Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Fire Sale: Bidding for Eagle Rock artist’s burning bank painting ends at $25,200

The ebay auction for artist Alex Schaefer’s “Chase Burning” painting ended this afternoon with the highest  bid coming in at $25,200.  The Eagle Rock artist put the painting up for auction after he received widespread publicity after  his plein air paintings of burning bank branches attracted the attention of police.  Now let’s see where Schaefer will deposit that auction money ... Read More »

Dear Eastsider: In search of tortilleria alternatives

The upcoming closure of Santa Fe Tortilleria in Echo Park finds  Stephanie C. of Silver Lake  wondering where to shop for fresh tortillas: No more amazing, cheap, homemade tortillas or homemade habanero salsa … Do you or any other readers know any other great tortillerias in the nearby area? The Eastsider’s padrinos used to own La Azteca Tortilleria in East ... Read More »

Around The Eastsider

Stories and items from other parts of the blog and beyond: Eastside Property: A City Terrace Spanish Colonial in need of a new owner and some TLC. Home & History El Sereno robbery suspects apprehended. Eastside 911 Read More »

El Sereno robbery suspects apprehended

Police have detained two robbery suspects in El Sereno this afternoon near Warwick Avenue and Edna Street.  Residents report multiple police cars have descended on the area as an LAPD helicopter hovers overhead. Said one resident via email: Something huge is happening right now on Warwick just south of Edna at the 5 corners…all streets are closed off over something ... Read More »

No relief from the heat on top of Mount Washington*

How hot is it today? At noon, the Mount Washington weather station reported a temperature of 102 degrees. That was one degree higher than Tuesday’s peak. Click here for hourly, online temperature and weather stats from Mount Washington. * Update: Temperature went up another notch to 103 degrees at 1 p.m. Will we see 104? Photo courtesy Council District 14 Read More »

Update on Elysian Heights police search

Police arrested one Echo Park gang member after a SWAT team equipped with a battering ram used flash-bang grenades on Tuesday night while serving search warrants at several Elysian Heights homes.  Police and residents said the search for narcotics included the residence of  former Echo Park gang leader Eric Zamarripa, who was fatally shot in front of his Baxter Street ... Read More »

Glassell Park McDonald’s gets a Starbucks-style makeover

Imagine if Ronald McDonald developed a taste for lattes and started reading Dwell magazine for home improvement ideas.  The result might mirror the newly remodeled and expanded Glassell Park McDonald’s at the corner of San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive.  A muted color scheme – browns, almonds, tans – has replaced yellow and red. The  plastic seats and benches have ... Read More »

Rising rents and Tortilla Wars force Echo Park business to move on

Omar Ahmed Hernandez grew up making tortillas. His family founded the Santa Fe Tortilleria 17 years ago in a narrow Sunset Boulevard storefront in Echo Park. After the family sold off the business, Hernandez continued to work off an on at Santa Fe as it expanded into a former fish market on nearby Logan Street, churning out freshly-made tortillas to ... Read More »

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

Ninth Grader Artifacts, Eagle Rock | Photo by Britta Gustafson/Flickr One injured in Echo Park freeway crash. L.A. Now Metro to boost security on Gold Line following stabbings and in advance of 9/11 anniversary. L.A. Now Demand remains strong for DWP solar program  despite rebate reduction. Daily News Former Playboys gang member now struggles to raise a family in Glassell ... Read More »