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Campaign finance reform stalls; last of Echo Park dive bars closes; bishop faces suspension

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Efforts to reform the city’s campaign contributions laws, including a proposal to ban donations from developers seeking to build new projects, have gone nowhere at City Hall. L.A. Times
  • Six-year-old Elysa Shapiro, who is being treated for leukemia, threw the ceremonial first pitch at last Sunday’s Dodger game. ABC7
  • For any lane reduction – or “road diet” – in Council District 1, Councilman Gil Cedillo wants the right to approve, or disapprove. Currently, he’s opposing reducing the number of traffic lanes on a stretch of Temple Street in Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown. L.A. Times
  • The Highland Park father who was arrested by ICE agents as he was dropping his daughters off at school is closer to being deported after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to consider his case. KPCC
  • Residents were evacuated near the 3600 block of Floral Drive in East L.A. when police had a stand-off with an armed suspect and the L.A. County Sheriff’s SWAT team was called in. The suspect, who was sought in connection with a home-invasion robbery, was eventually found dead. The Eastsider
  • The last of Echo Park’s dive bars on Sunset Boulevard has closed. After about three decades in business, El Chubasco shut its doors on July 30, and its alcohol license expired the next day. El Chubasco was once in a string of dark and dingy Sunset dive bars that catered primarily to working class Latinos and Mexican immigrants. The other bars have either closed or, like The Gold Room last month, been upgraded for a more gentrified clientele. The Eastsider
  • The city has raised the rebate property owners will receive if they repair their sidewalks to $10,000 from $2,000 to increase participation in the program. My News LA
  • An East L.A. College student has been charged with three counts of sexual assault that occurred in his neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The Eastsider
  • Though Mayor Garcetti says the city is in a strong financial position, rising pension costs will help create an estimated $200 million budget gap within two years, and legal settlements and other decisions will only add to the financial costs and pressure on the city. L.A. Times
  • A new county mental health and wellness center is now under construction in Lincoln Heights. Though the future three-story complex on North Broadway will have ground-floor shops, the the floors above will be the new Northeast Mental Health and Wellness Centers – a combination of two mental health facilities that have been operating in Highland Park. The Eastsider
  • J. Jon Bruno, bishop of the Echo Park-based Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, faces a 3-year suspension over his attempts to sell a Newport Beach church over the objections of its parishioners. Bruno, who has been involved with the Echo Park parish since the mid 1980s, plans to retire by the end of the year. L.A. Times
  • What small Boyle Heights businesses owners are doing to stay in business in a changing neighborhood. Boyle Heights Beat
  • Mortarless Building Supply in Atwater Village has closed after 40 years. Mainly known for its tiles, Mortarless had become a staple of the Atwater Village community with its instantly recognizable murals on the walls of the Fletcher Drive building. The Eastsider
  • A new movie called “Silver Lake” – to be directed by Sean McGinly – will be about Nathan (Martin Starr), “his search for where he’s going in life” and his “relationships with his eccentric friends in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.” Among the types that have been sought for background extras are “Heavily Tattooed with Gauges in His Ears” and “Young Teddy Roosevelt Lookalike.” Backstage and The Hollywood Reporter
  • Large rocks were thrown into traffic lanes on the 101 Freeway near Silver Lake Boulevard, damaging two northbound vehicles. The windshield of one car was shattered and headlight of another vehicle was broken. KTLA

Photo of the Week

Cypress Park | Katrina Alexy

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