Eastside Review: Traffic deaths on the rise; police body cameras off during Boyle Heights shooting; Hermon votes to leave

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • The number of people killed in traffic collisions last year in the city jumped by nearly 43% to 260 despite a high-profile campaign to prevent such deaths. Traffic-related fatalities have continued to rise this year. L.A. Times
  • The Dodgers have made some improvements for fans who arrive by public transportation and also took some measures to improve pedestrian safety as baseball season gets underway. KPCC
  • A man is suspected of stealing mail in East Los Angeles and other Southern California cities. A reward has been offered of up to $10,000. L.A. Daily News
  • The officers who were involved in the fatal shooting near a Boyle Heights Gold Line station had not turned on their body cameras. Police commissioners have asked the LAPD to find out how often the 2,800 cameras worn by officers are being used. L.A. Times
  • The 400,000 plastic shade balls that have been bobbing quietly in the Ivanhoe Reservoir for almost nine years are finally being removed. The Eastsider
  • Drivers in East Hollywood and other dense neighborhoods where street parking is in short supply have been parking their vehicles on parkways – the strip of land between the curb and sidewalk. The city is looking at renewing enforcement to stop the practice, while property owners are installing trees and other barriers. L.A. Times
  • State assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and attorney Robert Lee Ahn appear to be headed to a June 6 runoff after emerging as the top voter getters in Tuesday’s crowded 34th Congressional District election. They are vying to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to be state attorney general. The Eastsider
  • Owners of Bar Angeles in Silver Lake defended their decision to remove part of the cherished Elliott Smith mural. LA Weekly
  • A Highland Park shooting left a teenager dead in San Pasqual Park. Police are searching for two suspects. The Eastsider
  • Occidental College’s solar array has saved the Eagle Rock school more than $1 million in energy costs since it began operations four years ago. Expanding the array, however, might mean a costly upgrade to the college’s electrical system. Occidental Weekly
  • 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell endorsed political newcomer Joe Bray-Ali over incumbent Gil Cedillo in the 1st Council District runoff election. It’s an unusual step for O’Farrell, since City Council members usually back each other when they come up for reelection. The run off election will be held on May 16.
  • The neighborhood of Hermon voted to exit the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council and form their own. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Goodbye, shade balls | Gary Leonard

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One comment

  1. “The number of people killed in traffic collisions last year in the city jumped by nearly 43% to 260 despite a high-profile campaign to prevent such deaths.”

    On a completely unrelated note, if you stand at an intersection and watch drivers pass by, at least 25% of them are on their phones; and if you travel around LA for a month, in all that time you’ll probably see one driver pulled over for a traffic violation.

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