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Monday, February 20, 2017

Government & Politics

Glassell Park candidates forum attracts a lively crowd

GLASSELL PARK — A large and often rowdy crowd packed the auditorium at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academy Thursday night for a Council District 1 candidates forum. Many ignored pleas not to applaud, heckle or interrupt the four candidates — Joe Bray-Ali, incumbent Gil Cedillo, Giovany Hernandez ... Read More »

Contributions pour in for Eastside City Council candidates

More than $800,000 has been raised so far by the candidates running in this year’s races to represent Council Districts 1 and 13, according to the Ethics Commission. The incumbents, not surprisingly. maintain wide leads over their rivals. But one first-time candidate has managed to secure ... Read More »

Purple bus and other live-in vehicles face eviction from Echo Park Lake

ECHO PARK -- Two and a half years ago, B.J. Dini and Simon Johnson first parked their bus by Echo Park Lake and set up shop for meditation, tarot readings and birth charts. The bus has since been painted purple, spawning a Facebook presence called The Purple Party, which welcomes people from across the political spectrum. But the purple bus might soon have to find a new place to park. Read More »

Legalize street vendors? Some businesses are carefully open to the idea

The effort to legalize street vendors is moving forward at City Hall. The proposal has proven controversial in the past, with many residents as well as brick-and-mortar business owners opposed to the idea. But most of the business owners and managers who were interviewed by The Eastsider were open to but cautious about the measure. Read More »

Former Mayor Villaraigosa pays a visit to Boyle Heights

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was spotted this morning with a camera crew at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. Villaraigosa, who has been reportedly interested in running for governor in 2018, said he was being interviewed on the topic of gentrification for an ... Read More »