Judge bars nuns from lawsuit; homeless student housing; series highlights – beyond the games

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Rowena Ponds, an artificial lake in Los Feliz, has been temporarily drained “to remove any organic material that has built up, to inspect the ponds liners and filtration system, to perform any needed minor maintenance work, and to refresh the pond water for algae and odor control,” the L.A. Department of Water and Power said in a statement. The refilling is scheduled to begin early next month. The Eastsider
  • A judge ruled that a pair of nuns opposed to the sale of a former Los Feliz convent to pop star Katy Perry can no longer be part of the legal proceedings. My News LA
  • Some members of the L.A. school board called on fellow member Ref Rodriguez to temporarily leave the board as he pleaded not guilty to charges of campaign money laundering. Rodriguez represents many Eastside schools. KPCC
  • Efforts to regulate short-term rentals remain stalled at City Hall, with council members asking staff for another round of proposals after failing to take action on previous plans. L.A. Times
  • Anne-Marie Johnson – co-chair of the Silver Lake neighborhood Council and a working actress since the early 1980s – talks about her vision of Silver Lake, the neighborhood where she’s lived nearly since birth. The Eastsider
  • Candidates for the 51st Assembly District held the first in a series of debates (the same day the Dodgers began the first in a series of games). Candidates Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff election. The Eastsider
  • A vacant city-owned property in Boyle Heights will be turned into housing for homeless college students. Urbanize LA
  • The L.A. Recreation & Parks Department will stop spraying the weed killer Roundup within 100 feet of playgrounds and dog parks after a councilman expressed concern about its potential for causing cancer. KPCC
  • One man’s mission to plant shade trees in Los Angeles: 38-year-old Mario Beccera is at the forefront of expanding the urban forest and spreading more shade across Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and other communities with his non-profit organization, A Cleaner, Greener East L.A. The Eastsider
  • Q&A with Sonia Marie de León de Vega, founder and music director of The Santa Cecilia Orchestra. The Eastsider
  • The first formal procedures have been developed to shut down the L.A. River for recreational use when dangerous levels of bacteria or other contamination are detected. The procedures were needed after officials failed to issue health warnings earlier this year when bacteria levels spiked in advance of a kayaking race. KPCC
  • An alumnus of a Boyle Heights elementary school gave two World Series tickets to the winner of the school’s essay contest that asked contestants why they are Dodger fans. NBC4
  • What the solar panel industry learned about the installation of solar panels on a hillside in Montecito Heights and at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. SGV Tribune
  • A few stories surrounding the World Series:
    – About 1,800 LADWP customers lost power Tuesday night, leaving them unable to watch the first game. CBS2
    – Vin Scully and Fernando Valenzuela returned to the stadium for the first pitch at Wednesday night’s game. ABC7
    – Echo Park was also hit with a “World Series Bropocalypse,” as guys packed into bars and vegan restaurants. L.A. Weekly
    – Many Echo Park businesses offered game-day discounts and deals, including the “Triple D” at Masa of Echo Park – a Dodger Deep Dish pizza with grilled Dodger dogs, jalapeños fritters, onions and bacon The Eastsider.
    – And traffic? Need you even ask? One fan said it took about 90 minutes to drive a mile. Fox11

Photo of the Week

Dodger Stadium | Sean Mayo Aguirre

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