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Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Vietnam veteran Jose Ramos received an honorary diploma from Garfield High in East L.A. at commencement last month. Ramos enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was a 10th grader at the school, and was already serving on the battlefield when his classmates attended graduation. Whittier Daily News
  • Metro, the same agency that operates buses and subways, is considering starting its own Uber-like service using vans that would offer “curb-to-curb” transportation. KPCC
  • Danny Munoz, co-founder of the Echo Park Historical Society, has died at 68. He also served as president of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County. Munoz turned the attic of his restored Angeleno Heights home into a 1,000-square-foot archive of historic photos, documents and other memorabilia that he shared with professional researchers and curious neighbors. The Eastsider
  • A plea agreement has been reached in the December 2001 murder of a Boyle Heights bar owner who was stabbed more than 100 times. Hugo Lara – who was connected by DNA evidence to the murder of Alfredo Trevino of the former La Cita bar on Whittier Boulevard – is expected to be sentenced to 22 years under the plea agreement. Lara is already in prison on a separate robbery conviction. LAPD
  • A baby boom of kittens finds many city shelters running out of room to house the animals. The North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights, for example, has 50 of them. Officials are asking residents to foster the kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. Daily News
  • A bicycle commute from Echo Park to Downtown: Matthew Fleischer, the senior digital editor of the L.A. Times Opinion section, takes us along in a 360-degree video. L.A. Times
  • The city is facing delays in removing RVs and campers occupied by homeless people from public streets, after two towing companies declined to renew contracts with the city. The companies said their workers faced unsanitary conditions towing the vehicles and they could not make any money under the agreement with the city. Daily News
  • Got $12 million and want to hear your name a lot on sports talk radio? The Dodgers are looking for a sponsor to pay $12 million a season for the naming rights to the ballpark’s playing field. Your winning bid would mean the team would play on (Your Name Here) Field at Dodger Stadium. The $12 million price tag is substantially higher than what some other major ballparks are asking for sponsorships. L.A. Times and Sports Business Journal
  • A southbound gasoline tanker jumped the center divider of the 5 Freeway in Lincoln Heights, colliding with a car and blocking all northbound lanes. The tanker truck was empty when it crashed. One person was transported to a hospital. CBS2
  • While gentrification foes are reacting against an independent coffee house in the neighborhood (including, recently, with vandalism), why didn’t they care when a Starbucks opened on Soto Street and Olympic Boulevard in 2014? The Eastsider
  • Police used cell phone tracking information to find two Boyle Heights teens who had gone missing. Jaylin Mazariegos, 15, and Adrian Gonzalez, 14, were found in South L.A. L.A. Now
  • Funding for surveillance cameras in Rio de Los Angeles State Park in Cypress Park has been approved by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners. The board allocated $175,000 following numerous incidences of vandalism and theft of park property. The Eastsider
  • One L.A. sheriff’s deputy fired as many as 14 shots at 24-year-old Edwin Rodriguez during a traffic stop in East Los Angeles last October, according to new details released in a court documents. An autopsy found a total of 17 gunshot wounds in his body – 10 of them in his back. Rodriguez, who was unarmed as he struggled with deputies as they removed him from a van, died from his wounds.  L.A. Weekly
  • A woman who lost her balance while taking a selfie photo caused $200,000 in damage after she knocked over a row of pedestals displaying crowns at the temporary 14th Factory gallery in Lincoln Heights. “Crowns are fragile things. They are symbols of power,” the artist Simon Birch said. “Perhaps it’s ironic and meaningful that they fell.” New York Times
  • Is your Eastside neighborhood covered by a gang injunction? You can find out on this map – but it may change soon. The city is considering major changes to the injunctions, prompted by a lawsuit filed last year claiming the constitutional rights of individuals are being violated. The Eastsider
  • The former USC med school dean has been barred from Lincoln Heights health science campus, in light of reports he used meth and other drugs while hanging out with young drug users with criminal histories. Though Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito already resigned last year as dean of the Keck School of Medicine, he still remained on the faculty, represented USC at public events and saw patients at the university-owned hospital. USC now says it is taking steps to sever all ties with him. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Earl Street, Silver Lake | pinotgirl17

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