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Griffith Park 30-acre fire; Cypress Park’s biggest market closes; FBI searches Huizar’s home, office

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Griffith Park became part of this late – and large – fire season. A brush fire swept over more than 30 acres of steep terrain by the northeast corner of the park. The nearby L.A. Zoo was closed as a result, and some of the animals were evacuated. Water-dropping helicopters were deployed, and fire crews had to hike in to reach the fire, which was not accessible by fire engines. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. There were no reports of structure damage. The Eastsider

The largest market in Cypress Park is closing. Big Saver, on N. Figueroa Street near Avenue 26, could closes as soon as the end of the month, after serving as the neighborhood’s largest market since the early ‘90s. “The landlord has sold the property to another entity,” said Jose Huerta, Vice President of Operations/Marketing of Big Saver Foods. Huerta said he does not know who purchased the property. The Eastsider

FBI agents have searched the home and City Hall offices of 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar, as Huizar faces two separate lawsuits from former employees. No arrests are reportedly planned. Last month, former council aide Mayra Alvarez claimed she was demoted and penalized for taking maternity and disability leave. More recently, former manager Pauline Medina alleged that staffers were asked to perform many personal tasks for Huizar, including picking up his children from school and moving his wife’s car to avoid getting a street-sweeping ticket. Huizar has denied all the allegations. Huizar’s wife, Richelle, has launched her campaign to succeed her husband in office in 2020. The Eastsider

The city may use eminent domain to secure property for a pedestrian bridge over the L.A. River between Frogtown and Cypress Park. The parcel is needed for the Taylor Yard Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge. The city attorney’s office told the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee it has “reached an impasse in negotiations” with the property owner, making eminent domain the next option. Estimated costs for the bridge project are already more than double the original estimate in 2014. Curbed

Last weekend began badly in Boyle Heights when a pickup truck struck a food vendor on the 2700 block of E. Olympic Boulevard, injuring at least two pedestrians, including one who was hurt seriously. A relative of the driver said the truck’s brakes went out. The red truck swerved and hit a Volkswagen before losing control and landing on the sidewalk, wedging one person under the truck and damaging the Los Dos Gallos taco stand. Several other people were hurt from flying debris but none of them needed to go to the hospital. CBS 2

“Under the Silver Lake,” a noir film with settings in Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and the Hollywood Hills, won’t be released now until next spring, prompted by a mixed reception at the Cannes Film Festival. Originally scheduled for a high-profile summer release, it moved to December 7 after Cannes, and has now been pushed back even further to April 19, 2019. The movie is described as “a two-and-a-half hour riff on the shaggy-dog detective formula….” IndieWire

A vintage former Texaco gas station that was to be demolished will instead be restored, but will be moved out of the neighborhood. And the historic landmark status of the 1940s era Streamline Moderne building in Silver Lake will be put on hold. The developer will relocate the building to an undetermined site along the L.A. River, and plans to replace it with a new housing and commercial project. The former service station will eventually be restored and used as a public concession stand, officials said. The Eastsider

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery in Historic Filipinotown has finally reopened, three years after the collapse of a wall forced it to close the building. Though it has reopened at the same Beverly Boulevard address, the storefront is much smaller than before, with part of the space now being offered up for lease as creative office or retail space. Wholesale operations have been permanently relocated. The business was founded in 1953, and is currently celebrating its 65th anniversary. The business moved to its current location in 1965. The Eastsider

A car-to-car shooting near a freeway onramp in Boyle Heights left one man dead. The victim – Latino male, 40 to 50-years-old – was driving near the westbound 10 Freeway onramp at Soto Street, when he was struck by gunfire. He died at the scene. The shooting is not believed to be a case of road rage, but the details surrounding the homicide remain unclear. The Eastsider

A man is charged with attacking a police officer in Silver Lake with a knife. Officers had gone to the 2200 block of Kenilworth Avenue, responding to reports of a man with a knife. When officers approached the man, the suspect allegedly attacked one of the responding officers with the knife. The officers were able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody. The officer was not injured in the attack. The Eastsider

Cal State L.A. alumnus piloted an Air Force flyover over the campus in an early Veterans Day celebration. Lt. Col. Brian Peters flew a 174-foot-long C-17 Globemaster III 1,000 feet over the El Sereno school, where a crowd had gathered in the University-Student Union Plaza to honor military veterans. “When I went to Cal State LA [the flyover] was never something I dreamt of,” said Peters, who graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology. “Now, how cool is this? My career is coming full circle.” Cal State L.A. News Service

A man was fatally shot during a robbery in East L.A. The victim, 22-year-old Rene Lupian, was walking home from work when the suspect fired at least one round at the him along the 900 block of South Concourse Avenue, striking him once in the upper torso. The suspect then fled southbound in a white sedan. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect is believed to be a Latino male. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Fight Night #3 by Steve Rogers | Photo courtesy the artist

“Spectator Sport,” an exhibition of terra cotta tableaux by artist Steve Rogers depicting 1980s boxing matches in downtown LA, closed this weekend at AWHRHWAR Gallery in Highland Park. Rogers created the works on display during the 1980s. The boxing tableaux are based on extensive photographs Rogers took at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles, which was across from his studio at the time. Rogers even depicts himself wielding a camera off to the side. The Eastsider

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