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Saturday, March 28, 2015

East L.A. takes back the streets with parklets

Whittier Boulevard Parklet | L.A. County Dept. of Public Works

EAST LOS ANGELES -- Parklets - those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots - have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.

Suspected Highland Park gunman apprehended; demolitions temporarily banned in El Sereno historic district; O’Grady backs Ramsay in Council District 4 runoff

Sunrise, Echo Park | Leslie Abbott

MORNING REPORT: Police apprehended a man who officers said was carrying a gun near Avenue 53 and Figueroa on Wednesday night ... The City Council approved a temporarily ban on demolition in a proposed El Sereno historic district ... Tomas O’Grady, who came in third during the Council District 4 primary, has endorsed council aide Carolyn Ramsay over hospital executive David Ryu

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Don’t expect any bargains shopping for an Echo Park Avenue storefront

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ECHO PARK -- The red-brick Del Mor apartment building - aka Grafton Lofts - serves as the retail hub of Echo Park Avenue, with its ground floor tenants selling everything from coffee and organic veggies to hair cuts and evening gowns. Now, one of those spaces, left vacant by shoe designer Beatrice Valencia, has come up for rent. But prepare to pay a big price for this small piece of Echo Park Avenue store frontage.

Ramsay & Ryu to compete in Council District 4 runoff; Boyle Heights affordable housing projects; El Sereno woman kicks out cop car window

Silver Lake | Andy Tran/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: A finally tally by the City Clerk showed that Council District 4 candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu were the top vote getters in the March 3 primary ... A grand opening was held for a 51-unit affordable housing complex in Boyle Heights ... A Boyle Heights group wants to delay ground breaking for an 80-unit affordable housing and commercial complex at Mariachi Plaza ... A woman involved in a domestic dispute in El Sereno kicked out the window of a police car after being taken into custody

Frank McCourt says Chavez Ravine remains an NFL stadium alternative; Auntie Em’s to open Downtown restaurant

Lincoln Heights | Dave Piendak/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who retains an ownership stake in the stadium parking lots, said the ballpark property remains an alternative site for an NFL stadium ... Auntie Em's Kitchen, which opened in Eagle Rock 13 years ago, is opening a second restaurant in Downtown L.A. ... Sign up for The Eastsider Email Digest for a daily dose of scenes, sightings and stories.

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