ICE releases Lincoln Heights dad; Columbus Day replaced; fires and power outages

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A “goat yoga” class was held at an Eagle Rock home accessories and gift store. A pair of dwarf goats named Floyd and Roscoe climbed on the backs of students during their exercises. L.A. Times
  • Echo Park Lake placed 7th in a list of L.A.’s 10 Best Places to Smoke Weed. Griffith Park came in 4th. Green Rush Daily
  • Bubble-gum colored blobs have sprouted up on Echo Park Lake’s retaining walls, rocks and aquatic plants. These little lumps are egg sacks from apple snails – native to freshwater in tropical regions – that lays eggs in what are called “clutches” above the water line to protect them from fish. The Eastsider
  • The Los Angeles City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day from the city calendar. Over the objections of Italian American civic groups, the council made the second Monday in October a day in L.A. to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.” Mitch O’Farrell, councilman of the 13th District and a member of the Wyandotte Nation tribe in Oklahoma, argued that this would provide “restorative justice.” L.A. Times
  • Faced with a chronic housing shortage, city officials are thinking about building residences on city-owned land in Boyle Heights and Eagle Rock. The Eastsider
  • Neighborhood activists are concerned about a City Hall proposal that could dramatically increase the cost of challenging city development decisions. L.A. Times
  • Boyle Heights had two power outages over the course of two days. The Eastsider
  • Wells Fargo has decided not to host Atwater Village’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony after holding the event in their Glendale Boulevard parking lot for 25 years. Los Feliz Ledger
  • Artist Robert Vargas, who is painting a 60,000-square-foot mural on the a 12-story Downtown L.A building, said his work was influenced by the cultures he encountered while growing up in Boyle Heights. L.A. Times
  • Fire scorched more than 5,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains near Sunland, spreading black smoke spread across the sky, forcing the closure of the 210 Freeway, burning some homes and prompting evacuations. L.A. Times
  • A much smaller fire broke out in the outdoor section of an Atwater Village recycling facility. It was quickly extinguished without any structures being damaged. LAFD
  • Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, the Lincoln Heights father who was detained by immigration officials six months ago while taking his two youngest daughters to school, was released on bond by U.S. Customs & Immigration Enforcement. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Glassell Park | Jessie Carmichael

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