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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Lights out in Elysian Heights*

Many Elysian Heights residents living northeast of Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Streets were without power tonight.  Residents reported losing electrical service at about 7:45 p.m.  Streets lights were out along sections of Cerro Gordo Street, Park Drive, Princeton and Valentine Streets near Elysian Heights Elementary School. The Eastsider is contacting the DWP for details. * Update: About 450 DWP ... Read More »

A grand Highland Park entrance to undergo a welcomed restoration

By Nicole Possert “El Alisal,” the former home of noted author and editor Charles Fletcher Lummis, was built by hand a century ago along the banks of the Arroyo Seco in Highland Park. Visitors are greeted by a front door of wood timbers and iron hardware that makes an impressive first-impression to El Alisal, also known as the Lummis Home ... Read More »

Apparently people do judge a book by its cover

Former Echo Park resident Brando Skyhorse made his national literary debut last year with the publication of his first novel, “The Madonnas of Echo Park.”  The book, which features Mexican-American and immigrant residents of Echo Park, picked up some favorable reviews and was selected by Oprah’s magazine as one of the “10 Terrific Reads of 2010.”  But the book never ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park & Silver Lake

Downtown view from Boyle Heights | Photo by David Rodriguez/Flickr Two hurt in Silver Lake house fire. LAFD Another tribute – and photo – of the Highland Park blogger called Waltarrrrr. BloggingLA New music school opens in Echo Park. Echo Park Now Great-grandson son of baseball legend Ty Cobb plays on basketball court instead of baseball field for Occidental College. ... Read More »

A new era begins for Highland Park mural

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer By Nicole Possert The 33-year-old “History of Highland Park” mural is all about the layers. Layers of graffiti above layers of original paint, layers of history, layers of architecture, art and culture.  Today, a project began to remove the layers of graffiti and grime and to restore and preserve the 125-foot-long mural, which adorns ... Read More »

Where is Verdugo Village? Just look for the new signs

New street signs were scheduled to be dedicated today at Verdugo Road and York Boulevard to raise awareness of Verdugo Village, a section  of Glassell Park located between the 2 Freeway and the City of Glendale. The heart of Verdugo Village is a strip of one and two-story storefronts  mixed in with residences that line a tree-shaded stretch of Verdugo ... Read More »

Sponsored Post: How to improve your home’s security in six easy steps

Select Patrol Founder & President, Darin Williams offers up these tips to keep Eastside residents safe in 2011: Check to be sure the garage door is closed after you arrive home, or after having done any work in the garage. (It is not uncommon for Select Patrol to find garages open on weekend evenings.) Before leaving the house for any ... Read More »

What will Highland Park (and the rest of us) do without Waltarrrrr?

The blogger known as Waltarrrrr (yes, with five “r”s), who has kept Highland Park informed and amused for more than four years, is putting the 90042 blog to “sleep for a while.”  Waltarrrrr had an endless love of historic street car photos and made use of a Twitter feed to offer blow-by-blow accounts of police searches and holiday parades. Waltarrrrr ... Read More »

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Montecito Heights & Silver Lake

Lincoln Heights | Photo by Ryan Schude/Flickr Taggers vs. La Fortuna.  Above the City The history of Highland Park to get cleaned up. LAist What was Obama’s favorite class at Occidental College? Oxy Has Silver Lake lost its cool now that “This Old House” has discovered the neighborhood? L.A. Weekly Happening Today: Echo Park school advisory vote; Yan Tiersen performs ... Read More »

Sponsored Post: Sunday Open House Guide

So many Sunday open houses, so little time. Real estate agent Matt Morgus offers up a trio of must-see properties that will be open this Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Happy house hunting. Eagle Rock Modern: This is by far one of the coolest hidden homes in the hills of Eagle Rock. It’s very rare to find a ... Read More »

Save the Date: Weekend Edition

The Atwater Village Theater will tonight (Jan. 28) host the premiere of “Mlle. God,”  an “outrageous and muscular dark comedy” by Oscar-nominated writer Nicholas Kazan. On Saturday, French composer and musician Yann Tiersen performs at Cal State L.A. and author Steven Blush will appear at The Process of Weeding Out: American Hardcore & The Rise of Stone Rock, a panel ... Read More »

Street sweeper returns to Riverside Terrace

After missing in action for more than a month, a city street sweeper roared down Riverside Terrace this morning, much to the pleasure of Silvia Cerna, the Silver Lake woman who had been seeking the sweeper’s return for several weeks.  The Eastsider published a story on the wayward street sweeper, noting that parking enforcement officers continued to ticket vehicles parked ... Read More »

Hundreds turn out for Echo Park school vote

A large crowd of adults and children turned out Thursday night to hear the presentations of two groups seeking to operate a new Echo Park elementary school.  Presentations by charter school operator El Camino Nuevo and a group headed by L.A. Unified administrators (which won the backing of the school district teachers union) were followed by an advisory vote. Residents ... Read More »

Man left in critical condition after Echo Park brawl

One man was in stable but critical condition this morning after being stabbed several times during a Thursday night brawl in Echo Park near Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street. Another man was also injured in the fight that involved a total of four men who had patronized a nearby bar or restaurant, said Lt. John Cook with the LAPD Northeast ... Read More »

News & Notes from Angeleno Heights, Eagle Rock, Echo Park & Lincoln Heights

Mortarles Building Supply mural, Atwater Village | Photo by Cathy Cole/Flickr Echo Park house that sold for $20,679 in 2000 now on the market for $649,000. Curbed L.A. L.A. Catholic elementary schools to extend school year as L.A. Unified cuts back. ABC7 Councilman Huizar outpacing challenger Martinez in campaign fundraising. L.A. Times Art Deco-style Lincoln Park Gateway to once again ... Read More »