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News & Notes From Boyle Heights, Echo Park And Solano Canyon


Developer wants to turn Boyle Heights Sears store into a “hub of the community” but current plans don’t include affordable housing. Someone, anyone, please do something about Dodger traffic. Found In Echo Park: Husky dog near Mayberry Elementary. Bloggers don’t live on comments alone! Support the ... Read More »

Neighborhood Renovation: Historic Filipinotown turn-of-the-century home gets bright new future

Before & After A new red door, windows and paint greet visitors.

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Christopher Rodriguez and his fiancé, Damian Pelliccione, purchased a home in Historic Filipinotown with the intention of renovating the entire structure. It was worn down and had an inefficient use of space.  Neither Chris nor Damian previously had experiences in renovating, but they ... Read More »

Dodger Stadium Express strikes out with fans

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Traffic has been a mess around Dodger Stadium during the first games of the season. But even fans who have taken mass transportation to avoid congestion have had a hard-time getting to and from the ballpark. On Tuesday,  fans were complaining  after the Dodger Stadium Express ... Read More »

Atwater neighborhood council candidates take their campaigns to YouTube

ATWATER VILLAGE — It’s hard enough to get people to vote in a neighborhood council election, let alone get them to a candidate forums and debates. But now residents of Atwater Village have a chance to meet and listen to their council candidates without attending a ... Read More »

Family and friends mourn a man with a passion for motorcycles who was killed in a Glassell Park crash


GLASSELL PARK — Tim DeMoss was a skilled welder and metal worker who also had a love for motorcycles. He rode them as well as re-fabricating old bikes and created new bike designs. But DeMoss’ Glassell Park workshop is silent these days after the Maryland native ... Read More »

News & Notes From Highland Park, Lincoln Heights And Silver Lake

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More Gold Line delays expected today as repairs continue between Highland Park and South Pasadena stations. Three Lincoln High students hospitalized after eating pot brownies on campus. Mid-Century, Highland Park apartment designed by Allyn E. Morris renting for $1,789 a month. Meet the Silver Lake Neighborhood ... Read More »

Scenes & Sightings: LAPD procession for fallen officer passes through Glassell Park


GLASSELL Park – An LAPD procession  with the body of fallen motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo traveled through Glassell Park on the  2 Freeway this afternoon. Matt Hartman took the photo above as the procession approached the Verdugo pedestrian overpass. Cortijo died this afternoon from injuries he ... Read More »

2 Freeway crash leaves four people injured in Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK — A traffic collision on the southbound 2 Freeway near Fletcher Drive this afternoon has left four people injured, with three of them sustaining serious injury, according to preliminary information from the L.A. Fire Department. @LAFD said a fourth person suffered a minor injury ... Read More »

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Neighborhood Fixture: The Shakespeare Bridge of Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ — This past January marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake – a quake which shook the Franklin Avenue Bridge to its core. A survey of the structure after the quake showed the bridge required major retrofitting, which  the Franklin Hills Resident Association ... Read More »

5 Questions: Christine Spehar teaches students about art and sustainability

Christine Spehar is surrounded by a Lincoln Heights classroom of 7th graders and tiny circles representing Earth. The children are making posters to ask people in their community to clean up after themselves. Spehar’s non-profit organization, Ruckus Roots, wants to blend art and environmentalism in the ... Read More »

What does a Craftsman-style supermarket look like?


