A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- An Occidental College professor was allegedly on his cell phone when he was involved in a crash that killed an Eagle Rock motorcyclist, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family. MyNewsLA.com
- A rent strike is brewing among more than 50 tenants who find their rents might double in a Marmion Way apartment building. KPCC and EGP
- Is development in Echo Park and Silver Lake drawing out coyotes? Author Diana Wagman says buildings on once empty hillsides and lots may explain the growing encounters between coyotes and humans and their pets. KPCC
- Mollie Lowery, a homeless advocate who lived in Highland Park, has died at the age of 70. She was the founder of Los Angeles Men’s Place, now known as LAMP Community, to serve the mentally ill on Skid Row. L.A. Times
- The city will be giving away pieces of the demolished Sixth Street Bridge – including a certificate of authenticity – during Rock Day LA. Facebook
- For some residents of Highland Park, too many bars have opened too quickly along Figueroa Street. The neighborhood has 60 alcohol licenses, about a third of which were issued in the past three years alone. KPCC
- The presence of a hobby drone restricted the use of helicopters to battle a small vegetation fire in Eagle Rock. The Eastsider
- LAPD Hollenbeck Division detectives investigating two recent assaults involving a hammer in Boyle Heights are trying to determine if the crimes are related to similar attacks reported in the spring in East Los Angeles. Boyle Heights Beat
- The clean-up of the toxic Exide battery plant in Vernon could create jobs for residents of neighboring Boyle Heights and East L.A. A state agency is providing free job training for those interested in working as one of 35 lead sampling technicians, who will be involved in testing contamination levels at more than 10,000 properties in the area. EGP News
- Ramon A. Ortiz, who operated Falcon Television Service and Jewelry Repair for 35 years in Lincoln Heights, has died at age 86. EGP News
- Visitors to recreational water spots in Elysian Valley and the Sepulveda Basin should limit any contact with the water and avoid swimming or dunking their heads in the river, according to the environmental group Heal the Bay. A study of the water found high levels of bacteria. The Eastsider
- Workers and heavy equipment have begun tearing down the former home of the L.A. Derby Dolls on Temple Street in Echo Park. Curbed L.A.
- Actor and activist George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek, created an anti-Trump video in Spanish in which he recalls when his family was removed from their Boyle Heights home during World II and sent to internment camps with other people of Japanese descent. L.A. Times
- The City Attorney has filed multiple criminal counts after Robert Rhinehart, whose company makes the meal replacement drink Soylent, refused to remove a cargo container on Flat Top Hill that neighbors says has become a magnet for criminal activity. The Eastsider
- A woman was struck by a Gold Line train Friday night in Boyle Heights as she tried to take a picture of the train. The woman was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Daily News
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