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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.

  • Supporters of the DACA program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — converged at Echo Park Lake after marching up Alvarado Street, with an estimated 1,000 people taking part in the march and rally that began in MacArthur Park. President Trump repealed the program, which shields about 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to hold work permits. The Eastsider
  • L.A. Times sports writer Bill Shaikin assesses the Dodgers’  dramatic “September collapse” that has left fans freaking out. “When your team has not won the World Series in three decades, and when the greatest hope since then threatens to dissolve into the greatest collapse in baseball history, you absolutely are entitled to freak out.”
  • Estimates for expanding the capacity of the 710 Freeway between East L.A. and Long Beach range from $6 billion to $12 billion. One option would add a lane between the 405 and 60 freeways and the other would create a separate lane for zero- and near-zero-emission trucks. Daily News
  • The troubled pedestrian tunnel near Micheltorena Elementary School is being methodically erased – the entrance demolished, the tunnel itself back-filled with slurry. It’s all supposed to be completed at the beginning of October at a cost of $160,000. The Eastsider
  • The chili was tasty but the teriyaki burger was only “O.K.,” according to student reviews of L.A. Unified’s new vegan menu. Daily News
  • Aging equipment, severe weather and increased demand are some of the major causes for at least 16 power outages that have hit Silver Lake this year. The Eastsider
  • The Animal Services Department is looking at removing labels and information that identify the breed of dogs at city animal shelters, in an effort to boost pet adoptions. Instead, labels would feature a dog’s size or personality. Fox11
  • The upcoming Eastside Food Festival in Los Feliz will include a Cannabis Corner, where medical marijuana card holders who pay an additional $15 can sample cannabis-infused foods and take home samples. L.A. Weekly
  • Felony charges have been filed against L.A. school board president Refugio “Ref” Rodriguez — a prominent charter school leader who grew up in Cypress Park — for allegedly violating campaign fundraising laws. Rodriguez and his cousin allegedly reimbursed nearly $25,000 to donors, according to a whistleblower complaint filed in March 2015. The Eastsider
  • Pedestrians would no longer risk getting a ticket for entering a crosswalk when the signals are flashing a countdown, under a law approved by state legislators. The measure now goes to Gov. Brown for approval. KPCC
  • Blue Bottle Coffee stores are now majority owned by Nestlé. Blue Bottle, whose locations include Echo Park and Los Feliz, has a reputation for high-end coffee and sleek, minimalist interiors. Nestlé, the world’s largest coffee producer, has a reputation for scandals such as draining water from the San Bernardino National Forest, despite its permit expiring in 1988. The Eastsider
  • Schools in Boyle Heights, East L.A. and Glassell Park are among 50 campuses that will share $150 million for additional tutoring, counseling and other services as part of a legal settlement between the L.A. school district and an education nonprofit. L.A. Times & KPCC
  • A pedestrian died after being struck by a Metrolink train in Atwater Village. The Eastsider
  • The LAPD faces a “significant challenge” dealing with homeless people as it patrols Metro buses and trains. KPCC
  • Downtown landlords are offering weeks of free rent and free parking after a building boom of new apartments pushed the vacancy rate to 12% – three times higher than the rest of the city. KPCC
  • Need a speed hump for your street? The Department of Transportation will start accepting applications for new speed humps on Sept. 22. LADOT

Photo of the Week

Echo Park | Katrina Alexy

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