Echo Park foundation buys for-profit colleges; city closes $42 million L.A. River property purchase; Mayor Garcetti weighs in on ICE arrest

Eastside Scene: Cypress trees, Glassell Park | David DeMerlier

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  • The Echo Park-based Dream Center Foundation has agreed to buy the Education Management Corporation, which runs one of the nation’s largest networks of for-profit colleges ,including 31 Art Institute campuses. The foundation until now has primarily funded social services at the Dream Center, the former Queen of Angels Hospital in Echo Park, and other locations.  L.A. Times
  • 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
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was troubled by the arrest of an undocumented immigrant by ICE agents while he was taking his daughters to schools in Highland Park and Lincoln Heights. Garcetti said that “we need to make sure that this is not the beginning of a dangerous and dark time here, where people are afraid to go to school, people are afraid to drop their kids off, people afraid to go to work.” ABC 7

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  1. Nice photo of the Cypress trees, Mr. DeMerlier, Thanks. They aren’t the easiest to photograph in such an attractive fashion. Surprised you were able to get five of them without any crows or small hawks on top, swaying in the breeze!

  2. Obviously more than five Cypress trees…Duh ? Senior Moment

  3. “I was homeless and you took me in.”

    “I was hungry and you gave me food.”

    “I was tired and you gave me rest.”

    “I was underemployed and you sold me a degree of questionable worth and saddled me with thousands of dollars in student loans.”

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