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Baxter Street to go one-way; decrease in gun buybacks; Marc Maron sells home

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Parts of Baxter and Fargo — two of the city’s steepest streets — will be made one-way, after years of traffic problems blamed on drivers using Waze and other navigation apps. The Department of Transportation said one-way signage and additional stop signs could go up as soon as this week.  The Eastsider

City officials could not explain a nearly 40% drop in the number of weapons collected at recent gun buyback events near Dodger Stadium and in Mission Hills. Gun owners turned over 478 firearms — including shotguns and assault weapons — in return for gift cards. In comparison, last year’s event collected 788 guns. My News LA

Marc Maron sold his Spanish-style Highland Park home, including the famous garage that served as his podcast studio, for $920,000 — $171,000 above the asking price. Countless WTF guests — including then President Barack Obama — traveled to Maron’s home in the 1800 block of Phillips Way to be interviewed for the podcast.  The Eastsider

Housing for the homeless could replace the handball and basketball court behind The Echo nightclub in Echo Park, under a plan suggested by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. The city-owned property on Glendale Boulevard south of Sunset Boulevard “may be suitable for development as permanent supportive housing to help address the city’s homelessness and housing crisis,” said O’Farrell’s City Council motion. The Eastsider

Developers and property owners who were once required to replace street trees that they cut down will now be able to pay the city a fee ranging from $267 to $2,612 for planting replacement trees nearby. L.A. Times

A police pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle ended with a crash and five people in custody, including a suspect who was run over. The suspect was surrendering to police when the vehicle, which struck a parked car, began rolling away and hit the man. The Eastsider

Mission Dolores in Boyle Heights is best known as the birthplace of the anti-gang program Homeboy Industries. But the 850-member parish also serves as a homeless shelter and hosts a law clinic, parenting classes and other social services. National Catholic Reporter

Ground has been broken for a bridge that will allow pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists to cross over the L.A. River between North Atwater Village and Griffith Park. The 300-foot-long bridge had initially been expected to be paid for entirely with private funds and was to be turned over to the city at no cost. But public monies ended up being used to pay for most of the structure, as estimated costs tripled. The Eastsider

Los Angeles has been declared the “Most Vegan-Friendly City” by the animal rights group PETA. The announcement came during an award ceremonies at Little Pine, the Silver Lake restaurant owned by Moby. A replica of the Hollywood sign carved out of vegetables was featured at the event. PETA

Bus-only lanes along Vermont Avenue would mean faster trips for riders in East Hollywood and beyond. But that same concept, now being studied by Metro over the very longterm, would eliminate street parking on many stretches of the busy roadway. The Eastsider

The clash between “chipsters” — Chicano hipsters — and Latino anti-gentrification activists in Boyle Heights and other neighborhoods is the subject of an L.A. Times column by Gustavo Arellano. He hopes the two groups can find a middle ground. “This may look like an intraethnic fight, but how it plays out could have implications for the future of urban neighborhoods across the country.” L.A. Times

The project to close an eight-mile gap in the L.A. River path between Elysian Valley and Vernon is moving forward. Metro staff has recommended paying the firm CH2M Hill $45.9 to conduct engineering and environmental studies for the bike and pedestrian path that would run along the west bank of the river through Downtown. Once the gap is filled, the path will stretch 32 miles from Griffith Park to Downtown Long Beach. The Source

The staff of Immaculate Heart in Los Feliz shared memories of alumnus Meghan Markle, who attended the Catholic high school and middle school during the 1990s. And students held a viewing party to watch and cheer as Markle, who graduated there in 1999, married British Prince Harry on Saturday. Los Feliz Ledger & L.A. Times

A woman who went into labor on the 5 Freeway in Lincoln Heights thanked the two CHP officers who delivered her daughter, Mia Ariyah Lopez, on Mother’s Day.  “You don’t really think about everything that’s happening until after the fact,” officer Kyle Biedermann said during a Friday news conference. “After the fact we were talking about it and we were just like, ‘Wow! We delivered a baby.’” KTLA

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