Eastside Review: The Echo Park Purple bus may have to move on; rainstorms triple the pothole complaints; the all-Jerry Maguire Video Store

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • The American Apparel store in Los Feliz will be among the last of the company’s 130 outlets to close, after a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of the clothing maker to a Canadian firm. The company’s first store, located in Echo Park, closed early last year. The Atlantic
  • A gas station clerk in Los Feliz was fatally shot during an attempted robbery. The Eastsider
  • Are you a fan of the 1997 film “Jerry Maguire”? Then stop by the Jerry Maguire Video Store, a temporary art installation in Echo Park that is stocked entirely with “Jerry Maguire” videos. More than 14,000 have been collected so far. Los Feliz Ledger
  • An East L.A. resident and comic book store owner is planning the community’s first ever comic book convention. L.A. Weekly
  • “One Day at a Time,” the Norman Lear sitcom about a white single-mother raising two daughters in the Midwest, has been remade by Netflix about a Cuban-American family – and relocated to Echo Park. L.A. Times
  • A lease has been signed to open a new “flexible-format” Target store in the former Fresh & Easy market on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park, despite some neighborhood opposition and a petition signed by more than 300 residents. The Eastsider
  • Several candidates running in the March 7 city election have said they won’t take contributions from real estate developers, including at least two contenders in the Council District 13 race. L.A. Times
  • The people who live in a purple bus and other RVs, campers and cars parked around Echo Park Lake  are facing eviction. The Eastsider
  • Cal State L.A. in El Sereno is among the nation’s 10 top colleges when it comes to “mobility rate” – the proportion of low-income students who have moved up economically over the years. N.Y. Times
  • The chase of a stolen vehicle that began in El Monte ended in Boyle Heights with the capture of three men. ABC7
  • The Cultural Heritage Commission agreed to consider whether a 1920s bungalow court threatened with demolition is worthy of being declared a city historic landmark. The Eastsider
  • The number of requests to fill potholes in city streets has tripled above normal levels in the wake of the winter rains. CBS2
  • Boyle Heights was the starting point for Friday’s “March Against Trump,” which began in Mariachi Plaza and ended at City Hall. Boyle Heights Beat

 Photo of the Week

Eagle Rock | Myan Soffia

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  1. The Jerry Maguire video store reinforces so much of what people dislike about our side of town: insufferable hipster ironic art. Please stop.

    • I was at this art installation and there where hundreds of people there enjoying it and having a good time, it’s supposed to be a joke, not taken seriously. The only thing insufferable going on is sad old people judging others and getting upset that young people like something they don’t like. Cry more about it.

      • look up the word “ironic” when you get a chance.

        • Ironic. i·ron·ic. adjective. Example: A person who claims to hate a type of “insufferable behavior”, but then becomes an even more insufferable person despite not being able to see the juxtaposition caused by this.

          Hey you’re right, that was a useful factoid there

          • Thanks for the definition. Another example: a group of people who reject conformity by growing beards, man buns, plaid shirts, and skinny jeans so they can look just like each other.

          • @ “kevolution” – They’re happy, so who cares? If you can’t find an argument other then “people aren’t allowed to like things I don’t like” then you need t rethink your life choices.

      • “Sad old people,” WOW! ageism rears it’s ugly head! You’ll be old someday, if you’re lucky, but assholes like you don’t usually live very long.

  2. There’s a difference between an argument and opinion. You should look it up in your ironic dictionary. But thanks for the life advice, son.

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