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Friday, January 30, 2015

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The story of Montecito Heights’ Heritage Square; What does Boyle Heights want for Mariachi Plaza?

Highland Park | Katrina Alexy/Instagram

Morning Report: After voicing their opposition to proposals for a mammoth medical and commercial complex, Boyle Heights residents offer ideas about what development should take place at Mariachi Plaza ... What are all those Victorian houses doing by the freeway? The story of Montecito Heights’ Heritage Square Museum ... Lost in Echo Park: Grey/tan/black tabby with white neck & socks Read More »

Eagle Rock mall security guard attacked; pro-Huizar billboards have permit problems; struggling to stand out in the Council District 4 race

Echo Park | Andrew Batz/Instagram

Morning Report: A security guard at the Eagle Rock Plaza suffered a minor injury early this morning after he was attacked by a burglar coming out of the Macy’s department store ... Some of the 100 billboards that Lamar advertising is using to support Councilman Jose Huizar’s re-election bid have either no city permit or other “outstanding permit issues.” ... With 14 candidates running to replace termed-out Councilman Tom LaBonge, the contenders are finding it difficult to stand out in the Council District 4 race Read More »

13-year-old arrested in fatal East L.A. stabbing; a locals-only Highland Park homeless encampment; Metro “starting over” on Mariachi Plaza development

Eagle Rock | Matthew Morgus/Eastsider Photo Pool

Morning Report: A 13-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old outside an East L.A. middle school ... Homeless encampments that have spread beyond Downtown L.A. to Highland Park and other adjacent neighborhoods include local residents ... East L.A. sheriffs deputies opened fire at a 16-year-old male who pointed a gun at them ... Metro says "we're starting all over" at developing its Mariachi Gold Line station property in the face of opposition from Boyle Heights residents. Read More »

Fatal East L.A. stabbing victim identified; “Togetherness” director selling Eagle Rock home for $1 million; birds banging into Silver Lake windows

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Morning Report: The 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside of an East L.A. middle school has been identified as Steven Cruz ... Were the birds that banged into a Silver Lake window flying under the influence? .... “Togetherness” director Jay Duplass has put his Eagle Rock bungalow on the market for $1.088 million after purchasing another home nearby ... Fourth Council District candidate Wally Knox, who is married to a labor attorney, might have to recuse himself on crucial votes involving union issues if elected. Read More »

Planning for the future of the Southwest Museum; Korean investors chasing after Dodgers; the controversy over a Lincoln Heights street vendor review

Highland Park | Beth Murphy/Instagram

Morning Report: The National Trust for Historic Preservation will spearhead an 18-month effort to come up with a plan for the future of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington ... The Dodgers are negotiating to sell a 20% stake in the team to a group of Korean investors ... What’s that on top of Forever 21’s Lincoln Heights headquarters? It’s L.A. County’s single-largest rooftop solar-power system ... Read More »

Highland Park veterinarian dies; charter school co-founder running in L.A. Unified board race; Council District 4 debate a “madhouse”; groovy Echo Park home selling for $749,000

Eagle Rock | Red Metal Ticket/Eastsider Photo Pool

Morning Report: Rolando P. Vasquez, co-owner of North Figueroa Animal Hospital in Highland Park, has died from lung cancer ... Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a chain of charter schools who is running in the District 5 school board race, says he does not want to be known as “the charter guy.” ... Nine of the 14 candidates running in the Council District 4 race participated in a feisty political debate described as a “madhouse.” ... Can’t get more groovy than this Echo Park house selling for $749,000 Read More »

Billboard company backing Councilman Huizar re-election bid; public to weigh in on Mariachi Plaza development; Eagle Rock hosting school board candidate forum

5 & 110 Freeway Interchange | snapgraphs/Instagram

Morning Report: Lamar Advertising has placed ads backing the reelection campaign of Councilman José Huizar on more than 100 billboards ... Metro is seeking more public comment on a proposed 120,000-square-foot commercial development at the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station in Boyle Heights .. The candidates running the District 5 school board race are scheduled to debate at Eagle Rock High next month Read More »