HIGHLAND PARK –  The L.A. Conservancy reports that the Googie-style facade of the Superior Grocers store has been demolished a few months after Councilman Gil Cedillo sided with the property owner and blocked the historic landmark nomination that would have helped preserve the structure. Instead, the ... Read More »

News & Notes From Highland Park, Lincoln Heights And Silver Lake


Police find connection between the killings of two Lincoln Heights women. Postal Service apologizes for “drive-by” package delivery in Highland Park. Silver Lake council candidate forum scheduled for Thursday. Read More »

Storefront Report: The owners of Echo Park’s Cortez call it quits

ECHO PARK –  The owners of Cortez, which was praised for its cuisine but criticized for its pricey small portions, have sold the restaurant that  opened only 18 months ago. Co-owners Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner did not explain why they sold the restaurant when they ... Read More »

Vehicle flips over in front of Barlow Hospital

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ECHO PARK — At least one person required medical treatment this afternoon after a vehicle flipped over in front of Barlow Hospital. It’s not clear what caused the incident but the vehicle remained upside down in the 2000 block of Stadium Way at about 2 p.m. ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Summer “soft opening” planned for Silver Lake hilltop townhouses

New townhomes on Waverly Terrace in Silver Lake 3-18-2014 1-47-40 PM

SILVER LAKE — New homes are being built across Silver Lake, with most being individual projects or relatively small clusters of new development. But on a hilltop once crowned by the former Monte Sano Hospital & Sanitarium, one of the neighborhood’s largest residential developments, the 63-home ... Read More »

Echo Park Lake lotus bed unveiled

The anti-bird netting covering the lotus bed at Echo Park Lake was being removed today a few weeks after a resident complained that the nets had trapped and separated ducklings from their mothers, leading some chicks to die.  It’s not clear if the removal of the ... Read More »

Who is going to clean up Atwater’s pigeon poop problem?

ATWATER VILLAGE — The Fletcher Drive underpass below the railroad tracks is not the most welcoming place.  It’s dark and dank and filled with noise and fumes from speeding cars and trucks. Pigeons, however, don’t seem to mind and have long roosted between the steel girders ... Read More »

News & Notes From Boyle Heights And Silver Lake


Hobby shop owner building a miniature version of Silver Lake’s Music Box Steps. Pop-up portrait gallery creates a Boyle Heights time capsule. (h/t LAist). Metro to fix cracks in Gold Line bridge over 101 Freeway. Found in Silver Lake: Fluffy Grey Older Cat Found in Boyle ... Read More »

New green space taking shape in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK –  After several years of planning and preparation,  work is expected to begin soon on transforming  empty lots next to a city recreation center on Patton Street  into an approximately half-acre park and community garden. A ceremonial ground breaking was held last month and ... Read More »

Eastside Property: 69-unit Echo Park apartment site up for sale

Rendering of apartment building at Temple and Union 9-10-2013 10-45-58 AM

ECHO PARK —  It may look like just a big hole in the ground but the owners of a triangular parcel of land on the southern edge of Echo Park are seeking to sell the site for $4.95 million only a few months after securing city ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Caribbean-colored Victorian becomes one of Boyle Heights’ highest-priced homes

BOYLE HEIGHTS — It was only a year ago that this Queen Anne-style Victorian on Fourth Street was struggling to find a buyer.  An admirer of the home even began a personal campaign to find  a buyer who would restore the nearly 120-year-old home.  Then  last summer a ... Read More »

Driver plows into Heritage Square Museum building

MONTECITO HEIGHTS —  Heritage Square Museum officials today are  assessing the damage left behind by a driver who plowed his vehicle through the front gate and crashed into the facade of the museum’s gift shop early Sunday morning. The front of the Palms Depot, built in ... Read More »

News & Notes From Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, East L.A., Echo Park, Lincoln Heights And Los Feliz


Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train in East L.A. Occidental College reaches agreement with athletes who claimed they were sexually harassed by trainer. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis begins campaign to replace termed-out County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Echo Park neighborhood council candidate forum scheduled for Tuesday. ... Read More »

New Garfield High auditorium makes its debut

EAST LOS ANGELES — Seven years after Garfield High‘s historic auditorium was destroyed by an arson fire, the school on Saturday held a ribbon-cutting for a new theater  that school officials hope will trigger a revival of arts on the East L.A. campus. The Jaime Escalante ... Read More »

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