Edited BY BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- The porn industry takes issue with a proposal to block pornographic websites on city library computers. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, said libraries can install privacy screens to shield children and other library patrons from pornographic content being watched on computer screens. “We’re concerned about any motion that would arbitrarily limit access to particular sites or content,” said a coalition official. L.A. Weekly
- Thomas Markle, whose daughter Meghan is engaged to Britain’s Prince Harry, rents a Los Feliz apartment across from Prospect Studios while living most of the time in Mexico. Markle, a retired Hollywood lighting director, maintains a ground floor apartment, and a neighbor said “He’s always been a great neighbor. He loves children. There are seven or eight young kids in this building and he’s like Santa Claus. He always brings gifts for the kids, especially at Christmas.” Daily Mail
- Renting vehicles to the homeless has become an emerging business. One woman pays $500 a month to live in a box truck parked on the streets along the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. “I mean, I don’t plan on doing it forever, but for now it’s kind of exciting and fun,” said Melody Groundflyer, a cable TV technician. KPCC
- Numerous Atwater Village residents received notices from the city advising them to paint bare wood fences and gates or risk a $660 fine. L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez took the city to task, saying, “When it comes to private property, let’s go after the over-heaped dumpsters and front-yard car-repair operations. That seems more important than the little stuff.” L.A. Times
- A bus traveling in the 10 Freeway HOV lane crashed into a wall near State Street in Boyle Heights late Monday afternoon, leaving half a dozen passengers injured. None of the injuries, however, were considered life threatening. My News LA
- A 132-year-old horse drawn streetcar that apparently used to travel between Downtown L.A. and Lincoln Heights was sold to an undisclosed buyer for just over $20,000. The Eastsider
- An Occidental College music teacher has been nominated for two Grammies for his work in classical music. Assistant Professor Adam Schoenberg’s Picture Studies was nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and an album of his music was nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical. Occidental College
- A new charter elementary school is in the works for Boyle Heights. A developer is planning a structure for at least 625 students at Soto Street one block away from Roosevelt High School. The Eastsider
- The city has paid $2.5 million to settle seven sexual harassment cases in the last five years. Officials say that number of complaints may even be underreported. KPCC
- A man threatened to jump from an overpass near Avenue 43 in Montecito Heights, causing the Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Freeway) to close in both directions. The man was eventually taken into custody for evaluation. My News LA
- An LAPD captain from the Rampart Division is being investigated over his possible connection to a Sun Valley warehouse where the report of a burglary revealed the discovery of a marijuana grow. Capt. Phillip A Smith told ABC7 he was not connected to the marijuana grow but did report the burglary while off duty. It’s not clear, however, how he became aware of the burglary or what he was doing in the area, said the L.A. Times. The Rampart Division covers Angeleno Heights and portions of Echo Park and Silver Lake south of Sunset Boulevard.
- The pros and cons of Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez, candidates for the 51st State Assembly District race: The Eastsider offers perspectives here and here
- Speaking of elections … what is it like to lose one? Three former candidates for Congress and state Assembly talk about what it’s like to run and not win in an Eastside election. The Eastsider
Photo of the Week
- You’ve seen them by the curbs of Echo Park and Silver Lake: abandoned sofas, chairs and appliances painted with the face of a sad clown. An artist working under the name Lonesome Town takes credit for the work. L.A. Weekly
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