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Monday, May 29, 2017

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A “free” L.A. River bridge to cost millions in public funds; brush fire burns near Highland Park homes; a visit with Echo Park artist Peter Shire

MORNING REPORT: The City Council approved the construction of a new, $16 million L.A. River bridge connecting North Atwater Village and Griffith Park .... Firefighters put out a brush fire in the 4800 block of Marmion Way in Highland Park on Friday night before it spread to nearby homes .... A visit to the studio of Echo Park potter and sculptor Peter Shire. Read More »

L.A. makes room for more than 27,000 new residents; Congressional candidate woos Berniecrats; Lincoln High volleyball team celebrates turnaround

MORNING REPORT: The City of Los Angeles added an estimated 27,133 new residents between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016 .... Jimmy Gomez appears to be winning over some Berniecrats and other progressive voters as he campaigns against Robert Lee Ahn in the 34th Congressional District runoff .... The Boys Volleyball Team at Lincoln High was celebrating this week after winning a CIF L.A. City Division championship, marking a big turnaround for the team Read More »

Oxy politics professor who inspired Obama dies; man describes Echo Park stabbing attack; Atwater bridge moving forward

MORNING REPORT: Roger Boesche, the Occidental College professor who stirred up Barack Obama's interest in politics, died in his Eagle Rock home this week .... A man who was stabbed 13 times after ordering food at an Echo Park taco truck describes how he defended himself against an attacker armed with two knives An El Sereno shooting on Monday left two men were injured near Oakland Street and Portola Avenue. Read More »

Jazz stages a comeback in Echo Park & Highland Park; teenage witch from The Craft now an Echo Park tarot card reader; L.A. home prices are back at their 2007 peak

MORNING REPORT: While jazz clubs having all but disappeared in Los Angeles, The Bootleg Theater in Echo Park and the ETA bar in Highland Park have emerged as among the few spaces showcasing a new generation of musicians ..... One of the actresses who played a teenage witch in the '90s film The Craft is now reading tarot cards for $40 in Echo Park ..... L.A. County's median home sales price hit $550,000 in April -- matching the peak price of a decade ago before the housing market fell into five-year-long decline. Read More »

Grass fire breaks out in Montecito Heights area; Metro to “re-imagine” bus service; East L.A Ska goes global

MORNING REPORT: A grass fire in the Montecito Heights area Monday night burned nearly 1.5-acres before fire crews on the ground, assisted by water-dropping helicopters, brought the blaze under control in about 40 minutes .... Metro is beginning a two-year-long effort to "re-imagine" the agency bus system and come up with solutions to reverse a steady decline in ridership .... Two East L.A. bands -- The Delirians and The Steady 45s -- recently launched a European tour, bringing their brand of reggae, ska and rocksteady to an international audience. Read More »

Silent protest held in support of Cal State L.A. student; fire scorches Debs Park; firefighters put out Silver Lake house fire

MORNING REPORT: About a dozen supporters of Cal State L.A. student Claudia Rueda held a silent rally at the El Sereno campus on commencement day to protest her detention by the U.S. Border Patrol .... An early morning vehicle fire on Sunday spread to vegetation, burning nearly three-quarters of an acre of steep terrain in Debs Park .... It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out a fire in a Silver Lake home in the 3700 block of Marcia Drive Read More »

Search for missing boy underway near Highland Park; 101 Freeway reopened; free bus rides on Bike to Work Day

MORNING REPORT: A large-scale search is underway this morning in the area around Arroyo Park next to Highland Park in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. .... The northbound 101 Freeway was shut down early this morning as authorities responded to a man with a "behavioral emergency" on the Western Avenue overpass in East Hollywood .... Bike Riders - or anyone who wears a bike helmet -- will be given a free ride on Metro and city DASH and Commuter Express buses on Bike to Work Day Read More »

Times endorses Gomez in congressional race; charter victory means big changes at L.A. Unified; Obama Freeway moving forward

MORNING REPORT: The L.A. Times endorsed state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez over attorney Robert Lee Ahn in the 34th Congressional District runoff election .... L.A. Unified could see an increase in charter schools and a decline in revenue and enrollment as a result of Tuesday's school board election results .... Voters approved a major change to the LAPD disciplinary process .... A proposal to rename part of the 134 Freeway through Eagle Rock in honor of former President Obama was approved by the state Senate by a 34-1 vote. Read More »

Election Day arrives; man pleads not guilty to fatal East L.A & Whittier shootings; civil trial to begin over alleged sex abuse at El Sereno school

MORNING REPORT: The city of L.A. will hold a general election today, May 16, with the polls open from 7 am to 8 pm. .... Michael Christopher Mejia, a gang member and convicted felon, plead not guilty to fatally shooting his cousin in East Los Angeles and a police officer in Whittier .... A civil trial is scheduled to begin this week over allegations that L.A. Unified failed to prevent and covered up the sexual abuse of students by a former teacher at El Sereno Elementary Read More »

Improvements coming to Mariachi Plaza area; Echo Park bungalow court up for historic landmark vote; Council District 1 election

MORNING REPORT: Officials held a groundbreaking for $3.9 million worth of improvements -- ranging from sidewalk repairs to new bus benches and street trees -- in the area around the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line station in Boyle Heights ..... The City Council will vote on Tuesday, May 16, whether to grant landmark status and protection to an Echo Park bungalow court threatened with demolition ..... Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 16 to decide whether incumbent Gil Cedillo or newcomer Joe Bray-Ali will represent Council District 1. Read More »

Election Day coming up; $2 million grant to pay for riverside park plans; Silver Lake dam tour today

MORNING REPORT: Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 16 to decide whether incumbent Gil Cedillo or newcomer Joe Bray-Ali will represent Council District 1 .... A state agency has awarded $2 million to develop plans to turn a section of the former Taylor Yards rail yard into 41 acres of parkland and greenspace next to the L.A. River .... Council District 13 will host walking tours and present renderings today of a public pathway that would be created atop the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir Read More »

State shuts down Eagle Rock charter school; gentrification and the Council District 1 race

MORNING REPORT: 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 the company that manages the school .... An interview with Jeremiah Axelrod, an Occidental College history professor and founder of the Eagle Rock's school Institute for the Study of Los Angeles .... A recap of the First Council District race between incumbent Gil Cedillo and Joe Bray- Ali and how gentrification might have an impact as voters head to the polls next week Read More »