Police react to fake guns in film shoot; another suit against Huizar; Shoe Palace replacing Echo Park’s Out of the Closet


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

Fake weapons used in a film shoot prompted police to shut down streets and warn residents to stay inside. Santa Monica Boulevard was shut down at Commonwealth Avenue on the border of East Hollywood and Silver Lake while a police helicopter hovered overhead and officers were seen with their guns drawn. The director of the music video using fake rifles near a church was arrested for not having a filming permit. The Eastsider

Another female former staffer for 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar has filed suit, claiming she was retaliated against for complaining about Huizar’s alleged affair with a co-worker and other inappropriate office activities. This comes on top of another suit the week before from a different female staffer, also about retaliation. The two women share the same attorney. In the latest suit, former office manager Pauline Medina claims, among other things, 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 denied these claims, describing Medina as a disgruntled employee whose lawsuit was politically motivated. L.A. Times

Shoe Palace has opened in the old Out-of-the-Closet space. The formerly bright pink thrift store at Sunset and Lemoyne has been painted jet black to accommodate the latest outlet for the athletic shoe store chain. Out of the Closet, a charity thrift store, closed earlier this year after failing to reach a deal with the landlord for the building, a former Woolworth’s store. The Eastsider

Actress Kristin Wiig turns out to own the restored Silver Lake Mid Century that hit the market recently for $5.125 million. The 4-bedroom/4-bathroom home “tree-house-like” home was designed by Albert P. Martin, and has undergone a comprehensive restoration, update, and the addition of a swimming pool and guest house. It also includes a laundry room that Variety describes as “unquestionably extra-chic.” Wiig – the “Bridesmaids” co-writer and star who is currently appearing in multiple TV series – bought the home in May 2014 for $1.7 million. Variety

Part of a popular trail in Elysian Park was washed out and covered with mud after an apparent leak from or near a hilltop water tank at the northern edge of the park. The Eastsider

The discovery of asbestos halted demolition of a building at Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. A contractor found asbestos-laden piping in the 1920-era structure. The Eastsider

A 100-unit apartment complex and extended-stay hotel have been proposed for a site about three blocks from the L.A. River and across the street from the popular St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Lincoln Heights. The development is one of several large proposed projects that would transform the mostly industrial area with new residences and commercial spaces. The Eastsider

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya’s has given a $100,000 gift to the Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights, for their Cleft Plate program. “Kids born with a cleft palate will have a real chance at living a better life,” said the retired boxer, who grew up in East Los Angeles and has given money to the hospital before. City News Service

Additional training to 400 undergraduate nurses at Cal State L.A. is to be provided through a S2.78 million federal grant received by Los Angeles-based AltaMed Health Services. The funding from the U.S. Department of Health Services will also pay for specialized training for 100 AltaMed nurses to care for those in underserved communities. Their effort will be aimed at helping patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and improving preventive care for depression, obesity.

A 23-year old immigration activist and “Dreamer” is suing the Department of Homeland Security, alleging her application for protection against deportation was rejected as a form of retaliation. Claudia Rueda, a Cal State Los Angeles student, believes her “political speech and activism” is what set her application under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program apart from others that were approved. CBSLA

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery announced that it will reopen on Friday, Nov. 9. The bakery on West Beverly has been closed for more than three years after a wall collapsed. It will reopen in the same building but in a much smaller storefront than the cavernous space it once occupied. Facebook

Scene of the Week

Silver Lake | Photo by Sandy Driscoll

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