Eastside Review: Silver Lake Reservoir to refill early; Rep. Schiff in the spotlight; Echo Park retail shakeup

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A $1.6 million Boyle Heights real estate listing has drawn criticism as a symbol of gentrification. The real estate agent said apartments in the six-unit building “have been fully renovated inside and out by people well schooled in how to appeal to the Millennials who are invading Boyle Heights in droves.” Boyle Heights Beat
  • A new documentary examines East L.A.’s Ovarian Psycos, a group of women who ride their bikes through streets of East L.A. at night. Los Angeles Magazine
  • It’s definitely a runoff election for First District Councilman Gil Cedillo against second-place candidate Joe Bray-Ali. Though Cedillo outspent Bray-Ali 4-to-1, the incumbent was the only standing councilman who failed to win more than 50% of the vote in the March 7 primary. The runoff will be held May 16. L.A. County and KPCC
  • Rep Adam Schiff, whose 28th Congressional District includes Atwater Village, Echo Park, and Silver Lake, was in the spotlight this week for his opening statement and questions during a nationally televised congressional hearing on Russian involvement in last year’s presidential campaign. L.A. Times
  • A fire hydrant was sheared off and four parked cars damaged after a driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed in the 1300 block of Cypress Avenue in Cypress Park, police said. CBS 2
  • Officials will take advantage of this year’s heavy rain and snow to start refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir ahead of schedule, with the refill expected to take only two months instead of about a year under previous plans. The Eastsider
  • Tenants of a Boyle Heights apartment building staged a protest after they were hit with rent increases as high as 90%. The apartment building in the 1800 block of 2nd Street was built after 1978 and is not subject to city rent control laws that would limit increases. KTLA
  • An LAPD officer diagnosed with a brain tumor claims it resulted from exposure to chemicals at the former LAPD Northeast Division station in Glassell Park. MyNewsLA.com
  • There don’t seem to be any local, independent businesses in Mohawk Collective, as Echo Park’s new retail and restaurant center comes together. The tenants announced so far includes chains like Chipotle, Starbucks and The Habit Burger Grill. The Eastsider
  • A 200-foot-long stretch of Sunset Boulevard storefronts — including A Grocery Warehouse, a longtime Asian market — will be transformed into a mixed-use retail and residential development now that the property has sold for $9.5 million. The Eastsider
  • Tuition for in-state students at Cal State L.A. and other CSU campuses will rise $270 starting in the next academic year. The hike approved by college trustees is the first hike in six years. KPCC
  • Police are asking for help finding who shot a 31-year-old man to death in Boyle Heights. Jose Fernando Arellano was found dead next to his car near the intersection of Eighth and Fresno streets. Police said they don’t believe the shooting is gang related. LAPD and KTLA
  • The owner of two pit bulls who fatally attacked a 67-year-old Lincoln Heights grandfather has filed an appeal to get the dogs back from L.A. Animal Services. The appeal comes after the dogs were deemed dangerous. CBSLA
  • A suspect was killed in a shooting at the Soto Street Gold Line Station in which a police officer was involved. KTLA reports that officers patrolling the area arrived at the scene after hearing gunshots. They attempted to stop a man on the sidewalk when the shooting took place. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Highland Park | James Fischer

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