Eastside Review: Walkway on Silver Lake Dam?; city pays $4.5 million in bike crash; Vogue discovers Highland Park

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • Vogue magazine has discovered Highland Park, with an “insider guide” of what to see and do there. Vogue
  • The mural on the side of the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas has changed. After 15 years featuring the likenesses of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Uma Thurman, it’s been freshly painted with a different set of stars: Cate Blanchett, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor. The Eastsider
  • While many apartments in the City of Los Angeles are covered by rent control, there is no similar law in neighboring East Los Angeles, an unincorporated community governed by L.A. County. Some tenants from East L.A. and other areas are demanding rent control protections in unincorporated portions of the county. Curbed L.A.
  • 4th District Councilman David Ryu has proposed a city program to open a $50 savings account for every L.A. Unified kindergartner. But that proposal could cost as much as $3.4 million a year. Daily News
  • Police reform activists and the public in general were left out of the process to create ballot Measure C, which would make significant changes to the LAPD disciplinary hearings. Instead, the city charter amendment that will appear on the May 16 ballot was crafted primarily by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the police officers’ union. L.A. Times
  • A Gold Line train was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Third and Herbert streets in East Los Angeles. No train passengers were injured. Officials said the driver fled the scene in a tan or gray Honda or Hyundai. EGP News
  • A Catholic priest who once served in a Silver Lake parish – St. Teresa of Avila – is in the process of being defrocked following allegations of sexual misconduct at a church in Pico Rivera. NBC4
  • The City Council has made it easier for landlords to legalize “bootlegged” apartments created without permits if they keep the units affordable for 55 years. The law applies only to apartments – not single family properties. L.A. Times
  • A walking path is being planned for the top of Silver Lake Dam, though some residents have expressed concern. The Eastsider
  • A man has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a woman inside a Boyle Heights church, and police are seeking additional victims or witnesses who may have had contact with him. The Eastsider
  • The state board of education voted to shut down Celerity Troika Charter School in Eagle Rock amid concerns about the governance and financial stability of Celerity Educational Group, the company that manages the school. The board also voted to close another of the company’s schools — Celerity Dyad Charter School in South L.A. — for the same reasons. L.A. Times

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