Boyle Heights Mexican deli going strong after 50 years; illegal pot shops in Boyle Heights; proposal for tunnel to Dodger Stadium


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

Echo Park Rising has been running this weekend – a sprawling four-day music and arts festival with more than 500 bands, artists and performers in the lineup. Most of the acts are relatively unknown and some will only play 20-minute sets. But free admission allows visitors to come and go as they please, sampling a wide range of music performed on large outdoor stages as well as in small bars and cafes. The Eastsider

At least eight marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are operating illegally in Boyle Heights without the necessary city and state permits. Some of the shops operate near a boys and girls club, a skate shop and an elementary school. Boyle Heights Beat

An Echo Park duplex owned by rock legend Alice Cooper and his family has gone on the market for $1.299 million. That’s $599,000 more than what Cooper paid a dozen years ago for the 91-year-old Spanish-style property in the 1300 block of Laveta Terrace near Sunset Boulevard. Cooper is said to have used the duplex to write music for the Hollywood Vampires. L.A. Times

A company owned by billionaire Elon Musk today unveiled a proposal to build a 3.6 mile, high-speed underground transit system that would connect Dodger Stadium with the Red Line in either Los Feliz or East Hollywood. The Eastsider

The LAPD Central Traffic Division is seeking the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 67-year-old man in a crosswalk at Union Street at 3rd Street in the Westlake area.  LAPD

A man was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in East L.A on Sunday. Anthony Vargas, 21, was shot while fighting with the deputies after they arrived at a housing complex to look for a robbery suspect. ABC7

Los 5 Puntos is now well into it’s 50th year in business selling Mexican food in Boyle Heights – and business is booming. “(Hipsters) are great because they’re foodies and they love the Internet and they’re Yelpers,” said Stephen Sotelo, the third generation of the Sotelo family work at the buiness. “I would say the last three years, because of the [new] tables and social media, business is up 25 percent.” The Eastsider

Silver Lake artists and teachers Billy Kheel and Robert Mahar are among six contestants competing for a $100,000 prize on “Making It,” an eight-episode craft competition on NBC. “The coolest thing about the show is when kids come up to me and tell me they tried to make a quilt like I did on the show,” said Kheel. He has also created felt versions of local neighborhood signs. L.A. Times

A 16-year-old boy from Boyle Heights was one six people arrested for assaulting the staff of a Motel 6 in Claremont. CBS2

After a year without their own home field, the players, parents and fans of the Northeast Los Angeles Little League this spring returned to their home in Elysian Park after their once sinking ball fields were repaired. They even won an award from Little League’s national organization for their efforts. But one key element is still missing: a money-making snack stand. The Eastsider

City officials and residents celebrated $1.6 million worth of traffic safety improvements – including a road diet, new sidewalk, protective barriers and bike lanes – along Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno. Streetsblog

Public health inspectors are coming to Echo Park in search of the aggressive aedes mosquito, which has spread quickly since arriving in the region in 2010. Unlike native species, the aedes likes to bite all day long — preferably ankles and legs. LAist

The City Attorney has recommended the removal of bike lanes along Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake. The recommendation was made after the city paid out $700,000 to two cyclists who crashed on the street in separate incidents blamed in part on broken pavement. But transportation officials say they are looking at temporary repairs instead of removing bike lanes. Streetsblog

Police are seeking the suspects involved in two separate sexual assaults in Echo Park earlier this month — one victim was attacked on a bus bench and the other in an apparent case of date rape. Detectives do not believe the crimes are related. The Eastsider

Gene Evin Atkins was scheduled for arraignment Thursday on murder charges in connection with last month’s fatal shooting and standoff at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s. Manager Melyda Corado was killed by an officer’s bullet during a gun battle with Atkins. My News LA

An elderly woman was found dead inside her charred apartment after firefighters responded to a blaze at the 2800 block of Riverside Drive on Friday. The third-floor apartment at the Riverglen Apartments complex “contained excessive personal storage,” according to the Fire Department. The cause of the woman’s death and the cause of the fire were not determined as of Friday. The Eastsider

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