Oxy president steps down | Stormy Daniels’ lawyer now in Echo Park | Foul play for body in Griffith Park


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

Occidental College’s president Jonathan Veitch will step down in 2020 after completing 11 years at the helm, the board of trustees announced. He’s had some rough years, with campus protests over sexual assault and racial inequality. But Veitch said he doesn’t regret any of it. A former literature and history professor, he said will will initially take a sabbatical and do some reflection on the history, tradition and value of the liberal arts especially as a compass for democracy. Then, “who knows,” he wrote in an email to the trustees. the Los Angeles Times

Is Stormy Daniels’ lawyer now working out of an Echo Park office building? Apparently so, according to Josh Barro and Ken White of KCRW’s Left Right and Center program. In a recent show, Barro notes that a recent court filing by stripper and porn star Stormy Daniels lists her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, as having an office at 1910 Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. That means that Avenatti, whose law firm was evicted from its ocean-view offices in Newport Beach last year, is working out of the neighborhood’s tallest structure — the 10-story Citibank Building. The Eastsider

Two men suspected of a string of Eagle Rock robberies along Colorado Boulevard and in neighboring Pasadena earlier this month were charged on 10 counts of commercial burglary. The Eastsider reported on the 3-hour early morning crime spree along Eagle Rock’s main drag when it happened. Robbers smashed windows and attempted to pry open doors to steal money from registers and safes at five restaurants: Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, Piencone Pizzeria, Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, Meeas Hot Dog and Thai Coconut. The suspects are identified as Juan Manuel Morales, 19, and Kiyonte Levell Sowell, 18, both of Los Angeles. Police released a photo of a third suspect who remains at large. MyNewsLA

A woman who was found dead in Griffith Park was the victim of foul play, according to the county coroner. Her body was found in a sleeping bag near Red Oak and Fern Dell drives. L.A. Times

The police pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle ended in a fiery crash in East Hollywood, prompting the closure of northbound 101 Freeway Monday night. Patrol officers had spotted an SUV that matched the description of a stolen vehicle used during a robbery earlier that day in Santa Monica. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over near Third Street and Rampart Boulevard, prompting a pursuit that led police on to the 101 Freeway. The pursuit ended after about 15 minutes when the suspect crashed the vehicle while exiting freeway near Melrose Avenue. The suspect was able to exit the stolen vehicle unharmed before it erupted into flames. The Eastsider

A suspected carjacker was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff with sheriff’s deputies at a mini market in East L.A. After deputies attempted to pull the suspect over after learning the vehicle was stolen, the suspect exited the vehicle and ran into the Lucky Market in the 3600 block of Blanchard Street where he barricaded himself. The owner of the market and shoppers were at the location when the suspect entered, but they were later released. Special Enforcement Bureau officers negotiated with the suspect for more than 4 hours before SWAT forced entry into the building and took the suspect into custody. The Eastsider and ABC7

Firefighters helped bring an adult woman to shore after she was seen in the middle of the Silver Lake Reservoir. It’s not clear what the woman was doing in the reservoir, which is off limits to the public and surrounded by chain link fencing. An Instagram user posted a video of the woman hanging on to a life preserver as she was being brought to the concrete banks of the reservoir near West Silver Lake Drive and Moreno Street. The Eastsider

It’s been 35 years since Chicano muralist Frank Romero painted “Going to the Olympics” — a celebration of the city’s car culture — that spreads for more than 100 feet across a wall on the 101 Freeway in Downtown. Now, a new, smaller mural inspired in part by the same piece is to be recreated on a municipal parking lot in Highland Park. The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission has approved supporting and partially funding the new mural, called “Going to the Olympics, Again.” The Eastsider

Signs have been unveiled marking the “Atwater Village Equestrian District,” to raise the profile of Atwater Village’s small horse community and the zoning that allows for stables and other equestrian uses within the city limits. The Eastsider

Supporters gathered to protest the looming eviction of a family from a Waverly Drive apartment in Silver Lake, where they have lived for 17 years. The family had lost their legal battle to remain in the apartment, which the landlord wants to renovate and rent out to new tenants, says the family. reports KTLA

What’s with all those big pipes that have been installed on portions of Riverside Drive in Lincoln Heights? Those pipes will temporarily carry sewage as the sanitation department prepares to repair an 80-year-old sewer line that engineers fear may collapse. In fact, there is a chance that failure of the 48-wide sewer could create a sinkhole underneath the Metrolink tracks that run through the area. That prompted officials to move up the $17 million repair project. Laist.

Cypress Park was disturbed Wednesday night by two fires, police road blocks and a helicopter hovering overhead. However, the two fires don’t seem to have been related to one another, and the nature of the police activity is still unclear. The Eastsider

A fiery crash and explosion on the northbound 5 Freeway was heard across Elysian Valley early Saturday and prompted officials to close traffic lanes for several hours. Elysian Valley resident Kenneth Castillo said the crash involved numerous vehicles, one of which caught fire. The explosion “shook the whole house and I’m five blocks away,” he said. The Eastsider

An argument in the popular Los Globos nightclub on Sunset Boulevard ended with a shooting outside the dance spot near closing. The victim, a man in his 30s, was hit in the thigh and was taken to L.A. County USC Medical Center, where he is in stable condition. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

A video of a rare bald eagle sighting was posted on Glassell Park Neighborhood’s Facebook page by a Facebook user named Guadalupe Mendoza-de la Torre. There are a few images of the raptor, which appears to have a numbered tag on its back, perched on what looks like some kind of pine tree in the area of on Cazador Drive, and another of the bird soaring in the air. At one point it looks like a hawk swoops down upon the eagle as it ducks down on its branch.

So, what’s a bald eagle doing in Glassell Park? We really don’t know. But it happens to be the migratory season for the majestic bird, once near extinction. Wintering raptors join the small band of California bald eagles between December and March, often near lakes rivers and rangelands.

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