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Man dies trying to stop car thief in Boyle Heights; Bighorn sheep dies in Los Feliz; trees topple in Highland Park & Montecito Heights

Morning Report: A 19-year-old man who threw himself on the hood of his car to stop it from being stolen died after the vehicle crashed into a Boyle Heights building and exploded into flame ... A Bighorn sheep that escaped from the L.A. Zoo died after being shot with a tranquilizer in a Los Feliz driveway ... Two trees - one in Montecito Heights and the other on the border of Eagle Rock and Highland Park - fell this weekend near homes ... The work of Ryan Schude, whose photographs have been featured on The Eastsider, is featured in a solo gallery show ... Lost in Eagle Rock: White, Medium-Sized Cockapoo Read More »

Election Day coming up; $2 million grant to pay for riverside park plans; Silver Lake dam tour today

MORNING REPORT: Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 16 to decide whether incumbent Gil Cedillo or newcomer Joe Bray-Ali will represent Council District 1 .... A state agency has awarded $2 million to develop plans to turn a section of the former Taylor Yards rail yard into 41 acres of parkland and greenspace next to the L.A. River .... Council District 13 will host walking tours and present renderings today of a public pathway that would be created atop the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir Read More »

L.A. traffic fatalities jump 46%; what’s new for bus riders and pedestrians at Dodger Stadium; firefighters put out Mt. Washington blaze

MORNING REPORT: 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 .... The Dodgers have made some improvements for fans who arrive by public transportation and also took some measures to improve pedestrian safety .... Firefighters prevented an early morning blaze that began in a patio area from spreading to a Mount Washington home Read More »

City proposes spending $2 million to fight deportations; Caltrans-owned homes up for sale in in El Sereno; the story of a pioneering black singer from Boyle Heights

MORNING REPORT: The City of Los Angeles would contribute $2 million to a legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants facing deportation under a proposal announced by city officials .... Caltrans has begun the process of selling the state-owned homes in El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena .... The story of how Hadda Brooks, a member of one of the first African-American families to settle in Boyle Heights, gained became a groundbreaking entertainer Read More »

Kids sing the praises of Boyle Heights; new Icebergs play set in Silver Lake; 710 Freeway closures resume

MORNING REPORT: Boyle Heights fifth graders composed and performed songs about Gold Line trains, Mariachi Plaza, Evergreen Cemetery and other neighborhood sites .... Icebergs, a new play that premiered at the Geffen Playhouse, features a thirtysomething Silver Lake couple dealing with filmmaking and family planning .... The weekend closures of the northbound 710 Freeway in East Los Angeles will resume starting tonight Read More »

Fifth grader stabbed at Boyle Heights school; new homes planned for Eldred Street; tampered packages Echo Park

A fifth grade boy was stabbed in the back during a fight with another fifth grader at Bridge Street Elementary in Boyle Heights .... A pair of single-family homes are planned for 4849 and 4853 Eldred Street in Highland Park. An Echo Park resident in the 1900 block of Clinton Street said that a person entered their front yard on Thursday and opened Amazon packages waiting to be taken inside Read More »

Lincoln High senior one of 12 students worldwide to ace calculus exam: “Mayor of Elysian Park dies; view from the bottom of the Silver Lake reservoir

MORNING REPORT: Lincoln High School senior Cedrick Argueta was one of only 12 students to earn a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam. More than 302,532 students worldwide took the test .... Former boxer and Echo Park resident Eddie "El Gato" Gasporra has died at age 81. The frequent park visitor was known to some as the "Mayor of Elysian Park" .... A walk along the bottom of the temporarily drained Silver Lake Reservoir revealed only one object: a vinyl record Read More »