EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- An agreement has been reached between renters – several of them mariachis – and the landlord of a Boyle Heights apartment building over a sharp rent hike. Tenants now will face much smaller increases and will have some back rent forgiven as part of a legal settlement with a Boyle Heights landlord who wanted to raise rents by as much as 80%. KPCC
- A new walking path across the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir opened to a large crowd, who took in the views and explored the reservoir grounds that are normally closed to the public. The Eastsider
- The 12-year-old student who was shot in a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School just south of Echo Park is a refugee whose father was killed in Iraq, his former teacher told CBS2. Issa Al-Bayati is back home now but a bullet is still lodged in his head and he has trouble with his vision and moving his legs. Al-Bayati was wounded when a gun contained in a fellow student’s backpack went off accidentally. CBS 2
- Two small quakes rattled the Echo Park and Silver Lake area early Saturday morning, according to preliminary information posted by LA Quake Bot. A 2.9 quake hit around 2:20 a.m and a second tremor measuring 1 struck a few minutes later. These were defined as “micro quakes” by automated systems at the Southern California Earthquake Data Center but were apparently large enough to awaken and be felt by many people in El Sereno, Highland Park, North Hollywood and Pasadena, according to Twitter and Facebook users. The Eastsider
- A $6 billion proposal to widen the 710 Freeway between Long Beach and East Los Angeles got backing from the staff of Metro to deal with increased truck traffic. Adding a lane in each direction would displace more than 400 people who live in 109 homes next to the freeway where it would be expanded. In addition, 158 businesses would have to also find new locations. The recommendation is scheduled to be voted on by Metro’s board next month. L.A. Times
- After scraping up some of the dried gum that dots the sidewalks of Figueroa Street in Highland Park, about a dozen volunteers found themselves with another problem: gray stains left behind by the gum. The Eastsider
- Actress Arielle Kebbel said her sister, Julia Kebbel, has been found about two weeks after she went missing in Silver Lake. Kebbel said her sister, a promotions director at NBCUniversal, was safe but did not explain her disappearance. Hollywood Reporter
- For Valentine’s Day, a few couples shared their love stories and told how they’ve learned to juggle their personal and work relationships while making it look, taste and sound so good. The Eastsider
- Two Silver Lake homes — one considered a masterwork by architectural legend Rudolph M. Schindler, the other an uncelebrated duplex designed by a contractor no one has ever heard of — have been nominated to become city historic landmarks. The Eastsider
- What qualities would like to see in the next chief of police once Charlie Beck retires later this year? The police department is asking residents to take a survey on that question. LAPD
- A 419-unit apartment complex next to the L.A. River in Glassell Park is being opposed by the Friends of the Los Angeles River and Clockshop, an arts group that stages events next to the apartment site. The groups sent a letter saying the project would “substantially impact surrounding residential communities, neighboring state park projects, and long-established river restoration efforts.” Curbed L.A.
- Merced “Shadow” Cambero, a member of the Avenues gang, is expected to plead guilty for his alleged involvement in the killing and targeting of African-Americans in Highland Park 20 years ago. The 39-year-old Cambero, one of three men charged with killing Kenneth Kurry Wilson in April 1999, was arrested last year in Mexico after avoiding capture for more than a decade. My News LA
Picture of the Week
- An updated version of “Huckleberry Finn” set in contemporary Los Angeles will hit bookstores this weekend. It’s the brainchild of Mount Washington author Tim DeRoche, who partnered with Highland Park artist Daniel Gonzalez to create an homage to Mark Twain’s beloved albeit controversial book while exploring current issues such as immigration, race and religion. The Eastsider
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