Eastside Review: Violent crime up again in 2016; shots at Echo Park Vons; Boyle Heights Beat gets nod from N.Y. Times

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • An L.A. Times editorial urges County Supervisor Hilda Solis to support a land swap that would allow USC to start building a bioscience complex on county-owned land in Boyle Heights. L.A. Times
  • Shots were fired following an argument near the checkout lines of the Vons market in Echo Park. The Eastsider
  • Our friends at Boyle Heights Beat, the newspaper and website produced mostly by neighborhood teens, gets a write up and praise from the New York Times Opinion section for its reporting on neighborhood issues, including the concerns of undocumented residents worried about their future under a Trump presidency.
  • The faculty at Occidental College voted to declare the Eagle Rock school a “sanctuary campus” for undocumented immigrants threatened with deportation. Oxy Weekly
  • A 23-year-old woman was shot to death in Highland Park. Jessica Andrea Rocha (also identified as Jessica Rocha-Betancourt in an online fundraiser) had been talking to a group of men when one of them pulled out a weapon and fired. The Eastsider
  • The high-speed police pursuit of a stolen BMW that began in Boyle Heights ended in Riverside County community of Norco. NBC4
  • Artist Shepard Fairey, whose studio is located in Echo Park, is partnering with singer Debbie Harry to create a special-edition line of women’s clothing. L.A. Times
  • Police released a security camera photo of a man who pointed a gun at a dog after the man allegedly broke into an an El Sereno home in the 4900 block of Twinning Street. KTLA
  • A high school in Boyle Heights has a book club for the parents. The Eastsider
  • A new book focuses on the history and impact of the murals created by Chicano artists during the 1970s across Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. “The murals in this study do not merely represent or celebrate Chicanismo, they helped create it,” say the authors of Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East L.A. Murals. L.A. Weekly
  • A visit with legendary reggae fan and collector Roger Steffens of Echo Park. Steffens, who once hosted a reggae show on KCRW, has amassed a collection of more than 10,000 albums, 30,000 photos and 2,000 hours of reggae videos. Los Feliz Ledger
  • Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants to ban adults unaccompanied by children from park playgrounds, but not everyone agrees with the proposal. L.A. Times
  • Violent crime in the City of Los Angeles rose in 2016 for the third straight year, with more than 290 people killed so far this year. All violent crimes – including murder – are up 10% from 2015 and nearly 40% from 2014. L.A. Times

 Photo of the Week

Ascot Hills, El Sereno

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