Jimmy Gomez’ path from Target to Congress; more elections on the way; fire department wants drones

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  • The story of how Eagle Rock resident Jimmy Gomez went from working at a Target store and Subway sandwich shop to serving in the State Assembly and now heading to Congress. L.A. Times
  • Jimmy Gomez’s victory and election to Congress means there will now be yet another election held to replace him as representative of the 51st Assembly District, which stretches from Echo Park to Eagle Rock.  Gomez has to officially resign his state assembly seat before the governor sets an election date.
  • An estimated 1,500 workers and volunteers are expected to fan out across the southern edge of Boyle Heights and neighboring communities this Saturday to inform them about the dangers of living near the contaminated Exide battery plant. The outreach comes as the state prepares to finalize a final, expanded cleanup plan.  KPCC & Daily News
  • Firefighters have warned about the dangers of drones interfering with firefighting efforts. But now the L.A. Fire Department is moving ahead with plans to deploy drones during fires and other emergencies to provide an aerial view of conditions to firefighters on the ground. The Board of Fire Commissioners approved the plans despite concerns the drone footage raise concerns about the invasion of privacy. KPCC
  • Looks like an Angeleno Heights home sold for a record high price: $1.6 million. That appears to be the highest amount paid for a single-family home in Angeleno Heights in recent years, according to Redfin. The record breaker is a four-bedroom, 1906 Craftsman set on a nearly half-acre in the 800 block of East Kensington Road.

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