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Eastside Review: Omarosa leaves Boyle Heights for White House; LAPD to patrol Metro; hit-and-run victims in Boyle Heights & El Sereno

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A gang member who was recently released from prison is suspected of shooting his 46-year-old cousin in East Los Angeles, as well as a police officer in Whittier a few hours later. The Eastsider.
  • Omarosa Manigault – a former contestant on “The Apprentice” – gave her last sermon in Boyle Heights before taking a job in the Trump White House. CBS2
  • Heavy rains this winter may mean more mosquitoes when things warm up this spring. That is raising concern about more cases of West Nile and other mosquito-borne diseases. KPCC
  • East L.A.’s economy is suffering under Donald Trump. LA Weekly
  • Less than a year after opening, an art gallery in Boyle Heights has closed, with the founders blaming anti-gentrification protests. The Eastsider
  • Former Grey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez sold her Echo Park residence, which includes a guest house, for $1.4 million. Ramirez had purchased the Vestal Street property for $1.14 million a decade ago. Hot Property
  • The LAPD faces growing pressure to put more of its 9,000 officers on patrol as crime continues to rise. L.A. Times
  • A 28-year-old man pleaded no contest to punching a fan in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the man’s mother got into an argument following the Dodgers-Mets playoff game in October 2015. The Eastsider
  • About half of the 23 candidates running in the 34th Congressional District are either immigrants or the son of immigrants. The race for these candidates “is personal and expectations for the winner are high” as the Trump Administration lays the groundwork to build a giant wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and increase deportations. L.A. Times
  • Angeleno Heights and Echo Park got hit with a spate of vehicle break-ins recently. There were 11 reports of vehicle burglaries in one week — 8 of them in Angeleno Heights or on Echo Park Avenue near the lake. CrimeMapping.com
  • The Lummis Home – one of Northeast L.A.’s most important historic and cultural sites – is still mostly idle, open only a few hours a week, nearly 2-1/2 years since the city began negotiating with Occidental College about managing and restoring it. The Eastsider
  • American Apparel founder Dov Charney is has been offering short-term rentals on Airbnb at his hilltop Silver Lake mansion, as he tries to make a comeback after losing control of his company. The Eastsider
  • One of the largest murals in Highland Park – “Mexico Tenochtitlan: A Sequence of Time and Culture” at the corner of Avenue 61 and North Figueroa Street – needs a $20,000 renovation. LA Weekly
  • LAPD officers will begin patrolling Metro buses, trains and stations this summer, replacing L.A. County sheriff  deputies. The change comes amid complaints about transit safety and a drop in ridership. L.A. Times
  • Hit-and-run victims over the past week include a 60-year-old man in Boyle Heights and a young mother in El Sereno who was holding her two-year-old son. The Eastsider and The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Laura Page

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