Eastside Review: L.A. Coroner quits; what to do with Griffith Park mountain lion; Boyle Heights leader slams juvenile hall

Eastside Review

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • The L.A. County coroner is resigning after only 2 1/2 years. Born in East L.A., Mark Fajardo returned here from Riverside County in 2013. But the backlog of bodies proved too much. “Ultimately, I wasn’t supplied the resources I need to perform my job duties,” Fajardo said. KWWL
  • The funeral for a Lincoln Heights has been delayed because of backlogs at the medical examiner’s office. Salvador Mena’s family talks about waiting for the 83-year-old hit-and-run victim’s body to be released. ABC7
  • It took more than 100 fire fighters to put out a massive fire in Boyle Heights near Soto Street and Pico Boulevard. The Eastsider
  • Watch for new speed humps, curb extensions, high visibility crosswalks and roundabouts in Boyle Heights; $5 million has been allocated to improve safety near Breed Street and Sheridan Street Elementary schools. EGP News
  • Decorative art will be part of the new bus stop lighting along Temple Street in Filipinotown; the Board of Public Works is asking artists to submit designs. HiFi Highlight
  • Debate raged over what to do with a mountain lion that is suspected of killing a koala at the L.A. Zoo. The Eastsider
  • A web-based telenovela – Sin Verguenza (without shame) – is based on stories from an East Los Angeles HIV clinic. ABC7
  • Two bungalows in Los Feliz remain standing after the Central Planning Commission wouldn’t let the owner rezone the property and replace the houses with a 14-car parking lot. Los Feliz Ledger
  • Owners of an Eagle Rock gas station were charged with selling tainted fuel that damaged at least eight vehicles. The Eastsider
  • A new county report slams L.A.’s County Central Juvenile Hall for “unacceptable” and “deplorable” conditions similar to a “Third World country prison.” The report’s author ought to know. The Boyle Heights community leader was jailed there as a teenager. LA Times
  • The RVs and campers that always seemed to be parked around the Eagle Rock Recreation Center may have to move, under a City Council motion made by Councilman Jose Huizar. The Eastsider
  • Several deadly hit-and-run crashes along Cesar Chavez Avenue over the last few months led to part of the street being closed down in Boyle Heights for a community fair devoted to street safety. KPCC
  • Officials plan to test the soil in Boyle Heights for lead contamination as part of the cleanup for the former Exide battery recycling plant in neighboring Vernon. Part of the cleanup campaign also included a visit to Boyle Heights by Mayor Eric Garcetti and representatives from the Department of Toxic Substances Control. NBC LA
  • Jose Angel Dominguez Mondejar, a fixture in Echo Park and a relic of its Cuban past, has died. The Eastsider

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