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Goldberg leads school board race | Councilman Cedillo considers temporary scooter ban | Neighborhood crime stats

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Jackie Goldberg won the largest share of votes in Tuesday’s school board primary to represent the Eastside, according to preliminary results. But Goldberg, 74, who lives in Elysian Heights, will probably need to compete in a runoff against the second-place vote-getter after failing to win at least 50% of the vote. Goldberg, a favorite of the teachers’ union and critic of charter schools, garnered more than 48% of the vote in the race for the District 5 board seat. Preliminary results have Graciela “Grace” Ortiz in second place candidate with 13.30%. Heather Repenning, who was endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, has 13.09% of the ballots. The Eastsider

Crime declined city wide in 2018, with violent crime also dropping for the first time in five years. But changes in the crime rate can vary dramatically based on where you live, according to an analysis by researchers at USC. The crime rate in Silver Lake rose by more than 8% from 2017 to 2018. But the rate dropped more than 11% in El Sereno. The area that includes Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park and Solano Canyon had the fifth highest crime rate in the city last year and highest on the Eastside. But Echo Park’s crime rate overall dropped 5.37%, giving it only the 58th highest rate in the city. Mount Washington was ranked at 109, the lowest on the Eastside. The Eastsider

A man was arrested after a pursuit through East Los Angeles in which shots were fired. A press release from Montebello Police said an “officer involved shooting occurred” in the area of Alma and Whittier Boulevard. The chase began at around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning, when police responded to a burglary alarm at JC Penney’s in Montebello Town Center, where a vehicle had crashed into the storefront of the business and then fled. The chase ended when the suspect crashed near a train station on the 6000 block of East 62nd Street in the City of Commerce. The suspect, 37-year-old Tom Rojas, was booked on attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading charges. KTLA

The Los Angeles Police Department could have a large new warehouse and office in El Sereno for storing evidence and equipment. Camfield Partners has filed plans with the city for a 80,000-square-foot warehouse on a vacant 6.8-acre lot at 1925 N. Marianna Avenue. The City Council has already approved a $28 million purchase and sale agreement with Camfield to develop the warehouse, and the city will purchase it when it’s done. The LAPD will use the facility to store surveillance equipment and bait cars. The Real Deal

Citing safety concerns, Councilman Gil Cedillo is trying to temporarily ban electric scooters in his Eastside district that includes all or portions of Cypress Park, Echo Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mt. Washington. On Friday he asked the council to exempt his district from a one-year pilot program that will unleash a flood of dockless bikes and scooters in the city, saying the wheeled vehicles increase emergency room visits and are often left blocking sidewalks. lacity.org

The race to replace Councilman Jose Huizar is heating up with school board member and former Huizar chief of staff Monica Garcia declaring her candidacy. She’ll face former state senator Kevin de Leon, who jumped in last month, injecting some hefty political brands into the March 2020 race. Garcia said her agenda will be driven by “community wellness” and she will focus on housing, public safety, environmental justice and economic opportunity. Huizar, who is termed out,  is at the center of a federal probe. Investigators are looking for evidence of possible bribery, extortion and other crimes involving Huizar and several other City Hall officials. LA Times

Cal State Los Angeles is facing backlash after floating a proposal to raise admission standards and cut the incoming 2020 freshman class by 600. Scores packed a hearing on the proposal to argue that the move would make a college education further out of reach for underserved communities the campus serves. Under the proposal, students would have to achieve higher GPAs and standard test scores. Six other Cal States have done so including Long Beach because they aren’t funded to pay for the growing number of students that qualify. LA Times

A late night police pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended with the suspect briefly wading into the L.A. River in Atwater Village. The incident began when LAPD Northeast Division patrol officers pulled over a suspected stolen vehicle. The driver stopped and exited the vehicle before jumping back in and driving off towards the L.A. River. The suspect led the officers on a brief pursuit, ending at Finch Street and Hollydale Drive before the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and headed to the river channel. He waded into the water before turning back around and surrendering to police with his hands up. The Eastsider

Police have released surveillance video of a suspect shooting a man outside the Los Globos nightclub last month and then fleeing in a Range Rover. The suspect pulled a gun out of his waistband and then fired at another man standing on the sidewalk outside the club in the 3000 block of Sunset Boulevard. The shooter then got into a dark colored, 4-door Range Rover that drove away eastbound. The shooting had followed an argument inside the club that prompted the security guard to remove the suspect and another man from the building. The victim has since been released from the hospital. The suspect is described as a 35-year-old male Asian. He stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. The Eastsider

Two Boots in Echo Park has shuttered after a decade of dishing out slices of pizza with names like Cleopatra Jones and the Bayou Beast. The narrow Sunset Boulevard pizzeria next to The Echo nightclub closed on Wednesday, according to the shop’s answering machine. No reason was given for the closing, but apparently new locations are underway around town. Two Boots

NextMex Express, part of the Doomie’s vegan chains of restaurants, opened its doors in City Terrace late last year — sparking a mixed reaction from residents. Some bemoaned the development as a sign of gentrification while others said they’re delighted to have more healthy options. The Eastsider

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