Boyle Heights nun dies from hit-and-run injuries; city has no funds to restore Elysian Park’s “zombie forest”

Sunnynook Bridge, Atwater Village | Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr

Sunnynook Bridge, Atwater Village | Mary-Austin Klein/Flickr

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  • The Recreation & Parks Department has no funds and apparently no plan to replace the hundreds of dead and dying trees that pose a fire and safety hazard in Elysian Park. “Much of Elysian Park is slowly becoming a zombie forest of angular dead twigs silhouetted against blue sky and the downtown skyline.” L.A. Times
  • Raquel Diaz, a 70-year-old nun who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking across Evergreen Avenue in Boyle Heights, has died from her injuries. The driver of what is described as either a white four-door Toyota or Nissan remains at large. L.A. Times
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  1. There’s no money for the parks? In this city full of millionaires and billionaires you are telling me there’s no way to find money amongst the public or the businesses that make their fortunes of our naturally wealthy land to take care of one of the oldest, and most beautiful open spaces that still remains in this parking lot of a city? If you look at LA on google earth it looks like a circuit board. If that’s what we are now, then what operations are we performing? What is the point of being a community at all if all we do is funnel money to a handful of wealthy elites who do nothing but invest in convincing people that tax cuts are more important than the beautiful land around us? I am disgusted.

    • It’d be cool to see some form of density bonus in exchange for more quimby funds… then again, the city doesn’t seem to be using the existing revenue very wisely.

      I think LA is just too big geographically to govern efficiently — too many neighborhoods all fighting for their piece of the pie, too many disparate/competing issues. And this is compounded by the fact the City Council is teeny-tiny for a city of our size. None of the council districts actually represent neighborhoods (just broad, gerrymandered swaths on the map) so none of our elected representatives are really accountable at the neighborhood level. Meanwhile, the neighborhood councils have no real power. It’s all screwed up, and nobody cares — voter turnout in local elections is a joke. I share your disgust!

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