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Eastside Review: Dialing extra digits; coach sentenced in sex assaults; no police cameras during Boyle Heights shooting

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Start dialing the phone differently soon if you live in the 213 or 323 area codes (which includes the entire Eastside): Tap in 1 plus the area code, whether you’re calling Alaska or the house next door (mobile phone users, however, will only have to dial the area code and phone number). The Eastsider
  • A body found in La Canada-Flintridge has been identified as 40-year-old Travis Joel Peterson, a Los Feliz resident and video music producer who went missing on Dec. 30. A Sheriff’s spokeswoman said there were no signs a crime has been committed. ABC 7
  • Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez has proposed renaming a two-mile section of the 110 Freeway in honor of retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. Gomez also recently co-sponsored a measure to name a section of the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock after President Barack Obama. Daily News
  • Portlandia is set in Portland, but it’s written in Elysian Valley, AKA Frogtown. New York Times
  • City elections are coming up this spring. What do you think the issues are? The Eastsider
  • A bilingual version (English and Spanish) of Disney’s AladdinAladdin Dual Language Edition — is running at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights. Daily News
  • A look at what L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King has and has not accomplished in the year since becoming head of the nation’s second largest school district. “Many of those interviewed for this story, including school board members, said they are still waiting for King to flesh out her plans and address the most serious budgetary issues.” L.A. Times
  • The restaurant at the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club Café in Elysian Park has reopened after nearly three years off duty. Eater LA
  • Police revealed that the two officers who fatally shot 16-year-old José Méndez last February in Boyle Heights had failed to turn on their body cameras before the incident began. L.A. Times
  • A pedestrian was struck and killed near the L.A. County-USC Medical Center as police say they are focusing on a rising number of pedestrian fatalities. The Eastsider
  • Firefighters had to cut away window security bars to rescue a 72-year-old man trapped inside a burning home in the 4900 block of Mendota Avenue in Highland Park. LAFD
  • When the Women’s March is held in Washington, D.C. on the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural, many of the demonstrators will be wearing Pussy Hats – pink, cat-eared knitted caps based on a design by the owner of The Little Knittery yarn shop on Glendale Boulevard. The Eastsider
  • Former Franklin High School football coach Jaime Jimenez was sentenced to more than 36 years in state prison for sexually assaulting five boys as he volunteered at the Highland Park school over more than a decade. L.A. Times
  • About 20 firefighters, a helicopter and a raft were deployed during Thursday’s rain storm after a resident spotted a sleeping bag on an island in the middle of the L.A. River just south of Los Feliz Boulevard. The sleeping bag turned out to be empty, and was removed to make sure no other 911 were calls were made. LAFD

 Photo of the Week

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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