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$600 buys you nose-bleed World Series seats | Unlocking LA’s big data | Echo Park woman tapped for Public Works board

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Cal State L.A. has landed a $1 million grant to make public data more accessible to underserved communities. An Echo Park resident has been nominated to the Public Works board. Big Dodger fan? Prime World Series tickets at Dodger Stadium cost about as much as a car. News and Notes is getting you up to speed!

How much are World Series Dodger tickets?

Dodger fans are celebrating as their team heads to the World Series to play the Boston Red Sox. The first of three scheduled World Series home games will take place on Friday Oct. 26, with the cheapest tickets going for $608.

Does that kind of price tag give you the Dodger Blues? If not, maybe this will: A pair of seats on the same day in the prime Dugout Club with a close-up view of the field between home and first base runs about $12,500 apiece.

That fee delivers “an all-inclusive experience,” including access to the club’s martini lounge and a high-end buffet with restaurant-style seating.

Or, you could go buy a car instead.

L.A.’s big data unleashed?

Los Angeles has reams of data, with some of its most valuable information based on location (Think Google maps or Uber).

Cal State Los Angeles in El Sereno wants to access that information, not just for their students but for nonprofits and communities. They just received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant to help unleash that location-based data. The funds will be used to train residents, especially in underserved areas, how to explore, visualize and download city data.

The partnership is between Cal State Los Angeles, the city, Community Partners and the Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholars (SEEDS).

Echo Park resident nominated to Public Works board

Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Cecilia Cabello of Echo Park to replace Los Feliz resident Heather Repenning on the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. Repenning is stepping down to run for the Los Angeles Unified school board. Both previously served on Garcetti’s staff. Most recently, Cabello was chief of staff for City Controller Ron Galperin.

The board oversees the city’s bureaus of sanitation, lighting, street services, engineering and contract administration. While the board is pretty low profile, its  five-members — each of whom makes more than $160,000 — play a big role in making sure operations like the city’s once troubled recycling program run smoothly.

Cabello’s appointment still needs to be confirmed by the City Council.

Fashion flashback Councilman Mitch O’Farrell 

What did 13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — who represents Atwater Village, Echo Park and part of Silver Lake — look like in 1991? Here you go!

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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