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Eastside Review: Pussy Hat creator leaving Atwater Village; Echo Park bishop may be defrocked; baseball traffic returns

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Traffic seems to have gotten only worse on modest residential roads like Baxter Street, where residents have been asking for relief from increasing congestion. But some of the potential solutions have their own drawbacks. The Eastsider
  • Police are investigating the robbery and assault of a 73-year-old man in his home on one of Echo Park’s most desirable streets. The Eastsider
  • The tenants of an eight-unit Historic Filipinotown apartment building have sued their landlord for alleged harassment to get them to move out out of the building. The owner has denied the allegations. Curbed L.A.
  • A Glendale man has been found guilty of the fatal 2015 stabbing of a Metro bus passenger in Highland Park. The Eastsider
  • The City Council voted to permit emergency homeless shelters to operate year-around instead of just the winter months, and to expand the number of eligible locations to include more than 1,000 sites owned or leased by religious organizations. Daily News
  • It’s been about two months since the city’s first major traffic circle – the Riverside Roundabout — was officially dedicated, and so far it seems to be working the way it was designed to. The Eastsider
  • Police have released more details about the officer-involved fatal shooting in Boyle Heights last week. The LAPD said the man who was fatally shot removed a gun from his waistband during a brief foot chase with police. Boyle Heights Beat
  • The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, home of the Pussy Hat — the pink, cat-eared knitted caps worn by thousands of demonstrators during the Women’s March — is being forced to seek a new location. The Eastsider
  • The staff and parents of an El Sereno school want a new pot shop near their Huntington Drive campus shut down. NBC LA
  • The most dramatic symbol of change on the south side of Echo Park is nearly complete, a new, wedged-shaped apartment building where the asking rent for the priciest unit is $6,705 a month. The Eastsider
  • J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Echo Park-based Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, could be suspended or defrocked over allegations he acted improperly when trying to sell a church property in Newport Beach. L.A. Times
  • Baseball is returning to Dodger Stadium, which means the neighborhoods surrounding the ballpark will be awash in fans, traffic and Opening Day drink specials. The Eastsider
  • The principal of Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High says that student absenteeism has so far cost the school an estimated $700,000 in funding this academic year. Eagle Rock High School

Photo of the Week

Eastside Scene: Painter at Echo Park Lake | Robin Blackman

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