Car wash sued over wages; tram to Hollywood sign?; news round-up of crime

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of this week’s Eastside news.

  • The Silver Lake Car Wash is being sued by the City Attorney over allegedly failing to pay workers the minimum wage and violating other worker rights. In some cases, workers went home from without pay if the Beverly Boulevard car wash in Historic Filipinotown shut down early for lack of customers. The owners were not available for comment. My News LA
  • A profile of René Camarillo – once an El Sereno native who was prone to self-harm, now a fashion designer currently focusing on gender neutrality. Boyle Heights Beat
  • An aerial tram to the Hollywood sign and the construction of a second Hollywood sign facing Burbank are among the recommendations in a $120,000 study to relieve traffic congestion and the impact of tourism on Griffith Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Los Feliz Ledger
  • One man was struck and injured by a slow moving train near 750 South Lamar St. in Lincoln Heights. The man’s current condition is unknown. My News LA
  • Advocates for undocumented immigrants held a protest outside a 7-Eleven at 3100 Beverly Boulevard  near Historic Filipinotown that was targeted by ICE agents. The advocates had expected the immigration agents to return to the store but no one from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up. KPCC
  • A Silver Lake restaurant went out of business after 10 months – even though the owners spent more than a year beforehand expanding it to seat 120 people. Mixed Company, in the landmark building at 3903 Sunset Blvd., had been transformed from a laundry into a “casual modern Middle Eastern” restaurant that planned to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Eastsider
  • The county is being sued over the deadly crash involving an L.A. Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle that fatally struck two young brothers in East Los Angeles in November. The father of the boys is suing for negligence and wrongful death, claiming the rookie deputy behind the wheel “was violating all industry standards for the safe driving of emergency vehicles.” My News L.A.
  • A look at Caltrans’s never-ending cleanup of freeway tagging and graffiti. Fox11

Crime News

Boyle Heights

  • A man was shot in the leg in the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights during what police believe to be a gang-related shooting. The victim was standing outside of his apartment at about 1:30 am when he was approached by the suspect who asked him where he was from before shooting him twice, said Sergeant Covarrubias with the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. The suspect, a Latino in his 20s, remains at large.

Cypress Park

  • A $50,000 reward is being renewed  in connection with the January 2017 killing of 22-year-old Christian Nino, who was gunned down outside his home in the 2600 block of Jeffries Avenue in Cypress Park on New Years’ Day. Nino was shot during a fight with suspects, who have not been identified or located a year after the murder. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Northeast Division Homicide Detectives Martinez and Lenchuck at (323) 561-3321.. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the 24-hour toll free hotline at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)

El Sereno

  • A man was shot to death by police. He has been identified as 22-year-old Christian Escobedo of Lincoln Heights. Police have not released any details of the shooting in the 3400 block of North Amethyst Street, pending an investigation. Officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun in the area when the shooting took place. Police recovered a weapon from the scene. My News LA


  • There was a brief police pursuit Monday night after officers from the LAPD Northeast Division tried pulling over a vehicle reported as stolen near Monterey Road and South Avenue 60 in Hermon. After only a few minutes, the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, said Sgt. Rodriguez with LAPD Northeast Division. The suspect was apprehended shortly after and taken into custody.

Highland Park

  • A man is in stable condition after being shot in the face and chest while standing outside of his house in Highland Park, police said. The victim was smoking a cigarette at 1:30 a.m. in the 6000 block of Fayette Street when he saw a car drive by. He was shot shortly after that by a man wearing a hoodie. The Eastsider

Solano Canyon

  • A man was left in critical condition after being shot multiple times on a hillside street in Solano Canyon next to Elysian Park on Tuesday night. The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. when the victim, a Latino in his mid-twenties, was standing on the sidewalk on Park Row Drive near Casanova Street. The victim was approached by two Latinos in their mid-twenties who opened fire, said Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesperson for the LAPD. The Eastsider

Video of the Week

A fire hydrant was sheared off and a car ended up on a lawn after a rollover crash earlier this month near Los Feliz Boulevard and Edgemont Street. Loudlabs News had video of the scene.

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  1. I wish the Eastsider would also list property crimes. The following are just from Echo Park, reported on NextDoor website:

    Misc. Thefts from yards; Man tried to steal bicycle from front yard, today

    Package and/or Mail Thefts, nearly every day

    Car Hit and Run, multiple, causing various degrees of damage to cars, some unable to be driven

    Car Break-Ins, Frequent, sometimes with smashed windows others via electronic devices

    Stolen Cars

  2. Echo Park, January 7-13 per CrimeMapping.com

    Location Crime Date and time

    2100 block of Oak Glen Place Grand theft auto Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
    1400 block of Glendale Boulevard Theft Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.
    1300 block of West 2nd Street Grand theft auto Jan. 11, 5 p.m.
    1100 block of West Temple Street Theft from vehicle Jan. 10, 1 p.m.
    Cortez and Glendale Boulevard Grand theft auto Jan. 9, 10:30 p.m.
    Coronado and Sunset Grand theft auto Jan. 9, 10 a.m.
    2300 block of Lake Shore Avenue Theft from vehicle Jan. 8, 7 p.m.
    1300 block of Kellam Avenue Grand theft auto Jan. 8, 5 p.m.
    Glendale and Rockwood Grand theft auto Jan. 7, 10 p.m.
    1100 block of Glendale Boulevard Theft from vehicle Jan. 7, 9 a.m.

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