Occidental ends football season early; Dodgers frenzy strikes; porta-potties to battle Hep A?

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Several spot fires are being blamed on a man described as a transient. The suspect was arrested in connection with blazes near the junction of the 5, 60 and 101 freeways in Boyle Heights during the evening rush hour. Patch
  • A boom in artisanal ice cream shops has been overtaking the Eastside. In less than three years, nine shops have opened or have announced plans to do so in Atwater Village, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The Eastsider
  • One of the men suspected in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Brenda Sierra of East L.A. girl was killed in Sinaloa, Mexico. George Barraza was on the U.S. Marshal Service’s “15 Most Wanted” list for the murder of Sierra, who officials believe was killed in retaliation after her brother provided witness testimony to a gang shooting. L.A. Times
  • In the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak, a network of portable toilets with attendants might be set up under a motion before the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. MyNewsLA
  • Occidental College has canceled the rest of its football season, with officials saying the team simply doesn’t have enough healthy players to finish out the four remaining Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games. “No one wanted or expected the season to end this way,” President Jonathan Veitch said. The college had already canceled two of its first five games this season, including a homecoming game. The Eastsider
  • The LAPD will be allowed to deploy camera-equipped drones in cases involving active shooters, armed and barricaded suspects and other high-risk situations, under a one-year pilot program approved by the police commission. KPCC
  • Samples of pot-infused products aren’t being handed out after all at the Eastside Food Festival in Los Feliz. Apparently the plan ran afoul of city laws. Instead, the Cannabis Corner section of the festival merely features a Cooking with Cannabis demonstration. Eater LA
  • But lest you think all marijuana use is currently above ground, firefighters discovered a marijuana grow while battling a large fire in a Boyle Heights commercial and warehouse complex in the 1600 block of S. Soto Street. NBC4
  • A 1920s-era electric sign in Echo Park will be lit up again – the 17-foot-high by 28-foot-long display atop the Jensen’s Recreation Center on Sunset. The animated sign of 1,300 red, green and white light bulbs depicts a bowler throwing a strike, a reminder that a small bowling alley once operated in the building’s basement. Some preservationists believe it’s the only sign of this type and size remaining in the United States. The Eastsider
  • Congressman Adam Schiff has launched a second attempt to expand the boundaries of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include Debs Park, Elysian Park, Griffith Park  and stretches of the Arroyo Seco and L.A. River. Daily News & Curbed L.A.
  • After nearly 40 years in business, the family behind Eastern Group Publications has decided to sell the bilingual newspaper chain that has covered Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, East L.A. and several other Eastside communities. The Eastsider
  • The Dodgers victory led to crowd problems. Sheriff’s deputies closed off streets and shot pepper balls after a large crowd of fans gathered near Whittier and Atlantic boulevards in East Los Angeles to celebrate the team’s victory over the Chicago Cubs and their advance to the World Series. Officials declared an unlawful assembly after the crowd spilled into traffic lanes. ABC7
  • The Dodgers have also prompted an online buying frenzy. Asking prices on Dodger Stadium tickets for the World Series have averaged $3,164 at ticket reselling sites. A standing-room ticket was going for $888. One fan paid more than $37,000 for two seats behind the dugout. ESPN
  • A conflict-of-interest probe of school board member Ref Rodriguez has ended for now, without the Fair Political Practices Commission taking any action against him over a $265,000 transfer of funds. Rodriguez, who represents many Eastside schools, authorized the transfer from a charter school company he co-founded to a nonprofit he controlled. School official said it’s not clear how those funds were used, prompting the filing of a conflict-of-interest complaint. L.A. Times
  • A popular Lincoln Heights taco vendor was closed down by a large force of police, according to witnesses. Officials moved in and confiscated the team’s equipment. It’s not clear if the closure is permanent or the stand will relocate someplace else. Eater LA

Photo of the Week

Jensen’s sign, when it was turned on temporarily during repairs | Michael Hayes

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