Eastside Review: Early fire season for El Sereno and Silver Lake; assault with a gas nozzle; new rules and crackdowns on Airbnb

Eastside Review

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • An empty corner lot across from Echo Park Lake has temporarily been turned into a mini-golf course that combines art, architecture and urban commentary. The Eastsider
  • How expensive is it to lobby City Hall? Representatives for developers, billboard companies and other interests spent $13.5 million to lobby city officials during the first three months of this year. And that’s not even a quarterly record. KPCC
  • Anyone irritated by traffic delays from the replacement of the Sixth Street Bridge had better get used to it. Transportation officials say the project will take three years. The Eastsider
  • It got hot enough last week to slow down the Gold Line trains. The Eastsider
  • The Dodger Stadium Express transported its millionth passenger between Union Station and the ballpark. It was a member of a family from Temecula, the day of a Dodger-Nationals game. Metro
  • Police arrested a woman believed to be under the influence of PCP after she jumped on the hood of a man’s car at a Highland Park service station and hit him repeatedly with a gas pump nozzle. The Eastsider
  • Lincoln Heights residents protested a shortage of street parking caused by the construction of hundreds of apartments and condos near the neighborhood’s Gold Line station. ABC 7
  • Overnight parking may be banned on several streets south of Sunset and Vendome in Silver Lake, in a move sparked by the traffic, parking and noise surrounding Club Los Globos. The Eastsider
  • Four Airbnb apartment owners face criminal charges and civil lawsuits over short-term rentals. It’s the first time the City Attorney has pursued a criminal case over a landlord renting apartments on Airbnb after getting rid of the long-term tenants. L.A. Times
  • Speaking of Airbnb, the city Planning Commission voted for new regulations and restrictions on short-term rentals. If the City Council approves the changes, residents could rent out their primary residence only for up to 180 days annually – and their second homes for a maximum of 15 days a year. L.A. Times
  • Fire season this year has come early. Flames consumed more than three acres of vegetation near the El Sereno Recreation Center, as firefighters rescued members of a nearby homeless camp. Meanwhile, the cause of a fire that burned nearly eight acres and damaged two homes in northeast Silver Lake last Sunday remains under investigation. The Eastsider and The Eastsider
  • Metro board members approved placing a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Daily News
  • What do you do with a 96-year-old trolley car that once ran between Angeleno Heights and Downtown L.A.? The Eastsider
  • A miniature version of Chicken Boy and a menu from El Huarache Azteca were among some of the items that went inside the Highland Park Time Capsule on Saturday. Facebook
  • An El Sereno restaurant is experimenting with portion control – offering new menu items that are at least one-third smaller than the original meals – as part of a public health campaign to reduce obesity. The Eastsider

 Photo of the Week

Boyle Heights | Kevin Break

Boyle Heights | Kevin Break

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