Body found in L.A. River; Metro ridership drops; prison for tossing pit bull off cliff

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Water-dropping helicopters took advantage of the recently refilled Silver Lake and Hyperion reservoirs, using a large hose to suck water into the aircraft. The La Tuna fire was raging at that time in the Verdugo Mountains. The Eastsider
  • The people behind Echo Park’s Cactus Store, Max Martin and Carlos Morera, have authored a book – Xerophile – about cactus collectors who search for rare species. “People get obsessed because a lot of [cactuses] are very hard to find,” said Martin. “It’s a treasure hunt almost.” L.A. Weekly
  • Several water-lines broke in the same morning in Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights, flooding yards, streets and the basement of USC’s medical school library. Officials didn’t know if the incidents were connected. The Eastsider
  • The first batch of mail-in ballots have been sent out for the 51st Assembly District primary on Oct. 3. The last day to register to vote online is Sept. 18. The 51st Assembly District covers most of the Eastside, stretching from Echo Park and Silver Lake on the west, Eagle Rock and Highland Park on the north and El Sereno and unincorporated East Los Angeles on the east. KPCC
  • The state legislature has voted in favor of renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway that runs along the northern edge of Eagle Rock in honor of former president Barack Obama. The Eastsider
  • Aerospace employee Juan Casas, who grew up in Boyle Heights and earned an electrical engineering degree at Cal State L.A., ponders his fate following the repeal of DACA that had shielded him at about 800,000 other undocumented immigrants from deportation. L.A. Times
  • A dozen years in the making, the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion, a large bus stop and waiting area shaded by a trio of canopies, is finally being dedicated. The Eastsider
  • A system that would inform residents by text when street sweepers had finished cleaning their streets would help reduce the number citations. But it could also cost the city between $4.5 million and $11.8 million in lost citation revenue. Daily News
  • The 21-year-old man who threw his pit bull mix, Mary Jane, off a cliff in the City Terrace section of East L.A. was sentenced to two years in prison for animal cruelty. ABC7
  • An 88-year-old grandmother and her grandson were sued by the City Attorney over alleged gang related shootings and other violence at the woman’s triplex located near a Boyle Heights school. NBC4
  • Ridership on the No. 2 bus along Sunset Boulevard has sunk over the years – with estimated weekday ridership in July this year plunging 35% from the same month in 2009. It’s a notable part of an overall drop in use throughout the Metro system. It’s not clear what’s causing the change, but one reason could be gentrification. Curbed L.A.
  • A gang injunction against an Echo Park man who has denied being a gang-member will not be enforced. A federal judge said that Peter Arellano, who is part of a civil rights lawsuit challenging city gang injunctions, “is likely to establish that the city did not provide him with due process in enforcing the injunction against him.” L.A. Times
  • The City Council approved renaming a Highland Park intersection after a gay man who was murdered in 1983. Robert Anthony Brown’s murder gave rise to a Northeast L.A. gay rights group. The intersection to be renamed is Figueroa Street and Avenue 41.
  • A man’s body was found in the L.A. River near Los Feliz. He has been identified as 27-year-old Jose Tejada. My News LA
  • Umami Burger in Los Feliz was closed for one day to deal with a cockroach infestation one week after the chain’s Studio City restaurant had also closed temporarily for the same problem. Daily News
  • “Alarmingly high levels of bacterial pollution” turned up in the L.A. River the same week as the L.A. River Boat Race. The environmental group Heal the Bay advised staying out of the river this weekend. But one day after the advisory came out, kayakers and canoeists went ahead and joined the river race in Elysian Valley. Heal the Bay’s warning was based on water samples taken on Monday following unusual summer showers. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Lincoln Heights | Martin Cox

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