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Eastside Review: Metro ridership drops; 13-year sentence for knife attacker; Friday’s storm knocks out power

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Streets were blocked off and the LAPD bomb squad was called in to inspect a suspicious item – a backpack – left outside the McDonald’s at Temple and Alvarado streets. No bomb was found in the backpack, just some miscellaneous items. The Eastsider.
  • Metro reported another drop in ridership in 2016 as a nearly 9% decline in bus boardings offset a 4.4% rise in rail and subway ridership. Officials are trying to determine why bus ridership has continued to decline. L.A. Times
  • A large team of workers and vehicles – including a dump truck and a small tractor – cleaned up a large homeless encampment that had spread to both sides of an underpass on the border of Silver Lake and Historic Filipinotown. The Eastsider
  • A man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the unprovoked knife attack last September against a woman standing in line at a Whittier Boulevard taco stand in East Los Angeles. EGP News
  • Occidental College warned students and staff of a man who entered the student dormitories on the Eagle Rock campus last week and engaged in “lewd, lascivious behavior.” The suspect is believed to have stolen women’s underwear and masterbated in restrooms, according to student Facebook posts. Occidental Weekly
  • Many people in Eagle Rock want a rapid bus line along Colorado Boulevard, as Metro studies the creation of a dedicated bus lane between North Hollywood and Pasadena. But it could also mean motorists along Colorado would have to squeeze into a single lane in each direction. The Eastsider
  • The City Council voted to let homeless people pay parking tickets through community service instead of a fine. CBS2
  • Gold Line trains collided with vehicles twice in one day in Highland Park. The Eastsider
  • “Blighted or low-quality” apartment building will be inspected more frequently by the city’s Housing and Community Development Department – every two years instead of every four. KPCC
  • City Council candidates in Districts 1 and 13  offer their ideas about how to deal with homelessness in the city. The Eastsider
  • Actress Katherine Kelly Lang, aka Brooke Logan of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has put her Glassell Park home on the market for $815,000 – $175,000 more than she paid for it three years ago. L.A. Times
  • A large and often rowdy crowd came out for the Council District 1 candidates forum in Glassell Park. The Eastsider
  • The City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending. But sidewalk vending remains illegal. L.A. Times & Daily News
  • A man was shot in the arm and a bullet struck a window of Astro Diner, possibly because of road rage. The Eastsider
  • A new city law has targeted the “cash-for-keys” practice in which landlords offer tenants cash to move out of their rent-controlled apartments. In some cases, the offer is well below what tenants could receive under city law. KPCC
  • Thousands of customers across the Eastside lost power after Friday’s big storm. The number of customers without electrical service as of 6 a.m. Saturday included  2,115 in Highland Park, 1,637 in El Sereno, 1,500 in Cypress Park, 731 in Boyle Heights and 6,441 in East Hollywood, according to the LADWP. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Silver Lake | Janet Grey

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