Eastside Review: Glassell Park church meets wrecking ball; 1/4-acre of Griffith Park burns; Councilman seeks to slow dense housing

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • The estimated cost of building a sleek, cable-stay bridge across the L.A. River by Atwater Village has continued to rise – along with the public’s share of the bill. The Eastsider
  • White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights has opened a $3 million clinic to help prevent amputations and treat the wounds of diabetic patients. An estimated 7,000 legs or feet are amputated each year among diabetics in California, and the amputation rate in the low-income area around the hospital is eight times higher than in wealthier communities. L.A. Times
  • A former industrial site in Lincoln Heights is being transformed into Albion Riverside Park – six acres of playing fields, green space and walkways next to the L.A. River. This follows more than a decade of planning and a costly cleanup. The Eastsider
  • An estimated 70 firefighters – assisted by water-dropping helicopters – extinguished a brush fire that burned about a quarter-acre in the southern portion of Griffith Park near Fern Dell Road. L.A. Times
  • One of the four people shot last weekend near the Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights has died. Police identified him as 32-year-old Joselito Ulloa. The three other victims – two males and a female – received only minor injuries. The Eastsider
  • The city would be forced to increase contributions to its pension funds as the rate of return on the two funds is expected to decline over the next 10 years. KPCC
  • As promised, demolition crews and heavy construction equipment began tearing down the large Mormon church in Glassell Park that has stood empty since it was badly damaged in a fire nearly two years ago. The Eastsider
  • Jimmy Gomez, who will face Robert Lee Ahn in a June 6 runoff election, has been endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown in the race to represent the 34th Congressional District. L.A. Times
  • Police say a man waved a 15-inch “Rambo knife” during a fight in Highland Park that started off as a case of road rage. The Eastsider
  • Medical marijuana outlets have been coming under greater scrutiny, as Sheriff’s deputies inspected permits at several pot shops in unincorporated East Los Angeles. L.A. Weekly
  • How can the city discourage dense development in some older and historic neighborhoods? That was Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s question, as he asked planners for potential zoning and land use strategies to slow the pace of dense development in parts of Silver Lake and Echo Park. The Eastsider
  • The north end of Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz will soon have seven coffee places, including a now-under-construction Starbucks. Los Feliz Ledger
  • After suffering from “pump problems” for several months, the fountain in the middle of Echo Park Lake is back to its old self, firing three jets of water high into the sky. The Eastsider.
  • City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali appointed a new campaign manager and communications director, as he seeks to recover from the fallout about his online behavior as well as personal and business troubles. Meanwhile, incumbent Gil Cedillo was a no-show at a candidates forum in Echo Park, leaving Bray-Ali to address the audience on his own. My News L.A. and Facebook Live
  • Two men who had become stranded near the top of a tall cliff near Dodger Stadium were rescued by firefighters. The Eastsider
  • Designer Gere Kavanaugh of Angeleno Heights is still going strong after six decades in the business. Her career began when female designers faced challenging conditions in a male-dominated industry. L.A. Weekly
  • Although fear of deportation is running high among Los Angeles immigrants, arrests by ICE agents in Southern California have remained relatively unchanged since President Trump took office. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Boyle Heights | Aurelio Jose Barrera

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