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Friday, December 9, 2016

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Boyle Heights sewer line break costs $4 million to fix; Echo Park pickup rescue; brush fire scorches Solano Canyon

Today's Photo: Healing Vibes mural, Montecito Heights | Mary-Austin Klein

MORNING REPORT: The Boyle Heights sewer line break that sent raw sewage pouring into the L.A. River cost about $4 million to repair - twice as much as originally expected .... Firefighters on Thursday afternoon rescued one person from a pickup truck teetering on edge of road in the 2100 block of Fargo Street in Echo Park .... A brush fire scorched about three-quarters of an acre in Solano Canyon on Thursday afternoon Read More »

Soylent CEO still facing criminal charges over Lincoln Heights container home; East L.A. students deal with Trump anxiety; Council approves new ‘mansionization’ restrictions

Today's Photo: VIew of DTLA from Point Grandview, Elysian Park | Daveed Kapoor

MORNING REPORT: Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart still faces a 2-year jail sentence related to his Lincoln Heights cargo container home ... East L.A. students worked off their anxiety over President-elect Trump at an after-school event featuring poetry writing, drawing, printmaking, game playing and meditation ... The City Council approved new restrictions on “mansionization” in single-family and hillside neighborhoods following complaints of “very boxy, ugly homes” Read More »

YouTube star pays $100,000+ over asking for Glassell Park home; “Financing District” could raise millions for L.A. River revitalization

Today's Photo: Cactus and window reflections, Silver Lake | Kevin Kane

MORNING REPORT: YouTube celebrity and podcaster Grace Helbig has purchased a renovated, 3-bedroom home in Glassell Park for $915,000 - more than $100,000 over the asking price ....An estimated $50 million a year in property tax revenue could be raised to help revitalize the L.A. River through the creation of a "financing district" proposed by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell Read More »

Silver Lake couple return 17th Century painting looted by the Nazis; Boyle Heights activist enters 34th Congressional race while Councilman Cedillo decides against running

The Parsonage of Aimee Semple McPherson, Echo Park | The Eastsider

MORNING REPORT: A Silver Lake couple threw a farewell party for a nearly 400-year-old painting they returned to authorities after they discovered it had been stolen by the Nazis from the National Museum in Warsaw .... Wendy Carrillo, a labor and civil rights activist from Boyle Heights, is running in the 34th Congressional District race but 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo is not. Read More »

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell leads in campaign fundraising race; Mt. Washington preschool establishes scholarship fund

Today's Photo: Boyle Heights | live..simply

MORNING REPORT: Only one of the approximately dozen persons who have filed to run in the Council District 13 election against incumbent Mitch O'Farrell has raised any money. O'Farrell, however, has raised more than $330,000 so far .... The Mount Washington Preschool and Child Care Center has established a scholarship fund in honor of Pat Griffith, one of the center's primary founders who died in April Read More »

Residential and retail proposed for Mariachi Plaza; more details of a Silver Lake killing; Council approves sidewalk repair rebates

Today's Photo: Echo Park | Pat Saperstein

MORNING REPORT: Two developers have submitted proposals to build a mix of housing and shops on a city-owned lot across the street from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights .... A "blued" handgun used in a robbery might be connected to the 2013 Silver Lake murder of Joseph Gatto ....The City Council approved offering property owners a rebate to repair sidewalks as part of a $1.3 billion plan to improve thousands of miles of walkways Read More »

Unclaimed remains of 1,400 persons to be buried in Boyle Heights; juvenile fare evaders might avoid fines; City Council to vote on $1.4 billion sidewalk repair plan

Today's Photo: Atwater Village | EM Medrano

MORNING REPORT: The unclaimed remains of 1,400 persons will be buried today in a county cemetery in Boyle Heights .... Metro is considering dropping the penalties against juveniles who fail to pay the fare to ride buses and trains .... The L.A. City Council is scheduled to vote on a $1.4 billion, 30-year plan to fix broken sidewalks Read More »

Sofa designed by Echo Park artist sells for nearly $100,000; Councilman Huizar calls Trump a “tyrant;” the son of a mariachi grows up to be a rock singer

Today's Photo: View from underneath Riverside Bridge in Elysian Valley | Laurie Avocado

MORNING REPORT: The auction of David Bowie's art collection included a sofa designed by Echo Park artist Peter Shire that sold for $97,417 ... 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar called president-elect Donald Trump a "tyrant" apparently in response to the president-elect's unproven claims of voter fraud in California and other states .... Venancio Bermudez, the son of a mariachi who is now a member of the rock band The Tracks, talks about his Boyle Heights roots Read More »

Norteño musicians celebrate new Santa Cecilia shrine; decriminalizing street vendors picks up momentum; crazy Silver Lake pileup

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MORNING REPORT: Norteño musicians celebrated a new shrine to Saint Cecilia that is part of a hiring spot constructed near the corner of Chicago Street and César Chávez Avenue in Boyle Heights .... City Council members plan to hold a public hearing next month as part of an effort to speed up adoption of a proposal to legalize street vending .... How did this happen? Crash aftermat near McCullom Street and Scott Avenue in Silver Lake. Read More »

How the Atwater Village Best Buy preps for Black Friday; Highland Park arson suspect pleads not guilty; Christmas Parade returns to East L.A.

Today's Photo: Figueroa storefronts, Highland Park | struktrstudios

MORNING REPORT: The Atwater Village Best Buy held a dress rehearsal on the weekend before Black Friday to prepare for the estimated 6,000 shoppers who are expected to jam into the store every day through Sunday .... After a seven-year absence, the East L.A. Christmas Parade will roll down Whittier Boulevard on Sunday, Nov. 27 .... A Highland Park arson suspect pleaded not guilty to felony charges in connection with an arson fire in the 300 block of N. Kirby Street Read More »

City shells out $1 billion for pensions; new Eagle Rock housing development; greening up the Silver Lake Reservoir

Today's Photo: Carnival rides, Lincoln Heights | josenowsky

MORNING REPORT: The city is paying more than ever to cover the cost of employee pension benefits despite efforts by officials to reduce the financial burden .... A developer is seeking to carve up the property at 5271 N. Eagle Dale Avenue in Eagle Rock to accommodate five homes under the city's small lot ordinance .... High school students assisted volunteers from the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy this past weekend during a planting and landscaping event Read More »