67-year-old bike rider killed in Glassell Park crash; Eagle Rock High grads celebrate 75th reunion; call to undo road diet


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

A passenger in a vehicle with an Uber decal was shot to death by a stray bullet in East Los Angeles. Deputies responded to the area near South Bonnie Beach Place and Union Pacific Avenue after a woman in her 30s was shot in the head while riding with another passenger. Homicide detectives said the victim was an unintended target. The driver and the other passenger were not injured. The Eastsider

Five surviving members of Eagle Rock High School’s Winter Class of 1943 – all of them 93 years old – gathered this month to share memories and celebrate their 75th high school reunion. The Eastsider

A homeless man died next to Angelus Temple, the landmark domed church across from Echo Park Lake, over the weekend. No foul play is suspected. Officers found 37-year-old Ezequiel Yamil Lecouna on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Glendale on Saturday, Aug. 4. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:12 a.m. from what is believed to be an accident or natural causes. The Eastsider

Undoing some of the Rowena Avenue road diet was one of the recommendations and options included in a transportation study. Under a section of improvements to consider, the study commissioned by Councilman David Ryu suggested restoring another lane for eastbound travel, either by removing bicycle lane striping from both directions, or removing the on-street parking and bicycle lane in the eastbound travel direction. The Eastsider

The former Campus Theater in East Hollywood will be transformed into a music venue. The former movie theater right across the street from the Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line station at Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard is to reopen next year as Vermont Hollywood – a 10,000-square-foot venue that can hold up to 1,200 people. Alexander Massachi, vice president of MCAP Partners, which owns the venue said it will “become the gold standard for the ultimate concert and event-going experience.” Curbed L.A.

Silver Lake celebrated the 35th Annual National Night Out, an event intended to build police and community relations. Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Michel Moore and even a magician were part of the crowd that gathered in a Glendale Boulevard parking lot for live music, food donated by local restaurants, fire trucks and police vehicles. The Eastsider

A 30-year-old man has filed a lawsuit against Metro after he fell onto the tracks and was run over by a Gold Line train pulling into the Soto Street station last May. Patrick Chammas, who lay unconscious on the tracks for 11 minutes before he was struck by a train, said the collision could have been avoided. L.A. Times

A homeless man was found dead inside a Starbucks restroom in Highland Park, possibly from a drug overdose. The man, 33-year-old Zachary Wayne Kiser, was unresponsive in the restroom of the Starbucks in the 6200 block of York Boulevard. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the restroom. The Eastsider

A seismic retrofit to a gym at Eagle Rock High and new whiteboards at Yorkdale Elementary in Highland Park are among some of the numerous repairs being made this summer at Northeast L.A. schools. Boulevard Sentinel 

Proposed new zoning in the “Flats” area of Boyle Heights would allow for more dense development and the creation of an “innovation district” that could bring more change and gentrification concerns. L.A. Times

It’s been 50 years since Room 8 Cat passed away this month after roaming the hallways and classrooms — especially Room 8 — of Elysian Heights Elementary. But while Room 8 is gone, he’s far from forgotten. The Eastsider

Peter L. Lassen, a long-time Echo Park activist, was found dead in his home on Boylston Street on Wednesday, said neighbors. The cause of death is unknown, but foul play is not suspected, according to officials. Lassen, who was in his late 70s, was an architect and active in numerous community groups and causes involving planning, urban forestry, the protection of Elysian Park and other topics. Lassen, a Vietnam War veteran who lost use of his legs in a land mine explosion, participated in several L.A. Marathons in the wheelchair division. The Eastsider

A 67-year-old bike rider died from his injuries after colliding with an SUV in Glassell Park. Apolinar Venancio was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk along Avenue 34 east of Eagle Rock Boulevard when he entered the street between two parked vehicles as a Chevrolet Equinox was traveling eastbound on Avenue 34. The bike and the SUV collided, and Venancio fell onto the street where he sustained head trauma. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Victorian Silhouette, Angeleno Heights | Giulianna Maria LoMaglio

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