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Monday, September 26, 2016

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Tenant advocates target “cash-for-keys” buyouts; East L.A. street robbery; Dodgers celebrate Vin Scully

Echo Park | Katrina Alexy

MORNING REPORT: The City Council is moving to crack down on "cash-for-keys" buyouts to get tenants to move out of rent-controlled apartments that are being taken off the market. .... The Dodgers are planning three days of special events to mark Vin Scully's final homestand broadcast on Sunday .... A man walking on an East L.A. street was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by two robbers Read More »

Highland Park author awarded $625,000″genius” grant; Councilman Ryu sets course for driverless vehicles; 710 Freeway closures

Atwater Village | Viva La Maquina

MORNING REPORT: Josh Kun, a communications professor and author of Highland Park is one of this year's winners of a $625,000 MacArthur "genius" grant .... 4th District Councilman David Ryu wants the city to be ready to support self-driving vehicles by 2035 ... The police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Echo Park didn't last very long -- or go very fast -- thanks to some heavy Dodger traffic. Read More »

In search of Echo Park coyote poop; hearing for new Boyle Heights school building

Boyle Heights | Veroomac

MORNING REPORT: Twice a month Camille Boag collects coyote scat from Echo Park Lake and Elysian Park to determine what the animals eat as part of the National Park Service’s Urban Coyote Project .... A public hearing is scheduled today, Sept. 21, to review plans by Dolores Mission School at 170 S. Glass Street to demolish trailer classrooms and construct a two-story building with classrooms, offices and a meeting room Read More »

Landmark status rejected for William Pereira buildings; East L.A. holds 70th annual Mexican Independence Day Parade; Echo Park dog attack

Debs Park | Andriana Baker

MORNING REPORT: A nomination to have the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters declared a historic landmark was rejected by a divided Cultural Heritage Commission .... Singer and actor Fernando Allende served as the grand marshal for Sunday's 70th Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade .... An Echo Park dog owner is seeking information about an attack that left her pet injured Read More »

Two people killed in East Hollywood; new life for Boyle Heights armory; leave your drone at home

Highland Park | Tom Fassbender

MORNING REPORT: Two people were killed and two others critically injured on Friday night after a gunman shot into a crowd in the 500 block of N. Helioptrope Drive in East Hollywood .... The Hazard Park Armory in Boyle Heights will be transformed into a center serving at-risk youth as part of a $5 million renovation .... Spectators who attend Sunday's Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. will be prohibited from bringing weapons, sticks, poles, glass bottles and drones Read More »

75-year-old man goes missing in Echo Park; Silver Lake council withholds support of new home project

Echo Park | Martin Cox

MORNING REPORT: Police are asking the public to help find a 75-year-old man who was last seen in the 1700 block of Temple Street in Echo Park .... The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted against supporting the construction of nine homes in the 700 block of Parkman Avenue after residents raised concerns about the size of the project, impact on local schools and noise from roof decks. Read More »

Stolen vehicle suspect killed running across Boyle Heights freeway; Metrolink locomotive derails at Cypress Park maintenance yard

Silver Lake | Gina Acuna

MORNING REPORT: A suspected vehicle thief being pursued by officers was struck and killed while running across the northbound 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights this morning ... A Metrolink locomotive sustained minor exterior damage after it derailed on Tuesday at the commuter railway's central maintenance yard in Cypress Park .... Cal State L.A. was ranked No. 14 among public regional universities in the West in the most recent survey of best colleges by U.S. News & World Report Read More »

9/11 memorial at Occidental College vandalized; Echo Park firm emerges as a player in video game nostalgia

Boyle Heights | live .. simply

MORNING REPORT: An Occidental College memorial consisting of 2,997 small American flags representing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was vandalized over the weekend .... Echo Park marketing agency Iam8bit Studio is a "fan-fueled nostalgia factory" that churns out collectible products - from soundtracks to toys - that appeal to video game fans .... UCLA researchers have released a 256-page report on 14 projects that opened up the Los Angeles river to recreation and other public uses Read More »

Echo Park mother pleads not guilty to murdering her son; City Terrace family wins court victory over 63% rent increase; another Boyle Heights gallery

El Sereno | josenowsky

MORNING REPORT: Veronica Aguilar, whose 11-year-old son was found dead inside a closet in their Echo Park home, plead not guilty to murder and child abuse charges .... A jury sided with a City Terrace family in a dispute with their landlord over refusing to pay the rent on their 2-bedroom apartment after it was raised 63% to $2,000 a month ... Ibid, a London-based art dealer, has moved its Los Angeles-based gallery into a new 13,000-square-foot space in Boyle Heights Read More »

Lincoln Heights police pursuit ends in crash; multi-car collision near Elysian Park; Isn’t that Jerry Brown?

Highland Park | Adam Pantozzi

MORNING REPORT: Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to visit Vista Hermosa Park on the southern edge of Echo Park this morning to sign two bills on climate change .... The pursuit of a suspected stolen car that started in Lincoln Heights ended in Eagle Rock, where the driver was apprehended after crashing the vehicle near the Scholl Canyon Landfill .... A multi-car crash and fuel spill on the 5 Freeway near Elysian Park early this morning temporarily shut down all southbound traffic lanes and caused a miles-long backup Read More »

Dodgers to host first-ever Catholic Night; man goes missing in Glassell Park

Echo Park | Martin Cox

MORNING REPORT: Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Santa Barbara will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium tonight, Friday, Sept. 2, as the ballpark hosts its first ever Catholic Night .... Police are asking the public to help find a missing 50-year-old man suffering from dementia who was last seen in the 2600 block of Moss Avenue in Glassell Park .... Lost in Highland Park: A Calico cat Read More »

Boy found dead in Echo Park had been subject of several child welfare reports; L.A. County-USC patient files stolen; water gushing in El Sereno

Mount Washington | Mary-Austin Klein

MORNING REPORT: Yonatan Aguilar, the 11-year-old who was found dead in a closet in Echo Park, and his family had been the subject of six investigations by child welfare authorities .... A thief broke who into a car belonging to an employee of the L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights stole the files of more than 700 patients .... Water was sent gushing about 200 feet into the air early this morning after a hit-and-run driver struck a fire hydrant in the 3600 block of Monterey Road in El Sereno Read More »

Man goes missing in Boyle Heights; city sued over missing Tom LaBonge documents; goodbye, shade balls

Montecito Heights | Martha Benedict

Police are asking the public to help find a 76-year-old man suffering from dementia who was last seen in the 600 block of N. Cummings Street in Boyle Heights .... The city has been accused of violating the California Public Records Act and improperly destroying documents in a lawsuit filed over missing records from the office of former 4th District Councilman Tom LaBonge .... After making a big splash, shade balls will or have been removed from all but one city reservoirs - including those in Elysian Park and Silver Lake Read More »