Eastside Review: Homelessness rises; outside money in congressional race; man dies sitting in freeway fast lane

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A Highland Park family is searching for a Chihuahua-mixed name Chavelo who served as an emotional support dog for an eight-year-old boy with autism. The family believes the dog was stolen. KTLA
  • The great mystery solved: How do you pronounce the name of Taix restaurant in Echo Park? According to a member of the Taix family, it’s “Tex.” LA Weekly
  • A man suspected of killing and sexually assaulting two Lincoln Heights women six years ago has been arrested with the help of DNA evidence taken from spit on a sidewalk. The Eastsider
  • The number of people living on the streets or in shelters in the City of Los Angeles increased by 20% over last year, despite the relocation of thousands of formerly homeless residents into permanent housing. The Eastsider
  • Despite a vow to reopen by Memorial Day, the Brooklyn Bagel Bakery’s Beverly Boulevard location in Historic Filipinotown remains closed. Brooklyn Bagel now says it will take another three months for it to reopen. The Eastsider
  • LADWP electric customers could receive a credit and potential future savings totalling hundreds of millions of dollars under a proposed legal settlement approved by the City Council. The settlement would resolve three lawsuits that alleged the agency’s transfer of more than $200 million a year to the city’s general fund constituted an illegal tax.  L.A. Times
  • A 13-year-old Boyle Heights girl who went missing earlier this week showed up at her school Wednesday morning. ABC7
  • Developers have pulled permits to build nearly 100 apartments, a cafe and a gym in three new and existing buildings on Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. It’s one of several projects that could dramatically change the southern gateway to Echo Park from downtown. The Eastsider
  • More than 75% of the contributions raised by congressional candidates  Jimmy Gomez  and  Robert Lee Ahn  have come from outside the 34th Congressional District they are seeking to represent. L.A. Times
  • A robber at a Boyle Heights mobile cell phone store pulled the trigger of his gun numerous times at an employee, but it failed to fire, police said. It was one of about a dozen robberies and attempted robberies reported in Boyle Heights during the past month. The Eastsider
  • An off-duty police officer opened-fire on suspects in Glassell Park who were shooting at a group of people outside a party, police said. There is no evidence any suspects were struck by bullets. The Eastsider
  • A man was hit by at least three vehicles and killed on the 101 Freeway in East Hollywood while he was sitting down in the far left traffic lane. L.A. Daily News

Photo of the Week

Downtown view from Ascot Hills Park | Aurelio Jose Barrera

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