Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

Save the Date for Test-Fest 2010 & bouncing virus balls

HIV is serious business. But the organizers of this Saturday’s Test-Fest 2010 in East Los Angeles – billed as “Southern California’s largest HIV-testing event” – want to use some fun to attract a crowd. In addition to 10 HIV mobile testing vans and classes, Saturday’s event at Ruben Salazar Park includes live music, free food, video games for the kids ... Read More »

The oldies never went out of style in this East LA music store

The music industry may have gone digital, but Carlos Reyes of Sounds of Music on Whittier Boulevard concedes he doesn’t listen to music on an iPod. “It really doesn’t interest me,” the store owner tells multimedia journalist Steve Saldivar, an East Los Angeles native who produced this sound slide. The East Los Angeles store is known for its focus on ... Read More »

Car fire has Silver Lake Street on edge

Residents of the 900 block of Manzanita Street awoke last night to the sound of a loud bang and then went outside to find a Volvo sedan engulfed in flames. It’s not clear what set the vehicle on fire at about 12:30 AM but some residents fear it is part of an increase in crime on their street and surrounding ... Read More »

Echo Park neighborhood council candidate haunted by her past and the British press

Yolande Beckles began showing up at Echo Park neighborhood council meetings last year, introducing herself as a former British resident interested in youth and education. She helped out at community events, volunteered at a church-sponsored food bank and is now running for a seat on the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, which is holding an election this Saturday. “She ... Read More »

Gang member who killed Echo Park boy receives 93-year-long prison sentence

Howard Astorga was sentenced today to 93 years to life in prison for the January 2009 shooting death of four-year-old Roberto Lopez, Jr. in the southern edge of Echo Park, Associated Press reported. Astorga, 24, was firing his gun at a speeding car but one of the bullets struck and killed Roberto instead. The judge at today’s sentencing told Astorga ... Read More »

What’s the biggest difference between Echo Park and Westwood bike riders?

Apparently Westwood riders are more likely to wear helmets, according to the first-ever L.A. County Bike Count. Conducted last September at 50 intersections during different times of the day and week, the survey found that two Westwood area intersections – Sepulveda & Ohio and Westholme & Wilshire – ranked the highest for helmet use, with more than 80% of riders ... Read More »