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Silver Lake makers compete for $100,000 prize; illegal Boyle Heights pot shops remain open; El Sereno celebrates road diet & safety improvements

Makers: 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. L.A. Times Kheel has also created felt versions of local neighborhood signs.

Pot Shops: 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

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

Street: 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

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