend's Echo Park Rising was no different. The music festival fit over the community like a circus tent. It brought out the best in the community, it brought out the worst. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that someone was stabbed to death on Friday night, the murder scene and yellow police tape just a few yards from the crowd gathered outside one of the festival venues. Read More »

Silver Lake housing development stirs up opposition

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SILVER LAKE — Plans by a developer to build 11 townhomes near the corner of Coronado and Marathon streets has raised concern among residents who say the project of three-story buildings is out of scale in an area of primarily one and two story homes and ... Read More »

Morning Report: Atwater school gets new principal; Councilman Huizar promises to clean up Boyle Heights mural

News & Notes: A new principal takes over at Awater Avenue Elementary following the brief tenure of the former school chief, reports the Atwater Village News. Councilman Huizar pledges to restore faded mural at the Ramona Gardens housing project, reports Boyle Heights Beat. Got photos to ... Read More »

Possible suicide victim found in Elysian Park [updated]

Coroner on the scene of a possible suicide | Jennifer Deines

The body of a possible suicide victim was found this morning in Elysian Park, according to a spokesman for the L.A. County Department of Coroner. A van from the coroner’s office was seen collecting the body near a metal bench as morning commuters drove by on ... Read More »

Police shoot man armed with shotgun in Boyle Heights

BOYLE HEIGHTS --  CBS2 and other media reporting that LAPD shot a mentally-ill man armed with a shotgun this afternoon in the 3200 block of E. Lanfranco Street Read More »

Elysian Valley welcomes park expansion

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ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Residents and public officials on Saturday gathered to celebrate the transformation of a former dirt lot in Elysian Valley into a river-adjacent recreational oasis. Read More »

Southwest Museum in the spotlight for its 100th anniversary

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MOUNT WASHINGTON –   The Southwest Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with a day-long series of programs and displays. But the celebration continued into the evening with an unofficial event after an anonymous individual arranged to have the museum’s iconic tower  bathed in a searchlight. ... Read More »

Police investigating Echo Park stabbing death [updated]

A skateboard taped to a lampost was part of a sidewalk memorial taking shape on Sunset boulevard

ECHO PARK — The man who was stabbed  during a Friday night argument with  three suspects on Sunset Boulevard has died from his wounds, police said today. Police this morning were looking for surveillance videos and conducting probation checks on the homes of known gang members ... Read More »

Morning Report: Man killed in East L.A. shooting; A new look may be brewing for Highland Park Starbucks; weekend events

Blue Ruffles, Echo Park Lake | Katrina Alexy

News & Notes: One man was fatally shot in East Los Angeles near the Nueva Maravilla Housing project. Starbucks tells ABC7  that it is “committed to taking specific actions that will address the concerns we’ve heard” over the much criticized design of the new Highland Park ... Read More »

Police investigating Echo Park stabbing; victim dies [updated]

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ECHO PARK -- Police are searching for three suspects tonight in connection with the stabbing of a man on Sunset Boulevard as the street was busy with crowds attending the Echo Park Rising music festival. Read More »

One person injured in Highland Park shooting [update]

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HIGHLAND PARK -- One person was shot this afternoon in Highland Park before the victim drove off from the shooting scene and was later involved in a traffic collision on the 110 Freeway, according to preliminary police reports. Read More »

Silver Lake church-to-hotel conversion gets Planning Department blessing

SILVER LAKE — A plan by Silver Lake business woman Dana Hollister to turn a now vacant church into a 25-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and rooftop garden was approved by a Planning Department official. But Hollister’s request to serve and sell a full line ... Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Highland Park dishes up mole sauce pizza; Boyle Heights hosts taco festival; & Echo Park boutique seeks happily ever after in new storefront

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A Highland Park pizzeria is fusing Mexican and Italian culinary specialties with its new mole pizza. LA Magazine writes that Town Pizza on York Boulevard is topping their pie with  mole sauce, roast pork, chili-lime corn, pickled red onions, and cilantro. This craft pie is now being dished up by ... Read More »

Eastside Open House: A Weekend Guide To House Hunting

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With the end of  summer on the horizon comes numerous food and music festivals around town this weekend. But if you can steal yourself away for a moment, this weekend also brings with it a variety of open houses. Properties include a restored Craftsman four-bedroom in Highland Park and an ... Read More »

Best bets at this weekend’s Echo Park Rising festival

Scenes from 2013 Echo Park Rising | Nathan Solis

_ ECHO PARK – This weekend Echo Park will welcome the fourth annual Echo Park Rising festival to the neighborhood. The three-day music and arts event is free, and aims to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Eastside enclave. This year’s schedule is again loaded ... Read More »

Is This A Peak Price? Echo Park hilltop compound sells for $1.755 million

ECHO PARK — This Craftsman-style home with a pool and  guest cottage generated a lot of attention when it went on the market in July at an asking price of $1.395 million. But that lofty asking price was not high enough. This week, only a little ... Read More »

Morning Report: The “most depressing Starbucks in America” is in Highland Park; family sues over East L.A. student drowning; Southwest Museum celebrates centennial

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News & Notes: The new Highland Park Starbucks, featured in The Eastsider,  is described as the “most depressing Starbucks in America,” reports KTLA. The family of a Garfield High student who drowned in an East L.A. community pool during a school event has filed a wrongful ... Read More »

Silver Lake Bungalow Around The Corner From Sqirl Open Sunday

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Great opportunity to own a beautiful California Bungalow in one of Silver Lake's most walkable locations. Relax in the private front yard and pick fresh herbs & vegetables from your own garden. Walk through an extra wide custom front door to an open concept living room, dining room and kitchen. Read More »

Eastside Weekend: Frida2014 in East L.A.; Echo Park Rising; vegan fun in Glassell Park

Artist Juan Solis painting a Frida Kahlo in the gallery | Photo by Steve Saldivar

This weekend's events range from the Frida2014 exhibit in East L.A. and Echo Park Rising in Echo Park to the Superchunk show in Eagle Rock and The Church of Seitan - A Vegan Event - in Glassell Park. Read More »

York Boulevard park in progress

HIGHLAND PARK –  The arrival of heavy-duty construction equipment this week signaled that work had begun on building an approximately $3 million park at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50. York Park, the result of several years of workshops and a public vote on ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Park bar owners take over restaurant

The Holloway is opening in the former home of Allummette

ECHO PARK — The folks who renovated and reopened Little Joy, the one-time Sunset Boulevard dive bar, two years ago are now in the process of opening a new bar and restaurant on Echo Park Avenue in the former home of Allumette. The Holloway, which shares ... Read More »

Morning Report: East L.A. clinic saving the limbs and lives of diabetics; Boyle Heights school news from 1922; Supervisor Gloria Molina takes comfort in quilting

 News & Notes: East L.A.’s New Hope Podiatry specializes in  saving the limbs of diabetic patients who might have faced amputation, reports KPCC. The Boyle Heights History blog browses through the early 1920s issues of The Siren, the student newspaper what is now Hollenbeck Middle School. County ... Read More »

Glamper’s Paradise in Eagle Rock!

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Imagine a place where you can live, work and camp by the fireside ... a home with an enchanting garden producing fruits, vegetables and herbs on a drip irrigation system. Welcome home to a sunny, sophisticated and renovated 1922 Eagle Rock bungalow boasting a generous living room, new floors and windows, with built-in storage and tons of light. Read More »

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