Eastside Review: Fires in El Sereno and Lincoln Heights; gentrification pains in Boyle Heights; stamp honoring Stand and Deliver teacher

Eastside Review

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

  • A drunk driver who crashed into and killed a cyclist on Temple Street last April was sentenced to six years in state prison. The Eastsider
  • Fuchsia colored solar shades and rain towers are some of the ideas a landscape architect has come up with to green up the 2 Freeway between Echo Park and Silver Lake. L.A. Times
  • Another apartment building is being proposed for the stretch of Sunset Boulevard heading east out of Echo Park — on the same block as a 27-unit apartment building already under construction. The Eastsider
  • Nicholas James Bowling was charged with one count of murder for allegedly strangling his boyfriend to death at a sober-living home in Echo Park. Bowling, who lost his legs three years ago after stealing and crashing a police squad car, faces life in prison. L.A. Now
  • The City of Los Angeles has launched a new guide and campaign to inform renters of their rights and help reduce illegal evictions and rent increases. Curbed L.A.
  • Fire season continues, with brush fires in El Sereno and Lincoln Heights, as well as a blaze at a shopping center in Hermon.  The Eastsider and  The Eastsider
  • The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted in favor of new restrictions making it tougher to build homes that are significantly larger than existing residences. L.A. Now
  • Older residents in East L.A. attended the first meeting of a new support group intended to reduce depression and loneliness among seniors. EGP News
  • Two gang members were arrested and charged in connection with a series of six shootings in Echo Park last month, with most of the incidents involving shots being fired at passing vehicles. The only injury reported was a graze wound to a male victim’s head. LAPD
  • The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp to honor the late Jaime Escalante, whose accomplishments and those of his students at East L.A.’s Garfield High inspired the movie Stand and Deliver. USPS
  • Changing demographics have prompted the owners of El Mercado, a Boyle Heights shopping center that has catered primarily to Mexican immigrants, to consider appealing to U.S.-born Latinos and create “something that hipsters are into.” L.A. Now
  • Others in Boyle Heights are resisting change. Anti-gentrification activists there are now targeting art galleries – even including Self Help Graphics & Art, a nonprofit that has championed and nurtured Chicano and Eastside artists for decades. The Eastsider
  • Meanwhile, gentrification hasn’t yet knocked down Las Palomas, a long-time Boyle Heights bar that has been catering to Mexican immigrants. Though it closed in February, the drinks are once again pouring at the First Street bar after the owner and landlord reached an agreement. L.A. Times

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  1. Stay out of Boyle Heights, leave it alone. You don’t need to live there.

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