Train derailment; smoke in the air; Huizar’s wife to succeed him on City Council?

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • With Indigenous Peoples Day replacing Columbus Day, 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who spearheaded the replacement efforts, celebrated the new holiday at events in Glassell Park and USC. My News LA
  • Having hawked peanuts and churros at Dodger Stadium for 43 years, Robert Sanchez said, “It’s not even about the money anymore. I love working here.” L.A. Times
  • Smoke from the Anaheim Hills fire in Orange County clouded the skies over Los Angeles, prompting air quality officials to issue a smoke advisory. The Eastsider
  • L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King has gone on medical leave after undergoing surgery for an injury suffered while she was on vacation. Associate Supt. Vivian Ekchian  is serving as acting superintendent.  L.A. Times
  • A record-high home sale for Eagle Rock: An approximately 4,600-square-foot, midcentury-style home sold last month for $2.115 million. Curbed L.A.
  • Unpermitted vending in city parks could be decriminalized under a City Council motion introduced by councilmen Mitch O’Farrell and Jose Huizar. Anyone caught selling food or services at parks or beaches would be cited for an administrative offense instead of a criminal misdemeanor. This is intended to protect vendors from possible deportation if they are in the country illegally. Daily News
  • The number of students enrolled in L.A. Unified this year dropped by 13,000 from the previous year to 513,875. The decline is slightly larger than expected and comes as the district has been launching new programs to attract more students. L.A. Times
  • The city will pay $1.9 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a Lincoln Heights man by LAPD officers. Police said that Luis Martinez lunged at them with an 8-1/2-inch knife. But the family of the 35-year-old man has refuted that account, saying he was restricted to a wheelchair after undergoing hip surgery. L.A. Times
  • The City Controller has issued a warning about the city budget as an increase in revenue was exceeded by an increase in costs, including those related to paying legal settlements. “The city needs a budget that is based on actual revenues and that builds rather than depletes hard-earned reserves.” Daily News
  • Details of a six-day, 119-mile trek from Elysian Park to the ocean at Point Mugu State Park. Sierra Club
  • The Bekins estate in Eagle Rock won’t become a religious retreat after all – despite support from the neighborhood council and the intercession of pop star Katy Perry. The 3-acre estate on Hill Drive is back on the market after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles abandoned plans to acquire it and turn it into a retreat for priests and bishops. The Eastsider
  • Five cars from a Union Pacific train derailed near the San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights, with no reported injuries. The cause of the derailment is still being determined. KTLA
  • 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar says that his wife, Richelle Huizar, is interested in running for his council seat when he is termed out of office in 2020. She would make “a great councilwoman” Huizar said at the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum. Huizar revealed the news several years after he apologized to his wife and family over a “consensual relationship” with an aide who later filed a harassment lawsuit. L.A. Times
  • An LAPD helicopter made an emergency landing at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The two officers aboard were not injured and it’s not certain what prompted the emergency landing. L.A. Now

Photo of the Week

Carlos Almaraz, Echo Park Bridge at Night, 1989, The Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Isabella McGrath

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