Morning Report: East L.A. bank robber to be sentenced; Japanese-American nursing homes in Boyle Heights & Lincoln Heights sold; Echo Park’s Barbara Shire dies at age 100

Echo Park Lake Lily | Carlin Davis/Instagram

Echo Park Lake Lily (Not A Lotus)  | Carlin Davis/Instagram

News & Notes:

  • The man behind a 2012 East L.A. bank robbery in which his girlfriend, a bank employee, taped a  fake pipe bomb to her body, is scheduled to be sentenced today, reports City New Service/Daily News. Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year term for ex-Marine Reyes “Ray” Vega, 35, who along with his accomplices robbed the Bank of America branch of $565,000.
  • Barbara Shire,  the mother of Echo Park artist Peter Shire and gallery owner Billy Shire, has died at age 100.  The International-style home of Barbara Shire and her husband, Henry,  in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park was declared a city historic landmark in 2009.
  • A non-profit created more than 50 years ago to serve the elderly members of the Issei, first generation Japanese Americans, has agreed to sell its facilities in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. Keiro Senior HealthCare sold the 300-bed Keiro Nursing Home in Lincoln Heights, a 127-unit assisted living facility in Boyle Heights and a 90-bed intermediate care facility also located on the Boyle Heights campus to Ensign Group, an Orange County-based operator of nursing homes. The terms of the sale were not announced.

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