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Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Can a “freeway cap” make Belvedere Park whole again?

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East Los Angeles – A large chunk of Belvedere Park was lost and the park cut in two when the 60 (Pomona) Freeway was built more than 50 years ago. Echo Park was also chopped in two by a freeway, the 101, and the 5 Freeway looms over a section of Hollenbeck Park Lake. How to undo this damage? In the case of Belevedere Park, the idea of building a “freeway cap” to help reconnect the northern and southern portions of the park has been floated in a county planning document called the East L.A. 3rd Street Specific Plan. Read More »

Cyclists and pedestrians to rule the road on Sunday between Echo Park and East L.A.

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Leave your cars and trucks at home on Sunday. Cyclists and pedestrians will take over 10 miles of streets between East Los Angeles and Echo Park for CicLAvia. It's the first-time the route ventures into Echo Park and East Los Angeles, where it generated concerns about gentrification. Motorists, however, might be more concerned about traffic congestion as streets will be closed for much of Sunday. Read More »

New school campus to preserve East L.A. murals

EAST LOS ANGELES -- With heavy construction activity beginning this month next to the Our Lady of Guadalupe murals on Mednik Avenue at Cesar Chavez Avenue , some locals are wondering, “What’s going on? Who’d mess with Our Lady! Are they covering it up? Preparing to move it? Or worse, is it going to be demolished? Read More »

For Rent: Mediterranean-style bungalow in East L.A.

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548 Hoefner Avenue | $1,400/month | Property Website Simple, cute, convenient. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Remodeled bungalow close to shopping areas, major streets, Civic Center, East L.A. College, and Metro Gold Line station. For more details contact: Cesar Salgado (323)680-8462 rentals4ela@gmail.com Eastside Property Listings showcase for sale ... Read More »

New charter middle school opens in East L.A.

The school is named after astronaut Ellen Ochoa | Photo courtesy Green Dot

EAST LOS ANGELES – Green Dot Public Schools has expanded its presence in East Los Angeles, opening  the Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School. The school – named after scientists Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina astronaut – is still enrolling for students for its sixth grade ... Read More »

On East L.A. pothole patrol

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EAST LOS ANGELES —  Some are long, some are circular  and some are deep.  The scariest time to run into one – literally – is at night. Potholes and other road defects are a fact of daily life for drivers in any community, including unincorporated East ... Read More »