City Council approves Echo Park street closure – after the fact

The City Council this morning approved a recommendation by the Public Works Committee to permanently close and give up control of a block-long section of Marathon Street near Alvarado to build a new Echo Park elementary school. But apparently the school district bulldozers never bothered to wait for the City Council to act. Marathon Street (pictured above) was closed and disappeared last summer.


  1. Thank goodness. Now they can concentrate on finishing the school.Does anyone know what happened to the $ 500,000 dollars that was given to the Echo Park Historical Society (Christine Peters) in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Site 9A coalition?I hope the money was used wisely and not pocketed it.

  2. As board member of the Echo Park Historical Society, I can tell you the society never received any settlement money.– Jesus Sanchez

  3. Thank you for the clarification. Do you know who received the settlement money and what happened to it. I remember attending a meeting where the district folks mentioned the lawsuit and settlement and showed a slide with $ 500,000 dollars set aside for payment.Just curious to see if went to a good cause?

  4. Not sure. I'm assuming it was for legal fees.

  5. I wouldn't be surprised. It is always the lawyers that make out with money. Victims are left out blowing in the wind. Who was the lawyer who made off with all the loot and did he donate any of it to the victims of the eminent domain homes?

  6. why should the lawyer donate his fees? do you donate your salary?double-standard fail.

  7. Hmmmmmm. What kind of meeting do they show slides of settlement money. sounds like someone works for the school district. Was there a slide showing how many millions there losing attorneys pocketed, for well, losing? Ironic isn't it? Lawyers get paid, win or lose.

  8. Glad to know that a lawyer made $ 500,000 dollars off of the backs of the poor people who were displaced from their homes.Maybe the money went to help build more housing, at least expand the attorneys home, perhaps?Why shouldn't settlement money be made public. I think public taxpayer dollars were used and not private funds.Does anyone know who the attorney was that was hired? Was there a public bid process done by the Historical Society or was it a friend of a friend 😉 (wink)

  9. Again, why should the lawyer have to pay any part of his fees? He probably worked for years on the case. Why shouldn't the bulldozers razing the house similarly be required to pay part of their fees? Let's get some consistency.The homeowners certainly got the value of their homes. Why should they be entitled to more? That's how eminent domain works.

  10. Thanks for the reponse. I will work to get the name of the lawyer who made the $ 500,000 in the settlement. I am sure he or she was well worth it.Just look at the results. People moved out of their longtime homes (jury still out if they were historical or not), blight created for a long time, houses bulldozed, street vacated, school built at an additional cost due to delays, children have to wait another year to attend a brand new school. Well worth the money, Que No?

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