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Charter schools & unions pour $1 million into District 5 school board election; water main breaks in Silver Lake

Atwater Village | Luis Lopez/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: L.A. DWP repair crews were dispatched early this morning to La Fayette Park Place near Bellevue Avenue in Silver Lake after a water main broke .... The teachers union and charter school groups have poured more than a million dollars into the District 5 school board race where incumbent and union supporter Bennett Kayser faces charter school founder Ref Rodriguez ... Get The Eastsider on Facebook, Twitter, Daily Email Digest & RSS feed

Forget the bike; Echo Park thieves steal entire bike rack

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ECHO PARK -- It's come to this - not only do you need to lock up your bike, you need to lock up your bike rack. Sometime over night one of the bike-shaped racks that were recently installed around Echo Park Lake was stolen from the southeast corner of the park, a city official said today. Not only did the black metal rack go missing, but so did the rack's pair of six-inch concrete bases that were buried in the ground.

Silver Lake enjoying a “Butterfly Bonanza”

Gulf Fritillary | Diane Edwardson

SILVER LAKE -- Diane Edwardson says that she and her Corralitas Drive neighbors have noticed the early arrival of butterflies this year. Some brightly colored and rarely seen species, like the Red Admiral and Fritillary Camouflage, have been spotted this year among the regulars that float across the lush green grass and flowers in bloom."Neighbors have been talking about the butterfly bonanza ..."

Northeast L.A. gathers for a Homeless Town Hall

A Homeless Town Hall this week focused on the homeless problem along the Arroyo Seco covered a wide range of questions and issues, from the need for more affordable housing to concerns about public safety and the cost of encampment clean ups. The Tuesday night panel discussion and forum at Ramona Hall included not only residents, police officers and homeless advocates, but some homeless individuals as well.

Hollywood finally gets Echo Park film history right

The Mack Sennett plaque was restored and installed at the correct location | Council District 13

ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.

East L.A. bank sold; O’Grady denies improper use of nonprofit in council race; new Highland Park council website

View From Debs Park | Matthew Morgus/Eastsider Flickr Pool

MORNING REPORT: A Central Valley financial firm has agreed to buy East L.A.-based Pan American Bank, the state's oldest Latino bank ... Council District 4 candidate Tomas O'Grady of Los Feliz denies that he improperly used his education nonprofit to support his campaign ... The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council has launched a new website that can be translated into 50 languages

New skateboard & apparel shop rolls into Silver Lake

Photo courtesy Christopher Clough

SILVER LAKE -- There's no shortage of skateboarders roaming the streets and sidewalks of Silver Lake. But those skaters don't have many neighborhood options when it comes to buying a new skateboard deck or accessories, said Christopher Chough. That's why Chough decided to open The Banks, a skateboard and apparel store on Sunset Boulevard.

Motorcyclist killed in 2 Freeway crash identified; Glassell Park flip sells for way over asking; temporary El Sereno demolition ban delayed

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MORNING REPORT: The motorcyclist killed in Tuesday's crash at the 2 & 5 freeway interchange has been identified as 31-year-old Elden Navarra ... Councilman Gil Cedillo voted to postpone an ordinance that would have temporarily halted demolitions in a proposed historic district in El Sereno ... A Glassell Park flip sold for $105,000 over the asking price as average sales prices have risen.

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