The life of an Echo Park shoe repairman; distraction burglars at work; early-morning L.A. Marathon street closures

MOrning Report

  • Echo Park shoe repairman Rafael Lopez fixes  boots, pumps and sandals out of one van while living in another.  L.A. Times
  • Police are warning residents about distraction burglars posing as DWP employees in Echo Park, Los Feliz and Hollywood.  LAPD Northeast Division
  • Some streets near Dodger Stadium and on or near the L.A. Marathon road will be closed as early as 3;15 a.m. in preparation for Sunday’s run.  The Eastsider

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  1. I had my shoes repaired at Mr. Lopez truck and although he is a wonderful man and his prices are rock bottom, I gave him my best pair of brown shoes and he ruined them. Instead of polishing them, he sprayed them with some sort of lacquer to make them shiny – and that shine absorbed into the leather and after a couple weeks they discolored and turned a yucky shade of brown and splotchy. Ruined.

  2. My girl took her shoes to him to get repaired. He ended up giving them to some other shoe repair guy in another part of the city. She asked him several times over weeks of time and the shoes never returned. I would not suggest this dude.

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