Saturday, April 29, 2017

News and notes

Windstorm leaves thousands without power; Joe Bray-Ali under pressure to abandon City Council campaign; a visit with Echo Park’s “The Family Acid”

MORNING REPORT: Last night’s windstorm knocked out power to thousands of Eastside residents .... Joe Bray-Ali is under growing pressure to drop out of the Council District 1 race after he conceded to posting comments in controversial online forums .... Super-reggae fan Roger Steffens and his counterculture photo collection of 40,000 images are featured in the L.A. Weekly following the publication of a second book Read More »

Highland Park shooting leaves boy wounded; City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali loses endorsement

MORNING REPORT: An eight-year-old boy was shot in the leg on Tuesday afternoon in what may have been a drive-by shooting in the 500 block of Nolden Street in Highland Park .... Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali has lost the endorsement of the East Area Progressive Democrats over the numerous remarks he made on controversial online forums .... The pedestrian who was killed when he was struck by a Metrolink train in East Los Angeles earlier this month has been identified as 33-year-old Demetrius Dandridge Read More »

Boyle Heights woman faces deportation after drug bust; Pussyhat finds a home in a London museum

MORNING REPORT: A Boyle Heights woman whose husband was arrested on drug possession charges now faces deportation after being detained during a massive drug bust at the couple’s apartment ..... The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has acquired a pink Pussyhat — knitted from a pattern created by former Atwater Village knitting store owner Kat Coyle ..... A fire that broke out in a Boyle Heights Victorian home in the 1500 block of Pleasant Avenue was confined to a second floor attic and the rear of the vacant structure, Read More »

Police looking for pickup used in Silver Lake & Pico-Union shootings; water bills won’t change much post-drought; 2,000 poll workers needed

MORNING REPORT: The same vehicle involved in a Sunday afternoon shooting that left one man injured in Silver Lake was also spotted in a separate shooting about 20 minutes later in the Pico-Union area .... The LADWP will no longer have to buy expensive water as it did during the five-year-long drought, but those savings won’t add up to much for customers .... The City Clerk is looking for 2,000 poll workers for the May 16 general election Read More »

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City Council makes it harder to remove rent-controlled apartments; emergency homeless shelters can now operate all year

MORNING REPORT: The City Council adopted new measures to make it harder for owners of rent-controlled apartments to demolish or remove their units from the market under the Ellis Act .... Churches and nonprofit groups will be able to open emergency shelters year around without special city approval after the City Council declared a homeless shelter crises .... Built-in GPS devices and national bike registries are some of the methods being used to combat bicycle theft Read More »

Police searching for Boyle Heights “hot prowl” burglars; new details of Lincoln Heights killing; Attorney General Becerra to speak at Occidental commencement

MORNING REPORT: Police released a composite drawing of one of the suspects involved in a series of residential burglaries in the Boyle Heights area since the beginning of the year .... CBS2 followed up on The Eastsider's story about the 35-year-old mother of two boys who was fatally shot in Lincoln Heights last week .... New State Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be the featured speaker at Occidental College’s 135th Commencement ceremony on May 21 Read More »

L.A. State Historic Park grand opening set for Saturday; Boyle Heights real estate tweets draw flak

MORNING REPORT: A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 for the 32-acre Los Angeles Historic State Park near Chinatown .... A Twitter account focused on Boyle Heights real estate and home flips is attracting attention and criticism .... Airbnb officials warned city leaders that proposed restrictions on short-term rentals could cost the city $24 million a year in lodging taxes Read More »