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Councilman Jose Huizar faces school fundraising fallout | Armed suspects identified in chase & Echo Park crash | Eagle Rock hardware store owner dies

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Councilman’s fundraising for Salesian High raises eyebrows and questions

What’s wrong with 14th District Councilman Jose Huizar  raising money for his alma mater, Salesian High  — the Catholic school in Boyle Heights  — that he credits for turning his life around? The L.A. Times says Huizar apparently had his council staff work on fundraising for Salesian on the city’s dime and also solicited contributions from developers and other big companies that do business with the city or need city approvals. Meanwhile, Huizar’s wife, Richelle, was being paid by the school to be a fundraiser.

The Times makes clear that Huizar has not been charged with any crime. Huizar declined to talk to the Times for the story. But his fundraising for Salesian does raise many ethical questions, say observers. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles told the Times that it is “cooperating fully with law enforcement” regarding the matter.

The story comes after Huizar was sued by two former employees  and his offices and Boyle Heights home were raided by the FBI as they served search warrants.  Richelle Huizar later announced that she was dropping out of the race to replace her husband when he is termed out of office in 2020.

Remember last week’s chase of armed suspects that ended with a crash in Echo Park?

The two suspects who were captured have been identified as Enrique Edward Rugelio of Highland Park and Christian Manuel Cuevas of Las Vegas, reports MyNewsLA.com.The chase began after Rugelio and Cuevas allegedly pointed the gun at the owner of a Highland Park auto repair shop after taking a battery.

Long-time co-owner of Eagle Rock’s Tritch Hardware dies

Merritt George Tritch, who co-owned Tritch Hardware, has died at age 88, reports The Boulevard Sentinel. Tritch and his brother, Jack, took over the store nearly 50 years ago following the death of their father, who founded the store in 1945.  Tritch Hardware remains in the family, with Merritt’s sons, Jeff and Glenn,  operating the business.  Merritt Tritch was also an uncle of Tim Tritch, owner and publisher of The Boulevard Sentinel.

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