Eastside Review: Fewer pit bulls in animal shelters; sewer bursts in Boyle Heights; Disney’s old bungalow in Los Feliz spared – for now

Eastside Review

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

  • The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has asked the L.A. Police Commission to deny Tenants of The Trees a permit to host live shows at the bar, based on numerous complaints that include a “lack of basic common decency towards our community.” SLNC
  • 73-year-old-East L.A. native Rubén Guevara – who once appeared on the TV music program Shindig – recounts his show business career in a solo show, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer. KPCC
  • The number of pit bulls being taken into city animal shelters has dropped significantly over the last five years — possibly due to changing attitudes about the breed. The Eastsider
  • A woman was charged with vehicular manslaughter after crashing into customers at a Boyle Heights taco stand last month, leaving one man dead and eight others injured. Officials claimed her blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. ABC 7
  • Airbnb has begun to collect the city’s 14 percent lodging tax from customers under an agreement that would use the proceeds to help pay for housing vouchers for the homeless. Daily News
  • A study of urban coyotes in Los Angeles has so far yielded reports of the animals roaming Elysian Park and Silver Lake, including a coyote that had several “run-ins” with dogs being accompanied by humans. KPCC
  • A honey oil lab and marijuana growing operation were uncovered in a raid on a Glassell Park house, police said. ABC 7
  • A Boyle Heights sewer line began leaking on Monday, then broke again as repairs were being made Tuesday, spilling at least 2.4 million gallons of untreated sewage. L.A. Times
  • An elderly man from the Echo Park area was hospitalized with West Nile Virus last month, becoming the first human case of West Nile this season reported by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The Eastsider
  • The Los Feliz bungalow where Walt Disney launched his first studio has been saved from demolition — for now. New owners bought the Kingswell Avenue property in May and planned to replace it with a larger home. But Councilman David Ryu obtained an “emergency” historical designation, and the L.A. Office of Historical Resources placed a 75-day hold on the project. L.A. Now
  • The regular Tuesday night Eat @ Fig & York gathering of food trucks in Highland Park is ending its 5-year run in the shopping center at York Boulevard and Figueroa Street after the property owner said they’d have to move.  The Eastsider
  • The CEO of meal-replacement-drink company Soylent faces complaints from neighbors and perhaps even eventual criminal charges after placing a bright red shipping container on the top of Flat Top hill as an “experiment in sustainable living.” Curbed L.A.
  • A man was fatally stabbed at Echo Park Lake Thursday night a short distance from an art project that opened earlier in the day honoring Los Angeles murder victims. The Eastsider
  • Though additional police officers and other resources have been deployed to trouble spots, crime kept rising in L.A. during the first half of the year, with violent crime up nearly 16 percent compared to same period last year. One of the largest reported increases: A more-than-33 plus percent jump in violent crime in the Hollenbeck Division, which covers Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights. L.A. Now
  • The landlord for El Troquedero in Boyle Heights faces a suit from the District Attorney alleging the bar has an “open-door policy for gang members,” and has been the scene of shootings, drug sales and other criminal activities. The suit seeks to keep the owner at least 1,000 feet away from the bar while it operates under a court-ordered receiver. L.A. Weekly
  • The unemployment rate in L.A. County last month dropped to 4.8 percent, the lowest level in nine years. Thousands of jobs were added in the tourism and lodging industries as well as in the higher paying business and professional services sectors. KPCC

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  1. michael o'brien

    the “Walt Disney” bungalow was not occupied by Walt. he did his work in the garage, which has since been moved off the property. this is just another cute house, with no historical significance.

  2. I believe he did live here with his Aunt & Uncle when he first arrived in town and got his bearings, visiting movie studios & other local landmarks. Also, I believe that Roy later got married in the living room.

    At California Adventure, Disney has created a make-believe version of the Los Angeles that Walt Disney found when he arrived in the 1920s. But here in Los Feliz, you’ve still got much of the real thing.

    By the way, I would argue that the garage should be made an LA Historic-Cultural Monument, even though it’s been relocated to Orange County. It’s certainly deserving and would help show that the City of LA has matured in the appreciation of its history.

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