Frank Gehry in river plan; homeless arrests still rise; nun in Los Feliz convent case dies in court

Eastside Review

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

  • A nun involved in a real estate battle with Katy Perry died during a court hearing. Sister Catherine Rose, 89, and her fellow nuns were involved in a dispute with Perry over a former convent in Los Feliz. The nuns wanted to sell the convent to Silver Lake restaurateur Dana Hollister, but a judge ruled in 2016 that the sale to Hollister was invalid, allowing Perry to buy it from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. CBS News
  • Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and two other firms have been selected by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to work on a $7 million update to the county’s L.A. River master plan. Gehry’s firm has already been working on its own river plan, an effort that has been criticized by river advocates and others. L.A. Business Journal
  • A woman was shot and killed and another woman was wounded in the 4000 block of East Sixth Street in East Los Angeles. Officials said the attack may have been gang-related. The fatality was 21-year-old Brandis Tovar of Lynwood. The second female victim was reported to be in stable conditions. My News L.A.
  • LAPD arrests and citations of homeless people continued to rise last year, climbing 10% from 2016 despite efforts to find alternatives to law enforcement. An estimated 14,500 homeless people were arrested for misdemeanor crimes – including sleeping on sidewalks – while an additional 6,400 arrests were for more serious felonies. L.A. Times & Daily News
  • A gas line was broken in the 500 block of W. Avenue 28. Streets were closed, and about a dozen Cypress Park residents left their homes. The pipe was ruptured by a worker using a tractor to demolish a building at the site. Daily News
  • The L.A. County District Attorney said it will not file criminal charges against an LAPD officer whose fatal shooting of a 14-year-old Boyle Heights boy in 2016 prompted anti-police protests. Prosecutors said that officer Eden Medina used “reasonable force” when he opened fire upon Jesse Romero, who officers believed was going to shoot them. But witnesses have disputed the LAPD’s account of events leading up to the shooting, and Romero’s family has filed a civil rights lawsuit over the ase. L.A. Times
  • Plans are moving forward to build 49 affordable apartments for veterans and homeless people in Boyle Heights after Councilman Jose Huizar dropped his long-time opposition to the project. Huizar said he changed his mind after the developer of the project on E. First Street next to the El Mercado shopping center had addressed his concerns. Huizar has taken a lot of heat by homeless advocates for stalling the project for five years. L.A. Times
  • A new monument honoring Lewis MacAdams, the poet who raised awareness and appreciation for the long-derided Los Angeles River, was installed a few weeks ago near the waterway MacAdams has championed. The Eastsider
  • A large crew of workers was seen removing a large homeless encampment near Academy Road in Elysian Park, according to an Eastsider reader. The encampment had been there for about three years, she said.
  • A man suffered burn injuries after he splashed himself with gasoline and then set himself on fire near Hicks Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles late Thursday afternoon. His condition was not known. My News LA
  • Will a long-time service station in Silver Lake be preserved as a classic piece of roadside architecture, or will it be demoed for a new building? A City Council motion has been filed to declare the Precision Motors service station at 1650 Silver Lake Boulevard a Historic-Cultural Monument. The Eastsider
  • Civic leaders gathered at Echo Park Lake on Friday to launch an effort to overcome opposition and create public support for the building of affordable housing for the homeless. L.A. TimesKPCC

Picture of the Week

  • It’s not finished yet. But a new four-story apartment building that resembles a giant cheese grater on Sunset Boulevard is shaping up to be one of Echo Park’s most eye-catching pieces of architecture. The approximately 101-foot-wide aluminum screen shields the building against the sun on the south and west sides of the building. The Eastsider
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