Wednesday, November 25, 2015

News and notes

$400,000 makeover for East L.A. baseball field; Echo Park church having 2,500 people over for Thanksgiving dinner

Avenue 49 Palms, Highland Park | Martha Benedict/Eastsider Photo Pool

MORNING REPORT: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved $400,000 worth of improvements to the Belvedere Park baseball field that will be partly funded by the L.A. Dodgers Foundation .... St. Athanasius Episcopal Church in Echo Park is expected to serve free Thanksgiving dinners to an estimated 2,500 people beginning at 11:30 a.m. .... Join The Eastsider Photo Pool or tag your Instagram photos with #eastsiderla or send them via email to [email protected] Read More »

Highland Park shooting victim identified; Dodgers to hire first minority manager

View from Elysian Park | Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr

MORNING REPORT: Police have identified the victim of Sunday's fatal Highland Park shooting as 35-year-old Pete Cordero .... The Dodgers are expected to announce the hiring of former outfielder Dave Roberts as the team's first-ever minority manager .... The NY Times visits the LAPD's canine training grounds at the Police Academy in Elysian Park to meet Sgt. Michael Goosby, the department's chief dog trainer and the inspiration for one of the characters found in Robert Crais' detective novels Read More »

Sheriff investigating death of East L.A. woman; Echo Park area assault leaves man with critical injuries; Oxy students end occupation

Silver Lake | Gina Acuna/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman early this morning in the 400 block of S. Sydney Drive .... A group of gang members attacked a man and left him with critical injuries after he left a shopping center at Sunset Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue just beyond the eastern edge of Echo Park .... Occidental College students ended their week-long occupation of the college's administration building but vowed to continue to push for more racial justice and diversity on the Eagle Rock campus Read More »

Reward issued in fatal East L.A. shooting of football player; residents concerned about new Metrolink engines at Cypress Park rail yard

Echo Park | Katrina Alexy/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: The L.A. County Sheriffs Department has issued a $20,000 reward in connection with the 2013 fatal shooting death of college football player Gabriel Soto in East Los Angeles ... Metrolink has been asked to look into reducing the emissions and noise from 40 new diesel locomotives being stored and tested at its maintenance facility in Cypress Park .... A vacant Boyle Heights home in the 2400 block of Verde Street collapsed after catching fire Thursday night Read More »

$2 billion needed for proposed Lincoln Heights Olympic Village; catalytic converter thieves hit Mt. Washington

Boyle Heights viewed from Sixth Street Bridge | Andriana Baker

MORNING REPORT: Buying and relocating a Lincoln Heights rail yard to create a site for an Olympic Village along the L.A. River could cost up to $2 billion - more than twice original estimates .... The LAPD Northeast Division said that catalytic converter thieves are now targeting vehicle owners in Mount Washington .... The California High Speed Rail Authority will hold an open house in English and Spanish to review the train's route between Union Station and Burbank Read More »

Occidental College president rejects calls for resignation; City Council expands homeless efforts; Elysian Valley water main break

Elysian Heights | Mary-Austin Klein/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch said he has no plans to resign in response to students protesters, who have demanded that he step down for failing to address concerns about racial tensions and a lack of diversity on campus .... The L.A. City Council voted in favor of transforming city buildings and parking lots into temporary shelters this winter as part of efforts to assist the homeless .... Firefighters closed off the intersection of Blake and Meadowvale Avenue in Elysian Valley after a water main broke Wednesday night Read More »

Man fatally shot in East L.A.; the issues behind the Occidental student protests

Tire shop, East Los Angeles | Victor Peraza/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: The L.A. County Sheriffs Department is investigating the fatal East L.A. shooting of a 48-year-old man in the 100 block of S. Bonnie Beach Place .... Students who occupied Occidental College's administration building on Monday want the Eagle Rock liberal arts college to create a black studies major and hire more minority faculty .... Found in Silver Lake: Sweet, older Terrier mix .... Found in Silver Lake: Tiny male Yorkie Read More »

Griffith Observatory gets a digital upgrade; Councilman O’Farrell going to court over campaign collision

Elysian Heights | Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr

MORNING REPORT: The 80-year-0ld Samuel Oschin planetarium at the Griffith Observatory has installed $2.5 million worth of new digital projectors and lighting .... Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is one of three defendants being sued by a woman who was struck by a van that was distributing campaign flyers during O'Farrell's successful run for office in 2013 .... Lost in Highland Park: Two friendly pugs Read More »

Councilman O’Farrell wants to create Indigenous People’s Day; Boyle Heights kosher food companies moving out; Lincoln Heights activist dies

Chandelier Tree, Silver Lake | Gina Acuna/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Councilman Mitch O'Farrell has proposed making Indigenous People's Day a city holiday, which would give municipal employees the day off .... Two kosher food and wine companies are being forced to move out of Boyle Heights to make way for the new Sixth Street Bridge .... Frank Wada, a Lincoln Heights activist who was a member of the neighborhood council, business improvement district and police advisory board, died at his home earlier this week Read More »