Eastside Review: E. Hollywood murder suspect on FBI’s most wanted; taco trucks v. health department; Frogtown or Toadtown?

Eastside Review

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

  • The Original Tommy’s at the corner of Beverly and Rampart boulevards celebrated its 70th anniversary by selling burger-and-soda combos for 70 cents. The Eastsider
  • What it was like growing up in Boyle Heights in the 1980s as gangs tightened their grip on the neighborhood. L.A. Times
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is planning to buy the former Bekins-Lane mansion and turn the 3.5-acre estate on Hill Drive into a religious retreat for priests. The Eastsider
  • A man was in critical condition after being shot several times by a woman as he repaired a car in Boyle Heights near 5th and State streets. L.A. Now
  • The amphibians that were once commonly found in Elysian Valley – a.k.a. Frogtown – were probably Western Toads, not frogs, according to the L.A. County Natural History Museum. KCET
  • One of the biggest challenges for LAPD staff in the new Glassell Park police station? Avoiding parking tickets. When the new 52,000-square-foot station was built, there wasn’t enough bond money left over for a parking garage. The Eastsider
  • Occidental College has been awarded an $800,000 grant to develop a new Oxy Arts Center that the Eagle Rock college is planning to open in a row of York Boulevard storefronts. Occidental College
  • A New York real estate developer says Charles Cohen mentioned Silver Lake as one of the places he is looking at to build a chain of “high-end boutique” cinemas. Hollywood Reporter (h/t Curbed)
  • Tacos Ariza, which seems perpetually parked on Logan Street near Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, is one of many food vendors across the city struggling to meet county health department standards within the limited confines of a taco truck. The Eastsider
  • The U.S. Census visits an Eagle Rock elementary school to win over students as well as their parents in advance of the 2020 count. KPCC
  • A man who is suspected of shooting his pregnant girlfriend to death in East Hollywood last month has been added to the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Authorities say 39-year-old Philip Patrick Policarpio has multiple spouses and children living in Nevada, Florida and the Philippines. The Eastsider
  • Councilman Gil Cedillo says more traffic signals and enchanced crosswalks are coming to Figueroa Street, but critics say Cedillo still falls short on improving traffic safety. EPG News
  • A man who allegedly followed and exposed himself to two women in Eagle Rock earlier this month has been charged with indecent exposure and lewd conduct, according to the City Attorney. The Eastsider
  • Cal State L.A. has hired Cheryl Miller, the head coach at Langston University, to lead the women’s basketball program at the El Sereno campus. Miller played on the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team during the 1984 games in Los Angeles and earned two national titles while playing at USC. ESPN

 Photo of the Week

Elysian Valley | frogtownklk

Elysian Valley | frogtownklk


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