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Eastside Review: Legal street vending moving forward; 1,400 young runners in Elysian Park; setback for Highland Park renters

Eastside Review

By BARRY LANK

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

  • More than 1,400 middle-school runners raced up and over hills in Elysian Park as part of the 2016 LA84 Run4Fun Festival. The Eastsider
  • Street vending could become legal under a plan approved by a City Council committee – with a limited number of venders on each block, and with neighborhoods and adjacent businesses given power to approve or restrict the vending. The plan goes to the full City Council for review next spring. KPCC
  • In the wake of the deadly Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, the crackdown on unpermitted event and living spaces will have a major impact on the underground artists who perform and live in those spaces, said Alexis Rivera of Echo Park Records. “It’s going to damage a lot of people who don’t fit your normal paradigm.” KPCC
  • The beginning of the school year will stay the same after all – starting about three weeks before Labor Day in mid-August – after the L.A. school board decided not to move it closer to Labor Day. The board considered the move after complaints that the current schedule interrupts family vacations and forces students to study in hot classrooms. KPCC
  • The Audubon Center at Debs Park was supposed to appeal to ethnically diverse neighborhoods across the Eastside and beyond. But critics say the center has fallen short of that goal, partially from failing to involve residents in the planning process. L.A. Times
  • The face of persons selected at random from the community will be part of the Riverside Roundabout in Cypress Park, the city’s newest public artwork. The Eastsider
  • Reva Ochuba, a 24-year-old fashion designer and Cal State L.A. student, won praise from by Vogue and the New York Times for her new ready-to-wear collection. Cal State L.A.
  • A $50,000 reward is being offered to help capture a hit-and-run motorist who fatally struck a 70-year-old woman crossing an East Hollywood street with a walker. KTLA
  • A man convicted of raping a woman after breaking into her Boyle Heights home while armed with a machete faces a 96-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said that Manuel Larios Munoz had also attempted to a rape another woman while she sat in her car. KTLA
  • People were trapped in elevators at the USC Health Sciences campus in Boyle Heights following a power outage, and had to be rescued by firefighters. L.A. Now
  • Human waste has turned up in front of some Atwater Village businesses along Fletcher Drive nearly every day for the past three weeks, leaving shop owners to deal with the clean up. Police and merchants believe homeless people are responsible. CBS2
  • Tenants in a rent strike at the Marmion Royal Apartments lost their court claim of discrimination by the management company. This clears the way for evictions in the wake of redevelopment. L.A. Times

 Photo of the Week

Photo by Kevin Kuzma

Photo by Kevin Kuzma

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