Eastside Review: Cal State L.A. preps for new schedule; crowds on the Gold Line; “Pillarhenge” sold

Eastside Review

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

  • Cal State L.A. is switching from the quarter system to a semester system this fall. Some students and teachers claim it will cause confusion and, in some cases, delay graduation. The Eastsider
  • The “Vermont Triangle” in Los Feliz is to undergo another makeover – this time to discourage loitering and homeless encampments. Los Feliz Ledger
  • The 49-year-old man who was shot in the head by police in Los Feliz last June has filed a civil rights lawsuit after being left severely disabled. Walter DeLeon said he had been trying to flag down police for help. The LAPD said DeLeon looked like he was hiding a gun, but no weapon was found. ABC7
  • In a way, it’s a sign of success for the Gold Line. People are complaining about crowding on the train since it was extended from Pasadena to Azusa early last month. The source of the problem: Metro is opening the Gold and Expo lines before receiving all 78 of the new rail cars it bought. The Eastsider
  • Joe Bass, a musician and bartender at Echo Park’s Short Stop bar, died last month after battling prostate cancer. Bass, an Echo Park resident, was 57. LA Weekly
  • A couple seeking to get in touch with their two children in the Church of Scientology have purchased space on an Echo Park billboard that feature the words “call me.” ABC7
  • After sitting abandoned for about a decade, the failed Eagle Rock development and eyesore known as “Pillarhenge” has been purchased for $1.9 million. A 17-unit live-work development, known as the DHM Lofts, had once been planned for the site but was abandoned by 2008. The Eastsider
  • Boyle Heights was once home to White Sox Park, the city’s only baseball field built especially for all-Black teams. City Dig
  • The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council put its support and money behind an anti-development art project that places balloons over homes that are to be demolished for larger, pricey residential developments. The Eastsider
  • Well, the intentions were good. El Sereno residents say Elephant Hill, where development was blocked to preserve open space, has become a dumping ground, as plans to create new parks and trails have been delayed. LAist
  • L.A.’s first dog cafe is now open for business in Silver Lake. L.A. Eater
  • The City Council reaffirmed its vote to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to honor legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, despite a last-minute effort to preserve the old street name. A ceremony to dedicate Vin Scully Avenue has been scheduled for this Monday, April 11, one day before the Dodger season opener. The Eastsider
  • A former Marine who was trained as a tactical driver led police on a televised two-hour chase that went on the 101 Freeway through Echo Park and Silver Lake before he drove doughnuts in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard and dodged around a TMZ tour bus. LA Times

 Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Stephen Roullier

Echo Park | Stephen Roullier

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