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The colors of Sunset

MONTECITO HEIGHTS –– A warm and humid day ended with a colorful sunset. Martha Benedict captured an image of the setting sun from Montecito Heights with the hills of Elysian Park in the distance. Got a story, tip, question or photo to share? Submit it here Read More »

Police investigating suicide in Montecito Heights [updated]

MONTECITO HEIGHTS — Police today are investigating the death of a man who had hung himself from a chain link fence post near Avenue 43 and the Pasadena Freeway, said Capt. Martin A. Baeza with the LAPD Hollenbeck Division. Residents said that Avenue 43 was blocked this morning and police vehicles and fire trucks with ladders extended were seen on ... Read More »

Montecito Heights playground gets a colorful makeover

MONTECITO HEIGHTS — City officials will gather tomorrow at the Montecito Heights Recreation Center to show off the latest thing in playgrounds. The renovated playground features towers and equipment topped with colorful, translucent panels that double as outdoor art. It’s the first playground in the city, according to a press release issued by Council District 1, to use these elements ... Read More »

For Sale: Urban Farmhouse w/Views in Montecito Heights

1468 Montecito Dr | $985,000 | Property Website 1468 Montecito Dr is home to nearly 2000 square feet of curated respite at the end of a cul-de-sac up in the hills of scenic Montecito Heights. This light-filled home features original hardwood floors and is surrounded by verdant landscaping, making it as equally suited for relaxation as it is for entertaining. ... Read More »

For Sale: Montecito Heights Home with Fantastic Views

3959 Paige Street | $849,900. | Property Website 2006 Cape Cod style house is nestled in exclusive gated hilltop of Montecito Heights. Quiet serenity awaits you in this 2-story custom built home with breathtaking 360-degree view of Downtown, Dodger Stadium fireworks, city lights, Debs Park and amazing sunsets. The house has a spacious open floor plan and generously-sized 3 bedrooms, ... Read More »

Celebration turns to concern over Flat Top open space

Neighborhood activists were victorious in 2014 when they blocked a real estate development on a hill named Flat Top,  preserving the hilltop between Montecito Heights and Lincoln Heights as open space. Within a few months, however,  complaints started cropping up that Northeast Trees, the environmental group that purchased the property, was failing to deal with vandalism and maintenance problems. Northeast Trees, ... Read More »

Small fires in Debs Park & Highland Park under investigation

L.A. Fire Department investigators are looking into about a half dozen small vegetation fires that broke out today in and around Debs Park near Montecito Heights as well as Sycamore Park in Highland Park. L.A. Park Rangers called fire department investigators late this afternoon to talk to a person after a fire was reported near Figueroa and Avenue 49, said ... Read More »

Debs Park native plant nursery gets growing without El Niño rains

MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- Plenty of gardeners in Northeast Los Angeles are wondering when – if ever – the El Niño rains will appear. “We were hoping that the rains would do our watering for us this winter,” says Justin Yee, National Park Service restoration technician and nursery manager at Los Nogales Nursery, which is located on the grounds of the Audubon Center at Debs Park. “It’s been so unusually dry and hot here; maybe next month it will unload on us. We hope.” Read More »

December dusk

MONTECITO HEIGHTS — Martha Benedict took the photo above as the setting sun turned the clouds shades of orange and crimson at the end of what she noted was the second shortest day of the year. Read More »

A “crazy beautiful” December dawn

MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- Martha Benedict was up early today to catch images of what she described as a "crazy beautiful dawn." A trio of photos show how the clouds changed from a dusty pink to a golden orange as the sun rose. Read More »