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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Porn again

Trash day came this Wednesday and Echo Park resident Gloria Sohacki was finally able to use her blue recycling bin for the first time in three weeks. As you may recall from previous stories in The Eastsider as well as by the LA Times’ Steve Lopez, someone had dumped hundreds of copies of Cybersocket, a soft-porn Gay magazine, in Sohacki’s ... Read More »

Mountain bikers mount a new campaign to ride the park trails

Advocates for Elysian and Griffith parks have sounded the alarm: the mountain bikers are back. Residents opposed to bikes on walking and hiking trails (bikes are allowed on most paved park roads) have distributed a letter from the city’s Planning Department to the Sierra Club saying the city had teamed up with a consultant to “to develop opportunities for mountain ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights & Silver Lake

Mistress of Real Estate: Elvira puts a Silver Lake house on the market. Real Estate Stalker Shepard Fairey watch: The Echo Park-based artist talks to NPR about his copyright infringement problems while Saks Fifth Avenue gets ready to unveil its Fairey-design shopping bags for Spring.Painter Elizabeth Perez (her work is pictured) participates in an artists discussion this Sunday afternoon at ... Read More »

Which way Eagle Rock?

Eagle Rock has taken turns with other Eastside neighborhoods, such as Atwater Village and Echo Park, as serving as a popular symbol of a community undergoing an urban renaissance. Now Eagle Rock is taking its hits. The ruins of a failed development on Colorado Boulevard last year became a symbol of the real estate bust and a neighborhood embarrassment. Earlier ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park & Silver Lake

Open secret: Elysian Park as a leash-free doggie sanctuary. Examiner Where’s my bike? Map of Silver Lake cycle thefts. Metblogs Auntie Em’s in Eagle Rock reveals its oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. LA Times Media moments for Eagle Rock and Highland Park. York Blvd. Adventures in remodeling: Is it worth spending $60,000 for a really nice bathtub? [sic] No wonder our ... Read More »

Lincoln Park is not for parking

Apparently some visitors to Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights don’t care where they park, and city officials have not had much luck enforcing the no-parking-in-the-park laws, according to the photographer Umberto Brayj. “Despite two months of regular phone calls to the Department of General Services (the law enforcement agency tasked with policing the parks in Los Angeles), no decrease in ... Read More »

A one-sided political debate over Council District 1

The Eastsider had intended to post KNBC video interviews of the candidates running for Council District One. But it turns out only challenger Jesse Rosas was interviewed. Why not incumbent Ed Reyes? Well we don’t know because his officer never bothered to return the phone calls or emails requesting an interview, according to Mekahlo Medina of KNBC. Reyes was also ... Read More »

The elephants among us

Echo Park resident Laine Wagenseller doesn’t consider himself all that different from his neighbors until he passes the intersection of Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard on Friday afternoons. That’s when liberals and lefties gather on a weekly basis to ask passing motorists to honk their horns against the war and hand out socialist newspapers and materials. “I know I’m ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, ELA, Echo Park & El Sereno

Hillside development meeting Thursday night. Nela List El Sereno & ELA Congresswoman Hilda Solis confirmed as Labor Secretary. Wave Newspapers Extreme ceramics: Thursday night artist reception for “Twilight” (pictured) show at East Los Angeles College. ELAC City might lease parking meters to private operators. LA Times Two Eagle Rock women mugged. Nela List Sleeping and staring in Echo Park. Echo ... Read More »

Now leasing: your neighborhood school

Come this fall the staff and students at Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park will be sharing the campus with a new tenant: Gabriella Charter School. Not everyone is happy about this arrangement but it’s not like they have a choice. The Los Angeles school district is struggling like many real estate developers to fill vacant space after a ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Boyle Heights & Mt. Washington

An L.A. winter as viewed from Mt. Washington. LA Times Councilman LaBonge proposes a reservists program for city parks. Council District 4 What real estate bust? Developers remain committed to Glendale projects near Atwater Village. News Press Film director and former Boyle Heights resident Howard Zieff dies. LA Times Unauthorized curb painters hit Atwater Village. Atwater Village Newbie Read More »

Are you ready for another election?

It’s been difficult for The Eastsider to get excited about next Tuesday’s municipal election. The historic and emotional presidential campaign of last year exhausted my interest in politics and, as usual, the incumbents for city council and mayor are heavily favored. Still, the local election and campaigns focus attention on issues and political track records and results, or lack of. ... Read More »