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Save the palm trees; new school board chief; roller derby needs new venue

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • A 17-year-old woman from Lincoln Heights who went missing last Thursday has been found. Dexian Chen has been reunited with her family after being found in good health in Gardena, according to police. LAPD
  • Many of the city’s iconic palm trees are dying from a variety of diseases and pests. But the city has pledged to replace or has replaced some landmark stands and groups of palms at Echo Park Lake, Elysian Park and Lincoln Park. L.A. Times
  • Trepany House, a “hub for subversive ideas and performance,” prepares to leave behind its Los Feliz theater, which will be demolished and replaced by housing. L.A. Weekly
  • A Bakersfield geologist is suing the Dodgers over brain injuries he suffered when he was allegedly beaten after going to a playoff game in 2015. My News LA
  • A judge dismissed the case against an LAPD officer who had been accused of not arresting a suspected drunk driver in Boyle Heights. Prosecutors had claimed the officer and his partner falsified a police report because they wanted to finish their shift L.A. Times
  • L.A.’s female roller derby league has to change its event location again, saying it won’t be financially viable to remain in their El Sereno venue. This is the second time in three years the L.A. Derby Dolls have had to move. The Eastsider
  • The city’s general fund is going to take a $38 million hit to cover a reduction in earnings that support a municipal employee retirement plan. This and other pension-related issues will cost the general fund an estimated $170 million. L.A. Times
  • An Elysian Valley man has been convicted of selling counterfeit Viagra and other pharmaceuticals from his SUV while it was parked near the Cypress Park Home Depot. The Eastsider
  • Golden Road Brewing, which turned the industrial north end of Atwater Village into a destination for craft beer lovers, plans to expand statewide. Having been acquired by Anheuser-Busch in 2015, the company has now hired a San Diego architecture firm to use shipping containers to build multiple outdoor establishments, featuring a pub, microbrewery and outdoor seating area across California. The Eastsider
  • Students at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights have dramatically raised their math test scores after they began working in small groups to understand concepts and solve problems. However, the school still has a long way to go: Only 30% of Hollenbeck students met or exceeded state math standards. KPCC
  • A biennial count of cyclists and pedestrians will be conducted this month after the previous count showed a significant drop in the number of people biking. KPCC
  • Despite that possible drop in biking, Metro will be installing a pilot bike-share station near Echo Park Lake to see if there is enough demand to support a bike share network in the neighborhood. The Eastsider
  • Plans for the former El Chavo restaurant in Los Feliz are what you might expect for a storefront so close to the busy intersection of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards: Turning one restaurant into three. A back building that used to house offices and a small boutique is to become the two additional restaurants. Eater LA
  • Mónica García has been elected to serve as L.A. school board president after Ref Rodriguez resigned from the position as he faces felony charges for violating campaign fundraising laws. KPCC
  • As for Ref Rodriguez, it’s becoming harder than expected to trace the source of the $26,000 that he allegedly laundered for use in his school board 2014 campaign. Officials have said the funds came from investments that Rodriguez – who remains on the board, representing several Eastside neighborhoods – cashed in. But it’s hard to confirm this or any other source of the money. KPCC
  • Garfield High in East Los Angeles was locked down for an afternoon while police searched for two assault suspects who had run into the campus. NBC4
  • Some Eastside voters face yet another election this Tuesday – this time for California’s 51st Assembly District. The special election was called after former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 34th District. Gomez was the winner of a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, who left Congress to become Attorney General of California. By the time 2017 is over, some Eastside voters may have gone to the polls six times to cast ballots in primary and runoff elections. The Eastsider
  • A new female-driven wine shop is making its home in Silver Lake. It is one of the few wine shops in the country focused on female winemakers. The Eastsider

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