EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- Cal State L.A. campus police shot at a coyote that bit a boy and acted aggressively toward a woman. The coyote was apparently hit but evaded capture as authorities searched the El Sereno campus. There was no information available about the boy’s condition. KTLA & University Times
- The L.A. Marathon — one of the world’s largest runs — sets off from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica this morning (Sunday) – an expected 24,000 runners, walkers and cyclists traveling a 26.2-mile route that includes Sunset Boulevard, Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street. The first marathoners (those in wheelchairs) leave the stadium at 6:30 am, but some streets and freeway ramps closed as early as 3 am. The Eastsider
- Tickets to see Hamilton went to City Council members and elected officials, including Mitch O’Farrell, Jose Huizar and David Ryu when the popular Broadway play opened in Hollywood. But these and other officials eventually ended up paying for all or part of the tickets several months later in order to comply with state and city limits on gifts to elected officials. L.A. Times
- Two churches that were damaged in arson attacks in January held a join Sunday service. The Episcopal Church of the Angels in Pasadena welcomed parishioners from Resurrection Catholic Church of Boyle Heights for Sunday services. While Church of the Angels has continued to hold services, Resurrection church suffered more extensive damage and has remained closed. “This is our church trying to reach out and be helpful to another church in need,” a Church of the Angels parishioner told the Pasadena Star-News.
- Why there are still no signs for the President Barack H. Obama Highway in Eagle Rock? Last summer the state legislature approved naming a stretch of the 134 Freeway in honor of the former president. But there won’t be any signs until private sponsorships are raised to pay for them. The Eastsider
- The sister of actress Arielle Kebbel explains why she went missing for two weeks in January, touching off a widespread search after she was last seen on a Silver Lake street. Julia Kebbel, who is director of promotions at NBC Universal, said she is bipolar and suffered “a psychotic break from reality” when she and her dog went missing. Hollywood Reporter
- A half-dozen women who became friends 80 years ago at Sheridan Street Elementary in Boyle Heights still meet once a month to reminisce and share new stories. L.A. Times
- It looks like Sunset Junction in Silver Lake will be home to two hotels, with one expected to open by the end of the year. A real estate investment firm is renovating a motel that had been used for long-term stays into a hotel with 54-guest rooms and a new restaurant. Meanwhile, a new, 4-story, 94-room hotel is planned for a block away as part of the Sunset Junction Gateway project. The Eastsider
- Outer screens were shattered at Bank of America ATMS on Figueroa Street in Highland Park, leaving the sidewalk littered with broken glass. The Eastsider
- Hundreds of students at Garfield High left their classes Wednesday morning and gathered near the playing field of the East L.A. school to honor the 17 people who were killed one month ago during a Florida school shooting. Students read the names of the dead and speakers asked lawmakers to pass tougher gun control laws. L.A. Times
- Enforcement for the city’s remaining gang injunctions was ordered by stopped by a federal judge. The injunctions have been credited by law enforcement as an effective tool for combating gang crime because they severely restrict the activities of those covered by the court orders. However, the federal judge said an ACLU lawsuit involving an Echo Park man, Peter Arellano, is likely to prove that the injunctions violate due process laws since he and others were not given the ability to challenge the court orders. Last year about 80% of the 8,900 persons covered by existing injunctions were removed from the court orders in the wake of the ACLU lawsuit. The city can still seek new gang injunctions but individuals must be able to challenge those orders in court. L.A. Times
- The man who drove his pickup truck into a Gold Line train tunnel in Boyle Heights to evade police was sentenced to two years in state prison. Twenty-seven-year-old Rafael Lopez Jr. struck a taxi and and drove on the wrong side of the street during a high-speed chase that began in Huntington Park during a police traffic stop. KTLA
Picture of the Week
Shadows, Debs Park | Megan Schwartz
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