A recap of this week’s Eastside news.
- Boyle Heights tenants near Mariachi Plaza are going to court after being threatened with eviction for refusing to pay rent. In an ongoing battle with their landlord, the tenants were hit with rent increases as high as $800 a month. Courthouse News
- Restrictions on sleeping in vehicles near parks apparently haven’t been enough to get rid of campers around Echo Park Lake. The City Council is now considering a motion to prohibit the overnight parking of large vehicles around the lake altogether – anything longer than 22 feet or taller than seven feet, anytime between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. The Eastsider
- Here’s how you can have the city pick up your Christmas tree for recycling after the holiday. L.A. Sanitation
- A landlord group has filed a federal lawsuit over a city law that requires apartment owners to submit the rent, addresses, utility payments and other information about their tenants as part of a rental registry. The lawsuit claims the rent registry violates constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure. My News LA
- Laws that prohibit consuming pot in public, driving under the influence or use by someone under the age of 21 will still be enforced, even though it’s now legal to sell marijuana for recreational use, the LAPD says. L.A. Now
- Callers to the city’s 311 service request line saw wait times increase to an average of 6 minutes last year; operators spent more time handling individual requests while the size of the staff remained the same. City officials are encouraging residents to submit requests online through the 311 app. L.A. Times & KABC
- A 920-unit real estate development could rise along the Gold Line tracks by Chinatown, on a narrow and often steep ribbon of land stretching nearly a mile by N. Broadway. While developers say it will help link neighborhoods, residents of one of those neighborhoods, Solano Canyon, are less than thrilled about the construction of buildings rising as high as 14 stories on the other side of Broadway from their community. The Eastsider
- The weekly Atwater Village Farmers Market is moving to a new location starting this Sunday, Jan. 7. The market, which operated for years in the Wells Fargo parking lot, is moving across the street to the public parking lot at 3528 Larga Avenue near Glendale Boulevard.
- The pace of L.A. apartment rent increases will continue to slow this year as developers build thousands of new units, according to a real estate company forecast. The average rent across the county is expected to rise 2.9% this year – slightly below 2017 and sharply lower than the 6% increase in 2015, said CoStar. One UCLA real estate professor says the average rent might even remain flat or fall next year. “At some point something has to give,” said Eric Sussman. Curbed L.A.
- A truck driver has been charged with running over and killing a 69-year-old woman in Boyle Heights last month while she was standing near her motorhome. Daniel Rico, a 52-year- old resident of Rialto, is being held on $50,000 bail after investigators say he failed to stop his semi-truck truck and help Cynthia Szukala, who died on the night of Dec. 22 after being struck in the 3700 block of Union Pacific Avenue. The Eastsider
- L.A.Unified Supt. Michelle King will remain on medical leave for several months and then take early retirement at the end of June as she battles cancer. That means the L.A. school board, dominated by charter school advocates for the first time, will have to find a new district leader. King has been on medical leave for several months. Vivian Ekchian will remain as Acting Superintendent. L.A. Times
- Lewd conduct charges have been filed against Olympic gold medalist and East L.A. boxing coach Paul Gonzales. In the latest development, police said one of his young students, a 13-year-old girl, was allegedly molested earlier this year after she began attending a boxing club at a county recreation center where Gonzales coaches. L.A. Times & The Eastsider
Photo of the Week
Cartoon Car, Angeleno Heights | Kenny McPhail
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