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Eastside Review: Gomez is elected to Congress; immigration activist released; new restrictions on pot stores?

Eastside Review Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Who was the man seen bench-pressing a goose for 10 minutes at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights? After lifting the bird up and down numerous times, the man “cradled it, tickled its tummy and then it walked away.” L.A. Weekly
  • A bicycle shop along the L.A. River bike and pedestrian path in Frogtown is now also a full restaurant. The Eastsider
  • Restrictions on where billboard companies can put up new digital and traditional signs would be weakened under a recent vote by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. Companies would get around the limits under certain conditions by paying additional fees to the city. L.A. Times Opinion
  • A robbery suspect was captured after jumping into Echo Park Lake. A shotgun was also pulled out of the water. The Eastsider
  • Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won Tuesday’s 34th Congressional District runoff election against attorney Robert Lee Ahn. Gomez, who lives in Eagle Rock, will replace Xavier Becerra, who was appointed to state Attorney General earlier this year.  L.A. Times & KPCC
  • The Metropolitan Water Agency said it will remove controversial “No Trespassing” signs along a section of the Eagle Rock Canyon trail. The Eastsider
  • Caltrans may be stopped from raising rent on 460 homes the agency owns along the route of the 710 Freeway extension once proposed to pass through El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena. Whittier Daily News
  • The Fire Department is moving ahead with plans to use drones during fires and other emergencies to provide an aerial view of conditions to firefighters on the ground. KPCC
  • There’s a new record for the highest price paid on a single-family home in Angeleno Heights in recent years: $1.6 million for a 4-bedroom, 1906 Craftsman. Redfin
  • A blacksmithing school in Glassell Park is forging new signs for Debs Park.. The Eastsider
  • An 18-year-old was shot by police in El Sereno during a pedestrian stop, one day after he had graduated high school. The man, reportedly a reformed gang member, was left in critical condition. The Eastsider & NBC Los Angeles
  • A man who served 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has announced he is running for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Jimmy Gomez, who was just elected to Congress. KPCC
  • Marijuana stores would be restricted to primarily commercial and industrial areas and would also be prevented from operating within 800 feet of schools, libraries, parks and other pot shops under proposed city regulations. L.A. Times
  • Dodger Stadium will for the first time host the kickoff party for the LA Pride festival as part of LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium.  Dodgers
  • A Cal State L.A. student and immigration rights activist has been released from custody after being held by the Border Patrol because she is in the country illegally. Supporters claim that Claudia Rueda of Boyle Heights had been detained by the Border Patrol in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother by federal agents. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Antonio Varela

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