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Monthly Archives: April 2011

News & Notes from Eagle Rock, El Sereno & Lincoln Heights

“Swinger & Church,” Echo Park | Photo by Meltwater/Flickr Occidental College names football stadium in memory of Republican Congressman and alum Jack Kemp. CBS2 What can you do with “earth bags” and pink paint? Take a look at this Lincoln Heights backyard lounge. L.A. Times Spanking Violation: City investigates uniformed traffic cops who appeared in porn video. NBCLA A hike ... Read More »

Save the Date: Weekend Edition

Get to the L.A. River on Saturday for La Gran Limpieza, this year’s big clean up sponsored by the Friends of The Los Angeles River.  Volunteers should sign up in advance to help out at several riverside communities, including Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Elysian Valley and Glassell Park. In conjunction with La Gran Limpieza, the L.A. River Day of Service ... Read More »

Silver Lake’s Iguana Lady covered up – again

Last summer, The Eastsider reported on Sunset Junction mural – La Nuestra Reina de Las Iguanas – that was obscured after a supergraphic ad promoting  the singer/rapper M.I.A. was installed on the side of the Sunset Boulevard building. The mural of a wide-eyed Zapotec woman wearing a crown of iguanas was quickly restored to public view (top photo)  once the ... Read More »

Community welcomes new Elysian Park expansion

Councilman Eric Garcetti and residents were on hand Thursday afternoon for the grand opening of five acres of new parkland that stretches from Riverside Drive in Elysian Valley up to the hills of Elysian Heights. The $880,000 park, which serves as an extension of nearby Elysian Park, has been in the making for more than a decade after residents were ... Read More »

Eastside Mix: A hard-rocking weekend

Alberta Cross begins a month-long residency at The Satellite next Tuesday. By Alfred Montez Tonight,  April 28, you can check out some big name talent as Fredo Ortiz, formerly with the Beastie Boys, will have his own band debut at the Eastside Luv. His drums have been sought after by many side bands throughout East L.A., and now he brings ... Read More »

Silver Lake gelato maker scoops up Echo Park outlet

Five years after it opened its doors in Silver Lake, Pazzo Gelato will be adding a second, larger outlet about a mile east in Echo Park’s Citibank building.  Pazzo Gelato & Cafe is scheduled to open in June on the ground floor of the Sunset Boulevard office tower, Echo Park’s tallest building, said Pazzo owner Mike Buch.  In addition to ... Read More »

Police searching for clues and answers in the murder of a Silver Lake cyclist

Ghost Bike memorial for Manuel Santizo. | Photo by Will Campbell/Blogging L.A. LAPD homicide detectives continue to search for information as to why Manuel Santizo was shot and killed while riding his bike earlier this month on the western edge of Silver Lake.  Police have said the shooting on the evening of Sunday, April 17 near Hoover Street and Del ... Read More »

News & Notes from Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock & Silver Lake

Trail above Elysian Valley, Elysian Park | Photo by J. NordbergFlickr Body found next to a Boyle Heights freeway offramp identified as 17-year-old Michelle Lozano. L.A. Now A discussion of Googie-style architecture at Silver Lake’s Astro coffee shop. KPCC Online burglar alarm school means you don’t have to pay for false alarms. LAPD Fire damages Boyle Heights industrial building. LAFD ... Read More »

How did a Croatian woman with a Japanese last name end up spending 30 years in support of Latino youth?

Friends and supporters of Maryanne Hayashi are scheduled to gather this afternoon to celebrate her 30th anniversary as head of Central City Action Committee, the Angeleno Heights-based social service agency and graffiti clean-up contractor.  Echo Park resident Susan Borden wrote the following story that appeared in the most recent newsletter published by the Echo Park Improvement Assn. By Susan Borden ... Read More »

Would a pink pellet gun have avoided a Glassell Park tragedy?

On a Thursday evening last December, a 13-year-old boy and two other friends were playing with pellet guns near the 3000 block of Verdugo Road in Glassell Park when an LAPD squad car stopped nearby. The 13-year-old, who was hiding behind a van on the dark street, was ordered to surrender. Instead, he flashed his pellet gun, which resembled a ... Read More »

Angeleno Heights home shows off historically-correct colors

Last week, The Eastsider wrote about what it takes to get a house painted in Angeleno Heights, where a board overseeing the historic district must approve all exterior colors before painting can begin. The story focused on the Bellevue Street home of the Maria Bembi, shown  before (top photo) and after (bottom photo) with the two colors approved by the ... Read More »

It’s showtime again for Edendale

Some Glendale Boulevard warehouses have served as temporary stages for TV and music video productions, including a popular OK Go video. In 2009, a former jewelry manufacturing plant near at Allesandro Street and Glendale Boulevard reopened as a large music recording studio and rehearsal space know as Bedrock. Now, another former industrial building at Glendale Boulevard and Lake Shore Avenue ... Read More »

News & Notes from Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park & Lincoln Heights

“Flying,” El Sereno | Photo by Kevin Blinn/Flickr Atwater Village gang members sentenced to prison in Glendale shooting. Glendale News Press The motorist who died last week after hitting a parked truck in Glassell Park may have been asleep at the wheel. Pasadena Star-News Eagle Rock Plaza makes another guest appearance on “Glee.” Patch &  Franklin Avenue Dodgers select former ... Read More »