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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Gunman gets life in prison for Echo Park & Glassell Park killings; Building & Safety plays waiting game with Eastside complaints; Boyle Heights job center

Atwater Village | Luis Lopez/Instagram

Morning Report: A Superior Court judge sentenced Andre Uphshaw to two consecutive life sentences for a pair of gang-related killings in Echo Park and Glassell Park in March 2009 ... The Building & Safety Department takes about three months on average to respond to complaints about illegal construction, code enforcement and other problems filed by Eastside residents ... City opens Boyle Heights jobs center to connect residents with local employers ... The families of two Lincoln Heights women who were murdered in separate incidents three years ago are still waiting for the killers to be found Read More »

New lights fail to keep Silver Lake tire slasher at bay; the cost of revitalizing L.A. River likely to rise above $1 billion; Elysian Park twigs turned into art

Silver Lake Sunset | Dan Gershon

Morning Report: Councilman Mitch O’Farrell unveiled new street lights in a section of Silver Lake where an estimated 100 vehicle tires had been slashed ... The cost of the L.A. River revitalization plan are likely to rise above $1 billion, raising concerns the project could be sidetracked ... Two persons outside a Target store in the City of Commerce were forced into a pickup truck at gunpoint and then driven to East Los Angeles, where they were robbed of $600 in cash and other items Read More »

Boyle Heights mural restored; Northeast L.A. homeless find a home

Elysian Park | Mary-Austin Klein/Instagram

Morning Report: About a dozen Northeast L.A. homeless persons may finally find a home in new Glassell Park apartments. Boulevard Sentinel ... A faded mural of the Virgen of Guadalupe at the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights was restored in time for her feast day ... Get The Eastsider on Facebook, Twitter, Daily Email Digest & RSS feed Read More »

Burglars steal $10,000 from Silver Lake restaurant; parents sentenced in Boyle Heights kidnapping; American Apparel fires Dov Charney

View From Debs Park | Hane C. Lee/Instagram

Morning Report: Burglars broke into a Silver Lake restaurant and pried off two wall safes containing $10,000. The entire break-in took 8 minutes ... The parents who abducted their four children from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights pleaded no contest and were sentenced to prison ... American Apparel founder Dov Charney, who owns a hilltop home in Silver Lake, was fired as CEO as losses grew and revenue shrank at the clothing maker ... Get The Eastsider on Facebook, Twitter, Daily Email Digest & RSS feed Read More »

Woman & baby go missing from Highland Park street; freeway fire in Montecito Heights; meet the Echo Girl

Vintage Street Scene, Lincoln Heights | Ryan Schude/Instagram

Morning Report: Police are looking for a missing 23-year-old woman and her one-month old baby who were last scene on Dec. 9 in the 100 block of Hamlet Street in Highland Park ... A car fire on the Arroyo Seco Parkway blocked the southbound Avenue 43 exit this morning, causing traffic to back up ... A musical tribute to the ladies of Echo Park. “She was down at The Echo, where she can just let go.” Read More »

Shelter for homeless women opens in Boyle Heights; new signs for the Silver Lake reservoirs; photo of Mexican president angers Dodger fans

Feathered Pedestrians, Highland Park | Martha Benedict

Morning Report: A shelter for homeless women opens in Boyle Heights ... New interpretative signs for the Silver Lake reservoirs will be dedicated this weekend ... A photo of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the Dodgers' Instagram and Twitter accounts has generated about 5,000 comments and demands that it be removed in the wake of the disappearance of 43 Mexican college students. Read More »

Cal State L.A. student’s allergic reaction puts her in hospital burn unit; the new owners of Highland Park

Christmas Cottage, Echo Park | The Eastsider

Morning Report: A Cal State L.A. student is being treated in a burn unit after she suffered an allergic reaction to medication that caused her body to “to burn from the inside out.” ... The Marketplace place series on Highland Park gentrification looks at the new owners of neighborhood homes and commercial buildings, including Frank’s Camera and Mr. T’s Bowl ... Get The Eastsider on Facebook, Twitter, Daily Email Digest & RSS feed Read More »