News and notes from across the Eastside
Boyle Heights dramedy coming to Netflix
Neflix is developing a half-hour, bilingual dramedy from the creators of Gente-fied: The Digital Series, a web show that tackles gentrification, bicultural identity and queer intimacy in Boyle Heights, reports Remezcla. Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chavez will co-create the 10-part series that follows three Chicanos as they chase the American Dream that threatens some of the things they hold dear, says Deadline LA.
The two writers, according to Remezcla, see the program “as a love letter to the Latino and Boyle Heights communities and hope the series will let their little cousins rocking Adidas, hoops, and big dreams see themselves on the small screen in ways they only dreamed of when growing up.”
Studying pays off for Franklin High students
A team of students from Franklin High in Highland Park won the 2018-19 Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the LA Times reported.
The winning teenagers will compete in the upcoming state competition on March 22-24 in Sacramento. The next round from there is the national competitions. According to the Times, schools from L.A. Unified have won 18 national titles since 1987.
Los Feliz eyed for temporary homeless housing
City Councilmember David Ryu is looking at two city properties near Griffith Park to place an interim homeless shelter, and, surprisingly, there’s little backlash (so far), reports the Los Feliz Ledger.
Last year, Sherman Oaks residents ripped Ryu’s plans for a shelter. But this time around, the reception is warmer. It looks as if the Los Feliz Improvement Assoc. and Friends of Griffith Park, which usually opposes development, are supporting the project. And the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council hasn’t taken a position yet, but its president backs the idea.
With homeless levels reaching crisis proportions, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to put “bridge” housing in every council district. Ryu asked the council last week to evaluate properties at 3210 and 3248 Riverside Drive near the landmark William Mulholland fountain and across from the Griffith Park Recreation Complex and Friendship Auditorium.
He hopes once the temporary housing is no longer needed, the facility will be converted to a permanent senior center for the Griffith Park Adult Community Club.
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