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Suspects in fatal Echo Park stabbing remain at large; fundraiser planned for slain skateboarder

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As police continue their search for three suspects responsible for last week's fatal stabbing in Echo Park, the owner of a Highland Park grooming shop where the victim had worked will host a fundraiser on Sunday for the slain man’s family. Read More »

Shopper & Diner: Reborn Silver Lake eatery dishes up karmically good burgers; High marks for Highland Park ceviche; and vegan clothing pop-up takes to Echo Park rooftop.

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On Thursday Haché LA, a new Silver Lake burger joint, celebrated their soft opening. “Soft” might an understatement as a steady stream of DJ-driven beats poured out of the former Sunset Boulevard home of Tarascos  alongside a stream of chef Michael ‘Mick’ Scheper’s minced steak burgers. For ... Read More »

Eastside Open House: A Weekend Guide To House Hunting

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The weekend is once again upon us, bringing with it a variety of open houses from which to choose. Properties include a budget-busting 100-year-old restored Craftsman in Highland Park and a two-bedroom courtyard condo in Silver Lake. Always check to make sure the open house has not ... Read More »

Morning Report: East L.A. robbers shoot man over bike; LA County-USC Medical Center attracting downtown homeless to Boyle Heights; Eagle Rock museum founder wins $100,000 grant

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News & Notes: A man was shot and robbed of his bike early this morning while waiting at an East L.A. Gold Line Station, reports NBC LA. A survey of homeless persons living  on or near the grounds of the L.A. County-USC Medical Center found that ... Read More »

Silver Lake dogs will finally have it made in the shade

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SILVER LAKE — The sunbaked  Silver Lake Dog Park  has been closed for much of the day as work began on installing some long-awaited canopies that will provided much needed shade for the animals and their owners. Jen Byrne, who has been working on the project for ... Read More »

Eastside Property: What does $550k buy in Glassell Park?

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GLASSELL PARK –  Glassell Park’s real estate market is heating up – new townhomes at NELA Union are attracting  buyers in search of contemporary style, new restaurants are attracting foodies, and its position  near Echo Park, Eagle Rock, and Highland Park makes the neighborhood an appealing ... Read More »

Highland Park bandshell gets a makeover in advance of councilman’s concert

HIGHLAND PARK –  Crews of city workers have been busy in recent days sprucing up the long neglected  Sousa-Hiner Bandshell and the rest of Sycamore Grove Park  in advance of  this weekend’s Latin jazz festival sponsored and named after  Councilman Gil Cedillo. New benches were installed in front the ... Read More »

Morning Report: East L.A. residents fear bike-riding gentrifiers; Eagle Rock protests dump expansion; Glassell Park real estate enters million-dollar range

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News & Notes: Will hipsters, gentrifiers and outsiders arrive in East L.A. by bike? The expansion of  CicLAvia into East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights has generated concern among some residents that the cycling event will  speed up the pace of gentrification, reports KPCC. Eagle Rock ... Read More »

Stunning Highland Park Craftsman Mixes Modern with Traditional – Open this Weekend

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If you appreciate traditional style but have to have your open floor plan and modern amenities, then pack your bags, you’re moving to this home in Highland Park. Read More »

Ready to fork over some money to save the Cindy’s Coffee Shop sign?

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EAGLE ROCK — After Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh purchased Cindy’s Coffee Shop  earlier this year, the couple updated the menu but decided to keep and preserve as  much of the Mid-Century features of the Colorado Boulevard restaurant, including the Naugahyde booths, countertops and wallpaper. One of ... Read More »

Parole sweep targets violators in Echo Park and Silver Lake [updated]

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Three teams of LAPD gang officers and state agents went looking for parole violators along the Sunset Boulevard corridor this morning in response to an increase in property crimes in the area, police said. Read More »

Morning Report: LASD investigating fatal Whittier Boulevard assault; Councilman Huizar to oppose Glendale dump expansion

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News & Notes: Councilman Jose Huizar is scheduled today to join Eagle Rock community leaders and  formally announce his opposition to Glendale’s plans to expand the Scholl Canyon Landfill.  The only access to the dump is through Eagle Rock but Los Angeles residents are prevented from ... Read More »

