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Friday, February 27, 2015

Hollywood finally gets Echo Park film history right

The Mack Sennett plaque was restored and installed at the correct location | Council District 13

ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.

East L.A. bank sold; O’Grady denies improper use of nonprofit in council race; new Highland Park council website

View From Debs Park | Matthew Morgus/Eastsider Flickr Pool

MORNING REPORT: A Central Valley financial firm has agreed to buy East L.A.-based Pan American Bank, the state's oldest Latino bank ... Council District 4 candidate Tomas O'Grady of Los Feliz denies that he improperly used his education nonprofit to support his campaign ... The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council has launched a new website that can be translated into 50 languages

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Cactus shop blooms in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK -- The lulling sounds of a Buddhist chant box invite passersby to peep inside the small store at the corner of Echo Park and Scott Avenues. Inside, in an otherworldly setting, a wild variety of cacti displayed on cinder blocks are jammed into the 350-square-foot shop, illuminated by red light bulbs that decorate the walls. Welcome to Echo Park’s cactus shop.

Defining Highland Park with El Mercado

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HIGHLAND PARK -- Saturday, February 21 marks the grand opening of the York Park at Avenue 50, with a design that was selected by the community vote. (Did anyone specifically ask for a snake slide?) Along with the park’s opening the local Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Jose Huizar will host a community event that hopes to celebrate the businesses and artists from the neighborhood, The York Village El Mercado.

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