LAPD sued over Trader Joe’s shooting; Oxy College sued by former athletic head; Echo Park man wins ‘genius grant’


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

The family of Melyda “Mely” Corado, the Trader Joe’s manager killed during a gun battle between police and a suspect, has filed a claim for damages against the LAPD, alleging police misconduct and a coverup surrounding the July 21 shootout. Corado, an innocent bystander, was struck and killed by an officer’s bullet outside the store on Hyperion Avenue. The claims include allegations that the LAPD violated civil rights, used excessive force, failed to provide adequate training to officers, and conspired to cover up wrongful misconduct The Eastsider

A MacArthur “genius grant” has been awarded to Echo Park resident Vijay Gupta, co-founder of the nonprofit Street Symphony, which holds monthly performances and offers musical education through workshops. The Foundation said, “Gupta is demonstrating the capacity of music to validate our shared humanity and focusing needed attention on interrelated social issues that cluster at places such as Skid Row.” The Eastsider

Jaime Hoffman, who had served as head of Occidental College’s athletic department for 11 years, claims she was fired in August after she complained about being discriminated against because of her gender and sexual orientation. Hoffman, who is gay, claimed that Occidental failed to take any action when she was described as a “dyke” and a “witch” in postings on the school’s website. She also claimed that college president Jonathan Veitch refused her requests to inform donors about changes in the way their contributions would be used. My News LA

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will leave its Echo Park home late next month, after more than 50 years of performances. A developer is preparing to construct a 104-unit residential project on the site of the cinderblock theater at Glendale Boulevard and 1st Street. There had been plans to resume some performances at the site, along with workshops and a small museum, once construction was finished. But now the theater company intends to find a new location as it stages productions around the city. The last performance at the theater’s longtime home will be held November 23. “We feel the collective loss in losing a space that has hosted so many memories,” said executive director and head puppeteer Alex Evans. The Eastsider

Hailey Branson-Potts writes about bringing her 11-week-old son to his first Dodger game — where her wore a onesie with an LA Dodgers logo and noise canceling headphones. Things get off to a rough start for Branson-Potts and her husband, Mark. “Mark is trying to adjust the diaper bag beneath his seat when he drops a whole bucket of fries on a woman in the row in front of us. Charlie sleeps in my arms as his father cleans ketchup out of a stranger’s hair with a diaper wipe.” L.A. Times

The City Council approved paying $475,000 to the family of Fred Barragan, whose March 2017 shooting near the Soto Street Gold Line station triggered protests. An officer responding to a report of gunfire fatally shot Barragan after he removed a gun from his waistband as he fled from officers. The lawsuit claims that Barragan had not been involved in a crime and had no gun when he was shot in the back.
L.A. Times.

If you’re curious how the water in Echo Park Lake stays clean, watch for a little boat that routinely goes out into the middle of the lake for samples. “One of the main drivers for cleaning up Echo Park Lake was that the lake had excessive nutrient concentrations (nitrogen and phosphorus) which stimulated algae growth and resulted in impaired water quality,” said Heather Johnson from Los Angeles Sanitation. “Currently the lake is meeting water quality targets for nutrient concentrations and algae growth is being kept in check.” The Eastsider

Mexico City, the casual Mexican restaurant and bar that has been anchoring the corner of Hillhurst and Avocado Street for 25 years, has announced it’s closing in November. No reason has been given. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Mt. Washington, first day of October | Photo by Todd Frankel

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