Saturday, October 22, 2016


Pint-sized forest takes root in Elysian Park

Newly planted pine tree

ECHO PARK — Volunteers and city officials gathered in Elysian Park on Saturday morning to plant about 100 trees. It’s part of an effort to reforest the park, where hundreds of trees are dead and dying from drought and disease. However, it will be quite a ... Read More »

A Monarch butterfly born and bred in Silver Lake

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE — Sandy Driscoll is doing her part to save Monarch butterflies. Last year she planted Milkweed in her yard to create an attractive butterfly habitat.  This week she provided an update and photo: ere is a male Monarch that I released this week. First one that ... Read More »

In memory of a Mount Washington street tree


MOUNT WASHINGTON — The cutting down of a large street tree on Avenue 45 near Marmion Way prompted someone to create a memorial to the same tree. Candles and flowers have been placed on the tree stump and a poster hanging on a nearby fence asks “Why?” ... Read More »

Atwater residents complain about L.A. River barrier blight

ATWATER VILLAGE -- Temporary flood-control barriers were installed along the L.A. River in January as an emergency response to forecasts of heavy El Niño rains. Those rains, however, never came. But those “temporary” barriers still stand on the east bank of the river in Atwater, and there’s no final word as to when they will be removed. Meanwhile, some residents complain that the barriers have attracted tagging, trash and has even made it difficult to bird watch. Read More »

Why taking a dip in the L.A. River may be hazardous to your health

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Heading down to the L.A. River this summer? Maybe you should avoid getting wet, according to a water quality study conducted in Elysian Valley and other parts of the river. The study by the environmental group Heal the Bay found high levels bacteria in the water, prompting the group to warn visitors to limit their contact with the water and avoid swimming or dunking your head in the water. Read More »

Moby On Board: New Silver Lake Reservoir advocacy group gains “Forward” momentum [correction]

Eastsider file photo, June 2012

SILVER LAKE -- Amid the saga of draining and someday refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir, residents may have noticed a new advocacy group getting mentioned over and over — especially at the June 30 town hall meeting with the L.A. Department of Water and Power. One speaker after another identified themselves as a member of Silver Lake Forward - a group that has pulled together longtime conservation advocates with various media professionals who include the musician Moby. Read More »

Will there be less lotus at Echo Park Lake this year?

echo park lake less lotus june 2016

ECHO PARK — Pink and cream-colored blossoms have already begun to emerge above the floppy green leaves of Echo Park Lake’s famed lotus bed.  But, only a few weeks before the annual Lotus Festival, large sections of the lotus bed in the northwest corner of the ... Read More »

Echo Park front yard oil wells to be sealed off

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ECHO PARK —  State regulators said they will permanently seal two oil wells left abandoned in the front yards of homes on Firmin Street after discovering they were leaking small amounts of natural gas into the neighborhood. The wells, which were drilled more than a century ... Read More »