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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Teens shot in Cal State L.A. parking lot; how a proposed Highland Park car wash went down to defeat

Highland Park | Andriana Baker/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Two teenage males, a 14-year-old and 18-year-old, were wounded after they were shot Sunday night while "challenging" people in the Cal State L.A. parking lots ... A labor union and rival business owners were involved in helping block city approval of a new Highland Park car wash .... Bob Baker Marionette Theater plays a part in upcoming NCIS: Los Angeles episode

The aftermath of a death in East L.A.; Lincoln Heights cultural center picks up “Glee” seats; city offices closed Monday for Cesar Chavez holiday

Elysian Park | daveedkapoor/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: The friend of a 62-year-old man who was fatally struck by a car in an East L.A. park has struggled to reach the victim’s family members and arrange for his burial in Mexico ... More than 450 auditorium seats used in the set for the Fox TV show “Glee” have been donated to Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Heights after the show went off the air, according to a Council District 1 newsletter ... City offices will be closed on Monday, March 30 for the Cesar Chavez holiday.

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Echo Park council seeking board members; volunteers needed for L.A. River clean up

Atwater Village | Luis Lopez, Instagram

MORNING REPORT: The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council is seeking candidates to fill two seats on its Board of Governors ... The Friends of the Los Angeles River is signing up volunteers for its annual L.A. River clean up that will take place on three Saturdays in April ... State Assembly member Jimmy Gomez has introduced a bill that would extend the length of time a worker can receive paid family leave insurance payments

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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    ECHO PARK — Congregants of Echo Park United Methodist Church know that long-time church member 81-year-old Walter Elmer is the man to turn to for maintenance and repair. In 2010, he stood four stories atop the church’s dome to repaint it gold, and, as the chairman of the board of trustees, Elmer has solved numerous projects large and small with his team of handymen. Read More »