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Eastside Review: The growing cost of city pensions; Silver Lake Reservoir begins refilling; deportation after husband’s arrest?

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Mayor Garcetti’s presentation on his proposed budget failed to mention one of the city’s largest and ever-growing expenses: employee pension and retiree healthcare costs. Those costs will total $1.1 billion in the coming fiscal year and amounts to 20% of the funds the city uses to pay for basic services. L.A. Times
  • Nearly two years after it was nearly destroyed in a fire, the Mormon church next to the 2 Freeway is finally slated to be demolished. The Eastsider
  • Don’t expect your water bill to go down much just because the drought has abated. KPCC
  • The City Clerk is looking for 2,000 poll workers for the May 16 general election. Poll inspectors receive stipends of $240 while poll clerks get $140. Go here for poll worker requirements and an application.
  • You may have noticed more public trash cans around the city. If all goes according to plan, you’re supposed to see even more. The Eastsider
  • A Boyle Heights woman whose husband was arrested on drug possession charges now faces deportation. It has sparked protests by immigration activists who said the 54-year-old woman was not involved in her husband’s alleged criminal activity. L.A. Times
  • The leaning snack stand at the Northeast Los Angeles Little League field in Elysian Park has finally been torn down. The Eastsider
  • The refilling of the Silver Lake reservoirs has begun. The Eastsider
  • New signal lights are going up sometime later this year at the southern end of the 2 Freeway, where it narrows and dumps southbound traffic onto Glendale Boulevard. The Eastsider
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a pink Pussyhat — knitted from a pattern created by former Atwater Village knitting store owner Kat Coyle — to its Rapid Response Collecting gallery of contemporary art. The New Yorker.
  • Some mariachis say they’re being priced out of the Mariachi Plaza neighborhood in Boyle Heights. Curbed LA and LA Weekly
  • Windstorms knocked out power to thousands of Eastside residents. The Eastsider
  • One day after losing major endorsements over his online comments, Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali disclosed that he cheated on his wife and that his former bike shop owes thousands of dollars in unpaid sales taxes. Daily News
  • Police have released surveillance photos of a pickup truck used by the suspects who shot a man in the face in Silver Lake on Sunday afternoon just minutes before firing upon a second victim in the Pico Union area. The Eastsider
  • The Hazard Park Armory in Boyle Heights is now home to Company of Angels, a repertory theater company that will stage shows in a new black box performance space. Broadway World
  • The landmark Mulholland Memorial fountain will go dry for the next month as damaged plaster is removed and the structure is inspected in preparation for extensive renovations and repairs next year. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Silver Lake Reservoir

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