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Strange lights in the sky; county adopts pot shop laws; Boyle Heights home for homeless youth

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

  • A $600,000 grant to Cal State L.A. students and faculty will help develop a motivational in-home exercise and wireless monitoring system for people with spinal cord injuries. CSU
  • Metro has proposed the elimination of day passes and tokens and shifting their value to TAP cards. The public is invited to comment on the changes ahead of a public hearing on Jan. 17. KPCC
  • Housing for homeless youth is being planned for a small plot of land in Boyle Heights. The City Council approved transferring the Aliso Triangle (on the cul-de-sac formed by Progress Place and Pleasant Avenue) to Jóvenes Inc., which already owns surrounding property. The Eastsider
  • The owners of Antigua Bread in El Sereno suffered an estimated $15,000 loss when burglars broke into the cafe in the 5900 block of Huntington Drive over the weekend and stole cash registers and a safe. Surveillance video shows the burglars ransacking the cafe.  Antigua Bread also operates a cafe in Highland Park.  FoxLA
  • Silver Lake resident and chef Neal Fraser will be among the people riding on Kaiser Permanente’s 2018 Rose Parade float, which promotes healthy eating and active lifestyles, said the health care company. Fraser, one of the owners of Redbird restaurant in Downtown L.A., is involved in an after-school culinary arts and careers programs and other community projects devoted to health and nutrition.
  • Changes are coming to Alhambra Avenue intended to improve safety along a stretch of road that has seen multiple fatalities and injuries in recent years. The project involves reducing the number of traffic lanes from four to two, and adding bike lanes and new blinking crosswalks at Hollister Street and a traffic signal at Lowell Avenue, according to city officials. The Eastsider
  • Marijuana retailers and related businesses would be required to obtain county public health permits and be subject to twice a year inspections under rules adopted by the county supervisors. Pot shops might also be required to post their county health license to set them apart from unlicensed locations. KPCC
  • From Grease to Grosse Pointe Blank, a look at the many film and TV productions in which Marshall High in Los Feliz has played a background role. Curbed LA
  • Here’s how you can have the city pick up your Christmas tree for recycling after the holiday. L.A. Sanitation

Real estate development this week includes:

  • ECHO PARK – Work crews have been showing up at the old Lyman Printing building at Alvarado and Elsinore streets – and the site should be ready for potential tenants within a few months, according to Ryan Afari of the Hillcrest Company, which is developing the building. The 91-year-old building is being made restaurant-ready, in case it becomes an event venue, restaurant or bar – and a deck is being installed on the roof. The Eastsider
  • HIGHLAND PARK – A bigger restaurant than expected is going up at York Boulevard and Avenue 51. The upcoming Taiwanese “fast-casual” eatery will be nearly 3,000 square feet, occupying not only the former site of Ba Restaurant but also the space next door once occupied by Elsa’s, according to Building and Safety and Planning Department records. The Eastsider

Photo of the Week

Silver Lake | Photo by Lisa Hart

  • A strange display of lights and clouds from SpaceX’s satellite rocket launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County had heads turning and people across L.A. taking photos. The Eastsider
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