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Open Discussion: LAPD needs to pay more attention to Silver Lake bike safety

View Larger Map By Victoria Yarnish I’m sure you’ve seen the police traps at Silver Lake Boulevard and Duane Street to catch motorists who make illegal left hand turns.  Several mornings I have witnessed the police diligently ticketing scores of cars.  I have several problems with this practice and the risks it poses to neighborhood bike riders: When the LAPD pull ... Read More »

Open Discussion: New school year brings new hope for East L.A. schools*

By C. J. Salgado With the end of summer come those yearly rituals for parents and school kids everywhere, a final hurrah before it’s back to school.  Some are thinking of where to find the best sale on school supplies. Others are already counting the number of days left until next summer. Me, I’m thinking of the critical challenges that ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Medi-Cal cuts threaten patient care and community pharmacies

Joselito Pablo Marco is owner of Marco’s Farmacia in East Los Angeles. His opinion piece on the impact of Medi-Cal cuts on patients and independent pharmacies is part of a nationwide coalition organized by community pharmacies. Consultants with the coalition worked with Marco on the opinion piece. By Joselito Pablo Marco What do budget cuts mean for California?  Perhaps you ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Would a “City of East Los Angeles” make economic sense?

By C. J. Salgado Apparently, it’s hard to be a city these days. In the last year alone we’re been bombarded with the bad news on cities, with the state and county seeking to dissolve the Cty of Vernon in response to concerns of abuse of power, embezzlement, and a “controlled electorate.” Some Commerce city officials face accusations of wrongdoing ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Residents needed to weigh in on Echo Park development

An Echo Park resident opposed to the proposed 62-unit, Sunset Flats housing development want neighbors to weigh in on the project before or during Planning Commission meeting on Thursday: Tomorrow is the last day that the community can weigh in with the Planning Commission of Los Angeles before a 5 story building becomes the new entryway into Echo Park. If ... Read More »

Global healing event in support of “Voices From Chornoybl”

Thea Pueschel, owner of Hypnotiq Solutions, writes about an event in support of the “Voices From Chornobyl” that took place on Sunday: Sunday April 3, 2011 2-4pm a Global Healing Event took place at Santosha Space in Atwater Village. Hypnotiq Solutions and Santosha Space sponsored the event for  “Voices From Chornobyl”. Practitioners from various modalities donated their time and specialties ... Read More »

Host families needed for students

Echo Park resident Holly McKee-Clark is looking for families to host international students who will be learning English in a new school in Hollywood. Here are the details: “Kings Colleges, an international school of English, is opening its first U.S. location in Hollywood and we need host families for our students!  If you have an open room and an open ... Read More »

Remembering what Dia de Los Muertos is all about

East Los Angeles resident C.J. Salgado wrote this story after a visit to the Day of Dead art workshops at Self Graphics. Story and photos by C.J. Salgado This past Saturday I decided to attend the Day of the Dead community arts workshops put on by Self Help Graphics of East Los Angeles. Undoubtedly, I was nudged along by memories ... Read More »

East L.A. residents get new utility poles and a show

East Los Angeles resident C.J. Salgado wrote this tribute to the utility workers – and their giant cranes – that installed new utility poles and equipment across East Los Angeles last month. During the month of September many residents in East L.A. awoke to find their streets closed off as a convoy of diesel-engine vehicles roared in. Southern California Edison ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Bring back the mailboxes to the East L.A. post office

East L.A. resident C.J Salgado says the curb-side mail boxes at the East Los Angeles branch post office on Atlantic Boulevard were removed after recent thefts. He said another solution is needed: Be honest—did you notice? The curbside mailboxes in front of the East Los Angeles Branch Post Office (975 S. Atlantic Blvd., East LA, 90022) disappeared a few weeks ... Read More »

Open Discussion: Bad nanny behavior observed at an Echo Park playground

Jennifer from Angeleno Heights was troubled by the behavior of two nannies taking care of children at the playground next to the  Echo Park Recreation Center on Bellevue Avenue near Glendale Boulevard.  She didn’t report the incident – which she witnessed about 2-1/2 weeks ago – to authorities but thought the parents might want to know what’s going on: It ... Read More »