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Elysian Park fires; crime levels off; fireworks – the good, bad and ugly

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Kevin Spacey sold his Los Feliz home – 6,600-square-foot, Tudor-style, 5-bedroom compound – for $11M. The Real Deal
  • Silver Lake resident Robert Stone was among the more than 100 Californians who killed himself last year under the state’s new right-to-die law. The 69-year-old, who was suffering from bone marrow cancer, took a lethal dose of secobarbital in September after watching a final sunset from his Silver Lake home. L.A. Times
  • Elevated walkways, an amphitheatre and kayak launch spots are among some of the ideas being considered for the first phase of improvements to the 41-acre site the city purchased along the L.A. River in Cypress Park and Glassell Park. Curbed L.A.
  • A group of friends that used to gather in Eagle Rock together to sing old gospel tunes is now touring the country as the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, which has released a new album. SGV Tribune
  • From Silver Lake to East L.A., the Eastside celebrated Independence Day with the usual blast of colorful and noisy fireworks — and possibly gunfire — that wowed as well as angered many residents.  The Eastsider
  • One side-effect of the fireworks: Lost pets – which panic and run at the sound of fireworks. As a result, the North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights is seeing large influx of dogs and cats that got frightened and lost. Volunteers are being sought to temporarily foster all these pets. L.A. Animal Services
  • A man and woman who allegedly robbed victims at gunpoint in Atwater Village, Downtown L.A. and Koreatown during a one-night crime spree were apprehended in Orange County after they crashed their car during a police pursuit. CBS2
  • Elysian Park has become a tinder box, with four grass-and-brush fires in little more than a week – including two in one day. The latest fire Friday took out nearly an acre in the eastern section of the park near Broadway. The day before saw two small fires, which were quickly subdued. Less than a week before that, a fire scorched about 5 acres on a hillside overlooking the 5 Freeway. The fires come as dry brush and countless dead and dying trees in many sections of the park have yet to be cleared away. The Eastsider
  • Meanwhile, other brush fires also broke out in Lincoln Heights and Glassell Park. LAFD & Twitter
  • A high-speed chase and police standoff in Glassell Park turned out to be a misunderstanding, as authorities determined the suspect was suffering a medical emergency and had not committed a crime. Before the end, though the incident had drawn police and media helicopters. ABC7 & MyNewsLA
  • After rising sharply for more than two years, the increase in reported crime appears to be leveling off and may even drop slightly by the end of the year, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a mid-year report. However, police union officials say crime – including violent crimes and homicides – remain substantially higher than in 2013.  L.A. Times  & Daily News

Photo of the Week

 brush fire on 4th of July

Lincoln Heights | James Ferrera

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One comment

  1. Lol those illustrations for the interim park are lies. The city will plant 15 gal trees and bulldoze them for the permanent park before they ever reach maturity like they did with the Cornfields. The interim park will be just as big of an unmaintained shithole as Rio de Los Angeles across the tracks with weeds, weeds, dead trees, and more weeds. Probably because SMMC is going to siphon as much of that $100m off as they can so Edmiston can live in his Palisades palace.

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