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Congressman Schiff’s ambitions | Will L.A. limit plastic straws? | Third-grade lesson makes national news

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Congressman Adam Schiff wants to run for higher office, and pretty much everyone knows it, says L.A. Times reporter Sarah D. Wire. The question is what that office might be, and whether he will risk his safe House seat representing the 28th Congressional District (which includes all or parts of Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake). Possible ambitions range from a presidential run to a move to the Senate, or from a position in the Democratic leadership to a possible cabinet appointment should a Democratic president be elected in 2020. L.A. Times

Could single-use plastic straws be phased out in Los Angeles? City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — who represents Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake — has announced he was spearheading a ‘‘Plastic Straws on Request” initiative, with the ultimate goal of phasing out single-use plastic straws altogether by 2021. San Francisco already signed rules banning plastic straws, and, earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation limiting their use at restaurants. Mitch O’Farrell

A 17-mile, $448 million busway with a dedicated lane will connect San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley, passing through Eagle Rock and Pasadena. Pasadena Star News

A Silver Lake teacher made national headlines for her third grade lessons on consent. Inspired by Supreme Court Justice Brent Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings, Liz Kleinrock’s lessons feature a chart on what it means to give permission, and wades into how to respond to mixed messages. The 31-year old teacher at Citizens of the World Charter school shared some of her students responses on Instagram with this caption, “More evidence that my 8-9 year old students are smarter and have more emotional intelligence than half of congress.” Washington Post

The city is putting up concrete walls along Sunset Boulevard between Silver Lake and Echo Park to stabilize sandstone slopes that have been a problem for more than a hundred years. The soil nail retaining walls – on either side of Sunset – are to be 200 feet long and 35 feet high – made of “shotcrete,” which is concrete sprayed out of a hose. All this is necessary because, back in the late 1880s, a grading contractor named E.C. Burlingame did a really lousy job cutting a channel through the hills. The slopes have been periodically crumbling and partially collapsing ever since. The Eastsider

Two sets of brothers at Franklin High are taking the Panthers football team in Highland Park on a winning streak. Quarterback Alfred Bobadilla and receiver Daniel Phillips helped take the team to a 7-0 start this season after a recent 42-29 win over Wilson High School. Two years earlier their brothers Mario and David led the school earn the City Section Division III championship. L.A. Times

Jonathan Skow died last week at age 55. He and his wife Trina Turk purchased and renovated the “Long Lost Lautner” house in Elysian Heights. Then Skow was paralyzed after sustaining a spinal cord injury while body surfing in Hawaii. The couple, who co-founded the Trina Turk fashion brand and chain, shared an interest in Mid Century architecture. That led them to buy a neglected Elysian Park home designed by legendary Mid Century architect John Lautner. L.A. Times

Eagle Rock Brewery had to settle a lawsuit filed by a men’s rights activist. For the apparent offense of offering a monthly educational forum for women, the Glassell Park watering hole was threatened with a discrimination case in 2017 by Steve Frye, who regularly lodges lawsuits against different businesses – including Trump’s golf course – for providing preferential treatment for women. Co-founder of the Brewery Ting Su wrote on her GoFundMe page, it was payout or lose the business. Eater L.A.

Franklin High in Highland Park was locked down last week as police searched the campus after officials received a bomb threat. The search ended and the lockdown was lifted without any bombs or weapons found. The Eastsider

A tour helicopter made an emergency landing in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a malfunction was detected. No injuries were reported. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Photo by Katrina Alexy

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