Sunday, February 1, 2015

Street artists repaint their Highland Park canvas

Jesse Castillo, aka XXXXX, and Extreme at work in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

HIGHLAND PARK - Two street artists who go by the names of Xtreme and Kastle recently created a colorful new mural near Marmion Way and Avenue 53. It turns out that the two artists have painted murals on this same wall parallel to the Gold Line tracks several times before but the street art has been vandalized to the point where the pair of artists start over fresh every so often. Read More »

13-year-old arrested in fatal East L.A. stabbing; a locals-only Highland Park homeless encampment; Metro “starting over” on Mariachi Plaza development

Eagle Rock | Matthew Morgus/Eastsider Photo Pool

Morning Report: A 13-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old outside an East L.A. middle school ... Homeless encampments that have spread beyond Downtown L.A. to Highland Park and other adjacent neighborhoods include local residents ... East L.A. sheriffs deputies opened fire at a 16-year-old male who pointed a gun at them ... Metro says "we're starting all over" at developing its Mariachi Gold Line station property in the face of opposition from Boyle Heights residents. Read More »

East L.A. food cycle

Food delivery on Whittier Boulevard | Aurelio Jose Barrera

EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera distributes food to the homeless in East Los Angeles once or twice a week. But instead of making his deliveries in a car or van,  Barrera loads the food, which includes oranges, lemons and grapefruit he picks from neighborhood ... Read More »

Weekend Bite: Gelato with a buzz

The Pazzogato | Albert Domasin/Eastsider Photo Pool

SILVER LAKE —  The affogato with scoops of vanilla bean and salted caramel gelato over espresso at Pazzo Gelato satisfies your need for coffee and a creamy desert. “They call them Pazzogatos,” said Albert Domasin Ayala, “and they are so worth it.”  Read More »

State park worker shares his love of the great outdoors with an urban audience


Luis Rincon is surrounded by upturned mounds of earth. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the scene, with views of downtown skyscrapers and warehouses, but this is a state park - Los Angeles State Historic Park just across the river from Lincoln Heights. But as a Park Interpretive Specialist, Rincon, 36, is in tune with the land, with the native plant life and he’s overjoyed at the renovation to the 32 acre park on the north side of Chinatown. Read More »

Fatal East L.A. stabbing victim identified; “Togetherness” director selling Eagle Rock home for $1 million; birds banging into Silver Lake windows

Boyle Heights | veroomac/Boyle Heights

Morning Report: The 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside of an East L.A. middle school has been identified as Steven Cruz ... Were the birds that banged into a Silver Lake window flying under the influence? .... “Togetherness” director Jay Duplass has put his Eagle Rock bungalow on the market for $1.088 million after purchasing another home nearby ... Fourth Council District candidate Wally Knox, who is married to a labor attorney, might have to recuse himself on crucial votes involving union issues if elected. Read More »

A Groovy Echo Park Pad Offered for Sale


The grooviest house on the market! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Echo Park home has soaring open-beamed ceilings and clerestory windows to let the sunshine in. A seamless floor plan makes for free-and-easy flow; downstairs living, dining and kitchen open to a tiki oasis patio that’s shrouded in bamboo. Read More »

Planning for the future of the Southwest Museum; Korean investors chasing after Dodgers; the controversy over a Lincoln Heights street vendor review

Highland Park | Beth Murphy/Instagram

Morning Report: The National Trust for Historic Preservation will spearhead an 18-month effort to come up with a plan for the future of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington ... The Dodgers are negotiating to sell a 20% stake in the team to a group of Korean investors ... What’s that on top of Forever 21’s Lincoln Heights headquarters? It’s L.A. County’s single-largest rooftop solar-power system ... Read More »

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