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Friday, July 29, 2016

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Commission supports landmark status for Boyle Heights’ Japanese Hospital; Lincoln Heights business owner dies; who wants to work as a lead sampling technician?

Boyle Heights | Gabriel Moreno

MORNING REPORT: A state agency is providing free job training for those interested in working on the Exide battery plant clean up as lead sampling technicians .... The Cultural Heritage Commission voted in favor of declaring the former Japanese Hospital in Boyle Heights a city historic cultural monument ... Ramon A. Ortiz, who operated Falcon Television Service and Jewelry Repair for 35 years in Lincoln Heights, has died at age 86 Read More »

Police seek help in Boyle Heights killing; 2 Freeway crash victim identified; own a piece of the Sixth Street Bridge

Angeleno Heights | thecruelfool

MORNING REPORT: Police are asking for the public's help to find the suspects involved in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Raul Ceja, Jr. on Friday, July 22, in the 900 block of Mott Street in Boyle Heights .... Mollie Lowery, a homeless advocate who lived in Highland Park, has died at the age of 70 ....The motorist who died on Monday in a traffic collision on the southbound 2 Freeway at San Fernando Road has been identified as Ricardo Serrano-Rodrigues Read More »

Boyle Heights bar sued over criminal activity; Glassell Park “land art” features native plants; L.A. jobless rate keeps dropping

Echo Park | Andy House

MORNING REPORT: The District Attorney has filed suit against the owner and landlord of El Troquedero, a Boyle Heights bar that allegedly has an " open-door policy for gang members" and has been the scene of shootings, drug sales and other criminal activities .... A native plants garden now growing near the L.A. River in Glassell Park is part of Los Angeles' first public art biennial ... The unemployment rate in L.A. County last month dropped to 4.8%, the lowest level in 9 years Read More »

Crime on the rise citywide; who will be playing at Echo Park Rising?

East Los Angeles | The Eastsider

MORNING REPORT: Despite deploying additional officers and resources to trouble spots, crime continued to rise across the city during the first half of the year, with violent crime up nearly 16% compared to same period last year .... This year's Echo Park Rising music and arts festival will highlight female performers and women-led bands ..... Lost in Elysian Heights: Tuxedo Cat Read More »

City moves to block demolition of Disney home in Los Feliz; tracking change in Boyle Heights

Echo Park | Andy House

MORNING REPORT: Councilman David Ryu obtained an "emergency" historical designation to temporarily prevent demolition of the Los Feliz bungalow where Walt Disney launched his first studio in the garage of the Kingswell Avenue home ..... Boyle Heights residents are being asked to participate in a project to document the gentrification of the neighborhood and displacement of residents and businesses. Read More »

Honey oil lab bust in Glassell Park; auto theft prevention tips in Boyle Heights

Silver Lake Reservoir | Silver Lake Reservoir

MORNING REPORT: Police arrested a man after raiding a Glassell Park house where they found a marijuana growing operation and a honey oil lab .... The LAPD Hollenbeck Division will hold a crime prevention fair today in Boyle Heights focused on auto-theft .... A Boyle Heights sewer line that began leaking on Monday broke again as repairs were being made Tuesday, with the spill now totaling more than 2.4 million gallons of untreated sewage Read More »

Boyle Heights sewage spills prompts beach closures; driver charged in fatal taco stand crash; Airbnb starts collecting hotel tax

Highland Park | The Eastsider

MORNING REPORT: The top of a Boyle Heights sewer pipe near Mission Road and 6th Street collapsed, causing sewage to overflow into the L.A. River .... A woman was charged with vehicular manslaughter after crashing into customers at a Boyle Heights taco stand last month, leaving one man dead and eight others injured .... Airbnb has begun to collect the city's 14% lodging tax from customers under an agreement that would use the proceeds to help pay for housing vouchers for the homeless Read More »

Council opposes live entertainment at Silver Lake bar; East L.A. native relives his days as a “Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer”

Dodger Stadium | Daveed Kapoor

MORNING REPORT: The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has asked the L.A. Police Commission to deny Tenants of The Trees, a Silver Lake bar, a permit to host live shows based on numerous complaints, including a "lack of basic common decency towards our community" .... 73-year-old-East L.A. native Rubén Guevara - who once appeared on the TV music show Shindig - recounts his show business career in a solo show, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer Read More »

Echo Park shooting suspects arrested; Where is Councilman Ryu?

Glassell Park | David De Merlier

MORNING REPORT: Two gang members were arrested and charged in connection with a series of six shootings in Echo Park last month, with most of the incidents involving shots being fired at passing vehicles ... Some residents trying to reach 4th District Councilman David Ryu in recent days have been told that he's "unavailable." Turns out he is out of the country with a city delegation. Read More »

City moves to tighten McMansion restrictions; East L.A. seniors combat depression; new stamp honors Garfield High’s Jaime Escalante

Angeleno Heights | Kliph Nesteroff

MORNING REPORT: The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted in favor of new restrictions that would make it tougher to build homes that are significantly larger than existing residences .... East L.A. seniors attended the first meeting of a new support group intended to reduce depression and loneliness among older residents .... The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp in honor of the late Jaime Escalante, whose accomplishments and those of his students at East L.A.'s Garfield High inspired the movie Stand and Deliver Read More »

Will hipsters flock to Boyle Heights’ El Mercado?; man charged with killing boyfriend in Echo Park; new renters’ rights guide

View from Elysian Park | Adam Darlin

MORNING REPORT: Changing demographics have prompted the owners of El Mercado, a Boyle Heights shopping center that has catered primarily to Mexican immigrants, to consider adapting the marketplace to appeal to U.S.-born Latinos and create “something that hipsters are into” ..... Nicholas James Bowling was charged with one count of murder for allegedly strangling his boyfriend to death at a sober-living home in Echo Park Read More »

Man killed in Echo Park group home; new book features work of Boyle Heights photographer

Solano Canyon | Top Monkey 12

MORNING REPORT: A 28-year-old man is being held on $2 million bail in connection with stangulation death of his boyfriend at a sober living home in Echo Park .... The work of Boyle Heights photographer Rafael Cardenas, whose work features images of the Eastside, are included in a newly published art book .... The transition road from the westbound 10 Freeway to the southbound 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights was blocked by an overturned big-rig Read More »

“Coyotecide” in Silver Lake; L.A. violent crime rises

Echo Park | Stephen Roullier

MORNING REPORT: he fatal shooting of a coyote in Silver Lake last month took place as many residents express concern and frustration over the growing presence of the animals in the neighborhood .... The LAPD said that aggravated assaults and robberies rose during the first-half of the year, with officials blaming gang violence in South L.A. and assaults involving homeless people for some of the increase. Read More »

Boyle Heights boy with cancer serves as K-9 deputy for the day; voters to decide fate of $1.2 billion homeless bond

Mt. Washington | Fanny Mac

MORNING REPORT: A 12-year-old Boyle Heights boy diagnosed with leukemia served as a K-9 deputy for a day with the L.A. Sheriff's Department .... The City Council decided to put a $1.2 billion bond measure before voters in November to pay for shelters, permanent housing and services for the homeless. The bond would be paid by property owners, who would pay an additional to $40 to $80 a year Read More »