Edited by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- Even though it’s the middle of August, L.A. Unified students went back to school Tuesday. L.A. Times
- It’s not your imagination. While some roads in L.A. have been fixed over the past three years, many of the worst – such as in Mount Washington, Silver Lake and almost 80% of the most damaged streets in Los Feliz – have been left to crumble even further. The Eastsider
- A new magnet program for future firefighters and paramedics has opened at Wilson High in El Sereno. L.A. Times
- A bridge that was supposed to cost L.A. almost nothing is now costing millions. Back in 2011, a philanthropist donated most of the money to build a cable bridge over the L.A. River for equestrians, pedestrians and cyclists. But since then, millions in public funds have been earmarked for the project — and now the city must come up with even more. The Eastsider
- The fastest-growing, privately-held company in America is based in Lincoln Heights, according to Inc. Magazine. Loot Crate, which sells monthly deliveries of action figures, comic books and other items, has seen its annual revenues jump from $125,000 to $116 million in just four years. Inc.
- Music festivals have been everywhere — the 6th Annual Echo Park Rising, the 17th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival and the 3rd Annual Latin Jazz and Music Festival on the edge of Highland Park. L.A. also welcomed a Guns n’ Roses to Dodgers Stadium. EPR.LA, Eagle Rock Music Festival, The Eastsider and MLB
- Memoirs of being a volunteer at L.A.’s 1984 Olympics. The Eastsider
- Two Eastside elementary schools have elevated levels of lead in the soil – Lorena Street Elementary in Boyle Heights and Rowan Avenue Elementary in East Los Angeles. L.A. Now
- Police say they found the man who assaulted women and burglarized their apartments in East Hollywood, Echo Park and elsewhere. Turns out, he had already been in jail since Aug. 9. The Eastsider
- Mosquitos with West Nile Virus have been found in El Sereno and East Los Angeles, according to County health officials. EGP News
- A statue of a naked Donald Trump appeared at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Rodney Drive outside the Soap Plant-Wacko store – along with several other places across the country. The Eastsider.
- Liz Garo, who has been responsible for booking bands at The Echo, Echoplex and Spaceland Presents, also shaped the musical lineup of about 300 mostly local bands and performers playing at this week’s Echo Park Rising music and arts festival. L.A. Weekly
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