EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- Six people, including two children, were taken to the hospital when a truck slammed into two cars in Cypress Park. The truck first struck a double-parked car whose driver had been seeking help for a problem and then struck a parked SUV as two children were being placed into the vehicle. The female driver of the truck is facing a DUI charge. KTLA & My News LA
- A wildlife experts says that visitors to Ascot Hills Park in El Sereno shouldn’t be too surprised to spot a bobcat in the park. The Eastsider
- A low-cost, electric car-sharing service has launched citywide, including stations in Echo Park and East Hollywood. Funded in part by the city, BlueLA rents electric cars to any licensed driver over age 18 for as little for as 15 cents a minute. Much like Metro’s bike-share program, cars can be picked up at any station and dropped off at any other BlueLA station. The Eastsider
- NKRIOT, a masked musician who lives with his grandparents in Boyle Heights, is attracting fans and attention with his brand of electronic music. L.A. Magazine
- As incentive for neighborhoods to provide more temporary shelters and services to the homeless, Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed additional encampment clean ups and police security. The mayor is also proposing to loosen zoning restrictions to allow for faster construction of temporary shelters. L.A. Times
- The 27-year-old man suspected of stabbing a bus passenger in East los Angeles has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem The Eastsider
- Councilman Gil Cedillo dedicated a new traffic signal at Temple and Patton streets in Echo Park on Monday about a block away from where another signal was installed at Temple and Laveta Terrace in 2014. There have been crashes and injuries and both intersections. In 2013, a 62-year-old man was struck by a hit-and-run driver at Temple and Patton and three girls were injured crossing Temple at Laveta in 2011.
- A portrait of Wayne Johnson, who has kept Rockaway Records in Silver Lake afloat, selling collectibles and vinyl records in an era when most music stores have vanished. The Eastsider
- A city councilman wants the city to explore legal action against Waze for creating a “dangerous condition” on many city streets. The traffic app has been a sore subject in Echo Park for directing cars onto the impossibly steep Baxter Street during peak traffic times. “After many years of trying to bring Waze to the table, it has become clear that this company refuses any responsibility for the traffic problems their app creates or the concerns of residents and city officials,” said 4th District Councilman David Ryu . The Eastsider
- A closer look at financial disclosures by school board member Ref Rodriguez reveal discrepancies about his declared investments in a firm that conducted business for the charter school company he co-founded. KPCC
- The Cultural Heritage Commission voted to declare two Silver Lake properties — including one designed by Modernist architect Rudolph Schindler — as historic cultural monuments. But it turned thumbs down on the nomination of a Craftsman bungalow that was once home to a Silent film era actor and director. The Eastsider
- Mayor Eric Garcetti will propose tripling next year’s budget for the Vision Zero traffic safety program to $91 million after it has failed to meet expectations for reducing traffic-related fatalities. While hailed by many pedestrian and bike advocates, the program has stirred up opposition from residents and some elected officials, including Councilman Gil Cedillo, for eliminating traffic lanes. Daily News
- The Bureau of Engineering has installed its first sidewalk made from sustainable materials in Los Feliz. The sidewalk, on Clayton Avenue near Hillhurst Avenue, is made from permeable pavers that allow water to soak into the soil instead of running off into the street and storm drains as would be the case with a typical non-porous, concrete sidewalk, according to the office of Councilman David Ryu. The sustainable sidewalk is part of a pilot project proposed by Ryu as the city launches a 30-year, $1.4 billion sidewalk walk repair program.
- Plans to convert an abandoned city swimming pool in Echo Park into a skate park and build a dog park on the grounds of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center have been approved by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners. The Eastsider
- The Sowden Residence, a Los Feliz home designed to resemble a Mayan temple, sold for $4.698 million. The 5,600-square-foot Franklin Avenue home was designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. Hot Property
- Whatever happened to the dog that was punched, kicked and slammed against gate before a witness called the police and followed the man? Well, that witness adopted it. “I felt so compelled to help this dog, and it has been nonstop work for the past two years,” said Tracy Richardson, a professional dog walker who was recently honored at a Courageous Citizen Awards Ceremony. “But it’s unbelievable how much progress he’s made.” The Eastsider
Scene of the Week
L.A. River Bank, Cypress Park | Tracy Stone
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