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Eastside Review: Year-round ‘winter shelter crisis’ proposed; tap water beats bottled?; 50 years since L.A.’s first ‘Love In’

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed declaring a year-round “winter shelter crises” that would dramatically increase the potential sites and neighborhoods where homeless shelters could be opened. L.A. Times
  • The Pan American National Bank at the corner of First Street and Townsend Avenue is now the second building in East L.A. to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Eastsider
  • Want to buy a home near Dodger Stadium? The median sales price within two miles of the ballpark was $640,000, according to a survey of home prices near major league stadiums. That’s the fourth highest of any Major League Baseball park neighborhood – behind San Francisco’s AT&T Park, Fenway Park in Boston and Citi Field in New York. Curbed L.A.
  • Only 14% of eligible voters participated in the recent 34th Congressional District election. In the June 6 runoff, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, who won 25.36% of the vote, will face attorney Robert Ahn, who came in second with 22.25%. The 34th Congressional District includes Boyle Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities. KPCC
  • LADWP claims the water coming out of the tap is as good as, if not better than, bottled water that costs significantly more. The agency is preparing a second ultraviolet disinfection plant to remove microscopic impurities without chlorine or other chemicals. ABC7
  • A new student group at Occidental College reflects a mix of Jewish identity and a progressive stance on political issues, including an “anti-occupation stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Occidental Weekly
  • A new layer of blacktop and a three-block stretch of bike lanes were added to part of Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. The Eastsider
  • A proposed Boyle Heights housing project for mentally ill homeless people and other tenants has been stuck in a City Council committee headed by 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar. Though Huizar was a big supporter of a $1.2-billion homeless housing bond, he has said he never liked this project because it did not have enough retail space. A neighboring property owner has also challenged the project. L.A. Times
  • Samuel Christian, a senior at Options for Youth – Highland Park, was named among 14 Grand Prize Finalists at The Music Center’s 29th annual Spotlight program, a year-long scholarship and arts education program.
  • It’s the 50th anniversary of L.A.’s first Love In, which took place on Easter Sunday 1967, at Elysian Park. The Eastsider
  • Holly Hampton of Echo Park, Anne-Marie Johnson of Silver Lake and Christine Rodriguez of Elysian Valley were among those honored as 2016 Women of the Year by Congressman Adam Schiff. The program is designed to highlight women in the 28th Congressional District who have improved the quality of life in their communities.
  • The Northeast Division Police station was left on generator power after their regular power was knocked out in a hit-and-run crash. The Eastsider

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Drawing by Jenn Wittle | Courtesy Benjamin Kidwell Lein

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