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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Government & Politics

Runoff growing more likely in First District council race

Incumbent First District Councilman Gil Cedillo appears to be less likely to avoid a runoff based on today’s update of the results from the March 7 election. Cedillo’s share of the vote now stands 49.37%, according to updated figures released this afternoon by the L.A. County Registrar/Recorder-County ... Read More »

Election Day arrives but will many bother to vote?

The mailboxes of registered voters have been stuffed for weeks with campaign mailers in advance of today’s March 7 city primary. But, by the time the polls close tonight at 8 p.m., the vast majority of the city’s eligible voters will probably have not bothered to ... Read More »

Has your campaign sign gone missing? Then you might want to watch this Mt. Washington surveillance video

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Last Friday afternoon Divina Lombardo put up a campaign sign for City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali in on the fence of her home. But within less than 24 hours the sign had been snatched away. She didn't see who did it but a neighbor's surveillance camera captured an image of a man stuffing a Bray-Ali sign into the trunk of a car. Now, a police report has been filed over the case. Read More »

Highland Park’s historic Lummis Home left in limbo

HIGHLAND PARK — It has been nearly 2-1/2 years since the city began negotiating with Occidental College about managing and restoring the Lummis Home, a city and state historic landmark built out of arroyo stones.  However, the city and college have yet to reach an agreement, ... Read More »

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 »