Boyle Heights odor control; conviction in fatal 110 Freeway crash; mixing college life and roller derby

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • The animated sign atop the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center on Sunset has returned to life. The sign, erected in 1924 and composed of more than 1,300 bulbs, went through extensive renovations and repairs after being dark for several years. The Eastsider
  • In the civil trial over a former Los Feliz convent, lawyers have begun interviewing prospective jurors, with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and pop star Katy Perry challenging Silver Lake businesswoman Dana Hollister over control of the property. One issue pre-trial is whether jurors would be influenced by past pedophilia scandals in the church. L.A. Now
  • The nation’s second largest crime lab celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center at Cal State L.A. in El Sereno serves the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department. ABC7
  • Recommendations for the permitting and regulating of marijuana-related businesses were approved by the City Council, to be included in a new ordinance still under development. Daily News
  • A Pasadena resident received a 10-year prison sentence in connection with a crash last year on the 110 Freeway in Elysian Park that resulted in the death of a 3-month-old girl. EGP News
  • A student at Occidental College skates on the all-female L.A. Derby Dolls FreshMeat team. Shea Backes, a sociology and French double major said, “I think roller derby is just a really unique space for women to have a community around doing something they love and something that makes you feel incredibly physically powerful.” Occidental Weekly
  • Homeless people would be hired to clean up litter from public streets and sidewalks under a proposal that will be reviewed by a City Council committee. L.A. Now
  • Councilman Jose Huizar and about a dozen other people went door-to-door in Boyle Heights as part of the “Know Your Rent Control Rights” campaign. About 90% percent of Boyle Heights residents are protected by city rent control laws but many are not aware of it, officials said. ABC7
  • The Lodge Room made its debut as Highland Park’s newest music venue. The concert space is located in the second floor of the 1920s era Masonic Lodge on Figueroa Street. L.A. Weekly
  • A documentary, “Latter Day Jew,” chronicles Silver Lake writer and comedian H. Alan Scott – a 35-year-old former Mormon who converted to Judaism – as he prepared for his bar mitzvah. Jewish Journal
  • New odor-control rules on rendering plants have been adopted after years of complaints from residents of Boyle Heights and other communities about the smell of decaying animal carcases processed at the plants. KPCC
  • For nearly 30 years, LAPD officers Harold Marinelli and J.C. Duarte have been patrolling the streets of Northeast L.A. together. Now, the two-man team, dubbed “Los Dobermans” by some of their adversaries, is preparing for their partnership to come to an end. L.A. Times

Photo of the Week


Echo Park | Kelly Erickson

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