Katy Perry wins in court; East L.A. patrol car kills boys; Amber Alert boy may be in Mexico

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Opponents to gentrification in Boyle Heights and elsewhere protested during a VIP opening reception for the Laura Owens at the Whitney Museum in New York. Anti-gentrification protesters demanded that Owens, who lives in Echo Park, shut down her Boyle Height gallery, 356 Mission, as they seek to close other art-related businesses, which they say hasten the pace of gentrification. Hyperalergic
  • A sharp increase in apartment construction has done little to reduce rents so far. During the past 34 months, 49,000 units have been built or are under construction in L.A. County, with 42% of those located between Downtown L.A. and the coast. Daily News
  • A mountain lion strolling through Los Feliz was caught on surveillance video by Cadman Drive near Griffith Park. KTLA
  • Undercover video outside city libraries shows people apparently taking drugs and performing sex acts as officers paid to patrol the facilities remain inside texting and talking. One officer appeared to be dozing. NBC4
  • A 15-month old Boyle Heights boy may have been taken by his father to family members in Sonora, Mexico, while the boy was subject of an Amber Alert. A judge had ordered Noe Reyna to be put in protective custody but the toddler and his father were gone by the time child welfare workers showed to collect the child. KTLA
  • Campaign workers for Assembly candidate Wendy Carrillo have been reported going door-to-door asking voters to fill out and hand over their mail-in ballots. The practice is legal but the L.A. Times said it raises concerns about voter coercion and intimidation as well as the security of the ballots. Carrillo faces Luis Lopez in the Dec. 5 runoff for the 51st Assembly District seat. L.A. Times
  • Glendale’s Scholl Canyon dump and landfill has once again raised tensions with L.A. – this time from Glendale’s plans to build a biogas-powered electric generating plant in the hills north of Eagle Rock. The Eastsider
  • The game of “pickle ball” has made its debut at city rec centers as part of efforts to boost physical activity among adults, especially older adults. It’s a sort of cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, using a table tennis-like paddle to hit what looks like a Wiffle ball across a net on a badminton or tennis court. No pickles are harmed. The Eastsider
  • A landmark mural in Boyle Heights will be preserved, according to City Councilman Jose Huizar and a property owner. There had been rumors that “El Corrido de Boyle Heights” at the corner of Soto Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue was to be removed or altered. L.A. Times
  • A Silver Lake businesswoman lost a court battle to Katy Perry in a fight over convent. A jury determined that restaurant owner Dana Hollister will have to pay $5 million in damages for interfering with the sale of a former Los Feliz convent to pop star Katy Perry. The Eastsider
  • Two young brothers were struck and killed by a sheriff’s patrol car as they were on standing outside an East L.A. bank with their mother. Some residents are asking if the deputies were careless as they were responding to reports of a shooting a mile away when they crashed. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week

Eagle Rock Plaza Community Corner, Eagle Rock | Lisa Anne Auerbach

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