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Eastside Review: Naked Trump statue sells for $22k; city sued over gang injunctions; apps causing traffic on Echo Park steep streets

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A statue of a naked Donald Trump that stood outside a Los Feliz store was sold at auction for $22,000. L.A. Times
  • Residents are blaming Waze, Google Maps and other guidance apps for increased traffic congestion on the narrow and hilly streets of Echo Park.  The Eastsider
  • An Echo Park woman was one of the 13 people who died in the crash of a tour bus returning from a casino in Thermal. Ana Gomez de Magallon, a 71-year-old native of El Salvador, made weekly trips to Red Earth Casino. Daily News
  • The city will be testing a “rubbery asphalt” that includes ground-up tires as part of a new approach to resurfacing streets in the poorest conditions. KPCC
  • New signs advising cyclists to slow down are being installed along the L.A. River path as part of efforts to reduce reckless riding and increase safety. The Eastsider
  • Occidental College students will be getting a first-hand lesson in adobe brick-making as part of the creation of an art installation on the Eagle Rock campus. Oxy
  • The Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory will receive the proceeds from the sale of a guitar signed by Stan Lee that will be auctioned off at LA Comic Con. Boyle Heights Beat
  • A 25-year-old man who was shot by police following outside the Short Stop bar has been charged with assault after allegedly pulling out a weapon during the confrontation. The Eastsider
  • Three years after their father was slain in his Silver Lake home, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his sister are fighting over a family heirloom – a cradle made by Sam Maloof that could be worth as much as $60,000. Mike Gatto wants to keep the crib for sentimental reasons but his sister, Nicole, wants to sell the item as instructed by their father, Joseph Gatto, in his will. Los Feliz Ledger 
  • The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit over 46 gang injunctions, including those that apply to Boyle Heights and Echo Park, that the group claims violate the civil rights of thousands of people. KPCC
  • The largest apartment project to rise on Temple Street in Echo Park  is now underway. The Alexan South Echo is to have five floors, 200 apartments and nearly 22,000-square-feet of retail space spread over 1.7-acres. The Eastsider
  • Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, the boy whose malnourished body was found last August, had been allegedly sedated by his mother and locked away in closets for three years before his death, according to court records. L.A. Times
  • The L.A. Fire Department halted a week-long search for the remains of an elderly man who is believed to have perished in a residential fire in the 4000 block of Sea View Avenue. The Eastsider
  • Hundreds of Lady Gaga fans lined up outside The Satellite nightclub in Silver Lake to watch a surprise performance as part of her Dive Bar tour. ABC7
  • A city survey of historic buildings and sites associated with L.A.’s Jewish community was prompted by the demolition a decade ago of the Soto-Michigan Jewish Community Center in Boyle Heights. Jewish Journal
  • The L.A. Animal Services Department has allocated $800,000 to study the environmental impact of feral cats and city policies regarding the animals. Estimates of the city’s feral cat population range from 1 million to 3 million. Los Feliz Ledger

 Photo of the Week

Today's Photo: This year's Halloween sculpture created by the Vidal family of Silver Lake | Courtesy Guy Vidal

Halloween sculpture by the Vidal family of Silver Lake | Courtesy Guy Vidal

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