Eastside Review: L.A. River flooding risk is higher that thought; LAUSD rejects Eagle Rock charter school renewal; Mt. Washington house burns

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A Silver Lake billboard that says “Donald Trump Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack” was inspired from the title of a song written by a Los Feliz musician. L.A. Weekly
  • Police posted surveillance pictures of a man and a woman suspected of stealing $6,000 from a 92-year-old woman after conning their way into her home. The Eastsider
  • Way more properties along the L.A. River are at risk of flooding than previously thought, according The Army Corps of Engineers. So more property owners – especially in Atwater Village and Elysian Valley – will have to buy mandatory flood insurance, and developers might have to build the first floors of buildings several feet above the ground. The Eastsider
  • The L.A. school board voted against renewing the charter of L.A. Celerity Troika Charter School in Eagle Rock and four other schools over governance and management issues. KPCC
  • Councilman Mitch O’Farrell told competitive cyclists not to use the L.A. River Path. The Eastsider
  • A stolen vehicle pursuit that began in Long Beach ended in Glassell Park. Daily News
  • Comedian Tim Heidecker sold his approximately 1,100-square-foot Atwater Village home for $854,000 – or $105,000 over the asking price. Hot Property
  • Akbar, one of the last remaining gay bars in Silver Lake, is celebrating its 20th year. LA Weekly
  • The Echo Park Lake Boathouse is getting a new cafe – with Curate Cafe replacing Square One at the Boathouse – after profit-sharing negotiations with the current restaurant broke down. The Eastsider
  • City Council meetings were canceled Wednesday and Friday because not enough members were available for a quorum. Four council members were on a European tour organized by a high-tech firm; 4th District Councilman David Ryu was in South Korea for his father’s funeral; and one seat, the Seventh District, has been vacant since last month. Daily News
  • A Los Feliz 16-year-old has been creating terrifying mazes in his parents’ backyard every Halloween since he was 12. L.A. Times
  • An 84-year-old man is still unaccounted for after fire engulfed his Mt. Washington home. It had as many as 15 tenants. The Eastsider
  • Proponents of Measure M say the half-cent sales tax increase would cut the time drivers spend stuck in traffic by 15% by funding new rail and highway projects. But motorists would not see that reduction until 2057. Maybe. L.A. Times
  • The LAPD has released more details on the officer-involved shooting of a jail inmate who was attempting to escape from officers at L.A. County USC-Medical Center by carjacking an SUV. LAPD

 Photo of the Week

Atwater Village | Viva La Maquina

Atwater Village | Viva La Maquina

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