Woman injured in car-to-car shooting near Atwater Village

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ATWATER VILLAGE -- One woman was wounded during a car-to-car shooting that might have begun on the 5 Freeway, reports NBC LA. Read More »

“Problem Cats” Get Help From Animal Planet

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Is your cat's behavior completely out of control? Thanks to the continued success of My Cat From Hell, expert behaviorist Jackson Galaxy will be helping more local pet guardians desperate for a kitty intervention. Read More »

Morning Report: Boyle Heights mariachi-themed 5k runs into trouble; freeway crash and fire near Elysian Park

News & Notes: A mariachi-themed 5k run through Boyle Heights has generated opposition from some neighborhood mariachis and elected officials, reports ABC7. One person was injured during a freeway collision and fire near Elysian Park, reports City News/Daily News. Bloggers don’t live on comments alone! Support ... Read More »

Boyle Heights vs. Highland Park: A tale of two Starbucks

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BOYLE HEIGHTS –  If the new Highland Park Starbucks is a depressing letdown, then perhaps the disappointed latte-lovers in search of more ambiance should visit the equally new Boyle Heights Starbucks. The two new stores, both of which opened last month, share a lot in common: ... Read More »

A weekend of music, art and tragedy in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK -- Neighborhood festivals come in all shapes and sizes and this past weekend's Echo Park Rising was no different. The music festival fit over the community like a circus tent. It brought out the best in the community, it brought out the worst. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that someone was stabbed to death on Friday night, the murder scene and yellow police tape just a few yards from the crowd gathered outside one of the festival venues. Read More »

Silver Lake housing development stirs up opposition

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SILVER LAKE — Plans by a developer to build 11 townhomes near the corner of Coronado and Marathon streets has raised concern among residents who say the project of three-story buildings is out of scale in an area of primarily one and two story homes and ... Read More »

Morning Report: Atwater school gets new principal; Councilman Huizar promises to clean up Boyle Heights mural

News & Notes: A new principal takes over at Awater Avenue Elementary following the brief tenure of the former school chief, reports the Atwater Village News. Councilman Huizar pledges to restore faded mural at the Ramona Gardens housing project, reports Boyle Heights Beat. Got photos to ... Read More »

Possible suicide victim found in Elysian Park [updated]

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The body of a possible suicide victim was found this morning in Elysian Park, according to a spokesman for the L.A. County Department of Coroner. A van from the coroner’s office was seen collecting the body near a metal bench as morning commuters drove by on ... Read More »

Police shoot man armed with shotgun in Boyle Heights

BOYLE HEIGHTS --  CBS2 and other media reporting that LAPD shot a mentally-ill man armed with a shotgun this afternoon in the 3200 block of E. Lanfranco Street Read More »

Elysian Valley welcomes park expansion

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ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Residents and public officials on Saturday gathered to celebrate the transformation of a former dirt lot in Elysian Valley into a river-adjacent recreational oasis. Read More »

Southwest Museum in the spotlight for its 100th anniversary

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MOUNT WASHINGTON –   The Southwest Museum celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with a day-long series of programs and displays. But the celebration continued into the evening with an unofficial event after an anonymous individual arranged to have the museum’s iconic tower  bathed in a searchlight. ... Read More »

Police investigating Echo Park stabbing death [updated]

A skateboard taped to a lampost was part of a sidewalk memorial taking shape on Sunset boulevard

ECHO PARK — The man who was stabbed  during a Friday night argument with  three suspects on Sunset Boulevard has died from his wounds, police said today. Police this morning were looking for surveillance videos and conducting probation checks on the homes of known gang members ... Read More »

Morning Report: Man killed in East L.A. shooting; A new look may be brewing for Highland Park Starbucks; weekend events

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News & Notes: One man was fatally shot in East Los Angeles near the Nueva Maravilla Housing project. Starbucks tells ABC7  that it is “committed to taking specific actions that will address the concerns we’ve heard” over the much criticized design of the new Highland Park ... Read More »

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