Eastside Review: Architect of ‘Ark house’ dies; children are called ‘unauthorized tenants’; Condi Rice draws protests at Occidental

Eastside Review

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

  • The architect of Echo Park’s “Ark House” died after complications from surgery. Norman Millar was head of Woodbury University’s architecture program. Woodbury University
  • Two churches started providing free use of washers and dryers for the homeless. But how do you get the homeless to the laundromat? The Eastsider
  • A Boyle Heights couple said they will challenge their landlord, who claims their family’s two youngest children are unauthorized tenants. KTLA
  • Northeast L.A.’s only homeless shelter – late of Highland Park – closed its doors after serving as a temporary refuge during the winter months. But organizers and supporters are working to open a permanent, year-around shelter and resource center. The Eastsider
  • The L.A. Public Library unveiled a limited-edition library card designed by Cleon Peterson and Echo Park artist Shepard Fairey. LAPL
  • The Police Commission determined that last year’s police shooting of unarmed Walter William DeLeon in Los Feliz was justified. The LAPD said officers thought 48-year-old DeLeon was holding a gun wrapped in a towel, a claim supported by witnesses. DeLeon suffered major injuries and was left disabled. He has filed suit. L.A. Now & Los Feliz Ledger
  • Yet another school plans to join the education corridor along San Fernando Road. Renaissance Arts Academy of Eagle Rock say they’re expanding into Glassell Park. The Eastsider
  • A couple has turned their Echo Park home into a funhouse – including swiveling mirrors, jellyfish-like fabric, a rainbow-colored stairwell and a disco with a fog machine. LA Weekly
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew protesters during her recent appearance at Occidental College. Oxy Weekly
  • Another big coin laundry in Echo Park is closing down – Lucy’s, on Sunset and Mohawk – as a gentrifying Echo Park loses the discount stores and other shops that catered primarily to working-class customers. The Eastsider
  • The tenant of a Silver Lake apartment building in the 700 block of Maltman Avenue said thieves using a U.S. Postal Service key stole mail three times during the previous week.
  • Good Samaritan agreed to a $450,000 settlement over allegations it had dumped homeless patients on the streets. The settlement came after the City Attorney said a patient ended up in Echo Park after being released from Good Samaritan with only a bus token. L.A. Now
  • The family members of a 22-year-old Highland Park man who was killed after he fell from an Arroyo Seco Parkway overpass and was struck by a car have sued the city and state over his death, claiming the bridge did not meet current safety standards. EGP News
  • State legislators approved spending $177 million to expedite the cleanup of lead from the Exide battery recycling plant immediately south of Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights Beat

 Photo of the Week

Garvanza | Katrina Alexy

Garvanza | Katrina Alexy

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One comment

  1. I live on the 3000 block of Marathon Street, very near the apartment buildings on 700 block of Maltman, and our building also experienced several mail thefts in the past couple of weeks.

    It’s apparent someone has gotten hold of a master key for these buildings but the US Postal Service is doing nothing about it.

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