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Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Eastsider 2009

High and low lights from The Eastsider on Dipity. Click here to view a full-size timeline of some of the year’s most popular posts – and a few personal favorites – from The Eastsider. Read More »

The Gold Line can’t keep up with a busy Rose Queen: Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi and members of her Royal Court showed up at the new Gold Line station in Boyle Heights on Monday to encourage the public to ride the train to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. “Leave your car at home and use Metro to get an ... Read More »

Heritage Square misses the Hollywood spotlight – and cash *

The Victorian-era residents who once inhabited the homes and buildings of the Heritage Square Museum probably would not have approved of underwear commercials or the sight of actress Reese Witherspoon in a skimpy bunny suit. But the shooting of modern-day TV commercials and feature films at the Montecito Heights compound has been welcomed by museum officials because it proved to ... Read More »

Have you sold your Echo Park house yet?

The end of the year finds some Echo Park property sellers inundated with offers while other homes just sit there even after a price cut or two. For example, a bank-owned duplex at the corner of Scott Avenue and Lakeshore Street that went on the market a few days before Christmas at $235,000 received 11 solid offers, said agent Steve ... Read More »

Less Dashing across the Eastside

The city’s Department of Transportation is looking into reducing Dash bus service in El Sereno, Highland Park and Eagle Rock as well as doubling the basic fare to 50 cents over two years for all riders. The agency, which outlined the proposed service cuts and changes on its website, is studying the cutbacks as it faces a $23 million budget ... Read More »

Outreach translates into award for Arroyo Seco neighborhood council: The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council was commended for its outreach to non-English speaking residents and stakeholders, in part by using a Google translation tool at the top of its website. The translation tool and a survey asking residents how to spend $25,000 in public funds were cited by the city’s Department ... Read More »

Less color at Little Joy *

The large mural that suddenly appeared on the side of Little Joy – the Echo Park hipster dive bar – earlier this year just as quickly disappeared in recent days. Also, inside, the bar’s pink color scheme has also been painted over, according to a posting on Yelp. “Why did you have to paint the walls? What possessed you to ... Read More »

Glassell Park teen who fought cancer heads to the parade

Daniel Udave of Glassell Park seems like a pretty typical 14-year old boy. He loves rooting for the Dodgers, watching horror movies and playing water polo. But, two years ago Udave was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, forcing him to undergo chemotherapy to treat the disease. During these years, Udave, an Eagle Rock High ninth grader, has impressed his ... Read More »

News & Notes from East LA, Echo Park, & Glassell Park

Girls finally get to play at the Maravilla Handball Court in East LA. EGP News Glassell Park brewery explains why it’s named Eagle Rock Brewery. Eagle Rock Brewery Gold Line to run extra trains on New Year’s Day to serve Rose Parade and football fans. MTA Would Echo Park look better with a skinny Sunset Boulevard? Narrow Streets East LA ... Read More »

Signs of wildlife (animal and human) along the L.A. River

Silver Lake resident Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog took inventory of what she found during a walk along the Los Angeles River last week: “Live and dead carp, a dead 10″ catfish, Great Blue Herons, egrets, a variety of ducks and water birds, geese, red tail hawks, a turkey vulture, a turtle, shopping carts, unopened condoms, ... Read More »

Echo Park taco truck update: Earlier this year Tacos Arizas – a fixture of Echo Park’s taco truck scene – agreed to move one block away from Jensen’s Recreation Center after residents who lived in the Sunset Boulevard building complained about late-night noise and trash. So far, Arizas has lived up to the voluntary deal – negotiated by the office ... Read More »

Echo Park Sunday Swap Meet is bigger than ever

One of the places that was not closed during the holiday weekend was Echo Park Lake’s Sunday Swap Meet. Several residents, one of whom supplied the above photos, said vendors selling everything from rolls of toilet paper to racks of clothes stretched for a block in either direction along Park Avenue and and Echo Park Avenue. Wasn’t the city supposed ... Read More »