Eastside Review: Fire season returns; body found in Griffith Park; L.A. population keeps booming

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Fire season is back, with brush fires in Lincoln Heights, Elysian Park and Montecito Heights, as well as a hillside burn in Highland Park that apparently started with a car fire. The Eastsider, LAFD and KTLA
  • About a dozen supporters of Cal State L.A. student Claudia Rueda held a silent rally at the El Sereno campus on commencement day to protest her detention by the U.S. Border Patrol. L.A. Times
  • A decomposed body was found in the Ferndell area of Griffith Park. The Eastsider
  • The Bootleg Theater in Echo Park and the ETA bar in Highland Park have emerged as among the few spaces showcasing a new generation of jazz musicians. L.A. Weekly
  • One of the actresses who appeared as a teenage witch in the 1996 film The Craft  is now reading tarot cards for $40 at the House of Intuition in Echo Park. L.A. Weekly
  • Starting into his second term on the City Council, Mitch O’Farrell reflects on his job representing the 13th District, and his life in Glassell Park. The Eastsider
  • A man who was stabbed 13 times after ordering food at an Echo Park taco truck describes how he defended himself against an attacker armed with two knives during the May 2 assault. “He pulled out two knives and attacked my eyeballs.” KCBS
  • Roger Boesche, the Occidental College professor who stirred up Barack Obama’s interest in politics, died in his Eagle Rock home. Obama, who attended the college in 1979-1981, said the politics professor was one of his favorite teachers. L.A. Times
  • The L.A. River Recreation Zone in Elysian Valley is reopening on Memorial Day for its fifth season of kayaking, hiking and fishing. CBSLA
  • Metro’s board of directors withdrew critical support and funding for an approximately six-mile-long highway tunnel to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Instead, the transit agency board voted to fund a variety of street and traffic improvements. The Eastsider
  • The City of Los Angeles added an estimated 27,133 new residents between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. That’s the second largest numeric gain among U.S. cities. (Phoenix leads with a gain of 32,113). The most recent update brings the total number of people living in Los Angeles to 3,976,322. U.S. Census
  • Jimmy Gomez appears to be winning over some Berniecrats and other progressive voters as he campaigns against Robert Lee Ahn in the 34th Congressional District runoff. “The Bernie vote is becoming more and more important as time goes on,” said one political strategist. L.A. Times
  • A man held up a Boyle Heights jewelry store at gunpoint and threatened to detonate a bomb if employees triggered the security alarm, police said. The Eastsider
  • A former teacher and teacher’s assistant at Evergreen Avenue Early Education are claiming they were fired by the school district over reporting allegations of abuse at the Boyle Heights school. ABC7
  • Taxpayers will now have to pay at least $12 million for a pedestrian and equestrian bridge over the L.A. River that was originally supposed to be paid for with private donations. The City Council has now approved the construction of the $16 million bridge connecting North Atwater Village and Griffith Park. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Eastside Scene: Reflections of bridge and palms, Echo Park Lake | Andy House

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  1. “Jimmy Gomez appears to be winning over some Berniecrats and other progressive voters” nothing could be further from the truth, If those progressives are actually Berniecrats they will know that Jimmy is the anointed one and everything was setup for him to easily win this election. That is until Robert Lee Ahn entered the race and shook everything up with his pledge to represent the actual men and women who live in the district. Jimmy can tout his endorsements and progressive leanings all he wants but it will never take away from the fact that he takes money from pharmaceutical companies and private prisons!! If you want a real anti establishment progressive vote Ahn for congress!!

  2. Robert Lee Ahn will fight for change in this community. He is a true politician!

  3. Robert Lee Ahn is the dark horse candidate who’s not a career politican. He actually grew up in the district and cares about the people in the community, not the special interest groups or super-PACs.

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