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East L.A. College student stabbed on bus; Silver Lake Rez turns green; Highland Park typewriter repairman faces 250% rent increase

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EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

  • The Dodgers will host the 2020 All-Star Game, for the first time since 1980. The news was big enough to draw Vin Scully out of retirement to help make the announcement. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred called Dodger Stadium “one of our iconic stadiums,” and said the city would be “a great place to showcase the young stars of our game. MLB
  • A student at East L.A. College was stabbed while riding on a Whittier Boulevard bus, and a suspect was arrested after video of the incident was released by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect, Manuel Ortiz, 27, is expected to be charged with attempted murder. The victim remains in critical condition. The Eastsider
  • Firefighters cut up a bus bench in the 1200 block of N. Vermont Ave. in East Hollywood to free a 70-year-old man’s “personal body part” that had gotten stuck in between the bench’s metal slats. Daily News & @KevinTakumi
  • The water in Silver Lake Reservoir turned green, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is still trying to figure out why. So far, they’ve ruled out an algae bloom. The Eastside
  • Tired of plain old ice cubes? Eagle Rock resident Leslie Kirchhoff sells a line of 2-inch decorative ice cubes that contain everything from chili peppers to roses. New York Times
  • A typewriter repair shop in Highland Park faces a 250% rent hike on a space it has occupied for more than 50 years. L.A. Taco
  • One of the two men involved in the sexual assault of a woman in a Hollenbeck Park restroom remained at large. The suspect is described as a male transient known as Ace. He is Latino, 5′-9″ tall and weighs 160 pounds. The other suspect, 55-year-old Carlos Fuentes, was apprehended by two transient women and others after they allegedly found him and Ace inside the restroom with the victim. The Eastsider
  • Homeowners could be paid to house homeless people and families in a second home on their property or in permitted garage conversions, under a a $550,000 pilot program from L.A. County. L.A. Times
  • Traffic along Echo Park’s hilly Baxter Street is getting some attention from the city, with Councilman Paul Krekorian proposing the city’s Department of Transportation look at options to deal with the problem. Residents have long complained that traffic apps such as Waze direct cars onto the street . However, Krekorian introduced a similar proposal three years ago that went nowhere. L.A. Times
  • Hollenbeck Park Lake in Boyle Heights is slated for rehabilitation as city officials focus on everything from poor water quality to soil erosion along the banks and sidewalks. The Eastsider
  • Why have so many architects set up shop along a short stretch of Hyperion Avenue on the border of Silver Lake and Los Feliz? There are at least ten offices between Riverside Drive and Fountain Avenue – a stretch of less than one and a half miles. Architects in the area noted that local history, the convenience of the area, the restaurants, and the timing of the real estate market have all played a role. The Eastsider
  • A low-hanging street banner apparently ended up shutting down both directions of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park on Thursday. The Eastsider
  • Should a stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard be renamed Silver Lake Village? That’s what some merchants have been calling the small cluster of boutiques and cafes south of the reservoir. Now, one shop owner wants to make the informal designation official. The Eastsider
  • A visit to the Echo Park home and recording studio of Gustavo Santaolalla, who has produced albums for  Café Tacuba and composed music for the video game, The Last of Us. The 66-year-old Oscar winner is now working on a new album with his own band as well as a musical version of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” in partnership with songwriter Paul Williams. KPCC
  • A Boyle Heights teen who was arrested for street racing will be competing against off-duty LAPD officer in a legal drag race organized by a religious group of motor sports fans. Daily News
  • Homeownership rate in Boyle Heights is a meagre 23% – significantly lower than the 34% homeownership rate in neighboring East Los Angeles and 48% in El Sereno. Blame high real estate prices, immigration status and insufficient credit history. KCET
  • A pregnant woman who was riding in a car delivered a girl on the side of the road in Atwater Village earlier this month. Firefighters who arrived at the scene cut the baby’s umbilical cord and took the mother and child to a hospital. Glendale News-Press
  • Tapping the L.A. River for stormwater or treated water will eventually dry out the river for several months of the year, disrupting plans to use the waterway for recreational and support wildlife, according to a UCLA study. “It’s going to be a tough tightrope to walk,” said Mark Gold, who spearheaded the study. “If we go all in on water recycling and stormwater infiltration and capture, then there’s not going to be enough water left for a thriving river.” L.A. Times
  • A person jumped or fell from the Avenue 60 overpass on to traffic lanes below in Highland Park. Reportedly, the male victim was struck by a vehicle after hitting the pavement. The driver of the vehicle stopped after the collision. The Eastsider
  • A section of the L.A. River Path north of Los Feliz Boulevard will be closed for six months. The closure and detour through Griffith Park were required as work begins on a $16-million bridge to span the L.A. River, linking North Atwater Village and Griffith Park.

Gang-related activity

  • A Toonerville gang member was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking and other charges in connection with his role in a Mexican Mafia-controlled network of gangs. My News LA
  • One man died after being shot in Boyle Heights in what police believe is a gang-related shooting. The victim, a Latino man in his 40s, was shot multiple times at about 4:30 pm in the 1000 block of Dundas Street near Wabash Avenue. The Eastsider
  • A man in El Sereno was shot multiple times while urinating in public. The victim is a self-described gang member who said he was shot by two Latinos while urinating in front of a restaurant. The 50-year-old man remains in stable condition. The Eastsider

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