Edited by BARRY LANK
A recap of this week’s Eastside news.
- Hillside and canyon encampments will be ID-ed for fire risk, as the L.A. Fire Department sets out to identify such hazards in Los Feliz, Mt. Washington and other neighborhoods. This comes in the wake of last month’s Bel-Air fire, which began at a homeless camp near the 405 Freeway. “We want those people in these [fire] zones to voluntarily move,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said. “It’s as clear cut as that. This is a public safety issue; this is a trespassing issue.” L.A. Times
- In an unrelated fire, the 129-year-old Church of the Angels on the border of Pasadena and Highland Park suffered a blaze that was quickly put out. In addition to fire and smoke damage, there were also signs of vandalism inside the historic Episcopalian church. Pasadena arson investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. KNBC & Loudlabs
- A developer unveiled plans for an approximately million-square-foot project with hundreds of apartments, condos, a hotel and two residential towers rising as high as 49 stories would be constructed on the eastern edge of Echo Park. The Eastsider
- Immigration agents targeted the 7-Eleven at 3100 Beverly Boulevard on the border of Historic Filipinotown and Rampart Village. This was one of the approximately 100 convenience stores where agents sought information about undocumented immigrant workers. “These guys are out here working, and they’re not doing anything wrong,” said David Dorantes, a 7-Eleven customer and Echo Park resident. “I don’t think it’s right.” Daily News
- More than 28,000 complaints about missed garbage collections have been received since July under a new city recycling program for large apartment and condo complexes as well as businesses. L.A. Now
- Some city workers who were paid for a full day of work allegedly stayed on the job less than two hours on several occasions at the Building and Safety Department Test Laboratory in Elysian Valley. Workers were observed leaving the facility at the 2300 block of Dorris Place shortly after arriving for work to run errands and then head home. City officials declined to comment, pending an investigation. CBS2
- Volunteers are needed to conduct the annual Greater L.A. Homeless Count on Jan. 23 – 25. Training will be provided before the volunteers undertake the census of people living on the streets. The 2017 count found 58,000 homeless people – a 23% increase over the previous year. Daily News
- Fans and acquaintances expressed shock and sadness over the arrest of 1984 Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzales, who is accused of molesting a girl who was part of a youth boxing club in East L.A. where he was a trainer. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the former boxer’s arrest “shocking and disappointing.” L.A. Times
- Another bobble head has been made of Hiccups The Clown – a.k.a. Frankie Mercado, a Silver Lake preschool teacher who goes to Dodgers games in clown make-up and oversized shoes. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has created a second limited-edition Hiccups Bobblehead that is being sold to raise money for charities that Mercado supports. The first edition, in 2015, raised $2,000 for PADRES Contra El Cancer/Parents Against Cancer. San Bernardino Sun
- An armed suspect ran across the rooftops of an East L.A. middle school while being pursued by police. The suspect was arrested shortly afterwards on Indiana Street just outside the Animo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School. It’s not clear what prompted the chase. ABC7
- The sheriff’s patrol vehicle involved in a deadly crash in East Los Angeles last November had its warning lights on but not its siren, according to new information released by investigators. Two boys standing on the sidewalk next to their mother were killed in the collision outside a bank at Whittier Boulevard and Lorena Street. L.A. Times
- A gymnasium is finally under construction for Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights, after generations of athletes at the all-girl Catholic school have had to travel about a mile away to the local recreation center, enduring catcalls and taunts along the way. The Eastsider
- Cal State L.A.’s first intercollegiate women’s golf team will begin their first season next month in San Diego at the Point Loma Reach 2018 Invitational. Hans Kersting, a PGA professional, instructor and director of golf at the Woodland Hills Country Club, will serve as head coach. Cal State L.A.
- Art collections will be shared between The Autry Museum in Griffith Park and the L.A. County Museum of Art. The museums also announced plans to collaborate on exhibitions and possibly pool money to buy new artwork. L.A. Times
- The Atwater Village Fosters Freeze on Fletcher Drive serves as one of the location shots for GLOW, a Netflix series about women wrestlers in the 1980s. Foster’s also made an appearance in Pulp Fiction. L.A. Magazine
- Officials opened a Family Justice Center on the grounds of L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Lincoln Heights to serve victims of domestic violence and other abuse with a variety of medical, legal and social services. Daily News
Photo of the Week
Palms, East Los Angeles | Aurelio Jose Barrera
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