Eastside Review: Vandals ruin mini-golf exhibit; Councilman plays down Boyle Heights gentrification; good riddance to big red box

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • This is why we can’t have nice things. A “ridiculous bout of vandalism” forced the organizers of an exhibit that resembled a mini-golf course to close the show and cancel the scheduled finale. The Eastsider
  • The Dream Center, a Christian mission in Echo Park, gave away more than 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies. CBS 2
  • More rabbits will be getting out of the heat and into animal shelters. The North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights gets ready for the influx. The Eastsider
  • The general manager of the L.A. Department of Water & Power, Marcie Edwards, is leaving her job only two years after taking the top spot at the agency. L.A. Times
  • Councilmen Gil Cedillo and Mitch O’Farrell have raised more than $500,000 to get reelected. The Eastsider
  • Councilman David Ryu has revived a proposal to expand the boundaries of Franklin Hills into Los Feliz. Los Feliz Ledger
  • The large red shipping container that allegedly attracted crime and vandalism to Flat Top hill has been removed, and the person who put it there — the founder and CEO of Soylent, Robert Rhinehart — has issued an apology to the neighbors. But Rhinehart still faces a court date for in September.  The Eastsider
  • Cal State L.A. has launched a Pokemon Go Health Walk that includes 35 PokéStops and three gyms along a nearly 5-mile course through the El Sereno campus. University Times
  • Police are seeking a sexual predator-prowler responsible for assaulting women in their apartments in Echo Park and East Hollywood during two separate incidents that took place on the same afternoon. The Eastsider
  • A man from Silver Lake has been cleared to end his life under the state’s aid-in-dying act. Robert Stone has become one of the first California residents to obtain lethal medications under the law. L.A. Times
  • Fans of gay icon Tom of Finland want to turn his Echo Park house into a historic landmark. The Eastsider
  • Remember the “temporary” flood-control barriers along the L.A. River, which were going to protect residents from the El Niño rains? Well, the rains never came. But the barriers are still up. Protecting us from floods. In August. No final word on when they’re ever coming down.  The Eastsider
  • One of the metal arches of the Sixth Street Bridge was removed this week as part of the demolition of the span connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A. One of the four arches will be saved and installed in a new park that will be created near a replacement bridge. Curbed L.A.
  • Councilman Jose Huizar has a message for those fighting gentrification in his home district of Boyle Heights: The threat isn’t really that bad, and the militant tactics are a lousy idea. The Eastsider

 Photo of the Week

Highland Park | Struktrstudios

Highland Park | Struktrstudios

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  1. These recaps help immensely! Thank you!

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