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Minimum wage rises; Gomez swearing-in delay; Atwater gang member guilty

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A man was wounded in the arm in an apparent gang shooting in Highland Park. Two other men asked what gang he belonged to, then later pulled up and fired at him while he was sitting in his vehicle at a stop sign. Police said the victim is not believed to be in a gang.  The Eastsider
  • Cal State L.A. is seeking the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the El Sereno college and ex-athletic director Mike Garrett. The school says that claims by former CSULA senior associate athletic director Sheila Hudson are a “spectacular display of sour grapes” because she was not named the college’s athletic director. MyNewsLA
  • The beleaguered Los Angeles River Shared Path for pedestrians and bikes is getting some long-due good news in the form of $1 million from the city. But it’s not yet clear how that money will halt years of tension as well as collisions between bikes and pedestrians. The Eastsider
  • Leonardo Vilchis – executive director of Union de Vecinos, a Boyle Heights nonprofit that’s helping lead anti-gentrification protests against new art galleries and a coffee house – likened the new businesses to cancer cells that need to be removed. NPR
  • Cruising has revived along Whittier Boulevard, and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis wants to clamp down on cruising events that draw 2,000 classic as well as rather ordinary cars. The Eastsider
  • A fight between several Angel and Dodger fans broke out at Dodger Stadium during the first night of the Freeway Series. One man with a bloodied face and Angels jersey was photographed being escorted by security officers. ABC7
  • Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect or suspects who fatally shot 24-year-old Fredis Mejia earlier this month. Mejia, a salesman who worked in the Downtown Fashion District, was standing on the sidewalk in the 400 block of North Coronado Street on Friday, June 9 at about 8:40 pm when the suspect or suspects walked up and shot him multiple times before fleeing on foot. The Eastsider
  • The City Council approved six pay increases over five years to members of LADWP’s largest union. Three council members, including 4th District Councilman David Ryu and 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, voted against the increase amid concerns it had been rushed through without previous public hearings. MyNewsLA
  • Middle school boys from across East Los Angeles will be headed to Cal State L.A. during the summer to learn about coding, 3-D printing, robotics and entrepreneurship as part of a program to interest minority students in technology, science and related subjects. The Eastsider
  • A measure that would make it harder for landlords to evict tenants from buildings not covered by rent control moved ahead in the City Council. The proposal, introduced by 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo, would require landlords to justify the removal of tenants. L.A. Times
  • Employers in the City of Los Angeles with 26 or more workers must start paying at least $12 an hour this weekend under the new citywide minimum wage. That’s a $1.50-cent increase – or nearly 15% – above the current $10.50 minimum. The Eastsider
  • Congressman-elect Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park will finally be sworn in as Congressman on July 11. Gomez, a Democrat who is currently serving as a state assemblyman, had been criticized by Republicans for delaying his swearing-in ceremony. Politico
  • The remaking of Temple Street continues with yet another proposal for a large residential development between Echo Park and downtown – a 53-unit building at the southwest corner of Temple and Beaudry streets. The Eastsider
  • A Toonerville gang member from Atwater Village plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and other charges for his role in a Mexican Mafia-controlled network of gangs. MyNewsLA
  • A pair of F-15 fighter jets roared across the skies over Echo Park and Northeast L.A. on Thursday afternoon, surprising many residents as well as local officials. Those planes will be back next week because they were training for a July 4th flyover at Dodger Stadium. L.A. Times
  • A Cal State L.A. kinesiology student was awarded $210,000 after a federal decided in his favor in an excessive-use-of-force lawsuit against an off-duty LAPD officer. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Columbia Mills, Lincoln Heights | Katrina Alexy

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