Eastside Review: Roller derby has nowhere to go; Eagle Rock burglars stay for beer; home prices to spike in Cypress Park

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • L.A. Times reporter Hector Becerra recounts the life of his father, Rafael Becerra, a Mexican immigrant and Boyle Heights resident who entered the U.S. illegally but became a legal resident. L.A. Times
  • Are a set of bungalows from the 1920s historically significant? As developers try to replace some Spanish-Revival style dwellings in Echo Park, one tenant has nominated the 94-year-old cluster of residences as a historic cultural monument. The Eastsider
  • While a proposal to legalize street vendors in the City of Los Angeles is making progress, there are no such plans to do so in neighboring East Los Angeles and other portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. KPCC
  • An all-women’s roller derby league finds their entire 2017 schedule in jeopardy now that city officials won’t issue temporary permits for bouts at a former warehouse on Alhambra Avenue. The Eastsider
  • Jonathan Sanchez, associate publisher and chief operating officer of Eastern Group Publications/EGP News, died of cancer on Dec. 23 at his Highland Park home. His wife, Dolores Sanchez, is publisher of the company’s 11 bilingual, community newspapers that cover an area stretching from Southeast to Northeast Los Angeles. EGP News
  • The Eagle Rock Recreation Center, a 1950s-era clubhouse designed by legendary Modernist architect Richard Neutra, may finally be getting some long overdue attention and restoration. L.A. Times
  • The Echo Park Film Center is hosting five days of movies and discussions as part of Japanese Culture Week. The Eastsider
  • Billy Joel is scheduled to play his first-ever show at Dodger Stadium this spring on May 13. L.A. Times
    Also, here he is in 1981 singing “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” billyjoelVEVO
  • The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count needs about 7,500 volunteers to conduct the count on Jan. 24 – 26. KPCC
  • A 40-year-old Los Feliz resident and music video producer has been reported missing. Travis Joel Peterson was last seen on Dec. 30 at a gas station in La Canada-Flintridge. His wife, artist Emilie Halpern, told L.A. Weekly that her husband may have gone for one of his frequent drives on Angeles Crest Highway after stopping at the gas station. Peterson drives a 2002, silver Volvo wagon. LAPD
  • Amid a rash of break-ins at restaurants and small businesses in Eagle Rock, one group of burglars at Camilo’s California Bistro even stopped to eat dinner and have a beer. “The alarm went off, but by the time the police got there, they were already gone,” the proprietor said. The Eastsider
  • Cypress Park home values are expected to rise 8% this year – the highest of any L.A. neighborhood, according to a Zillow forecast. L.A. Weekly
  • Residents are asked to donate sleeping bags, blankets and toiletry kits for the homeless during a Northeast L.A. Sleeping Bag Drive on Jan. 15 in Eagle Rock. Council District 14

 Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Andy House

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