Monthly Archives: January 2010

News & Notes from Atwater, Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Elysian Valley & Silver Lake

Silver Lake/Echo Park music promoter raises concerns about Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. Hiss & Pop Judge orders Eagle Rock dispensary to stop selling pot. LA Times Atwater Village boutique calls it quits. AV Newbie City Year volunteers clean up Elysian Park. Council District 13 L.A. paramedics on bikes – the video. LAFD New asphalt and break-away posts appear along the Elysian ... Read More »

The Silver Lake Happy/Sad Foot is back in action

Fans of the Foot Clinic sign at Sunset Boulevard and Coronado Street spun out of control after learning the rotating Silver Lake sign had broken down, as reported in Curbed LA. Well, now the bipolar foot is back at work, a reader notified The Eastsider by email: “Recently, my mom visited and stayed at that Comfort Inn. Earlier this week, ... Read More »

Cypress Park center mourns a young life lost in a street car race

The staff at the Cypress Park FamilySource Center watched Estephanie Orduna grow up before their very eyes, first as student, later as a volunteer and most recently as an employee at the city-run community center. It was her first job, and her co-workers said the young woman who was also attending a beauty school in Boyle Heights was beginning to ... Read More »

Silver Lake beekeepers launch rescue operation

Silver Lake residents and urban beekeepers Russell Bates and Amy Seidenwurm returned home last Sunday after meeting with fellow fans of beekeeping and were shocked to discover that two giant eucalyptus tree had collapsed across their backyard, with one of them landing on top of their bee hive. The bees, Bates writes on the Backwards Beekeeper blog, were “pissed off”: ... Read More »

Distraction burglars get busy in the new year

The LAPD Rampart Division and the DWP warned residents about an increase in reports of elderly minority residents being burglarized and defrauded by criminals posing as utility workers. The LAPD said 10 of these crimes have already been reported this year (compared to 55 for all of 2009), according to figures released at a press conference. Last year’s crimes included ... Read More »

Say “goodbye” to the “Hello!” bear of Silver Lake *

It was about a year ago when cartoon-like drawings of a happy bear – sometimes waving its paw and greeting passersby with a “Hello!” or a “How do you do?” – began appearing on walls across Echo Park and Silver Lake. Silver Lake residents Amy Seidenwurm and Russell Bates were so charmed by the bears and other critters that they ... Read More »

City moves to support Echo Park business improvement district

Councilman Eric Garcetti earlier this week introduced a City Council motion supporting the creation of a business improvement district to help pay for additional cleaning, security and promotion of Echo Park’s commercial district. The motion comes after the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce last year began to ask local businesses to donate as much as $1,500 each to help pay ... Read More »

Storefront Report: Lupita’s makes a move to Eagle Rock

After more than 40 years of serving up giant burritos and bowls of menudo in Atwater Village, Mi Lupita Mexican Restaurant is preparing to open in a former Western apparel and boot shop in the east end of Eagle Rock. Jaime Guzman, who owns the restaurant in partnership with his sister Marcy, said the landlord of their former location at ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Echo Park, Glassell Park Highland Park & Silver Lake

Off-duty sheriff stabbed in fight at Highland Park bar. LA Now & HLP900042/Twitter Montecito Heights artist prepares to exhibit at the Whitney Biennial. Pasadena Weekly What’s Wednesday night in Atwater without did DJ Lee? Los Feliz Ledger Silver Lake digital billboard goes dark. Los Feliz Ledger City layoffs threaten cultural programs and neighborhood council operations. LA Times The woman who ... Read More »

Save the Date for a Highland Park bike drawing class

The cyclists behind the Bike Oven collective will be standing still for a change as they hold a Bike Still Life Drawing Class tonight at their Highland Park repair shop. Bike Oven, which will be hosting a Bike Love exhibit next month, will provide the two-wheeled models, easel, pencils and charcoal – as well as drinks and snacks. More upcoming ... Read More »

What could be worse than having your water turned off?

Apparently having it turned back on can also create some problems as an Echo Park resident discovered this morning following a nearby water main break. The woman who lives on MacBeth Street described what happened after DWP crews finished making their repairs: “Our studio apartment water heater started to rumble and water started gushing out of the top seal and ... Read More »

Echo Park agency to open one-stop social services center

The Sunset Boulevard storefront that newly painted a shade of tangerine (or is it watermelon?) marks the home of the new Echo Park FamilySource Center. The space marks an expansion by El Centro Del Pueblo, the longtime Echo Park social service agency that involved in everything from anti-gang programs to family counseling. Instead of sending people to different agencies for ... Read More »

DWP crews repairing Echo Park water main break

DWP workers on the scene of an early morning water main break near Scott and Portia avenues in Echo Park said water service is being restored to nearby homes. A four-unit apartment next to the break suffered some minor flooding and water service was interrupted to residents on several nearby streets, including Portia as well as Sutherland and Quintero streets, ... Read More »

Echo Park artist returns to his old home and a new city landmark *

The Echo Park house Peter Shire grew up in was a novelty in its day. Designed by a young modernist architect and built by his father in 1949, Shire’s childhood home featured walls of glass that opened out upon a backyard garden and patio and gleaming plywood wood paneling. It also included some space-age touches, including a retractable curtain wall ... Read More »