ICE detains pastor; Boyle Heights coffee house defaced twice; councilman helped solve murder

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Starbucks is planning to convert a Burger King into a drive-thru coffee shop on the border of Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. The Eastsider
  • A Boyle Heights coffee house that has been the focus of anti-gentrification protests was hit with vandalism twice in one week. The front windows of Weird Wave Coffee were broken only a few days after a glass front door was damaged. Boyle Heights councilman Jose Huizar said, “Race-based targeting or vandalism of any kind … is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”  L.A. Times (soft paywall) and Jose Huizar/Facebook
  • After dishing out classic Mexican-American fare for more than 40 years, Ciro’s in Boyle Heights is locked up behind a black steel gate, and many are asking if the neighborhood favorite will ever reopen. The Eastsider
  • A special election is now set to fill the 51st Assembly District seat, which covers areas from Echo Park to East Los Angeles. The seat opened after former 51st Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Eagle Rock was elected to Congress in June, filling the vacancy created when Rep. Xavier Becerra was appointed State Attorney General. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the Assembly primary will be Oct. 3, with the runoff on Dec. 5. The Eastsider
  • The pastor of an Echo Park church was detained during a routine meeting with immigration officials, raising fears the undocumented Guatemalan immigrant will be deported. The agency said Noe Carias, pastor of Iglesia Pentecostés Cristo La Roca de Poder, is a “repeat immigration violator who has assumed multiple identities and nationalities over the years in order to evade federal immigration enforcement.” But an attorney for Carias said the agency has exaggerated the alleged violations, which took place during the 1990s. LA Times and Daily News
  • Los Angeles has more than 40 gang injunctions in place — including for areas in Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, Echo Park and Highland Park — that restrict the activities of people named in court orders. Is your neighborhood covered? Check this map. The Eastsider
  • After being labeled as a gentrifying business, the Cream Shop, a barber shop that opened in Boyle Heights in July 2016, is starting to be accepted by the community, the owner said. Boyle Heights Beat
  • A man involved in a rollover car crash in Silver Lake died from his injuries. Joseph Centeno, 27, was trapped in his vehicle after it rolled over in a collision. Centeno lived in Silver Lake and was the father of a six-year-old girl. Go Fund Me campaigns have been set up to help cover his funeral costs and to help support his daughter. The Eastsider
  • The LADWP is filling up reservoirs and transferring water to other agencies to deal with a surplus of water thanks to record winter rain and snow. “All of a sudden now we have so much water that we got to figure out what to do,” said one official. KPCC
  • A string of late-night street robberies have plagued Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park, police said. Six robberies have hit these corridors in July, with most of them taking place the week of the 15th. The Eastsider
  • Evictions in Los Angeles under the Ellis Act are running more than twice as high as last year, according to a nonprofit group. There were 638 Ellis Act evictions during the first half of the year compared to 294 during the same period last year. L.A. Weekly
  • A stretch of North Broadway in Lincoln Heights is becoming safer but also slower at certain times of day, according to transportation officials – as Broadway between Avenue 18 and Mission Road, including the neighborhood’s main commercial strip, undergoes safety improvements. The Eastsider
  • Metro’s more-than-2,300 gas-powered buses will be replaced by an electric-powered fleet by 2030, under a proposal approved by the agency’s board. KPCC
  • Fans of Danny Duncan – mostly young and male – swarmed around Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard for his first meet-up, stretching around the corner from the new American Barbershop, where he was hosting an art show.  The Eastsider
  • Councilman Bob Blumenfield wants the city to look into offering waste pumping services to people living in the more-than-2,000 RVs and campers parked on city streets. Curbed L.A.
  • The organizers of Echo Park Rising have announced the lineup for next month’s three-day festival. The more-than-100 acts will include Alice Bag, Boogaloo Assassins and Surf Curse — as well as some new venues. Festival organizers expect at least 5,000 visitors a day to listen to live music and attend other events across the neighborhood. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Michael Hayes


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