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Richelle Huizar drops out of council race | 2 pedestrians struck on 101 | Officer not liable in Boyle Heights shooting

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Richelle Huizar dropped out of the City Council race to replace her husband, 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar. The announcement comes only two weeks after FBI agents raided his council offices and the couple’s home. The Eastsider

Two pedestrians were struck only hours apart on the 101 Freeway in Echo Park. The first pedestrian, a 26-year-old Los Angeles resident, died while crossing northbound lanes near Glendale Boulevard, after being struck by a 2016 Toyota Tacoma truck at about 2:20 a.m. The second person was hospitalized after being struck nearby on the northbound 101 near Alvarado Street during the evening rush hour. The Eastsider

A pedestrian also died in Boyle Heights after being struck by a car while in the crosswalk between the southeast and southwest corner of Fairmount Street and N. Evergreen Avenue. The victim has been identified as 72-year-old Victor Armas Perez. The driver is a white male in his 60s. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the accident. The Eastsider

Jurors found an LAPD officer not liable for the shooting death of 14-year-old Jesse Romero in Boyle Heights in 2016, a verdict that drew criticism from protesters. Romero’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the city of Los Angeles last year after Los Angeles prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against officer Eden Medina, who has claimed he feared for his life when he shot Romero during a police chase two years ago. A Los Angeles Police Commission investigation found that Medina acted within protocol, and he continues to be employed by the department. Boyle Heights Beat

Could the old Los Angeles County General Hospital Building be turned into a mixed-use project with housing? Supervisor Hilda Solis has proposed that the county study whether that’s feasible. The 1.5 million square feet of space in the 19-story landmark has been almost entirely unused since 2008, when a replacement hospital opened next door. A previous proposal to turn the building into an an incubator for biotech firms went nowhere. While a wellness center staffed by multiple agencies is located on the first floor, the vast majority of the Art Deco landmark remains empty. Urbanize

This year’s Dodgers annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway included a vegan option, supplied by PETA’s Echo Park office. PETA says it supplied 100 plant-based Tofurky roasts with wild-rice stuffing to the Dodgers for their holiday giveaway. “Offering a delicious Tofurky roast,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, “will be a grand slam.” The Eastsider

A cyclist was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Boyle Heights while riding to a liquor store. Police say the victim, a male Latino, was near the northeast corner of St. Louis Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue when two men in a white sedan drove by, and the rear passenger fired two or three rounds from an open window, striking the victim in the left leg. He transported himself to the hospital to be treated and is in stable condition. Police do not believe the shooting to be gang related. The Eastsider

Interview with musician Peanut Butter Wolf, owner of Stones Throw Records, who recently opened the new Gold Line Bar in Highland Park. The Eastsider

Here are five things that renters in East L.A. need to know about the cap on rent hikes that starts next month. The Eastsider

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater held its final show Friday at its Echo Park home of 55 years. The theater at 1st Street and Glendale Boulevard is leaving to make way for a housing development. However, the puppet theater will continue to stage productions around the city as it prepares a new, permanent home. In fact, on Saturday, the now nonprofit theater company will launch a 5-week-long production of the Bob Baker’s Nutcracker at the Pasadena Playhouse. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Photo by Patrick P.

Bring on the turkeys! A row of fryers was lined up on Avocado and Hillhurst next to Little Dom’s in Los Feliz, to cook up the restaurant’s Thanksgiving meals. The Eastsider

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