Friday, July 31, 2015

News and notes

Blaze breaks out in Historic Filipinotown; police looking for Temple Street robbery suspects; City Council bans vending in parks

Elysian Park | Mary-Austin Klein/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Firefighters extinguished a blaze that broke out Wednesday night in a vacant restaurant near the 100 block of N. Rosemont Avenue in Historic Filipinotown .... Police have released photos of the armed suspects who held up the ARCO gas station at Temple and Alvarado streets .... The man who was bludgeoned to death in Highland Park on Monday has been identified as 54-year-old Jose Miguel Valencia .... The City Council reinstated a ban on unpermitted food and merchandise vendors in city parks and beaches Read More »

Silver Lake water main breaks; CHP Eagle Rock facility evacuated; Boyle Heights ponders bulb-outs

Boyle Heights | Veroomac/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: A water main break in the 600 block of Silver Lake Boulevard flooded streets early this morning. Service is not expected to be fully restored until this afternoon .... The CHP communications center in Eagle Rock was evacuated after a woman made a threatening call to the facility .... The L.A. City Council rescinded more than $600,000 in grants and other financial transfers requested by former 4th District Councilman Tom LaBonge Read More »

Man bludgeoned to death in Highland Park; Little Free Libraries pop up in Boyle Heights housing project


MORNING REPORT: A male transient in his 40s was found bludgeoned to death in Sycamore Park on a pedestrian bridge staircase .... A pair of Little Free Libraries have been set up in the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights .... Scott Crawford of Silver Lake has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Selective Service System Local Board in the State of California. Read More »

BevMo! pulls out of Los Feliz deal; East L.A. band stands out with psychedelic cumbia-rock

Echo Park | Katrina Alexy/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Why did BevMo! back off plans to open a new store in Los Feliz? .... East L.A.'s Thee Commons are attracting crowds and attention with a psychedelic cumbia-rock .... Got photos to share? Join The Eastsider Photo Pool or tag your Instagram photos with #eastsiderla or send them via email to [email protected] Read More »

East L.A. pedestrian seriously injured in hit-and-run; fatal motorcycle crash at 5 & 110 interchange; the evolution of Boyle Heights

Silver Lake | Ross Reyes/Eastsider Photo Pool

MORNING REPORT: An East L.A. pedestrian suffered serious injuries, including broken legs, after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Herbert Street .... A 21-year-old motorcyclist who was killed after hitting a freeway wall at the 5 and 110 freeway interchange on Monday night has been identified as Adnan Chowdhury of Sunland .... A new documentary explores the evolution of Boyle Heights and how it survived the construction of one of the nation's busiest freeway interchanges Read More »

The man behind Echo Park’s glass-bottle Virgin of Guadalupe; former Lincoln Heights steam plant turned into climbing gym

Highland Park | Veroomac/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: An Echo Park mans explains what inspired him to use colored glass bottles to build the 50-foot-wide Phantasma Gloria, which features the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe, in the front yard of his home .... Stronghold Climbing Gym, where climbing walls rise 45 feet inside a former Lincoln Heights steam power plant, is part of a new generation of indoor climbing gyms .... Got photos to share? Join The Eastsider Photo Pool or tag your Instagram photos with #eastsiderla or send them via email to [email protected] Read More »