Saturday, May 30, 2015

News and notes

Arroyo Seco homeless camps cleared out; 710 Freeway tunnel opponents offer alternatives; great-grandmother injured during attempted Boyle Heights purse snatching

El Sereno | Christian Aeschliman/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Nearly 35 people were removed from the Arroyo Seco near Debs Park during a clean up of encampments on Thursday ... A group opposed to building a tunnel to fill the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena has come up with an alternative set up proposal that they say will cost far less ... Police are asking the public’s help to find the man who threw an 84-year-old great grandmother against a fence during an attempted purse snatching near Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights

The return of the Hermon monument sign; Memorial Day closures

Echo Park | Mary-Austin Klein

MORNING REPORT: Hermon residents celebrated the installation of a refurbished community monument sign that was installed on the median strip of Monterey Road ... What’s closed for Memorial Day ... Got photos to share? Join The Eastsider Photo Pool or tag your Instagram photos with #eastsiderla or send them via email to [email protected]

Big election-day win for charter schools; the challenges facing newly elected 4th District Councilman David Ryu

View From Debs Park | Del Camp/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Ref Rodriguez will become the first charter school leader to sit on the L.A. school board after his election-day victory. Rodriguez’ District 5 school board seat includes Eastside schools ... After defeating City Hall veteran Carolyn Ramsay in the Council District 4 election, can winner David Ryu live up to his outsider stance and vision? .... Artists needed for Highland Park Utility Box Art Project. Boulevard Sentinel

3 shot in Historic Filipinotown carjacking; 2 Freeway crash leaves 2 passengers in critical condition

Boyle Heights | Veroomac/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Three persons were shot when their vehicle was carjacked near Coronado and Temple streets in Historic Filipinotown ... Two persons were left in critical condition and the northbound 2 Freeway was shut down in Glassell Park after four vehicles collided near York Boulevard ... Bloggers don’t live on comments alone! Support the Eastsider today with a Reader Sponsorship

City Council & School Board elections held today; sleepy driver hits three pedestrians in Eagle Rock; man struck by Gold Line train gets $4.25 million settlement; police foot beats expanded in Boyle Heights & El Sereno

Lincoln Heights | The Eastsider

MORNING REPORT: Voters will cast their ballots today in the Council District 4 race and the District 5 school board race ... A woman and two children were in stable condition after they were struck in 1600 block of Yosemite Drive by a vehicle whose driver had fallen asleep ... Metro has agreed to pay $4.25 million to a man whose foot was amputated after he was struck in a pedestrian crosswalk by a Gold Line train near the Southwest Museum station in Mount Washington ... The LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division has expanded foot beats in Boyle Heights and El Sereno

Glass spill shuts down Boyle Heights freeway lanes; police chase ends in Silver Lake; near-death experience inspires Echo Park author’s new novel

Echo Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: The transition road from the southbound 5 Freeway to the eastbound 60 was shut down this morning after a big-rig overturned and spilled a load of glass across traffic lanes ... A parolee lead police on a chase that begin Lincoln Heights and ended in Silver Lake when the suspect’s stolen vehicle flipped on a 101 Freeway ramp ... U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra said he hopes to make a decision by August on whether to enter the race to replace replace Sen. Barbara Boxer .... The most recent novel by Echo Park writer Diana Wagman was inspired by her near-death experience