Eastside Review: Family sees ICE agents take dad away; vehicle break-ins on the rise; Council candidates talk about traffic

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell is being criticized for failing to project neighborhoods from real estate development and gentrification as he campaigns for reelection. L.A. Times
  • City officials have approved taking ownership of Flat Top hill — more than 36 acres of undeveloped land on the border of Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights — and spending $225,000 to maintain the property as open space. The Eastsider.
  • Valentin Herrera, the 76-year-old Lincoln Heights man who was mauled last month by two pit bull-type dogs, died from his injuries. ABC7
  • An estimated 2,144 LADWP customers in the Silver Lake area lost electrical service Monday. The cause was not immediately clear. The Eastsider
  • The county coroner determined that Elias Rodriguez, the 14-year-old whose body was found in the L.A. River near Los Feliz, died from an accidental drowning. Officials assume that Rodriguez, who had been missing for more than a week, was swept away by flood waters in the Pacoima Wash as he walked to his home in Sylmar. L.A. Times
  • After being priced out of their Sunset Junction location in Silver Lake, the owners of Reform School, which sold everything from vintage apparel and books to handmade pottery and prints, have landed on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. The Eastsider
  • An Occidental College sophomore was found dead in his dorm room on Monday afternoon. Official at the Eagle Rock college say foul play does not appear to be involved but the cause of death has not been revealed. Oxy Weekly
  • Police are searching for three men suspected of shooting a homeless man in Atwater Village, injuring his shoulder. The Eastsider
  • Michael C. Mejia has been charged with capital murder, carjacking and other offenses in last month’s killings of his cousin, Roy Torres, in the City Terrace section of East L.A. and police officer Keith Boyer in Whittier. Officials allege that Mejia, a 26-year-old gang member and parolee, fatally shot his cousin on Feb. 20 and then drove the victim’s vehicle to Whittier, where a few hours later he shot and killed the officer following a traffic collision. L.A. Times
  • Candidates for City Council weigh-in with their plans for traffic and safety. The Eastsider
  • Cut-through traffic on hilly Duane Street in Silver Lake has only gotten worse but the city has failed to come up with solutions to deal with the problem. Los Feliz Ledger
  • An undocumented immigrant was taken away by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as he was dropping off his daughters at schools in Highland Park and Lincoln Heights. One of the daughters recorded the incident on video. The Eastsider
  • Caltrans and a tire retailer reached a $10 million settlement in connection with a 2012 crash on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock that killed four people. The SUV carrying members of a La Puente family rolled over a center divider and plunged more than 30 feet to the ground near Figueroa Street after a tire blew out. The wrongful death lawsuit alleged that the tires and highway design were defective. City News Service
  • A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after coming in contact with live wires near Whittier Boulevard and the 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights. The man’s attorney and family blames the LADWP but the agency said the incident might be related to an act of vandalism. KTLA
  • Vehicle break-ins are becoming the worst crime problem in the northeast Police Division, an LAPD detective said. Stories about the burglaries include Angeleno Heights (The Eastsider) and Silver Lake (The Eastsider).
  • The city has closed escrow on approximately 42 acres of former railroad property in Cypress Park and Glassell Park known as Taylor Yard, paying nearly $60 million for the land next to the L.A. River as part of efforts to restore the waterway. But the entire cost of turning the property into parkland, including cleaning up toxic soil as well as the land purchase, could top $250 million. City News Service

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Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

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