Monthly Archives: February 2010

Police fail to sweep out Echo Park Lake Swap Meet *

A team of police and city workers showed up at Echo Park Lake this morning in the most recent effort to combat the Sunday swap meet in the northeast corner of the park. Residents reported that city workers cooking grills and merchandise * into dump trucks (pictured at right) waiting nearby. But, after the crews and police departed, the vendors ... Read More »

When it comes to trees, Mr. Hernandez prefers his round

Echo Park resident Javier Hernandez spends at least one hour twice a month trimming, shaping and cleaning up after the trio of 10-year-old ficus trees in front of his Lemoyne Street home. The 59-year-old construction worker said he would save time using an electric trimmer but he prefers using shears and scissors to snip off each leaf that has yellowed ... Read More »

News & Notes from Atwater, Eagle Rock, El Sereno & Highland Park

Fire breaks out in a Highland Park apartment on Avenue 50. LAFD A hike into the past along Eagle Rock Creek. LA Creek Freak Something new in the dog park: an Atwater “Dalmatian Volkswagen-Muffler mix.” AV News Assemblyman proposes selling Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno, Pasadena & South Pasadena. Star News Are you a winner? Highland Park Heritage Trust holds ... Read More »

Save the Date: Weekend Edition

Rain seems to be threatening several outdoor events Saturday, including a four-mile run in Debs Park and the Echo Park Block party. Still, there are plenty of indoor options, including Saturday night’s performance of the Occidental-Caltech Symphony (shown above in a 2008 the video) at Oxy. If techno-Mex music is your thing, then the Kinky concert at Cal State LA ... Read More »

Witness to an Eagle Rock shooting

The current issue of the Eagle Rock High newspaper – Eagle’s Scream – carries the first-person account of a student who was walking a few blocks from campus on the afternoon of February 5 when shots rang out near the auditorium of an elementary school and the neighborhood library: “It was when I reached the front of the library when ... Read More »

Gay married couples learn how not to be counted out by the U.S. Census

This year’s U.S. Census will be the first to count same-sex marriages. In the last nationwide count, if a gay couple indicated that they were married, the Bureau of the Census simply counted them as unmarried partners. That will now change as part of a new policy that will be the featured topic of the Latino LGBT Forum, which will ... Read More »

Eastside Shopper & Diner

Photo from Allston Yacht Club Beer & fries flow at Eagle Rock Brewery opening; A boot camp for Kundalini yoga; avocado fries? Can’t wait for Wednesdays: All menu items are $5 at the Allston Yacht Club. Echo Park Eight beers on tap (and fries, too) at tonight’s grand opening of the Eagle Rock Brewery. Glassell Park Battle of the Baristas: ... Read More »

Elysian Heights school to get a lesson in snow making *

Rain is in the forecast but snow – five tons of it – is expected Saturday (see date change below) in Elysian Heights. Parents and supporters of Elysian Heights Elementary School are holding a Snow Day fundraiser Saturday morning, complete with games, food and sled rides on a 50-foot long, snow-covered ramp. This snow does not fall from the sky, ... Read More »

News & Notes from Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, East LA, Echo Park & Lincoln Heights

Mothers of prison lifers find solace in a Boyle Heights church. Tidings Former Eagle Rock teacher pleads no contest in 1988 molestation case. EGP News Battle of the Baristas: Fix Coffee of Echo Park and Silver Lake’s Intelligentsia compete in this weekend’s Western Regional Barista WRBC Echo Park library to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. LAPL Is your peacock missing? It ... Read More »

Save the Date for “Sister Aimee: The Musical”

The idea of a group of young filmmakers – many of them kids – creating a musical about revered evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson might meet with some resistance among the faithful. But, in this case, officials at Angelus Temple, the church Sister Aimee founded across from Echo Park Lake, embraced the idea proposed by the nearby Echo Park Film Center. ... Read More »

Mapping out 54 days of Silver Lake crime

Monday’s afternoon shooting in Silver Lake generated concerns about what many residents say has been an increase in neighborhood crime. In response to a request by The Eastsider, the LAPD is reviewing crime stats for Silver Lake south of the reservoir to see what’s going on. Still no hard numbers but these two maps show the major crimes reported from ... Read More »

Storefront Report: 24-hour salvation coming to Echo Park

Echo Park’s late-night scene is dominated by night clubs and bars. But come this spring Echo Park night owls in need of soul searching and prayer will be able to drop in on the Mission Evangelical Palabra Ungida, a Spanish-language evangelical church that has purchased a former auto-repair shop on Alvarado Street south of Sunset Boulevard. Pastor Edgar Calderon said ... Read More »

News & Notes from Cypress Park, Echo Park, Highland Park & Lincoln Heights

A look back at the city’s plan to build to build a convention center in Elysian Park. BlogDowntown Elliot Smith slept here: a $1,200 a month Echo Park apartment. CraigsList City to test new recycling rewards program in Cypress Park & Lincoln Heights. Greenspace Equality California to hold Latino LGBT Community Forum in Highland Park. EQCA SLIJC hosts an Echo ... Read More »

Hatchet job in Atwater

Heather Waters of Atwater Village has spent much of today watching crews cut down a giant tree that has loomed over Larga Street. It’s was not a pleasant sight. She’s documented the tree cutting on Facebook until the very end: “One truck has left, one remains, and the street is full of branches. And the worker? Standing around bs-ing with ... Read More »