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Eastside Review: LADWP raises; Eastside’s fault line; Latino homelessness

Eastside Review Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Homelessness among Latinos has increased sharply, in the wake of steep rents and low wages. Latinos now make up 35% of L.A. County homeless, according to a recent survey, compared to 27% last year. L.A. Times
  • On a related note: After holding noisy protests outside art galleries, anti-gentrification demonstrators in Boyle Heights are now targeting another symbol of what they view as unwelcome change: the coffee house. The Eastsider
  • Members of LADWP’s largest union would receive six raises within five years under a proposal backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The raises – which could total more than 22% – are designed in part to retain linemen and other workers who have been leaving the agency for higher paying jobs at other utilities, says LADWP. However, one activist described the proposed hike as “just one more union giveaway.” L.A. Times
  • More than a decade ago, the city forced the owner of the Security Trust & Savings Bank building to sell the imposing structure for use as a Highland Park City Hall and constituent services center. Now, with the building remaining empty and unused, the previous owner says the city must now offer to the sell back the historic landmark. The Eastsider
  • Requests by disabled residents will receive priority as the city prepares to spend at least $31 million a year under a new program to repair broken sidewalks. KPCC
  • A Highland Park man has been charged with allegedly selling 20 kilograms of cocaine out of his home — which was also the site of an unlicensed day care center. The Eastsider
  • Surveillance video has turned up of a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist last week in Echo Park, leaving the biker to writhe in pain in the middle of the street. The video shows the motorist in a dark-colored sedan – a 5 or 7 Series BMW with a license plate that starts with WXP. Meanwhile, police continue searching for a driver of a stolen vehicle in a different hit-and-run from earlier this month that killed a motorcyclist on Sunset Boulevard. CBS 2 and The Eastsider
  • Metro will be offering free WiFi on 150 buses under a pilot program to test the service before making it available across its fleet. Green decals will identify the buses with WiFi. The Source
  • A man in Atwater Village died after jumping out of a moving car during an argument with his girlfriend, police said. The vehicle was moving at about 15 miles an hour along Edenhurst Avenue when the man opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle, striking his head on the curb. The Eastsider
  • Darlene Guzman of Lincoln Heights has spent more than five years struggling to find inner peace while seeking justice for her daughter, Bree’Anna Guzman, whose body was found next to a Silver Lake freeway offramp in January 2012. Guzman’s alleged murderer, who is also accused of killing another Lincoln Heights woman several months earlier, was apprehended in May. L.A. Times
  • Much of York Boulevard turns out to run near an earthquake fault, since the Raymond fault extends further west than previously charted. Under three revised maps from the California Geological Survey, the fault zone now includes includes new areas of Glassell Park, Eagle Rock and Highland Park. The Eastsider
  • The Gold Line will be extended nearly 12 miles to Claremont by 2027 after the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority approved a $1.4 billion budget. The line, which currently terminates in Azusa, will add five station stops: Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont. KPCC
  • A 40-year-old man was killed after being struck by a Metrolink train near Cal State L.A., prompting the shutdown of the San Bernardino commuter rail line between Union Station and the university. It’s the second deadly collision this year between a Metrolink train and pedestrian on this section of the track. The Eastsider
  • The family of 14-year-old Jesse Romero has filed a federal lawsuit over the fatal shooting of the Boyle Heights teen last August by an LAPD officer. KPCC
  • Why is the Gold Room closed? That’s what fans of the Echo Park bar on Sunset have been asking for the past six weeks since the front door was locked shut. The Eastsider
  • The owners of a Boyle Heights dump where a fire burned and smoldered for six weeks last year will not be able to accept any more debris under a court injunction. City officials claim that the 25-foot-high piles of construction debris weighing more than 22 million pounds were far larger than permits allowed. Daily News
  • The hardy ficus trees that line many city streets are being killed off by a fungus that can lead to a tree’s death within three years. About 25% of the county’s ficus trees have been infected by the airborne botryosphaeria fungus. KPCC

Photo of the Week

Debs Park | Katrina Alexy

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