Temporary rent control for East L.A. | 55-hour Boyle Heights freeway closure | Echo Park’s “Confounding Sculpture”

A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

East L.A. tenants will soon be protected by rent control. Drive the 101 through Boyle Heights? Might want to plan a detour this weekend. And more news about Cal State L.A., city council staff changes and a “confounding” Echo Park sculpture.  Read on:

Rent Control

L.A. County tenants said rents are too damn high, and L.A. County Supervisors listened as they approved a temporary rent stabilization earlier this week, reports the L.A. Times. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said the policy is meant to curb private equity firms from gobbling up apartments and jacking up the rent. Rent increases in unincorporated Los Angeles County, which includes East Los Angeles,  will be capped at 3 percent annually during a six-month interim period. During that time officials will consider and draft permanent rent control rules.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents East L.A., called the rent stabilization policy a protection for “responsible rent-paying tenants.”

“I represent some of the neediest communities in LA County: In the First District’s unincorporated areas, 29% of households are severely rent-burdened,” Solis said in a statement.  “Too many families are only a paycheck away from being homeless.”

101 Freeway Closure

No catchy Caltrans hashtag here: The southbound 101 Freeway through Boyle Heights will be closed this weekend. So speak softly, but sternly to your car this weekend in case it tries to jump on those southbound freeway lanes near Downtown. The 55-hour closure that begins Friday night will allow Caltrans can wrap up its $15.8 million road paving project.

The southbound closure  between Mission Road and 4th Street off-ramp will begin on  Friday, Sept. 14  at 7 p.m. and will creep into the early morning commute when it ends at 6 a.m. on Monday. It goes without saying, but expect delays with the planned detour.

Cal State L.A. Moves Up U.S. News College Rankings

A bit of bragging rights are in order for Cal State L.A., which was ranked No. 13 when it came to top public regional universities in the West. That’s up two spots from last year.

Now children from out-of-state will have more pull when they show their parents the ranking from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook. Those potential Cal State L.A. students can tell their parents that the university ranked 26th in the best value school category, 45th in best undergraduate engineering programs and 52nd in regional universities in the western United States.

Meet Councilman David Ryu’s New Chief of Staff

As Councilman David Ryu’s Chief of Staff is set to leave at the end of the month, his office announced it will promote from within. Nicholas Greif, currently the director of policy and legislation, will take over the chief spot once Sarah Dusseault leaves the position. Several other staffers at the District 4 office have received new job titles. Ryu’s district includes Los Feliz and a portion of Silver Lake.

“Confounding sculpture” Explained

 Take an empty lot in Echo Park and a structureless sculpture and you will have people talking. Read that first sentence again if you haven’t had your coffee yet. The temporary artwork by artist Tanya Brodsky, titled “1601 Park,” has been called a “confounding sculpture” by art blog Hyperallergic. With a metal fence, security door, window grate and sloped angles, the piece  standing guard over the empty lot “illustrates how boundaries and privacy are defined by architecture in Los Angeles neighborhoods.”

The sculpture across from Echo Park Lake has attracted the attention of neighbors, who shared their memories of the lot with Brodsky. Previously, the lot housed a 1920s era wood and stucco apartment complex built that collapsed in 2000. Brodsky called her work a memorial. After looking at the work pictured below, how would you describe it?

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  1. Looks like scrap.

  2. Frank-Gavin Morataya

    I think it looks rather interesting
    and speaks to the ever increasing
    corporate interests of land & money
    over people, it’s an empty shell
    representative of a home once filled
    with memory, tradition, security and
    dreams now a gutted carcass fed on
    by greed!

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