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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Eastside Review: Assembly race looms; Echo Park in car-share; E. Hollywood arson bust

Eastside Review Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • About three miles of streets in Atwater Village and Glendale were shut down to motor vehicles for CicLAvia – leaving much of Glendale Boulevard, Central Avenue and Brand Avenue free for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians. The Eastsider
  • Some Instagram pictures of lotus blossoms in Echo Park Lake are getting a little … enhancement – including repositioning flowers with extended poles, and spritzing the flowers with spray bottles to recreate the image of morning dew. The Eastsider and L.A. Weekly
  • As we jump from one special election to the next, candidates are already lining up to represent the California’s 51st Assembly District – including a dermatologist, an Echo Park man who was wrongly imprisoned for 20 years, and a woman who ran for Congress just last April. The Eastsider
  • L.A. Unified Schools will see enrollment drop by nearly 34,000 students over the next three years, continuing a downward trend since 2003, according to district projections. Meanwhile, charter school enrollment is projected to rise by more than 11,000 during the same period. L.A. Times
  • The Victory Memorial Grove – a nearly century-old memorial to World War I veterans – has been rededicated after it was cleaned up and restored. Over the decades, the block of granite had been covered under layers of tagging as well as layers of paint to cover up the tagging. The Eastsider
  • A 20-year-old man suspected of arson is being held on $75,000 bail in connection with a blaze that swept through an East Hollywood construction site. KTLA
  • Two teenagers were shot in what may be related incidents in El Sereno. One woman was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle when another vehicle drove up and fired rounds into the car. Within an hour after that, a man between 17 and 19 years old appeared at a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries. The Eastsider
  • The city is looking for more long-term ways to clean up Silver Lake Boulevard where it crosses under Sunset Boulevard. Currently, homeless encampments line both sidewalks. The Eastsider
  • The recent approval of a beer tasting room in Boyle Heights is getting some pushback from Union de Vecinos, a Boyle Heights community group involved in anti-gentrification efforts. The group says the tasting room could increase land speculation. Department of Planning
  • Q&A with Sandra Figueroa-Villa, the Eagle Rock resident who serves on the Los Angeles Police Commission. The Eastsider
  • The city took a step to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 2, over the objections of Italian-Americans. The City Council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental & Neighborhoods Committee voted unanimously in favor of the change proposed by 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, a member of Wyandotte Native American tribe. The measure now goes to the full City Council. L.A. Times
  • Another “road diet” is under consideration – this time in Atwater Village, along a nearly mile-long stretch of Fletcher Drive described as one of the most dangerous streets in Los Angeles. But many residents say reducing traffic lanes and adding bike lanes would only make congestion worse. The Eastsider
  • A new car share plan to help Los Angeles meet its clean air goals will include Echo Park in its pilot program. Eventually, the service is supposed to bring 100 electric cars and 200 chargers to self-service stations across the city. Auto Rental News
  • A motorist in Boyle Heights lost control of his vehicle and crashed after being shot at several times, police said. The Eastsider
  • A branch of The Echo Park Cactus Store has opened in New York City, in Manhattan’s Lower Eastside. GQ Style

Photo of the Week

Interior of the Southwest Museum in Mt Washington

Eastside Scene: Southwest Museum, Mt. Washington | Katrina Alexy

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